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Adamson, William G. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • William G. Adamson, 85, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was a son of the late Harry and Mayzie Adamson; husband of the late Jean A. (Kemrite) Adamson; loving father of Victoria J. Adamson and the late William G. Adamson Jr.; Ioving grandfather of Stephen Devlin M. Devlin Jr., Maizee E. Devlin and Addeline R. Devlin; also survived by his loyal companion/dog, Fred. Bill was an Air Force veteran. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Air Force Aid Society. http://www.afas.org.
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Ann, Alexander

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-05
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Alexander Ann, of Sherwood Oaks, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. She was the beloved sister of Mary Jane Luscher; and loving aunt of Frank A. (Hilary) Luscher, Jean A. Luscher and Thomas W. (Jennifer) Luscher. Ann was a lifelong member of Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Oaks Auditorium. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY.
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Bontempo, Waetta Fern 87

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Waetta Fern (Finney) Bontempo, 87, of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Angelo John Bontempo; loving mother of Blaine (Elaine), of South Barrington, Ill.; sister of Harry Finney, Grace Whitney and six deceased brothers and sisters; grandmother of Brian Bontempo and Kari Kaleta (Brian); and great-grandmother of three. Fern was a school bus driver for the Bethel Park School District for 50 years and knew every one of her children. She served relentlessly for St. Joan of Arc Church and was always there to lend a helping hand. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 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. Joan of Arc Church.
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Bowman, Donald R. 74

  • Wexford , Formerly of Troy Hill
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Bowman, 74, of Wexford, formerly of Troy Hill, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Jackie Bowman; father of Tracey L. Bowman, Sherri L. (Ron) Kotwica; brother of Kathy (Joe) Vitullo, Jerry (Mary) Werner and Skip (Lori) Werner; brother-in-law of Carol Bowman; and grandfather of Victoria, Kattarina, Isabella and Alexandra Kotwica. Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Dave Bowman; and sister, Barb Shigo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Corrigan, Gloria A. 84

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1930-06-20
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Gloria A. (Zegarelli) Corrigan, 84, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Richland Township. Born June 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Frank Zegarelli and Assunta "Sue" Sosso, and she was a homemaker. She attended St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw, where she was an usher and greeter and was also a member of the Christian Mothers. Gloria was an extremely accomplished seamstress. Her father always said her hands were golden; she could make anything. She is survived by her son, Robert L. "Cutty" Corrigan Jr., of Lake Worth, Fla.; two granddaughters, Maria and Christina Tompkins, of Connecticut; three sisters, Phyllis (late Angelo) Sciullo, of Florida, Elsie (Richard) Palombo, of Florida, and Pat (Rocco) Totino, of Upper St. Clair; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Corrigan Sr.; daughter, Deborah Tompkins; her parents; and one sister, Frances Zegarelli. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Raod, Glenshaw, with Father John Marcucci officiating. Interment will be in Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery, Glenshaw. Arrangements are by KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. http://www.kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Evans, Jerome R.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Jerome R. "Jerry" Evans, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Evans; brother of Donald Evans (Imperia), Ruth Baron and the late Edward Evans, Marcella Tabish, Renee Pearce, Betty Pollilli and Eleanor Lucanish; and brother-in-law of Michael Gaydos and Eleanor Phillips. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. He was a best friend of the Theodore Wolfe family and the Dr. Rob Edwards family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Cathedral. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Flaherty, Ruth 92

  • Formerly of O'Hara Township
  • Born: 1921-12-12
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Robertson Flaherty, 92, formerly of O'Hara Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Marquis Gardens Place Personal Care Home in Uniontown. Born Dec. 12, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Louise (Arnold) and George Prechtl and George Robertson (stepfather). She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, James D. Flaherty Sr., in 1998; her daughter, Judith Ruth Taylor; son-in-law, Robert Taylor, and grandson, Ryan Taylor, in 1976; and her brother, Donald Robertson, in 1997. She is survived by her sister, Arline (Robertson) Clark, of Port Vue; and her children, James D. (Susan) Flaherty Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Kevin (Patti Pomatto) Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Thomas Terrence (Paula) Flaherty, of Uniontown, and Joyce Flaherty (Rob) Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren, J.D. (Nancy) Flaherty III, of Columbus, Ohio, Charles Hawthorne Flaherty, of Tulum, Mexico, Mary Scott (B.J.) Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Thomas Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Paul Nesser, of Pittsburgh, Robert Edward Ritchey and Daniel Flaherty Ritchey, of Lexington, Ky., Rachel Kylie Ritchey and Ryan Michael Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Amira Flaherty, of Columbus, Ohio, Rosalie and Biagio Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews. Ruth was a tireless homemaker, raising five children as well as volunteering for many community causes and school events. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, golfing, bowling, traveling to her home in Lake Worth, Fla., and spending time with her family. She remained strong and kind through many physical ailments and great personal loss. Her selflessness and compassion touched her family and many friends. She was blessed with a long and close relationship with her sister, Arline. The family would like to say a special "thank you" to the staff and residents of the Marquis Gardens Place, of Uniontown, and the staff of Medi Home Hospice, of Scottdale, for their devotion, love and support they gave to their mom and her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter Parish, North Side. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Medi Home Hospice of Scottdale in memory of Ruth Flaherty at 109 Crossroads Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 (Phone 724-887-4675).
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Grzelak, Sister Roberta 73

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1941-07-22
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Staab, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sister Roberta Grzelak, CDP, 73, of McCandless, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, after several months of illness. Sister Roberta was born July 22, 1941, in Detroit, Mich. She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence, Sept. 7, 1958. Throughout the next 56 years, she faithfully and joyfully served God and others in the dioceses of Pittsburgh and Detroit as a teacher, and Wheeling, W.Va., in the Office of Faith Formation. Sister Roberta found her voice in the missions of Puerto Rico first as a teacher and then as founder and Director of the Office of Human Promotion and Development in the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico for 15 years. She returned to Pittsburgh and has been working at St. Regis Parish in Oakland for the past four years. Sr. Roberta received a bachelor degree from La Roche College, a Master of Religious Education from Notre Dame in New Orleans and a Master of Business Education from Sacred Heart University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Grzelak and Josephine Brsesina Grzelak; her sister, Sandra Ross; and a cousin, the Rev. Robert Shafer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Providence Heights, with wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, with Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m., in Mother of Divine Providence Chapel, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME INC. Add a tribute at http://www.staabfuneral.com.
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Hobson, Yvonne C. 79

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-08-27
  • Died: 2014-09-11
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Yvonne C. Hobson, 79, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully at home on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. She was born Aug. 27, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry B. and Catherine Ruth Harmon Hobson. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ethelda Hobson King, on Aug. 13, 2013; and brother-in-law, Robert A. King Sr., on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. She was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School, a retired X-ray/GI tech for McKeesport Hospital and faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Surviving are three daughters, Jenica Hobson, Jasmine Hobson and Bianca Hobson; son, Darryn Hobson; children she reared, Jimmy Mikell and Craig Mikell; 10 grandchildren; niece and caregiver, Anica Jones, of McKeesport; other nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives; and many friends. Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., McKeesport, with services beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Earlene Coleman will be officiating and the Rev. Donald Marbury bringing the eulogy. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Local arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Kennedy, John H. 75

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John H. "Jack" Kennedy, 75, of Ross Township, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Carol (Patterson); loving father of Jack (Lori), Debi, Christine (Jay), Sandy (Dave) and Ed (Barb); brother of Maureen Bagdon; proud grandfather of Josh, Caleb, Ryan, Tyler, Cody, Aaron, Zack, Adam, Nathan, Jacob, Elizabeth, Caden, Sonia and Josiah; and great-grandfather of Khloe. Friends received from 10 a.m. Thursday until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Doorway, 10 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
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Kern Jr., Dr. John M. 65

