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Aloise, Leonard P. 85

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1930-06-12
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Moon Township | Get Directions
  • Leonard P. Aloise, 85, of Moon Township since 1986, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Heritage Valley Sewickley. He was born June 12, 1930, in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Antonio and Maria (Solo) Aloise. He was the beloved husband for 63 years of the late Eva Mae (Rodkey) Aloise; loving father of Anthony Aloise (Sharlene), of Villa Hills, Ky., Leonard Aloise (Janice), of Fallston, Md., Elizabeth Mattina (Michael), of West Chester, Ohio, Catherine Bullock (Paul), of McKees Rocks, and Michael Aloise (Cheryl), of Allison Park; cherished grandfather of Anthony Jr. (Christy), Andrew, Christopher, Bethany (Brian), Neil, Ross (Brooke) Sarah, Matthew, Grace, Kelley (Dan), Cara, Jennifer (Ed) and Terri (Shawn); great-grandfather of Lilly, Tony, Cason, Kirra, Chase, Colin, Myles, Dylan and Devan; and brother of Catherine Piliero, of New Rochelle, N.Y. Leonard was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. He retired from a career in pharmaceutical sales with Burroughs-Wellcome and was a volunteer for many years at Sewickley Valley Hospital in the emergency department. He traveled the world with Eva and they made friends wherever they went. Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road. Please meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret Mary Church. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. If you are considering a donation, you can support Len's volunteer passion with a contribution to the Heritage Valley Sewickley Foundation.
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Belles Sr., Robert E. 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Belles Sr., 82, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary J.; loving father of Debra Streb, Patti Allison (Richard), Barbara Paris (Mike), Robert E. Belles Jr. (Cathy), John Boehler, Edward Boehler (Heather), Daniel Boehler and Frank Boehler (Michele); brother of the late June Lattner and Joyce Bruggeman; grandfather of Rebecca, Anthony, Jeffrey, Melissa, Robbie, Rachel, Ryan, Candice, T.J., Edison and Brooks; great-grandfather of Kayla, Noah, Elizabeth and Lucas; and is also survived by extended family, friends and several foster children. Extraordinary love for the Lord and all the ways he touched people's lives as an ambassador for Christ and now he is at home in the Mansion in the sky. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Bonetti, Robert R. 75

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Readshaw, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Robert R. "Sonny" Bonetti, 75, of Brentwood, formerly of Baldwin Borough, Lafferty Hill, died Sunday, Aug., 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jan B. (Koehler) Bonetti. The light of Bob's life were his children, Stephen (Kathy) Bonetti and James (Cynthia) Bonetti. He was the loving grandfather of Stephen, Lindsay and Lacey; brother of James (Teresa) Bonetti and Stephen (Arlene) Bonetti; brother-in-law of Ginny (Jim) Fleming and the late Pat (Bill) Yochum; special cousin to John and Wayne Chalovich, Bob Colosi, Joe Simoni, Michael, David and Barbara Bonetti and many other cousins; dear friend of Larry (Lee Ann) Swift; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the READSHAW FUNERAL HOME INC., 1503 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Wendelin Parish. Entombment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans Inc. C/o Ed Moore, 229 Boggs Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15211. Send condolences to www.readshawfuneralhome.com.
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Byard, Marion G. 89

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1925-11-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Marion G. Byard, 89, of White Oak, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born Nov. 15, 1925, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Otto and Marie Wetzler Geruschat; wife of the late Wm. Dal Byard; mother of the late Jeffrey Byard; and sister of the late Walter Geruschat. Marion was a member and very active in the Christ United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon and was a member of the Tweeners and the Ridge Road Women's Club. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Gregar; sons, Robert and James Byard; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Sang K. Choi, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Catterall, Mary E. 79

  • Ohio Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Catterall, 79, of Ohio Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She is survived by her loving children, Bruce, Scott, Jaymie (Robert) Duquette, Lance (Diane), Brett (Sheryl) and Andrea (Dave) Robbibaro; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Stephens (Mary Ann Krupper); and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Regis and Eleanor Stephens. Memorial Mass to be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at St. Mary's Church, 444 Glenfield Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Verland Foundation, 303 Myrtle Lane, Edgeworth, PA 15143. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Conlon, JoAnna 67

  • Formerly of West View
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • JoAnna (Demarco) Conlon, 67, formerly of West View, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was the girlfriend of 23 years of Robert Crowley; cousin of Lynn C. Weaver, Penny Lochinger and Leonard Abbruzzese and family. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Arrangements are by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View, PA 15229. JoAnna worked for many years at Suburban General Hospital. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Coticchia, Virginia M. 83

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-31
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  • Virginia Margaret "Jean" Coticchia, 83, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Florida. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Victor; and her brother, Herbert C. Griffith Jr. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Justine) Coticchia, of Plantation, Fla., and Gregory (Kelly) Coticchia, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Nina (Michael) Bowden, Brendan Coticchia, Kerra Coticchia, Elizabeth Coticchia and Ethan Coticchia; great-grandson, Miles Bowden; and many loving nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Rite will be held in Florida. In her memory for her Pittsburgh friends and family where she lived for 81 years, there will be a memorial Mass held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.
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Donley, James R. 84

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Donley, 84, Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. He was a wonderful dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. He was always grateful for his formation by St. Justin High School, St. Francis College, the Marine Corps, the Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and especially the community of Auburn, N.Y., where he raised his family and lived for more than 40 years. He spent his last years back in Pittsburgh, with the primary role of selfless grandfather to his four grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Mary (James) Swindal; grandchildren, Teresa, Catherine, Joseph and Peter; his brothers, Edward (Mary Jean) and Thomas (Margaret); his sister-in-law, Margaret (John) Roche; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (O'Connell); daughter, Seanna; granddaughter, Margaret Grace; and siblings, Alice, Jean, Jack and Ruth. Family and friends will be welcome 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Interment will be in Auburn. Please send donations in Jim's memory to the Seanna M. Donley Memorial Fund, c/o the Central New York Community Foundation, 431 E. Fayette St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202. www.slaterfuneralhome.com.
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Dudley, Brian A. 28

  • Versailles
  • Died: 2015-08-17
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Brian Austin Dudley, 28, of Versailles, passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. He was a cherished son of Jesse Dudley Sr. and wife, Donna, and Susan Carloss and husband, James; beloved brother of Jesse Dudley Jr. and wife, Ashleigh, Jamie Dutrow and husband, Clinton, and Jennifer Kelly-Gonzelez and husband, Roberto; loving uncle of Danni Lucia Dudley and Floyd William Dudley; grandson of Margaret Steadman and Richard Poling; nephew of Sherri Rappold and husband, Jeff; and cousin of Kortney and Dylan Rappold. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Donald Steadman; and grandmother, Fay Poling. Brian enjoyed music, movies and camping. He was a light in the world and will be missed tremendously. Services were private. Arrangements entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Fichter, Robert J.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Fichter, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband and companion for 30 years to Kathleen (Zeak) Fichter; and brother of Jack Fichter and the late George J. Fichter and Richard Fichter. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Robert was a longtime member of Construction Laborers Local No. 373. Friends will be received 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where blessing service will follow at 10:30 a.m., followed by private interment services in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lung Cancer Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Florentine, Betty V. 80

  • Russellton
  • Born: 1935-02-03
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Betty V. (Walter) Florentine, 80, of Russellton, West Deer Township, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, with her son and family at her side. She was born Feb. 3, 1935, in Barnesboro, Indiana County, to the late France and Faye (Streightiff) Walter. Betty was a 1953 graduate of West Deer High School. A homemaker, Betty was a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, and St. Victor Young and Restless. She worked as an EMT for West Deer Ambulance Service for more than 20 years. She enjoyed her family and friends. Survivors include her son, Jerome F. (Marcy) Florentine, of West Deer; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her brother, James (Margaret) Walter, of Natrona Heights. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome "Moe" Florentine; son, Albert M. "Albie" Florentine; and her sister, Janice Hawkins. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Catholic funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Speicher officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Genella, Ralph S. 86

  • Plum , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Ralph S. Genella, 86, of Plum, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Mary F. (Drake) Genella; loving father of Janet (Dannie) Boyd, Ralph (Roberta) Genella, Thomas (Dina) Genella, Lynne (Daniel) MacConnell, Mary (Therese) Genella and Michael (Deborah) Genella; grandfather of 15; and great-grandfather of nine. He was a longtime employee of Westinghouse Broadcasting. Ralph served in the Navy during the Korean War. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road at Universal Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Joy Church.
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Gray, Susan E. 78

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Susan E. Gray, 78, of Bethel Park, formerly of Erie, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, with her loving husband of 57 years by her side, Ronald Gray. She was the devoted and beloved mother of Bruce (Robin) Gray, Cheryl (Michael) Dundon, Rebecca (Wallace) Stillwagon and the late Kristen Leah; grandmother of Ryan and Mackenzie Gray, Melissa, Kelsey and Meghan Dundon, Hillary and Kylie Schultze; great-grandmother of Danika and Collena; and sister of Betty E. (Douglas) Frampton and the late Janet E. (James) Smith. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, where a memorial service will be held at noon Saturday. www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Helen 93

  • Formerly of Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Helen Turner Jones, 93, formerly of Sewickley, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Lansdale. She was the wife of the late Henry Jones; and mother of Clyde (Sheri) Jones, of Souderton. She also is survived by nieces, Audrey Coy, Twinkle Walker, Mary Greene and Sally Harris; and nephews, Charles Turner and Malik Taylor. Friends were received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the Sewickley Cemetery Chapel, Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements by the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Kadar, Wilbert 81

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Wilbert "Buddy" Kadar, 81, of Elizabeth Township, left us Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at his home. He was a son of the late Paul and Henrietta (Grimes) Kadar; and brother of Doris Jean Furcini and Henrietta Stoddart. He leaves behind seven children that will miss him dearly: Norma Kutscher, of West Mifflin, Carrie and Scott Stanley, of Elizabeth, Donna and John DeRoss, of Elizabeth Township, Lawrence "Sonny" and Niki Lewis, of Lexington Park, Md., Laurene "Peewee" Harrison and Jimmy Coffindaffer, of Charlottesville, Va., Kim and Charles Hankins, of Arlington, Texas, and Mickey Lewis, of Avon Park, Fla. He will also be missed by 16 wonderful grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In his early years, Buddy served his country in the Army. He was employed with the Elizabeth Township Road Department for 38 years. He was also a member of the Blaine Hill Firemans' Club, Clairton Sportmens Club and the Frank Gun Club, of Grass Flat. Bud was passionate about hunting and fishing but especially loved it with his side kick, his wife, Audrey. He loved watching Penn State football on Saturday and his Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. On any day, Buddy could be found on his front porch listening to his bluegrass music with a St. Pauli Girl in hand. We will miss seeing him wearing his favorite cowboy hat and belt buckle. We would like to give a special thank you to Mary Lou and Sherrie, who provided Buddy with exceptional care and companionship. Please join family and friends for a celebration of life from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Blaine Hill Firemans Club, 402 Oxford Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Arrangements by the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kalas, Gary P. 58

  • Formerly of Monroeville
  • Born: 1957-07-05
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Gary Paul Kalas, 58, of Augusta, Ga., formerly of Monroeville, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was born July 5, 1957, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Bill Kalas and Marie Kalas. Gary had an extensive career with Holiday Park Shop 'n Save for nearly 35 years before he moved to Georgia. He will always be remembered lovingly by co-workers, friends and family. Gary's legacy is his beloved patch blankets. He has amassed a total of 27 hand-sewn patch blankets over the years. Some of his most memorable ones include his collection of World War II unit patches, NFL team and Super Bowl patches, MLB team and World Series collections, and his Disney collections. He is survived by his mother, Marie Kalas; his sister, Kathleen Socrates and husband, Bill Socrates, of Augusta, Ga.; his beloved niece, Kristina Mei Gripko and husband, Chris; beloved nephews, Robert Mei and wife, Katy, and Drew Socrates, a USC student in Columbia, S.C.; and family dog, Missy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at North American Martyrs Church, with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Entombment following in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, 8301 Professional Place East, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785. For more information please visit our website: www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Kulka, Walter W. 81

