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Barton, Ruth S. 88

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1927-01-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ruth S. (Schmelz) Barton, 88, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, while under the care of Vincentian Personal Care. Born Jan. 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Hilda (Baessler) Schmelz. Mrs. Barton was a secretary with Hampton School District for 27 years. She belonged to Hampton Presbyterian Church. Ruth belonged to Eastern Star Chapter 6 and was active in the AARP 595 chapter. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Barton; sons, Russell (Mary) Barton, Andrew (Joyce) Barton, Warren (Susan) Barton and Philip (Linda) Barton; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Naomi Kieffer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Barton, who passed away Feb. 17, 1973. Mrs. Barton's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Hampton United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ted Martin officiating. Everyone please meet at church. She will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ruth's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Borger Jr., William H.

  • Born: 1933-08-12
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • William Henry "Bill" Borger Jr. passed away in his sleep Saturday, July 25, 2015, of complications due to colon cancer. Born Aug. 12, 1933, to William Henry and Theresa Bolek Borger, Bill spent his childhood in Baltimore, Md. As a youth, he exhibited a keen interest in sports and cars, which would remain his passions throughout his life. He was fond of recounting exploits on the baseball team managed by his father and recalled every car he owned and the details surrounding each. Following graduation from Baltimore Polytechnic in 1952, he joined the Air Force in 1953, having served his country during the Korean War until December 1956. While in Korea, he served on the C-119 aircraft. Even in the middle of a war zone he managed to participate as a member of his unit's Mustangs baseball team. Two major events took place upon his return to the States. In December of 1956, he married the former Leota Jane Iliff, who would remain his only true love even following her untimely death in 1999. Additionally, following his discharge from the Air Force, he began a career in the oil industry that would last until his retirement in December 2014. Though his career would take him through five states and uncounted miles on the road, he always found time for his family, sports and cars. Driven to excel, he attended night school at the University of Baltimore and received his bachelor's degree in 1968. In 1975, Bill and his family settled in the Pittsburgh area for the third and final time. Landing initially in Upper St. Clair and later moving to Canonsburg, Bill became active in the community. He could be seen frequenting the links of local golf courses on the weekends, attending church at St. David's Episcopal Church or haunting VFW Post 764 on Friday nights. When the weather was favorable, you could catch Bill prowling the streets in a parade or attending local car shows in one of his many antique or specialty automobiles. Bill was predeceased by Leota, his wife of 43 years. He is survived by his sons, William Henry III and Steven Charles, both of whom reside in Florida; and daughters-in-law, Karen and Sandra; grandson, William Robert; and step-granddaughters, Amber and Danielle. He is also survived by sister, Nancy Borger Greene, and her daughter, Linda Thomas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Riverside Cemetery, in Winnebago, Minn. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to cancer research. Please add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Burkhart, Jacob G.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Jacob G. "Jack" Burkhart, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Mr. Burkhart was the beloved husband of the late Rita M. Kaiser Burkhart; father of Bonnie A. Burkhart, of Hampton, Robert Burkhart, of Shaler, Jim Burkhart (Amy), of Shaler, and Laurie Mushinsky (Richard), of Hampton; son of the late Jacob and Anna Spehar Burkhart; brother of Bernadette Sutter Zang (Bob), of Gibsonia, and Betty Kunich (late Ed), of Florida; and grandfather of Jake, Brett, Paige, Josh and Ava. Mr. Burkhart was a retired regional field manager for AT and T for 35 years. Jack was a consummate professional who loved to cook, garden and entertain, especially for the Annual Pig Roast at his home. Celebrate Mr. Burkhart's life with his family from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Hope Hospice, 3356B Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Croskey, Lucille L. 78

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Lucille L. "Lou" Croskey, 78, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 58 years of Samuel P. Croskey; loving mother of Samuel Mark (Sarah) Croskey, of Gibsonia, Nellie (Charlie) Black, of Sarver, Pauline (Jeff) Bauer, of Kane, and Pam Croskey-King, of Valencia; sister of June Pelles, of Gibsonia, and the late Dorothy, Fred, Howard and Betty; dear grandmother of Marc, Alexa, Brooke, Rebecca, Olivia, Melissa, Samuel, Adam and Abby. Always a smile on her face, Lou loved working outside in her gardens and flower beds and spending time outdoors bird watching. A passionate cook and baker, she was known for her amazing pies, especially at the holidays. Above everything, Lou loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She will be dearly missed. Friends will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home following visitation. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Dalzell, John E. 64

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • John E. Dalzell, 64, of Mt. Lebanon, died suddenly Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 22 years of Nicolene Zapach; loving father of Elysse, Emily and Lily; loving son of L. Ruth and the late Melvin Dalzell; brother of Cindy (Tim) Volek; and uncle of Meaghen and Bradley (Emily) Volek. John was an avid golfer and Pittsburgh sports fan and a participant of Three Rivers Families with Children from China. Friends will be welcomed 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3319 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, PA 15216. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will be at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233 and to the church. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Devine, Patrick E. 78

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1936-09-14
  • Died: 2015-07-29
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  • Patrick Ernest "Mr. Wonderful" Devine, 78, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Sewickley, a son of the late Ernest Francis and Helen Ellen (Paley) Devine. He is survived by his wife, Diana Vee Johnston, whom he married July 9, 1959; two sons, Keith (Susan) and John Devine; three grandchildren, Shawn, Bryant and Sarah Devine; and brother, Robert (Susan) Devine. He was a general science teacher at Langley High School for 32 years, where his students often remember him for his unique and interesting science experiments. He was active for many years in the Boy Scouts, earning the Silver Beaver award. He coached Langley High School volleyball, Sheraden Little League Baseball and Girls Slow-Pitch Softball. In the past few years, his favorite activities included singing with the Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh and performing with the Vintage Radio Players. He belonged to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheraden, where he was choir director for many years. He was a founding member of the West End Christian Ministries (WECM). He enjoyed being with his family, fishing and going to his campsite. Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, immediately followed by a wake to celebrate his life! Memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3102 Sherwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15204. Interment of his ashes will be at Chartiers Cemetery, Carnegie, PA.
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Donley, Ruth E.

