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Abbinanti, Mariano 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Mariano "Sonny" Abbinanti, 82, of Shaler Township, formerly of the North Side, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by loving family. He was the beloved husband of 59 years of the late Joan R. (Dietz) Abbinanti; father of Deborah (Frank) Stamos and Michael (Kristina) Abbinanti; brother of the late Frances Gregory; grandfather of Kimberly (Jerald) Meyer, Keith (Michelle) Stamos, Michelle and Michael Abbinanti and Jessica Joy Olson; and great-grandfather of Hailey and Olivia Meyer and Peyton and Reese Stamos. Mariano, "Sonny," or also called "Mario," worked as a boy for his family's market, Abbinanti's Market, on Arch Street, stocking shelves and making home deliveries with a horse-drawn cart. He later drove for Dad's Root Beer, worked for McKinney's Hinge and Allis-Chalmers. For many years, until just a few ago, he worked in the Party Cake Shop as a baker. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man who was a friend to everyone. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Peter's Church, 740 Arch St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Chapel, 1704 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Agostoni, Dr. David B. 69

  • Ohio Township
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dr. David B. Agostoni, 69, of Ohio Township, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Karen "the Redhead" Agostoni for 43 years; devoted father of Lisa M. Agostoni and Jason D. (Dr. Jacqueline Weaver) Agostoni; loving grandfather of Skyler Agostoni; caring brother-in-law and friend of Edward (Colleen) Kalchthaler; and fun-loving uncle of Nicole, Edward and Rhiannon Kalchthaler. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Teresa Agostoni. Dr. Agostoni graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School in 1971 and practiced dentistry for 43 years. He was passionate about his profession and his patients. He owned and operated dental practices in North Hills, Evans City and Portersville. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a farewell service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Catholic Hospice for their help and compassion. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Alfieri, Concetta 89

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Concetta "Connie" (Russo) Alfieri, 89, of Turtle Creek, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Virginia Russo; wife of the late Joseph Alfieri; beloved mom of Martin, Jim and Vincent (Denise) Alfieri; grandma of Tracy (Chad) Staller, Tony (Jennifer) Alfieri, Melanie (Joe) Lauterbach, Matt Alfieri and Jennifer Alfieri; great-grandma of Jake Ava, Gabby, Lily, Rona, Joey and Lindy; sister of Louise (late Phillip) Calabrese, Anthony (Patty) Russo and Michael (Sylvia) Russo and the late Joseph (late Blanche) Russo and late Lena (late Frank) DeCarlo; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.
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Barclay, Chester Whitey 87

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Chester "Whitey" Barclay, 87, of Rankin passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Anka (Mesko) Barclay; loving father of Janie and Ruthanne Barclay; uncle of Betty Anne (Jack) Steele; special friend and companion of Fran Guarin; grandfather of Marty Matelan, Michelle (Joe) Lagnese, Nick (Jen) Matelan, Amy Cush (Josh) Obusek and David (Elyse) Kalaluhi; 12 great-grandchildren; brother of the late Joan Fogel and Ida Schweiger; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was an active member of St. Michaels Orthodox Church, a member of the ACR club in Rankin and the Slovak Club in Braddock. He enjoyed swimming at Sandcastles and spending time with his family. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, with Parastas at 3 p.m., at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 4th Ave., Rankin, PA 15104, with blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at funeral home, then Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michaels Greek Orthodox Church, Rankin. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Bodenlos, Wilhelm Bill 91

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Wilhelm "Bill" Bodenlos, 91, of Allison Park, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Regina Bodenlos. He is survived by four children; one sister, Magdalena; and two nieces, Alika and Nina. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Ursula Church, Allison Park. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township.
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Bowen, Joyce L.

  • Glassport , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joyce Lynn Bowen, of Glassport, formerly of Duquesne, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Southwestern Health Center. Born in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Veronica "Tootsie" (Oeler) Bowen, of Ruffsdale, and the late James W. Bowen. She was a graduate of St. Anthony's School and participated in Special Olympics. She received a certificate for sign language. Joyce was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Zelienople. She was a sister of Jeanne "Cricket" (Dave) Sakson, of Ruffsdale, and Jill (late Blaine) Smith, of Glassport, the late James Bowen (his significant other, Nancy Maloney, of West Homestead), and the late Jeffrey Bowen. In addition to her mother and sisters, she is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will be held in the spring in honor of Joyce. Arrangements 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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Brezinski, Mary A. 87

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Mary Agnes (Rapp) Brezinski, 87, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Mrs. Brezinski was the beloved wife of the late Peter Brezinski; mother of George Brezinski (Kathleen), of Cranberry Township and the late Stephen and James Brezinski; daughter of the late Daniel S. and Agnes Schmader Rapp; sister of Lenore Dalmasso, of Franklin, and the late Ruth Rapp and Daniel J. Rapp; sister-in-law of Wanda Rapp, of Cleveland, Tenn.; and aunt of Tammy Cross (David) and Samuel Rapp. Celebrate Mrs. Brezinski's life with her family at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Church, Etna. Arrangements made by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Stained Glass Window Fund, All Saints Church, 19 Wilson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223.
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Burke, Patricia A. 69

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Lavery) Burke, 69, of Baldwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a long battle. She was the beloved wife of John C.; loving mother of Michelle (Eric) Rouillard, of McMurray, Bridget (Timothy) Leatherman, of Las Vegas, Nev., Maureen (Daniel) Boyer, of Lancaster, and Timothy (Caron) Burke, of Philadelphia; proud grandmother of Jasmine, Isabella and Bryce Leatherman, Elliot and Coen Boyer, and Conor and Emma Burke; sister of Kathleen (Burt) Hackett, Eleanor (the late Walt) Zilen, and Robert Lavery; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Burke, Patricia A. 69

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Lavery) Burke, 69, of Baldwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a long battle. She was the beloved wife of John C.; loving mother of Michelle (Eric) Rouillard, of McMurray, Bridget (Timothy) Leatherman, of Las Vegas, Maureen (Daniel) Boyer, of Lancaster, and Timothy (Caron) Burke, of Philadelphia; proud grandmother of Jasmine, Isabella and Bryce Leatherman, Elliot and Coen Boyer, and Conor and Emma Burke; and sister of Kathleen (Burt) Hackett, Eleanor (the late Walt) Zilen and Robert Lavery. She also is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. Funeral prayer at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Check, Virginia E. 93

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1921-11-15
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Virginia E. Check, 93, of McKeesport, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at home, where she was cared for by her beloved family. She was born Nov. 15, 1921, in Charleroi, the daughter of the late William and Katherine Hornbake Lauderback. She was the wife of the late Edward C. Check, who died March 23, 1999. Virginia was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in McKeesport. She was a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and was a former head nurse at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She is survived by her daughters, Karen E. Check, of McKeesport, Melinda L. Check, of Swissvale, and Virginia (Victor) Paez, of Slidell, La.; sons, Timothy E. Check, of McKeesport, Forrest E. (Jean) Check, of Port Vue, and Christopher E. "Eddie" Check, of Carlisle; grandsons, Damian Nunimaker, of Atlanta, Ga., and Zachary Paez, of Slidell, La.; and great-grandchildren, Mick and Stella Paez. Private visitation took place at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in the Corpus Christi Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Maranowski officiating. Interment followed at the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Ekas, Nancy J. 75

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1939-08-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. (Gould) Ekas, 75, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at her home, with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 8, 1939, in Tarentum, daughter of the late W. Preston and Lilly I. (Atkinson) Gould. She has lived most of her life in Tarentum and Natrona Heights. Nancy was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. She was a 1957 graduate of Tarentum High School and enjoyed gardening, camping, bird watching, traveling and shopping. Nancy especially enjoyed her family. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Floyd D. "Skip" Ekas; her children, Michael (Jill) Ekas, of Erie, Marcia Hampton, of Arlington, Va., and Jeffrey (Jodi) Ekas, of Buffalo Township; grandchildren, Daniel, Meagan, Jonathan, Jacob, Sara, Tyler, Ian and Luke; also surviving are her brothers, William Gould, of Etowah, N.C., and Robert Gould, of Tarentum. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Dorothea Gould. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with her pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff, officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The family suggests contributions to the charity of one's choice. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Evonich, George 71

