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Bergstein, Lawrence E.

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Bergstein, of Squirrel Hill, passed away suddenly Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was the son of the late Milton and Eva (Tepper) Bergstein. He is survived by his longtime partner, Jean Lenart, and her son, Robert Lenart; also survived by his sons, Bruce and Joseph and the late Scott Bergstein. He was the grandfather to Jacquelynn, Brandon, Brianna, Connor, Joeslynn and Madelynn; great-grandfather to Lyric and Violet Rose; also survived by his loving brothers, Melvin and David Bergstein; and a great many nieces, nephews and cousins. Larry was an Army veteran and retired USPS Supervisor. A well-known "Character" in Squirrel Hill referred to by many as the "Unofficial Mayor." He spent many of his last summer days poolside at Greenfield Magee's City Pool. He will be missed by a great many people who knew and loved him. Services at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to services (noon to 1 p.m.). Interment Sons of Israel Cemetery. Please make contributions in his name to a charity of your choice. www.schugar.com.
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Brody, Gilbert E. 90

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Gilbert E. Brody, 90, of West Homestead, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband to Kathryn (Lally) and the late Margaret (Lally); loving father to Gilbert (late Leslie) Brody, of Allison Park; brother of Catherine Wierzchowski, of Munhall; and cherished grandfather to Christopher and Shayne Brody. Gilbert was a retired steelworker for U.S. Steel Carrie Furnace and a Marine Corp veteran of World War II. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with Father Daniel Sweeney officiating.
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Brown, G. Lorraine

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, North Hills | Get Directions
  • G. Lorraine (Stephens) Brown, of the Village at Hampton Fields, died Sunday, April 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late Clarence E. Brown Jr.; loving mother of Margaret Damron (John) and James E. Brown (Barbara); grandmother of Gregory Renkey, Michael Renkey, Matthew Brown and Jamie Chevrier; and great-grandmother of Marc Andre Chevrier. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the United Way.
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Ciaburri, Nancy L.

  • Aleppo Township
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. (Vail) Ciaburri, of Aleppo Township, formerly of New Sewickley Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to Robert L. Ciaburri; loving mother of Robert Ciaburri II (Christine) and Kim Breit (Robert); grandmother of Nicholas, Aaron, Rachel, Jillian and Molly; and great-grandmother of Ella, Domenick, Asher, Vera and Isaac. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Orchard Hill Church. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of Cranberry.
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Constant, Theresa M. 91

  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Theresa Marie (Wagner) Constant, 91, just 2 weeks shy of turning 92, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Moyer, Barbara Schaberl, Michele Pope and Robert Constant, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Edwin Wagner. Theresa worked as a registered nurse until her retirement. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernadette Church.
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Coscarelli Jr., Cyril F. 90

  • Formerly of Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Cyril F. Coscarelli Jr., 90, formerly of Highland Park, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Monica A. Coscarelli; father of William, Thomas and Mary Louise Coscarelli; grandfather of Katie, Cyra, David, Laura and Sean; great-grandfather of Mabeline and Tululah; and brother of the late Dorothy Coscarelli. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by McCABE BROTHERS INC. www.mcccabebrothers.com.
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Delesio, John T. 86

  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Winter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John T. "Strut" Delesio, 86, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Carolyn (Casciato) Delesio; brother of the late Frances DeBella, Rose Bernatowicz, Matthew and Rosario "Rocky" Delesio. John was a loving and cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews. A Korean War veteran, John was a quiet and unassuming man who enjoyed many friends, both in Illinois and Pittsburgh. John had a passion for bowling, and as an accomplished bowler at the age of 86, was an inspiration to his league. A former resident of Chicago, John remained a fan of the White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks, however, he grew an affection for the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Friends and family received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the WINTER FUNERAL HOME PC, 4730 Friendship Ave. Funeral at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Dengler Jr., David C. 40

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • David C. Dengler Jr., 40, of Reserve Township, passed unexpectedly Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was the beloved son of Kathleen A. (Hillebrand) Perlik; loving father of Dawson Dengler; dear brother of Amy E. (Chris) Schindler, Angela Perlik, Brian C. Perlik and Steven Perlik; and nephew of Mary (Harry) Schmidt and the late Arleen Hillebrand. David is also survived by his ex-wife, Karen Hillgrove; and many cousins. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Sebastian Church. Dave was president of Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed family time doing special activities with his son, Dawson, and collected memorabilia of Star Wars and Beastie Boys. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in David's memory to the Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Company, 3367 Spring Garden Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Emanuel, Dorothea A. 85

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dorothea A. (Voltz) Emanuel, 85, of Wilkins Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 67 years of James L. Emanuel; loving mother James (Pamela) Emanuel, William (Georgine) Emanuel and the late Nancy Emanuel; dear grandmother of Joshua Emanuel and Sarah( Kalias ) Muhammad Emanuel; great-grandmother of William, Theodore, Benjamin, Aliyah and Jasmine; sister of Nina, "Tiny," Layla and the late Phyliss (Gene) Gardner. Dorothea loved to read and enjoyed traveling. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday followed by a blessing service at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950 ). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Western PA Humane Society,1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Eyrich, Patrick D. 56

  • Plum Borough , Formerly of Kiski
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Patrick Driscoll Eyrich, 56, of Plum Borough, formerly of Kiski, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the father of Stephanie Cross, Brittany Eyrich and Joshua Eyrich; grandfather of Kiersten Shields, Colton Eyrich, Vanessa Wolff and Brianna Graham; son of Walter Francis D. and the late Betty Eyrich; brother of Michael (Josephine) and Jeffrey (Cheryl) Eyrich and Cathy Berger; uncle of Amy (Tim) Wicks, Beth (Mike) Griffin, Rebecca and Jennifer Berger; and is also survived by ex-wife, Karen (John) Zofcin. Pat was a handy man and a devoted provider for his family. He enjoyed camping and spending time outdoors especially in Cooks Forest. Pat's kids and grandkids will remember him for introducing them to his love for bad horror films. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL,7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at noon Monday. Interment will be in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Florian, Elsie M. 76

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Elsie Mae (Keady) Florian, 76, of Munhall, died Friday, April 17, 2015. She was the daughter of the late James and Alta (Thomas) Keady; wife of the late John R. Florian; loving mother of Marty (Chris) Florian, of Arizona, Debbie (David) Smoody, of Munhall, and the late Susie (husband, Bob, survives) Bence, of Munhall; grandmother of Adam, Jena and Jonathan Bence, Michael Florian and Kristin (Julia) Florian; sister of Jean Bechtold, of Florida, and Jim Keady, of California; also survived by nieces, nephews and her beloved cat, Bella. Elsie was a retired teacher from St. Therese School in Munhall. She was also a volunteer at Lifespan, the Benedum Center and various other places. Elsie's family was everything to her and she will be dearly missed by everyone. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society c/o Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Gajdzik Sr., George P. 73

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1942-02-23
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • George P. Gajdzik Sr., 73, of McKeesport, died Friday, April 17, 2015, at UPMC Mercy, Uptown. Born Feb. 23, 1942, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George Joseph and Ann Marie Yocco Gajdzik. An Air Force Vietnam era veteran, George was a retired computer test engineer, retiring from Respironics in Monroeville. He had also worked for Westinghouse for 35 years and for Union Switch and Signal for 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joann Costa Gajdzik; a son, George P. (Lora) Gajdzik Jr., of Belle Vernon; and daughters, Sherry (Joseph) Jarmon, of Sutersville, Christine (the late Keith) Sterner and Melanie Elder, both of McKeesport. Also surviving are grandchildren, Shawn Michael Gajdzik, Mathew Gajdzik and Angelena Jarmon; a sister, Antoinette Jaskolski, of North Versailles; two nephews and a niece. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will begin at 8 p.m. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Getz, William S. 91

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William S. "Stu" Getz, 91, of Swissvale, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores (McCullough) Getz; loving father of Patricia M. Eiseman (Gary), of Springdale Township, Linda S. Hite (Bill), of Wilkins Township, Kathleen Griffith (Dave), of North Versailles, and the late Howard, Dorothy and Billy Getz; father-in-law of Debbie Getz; dear grandfather of Carol, Todd, Sarah, Bryan and Melanie; great-grandfather of Josh, Nico, Connor and baby Aubree to arrive in July; brother of Howard W. Getz, of Monroeville, and the late Frank "Les" Getz; uncle of Gayle Cindric, of Wilkins Township; and great-uncle of Gabi Cindric. Stu retired after 41 years of service at Union Switch and Signal, Swissvale, in the plating department. Stu served his country proudly in the Army 291st Combat Engineers during World War II on the beach in Normandy, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars. Stu was past commander of Swissvale American Legion Post 063, member of the Swissvale VFW and Swissvale Moose. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of Harmar Village and Grane Hospice Care. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's School Program, 1000 Corporate Drive, Wexford, PA 15090. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Graham, Joseph W. 80

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Graham, 80, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Nancy "Simon" Graham; loving father of Valerie (Donald) Zulka, Brian Graham and family, and the late Charles Joseph Graham; proud grandfather of Adam and Alan Zulka; brother of John (Nancy) Graham, Mary Belle Turka and Timothy (Darlene) Graham and the late Keith, David and Kathryn Graham; brother-in-law of Mary Ann, Annie and Carol Graham; also many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Joseph was a life-long member of The Order of the Eastern Star, a 50 year member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 573 F and AM, a volunteer Fireman at Cherry City Fire Dept, and extremely active in serving his church and the Lord. He was just "a regular Joe." Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9p.m. Thursday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave, Millvale. Services Friday, time and place later.
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Hall, Gertrude A. 84

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Gertrude A. "Trudy" (Allmaier) Hall, 84, of Bethel Park, died Friday, April 17, 2015, peacefully at home. She was the beloved wife of George Hall; and mother of Linda Schakenbach (John), Stephen Hall (Cathy), Nancy Gagnon (Victor) and the late Kenneth Hall. She also is survived by five grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Susan Hall; one niece and one nephew. She drove a school bus for the Bethel Park School District for 17 years in the '70s and '80s. Trudy enjoyed square dancing and counted cross stitch. She was married to her husband, George, for 62 years. They enjoyed traveling in their RV to national parks and to various states, including Alaska. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Tuesday in St. Valentine Church. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bethel Park Library. www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Hart, Sandra L. 70