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Walter W. "Bill" "Booz" Kulka, 81, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. He was the husband of Janet E. Scott Kulka; father of Scott, Gary (Lorrie) and Kathi Kulka (Tom Exler); son of the late Emil and Hattie Kulka; brother of the late Emil "Koke" Kulka Jr. and Valerie Smith; and grandfather of Matthew and Mason. Walter was an avid Steelers fan and a hunter and fisherman. He was also a graduate and football player for both Central Cambria High School and St. Francis University. He retired from the Department of H.U.D. as chief evaluator and later worked at West Penn Financial and Homeowners Real Estate as an appraiser. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be Friday at Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church, 517 Sangree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Church or Hope Hospice. www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kush, Mary T. 94

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mary T. (Messina) Kush, 94, of Gibsonia, formerly Johnstown, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter F. Kush; loving mother of Dr. Frank (Beth Cene-Kush) Kush, Mary Frances (Robert) Kush-Snelson, Elaine (late Eric Martin) Kush, and Elizabeth (Michael) Gates; sister of Elly Duca and the late Domenica Ieni; grandmother of Anthony, Nathan, Clare, Michael, Alayna, Stephen, Natalie, and Joseph; great-grandmother of Dominick, Logan, Avery, Sadie, Margaux and Ainsley; also survived by Dr. Margaret Kush and Thaddeus Kush. Mary was a member of the Business and Professional Women of Johnstown, Johnstown Garden Club, and St. Clare of Assisi Church in Johnstown, formerly St. Anthony Church. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Richard Church with Father Phil Farrell as celebrant. Interment will be held in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Hospice, 6 Parkway Center, 875 Greentree Road, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Laird, George W. 88

  • McCandless , Formerly of Princeton, N.J.
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • George W. Laird, 88, of McCandless, formerly of Princeton, N.J., died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Dolores (Salen) Laird; father of Kim (Robert Barowski) Laird, of Nesquehoning, and Gary (Kelly) Laird, of Ross Township; beloved grandfather of J.D., Drew and Josh Laird; brother of the late John, Betty, Charles (who died as a toddler) and Irene. George made friends everywhere he went due to his joyful spirit, wisecracking nature and love of life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 North Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation or Austin's Playroom Project, www.mariolemieux.org. "His passing was the first time that (George) ever made anyone sad." Red Skelton.
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Leskovich Jr., John 98

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1916-10-23
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • John Leskovich Jr., 98, of Cheswick, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1916, in Burgettstown, to the late John and Mary Bozek Leskovich and has been a lifelong resident of our community. John was a coal miner for Republic Steel in Russellton, where he eventually retired. Mr. Leskovich was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Hawick. He was an 82 year member of SNPJ No. 89 of Midway; and a member of UMW, serving as past secretary of Local No. 4426. John enjoyed gardening and watching football and was a Jack of all trades. Surviving John is his daughter, Wilma Orlowski, of Ohio; brother, Tom (Ruth) Leskovich, of Florida; son-in-law, John Almer, of Illinois; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Leskovich, of Ohio; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances Kolenc Leskovich, in 2005, whom he will be laid to rest beside; daughter, Barbara J. Almer; son, John Leskovich III; two brothers andtwo sisters. John's family invites friends and relatives for visitation from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE CHESWICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St., with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11a.m. in Our lady Of Victory Church with the Rev. Alan Morris officiating and burial in Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Cemetery, Attn: Pam, 15 Maple Ave., Burgettstown, PA 15021. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Levi, Virginia A. 86

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Virginia Ann "Ginny" (Walnoha) Levi, 86, of Scott Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Levi; loving mother of Alice Iorio, Eugene (Patti) Levi, John (Susan) Levi and the late Mary Ellen (Bill) Coyle; grandmother of Megan Coyle, Christina (Matt) Keeney and Garren Levi; great-grandmother of Nathan Keeney; sister of Eileen "Sis" (late Bob) Guiliani and Leonard (Peggy) Walnoha; also many nieces and nephews. Ginny worked as a registered nurse at Kane Hospital, Scott Township, and later retired from Friendship Village. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Grace Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bower Hill VFD, 161 Vanadium Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Maffei, Adam J. 36

  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Adam J. Maffei, 36, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, due to an accident sustained in 2013. He was the loving son of Aimee R. Kaufman and Ricky J. (Charlotte) Maffei; husband of Melissa Maffei; dear brother of Benjamin P. (Sarah) Maffei; and adored uncle of Olivia "Livie". He is survived by his grandmother, Dorris J. Maffei. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph J. Maffei and Arthur (Evelyn) Kaufman. He is also survived by his loving dogs, Bella and Emmitt. There will be no visitation. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at NuValley Presbyterian Church, 901 E. Main St., Rural Valley. Arrangements by WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 412-731-5001. Memorials may be made to CORE or the Animal Rescue League.
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Mastascusa, Ann L. 96

  • Formerly of Southside
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ann L. (Gargotta) Mastascusa, 96, formerly of Southside, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel A.; loving mother of Peter D. and Donna M. (Frank Brzozowski) Mastascusa; cherished grandmother of Dana K. and Brett Greenwell and Pawel (Lisa) Brzozowski; proud great-grandmother of Sophia Ann Greenwell; sister of the late Mary Ravita, Sadie Landolina, Anthony, John and Joseph Gargotta, Jean Letki and Pauline Fallucco; also survived by many nieces and nephews. She co-owned and operated, with her husband Dan, "Dan's Superette" for 25 years in Beltzhoover. Ann enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing cards and spending time with her family. She was a trail blazer in the game of women's basketball in the 1930s. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Albert the Great Church. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Miller Jr., Harvey A. 96

  • Glenshaw
  • Born: 1918-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Harvey A. Miller Jr., born Sept. 1, 1918, in Pittsburgh, and resided in Glenshaw from 1950 to the present, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. In 1943, he married the late Ruth Marion Sample and they had four children, Kenneth R. Miller, Patricia M. Butler, Mary Jane Miller and Ronald H. Miller. Harvey attended Friendship Grade School and Peabody High School and earned his BA degree from Grove City College and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the eldest son of the late Harvey A. Miller and the late Regina Lee Miller, of East Liberty, and had three brothers, J. Lee Miller, C. Andrew Miller and the late Raymond B. Miller. His surviving family includes three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Harvey served from 1941 through 1945 as an officer in the Navy, Destroyers, in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets. His service included the invasions at Gela, Sicily, Normandy and Marseille, France, and included various Atlantic Convoys. He was later transferred to the Pacific Fleet where he served until the war ended. After his service, Harvey engaged in private civil practice with trial and appellate appearances before State and Federal Courts, including argument as lead counsel before the United States Supreme Court. He practiced for more than 60 years as the law firm Miller and Miller with his father, Harvey A. Miller, brother, J. Lee Miller, son, Kenneth R. Miller, and grandniece, Morgan Evans, retiring from active practice in 2012. Harvey served on the board of trustees of Grove City College for 41 years and continued as emeritus trustee from 2004. He was a former trustee of St. Francis Hospital, Passavant Hospital and the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of several Masonic orders and the North Boro's Sportsmen's Club. Harvey and Ruth traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Egypt, Jordan, Alaska and the Scandinavian countries and toured China in an Airstream trailer. After losing Ruth to cancer, he spent his most recent years living in Glenshaw and continuing his practice. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Mary Jane Miller and Ruth Sample Miller Memorial Scholarship at Grove City College," the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw, PA 15116, or an organization of your choice.
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Murga, Elizabeth L.

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth L. "Betty" Murga, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Murin Gush; mother of Susan M. Murga, of Glassport; sister of Mary Ann Marko, of Henderson, Nev.; also nieces, nephews and cousins. She worked in housekeeping at Winters Haven Personal Care Home in Glassport and a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Family Hospice.
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Price, Christine 66

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Christine (Shlapak) Price, 66, of Shaler Township, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in her sleep, with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of 44 years to Elmer "Al" Price Jr.; daughter of the late Steven and Mary Emma (Bielic) Shlapak; beloved mother to Amy (Mark) Proie and Jason (Danielle) Price; devoted grandmother of Nick and Mathieu Proie and Carson Price; dear sister of Barb (Dave) Derr; daughter-in-law of Corrine Price; sister-in-law of Tom (Anita) Price and Julie (Chuck) Killcrece; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Most Holy Name Church, Troy Hill. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Ravenstahl Sr., Robert P. 90

  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert P. "Bob" Ravenstahl Sr., 90, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. He was the loving husband for 63 years to Joan (Robesh); and loving father of Robert (Cindy), Kurt (Cathy), Linda (Raymond) Gruss, Daniel (the late Maureen) and Joanne (Ned) Feeney. Bob was also the proud grandfather of 16 and great-grandfather of nine. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette (Soupene); and father, John Roy Ravenstahl; as well as his brother, John; and sisters, Marguerite Bachor and Jeanne Ley. Bob proudly served his country as a Marine aboard the USS Anderson during World War II. On his return, he served the city of Pittsburgh Fire Department for more than 20 years and retired as the deputy fire chief. Later he went on to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Bob was a member of the American Legion Observatory Post No. 81, Allegheny Elks Lodge No. 339, the Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment No. 310 and AARP Chapter No. 1435. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Incarnation of the Lord Church, 4071 Franklin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League, Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment No. 310, P.O. Box 15433, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Rengers, Richard R. 35

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Richard R. "Ricky" Rengers, 35, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the son of Richard L. and Janice R. Rengers; father of Orion Rengers; brother of Amy Lynn Rengers (Kurt Walther); grandson of Robert and Ruth Schomer and the late Robert and Grayce Rengers; and is also survived by many extended family members and friends. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in All Saints Church, Etna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ricky's family. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Satterfield, Bonnie J. 74

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1940-11-12
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Bonnie J. Satterfield, 74, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Jefferson Hospital. Born Nov. 12, 1940, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Edna Holmes. A retired administrative assistant at National City Bank in Clairton, Bonnie also was a former teller at Ladbroke's in West Mifflin. She was past secretary and trustee of Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Company and a former member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ronald E. Satterfield; her daughter, Rhonda J. (John) Jarvis, of Elizabeth Township; her son, Ronald E. "Sammy" Satterfield, of Elizabeth; her four grandchildren, Johnny Jarvis, of Elizabeth Township, Jennifer (Wade) Galloway, of Elizabeth Township, Jeff (April) Turner, of Elizabeth Township, and Shaina Satterfield, of Elizabeth; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Ralph E. Rockwell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor John Pipp officiating. Burial to follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Sefscik, Rebecca N. 30

  • Formerly of Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Rebecca Nicole Sefscik, 30, of Wilder, Ky., formerly of Shaler Township, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was a daughter of Nicholas and Lynne Sefscik; sister of Amanda Sefscik and Nicholas (Ashley) Sefscik; granddaughter of Marian (the late Medford) Johnson and the late Nicholas (Pauline) Sefscik; also survived by many extended family members and friends. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Starr, Andrew J.

  • Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Andrew James "Jim" Starr, of Edgewood, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Jim was beloved by his family and enjoyed travel, the arts, cards and tennis. He was the son fo the late A.Q. Starr and Violetta Starr. Having graduated from Edgewood High School in 1941, he was recently recognized as the oldest graduate attending the Edgewood All-Class Reunion. He was a Sergeant during World War II. Jim earned an engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim was a successful businessman. His father's business, Houston-Starr Company, distributed building materials in Western Pennsylvania. Seeing a market to develop, Jim started wholesaling kitchen cabinets and appliances. Eventually under his guidance, Houston-Starr Company became the exclusive distributor of Amana, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air throughout Western Pennsylvania. He also led the company into the wholesale residential and commercial door in the hardware business. Jim recognized the importance of being a diversified company and added more than 100 apartment rental units to the company. When Jim turned 70, his interest turned to residential real estate development. He established Glen Arden, a high-end real estate plan in Monroeville. Jim and Ginny, his beloved wife of 65 years, stayed active. Together they traveled extensively, visiting numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, in addition to Central and South America. He enjoyed his season tickets to PICT, CMU and Quantum Theater. Jim and Ginny frequented art exhibits at the Frick Art and Historical Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Jim enjoyed playing bridge with other couples and cards with his friends. He was an avid tennis player until five years ago. He frequented the Edgewood Club courts. Jim will be missed by Virginia "Ginny Steinbach, his loving wife of 65 years. He was beloved by his children, Sarah Bogie (Mike Bogie), James B. Starr and Marienne T. Starr (Walter Wasielak) and Joy (Wooding) Starr; his daughter-in-law; as well as by his grandchildren, Kristin (Bogie), Bruno (Luke), Robert Michael Bogle Jr., James W. Starr (Brittany), Nicole Starr, Daniel Wasielak and Alexandra Wasielak; as well as by his great-grandchildren, Hayley Starr and Hannah Starr. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Pittsburgh. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Striffler, Patricia A. 87

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Patricia Anne (Connelly) Striffler, 87, of White Oak, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Patrick Aloysius and Christine Erda Weiskircher Connelly. She was the wife of the late Frank Sheridan Striffler and the mother of the late Frank Connelly Striffler. She was a 1946 graduate of McKeesport High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University, served her internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and then worked at McKeesport Hospital as an assistant dietitian. After raising her children, she owned and operated All Aboard Travel Agency in McKeesport and North Versailles where she worked from 1978 until 1993. She was a member of the McKeesport College Club where she previously served as president, was a member and volunteer for the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center and also served on her high school reunion committee for many years. She is survived by her children, Edgar Patrick Striffler Esq. and Sue Ann Striffler (Steve) Galaski, both of White Oak; grandson, Adam Striffler Galaski; grand dogs, Puerta and Rico; sister, Carlene Cavanaugh, of Ocala, Fla.; and nieces, Stacy J. Cavanaugh, Kathleen (Alar) Elken and Christine (Scott) Altman. Friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, 412-678-6177. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Friday in St. Angela Merici Church. Father Kevin Dominik will officiate and burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 or the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Suda, Anthony T. 92

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Born: 1922-12-27
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Anthony T. Suda, 92, of Squirrel Hill, formerly of Clairton, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Heritage Place in Squirrel Hill. Born Dec. 27, 1922, in Lamont Furnace, he was a son of the late Stanley and Hedwig Suda. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Anthony was a World War II veteran of the Army, worked at both River Shipping in Elizabeth and the former Large Distillery, and was a former member of both the Slavonic Club of Clairton and the Daniel Keffer Post 75 of the American Legion in Clairton. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his five siblings, Mary Klement, Catherine Suda, Wanda Whitney, Leota Hrvacic and Joseph Suda. Anthony is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700), until a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Tarabick, Olga H. 85

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Olga H. Tarabick, 85, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born in Lyndora, a daughter of the late Alex and Anne Fiechuk. She has lived most of her life in the area where she was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Parish, formerly St. Mathias Church, Natrona. She was a member of the Christian Mothers of her church and a graduate of Butler High School. Olga was one of 16 children. She enjoyed crocheting afghans as gifts for her family and friends. Survivors include her son, Michael J. (Marsha) Tarabick, of Miramar Beach, Fla.; Baba's grandchildren, Jennifer (Travis) Tucker, of Niceville, Fla., and Sherri (Michael) Kuhn, of Santa Rosa, Fla.; also surviving are numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Tarabick Jr., in 2008; and a daughter, Mary Ann Herold, in 2010. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. James K. Mazurek officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Airy Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Tengowski, Adrian P. 58

  • Polish Hill
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Adrian P. Tengowski, 58, of Polish Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Henry and Laura (Bik) Tengowski; brother of Thomas (Peggy) Tengowski, Walter Tengowski, Kenneth (Janet) Tengowski, Robert Tengowski, Roberta Tengowski, Henry (Sandy) Tengowski and Adrienne (Thomas) Staresinic; and also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was the nephew of Walter Bik. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St,, Lawrenceville. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Family requests memorial donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
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Thompson Sr., George H. 80

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • George Hamilton Thompson Sr., 80, of Oakmont, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in his home after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was a son of the late Florence and John Murray Thompson Sr., from Plum Borough. George was the beloved husband of Mary Lloyd (Thomson) Thompson; and the father of George Hamilton (Judy) Thompson Jr., Carolyn (Paul) Molingowski and Susan (Tom) Ferguson. He will always be "Pop Pop" to his nine grandchildren, Nicholas, Ted, Luke, Charlie, George III, Oliver, Molly, Libby and Bennett. He is also survived by his brother, John Murray (Eleanor) Thompson Jr., of Plum Borough; and his sister, Margaret Ann Fowler, of Chicago. Born in Plum Borough in 1935, George was a graduate of Blair Academy, Lycoming College and Dickinson School of Law. He practiced law for 55 years with his partners and associates in the same firm Thompson, Calkins, and Sutter. George was a lifelong - more than 80 years - member of Plum Creek Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and trustee. As a member of Oakmont Country Club for more than 48 years, George served on the board of governors and as club president. He would be found at the club faithfully every Friday afternoon in the swat room playing cards followed by a dinner date with Mary Lloyd. George served on the board of Plum Creek Cemetery and had been the president of that board for the past 10 years. He also served The Borough of Oakmont for more than 30 years as a member and as the chairman of the zoning hearing board. He was also a member of the Duquesne Club, PH Investment Club and Homewood Hunting Ranch. He adored all five of his toy poodles, each of whom was named Blackie. Although not a veteran, George was brought to tears when paying respect to those who have served our country. He loved our country and was a devout Republican. He prided himself that he had voted in every election until May 2015 when he was too infirm to make it to the polls. George was a loyal and generous friend who never hesitated to give thoughtful advice, even if it was not what you wanted to hear. His integrity and honesty were without question, a trait that he learned from his parents and passed on to everyone around him. There will be no viewing. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Plum Creek Presbyterian Church, 550 Center New Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Arrangements were handled by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 412-828-3535. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Plum Creek Presbyterian Church Mission Fund, Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Vaccarello, Sara J. 72

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Sara Jane Vaccarello, 72, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Joseph (Meredith) Vaccarello III, Nicole Ashe, Gina Hudec and Jennifer (Tony) Squeglia; cherished grandmother of Jenna and Grant Ashe, Adrianna and Brooke Hudec, Olivia Vaccarello, Nicolas, Sara and Sofia Squeglia; and is also survived by her dear friend and sister-in-law, Patricia Sitarik. She retired from the University of Pittsburgh Infectious Disease Department where she was published in medical journals. Her greatest achievement was being an adored grandmother. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Wedel, John F. 83

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-06
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  • John F. "Jake" Wedel, 83, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by love. He was born in McKeesport and grew up in Christy Park later moving to East McKeesport, then Elizabeth. Recently Jake moved permanently to West Palm Beach, Fla., his second home for many years. In his youth, his mother, Marie, worked very hard to obtain an appointment for Jake to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, however, Jake enlisted instead. He served in the Air Force with Honors during the Korean War. His early career was in real estate for many years starting with Ben Feldman Agency then starting his own business, Sentry Realty. During that time Jake ran for the Pennsylvania State Legislature, he was unsuccessful, however, after that experience he dedicated his career to public service, being appointed as the Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Affairs. Through his hard work, leadership and dedication he was then asked by the Federal Government to run the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in Pittsburgh as the Chief of Family Housing. Jake retired early due to health reasons and was able to enjoy his life traveling with his wife, Sis. He lived summers in Elizabeth and winters in South Florida. Jake enjoyed fishing, golfing, politics, friends, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, but most of all his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Violet (Sis Ciolak); his daughters, Lisa (Chuck) Campagna, of Marietta Ga., Laura (Scott) Hanley, of Jupiter, Fla.; his sister, Theresa (Mondo) Roma, of McKeesport; and 10 grandchildren. His cremains will be interred at the South Florida National Cemetery with full Air Force Honor Guard. Remember Jake for the good man he was with strong morals, values, a great love of God, Country and his family. Rest in Peace Jake you will be missed and you were adored. We love you!
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Abraham, Virginia E. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Virginia E. (Abraham) Abraham, 89, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 18, 1926, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Tony and Jennie Abraham. Virginia was a retired teacher for both the Hempfield and Jeannette School Districts. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Abigail Circle and past president of the Women's Association. She was also a member of the Greensburg College Club, the Order of Eastern Star in Irwin, the Westmoreland County School Retirees and PASR. She was also a co-founder of the Hempfield Football Mother's Club and was a graduate of Cannonsburg High School and Waynesburg College. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Coach Abe" Abraham; three brothers, Joseph, George and Dave Abraham; and two sisters, Josephine Abraham and Helen Deeb. She is survived by her daughter, the Rev. Marnie Abraham Russell and husband, Ronald, of Greensburg; her son, Dr. William T. and wife D'Arcy, of Dublin, Ohio; five grandchildren, James, Jennifer, Joseph and twins, D'Arcy Kristine and Virginia Elizabeth Abraham; a sister-in-law, Edna Abraham, of Bridgeville; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Virginia from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, (everyone please go directly to the church), with the Rev. Martin Ankrum and the Rev. Bobbie Hineline, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601 or the Derry Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Third St., Derry, PA 15627. The family would like to thank the staff of Joint Works and ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland, Mutual Aide Ambulance and their loving neighbors and friends for their kindness and compassion. Virginia's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Babeo, Thomas J. 83

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Babeo, 83, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Elizabeth St. Angelo Babeo; his wife, Vera "Dot"; his son, Thomas J. Babeo Jr.; and his siblings, Nick, Russ and John Babeo and Anna Marie Hetherington. Tom is survived by his children, Debra Bayer (Frank) and Joyce Miller; his grandchildren, Keli, Justin, Ashley and Lauren; and great-granddaughter, Maria; and his brother, Vince Babeo (Mary). Tom was a devout Catholic and member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. He was a veteran of the Korean War with the Army and graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. He retired from Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh, then was the head of security for Boyce Campus of the CCAC in Monroeville, as well as a retired member of the Trafford Fire Company No. 1 and served as mayor of Trafford and on the Trafford Council. Family and friends were received in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, where parting prayers were held, followed by a funeral Mass in the St. Regis Church, Trafford. Entombment followed in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Bartlett, Loretta 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-11-15
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Loretta Bartlett, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Harmar Village Care Center, Cheswick. She was born Nov. 15, 1933, in White Valley, a daughter of the late George and Louise (Vigani) Rebich. In addition to her parents, Loretta was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wilford "Mike" Bartlett; and a sister, Lorraine Starn. Surviving are her loving children, Michael and his wife, Nadeen Bartlett, of Delmont, and Cindy Lundberg and her husband, Allan, of Lower Burrell; cherished grandchildren, Jarrod DeArmitt, Nickolas Lundberg, Stefan Lundberg and his wife, Katie; step-grandson, William Knoll; great-grandchildren, Gunnar and Gavin Lundberg; devoted sisters, Judith Hopkins and her husband, Richard, of Niagara Falls, and Janice Walters and her husband, Alex, of Murrysville; brother-in-law, Martin Starn, of White Valley; also survived by nieces and nephews. Loretta was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Export, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She worked as a clerk for the former Hub Store in Export and was a sales representative for Avon for 35 years. As a charter member of the Murrysville Garden Club, Loretta Taught Junior gardening to local children and was also a Sunday school teacher and cook for the Export/Murrysville Rotary Club. She also was an avid bowler, once bowling a 300 game at the Export Moose Lanes, followed by another nearly perfect game until the last frame. Loretta's family, especially her children, was the most important part of her life. The Bartlett family would like to thank the staff at Harmar Village for the loving care they bestowed on Loretta and her family; they were her angels for the last days of her life. Lorraine Oakes was also a caregiver the family would like to acknowledge for her love and compassion. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Export. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Loretta's name to St. Barnabas in Gibsonia or to St. Mary Church, Export. For directions or to send online condolences or to send floral Tributes please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Biagini, James D.

