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Blewitt, Alice 97

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-13
  • Funeral Home: Green , Munhall | Get Directions
  • Alice Blewitt, 97, of Munhall, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. She was a beloved sister, aunt and friend. She is survived sisters, Elizabeth Haines and Alice Wright and husband; a great-niece; and two great-great-nephews, Connor and Ethan Wright. She was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church of West Mifflin. She retired from Kaufmans, a joyful soul who has passed on to eternal rest. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Bonacci, Sylvia 75

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Sylvia (Bobich) Bonacci, 75, of Monroeville, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mildred (Dojonovic) Bobich; wife of the late Vincent Bonacci; beloved sister of Millicent Bozic and Peter (Jane) Bobich; special aunt of Melanie Bozic, Michelle (Dave Hawes) Lukas, Nicole (Joe) Tominello, Peter J. (Christy) Bobich; and special great-aunt of Julianna, Kaylee, Merissa, Mason, Dexter, Gloria, Bryce, Brock and Braylee. Sylvia was an office manager for the Serb National Federation, was on the democratic committee in Monroeville and was a member and chairman of the Monroeville Zoning Hearing board for many years. Family and friends are being received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a Pomen service at 8 p.m. in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Services in the St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Very Rev. DC Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Everyone please meet at the church. Memory eternal Sylvia.
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Bowersox, Clarence H. 86

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Clarence H. "Babe" Bowersox, 86, of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Babe was the last surviving of 13 children of Anthony and Daisy Bowersox. He was the special uncle of Don (Bonnie) Bowersox, of Monroeville, and many other nieces and nephews. Babe was a Korean War Army veteran and for more than 30 years, he was an owner of Hoffman's Garage in Wilkinsburg. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial with Military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Brown, Charlotte H.

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-10-14
  • Funeral Home: Dunbar, Columbia | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Hilborn Brown, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Lifecare Center of Charleston. Born in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Earl Malcolm Hilborn and Mae Lena Chestnutt Hilborn Wilkerson. She was a veteran of World War II and past president of the Ladies Auxilary VFW No. 641. For many years she worked as a beautician in Charleston and later with her husband at Browns Exxon and Five Points Exxon. Surviving are her son, Layton C. Cook III and his wife, Linda; step-son, Charles A. Brown and his wife, Charlotte; grandchildren, David and Scott Cook, and Matty and Patty Brown; great-grandson, Chandler Cook; sisters, Mrs. Charles (Maxine) Reed, Mrs. Robert (Mary) McLaughlin and Mrs. Alan (Betty) Mitchell; brother, Mr. Don Wilkinson and his wife, Kathleen; and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Funeral service for Charlotte Hilborn Brown, widow of Charles Loloyd Brown, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in the funeral home, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Please sign the online guestbook at http://www.dunbarfuneralhomedevine.com.
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Byrne, Evelyn L. 80

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1933-10-30
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Evelyn L. Byrne, 80, of Richland Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Oct. 30, 1933, in Hampton Township, she was a daughter of the late Milo and Bertha Grace (Allison) Fetterhoff. Evelyn worked at several places throughout her career. She began at the Richland School District cafeteria. Next, she worked as a baker and finally as a seamstress. Evelyn enjoyed helping and caring for anyone who needed it. She loved to travel, camp and snowmobile with her family and friends. She volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and belonged to the Auto-Go's camping group and North Hills Historical Car Club with her late husband. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Terri (Thomas) Bridge, of Richland Township; grandchildren, Lauren Bridge and Matthew Bridge, of Richland Township, Christin (Robbin) Campbell, of Elizabethtown; and siblings, James Fetterhoff, of Valencia, Barbara Fredly, of Mars, and Nancy Coon, of Mars. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Patrick J. Byrne; and her sister, Mildred Delucia. Evelyn's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park, where a funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Scott Kuechenmeister-Hall officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Evelyn's honor to Try Special Needs Inc., P.O. Box 40, Wexford, PA 15090. She will be laid to rest at Hampton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Evelyn's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Carroll, Harry C. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Harry Conn Carroll, 81, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late John and Pauline Carroll. He was the beloved husband of Patricia Carroll; loving father of Michael (Cheryl) Carroll, Victoria (Les) Andrews; caring stepfather of David (Patricia), Thomas (Charlette), Gary and Diane Mego; proud grandfather of Zachary, Benjamin, Caleb (Kieran) Andrews, Samuel (Madison) and Jacob Carroll; step-grandfather of Brian (Kristin), Michelle and Rachel Mego; step-great-grandfather of Alexandra Mego. Harry was a former general manager of industrial engineering at the Timken Co. in Canton, Ohio, where he lived for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road at Rodi Road, Penn Hills, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
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Chontos Jr., Stephen F. 95

  • west Homestead
  • Born: 1919-05-14
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Stephen F. Chontos Jr., 95, of West Homestead, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Stephen was born in Homeville May 14, 1919, the son of the late Stephen F. and Helen (Kish) Chontos Sr. Stephen was a longtime and active member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church, a Coast Guard Veteran serving in World War II, and was an avid golfer and a loyal Pittsburgh sports fan. Stephen was married for 70 wonderful years to A. Louise (Stein), his beloved wife and best friend. Stephen was the loving father of Linda (Gary) Costa, of Baldwin, James (Sara) Chontos, of Wexford, and Deborah (David) Voyles, of Texas; cherished grandfather of Gregory Costa, Stephanie (Juan) Costa-Narvaez, Elizabeth (Brian) Plyler and Grant Voyles; and special great-grandfather of Jace and Vonn Plyler. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120 (412-461-6394). Funeral service will be at noon Tuesday in St. John Mark Lutheran Church, Homestead. Entombment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to St. John Mark Lutheran Church, 225 E. 10th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Cribbs Sr., George A. 84

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1930-04-30
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • George Allen Cribbs Sr., 84, of Dravosburg, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born April 30, 1930, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Allen O'Neil Cribbs and Susan Pearl (Spindler) Grove Cribbs, and beloved husband of EvaLyn (Bachisin) Cribbs for 58 years. George was employed by U.S. Steel Clairton Works for 36 years, where he was a wireman and vice foreman. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, spending most of that time in Arabia, Germany and France. His memberships included the Dravosburg American Legion Post 380, Free and Accepted Masons Wilson-Joppa Lodge 714, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Al-O-Mon No. 138 and the Pittsburgh Elks Lodge. He also was a baseball coach in Dravosburg for kids of all ages, a Cub Scout leader and an avid golfer. In addition to his wife, EvaLyn, George is survived by his children, George Allen Cribbs Jr., of Dravosburg, Jay S. (Vicki) Cribbs, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Nancy (Patrick) Hamilton, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Jill Steele and Alexander Hamilton; great-grandchildren, Amber, Aspen and Olivia; brother, David (Alexis) Cribbs; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Walter Grover; sister, Beatrice Grove Shoaf; and granddaughter, Mindy Lee. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 220 Ninth St., McKeesport, PA 15132. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Bruce Mounts will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Dornetto, Rose M. 90

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Rose M. (Domino) Dornetto, 90, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Dornetto; devoted mother of the late Thomas Dornetto Jr. and Robert Dornetto; sister of James A. (Josephine), Antoinette "Toni", the late Joseph (survived by Betty) and Josephine Domino; mother-in-law of Mary Anne Dornetto; cherished grandmother of T.J. (Brandi), Chuck (Candace) and Jonathan (Lena); loving great-grandmother of Xzavier, Wyatt, Lilia, Jessica, Brooks and Evvie. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. If desired, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Drabik Jr., Michael 91

  • Churchill , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael Drabik Jr., 91, of Churchill, formerly of North Braddock, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Chirko) Drabik for 62 years; loving father of Michael J. (Carol) Drabik, of North Braddock, Diane Popp, of Churchill, and Myron J. (Ruth) Drabik, of East Pittsburgh; proud grandfather of Alecia (John) DiMatteo, Jeremy (Talin) Drabik and Melissa Trisch; great-grandfather of Nadya and Joslyn; brother of the late Stephen (late Margaret) Drabik; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Mike was a World War II Army veteran and served with the 82nd Combat Engineers Battalion. He was a retired employee of US Steel Edgar Thomson Plant with 39 years of service. Mike served as a cantor for SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock for more than 47 years. He was a member and vice-president of the local S.O.A.R., an association of retired steelworkers. Mike was a member and president of the Board of Directors of the Monongahela Cemetery. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus since 1958 with Council No. 911 in Braddock. Mike also was a member and past officer of the Slavonic Social Club in Braddock and was a lifetime member of the East Pittsburgh VFW Post 5008. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Parastas will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Office of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. Burial with Military honors will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Fiorito, Michael J. 73

