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Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Beers, Dorothy V.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Dorothy V. Duermeyer Beers, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mrs. Beers was the beloved wife of the late George H. Beers Jr.; mother of Patricia Webb (Earl), of Shaler, Barbara Grosick, of Wexford, and Charles Beers, of Ohio; and is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. Services and Interment are private. Arrangements are by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Borgan, Ethel June M.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel M. "June" (Barna) Borgan, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Borgan; mother of James J. (Sandy) Borgan, Joseph A. Borgan, Jacqueline E. (James) Palmieri and Jennifer (Regis) Robson; sister of Edward Barna, Robert Barna and the late John Barna; grandmother of Mindy, Jamie, Tracy, Mark, Ann, Derek, Julie Ann and Rege; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was a retired steel worker from U. S. Steel and a retired crossing guard for Munhall Borough and St. Therese Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Therese Church in Ethel's memory. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Boyce, Harris 88

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Harris "Roy" Boyce, 88, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Margaret (Powell) Boyce; loving father of Harris Jr. (Mary Ann), John (Catherine) Boyce and Debra (Jim) Stetor; caring grandfather of Harris III (Amy), Sean (Katherine), John Jr. (Jeanette) and Erin (Jeff Schussler) Boyce, Courtney (Brian Dunkin) and Michael Stetor; great-grandfather of Hannah, Cameron, Kayden, Colin, Abigail, Tyler and Logan and Jack; and brother of the late Betty (Willard) Thomas and John (Jean) Boyce. Roy honorably served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, he was employed at Duquesne Light Co. for 40 years as an electrical engineer. He was a past Master of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Masonic Lodge No. 509 F and AM and a member of the Syria Shrine. Roy was a 15-year volunteer at the VA Hospital in Oakland. He was also an active volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America, awarded the Silver Beaver, earned the Wood Badge and enjoyed all facets of Scouting. He was a longtime member of the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. Roy was lovingly referred to as "Cookie Man" for his wonderful cookies, fudge and baklava. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Brickett, Mildred F. 98

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Mildred Frances (Gottschalk) Brickett, 98, of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph "Pal" Gottschalk and Paul Brickett; loving mother of Vera Colasant, of Florida, the late Thomas J. (surviving wife Roseanne) Gottschalk, Kenneth Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk; stepmother of Carolyn Willen; grandmother of the late Thomas (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Becky) Errett; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Cagnacci, Dolores 90

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dolores Cagnacci, 90, of North Braddock, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Louis Cagnacci, of North Braddock; and sister of Angelo (Goldie) Cagnacci, of Wall, Barbara Holcum, of Braddock Hills, the late David Cagnacci and the late Mary Huber. Friends will be welcome from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will follow at 7 p.m.
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Casey, Abigail C. 90

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Abigail Claire Kittiko Casey, 90, of White Oak, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She will be missed by her loving husband of 66 years, Alfred James Casey, formerly of Clairton; by daughters, Clareanne (Daniel) Best, of East McKeesport, Christine Casey, of Pittsburgh, Victoria (Michael) Tomcik, of Port Vue; and son, Mark (Lynnette) Casey, of Arizona. Born Feb. 14, 1924, in McKeesport, Abigail was the daughter of the late Salvatore William Kittiko and Rose Bisesi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and William G. Kittiko; and a nephew, William C. Kittiko. Grandma Abby will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Donna Lippock, Brian, Daniel and Elizabeth Best, Matthew, Maegan and Terese Casey, Sarah Tomcik, Stephanie Didjunas, Samantha Roland and Rosie Casey McDunn. Her 11 great-grandchildren will deeply miss their GG. Also, Abby will be missed by her nieces and nephews and numerous loving and supportive cousins. An active member of St. Peter's Church until it closed, she was a member of St. Patrick's, formerly St. Perpetua in Christy Park. A 1943 graduate of McKeesport High School, Abigail also attended PIA. She took pride in being a homemaker. In addition, she retired from McKeesport Hospital where she was a nursing assistant in the operating room and secretary in the blood bank. She was a sales clerk at Gimbels, Kaufmanns and Forsythe's. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California to visit family. She loved to swim and was a longtime member of the McKeesport and Wilmerding YMCA's. An avid reader, Abby volunteered with the literacy program at the former Eastland Mall. She also volunteered at Kane Hospital in McKeesport and sewed costumes for the McKeesport High School musicals. She and her husband toured Italy, including Sicily. She loved being a member of the Red Hat Society. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Final viewing before Mass will be from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in St. Patrick Church with Rev. Vincent P. Velas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorial contributions may be sent to Auberle, McKeesport YMCA, Wilmerding YMCA or Family Hospice. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Cook, Paula 68

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Paula (Marcoly) Cook, 68, of Marshall Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late James and Katherine (Babic) Marcoly; loving mother of John M. "Jamie" Cook and his wife, Debby, of Arlington, Va.; dear grandmother of Kostya E. Cook, of Arlington; beloved sister of Mary Jo (the late Dr. Joseph) Micucci, of McCandless and the late James Marcoly; aunt of Dana (Mieshiel) Micucci, Bryan Micucci, Jay (Ricki) Miccuci, Andy (Amy) Cook and Candice Cook; and great-aunt of Madison, Sydney, Keaton, Cruz, Fontana, Max, Jack and Drew. A truly beautiful woman, Paula made sure to have fun all the time, was tremendously caring, tough when she needed to be, very proud, endlessly loving and lit up at the mention of her dear grandson, Kostya, who was her light and spirit. She was a longtime employee with West Penn Financial, an annual theatre subscriber and lover of the arts, loved baking, flowers, being with family and friends and will be missed by so many. Family will welcome friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park. Blessing services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, http://www.aamds.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Daley, James A. 70