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-24
  • Died: 2015-08-26
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  • James Darryl Biagini, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. James was born Dec. 24, 1946. He was a son of Louis and Lucille M. (Howard) Biagini. He was a graduate from West Newton High School Class of 1965. He participated on the football team and was recognized for his dancing at the school dances. He served in the Army and was part of the boxing team. He continued his passion to be a boxer where he became the Light Weight Champion of Pennsylvania for four years and a Golden Glove Boxer. He was an extraordinary baker and the owner/operator of Biagini's Bakery. He had a great love for dogs, boxing and football. Those who know him will remember him for the crazy, goofy and fun-loving person that he was. He was preceded in death and reunited with his mother, Lucille; and father, Louis. Surviving to cherish the memories are his twin brother, Robert Biagini, of Nevada; his children, James L. Biagini and wife, Doris, Jill L. Pegg and husband, Gerald, Jenna M. Shobert and husband, Bradly, Chad Biagini and Brian Kwiecinski and wife, Adele; grandchildren, Amanda Sanner and husband, James, Krysta Goodwin and husband, Alex, Amber Biagini and fiance, Brandon, Ashley Biagini and boyfriend, Malcolm, Joseph Pegg, Sydney and Tristyn Ackerman, Madison, Max and Joshua Kwiecinski and Tana and Hope Shobert; great-grandchildren, Lexie, Cailyn, James, Chase, Sophia and McKenzie; his niece, Kim Biagini, of Nevada; childhood friend, and aka "brother" Russ. He also leaves behind a special furry friend, his dog, Rambo. A memorial was held in his honor Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the West Newton Lions Club, where his family and friends shared pictures and memories of Jim. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who shared and offered their love and support. May God's blessing, peace and comfort be with you all.
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Blosat, Duane R. 55

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-05-22
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Duane R. Blosat, 55, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. He was born May 22, 1960, in Bellflower, Calif., a son of the late Harold and Betty Benk Blosat. Duane is survived by his sons, Shane (Korie), Tyler and Derek Blosat; a daughter, Roshelle (Jerry) Savage; grandchildren, Kaley, Kenzy and Karly Blosat and Jesse, Shaylyn and Ashley Savage; brother, Richard Blosat, all of California; and special friends, Michelle (Kenneth) Plues, of Greensburg. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. For online condolences, please visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Buczak, Bernard A. 82

  • Slickville
  • Born: 1933-02-19
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Bernard A. Buczak, 82, of Slickville, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Slickville, a son of the late John and Catherine (Plancic) Buczak. Prior to retiring, Bernard was employed by Westinghouse as a machine operator. He was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and member of the Slickville American Legion. Bernard was a longtime member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Slickville. He was a past member of the St. Sylvester Holy Name Society and the church choir. He was one of the original "Slickville Pig Roasters" and a former Little League baseball coach. Bernard loved going to the Donut Chef, where he was a frequent visitor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John; and sister, Mary Lou. Bernard will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Veronica (Osikowicz) Buczak; their children, Bernadette (Joe) Valero, of Slickville, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert (Kathy) Buczak, of Johnstown, Thomas (Tawnya) Buczak, James (Laura) Buczak and Jason (Linda) Buczak, all of Slickville; sisters, Emma Jean (Mike) Yazvac, of Braddock, Barbara Chioldi (Barry), of Avonmore, and Elaine (Butch) Demich, of Plum; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bernard will be especially missed by his grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Maria (Colin), Anna (Rashid), Tommy (Karli), Cody (Kelly), Joshua, Nicole (Dan), Ryan (Christine), Jason and Catie; and two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Eli, all of whom he was very proud. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A funeral Mass for Bernard will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Sylvester Catholic Church, 3028 Route 819, Slickville, PA 15684, with Monsignor Roger Statnick as celebrant. Chapel committal services and interment in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernard's memory may be made to St. Sylvester Operation Fund, 3028 Route 819, Slickville, PA 15684. Please write "Bernard Buczak" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy or obtain grief support information, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Conrad, Myrtle A. 80

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-25
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Myrtle A. "Myrt" Conrad, 80, of South Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Greensburg. She had been employed at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, as a certified registered nurse anesthetist for more than 30 years, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend to many. Myrt was an avid card player having belonged to several area card clubs. She was also a member of Frick retired nurses group and the Westmoreland Nurses Association. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Hutchinson. Myrt is survived by her husband, William R. Conrad; two children, Holly L. Novak and husband, John, of North Carolina, and Terry A. Manko and husband, Zenon, of Wexford; and four grandchildren, Jeff Novak, Johnny Novak, Kasey Manko and Karissa Manko. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. To share an online condolence, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Duncan, Patricia L. 74

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1941-07-12
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. Reed Duncan, 74, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at home unexpectedly. She was born July 12, 1941, in Tarentum, daughter of the late Marion and Blanche (Ross) Kaminski. She lived most of her life in Brackenridge and the past five years in New Kensington. Patricia was a homemaker and also worked at Wendy's in Harmarville and Natrona Heights. She was of the Catholic faith and a 1959 graduate of Tarentum High School. She enjoyed shopping and especially enjoyed her cat Timber. Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Richard A. Duncan; children, Lawrence (Brenda) Rogers Jr., Natrona Heights, Michael Rogers, New Kensington, Blanche Posteraro, Brackenridge, and Molly Rogers, Tarentum; grandson, Brandon Rogers; sister, Florence G. Slee, New Kensington; and special friend, Clyde Strong. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter L. Reed; daughter, Tammy Rogers; and a brother, George Kaminski. Visitation from noon until the time of blessing service at 2 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Interment will be private. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ernette, James L. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1945-07-18
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • James L. "Jay" Ernette, 70, of Greensburg, Hutchinson Island, Fla., and Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Monday August 31, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 18, 1945, in Greensburg, a son of the late William C. Ernette Sr. and Dorothy R. (Longsdorf) Ernette. Jay was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School, Point Park College and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Jay retired from the Pennsylvania State Police after almost two decades of dedicated service. He was the founder and former CEO of Unity Printing Co. Inc. located in Latrobe (1980-until his retirement in 2013). He was a member of Latrobe United Methodist Church. Freemasonry was an important part of Jay's life; he was elected as the Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania (1998-1999). Jay was a member and current and/or past officer of the following Masonic organizations: Westmoreland Lodge No. 518, F and AM; Valley Royal Arch Chapter No. 289; Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216; Olivet Council No 13; Kedron Commandery No. 18; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, PA NMJ (Gourgas Lodge of Perfection, Pennsylvania Council, Pittsburgh Chapter, Pennsylvania Consistory, SPRS, Coroneted 33 Honorary Member, Supreme Council, NMJ); Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation; Syria Temple, Pittsburgh, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Caravan Eight, AAONMS; Royal Order of Jesters, Pittsburgh Court No. 2; Treasure Coast Billiken Club of Florida; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Westmoreland Forest No. 77; Constans Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders; National Sojourners No. 130, Carlisle; Islam Grotto, MOVPER, Pittsburgh; Allied Masonic Degrees, Grand Masters Council "A"; Grand College of Rites of the U.S.A.; International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay, Honorary Legion of Honor; PIN Club, Pittsburgh; LAMAS Club, Latrobe; National Masonic Foundation for Children; Masonic Renewal Committee of North America; The Royal Order of Scotland, Provincial Grand Lodge of the U.S.A.; Golden Triangle York Rite College No. 32; and Acacia Lodge No. 163, Stuart, Fla. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Brenda Smith Ernette; a daughter, Lisa R. (Ernette) Frederick and her husband, Joe, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Ashley L. Frederick and Cole J. Frederick, both of Greensburg; a brother, William C. Ernette Jr., of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a sister, Carole A. Stemmler and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe; and his faithful dog, Max. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Jay's funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Frederick Funeral Home Inc., with the Rev. David J. Henderson of Grace United Methodist Church officiating. A private entombment will follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. A Masonic funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday by Westmoreland Lodge 518 F and AM. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to be made in Jay's name to the Compassionate Care Fund at the Masonic Village at Sewickley, 1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143 or to the Animal Friends of Westmoreland, 216 Depot St., Youngwood, PA 15697. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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George, Bessie 86

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1929-05-15
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Bessie (Orr) George, 86, of Blairsville (Derry Township), passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. The daughter of W. Lee and Helen (Potts) Orr, she was born May 15, 1929, in Washington Township, Indiana County. Bessie was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, where she was very involved in her church and loved being with her church family. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Bessie worked as a waitress for Dean's Diner, Blairsville, for 47 years, before her retirement. Surviving are three children: a son, Robert C. George Jr. (Sandra), of Blairsville, and two daughters, Lois Spence (Robert), of Blairsville, and Linda D. George (Paul Yasurek), of Blairsville; three granddaughters, Sherry Hallow, Brandy Gardner and Amanda Spence; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Talley, of Punxsutawney; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Robert C. George Sr., on July 30, 2008; a grandson, Robert C. George III; a granddaughter, Holly George; three brothers, Raymond, Russell and Larry Orr; and three sisters, Lola Eckman, Lucille Limer and Erma Rumbaugh. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Gunia, Josephine N. 97

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1918-06-13
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Josephine N. Gunia, 97, of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Manor Care of Monroeville. Josephine was born on June 13, 1918, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Paul and Antonia (Krauz) Magusiak. Josephine was a member of the St. Regis Church and its former Altar Rosary Society, St. John Kanty Lodge No. 881, Trafford, and the Polish National Alliance. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Gunia, in 1986; her daughter, Janet McWilliams, in 2002; her sister, Blanche Lawrence, in 2013; and her brother, Edward Magusiak, in 2004. Josephine is survived by her children, Pauline Kljucaric (Nick), of Monroeville, Marlene Ray (Paul), of Tampa, Fla., and Stacia Boehm, of Turtle Creek; son-in-law, Charles McWilliams, of Trafford; her grandchildren, Nick (Lynn) and Stanley Kljucaric, Lori Doran (Jack), Christine Frick (Gregg), Dana Ditter (Don), Charlie McWilliams, Jill and Chris Ray (Christie), and Jason Boehm (Brittany); and 15 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church Trafford with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Hampshire, Martha M. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-06-14
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Martha M. Hampshire, 85, of Scottdale, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Scottdale Manor and Rehabilitation Center, East Huntingdon Township. Martha was born July 25, 1930, in Lower Tyrone Township, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Anthony J. and Bernice (Graft) Zgorecki Walton. She was married to John H. Hampshire, who passed away on June 14, 1996. Martha was a devoted mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother. She was employed, years ago, as a machine operator at Connellsville Sportswear and was a faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Scottdale. Martha also was a loyal member of the Catholic Daughters of America, No. 314 and a graduate of East Huntingdon High School, class of 1948, with whom she was active in their class reunions. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and flowers. Martha will be sadly missed by her loving family: her four children, David Hampshire, of Mesa, Ariz., Teresa Perius, of Rock Springs, Wyo., Mary Cuneo and her husband, Joseph, of Mt. Pleasant, and Vincent Hampshire, of Scottdale; her six grandchildren, Michelle Hampshire, Mari Norton and husband, Dave, Haley and Derek Perius, and Mitchell and Angela Cuneo; her four great-grandchildren, Asher and Zoe Norton and Kelsie and Kayla Hampshire; her great-great-grandson, Ebin; her two sisters, Jane Hegedus and Shirley Jubec, both of Scottdale; her brother, Carl Walton, of Tarrs; her two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hampshire, of Connellsville, and Phyllis Minerd and husband, Mike of Rockwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Walton. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel where parting prayers will be recited at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment next to her late husband will follow in the church cemetery. The Ministry of Consultation will hold a service at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. John's Roman Catholic Church at 724-887-6321. The family wishes to extend appreciation to the Woodcrest Family and Staff and to the caregivers at Scottdale Manor and Rehab Center. Love Lasts Forever!
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Hughes, Julia M. 91

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1923-10-24
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Julia M. Hughes, 91, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. She was born Oct. 24, 1923, in West Newton, daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Neubauer) Ivan. Julia was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, and was the school nurse for West Newton School District and Yough School District for 34 years. Surviving are a son, G. Brinton Kamerer and wife, Mary Lou, of Bethel Park; granddaughters, Carolyn Volpe and husband, Jeff, of Crofton, Md., and Christine Johnson and husband, Brad, of Frisco, Texas; and nieces, Linda Kuosman and husband, Don, of Bethel Park, Joanne Hall and husband, Jeff, and Nancy Kashurba and husband, Ken, all of West Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Hughes; and brother, Joseph Ivan. Services were private. Arrangements entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hurst, Mary Catherine 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1924-09-09
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine (Watherwax) Hurst, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn., a daughter of the late Arthur and Della Holbert Watherwax and was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hurst Jr.; sons, Richard T. and Jeffrey Hurst; and a brother, Arthur W. Watherwax. Mary Catherine was a former employee of G.C. Murphy Co., the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and had previously owned a floral shop in West Hempfield. She was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, card club and the charity circle. She is survived by her brother, Richard Watherwax, of Florida; nieces and nephews; also her good friend and neighbor, Joe Spinogatti. At Mary Catherine's request there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday following the regular worship service at West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, 8 West Hempfield Drive, Irwin, PA 15642, with the Rev. Peggy Sharron officiating. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing may make a contribution in Mary Catherine's name to her church. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Iannuzzo, James L. 53