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1945-02-21
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Hart, 70, of Ross Township, died suddenly Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Feb. 21, 1945, daughter of the late Carmen (Elnora) Ross. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard W. Hart Sr.; loving mother of Richard W. Hart Jr., Carmen M. (John) Seibert and William R. (Jennifer) Hart; dear grandmother of Amanda (Dan) James, Will and Jessica Hart, Carlie, John (Jr.) Sarah and Courtney Seibert and Billy and Nick Hart; great-grandmother of Sophie, Mackenzie, Chiara and Coen; sister of Robert (Linda) Ross and the late Tony Ross. Sandy loved spending time with her grandchildren and deeply missed her husband, Rich, since his passing. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Athanasius Church. Interment in North Side Catholic Cemetery. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Hickman, Catherine M. 96

  • Formerly of Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. Hickman, 96, formerly of Upper St. Clair, died Friday, April 17, 2015. She was the wife of the late Edward W. Hickman; mother of Karen (Fred) DeRoos, Cathi (Vince) Pivnicny, Jack (late Sue) Hickman and the late Judy (Chuck) Bates; also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 960 Penn Ave., Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Hilligsberg, Frank L. 72

  • Whitaker
  • Died: 2015-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Frank Lenny Hilligsberg, 72, of Whitaker, died Saturday, April 11,2015. He was the beloved husband of Linda Hilligsberg; loving father of Leonard C. (Erin), of Whitaker, Carol L. Hilligsberg, of Munhall, and Helen M. (Andrew) Bromley, of Riverside, Calif.; brother of Helen Branstetter, of Missouri, Norbert, of West Mifflin, Allan, of Virginia, and the late Millie Winters. Frank was a member for 42 years of Whitaker Volunteer Fire Co. No. 298 where he served as the engineer. Funeral services are private. Funeral arrangements where entrusted to GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Jones, Walter W. 74

  • Bethel Park , Formerly of Euclid, Ohio
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Walter W. Jones, 74, of Bethel Park, formerly of Euclid, Ohio, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 39 years of Marcia Jean (Whaley) Jones; adoptive father of Marty (Randi) and Matthew (Kelly) Whaley; and is also survived by 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Ronald and Terry Jones. Walter loved to build or repair everything and it was often said, "that if he couldn't fix it, it couldn't be fixed." Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Main Sanctuary of Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. www.laughlinfnueralhome.com.
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Kalocay, Jennifer S.

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Jennifer Shannon Kalocay, of Bethel Park, died unexpectedly Friday, April 17, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Bernard "Bo" and the late Mary Lee Kalocay; dear sister of Michael (Wendy) Kalocay and Jackie Kalocay Hogg (David); doting aunt of Andrew Hogg, Rylee and Ryan Kalocay; and godmother of Andrew Hogg. Her smile and presence touched the lives of many friends and family members. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (opposite Macy's South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Valentine Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Chartiers Center (TSR Mt. Lebanon), 437 Railroad St., Bridgeville, PA 15017.
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Kaminski, Marlene A. 73

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Marlene Adair (Danielson) Kaminski, 73, of Swissvale, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Saturday, April 18, 2015. She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Anthony Kaminski; her loving children, John Kaminski and his wife, Jeanine, and Lynn Checchio; her dear grandchildren, Marla Checchio, Justin Checchio and Amelia Kaminski; her devoted sisters, Dolores Ross and her late husband, Robert, and Donna Law and her husband, Dean; many loving nieces and nephews; and "her gang," Eleanor, Charlotte, Diane, Lorraine and May Ellen. She was the daughter of the late Einar and Della Mae (Siems) Danielson. Marlene lived her entire life in Swissvale. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lois Hileman and her late husband, Jack. Marlene was a fun-loving and supportive wife, mother, nana, aunt and friend who enjoyed her family dogs, dancing, spending time with her wonderful neighbors and trying her luck at the casinos. Family and friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church, 7446 McClure Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Katsafanas, Sophia

  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sophia (Katselas) Katsafanas passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Basil W. Katsafanas; sister of Tasso Katselas (Jane), Chris Katselas and the late Milton Katselas; and aunt of Dana and Lisa Katselas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, Oakmont.
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Kiesel, Blanche N. 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1925-02-23
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Blanche Nora Ann "Babe" Kiesel, 90, of Penn Hills, passed away comfortably at home Thursday, April 16, 2015. Babe was born in Fairmont, W.Va. to Veronica and Edward Finnerin on Feb. 23, 1925. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1942. She went on to work at Bell Telephone/ATT for 25 plus years and later retired and spent some time in Sebastian, Fla. She was a member of the Central Catholic Mothers Guild and was one of the founding families of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She loved to travel, having been known to make frequent trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and later in life, the Rivers Casino. She was a sports fanatic with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the top of her list of teams to root for and frequently called in to the Tunch and Wolf show, her handle as "Babe, from Penn Hills." She was a vivacious, hard-working, independent woman who was loved by many. Babe was preceded in death by her parents, Veronica and Edward Finnerin; her former spouse, John "Jack" Kiesel; her sister, Mary Agnes (Bunko) Kiesel; and her three sons, James "Jimmy," William "Billy" (Kathleen) and Joseph "Joey" (Florence). Babe is survived by her sister, Patricia Ann Sperling; and her children, John, Rene (Buddy) Fitzgerald, Diane (Jim) Truszkowski, Debbie (Gary) Ryan, Mark (Eileen) and David (Diana). She is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon, Billy (Leah) and Sarah Fitzgerald, Jennifer (Frank) Muto, Stacie Truszkowski, Jamie (Max) Murphy, Maggie (Phil Gunde), Veronica, Vicki (Steve Merlo), Courtney, Katie, Joe, Billy, Mark, Taylor, Matthew and Jim Kiesel; and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a fund to be established for the college education of her great-grandchildren (please contact a family member for additional information). The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the doctors and nurses that cared for Babe over the years and at the end of her life including Dr. Mike Finikiotis, Dr. Jim O'Toole and Dr. Emily Yee as well as the physicians and staff at Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Anderson Manor.
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Klavon, Mark A. 55

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Mark A. Klavon, 55, of Lawrenceville, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Sandra L. (Brady) Klavon; father of Charlie Klavon, John Hirschfield Jr., Brandon Hirschfield, Lindsie Hirschfield and Cortnie Thomas; grandfather of Alissa and Jesse West, Makayla and Isaac Thomas, Johnny Hirschfield III and Mikey; brother of Mary Ellen Tegtmeier, Martha Jane Rahuba, Geraldine May (Mark Gatnarek), Gloria Wolak Gibson (Dick), James (Christgin), Audrey Vernon (John) and the late Raymond Klavon; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 until blessing service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, www.mccabebrothers.com, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Interment private.
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Lang, Dolores T. 103

  • Born: 1912-03-21
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores T. Lang, 103, an angel returned to heaven Thursday, April 16, 2015. Born March 21, 1912, and at the age of 103 years and 26 days, Dolores (Aul) Lang left this earth to join her husband, William J. Lang; her twin sister, Dorothy Reynolds; and many other family and friends. She leaves to celebrate her life her daughter, Dolores Miller and husband, Michael Miller; and her son, William Lang and his wife, Nancy. For many years she showered her love on her seven grandchildren, Lauren Paslay, Lisa Bare (Dennis), Kimberly Miller, Michael Miller (Sherri), Christopher Miller (Terry), Marcus Lang and Michelle Kearns (Christopher). Her 16 great-grandchildren and her two great-great-grandsons will always remember their Gigi. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville. Interment private. Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church or a charity of one's choice. Please visit www.beinahuer.com to add or view tributes.
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Laurence, Joann G. 77

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Mt. Oliver | Get Directions
  • Joann G. Laurence, 77, of Mt Lebanon, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. She was the wife of the late William; loving mother of William II (Trudi), George (Aracely), and the late Mary Louise; also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Joann will be dearly missed by her family and many special friends who loved her deeply. Per her wishes, service and interment private. If desired, family suggests gifts in her memory, in support of heart disease research, to the University of Pittsburgh Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Attn: Gary Dubin, 3600 Forbes Ave., Suite 8084, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by TIMOTHY K. SLATER FUNERAL SERVICES INC., (412-381-3337), 425 Brownsville Road, Mt. Oliver, PA 15210. Condolences at www.timothykslater.com.
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Leahy Jr., J. Blair 88

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • J. Blair Leahy Jr., 88, of Wexford died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Lois M. Froehlich Leahy for 64 years; dear father of Shelia Siegal (Bruce), of Tennessee, James, of Wexford, and Mark, of Virginia; grandfather of James Jr., Katie, Rachel, Bridgette and the late Lori; great-grandfather of Collier; and is also survived by one brother and three sisters. He was predeceased by two brothers. Blair was an active member of the Knights of Equity since 1947. He was named Pittsburgh Irishman of the Year in 1982. He was presented the Manifesting the Kingdom award by the Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik in 2009. Blair was a member of Knights of Columbus No. 3907, where he was a past Grand Knight. He was also a former Marshall Township supervisor. He was a World War II Navy veteran, Pacific Theater. Blair was a member of the American Legion Post 161. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Alphonusus School, c/o St. Alphonsus Rectory, 201 Church Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Miele, Nicholas L. 83

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Stathers, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nicholas L. Miele, 83, of North Versailles, died suddenly from a tragic fall Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was the son of the late Dominic and Ruth (Smith) Miele; loving husband of Denise (Dumi) Miele; loved father of Ryan, Kevin, Brian and the late Michael and Dominic Miele; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Vince, Alyce and Courtney; brother of Annette Kardos, Sylvia Miele and Dolores Miele; also surviving is his extended, loving family. Nicholas served his country as a medic in the Army during the Korean War. There will be no visitation and services are private. Arrangements by STATHERS FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1222 Muldowney Ave., Lincoln Place, (412-464-4377).
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Moffitt, Kathy S. 60

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1954-04-18
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Kathy S. Moffitt, 60, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at home. She was born April 18, 1954, in McKeesport, daughter of Robert Murphy, of Port Vue, and the late Donna (Hayes) Murphy. She was a caregiver. She was the wife of Joseph R. Merriman; mother of Frank J. (Cindy) Moffitt Jr., of McKeesport, and Kenneth Moffitt, of Pittsburgh; grandmother of Angelina (Brian Sr.) DiCecco, Ashley Moffitt, Autumn Moffitt and Kenneth Moffitt Jr.; great-grandmother of Brian DiCecco Jr.; sister of Patrick (Lois) Murphy, of Port Vue, Sandy (Tim) Wilson, of Port Vue; and aunt of Katie Wilson, Jake Wilson, Robbie Murphy, Lucky Murphy and Patrick Murphy Jr. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME with the Rev. William Galius, of Walnut Grove Assembly of God, officiating. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Patterson, Edward M. 94