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Evonich, 71, of Plum, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (Grindle) Evonich; loving father of Deborah Franciosi, George Evonich and Darlene (Bill) Gilboy; grandfather of Kate Vitek and Billy Gilboy; and brother of Michael (Terry) Evonich and the late Ann Wyncoop and Nancy Coleman. George started his automotive career at Essex, and then became a service rep for General Motors for more than 29 years. After retirement, he worked for Dominion Distribution as an eastern route supervisor. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bernadette Parish. Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Finerty, Father Bernard 79

  • Born: 1935-07-31
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Father Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap, 79, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Cumberland, Md., following several months of rapidly declining health. He was born to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty on July 31, 1935, and was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon). Father Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry and her husband, Jack; his brother, Gregory and his wife, Mary Ann; and many nieces and nephews. After attending the parish grade school, he entered St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman. In 1955, he was invested in the habit of the Capuchin Order and in 1956 professed his first vows as a friar. Father Bernard received a degree in theology in 1962 from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. Father Bernard was ordained on June 3, 1961, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Subsequently he attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, earning a Master of Education degree. As his first assignment and for most of the next 17 years he served in various capacities at St. Fidelis Seminary, including Dean of Studies and a classroom teacher. Being a fine athlete himself, he helped to coach the school's athletic teams. Father Bernard loved to sing and even composed songs for worship. He thoroughly embraced his ministry at the seminary and enjoyed the friendship of his confreres on the faculty. Father Bernard was an inspiration to the many students who attended the seminary from 1963 until 1980, when the school closed, a decision which broke his heart. Father remained at St. Fidelis for the next eight years to direct the newly founded Retreat Center. He was a well-known preacher of retreats, parish missions and recollection days. In 1988, he moved to Our Lady of Peace Friary, in Conway, which served as his base as he traveled throughout the country to preach. In 2000, he relocated to St. Clare Friary in Clairton, and continued his preaching ministry. One year later he became the director of Paul VI Pastoral Center in Wheeling, W.Va., coordinating retreats and conferences, while actively maintaining a vigorous preaching calendar. Father Bernard was assigned as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cumberland, Md., in 2003. He would remain in Cumberland the remainder of his life. In 2011, when the Catholic parishes of Cumberland were united as one parish, Our Lady of the Mountains, Father Bernard was named to the new pastoral staff. He had a great fondness for the people of SS. Peter and Paul Parish and subsequently the parishioners of Our Lady of the Mountains. He found great support among the people he served in Cumberland, many of whom regarded Father Bernard as the best priest they had ever known. His body will be received Monday, Jan. 26, at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul, 125 Fayette St., Cumberland, Md. Visitation and viewing will take place from noon until the prayer service at 7 p.m. Father Bernard's body will be received at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at St. Augustine Friary, 221 36th St., Pittsburgh. Visitation and viewing will follow until 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service will be conducted at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church, 228 37th St., Lawrenceville. Interment in the Friar's Plot at St. Augustine Cemetery will take place immediately after the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Father Bernard may be made to The Capuchin Friars, 220 37th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Professional services entrusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Garofolo, Marybelle C. 85

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Marybelle C. (Beattie) Garofolo, 85, of Monroeville, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Samuel Garofolo Jr. for 64 years. She was the loving mother of Rosemary O'Brien, of Hopewell, Deborah (Darryl) Luther, of McKeesport, and Samuel W. (Lisa) Garofolo, of Monroeville; cherished grandmother of Stacy McClelland Bell, Tom (Emily) O'Brien, Ian (Joanne) McClelland, Michael (Kyra) Garofolo and Nicole Garofolo; and great-grandmother of Dylan and Bryan Bell, Mia, Blake and Troy McClelland. Marybelle is also survived by her precious guardian and therapy dog, Ellie May. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Philip Beattie and her sister, Margaret Calcamp. Marybelle was a proud homemaker, an excellent cook, baker and seamstress and was passionate toward gardening in her remarkable yard. Marybelle enjoyed family trips to their camp in Jefferson County where she taught her children fishing and how to catch worms. Marybelle mostly enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren and all of her family. Friends will be welcome 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Glass, Lawrence E. 55

  • Plum
  • Born: 1959-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Glass, 55, of Plum, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Braddock Hospital, a son of the late John J. and Patricia (Mattiko) Glass. He was the loving husband of Carol (Kuehn) Glass, and cherished father of Amber E. Glass, of Morehead City, N.C., and Nicholas Glass, of Plum. He was stepfather of Katherine E. and Ryan S. Kuehn, both of Monroeville. Larry was also grandfather of Wyatt, son of Katherine. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Glass Jr., James P. Glass and Paul E. Glass. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a 1977 graduate of Plum High School and attended Warner University where he received a B.S. degree in business management. He also earned an A.S. degree in fire science technology. Larry dedicated his life to fire service and was currently fire chief of Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum. He was an advocate in educating children and parents in fire prevention. Larry took great pride and satisfaction in the training, mentoring and development of firefighters so they could better serve the community. He was a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 85. He was employed at the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a bus driver and was later promoted to dispatcher. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Joy Church, 2000 O'Block Road, Plum. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the Glass family suggest contributions to a college fund set up for Nicholas at Citizens Bank, Route 286, Plum.
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Glumac, Hilda J. 92

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (DeMutis) Glumac, 92, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George S. Glumac; loving mother of Georgianna (Charles) Wilson, Joyce (Brad) Lambert, David (Debra) Glumac, Tammy Glumac and Herbert (Lisa) Jones; grandmother of Richard Riccuti, Angela Batchlor, David Glumac Jr. and Alexander Glumac; great-grandmother of Brentley Batchlor, Luke Batchlor, Samuel Riccuiti, Richard Riccuiti Jr. and Anthony Riccuiti; also survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of David DeMutis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Susie DeMutis; and her siblings, Cecil DeMutis and Irene Brown. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Hartman, George F. 70

  • Mt. Lebanon , Formerly of Dormont
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • George F. Hartman, 70, recently of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Dormont, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the cherished brother of Elizabeth "Liz" (Dave) Molter, Constance O'Donnell, June (James) Serafini and the late Harry Hartman; and father of April Lempe. He also is survived by nieces and nephews. George was a proud Army veteran, a longtime member of the Dormont VFW and the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorials may be made to the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department or the Dormont VFW Post 694.
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Heatherington III, James 77

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James Heatherington III, 77, of West Homestead, passed suddenly Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. James was born in Munhall, the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Hood) Heatherington II. Jim was a retired roller from Mesta and WHEMCO in West Homestead. He was the beloved husband of Natalie (Pasay) Heatherington; loving father of Kelly (Mark) Oniboni and Timothy P. (Bonnie) Heatherington; cherished grandfather of Melissa and Lauren Oniboni; and brother of Jane Winters, Elizabeth (Steve) Minnich, Diane Heatherington and Eileen Litzinger. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 15120 (412-461-6394), where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Hirsch, James F.

  • Bellvue
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James F. "Chubby" Hirsch, of Bellvue, died Saturday Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Mary Ann "Boots" (Fisher) Hirsch; father of Kim E. Motycka (Steve), Amy K. O'Neill (Leo) and the late Frank E. Hirsch and James T. "Pat" Hirsch and his surviving spouse, Jane; loving grandfather of Nicole Motycka, Steven Motycka (Cait), Michael Motycka, Amanda, James, Frankie, Patrick and Julianne Hirsch. Chub had a scholarship to the University of Florida for football and baseball. After winning the SEC batting title, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Chub was the former mayor of Bellvue and a retired tipstaff for the Allegheny County Courts. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church.
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Holtzman, Rosemary A. 85

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1929-10-11
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Rosemary A. Holtzman, 85, of McKeesport, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Born Oct. 11, 1929, in Lawrenceville, she was a daughter of the late Albert Robert and Elizabeth Weber Ganter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Holtzman Sr.; brothers, Albert, Edward and Billy Ganter; and a sister, Leona Zeborski. She was a former member of St. Mary German Parish in McKeesport. Surviving are her sons, William F. (Laurie) Holtzman Jr., of Bethel Park, Edward (Frances) Holtzman, of North Huntingdon, Mark (the late Tracey) Holtzman, of McKeesport, and Craig Holtzman; and a daughter, Mary (Steve) Hand, both of Granite Falls, N.C.; also surviving are 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine (Albert) Perez; and a brother, Clarence Ganter, both of Penn Hills; many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Father Edward S. Litavec officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary German Cemetery, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Children's Hospital Foundation, 4401 Penn Ave., Central Plant Floor 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Hoole, Phyllis 66