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John Michael Kern Jr., M.D., 65, of Hampton Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the husband of Maya Kern; son of Janet and the late John Michael Kern Sr.; father of Lynsey Sturges (Robert), Jennifer Kern and John Michael Kern III; grandfather of Skylar Kern; and brother of Donalda Wolfe (Donald). Dr. Kern was a physician for 35 years, practicing with UPMC St. Margaret ER as well as Renaissance Family Practices in Glenshaw and Gibsonia. Dr. Kern was a well respected physician who was much-loved by his patients. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service at 11 a.m. Friday.
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Kuhn, Anna 44

  • Allison Park , Formerly of Indiana, Pa.
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Anna Kozusko Kuhn, 44, of Allison Park, formerly of Indiana, Pa., passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the loving wife of R. John Kuhn and devoted mother to Riley Matthew Kuhn and Hayden Mitchell Kuhn. Anna is survived by her parents, Susan and Jerry Kozusko, of Indiana, Pa.; her brother, Matthew Kozusko (Julia), of Avon, Colo., and their children, Serena and Emory. She will also be missed by Jenny Vawter, Shannon Kuhn, Tony Kuhn, Judy (Steve) Brown, James (June) Herron, Carol Chervenak, cousins, extended family and phenomenal friends. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Anna was a 1988 graduate of Indiana High School, where she was a cheerleader and raised school spirit as the school's mascot. In 1992, she graduated from Penn State University with a degree from the College of Communications, and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Anna's greatest skill in communications was bringing people together -- sharing her love of music, hosting fabulous parties, and reaching out to others with her creativity and thoughtfulness. Anna's devotion to her friends and family was what defined her life. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, 412-486-9086. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, with the Rev. Karen Slusser officiating. There will be visitation at the church prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Kuhn Children's Educational Trust Fund, in care of the family.
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Levy, Margaret R. 91

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Margaret R. (Pricer) Levy, 91, of Etna, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Louis A. Levy; loving mother of Ruth A. (Ernest) Grace, of Michigan, Mary Louise Levy, of Pittsburgh, Louis J. (Sandi) Levy, of Wexford, and Patrick W. (Chang) Levy, of Alabama; loving grandmother of Eric Swenson, Ashleigh Marrin, Ian Levy and Lindsay Levy; great-grandmother of Colin Marrin; beloved friend of Charlotte and Ron Brosky; and daughter of the late Margaret and John Pricer. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial in St. Augustine Cemetery, Shaler Township.
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Lindberg, Anna M. 98

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae (Gorman) Lindberg, 98, a lifelong resident of Munhall and Homestead, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was a member of the 1932 United States Olympic Team in Los Angeles, Calif., at age 16. Anna Mae is one of many outstanding Olympic swimmers who graced the swimming pool in the athletic wing of the Carnegie Library of Homestead. In the 1970s, the University of Pittsburgh made it affordable for employees to attend classes. She pursued a degree in social work and graduated on her 60th birthday, and "That was bigger than the Olympics." She was the beloved wife of the late David Russell Lindberg; loving mother of Lauren (Dino) Patton; mother-in-law of Linda Waugaman and the late David Russell Jr. and Johanna Lindberg; sister of the late Johanna, William and John Gorman; grandmother of Lisa (Eric) Davis, Matt Waugaman and the late Jason Lindberg; several nieces and nephews; five great-grandchildren; and special friend, Ellen Eberhardt. Friends will be received at from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carnegie Library of Homestead Athletic Club, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall, PA 15120.
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Lynch, Betty J. 78

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Betty Jean Lynch, 78, of Allison Park, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Fred J.; mother of Kevin J. (Sarah) and Keith J. Lynch; and grandmother of Keegan Lynch. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service at 11 a.m. Thursday. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Milko, Andrew A. 84

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Andrew A. "Bunky" Milko, 84, a lifelong resident of East Pittsburgh, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Anna "Babe" (Borushko) Milko for 64 years. He was the loving father of Donna (Raymond) Savikas, of New Jersey, Gary (Donna) Milko, of Chalfant, Virginia (Dennis) Kisak, of North Huntingdon, and the late Andrew and late Theresa Milko; dear grandfather of Gregory (Eileen) Savikas, Hailee and Matthew Milko, Dean, Drew and Devin Kisak; great-grandfather of Blake Savikas; and also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Lutz and Lillian Borkowski; and his brother, Frank Milko. Bunky was a retired carpet installer, having worked both with the Carpet Installers Union and later independently. He was a respected manager, coach and President of the former East Pittsburgh Little League and Pony League. With help from family and friends, he built a second home in Conneaut Lake, where he took great pride in his yard and landscaping. Bunky and Babe enjoyed watching sports together, especially, the Pittsburgh teams, Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and Pitt and also Woodland Hills Football. Above all, Bunky was a devoted and caring family man. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Eunice M.

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Eunice M. (George) Miller, of North Versailles, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was a daughter of the late James and Ella George; wife of the late Stanley Miller; sister of Everett (Sharon), Kenneth (Annie) George, June (Charles) Scarpino and the late Curtis George; and aunt of Debra Zinck, Melissa Able and James George. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and all who loved Eunice. Family and friends are being received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by burial in William Penn Memorial.
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Owens, Samuel G. 67

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Samuel G. Owens, 67, of McKeesport, formerly of Braddock, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years of Barbara J. (Milcic) Owens; loving father of Robert and James Owens, both of Irwin, and Timothy (Rose) Owens, of Monroeville; stepfather of Maurice (Elisa) DeLucia, of North Huntingdon, and Ken (Becky) DeLucia, of Wilmerding; proud grandfather of Destiny and Madeline Owens, Gia, Gracie and Roman DeLucia; brother of Dennis Owens, of Bethel Park, Robert (Tish) Owens, of Oakdale, and the late Harry "Bull" (surviving spouse, Billie) Owens; also survived by nieces and nephews. Sam attended Braddock High School with the Class of 1965. He was a Vietnam Army veteran having served two tours of duty for 27 months in Vietnam. Sam was a retired boilermaker and a member of the Boilermakers Union, Local No. 154. He had also been a member of many local social clubs, most recently Club 206 in North Braddock. Sam enjoyed golf and, for years, was the organizer of the North Braddock Fort Cherry golf trip. He also was a staunch Pitt football fan. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial with military honors will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Pate, Jean

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Jean (Lamanna) Pate, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Gina (Dewey) Olinski and Frank A. (Michelle) Pate; grandmother of Kelsey, Josh, Janna, Alyssa and Nico; sister of Betty (Tom) Shea; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to Golden Heights, 3522 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Petrina, Teresa Sena M.