  • Eastmont
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Edward Moore Patterson, 94, of Eastmont, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the husband of the late Doris G. Patterson; father of Edward G. (Marilyn Pasquarelli) Patterson, of Pitcairn, Bruce Patterson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara (Roger Rubeck) Jenkins, of Redington Beach, Fla., and Nina (Eric) Hanson, of New London; loving companion of Pat Shoff, of Youngwood; and grandfather of Michelle L. Patterson and April Hanson. After graduation from Franklin and Marshall College, he entered the Army in 1943, serving in Company B, 322nd Medical Battalion, 97th Division. After returning home, he had a long career at Edgar Thomson Works of U.S. Steel. He coached Little League/softball and umpired when his children were young and mentored junior achievement. He loved wildlife and hunted and fished his entire life. He later enjoyed volunteering to Stock Streams before the opening of trout season. He was a Mason, belonged to John Dayton Rogers VFW Post 6681, East Suburban Friendship Club and Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club. Friends are invited to a memorial visitation at 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, until time of memorial service at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Perry, Elizabeth 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Perry, 87, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 64 years of John H. Perry Jr.; dear mother of Mark, Steve (Kelly), Janice (Don) Doerfler and the late Jeffrey (surviving wife, Carla); grandmother of Chad, Rebecca, Sarah, Meghan, Taylor, Raymond, Alison, Emily, Jackson, Macy and Sydney; and great-grandmother of Brytlin. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in St. Bernadette Church, with Father Tony Gargotta, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Pierre, Keith O. 60

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Keith O. Pierre, 60, of Penn Hills, born in Trinidad, W.I., died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by parents, Christopher and Dolly Pierre; and son, Danny. He was the brother of Steve, Jacquie, Dianne and Derrick (Areilla) Pierre. He will be greatly missed by sweetheart, Denise King, her parents, Dave and Mary Meacham, and her brothers. Also surviving are uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A loyal and lifetime member of Penn Hills Universal VFD No. 226, Keith held a number of offices during his time at No. 6. He worked at Penn Hills Shop 'n Save since 1997. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Unity Community Church with full fireman's honors. To honor his memory, donations may be made to Penn Hills Universal VFD No. 226, c/o any S and T Bank branch.
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Reid, Donald D. 63

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Donald D. Reid, 63, of Wilkins Township, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Kocak) Reid; adored son of the late Luther and Joyce Reid; brother-in-law of Albert (Theresa) Kocak Jr., Debbie (Ron) Savko, Jerry Kocak, Robert (Kim) Kocak and Ronald (Sharon) Kocak; also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. Don was a Vietnam Marine veteran and a drug and alcohol counselor in Florida. Once he moved to Pittsburgh to be with his wife, he became an insurance fraud agent specializing in workman's comp. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Fisher Church. Interment will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Reiland, David C.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • David C. Reiland, of Ross Township, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 40 years to Kathy (Hohmann) Reiland; loving father of Dana L. Reiland; beloved son of Rita Reiland and the late Joseph Reiland; brother of Donald Reiland (Sharon), Richard J. Reiland (Marjorie) and Kathy Arndt (William); beloved uncle of Hollie Walsh; and other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at a time to be announced Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Hospice, 2605 Nicholson Road, Suite 3240, Sewickley, PA 15143, 724-933-6222.
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Rinkacs, Doris M. 90

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1924-07-11
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Doris M. Rinkacs, 90, of Duquesne, was granted her angel wings Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born July 11, 1924, in McKeesport, to the late Edward and Mary (Schulte) Bernd. She attended St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of 44 years to the late Joseph J. Rinkacs; loving mother of Patricia (Richard) Germek, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Deborah (Thomas) Kuchma, of Duquesne, Renae (Glenn) Pomycala, of Pasadena, Md., and the late Joelle Mendicino; mother-in-law of Michael Mendicino, of Mt. Vernon; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters and brother, Annabelle Chuto, Bernadette Field, Charles Bernd and Helen Pirl. Visitation from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUENRAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Doris' family would like to thank Kane regional Center 4B, McKeesport, for the love and compassion they have shown our mom for the last two years.
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Seipel, Paul E.

  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Paul Edward Seipel, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1946. Paul began his career in manufacturing in Cincinnati. He was vice-president of marketing at Pittsburgh Gear Company. Paul is survived by his wifem Betty (Kockritz), of 48 years; his son, Steve; his daughter, Suzanne Dutton (John), of Alexandria, Va.; and his granddaughter, Erica Seipel. Also surviving are his brother, James; and sister, Marilyn Martineck (Carl), of Cincinnati. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Bernard Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Fund, Office of Development, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Spiegel, Myrle 90

  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Myrle (Thomashefsky) Spiegel, 90, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leon; her parents, Louis and Ethel Thomashefsky; and her siblings, Norman (Charlotte) and Milton (Gloria). She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Spiegel Lehrer. Myrle worked for many years in the insurance industry. After retiring, Myrle found her second career in the banking industry. A graveside service was held Friday, April 17, at the Temple Sinai Memorial Park in Plum. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. Donations may be made to Bethany Hospice, 6 Parkway Center, 875 Greentree Road, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Stahley, Zola M. 77

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Zola Mae Stahley, 77, of Oakmont, died Friday, April 10, 2015. She was the sister of John Stahley, of Livonia, Mich., and the late Anna Lou Landstorfer. Zola is also survived by her beloved and special nephew, Alan Landstorfer, of Oakmont, and other nieces and nephews. Zola was a retired account manager with the former Daniel, Sapp and Boorne Associates in downtown Pittsburgh. Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, in the Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Arrangements are by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 412-823-9350. Memorial donations are suggested to the Oakmont United Methodist Church. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Stupar, Andrew 89

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Andrew Stupar, 89, of Munhall, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Soltis) Stupar; brother of Betty Jozefov, Margaret J. Breznai, Stephen Stupar and the late James Stupar; uncle of Stephen Breznai, with whom he resided; and also survived by many other nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for the Children's Rehab Institute, 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Sudia, Theodore W. 89

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1925-10-10
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Theodore William Sudia, 89, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at home. Born Oct. 10, 1925, in Ambridge, he was a son and the youngest of the eight children of the late Paraskeva and Frank Sudia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia Elson Sudia; daughter, Norah Sudia Davies; and also by siblings Anna, Frank, Marion, Victoria, Helen and Daniel. He is survived by son, Frank Sudia; daughter, Rachael Sudia (Keith) Boivin; grandchildren, Samuel, Cecelia Iris and Aaron; sister, Dorothy Evancho; and by many, many nieces and nephews. Ted received the Eagle Scout Award in 1938. He proudly served in the Naval Reserve during World War II as a radar operator on the YMS-200, a minesweeper in the Pacific. He received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in Plant Ecology/Plant Physiology. Ted held the position of associate professor at the University of Minnesota and later became the chief scientist of the National Park Service, where he retired after 25 years of service in 1995. He was a founding member of the George Wright Society, an organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and management of cultural and natural parks and reserves through research and education. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015, in the Galbreath Chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Dr. Theodore William Sudia, to the George Wright Society, www.georgewright.org, or to Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, lhc-bsa.org.
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Tibbitt, Beatrice B. 80

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1935-03-23
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles Borough | Get Directions
  • Beatrice B. Tibbitt, 80, of Greenock, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Sycamore Estates Personal Care Residence in Duquesne. Born March 23, 1935, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Beatrice (Lukart) Buck. The former proprietor of Bea's Cleaning Company, Beatrice was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and loved her dog Toots. She is survived by her sons, William (Billie) Tibbitt and Frank (Charlene) Tibbitt, of Elizabeth Township; her daughter, Deborah (Gregory) Swiech, of Irwin; her grandchildren, Heather, Frank, Jason, Erin, Marcail, Robert and Aubrey; her great-granddaughter, Scarlett; her sister, Loretta (Donald) Sudsina, of North Versailles; and also nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in the funeral home with Deacon Dale DiSanto, officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Beatrice's family would like to thank Peggy Powers Placement and Carol and her wonderful staff at Sycamore Estates for their support and care of Bea. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Traupman, Olive 90

  • Spring Hill
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Olive (Title) Traupman, 90, of Spring Hill, passed peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was the wife of the late Frank Traupman II; mother of Darlene A. (Daniel) Weber, Mark L. (Rose) Traupman and the late Frank J. Traupman III; grandmother of Daniel (Christie) Weber, Heather Weber, Frank J. Traupman IV and Misty Traupman; great-grandmother of Gabrielle, Alyssa, Laurel and Zachary. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in St. Ambrose Church, 1025 Haslage Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Vincentian Home Activity Fund, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Remembrances can be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Vallejo, Velma M. 70

  • Crafton , Formerly of Canonsburg
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Franklin Park | Get Directions
  • Velma M. (Warren) Vallejo, 70, of Crafton, formerly of Canonsburg, passed Thursday, April 16, 2015, following a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Sidney and Letha Mae (McBride) Warren; mother of Dr. Manuel (Susan) Vallejo Jr. and Rodrigo Vallejo; loving grandmother of Manuel's children, Alexander and Anna Vallejo, and Rodrigo's daughter, Haley Vallejo; sister of James Warren, Patricia D'Amico, John Paul Warren, Sharon Ann Clark and the late Jack Warren and Mary Sue Burris; and is also survived by beloved niece, Nina (Sam) Amer, and nephews, Sam and Geno D'Amico, as well as many additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., Franklin Park. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Wolfram, Mary Lou 81

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Hooper, Morrisville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou (Elder) Wolfram, 81, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Morrisville Presbyterian Towers, her residence for the past seven months. Born in Pittsburgh, Mary Lou was a lifelong Pittsburgh resident before her recent move to Morrisville. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Wolfram was employed as an account clerk with the Pittsburgh Public School System for more than 25 years. As a member of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Mary Lou sang in the choir and relished her outings with the active Young Adult Group. Her adventures took her rafting in the Grand Canyon and cruising to Alaska. Some of her favorite activities included bowling, and power walking in The Great Race, where she usually placed in the top of her bracket. Mary Lou was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the Bible. She cherished the time spent volunteering to read to elementary school children. Additionally, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Pittsburgh sports teams, and could often be heard cheering, "Git 'em." Mary Lou was a daughter of the late Lincoln Harrington and Mildred Myra (Kucharski) Elder, and wife of the late Lloyd George Wolfram. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joan White and Donna Doerr. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen David and Joan Wolfram, of Tucson, Ariz., and Todd Alan and Judith Anne Wolfram, of Yardley; five grandchildren, Jasha, Erik, Caleb, Hannah and Josiah Wolfram; and a great-grandson, Damien Ponce. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at Crossing Community Church, 80 Lower Silver Lake Road, Newtown, PA 18940. Pastor Tim Smith will officiate. Interment, private. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Wolfram's name may be sent to www.presbysinspiredlife.org/presbys-inspired-life/mission-support/donate-online. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the J. ALLEN HOOPER FUNERAL CHAPEL, Morrisville. www.hooperfuneralchapel.com.
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Yonich, Edward R. 76

