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Clarion County

Reesman, Dennis F. 61

  • New Bethlehem
  • Born: 1953-01-22
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bauer - Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Dennis F. Reesman, 61, of New Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Born Jan. 22, 1953, in Kittanning, he was a son of Wilson Reed Reesman and Bernice A. (Foster) Reesman. Dennis was a lifelong resident of New Bethlehem and worked in the warehouse at Lowe's in Cranberry Township. He was a member of Pine Creek Baptist Church and attended Concord Presbyterian Church while growing up. In his spare time Dennis enjoyed hunting and fishing, but woodworking was his favorite hobby. He was a talented carpenter who made many beautiful baby cradles for family and friends. A motorcycle enthusiast, he had numerous motorcycles and many interesting pieces of memorabilia. Dennis' love of life was evident to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his brothers, Larry R. Reesman and wife, Marilyn, of Lexington, Ky., and Terry P. Reesman and wife, Debbie, of New Bethlehem; sisters, Beverly A. Crissman, of Kittanning, and Gail L. Metro and husband, Bill, of Whitesburg; nephews, Frank Reesman and wife, Vicki, of Buffalo, Ky., Steven Reesman and wife, Carrie, of Lexington, Ky., David K. Reesman, of Houston, Texas, and Jason Metro, of Whitesburg; niece, Paula Fox and husband, Dana, of New Bethlehem; great-nephews, Michael J. Fox, David P. Reesman and Austin Reesman; great-nieces, Tiffany Smith and husband, Justin, Jenna Fox, Emily Fox and Morgan Reesman; and great-great-niece, Ariella Smith. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, William George Metro. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Dennis' memory to the American Cancer Society, Armstrong Unit, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205, Orphans of the Storm, PO Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16201, or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. To express a condolence to Dennis' family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Allegheny County

Carmassi, Evelyn M.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Marie (Yacomelli) Carmassi, of Ross Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Carmassi; loving mother of Gary M. Carmassi (Judy), Ronald P. Carmassi (Linda) and the late Joseph S. Carmassi Jr. Mrs. Carmassi is also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Evelyn was a longtime restaurant owner in the North Hills area, owning Rebels Corner Restaurant and Carmassi's Restaurant in Ross Township. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Vincentian Home.
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Connelly Jr., Christopher 62

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Christopher Connelly Jr., 62, of Pleasant Hills, died Monday, April 14, 2014, after a brief illness. He was the beloved brother of John Charles Connelly of Philadelphia, and Daniel and Marjorie Connelly, both of New York City; and son of the late Christopher Sr. and Ann Connelly, formerly of Pleasant Hills. Chris was a sergeant in the Air Force and attended Pennsylvania State University. He was a longtime clerk for the State of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue. He was an avid reader of history and politics and a great fan of pop culture, particularly the music of the 1960s and 1970s. He was known to friends and family for his astute observations and strong opinions. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements by GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-655-4400/4600. http://www.GriffithFH.com. If desired, please make a donation in Chris' memory to the USO or the Pleasant Hills Library.
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Gedeon, George C. 94

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • George Casper Gedeon, 94, of Scott Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Leaetta I. Gedeon; son of the late Casper and Anna Gedeon; loving father of Dr. John Gedeon, William Gedeon, Linda (Paul) Gulyas, Donald Gedeon and Susan (Abby) Bishop; brother of the late Lucille Parmley and Regina Grady; and dear grandfather of nine granddaughters. Mr. Gedeon was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Church, graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a B.A. degree in mechanical engineering, a proud Navy veteran of World War II, avid golfer and most of all he was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church. Interment private by family only. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Hrico, George 91

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • George Hrico, 91, of West Homestead, died Thursday, April 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence E. (Lovas) Hrico; loving father of George J. (Mary Ann) Hrico, Jan (Laurie) Hrico, Mary Theresa (Eric) Rehak and the late Janice Hrico; brother of the late John Hrico, Mike Vasko, Mary Grofik, Mary Hrico, Ann Kalupson, Betty Karch, Mickey Hrico, Andrew Hrico, Frances Rusnak and Margaret Porvaznik; grandfather of Michelle Santiago, Heidi Parsons, Janson Hrico, Melissa Hrico, Gabrielle Holmes, George P. Hrico, Sandra Yakubic and Joseph Carlino; and great-grandfather of Lyndsea, Jocelyn, Kylie, Dante, Dylan, Hanna and Avery. George was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served with the Marines. He worked for U.S. Steel and was a member of AARP No. 3172. He loved to play bingo, go dancing with his wife, working outside and especially he loved to play his harmonica. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always laughing and joking. Friends and family will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Humphrey, Amy 56