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Fiorito, 73, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. He was the husband of the late Kathleen (McGovern); and beloved father of Michael A. (Pamela Lively) and Daniel L. Fiorito. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library, where a blessing service will follow immediately at 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 700 N. Bell Ave., P.O. Box 742, Carnegie, PA 15106.
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Gardner, Margaret L. 72

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Margaret L. "Peg" (Konoski) Gardner, 72, of Avalon, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Gardner; loving mother of David Gardner and Gregory (Beth Bodamer) Gardner; special friend of Timothy Lucas; dear sister-in-law of Richard (Mary Ann) Gardner and his daughter, Quinn Gardner; and stepgrandmother of Gretchen and Chelsea Bodamer. Peg loved her special times with her family and was an avid bingo player who enjoyed her many "Bingo Buddies" whom she grew to know throughout the years. She will be fondly missed and lovingly remembered. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the SCHELLHAAS and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Glowatski, Connie L. 77

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1937-08-18
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Connie L. Craig Glowatski, 77, of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Rector, the daughter of the late Ralph and Bessie Baldwin Craig. Connie retired in 1998 after 30 years from Glenshaw Glass where she worked in the Quality Control Department. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Natrona Heights. Connie enjoyed bingo, playing cards, puzzles and her trips to the casinos. She is survived by her children, Cindy (George) Skurko, of Brackenridge, William Glowatski, at home, Tammy (David) Jones, of Natrona Heights, Jeffrey (Anita) Glowatski, of Natrona Heights, and Lisa (Raymond) Alcorn, of Wake Forest, N.C.; six grandchildren, Kerri (Nathan) Signorella, Matthew (Bobbi Jo) Skurko, Tim Glowatski, Emily Jones, Jacob Alcorn and Bethany Jones; six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Dylan and Landan Signorella and Faith, Blake and Ethan Skurko; brother, Donald "Skip" Craig, of Sarver, and by her sisters, Sue (Fred) Rykaczewski, of Sarver, Dixie Watt, of Brentwood, Tenn., and Rosemary Lacey, of Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Glowatski, on March 29, 2003. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officiating will be the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm IV. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Graham, Charles H. 88

  • Boston
  • Born: 1926-05-05
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Charles Henry Graham, 88, of Boston, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was born May 5, 1926, in Boston, and was the son of the late Christopher H. and Grace Holsing Graham. He was the husband of the late Jean Charlotte Lepsch Graham, who died March 14, 2006. Charles was a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church and was retired from Allegheny County Housing. He was proprietor of the former Graham's Grocery Store in Boston. He is survived by daughters, Theolinda M. (Larry) Robertson, of Coulters, and Carla J. (Whitey) Niedzwecki, of White Oak; son, Charles H. (Beth) Graham, of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Heather (Jeff) Huha, Mandi Schane, Lauren Graham, Taylar (Brenden) Hondal and Christopher Graham; great-grandchildren, Emily and Trey Huha and Austin, Aiden, Acelen Schane, Colten and Jaycee Hondal; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristi Robertson. Friends are welcome from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Myers, officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Greegus, Anna B. 92

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Anna B. Greegus, 92, of Lawrencville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the beloved sister of the late Vera Sherman, Mary Greegus, Helen Sherry, Charles A. Greegus Sr. and John Greegus; special aunt of Catherine Greegus Pijanowski; and godmother of Mary Ann Thompson and Lee Ann Auge. She is also survived by many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th St., Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Wednesay, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Hanisak, Josephine 93

  • Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Koenig) Hanisak, 93, of Brighton Heights, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of John Hanisak; stepmother of Sue (Jeffrey) Knauss and John (Leslie) Hanisak; also survived by one step-grandchild and four step-great-grandchildren; sister of Alice Wagner and the late Alexander, Anthony and Joseph Murawski and Mary Heiser; also survived by nieces and nephews. During World War II, she worked at Dravo Corp., Procter and Gamble and was a dedicated postal employee for 38 years. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave., where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Hyder, Constance J. 75

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1939-09-30
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Constance J. (Frank) Hyder, 75, of Gibsonia, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Sept. 30, 1939, in Lock Haven, she was a daughter of the late Paul C. and Geneva J. (Laubscher) Frank. As a registered nurse, Connie worked for VNA of Allegheny County for more than 30 years and also worked for UPMC home health. Photography, hair and make-up, sewing and playing with her dogs, "B" and "Gizzy", were some of the things that she enjoyed. Connie is survived by her daughters, Paula C., of Bairdford, and Margaret (Aaron) Zaliponi, of Valencia; grandchildren, Brittany, Otto and Tristan; and brother, Jeff Frank and fiance, Howard Kepple. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul C. Frank Jr. Connie's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., Allison Park, with Father Joe Wargo officiating. She will be laid to rest at Mars Cemetery in Adams Township. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Constance's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Levdansky, Robert Bob A. 53

  • Elizabeth Borough
  • Born: 1961-07-13
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bob" Levdansky, of Elizabeth Borough, died of natural causes Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at his home. He was born July 13, 1961, and grew up and resided in Elizabeth Borough and graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School in 1980. Bob worked as a stock clerk at Marraccini's supermarket, in Elizabeth, and was a freelance DJ in the Mon Valley area. Bob was a former member of St. Michael's Church, in Elizabeth, St. Anthony's Church, in Monongahela, and St. Isaac Jogues, in Elrama. He was also an active member of the Democratic Party having served as a Democratic Committeeman for Elizabeth Borough. Bob was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and took great pride in maintaining the gardens at his parents' home with whom he resided. He loved nature and spending time at the family cabin in Black Moshannon State Forest. Bob is preceded in death by his father, Walter R. Levdansky. He is survived by his mother, Irene A. (nee Tabory) Levdansky; sisters, Jo Ann Codelka (Philip) and Jane E. Levdansky (Joan Lafferty); brothers, former State House Representative David Levdansky (Annette Kirkpatrick) and James Levdansky (Susan); nieces and nephews, Shane, Timothy, and Joseph Levdansky, Preston and Savannah Levdansky and Mei Huan Lafferty-Levdansky. He is also survived by an extended family of aunts, cousins, and friends.Bob never knew a stranger and developed strong lasting friendships with people from every walk of life. Bob was selfless, compassionate, caring and generous of his time, talents and energy. He had a keen appreciation for music, writing poetry and singing karaoke. He was a kind and gentle soul who will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). Mass of Christian Burial will be heldat 10 a.m. Monday at St. Isaac Jogues Church, Elrama. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Lewis, Sara 96

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1917-11-23
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Sara Lewis, 96, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Born Nov. 23, 1917, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Ella (Story) Criswell. A retired registered nurse for UPMC McKeesport, Sara was a former member of Beulah Baptist Church and a member of the McKeesport Hospital Nursing Alumni. She joins her husband, the late Robert E. Lewis. Sara is survived by her daughter, Hilda L. (Michael J.) Romano, of Whitehall, and Duane (Louise) Lewis, of Clairton; her grandsons, Robert (Mary) Lewis, of Montclair, Va., Duane (Dawn) Lewis, of Jefferson Hills, and Jeffrey (Tricia) Lewis, of Finleyville; nine great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. At the request of the family, visitation and funeral services were held privately. Funeral arrangements by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). Memorial contributions in Sara's name should be made to the Asbury Heights, 700 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Little, Betty J. 91

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1923-08-18
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Little, 91, of Hampton Township, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 18, 1923, in Follensby, W.V., she was the daughter of the late John and Bess (Kremer) Scordellis. Betty was a medical assistant at Passavant Hospital and for private doctor's offices for over 20 years and volunteered at Health South for many years afterwards. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. Betty enjoyed playing the organ, playing cards and traveling with her husband. Betty is survived by her children, Raymond (Lucille) Lagundo, of Westminster, Calif., Patricia Goodrich, of Hampton Township, and Rev. William (Ellen) Little, of East McKeesport; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Little, Oct. 20, 2002; brother, James Scordellis; and great-granddaughter, Alexis Pegher. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1610 Powers Run Road, Fox Chapel, PA 15238, with the Rev. Robert Musser officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Betty's honor to Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309. She will be laid to rest at Hampton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Betty's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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LoBue, Alphonse T. 77