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1944-01-09
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • James A. Daley, 70, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Fair Winds Manor Nursing Home, Sarver. He was born Jan. 9, 1944, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Daniel and Ann (Baron) Daley. He has lived most of his life in the Brackenridge area. James was a laborer at Clovernook Printing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also was a volunteer dispatcher for Mon Valley Ambulance Service. He was a graduate of the Western PA School for the Blind and was an avid sports fan and enjoyed jazz music. Survivors include his two sisters, Marianne and Nancy Daley, of Baltimore, Md. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arden Y. (Steinhagen) Daley. Private burial and services were held in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. Arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Daube, Jean K. 92

  • Formerly of Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Jean Kathryn (Brahm) Daube, 92, formerly of Castle Shannon, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 64 years to the late Carl J. Daube; loving mother of Jeanne Broglie, David (Sandra) Daube, Karlyn (William) Davis and the late Thomas (Sandra) Daube; cherished grandmother of Michelle (Brent) Warren, Gregory Holsinger, Heather (Robert) Moosally, David (Allison) Daube, Kristin (Jonathan) Zimmer, Douglas (Courtney) Broglie and Thomas Davis; treasured great-grandmother of Charlie, Jacqueline, Joshua, Blair, Amanda, Natalie, Bobby, Alexandra, Matthew, Gregory, Andrew, Isabella, Mya, Colby, Carsyn, Nathaniel and Jaxton; daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth Brahm; sister of the late Betty Hayes, Isabella Greiner and Edward Brahm; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 724-941-3211, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery. Please add tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Davis, Annette L. 69

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1944-12-26
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Annette Louise Davis, 69, of McKeesport, formerly of Charleroi, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Dec. 17, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born on Dec. 26, 1944, to the late Marion Cranford and Estelle Marie Lockett Dupree in Pricedale. Annette "Boots" as she was so affectionately called worked for Corning Glass for years until she retired. She was a member of the Gate of Heaven COGIC in Monessen. She was a church mother, an usher and choir member. Boots loved to bake and was an avid Steelers fan. She loved her family and was always there for them. Annette leaves to cherish her memory three sons, James Curtis Davis of Jeanette, Arron Lee Davis of Monessen, Percy Alonzo Davis of Monessen; two daughters, Arelene Florence (Lamonte) White of McKeesport and Erica Lynn Davis of Charleroi, a granddaughter whom she raised, Diamond Jackson; one brother, Richard (Tina) Cranford of Arizona; one sister, Carole Jean (Donald) Corbin of Chicago; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will truly be missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Keith Lamonte Davis; granddaughter, Ciera Ashley Monique Jones; brothers, Leon, Cyrenus, Percy, Willie Arther, and C.F. Crawford and Alonzo Perkins; sisters, Beatrice and Pearl Crawford and Mattie Ora Jones. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 21, 204, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gate of Heaven COGIC on Reed Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062, and on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will begin with the Elder William C. Bass officiating. Interment will be at Mon Valley Memorial Park, 2nd Street Extension, Donora. Arrangements entrusted to the WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, Trudy Taylor-Williams, director in charge.
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Dippolito, Angela 93

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Angela (Costanzo) Dippolito, 93, of Baldwin Borough, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Felix Dippolito; beloved mother of Janet (the late Gary) Klos, Ed (Andrea Witlin) Dippolito, Sandra (Mike) Cundra and the late Dolores Dippolito; proud grandmother of Joyce (Scott) Winkler, Gary (Sherrie) Klos, Jaclyn (Ross) Hatherill, Michael Cundra and Angela; great-grandmother of Christopher, Anthony and Cameron; and sister of the late Joseph, Michael and John Costanzo. She will also be missed by her "four-legged grandchild", Morgan. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Wendelin Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Asbury Village, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Dixon, Margaret 86

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret Dixon, 86, of Shadyside, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Dixon; loving stepmother of John I. Dixon Jr., Steven H. Dixon and Alexander F. Dixon. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Franklin; her niece, Maureen Drether; and nephew, Stephen A. Lewins. Margaret was born in 1928 in Gateshead County England to Henry and Elizabeth Dobson. She and her twin sister Liz were evacuated during the war years to a place in the English countryside where they were cared for until after the war. Margaret migrated to South Africa in 1964 where she worked as a librarian until 1972 when she met and married her late husband, John. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Dovalovsky, John J. 94

  • Elrama
  • Born: 1920-06-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • John J. Dovalovsky, 94, of Elrama, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Arden Courts in Jefferson Hills. He was born June 23, 1920, near Elrama/Shire Oaks in Washington County. He was the son of the late John L. Dovalovsky and Catherine (Brindza) Dovalovsky, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. John learned to play the violin at an early age. While attending Clairton High School, he played the violin in the orchestra and in the chamber-music ensemble. He also played the tuba, then trombone in the orchestra. He attended Duquesne University School of Music for one year before taking a job with U.S. Steel in Clairton. John enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 5, 1941. He served as a sergeant in the 729th Air Material Squadron in England, France and Germany and other parts of Central Europe during World War II. He received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. He was proud of his almost four years of service to our country during the War. After his military service, John took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked as a fireman, then engineer for more than 36 years with the PRR, Penn-Central and Conrail until he retired in 1981. He was a founding member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church near Elrama and a long-term member of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cherished wife of more than 55 years, Helen C. (Sevcik) Dovalovsky, in 2003; and his brother, William F. Dovalovsky, in 2008. He is survived by his three children, John (Linda) Dovalovsky, of Lombard, Ill., Richard (Gail) Dovalovsky, of Wayne, Pa., and Marilyn (William) Wenger, of Rennerdale, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Dovalovsky, Brian (Stacie) Dovalovsky, Stacey (Jason) Jankowiak, Lindsay (Ian) Valentine, Michael Wenger, Danielle Wenger and Jeffrey Dovalovsky; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jakob, Alison, Alina, Matthew, Kasia, Nicolas, Lydia, Rachael and Nathan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all those who were kind to or helped our dad in any way since our mother passed away. Special thanks to the ladies of the Elrama United Methodist Church who always remembered our dad, especially throughout these last three years. John was a quiet, private person. He was a man of strong faith who loved his wife and was devoted to his family. Our family takes great comfort in the knowledge that he is now with God, reunited with his wife, our mother, and that they now live together with Jesus for eternity. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Additional visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Isaac Jogues Church, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle officiating. Burial with military honors at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1216 Collins Ave., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Elrama United Methodist Church, 19 Downer Ave., Elrama, PA 15038; or Horizons Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Elliott, Elaine