  • Cheswick
  • Died: 2015-01-03
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  • Phyllis Hoole, 66, of Cheswick, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, with her loving loving sister, Char, by her side. She was born Dec. 15, 1949, to Diane and Paul Labovitz. Phyllis was employed at Deer Lakes Medical Center. She leaves behind her husband, Robert Hoole; her mother; three sisters, Charlene, Barbara and Roberta; her brother-in-law, Jack (Deanna) Hoole; her stepchildren, Brian (Cathy) Hoole and Jeff (Holly) Hoole; her five grandchildren, Torin, Tara, Adam, Courtney and Christopher; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Jose; and her two best friends, Judy and Janis. Her loving spirit will be missed by her many friends.
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Kahler, Mary E. 93

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Born: 1921-05-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Eva Kahler, 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Locust Grove, West Mifflin. Born May 28, 1921, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Madeline (Felentzer) Ruhe. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis E. "Pep" Kahler for 68 years; mother of Mary (Ronald) Mital, of North Versailles, and Thomas W. (Michele) Kahler, of Level Green; grandmother of Jeffrey Mital, Brittany (Alan) Lindsey and Brian Lindahl; and sister of the late William Ruhe and Madeline Vernon. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Katz, Stephen A. 72

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Stephen A. Katz, 72, of Squirrel Hill, died at home Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, of pancreatic cancer. He was the son of the late Israel Katz and Grace Lauar Katz Schmuckler; stepson of the late Nathan Schmuckler; beloved husband of Cindy Ross-Katz; brother of Arnie (Svea) Katz; brother-in-law of Sally R. Bentley, Richard (Lisa) Ross and Laura (Michael) Mannella; and son-in-law of Nina M. Ross. He was the greatly loved uncle of Sol (Sandi) Osterkatz, Leah (Nils) Oster-Katz, Todd (Sarah) Bentley, Lauren (Val) Mathelier, Kim (Dean) Steiner, Rachel Ross, Benjamin Ross, Sarah Ross, Michael Mannella and Michelle Mannella. Steve graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School, attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He was an avid Pitt football, basketball and baseball sports fan and was a Golden Panther and active in the School of Business Alumni Association. He served in the 911th Air Force Reserves and the 339th General Hospital Army Reserves. He was a CPA in Pittsburgh for almost 50 years, first working for Touche Ross, MainLafrentz, then J.K. Lasser, before beginning his own CPA practice. Steve led an active life as a CPA, sports enthusiast, loyal Pitt fan and avid golfer, being a longtime member of Westmoreland Country Club; but his true love was baseball. He played baseball at Taylor Allderdice as the leading pitcher. He realized after coaching one year of Pony League that he found a calling. He coached from the 60s through the 90s, initiating Squirrel Hill's participation in travel leagues and holding many leadership positions in the 14th Ward and JCC baseball programs, as well as the Director of the Pennsylvania Connie Mack League. His 1969 Junior Legion baseball team is still the only PA state champion team within the city of Pittsburgh. Baseball was a metaphor for life for Steve. He coached baseball but taught so many of life's lessons to his players. So many of his former players stayed in touch with him, recognizing how much he cared about them and taught them baseball as a way of life. In 2008, he received a well deserved award: The Ziggy Kahn Memorial Award from the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Western Pennsylvania. In 2013, Steve achieved a bucket list dream, to attend a baseball fantasy camp. He went to Yankee camp and relived his days as a pitcher. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, and Wednesday, one hour prior to services, from 1 to 2 p.m. Entombment will be in Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UPMC Cancer Center, Development Office, UPMC Cancer Center Pavillion, Suite 1B, 5160 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or 14th Ward Athletic Association, 2827 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Family Hospice Philanthropy Department, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.schugar.com.
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Kerekes, Mary 94

  • Formerly of Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary (Vatral) Kerekes, 94, formerly of Plum Borough, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a loving daughter of the late John and Anna (Shuster) Vatral; beloved wife of the late Jesse Kerekes; sister of Helen Michaliszyn, of West Mifflin, and the late Julia Allen, Margaret Peternel, Olga Mitchell, Frank, John, Michael and George Vatral; also survived by step-children, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Panachida will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday and a funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Cathedral followed by interment in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Kerr, Daniel R. 62

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Daniel Robert Kerr, 62, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert J. Kerr and Joan Orbin Kerr; and is survived by cherished daughter, Hannah Marie Smith, of Williams, Ariz.; loving sister, Nancy (Thomas) Junker, of Mt. Lebanon; beloved niece and nephews, Max (Stefanie), Parke (Kelly) and Lily (Joe McGranaghan); and grandniece and grandnephews, Annabelle, Reid, Tommy and Jack. A graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, Dan worked as a massage therapist and attended seminary in California where he lived for 30 years. Since returning home to Pittsburgh six years ago, he became active in the Allegheny Center Alliance Church where he was a well-loved member. A gentle, compassionate and kind soul, Daniel loved helping and healing others, ministering through prayer, playing guitar and singing, song writing, entertaining others with his impersonations and jokes, and riding his bike through his adopted neighborhood on the North Side. A man of unfailing faith, he now resides with his beloved Jesus. There will be no visitation, and the family plans a memorial service in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie.
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Kleeb, Lois S. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lois S. Kleeb, 88, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late George F.; mother of Thomas (Linda) and Robert (Linda) Kleeb; daughter of the late Theodore Russell and Miriam Hickler Schroth; sister of the late Naomi Rabold Fincke; grandmother of Kelli and Jeffrey Kleeb, Talia Gilrain and Kristin Johnson; and is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Lois was the former owner of Bendot's Beauty Shop and also sang in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the AARP Chorus. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kokoska, Louis 77

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Louis Kokoska, 77, of Rankin, passed away, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Beran) Kokoska; loving brother of Elizabeth Teamann; and uncle of Brian, Thomas and Kenneth Teamann. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by great-nieces and nephews. Louis was a laborer for US Steel and served in the Army. In lieu of flowers, family asks contributions to your local Meal on Wheels. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 4th Ave., Rankin, PA 15104. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Krall, Margaret A. 84

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Krall, 84, of West View, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard A.; loving mother of Margie Bolton and the late James Krall; mother-in-law of Tracey Krall; grandmother of Nathan and Jesse Krall, Christopher Snyder and Matthew Bolton; and sister of Maxine Holtz. No visitation or service. Professional sevices trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Kukurin, Elaine 91

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Dency) Kukurin, 91, of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George and Bertha (Kipila) Dency; beloved wife of 67 years to the late Rudy Kukurin Sr.; loving mother of Rudy Jr. (Virginia) Kukurin and Karen (Frank) Kordalski; grandmother of Frank Kordalski Jr. and Mike Kordalski; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Along with her twin (the late) Vilma, she was the youngest of 11 children. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ann, Mary, Bertha, Susan, Liz, Margaret, Helen, George and John. Elaine worked in the Westinghouse family of factories. She always enjoyed traveling, especially up to the mountains, (Ligonier, Somerset and Prince Gallitzin State Park.) She enjoyed baking nut-rolls and cookies and always had her cookie jar full for her grandchildren. Elaine was a deacon at Linway United Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Eric Dennis, officiating. http://www.kutchfuneralhomes.org.
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Lalaeff, Steven W. 80

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1934-08-13
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Steven W. Lalaeff, 80, of McKeesport, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Concordia of Monroeville. Born Aug. 13, 1934, in Duquesne, he was a son of the late Vasil and Anna (Kapolka) Lalaeff. A retired pipefitter at US Steel's Duquesne Works and a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, Steven was a member of the SOS Club of Serra High School, former maintenance man for Emmanuel Church in McKeesport, a former usher at St. Peter's Church in McKeesport and a former assistant football coach at Serra, Elizabeth Forward, and Yough High Schools. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Theresa C. (Farnan) Lalaeff; his son, Steven W. (Terry Knoll) Lalaeff Jr., of White Oak; daughters, Deanna C. Lalaeff, of McKeesport, and Marie (Kenneth) Ignasky, of Mt. Vernon; his two grandchildren, Angela and Adam Ignasky; his brothers, Nicholas (Jean) Lalaeff, of Michigan, and Phillip (Betty) Lalaeff, of Aliquippa; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Steven was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Radvansky, Mary Jaso, Margaret Evans, Agnes Kraynak, Ann Minnigh and Natalie Sokolowski. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Corpus Christi Church, McKeesport, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Lanza, Anna E.