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Amy (Bradshaw) Humphrey, 56, of Aspinwall, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the loving mother of Will, Constance and Elizabeth Humphrey; beloved daughter of Joan "JoJo" Bradshaw and the late Dr. William A. Bradshaw; cherished sister of Bill (Kelly) Bradshaw III, Nancy (Kent) Foster and Jody (Lewis) Fisher. Amy was the happiest person we have ever known. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Arrangements are by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Huntington's Disease Society of America, 505 8th Ave., Suite 90s, New York, NY 10018.
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Jones, John Jack G.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John G. "Jack" Jones, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was a dear brother of Lois Lampenfeld, of Swisshelm Park, and the late Thelma, Mary, William and Florence. Jack is also survived by his nieces and nephews; his good friend, Gary Wiegand, of Ross Township; many friends at the Crows Nest Restaurant; and also survived by his dog, Miranda. Friends will be received 10 to 11 a.m. Friday morning only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Keil, Lila M. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lila M. Keil, 92, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was a daughter of the late George and Jane (Dixon) Keil; sister of Ruth (Keil) Webb, of Rock Hill, S.C.; aunt of Dr. Eric Seth Webb, of Talent, Ore., and Alan George Webb, of Charleston, S.C.; and great-aunt of Alexander E. Webb. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorials may be sent to the church.
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Kocik, Tracey 35

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1978-11-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Tracey Perrin Kocik, 35, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Murrysville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a hard battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born Nov. 30, 1978, in Media. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles Perrin. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville and loved spending time with her family and friends. Tracey is survived by her very loving husband, Nathan B.F. Kocik. of Pittsburgh; her mother, Margaret "Peggy" Baker Perrin, of Murrysville; her father, Bob and his wife, Michelle, of Harrison City, two sisters; Amy and Bailey Perrin; maternal grandparents, Leo and Lorriane Baker, of Donora; paternal grandmother, Esther Perrin, of Monroeville; father and mother in-law, John S. and Shawna Kocik, of Pittsburgh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends who loved and adored Tracey. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey's name to the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation Inc., 201 N. Charles St., Suite 2404, Baltimore, MD 21201. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kozlowski, Raymond T. 77

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1937-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Raymond T. Kozlowski, 77, of McKeesport, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. He was born April 5, 1937, in McKeesport, a son of the late Ignatius and Pearl Penkalski Kozlowski Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Chester, Ignatius and Stanley; and sisters, Pearl Martin, Laura and Mary Kozlowski. An Army veteran, he was a freelance artist and a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport. Surviving are brothers, Harry Kozlowski, of McKeesport, and Joseph Kozlowski, of France; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Corpus Christi Church with the Rev. Stephen A. Kresak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Lally, James Jimmy F. 90

  • Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James F. "Jimmy" Lally, 90, a lifelong resident of Oakland, died Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Joan K. Lally; father of Michelle H. Lally (Philip B. Skender); and also is survived by many godchildren and cousins in the Walsh, Lally and Obringer families. He was a son of the late Helen (Walsh) Lally and James A. Lally. Jimmy attended St. Regis (Chapel) Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941. He served as assistant business agent of Steamfitters Local Union No. 449 for 33 years and was the longest serving elected officer. He was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 1975 and served as president of Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council; was a member Federal Home Loan Bank Board; Port Authority Board; Pittsburgh Stadium Authority; and Executive Director, Three Rivers Stadium and the Allegheny Labor Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Equity and St. Paul Cathedral, where he served as head usher at the 10 a.m. Mass for 72 years, and a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. There will be no visitation on Easter Sunday. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Jim's beloved St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the James F. Lally Memorial Scholarship Fund at Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Lewis, Thelma L. 91

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Thelma L. Lewis, 91, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edwin A. Lewis; beloved mother of Linda Lewis and the late Ronna L. Clark; loving grandmother of Stacey L. (James) Tomko and Cheryl A. (Dave) Belsterling; mother-in-law of Robert R. Clark; great-grandmother of Kate Tomko and Brian and Alyssa Belsterling; and also survived by her loving nieces and nephews; her longtime caregiver Eleanore Roebuck; and her beloved dogs, Shelby, Piper and Binbo. Thelma was retired from the VA Hospital in Aspinwall where she worked as an LPN. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Mavrovic, Elsie

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler Township | Get Directions
  • Elsie Schwagerus Mavrovic, of Churchill, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Mrs. Mavrovic was the beloved wife of the late Maximilian Mavrovic; mother of Dyyana Morigen also known as Sonja Sergi, of Miami Beach, Fla., and Maximilian J. Mavrovic, of Shaler Township; daughter of the late John and Therese Englehart Schwagerus; sister of the late Helen Weinrich and John Schwagerus; grandmother of Ralph M. Sharrett and Thomas J. Mavrovic; and aunt of Theresa Henderson. Celebrate Mrs. Mavrovic's life with her family at a memorial service at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh PA 15201. Arrangements by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Boulevard at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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McCrimmon, Janet Scotty 87

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1926-10-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Janet "Scotty" McCrimmon, 87, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born Oct. 1, 1926, in Scotland, she was a retired nurses' aide from UPMC McKeesport with 30 years of service and a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Duquesne. She enjoyed gardening, bingo and her pet dogs. She was the wife of the late Donald McCrimmon; mother of Donald "Scotty" McCrimmon; and sister of the late Margaret Prasher. At her request there will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Nath, Henrietta B. 77