  • Plum , Formerly of Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Teresa M. "Sena" (Russo) Petrina, of Plum, formerly of Braddock Hills, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Matthew F. Petrina; loving mother of Terese A. Triol and her husband, Stephen, of Stoystown, Matthew V. Petrina and his wife, Mary, of North Huntingdon, and Claire E. Johnston and her husband, Thomas, of Gilbertsville; dear Grandy of Stephen, Ethan, Lauren, Madison, Tommy and Graham; sister of Vincent "Jimmy" Russo and his wife, Frances, of Dayton, Ohio, and Philomena "Nina" Rocco and her husband, John, of North Huntingdon. Sena worked as a registered nurse, with the Allegheny County Department of Health and was the school nurse for the Pace School. Also, Mrs. Petrina was a member of the St. Maurice Parish. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Fund, 1133, South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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Polowsky, Cathy 55

  • Formerly of White Oak
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Cathy (Fischer) Polowsky, 55, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Mike "Ski" Polowsky of 27 years; loving mother of Michele (Chris) Uphoff, of Texas, Chad Polowsky (Christie Gazdich), of Elizabeth, Heather Polowsky (Brian Armour), of Ohio, Jessie Polowsky (Jonathan Holshue), of McKeesport, Jeremy Polowsky (Ashton Knox), of East McKeesport, and Elizabeth (Jon) Gabriel, of Greensburg; adoring and caring grandmother of 15; beloved daughter of Cecelia and Edward Fischer, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Cel Lovis, of East Pittsburgh, Cindy Caldarelli (Dan Reed), of North Braddock, Ed Fischer (Geri Marburger), of East Pittsburgh, and the late Carole McIntyre; lifelong best friend of Debbie Jordan and her children, Kelli, Mikey and Sara. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was like a second mother to anyone who walked through her door through high school and beyond. Her grandchildren were her everything and she loved them with all her heart. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church of the Good Shepherd Parish. In lieu of fresh cut flowers, the family requests plant arrangements or donation to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Roeschenthaler, Robert W. 75

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Roeschenthaler, 75, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Laurenna M. (Schick) Roeschenthaler; son of the late Joseph and Hattie (Schroeder) Roeschenthaler; father of Bob (Paula) Roeschenthaler and Kristin (Don) Wolfe; and brother of Joseph (Marcia) Roeschenthaler and Evelyn (late Don) Braithewaite. He was predeceased by four sisters. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Robert was a veteran of the Air Force, retired from USX, and an avid golfer. There will be no visitation, but Robert's family welcomes everyone to join them for a funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, Pittsburgh. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Rosner, Herman 95

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1918-12-25
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Herman Rosner, 95, of Pittsburgh, formerly of McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at the Charles Morris Nursing Center. Born Dec. 25, 1918, he was a son of the late Louis and Tillie Berkstein Rosner, stepson of the late Gussie Lebowitz Rosner, and husband of the late Lily Freedman Rosner. He is survived by two sons, David (Joyce) Rosner, of Elkins Park, and Leon A. (Una Greenaway) Rosner, of Hawaii; two grandchildren, Perri Rosner and Drew Rosner; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Max Lemoine and Marlow Limoges. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel, the Jewish War Veterans, American Legion Post 701 in White Oak, VFW, National Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation and the Veterans Breakfast Club. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Rosner was honored by Action Housing at the former McKeesport YMCA by dedicating the community room in his name. Friends will be received one hour prior to his service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132, with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Temple Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 or Riverview Towers Activity Fund, 52 Garetta St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
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Salerno, Jeffrey R. 51

  • Hays
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey R. Salerno, 51, of the Hays section of Pittsburgh, died at home on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie Stanley; son, Cory Stanley; and daughter, Kelsey Salerno. He was a son of the late Judith Ann Huff; and brother of the late Judy Ann Salerno. He also is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins; his father, Ronald Salerno; and brother, Matthew Salerno. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service/celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Stanley/Salerno compound in Hays. Arrangements entrusted to the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall.
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Schweitzer, Carl A. 90

  • Mt. Troy
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Carl A. Schweitzer, 90, of Mt. Troy, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late Charles and Fredericka Pauline (Reimonld) Schweitzer; beloved brother of Erwin "Boobie" (and the late Lee) Schweitzer, Paula (Ed) Kauffman and the late Olga Scholl, Helen Kohler and Norman Schweitzer; and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Carl served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Troy Volunteer Fire Company and the Corinthian Lodge No. 573, F and AM Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Syria Shriners AAONMS, American Legion Post 565 and the VFW Post 7090. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday only at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (Troy Hill), where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with L.M. Ron Pederson officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Reserve Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Mt. Troy United Church of Christ, 2023 East Homestead St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Spernock, Robert A. 79

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1935-03-08
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Port Vue | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Spernock, 79, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was born March 8, 1935, in McKeesport, the son of the late Anthony and Irene Cverna Spernock. He is the husband of the late Barbara J. Taylor Spernock. He was employed by the borough of Port Vue, an equipment operator for Penn Dot and then retired from Lawson Excavating Inc. located in Liberty Borough. He was one of the founding members of the Buck Horn Gun Club in Potter County, a member of the Liberty Borough Veterans Club, a member of the Croatian Club in Versailles Borough and the McKeesport American Legion Post No. 361. He was a former member of the Star Junction Gun Club in Perryopolis and a member of the former Blue Rock Club in Port Vue. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Steelers fan; he was an all around "Mr. Fix-It" and loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Sandy (Bob) Lawson, of Liberty Borough, Barbara (Tim Olack) Sivak, of Port Vue, Janet Spernock, of Linden, Mich., Karen (Mike Young) Schneider, of Saginaw, Mich., Bethann (Russ) Wooster, of Port Vue, Amy Jo Spernock, of Port Vue, Richard Spernock, of North Carolina, and George (Deb) Spernock, of Ruby, S.C.; grandchildren, Dawn, Shane, Angie, Jesse, Nikki, Kristie, Doug, Samantha, Mandi, Cody, Robecca, Michael, Jason, Maria, Keri Jo, Melissa, Kayla, Russell III and Micheal "Mikey"; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Thelma Crady, of Florida, Audrey Svitko, of North Huntingdon, Donna (John) Gouchenour, of Port Vue, and Kathy (Jim) Lopretto, of Virginia; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; and lifelong friend, Frank Dippolito, of Port Vue. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Spernock; grandson, Jim Pandocchi; and sister, Irene Kwitkowski. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF PORT VUE, 325 Gumbert St., Port Vue, PA 15133. Additional visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow.
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Thomas, Martha H.

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha H. (Zgeb) Thomas, of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to William H. Jr.; and loving mother of Patricia "Patty" Chedwick and her husband, Harry, of Leeper, and Kathleen Ludwig, of Baldwin. Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Thompson, Florence M. 91

  • Verona
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Florence M. Thompson, 91, of Verona, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Dennis (Ruth) Thompson, of Canton, Mich., and Jack (Susan) Thompson, of Natrona Heights. She is survived by her grandchildren, Jack (Melissa) Thompson, Jana (Gavin) Grazer, Ashley Thompson, Dennis Thompson, Brennen (Moon) Thompson and Gavin Virag; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Piper Thompson; and siblings, John and Garnet Hildebrand; also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank S. and Theonna Hildebrand; and siblings, Frank Hildebrand, Aldine Ulewicz, Marian Braden and Robert Hildebrand. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Interment will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Todd Jr., Robert C. 82

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert Charles Todd Jr., 82, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. He is survived by Barbara Scheetz Todd, his wife of 56 years; his daughters, Lisa Todd and her husband, Roman Kyshakevych, of Fox Chapel, Barrie Todd Dahl and her husband, Kent of Atlanta, Ga.; sons, David Todd of Fox Chapel, and Jeffrey Todd and his wife, Ann, of Fox Chapel; and six grandchildren, Melissa, Hilary and Caroline Dahl and Chester, Adeline and Wilson Todd. Bob grew up in Edgewood, the only son of Robert and Darrell Todd. He attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1950. He graduated from Yale University in 1954 and served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He married Barbara in 1958 and they lived in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to Pittsburgh upon his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1959. Bob joined PNC Bank, where he worked for 28 years, retiring as a senior vice president. In 1987, he became President of Merchants National Bank and later became President of Farmers National Bank both in Kittanning. His keen mind, sharp wit and easy smile made Bob a valued friend. He had the gift of listening without interrupting or judging and he gave each person his full attention. Bob was an optimistic realist who valued generosity and humor more than power and position. He cherished family, friends and faith. Bob was an accomplished athlete who was happiest when he was with his family or playing a sport and ideally doing both together. Throughout his life he loved watching the Steelers and Pirates, as well as Pitt and Duke Basketball. He could often be found on the sidelines supporting his children and grandchildren as they played whatever sports were in season. Bob and Barbara loved to travel and visited many countries on six continents. They enjoyed summers at Ross Mountain and winters in Naples, Fla. A pillar of the community, Bob had a heart for service. He served on the Boards of both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Chatham University for more than 20 years. He was the Chairman of the Board of Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and served on the governing bodies of the Fox Chapel Borough Council, the Fox Chapel District Association and Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Bob was a member of Fox Chapel Golf Club, Ross Mountain Club and Bear's Paw Country Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Shady Side Academy 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Van Dine, Alan C. 81