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Anderson) Elliott, of Regent Square, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Elliott; loving mother of Bruce and his wife, Brenda, Robert, and Brian and his wife, Michelle; dear grandmother of Brittney, Brandon, Zachary, Sadie, Audrey, Jackson and Caleb; and sister of Thomas, Steve and K.C. Elaine worked for U.S. Steel, the Post-Gazette and a cleaning company. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Fasiska, Dr. Edward J. 77

  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dr. Edward J. Fasiska, PhD, 77, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, the Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe. Dr. Fasiska was the son of late John Fasiska and Mary E. Fasiska. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Deborah Dobransky-Fasiska; daughter, Desanka Noelle Fasiska; his late brother, John Fasiska; his sister, Florence Corbin; his nephews and nieces, John Fasiska, Kelly Brinker and Cindy, Todd, Rona and Chris Corbin. Dr. Fasiska will be forever in the hearts and minds of his beloved extended family, friends and in-laws, including Edward, Mark and Eric Dobransky, Denise Fuller and Valerie and Rachel Dobransky. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rory Dobransky and Carol Pawlikowski who gave Dr. Fasiska special loving care in his final years. Dr. Fasiska is remembered for his many accomplishments. He was a former vice president of Mellon Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the co-founder of Materials Consultants and Laboratories; he went on to be the principle research scientist for major laboratories in the United States as well as published several scientific peer-reviewed papers in the physics and materials science community. His philanthropic achievements include serving on boards, including the Latin American Children's Fund, which the family requests donations are made in honor of Dr. Edward J. Fasiska. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Arrangements are by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6191.
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Glavanics, Eugenia 77

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Eugenia "Sis" (Wasielewski) Glavanics, 77, of Richland Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Alajos "Louie" Glavanics; loving mother of Louis J. Glavanics, Connie (Herbert) Gass, Susan (Norman) Hill, Lisa (John) Fabian and James Glavanics; sister of Matthew "Jr" Wasielewski, Edward Waleski, Stanley Wasielewski, Judy Krantz and Elaine Buyna; proud grandmother of Jeremy, Zachary, Amelia, Elijah, Ethan, Emily, Elissa, Lydia and Jessica; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Sis was a wonderful cook, always providing meals for family and friends, and being proud of her heritage, excelled with many Polish dishes. She loved polka, cherished her grandchildren and was always there when you needed her. She will be dearly missed. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Interment in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://www.stjude.org. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kassep, Hilda J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (de Armas) Kassep, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Kassep; loving mother of Yvonne Sherman, Berna Cristi, Peter Kassep Jr. and Frank Kassep; devoted grandmother of Michael (Kristen) and Ashley Kassep, Katie and Jonathan Sommerer and Erica Cristi; caring mother-in-law of Gwen Kassep, Rich Cristi and Michael Sherman; cherished sister of Edelmira Fernandez de Armas, in Cuba, and the late Humberto de Armas; and dear friend of Elsa in Chicago, Ill. Services and Interment will be private. Arrangements are by the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412 381-2323. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Kinner, Charles D. 60

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1954-12-10
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Johnson, Buena Vista | Get Directions
  • Charles D. Kinner, 60, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at home with his family with him. Born Dec. 10, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a beloved son of son of the Charles Kinner and Dorothy Vovolka Kinner, of Elizabeth Township. He was a crane operator for Tygart Steel in McKeesport. He is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Cheryl Powell Kinner; son and daughter, Brian and Alisha, both at home; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two younger brothers, Ronald Kinner, who passed away Aug. 14, 2009, and John Kinner, who passed away, Oct. 12, 2011. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOM, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, PA 15018, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dale Murrell officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery.
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Kulbacki, Charlotte 74

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Kulbacki, 74, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the wife of Robert J. Kulbacki; mother of Robert (Diana), Joseph and Timothy (Heidi) Kulbacki and Christine (Neil) Sabatini; grandmother of Amanda, Samantha, Stephanie, Nicole, Daltan, Allison and Bruno; and great-grandmother of Jobe, Ashlynn and the late Felicia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Langenberg, Marguerite C. 91

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1923-04-23
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Marguerite C. "Peggy" Langenberg, 91, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born May 23, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., a daughter of the late Donald Cardone and Lena P. Cardone. She is survived by her loving husband, Frederick C. Langenberg; sister, Betty Filipps, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Valerie Holt and Melinda Singleton, of Tulsa; and nephew, Donald Filipps, of Tulsa. She was the loving stepmother to Rick Langenberg and Susan Brainer and loving stepgrandmother to Laura Jane, Dan and Andrew Brainer. Peggy Langenberg graduated from the Pennsylvania Business College, and began working at Jessop Steel Co., Washington, Pa. She became the highest ranked secretary in the company, working with the president for five years. She then moved to Washington, D.C., and was executive assistant to the president of the American Iron and Steel Institute. She next moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1979, and was executive secretary to the chairman of Interlake Corp., a Fortune 500 company. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1990 and helped found the Langand Corp., a Subchapter S Corporation. She and her husband were loyal to Pennsylvania State University, where she was a life member of the Alumni Association and a member of the Mount Nittany Society. Peggy Langenberg was a president of the Washington, Pa., branch of the National Secretaries Association. She was a member of the St. Clair Country Club, Chicago Golf Club and Belleair Country Club in Florida. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment in Forest Lawn Gardens. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Martin Jr., Ivan W. 88