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1938-09-07
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Edward R. Yonich, 76, of Clairton, passed away at home Friday, April 17, 2015. Born Sept. 7, 1938, in Clairton, he was a son of the late George and Stella (Olesky) Yonich. A retired supervisor for Eastman Chemical in West Elizabeth and member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Edward was a veteran of the Army, an assistant Scout Master for the Clairton Boy Scouts, and volunteer at the former St. Clare School. He enjoyed fishing, camping and was the official bingo caller at his campground in Pymatuning. Besides his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joyce E. (Manown) Yonich, who passed away Feb. 24, 2015; and siblings, Stella Phillips, Effie Nikolich, Dolores Mitro, and Louis, John, Anthony "Sonny" and George "Barney" Yonich. He is survived by his daughter, Roslyn O'Hara, of Clairton; his grandson and best buddy, Scott O'Hara, of Clairton; his sister, Lorettta (Dale) Pierce, of Greentree; his dog, Buddy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Procession and burial to follow to St. Clare Cemetery. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Zwigart, Marian E. 97

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1918-01-21
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Marian E. (Fiegel) Zwigart, 97, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Born Jan. 21, 1918, in Etna, she was the daughter of the late John and Susan Fiegel and the wife of the late Theodore J. Zwigart, who passed away in 1998. Marian was a longtime member of St. Ursula Christian Mothers and devoted to Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. She handmade and donated over 50,000 Rosaries to missions worldwide. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Karen) Zwigart; and three daughters, Cheryl (Bob) Horsley, Donna (Bill) Klingensmith and Bonnie (John) Scarp; grandchildren, Denee, Elyce and Daryl; and seven great-grandchildren. Marian's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, at St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. She will be laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in Sharpsburg. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Marian's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Blystone, Bruce E. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1945-09-20
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Bruce E. Blystone, 69, of Irwin, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at home. He was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Irwin, a son of the late Kenneth E. and Catherine (Walthour) Blystone; and was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis K. Blystone. Bruce was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and the Men's Prayer Fellowship. He was also a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 236, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1671, both of Irwin, and was a member of two bowling leagues. He recently retired from the Westmoreland County Blind Association. He is survived by his siblings, Delores (the late Gildo) Vieceli, of Biddle, Eugene L. (Nancy) Blystone, of Greensburg, Gary L. (Bonnie) Blystone, of Lisbon, Ohio, Wayne K. Blystone, of Colorado, and Carl (the late Kathleen) Blystone, of North Irwin; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in Bruce's name to the Westmoreland County Blind Association, 911 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bulloch, Robert W. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-10-04
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Bulloch, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Johnstown, a son of the late Fred and Janet Bulloch Meley. Robert was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Robert was a retired road superintendent from the North Huntingdon Township Road Department. He was a member of the Norwin VFW Post 781 and a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Larue. He is survived by his sons, Keith and his wife, Patricia, Kory and his wife, Lucia, all of North Huntingdon. He was adored by his grandchildren, Katie, Rob (Ashlee), Sarah and Noah. He also enjoyed his great-grandson, Keith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.obiob.
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Caldwell, LaVerna J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-09-01
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • LaVerna J. Caldwell, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Wallace and Margaret (Reese) Caldwell. Prior to retirement, she had been a supervisor for Bell Telephone with 33 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, the Elks Lodge of Irwin and enjoyed golfing and going out to eat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Josephine Thomas, Bernice Brosnahan and Virginia Benson; a brother, Clifford W. Caldwell; a nephew, Brian Caldwell; and her companion, Charles Flack. She is survived by two brothers, Richard Caldwell and Robert Caldwell, both of Greensburg; two nephews, Richard Caldwell Jr. (Sharon), of Greensburg, and John Brosnahan, of Irwin; three nieces, Diane Gindlesperger (Jeff), of Greensburg, Dolores Brosnahan, and Sherry Brosnahan, both of Irwin; great-nephews, Michael, Joshua and Mark Gindlesperger; and a great-niece, Rachel Caldwell. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carpenter Jr., Edward D. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr., 81, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Litteton, Mass., passed away after a brief illness, one year ago today, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, with his devoted and beloved wife, Jil, at his bedside. Ed was the only child of the late Edward and Victoria (Kuczylowski) Carpenter Sr. He was born April 5, 1933, in Wheeling, W.Va., and raised in McMurray. He graduated from Peters Township High School where he played center on the football team. Ed enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and served in 821st Engineer Battalion. He went on to graduate from California State University and Boston University as an English major. Ed had a distinguished career in the Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts and was in charge of the English Book Closet and Honor Society advisor. His good friend and co-worker, Barry Hazzard, spearheaded a scholarship fund in Ed's name. Ed was a proud member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. He attended Book Club and Tai Chi classes at Redstone Colonial Estates and was a member of the Penn's Woods Seniors. All who met Ed knew him to be a gentle, kind and generous gentleman and a wordsmith. His most frequently used word was thank you. His poem "To Jill" was entered in a poetry contest, published and selected as a semifinalist. Ed married his college sweetheart, Sondra Jil Coffman, on July 20, 2012, in the Norwin Public Library butterfly garden officiated by the Rev. Ronald Durika. Ed's favorite meal was a crock of French Onion Soup and a steak at the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club. He remained loyal to his Patriots and Bruins but, would cheer on the Steelers and Penguins as long as they weren't playing his old teams. On the date that would have been his and his wife's second wedding anniversary, Ed's ashes, along with those of his feline companion, Mr. Tango, and feline buddy, Mr. Deiter, were scattered at a private ceremony. Contributions toward Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr. Scholarship fund can be sent to: Chelmsford High School Alumni Association c/o Scholarship Committee, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Davis, Mary Ann 78

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1937-02-08
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Harouse) Davis, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Born Feb. 8, 1937, in Calumet, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary (Stoker) Harouse. Mary Ann was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1955. On Oct. 14, 1961, Mary Ann married her love, Edmund G. Davis, at St. Mary Byzantine Church, Trauger. She had been employed by Westinghouse Electric, in Youngwood, prior to her career as a homemaker. In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Davis; and siblings, Nicholas, Robert and John Harouse, as well as an infant brother. She will be loved and missed by her husband, Edmund; children, Jennifer (Eric) Suroviec, of Erie, Christopher Davis and Jessica Davis, of Mt. Pleasant; siblings, Bernadine Fanelli, of Jeannette, Thomas Harouse, of Waco, Texas, Evelyn Gillott, of Wooddale; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. The Panachida will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Her funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary Byzantine Church, 4480 Route 981, Latrobe, 15650, with the Rev. Paul Alexander Schutt, OSB, as celebrant. The Parastas will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Trauger. Memorial contributions also may be given to St. Mary Byzantine Church, 4480 Route 981, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Deemer, James D. 59

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1955-06-05
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • James David "Dave" Deemer, 59, of New Florence, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born June 5, 1955, in Johnstown, the son of the late James and Geraldine "Dooker" (Boring) Deemer. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Fredrick "Fred" Deemer. He is survived by his wife, Shan (Alcorn) Deemer; sisters, Jane Anne Bash and husband, Gary, Kelly Brendlinger and husband, Dave, all of New Florence; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Dave was a longtime driver for Lodestar Bus Lines and was a New Florence Volunteer Fire Company member where he most recently was a fire policeman. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Dickerson, Elizabeth A. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Kepple- Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann (Watson) Dickerson, 88, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in her home after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mourning her loss is her husband, W. Logan Dickerson; and daughter, Linda Ann Dickerson. Originally from Uniontown, Ann was a working partner with her husband at their construction and manufacturing company, which specialized in pre-stressed concrete. She had also been involved in animal breeding companies in Westmoreland County since 1970. Ann, along with her husband, Logan, are the owners of Lindwood Standardbred Horse Farm in Hempfield Township. She was a graduate of West Virginia University in 1948 with a degree in home economics and biology and was part of the homecoming court. Ann liked to sew and cook, and her family was grateful to her for developing fine culinary skills. She loved animals, and the family always had at least one dog and cat in their home near Greensburg. While Ann was primarily a dog lover, she cherished her horses and rode most weekends with her husband for the majority of her married life. Ann was also an avid gardener, and she enjoyed music and dancing. Her other hobbies included swimming, tennis and horseback riding. She and Logan enjoyed business and pleasure traveling which covered all states and five continents. A loving and caring wife and mother, Ann made it possible for her daughter, Linda, who has a rare neuromuscular disease, to be the first student in a wheelchair to graduate from Greensburg Salem High School, and ultimately attain her master's degree. Ann and Logan were happily married for 65 years. In addition to her beloved husband and daughter, Ann is survived by a brother, Frederick "Ted" Watson, of South Carolina; and a brother-in-law, James G. Darby, of New York. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jane (Watson) Darby and Donald Watson. A celebration to honor Ann's life is being planned and will be held at the family farm in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to OSPTA Hospice (www.osptainc.com) or Alzheimer's Research (www.alzfdn.org). Arrangements have been entrusted to the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Terence L. Graft, funeral director. Please visit www.kepplegraft.com to offer a message of condolence.
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Forish, Elizabeth A. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-07-10
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Repko) Forish, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 10, 1936, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Joseph Repko and Anna (Polk) Repko. Betty was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was retired from the Elliott Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Edward T. Forish; three sisters, Mary Kannala, Ann Repko and Dorothy DeMichael; and one brother, John Repko. Betty is survived by a sister, Vera Morris, of Levelgreen; a brother, Joseph Repko and his wife, Shirley, of Ohio; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parting prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow at St. Clair Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Gewecke, Helen M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-10-18
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Gewecke, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born Oct. 18, 1928, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Fred L. Wegley Sr. and Helen E. (Hammer) Wegley. Helen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley W. Gewecke; a daughter, Barbara A. Mulheren; a great-grandson, Cody; a sister, Dorothy E. Wegley; and a brother, Fred L. Wegley Jr. Helen is survived by a daughter, Sharon K. Gewecke, of Pleasant Unity; a brother, George T. Wegley, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Monica, Melissa and Mandy; and two great-grandchildren, Rilee and Magnolia. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jeffrey Schock officiating. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to the American Heart Association. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Glevanik, Janet I. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-12-28
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Janet I. Glevanik, 75, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital after fighting a tough battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 28, 1939, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Terpko) Glevanik. A graduate of Jeannette High School, she worked at Westinghouse and was a past member of St. Michaels Orthodox church. Janet loved to travel and live life to the fullest while spending time with her cousins and close friends of whom she is survived by. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is assisting with arrangements which are all private. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Graham, Deborah J. 65