  • Formerly of Carrick
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ruth E. Donley, formerly of Carrick, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the daughter of the late John F. and Mary Elizabeth (Bittner) Donley; sister of Edward (Mary Jean), James (late Patricia), Thomas (Margaret) Donley, and the late Mary Alice (Henry) Fry, Jean (Harry) Thomas and John (Helen Jean) Donley; also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. Visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road. Funeral prayers at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul of the Cross Monastery at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to St. Paul of the Cross Monastery or St. Paul's Passionist Retreat Center. www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Duty, James S. 69

  • Bradfordwoods
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • James S. Duty, 69, of Bradfordwoods, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was the loving husband for 44 years of Nancy Murray Duty; proud father of Brenda Gerber (Matt) and Amy Foley (Seth); pappy of Maggie and Samantha Foley; brother of Ruth Anne Richard, Patricia Marks, Robert Duty, David Smith and Gary Smith; and son of the late Ethel S. Steigerwald Duty Smith, Ralph S. Duty and David L. "Sarge" Smith. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the AlzheimerAssociationof Greater Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvanian: Management Office, 1100 Liberty Ave., E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412-261-5040).
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Froehlich, Father Canice 94

  • Born: 1920-08-19
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Father Canice Froehlich, OFC Cap., 94, quietly passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Via Christi Village, in Hays, just three weeks short of his 95th birthday. He was the senior friar of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of South Conrad. Born Aug. 19, 1920, in Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Father was a son of George I. and Matilda (Bottner) Froehlich and the younger of two children. After graduating from St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman in 1940, he entered the Capuchin novitiate at Cumberland, Md., and made first profession of vows the next year, following two years of philosophy studies in Victoria, Kan., and four years of theology in Washington, D.C., he was ordained to the priesthood Feb. 11, 1947, by Bishop John McNamara, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore-Washington. Playfully nicknamed "Roughhouose" by his seminary classmates, Father Canice was anything but that. Throughout his 74 years as a Capuchin and 68 years as a priest, he was widely known as a humble, gentle, compassionate and quiet priest, whose first interest was the spiritual life. After ordination, Father earned a Master of Library Science at Catholic University of America and spent 19 years as a librarian and faculty member at St. Joseph's Military Academy, Hays, Kan. When the school merged with St. Francis Seminary of Victoria in 1970 and became Thomas Moore Prep, Canice started and, for two years, directed the Priesthood-Brotherhood program to nurture young vocations. During most of his years as a priest, he served as a gifted confessor and excellent spiritual director. Along with Father Simon Conrad, who died at the age of 92 in 2013, he spent 34 years as a downtown confessor in St. Louis; 17 years at the Alverne Hotel and Public Chapel and 17 at St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Church. After his assignment to St. Joseph's Friary in Hays in 2008, Father began a special evangelization project involving an extensive greetings card apostolate. Scores of people received person messages from him on special days in their lives. Besides his Capuchin brothers, Father is survived by seven nephews and nieces: Capuchin Father Jim Froehlich, of Washington, D.C., Mary Ann Moore, Jeanne Graff, Lawrence Froelich, Clare Froehlich-Walk and Carole Succop, all of Pittsburgh; and George Froehlich, of Beverly Hills, Fla. A wake is scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in St. Fidelis Basilica, Victoria, where the funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, led by Bishop Edward Weisenburger, of Salina, Kan. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at St. Augustine Friary, 36th St., Lawrenceville. Interment is to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Augustine Province. Professional services are trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Garrity, Karen 55

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Karen Garrity, 55, of Swissvale, passed away at her home the morning of Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Gladis, of North Braddock. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard "Trick" of 33 years; her daughters, Jen Peters (Jack) and Steph "Effie" Garrity; and grandchildren, Jack Jr., Jayna, Jace and Jaden. Karen was formerly the president of the Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She will be remembered for her warmth and kindness shared with her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association of Pittsburgh, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the National Lymphedema Network, 225 Bush St., Suite 357, San Francisco, CA 94104. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Graziano, Anthony F. 78

  • Died: 2015-07-25
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  • Anthony Frank "Tony" Graziano, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at his home in Wayzata, Minn. Tony graduated in 1959 from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. He had a long career in higher education at the University of Delaware and the University of Illinois in the College of Engineering. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, long walks, a good laugh with friends and his eight grandchildren. Tony is survived by his wife of 51 years, Paulette; daughters, Amy (Dave) Picarillo, of Winchester, Mass., Mary Beth (JC) Kiser, of Wayzata, Minn., and Gina Bellone, of Plymouth, Minn.; grandchildren, Olivia and Grace Picarillo, Corbin, Maddie, Katie and Carson Kiser, and Joe and Henry Bellone; and his brothers, Robert and Dominick Graziano. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata, Minn. A subsequent memorial service will be held in New Kensington at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801 in support of the College of Engineering.
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Haines, Paul E. 82

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Paul E. Haines, 82, of Munhall, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was the loving husband to the late Margaret M. (Lips) Haines; brother of the late DeV Haines; beloved friend of Rocco and Kay Panaiia, of West Homestead, and Robert and Donna Greenhow and family, of Munhall. Paul was a member of the Greater Homestead Bowling League, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh where he was a former Deacon, retired employee of United Air Lines and a veteran of the Coast Guard. Friends received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Josh Fisher officiating. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Huffman, Georgiabelle 86

  • Formerly of Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Georgiabelle "Bette" Huffman, 86, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Huffman Sr.; daughter of the late Matthew and Jeanette Worthy; mother of Kathleen (Tony) Paull and Richard "Rick" (Mary Ann) Huffman; grandmother of Tony, Ricky and Melissa; also two great-grandchildren; and sister of Eugene (Betty) Worthy, of White Oak. She was preceded in death by four brothers. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, (412-655-4600). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Korvick, Arthur H. 84

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Arthur H. Korvick, 84, of Ross Township, died Monday, July 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Dickman) Korvick; father of Paul A. (Gwendolyn) Korvick, Robert L. Korvick and Jason P. (Elizabeth) Korvick; grandfather of Tyler Korvick and Sydney Korvick; and brother of Richard Korvick, George (Helen) Korvick, Dorothy Lukitch and the late Joseph Korvick and Anne Pitkin. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2015, at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Art was a Korean War Army veteran and a devoted husband. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kurtz, Dorothy M. 89

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. Kurtz, 89, of Forest Hills, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest M. Kurtz; loving mother of Stephen (Joanne) Kurtz, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Ernest (Kimberly) Kurtz, of Forest Hills, and Elizabeth (the late Mark) Taylor; cherished grandma to Stephen and Brian Kurtz, and Teddy Taylor; and great-grandmother to Madeleine Mae. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Maurice Church. Memorials may be made to the Kane Foundation, 955 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
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Lechiara, Elizabeth 88

  • West Deer Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Bray-Clifford) Lechiara, 88, of West Deer Township, formerly of North Side, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Pete Lechiara for 68 years; sister of Shirley Macklen, Daniel P. Loughery Sr. and Patricia (Jim) Greiner; and sister-in-law of Ella (the late Fred) Ogden. Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parent, Blanche and her husband, Russell Loughery; and siblings, Frances McBriar, William Bray, Margaret Kaszubowski, Samuel Bray and Melva Harmon. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday (time of service later). Remembrances can be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Marsh, Edna B. 86

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Edna B. (Balogh) Marsh, 86, of Munhall, formerly of Duquesne, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, while residing at Mt. Vernon of South Park. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Kapfer) Balogh; loving wife of the late Harold "Bo" Marsh; beloved mother of Kathleen (Alan) Milanak, of South Park; cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Katelyn and the late Mark Milanak; and sister of Florence (late Julius) Kenski, of Munhall. During her life, Edna was a branch secretary for Continental Assurance, member of the Brierley AARP and an active member of St. Therese Church, serving in the ladies guild, choir, lector and numerous other ministries. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Therese Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Therese Church, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall, or Homeville Christian Church, 4702 Eliza St., West Mifflin, PA 15122 or St. Joan of Arc Church, 6414 Montour St., South Park, PA 15129.
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Miller, Kathleen J. 72

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Kathleen J. (Snyder) Miller, 72, of Ross Township, lost her courageous battle to pancreatic cancer Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of James H. Miller Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marie Pastorius; and a brother, Michael; beloved mother of William Snyder (Linda) and Robert Snyder (Nicole); stepmother of Gretchen Graham (Allen), Michelle Obst (Dr. Brian) and the late James Miller III; and sister of Joseph Pastorius (Florence), James Pastorius and Marie Barie (Richard). She will be missed by her 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Annie, Julie, Katie, Ryan, Loralei, Ryder, Alaina, Raegan and Paige; as well as her many nieces and nephews. Kathleen had an Associate Degree from Robert Morris University and worked at WHEMCO in Homestead for many years. After retiring in 2004, she took a part-time job as a tour director for Lenzner Coach Lines which complemented her love to travel. She also was a Eucharistic minister at St. Teresa of Avila and Passavant Hospital. She will be missed by her many friends including her Tuesday night group. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Morgan Jr., John P.