  • Ingram
  • Born: 1924-10-06
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Anna Elisabetta Lanza, of Ingram, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The family mourns her death from a short illness. Anna was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Livorno, Italy, to Vincenzo and Eva (Donati) Colucci, and was one of four children. Anna married Joseph Lanza in Italy in 1945 and they were married for 48 years until Joe's death in 1993. They came to America in 1945. Anna and Joe lived in McKees Rocks until 1956, when they moved to Ingram and remained until their deaths. Mom was an exceptional cook, often watching Emeril and making his "dish of the day." She recently made her specialty meatballs for the family. She was a conscientious housewife and a talented seamstress. Anna was especially proud of her two children, Joseph Jr., of Greensburg, and Dr. Christina Dinklocker (Lanza), of Hinckley, Ohio. She enjoyed the accomplishments and many travels of her grandchildren, Anthony, Jason and Shelly. Anna attended St. Philip Church in early years, then attended Ascension Church most of her life. Mom was a loving, dedicated mother who made us laugh at her inventive ideas and marvel at her ability to come to America at 20 years old and teach herself to speak, read and write in English. A special highlight in her life was when she became an American citizen. Rest in peace and love always, Mom! Family and friends received from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Ascension Roman Catholic Church, 114 Berry St., Pittsburgh (Ingram), PA 15205. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. http://www.mcdermottfh.com.
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Livi, Ivan D. 94

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ivan D. Livi, 94, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Annabelle (Rigotti); father of Darla Jean (James) Mroski; son of the late Attilo and Maria (Lazzari); brother of the late George Livi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ivan Livi was employed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) for 42 years, assuming its presidency in 1978. During his 15 years at the helm, he took PIA to great success. During his tenure, the institution enjoyed its highest student enrollment, the largest number of graduates, and during the peak of the aviation industry was considered the leading aviation school in the United States. It was also during this time that PIA, on behalf of the OX5 Pioneers, restored the history-making airplane, "Miss Pittsburgh," that made the first airmail flight. That aircraft continues to proudly hang on display at the Pittsburgh International Airport. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations including Aviation Technician Education Council, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Northrop Rice Foundation and the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. He was celebrated as "Educator of the Year" by both the Aviation Technician Education Council and the Italian Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Lyons, Jo Ann 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Jo Ann Lyons, 84, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Jo Ann was retired from Giant Eagle, where she was a longtime cashier, and had worked at Monroe Bowl. She is survived by her children, Judith Travers (the late Robert), Robert Lyons (Anne) and Lawrence Lyons (Karen); eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a sister of Betty Stuber (the late Andrew), the late Richard and late Rita Long, Bonnie Hattman (Sally) and the late John Long. There will be no visitation. The family requests instead of memorial contributions, please go out and do an act of kindness for someone. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Manzo, Samuel P. 85

  • Wexford , Formerly of Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Samuel P. Manzo, 85, of Wexford, formerly of Wilmerding, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, with his loving daughter, Rosanne, by his side. Mr. Manzo was very active in his former Wilmerding community, working for the Wilmerding Borough as well as serving on the Wilmerding Borough Council, and he retired from the Port Authority. He enjoyed traveling, for the last years of his life, to Florida with his daughter and son-in-law and family. He was also an avid sports fan. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Rosanne (Aldo) Colalilloan; and brother, Anthony (Barb) Manzo. He was the grandfather of Samantha (fiance, Brian Finamore) Colalillo, Christina Colalillo and Marco Colalillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary (Botti) Manzo; his first wife, Sylvia (Muro) Manzo; second wife, Marie (Fisher) Manzo; son, Peter Manzo; and brother, Carmen (the late Joann). He was the stepfather of Jamey (Edward) Kelly, James (Karen) Fisher; and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Services will be private. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, are entrusted to arrangements.
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Miller, James R. 75

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Miller, 75, of McCandless, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hutchison) Miller; loving father of James K. Miller (Carolyn), Michelle M. Brungo (the late Craig) and Michael J. Miller (Christine); brother of Marilyn Pentland, Karen Chillcott, John Miller, Nancy Miller, Robert Miller, Richard Miller, Timothy Miller and the late Judy Fletcher; and grandfather of Brittany, Ashley, Allison, Lauren, Robert, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Megan. Jim was a retired McCandless police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Mockenhaupt, Ingeburg E.E. 93

  • Born: 1921-08-11
  • Died: 2015-01-15
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Ingeburg Esther Elizabeth (Wenz) Mockenhaupt, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Longwood at Oakmont. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Sllingen, Germany, a daughter of Hermann and Mina (Becker) Wenz. Her family arrived in New York, N.Y., in 1926, and she was a resident of the Pittsburgh area from the time of their arrival until her death. She married Alban Mockenhaupt on Aug. 23, 1947, and who passed away June 24, 2003. They raised their family in O'Hara Township. Inge moved to Longwood after her husband's death. Inge was devoted to her family and friends. She was a charter member of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where she served with CONTACT and with Stephen Ministry and volunteered for many church activities. She was employed at Burke Marketing Research for many years, and after retirement, she was involved in childcare in O'Hara Township. She enjoyed crafts and quilting. Inge was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Hildegard (John) Amuso. She is survived by one sister, Marguerite (Nevin) Rinaman, of Wexford; a son, Ronald (Linda) Mockenhaupt, of Oakmont; and three daughters, Karen (Bob) Richey, of Keswick, Va., Christal Mockenhaupt (Anthony Edmonds), of Media, and Robin Mockenhaupt (Ralph Popp), of Robbinsville, N.J.; a loving grandson and stepgrandchildren, Kieran Edmonds, Shawn Cleveland, Chatara Meyer, Kara Shafer and Kristen Popp; their children; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in the Ballroom at Longwood at Oakmont, 500 Route 909, Verona. Gifts for the Longwood Memorial Garden in honor of Ingeburg Mockenhaupt can be made to Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139. Professional services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Owens, Stewart E. 89

  • Liberty Bourough
  • Born: 1925-04-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Stewart E. Owens, 89, of Liberty Borough, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born in McKeesport, April 22, 1925, the son of the late Stewart and Olive Owens. Following his 1943 graduation from McKeesport High School, Mr. Owens enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served during World War II and again during the Korean War as member of the Air Force. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Owens returned to the Liberty Borough and began his lifetime of dedicated service to that community and the surrounding Mon Valley. Mr. Owens' contributions to Liberty Borough included more than 30 years as a member of the borough council and the proud distinction of serving as the community's first mayor in the 1960s. He also served on the borough's Planning Commission and was a lifetime member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Owens was a founding member of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and the McKeesport 911 Center and was a member of the South Allegheny School District's Board of School Directors. His extensive knowledge of local issues aided him well during his 18-year tenure as a field representative for US Congressman Joseph Gaydos. In addition to his innumerable political contributions, Mr. Owens was a faithful member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, serving as a Ruling Elder, Sunday school teacher, and as a member of numerous pastoral search, finance and building committees. Mr. Owens' dedication to his church was limitless and he could typically be found assisting with various maintenance projects in the church, even into his late 80s. In December 2014, Mr. Owens was presented with a 65-year membership pin by Local 230 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, having retired from the construction industry after 27 years as a carpenter and foreman. Mr. Owens also was associated with numerous civic organizations including Free and Accepted Mason - Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shriners, Liberty Borough Senior Organization and the Liberty Borough Veterans' Club. Mr. Owens will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, his hands-on leadership style, his attention to detail, his selfless service to his church and community and his dedication to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. In additional to his parents, Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothy; and his sister, Betty Lou Martin; as well as other cherished relatives, in-laws and friends. Mr. Owens will be dearly missed by his two children and their spouses, Deborah and Bruce Piker, of Liberty Borough, and David and Mary Ann Owens, of North Huntington; four grandchildren and their spouses, Colleen and Benjamin Stumpf, of Erie, Lindsey and Matthew Abel, of Latrobe, Eric Owens, of Tyson's Corners, Va., and Amy Owens, of North Huntingdon; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel Stumpf and Levi Abel. His surviving siblings include older sister, Edna Long, of Cypress, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Blaine and Arlene Owens, of Elizabeth; and sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Steve Mendel, of South Park; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, to the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Liberty Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charissa Clark Howe officiating. Procession and committal will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 900 Elizabeth St., McKeesport, PA 15133. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pelkey, Eleanor D. 88