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Alan C. Van Dine, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at home in Pittsburgh. An author, illustrator and advertising agency director, Mr. Van Dine was a prolific and gifted humorist, writer and artist, working up until a few days before his death. He wrote several books, including Unconventional Builders; Clyde Hare's Pittsburgh; The All New Encyclopedia of Advertising / 15 % Off; If Instead of Apes We Had Come from Grapes We Wouldn't Just Yet Be Wine; and his latest, published earlier this year, Fateful Encounters: Fourteen of the World's Shortest Graphic Novels. His columns have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Parents Magazine, The Saturday Review and a host of other publications. Mr. Van Dine was born in Ford City and grew up in Kittanning. A graduate of Duquesne University, he started his career as editorial director for a chain of six small newspapers in the Three Rivers area. He went on to work as associate creative director for BBDO advertising agency in Pittsburgh. In 1971, he and partners, Rick Horton and Maggie Palyo, founded their own agency, Van Dine Horton, a creative agency that handled a wide range of accounts, including projects for Koppers Company, Alcoa, Heinz, Dodge Motors, Cracker Jack and Loyola Marymount College - and just about every notable corporation, university, non-profit organization and wild-eyed entrepreneur in Pittsburgh. Over the years, the agency's partnership evolved and after a merger with Humphrey Herbert Alber in 1989, became Van Dine Humphrey. He retired from advertising in 2000. But he didn't stop working. In addition to his two last books, Mr. Van Dine also wrote sharp-witted articles and light verse for his blog, "and the horse you rode in on" (horse-you-rode-in-on.com). His final post was made just a few days before his death. He was an avid golfer and a member of Kittanning Country Club where he caddied as a teenager, next to his childhood home. Mr. Van Dine enjoyed his coffee and his friends, and regularly met with the "Council of Elders" at the Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill. He leaves behind his wife, Holly Van Dine, of Pittsburgh; his brothers, Wayne (Rose) Van Dine, of Weirton, Va., and Gilbert (Carol) Van Dine, of Chicago; four children, Lynn (Tim Weller), of Massachusetts, Mark (Carol Falvey), of Massachusetts, Barbara (Rick Wallace), of California, and Michael (Conchita Perales) Van Dine, of California; two stepchildren, Laura Shefler (Raymond Yee), of California, and Alex Shefler (Mary Jo Maggio), of Dormont; six grandchildren; and former wife, Joan More, of California. He was predeceased by his sisters, Constance Torisky and Carol Stapleton; and his grandson, Maxwell Van Dine. A reception for family and friends celebrating his life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at his home, 6636 Kinsman Road, Pittsburgh. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com).
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Warman, Thomas Nick N. 52

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1962-01-23
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Thomas Nicholson "Nick" Warman, of McKeesport, died Sept. 15, 2014. He was born Jan. 23, 1962, in McKeesport, a son of Roy P. Warman and the late Lena Gertrude McGarrity Warman. In addition to his father, he is survived by his siblings, Mary Benton, of Greenock, Donna (Perry) Ackerman, Tammy Chisco, Emma (Allen) Ackerman, Herman Egenlauf, David Egenlauf and Ron Egenlauf, all of McKeesport; stepchildren, Crystal (Richard) Smith, of West Mifflin, and Michael Metosky, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Tyler, Mariah and Ryan; niece, Donna Giles; great-nephews, Nathan and Noah Giles, with whom he resided; and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Anna and Gary Egenlauf and Paula Warman Ridge. He was an avid Steelers fan, loved to fish and go to the Casinos. Mostly, he loved spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER FUNERAL HOME, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132, until the time of the service at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
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Watson, Patricia 75

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-11
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Patricia (Conner) Watson, 75, of Penn Hills, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 49 years to L.A. Watson; and mother of Lee (Vera) and Adam (Ann) Watson. She is also survived by five grandchildren and a sister, Margaret Morris. Mrs. Watson was a dedicated member of Trinity Tower United Methodist Church and a member of the Penn Hills Knitting Club. She will be missed by many friends and all who loved her. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332.
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Welsh, Richard L. 70

  • North Hills
  • Born: 1944-03-31
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Richard Leo Welsh, a North Hills resident and a visionary leader in his profession and a source of strength, warmth and guidance in his family, had his remarkable 12-year battle with stage 4 kidney cancer come to an end Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, when, in the embrace of his loving family, he peacefully passed away at Family Hospice in Lawrenceville. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Mary Nelle McLennan, who was his partner and devoted advocate throughout his illness. He is also survived by his loving children, Patrick (Natasha), Kathleen Welsh Beveridge (Mike) and Shanna Welsh Levin (Doug); and his first wife and the mother of his children, Dolores (Deltondo) Welsh. He was a proud "Pappy" to his five grandchildren, Henry, Aidan and Harlan Welsh and Colin and Keenan Beveridge. Rick was born March 31, 1944, to the late Leo and Ann Welsh. He grew up on Pittsburgh's North Side, the second of five children and treasured brother to Eileen Quolke (late Charles), Maureen Marincic (Vic) and late Joan and Mark. Rick was the beloved son-in-law to Vivian McLennan, of Tennessee, and much-loved "Uncle Rick" to his nephews and nieces, Steve and Scott Quolke, Anne (Quolke) Beatty, Laura (Marincic) Mcgee, David Marincic and Jill (Marincic) Hobbs; and 11 great-nephews and nieces. Rick completed seminary studies with a B.A. in philosophy from St. Vincent College in 1966. He received an M.A. in orientation and mobility from Western Michigan University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. His work in the field of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired people made the most of his talents for listening, counseling, mentoring, humor and leadership as he twice envisioned and guided the consolidation of organizations for improved professional services. He served 12 years as superintendent of the Maryland School for the Blind, eight years as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind and seven years president of Pittsburgh Vision Services. Rick conceived and co-edited the first textbook for the orientation and mobility profession and two subsequent editions. His influential work helped to professionalize the field and was recognized often as he received the pinnacle awards of his profession for outstanding leadership, publication, commitment and service, including the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award and induction into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 460 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the American Association for Cancer Research or the Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. http://www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Wenteker, Amalie

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1920-10-09
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Amalie Wenteker passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Mt. Lebanon. Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Darregueira, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jacob and Amalie (Lipps) Wenteker, she was the eldest daughter of 10 children. When Amalie wasn't helping her mother care for her younger siblings, she could be found riding horses in the countryside at the edge of the Pampas where she lived. Much of her adulthood was spent in New York where she worked as a professional nanny in Manhattan. Though she had no children of her own, Amalie was truly a mother to many. Even into her later years she would reach across a pew to relieve a distressed mother and calm her crying child. Amalie was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings including genealogist, where in addition to helping others discover their family history, she researched her own -- Wolinia and Volga Germans who fled political unrest in Europe and immigrated to Argentina at the end of the 19th century. Proficient in three languages, Amalie had many talents. She used them to volunteer her time at the United Nations, and to crochet and quilt numerous items for the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund. She also learned to pilot a plane and loved to travel. She could be found in Katmandu, Nepal, on the beaches of NSW, Australia, viewing the Mediterranean from Gibraltar, walking in Tokyo, Japan, cruising the Danube River in Romania or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania among many other locations across the globe. She was proud of her US citizenship and a longtime supporter of the Republican Party. She is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends who love and will remember her fondly. Friends welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral service at 12 p.m. Thursday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 46 School St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Entombment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Allison, Eugene M. 89