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henrietta B. Nath, 77, of Whitehall, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Vera (Wessol) Orchowski; mother of Steve Nath, Linda (Joe) Killgallon and Amy Nath (Kramer Turner); grandmother to Michelle (Phil) Johnson and Megan and Michael Killgallon; and also survived by her sisters, Lillian Orchowski and Lucille Marcucci as well as Robert Nath and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Daniel Orchowski, Robert Orchowski, Marie Price and Alice Nossokoff. She was kind to everyone she met and brave in the face of cancer. The world lost a loving person and we are left to make our lives better in the hopes to measure up to the woman she was. Some of her best times were with her family and her faithful cat, Sam. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A blessing service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Cieslak and Tatko Funeral Home. Please sign the online register at http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Osman, William R. 65

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Osman, 65, of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Puhala) Osman for 21 years; loving father of William (Sandy) Osman, of North Carolina, and Amy (Scott) Harris, of Turtle Creek; loving stepfather of Kevin Herskovitz, of Latrobe; grandfather of Marris and Will Osman, Spencer, Noah and Jaden Kies, Emily and Hannah Harris and Eddie Herskovitz; great-grandfather of Ayden Fletchall; brother of Jack (Judy) Osman, of Turtle Creek, Mickey (Mary Ann) Osman, of Monroeville, and Susan Tepke, of Turtle Creek; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill was a Vietnam War Army Veteran, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a licensed funeral director for 15 years, having retired from Lopatich Funeral Home in Latrobe. Prior to his career in funeral service, he was a computer operational manager at Westinghouse for 25 years. Bill was a life member of the Turtle Creek Fire Department and was a member of AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians), Division No. 17 in Monroeville. Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Avenue at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at. Bill will be laid to rest, with military honors, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Romanelli, Elizabeth A. 47

  • Franklin Park Borough
  • Born: 1966-11-16
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann (Neidhardt) Romanelli, 47, of Franklin Park Borough, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. Born Nov. 16, 1966, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Edward and Barbara (McIntyre) Neidhardt. She married Daniel Romanelli April 28, 1990, in St. Ursula Parish. She was a member of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Sewickley. Beth worked for 9-West for 21 years, beginning on the floor and moving up to the regional manager of the Northeast. For the last two years, she has enjoyed a rewarding career as district merchant with Macy's. Beth enjoyed reading, fashion and classic rock. She liked sports and traveling. She loved her family above all. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Romanelli; three daughters, Kayla Makenna and Juliana Romanelli, all of Franklin Park; parents, Edward and Barbara (McIntyre) Neidhardt, of Cranberry Township; sister, Susan Rosa, of Bethel Park; and her brother, Edward (Colleen) Neidhardt. Beth's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Sts. John and Paul Catholic Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road in Sewickley with Father Joseph R. McCaffrey officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor to her daughters' college fund. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Beth's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Ruckert, Diane L. 50

  • Formerly of Wexford
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Diane Louise (McClain) Ruckert, 50, of Monroe, N.C., formerly of Wexford, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marian McClain, of Wexford. She is survived by her husband, Charles; sister, Karen (Robert) Clinton, of Cranberry Township; brother, Mark (Deanna) McClain, of Harmony; niece, Nicole Woolslare; nephews, Ryan, Matthew and Kory McClain; and stepson, Charles Ruckert Jr. and his five children. Diane was a 1981 graduate of Richland High School, Gibsonia. She went on to receive a degree in cosmetology from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Friends received at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, until the prayer service at noon at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford.
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Volomino, Vincent M. 90

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Vincent M. Volomino, 90, of Munhall, died Thursday, April 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Velma (Besnak) Volomino; loving father of Sandy Sullivan and Michael Volomino; grandfather of Paul (Jen) Volomino, Melinda Volomino and Vinnie Volomino, Michael (Mara) Sullivan and Shane (Sara) Sullivan; and great-grandfather of Alyssa, Angelo, Dominic, Cortland, Callen, Maggie and Anna. Vincent served in the Army during World War II in the tank division and was the second tank to cross the Rhine in the European Theater. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. No visitation Easter Sunday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Munhall. Interment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Zagorski, Leonard F. 94

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Leonard F. "Sarge" Zagorski, 94, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the husband of the late Kathleen R. Zagorski; loving father of David (Ruthie), Richard (Dona) and the late Michael (surviving wife Linda) Zagorski; proud grandfather of Amy, Mark, Matthew and Laura and also two great-grandchildren; and brother of Isabell Kochanowicz and the late Ralph Zagorski and Florence Paga. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME, 512 Grant Ave., Millvale, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. Lenny served in the Army for five years in the Corp of Engineers. After his military service in World War II, he then worked for the H.J. Heinz Company for 40 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 9199 (Shaler) and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Family suggests memorials to the Holy Spirit Church, 608 Farragut St., Pittsburgh, PA 15209, where he was a member.
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Westmoreland County