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1937-08-04
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Boston | Get Directions
  • Alphonse T. LoBue, 77, of Greenock, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. He was born Aug. 4, 1937, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Gaetano "Tom" and Amelia Bianchi LoBue. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, in Elizabeth Township, and the Sons and Daughters of Italy, in McKeesport. Alphonse was a research engineer for US Steel in Monroeville and had served in the Army Reserve. After surviving a heart attack in 1974, Alphonse became a runner and was known affectionately as "The Greenock Runner." He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claudia Belkowski LoBue; son, David J. (Barb) LoBue; daughter, Lauren Means, of Greenock; sister, Paula (Jim) Hagan, of Excelsior, Minn.; twin sisters, Thomsine Kiggins, of Glassport, and Connie (Charles) Dunn, of Rostraver; grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) McNicholas, Derek LoBue and Anthony Migliori; great-granddaughter, Claudia McNicholas; sister-in-law, Darleen LoBue, of Library; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack T. LoBue. Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at 412-208-3550. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Long, Mercedes J. 79

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Mercedes J. Long, 79, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Frances Snow; beloved mother of Albert (Marie) Long, Joanne (Glenn) Maiers-Grimsley, Carol (Roy) Matthews and Pamela (Kenneth) Bahle; devoted grandmother of Josiah, Robin, Nicole (Jeremy), Brian (fiance, Ashly), Jennifer and David; loving great-grandmother of Alissa, Riley, Abigail and Madelyn; and sister of Paul (Eloise) Snow, Geraldine Snow, Andrew T. Snow and the late Frances and Raymond Snow. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Lynch, Margaret A.

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Lynch died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis Lynch; sister of Betty Watson, Rosemarie Walsh, and the late Bonnie Pfiefer and Glennie Harper. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, James P. Walsh, and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. John Fisher Church.
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McNanamy, Thomas J. 81

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1933-01-08
  • Died: 2014-10-14
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. McNanamy, 81, of Cheswick, formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1933, to the late William A. and Mildred Quinn McNanamy. Tom was raised in Braddock. He graduated from St. Vincent Prep in 1950 and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1951 and became a licensed funeral director in Pa. He served in the Air Force during the Korea War and received the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Tom received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami in 1960. There he met Dr. Eve (Clinical Psychologist), his college sweetheart, and they married in 1963. He was an industrial realtor. He successfully completed the Dale Carnegie sales course in 1965. Tom was a partner in McNanamy-Sisler-Baal Realty in Miami. Tom also retired from Miami Postal Service. He then began working at S. Miami Hospital. He and Dr. Eve resided in Coral Gables and S. Miami until September of 2010, when Dr. Eve passed. Tom returned to his family in Pittsburgh and resided in Harmar Village, in Cheswick. He enjoyed family dinners and holiday celebrations. He is survived by niece, Bernadette (Frank) Shipeck and their two children, Franklin (Crystal) Shipeck and their children, Ava and Sofia, Bill Shipeck and his daughter, Hannah Marcy; niece Marianne (Jim) Chizmar and their three children, Dr. Christie Chizmar, Kelly Chizmar and Jimmy Chizmar. A note of thanks to the caregivers at Harmar Village, Amber Woods, Gina "Chief" and Grane Hospice. Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Eve McNanamy; parents; sister, Mildred D. McNanamy; and brother, William A. Jr. and his wife, Sarah McNanamy. Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. A Chapel Service will be held at noon in Braddock Catholic Cemetery Braddock Hills with full military honors. Obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Minnich, Joseph R.

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. Minnich, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born in 1935, the son of Joseph Rossman Minnich and Sylvia Marie (Hughes) Minnich. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Helen; and a son, Steven. Joe was a driver/instructor for Greyhound Bus Lines until his retirement. After that, he worked part-time at NAPA Auto Parts in White Oak. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by children, Vicki (Barry) Slepsky, Ronald (Chris), Michael (Carol) and Tim (Sue) Minnich. Grandchildren include Valerie, Brian Slepsky, Kourtney (Brian) McGonigle, Ron (Natalie) Minnich, Marissa, Stephanie Minnich, Jayme, Danny Klein, Jessica and Jason Weinberg. Great-grandchildren are Bryce Slepsky, Slater and Asher McGonigle, Ava Minnich and Sofia, Jayden Klein. Surviving siblings include sisters, Joan Arthur and Jackie Kovatch; and one brother, James Minnich. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita (Dee) Dowling; and two brothers, Charles Robert and Norman Lee Minnich. Joe, who was fondly known as "Pap" or "Pappy Joe" will always be remembered for his love of life and his wicked sense of humor. He loved the outdoors and spent much time on the front porch swing greeting any and all who passed by. He also loved all kinds of activities with his sons, which included watching sports, hunting and fishing. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joe will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In memory of Joe, please feel free to come in casual dress (jeans) as that is what he would have wanted. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday followed by a service at 7 p.m. in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332.
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Nicklas, Elmer J. 94

  • Glenshaw
  • Born: 1920-07-17
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Elmer John Nicklas, 94, of Glenshaw, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 17, 1920, in Glenshaw, where he was a lifelong resident. He was a son of the late Elmer J. and Mildred (Kinsey) Nicklas Sr. and the beloved husband of Ann (Frankenburger) to whom he was married to for 68 years. He was the devoted father of Joyce A. (the late John Zara), John S. Nicklas and Mark K. (Martha) Nicklas and the late Maggie; grandfather to Veronique Zara and husband, Christopher, Peter Zara and wife, Dolores, and Joel Zara and wife, Yui, Matthew (Gina) Nicklas, Benjamin (Kristin) Nicklas, Joshua Nicklas and Emily (Evan) Kowalski; great-grandfather of Madicyn, Timothy and Jeremy Nicklas, Noah Bonavski, Lluc and Marina Zara, and Ian and Lia Klein; brother of David I. Nicklas and the late June M. Gibson; and also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Elmer graduated from Shaler High School in 1938, where he was a member of the school band. He loved playing the flute and took first place as a solo flutist in many state and national competitions. After graduation from high school, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in music. After his college graduation, he enlisted in the Navy as a pilot and then transferred to the Marine Corps as a pilot, where he served throughout the South Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and One Gold Star, in lieu of a Second Distinguished Flying Cross and Eight Air Medals. While in the Pacific, Elmer also served as copilot of the plane of Gen. Ross E. Rowell, commander of all marine aviation in the Pacific. In 1956, Elmer started Nicklas Supply, a distributor of wholesale plumbing supplies on Route 8, Glenshaw. In the early years, he sold and delivered products out of the back of a station wagon. It has grown from three employees to more than 60 in five locations. The foundation for its success in growth was due not only to Elmer's hard work but also his integrity and his strong relationships with his customers. He was an active member of the Masons for 60 years and was also a life member of the Shrine. He was also active in the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School and served as a deacon, elder and trustee. He was also a member of the Shaler Township School Board. His love for gardening and flowers was the legacy he gave to his family. The most important thing to him was his utter devotion and love for his wife and family. He felt that God had truly blessed him. He will be missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Elmer's memory to any of the following: Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw, PA 15116, The Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Shriners Hospital for Children (SHC-Erie), 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
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Oliver, Margaret Jean 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Jean" (Kudravy) Oliver, 88, of Monroeville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Ann Kudravy; beloved wife of 65 years to Lawrence J. Oliver; loving mother of Lorraine Stephens, Candice "Candy" Sambol and Patricia "Patti" Masterson; dear grandmother of M.J. Oliver, Sonya J. Boyd and Ashley Sambol; and sister of the late John Kudravy. Family and Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Alfieri Funeral Home Inc., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernadette Roman catholic Church. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Reid, Catherine R. 91

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Catherine R. (Henke) Reid, 91, a lifelong resident of McCandless, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John F.; cherished mother of Steven E. (Nancy) Reid, Jackie (Robert) Boyd and Michael F. (Cindy) Reid; proud grandmother of Steven P. (Debra) Reid, Bethany L. (Paul) Lesczynski, Melinda A. (William) Petrina, Robert S. (Rachael) Boyd, Michelle T. (Michael) Calderone and Michael F. (fiancee, Rachel Peters) Reid; great-grandmother of Katherine, Ashlee, Steven, Katherine, William and Mia; and sister of Evelyn Unger and the late Victor Henke and Rose Ebitz. Catherine worked for Bell Telephone and retired from the GC Murphy Company. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alexis Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Alexis Church Building Fund. http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Scheuring, Stella A. 92