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1949-12-14
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Deborah J. Graham, 65, of Bolivar, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Ligonier, a daughter of Patricia (Robb) Graham and the late William Lynn Graham. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Robb Graham. Deb worked for many years at the Camp Henry Kaufmann with the girl scouts and loved and boarded horses and was a member of the Westmoreland County 4-H where she was a leader for 30 years. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Robb Graham; a sister, Donna Lenhart and her husband, Lonnie, of Bolivar; three nieces, Jennifer Lucas and her husband, Mark, Jill Lebo and her husband, Eric, and Jodi McDowell and her husband, Tim; a great-nephew, Casey Lucas; and a great-niece, Kaitlynn Lebo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Ligonier Alliance Church with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County 4-H for the horse project, 214 Donohoe Road, Suite E, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Holmes, Blake F.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Blake Francis "My Wittle Man" Holmes, four months, of Jeannette, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 22, 2014, in Greensburg, a son of Jason L. and Cara Beth (Portser) Holmes, of Jeannette. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Clair Frye; and paternal great-grandfather, Francis Mangan. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Vera Lynn Holmes, at home. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Denise Portser, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Dee Holmes, of Jeannette; paternal grandfather, Jess Holmes, of Plum; maternal great-grandmother Lois Frye, of Greensburg; maternal great-grandparents, Jack and Betty Portser, of Latrobe; paternal great-grandmother, Barb Mangan, of Jeannette; aunts and uncles, Amanda and Jason MacAllister, Zack and Tiffany Portser and Mandy Mangan; family friend, "uncle" Harry; cousins, Maliki and Felucia MacAllister, Paige Claire and Gabriel Portser. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Whitehead, of Charter Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Johnson, Jeffrey E. 62

  • Laughlintown
  • Born: 1952-04-25
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey E. Johnson, 62, of Laughlintown, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Westmoreland Excela Health. He was born April 25, 1952, in Ligonier, a son of the late Earl Eugene and Dolores Scott Johnson. Jeff was employed as a sales representative for Ligonier Town and Country Motors for more than 25 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lisa Ann Penrose and Doreen Rose; and a brother, Clifford Johnson. Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kathleen Siemback Johnson; a son, Jesse G. Johnson, of Ligonier; and two sisters, Anita M. Charlton, of Somerset, and Denise F, Neiderhiser, of Ligonier. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon Saturday at the Ligonier Alliance Church with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www. jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com. The J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family.
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Kowalsky, John S. 74

  • Wendel
  • Born: 1940-09-07
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John S. Kowalsky, 74, of Wendel, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at RNC Greensburg, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank and Frances Wawrzyniak Kowalsky. Prior to his retirement, John was employed with Westinghouse Electric, Industrial Ceramics, was an automation assembler for Cleaveland Price, a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Herminie, and the Herminie No. 2 Games Association. John enjoyed street rods, and was an overall handyman who enjoyed hunting, oldies music and tinkering in his garage. He especially enjoyed Doo-Wop Music at the PORC Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Joseph Bracovich. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia Andrews Kowalsky; daughters, Antoinette (Toni) DeZorzi and her husband, Theodore, of Chandler, Ariz., Leslie Brough and her husband, Timothy "T," of North Huntingdon; sisters, Agnes Gabonay and her husband, Samuel, and Barbara Bracovich; special aunt, Josephine Garsteck; four grandchildren, Christopher and Keith DeZorzi, Mason and Trevor Brough; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Herminie. Interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family House, Shadyside. Many thanks to the entire staff of RNC for their excellent and compassionate care that John received. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kuhns, Mildred L. 92

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1923-02-16
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mildred Louise (Mayers) Shaw Kuhns, 92, of Harrison City, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Windber, a daughter of the late Paul and Ann (Christoff) Mayers. She was a member of St. Barbara Church, in Harrison City, and attended Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Shaw; her second husband, Duane E. Kuhns; a son, David P. Shaw; brothers, Paul G., Joseph and Thomas Mayers; a sister, Dorothy Shrift; and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Shaw. Surviving are three sons, William A. Shaw, of Ohio, Michael E. Shaw and wife, Mary Ann, of North Huntingdon, and Joseph P. Shaw and wife, Dana, of Harrison City; daughter-in-law, Marlene Haas, of Florida; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Linsenbigler, Edgar D. 77

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1937-05-01
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Edgar D. "Eddie" Linsenbigler, 77, of Murrysville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 1, 1937, in Apollo, a son of the late Edgar D. and Marie (Mornes) Linsenbigler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Catherine, George, Pete and Rose. Eddie worked as a self-employed ceramic tile contractor until his retirement and was an Army veteran who served during the Berlin Crisis. He was a life member of the NRA who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Lillian (Egloff) Linsenbigler; three loving sons, Keith (Cindy), of Apollo, Gary (Lisa), of Saltsburg, and Jimmy (Tina), of Apollo. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Melissa, Jimbo, Christina, Dana, Nicole and Kelly; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at noon Monday at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will follow in Poke Run Cemetery, Mamont, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eddie's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital Leukemia Research, PO Box 1000 Dept. 42, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For directions or to send online condolences please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Lohmeyer, William E. 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-04-10
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William E. Lohmeyer, 76, of Greensburg, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was born April 10, 1939, in Jersey City, N.J., son of the late William and Ethel Lohmeyer. He was a member of St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Prior to retirement, Bill was packaging manager at the former Latrobe Brewing Company. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant daughter, Susan Aileen Lohmeyer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine Lohmeyer; three daughters, Laurie Ann (Steven) Brainard, of Forest City, N.C., Janet (Jose) Levalle, of Tamarac, Fla., and Dawn (Michael) McArdle, of Farmington Hills, Mich.; a son, William (Nicole) Lohmeyer, of Santiago, D.R.; eight grandchildren, Bridgette and Jennifer Brainard, Cole and Travis Levalle, Reilly and Max McArdle and Kiersten and Karissa Lohmeyer; and a sister, Linda Schumacher, of Georgia. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 Chapel View Drive, Greensburg. Those attending the funeral service are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be private. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the church or to the USO (www.uso.org). For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Mahoney Sr., Lawrence F. 81

  • Irwin , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Lawrence F. Mahoney Sr., 81, of Irwin, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of the late Joyce (Halleran) Mahoney; and loving father of Lawrence F. Mahoney Jr., Molly (Tom) Savinda, Patrick (Stephanie) Mahoney, William Mahoney and Joanne Braswell. Also surviving are a brother, a sister and 11 grandchildren. He was a special companion of the late Agnes Olesky. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Private interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lawrenceville. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Mains, Carolyn M. 51

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1964-01-09
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Carolyn Marie Mains, 51, of Ligonier, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Shirley Smith Renwick. Carol had been a manager for Fox's Pizza in Ligonier. She was a member of the VFW Post 734 and American Legion Post 267 Ladies Auxiliaries. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Albert Mains. She is survived by her companion of 17 years, Matthew E. Markowsky; three children, Stacy (Daniel) Smith, of Tacoma, Wash., Sarah Dawn Mains and Mark N. Mains, both of Ligonier; five grandchildren, Lilly Knupp, Mark N. Mains II, Hunter James, Parker Andrew and Carter Matthew Smith; and several brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Carol's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Wilpen. The family requests that contributions be made to the funeral chapel to help defray funeral expenses. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Mansfield, Shirley J. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Rapp, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Shirley Jean Mansfield, 84, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Charles Mansfield; devoted mother of Sherrie Mansfield, Lynn (Larry) Jaskiel and Thomas Mansfield; beloved grandmother of Alyssa, Laura and Jeanine; and great-grandmother of Abigail. Shirley worked at Atlantic and retired from Matz Family Chiropractic. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, 301 E. Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626. Arrangements by RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 412-241-5415.
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Marino, Grace J. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-07-16
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Grace J. (Keenan) Marino, 79, of Greensburg, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 16, 1935, in Haydenville, a daughter of the late Edward and Florence Hoover Keenan. She worked at the former Modern Tea Room and she was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by her husband, John A. Marino; six sisters, Harriet, Alice, Betty, Marie, June and Ann; and five brothers, Edward, William, Charles, Jack and Walter. She is survived by her four sons, John and wife, Regina, of Marienville, Robert and Richard, both of Greensburg, and Phillip and wife, Wendy, of Dublin, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Leah, Laura, Nina, Alyssa, Augustus, Romulus, Robert and RJ and wife, Krissy; one great-granddaughter, Baylee Rae; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public viewing or services. Grace's family has entrusted her care to the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com, Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Markle, Richard R. 75

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1940-04-06
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Richard R. Markle, 75, of Youngwood, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 6, 1940, in Youngwood, a son of the late Raymond E. Markle and the late Dorothy P. (Harrold) Markle. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood. He is survived by his two sons, Chris A. Markle and wife, Mary, of Selinsgrove, and Lee E. Markle and wife, Anne-Claire, of West Henrietta, N.Y.; his brother, Douglas A. Markle and wife, Dian, of Tega Cay, S.C.; his friend and companion, Marilyn F. Love, of North Huntingdon; seven grandchildren, Davis, Noelle, Jonah, Elliott, Sasha, Eli and Sophie; and his nephews, Kevin and Keith Markle and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert James Markle. He was a graduate of Hempfield High School and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dick was an avid reader and a Pittsburgh sports fan. At 73 years old, he discovered the enjoyment of vacation cruises. He was perhaps never more in his element than when he was leading the trivia game, surrounded by his extended family at the annual Markle family reunion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Additional viewing will be held from 10:30 till 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Christ United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Seth officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Family suggests memorial contributions to Christ United Methodist Church.
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Masciantonio, Ann 92

  • Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1923-01-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ann (Galozi) Masciantonio, 92, of Westmoreland City, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Biddle, a daughter of the late Ermenegildo and Celestina (Scartazza) Galozi. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel J. Masciantonio; a sister, Mary Nicholson; and two infant sisters. Surviving are three children, Karen Brinker and husband, Gary, of North Huntingdon, Marilyn Morrison and husband, Jeff, of Irwin, and Gary Masciantoino and wife, Debra, of Westmoreland City; two grandchildren, Megan and Matt Morrison; two stepgrandsons, Joshua and Robert Kustra; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ann was a loving and caring mother and grandmother, guided by faith, the rock and foundation of our family, always putting others before herself. Her unselfish dedication showed through in the love she always gave. Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the (new location) OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at St. Anne Home for their kindness, compassion and excellent care our mother received during her stay. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Mitchell III, William E. 39