Conners, Mildred L. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1929-07-26
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mildred L. Conners, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Country Haven Personal Care Home. She was born July 26, 1929, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Sarah Ritenour Hoyle. She is survived by one daughter, Sarah, Miller, of Mt. Pleasant; one son, Ken Conners (Karen), of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Eckenroad, of Scottdale, and Colleen Schwartz, of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Kenneth Hoyle Jr., of Scottdale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Conners; and a daughter, Sandra A. Conners. As per the wishes of Mrs. Conners, there will be no public viewing or services and interment will be private. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Costanza, John B. 68

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1946-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John B. Costanza, 68, of Herminie, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 20, 1946, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Domenico and Nora (Smith) Costanza. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Castine; and five brothers-in-law, Marvin Turnbull, George Price, Albert Castine, Russell Elliot and Robert Peoples. Johnny was kindhearted and a hard worker. He was proud to be a barber in Herminie since 1963 until currently, when his illness worsened. He owned his own water hauling business from 1979 to 2013 and also owned a garbage route from 1980 to 1996. He was Sewickley Township supervisor up until 2010 and was a life member of the Herminie Wendel Athletic Association. He was also an active board member of the Municipal Sewage Authority of the Township of Sewickley. He enjoyed gardening and loved sharing his vegetables with his family and friends. He leaves behind Erica and Johnathin; a brother, Louis (Barbara ) Costanza, of Irwin; four sisters, Olive Turnbull, of Michigan, Ann Price, of Pitcairn, Kathleen Elliot, of Irwin, and Michaeleen Peoples, of Grapeville; numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Johnny will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Per Johnny's wishes, there will be no public visitation. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements.
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Galley, Donald R. 79

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-05-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Galley, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 27, 1934, in Youngwood, a son of the late Thomas and Virginia Griffiths Galley. Mr. Galley was a 1953 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30. During his life, he was employed as a mechanic, having worked with his father at Galley's Auto. He also worked as an insurance adjuster, welder and truck driver. He was the former owner of the Pizza Galley Shop. Don was an original member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and also was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, 28th Division, 110th Infantry Service Company, where he attained the rank of Specialist 5. He was a member of New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood and was a member and volunteer at the Bullskin Township Senior Center. Don loved hunting, fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Miner Galley, whom he married Aug. 21, 1972; daughter, Sandy Heide and her husband, Ernie, of Yukon; sons, Douglas Ullery, of Philadelphia, and Darrin Ullery and his wife, Tammy, of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Nicole Hedrick, Bobby Hedrick and Matthew Ullery, his special "buddy"; great-grandchildren, Shane, Laiken, Kylee and Kain; a brother, Larry Galley and his wife, Carol, of Scottdale; many nieces and nephews and their families; and his special friend, his pet dog, Aga. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Wingrove Galley; and a daughter, Rhoda Galley Fabian, who died July 1, 2013. Family and friends are invited to attend a committal service at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, with the Rev. David Hixon officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested by the family to New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood in memory of Donald R. Galley. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hissem, John W. 77

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1936-11-02
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • John W. Hissem, 77, of Stahlstown, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Ruffsdale, a son of the late Harry T. and Margaret Bowser Hissem. Prior to his retirement, John worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ripepi's in Monongahela. He was a member of the Stahlstown Senior Citizens and was Protestant by faith. John is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Ethel B. Tinkey Hissem; his children, John Hissem and fiancee, Stacie, Susan Hixson and husband, David, and Frances Will and husband, Mark, all of Ligonier, Kevin Hissem and fiancee, Wanda, of Acme, David Hissem and wife, RoniSue, of Mt. Pleasant, Karen Wemer and husband, Tim, of Dacula, Ga., Richard Nedrow and fiancee, Dawn, of Indian Head, Tammy Shawley and Brian Hunt, of Stahlstown, and Kimberly Eicher and husband, Chris, of Mt. Pleasant; his 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; his brothers, Harry Hissem and wife, Glenda, of Latrobe, and Henry Clay Hissem and wife, Polly, of Stahlstown; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Kerm Miller, of Lore City, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, the hour of a funeral service, in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, with the Rev. Keith Hauger officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Action for Animals, 125 Fairview Lane, Derry, PA 15627 in memory of John W. Hissem. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Levendosky II, John Butch T. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1948-06-02
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John T. "Butch" Levendosky II, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of Derry, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 2, 1948, in Latrobe, a son of the late John T. "Jack" and Edna L. McManamy Levendosky. He was a member of Word of Life Ministries in Greensburg; a graduate of Derry Area High School; a Vietnam War Navy veteran; life member of the VFW; and a former EMT with the Derry Area Ambulance Service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas A. Levendosky; and a nephew, Chad Horwat. Butch is survived by his sister, Rebecca L. Kercher (James), of Townsend, Mont.; two brothers, Robert F. Levendosky (Joyce), of Greensboro, N.C., and David M. Levendosky (Marcie Beaman), of Derry; an aunt, Peg O'Hara, of Bowie, Md.; a niece, Tina Levendosky; and three nephews, Adam and Andrew Levendosky, and Jimmie Beaman. Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Curt Detar officiating. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Lupyan, Miriam L. 61