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Eleanor D. (Banik) Francis Pelkey, 88, of Munhall, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Roy Francis and Ralph Pelkey; daughter of the late Michael and Anna Banik; mother of Norene Prodan, Jean (Charles) Seckel and Peggy Jean (George) Prisalac; sister of the late Mary Gajdzik, Anna Wedge, Margaret Finney and Steve Banik; grandmother of Lisa, Chuck, Rachelle, Lorene, Patrick and Sam; great-grandmother of Nick, Chelsea, Hallie, Denver, Charleigh, Alexa, Danica, Gunner and Blaise; godmother of Beverly Ann Finney; and also survived by nieces, Martha Hubans and Mary Ann Paylo. Eleanor was a resident of the Palms at O'Neil. She loved everyone there and enjoyed spending time with all of her friends. She will be dearly missed. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Prior, David M. 28

  • West Deer Township
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Ajak, Creighton | Get Directions
  • David M. Prior, 28, of West Deer Township, unexpectedly went to be with Jesus Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born March 28, 1986, in McKeesport, the son of Daniel M. and Lisa (Yajko) Prior, of West Deer Township. David was a graduate of Cheswick Christian Academy, Class of 2004. He worked at Emilia's Garden Restaurant, Harmar Township. He was a member of Abundant Joy Fellowship, Tarentum. David enjoyed life with his girlfriend, Sam and dogs. He liked to fish, disc golf, garden and cook. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Nate (Suzanne) Prior, of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and his sister, Hannah Prior, of St. John, US Virgin Islands; his grandmothers, Valencia Yajko and Amelia Fortuna; a nephew, Zachary Prior; his girlfriend of 10 years, Samantha Sherman, of West Deer Township; and several aunts and uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Paul Yajko and Walter Prior. Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 921 Freeport Road, Creighton, PA 15030. Services will begin following visitation in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening with his Pastor, the Rev. Greg Blythe, officiating. Burial will be private in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral and burial expenses.
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Reams, Bernadine M. 96

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1918-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Bernadine M. (Wieprzkowski) Reams, 96, of Reserve Township, formerly of North Side, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Ladislaus and Helen Weiprzkowski. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Reams; mother of the late Gerri (Edward) Chmura; grandmother of Michael (Tracy) Chmura, Marci Chmura, and Mark Chmura; great-grandmother of Melissa, Edward, Jeramey, Henry, Caelan, Nathan, Jordan and Cassidy; and great-great-grandmother of Daphne, Alyssa, Dorian, Kylie, EJ and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES WEST VIEW, 388 Center Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. She was a member of the 1941 Auxiliary Policewomen class, as well as the Christian Mothers of St. Peter Parish and the Oasis Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 110 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute with our online condolences at http://www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com.
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Robison, Matthew E. 39

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Matthew E. Robison, 39, of Verona, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Amy E. (Cullumber) Robison; loving father of Andrew, Owen and Mariana; son of Mary Ann Spehar; and brother of Patricia Steinbach and Jeannette Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to help with the children's education fund. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Ruch, Robert W. 79

  • Emsworth
  • Born: 1935-03-19
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Robert Wayne Ruch, 79, retired Avalon police officer, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, of natural causes, at his home in Emsworth. Mr. Ruch was born March 19, 1935, in Iowa. He served in the Army, in the Honor Guard. Following his service, Mr. Ruch continued to serve as an officer with the Kilbuck and Avalon Police departments until his retirement. Mr. Ruch was an active member of North Hills Boroughs and Township Police Association. Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and patriot. Robert Ruch is survived by his children, Mark Ruch, of Emsworth, Alisa Welsch, of Florida, Andrea Montgomery, of South Carolina, and Michelle Yeiser, of Virginia; grandchildren, Leanne Montgomery, Cody Ruch, Isabelle and Ava Yeiser; sister, Dorothy Falco; and cousin, Jackie Kralosky. He was preceded in death by brother, Gene Ruch. Friends received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the McDONALD - LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Fraternal Order of Police services will be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Russell, Bess 96

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1918-07-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Bess "Bessie" Russell, 96, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Lakeview Personal Care Home in Darlington. Born July 5, 1918, in Large, she was a daughter of the late James Trumbo and Dora (Rhodes) Trumbo, and wife of the late William Russell, who passed away June 29, 2002. Bessie enjoyed toll painting and woodcarving. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (George) Hart, of Salt Lake City, Utah; her five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Wilma Brnilovich; and brother, Ross Trumbo. No visitation is scheduled. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 221 N. Second St., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Hills. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care the last three years. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Saunders, Justine

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Justine (Kline) Saunders, of Lawrenceville, left us to be with her Lord on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. She was the daughter of Blanche and John Kline and wife of Donald Saunders. Justine was the beloved mother of John Kelly, Tad and Baby. She will be sorely missed by her family, Germaine, Paul and Paula McWilliams, as well as Jacqueline "Sis" McKee. A lifelong resident of Lawrenceville, Justine was devoted to The Divine Mercy, the welfare of animals, an avid reader of all things British, celebrated her Polish heritage and volunteering at her Senior Center on Butler Street. Friends received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Stanislaus Church. Her family respectfully requests that donations in Justine's memory be made to Animal Friends.
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Schillin, Edward J. 83

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Schilling, 83, of Ross Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice C. (Nauer) Schilling; loving father of Mark, Sharon (Dennis) Parkhill, Gary (Valerie), Gregg (Kathy) and Brian (Samantha); dear grandfather of Melissa Parkhill, Jamie (Jim) Seelman, Amanda, Jodi, Chelsea (Evan), Jacob, Zane and Blake; and great-grandfather of Kenley and Trenton. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Drive, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Schneider Jr., John L. 61

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • John L. Schneider Jr., 61, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved father of Ryan "RJ" Schneider and the late Evan L. Schneider; loving brother of Susann Schneider; son of the late John L. Sr. and Romayne Schneider; and is also survived by several cousins. John was a letter carrier for more than 20 years and was the mailman that all dogs (and cats) loved. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625.
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Slezak, Irene Z. 91

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Irene Z. (Zaremba) Slezak, 91, of Munhall, passed away Tuesday, Jan., 20, 2015, at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Slezak Sr.; three brothers; and two sisters. Irene was born June 21, 1923, in Homestead, daughter of the late Constanty and Kazmiera (Okonski) Zaremba. She is survived by two sons, Michael Slezak Jr. and Bernard Slezak, of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Annette Marchetti, of Beaufort, S.C.; also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb 21, 2015, at St. Agnes Church in West Mifflin. Entombment will follow with a private service in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Pittsburgh. Arrangement by SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Stampahar, Richard J. 83

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Richard Joseph Stampahar, 83, of O'Hara Township, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Harmar Village Care Center, due to complications of dementia. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Norine (Nolte) Stampahar; and children, Paul Stampahar, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Shelley (Walter) Stoecklein, of Pittsburgh, Sharon (Thomas) DeBlois, of Munroe Falls, Ohio, Scott Stampahar, of Pittsburgh, and Laurie (George) McClaran, of Pittsburgh. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jessica (Stoecklein) DeFelice, Meridith and Katherine Stoecklein, Tyler Matthew and Nicole DeBlois, Jayme and Macy McClaran. Born and raised in Lawrenceville, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Rogina) Stampahar, he was a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh. He served active duty during the Korean War in the armed forces working with the Atomic Cannon in Fort Sill, Okla. Upon discharge, he received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and his master's from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for Westinghouse and Heppenstall Companies until he found his two true passions: real estate and politics. He worked as a broker in sales with Commonwealth Realty Co., Oliver Realty and as a CPM with Grubb Ellis. Rich was a Republican chairman of Allegheny County and was always active in local and regional politics. He served as a commissioner of O'Hara Township from 1966 to 1975, and as treasurer for the township from 2006 to 2012. He was known by many as "Real Estate Rich," and often spoke the phrases, "if real estate is your profession, then politics is your business" and "don't monkey with this hunky." He was a colorful individual and an avid Steelers fan. He worked as a white collar professional but never forgot his blue collar roots. He received countless awards for his time and dedication to the real estate profession and was named Pennsylvania's Realtor of the Year in 1998. Burial is private; however, a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in St. Pio Parish, St. Edward Church in Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, anyone interested in making donations are encouraged to do so: Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017; Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20805; Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918; or the Little Sisters of the Poor of Pittsburgh, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Professional services entrusted to the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Stiteler, Ellen J. 59