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1925-02-21
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Eugene M. "Sparky" Allison, 89, of Norvelt, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at his home. Born Feb. 21, 1925, in Derry, he was a son of the late Floyd and Margaret (Vogas) Allison. Sparky was an 80-year resident of Norvelt, who came with his parents at the age of 9 as an original homestead family. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Adam Eidemiller for 34 years. In retirement, Sparky was a skilled woodworker and grew many wonderful gardens. He always said he could "fix anything but not a broken heart." In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mildred M. Allison; and a brother and his wife, Floyd (Charlotte) Allison. He was the loving father to six children, William (Ellen) Allison, of Norvelt, Connie (Sam) Dean, of Norvelt, Daniel (Anita) Allison, of Wilmington, N.C., Bonnie Allison and Joe Konopka, of Kecksburg, David (Lisa) Allison, of United, and Skip Allison, of Norvelt; and loving grandfather to 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are sisters, Betty Christie, Dorothy (Joe) Zruno and Geraldine (George) Roadman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where his funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor David L. Greer officiating. Interment to follow in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
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Amadio, Joseph G. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-03-09
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joseph G. Amadio, 89, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 9, 1925, in Jeannette, a son of the late Bernard and Maria Mitchell Amadio. Prior to his retirement, Joe was an automobile dealer and established Amadio Motor in Jeannette in 1948. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Forces. Joe was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, a charter member of the M and S Club, Jeannette, and was an avid golfer and member of the Hannastown Country Club. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by brothers, Domenic and Anthony Amadio; a sister, Rose DeAugustine; and a nephew, Denny Amadio. He is survived by his wife, Mary DeMarchis Amadio; a son, Joseph D. Amadio, a daughter, Lisa M. Amadio, and a granddaughter, Brittany, all of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Brady, Delores J. 83

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Delores J. (Blakley) Brady, 83, of Murrysville, formerly of Wilkins Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Robert F. Brady; loving mother of Roberta Workmaster, Leroy (Jeannie) Brady and Cindee (Randy) Cupps; grandmother of Melissa Cupps, Robert Workmaster, Carrie Cupps, Michael Workmaster, Leeann Brady and Amy Cupps; great-grandmother of Brady, Abigail and Bella; and sister of the late Thelma Misko and Warren Blakley. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Canterbury Court, UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund, Attn: Peggy VanHorn, Benevolent Care Advocate, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Brinker, Edith A. 99

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1915-03-23
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Edith A. Brinker, 99, of Ligonier, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in the Bethlen Home. She was born March 23, 1915, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Harry and Cora Rector Ankney. Edith was a member of the Rector United Methodist Church, where she was also a member of the Ladies Guild. She was a member of the Ligonier Valley Senior Citizens. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clark C. Brinker, in 1997; and two sisters, Thelma Keefer and Mabel Frye. She is survived by her son, Cecil C. (Janet) Brinker, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Carol (Keith Vangura) Brinker and Richard (Christina) Brinker; and two great-grandchildren, Gillian and Zachary Brinker. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Edith's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday with her pastor, Fred Zickefoose, officiating. Interment will follow in Fairmont Cemetery. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Rector United Methodist Church or to the Bethlen Home. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Crosson, Lorraine V. 73

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1940-10-31
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Lorraine V. (Stankewich) Crosson, 73, of Irwin, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Claridge, a daughter of the late John and Caroline (Sobleski) Stankewich. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, in Irwin, and enjoyed spending time at home with her husband. Lorraine was an avid sports fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and especially the Steelers. She was a true black-and-gold fan, who will be missed by all. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son-in-law, Earl Taylor; and sisters, Lillian Stankewich, Gertrude Stolz and Adaline Gasbara. She is survived by her husband, James F. Crosson; children, Nadine Taylor-Rich and her husband, Matthew, of Champion, Sheree Tamer, of Jeannette, and Frank Gradischek, of Jeannette; stepchildren, James Crosson, of Dayton, Ohio, and Laurie Crosson, of Irwin; grandchildren, Joseph Taylor, of Ruffsdale, Angel Maynard, of Las Vegas, Nev., Dakota Taylor, of Mt. Pleasant, Brooke Gradischek and Derek Gradischek, of Irwin; great-grandchildren, Joey and Bella Taylor; and sisters, Magdalen Piano, of Jeannette, Gloria Kohl, of Harrison City, and Marcella Carfang, of Delmont. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for a funeral service with her pastor, Bob Tokosh, officiating. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Fulmer, William S. 67

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1947-04-27
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • William S. Fulmer, 67, of Vandergrift, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born April 27, 1947, in Creekside, to the late Edgar Maxwell and Lavina Pearl (Aikens) Fulmer. He was a handyman; and enjoyed working on cars, doing yard and lawn work, fishing, loved watching TV, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his companion, Debbi Larson, of Leechburg; sons, Richie Fulmer (Traci), of New York, and Chayne Fulmer (Amanda), of Allegheny Township; daughters, Pam Roark (Sam), of Kentucky, Fawn Scheidegger (Tim), of Kentucky, and Ina Lovell, of Apollo; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers, Charles Fulmer (Ann), of Lancaster, Donald Fulmer, of Marion Center, and Denny Fulmer (Darlene), of Indiana, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Adam Fulmer; brother, Larry Fulmer; and sisters, Mary Painter and Kathy Pennington. Friends welcomed by his family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Lanny Mellinger officiating. To send an online condolence to the Fulmer family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Hribal, Retha L. 86

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Retha L. Stoner Hribal, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at the Amber House, Mt. Pleasant, with her family present after a lengthy illness with Lewy Body Dementia. Retha was born Oct. 24, 1927, a daughter of the late Orten O. and Margaret Leasure Stoner. She was a graduate of East Huntingdon High School and attended Mt. Pleasant School of Nursing for one and a half years; her student cap and cape are buried in the Frick Hospital Time Capsule. She was a past member of Alverton and Mt. Pleasant Church of God. Retha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an excellent cook and baker and loved working in her yard. Her kitchen was open to anyone who visited no matter the time of day or night. Retha retired from caregiving at Westmoreland Manor with 22 years of service. Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Harold Hribal Sr.; children, Ralph Hribal (Eileen) and Donna Loucks (Karle), of Mt. Pleasant, and Harold Hribal Jr. (Tina), of Murrysville; grandchildren, Kelly Hribal, Sean Hribal, Justin Loucks, Trisha Yurko, Ryan Hribal and Alex Hribal; great-grandchildren, Harrison Loucks, Julia Loucks, Ava Yurko, Alexa Yurko and Mia Hribal; sisters, Gloria Miller, Jeannette Stoner, Margaret Burkholder, Dianne Lint, Ema Stoner and Deborah Lint; and brothers, Lawrence Stoner, Jay D. Stoner, Franklin Stoner and David Stoner. In addition to her parents, Retha was preceded in death by her son, Michael Stoner Hribal; infant grandson, Adam Loucks; brother, Ronald Stoner; and sisters, Zelma Herbert, Dolores Moore, Martha Butler and Carol Kite. The family is inviting friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where private services will be held Thursday with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Amber House and Excela Hospice for their kind and considerate care of Retha during her illness. To send a condolence, please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Johnson, Francis G. 71