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, Mc Candless | Get Directions
  • Stella A. (Ober) Scheuring, 92, of Allison Park, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Wexford Healthcare. Stella was a resident of Allison Park and will be remembered for her fun-loving nature. Always laughing and smiling, Stella enjoyed her time as a bakery clerk at the Giant Eagle in Glenshaw (Store No. 33). She was the wife of the late Alvin C. Scheuring; mother of Shirley (Dennis) Suchma; grandmother of Dana (Ann) Suchma and Dennine (Steve) Gressel; and sister of the late Edward Ober Sr. and Gertrude Kuntz. Stella was a proud great-grandmother of Sean Cory Suchma, Claire Elizabeth Suchma and Hunter Lee Gressel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless Township. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Sperling Funeral Home. Remembrances can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Scott, Raymond Scotty M. 85

  • Hazelwood
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Raymond M. "Scotty" Scott, 85, of Hazelwood, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores M. (Thomas) Scott; loving father of Linda L. (Keith) Moore, Elizabeth A. (Kevin) Retenauer and the late Paul R. Scott; "Pap" of Katie (Jeremy) Shrum; "Pap Pap Scott" to Bailee and Aubree; and brother of the late Robert and Richard Scott and Sarah Hill. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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Shrager, David S. 67

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • David S. Shrager, a lover of life and father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at the age of 67. He lived more life in every moment than most live in a lifetime. He loved many, he was loved by more. A celebrated criminal defense attorney, his passion for the job endured always. His exuberance for life was legendary. His life was one lived with gusto - he laughed loudly, he lit up every room he entered, he had moxie. Most of all, he will be remembered for his kindness, his generosity, his gentleness, his love. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Bowden; son, Joshua Shrager, and daughter-in-law, Ewura Esi Arthur; his brother, Daniel; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is survived by the world. Services at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation two hours prior to services (9 to 11 a.m.). Interment at B'Nai Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David S. Shrager Memorial Fund at http://bit.do/shrager, or a charity of the donor's choice. His loss is immeasurable. Keep him in your heart for a while. http://www.schugar.com.
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Tabak, Margaret R. 92

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret R. (Rudy) Tabak, 92, of resident of Juniper Village in Forest Hills, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George Tabak Jr. for 66 years; loving mother of W. Russell Tabak, of Cranberry, and Patrice Shaffer, of Washington; grandmother of Jeffrey Tabak, Eric and Matthew Montgomery and Ben Shaffer; great-grandmother of Sarah, Angela and Jaden; and sister of George Rudy, of Trafford. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew, John, Joseph and Paul Rudy; and her sisters, Mary Macik, Anne Sacco and Helen Heck Cvetetic; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Margaret was a former employee of the National Biscuit Co. in East Liberty. Above all, she deeply loved her husband, George, and all of her family. Friends will be welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Divine Liturgy will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Byzantine Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Monroeville. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Wacker, Paul J. 88

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt Washington | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Wacker, 88, of Mt. Washington, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the husband of Helen Wachter Wacker; loving father of Paul J. Jr. (Karen), Wayne, Carol and Glenn (Kelly) Wacker; grandfather of Jason and Margie Wacker; brother of Mary "Aunt Bizzy" Bersani; was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister; and also survived by family and friends. Mr. Wacker retired from Ironworkers Local 3 and was a member of the Mt. Washington Retired Men's Dart Club. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BRUSCO - FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Welsh, Norma J. 86

  • Allison Park , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Norma Jean (Ritter) Welsh, 86, of Allison Park, formerly of Ross Township, died peacefully surrounded by her family, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. She was the loving mother of Paula Fleming and her husband, Jack, of Cranberry Township, Douglas Welsh and his wife, Sara, of Shaler, and Noellene Zabo and her husband, Dan, of Marshall Township; and is also survived by eight grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as their "Lala"; and 12 great-grandchildren. Jean was proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Dr. F.H. Welsh and their daughter, Terra M. Welsh; as well as her parents, Paul and Elizabeth Ritter; and her siblings, Naomi Faye Ritter and Furman "Bud" Ritter. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.
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Ankney Sr., Edward W. 81

  • Hillside
  • Born: 1933-01-04
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Edward W. Ankney Sr., 81, of Hillside, died unexpectedly Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Hillside, a son of the late Lemon O. and Sarah Elizabeth Wedge Ankney. Ed was an Army veteran. He was a former road master for South Loundon Derry Township and a former Derry Township supervisor. He worked at Blairsville Westinghouse in the 70s. His memberships include the Hillside United Methodist Church, LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM of Derry, Thomas B. Anderson Royal Arch, Latrobe, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Westmoreland Forest No. 77, Kedron Commandery No. 18, Latrobe, Lamas Club, Latrobe, Scottish Rite Valley Coudersport and the Olivet Council No. 13, Latrobe. He loved gardening and hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Dean, Bill, John and Donald Ankney; a half-sister, Sarah Mickey; and four half-brothers, Charles, Arthur, Norman and Robert Ankney. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Catherine J. "Susie" Willard Ankney; his two sons, Edward Ankney Jr.(Debra), of Marion Center, and Randall Ankney, of Hillside; four sisters, Grace Johnson, of Derry, Betty Guiher and Hazel Byers, of Hillside, and Helen Mascilak, of North Huntington; two brothers, Duane Ankney (Anna Mae), of Segar, and Ronald Ankney (Paula), of Latrobe; seven grandchildren, Holly Woodley, Sarah, Aaron, Joseph, Jenny, Richard, and Abby Ankney; one great-granddaughter, Ali Woodley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. John Emigh officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Ciacco, Ralph E. 64

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-06-06
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ralph Eugene Ciacco, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Mr. Ciacco was born June 6, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Eugene M. and Marjorie J. Petro Ciacco. He was a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ. Ralph was a 1968 graduate of the Southmoreland High School. He is the President and CEO of Penn State Tool and Die Corporation. Ralph was a board member for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and served as a trustee of the Foundation. He was also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Ralph was an avid hunter and an Italian food connoisseur. He loved living in a small town and one of his favorite pastimes was going for drives on the back roads through the country and stopping for a Dairy Queen, or at one of their favorite restaurants. He also enjoyed traveling to Lancaster with his wife, enjoying the beautiful countryside and the Amish food. His best moments, however, were spent with his little "stinkweeds", his grandchildren, Alex and Katie. Ralph was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ralph is survived by his loving family, his wife of 42 years, Cheryl A. Cramer Ciacco; his daughter, Roslyn Karstedt and her husband, Rick, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his beloved grandchildren, Katie Belle and Alex Jonathan Karstedt. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Ralph will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Bob Chambers, Minister of the Scottdale Church of Christ, officiating. Entombment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Donations are also being accepted in honor of Ralph's legacy to the industry of tooling and machining through the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., specifically for their apprenticeship program.This program will assist young people in getting a start in the same career as Ralph. Ralph's greatest desire was helping young people today get started in this industry. Checks can be made payable to "Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF" and mailed to: Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., 107 Freedom Court, Moon Township, PA 15108. Please note that all donations are tax deducible. Tax ID 43-1955325, 501c3. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Coleman, John E. Sr. 84