  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Ellen J. Stiteler, 59, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a daughter of Robert (Josie) Wilson and the late Ellen Wilson; sister of Michelle (Frank) Pace and Kathy (Rege) Lach; aunt of Michael, Matt, Tina, Cathy and Abbey; also survived by several cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Pius X Church. If desired, memorials may be made to the Western PA School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Sweeney, Richard J. 55

  • East Liberty
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Sweeney, 55, of East Liberty, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Dan and Roxie Sweeney; brother of Daniel M., John M. (Mary) and Patricia J. (Stephen Mosovsky); and uncle of Jessica and Michael Sweeney. A special thanks to the Lanna family for their lifelong friendship. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Penn Campus. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Wauthier, Jules Pete A. 89

  • Presto
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Jules A. "Pete" Wauthier, 89, of Presto, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Julia M. Wauthier; loving father of Gary (DeeAnn) and Daniel (Dawn) Wauthier; and cherished grandfather of Kristie, Denielle and Haley Wauthier and Yoanna (Kyle) Kenworthy. Pete was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the Army in the Pacific Campaign. He was a United mine worker and a lifetime member of the Presto Volunteer Fire Department. He frequented Trader Jack's Flea Market and the Cecil Farmer's Market and was known for his tomatoes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333), where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Presto VFD. View and share condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Yasko, Regina 85

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1929-09-18
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Regina Yasko, 85, of McKeesport, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport. She was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Hitcho) Kaleta. She was the wife of the late Robert M. Yasko. She was a member of the former St. Pius V Catholic Church in McKeesport and a homemaker. Regina is survived by her loving son, Robert G. and his wife, Donna, along with three grandchildren, Christopher, Justin and Natalie Yasko; nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132, William C. Craig owner/supervisor. A blessing service will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Burial will be following in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to one's favorite charity in Regina's name.
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Zwahlen, Dorothy 75

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dorothy "Nunny" (Hauser) Zwahlen, 75, of North Braddock, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family went home to be with God. She was the wife of the late Jack Zwahlen; beloved mother of Debbie (the late Mac) McAtee, Cheryl (Dave) Roney and Linda (Jim) Roney; loving Nunny to Bob, Marc and Joe McAtee, Candice (Doug) Sellman, Chelsea Roney and Christa (Blake Hood) Roney, Tara (Mike) Zawodni, Caitlin (Dennis) Sellman, Lauren (Damon Donnell) Roney and Jimmy Roney; great-grandmother to Trinity, Aubrey and Douglas Sellman, Callie and Michael Zawodni and Isabella Sellman; beloved sister-in-law of Joy (Marty) Heh; honorary mother and grandmother to Jack, Helen, Zack (Alana) and Haley Roney; and special friend of Theresa Lescinsky and Karen Smart. Nunny was a family person and loved spending time with them all. She will be greatly missed by all. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Adams Sr., George O. 88

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • George O. Adams Sr., 88, a former resident of Swissvale and Harrison City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Gaithersburg, Md., with his loving family at his side. George was a member of Community Methodist Church in Irwin. He enjoyed his family and traveling with his wife of 68 years, Norma Whetton Adams. George worked as a tool and die maker at Whitaker Metals and instilled the values of integrity, professionalism and hard work in his four sons, George O. Adams Jr. (Debra Okorn), of Amherst, Ohio, John "Jack" W. Adams (Janet Lukas), of Murrysville, Thomas J. Adams (Linda Carter), of McCordsville, Ind., and Donald E. Adams (Daria Novekosky), of Reston, Va. An avid craftsman, he loved working with wood and making toys for his grandchildren, George III, Shawn, Christopher, Kimberly, Heather, Thomas Jr., Tasha and Kyla. George's pride and joy was his family. He was blessed to know his great-grandchildren, George IV, Rebecca, Shawn "Kai", Logan and Keira. George was born April 5, 1926, in Braddock, a son of the late William and Agnes (Jamieson) Adams. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian E. Adams; and a sister, Marion Adams. George is survived by his sisters, Kathryn Adams, of Jarrettsville, Md., and Marjorie Bigham (Elmer), of Selah, Wash.; as well as his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. by Infinity Lodge No. 546 Free and Accepted Masons. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, with Pastor John Ciampa presiding. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Harrison City, with military honors presented by VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Barner, Donne G. 76

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1938-06-23
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Donne G. "Don" Barner, 76, of Irwin, (Herminie No. 2), died peacefully at his home, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1938, in Greensburg, son of the late Harrold G. and Ruth (Dickson) Barner. Don was a veteran, having served in the Navy. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for Ryco Inc. in McKeesport as welder/shop supervisor. He was a member of Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, the Herminie VFW, Post 8427, West Hempfield Legion Post 53, Wendel Herminie No. 2 Athletic Association and the Italian Miners Association in Hahntown. Don enjoyed hunting and golfing. He loved spending time at the Fox Den Acres Campground with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Barner. Don is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carole A. (Reichen) Barner; a daughter, Corey (John) Merva, of New Stanton; two sons, Sean (Amy) Barner, of Herminie, and Bryan (Janis) Barner, of Blairsville; and 11 special grandchildren, Caleb, Ashely, Haley, Ethan, Colby, Cara, Collin, Estella, Sadye, Marlee and Blaine. The family would like to thank Medi Home Hospice for all their love and care. Don will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Bruce A. Anthony officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Callis, Edward Rebel M. 77

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1937-08-24
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Edward Martin "Rebel" Callis, 77, of New Florence, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at home surrounded by the love of his life, Ida Belle, and his family. He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Richmond, Va., to the late Stanley and Clemmie Callis. He was also preceded in death by brother, James B. Callis; and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ida Belle (Rolley) Callis; children, James Callis and wife, Becky, Florida, Tammy Gibson and husband, Tom, Ligonier, Shane Callis and fiancee, Tabatha Hutzell, New Florence, and Jessica Callis and fiance, Travis Lovejoy, of Seward; grandchildren, Jenna, Kaylee, David, Shane II, Mylei and Alissa Callis, Joshua, Autum and Brady Gibson; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Bella and Blayne; sister, Elizabeth Williams, Richmond, Va.; and multiple nieces and nephews in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. At Ed's request, there will be no public viewing or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses. Family assisted by KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, PA 15944. Online donations may be made at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Carnahan, Esther M. 80

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1934-10-12
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Esther M. Carnahan, 80, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lower Burrell. She was born Oct. 12, 1934, in Freeport, to the late Charles and Mary Frances (Early) Booher, and was a homemaker who had lived in the area most of her life. Esther was a member of Trinity United Christian Church in Lower Burrell. She enjoyed baking and writing stories, but her greatest enjoyment came from her children and grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Wallace Carnahan Sr.; son, Simon Wallace Carnahan Jr.; son, Robert Paul Carnahan; daughter, Donna Carnahan, on Jan. 6, 2015; and granddaughter, Bethanne McGinnis. Survivors include three daughters, Marybeth Kirkman, of Arnold, Dianne (Rick) Myers, of New Kensington, and Frances (Tom) Speer, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Gary Harrison, of Arnold, Kelly (Mark) Wasilewski, of Monroeville, Lacie Carnahan, of Buffalo, N.Y., Brandy Myers and Ricky Myers, both of New Kensington, Christopher (Donna) Myers, of Waynesburg, and Chelsa Cribbs, Cory Cribbs and Kenny McGinnis III , all of New Kensington; 22 great-grandchildren; and her brother, John (Cathy) Booher, of Cabot. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Cletus L. Hull III, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Visit us at http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Cartwright, Terrence K. 57