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-09-01
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Francis G. Johnson, 71, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 1, 1943, in New Kensington, to the late William and Frances Bradley Johnson, was a graduate of New Kensington High School, and was a New Kensington resident for the majority of his life. Mr. Johnson was a laborer at Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge, for almost 10 years, and then was employed at Monarch Furniture in New Kensington for 15 years. He was a member of Vermont Baptist Church in Creighton and formerly attended Canaan First Baptist Church in New Kensington. Surviving are his children, Laurie Graphenreed, of Buffalo, N.Y., Tashema S. Johnson, of Frackville, Tamara S. Johnson and Tamika S. Johnson, both of Maryland; stepchildren, Jeffrey, Selena, Cedric, Derek Knuckles, all from New Kensington, Allen, from Delaware, and Brett Knuckles, from New Kensington; sisters, Rebecca Johnson, of Houston, Texas, Cheryl West, of Spring, Texas, Norma Anugwom, Patricia Acheampong, and Jamie Johnson, all of Houston, Texas; brothers, William Johnson Jr., of Buffalo, N.Y., and Douglas Tripps, of Houston, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Knuckles Johnson; stepfather, Croshin Tripps; a sister, Dorothy Barkley; and two brothers, Llewellyn and Talmadge Johnson. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, officiated by Elder Cecil Smith. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Kiser, Glenn E. 88

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1925-12-30
  • Died: 2014-09-06
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Glenn Edwin Kiser, 88, entered into eternal rest Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. He was born Dec. 30, 1925. He was a resident of New Alexandria since 1968 with his wife, Barbara Marie Aten Kiser, and five children. He and Barbara were married for 57 years. He was preceded in death by his father, George E. Kiser, and mother, Ethel Henny Kiser; and two older brothers, who died in infancy. Glenn was a 1944 graduate of Altoona High School. He joined the Maritime Academy in Philadelphia and graduated as a licensed engineer. Glenn served his country in USCG Merchant Marine from 1941-1946, and in the Naval Reserve from 1950-1959, each from which he received honorable discharge. After his military career, he went to work for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Ohio for a number of years before moving his family to Western Pennsylvania, where he continued working with Westinghouse in the Pittsburgh area. After his retirement from Westinghouse, Glenn went to work and retired from the Electric Motor and Supply Co. in Altoona. Upon moving his family back into Western Pa. in 1968, Glenn enjoyed farm life, his family, hunting, fishing, and used the skills he had acquired working on diesel engines while on board ship with the USCG. Glenn also served his community being on the school board for the Blairsville/Saltsburg School District. He and Barbara were members of the Saltsburg Baptist Church where he served as a trustee. In later years, he and his wife became members of the North Apollo Church of God and spent much time with their church family and friends. He is survived by his sister, Louise Marie Wilson, from Washington; his five children, Kurt K. Kiser, of Wyoming, Kathe M. Nason, of New Alexandria, Gretchen L. Weimer, of New Alexandria, Amy J. Beach, of Georgia, and Gary E. Kiser, of New Alexandria; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in North Apollo Church of God, 507 20th St., North Apollo, PA 15613. Pastors Robert Shallenberger and Lee Rupert will officiate. A lunch will immediately follow the service in the Family Life Center of the church, with time for reminiscence and fellowship. Contributions made payable to the North Apollo Church of God Compassion Fund will be donated in Glenn's name. Arrangements are being handled by McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry.
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Mattei, Viola 97

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1917-09-03
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Viola (Delissio) Mattei, 97, of Delmont, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. She was born Sept. 3, 1917, a daughter of the late Panfilo and Mary (Matinelli) Delissio. She lived most of her life in Delmont, relocating to Louisville in her later years to be closer to her daughter. Prior to her retirement, Viola worked in the accounting department of the former Beckwith Machinery Inc. of Murrysville. In addition to her parents, Viola was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred "Pete" Mattei, in 1973; brothers, Guy, Mike, Tony, Joe, Silvio and Quinto Delissio; and her sisters, Jean Thomas, Ann Cortinovis, Edythe Cepull, Lucy Crawford and Daisy LanFranche. She is survived by her daughter, Marylee Rothschild and her husband, Armand; two grandsons, Daniel and Nathan Rothschild; along with many nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are welcome to join the family in blessing services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, with Father Joseph Bonafed, of St. John Baptist de La Salle Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Matura, Ann V. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-08-11
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ann V. (Doyle) Matura, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of Level Green, passed away Monday Sept. 15, 2014, in the Newhaven Court at Lindwood, Hempfield Township. Ann was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Beno and Augusta (Vincent) Lantermo. Ann was retired from Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and was a member of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Murrysville. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Matura, in 2010. Ann is survived by her son, Dennis (Joanne) Doyle, of Greensburg; her granddaughter, Allison (Col. Charles, Army) Grindle, of Carlisle; her two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Claire Grindle; her stepson, Tom (Christine) Matura, of Homestead; her brother Donald P. Lantermo, of Hempfield Township; and a special niece, Diana (Butch) Miller, of Irwin. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, with Monsignor James Gaston as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. THE JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of one's choice. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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O'Shea, Nancy T. 72

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1941-12-22
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Nancy T. O'Shea, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Nancy was born Dec. 22, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Stephen and Jean Nolf Toth. Nancy was employed by AT and T as an operator, retiring with 38 years of service. She was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and was a member of the AT and T Pioneers. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas P. O'Shea, in 2009. Surviving are her son, Sean O'Shea and wife, Suzanne, of Greensburg; grandsons, Zachary and Christopher O'Shea; sister, Donna Maher and husband, Vinnie, and Judy Altomonte, of Connellsville; special niece, Tracy Vokes and husband, Greg; and special great-niece and great-nephew, Lauren Snyder and Matt and Paul Allen and Chrissy. The family is inviting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Randy Landman officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery, Bullskin Township. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Randall, Andrew R. 93

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-02-27
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Andrew R. Randall, 93, of South Greensburg, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was born Feb. 27, 1921, in West Virginia, a son of the late Julia (Backos) Randall. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by The Kroger Co. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, where he had served on parish council, was an altar server, lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a veteran of the Navy, serving during D-Day of World War II, and had received a Purple Heart. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1480, Greensburg, a life member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, the Hannastown Golf Club, and enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Patricia "Pat" Randall, on Feb. 14, 2007; a son-in-law, Eric McCullough; two brothers, Joseph and Edward "Babe"; and an infant sister, Mildred. He is survived by three daughters, Kathy McIlnay and her husband, Dennis, of Hollidaysburg, Andrea Randall, of South Greensburg, and Lisa Yohman, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Madison Yohman; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss and her husband, Jerry, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stewart, Roger M. 74

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1940-08-13
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Roger McKay Stewart, 74, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 13, 1940, in Penn Township, a son of the late John Dewey and Meredith (Baker) Stewart. Prior to retirement, Roger was a long haul truck driver. Roger is survived by his loving daughter, Audra Tossy Bray, of Olney, Md.; son-in-law, Brian S. Bray; three loving grandchildren, Grant, Colin and Taylor Bray; and numerous nieces and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Dewey Stewart. The family expresses their deepest gratitude to Ridgeview Residential Care for caring for Roger during the last several months, as well as the loving care and devotion of his dearest friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Brian Tubbs officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Tabita, Flavia M. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-05-29
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Flavia M. Tabita, 86, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at her home. She was born May 29, 1928, in Switzerland, a daughter of the late Margaretta Strambi. She had attended Word of Life Ministries, Greensburg. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Tabita, on Oct. 3, 1991. She is survived by two sons, Joseph Tabita, of Greensburg, and Marco Tabita and his wife, Lisa, of Greensburg; two daughters, Julie Strohm, of Perris, Calif., and Melly Tolio; nine grandchildren, Sarah and David McGee, Brittany Strohm, Jennifer Strohm, Courtney Strohm, Ashley Moody, Zoey Tabita, Adam Shields and Caleb Love; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Toth officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. "Those we love live in our hearts forever." http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Hollobaugh, Carrie F. 92