  • Presto
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer-Fryer, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • John P. Morgan Jr., of Presto, died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Anne (Dernosek) Morgan; loving father of John (Linda), Dave (Maryanne), Joe (Arlene), Elizabeth (Tom) Maiolie, Janet (Jim) Kaucic, Andy (Karen) and Art (Ellen); 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was the oldest of 15 in his family. Mr. Morgan served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he received three Bronze Stars. He was in the APO Bombardment Squadron and served in the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea and Air Combat in Borneo. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and lived on his farm in Presto for 62 years. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER-FRYER, 412-221-3800. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 430 Washington Ave., Bridgeville, PA 15017. Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Monday. Interment in St. Barbara Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Please add or view a tribute at www.beinhauer.com.
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Papazian, Dr. Ara 84

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Ara Papzian, M.D, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Irlene (Franks); loving father of Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" (William Atwell Jr.), Dr. Gretchen (Matthew Roberson) and Victoria (Alan Slothower); and grandfather of Svetlana Papazian-Atwell, Nicholas and Alice Roberson. Ara served two years in the Turkish Army. He became a proud citizen of the United States in 1974. Ara retired from Allegheny General Hospital after 25 years as an anesthesiologist with Allegheny Anesthesiology Associates Inc. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Lebanon Public Library or Little Sisters of the Poor. Please add or view tributes at: www.beinhauer.com.
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Pavuk, Peter 92

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1923-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Peter "Pete" Pavuk, 92, of West Mifflin, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. He was born June 27, 1923, in Hecla, to the late Andrew and Barbara Hnatko Pavuk. Peter was the loving husband of Gloria Lorentz Pavuk for 63 years. He is survived by son, Mark (Sue Morris) Pavuk, of Waretown, N.J.; and daughters, Barbara (Perry) Recker, of Blue Island, Ill, and Jean (Robert) Beck, of Palm Bay, Fla. Peter is also survived by his six grandchildren, Julie Pavuk, of Oakland, Calif., Gloria Pavuk, of Union Grove, Wis., Susan (Trevor) Pavuk Smith, of Allentown, Alice Pavuk, of Ardmore, and Sarah and Abigail Beck, of Palm Bay, Fla. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his brothers, Andy, George and Mike, as well as his sisters, Sue Missik and Barbara Pavuk. His son, Matthew Pavuk, also preceded him in death, as well as a daughter-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Wilde Pavuk. Peter attended Grove City College, where he enjoyed trips to national parks across the U.S. and Canada with their Outing Club. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Pete worked as a foreman of the BTX plant at U.S. Steel Clairton Works for 31 years. Pete also served in the Army during World War II, and received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal, among other honors. Pete was a member of Wilson Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and clerk of session, and also served as a Sunday school teacher. He also volunteered at Jefferson Hospital as a chaplain for 26 years. He loved carpentry and woodworking, and was the consummate tinkerer who enjoyed fixing things. Pete also enjoyed painting and gardening. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home presided over by Pastor Ben Robinson, with interment at Round Hill Cemetery immediately following. The family asks that you make contributions to Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. Fourth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Pletz, Rowene G. 99

  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Rowene G. (Schnaufer-Daniels) Pletz, 99, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the mother of Jack (Juanita) Daniels, Nancy (Richard) Remy and the late Fred Daniels; grandmother of Fred, Teddy, Craig, Margie, Richard, Jill and Gary; and is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four siblings. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Rowene is a past Worthy Matron for the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 343, District 26D. She was proud owner of many businesses including Rowene's Beauty Shop's with locations on both East Ohio Street and Madison Ave., and of Rowene's Casual Shop's with locations on Perrysville Ave. and McKnight-Siebert Shopping Center. Rowene was a long time licensed practical nurse at Shadyside Hospital. She also enjoyed playing the piano and was a very gifted artist. The family suggests donations to Allegheny Valley School, ATTN: Dorothy Gordon, 1996 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108 or Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Salay, Abraham 89

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Abraham Salay, 89, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Marion (Brajdic) Salay; loving brother of Elizabeth Walens and the late Mary Dorohow, Julia Danchenka and Frederick (Mary Alice survives) Salay; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Abe was a retired tax supervisor with the city of Pittsburgh, a devoted parishioner of St. Gregory Orthodox Church, Homestead, where he served as treasurer of the St. Gregory Brotherhood and was a fixture at Friday Fish Fry. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Panachida will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday and a funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gregory Orthodox Church, Homestead, with the Rev. Stephen Shuga and the Rev. Michael Hatrak officiating. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in McMurray. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Skelly, Gertrude M. 90

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1925-05-04
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Gertrude M. "Trudy" Skelly, 90, of Gibsonia, died Friday, July 31, 2015. Born May 4, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Martin J and Gertrude Mary Flaherty, and the beloved wife of 67 years to the late John C. "Jack" Skelly; mother of Amanda M. Zink, of Carnegie, Marguerite A. (Fred) Logan, of New Hope, and John C. "Jack" (Jane) Skelly III, of Harmony; sister of the late Martin J. and Edwin R. Flaherty; also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Trudy was a stewardess with American Airlines and then a wife and loving mother. She was an accomplished seamstress creating costumes for celebrities and sewed for retail stores, church, family and friends. Active in her church, she was a member of the Ladies Guild and a Eucharistic minister at St. Richards Parish. She was also involved with the Lighthouse Food Pantry of Bakerstown. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Richard Church with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Family suggests donations to St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Skelly, John C. 92