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Terrence K. "Blair" Cartwright, 57, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary Jo (Stefkovich) Cartwright; wonderful brother of Michael J. (Laurel) Cartwright, Patrick Cartwright and Diana Nichols; brother-in-law of Janet Cartwright; uncle of Marc (Alejandra) Cartwright, Autumn (Gaines) Myer, Jed and Matthew "Zip" Nichols; great-uncle of Isaac Cartwright; stepdad of Kim Stefkovich and Heather (Judd) Pittler; and "Pap-Pap" to Reese and Drew Pittler. Blair was an employee of Hamill Manufacturing in Penn Township for more than 30 years. He was a member of the HOG Club and loved traveling the country on his Harley with his friends. He was an avid Steelers fan, loved hunting and fishing and also going to the beach. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will be private. Vigil services will be 8:30 p.m.Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Barbara Food Bank, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA 15636. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Chockla, Thomas F. 88

  • Derry
  • Born: 1927-01-24
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Thomas F. Chockla, 88, of Derry, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Derry, a son of the late Mike and Mary Barron Chockla. Tom was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Derry. He was a graduate of Derry Township High School and a proud World War II Army veteran. He retired after 38 years of service to Kennametal. An avid hunter, he was a very generous man who always offered a helping hand. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his six sisters, Kate Pishok, Anne Sterner, Mary VonOhsen, Jule Stemmler, Betty Gray and Eileen Lawry; and seven brothers, Andy, John, Steve, Mike, George, Walter and Bill Chockla. Tom is survived by his beloved wife and lifelong caregiver, Julia Klym Chockla; his loving children, Michael A. Chockla (Cel Repak), of Derry, Thomas Francis Chockla, of Latrobe, William A. Chockla (Sandra), of Estes Park, Colo., Janice Shepherd (Michael), of Irwin, and Lori Gerthoffer (John), of Greensburg; his last remaining sibling, Mitchell Chockla, of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren, Andrew (Gosia), Janelle (Heather), Aaron (Melissa) and Hillary; two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Emily; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with Father Stephen C. West as celebrant. Interment will be made in St. Joseph Church Cemetery. A veteran's service will be conducted at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by the combined funeral detail of American Legion and VFW of Latrobe and Derry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Cramer, Opal J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Opal J. Cramer, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ritenour Barnes. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren and its Adult Bible Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Edward M. Cramer and his wife, Jackie, of Coral Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Carol Helkowski and her husband, Daniel, of Rochester, and Janet Simanovich and her husband, William, of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Danny Helkowski and his wife, Danicla, Bill Simanovich and his wife, Paula, Tim Simanovich and his wife, Melissa, and Cory Lyn Cramer; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Juliana, Maria, Rae, Sara, Timmy, Bradley and Nicolas; one great-great-grandchild, David; and one sister, Erma Galasso, of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward P. Cramer, in 1990; a granddaughter, Robin Helkowski; two brothers, Lewis and Earl Barnes; and one sister, Ethel Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Lee Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the West Penn Hospital Hospice staff and to the Amber House in Mt. Pleasant for their excellent care and concern for Mrs. Cramer during her stays there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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DiBiase, Peter A. 89

  • Brinkerton , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-03-02
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Peter A. DiBiase, 89, of Brinkerton, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born March 2, 1925, he was the son of the late Vincent and Mary (Sposito) DiBiase. Peter was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army with the 15th Tank Battalion, and earned a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster. Prior to retirement, he worked in the automotive industry. His pastimes were all perfectly self-taught; woodworking, painting, photography, computer and guitar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna; and his grandson, Chad. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Evelyn I. (Milby) DiBiase; a son, Ray (Judi) DiBiase, of Plum; a daughter, Darlene DiBiase; grandchildren, Jason (Cary) DiBiase, of Plum, Brandon DiBiase and Jenna Golik, of Natrona Heights; and great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Anthony. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674, at which time his funeral service will begin with his nephew, Pastor Raymond Beards, officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township, with full military rites. Military honors will be accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Dugan, Barbara L. 71

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1943-10-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Barbara Lee Dugan, 71, of Donegal, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Select Specialty of Laurel Highlands at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Donegal, a daughter of the late Eugene and Martha Withrow Kern. Barbara was a graduate of the former Ramsay High School, and she attended Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She is survived by her husband, Fred G. Dugan; and two brothers, Ronald and Dale Kern, of Donegal. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no public viewing or services. Arrangements are under the direction of the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Melcroft. http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Elliott, Lois J. 81

  • Derry
  • Born: 1933-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Lehman Elliott, 81, of Derry, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center. Born Dec. 7, 1933, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Charles E. Ashbaugh and Mary A. (Hostoffer) Ashbaugh. Lois was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and had been a nanny to several local families for many years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James P. Lehman; her second husband, Francis S. "Jake" Elliott; a son, James C. Lehman; a brother, Raymond Ashbaugh; a sister, Betty Hoffer; and a stepgrandson, Patrick J. Seremet Jr. Lois is survived by a daughter, Beverly Brady and her husband, Bill, of Derry; five sons, Keith Lehman and his wife, Roseann, of Latrobe, Richard Lehman and his wife, Sis, of Derry, Ronald Lehman and his wife, Sheila, of Latrobe, Donald Lehman and his wife, Michelle, of Monroeville, and Brian Lehman, of Latrobe; a brother, Charles Blaine Ashbaugh and his wife, Vern, of Latrobe; a sister, Charlotte Kraynak, of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Anthony Carbone officiating. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their constant care of our mother, and also a special "thanks" to Daniel from therapy for being Mom's special friend. Thank you as well to Medi Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion with our mom. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Fusillo, Daniel D. 64

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1950-10-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Daniel D. Fusillo, 64, of Vandergrift, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born Oct. 8, 1950, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Sebastian "Busty" and Carmella (Gervasi) Fusillo. Daniel lived in Vandergrift all of his life, and was a graduate of Kiski Area High School. He worked as a laborer at the Allegheny Ludlum Bagdad plant, and also did auto body work, something he enjoyed very much. Daniel was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany M. (Phillip) Bucci, of Vandergrift; brother, Robert (Betsy) Fusillo, of Vandergrift; sister, Bonnie (Fusillo) Link, of Cranberry; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A blessing service takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the funeral home with Father James Loew, OSB, officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Daniel's memory to the Orphans of the Storm, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Gaydosh, Stephen A. 86

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-03-10
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Stephen A. Gaydosh, 86, of New Kensington, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in his home. He was born in New Kensington on March 10, 1928, to the late Vincent and Julia Konkol Gaydosh and was a lifelong resident of New Kensington. Mr. Gaydosh served in the Army and was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and was a member of the former All Saints Church, Arnold, and was a life member of both New Kensington Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4 since 1949 and the Lower Burrell VFW Post 92. He worked as a lab technician for Alcoa in New Kensington and Merwin and enjoyed woodworking, carvings, and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rose Marie Pankoski Gaydosh; three children, Stephanie Ciesielski, of New Kensington, Stephen A. Gaydosh Jr., of Lantana, Fla., and Richard E. (Donna) Gaydosh, of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Krystin (Kyle) Berntsen, Richard "Corey" (Kristian) Ceisielski, Arielle (Zachaery) Ribel and Chelsey Gaydosh; four great-grandchildren, Kylee, Keilani and Kieran Ciesielski, and Kayden Bertsen; niece, Debbie (Larry) Mason; and nephew, Michael Fularz. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Wendy and Jaimie Ciesielski; three brothers, Joseph, Vincent and Andrew Gaydosh; and sister, Anna Fularz. Friends will be received from 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 held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church, New Kensington. Interment with military honors by the Tarentum VFW will follow at Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. The VFW Post 92 will conduct services at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home and the New Kensington Fire Department will conduct services at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made in his name to St. Mary Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068 or Heritage Hospice, 356 Freeport St., Suite 200, New Kensington, PA 15068. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Goodwin, Stacey A. 37

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1977-02-14
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stacey A. (Swanson) Warren Goodwin, 37, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1977, in Jeannette, a daughter of Keith W. Sr. and Joan M. (Zello) Swanson, of Latrobe. She had been employed as a bartender, was Catholic by faith, and a 1995 graduate of Jeannette High School. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Louise Zello; and paternal grandfather, John Swanson. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Robert A. Goodwin; a son, David Warren, and two daughters, Brittany Warren and Madison Warren, all at home; her children's father, Dave Warren, of Hampton, Va.; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Swanson, of Ligonier; a brother, Keith W. Swanson Jr., of Leechburg; a sister, Heather Wise and her husband, William "Porky," of Jeannette; her lifelong friend, Tricia Kottelich Worley; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Greene Jr., Benson W. 99