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1929-11-20
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • John E. Coleman Sr., 84, of Monessen, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born in Monessen on Nov. 20 1929, he was the son of the late George W and Marie R. Gardell Coleman. John retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He served his country during the Korean Conflict as a member of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, the American Legion Post 28, and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He is survived by his wife, Mary Homas Coleman; four sons; and two daughters-in-law, John E. and Patience Coleman Jr. of Monessen, Scott E. Coleman of Aliquippa, Mark J. Coleman of Monessen and Glen D. and Wanda Coleman of Rostraver Township; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Gerry Gindele, of Eighty Four; 12 grandchildren, Charity, John III, Katrina, George, Charles, Alexis, Danielle, Nicholas, Sean, Robert John, Kendra and Keilah. Private family viewing and visitation was held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME, http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com, funeral services were held this morning at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the father Michael Crookston officiating. Interment followed in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.
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DiPasquale, Claude A. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-06-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Claude A. DiPasquale, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. He was born June 3, 1926, in Greensburg, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Testa DiPasquale. Claude was a 1944 graduate of Greensburg High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a petty officer signal man on an LST 1030 in the South Pacific. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University in 1950. Claude was a retired mail carrier for the Youngwood post office. He had been a member of Holy Cross Church, of Youngwood, for over 50 years, a Democratic Committee Person for many years, a life member and past commander of the Youngwood VFW, and a member and past president of the Westmoreland County Nittany Lion Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Lucarelli; two sisters, Anna Marie Erdeky and Flavia Grazan; and a niece, Arlene Lynn. Claude is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Pfeifer DiPasquale; a son, Jim (Dayna) DiPasquale, of Greensburg; a daughter, Patty (Terry) Lucarelli, of Greensburg; three grandsons, Michael Lucarelli, C.J. DiPasquale and Brett DiPasquale, all of Greensburg; a brother, Edmund DiPasquale; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A funeral mass will be held at a time to be announced Tuesday at Holy Cross Church, Youngwood. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Armbrust veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Eckels, Deborah A. 56

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1957-11-21
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Deborah Ann Eckels, 56, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital. She was born Nov. 21, 1957, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Robert and Vivian Langstrom Waite. Deb worked at the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 and had previously worked as a waitress at the Blue Angel Restraunt. She loved traveling to St. Petersburg, Fla. She is survived by her loving husband, Brian L. Eckels; her two sons, Brian R. Eckels, of Plum, and Bradley A. Eckels (Katelyn), of Irwin; her sister, Denise Oswald (Gerald), of Ligonier; her two brothers, Dennis Waite (Susan), of Ligonier, and Duane Waite (Kasey), of Somerset; and her faithful four legged companion, Toby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. 3rd Ave., Derry. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Foust, Barbara R. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-05
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara R. Foust, 79, of Greensburg, died Friday Oct. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillian (Storey) Riley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Foust, May 16, 2008; two brothers, Barry and Jack Riley; and a sister, Dorothy Morton. She is survived by a son, Eric Foust, of Tamarac, Fla.; a daughter, Ann Little and her husband, Brian, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kathleen, Keri and Kevin; four sisters, Shirley Walro, of Fla., Ina Riley, Kathy Mehalic and Linda Lavender, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Laufer, Catherine E. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-13
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Catherine E. Laufer, 61, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 18, 1953, in Jeannette, a daughter of Mary Gelfo Shuster Sweeney, of Greensburg, and the late Andrew Shuster. Catherine was employed by the Dollar Tree Store in Greensburg. In addition to her father, Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Larry Laufer; and her stepfather, Frank Sweeney. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Joseph Shuster and wife, Georgeanne, of Maryland; a sister, Patti Tomayko, of New Kensington; nephews, Joey Shuster and wife, Shujin, and Joshua Shuster; a great-nephew, Andrew Shuster, all of California; an uncle, Anthony Gelfo and wife, Betty; and cousins, Anthony and Eric Gelfo, all of Florida. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Route 30, Jeannette. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, are entrusted with arrangements.
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Lunn, William G. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-10-03
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William G. Lunn, 92, of Irwin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, after a long battle with severe Sundowners dementia and Parkinson's disease. He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Adamsburg, a son of the late Franklin Boocks and Irene Abbott Lunn, and was also preceded in death by brothers, Lt. Cameron Stahl Lunn, John Cameron Lunn, Maurice Johnston "Pete" Lunn and Franklin Boocks "Man" Lunn; a sister, Harriet Virginia Lunn Smith; and infant great-granddaughter, Emilee Elizabeth Kiser-Loughran. He is survived by daughters, Lana Lunn (Gary) Washek, of Greensburg, Rene Lunn (Richard) Amen, of Irwin, and a son, Timothy Michael Lunn, of Irwin; grandchildren, Mark Loughran, of Greensburg, Dr. Darren (Jennifer) Loughran, of Oil City, Patrick Boyle (fiance Sharon Paine), of Greensburg, Jeny (Daniel) York, of Irwin, Robert (Keightley) Amen, of Monroeville, Richard Amen, of Wilkes Barre, Brian Lunn and Susie Myslivy and Heather (Dale) Felice, both of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Cameron Loughran, Shane Loish, Peyton and Landon Loughran, Tegan Boyle, Logan and Gabriel Loughran, Bradley and Allison Hazlett, Khloe Lunn, Hannah and Adam York, Elizabeth, Alex, Matthew, William and Brayden Amen and Chase Welsh; a sister, Jane Maxwell Lunn Kifer, of Ferguson, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Dolores Lunn, of Adamsburg, and Joyce Lunn, of Ligonier; along with many nieces, nephews and numerous good friends. Bill was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1940. After high school, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation before enlisting in the Navy to serve our country. As a World War II veteran, he achieved the rank of Pharmacist Mate, Second Class. Bill was sent to Africa, then to Salerno, Italy, to train for the invasion of southern France and transported to the Pacific area serving on a PT boat, Platoon B-4, Battalion No. 8, until the end of the war and was discharged Dec. 22, 1945. Upon returning from serving his country, he attended Robert Morris College, majoring in accounting. He then began his career in insurance working with his father-in-law, H. Earl Whitehead, at their home in Irwin, (Nationwide Insurance at that time was known as Farm Bureau Insurance). Bill worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agent in Irwin for 53 years. Over that time he acquired many designations; CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), and RHU (Registered Health Underwriter). Bill was a lifetime member of Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, Irwin. Over the years he was extremely active serving as superintendent of Sunday school and an adult Sunday school teacher along with serving on numerous committees both in the Sunday school and church. His passion was sports. He loved the Steelers, Pirates and was an avid Pitt fan. Bill loved to read, mainly history books about World War II as well as others about our country. For many years, Bill was extremely competitive playing racquet ball and hand ball. He enjoyed golf and played tennis into his late 70's. He also enjoyed walking and the outdoors. He was a member of the Carl Leroy McKelvey Post 472, American Legion, Manor, for more than 55 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 33, of Greensburg, and a charter member of the National World War II Museum, in New Orleans, La. Bill was also a charter member of Norwin Rotary serving as president, treasurer and on various committees. He was a member of the Westmoreland Business Referral Association, Westmoreland Investment Club and the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce. Until recently he also enjoyed a Friday lunch group with area businessmen and a Friday happy hour with a group of friends. At Bill's request, there will be no viewing. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship room of the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary with his pastor, Rev. Diane Wiley, officiating. Interment with Naval honors will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. No flowers please. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Walnut Ridge for their wonderful care and compassion, and also Heartland Hospice for all their insight, excellent care and help over the past year. It takes special people to care for dementia patients and everyone that had a part in his care went way beyond what was required.
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Porter, Ivalean 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-03-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ivalean Porter, of Scottdale, passed away at her home Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Ivalean was born March 27, 1923, in Barren Run, Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late Clarence Finley and Almildra (Kelley) Finley. She was the wife of the late Albert William Porter, who passed away Dec. 9, 2006. Ivalean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and she enjoyed being outdoors and camping with her husband. Ivalean will be sadly missed by her devoted family, her two children, Judith Stoner, of Scottdale, and Clarence L. "Sonny" Porter Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottdale; her four grandchildren, Stacey Stoner, of Herminie, W. Douglas Stoner and wife, Marsha, of Bullskin, C. Lester Porter Jr. and wife, Dee, of Lancaster, and Jayson Porter and wife, Christina, of Lancaster; and her five great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher, Jacob, Ryan and William. In addition to her parents and husband, Ivalean was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ronald Stoner, who passed Sept. 7, 2008. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com/GPS N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Committal service and interment next to her husband will follow in Barren Run Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Schrecengost, Richard Rich L. 65