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1922-08-24
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John C. "Jack" Skelly, 92, of Gibsonia, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. Born Aug. 24, 1922, in Sharon, he was a son of the late Frank E. and Althea M. (Shaffer) Skelly. He was a beloved husband for 67 years of Gertrude M. "Trudy" (Flaherty) Skelly; father of Amanda M. Zink, of Carnegie, Marguerite A. (Fred) Logan, of New Hope, and John C. "Jack" (Jane) Skelly III, of Harmony; brother of the late Marguerite Jamieson and Frank L. Skelly; also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A World War II Army veteran, Jack was a member of American Legion Post No. 548, Bakerstown, Mars VFW No. 7505, Traffic and Transportation Association of Pittsburgh. A professional sales manager employed by Consolidated Freight Ways for 40 years, he also served as an usher and was active with the Men's Group at St. Richard Church. Jack previously served on the board of directors Richland Water Authority. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Richard Church with Father Thomas A. Saracino as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Family suggests donations to St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Stelitano, Anna M. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1923-07-02
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie (Mangola) Stelitano, 92, of Shaler Township, passed surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was born July 2, 1923, in San Carlo, Italy. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carmen C. Stelitano; her parents, Andrew and Dominica Mangola; and her siblings, Tony and Joseph Mangola and Mary Engel. She is survived by her children, Domenick (Darlene), Carmen (Joyce), Donna (Stephen) Erb, Andrew (Linda) and Frank (Gaile); 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her sister, Carmela Schepis; and many nieces and nephews. Anna was a strong-willed, colorfully articulate woman who loved to laugh. Though her mind may have left her years ago, her spirit remained the same. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Juan Diego Parish, Madonna of Jerusalem, Ninth St., Sharpsburg. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in her name to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at alz.org.
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Stull, Evelyn M. 77

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-07-04
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Evelyn M. Stull, 77, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a long illness in Select Care in UPMC McKeesport. She was born July 4, 1938, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Nick and Veronica (lghnat) Obradovich. She was the wife of the late Jack A. Stull. Evelyn was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. She was a former employee of Thurman's Candy and Cox's department store in McKeesport. She is survived by a sister, Marlene Petrosky; and two brothers, Nick (Caroline) Obradovich and David Obradovich; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kirk Albright officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. www.whcraigfuneralhome.com.
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Supsura, George

  • North Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • George Supsura, of North Baldwin, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the son of the late Michael B. and Ann R. Supsura; beloved husband of Betty Jane (Broderick) Supsura; loving father of George Michael (Nancy) Supsura and Elizabeth (Brian) Stacks; pappy of Sarah and Justin Supsura; and brother of the late Michael Supsura; and is survived by Sandy (Manny) Musillo; also survived by his many loving nieces and a nephews. There will be no public visitation. Services were held privately. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to WWW.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Sweeney, James L. 77

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • James L. Sweeney, 77, of Morningside, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Mary Pelusi Sweeney; father of Daniel (Valerie), Diana Backner (Kevin), David (Stephanie) and Douglas (Diana); grandfather of Andrew, Patrick, Brendan, Colin, Michael, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Connor, Simon, Jude, James and Luke; son of the late Patrick and Mary Sweeney; brother of Marjorie Webber (Raymond), Father John Sweeney and the late Patricia Maloney (survived by James), Frank Sweeney (survived by Charlene) and Kathleen Sweeney; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jim had a decades-long commitment to St. Raphael Parish. He contributed in many ways: recent recipient of the Manifesting the Kingdom Award, Parish Council president, Folk Group member, Parish Share chairman, Capital Campaign leadership, star of St. Raphael Auditorium Players' production of "Ten Little Indians" and Big Chuck Pit Boss. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Raphael Angel Fund.
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Tomsich, Anthony L. 92

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1923-04-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • Anthony L. Tomsich, 92, of Cheswick, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Harmar Village. He was born April 26, 1923, in Pittsburgh, to the late Leopold and Frances Tomsich. A resident of Cheswick since 1958, he was retired from Westinghouse as an inspector for 47 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Harwick and the Slovenia Lodge of Imperial. Mr. Tomsich enjoyed hunting, fishing, feeding the squirrels and birds and building things. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Laing and his wife, Rebecca Price, of Oakmont. Anthony was preceded by his wife, Agnes K. Tomsich. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Cheswick at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 1607 Pittsburgh St. Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Victory Church with the Rev. Alan E. Morris officiating with entombment to follow in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Visit us at www.jarviefuneraljhome.com.
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Best, Jonathan 59

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Jonathan Best, 59, of Lower Burrell, died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Hugh G. and Lousia (Lasko) Best; loving father of Matthew Best; loving brother of Hugh and sisters Ginger Lira (Mario), of Florida, and Jennifer Duff (Wallace), of North Carolina; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday with a service to follow at 4 p.m. at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
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Bisping, Isabelle D. 95

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1920-04-29
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Isabelle D. Bisping, 95, of New Stanton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. She was born April 29, 1920, in New Stanton, daughter of the late William H. and Bertha E. (Miller) Parks. She was a charter member of Assembly of God Church, New Stanton. Her life was to spread the word of Jesus. She distributed religious tracts around the country. She wrote a religious column for the Mt Pleasant Journal. Surviving are three children, Kathleen I. VanDyke and husband, Jesse, of Hunker, Carolyn E. Miller and husband, Joseph, of Hunker, and James R. Bisping, of Hunker; a daughter-in-law, Ly Bisping, of Hecla; a brother, William Parks and wife, Alice, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Pearl Parks, of McGakeysville, Va.; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special family friend and caregiver, Dee Eicher, of New Stanton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Bisping; a son, William H. Bisping; a brother, Fred L. Parks; and a sister, Lillian Bisping. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Assembly of God with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made to the Excela Hospice or Assembly of God, New Stanton. crmfh.com.
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Broker, J. Virginia 81

  • Penn
  • Born: 1934-04-18
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • J. Virginia "Ginny" (Ghrist) Broker, 81, of Penn, formerly of Harrison City, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Mt. View Specialty Care. She was born April 18, 1934, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Harry and Sara (Ringler) Ghrist. She attended the Salvation Army in Jeannette where she was the Young Peoples Sergeant Major as well at multiple volunteer positions with the Salvation Army. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl O. Broker; and an infant brother, Wade. She is survived by her children, Karen Scalzitti, of Jeannette, Carl O. Broker II, of Penn Township, Marsha Schmidt and her husband, Scott, of Penn, and Diana Loughner, of Adamsburg; six grandchildren, Lisa, Denny, Cody, Kylie, Josh and Jessie; two brothers, Harry "Bucky" Ghrist and William "Billy" Ghrist, of Jeannette; brother-in-law, John Broker and his wife, Patti, of Penn Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Pennsville Independent Baptist Cemetery, Bullskin Township. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Chernan, Emery L. 73