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1975-12-25
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • William E. Mitchell III, 39 years old, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was a much cherished and beloved son, brother and good friend to all who knew him. He brightened the path of all those who crossed it. He loved his family, his fiance, Maggie, the Steelers, Penguins and his faithful pets. He was born Dec. 25, 1975, in Greensburg. He graduated from Hempfield High School class of 1994. He was a member of The Roosevelt Club and the SNPJ of Carbon. He worked for Omnova of Jeannette. Previously he worked for DNP Corp of New Stanton. Surviving are his parents, Andrea and Edward Hedrick, William E. II and Kathy Mitchell; his brother, Ryan; his fiance, Maggie Roberts; and his much loved pets, Rayna and Malkin. He was preceded in death by his faithful dog, Louie. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC. with Pastor John Smaligo, officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
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Murray, Patricia

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Patricia Murray, of Murrysville, has passed away. Mrs. Patricia Murray radiated an inner joy and happiness, brimming with smiles and laughter. She treasured those around her with warmth and love. Pat was grandmother to five boys, and their nickname for her, "Mumsie", caught on widely, as she shared her home with their extended network of friends and family. Church was always vital to Pat. She was the family's spiritual anchor. Pat was a longtime member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Wilkinsburg and later Pittsburgh, where she served in many capacities. In addition to raising a family, Pat supported her beloved husband Ralph in the growth of the manufacturing company he led. Pat and Ralph were happily married for more than 52 years. A fashion design graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Pat was also an accomplished artist and painter. She shared her gift by teaching painting classes and jurying local art shows. Pat and her college roommate ended up married to brothers and the families knit together as they grew. Pat was a lifelong Steelers fan, skilled bocci player and had a great sense of humor. She connected intimately with nature and had a soft spot for animals, including all the wildlife in the wooded yard behind her Murrysville home. Pat especially loved time spent with friends and family, including daughter, Cary Bohl and her husband, Ken; grandsons, Dave, Nick and Kyle; son, David Murray and his wife, Marthe; grandsons, Gordon and Sutton; brother, Paul Pringle and his wife, Aggie; and in-laws, extended family and friends. Her memory will be deeply cherished by all who have known her. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Patricia Murray at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 4275 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Piraino Sr., Gennaro R. 72

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1942-10-13
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Gennaro R. Piraino Sr., 72, of Pleasant Unity, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Oct. 13, 1942, in McKeesport, a son of the late Cladinoro and Mary (Maglicco) Piraino. He attended the former Penn Joint High School in Harrision City, was a member of the former Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Trauger, and prior to retirement he worked for Dill Construction, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Louise Long, Lucrezia Ricci, Rose Sartori and Theresa Wise; and his brother, Rosario "Ross" Piraino. He is survived by his wife, Jean A. (Atkinson) Piraino; two sons, Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino Jr. and wife, Carol, of Latrobe, and Rosario "Ross" Piraino and wife, Dee, of Irwin; seven grandchildren, Anthony, Gino, Maria, Nico, Rocco, Dylan and Ava; a sister, Genevieve Fix and husband, Bill; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral liturgy to be held at 10:30 a.m. in Unity Chapel, Latrobe, with the Rev. Aaron N. Buzzelli, OSB, as celebrant. Private interment in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pleva, Eugene F. 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-12-13
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Eugene F. Pleva, 84, of New Kensington, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in his residence. He was born in Natrona, Dec. 13, 1930, to the late Frank J. and Helen C. Ostrowski Pleva, and had been a life resident of the New Kensington area. Eugene was a welder at Westinghouse in Cheswick, where he worked on nuclear powered submarines and aircraft carriers, before retiring in 1990 after 34 years of service. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed working with stained glass, and spending time with his family. Eugene was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Air Force. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary Ann Gilboux Pleva; sons, Mark (Diane) Pleva, of New Kensington, and Tom (Barbara) Pleva, of Wheeling, W.Va.; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Michael, Matthew, Nicholas and Jacob Pleva. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park. Full military honors will be accorded by the Tarentum VFW. Family suggests memorials in care of the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the Tarentum VFW , 208 E. Fourth Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Reilly, Regis L. 78

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1936-08-23
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire- Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Regis Leo Reilly, 78, of Vandergrift, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, in his residence. Born Aug. 23, 1936, in Vandergrift, he was the son of the late James and Mary Reilly. A veteran of the Army having served during the Cold War, he had been employed by U.S. Steel in Vandergrift as a crane man for 20 years. He was also a manager for the former Cinema I, II, III in Allegheny Township. He was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Vandergrift, a life member of the Vandergrift No. 2 Volunteer Fire Department where he was a past assistant chief and was also the secretary for the relief association for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara A. Kiral Reilly, of Vandergrift; two daughters, Patsy (Don) Weethee, of Ohio, and Lea (Earl) Snair, of Vandergrift; a son, Gregory Reilly, of North Dakota; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Sister Bridget Reilly, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Tom Reilly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Father James Loew O.S.B. as celebrant. The fire department will have a chapel service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will accord full military honors. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Schneider Sr., Robert W. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Schneider Sr., 83, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, son of the late Robert William and Agnes (Mckibben) Schneider, and was the first in his family to go to college. Bob was a top-notch salesman for 40 years and enjoyed close relationships with clients, family and friends alike. Bob was a daily communicant and longtime parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. He was co-founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Store in Greensburg and also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Cathedral, where he organized many projects to benefit local low-income residents. Bob was a proud Army veteran who served with distinction during the Korean War. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Christian Family Movement and the American Legion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 44 years, Rosemary (Klingensmith) Schneider; his infant son, Jon Eric Schneider; and sisters, Loretta Overly, Bernice Graff, Ellen Gedraitis and Irma Pernatozzi. Surviving are his sons, Robert W. Schneider Jr. (Holly), of Pittsburgh, Glenn E. Schneider (Janice), of Columbia, Md., and Gregg E. Schneider (Tracy), of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Eric, Evan, Ella Rose and Jacob; sister, Phyllis Keast; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his companion and dear friend, Mary Weber. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment services will be held at noon Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Store, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Soyka, John G. 89

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1925-08-31
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • John G. "Jerry" Soyka, 89, of Sutersville, died Friday, April 17, 2015. He was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Collinsburg, son of the late John and Alice (Couchenour) Soyka. Jerry was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He would help out anyone who needed assistance, sharing his time, wit and stories freely. Surviving are four children, John G. "Jerry" Soyka Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Tampa, Fla., Cheryl Menser and husband, Greg, of Bovard, Jeff Soyka, of Tampa, Fla., and Ricky Soyka, of Sharon; seven grandchildren, Cherie Menser, Rachel Montoya and husband, Miguel, Rebecca Bortz and husband, Brad, Crystal Menser, Aaron Menser and wife, Barbara, Jarett Laudadio and Brandon Soyka; and a great-grandson, Isaiah Bortz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha I. Soyka; a son, Gary Soyka; grandchildren, Autumn Soyka and Daniel Soyka; a great-grandson, Eli Menser; and a sister, LaVerne "Bernie" Soyka. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment with full military honors will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to ALS Association, Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209, or at webwpawv.alsa.org. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Stanko, Josephine A. 76

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1938-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Josephine A. (Liberoni) Stanko, 76, of Bradenville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 4, 1938, in Superior, a daughter of the late Frank Liberoni Sr. and Josephine M. (Vesco) Liberoni. Josephine attended St. Martin's Church, New Derry, and had been employed at the former Green Meadows. She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul and loved to be outdoors and mow the lawn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Stanko; her fiance, John Irwin; a son, Jeffrey Scott Stanko; and two brothers, Frank J. Liberoni Jr. and Joseph A. Liberoni. Josephine is survived by a son, James A. Stanko and his wife, Sandra, of Twinsburg, Ohio; a daughter, Lori A. Cramer, of Derry; two sisters, Dolores Iaquinta, of Connellsville, and Louise Gruska and her husband, Richard, of Derry; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Stanko and her fiance, Michael Tata, and Nicole Stanko; her Goddaughter, Gianna Gruska; and special friends, Dolly Stiffler, Terri Selembo, Judy Lipinski and Mike and Judy Fennell. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Chad Ficorelli, OSB, officiating. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Thomas, Joan E. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Joan E. Thomas, 75, of Unity Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 4, 1939, in Calumet, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Puskar. Prior to retirement she worked at Latrobe Area Hospital and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Sparky" Thomas; and two sisters, Mary Kay Bashioum and Bernadette Hall. She is survived by four daughters, Sherry Brewer and husband, Arnie, of Scottdale, Kerry Baker and husband, Bob, of New Kensington, Diane Deemer and husband, Gary, of Greensburg, and Billie Jo Vallorani, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Jack, Jerrad, Justin, Shane and Brett Vallorani; four great-grandchildren, Chase, Addy, Kendall and Josie; two sisters, Kathy Perkey and Sophie Puskar; two brothers, John and Mike Puskar; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dick Seigfried, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Hempfield Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Viola, Victoria A. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-12-22
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Victoria Ann Viola, 96, of Export, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Paul and Nora Petrino. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Emanuel Viola Jr., who passed away in May of 1990; and a brother, Joseph Petrino. Vicky is survived by four children, Paul (Corinne) Viola, of Clarksburg, Dianne Tropeck, of Acme, Patty Deet, of Plum, and Thomas (Darlene) Viola, of Homer City; two grandsons, Don and Chris Deet, of Plum; a sister, Maryann "Honey" Meglio, of Forest Hills; many nieces and nephews; plus her special friends, the Jerry and Jan Moore family, of Export. Vicky was well-known in the Export, Murrysville and Delmont areas as an avid bingo and card player and wishes all fellow players the same good luck and good fortune she enjoyed her whole life. Visitation 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville with a blessing service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Export. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Williams, Linda M. 39

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1976-01-02
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Linda M. (Drap) Williams, 39, of Hannastown, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, as a result of the injuries she sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Jan. 2, 1976, in Greensburg, a beloved daughter of Barry and Michele (Testa) Drap, of New Alexandria. Linda was a loving daughter, mother, sister, granddaughter, aunt and friend. She owned a cleaning service. Linda was Catholic by faith. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, George Drap; and former husband, Richard A. Williams. Linda will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her beloved son, Colton Williams, of Hannastown; parents, Barry and Michele; sister, Debbie Pronko (Mike Maruca), of Slickville; niece, Samantha Pronko; maternal grandparents, Michael and Madeline Testa; paternal grandmother, Edna Drap; and special friend, Jack Tapper. Respecting the family's wishes, visitation will be held privately. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass for Linda that will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Catholic Church, 306 St. James Lane, New Alexandria, PA 15670, with Monsignor Larry Kulick, as celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, Linda's family respectfully requests contributions in her memory be made to the family. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Armstrong County