  • Paulton
  • Born: 1949-08-17
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Geisel, Chambersburg | Get Directions
  • Richard Lee "Rich" Schrecengost, 65, of Paulton, the core of the Schrecengost family, left them very unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. He was born Aug. 17, 1949, in Paulton, to the late Howard and Ella Mae Schrecengost. After graduating from Kiski Area High School in 1967, he joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1971. Rich enjoyed a lifelong career in the construction industry. He was incredibly dedicated to his family and especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. His family was the light of his life and that was obvious to anyone that knew him. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marlene R. Schrecengost; three children, Geoffery J. Schrecengost (Danielle Draper), of Sharpsburg, Md., Sissy Marler-Schilling and husband, Brian, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Julie Schrecengost (Huey Brown), of Chambersburg; and three grandchildren, Luke Marler, Vivian Barron and Nathaniel Brown. He is also survived by nine siblings, Harold Schrecengost, Grace Sansaucy, Ruth Bash, Donald Schrecengost, Judy Wald, Linda Phelps, Pam Mamros, Susie Coghaln and Jean Haider, as well as their spouses; members of the Anderson family; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Xavier N. Barron. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Chapel of the THOMAS L. GEISEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Due to their generosity toward his family during the care of Xavier, contributions in Rich's memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania, 745 W. Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories Page at http://www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
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Shumar, Jack T. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-12-08
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jack T. Shumar, 92, a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, died peacefully Thursday evening, Oct. 16, 2014, while being surrounded by the love of family, in the comfort of his home. Jack was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Eber Weldon and Grace Stauffer Shumar. He retired in 1983 from U.S. Steel, National Tube Works, McKeesport, after 42 and one-half years of service. Jack was a veteran of the Armed Forces serving in the Navy during World War II while attaining the rank of water tender third class. He served on the vessels of Nav TraSta Sampson, N.Y. USS YAG 14, USS Braxton and SCTC Treasure Island, Calif. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign, Good Conduct and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Mt. Pleasant. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. Jack is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Genevieve E. Marchewka Shumar, whom he married Feb. 26, 1949; his two sons, Jack T. Shumar Jr., at home, and James R. Shumar and wife, Pandy Culvin, of Connellsville; his three grandchildren, McJames Shumar and wife, Jamie, Wesley Shumar and wife, Jessica, and Matthew Shumar and wife, Molly; his four great-grandchildren, Tristan, Marissa, Isabelle and Briella; his two stepgreat-grandchildren, Makayla and Mason; and his sister, Doris Annibali and husband, Rick, of Hershey. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by the following brothers and sisters, Clair, William, Margaret, Alfred, Richard, Kenneth, Herbert, Eugene and George Shumar, Madelyn Copeland and Charolette Slonecker. Jack's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A funeral liturgy for Jack will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson, with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post No. 446 Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Simms, Margaret J. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-04-24
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret J. "Peggy" Simms, 81, of Latrobe, received her heart's desire and went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born April 24, 1933, in Salem Township, a daughter of the late Pasquale "Patsy" Japalucci and Mary Jane Osborne Japalucci. She was a homemaker and a member of Word of Life Church, Greensburg. Peggy was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, granny, great-granny and friend. She was very kind and very generous. Peggy loved reading the Word, spending time with family and friends and cooking. She was involved in a special prayer group over the years and Women's Aglow Fellowship. Her greatest love and desire was to serve the Lord which she did with zeal. She was a true prayer warrior. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia "Trish" Schiefer; son, David A. Simms; grandson, Mark D. Fink; four brothers, Charles O., Robert E., George J. and Samuel P. Japalucci; and two sisters, Elma Robson and Elizabeth C. "Betty" Japalucci. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul Simms; a daughter, Kathleen "Vonnie" (Simms) Fink and her husband, Lloyd, of Greensburg; son, Paul L. Simms Jr. and his wife, Mary (Lampe), of Ligonier; grandchildren, Michael L. Fink and his wife, Heather, Candace Simms, Joseph A. Lampe and his wife, Jenny, and Tanya (Lampe) Morrison; great-grandchildren, Samantha Fink, Andrew Fink, Matthew Fink and Luke Morrison; a brother, Daniel F. Japalucci and his wife, Phyllis, of Roseville, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Frederick Funeral Home Inc., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. A funeral serivce will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Sheldon Moore officiating. Burial in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Oncology Staff at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Dr. Po and Dr. Gonzales for the exceptional care she received. Also a special thanks to dear friend, Rosie Moorhead. Memorial donations may be made to Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support Inc. (make checks payable to AMCSI), c/o Theresa Lucas, 2741 Dakota Drive, Anderson, IN 46012; or Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. To send condolences, please visit http://www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Wagner Sr., Thomas M. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1939-11-16
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas M. Wagner Sr., 74, of Murrysville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in the The Williows at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. Born Nov. 16, 1939, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Helen (Lynch) Wagner. Thomas lived in Murrysville all his life. He was employed as a truck driver for Midwest Transit of Pittsburgh for many years and retired in 2002. Thomas was also a self-employed independent news dealer with his wife Joan for 32 years, they distributed the Pittsburgh Press. Thomas enjoyed traveling to spend time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. (Eckenrode) Wagner, in 1998; brother, Walter Wagner, in 1998; and a sister, Mary Lynn. Thomas is survived by his children, Thomas M. (Nancy) Wagner Jr., of Washington Township; Command Sergeant Major Anthony "Tony" (Hiba) Wagner, of Murrysville; Rose (David Back) Campbell, of Upper Burrell; Kimberly (John) Kirkland, of Clarkston, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A celebration of life tribute ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Burial will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made in Thomas' memory to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Presbyterian Senior Care 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139, Attn. Sharon Kaczynsky RE; Woodside Place Recreational Fund, please make checks payable to: Presbyterian Senior Care. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Wilkens III, Frederick 76

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1937-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Frederick Wilkins III, 76, of New Alexandria, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. The son of Frederick Wilkins II and Jeannette Wilkins, he was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Wilkins was an independent professional truck driver for 35 years and owned his business of Fred's Eggs, where he sold his eggs to specialty stores. He loved taking care of his horses and dogs on the farm, going to the casinos and watching professional wrestling. Surviving are his wife, Vivian B. (Pifer) Wilkins, whom he married June 25, 1990; one daughter, Valeria Shafer, of Pittsburgh; three step-children, Diana Venturino Witalis (Scott), of Cranberry Township, Charles Venturino (Suzy), of Blairsville, and Lisa Venturino, of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Frederick Wilkins IV. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Brian Werner officiating. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Williams, Madeline M. 93

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-04-04
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Madeline M. Williams, 93, of South Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born in Southwest Greensburg April 4, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Rose Margo Jim. Madeline was the former eighth grade May Queen and a graduate of Holy Family Grade School and the Latrobe High School class of 1939. She worked for 19 years with the Westmoreland County Board of Assistance until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of St. Bruno Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Williams, in 1977; her daughter, Darla Grkman; and a brother, Charles Jim Jr. She is survived by her children, Charles G. (Jerrilynn) Williams Jr., of Calif., David R. (Terri) Williams, of Greensburg, Mark J. Williams, of Philadelphia, and Margo Houck and husband, John, of South Greensburg; son-in-law Louis Grkman, of Penn Township; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard L. (Posey) Jim, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bruno Catholic Church. Everyone go directly to the church. Interment to follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Terence L. Graft funeral director entrusted with the arrangements. For online information and condolences please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Armstrong County

Reefer, Susie Jo 70

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1944-06-15
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Susie Jo Mervis Reefer, 70, of Kittanning, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at home. She was born June 15, 1944, in Kittanning, daughter of the late Samuel Mervis and Josephine (Heasley) mervis. She was a lifelong resident of Templeton and Kittanning. She retired from Alltel in 1984 and retired from F and M Bank in 2008. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kittanning; Furnace Run Chapel. She was very active in the Methodist Church throughout the years, serving on many committes. She enjoyed traveling and was a staunch Pirates fan. She was at Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard Reefer, who she married in 1965, of Kittanning; daughter, Jolena (Matthew) VanMeter, of White Oak; granddaughter, Morgan, of White Oak; sister, Judy (Ray) Atherton, of Kittanning; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lena Heasley, whom she was raised by; aunt, Marion Pence; and numerous aunts and uncles. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from noon until the time of services at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Daniel Stinson officiating at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME. Interment will be in Cochran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, in Susie's honor. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Beaver County