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1942-01-23
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Emery L. "Chris" Chernan, 73, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015, in Aspinwall Veterans Hospice, after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. Sadly, cancer won despite the fact that he never gave up. He had been ill for 18 months. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in New Kensington, he was the eldest son of the late Louis C. and Helen Galecki Chernan. Emery was a 1960 graduate of New Kensington High School and was a lifelong learner. Blessed with a fertile and curious mind, he pursued various intellectual interests including astronomy, archeology, Egyptology, history and the natural sciences. Known to his fellow coal miners as "Cookie" he was a crew supervisor and worked at the Newfield Mine in Plum for almost 14 years. A serious mining accident ended that career. His last professional endeavor was at PA Career Link in New Kensington where he was a well-liked employment counselor. Never one to be idle, he built his own website and started his own online business, Health Time Products, of which he was very proud and which fulfilled a lifelong dream. While his family called him Emery, his friends, co-workers and others knew him as Chris, a name he selected for himself some 36 years ago. A man of many talents, he possessed skills in plumbing and electricity and could fix just about anything. Remarkably, he also could build things without any blueprints or plans, "visualizing" the project in his head. A real nature lover, Chris greatly enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and picking wild mushrooms. His other interests included fishing, playing the guitar and shooting pool. During his lifetime, he was "Dad" to his much-loved cats, Toby, Kahuna and Chloe. Emery was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church, the PLMS and American Legion, all in New Kensington, AARP, the United Mine Workers of America and the VFW. At one time, he was an active volunteer and officer for the Animal Protectors of New Kensington. He also was a certified American Red Cross volunteer and was a financial supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. An Army veteran himself, Emery served in Germany during peacetime and was an officer's driver. He will be eternally missed, loved and remembered by his loving siblings, Racheal (Tom) Lewellen, Ronald (Linda) Chernan and their families, and Helene Chernan, all of California; his beloved aunt, Sister Archangela (Harriet Galecki), of Coraopolis, whom he greatly admired; his loving companion and best friend, his life-partner of almost 24 years, Donna J. Domin, of Arnold, with whom he made his home; other aunts; nieces and nephews; cousins; and his friend, Daniel J. Domin, of Arnold. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Philip Chernan; and his sister, Barbara Downing. Emery/Chris was a quiet, kind and generous person who loved God, his family and his fellow man. Donna J. Domin and his family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Oakland and Aspinwall veterans facilities for their excellent care and compassion. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at RUSIEWICZ OF ARNOLD FUNERAL HOME, 1400 Fifth Ave., Arnold, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Military honors by Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Memorials may be made to Animal Protectors of New Kensington, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. www.rusiewiczFH.com.
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Chew, Leroy D. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-11-24
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Leroy D. Chew, 84, of Irwin, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Arona, son of the late William W. and Mary Jane King Chew. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the U.S. Steel Corporation, Braddock Mill, with 40 years of service. He was a veteran of the Army and was a member of the community United Methodist Church in Irwin and was also a member of the Greater Irwin Church Dartball League, having competed in numerous area churches. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joann Chew. Surviving are his wife, Alice L. (Weaver) Chew; two sons, Kevin L. Chew and his wife, Kathy, of South Carolina, and Gregory Chew and his wife, Darcy, of Meshoppen; five grandchildren, Courtney, Blake, Brad, Matt and Jessica; a great-grandchild, Bailynn Cannon; also surviving is a sister, Joyce Lloyd and her husband, Bill, of Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Culp, Elsie M. 81

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1934-01-08
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elsie M. Culp, 81, of Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Alfred W. and Madelyn Bowen Valesky. Elsie was Lutheran by faith and loved to play Bingo. Prior to retirement she was employed by the former Jeannette Hospital and worked in both the housekeeping and dietary departments. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Glenn Culp. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Vinkler and her husband, Dave, of Irwin; a son, William, of Slippery Rock; two grandchildren, Tony (Missy), of York, and Michael (Erica), of Jeannette; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Parker; a sister, Vonna Spino, of Greensburg; four half-sisters; a very dear friend, Rose Kochis; and numerous nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Doumont, Margaret M. 90

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-06-30
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Margaret Marie Hrabovsky Doumont, 90, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born June 30, 1925, in Springdale, a daughter of the late Leon and Stephania Sakala Hrabovsky. Margie retired from Papercraft, and also worked for Alcoa, PPG in Creighton and Schenley Distillery throughout her working career. She loved to play bingo and cards, and was a member of the Slovak Club in Creighton for many years. Survivors include her daughter, Debra Campbell and her husband, John Campbell, of Kittanning; three grandchildren, Shannon Hughes and her husband, Roger Hughes, Bennie Campbell and Michael Campbell; and great-grandsons, Carter Campbell, Zane Campbell and Jackson Hughes. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Doumont, in 1958; her sisters, Anna Walzak, Johanna Antoine, Josephine Tadrzak and Amelia Adamcik; and her brother, Andy Hrabovsky. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a funeral liturgy outside of Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. Private burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Dyke, Suzanne 61

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Suzanne Fail Dyke, 61, a native of Scottdale, having made North Augusta, S.C., her home for the past 22 years, entered into rest Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Augusta, where she served as a former Eucharistic minister and participated in the Bereavement and the Prayer Shawl Ministries. Suzanne was a loving wife and mother and a caring and compassionate friend to all. She enjoyed volunteering at the Master's Table Soup Kitchen. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Frank M. "Smokey" and Angeline De Rosa Fail, on May 30, 2012 and April 5, 1972, respectively. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Walter E. Dyke; two sons, Stephen M. Dyke, of North Augusta, S.C., and Brian W. Dyke, of Hartsville, S.C.; two stepsisters, Carol Baron, of Scottdale, and Jane Najewicz, of Pittsburgh; a stepbrother, Jim Najewicz, of Scottdale; and her aunts, Marianne Mackin, of Pittsburgh, and Frances Nutter, of Mt. Pleasant. A private memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, from Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Augusta, S.C., with the Rev. Jacob Joseph, CMI, as celebrant. A private committal service will be held Friday, Aug. 7, in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale, with the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki officiating. Local arrangements for Suzanne have been entrusted to the care of the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign local guest registry, please visit www.kapr.com or www.poseycares.com. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, S.C.
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Engler Jr., Martin 85

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1930-03-25
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Martin "Tony" Engler Jr., 85, of Arnold, died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Family Hospice, Lawrenceville. He was born in New Kensington on March 25, 1930, to the late Martin Anthony Sr. and Sophia Shemenski Engler, and had been a lifelong resident of the local area. Mr. Engler received his bachelor's degree from Clarion University, where he played football and was part of the only undefeated season in Clarion Football history. He was then recruited as an outfielder by the New York Yankees farm team in Olean, N.Y., the Olean Yankees. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart, serving in the Marine Corps. He was member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington; Polish Falcons Nest 41, New Kensington, where he was a former officer and president of the Golf League; VFW Post 92, Lower Burrell; American Legion Post 868, Lower Burrell; the Seventh Street Sportsman's Club and the FO Eagles, both of New Kensington. He was an operator/electrician for West Penn Power for 35 years, until retiring in 1989. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening, bowling, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He is survived by his three children, Donald Martin (Evelyn Dillingham) Engler, of New Kensington, Robert Andrew (Tina) Engler, of Lebanon, Pa., Regina (Brad) Engler-Berecin, of New Kensington; seven grandchildren Amanda, Donald, Brandon and Sarah Engler, and Nicolette, Preston and Danica Berecin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Regina Catherine Siuta Engler, on April 28, 1982; his second wife, Dorothy Ludwig Engler, on April 28, 2011; son Randall Engler, in 2002; grandson, Daniel Engler, in 2012; sister, Gloria Larko; brother, Ronald Engler; sister, Inez Michel; and infant sister, Elizabeth Engler. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where Prayers of Transfer will be said at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Christian Funeral Mass at noon in St. Mary Church. Burial with military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. The Polish Falcons will conduct services 7 p.m. Sunday, VFW Post 92 will meet at 3 p.m. Monday to conduct services, followed by the Marine Corps League at 3:15 p.m., Seventh Street Sportsman at 7 p.m. and American Legion 868 at 7:15 p.m., all held in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Gorelli, Frances 88