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1952-11-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Miriam Louise Lupyan, 61, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 1, 1952, in Braddock, daughter of the late John George and Nellie Doloris Dennis Sage. She worked for Breeze Industrial Products Corporation in Saltsburg. Miriam was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Yurek; and a brother, John "Jack" Sage. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Ronald Richard Lupyan; two children, James Lupyan and Christie Colello and husband, James; two grandchildren, Kayla and Laurna Colello; and siblings, Jean Hilbert and husband, George, Flo Love, Sally Lanyi and husband, George, and Frank Sage and wife, Kathy. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with the Very Rev. Larry J. Kulick J.C.L., Pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti) with an additional viewing one-half hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Thelma R. 71

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-05-04
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Thelma R. Miller, 71, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1942, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Wilmer "Shorty" and Mary (Mitchell) Edmundson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Oliver Edmundson. Thelma is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Clyde C. Miller; her daughter, Kelly (Scott) Miller; grandson, Justin Miller (whom Thelma was very devoted too), all of Latrobe; her sister, Eva (Robert) Morris, of Aiken, S.C., and her brother, R. Dean (Debbie) Edmundson, of Derry; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was the judge of elections for many years at the Saxman District of Derry Township and loved to go camping. Friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Chad Somerville officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made to whttp://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Novaleski, Marcia A. 60

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Marcia Alexis Novaleski, 60, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Transitions Autumn Grove, Harrisville. Born in New Kensington, she was the daughter of Frank Novaleski and the late Dorothy Domansky Novaleski. Marcia had worked as a cook at the Gold Oasis. Besides her father, she is survived by her brother, Frank J. (Peggy) Novaleski, of Harrisburg, and her twin brother, Mark A. (Sylvia) Novaleski, of New Kensington; several nieces and nephews; and cousins. Services and burial are private. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 1101 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. Arrangements are being handled by RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Arnold and Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pletcher, James R. 69

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1944-10-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James R. Pletcher, 69, a longtime resident of Ruffsdale, died Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014, in RNC of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg, while being comforted by his loving family. Jim's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with his pastor, Bob Chambers, Minister, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Quakenbush, Tyler L. 21

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1992-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Tyler Lee Quakenbush, 21, of Latrobe, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Tyler was born Oct. 23, 1992, in Latrobe. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Brenda (Leonard) Quakenbush and Vic Mills, of Latrobe; three brothers, Blake, Collin and Luke, all of Latrobe; his maternal grandmother, Virginia (Barra) Leonard, of Latrobe, and pap, William Hanson, of Greensburg; and aunts and uncles, Drew (Rhonda) Leonard, of Greensburg, William (Jessica) Hanson, of Greensburg, Lori (Dave) Albright, of Greensburg, Chrissy (Raphael) Albright, of Latrobe, Tom Mills, of Greensburg, and Jake Hanson, of Greensburg. Tyler is also survived by his true love, Hailee Knott; and his little buddy, Kameron, of Youngstown, Pa.; and a host of relatives and good friends too numerous to mention. Waiting in heaven to play a game of horseshoes, is his maternal grandfather, Clark "Pap" Leonard. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. David Von Schlichten, Pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Reihner I, Herbert C. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-03-23
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Reihner I, 91, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 23, 1923, in Washington, Pa., a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Amon) Reihner. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Plasteel Products, Washington, Pa. He was a member of West Washington United Methodist Church, and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ralph Riethmiller and Alan Broadway. He is survived by his wife, Ethel L. (Howard) Reihner; three sons, Herbert C. Reihner II, of Florida, Paul E. Reihner and his wife, Marianne, of Washington, Pa., and Jeffery A. Reihner and his wife, Holley, of Waynesboro; three daughters, Connie L. Riethmiller, of Norfolk, Va., Diana L. Broadway, of Florida, and Vicky L. Ahrens and her husband, Eric, of Greensburg; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Reihner, of Washington, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Ken Loomis officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rusnak, Joseph

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1932-03-18
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Joseph Rusnak was born on March 18, 1932, in Monessen, to John and Elizabeth Rusnak. He was the youngest of five children. He was predeceased by his siblings John, Mary, Margaret and Michael. He was a graduate of Monessen High School and served in the U.S. Army. On May 17, 1958, he married his wife, Sonia, and they moved to New York where they raised their four children. They spent the last 25 years living in Valley Stream, N.Y. His first job was in the Pittsburgh Steel Mill. He then spent more than 40 years as a milkman, eventually owning his own business Moo Moo Milk Corporation. He passed away suddenly on April 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Sonia; four children, Nina of Valley Stream, N.Y., Gregory and his wife, Gillian, of Cederhurst, N.Y., Elizabeth of Peekskill, N.Y., and Maria and her husband, Thomas, of Mastic, N.Y.; four grandsons, Daniel, 29, Alexander, 24, Jeremy, 22, and Thomas Jr., 19; granddaughter, Ayeesha, 27; and two great-granddaughters, Kira, 8, and Layla, 2. Despite moving to New York, he was a lifelong Terrible-Towel-waving Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, April 21, 2014, in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062, http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, at noon in the funeral home, with the Rev. Father Dragan Filipovic officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends are invited to Jim's memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment will be private. A reception will immediately follow the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Wells, Martha B. 88