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1926-09-06
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cremation, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Ivan William Martin Jr., 88, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Morgantown, W. Va., he was the son of the late Ivan William Sr. and Lucinda Martin. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Ann (Warden) Martin; and one sister, Doris Adele Smith. He was the loving father of Diane (Harry) Snyder and William (Lorie) Martin; cherished grandfather of Shauna (Brian) Bodamer, Adam (Brenna) Snyder and Max and Michael Martin; adoring great-grandfather of Grant and Drew Bodamer; and beloved uncle of Clete (Kathy) Smith. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1949 and had a long time devotion to the West Virginia Mountaineers. He served in the Army from 1945-46. He was employed by the Commercial Credit Corporation, where he rose to position of president, from 1952 until his retirement in 1988. He will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family, the endless hours he spent with his precious grandchildren, his sense of humor and his love of the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be missed dearly by his children and grandchildren and all of those whose lives he touched over the years. A gathering of loved ones and friends will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, followed by a memorial service at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. A private interment will be held at the National Cemetery of The Alleghenies in Allegheny County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Mulkerin, Donald 79

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald Mulkerin, 79, of Wilkins Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann (Pelesky) Mulkerin; loving father of Don (Glenda) Mulkerin, Colleen (James) Medwid and Timothy (Lisa) Mulkerin; stepfather of John O'Connell, Jeffrey (Natalie) O'Connell and Jayme (Ian) Dowdy; grandfather of Ashley, Rianna, Taylor, Mary, Meghan and Jenna; great-grandfather of Ronin, Ryston, Isabella and Liam; step-grandfather of six; and brother of Dorothy Kelly, Eleanor (Jack) Ferber, Isabel (Bill) Beck, Robert (Sheila) Mulkerin, Bill (Kathy) Mulkerin, Rege (Liz) Mulkerin, Shirley (John) Sutherland, Patty (Jim) Murphy and Jim Mulkerin. He was a 1953 graduate of Wilkinsburg High, Air Force veteran, Penn Tech graduate and was employed for 37 years with General Electric in the Industrial Sales Division. He was an avid golfer, as well as an accomplished athlete in his youth. He was a loyal fan of Pittsburgh sports team and proud to be a native Pittsburgher. He enjoyed traveling and reading. Faith, family and friends were most important in life. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Parish. Interment will follow at William Penn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of Pittsburgh. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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O'Connor, Donald Don 96

  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald "Don" O'Connor, 96, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mr. O'Connor was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marie (Hogan) O'Connor in 2011; by his brothers, Dennis, Robert, Brian and Patrick; and his sister, Helen (O'Connor) Truxell. He is survived by his sons, David, of Murrysville, Kevin (Priscilla), of Durango, Colo., and Stephen (Barbara), of Robinson Township. He is also survived by granddaughters, Caitlin O'Connor, Lauren O'Connor and Megan Riddle; grandson, Corey Baker; great-grandchildren, Coralie Baker and Liberty Gage; along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Mr. O'Connor grew up in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. He was the oldest son in a family that has produced a number of business owners, politicians and local notable personalities. His brother Dennis, known as "Buddy O", was well known in the local stock car racing community. His brother, Robert, was the father of late Pittsburgh mayor, Bob O'Connor. Donald was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force in England. He flew many missions over Europe, including in support of the D-Day invasion. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations for his service, but was always modest about his contributions. As a boy, he delivered groceries for the local grocery store, and continued to work for the A and P grocery chain for most of his career, rising from a store butcher to purchasing agent in the chain's Homewood office for many years. O'Connor and his family lived in Penn Hills for many years, where they participated in the activities of St. Bartholomew Parish and School. In retirement, Don and Marie moved to Plum Borough, where Don pursued his hobby of buying and selling used items. He became known as the "Toolman of O'Block Road" and was famous for seeming to have the tool you were looking for in his inventory. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
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Odle, Robert J.

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Odle, of White Oak, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy Rosenberg Odle. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Este Berkovitz Odle, who died Nov. 19, 1989. He was a veteran of the Army serving in World War II. He was the vice chairman for Tube City IMS in Glassport for more than 64 years until, he retired in 2013. Bob's vision, drive, dedication and invaluable contributions were important factors in the evolution of the company from a regional to a global organization. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel in White Oak. He was a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, an avid golfer and loved playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Mariuza Carvalho Odle; children, Cindy Odle, of Pittsburgh, Wayne Odle, of New Jersey, and Jennifer (Matthew Maddamma) Odle, of White Oak; grandchildren, Emily and Julia Odle; brother, Richard (Phyllis) Odle, of Singer Island, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Rabbi Paul Tuchman. Burial will follow in Temple Cemetery.
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Paterson, David 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • David Paterson, 90, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born the only son of David and Catherine (McDonald) Paterson. He retired from US Steel Irvin Works as a supervisor and was a World War II Army veteran who was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Werbeck. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Paterson; four children, Cheryl (Joseph) Depretis, Jan (Hal Brandt) Paterson, David (Diane) Paterson and Pam (Jay) Harrison; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jones. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. A prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Hays. Interment will follow in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville at 12:30 p.m. with military honors. Visit http://www.stephendslater.com. for condolences.
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Reid, Donald 66

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1948-07-24
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald Reid, 66, of Duquesne, departed this life peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in West Penn Hospice, Pittsburgh. He was born July 24, 1948, in Pittsburgh, son of Russell James Reid Sr., of Pittsburgh, and the late Helen Turner Reid. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Garland Reid; and daughters, Darlin Reid and Tara Christian. He attended Duquesne High School and worked as a construction laborer with Labor Ready and attended Judah Ministries in McKeesport. Surviving are three sons, Donald Sloan, of North Carolina, Donald Burham, of Homestead, and DeShawn Reid, of McKeesport; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Howard (Rosia) Reid, twin brother, Ronald (Toni) Reid, Kevin (Pamela) Price and Sam (Charletta) Overby, all of Duquesne, Dora Reid, Rosalee Cox, Russell (Corrin) Reid Jr., Richard Reid and Albert (Faith) Reid, all of Pittsburgh; two aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with the Rev. Archie D. Perrin Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, McKeesport. Local arrangements by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Shiff, Nancy A. 84