  • Cowansville
  • Born: 1922-09-02
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Carrie F. (Quillen) Hollobaugh, 92, of Cowansville, died Tuesday, Sept. 16. 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 2, 1922, in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Carrie (Connor) Quillen and was a lifelong community member. She was a homemaker, and a member of Sherrett United Methodist Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Cowansville. She enjoyed playing bingo and the lottery and making crafts. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Hollobaugh; four sisters; and four brothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Cowansville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service, with the Rev. John W. Snyder officiating. Interment will be held in Sherrett Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snyder-crissman.com.
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Miller, Clifford D. 69

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1945-08-08
  • Died: 2014-09-09
  • Funeral Home: ___, ____ | Get Directions
  • Clifford D. Miller, 69, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at West Haven Manor in Washington Township. He was born Aug. 8, 1945, in Greensburg, a son of the late Francis E. and Lillian Huey Miller. Before his retirement, he was employed by the Navy Operating Engineers as a boiler technician. He was a Navy veteran having served his country for 20 years. Cliff was a member of the Slickville American Legion Post 18. He loved woodworking, fishing and traveling. He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Linda Adamik Miller, of Apollo; his loving children, Sam Marks and his wife, Jennifer, of Des Moines, Iowa, Kathryn Nuzzo and her husband, Patrick, of Monessen, and Julie Marks, of Apollo; four grandchildren, Lillian and Jocelyn Marks and Vincent and Isabella Nuzzo; six siblings, Earl Miller, Loretta Engel, Doris Welch, Sam Miller and his wife, Joyce, Francis Miller and wife, Louise, and Ruth Ann Bayura and her husband, Jim; and his sister-in-law, Marge Miller. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Miller. Cliff, I will love you until the rivers run still, and the four winds we know blow away. Daisy a day, dear.
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Fayette County

Gilotty, Monica L. 55

  • Fayette City
  • Born: 1958-11-27
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Monica Lynn Gilotty, 55, of Fayette City, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in the Emergency Room of Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born in North Charleroi on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 27, 1958, the daughter of Norman L. and Donna (Hamer) Gilotty, who survive and reside in Fayette City (Washington Township). Monica was a 1976 graduate of Monessen High School and a 1977 graduate of Bradford Business School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Monessen and was employed as a front desk clerk at Holiday Inn Express in Rostraver Township. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Karen (Bill) Stimmell of Rostraver Township, and Christine Gilotty of Belle Vernon; four brothers, Michael (Lisa) Gilotty of Long Branch, Brian (Kristan) Gilotty of Fairhope, Dean (Kelly) Gilotty of Belle Vernon, and Kenneth (Kelly) Gilotty of Fairhope; three nephews, Brandon and Joshua Gilotty, and Anthony Stimmell; five nieces, Kaleigh and Gianna Gilotty, Sarah and Laney Gilotty, and Maria Stimmell; five aunts, Wilhemina Mancinelli of Monessen, Jan Gilotty of Hopewell Township, Darla Belsick and Sharon Hamer, both of Fairhope, and Lillian Gilotty of Carroll Township; two uncles, Robert (Inez) Gilotty of Monessen, and Dale (Arden) Hamer of Murrysville; and by numerous cousins. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, beginning with 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Johns, Bertha L. 86

  • Formerly of Brownsville
  • Born: 1928-03-05
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Lantz, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Bertha Lucinda "Nan" Johns, 86, of Shippensburg, formerly of Brownsville, went home to be with the Lord, while her family was by her side, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Chambersburg Hospital. She was born March 5, 1928, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late Charles Henry and Cora Mae Hackett. She was a member and former stewardess of Mt. Zion AME Church, Brownsville. Nan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, who enjoyed her family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul "Noodie" Johns, who died May 10, 2013; son, Kenneth C. Johns; and brothers, James and Charles Hackett. She is survived by her sister, Sara Jones (John), of Republic; daughters, Paula Abington (Dennis), of Arkansas City, Kan., and Saundra Scott (Maurice), of Shippensburg; son, Paul Jr. (Carol), of Connellsville; daughter-in-law, Barbara Johns, of Uniontown; and grandchildren, Teri Scott, Tyrone Abington (Kirra), Fred Scott Jr. (Dana), Dennis Abington Jr. (Patti), Wesley Abington, Chad Johns (Christine), Adam Johns, Warren Scott (Stephanie), Taylor Johns, Sara Johns, Terine Johns and Darwin Bell. She had 10 great-grandchildren, Symone Abington, Isaiah Abington, Nicholas Scott, Sydney Abington, Tempe Scott, Andrew Scott, Elijah Abington, Treyten Johns, Zakira Johns and Kellen Scott; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Visitation from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, the hour of service, at the LANTZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 297 E. Main St., Uniontown. Condolences and floral arrangements may be submitted through http://www.lantzfh.com.
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Keffer, Christine M. 49

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1965-02-28
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Maria Peterson Keffer, 49, of Perryopolis, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Select Specialty Care, Pittsburgh. Born Feb. 28, 1965, in Gerabronn, Germany, she was the daughter of Bobby Neil Peterson and wife, Elizabeth, of Gales Ferry, Conn., and the late Edith K. Krohn Peterson. A resident of Perryopolis, Mrs. Keffer was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis. She was a 1983 graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School and a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing where she graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Christine worked at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric ICU, was a visiting nurse for the former Unlimited Homecare, the Belle Vernon Area School District, Certified School Nurse and was department head of nursing services. She was a member of the Westmoreland County School Nurses' Association where she served a two-year term as vice president (2005 to 2007), the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP), National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Christine's greatest joy has always been spending time with her husband and children, especially at cookouts and family dinners when they could all be together and share many laughs and good times. She was an avid reader (I love my Kindle!). She also enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, knitting and cross stitching along with fishing and going for walks with her husband as well as spending time with her family and friends. Christine and her family wishes to extend a special thanks to some very special people who dedicated their time, energy and expertise to her, sometimes above and beyond the expected over the past several years, including Dr. Daniel Petro, MD, of Hillman Cancer Center, her dedicated oncologist for his expert care and unwavering support who often went above and beyond the standard of care; Stephanie Kaiser, physicians' assistant of Hillman Cancer Center; oncology nurses at Hillman Cancer Center; Dr. Joseph Pilewski, MD, of UPMC Presbyterian, her transplant pulmonologist; transplant nurse coordinators; the entire cardiothoracic transplant team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists and physical therapists who took excellent care of her over the past several years; and Chris Draft, former NFL football linebacker who lost his wife to lung cancer and who works tirelessly to raise lung cancer awareness and research funding through Team Draft, an Initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey E. Keffer to whom she was married 26 years; children, Joshua Keffer and girlfriend, Amanda Wilson, of Fayette City, Juliann Keffer and fiance, Brennan Perry, of Pittsburgh, and Jonathan Keffer of Perryopolis; two sisters and brother-in-law, Heidi and Tim Barca of Aynor, S.C., and Sharon Peterson of Pittsburgh; half brother, Timothy Peterson of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Kimberly and Gregory Zborovancik of Fayette City, and Kristy and Jerry Popovec of Perryopolis; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Zborovancik, Fallon Peterson, Ty Zborovancik, Jerry Popovec, Ryan Popovec, and Justin Popovec; aunts and uncles, Inge and Jessie Ward of Belle Vernon, Marianne and Luke Brennan of Yonkers, N.Y., Ute Gulich of Germany, Avis and Gerry Forsman of Moss Point, Miss., Arno and Emmi Krohn of Germany, Ralph and Annelise Krohn of Germany; and numerous cousins of which there are too many to mention. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Heinrich and Maria Krohn and Lilly R. Peterson; and two uncles, Franz Krohn and Heinrich Krohn. As per Christine's request, private family visitation and funeral services were held Wednesday at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto, pastor, of St. John the Baptist church, Perryopolis, officiating. Interment took place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. A celebration of Christine's life will be held at the Keffer residence Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. All friends and family are welcome. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Maria Keffer to one of the following: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) to support lung cancer research or UPMC Cancer Center to support patient care at 412-623-4700; UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute to support cardiothoracic transplant research and programs at 412-647-3048; Team Draft at teamdraft.org; or CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education) at core.org. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Meyers, Kenneth D. 76