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1961-10-14
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James L. Iannuzzo, 53, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Oct. 14, 1961, in Greensburg, a son of Susan Alexandra "Sandra" (Flude) Iannuzzo, of Jeannette, and the late G. Lewis "Sonny" Iannuzzo. He had been employed in the family business, Greensburg Beverage Inc. He was Catholic by faith and an avid golfer and Pittsburgh sports fan. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Monica L. (Hoffman) Iannuzzo, and their son, Nicklaus James Iannuzzo, at home; a brother, David Iannuzzo and his wife, Carey, of California, and their children, Anthony and Danielle; his extended family, Bette Iannuzzo, of Greensburg, and her family; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jenkins Jr., Thomas J. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-11-12
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Jenkins Jr., 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Nov. 12, 1936, a son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Whitney) Jenkins. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Supervisor for Howard Johnsons in the Western Pennsylvania Area. He was a member of the Hahntown Italian Miners Society and a veteran of the Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Whisel; and a brother, William Jenkins. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joanne (Robinson) Jenkins; a daughter, Cynthia Youngstead and husband, Kirk, of North Huntingdon; a son, Thomas Jenkins, of North Huntingdon; two grandchildren, Amanda and Alexis DeLeo; two step-grandchildren, Luke and Jake Youngstead; sisters and brothers, Loretta Manley, of Greensburg, Margaret Rowser, of Saxton, Robert Jenkins, of Saxton, Walter Jenkins, of Six Mile Run, Donna Jenkins, of Saxton, and Gerald Jenkins, of DeFiance; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Lake officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kunkle, Robert R. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-08-16
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robert Ray Kunkle, born Aug.16, 1947, was taken from us on Aug. 31, 2015. He passed peacefully at Westmoreland Hospital. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Kent; son-in-law, Bob, and the loves of his life, Kayla and Ryan, to whom he was "Pap Pickles". Bobby loved to dance, shoot pool with his buddies, play his harps and listen to the blues. Bob was loved by his many friends, his adopted family, the Marino's, and cherished by his longtime friend and partner, Linda. Bob always introduced himself as "Bob with one O". He was the finest gentleman and one in a billion. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Liu, Xiaojing 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-10-23
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Xiaojing "Jean" Liu, 61, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born Oct. 23, 1953, in Beijing, China, a daughter of the late Li Qing Liu and Zhuo Liao. Jean attended the Second Beijing Medical University and graduated as a doctor of Chinese herbal medicine. She practiced in China at the Kuan Jie Hospital until coming to the United States in 1990. She was a respected and trusted acupuncturist. Jean treated and helped heal many from Westmoreland County and beyond for more than 17 years at her practice, the Chinese Acupuncture Center, in Greensburg. She enjoyed the peace of nature and music and being with family. She sang beautifully. She attended the Pittsburgh East Chinese Church. Jean is survived by her husband, Mark Geisel, of Greensburg; a son, Jack Fei Chen, and daughter-in-law, Erin Chen, and granddaughter, Zinnia Bei Chen, of Seattle. She is also survived by her three sisters, Xiao Bin Liu, Xiao Wen Lofstedt and Xiao Ping Liu. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. For online condolences, please visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Luketich, Ann 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-02-21
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee, Beallsville | Get Directions
  • Ann Luketich, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Ontario, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Anna Dochinetz Matela. Mrs. Luketich was a 1940 graduate of Ellsworth High School and a 1943 graduate of the Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, Brooklyn, N.Y. Ann was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, a former longtime member of the Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, and the Croatian Fraternal Union No. 354, Cokeburg. From 1960 to 1983, she worked as a registered nurse for the Centerville Clinic until her retirement in 1983. Surviving are three children, Jo Ann Gregg, of Valley Forge, Joseph B. Luketich Jr. (Carole), of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Kathy Stem (Dr. Theodore Stem), of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Molly Philipp, Lisa Gregg, Amy Maher, Samantha Lafin, Theodore Stem, Dr. Jonathan Stem and Dr. Christopher Stem; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Norman, of Spring Park, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B Luketich Sr., who died April 15, 1975; and a son-in-law, Dr. John R. Gregg. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Homebound Ministry, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase, Latrobe, PA 15650; or Seton Hill College, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Luketich, Ann 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-02-21
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee's Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Ann Luketich, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Ontario, a daughter of the late John and Anna Dochinetz Matela. Mrs. Luketich was a 1940 graduate of Ellsworth High School and a 1943 graduate of the Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, Brooklyn, N.Y. Ann was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, a former, longtime member of the Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, and the Croatian Fraternal Union No. 354, Cokeburg. From 1960 to 1983 she worked as a Registered Nurse for the Centerville Clinic until her retirement in 1983. Surviving are three children, Jo Ann Gregg of Valley Forge, Joseph B. Luketich, Jr. (Carole) of Ft. Meyers, Fla., and Kathy Stem (Dr. Theodore Stem) of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Molly Philipp, Lisa Gregg, Amy Maher, Samantha Lafin, Theodore Stem, Dr. Jonathan Stem and Dr. Christopher Stem; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Norman of Spring Park, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B Luketich Sr. who died April 15, 1975. Deceased in addition to her parents and husband is a son-in-law, Dr. John R. Gregg. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Homebound Ministry, 300 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, or St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase, Latrobe, PA 15650 or Seton Hill College, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Marconi, Nanci 46

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1968-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Nanci Kendrella Marconi, of Lowber, went to be with her Lord, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1968. She was the beloved daughter of Larry and Jonna (Kammerer) Ryan. She is also survived by her father, Arthur and Cindy Kendrella. Nanci graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Class of 1987. She attended the Relevant Community Church of Greensburg. Nanci loved her family and enjoyed the simple things in life such as bonfires, friends, walking, bird watching, ice cream, music, beaches and family game nights. Her children, J.J. and Kelsie, were the apple of her eye. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Joseph Marconi; her beloved children, J.J. and Kelsie Marconi; stepsisters, Tiffany Ryan and Jennifer Shotzbarger; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also, she will be dearly missed by her in-laws, Frank and Carol Marconi. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Mabel Kammerer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. The family requests that flowers not be sent. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ortman, Sandra L. 59

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1956-03-17
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Sandra Lynn Ortman, 59, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, Cabot. Born March 17, 1956, in New Kensington, she was a daughter of the late Richard D. and Janet A. (Bryan) Ortman Sr.; and was also predeceased by a brother, Richard Ortman Jr. She was formerly employed as a customer service representative for Giant Eagle. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, New Kensington. She is survived by her brother, Roger Ortman, of Lower Burrell; and two nieces, Gwenyth and Rheanna Ortman. Arrangements in the care of GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, Owner-Supervisor. Services and burial were private. Special thanks to the visiting nurses and Hospice Care at Concordia. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Petrelli, Shirley L. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-04-20
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Shirley L. Petrelli, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Trafford, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born April 20, 1928, in Brockway, Pa., to the late Earl and Mary (Morley) Gage. She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert R. Reidell, and several siblings. Shirley is survived by her daughter, Bobette (Larry) Wasserman; grandchildren, Donna Button and Don Michael LaDrew; great-grandchildren, Clayton, Leah and Luke; sister, Betty Martin; and many nieces and nephews. There were no public services. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Pfeifer, Donald R. 83

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1931-10-27
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Pfeifer, 83 of Norvelt, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pfeifer was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Charles and Dora Hawse Pfeifer. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God, where he was a former Sunday school superintendent. Don was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He proudly served with the 28th Infantry Division Company E of the Army as a First Lieutenant. He served two years active duty in the Korean War and a combined 32 years in the Army Reserves and National Guard. Don retired from the maintenance department at the Brown Boveri Co. in South Greensburg. He was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 133, where he was an Assistant Scoutmaster. As a merit badge counselor, he assisted many young men on their trail to becoming Eagle Scouts, including his sons and grandsons. Don was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He completed his Wood Badge in 1988, received the Braddock Trail District Award of Merit in 1989, and the prestigious Silver Beaver Award in 2000. Don was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2013. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the Military Officers Association of America, General Greene Chapter. Don is survived by his loving family: his devoted wife, Nellie Lohr Pfeifer, with whom he would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17, 2015; his beloved children and their families, Kimberly S. Kelley and her husband, Mark, of Mt. Pleasant, David A. Pfeifer and his wife, Jane, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Scott D. Pfeifer and his wife, Krista, of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his grandchildren, the loves of his life, Christopher Kelley, of Mt. Pleasant, Steven and Katie Pfeifer, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Caleb and Carlee Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle Street, Mt. Pleasant. Additional viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the time of his funeral service, Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas E. Show officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg. Don's children would like to thank Mom from the bottom of their hearts for the awesome care that you gave Dad over the last 10 months during his illness. The family wishes to thank his niece Brenda Toth and Excela Health Hospice Nurse Dary Ann Ullrich for their kindness and compassion. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, c/o Ben Piper, 800 W. Smithfield St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, in Memory of Donald R. Pfeifer. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Phillippi, Viola J. 96

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-07-09
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  • Viola J. Phillippi passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, near Boston, Mass. She was 96 years old. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophia D. Nowinsky. She lived in Pennsylvania all her life and hen relocated to the Boston, Mass., area with her granddaughter eight years ago. She graduated from Blairsville High School in 1936 and attended and graduated from a two-year business college in Indiana, Pa. She graduated at a time when it was difficult for a woman to attend college. She worked for an oil company as a bookkeeper for 30 years and then worked for the Motor Freight Express Company as a bookkeeper for the last 30 years, before they went out of business. She was a faithful member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Jeannette. She lived in the country and she had many interests and hobbies, of which her primary one was gardening and farming. She had many friends. She truly loved people and animals, as she picked up and cared for many animals that other neighbors did not want. She was good and kind to everyone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings and spouse, Josephine Nowinsky, of Blairsville, Sophie Kramer, Raymond Nowinsky, Ed Nowinsky Elsie. She is survived by one granddaughter, Cheri Phillippi, of Boston, Mass., whom she had lived with and who cared for her the remaining years of her life; and a few nieces and nephews, namely Elliot Kramer, of Virginia. She was a beautiful, loving, kind, gentle woman who gave more to others than to herself. She was deeply religious, had high ethics and morals, and had a strong belief and love for God and her next-door neighbor. She will forever be in the hearts of the ones who loved her and whom she touched in her lifetime.
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Rager, Eldridge W. 86

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1929-06-16
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Eldridge W. Rager, 86, of Hunker, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at home. He was born June 16, 1929, in Hunker, son of the late Charles P.E. and Edith (Brinker) Rager. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, the Hunker Lions Club, the Elks of Mt. Pleasant and the American Legion of Mt. Pleasant. He retired from Torrance State Hospital. Surviving are his wife, Lillian Marie Rager; a son, Rodney L. Rager, of Hunker; a sister, Clara Jane Latta, of Hunker; and a niece, Sandra K. Rarick and husband, R. Thomas, of Carlisle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ann Woodman Howe officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, where military funeral rites will be accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association. Contributions may be made to the St. Matthews Church.
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Richards, Emma S. 91

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1924-03-08
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Emma S. Sosnick Richards, 91, of Avonmore, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Hempfield Manor in Greensburg. She was born March 8, 1924, in Iselin, a daughter of the late Frank and Julia Godek Sosnick. Emma was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore. She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Miller and her husband, Guy, of Conway, S.C., and Cindy Maurakis and her husband, Jimmy, of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren, Judy Cross and her husband, George, of Greensburg, Lori Miller, of Buffalo, N.Y., Kimberly Pyle and her husband, Lance, of Hilton Head, S.C., Michael Miller and his wife, Nicole, of Cranberry Township, and Nikki Maurakis, of Raleigh, N.C.; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Speranza and her husband, Don, of Nowrytown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony "Tony" Richards, in December of 1997. Emma will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her family. Family will receive friends from 9 until 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Ambrose Church. Father Salvatore Lamendola will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Robertucci, Pearl F. 99

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1915-09-05
  • Died: 2014-11-06
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Pearl F. (Eckenrod) Robertucci, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, passed on from this earth into the loving arms of her Father in heaven, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Mrs. Robertucci was born Sept. 5, 1915, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Silas and Alberta Louise Reese Eckenrod. Pearl is survived by her two devoted daughters, Angela Amadio and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg, and Phyllis Ann Robertucci, with whom she made her home; her stepson, Angelo Robertucci, of Connellsville; and by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ryan Kenney and Andrea, Sean Kenney and Katie, Tara Crum and Steve, Morgan, Laken, Gracen, Elle, Regan, Molly, Sydney and Aidan. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Eckenrod, of California; by her very close nieces, Becky, JoAnn and Susan; and her companion and live in care taker, Mary Davare. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Pearl which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Sobota, Mark 55