Danjou, Arveda E. 92

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1922-08-28
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Arveda E. (York) Danjou, 92, of Gilpin Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in her residence. She was born Aug. 28, 1922, in New Kensington, the daughter of the late William and Jennie York. She was employed as a custodian at Leechburg Area High School for 19 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Leechburg, a member of the ladies auxiliary of the New Kensington Moose, enjoyed doing word search puzzles, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include four sons, Gary C. Danjou (Helen), of Tucson, Ariz., Wayne A. Danjou, of Leechburg, Mark D. Danjou (Eva), of Gilpin Township, and Joseph L. Danjou, of Ellwood City; daughter, Kimberly McLaughlin (Robert), of Ellwood City; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald York, of Richmond, Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Camille Danjou, who died April 17, 1999; brothers, Bill York and Jimmy York; and sisters, Dorothy Wielobob, Florence Krolicki and Gloria York. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with her pastor, the Rev. James M. Williams Jr., officiating. Entombment following at Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Danjou family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Slicker, Wanda F. 76

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1939-02-24
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Wanda Faylyn Slicker, 76, of Leechburg, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in West Haven Manor Nursing Home, Washington Township. She was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Washington Township, a daughter of the late Leonard F. and Wilda P. Boyer Slicker. She worked at the Leechburg Moose until retirement. Wanda enjoyed sitting on her front porch talking to neighbors and friends, doing word-search puzzles and playing pool. She was on various pool leagues in the area. Survivors include four brothers, Robert L. (Mary) Slicker, of Vandergrift, Samuel R. Slicker, of Vandergrift, Ronald E. Slicker, of Leechburg, and Ernest L. (Sandy) Slicker, of Pittsburgh; a sister, Patricia Y. (Boyd) Shupe, of Langhorne; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by a brother, Daryl L. "Punch" Slicker. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and from 10 a.m. till time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006, with Pastor Richard Grance officiating. Burial will take place at River View Cemetery in Apollo.
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Wilson, Hazel F. 95

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1919-11-05
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Hazel F. (Brown) Wilson, 95, of Worthington, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, peacefully, at Fair Winds Manor in Winfield Township, where she had been a resident since 2012. She was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Charles L. and Clara M. (Wagle) Brown. Hazel was a graduate of Vandergrift High School and was a WAC during World War II, serving in Paris, France. After the war, Hazel owned and operated her own beauty salon in Vandergrift. She also was a teller at the First National Bank of Freeport from 1953-1963. She married Lee F. Wilson on Sept. 5, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeport and joined him in the operation of their dairy farm in Slate Lick. She was a member of the South Buffalo Grange 1908, Pomona Grange 11 of Armstrong County, PA State Grange and National Grange and was active in the Women's Activity Projects of the Grange. Hazel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church until 1963, and Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon and held offices in the Women's Group and the Friendly Class. She enjoyed traveling, reading, crafts, sewing, square dancing and playing cards. She is survived by her brother, Dale E. (Dorothy) Brown, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five nieces and six nephews, along with many other great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee Wilson, in 2013; her brothers, Charles L. (Virginia) Brown Jr. and John W. (Julia) Brown; and her sister, Frances M. (Joseph) Hill. The family would like to thank the personal care and skilled care staff at Fair Winds Manor for the wonderful care she received while living there the past 2 1/2 years. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, in the funeral home with David O'Leary, intern at the Gospel Fellowship PCA in Valencia, officiating. Burial will follow in Slate Lick Cemetery, North Buffalo Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Slate Lick Cemetery, P.O. Box 534, Worthington, PA 16262. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Beaver County

Goddard, Sharon K. 70

  • Baden
  • Died: 2015-04-17
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  • Sharon K. Goddard, 70, of Baden, died Friday, April 17, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Alberta May Adams and twin brother, Jerry Adams. She was the beloved wife of 49 years to Ken Goddard; loving mother of Teresa L. Keith, of Logan, Ohio, and Melissa (Eric) DeWitt, of Ambridge; devoted grandmother of Elizabeth and Alexander Keith, Quintin, Zachary, Morgan and Olivia DeWitt; sister of Donald Adams Jr., Patricia Adams and Bruce Adams, all of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 547 Eighth St., Ambridge, 724-266-2549. Services will be at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kathy Clark, officiating. Burial will be in Kalamazoo, Mich. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kidney Foundation and Childhood Leukemia Fund.
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Butler County

Fleming, Joseph W. 87

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Fleming, 87, of Cranberry Township, formerly of McCandless, died Monday, April 13, 2015, in Sherwood Oaks. He was the beloved husband of Brenda (Mimi Goetz); loving father of John A. and James C.; and doting grandfather of Morgan and Marissa. He is survived by his siblings, Ruth (Van Kirk), Martha (Murray) and Jay and was preceded in death by his brother, William. Joe was born in West Newton and was a graduate of West Newton High School in 1946 and Penn State in 1951.He worked as a chemical engineer for Koppers Company for more than 30 years at various chemical plants across the eastern United States. During the Korean War, he was in the Chemical Warfare section of the Army from 1953 until 1956 at the Army's Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. While in the Army, he obtained his private pilot's license. He holds several patents granted to him personally for chemical and mechanical processes. Joe was an avid bridge player developing his own bidding system. No visitation please. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Sherwood Oaks. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Western PA.
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Thieleman, Eleanor M. 93

  • Mars
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Thieleman, 93, of Mars, died Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2015, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars. Born March 28, 1922, on the family farm in Adams Township, she was the daughter of the late E. Raymond and Marie L. Kidd Thieleman. Eleanor had been a postal clerk for the Mars Post Office for many years and was a member of the Mars Alliance Church. Surviving are two sisters, Frances P. Baillie, of Evans City, and Bernice L. Kelly, of Mars; three brothers, Donald C. Thieleman and his wife, Mae, George F. Thieleman and his wife, Margaret, and William J. Thieleman, all of Mars; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Elmer E. Thieleman. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Mars Alliance Church, 997 Route 228, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Barnes, Sara 95

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1920-02-18
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Sara Cole Barnes, 95, of Uniontown, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, in Lafayette Manor. She was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Baggaley, daughter of George Emmett Cole and Leila Mae Marks Cole. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Barnes; a brother, Ray Donald Cole; and two sisters, Eva Jean Niner and Eleanor Mae McDaniel. Sara was a graduate of South Union High School with the class of 1938. She attended the Church of the Open Door in Connellsville, was a member of Delta Rho Sorority (Service League) and enjoyed gardening and spending time with family. Sara was a devoted mother and grandmother. Left to cherish Sara's memory are her two daughters, Carol Ann Barnes Davis and husband, Marshall, of Charlotte, N.C., and Janet Barnes Sessler and her husband, Bob, of Uniontown; a son, Kenneth William Barnes, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; four grandchildren, Timothy Gabosch and wife Toni, Brett Barnes, Chris Barnes and wife DeeDee, and Ben Keller and wife Holly; seven great-grandchildren, Jack Barnes, Ben Barnes, Will Barnes, Alex Barnes, Laney Catherine Gabosch, Mason Ray Gabosch and Millie Rue Keller; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, where the family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, followed by a service celebrating Sara's life at 4 p.m. with Pastor Kenneth Van Sickle officiating. Interment will be in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com. The family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Falco, Regis E. 81

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-09-03
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Regis E. Falco, 81, of Connellsville, died Friday, April 17, 2015 in RNC, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Ralph and Susan (Colatch) Falco. Regis was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Regis was an insurance agent for METLife for many years. He then worked in the Shipping/Receiving department of Montgomery Wards. Regis was an avid fan of all sports, especially when watching dog races. Regis is survived by his daughter, Sue Ann Kezmarsky and husband, Tom "Kaz", of Connellsville; three grandchildren, Chad and Julie Kezmarsky, and their children, Isabella and Chloe Kezmarsky, of Connellsville, Renee Kezmarsky, of Philadelphia, and Jason Kezmarsky, of Alexandria, Va.; two sisters, Marie Blasey and Marlene Scarry, both of Connellsville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Falco. In addition to his parents, Regis was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Falco; and two brothers-in-law, Gerry Scarry and Don Blasey. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, with Father Bob Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Love, Dorothy 93

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1922-03-21
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Dorothy (Kern) Love, 93, of Connellsville, passed away from this life to glory Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born March 21, 1922, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late George S. and Minnie P. Morris Kern. She was a 1940 graduate of Connellsville High School and an appreciative 1943 graduate of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, thanks to the support of her parents and older brothers and sisters. She was proud to be a professional nurse, working as an occupational health nurse at Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation and as staff nurse at Connellsville Hospital. After her retirement from Anchor Hocking, she continued providing home visits to many. She was also proud to be one of 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants in the Nurses' Health Study. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by these nurses in this study led to many new insights on health and disease. Dorothy had been a member of the East Connellsville Evangelical United Brethren Church where she was married in 1946 to her beloved husband, James William Love, of Connellsville, who died in 1995. She was a founding member of the Church of the Open Door. She was currently a member of the Faith Bible Church. For more than 50 years, she made homemade root beet for family picnics and was full of fun and laughter. She was the best mother in the wold for her daughter, Lizabeth "Betsy" Love Ryan, of Groton, Conn.; her daughter's life partner, Kenneth Abrahms, and "Gramma Jean" for his daughter, Morgan Lamb; and grandchildren, Myles and Kiera Lamb. She was "Aunt Jean" to many including her loving nieces and nephews, the "Graham Kids," Kathy Graham Soliday, James Kern Graham, John P. Graham, Guy Graham, Renee Graham McCuen; also N. Jean Kern, Edward Kern, Claudia Bradley Cunningham, William "Bill" Swan, Judith Swan Nardone, Jerome Kern, Linda Swan Brubaker, Meredith Kern Recht, David and John Stewart; and many grandnieces and nephews, including her caregivers, Heather, Matthew and Brandon Ruff, and nephew, Sonny Ruff. She had encouraged her daughter and two nieces in careers as professional nurses and they also graduated from West Penn. She is survived by one brother-in-law, Art Graham; and many dear friends, including Sally Kelly Abbott, Helen Davidson and many at the Faith Bible Church. She cherished her friendship with Betty Jo Workman Wilson, of San Antonio, Texas, her nursing school roommate. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Lynel, in 1950; five sisters, Kathryn Swan, Floretta "Midge" Bradley, Laurene Stewart, Nelda Graham and Ruth Kern; four brothers, Clyde, Roy, George W. and Wilbur; sisters-in-law, Ruth Livingston Kern, Susan Grimm Kern and Sona Santini Kern; brothers-in-law, James H. Stewart, William H. Swan and Claude Bradley; and niece and nephew, Miriam Kern Finkelpearl and Ronald C. Kern. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, to offer thanks to God for the blessing of her life. Pastor Barry Witt will officiate. Pastor Lee Maley will also take part in the services. We request that in lieu of flowers, donations will be greatly appreciated to "Wheels for the World," which aims to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the disabled around the world by providing them with wheelchairs and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. You may give either to the family at the funeral home or by mail in memory of Dorothy Jean Kern Love to "Wheels for the World" Joni and Friends, P.O. Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376-3333. www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Waters, Daniel C. 73