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martha B. Wells, 88, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1926, in Unity Township, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Florence Scherer. Prior to retirement, Martha worked in the office at Idewild Park, Ligonier. She was a member of United Church of Christ Trauger, did volunteer work at Latrobe Hospital and the Pleasant Unity Food Bank and did taxes for the elderly at the senior center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick E. Wells; a daughter, Vera Zawalsh; an infant son, Freddy; siblings, Elmer Scherer Jr., Vera Sobinsky, Edna Eckenrod and Ray Scherer. The most important things in her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the loving mother to her daughters, Barbara Wells, of Ridgeway, and Karen (Joe) Herrod, of Latrobe; loving grandmother to Eric (Georganna) Zawalsh, Jason Herrod, Adam (Kelly) Zawalsh and Shelby and Jordan Wells. She was the loving Great-Grammy Candy to Ronnie, Cayden, Tristan, Brianna and Lydia Zawalsh. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in United Church of Christ, 107 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. David J. Ackerman officiating. Please go directly to the church Saturday. Interment will follow at St. Paul Reformed Cemetery.
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Wigfield, Anna Belle

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-12-06
  • Died: 2014-04-02
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Anna Belle Wigfield, of Latrobe, Cook Township, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Harold B. Walter and Grace K. (Flowers) Walter Dira. Anna Belle was a member of Latrobe Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for 41 years. Her faith in God's promises found in the Bible is a legacy she passed down to her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Walter; and her stepfather, Frank Dira. She is survived by her husband of more than 62 years, George W. Wigfield; five children, H. Wesley Wigfield and his wife, Patricia, of Latrobe, Matthew W. Wigfield and his wife, Faye, of Curtisville, Katherine A. Hunter and her husband, David, of Latrobe, Rebecca S. Lewis and her husband, Jeffrey, of Jeannette, and William E. Wigfield and his wife, Anita, of Rector; six grandchildren, Amanda Olson (Eric), Dawn Glew (Jason), Tara Gentleman (Jeremiah), Emily Lee (Brandon), Michelle Metzler (Regis) and Shanna Horner (Brian); and 10 great-grandchildren, Kayley, Logan, Ethan, Quentin, Jaden, Eleora, Mason, Maddox, Laelah and Dylan. There will be no funeral home visitation and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Latrobe Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 549 Charles Houck Road, Latrobe. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. in Latrobe is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Wysocki, Teofilia Tillie 85

  • East Vandergrift
  • Born: 1929-03-05
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire- Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Teofilia "Tillie" Wysocki, 85, of East Vandergrift, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born March 5, 1929, in East Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stanislawa "Stella" Chondzinska Krulikowski. She was employed as a cook for the former Traversa's Restaurant and Isaly's store, both in Vandergrift. Tillie was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in East Vandergrift, where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She enjoyed spending time with her cat, Kitty, and her family. Survivors include her two daughters, Suzanne (Donald) Cole, of Kiski Township, and Cynthia (Brian) Heinle, of Brackenridge; two sons, Ernest (Jill) Wysocki, of Windber, and Christopher (Melissa Gourley) Wysocki, of Kiski Township; 13 grandchildren, Jason (Virginia) Cole, Gabriel (Jannelle) Cole, Nathan Cole, Bethany (Grant) Gourley, Drew Heinle, Brian Heinle, Mallory Heinle, Neil Wysocki, Ryan Wysocki, Connor Wysocki, Merissa Spears, Morgan Wysocki and Maggie Wysocki; 13 great-grandchildren, Heaven, Zoe, Neo, Kai, Gavin, Logan, Keegan, Quinn, Aidan, Emma, Bella Cole, Beau and Knox Gourley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard, in 1992; and a daughter, Kathleen Theresa Wysocki, in 1962. Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at DUNMIRE-KERR-ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery, Vandergrift. To leave an online condolence, go to http://www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Armstrong County

Painter, Brieyonah M. 18

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1995-06-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Brieyonah Marie Painter, 18, of Rural Valley, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born June 6, 1995, in Kittanning, daughter of Susan Blusk and Walter Wright III. She was presently working at Charley's Restaurant in Rural Valley. She was scheduled to leave for the Marine Corps on May 12th. She graduated from Lenape Vo-Tech in 2013 in law enforcement. She loved camping. Survivors include her mother ( and her husband, Brad); father; brother, Johnathan Patcyk; sisters, Abigail Wright and Alivia Wright; grandparents, Roy and Carol Painter and Mandy Cornman and Walter Wright Jr.; great-grandmother, Lois Painter; great-grandfather, Marlin Cogley; great-grandparents, Jim and Peg Stuchell; and fiance, Ronald Klingensmith Jr. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Patricia Cogley; and great-grandfather, Ronald Painter Sr. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Toy officiating. Interment will be in Cochran Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Butler County