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1926-08-08
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Frances (Mazurek) Gorelli, 88, of Vandergrift, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, N.Y. Born Aug. 8, 1926, in East Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Stella (Kingirski) Mazurek. Frances lived in Vandergrift most of her life and was a 1944 graduate of Vandergrift High School. From 1944 to 46, she worked in administration for the FBI in Washington, D.C. under J. Edgar Hoover and from 1946 to 49, worked in administration for Alcoa in New Kensington. Frances was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift. Frances enjoyed playing bingo and scratch-off tickets and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and admirer of popular actor, Matthew McConaughey. She was an excellent cook, known for her potato pancakes, cream puffs, kluski and travelling soup. Frances took 113 flights in her lifetime and visited many notable locations, including New York and Florida to see family, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Bermuda, with late husband Aldo. She was "The Original Fashionista" and was the matriarch of a loving and devoted family. Frances is now at peace, in the company of her loved ones with God. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aldo A. Gorelli, who passed away Dec. 26, 2008; brothers, Joseph W. "Sheeney" Mazurek and Richard Mazurek; and sisters, Charlotte Mazia, Violet Parola and Helen Harpe. Frances is survived by her daughters, Melanie (Tom Plesich) Donghia, of Raleigh, N.C., Lisa Gorelli, of New York City, N.Y., Jeanine (Brad) Thurman, of Sands Point, N.Y.; grandchildren, Nina and Natalie Donghia, Darren and Jessica and Rachel Thurman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, with Father James Loew, OSB as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Harter Sr., Zain E. 82

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Zain E. Harter Sr., 82, of Jeannette, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 8, 1933, in Phillipsburg, a son of the late Donald Harter Sr. and Zella (Taylor) Harter. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse in Cheswick, was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and he attended Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Shimmel) Harter; and a brother, Donald Harter Jr. He is survived by a son, Zain E. Harter Jr., of Jeannette; a daughter, Anna Sturgess and her husband, Bob, of McKeesport; two granddaughters, Jade and Faith Harter; his pride and joy, great-grandson, Brantley Zain Stumpf; a sister, Beulah Seafelt, of Lewiston, N.Y.; his special friend, Donna Bickerstaff, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Roy Dail officiating. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Husband, Neil R. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-06-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Neil R. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born June 20, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank Byron and Irene (Jones) Husband. Neil attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was involved with the Hempfield Band for many years. He also served as a Scoutmaster. He was employed for many years at Limpco Manufacturing and had also worked for Brake Drum and Equipment, JC Penney and most recently at UPS and for First Student as a bus driver, where he enjoyed transporting students to school. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marian M. Husband; a son, Scott R. Husband; a great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz; and his sister, Karen Mitnick. He is survived by his children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); a daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; a grandson, soon to be born; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Gary Husband, (Gail). Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., with Dr. Robert Statler officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 PA-136, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Klos-Hosbach, Donna M. 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1939-11-18
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donna Marie Klos-Hosbach, 75, of Stahlstown, passed away in the early afternoon of Sunday, July 26, 2015, following a difficult and painful health struggle. Donna was born on Nov. 18, 1939, the youngest daughter of 13 children, to Harry Valentine Klos and Catherine Elizabeth Nath, of Pittsburgh. Harry V. Klos and Sons was a family business of craftsmen best known for applying the gold leaf adornments in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall and maintaining and painting the attractions of Kennywood Park. Donna graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Mt Oliver. She married her soul-mate, John David Hosbach, on Feb. 5, 1958, and they immediately started a family. Donna and John created a comfortable and exciting life for themselves and their four children. John started his own successful fabricating business and Donna studied real estate, working in Mt Lebanon for Century 21. Donna loved showing homes and used those experiences to develop her own interior design skills. Donna enjoyed the theatre and fine dining. After moving to the Laurel Highlands, Donna entertained frequently at her beloved home, Evergreen. Her home became the center for all family and holiday celebrations with Christmas at Evergreen being her annual tour de force. Whether black tie or blue grass, Donna's social gatherings became legendary. Donna is survived by her husband of 57 years, John David; four children, Christian David, Gretchen Lee, Cheryl Ann Creacy and Erich David; and four grandchildren, Amanda Lynn Hosbach, Christian John Hosbach, Derek Alexander Creacy and Martha Ayn Creacy. At the request of the deceased, a small private remembrance with immediate family will take place. The family encourages donations to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Donna Hosbach: www.diabetes.org/donate. FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 is handling arrangements. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Knupp, Jeffrey W. 56

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1959-06-05
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Wayne "Knuppie" Knupp, 56, of New Florence, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at UMPC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born June 5, 1959, in Johnstown, the son of late Wayne Harold Knupp and Sara Elizabeth (Dorney) Knupp. He is survived by wife, Gay Lou (Henderson) Knupp; children, Sarah Parrish and husband, Joseph, Ligonier, Colin Knupp, New Florence, Chrystal Stromberg, Blairsville, and Joshua, Virginia; grandchildren, Ava, Luke, Racheal, Noah and one soon to be born grandchild; sister, Linda Malinowski, Arnold, Md., and her daughters, Nikki and Maddie; brother, Richard "Cort" Bowers, Seward; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family members. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and movies, also was a history buff who enjoyed most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held 1 p.m. Monday. Online condolences maybe left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Kuzmick, Pauline 95

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1920-07-11
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Pauline Kuzmick, 95, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. Born July 11, 1920, in Calabria, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Angelina Pelligrino Zingrone. She immigrated to the United States in 1928, lived in New Kensington since her immigration and was a 1939 graduate of Ken-Hi. She was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, of New Kensington. She enjoyed crocheting, making pierogies and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Pauline retired in 1985 from Central Supply at Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington. She truly loved her job. She is survived by her children, Christine "Tina" (Clifford) Davis, of New Kensington, Angela (James) Beeler, of Knoxville, Tenn., and John (Gloria) Kuzmick, of Madeira, Fla.; four grandchildren, Sonya Killian, (companion Kevin Buchanan), Rod (Pam) Kozikowski, Allison (Scott) Gohn and Matt (Julie) Beeler; three step-grandchildren, Nicole Marasco, Rachael Catalano and Melissa Baker; and seven great-grandchildren, Alyssa Gohn, Mary Gohn, Whitney Gohn, Addison Gohn, Katie (Jack) DelloStritto, Amy Kozikowski and Sasha Killian. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Kuzmick in 2001; her brother, Anthony Zingrone; and her great-grandson, Stephen John Killian Jr. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNRAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. Those desiring may contribute to the church in Pauline's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Long-Hall, Stephanie L. 33