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1942-02-20
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Daniel Charles Waters, 73, of Saltsburg, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Homer City, a son of the late Charles and Florence (Weir) Waters. Daniel was a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Daniel was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was Protestant by faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Charles Waters. Daniel will be greatly missed by his beloved family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Clara (McClain) Waters; daughter, Michele Waters, of Saltsburg; son, Daniel Waters, of Greensburg; granddaughters, Grace (Bryan) Hull and Cassandra Nath; and his buddy, Smitty, his dog. He is also survived by a brother, Lance; sisters, Judy and Deb; and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral and committal services for Daniel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Raptosh of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, officiating. Private interment will be in Armagh Cemetery, Armagh. The Waters family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Westmoreland Manor for the excellent care Daniel received and compassion shown to him and his family during his stay. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Washington County

Larkin, Dorothy G. 90

  • Canonsburg
  • Born: 1924-09-25
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Dorothy G. "Dot" Larkin, 90, of Canonsburg, formerly of Bakerstown, died Friday afternoon, April 17, 2015, at Golden Living in Canonsburg. Born in Pittsburgh, Sept. 25, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Derek Cervanyak. Dorothy had owned Larkin's Crafts in Bakerstown and was an avid bingo player and crafter. Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Reichart and her husband, Jerry, of Ohio Township, and Robin Lamneck and her husband, Martin, of Mars; two sons, Terry Larkin and his wife, Barbara, of Canonsburg, and Robert Larkin and his wife, Courtney, of Gibsonia; her grandchildren, Shawn, Becky, Amber, Kara, Terry, Kara, Brian, Justine, Niki, Ashley, Jayme and Martin; and her great-grandchildren, Madison, Gavin, Zachery, Declan, Ally, Jordyn, Tyler, Layla, Carson, Landon, Owen, Ben, Henry, Hudson, Roman and Haylee; a sister, Margaret Cervanyak, of Sewickley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Larkin; two brothers, James and Robert; and two sisters, Anna May and Theresa. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Lawther officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Marks Sr., Robert R. 86

  • Speers Hill
  • Born: 1929-03-09
  • Died: 2015-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Spallino, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Marks Sr., 86, of Speers Hill, passed away peacefully, at home, Saturday, April 18, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 9, 1929, he was a son of the late Aloysius and Amelia Marks. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army, and was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, all in Charleroi. He was a 1947 graduate of St. Justin's High School, in Pittsburgh, and was retired as a salesman with the H.J. Heinz Co. and with Montgomery Ward, in Charleroi. He loved hunting with his sons and grandsons, listening to music of his era, and spending time with his large family. Bob is survived by his children, Robert R. (Debi) Marks Jr., of Lakeland, Fla., Noreen (Joe) Salamone, of Upper St. Clair, Bill (Sandy) Marks, of Speers Hill, Kathleen (Bob) Cole, of Peters Township, Patrick (Kim) Marks, of Green, Ohio, and Colleen (Chuck) Balsano, of Rostraver Township; grandchildren, Mandolin (Marty) Hoffman, Christina (Matt) Evans, Kristen (Erin Dawso) Salamone, Erin (Tim) Chiappetta, Justin (Deidra) Salamone, Carlyn (Chris) McCune, Bill Marks Jr., Ty (Melissa Tedrow) Marks, Alyssa (Jarrod Pletcher) Marks, Bobby Cole, Patrick (Christina Hunter) Cole, Shannon Cole, Shawn and Courtney Marks, and Chaz and Maddie Balsano; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Caroline Evans, Sydney and Aubrey Hoffman, and Campbell Chiappetta; brother, Paul Marks; sister-in-law, Ruth Marks; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Shirley Marks; great-grandson, Aiden Robert; sister, Charlotte Krahe; and brothers, John, Bill, Albert, George and Harry Marks. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. James Young, with entombment following in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 W. Main St., Suite 100, Avon, CT 06001.
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Fidishun, Sister M. Marcia 81

  • Bethlehem
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Sister M. Marcia (Eleanor) Fidishun, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Bethlehem. She was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis, United States Province, in her 58th year of profession. Sister entered the community from St. Michael Parish, Tresckow, in 1956, and professed her first vows in 1957 in Mt. Assisi Convent Chapel in Pittsburgh. In her early years as a professed sister, she attended classes at Mt. Mercy College in Pittsburgh, now known as Carlow University and from Holy Family College, Philadelphia. During her years of ministry, Sister Marcia taught the primary and middle grades in many parish schools in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey, where our sisters ministered. From 1985 to 88, she was the principal of SS. Cyril and Methodius School in Clifton, N.J. After more than 30 years in grade schools, Sister Marcia spent 14 years teaching children in preschool and after school care. Her last years of active ministry from 2004 to 13 were spent at Monocacy Manor helping as a clerical aid in the finance office. In her spare time, Sister Marcia enjoyed working on crafts, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She will be missed by the sisters, her family and the care givers at Holy Family Manor in Bethlehem, Pa., where she spent her last two years. Sister Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Veronica (Kozel) Fidishun; brothers, Bernard, Vincent and Patrick; and her sister, Ethel Sofianek. She is survived by her religious community; her brothers, Joseph and Thomas; her sister, Elizabeth Ceol; and her nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, and 10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 20, 2015, at Monocacy Manor, Bethlehem, Pa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon in Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Monocacy Manor. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the School Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund, 395 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
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Hanni, Rosella 93

  • Bay City, Mich.
  • Born: 1922-04-01
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Rosella (Giunta) Hanni, 93, died Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Independence Village of Frankenmuth, Michigan. She was born April 1, 1922, in Pittsburgh, where she resided most of her lifetime, to Anthony and Nancy (Franze) DiGirolamo. Rosella's life was her family and she loved spending special times with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a "mother to so many" as she shared her tender care and knowledge to all who were acquainted with her. Additionally, Rosella enjoyed reading and an occasional visit to the casino. She was united in marriage to Anthony Giunta, who preceded her in death, and then later married Richard Hanni, who also predeceased her. Surviving family members include two daughters, Nancy Zapolski (Thomas) and Rozanne Giunta (Norman Monto); four grandchildren, Scott Monto (Ashley Jericho), Mark Monto (Tayyaba), Kristen Hetzel-Homann (Jason) and Bre Hetzel-Nugent (Matthew); three great-grandchildren, Ayden Monto, Austin Snyder and Samantha Homann; along with two brothers, Jack and Sam DiGirolamo. The funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, in the Church of the Assumption, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue. The family will be present at the church after 10 a.m. to gather in fellowship with relatives and friends to share fond memories of Rosella. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, Shriners Hospitals For Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or other charity of the donor's choice.
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Pezze, Michael D. 25

  • Scottsdale, Ariz. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1989-04-29
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Michael D. Pezze, 25, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, as the result of an accidental drowning in Arizona. He was born April 29, 1989, in Greensburg, a son of David S. and Barbara Jean Heider Pezze, of Greensburg. He was a 2007 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic and a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. He was a member of a pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi. Michael enjoyed skiing, lifting weights, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He would light up a room with his smile and charming personality. Michael had so many good friends from every walk of life and he cherished them all. Michael was employed as a pharmacist at Sam's Club in Arizona. He worked at Westmoreland Country Club as a caddy for a number of years and was known as "Mongo". He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Homer Heider Sr. and Lou Ellen Wilson Heider. In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by two brothers, Philip Pezze, of McKees Rocks, and Matthew Pezze, of Greensburg; paternal grandparents, Santo and Geraldine Pezze, of North Huntingdon; aunts and uncles, Homer (Kathy) Heider, Donald (Patricia) Heider, James (Barbara) Heider, Vincent (Barbara Jo) Heider, Bonnie (Randy) Marts, Thomas (Cynthia) Pezze, Jennifer (Dr. Joseph) Capito and Daniel Pezze; and numerous cousins. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rohall, Jean A. 73

  • Dublin, Ohio
  • Died: 2015-03-23
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  • Jean A. (Truhan) Rohall, 73, of Dublin, Ohio, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at her home in Dublin. Born to the late Andrew and Helen Truhan, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert J. Rohall; and her sister, Gerri Truhan Jones. Jean was born in Allegheny County, and lived in Dublin for many years. Her Mass of Christian Burial is being planned at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church in Dublin, Ohio. We are currently trying to locate Jean's extended family. Any interested parties are invited to contact the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL, 450 West Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065, 614-792-1471. Please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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Snyder, Gerald A. 87

  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Born: 1927-10-16
  • Died: 2015-04-13
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  • Gerald A. Snyder, 87, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Born Oct. 16, 1927, in Weston, W. Va., Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jannetta; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and George Stump, of Greensburg and Lithia, Fla.; granddaughters, Heather Ochalek, of Lithia, Fla., and Holly Stump, of Bradenton, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Noah and Jordan, all of Lithia, Fla. Mr. Snyder grew up in Glenville, W. Va., and attended Glenville State College, where he remained an active alumni. He proudly served in the Army (1945-48). Beginning his pipeline career in 1949, he went on to own and operate Pace Pipeline Company, headquartered in Delmont. Mr. Snyder was a member of the PLCA (Pipeline Contractors Association) and served on their board of directors for several years and as their president in 1980-81. He was well-known and respected throughout the business world for his hard work, diligence and honesty. Among his many accomplishments was his acceptance into the Loyal Order of Masons and the Shriners. Gerald was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Greensburg, serving in many capacities there for more than 50 years. Retiring to St. Petersburg, Fla., he enjoyed boating, fishing, horses and family and will be remembered as a generous, no-nonsense and loving man. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2015, in the First Christian Church in Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be sent to this same church, (134 Mathews Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.)
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