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Ann (Snowden) Shiff, 84, of Scott Township, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Nancy was the beloved wife for 54 years of Ted Shiff. Surviving are three children and 11 grandchildren. She always was a teacher, beginning with kindergarten and then led the visually handicapped program in Beaver Valley. Later, she taught in our church and community bible classes, plus leading our family and other families in any way possible. She always offered to help anyone at any time. Mom, grandma, Nancy, aunt - Thank you! If we were to write about your life and all its goodness, this entire newspaper would be filled with stories of you and its other contents would pale in significance. You not only taught love (1 Cor 13:4-8) you put it on full display with your life. Nothing is more important to God (Matthew 22:36-40) so thank you for leaving us with that lasting legacy. You are already deeply missed by countless many, but for us who know the truth we say the reunion is going to be sweeeet! Enjoy your first real Christmas and the best present you could ever receive - eternal life (Romans 6:23). Family and friends will be received at 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A celebrate life (no. 2) remembrance time will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visitation will continue 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin's. Interment will be Monday in Jefferson Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held in January in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or to cancer research.
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Skiffington, Daniel A. 17

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel A. Skiffington, 17, of Ross Township, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of Vincent II and Sharon (Wagurak) Skiffington; loving brother of Renee L. (Robert) Krebs and Brandi D. Skiffington; beloved grandson of Mary Lou Skiffington and the late Vincent Skiffington Sr., and Ethel Wagurak and the late Alexander Wagurak; loving nephew of Kathleen (David) Wire, Douglas (Paula) Wagurak, and Janae (Michael) Nail; and also survived by many cousins. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover funeral costs; go to: youcaring.com and search for Daniel A. Skiffington.
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Snyder, Helen 81

  • Crafton , Formerly of Bristol
  • Born: 1933-04-28
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen Fessick Snyder, 81, of Crafton, formerly of Bristol, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was born April 28, 1933, in McAdoo, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Czernianski Fessick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Snyder; a son, Theodore C. Snyder; two brothers, Nicholas and John Fessick; and a sister, Dorothy Fessick. Helen is survived by three sons, Robert J. (Janet) Snyder, of Langhorne, Mark (Mary) Snyder, of Murrysville, and Daniel Snyder, of Yardley; 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Eric, Christopher, Nicholas, Joscelyn, Helena, Maura, Haley, Morgan and Kyra; and a brother, Joseph (Betty) Fessick, of New Jersey. A private blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Interment will be private. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Zorbas, Mary 85

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1929-11-22
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Mary Zorbas, 85, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, while residing with her brother, James (Jane). She was a beloved daughter and aunt. She was the beloved daughter of George and Virginia (Sgontzou) Zorbas. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Monessen. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (Helen), Ted; and nephew, Mike. Mary is survived by her brother, James (Jane); nieces, Stephanie Roush, Christina (Alfred) Smart, Teresa, Steve (Anya), Donna (Dan) O'Brien; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces. Mary retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Her internment will be at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, Ill. Donations may be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1963-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Barcellino, 51, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with loved ones by her side, under the care of Forbes Hospice. Born July 26, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth devoted her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Barcellino, whom she married May 22, 1981. They had two devoted daughters: Christina, married to Timothy O'Neil, and Karrie, married to Joshua Weinman. Elizabeth had four granddaughters, Arabella, Vada, Gabriella and Kinley. She is also survived by her parents, Adam and Hilda McMeekin; and her siblings, Lisa Cusato, Thomas and Lori McMeekin, Jennifer and Brandan Valore. In loving memory, her late brother: Eric McMeekin. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Unity Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice in Elizabeth Barcellino's name. Please go to Forbes Health Foundationto place a donation: http://www.ahn.org/ways-to-give/forbes-health-foundation/giving-forbes-hospice. We'd like to thank the amazing staff at Forbes Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Burky, Louise 73

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Deemer, Fredrick R. 58

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1956-09-27
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Fredrick R. "Fred" Deemer, 58, of New Florence, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Sept. 27, 1956, in Johnstown, the son of late James and Geraldine "Dooker" (Boring) Deemer. He is survived by his brother, James David Deemer and wife, Shan Alcorn; sisters, Jane Anne Bash and husband, Gary, and Kelly Brendlinger and husband, Dave, all of New Florence; nieces and nephews, Anna Jane Simmons and Robert Deemer, who he helped raise, also Keshia Deemer, Kay-la Bash, Derek Brendlinger, Raven Bash and Cheyenne Bash; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a life member of New Florence Volunteer Fire Company and former employee of Lodestar Bus Lines. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Barry Young officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Fassinger, Josephine R. 93

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1921-11-26
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine R. Lopatowski Fassinger, 93, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Catherine Duniec Lopatowski. Josephine was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and also continued to attend the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Manor with her son, David. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Josephine is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her three loving children, John E. Fassinger and wife, Charlesia, of Cranberry Township, Rita A. D'Innocenzo and husband, Donald, of Eaton, Colo., and David A. Fassinger, of Scottdale, with whom she previously resided; her five loving grandchildren, David R. Fassinger and wife, Julie, of Upper St. Clair, Nicole Lynn Fassinger Brito and husband, Alex, of Monroeville, Erin Fassinger, of Cranberry Township, Emil D'Innocenzo and wife, Hannah, of Norfolk, Va., and Anna Marie D'Innocenzo Link and husband, Marty, of Baltimore, Md.; her five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild to be born in February. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Fassinger (Nov. 28, 2011); two sisters, Mary Ann O'Shea (Nov. 29, 1994) and Ann Gibson. Josephine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will recite prayers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Gosciejew, Helen J. 87