  • Acme , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1960-06-21
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Mark Sobota, 55, of Acme, formerly of Derry, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 21, 1960, in Latrobe, a son of the late Paul P. and Virgil B. Bridge Sobota. Mark was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Derry. Known as the "Door Doctor" he was a former partner in Acme Door and Hardware. He loved to work with his hands and help other people. He had been a former soccer coach at Mt. Pleasant High School. Mark is survived by his loving wife, Karen E. Lowman Sobota; his daughter, Jessica Glauser (Ben), of W. Roxbury, Mass.; sons, Joshua Sobota (Ellen Fisher), of Greensburg, and Alex Sobota, of Acme; four stepsons, Ryan Terhorst (Melanie), of Greensburg, Brandon Terhorst, of Greensburg, Dustin Terhorst (Beth), of Latrobe, and Jordan Terhorst (Lisa Edsall), of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Graisyn Terhorst; four sisters, Mary Anderson (Bruce), of Acme, Dolores "Dee" Barnhart (Larry), of Blairsville, Joan VanDyke (Jan), of Derry, and Florence Androstic (Michael), of Latrobe; three brothers, Tim Sobota (Nancy), of Latrobe, Paul Sobota (Jennifer), of Derry, and Jerry Sobota (Joy), of Indianapolis, Ind.; mother-in-law, Doris "Dorie" Lowman, of Latrobe; sisters-in-law, Kathy Wilson (Pat), of Acme, Linda Boorman (Richard), of Dallas, Texas, and Leanne Matusak (Scott), of Derry; his faithful companions, Bella and Nissa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Derry, with the Rev. Father Stephen C. West as celebrant. McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. A special thanks to Amedisys Hospice Care, Father Jacque and Father Emil Payer. Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in memory of Mark. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Stefanik, Mary 90

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1924-10-20
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Stefanik, 90, of Hannastown, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Luxor, a daughter of the late John Sr. and Mary (Rebosky) Stefanik. Prior to her retirement, she had been a secretary for the Westmoreland County Intermediate Unit and later executive secretary for the CEOs of Westmoreland Regional Hospital. She was a very active and devoted member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Hannastown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Stefanik Jr. and his wife, Ann (Dudash) Stefanik; and brother-in-law, Nicholas Walor Jr. She is survived by a sister, Margaret Walor, of Greensburg; six nephews, John A. Stefanik (Linda), Michael D. Stefanik (Nancy), Thomas P. Stefanik, Richard N. Walor (Carol), David J. Walor and Thomas G. Walor (Caroline); three great-nephews, Bradley T. Walor, Craig N. Walor and Michael Jon Stefanik (Amber); two great-nieces, Kristy Lewis (Jim) and Cacey N. Walor; two great-great-nephews, Jackson Stefanik and Matthew Lewis; and a great-great-niece, Megan Lewis. Honoring Mary's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Hannastown. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Unity Township. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stimaker, Patricia A. 68

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1946-11-08
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Stimaker, 68, of Rostraver Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in her home with her loving family by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1946, in North Charleroi, the daughter of the late Edward and Evelyn (Puia) Brizzi. She was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver Township. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Thomas M. Stimaker on April 14, 2012. Survivors include her three daughters, Tracey Stimaker of Rostraver Township, Michele (Mark) Megela of Mt. Pleasant, and Jefferi (Thom) Amatangelo of Rostraver Township; a son, Thomas (Nicole) Stimaker of Rostraver Township; a sister, Marie (Rich) Fronzaglio of Donora; seven grandchildren, Mia, Zachary, Ian, Jake, Mason, Braedyn and Logan; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Private funeral services will be conducted for the family. Interment will be at Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Tancreti, Lois J. 75

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Tancreti, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, peacefully in her home in Murrysville, surrounded by her family. Lois was a beautiful, strong woman with a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. She valued family above all and she had a very generous and caring heart. She recently retired after 31 years of working for the Social Security Administration. She was the daughter of the late John R. and Caredwen Wagner Wedge. Lois was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Bill, Ed, Jim and Ken Wedge. She is survived by her former husband and dear friend, Eugene N. Tancreti; a daughter, Lori L. Grippo, of Murrysville; a son, Eugene K. (Reine) Tancreti, of Carnegie; five grandchildren, Jason, Tara (Tyler), Krista, Alex and Lauren; two great-grandchildren, Riley and Francis; a brother, Allan (Doris) Wedge, of Texas; and a sister-in-law, Dolores Wedge, of Youngstown, Pa. She is forever loved by all. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. www.hartfuneralhome.com.
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Tansmore, Sandra J. 74

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1940-12-24
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Sandra Jean Tansmore, 74, of Monessen, slept away peacefully with her loving family by her side Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Presbyterian Hospital. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, chapel, Trudy L. Taylor, director in charge. Fellowship gathering following service at 957 Grant Ave., Monessen.
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Werner, Heidi

  • Formerly of New Alexandria
  • Died: 2015-08-09
  • Funeral Home: __ | Get Directions
  • Heidi Werner, a former New Alexandria resident and DAHS graduate, died Aug. 9, 2015, at her home in California. Heidi is the daughter of Rev. Bryan and the late Nancy Werner, of New Alexandria; and sister of Sally and Noel. There will be a memorial service and dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road, Penn Hills. Reservations to attend the dinner portion are needed by Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Call Debbie at 412-480-5897. If desired, a donation may be made to Heidi's spouse and their toddler Nancy using de.gofund.me/foreverHeidi, or via Bryan. The service will be conducted by Christ's Church Ministries.
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Winebrenner, Ruth 98

  • Formerly of Bradenville
  • Born: 1917-03-01
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Ruth Winebrenner, 98, formerly of Bradenville, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Excela Latrobe Hospital. She was born March 1, 1917, in Austin, Texas, a daughter of the late Will and Beulah Tiffany Schutz. Ruth was a member of the Bradenville United Methodist Church, the Ladies Aide and the library club. She had retired after 29 years of service from Kennametal and had spent the last five and one half years in the Ligonier Gardens. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jake" Winebrenner, on July 25, 1991. Ruth is survived by many dear friends, especially Glenn and Rachel Dillon, of Ligonier, and their family. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., where a service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday. Private interment will be made in the Coles Cemetery, Derry. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Bradenville United Methodist Church. Special thanks to Ligonier Gardens, Excela Health doctors, nurses and hospice. Online memorials may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Yost, Rosemary 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Rosemary (McDowell) Yost, 58, of North Huntingdon, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She died peacefully in the hospital surrounded by her family. Rosemary was the daughter of Adele (Carroll) McDowell and the late Edward A. McDowell. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend who made an impact on everyone and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of more than 31 years, James A. Yost; children, Eric J. Yost, of Butler, and Caroline M. Yost (fiance, Korey Luciow), of Plum; brother, Larry (Sandy) McDowell, of Connecticut; sisters, Aileen Barnard, of North Huntingdon, Carol Duffy, of North Huntingdon, and Peggy (Jim) Kozej, of Gibsonia; 17 nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received 11 a.m. until time of blessing service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Memorial contributions can be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation at www.ccfa.org. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Zitterbart, Frank 87

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1928-07-02
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Frank "Chad" Zitterbart, 87, of Unity Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Greensburg Care Center, Hempfield Township. He was born July 2, 1928, in Latrobe, a son of the late Frank A. Zitterbart and Emma T. (Gleckl) Zitterbart Stoner. Chad was a veteran of the Army during World War II and prior to retirement worked 27 years at Standard Steel, Latrobe. He was a member of the USW, an avid hunter and fisherman, a woodworker and was well known for his impeccable gardens. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lem C. Stoner; a brother, Richard Stoner; and a sister, Rose B. Macey. He is survived by his wife, Dolores E. (Murphy) Zitterbart; his daughter, Deborah Z. Davidek and husband, Terry, of Natrona Heights; his son, Robert F. Zitterbart and wife, Karen, of Cook Township; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Knapp and husband, Edmund, and Gloria Luttner and husband, Harry, all of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are private. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Enterline Jr., Donald 90

  • Yatesboro
  • Born: 1924-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Donald Enterline Jr., 90, of Yatesboro, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Yatesboro, to Samuel D. and Jean (Burns) Enterline. Donald worked as a laborer for various businesses. Donald was World War II veteran, serving in the Marines. He was a member of the American Legion - Cosgrove Post for 70 years and the William Penn Association, both of Rural Valley. Donald is survived by his two granddaughters, Tina (Michael) Pistner, of St. Marys, Pa., and Amy (Rob) Lion, of Benezette, Pa.; three sisters, Doris Jean "Dotsy" Maffei, of Rural Valley, Ida Kathryn Millikin, of Yatesboro, and Peggy (Charles) Klodell, of Newberry, Fla.; granddaughters, Olivia and Isabella Pistner; and grandsons, Wes and Noah Lion. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melissa "Mitzi" Vargesko; two sisters, Mary Anna Lettie and Barbara "Bubba" Shaffer; a brother, Samuel Enterline; and longtime companion, Marjorie Smith. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Shannon officiating. Burial will take place in the Rural Valley Cemetery. www.carsonboyer.com.
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Helm, Ronald F. 78

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1936-09-20
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Ronald F. "Redeye" Helm, 78, of Kiski Township, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Golden Living Center, Murrysville. Born Sept. 20, 1936, in Leechburg, he was a son of the late William Boyd and Margaret V. (Fiori) Helm. Redeye lived in the Apollo area all of his life and was a graduate of Apollo High School. Upon graduation, he was employed at People's Gas Company until retirement. Redeye was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He had a charter boat in Port Clinton, Ohio, that he fished for walleye and perch with. Redeye also liked going to camp in Ridgway. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, M. Suzanne Helm, who passed away Jan. 18, 2014. Redeye is survived by his children, Heidi (Dennis) Kerchensky, of Avonmore, Jennifer (John Sterlitz) Miller, of Apollo, William "Wim" (Wendy) Helm, of Kittanning, Ronald "Andy" (Stacy) Helm, of Apollo; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy (Bob) Burkett, of Kiski Township. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until the hour of service at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Private interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, at the convenience of the family. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Trudgen, W. Dale 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1927-11-28
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • W. Dale Trudgen, 87, of Kittanning, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at the Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Kittanning, to Carl G. and Clara M. (Claypoole) Trudgen. Dale was a 1946 graduate of Kittanning High School and attended the First United Methodist Church of Kittanning. He was a self-employed contractor and was formerly a member of the Armstrong/Indiana Builders Association, where he once served as president. Dale enjoyed reading, traveling, going on cruises, reading the Bible and watching sports. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making people laugh by telling jokes. Dale's true passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace (Grey) Trudgen, whom he married March 2, 1950; sons, Larry Trudgen and wife, Carol, of Kittanning, the Rev. Terry Trudgen and wife, Judy, of South Fork, and Daniel Trudgen and wife, Dancene, of Richfield, Ohio; daughter, Darlene Welsh and husband, David, of Sheffield; grandchildren, Michael Trudgen, Brian Trudgen and wife, Tiffany, Jennifer Lichtenfels and husband, Chad, Cory Trudgen, Aaron Trudgen and wife, Jessica, Christopher Welsh and wife, Chrissy, Matthew Trudgen and wife, Emily, Kevin Welsh and wife, Gabrielle, Logan Trudgen and Kayla Welsh; great-grandchildren, Alex Lichtenfels, Benjamin Trudgen, Cole Lichtenfels, Madison Trudgen, Zachary Trudgen, Austin Trudgen, Gabriel Lichtenfels and Parker Trudgen; and sister, Orvetta Trudgen, of Ford City. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Carl, Gerald, Ted, Richard and Robert Trudgen. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wade Berkey and his son, the Rev. Terry Trudgen co-officiating. Contributions can be made in Dale's name to the First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To send a condolence to Dale's family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Butler County