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1982-02-23
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Stephanie L. Long-Hall, 33, of Ruffsdale, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 23, 1982, in Jeannette, a daughter of Paul Eric Long (Shawna) and Rhonda Yates DeMark (James). She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; and nephew, Logan. She is survived by her son, Cameron Long; daughter, Riley Hall; sister, Erin Long; niece, Peyton; nephews, Gavin and Ian; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Maffit, Norma 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-11-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Norma (Domasky) Maffit, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at Greensburg Care Center. She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George Domasky and Ann (Smith) Domasky. Norma was a member of St. Rose Church. She was retired from the State Unemployment office and had been previously employed at Commercial Bank and Kennametal. Norma was a member of AARP, PARSE, and enjoyed playing cards, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Maffit Jr.; and a sister, Dolores Zook. Norma is survived by two daughters, Barbara A. Maffit, of Latrobe, and Amy M. Roman and her husband, Jon, of Greensburg; one son, David C. Maffit, of Nevada; three grandchildren, David, Sarah and Kyle; a brother-in-law, Frank Zook, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Patricia Barbour and her husband, George, of Greensburg; and she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. At Norma's request, there will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Maietta Sr., Ronald J. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ronald John Maietta Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, passed away. He was born in Ellwood City to the late Peter J. and Lucy Maietta. He graduated from Lincoln High School and married his wife, Susan Herge, also from Ellwood City. Ron received a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Youngstown State, Ohio. In his work history, he was a cost estimator, industrial engineer, a corporate industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, senior manufacturing engineer, plant superintendent, maintenance/factory engineer, facility engineer, plant manager and operations manager. Some, but not all, of his work places were in Harrison, N.J., Wilburton, Okla., Cockeysville, Md., Ambridge, Brockway, Kane, Export, New Castle and Pittsburgh. Ron and his wife, Sue, raised their son, Ron Jr., in Dubois, Pa., while he worked there for many years. Residing in North Huntingdon, he worked many years as a Heinz Field seat attendant. Survivors include his wife, Susan; son, Ron Jr.; granddaughter, Melina; also surviving are his only brother, Pete "Whitey"; nieces, Felicia and Camilla; also aunts and cousins. Ron's death was a sudden health occurrence. All arrangements were private. Entrusted with the arrangements is the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Dora L. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-07-07
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dora L. Martin, 90, of Greensburg, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at Latrobe Hospital. She was born July 7, 1925, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Oscar and Martha Henze Boehme. Dora, affectionately known as Dolly, was a homemaker and wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother to her 10 children and their families. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, and enjoyed her time helping the Nun's in the kitchen of St. Joseph's Hall, now the Bishop Connare Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Joseph M. Martin; a son, Gregory J. Martin Sr.; three brothers, Oscar, William R. and Alfred H.; and three sisters, Martha Odstricil, Lucy Dobies and Libby Ruffner. She is survived by nine children, Bob (Kitty) Martin, of Greensburg, Carol (George) Lloyd, of Latrobe, Mary (Chuck) Butina, of Latrobe, Tom (Pam) Martin, of Greensburg, Paul (Anna Lee) Martin, of Latrobe, Regina (Mike) Fleming, of Greensburg, Mike (Lisa) Martin, of Latrobe, Anne (John) Olearchick, of New Kensington, and Michele (Jeff) Lucas, of Winchester, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Monica Martin, of Bovard; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Boehme, of Saltsburg; a sister-in-law, Margie Martin, of Hawthorne, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Dora from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg,724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and hospice care personnel at Latrobe Excela Health Care. Family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Dora'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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Muller, Herman J. 82

  • Greensurg
  • Born: 1933-03-12
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herman Joseph "Joe" Muller, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. in his home. He was born March 12, 1933. in Jersey City, N.J., a son of the late Herman C. and Fannie (Fleckner) Muller. Prior to retirement in 1982, Joe worked as a truck driver for Jones Motor Freight. He was also president and owner, along with his wife, of Mary Lou's Party World, Greensburg. Joe was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30, Hannastown Volunteer Fire Department and Luxor Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joseph M. Muller; his grandson, Jason Muller; two brothers, Francis and Robert Muller; sister, Miriam Crawford; and stepsister, Veronica Eisberg. Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Lou (Frisko) Muller; son, Vincent J. Muller and wife, Jo Lee, of Allentown; three grandchildren, Joey, Ryan and Alaina Muller; daughter-in-law, Susan Muller; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Family and friends will be received from 2 to4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Joe's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Arduino officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. For their wonderful care of Joe, the Muller Family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Home Health Care, especially nurse Joey and physical therapist Carla; Heartland Hospice Services and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Skalka, Anna M. 97

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Skalka, 97, of Trafford, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Susan Vojnyik; wife of the late George Skalka; dear mom of Elaine (George) Markon and David (Harriet) Skalka; also survived by five grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skalka was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church where her father was one of its founding members. At Anna's request, visitation and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Memory eternal Anna.
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Young, Eleanor M. 90

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1924-10-01
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Mary (Rulis) Young, 90, of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born Oct. 1, 1924, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Kazmer and Alexandra (Poskus) Rulis. Eleanor lived in Vandergrift after formerly living in Wisconsin, Iowa, Alaska and Europe. She was a 1942 graduate of Vandergrift High School, and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Duquesne University and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed studies for certification in library science, and art education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Eleanor served as a teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools in South and North Dakota, and the Department of Defense schools in France, Germany and Alaska. She was an academic adviser for the University of Alaska on base programs at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. During World War II, Eleanor served with the Coast Guard Women's Reserve as a Y3C in New York. While she moved around the country, Eleanor greatly valued her family, and returned to live in the home she grew up in here in Vandergrift in 1991. She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald A. Young, who passed away in 1973; sisters, Placida, Zanida and Marie Rulis; and brothers, Walter, Edward, Casmer, Telesfort, Robert and Richard Rulis. Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Christina Marie Young, of Hardwick, N.J., and Dr. Carla Alexandria Martin, of Chesterfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Alexander and Sebastian Martin, of Chesterfield, Mo.; sisters, Modesta Rulis, of Pittsburgh, and Irene (Kjeld) Hansen, of Denmark; sisters-in-law, Diane Rulis, of Denver, Colo., and Pauline Rulis, of West Vandergrift; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. At Eleanor's request, there will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eleanor's memory to Catholic Charities, 711 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Pityk, Blanche I. 77

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1938-06-17
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Blanche I. (Skrot) Pityk, 77, of Gilpin Township, died Friday, July 31, 2015, in her residence. She was born June 17, 1938, in Parks Township, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Sobey) Skrot. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, West Leechburg. Blanche enjoyed bingo, playing cards, spending time with her grandchildren, reading, going on Facebook, and going to the casinos. Survivors include her son, John A. Pityk (Kimm), of Hyde Park; four daughters, Anna M. Ausk (Robert), of West Leechburg, Michele D. Zachar, of Gilpin Township, Denise R. Pityk-Nayyar (Ajay), of Rochester, N.Y., and Janice K. Williams (Dave); grandchildren, Bobby Ausk, Greg Ausk, Jessica Ausk, Danielle Zalenski (Matthew), Clayton Pityk, Chase Pityk, Benjamin Ritchie, Jacob Ritchie, Matthew Williams and Neil Nayyar; great-grandchildren, Abigail Ausk, Legend Ausk, Nino Zalenski and Marion Zalenski; two brothers, Mike Skrot (Gloria), of East Vandergrift, and Ed Skrot (Nancy), of Avonmore; and four sisters, Helen Kuartek (Cornell), of Bentleyville, Patricia Ausk (Raymond), of Gilpin Township, Vicki Morlacci, of Apollo, and Mary Ann Kominski, of Wisconsin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Pityk, on Jan. 11, 2010, with whom she was married for 53 years; two brothers, George Skrot, and, in infancy, Stanley Skrot; and two sisters, Eleanor Painter and Dorothy Zett. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), where parting prayers of transfer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday following by a Mass of Requiem Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Main Street, West Leechburg, PA 15656, with her pastor, the Rev. John D. Gribik, officiating. Interment following at St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Pityk family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Kane, Elinor P. 84