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Gosciejew, 87, of the Kinloch section of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Lilly, Cambria County, to the late Steven and Mary Nodge Uveges, and was a longtime resident of Lower Burrell. Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, gardening and bowling for the William Penn Society. She was a life member of the Kinloch Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Ladies of the Moose, the William Penn Association and the Hungarian Reform Church. Mrs. Gosciejew made candy for Herman's Nut Shop and worked part-time at West Penn Hat and Cap and the Normandy Grill. Surviving are her children, Deanne "Diane" (Anthony) Thomas, of Brackenridge, Nancy (Peter) Mohr, of Washington Township, and Jeffery Gosciejew and his companion, Lisa Illinsky, of Springdale; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Gosciejew, of Delaware; grandchildren, Melissa (Reg) Rykaczewski, Peter "PJ" (Kaitlin) Mohr, Christopher Mohr, Katie and Zak Gosciejew; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Audrina; and her sister, Mary Antoniono, of Leechburg. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Borys Gosciejew; son, Boris "Bo" Gosciejew; granddaughter, Jessica Gosciejew; daughter-in-law, Diana Gosciejew; and her brothers, Steve and Alex Uveges; and her sister, Irene Johnson. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Kistler, Patricia L. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. "Patty" Kistler, 72, of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Sarah (Kunkle) Kistler; loving sister of George (Leona), Kenneth and the late Raymond and Samuel Kistler; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was the longtime caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery in Penn Township and also a former elder/deacon at Denmark Manor United Church of Christ. She was a record-holding platelet donor and a member of the Valley Run Lionesses. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Denmark Manor Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the Bushy Run Lions Club. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Kovacs Sr., James P. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-08-21
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James P. Kovacs Sr., 64, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Phyllis Kovacs. Prior to retirement, he had been a Chrysler technician. He was a Marine Corps Disabled Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons, James P. Kovacs Jr. and his companion, Andrea, of Apollo, and Patrick Kovacs, of Jeannette; a daughter, Heather Kovacs and her companion, Joshua Graf, of Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip Kovacs, of Greensburg, and Richard Kovacs; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Services and interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Messich, Mary J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-28
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Messich, 84, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born March 28, 1930, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Charles and Bernadette (Gerard) Meyer. She was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Messich; and a sister, Florence Stinson. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Smail and her husband, Thomas, and Judith Messich, all of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Smail; a brother, Joseph Meyer and his wife, Carol, of Ligonier; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth "Skip" Stinson. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Palmer, Elmer H. 69

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Elmer H. "Butch" Palmer, 69, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family after a five year courageous battle with cancer. He inspired everyone around him. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann (Devola) Palmer; loving father of Kimberly (Bill) Gasparro and Kelly (David) Cornelius; grandfather of Anna Nicole and Noah Hunter Gasparro and Grace Marie Cornelius; brother of Ted Palmer, Don Palmer and the late Jane Bolen and Chuck Palmer; and is also survived by his puppy, Ruby Sue. Elmer was an Army Vietnam veteran and an electrician for Local Union No. 5 throughout his career. He loved dancing with his wife, flying airplanes and spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice, Dr. Mayernik, Dr. Tan, Dr. Halenda, the nurses in Oncology and Forbes Hospital for all their loving care. The family kindly suggests in honor of Butch to be kind to one another. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Wolford, Kay L. 64

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1950-04-19
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Kay L. Wolford, 64, of Bolivar, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 19, 1950, to Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Kay loved spending time with her family, loved ones and also her dog, Angel, who will sadly miss her. She is survived by her daughters, Jamie Kirkland and fiance, A.J. Yonek, of Lower Burrell, Melissa Hlebechik and husband, Nate, of Seabeck, Wash., and Jessica Hantz and husband, TJ, of Latrobe; son, Michael Prymak and Many Orvosh, of Rochester Mills; longtime companion, Tony Diana, of Bolivar; grandchildren, Ashley, Jacey, Lexie, Summer, Savannah, Sage, Payton, Aspen, Greyson and Salem; great-grandchildren, Rhode and Iren; brothers, Dennis Long and wife, Susan, of Blairsville, and Larry Long and wife, Sally, of Camp Hill; nieces, Lynda and Megan Long; and a nephew, Shawn Long. She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor George Prior officiating. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations amy be made to Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Zulisky, Janet L. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-11-29
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Janet L. Zulisky, 70, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born Nov. 29, 1944, in New Stanton, a daughter of the late Wilmer W. and Herma C. (Hoyman) Hoover. Janet spent more than 40 years as a nurse having worked at Area Agency of the Aging, Westmoreland Manor, Monsour Hospital, Dr. Testa, Dr. Hanna, St. Anne Home, Latrobe Hospital and also in home health care. She had been a member of Pleasant Unity United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judy L. Zulisky; and a sister, Pauline Austeri. She is survived by three sons, F. Eugene Zulisky and his wife, Michelle, of Greensburg, Barry Zulisky, of Youngwood, and Michael Zulisky, and his wife, Mary Anne, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Ryan, Olivia and Kateri; two brothers, Wilmer Hoover and wife, Anita and Melvin Hoover and wife, Kelly, all of Greensburg; a sister, Carol Kreinbrook, of Windber; a brother-in-law, Joseph Austeri, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by her friends and family. It was Janet's wish to have no viewing or service; her cremated remains will be interred with her daughter at a later date during a graveside service in Middletown Cemetery. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, is assisting with arrangements. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Lyczak, Helen 86

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1928-03-14
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Lyczak, 86, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice. She was born March 14, 1928, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Harry Waslo and Eva Waslo. She was employed as a lunchroom supervisor for Lenape Elementary School in Ford City. A member of St. Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church, where she was a cantor, she was also a Girl Scout leader who taught religious education at the church. She was also a pirohi worker at the church. She was a member of Armstrong County Choir, an avid football fan and enjoyed needlepoint, putting together jigsaw puzzles and the love of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Lyczak, who died Aug. 22, 2003; brothers, Harry, John, Michael, William and Paul; and sisters, Ann, Rose, Mary, Catherine and Eve. Survivors include her son, Mark Alan and Roseann Lyczak, of Flower Mound, Texas; daughter, Mary Margaret and Dale Hilliard, of Sarver; two grandchildren, Zachary Lyczak and Lauren Lyczak; three stepgrandchildren, Robert and Pam Hilliard, Tracey Manko and Wendy Hite; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Shimota, of San Jose, Calif. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Parastas service at 6 p.m., Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. A service of Divine Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Marys Ukrainian Church with Father John Gribik. Interment at St. Marys Ukrainian Cemetery.
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Myers, Alvera A. 80