Blackburn, Marjory J. 94

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1921-08-25
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Marjory J. Blackburn, 94, of Sarver, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home. Born Aug. 25, 1921, in Brackenridge, she was a daughter of Raymond Huston and Sarah Seibert Huston. Marjory was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg, where she was a member of the LTW Sunday school class. She enjoyed gardening, canning, word search activity books, ceramics and spending time with all the family. Surviving are three sons, Keith (Donna) Blackburn, of Sarver, Kevin (Earla Montgomery) Blackburn, of Sarver, and Barry (Patty) Blackburn, of Sarver; her daughter, Doreen Blackburn, of Sarver; one sister, Clara Harbison, of Saxonburg; one sister-in-law, Julia Huston, of Sarver; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford Blackburn, on Sept. 14, 1982; one daughter, Darla Young; three grandsons; one great-grandson; one brother, William Huston; and two sisters, Frances Geiser and Myrna Huston. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Saxonburg, with the Rev. Deborah Huffmyer officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hays, Susan L. 58

  • Portersville
  • Born: 1956-10-09
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Susan L. Hays, 58, of Portersville, formerly of Evans City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, with her family at her side. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints, Psalm 116:15. Born Oct. 9, 1956, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Betty Miller Kramzar and the late Frank Kramzar. A homemaker, Susan was a member of the First Bible Baptist Church of Harmony. Susan enjoyed traveling and camping and she and her family had made many trips around the country in their travel trailer. Surviving are her husband, Larry L. Hays, whom she married July 31, 1982; her children, Benjamin Hays and his wife, Deborah, of Frederick, Md., and Timothy Hays and Sarah Hays, both of Portersville; her grandchildren, Abigail, Micah, Caleb, Luke and Hannah Hays; her mother, Betty Kramzar, of Edmond, Okla.; her sister, Kathleen Epps and her husband, William, of Edmond, Okla.; her brother, John Kramzar, of Greenville, N.C.; her niece, Jackie Kramzar; and her nephew, Daniel Epps. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church, 127 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Leonberg, Lowry S. 77

  • Mars
  • Born: 1938-03-15
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lowry S. "Butch" Leonberg, 77, of Mars, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Mars, March 15, 1938, he was a son of the late Elmer and Frances Davidson Leonberg. Butch had been the head of maintenance for Penn Mar Plaza for 25 years. He also was a self-employed auto mechanic for many years. A life member of the Mars Volunteer Fire Company, now Adams Area Fire District, he had served two decades as assistant chief and was an EMT. He was a member of Mars United Presbyterian Church and was an avid hunter. Butch had served as an airman second class with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard with the 171st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and was a social member of the Mars VFW. He also belonged to the John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM. Surviving are his wife, Alice Keefer Leonberg, whom he married on Jan. 23, 1959; his children, Jeffrey Leonberg, of Mars, Brian Leonberg, of Seymour, Tenn., and LeaAnn Chairizio and her husband, Frank, of West Homestead; his grandchildren, Erica, Amber, Mitchell, Nate and Ben; his sisters, Carol Stanford and her husband, Edward, of Roanoke, W.Va., Patricia Garvin and her husband, Gerald, of Chandler, Ariz., and Lois Nichols and her husband, Gordon, of Sedona, Ariz.; his brothers, Chuck Leonberg, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Rick Leonberg, of Middlesex Township; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave., Mars, with the Rev. Nathan Esser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Members of John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM will conduct a Masonic service at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mars United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 805, Mars, PA 16046 or to the Adams Area Fire District, P.O. Box 232, Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Ligato, Kathryn E. 85

  • Mars , Formerly of Sewickley
  • Born: 1929-12-11
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Kathryn E. (Torquato) Ligato, 85, Mars, formerly of Sewickley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at North Hills Passavant. She was born Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Paul and Mary (Pallone) Torquato. She was the beloved wife for 65 years of Bruno J. Ligato; loving mother of Donna (Richard) Brooks, of Valencia, and the late Russell John Ligato; sister of Russell Torquato, of California, and the late John and Dominick Torquato and Felicia Licata; and grandmother of seven. She was proud to have been born in Detroit and raised in Long Island, N.Y. She loved to bake bread and was a former member of St. Kilian Church, Cranberry. In 2013, she and her husband had moved to Mars from their home in Sewickley. A private burial took place in St. James Cemetery. Arrangements by COPELAND'S, Sewickley.
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Slais, Charles P.

  • Adams Township
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Charles P. Slais, of Adams Township, formerly of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Mr. Slais was the beloved husband of Beverly A. Altman Slais; father of Michelle Rubino (Todd), of Cranberry Township, Brian Slais (Deborah), of Holly Springs, N.C., and Brent Slais (Rebecca), of Hampton Township; son of the late Charles P. and Blanche Lapyczak Slais; brother of the late Lynn Vlasic; brother-in-law of Vince Vlasic; nephew of Jacob Lapyczak (Joan), of Baden; grandfather of Rylie Rubino, Tyler, Samantha, Mitchel and Maddy Slais. Celebrate Mr. Slais' life with his family at a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at North Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to North Park Evangelical Church, 600 Ingomar Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Arrangements by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Shaler Township. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Galiotto, Randy D. Sr. 58

  • Martin
  • Born: 1957-07-09
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home Cremations, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Randy D. Galiotto Sr., 58, of Martin, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at 4:49 p.m. at Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown. Born July 9, 1957, in North Charleroi, he was the son of the late John and Lovella Hines Galiotto. A resident of Martin for the past six years, Mr. Galiotto was Catholic by faith and owned and operated Integrity Vegetation Management. He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randy D. Galiotto Jr. and wife, Erika, of Easton, Ryan Galiotto and fiancee, Bethany, of Washington; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Tim and Pam Galiotto of Speers, Paul Galiotto of Camp Hill, and Gene Galiotto of Penn Hills; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Rosemarie Galiotto of Belle Vernon and Beverly and Robert Stewart of Greensburg; and two grandchildren, Rowan and Raina Galiotto. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Edward Galiotto and Wesley C. Galiotto. Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Uniontown hospital wound care unit. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com
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Goodwin Sr., Robert A. 75

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1940-03-31
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Robert Arthur "Bob" Goodwin Sr., 75, of Uniontown, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at the Uniontown Hospital with his loving family at his side following a lengthy illness. He was born March 31, 1940, in Bunker Hill, son of Arthur and Augusta Cook Goodwin, who preceded him in death along with his sister, Nellie Fae Frankenbery, and nephew Robert Cooper. Bob graduated from Uniontown High School in 1958 and graduated from Coyne Electrical College in Chicago, Ill. He had a successful career as an employee with IBM for 45 years. Bob's passion for the outdoors was shared with his sons, son-in laws, grandsons and good buddies on many Canadian fishing and hunting trips as well as in our own local mountains. He is survived by his most loving wife of 56 years, Janice Mae Krepps Goodwin, who nursed Bob through his illness. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret Frankenbery, of Uniontown, Nance Goodwin, of Houston, Pa., and his aunt, Garnet Hamilton, of Hopwood. He is also survived by his six children that he loved, Robert Goodwin Jr. and his wife Darla, Bonita (Goodwin) Nesser and her husband, Steve, William Goodwin and his wife, Heather, of Charleroi, Barbara (Goodwin) Unice and her husband, Jeffrey, Rebecca (Goodwin) Ennis and her husband, Kirk, and Bruce Goodwin and his wife, Cheryl. Left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kelsie Goodwin, of Baltimore, Md., and Kira Goodwin, of Uniontown, Stefanie (Nesser) Ambrose and husband, Frank, of Bridgeville, and daughter, Marliana, Corey Nesser, of Hopwood, Nathan Nesser, of Oakmont, and fiance, Genevieve Devivo, William Goodwin Jr., Anna Goodwin, Miles Goodwin, Nicholas Goodwin and Max Goodwin, of Charleroi, Ryan and Kristen Carolla, of Monroeville, and their children, Tyler and Jordin, Stacie Carolla and fiance, Stephen Tobak, of Republic, Aaron and Rachel Carolla, of Uniontown, Brittany Ennis, of Montgomery, Ala., Adam Ennis, of Uniontown, and Kayla Goodwin and Benjamin Goodwin, of Uniontown. Also left to cherish his memory are his sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thank you to Amedisys Home Health of Uniontown, nurse Patty Lake, pulmonary doctor, Dr. Sheila Gonzales, and Father William Kiel for their love and support during Bob's suffering. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave., Ext, Uniontown, and until 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, when a blessing service will be held in the funeral home chapel with Father William Kiel officiating. Interment will follow at Sylvan Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 pulmonaryfibrosis.org. in memory of Robert Arthur Goodwin Sr. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Marietta, Ewing M. 49

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1966-03-22
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Rev. Ewing M. Marietta, 49, of Connellsville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born March 22, 1966, in Connellsville, a son of Jon R. Marietta and the late Emily Bierer Marietta. He served in the Army during Desert Storm and was a member of Normalville VFW Post 12019. He was the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church. Surviving is his wife, Tami Franz Marietta; father, Jon R. Marietta and stepmother, Linda; children, Andrew Marietta and wife, Aleesha, and their son, Isaac, Desiree, Noelle and Joshua Marietta and Sarah Lacey and husband, Nate, and their son, Axton; brother, Jon and wife, Patti; sister, Susanna and husband, Mike; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, a son, Marcus Marietta; and granddaughter, Gabriella Marietta. Friends were received Wednesday evening. Additional visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, where service will follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Bryan Kelley and Pastor Robert Miller officiating. Military honors accorded by Amvets Post 103, Hopwood and Normalville VFW Post 12019. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to Liberty Baptist Church, 183 Oliver Road, Uniontown.
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Price, Christine 87

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-03-28
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Christine (Pollard) Craggette Price, 87, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at home while surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 28, 1928, in Mt. Braddock, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Tom and Bessie Lee Pollard. She had worked as a nurse's aide for Uniontown Hospital and Lafayette Manor and also worked for Anchor Hocking. She was a member of the Apostolic Holiness Church in Connellsville and also had formerly attended the Bethlehem Temple in Connellsville. Christine will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving family, her children, Patricia Micheau, of Monessen, Mildred Berger, of Connellsville, Dawn Bernadete Gardner and husband, Lonzo, of Monessen, and Hosea Gardie Craggette and wife, Vanessa, of Connesllville; her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, Kenneth Gales and Bessie, of Queens, N.Y.; her sisters, Dorothy Brown, of Connellsville, and Flora Leos, of West Mifflin; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, Christine was predeceased by her husband, Willie B. Price; her son, James Gilbert "Gilly" Craggette; her daughter, Rosetta Craggette; her sisters, Dorothy Alexander, Thelma McCargo and Helen Goree; and her brothers, Clarence, William and John Pollard. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of funeral service, Saturday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC, 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430) with the Rev. Terry Upton officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar Township. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Smith, Margaret P. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1932-04-17
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret P. Smith, 83, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born April 17, 1932, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Pepperrell) Paduone. Margaret was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church. She had worked at Connellsville Sportswear as a seamstress. Margaret enjoyed going to bingo and attending her granddaughter's activities. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Chris Anne Smith and companion, John Yohman; a very special granddaughter, Megan J. Collins; and her brother, Frank Paduone and wife, Karen, all of Connellsville; her sister, Marie Ghrist (and the late James Ghrist), of Connellsville; her sister, Judith Kmetz (and the late Raymond Kmetz), of Cleveland, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James Smith; three brothers, Joseph Paduone, Nick Paduone and an infant brother, James; and a greatly missed sister, Nancy Paduone. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in St. Rita Cemetery with Father Bob Lubic as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Rudolph, Wilma 82

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1932-09-19
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Wilma (Busi) Rudolph, 82, of Saltsburg (Loyalhanna Township), passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer, with her family at her side. She was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Nowrytown, the daughter of the late Andrew and Josephine Giordano Busi. Wilma was a member of the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Saltsburg. She was self-employed as an owner and operator of a gas station/store in Saltsburg. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Remo Rudolph; a son, Stephen A. Rudolph, of Washington D.C.; a daughter, Ramona Taylor and her husband, Jeffrey, of Conemaugh Township; four grandsons, Adam Taylor, Evan Taylor , Jonathan Taylor and Quinn Rudolph; a sister, Lucille Henderson, of Prescott, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Belice, Jean Speranza and Palmira Micholetti; five brothers, Mario, Peter, Francesco, Andrew and Joseph Busi. Private services and visitation were held Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Entombment took place at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Kendall, Mary E. 77