Berneburg, David O. 81

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, Mc Candless | Get Directions
  • David O. Berneburg, 81, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was the husband of Stephanie (Kline) Berneburg; father of Jeff (Diane) Berneburg, Debbie (Bob) Hayes and Tami (Gary) Waters. He also leaves behind his eight grandchildren, Colt, Hunter and Hope Berneburg, Kelly and Katie Hayes and Courtney, Sami and Jack Waters. Mr. Berneburg was a retiree of Bell Telephone Company of PA, a life member of Peebles and Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, the International Right of Way Association and the Butler County Fire Chiefs' Association. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Dr., McCandless, where a fireman's service will be held at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, 9-11 Memorial Fund, 20727 Rt. 19, Suite 21, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Memories may be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Edwards, Betty M. 80

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1934-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Betty M. Edwards, 80, of Sarver, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Fair Winds Manor. Born Jan. 24, 1934, in West Tarentum, she was the daughter of Cecil M. Peters and Frances Shaffer Peters. Betty was a homemaker and nanny. She was a member of Lighthouse Fellowship Church, where she was a member of the Silver Saints and prayer groups. She enjoyed listening to radio and TV and also church activities. Surviving are her son, Jeff J. Edwards, of Sarver; three daughters, Pamela (Lance) Dasch, of Butler, Audrey McWilliams, of Cabot, and Vickie (Mark) Durst, of Sarver; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Melvin J. Edwards, on Nov. 21, 1993; two brothers, Bill Peters and Richard Peters; and two sisters, Kay Hickey and Joan Ealy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg, with the Rev. Richard Shick officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Ave., Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3000. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Hughes, Earl E. 81

  • Uniontown
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Earl E. Hughes, 81, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the presence of family members. Earl retired from Connellsville Area School District in 1994, was a veteran of the Korean War, and was a member of Pipeliners Local 798. Left to cherish Earl's memory are his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; and his loving children, daughter Cathy Piwowar and husband, Jim; son Chuck and wife, Peggy, son Mark and wife, DeeDee, and son Bill and wife, Robin; grandchildren: Michelle Schrock, husband, John and daughters, Tess and Piper, Jamie Piwowar and fiancé, John Lewis, Mark Hughes II, fiancée, Sarah Jordan and daughter Hannah, Miranda Jacobs, husband Joel and daughters Emma and Abbey, and Nicolette Hughes; an extended family of grandchildren, Tatum Miller, husband Donnie, and daughters Sabrina and Sierra, Tommy Burrie, wife Angie and sons Easton and Kace, Meghann Richards, husband Ben, and son Cooper and Caitlyn Burrie; siblings, Doris Stollar, Mary Ranko, Leo Hughes, and Sharon Simpson and husband Fred; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC. A memorial service to celebrate Earl's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Fairchance Free Methodist Church, 59 S. Morgantown St., Fairchance, officiated by Pastor Kenny Rockwell. Military honors will be accorded by the AMVETS, Post No. 103. Your personally written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fairchance Free Methodist Church.
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LaCarte, Emma T. 99

  • Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Emma T. LaCarte, 99, of Belle Vernon, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in The Residence at Hilltop, Carroll Township. A complete obituary will be published Saturday and Sunday. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver Township, with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.
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Waggle Jr., John E. 80

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1933-09-27
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • John E. Waggle Jr., 80, of Vanderbilt, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the Hillside Manor Personal Care Home in Uniontown. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, and until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dawson with the Rev. Dan Bryant officiating. Interment will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Connellsville American Legion, VFW and Trotter American Legion. Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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Indiana County

Kelly, Sarah J. 83

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1931-01-02
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Sarah J. (Stitt) Kelly, 83, of Blairsville, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. She was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Clymer Road, daughter of Roy Stitt and Orpha (Barr) Stitt. She was a member of the Christian Church, Pine Flats. She was an avid Bingo player and also enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her son, Kenneth W. Kelly and Vicki, of Indiana, Pa.; daughters, Carol J. Biss and husband, Alex, of Harrisburg, Kellie J. LaVanish and husband, John, of State College, and Linda S. Emert and husband, Bob, of Darlington; son, Ed Kelly Jr., of Blairsville, son, Michael A. Kelly and wife, Darci, of Derry; son, Mark L. Kelly and Jean, of Blairsville; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, James Stitt; and sisters, Mary Collins and Carroll Siverd. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Stitt; mother, Orpha (Barr) Stitt; husband, Clarence E. "Ed" Kelly, in 2011; and sisters, Margaret Sabo and Minta Forsha. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home Inc., Blairsville. The Rev. Robert Cummings officiated. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Ligonier Gardens and also ICCU at Excela Health for their excellent care of Mother. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Rhodes, David A. 70