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1934-08-12
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Alvera A. Myers, 81, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1934, in Export, she was retired from Rivercliff Terrace Personal Care Home in Kittanning and was a member of the Kittanning Eagles. She loved cooking and baking and her dog, "Tweety". Most importantly, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include, children, Debbie Taleff, of Kittanning, Thomas (Vicki) Myers, of Leechburg, and Morris (Jane) Myers, of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave) Branan and great-grandchild, Abigail, of Monroeville, Robert Myers, of Kittanning, Martha (Chad) Morrissey, of Saltsburg, Cindy (Ryan) Kozert, and great-grandchild, Logan, of New Florence, Staci (Dean) Moyer and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kaitlyn, of Vandergrift, and Theresa (Michael) Moeslein and great-grandchildren, Michael, Trystan, Logan and Riley, of Cranberry; and brother, Frederick Panzer, of Export. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Morris Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.
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Pella, Ellen L. 66

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1948-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. Pella, 66, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 15, 1948, in Kittanning, daughter of Emil Pella and Helen Kornasiewicz Pella. She retired as a case worker for the Kittanning Welfare Office. She was a former member of St. Francis of Paola Church and current member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish. She traveled extensively in Europe. She was an exchange student in Spain; graduate of Ford City High School, class of 1966; and graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Masters degree and received another Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was going for her Doctor degree. White she was at school in Philadelphia, she taught in the public school system. She also taught Spanish at the Divine Redeemer School. She completed her working career at the welfare office in Kittanning. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Lopez) Pella, of Ford City; niece, Melissa Smith and nephew, Matthew Pella, of Dubois; cousin, Evelyn Jean Foltz, Ted and Donna Kornasiewcz; and numerous other cousins. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Per. She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Pella. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Prayer service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father Bryan Summers, celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Sweet Jr., Robert P. 46

  • Burrell Township
  • Born: 1967-12-22
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Sweet Jr., 46, Burrell Township, 46, of Burrell Township, Ford City, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Burrell Township, as a result of an accident. Born Dec. 22, 1967, in Kittanning, he was a son of Robert Paul Sweet Sr. and Doris Elain Cook Sweet, of Ford City. He was a lifelong resident of Burrell Township, worked various jobs throughout his life and was a dairy farmer in the 1990s. He attended the former Christ Prince of Peace Church, enjoyed woodworking, farming, gardening, partying with his friends and family, butchering and running his John Deere Tractor. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancee, Tina Smeltzer; daughters, McKenzie Sweet and Millee Sweet; brother, Don and Christy Sweet, of Kittanning; sister, Kathy Merryman and fiance, Mike Kreutzer, of Rural Valley; nieces, Baily Shaffer and Britney and Kyle Emigh; nephews, Logan Shaffer; great-niece, Kenadee Emigh; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Edith Doumont Sweet; maternal grandparents, Blair and Evelyn Keeler Cook; and an infant sister, Christine Sweet. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., where funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, with Father Bryan Summers officiating. Interment will be in Brick Church Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to them to be used according to their wishes.
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Butler County

Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Adams Township. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce, and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and travelled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends, and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve) Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew; Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., grandchildren, Thom and Tracy; Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael; Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., grandchildren, Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by his son, Joe Moniz, and daughter, Donna Harvey; surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith, always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2014, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Chalfant, Arthur J. 56

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Arthur Joseph Chalfant, 56, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home, following a lengthy battle against cancer. Art was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Uniontown, a son of Carrie Lillian (Wingard) Chalfant, of Uniontown, and the late Arthur Higgenbotham Chalfant. Art was a 1976 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, Uniontown. Art attended ICM Business School where he received his degree in computer programming and began working for Fayette Steel. After his time with Fayette Steel, Art went to Sony Corporation, New Stanton, where he was an instrumentation technician. Art's career then led him to The Elliott Group, Jeannette, where he worked as an Engineer II. Through the years, Art played Bass guitar for numerous bands, including his latest band "Redrum". Art enjoyed the outdoors; especially when fishing, woodworking and gardening (growing his own plants from seeds). Art was known for always helping others, whether repairing their computers, teaching them math, working on their cars or home repairs, Art was there. In addition to his mother, Art is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Florence Jean (Bush) Chalfant; his daughters, Kristina Elizabeth Chalfant, of Uniontown, and Angela Marie Chalfant Firestone Hill and her four children, of Brownsville; his brother, Timothy Scott Chalfant, of Footdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Art was predeceased by a grandson, Kellan Edward Chalfant. Art's family would like to express their gratitude to Pish Medical Association, Dr. Vanek, UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Radiation Center, The Uniontown Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and The Elliott Group. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dave Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Harger, Edwin 87

  • Newell
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Edwin "Honey" Stanton Harger, 87, of Newell, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital after a brief illness. Edwin was born in Newell, where he lived his entire life. He was the son of the late Martin L. Harger Sr. and Ruth Robinson Harger. He was a devoted, loving husband and was predeceased by his beloved wife and sweetheart, Delores "Do-Do" Givogre Harger; as well as the following brothers and sisters, Harry Harger, Robert Harger, Delores Harger, William Harger, Andrew Harger and his wife, Ruth, Martin L. Harger and his wife. Lorraine (Fuller), John Harger and his wife. Margaret, Eileen Harger Kelly and her husband. Glenn, Alice Harger Pearson and her husband, David, and Eleanor Harger McPhail. He was also predeceased by the following brothers-in-law, William Joseph Givogre, John Kwasney and John Wensing. During World War II, Edwin proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He worked for the P and LE Rial Road and Allied Chemical Co. in Newell, retiring from both in 1985. Ed loved his community of Newell. As a young man he played on Newell's football team and worked at the YMCA. He was a member of the Newell Fireman's Club and the Santa Barbara Italian Club. Edwin was part of a group of men who were instrumental in re instituting the Newell Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1954. He remained a member for the past 60 years and served as Chief of the Department for 18 Years and will be given a fireman's funeral. He was a member of the Newell Federal Credit Union for 46 years, serving on the Board of Directors for many years. Edwin was a devoted member of the Newell community for 87 years and will be sorely missed. Edwin is survived by his beloved son, Martin L Harger Sr.; his cherished grandchildren, Amber Lynn Harger and Martin L. Harger Jr.; his precious great-grandchildren, Sage Lynn Harger and Chloe Morgan Harger. He is survived by his only living sibling, Ruth (Harger) Kwasney-Wensing. In addition he is survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Givogre Tafel and her husband, Rev. Gregory S. Tafel; and many beloved nieces and nephews on the Harger and Givogre sides of the family. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, http://www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com, 724-326-5621. Funeral services will take place Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, Pa. Members of the Newell VFD will conduct services Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following organizations would be deeply appreciated by Edwin's family: Newell VFD; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; or Alzheimer's Association. Edwin and Delores were avid supporters of these organizations.
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Kenney, Donna 76