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1938-09-13
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Daryl Meyers, 76, of Connellsville, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Connellsville, a son of the late Gilbert and Elinor (McClintock) Meyers. He was Protestant by faith. Kenneth was an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the Navy. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years with the Anchor Hocking Cap Plant as a machine attendant. He was a member of the Slovak, Polish, Moose and Eagles Clubs, the VFW Post 21, Jessop's Boat Club, South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club and was a life member of the South Connellsville Fireman's Club. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Kraynak) Meyers; stepchildren, Patty Tremba-Firestone, Michael Tremba and wife, Cindy, Connie Tremba-Nicholson, David Tremba and wife, Paula (Conko), Joe Tremba and friend, Sherry, all of Connellsville; sisters, Sandra Loughman and Beverly (Boo) Meyers, both of Connellsville; special nieces and nephews, Sara Firestone and Nathan Norton; nieces and nephews, Richard Loughman, Randy Loughman and friend, Linda, Terry Loughman-Wiltrout and friend, John, Shelly Loughman-Delara and husband, Mark; and also many other nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Loretta (Mema) McClintock; brother, Gilbert (Pudge) Meyers; and a niece, Sheila Soltis-Loughman. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where additional visitation will be held from 9 until the hour of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will follow in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 301 and 762. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the South Connellsville Fireman's Club, 1529 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425.
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Soliday, Jesse L. 81

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-08-20
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jesse L. Soliday, 81, of South Connellsville, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at home. He was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Clarence L. and Mary G. (Cook) Soliday. Jesse was a self-employed mechanic for several years. He was a member of South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Jesse was an avid sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to hunt and fish. Jesse was a skilled archer who attended many archery events throughout his life, winning many trophies and passing his knowledge and advice on to anyone interested. He was an expert marksman with a rifle and handgun. Jesse enjoyed bowling and was awarded trophies throughout the years for his expertise. He loved boating on the Yough Dam with the love of his life, "Edie." Jesse is survived by his longtime companion and friend, Edith "Edie" Shiery; a son, Mark A. Soliday, of Pittsburgh; two stepchildren, Sandra Dolan and husband, Kenneth, of Virginia, and William D. Middleton, of Connellsville; and three sisters, Violet Faye Hinckel, of Cleveland, Ohio, Margaret Ann "Peggy" Huber and husband, Bill, of West Newton, and Beverly Marker, of Stahlstown. In addition to his parents, Jesse was predeceased by his wife, Emma Jean Soliday, in 1994; a son, John Soliday; and three brothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service, with Pastor Robert C. Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Fitzgerald, Mary A. 77

  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Fitzgerald, 77, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was the devoted wife of and is survived by Richard M. Fitzgerald, married for 55 years, and blessed with five children, Father Richard "Marty" Fitzgerald Jr., Maureen (Bill) Groves, Tim (Audrey) Fitzgerald, Brian (Cristy) Fitzgerald and Bill (Jodi) Fitzgerald; and 12 grandchildren, Maddie, Michael Kaleigh, Mary, Meghan, McKenzie, Molly, Erin, Connor, TJ, Riley and Rachel. Mary Ann was a giver, always caring for others and looking for ways to make the world brighter. In her early life she taught second grade in Whitehall School District. After leaving that profession to raise her children, she later worked with her husband, Richard, at Taylor's Pharmacy in Washington, Pa., where she ran the old-fashioned soda fountain and candy counter. She loved her family, her pets, the garden, the beach and traveling. She and her husband are founding members of St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township. She is also survived by her sisters, Carolyn (Dan) Buckley, of Canonsburg, and Nancy (Jim) Haller, of Austin, Texas; and her brother Harry (Sally) Fleck, of Melbourne Beach, Fla. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. 724-941-3211. Friends will be welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, 120 Abington Lane, McMurray. Everyone please meet at the church. Inurnment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093. Please add or view Tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Gilmore, James M. 75

  • Duncanville, Texas
  • Born: 1939-06-07
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Clayton, Duncanville, Texas | Get Directions
  • James Michael Gilmore, of Duncanville, Texas, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the age of 75. He was born June 7, 1939, in Pittsburgh, to Albert Francis Gilmore and May Estelle Heckert Gilmore. James married Judy Kay Plocek Gilmore on Aug. 8, 1964, in Corpus Christi, Texas. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 8, 2014. Together they had two daughters, Michelle Niederstadt, married to Bill, and Wendy Bergstrom, married to Jeff. He is survived by six grandchildren, Sarah, Brittany and Zachary Niederstadt and Cory, Nicholas and Katie Bergstrom; two sisters, Roxanne L'herbier and her husband, Eugene, and Mary Petrakovich; numerous nieces and nephews; and hosts of friends. James retired from the Navy after serving his country for 23 1/2 years and from the US Postal Service after 20 years. He liked to fish and golf, coached various sports teams that his daughters participated in, and was a huge fan of all Pittsburgh teams, especially the Steelers and the Penguins. He was a swimmer in high school, and sang in the church choir. The Gilmores really wanted their children and grandchildren to attend and graduate from college. So far, their two daughters and two oldest grandchildren have graduated college with the third oldest grandchild currently attending college. Mass is scheduled for noon Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1111 W. Danieldale Road, Duncanville, TX 75137, with interment at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of DAVID CLAYTON and SONS FUNERAL HOME, 200 W. Center St., Duncanville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org).
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Michura, Catherine M. 59

  • Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Born: 1955-08-06
  • Died: 2014-09-08
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Catherine Marie (Brilhart) Michura, 59, of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., surrounded by family. Born Aug. 6, 1955, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Anna (Sedor) Brilhart. Cathy was a 1973 graduate of Clairton High School and a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. Cathy enjoyed her '54 Chevy and was a member of the Southern Knights Rod and Custom Club. She loved her cats, antiques and stuffed bear collection. Cathy was a John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy enthusiast. She loved flying, but her true passion was spending time at her cottage and the beach. Besides her parents, Cathy was predeceased by her brother, John Brilhart. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Richard "Rick" Michura; her sisters, Patricia Roberts and Linda (David) Provins; her brother, Tim (Barb) Brilhart; her sisters-in-law, Linda Brilhart and Sharon (Gil) Jones; brother-in-law, John (Dolly) Michura; godchildren (niece/nephew), Traci and Matthew Provins; nephew, John (Jennifer) Roberts Jr.; nieces, Marianne (Henry) Lassige and Kaely and Nicole Brilhart, Kim Cheney, Heather (Ross) Miller and Tamara (Garrick) Kruis; and great-nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends were received for Catherine's Memorial Life Celebration of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Charlotte Hall, Md. Friends will be received for a memorial gathering from 5 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Church, 460 Reed St., Clairton, PA 15025. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or an animal shelter of the donor's choice. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Simmons, Hilda W. 82

  • Smyrna, Ga.
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Warden Funeral Home, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Hilda W. Simmons, 82, of Smyrna, Ga., formerly of Monessen, passed away Sept. 13, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Stephanie Simmons; sister of Theodore, Robert and Dollie Walters and Shirley Taylor; and loving grandmother of Areya Simmons. She was also survived by her St. Mark AME Church family; other relatives; and friends. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark AME Church, 1409 Montier Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221, where services will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be held at the Allegheny Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to GEORGE WARDEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 1100 North Homewood Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15208, 412-241-3838.
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