  • Clinton Township
  • Born: 1931-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Elinor P. (Ernest) Kane, 84 of Sunmine, Clinton Township, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was born June 27, 1931, in Cabot, to the late William Ernest and Evelyn G. (Murray) Ladie. She owned and operated a travel agency, scheduling casino tours to Atlantic City for more than 20 years. She was a former member of the Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Butler. She enjoyed bingo and especially spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Joseph Kane, of Bradford, James Kane, Linda (Jim) Eshenbaugh and Mike (Barbara) Kane, all of Sunmine, Clinton Township; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her sister, Elaine Nase, of Russellton. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Kane; sons, Patrick Thomas Kane and Robert Kane; and her brothers, James and Bucky Pennington. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where funeral services will be conducted t 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Richard Wise officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Scrapchansky, David E.

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • David E. Scrapchansky, of Cranberry Township, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne (Buttermore) Scrapchansky; loving father of Stacy L. Tipton (Todd) and Tina M. Green (Craig); brother of the late Jerome Scrapchansky; and proud grandfather of Madelynn, Noah and Paige Tipton and Brandon Green. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Fayette County

Ferencuha, Lewis W. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-03-09
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lewis W. Ferencuha, 69, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015, in Select Specialty at Latrobe Hospital. He was born March 9, 1946, in Connellsville, a son of the late William L. Ferencula and Veronica A. "Vern" Surniak Ferencuha Livingston. Lewis was a graduate of Connellsville High School, with the class of 1964. He worked as a tool and die marker for General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Lewis was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, was a life member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Lewis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Novak Ferencuha; his sons, Jon Ferencuha and wife, Missy, of Moon Township, and Robert Ferencuha and wife, Holly, of Westmoreland City; his grandchildren, Haleigh and Madison Ferencuha; his brother, William L. Ferencuha and wife, Shirley, of South Connellsville; his nieces, Christine Sheffler and husband, Michael, and Lisa Ferencuha; his aunt, Sophie Zozula, of Scottdale; and several other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents Lewis was predeceased by his stepfather, Paul W. Livingston. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ridgely, Roxanne D. 57

  • Dawson
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roxanne Dawn Ridgely, 57, of Dawson, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully at home, Friday, July 31, 2015. Funeral arrangements are under the directions of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Zias, Elizabeth 62

  • Grindstone
  • Born: 1953-01-21
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Novak, Brownsville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Zias, 62, of Grindstone, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela. She was born Jan. 21, 1953, in McKeesport, the daughter of John Charles and Sue Ann (Parkins) MacPherson. She was preceded in death by her father. Liz was a member of Pleasant View Presbyterian Church in Smock. She served as an elder there and also was a board member of Presbyterian Women of Redstone. She belonged to the Mon Valley Health Plex in Belle Vernon, where she met many wonderful friends. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 34 years, Eugene M. Zias, of Grindstone; two children, Eugene M. Zias Jr. and Ashley Zias and her partner, Paul Howes; her mother, Sue Anne Spahr; four brothers, John C. MacPherson III, Robert W. MacPherson, Paul R. MacPherson and Thomas A. MacPherson; sister-in-law, Virginia Vojacek; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front St., Brownsville. There will be viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the PLEASANT VIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 533 Royal Road, Smock, the hour of service, with the Rev. John Charles MacPherson III, officiating. Liz wanted this to be a celebration of life and requested that instead of black everyone wear bright colors! To sign the online guestbook log onto www.novakfuneralhome.net.
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Booth Jr., William C. 62

  • McMurray
  • Born: 1952-10-16
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Salandra, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • William C. "Bill" Booth Jr., 62, of McMurray, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 16, 1952, in Leechburg, a son of the late William C. and Virginia Peterman Booth. Prior to relocating to the McMurray area 12 years ago, Bill and his family resided in Johnstown. In 1974, Bill earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. He later earned his MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a professionally registered mechanical engineer and retired earlier this year from First Energy. Bill was an avid woodworker, gardener and all around handyman. He enjoyed helping others and volunteered countless hours working with Habitat for Humanity, where he served a board member for more than two years. He was also an avid Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and NASCAR fan. On Oct. 7, 1978, he married his loving wife, Debra Ann Brazil Booth, who survives. Also surviving are two beloved daughters, Jennifer Irene (Kenn) McKenzie, of Pittsburgh, and Jessica Elizabeth (Michael) Zellam, of Canonsburg; a sister, Peggy Harmon, of Natrona Heights; a brother, Ed (Tina) Booth, of Apollo; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a devoted and loving husband and father and will be missed by many. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in SALANDRA FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Joseph P. Salandra Owner/Supervisor, Lin Webb Funeral Director, 304 West Pike St., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, 161 West Pike St., Canonsburg, with the Rev. Dr. Debra Rogosky officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To extend or view condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
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Berg, Aaron S. 70

  • Milford, Del.
  • Born: 1945-06-26
  • Died: 2015-07-29
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  • Aaron Scott Berg, 70, of Milford, Del., passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at his summer residence in Horntown, Va. Aaron was born June 26, 1945, in New Kensington, a son of the late Samuel C. and Margaret Mulraney Berg. He was a proud veteran who served with the Army. Mr. Berg was employed as a field service manager for Graphline of Tamarac, Fla., from where he retired. He also built a successful medicine vending business. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking camping trips, fishing and hunting. Aaron was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. In addition to his parents, Mr. Berg was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Destiny Jade Berg. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Eileen Berg; two sons, Timothy Berg and his wife, Marissa, of Wilmington, Del., and Joseph S. Berg, of Milford, Del.; a daughter, Maggie Fauver and her husband, Duane, of Newark, Del.; and four grandchildren, Eric, Hope, Malinda and Luke. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at ROGERS FUNERAL HOME, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow the services in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3411 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Online condolences may be made at www.rogersfhmilford.com.
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Naylor, Father Ronald J. 81

  • Norfolk, Va. , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Born: 1933-10-23
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Father Ronald J. Naylor, 81, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was born Oct. 23, 1933, the third of 12 children to the late Percy and Alice Naylor. Father Ron was ordained in the Diocese of Richmond, Va., on May 3, 1960, and he served 10 years at various parishes throughout the Diocese. In 1970, Father Ron, was commissioned by the Navy as a member of the Navy Chaplain Corps and served at duty stations throughout the world. He was the brother of Theresa Mignogna, Nan (Lou) Renda, Jerry (Rose) Naylor, Bill (Diana) Naylor and Dan (Susan) Naylor. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn Seibel and Regina Naylor; and his brothers, Arthur, Charles, Joseph and Mickey Naylor. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145, 412-823-9350. Translation to St. Colman Church will be at 9 a.m. Monday, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Father Ron will be laid to rest with military honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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