  • Dunbar
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Donna Kenney, 76, of Dunbar, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Scottdale Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete.
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Shawley, Robert C. 67

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1947-11-16
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Shawley, 67, longtime resident of Indian Head, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Curtis and Edwinna Faust Shawley. Bob was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He was retired from Babcock Lumber in Champion and was also the owner of the former R.C. Shawley Butcher Shop in Sagamore. He was a member of the Juniata Church of Jesus Christ. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family, his wife of 46 years, Dorothea M. Prinkey Shawley; his daughters, Sherry Lee Rose, Bobbie Jo Yealey and husband, William, and Tammy Eileen Holliday and husband Paul, all of White; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Richard Shawley and wife, Karen, of Herminie, and Alfred Shaulis, of Blaine, Wash.; and his sisters, Shirley Natle, of North Carolina, Edwinna Gay Stubbs and husband, Paul, of Yukon, and Glenna Telford, of Ligonier. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a son-in-law, Larry Rose; a brother, Everett Shaulis; and three sisters, Charlene, Charlotte and Loretta. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Ronald Boyd officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Long, Anna L. 84

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1930-06-26
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Anna Leah Long, 84, of Charleroi, formerly of Webster, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born June 26, 1930, in North Charleroi, the daughter of William and Fronell Roberts Boyd. She is survived by two daughters, Christy (Denny) Dulac of Monongahela, Gloria (Harry) Davis of Fayette City; six grandchildren, Pamela Baxter, Lori Davis Lukac, Missy Stalnaker, Harry (Christine) Davis, Michelle (John) Hennen, Michael (Lisa) Dulac; 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Long; her sister, Audrey Bartolozzi; and brother, William Boyd Jr. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, One Children's Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1342. http://www.chp.edu. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Shulock, Delphine V. 86

  • Courtney
  • Born: 1928-09-03
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Delphine V. Shulock, 86, a lifelong resident of Courtney, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Mon Valley Care Center, Carroll Township. Born Sept. 3, 1928, in Courtney, she was the daughter of the late Amalio and Olympia (Jacanianni) Celestino. Delphine loved to cook, especially her pastas and tomato sauce, to bring together her loving family and friends. A devoted mother and homemaker, she also worked as a beautician. Following graduation from Monongahela High School, she attended the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and the Dale Carnegie Course in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela, and her faith was resolute. She enjoyed shopping and traveling with her husband and to see her son. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Joseph Shulock; a son, Barry J. Shulock; a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (her favorite team) and Yale University Law School and his partner, Edward Durham; along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were a brother, Arthur Celestino; and two sisters, Mafalda Martello and Olga Marini. She and her sisters were inseparable. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com from, 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.
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Elsewhere

Gouker, Charles R. 71

  • Patton
  • Born: 1943-10-21
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Easly-Hindman, Hastings | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Gouker, 71, of Patton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical. He was born Oct. 21, 1943, in McKeesport, a son of the late Melvin and Vera (McKay) Gouker. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Melvin "Mo" and James "Jim"; and his sister, Darlene Moranelli. He is survived by his son, Craig and his wife, Theresa, of North Huntingdon; his granddaughter, Raegan Gouker; his sister, Kathleen Gouker, Glassport; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles is also survived by his longtime companion, Mary Jo Duclo, of Patton. Charles served in the Army. He worked as a home improvement contractor. He was a member of the Patton American Legion and Patton VFW. He was a hunter, a fisherman and loved the outdoors. At the request of the deceased there will be no services held. Arrangements in care of the EASLY-HINDMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., "Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care." Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
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Kiser, Robert E. 93

  • Leesburg, Fla. , Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-03-19
  • Died: 2014-12-11
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  • Robert E. Kiser, 93, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of West Mifflin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Born March 19, 1921, in Eau Claire, to John and Martha McCandless Kiser, he was the husband of 67 years of Marylou Pepper Kiser; father to Louanne (Robert) Henchir; grandfather to Jeremy, Kristie and Bryan; and great-grandfather to Kate, Becca and Alison. In addition to his parents and three brothers and two sisters, he was preceded in death by his son, Spec.4, Robert T. Kiser. He was a World War II veteran of the Coast Guard. In 2012, he was part of a group of veterans that traveled to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight. A memorial service will be held at Holiday Park in Leesburg in January. Memorial contributions can be made to http://www.honorflight.org.
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Witzell, Edward B. 91

  • Philadelphia
  • Born: 1923-09-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Edward Burris Witzell, 91, of Philadelphia, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 11, 1923, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Charles D. and Mary Koribanic Witzell. He was retired from the US Postal Service Operations Division in Philadelphia and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his brother, Charles E. "Bud" Witzell; nieces, Michele (Daniel) Trovato, Cynthia A. (George) Myers and Susan (Frank) Pajkurich; nephew, Michael C. (Paul) Chiaverini; great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great-niece. He was preceded in death by his companion of 40 years, Madeline "Kelly" Grimditch; sister, Martha Chiaverini; brothers, Lester F. Witzell Sr. and Robert James Witzell; and a nephew, Lester F. "Butch" Witzell Jr. There is no visitation. Funeral service with military honors took place Friday, Dec. 19, in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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