Reno, Richard Reno L. 61

  • New Brighton
  • Born: 1952-11-14
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Hill Kunselman, Beaver Falls | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Reno Sr., 61, of New Brighton, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver. Born Nov. 14, 1952, in Fort Knox, Ky., he was a son of Charles and June (Patterson) Reno, of North Sewickley Township. He was a member of Free Methodist Church, New Brighton. Over his lifetime, he worked for the former Hydril Steel, Rochester Township, was a paramedic for Medivac - Medic Rescue, he retired as chief compliance officer for Fortune Financial Services, New Brighton, was an insurance agent for A.L. Williams and a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a lifetime member and former assistant Fire Chief of Koppel Volunteer Fire Dept. He was so proud to be a paramedic but his passion in life was being a firefighter. His motto was, "Once a firefighter, always a firefighter." Reno was an Eagle Scout, Troop No. 452, North Sewickley Township. He attended the XIII World Jamboree in Japan and reactivated Troop 729. He was the current vice president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, New Brighton, and a member of the Owls Club and Parian Lodge No. 662 F and AM, both in Beaver Falls. Reno had so very many talents and interests; he loved painting, there is a wall mural in the science lab of Riverside High School that he painted and some of his paintings have been displayed in the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton. He had a deep admiration of Walt Disney and a fascination with Disney World, where he traveled and which he knew everything about, in addition to his vast knowledge of American History. He once attended five concerts in one year to hear his favorite singer, Jimmy Buffet. He was outgoing, outspoken and put a smile on everyone's face. He was proud to be an American. An avid Steelers and Penguins fan, he bled black-and-gold. He enjoyed car cruises, doing magic, was an excellent cook and played "Santa" for many years at various locations: Koppel Fire Department, Kmart, Providence Health Care, etc. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Linda (Banas) Reno, of three years; three sons, Richard Reno and his wife, Susan, Fort Riley, Kan., Derek Reno, and his girlfriend, Tara, of New Brighton, and David Reno, of Beaver Falls; a daughter, Mischelle Powell, of Aliquippa; five grandsons, Richard III, Nathanel, Samuel, Christian Michael and Tyler; a sister, Cheryl Bassinger and her husband, Russell, of Ohioville; and a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Michael and Henrietta Smotzer, of Springdale. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sandy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HILL AND KUNSELMAN FUNERAL HOME, 3801 Fourth Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls, http://www.hillandkunselman.com, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. William Dolye, officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Cemetery, Daugherty Township. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver, Heritage Valley Beaver and Cleveland Clinic.
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Butler County

Colonello, Michael A. 66

  • Formerly of Mars
  • Born: 1948-06-15
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Michael Anthony Colonello, 66, of Foxburg, formerly of Mars, died Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2014, at his home. Born June 15, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Beatrice J. Lehnig Colonello and the late Anthony B. Colonello. A 1967 graduate of Mars High School, he had been a crew member for Peoples Natural Gas and then moved to North Carolina, where he worked as a guard at the state prison, before retiring. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving are his mother, Beatrice Colonello, of Mars; his children, Barbara, Carol, Paula, Tammy and Anthony; his brother, Terry, of Mars; his sister, Cynthia Wise (Ernie), in Florida; and several grandchildren. He will be missed and was loved by all. Service and interment are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Gaertner, William J. 69

  • Harmony
  • Born: 1945-04-06
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Volz, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William J. Gaertner, 69, of Harmony, passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014, at his residence. Born April 6, 1945, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Arthur J. and Margaret I. Davis Gaertner. He had worked as a truck driver for Manheim Auto Auction. Bill enjoyed walking his dogs, Sasha and Buster. But most of all, he treasured time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Dunlap Gaertner; and one son. Bill is survived by one daughter, Laura Marburger; one son, Arthur (Linda) Gaertner; three sisters, Peggy (Rich) Watson, Linda (Bob) McAfee and Karen (Greg) Gavulich; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Friends of William J. Gaertner, who died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, will be received from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the A. CARL KINSEY-RONALD N. VOLZ FUNERAL HOME, 114 W. Spring St., Zelienople. Funeral services will follow. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Township. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.kinsey-volzfuneralhome.com.
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Sccarpino, charles 83

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1930-10-24
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Charles Scarpino, 83, of Cabot, formerly of Oakland, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. Born Oct. 24, 1930, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Charles and Mary Marino Scarpino. He worked as a steelworker for J and L Steel and also as a locksmith. He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Cabot, and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing guitar. Surviving are his wife, June George Scarpino, whom he married Oct. 25, 1958; his daughter, Debra (Howard) Zinck, of North Versailles; his sister, Catherine Arcuri, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Charles Scarpino; mother, Mary Marino Scarpino; daughter, Kathleen Winkley; one brother, Joseph Scarpino; and two sisters, Pearl Costello and Antonette Fagnelli. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Buzzelli, Eunice J. 79

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1935-03-15
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Eunice Jean Buzzelli, 79, of Dunbar, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home. She was born March 15, 1935, in Dunbar, daughter of the late Robert Crow and the late Mable Moore Crow. She attended Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church, Dunbar. She is survived by children, Robert Dale Buzzelli and wife, Suzy, Mark Allen Buzzelli and wife, Bonnie, Cynthia Jean Ross and husband, Frank, all of Dunbar, and Tricia Dawn Girard and husband, Gus, of Gibbons Glade; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Delerio Dale Buzzelli; and two brothers. Friends will be received from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. David Ealy officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
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Dailey Sr., Michael J. 62

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1952-06-23
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Michael James Dailey Sr., 62, of Dawson died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born June 23, 1952, in Massillion, Ohio, a son of the late James Dailey and the late Glenna Schall Dailey. He worked at Sony Corp. Surviving is his wife, Tammy McNemar Dailey; children, Michael Jr. and wife, Kate, Daniel and fiancee, Tabby, and Joseph and girlfriend, Heather, all of Ohio; three stepsons, Justin, Keith, Harry and girlfriend, Kara, all of Dawson; two stepbrothers; two stepsisters; 13 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret; a daughter, Shanet; and grandson, Eric. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, where a service will follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Jeffrey Smith officiating. Arrangements by BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431. Please go directly to the church.
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Miller, Nicole A. 31

  • Whitestt
  • Born: 1982-12-11
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Nicole Ann (Martinak) Miller, 31, of Whitsett, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Nicole was born on Dec. 11, 1982, in Monongahela, the daughter of Thomas and Virginia (Davis) Martinak Jr. She is survived by her parents, beautiful daughter, McKenzie Miller; brother, TJ Martinak; grandfather, Thomas Martinak Sr.; as well as an extended family and friends that loved her and will cherish her memory. Nicole was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Bernard and Ann Davis; and paternal grandmother, Betty Martinak. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. the hour of service in the funeral home. Pastor Melissa Snyder will officiate. There will be a private interment.
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Nicholson, Kimberly S. 56

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1958-04-24
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Kimberly S. Nicholson, 56, of Mill Run, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 24, 1958, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Benjamin John (B.J.) and Gertrude Shaulis Nicholson. Kimberly was a graduate of Connellsville High School. She is survived by one daughter, Melinda Richter; two grandsons, Daniel and Logan Richter; three brothers, John Nicholson and his wife, Susan, of Mill Run, Ronald Nicholson, of Mill Run, and Thomas Snyder and his wife, Darlene, of Normalville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant brother, Donald. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, the hour of services with the Rev. Mark Sholtis officiating in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft. Interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Urban, Gloria A. 83

  • Conemaugh Township
  • Born: 1931-05-24
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Gloria A. (Chakan) Urban, 83, of Conemaugh Township, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born May 24, 1931, in Iselin, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary Evelyn (Fallat) Chakan. She lived in Conemaugh Township most of her life and was a graduate of Elders-Ridge High School. Gloria was employed by Federal Laboratories in Tunnelton for two years and was a cook for Saltsburg High School for 33 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society. Gloria was an avid walker; she walked 5 miles a day, rain or shine. She also enjoyed playing bingo, casino trips and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and John Chakan. Gloria is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, James H. Urban; sons, Dennis J. (Alyce) Urban and Donald J. (Denise) Urban, both of Delmont; daughter, Darlene M. (James) Kovalchick, of Shelocta; brothers, Leonard (Lena) Chakan, of Arnold, and Tom (Connie) Chakan, of Brunswick, Ohio; sisters, Jane Encisco, of Arnold, Darlene Woodrow, of Iselin, Irene (Bob) Fulton, of Clarksburg, Janice (Tom) Thomas, of Saltsburg, and Donna (Tom) Okopal, of Clarksburg; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-laws, Josie and Marilyn Chakan, of Brunswick, Ohio. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in THE CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St. Saltsburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 703 Indiana Ave., Saltsburg, with Father Salvatore Lamendola. Burial in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Baumann, Thomas R. 64