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1943-12-12
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • David A. Rhodes, 70, of Blairsville, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Born Dec. 12, 1943, in Carlisle, he was a son of the late David N. Rhodes and Ruth E. (Rausch) Rhodes. He supported and was married in First United Methodist Church, Blairsville. He was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church, McKeesport. He was an Army Veteran. David had worked at Seasonal Industries, Indiana, Pa., as an accountant. He loved to work on cars and also detail them. He loved collecting antique and model cars. He also enjoyed model railroading. Dave had a big heart and enjoyed helping people. He was very charitable to many organizations. Dave loved his little dog, "Lady." He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen (Johnson) Rhodes, of Blairsville; son, David J. Rhodes and wife, Donna, of Bloomington, Minn.; granddaughter, Patricia Rhodes, of Minnesota; step-grandsons, Chad, Jason and William; four step-great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Rhodes, of Treasure Lake; sisters-in-law, Carol Lutz, Alice Starry and Georgann Johnson; brother-in-law, Howard Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-great-grandchild, Ella. The family would like to extend many thanks to all of the doctors and staff at Excela Health and Mountainview Specialty Care for all the care given to Dave over the years. In keeping with Dave's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Dave's name to Indiana County Humane Society, 65 Haven Drive, Indiana, PA 15701 or to a charity of your choice. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Pigeon, Joseph Jr. 89

  • Bentleyville
  • Born: 1924-06-16
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Joseph Pigeon Jr., 89, of Bentleyville, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the emergency department of the Washington Hospital. He was born June 16, 1924, in Cokeburg, a son of Joseph Pigeon Sr. and Danitza Grdic Pigeon. He was a 1942 graduate of the Bentleyville High School. A veteran, Mr. Pigeon served during World War II from 1943 to 1946 with the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Medical Corp. He was a member of the Miner’s Club in Richeyville and was a life member of the Bentleyville Volunteer Fire Department. On April 17, 1961, he purchased from his father, Pigeon’s Tavern in Bentleyville and operated the tavern with his wife. Mr. Pigeon also worked for the Pigeon Creek Sanitary Authority. His wife, Alma Louise McGavitt Pigeon, died Sept. 25, 1988. Surviving are his children, Joyce Morich (the late Randy) of Daisytown and Joseph Pigeon, III (Kerry) of Scenery Hill; grandchildren, Chad Vincent Morich, Dana Elizabeth Morich, Joseph Pigeon IV and Tressa Leigh Pigeon; great-granddaughter, Danisa Joy Morich; brother, Walter Pigeon (Margaret) of Monessen; sisters, Dianne Luketich, Frances Hohn (Robert) and Lucille Weis, all of Bentleyville, Irene Gunderman of North Versailles and Evelyn Basel of Belle Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his brother, Charles Pigeon; and stepmother, Helen Pigeon. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMPSON-MARODI FUNERAL HOME INC., 809 Main St., Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, with the Pastor Ken Custer officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 165, Bentleyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bentleyville Public Library, 931 Main St., Bentleyville, PA 15314. Visit http://www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.
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Leeman, Ronald L. 71

  • Cooksburg
  • Born: 1943-01-06
  • Died: 2014-04-17
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  • Ronald Lee Leeman, 71, of Cooksburg, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was born Jan. 6, 1943, in Upper Burrell Township. He was a retired security guard. He enjoyed traveling to Florida, motorcycles and model airplanes. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Leeman, of Cooksburg; mother, Gladys Leeman, of Vandergrift; sons, Ronald L. Leeman Jr., of California, Robert Sean Leeman, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Edward Klonowski, of Baltimore, Md.; daughters, Kelli Trainor, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Nancy Delier, of Charleston, W.Va., Suzanne Klonowski, of Brookville, and Paula Leach, of Moseley, Va.; sisters, Sarah Artman of Vandergrift, and Carol Thickey, of Carlisle; and 17 grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to STEVERSON, HAMLIN and HILBISH FUNERALS AND CREMATIONS, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, 352-343-4444. Online condolences may be left at http://www.steversonhamlinhilbish.com.
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Pontius, Robert G. 90

  • Worcester
  • Died: 2014-04-12
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  • Robert Gilmore Pontius, M.D., 90, died peacefully Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. He is survived by his former wife, Mary T. Pontius; five children and their spouses, Helen (David) King, Diane (Hassan) Pontius, Louise (Dennis) Wunder, Joan (Filip) Pontius and Gil Pontius; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Jean Rathbone and Jo Pogue. He is predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Pontius; and stepbrother, William Meyer. Robert was born in 1923 in Palmerton to Ellen Kate Gross Pontius and the Rev. Paul Reid Pontius. Following the death of his mother, and his father's remarriage to Eleanor Walthour Meyer, Robert and his family moved to Greensburg. Robert had attended Mercersburg Academy, Haverford College, and as part of the Navy's V12 program, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served as a physician in the Navy during the Korean War. Surgical training included positions at Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. As a heart surgeon in Pittsburgh, he had served as president of a chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the American Heart Association. His accomplishments at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh include performing the hospital's first successful pump-oxygenator open-heart surgery on children. Robert's surgical mottos included: "First of all, do no harm", "Everybody makes mistakes" and "Never say Oops!". Later life, Robert was an active member of the Pontius Family Association. He enjoyed swimming at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park Pool, attending college reunions, keeping in touch with his previous patients and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed following sports, especially wrestling and football. In 2012, he moved to Worcester, Mass., to be near his son. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at University of Pittsburgh Heinz Chapel. A reception at the University Club will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the donor's choice of organization investigating congenital heart disease and/or the ethical care of patients. http://www.ricefuneralhome.com.
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