  • Stockdale
  • Born: 1938-05-08
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Mary Evelyn Kendall, 77, of Stockdale, died Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015, at Washington County Health Center. Born in Stockdale on May 8, 1938, she was a daughter of Walter and Della Peters Ermlick Sr. Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Edward and Jamie Kendall Jr. of Roscoe, Mark Blaine and Rae Dawn Kendall of Daisytown and Kevin Lee and Lori Kendall of Stockdale; six grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Kendall Knox, Raelynne Anne Kendall, Robert Steven Kendall, Nathan Lee Kendall, Shawn Hodgetts and Jonny Hodgetts; two great-grandchildren, Kendall Leigh Gossett and Mikayla Knox. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward Kendall Sr. Oct. 2002; a grandson, Nicholas Kendall; and six brothers, Herman, Eugene, Walter, Clyde, Ross and Floydl; and four sisters, Gertrude, Ruth, Dorothy and Shirley. There will be no public visitation. Services will be private with interment at Howe Cemetery, Long Branch. The MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATION SERVICES are handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.melenyzer.com.
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Saflin, Steve 86

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-26
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Steve Saflin, 86, of North Charleroi passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015, in the Residence at Hilltop. Born in North Charleroi on Dec. 26 1928, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Martinich Saflin. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. Steve was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Monessen Elks 773 and the Croatian Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Michael Saflin; and three sisters, Charlotte Saflin, Mildred Rauchfuss and Mary Gregula. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Stephanie Saflin of Woodlands Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam Fisher of North Carolina and Joy and Tom Havadich of Rostraver Township; four grandchildren, Shannon Fisher of Florida, Stephen (Marquette) Saflin of Florida, Seth Saflin and Sarah Saflin both of Texas; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mason and Sloan Saflin; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Genève Saflin of Fredericktown. Friends will be received 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m.Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church with the Father Vincent Gigliotti officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Those attending the funeral services Friday, please meet at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church no later than 9:45 a.m.
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Apel, Constance 88

  • New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Born: 1927-04-20
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Mcgonigle, Sharon | Get Directions
  • Constance "Connie" Apel, 88, of Shenango Presbyterian Care, New Wilmington, Pa., passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, 2015, in her residence. Connie was born April 20, 1927, in Pittsburgh, to the late George A. and Mary Ellen (Egan) Caye. After graduating in 1945 from St. Mary's High School, Pittsburgh, she attended cosmetology school. Prior to her marriage, Connie was employed as a secretary for Warner Bros. and a hairdresser for Boggs and Buhl Department Store, both Pittsburgh. Her husband, Joseph Robert "Bob" Apel, whom she married Nov. 22, 1956, in Epiphany Church, Pittsburgh, passed away July 10, 2013. Connie was employed for many happy years at St. Aloysius School in East Liverpool, Ohio, where she volunteered a lot of her time and managed the twice weekly bingo. Following her retirement, she continued serving her community at Meals for the Needy at St. Ann's Parish in East Liverpool. Connie was a member of St. Aloysius Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and also St. Ann's Church, both in East Liverpool. She moved to her current home in 2012 and was affiliated with Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, New Castle. In recent years, she enjoyed the many activities and trips that were sponsored by the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care with her husband and daughter. Surviving are a daughter, Colleen Wilver and her husband, Bill, of New Castle; a grandson who was her pride and joy, 1st Lt. Patrick J. Wilver, of Fort Stewart, Ga., and his fiancee, C/Capt. Eve Sampson, of West Point, N.Y.; a sister, Patricia Andrews, of New Castle; a brother, William F. Caye and his wife, Eva, of Pittsburgh; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Connie was preceded in death by a daughter, Maureen Apel; a sister, Mary Catherine Petri; and her stepfather, Charles Sheehan. Connie's family would like to thank the staff at Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, who were like family and rendered such quality care to Connie and her husband, Bob. Private services will be held in the J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle. Committal service will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, 238 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16142. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
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McCarren, Stephen A. 86

  • Born: 1929-05-25
  • Died: 2015-08-30
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  • Monsignor Stephen A. McCarren, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Venice Hospice House, in Venice, Fla. He was a diocesan priest for 60 years. Monsignor McCarren was born May 25, 1929, in Kittanning, a son to the late Stephen A. and Anna Mae (Easley) McCarren. He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Mary Weber, of Greensburg, and Patricia Sellner, of Nokomis, Fla.; sister-in-law, Tilly McCarren, of Carlisle; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Col. Edwin J. McCarren. Monsignor McCarren attended the former St. Mary School in Kittanning and the former St. Fidelis High School and College, Herman. He graduated from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, and St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook. He was ordained to the priesthood June 4, 1955, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, by the late Bishop Hugh L. Lamb. He served as assistant pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Uniontown, Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and the former St. Mary Parish, Ford City. He was appointed pastor of St. Raymond Parish, Donegal, which at that time was Melcroft, in June 1964. In 1970, he was named pastor of St. John Baptist de La Salle Parish, Delmont, where he served until 1975. He served as a pastor of St. John Evangelist Parish, Uniontown, and its mission, St. Joan of Arc, Farmington, from 1975 to 83. His diocesan appointments included director of Catholic Youth Organization in Westmoreland County (1960), several terms on the Diocesan School Board (1965), diocesan director Holy Name Societies (1967) and moderator for St. Thomas More Society. He was granted a leave of absence for studies in 1983. Monsignor McCarren served as a chaplain for the Archdiocese of Military Services (AMS) in Martinsburg, W.Va., and was chief of chaplain in services at the Newton D. Baker VA Medical Center in Martinsburg. He served a two-year term as president of the National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains from 1991 to 93. He was named domestic prelate of honor with title of monsignor Sept. 14, 1993. In 1997, he retired as chaplain for the AMS. His most recent residence was Kings Gate Club located in Nokomis, Fla. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla. TOALE BROTHERS EWING CHAPEL, Venice, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Epiphany School, 310 Sarasota St., Venice, FL 34285.
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Motter, Leah Belle

  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Crowell, Buford | Get Directions
  • Miss Leah Belle Motter, 7 days, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dennis Orczyk. Miss Leah Belle is survived by her parents, Jeff and Jessica Motter, Sugar Hill, Ga.; maternal grandmother, Linda Orczyk, New Kensington; paternal grandparents, Greg and Alicia Motter, Elizabethtown; aunts and uncles, Tracy Orczyk and Brandon Gabriel, Dennis Orczyk, Brandon and Kasie Orczyk, Jennifer and Ralph Masser; and great-uncle and aunt, Steve and Arlette Dull. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Sugar Hill Church, www.sugarhill.church, with the Rev. Chuck Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to CROWELL BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 201 Morningside Drive, P.O. Box 2434, Buford, GA 30518. 770-945-9999. Please sign the online guest book at www.crowellbrothers.com.
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Oliver, Curtis W. 57

  • Mesa, Ariz. , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Born: 1957-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Noll, Beaver | Get Directions
  • Curtis W. Oliver, 57, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of North Versailles, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Born Sept. 3, 1957, in McKeesport, he was a son of JoAnn O'Hern Oliver, of Mesa, and the late Clyde "Skip" Oliver, and was a 1975 graduate of East Allegheny High School. Beside his mother, he is survived by his former wife, Laura Lopez, of Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Conrad (Rachel) Oliver and Carson Oliver, all of New York City, N.Y.; two daughters, Carla (Kahleed) Matmati, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Celina Oliver, of Mesa; one brother, Chris Oliver, of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, Sophia, Moses and Noah Matmati. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at North Versailles Bowling Center, 356 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Osmolinski, Rebecca 71

  • Altoona
  • Born: 1944-06-23
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Good, Altoona | Get Directions
  • Rebecca (Hoover) Osmolinski, 71, Altoona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Born in Patton on June 23, 1944, to the late John and Rita (Farabaugh) Hoover. She is survived by her wonderful husband, Ron, of 46 years; two daughters, Lisa (Jeff) Deller, Dallastown, and Tammy (Patrick) Takitch, Latrobe; and five precious grandchildren, Cooper and Hadley Deller, Dallastown, and Miss Lindsay, Brandon and Sarah Takitch, Latrobe, who were the love of her life. Also surviving are her brother and sisters, Bill (Jane ) Hoover Erie, Bob, Jake, Ronnie (Mary) Hoover, Jeannie (Tim) Phister, all of Loretto, Joann (Denny) Edwards, Strattanville, Alma (Jerry) Grossman, Terry (David) Dean, of Maryland, Kenny (Margo) Hoover, Lois (Tim) Stoltz, Cresson; also survived by brother-in-law, Dick Young; and sister-in-law, Cheree Hoover, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Eddie and Russ Hoover; sisters, Carol Young and Myrna Hoover; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Hoover. She had three strong loves, Jesus, family and friends. She was blessed by the love and care of many wonderful people and close friends, along with her best friend Mary Leap. She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Hollidaysburg and during the winter months, she attended Trinity Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla. as a snowbird. Friends will be received from 9:30 until the 11:30 a.m. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg. At Rebecca's request, in lieu of sending flowers, please make contributions in her name to Precious Life, 1716 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601 or St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are with the GOOD FUNERAL HOME INC. www.thegoodfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rogers, Charles J. 84

  • Attica, N.Y.
  • Born: 1930-12-02
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Charles J. Rogers, 84, of Attica, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Hurlbut Nursing Home in Rochester, N.Y. He was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Pitcairn, a son of the late William F. and Ruth Jae (Smith) Rogers. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth (Smith) Rogers; brothers, Glenn and Lloyd Rogers; and a sister, Lorraine Scarton. Charles was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, where he received Two Bronze Stars. After leaving the military, Charles became an owner/operator of Rogers Transport in Attica. He also owned a local Dairy Farm in Attica and throughout the years was also a mechanic for Alden Trucks. Charles is survived by sisters, Shirley Kemerer, of Pennsylvania, Jean Rossi, of Pennsylvania; nephews/godsons, Charles (Nancy) Rogers, of Darlen Center, N.Y., and Michael (Mary) Rogers, of N.Y.; along with several other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 10 a.m. to noon Friday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, followed by graveside services to be held at Emmanuel Cemetery at Hills Church in Export, with the Rev. Joseph Heddon presiding. Full military honors will follow presented by VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Veterans Outreach Center, 459 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Swigart, Kenneth L. 90

  • Born: 1923-01-10
  • Died: 2013-09-03
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  • Staff Sgt. Kenneth Lavere Swigart, 90, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Lavere Swigart was born Jan. 10, 1923, in Worthington, to John Gilpin and Olga Blanche (Bowser) Swigart. Ken attended Worthington-West Franklin High School and graduated in 1943. During World War II he was stationed in Fort Benning, Ga. He served two years in Patton's 3rd Army Unit. During World War II, Ken stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, he also fought at the Battle of the Bulge, Battle of the Hedgerows and The Siege of Bastogne. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Albuquerque, N.M., as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force and he held that position for 17 years. Ken married Eunice Louise Baxter on May 3, 1950. Together they had two daughters, Peggy Lee and Eunice Diane. He is survived by his wife, Eunice, who he shared 63 years of marriage with; two daughters, Peggy Lopez and Diane Acosta; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Homer L. Swigart, Fred L. Swigart, and J. Frank Swigart; five sisters, Grace H. Ross, Olive P. Schuller, Della B. Durlin, E. Louise Blaney and Anna Pauline Swigart, who died at nine-months-old; grandparents, Lewis and Evaline (Snowden) Bowser, Jacob David Swigart and Alice (Miller) Swigart Decker; and step-grandparents, Pollie (Noble) Bowser and Charles Decker. He is dearly missed by his wife, Eunice, daughters Peggy and Diane, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was cremated and there were no services.
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Wassilchalk, Ashley 26

  • Wilson, N.C.
  • Born: 1989-02-09
  • Died: 2015-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Ashley Wassilchalk, 26, of Wilson, N.C., formerly of Charleroi, passed away Aug. 9, 2015. She was born Feb. 9, 1989, in Monongahela, the daughter of Tracy Wassilchalk. Ashley graduated from Charleroi High School with the Class of 2008 and Penn Commercial, where she received a medical assistant degree. She was employed at the Walmart in Wilson, N.C. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Chase Territo and Alexander Paul; a sister, Stephanie Brownfield of Charleroi; two brothers, Cody Brownfield and Wayne Kettle; her aunt, Stacy Wassilchalk of Charleroi; and her uncle, Floyd La Rue of Monongahela; two cousins, Jessica and Shannon La Rue; maternal grandmother, Marie Wassilchalk of Charleroi; and her paternal great-grandmother, Kathleen Wassilchalk of Belle Vernon. Friends will be received 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Following the service, there will be a wake at American Legion in Charleroi. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.
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