  • Charleroi
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Thomas R. Baumann, 64, of Charleroi, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, in the Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Aug. 2, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Edward Roy and Bernardine Marie Barry Baumann. Since 2003 to the present, Tom was employed at Ensinger Inc. at the Meadowlands. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the North American Fishing Club. He enjoyed planting flowers and taking naps. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Frye Baumann with whom he celebrated 12 years of marriage on March 27, 2014; two daughters and three sons, Denise Hornbeck and husband, William, of Hampshire, Ill., Michael Baumann and wife, Virginia, of Wappapello, Mo., Nicole Dlugi and husband, Tony, of Belvidere, Ill., Robert Baumann and wife, Tiffany, of Cary, Ill., and Jeff Baumann and wife, Amanda, of Palm City, Fla.; stepdaughter, Holly Medlen of Monongahela; 13 grandchildren; sister, Jackie Ciesla and husband, John, of Clearwater, Fla.; two brothers, Mark Baumann and wife Karen, and Scott Baumann, all of Tucson, Ariz.; and his dog, Chance. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Baumann. There will be no visitations or funeral service. The family has requested a private burial. The FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Mancini, James A. 68

  • Elrama
  • Born: 1946-04-12
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Kegel, Finleyville | Get Directions
  • James A. Mancini, 68, of Elrama, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at his home. He was born April 12, 1946, in New Eagle, a son of the late James and Helen Stout Mancini. Mr. Mancini was retired as an operator at the former Elrama Power Station. He served in the 1st Calvary Division of the Army and did two continuous tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Mr. Mancini was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elrama and was a life member of Elrama Sportsman's Club, American Legion Post 613, in Finleyville, VFW Post 1409, in Monongahela, and Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. Survinvg are his wife, Linda Stockdill Mancini; a son, Matthew Mancini (Heather), of Finleyville; a daughter, Carla Vickers (Rob), of Finleyville; a step-son, Paul Ledgard (Becca), of Gardner, Kan.; a step-daughter, Alyson Collins (Erich), of Elizabeth Township; a sister, Barbara Fitterer (Ralph), of Elrama; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, James A. Mancinin Jr.; and a sister, Carolyn Uremovich. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist church of Elrama, P.O. Box 192, Elrama, PA 15038. Arrangements are under the direction of KEGEL FUNERAL HOME INC., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, in Finleyville.
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Somerset County

Fresh, Beda M. 82

  • Rockwood
  • Born: 1932-01-05
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Somerset | Get Directions
  • Beda Marie Fresh, 82, of Rockwood, died peacefully at her home Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Fayette County, she is a daughter of Roy and Susannah Catherine "Kate" (Geary) Henry. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde Wilson Fresh, on March 9, 2001; son, Roger Lee Fresh; daughter, Michelle Renee (Fresh) Wheatley; daughter-in-law, Wanda (Cooley) Fresh; granddaughter, Cathy Marie Prinkey; brothers, Wilbert, John, Roy and Tommy Henry; and sisters, Rebecca Peck, Ruby Miller, Blanche Oakes and Leona Henry. Beda is survived by her children, Delmas Franklin Fresh and companion, April Palmer, of Smithfield, Debi Faye Prinkey and husband, John, of Melcroft, Brenda Lynn Meyers and husband, Ron, of Somerset, and Carol Jean Johnson; 15 wonderful grandchildren and their spouses; 16 wonderful great-grandchildren; sisters, Nettie Wilson, of Holsopple, and Emily Ritenour, of Normalville; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Henry, of Normalville, and Maxine Henry, of Rockwood; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Beda was a wonderful mother and a devoted Christian woman and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ for more than 40 years, and was loved by all. She loved helping others and worked as a caregiver for several years. She enjoyed reading her worn and tattered Bible every day, praying, Christian Music, playing the piano and guitar in her earlier years, picking blueberries, and in her later years, putting jigsaw puzzles together. She was an excellent cook and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and visiting with friends. The family would like to thank her wonderful caregivers, Connie Saylor, Heather Shank and Oma Butler for taking such wonderful care of her over the last few years. Beda will be greatly missed, but she has gone home to be with her Lord. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Somerset, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with pastor Ralph Miller, officiating. Interment at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. To leave a condolence, please visit http://www.millerfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Dix, Katharine E. 96

  • Copeland Oaks, Ohio
  • Born: 1918-01-08
  • Died: 2014-10-18
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  • Katharine E. Stevens Dix, wife of the late Gordon C. Dix, a principal in Dix Communications' media business, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at her home in the Copeland Oaks retirement community. She was 96. Born Jan. 8, 1918, in Ravenna, Ohio, she was the daughter of Dr. Earl Orin Stevens and his wife, Helen Brigham Stevens.She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1935 and Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1939. She graduated with a major in botany. Landscaping and trees continued to be an interest throughout her life. After graduation, she returned to Ravenna and in 1940 married Gordon C. Dix, then business manager of the Record-Courier, the Kent-Ravenna daily paper. In 1941, her husband was named co-publisher of The Times Leader in Martins Ferry-Bellaire, Ohio. In 1952, her husband was named publisher of the The Crescent-News, Defiance, Ohio. In 1954, her husband was stricken with polio a year before the development and successful testing of the Salk vaccine. A determined, encouraging and loving wife, Mrs. Dix devoted herself to her husband the rest of his life as they dealt with numerous challenges resulting from his illness. Then, in 1982, her son, Earl Stevens Dix, who had followed his father as publisher of The Crescent-News, was killed in a private airplane accident. Mrs. Dix had years earlier lost her brother, Earl Orin Stevens Jr., who was killed in World War II in an airplane-training mission at Mt. Hood, Oregon. She and her husband, active supporters of Defiance College, responded to their son's death by establishing the E.S. Dix lectureship and the E.S. Dix Tennis Center at the college in their son's memory. Besides her family, she devoted herself to the Defiance community, where she served in numerous leadership roles. She served in Sorosis, was president of the Defiance College Women's Commission, was director of the local Girl Scouts and was involved in the League of Women Voters and the American Red Cross Board. She was a board member and a charter member of the Defiance Hospital Auxiliary. She was one of the co-founders of the Defiance City Shade Tree Commission and was a member of the Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and her husband enjoyed the out of doors, tennis, horticultural activities and community involvement. They were both avid sports fans, especially of Ohio State football. In her 50's, she completed and achieved her hot-air balloonist license through a program offered by Defiance College. She had a love of serving others, especially those in need. Despite having lost a brother and son in separate airplane accidents and her husband's lifetime post-polio ailments, she maintained a positive outlook on life and kept moving forward. She had a beautiful way with children, and always cheered on the underdogs of any age. She had a unique ability to memorize poetry, speeches, stories and prayers, and until her last days could recite passages from them. She enjoyed studying her heritage.Her ancestors moved to the Ravenna area in the mid-1800s with a group who had decided to begin life anew in what was still considered the West after the whaling industry in Nantucket, Mass., started to decline. That group, having settled in Portage County, proved a progressive influence, particularly in promoting the need for good schools for young people. They were also abolitionist. In 1977, she and her husband began to spend their winters in Naples, Fla., continuing until his death. She maintained her permanent residence in Naples until returning to Ohio in 2006. Her grandchildren range in age from seven to 45, and she tried to be instrumental in some way in each of their lives. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Defiance and Naples. In Defiance, she and her late husband served as directors of the youth program and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Alliance Country Club and a past member of the Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, and Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla. Her husband preceded her in death in 2005, her son, Earl Stevens Dix, in 1982, her sister, Anne Stevens Osgood, also preceded her in death in 1998. Mrs. Dix is survived by three children, Susan (Michael) Watson, of Ligonier, Penny (Grant) White, of Mill Valley, Calif., and G. Charles (Susie) Dix II, of Akron, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Katharine S. Dix will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and a reception immediately following the service. The service and reception will be held at the Copeland Oaks Chapel in Sebring, Ohio. Arrangements are by CASSADAY-TURKLE-CHRISTIAN FUNERAL HOME, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Copeland Oaks Foundation, Chapel Fund; 715 S. Johnson, Sebring, OH 44672. Friends may register online at http://www.ctcfuneral.com.
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