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1915-12-19
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Benson W. Greene Jr., 99, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Jeannette, a son of the late Benson W. Sr. and Alice Eliza Greene. Prior to retirement, he worked at Walworth Valve Co. as a shop clerk. He was a faithful, longtime member of the Church of the Advent, Jeannette, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and an acolyte for 60-plus years. A onetime violinist and magician, Benson also loved the outdoors and nature. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Philip R. Greene, of Florida; and first wife, Rita McLaughlin Greene; and their infant son, Patrick. Benson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Jean Playfair Greene; their son, Benson III and his wife, Lori, of Greensburg; and a granddaughter, Sarah Rose Greene, of Orlando, Fla. Friends will be received from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Church of the Advent, 51 S. First St., Jeannette, with the Rev. Vicente Santiago officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Benson's memory to the Church of the Advent. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.
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Hitlan, Patricia A. 80

  • Acme
  • Born: 1934-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hitlan, 80, of Acme, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Mary E. Mellon Cloherty. She was a graduate of the former Homestead High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh and later the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. She is survived by three sons, Daniel W. Hitlan, of Acme, Timothy P. Hitlan and his wife, Sandra, of Cheswick, and Mark E. Hitlan and his wife, Laurel, of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Kevin Hitlan, Hali Emerick and Julie Hitlan. Mrs. Hitlan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Hitlan, in 2014; a brother, Thomas Francis Cloherty Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia M. Martin and Mary Louise Mentzer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Huffman, Carl E. 89

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1925-05-13
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Huffman Sr., 89, of Mt. Pleasant (Alverton), died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born May 13, 1925, in Southwest, a son of the late Earl Edward and Eva Elizabeth Marker Huffman. He was employed by Cramer Auto Wreckers and was a retired superintendent for the Alverton Coal Co. and he also later worked for Cramer Auto Wreckers. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Medical Corps. He was a member of VFW Post 3368 of Mt. Pleasant and was a member and past president of the Laurel Swingers. He was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. He is survived by one daughter, Diana Lynn Gummo and her husband, Daniel, of Bear Rocks; grandson, David Onorato and his fiancee, Rachel Sage; and his dog, Mitzy. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Carl E. "Skip" Huffman Jr.; a daughter, Darla Faye Harshman; sisters, Mary Kistler, Florence Baird and Helen Sutty; and brothers, Junior Earl Huffman and Lloyd "Milt" Huffman; his longtime companion, Edith H. Painter; and his former wife, Lois Heasley Huffman. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mark Peachey officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Immel, Alma M. 84

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Lycippus
  • Born: 1930-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Alma M. Immel, 84, of Greensburg, formerly of Lycippus, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Lycippus, a daughter of the late William McKinley Immel and Bessie (Keslar) Immel Gamble. Alma was a member of the former Lycippus United Methodist Church and was a former trustee at the church. She also was a former member of DAR. She was retired from Westmoreland Plastics in Latrobe and was a graduate of Hurst High School. Alma loved music, especially country music and polkas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Gamble; a brother, William D. Immel; and a sister, Bertha Mae (Immel) Shaffer. She is survived by her sister, Olive B. Marin and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg; a nephew, David R. Marin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph D. Shaffer, of Delmont. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John George officiating. Private interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery. Alma's family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and residents at Redstone Highlands. Memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Immel, Rosemarie L. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-09-20
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rosemarie Lyda Immel, 83, of Greensburg, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home. She was born Sept. 20, 1931, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late John and Mary Nesballa Hanyo. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leslie E. Immel Sr.; a brother, Frederick Hanyo; three half-brothers, Leonard Hanyo, Everett Hanyo and Joseph Evans; and a half-sister, Gertrude Long. She is survived by two sons, Leslie E. (Kathy) Immel Jr., of Greensburg, and Allan K. (Deborah) Immel, of Irwin; two daughters, Cynthia A. (Darrell) Barnes, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Terrie (Walter) Thompson, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1001 Mt. Pleasant Road, Greensburg. Interment of cremated remains will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or http://www.psp.org/donate. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Kakuk, David J. 61

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1953-09-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • David J. Kakuk, 61, of Lower Burrell, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at home. He was born Sept. 18, 1953, in Harrison Township, son of Eleanor S. (Hrivnak) Kakuk, of Lower Burrell, and the late John R. Kakuk. He has lived his entire life in Lower Burrell. David worked at Montgomery Ward, Lower Burrell, and was a machinist at Oberg Industries, Buffalo Township, and Alpha Carb Enterprises. He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brackenridge, and was an honorary member of Washington Township Fire Hall and a 1971 graduate of Burrell High School. He enjoyed bowling, bingo, coaching Little League Girls Softball and he especially enjoyed his family. Survivors include his daughters, Noelle M. Kakuk and Jamie L. (Patrick) Theiler, both of Chicago, and Laura N. Kakuk and Michael Rooney, of Washington, D.C.; and siblings, Diane L. (Wayne) Beigay, of Lower Burrell, and Douglas M. Kakuk, of Harrisburg; a nephew, Jason Beigay; and niece, Stacie Beigay. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brackenridge, with the Rev. Jerome E. Panzigrau officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Family suggests contributions to Washington Township Fire Hall. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kerr, Helen R. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Helen Rose DiRaimondo Kerr, daughter of the late Peter and Jennie (LaMotta) DiRaimondo, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Easton. Following graduation from Easton High School, she married and raised and educated her three children. For 30 years, Helen worked as a floral designer in Greensburg. She was a Dom Care provider for 26 years in her home and also worked at Seton Center Adult Day Care. She was a patient and giving person who loved entering flower shows, taking care of children and the elderly. While living at Pershing Square in Greensburg, she donated her time for many years to make flower arrangements for their fund raising efforts. Helen faithfully attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a childcare provider for the Moms 24/7 program. She is survived by her children, Sheri Statler and husband, Robert, Susan Eplee and husband, Doug, and Edward Kerr and wife, Lisa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robert D. Statler, Rebecca Malloy and husband, Joseph, Jennifer Dail and husband, Kevin, Tyler Rieth and wife, Kerri, Justin Rieth and wife, Nicole, Travis Rieth, Autumn Kerr, Jonathan Kerr, Katie Lipp and Gregory Lipp. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, Sophia Dail, Abigail Rieth, Ari Malloy and Kaylee Lipp. She is survived by sisters, Grace Crivellaro, Martha Erdie and husband, Michael and Joanne Renzulli and husband, Doug; and numerous nephews and nieces. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Helen from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Kraynek, Susan 93

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1921-08-31
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Susan Kraynek, 93, of Monessen, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Polom, Slovakia, daughter of the late Michael and Susan Karas Selcan and had immigrated to America in 1926. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Monessen. Mrs. Kraynek had worked in a bakery, jewelry store, and she and her husband had been the owners/operators of the Chateau Lounge in Monessen. Her favorite job was her time spent as a buyer/inventory manager for the late Abe Wilen at Eisenberg's Dept. Store in Monessen where she was employed for many years. She had enjoyed playing cards and trips to various casinos. Susan's greatest energy was devoted to her family and friends and was always willing to help and support those in need. She was grateful and respectful of those who had supported her in her life's journey. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Walter Kraynek; daughter, Susan Tybursky of New Hampshire; son, Walter "Denny" Kraynek and wife, Nanvy of McMurray; grandson, Ben Tybursky of New Hampshire; sister, Elaine Lally of Munhall; sister-in-law, Alice Selcan of Monessen; numerous nieces and nephews in the United States as well as in her native homeland. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Daniels; brother, John Selcan; and son in law, Stephen Tybursky. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golen Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be welcomed from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monessen. Entombment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Kraynek may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church through the funeral home. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Kraynek family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Lewandoski, Blanche N. 77

  • Avonmore , Formerly of Level Green
  • Born: 1937-07-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Blanche N. Lewandoski, 77 of Avonmore, formerly of Level Green, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in her home. Blanche was born July 28, 1937, in Pitcairn, the daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Bowen) Mullen. Blanche enjoyed reading and was a proud homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Lewandoski; and a sister, Louise Lezzak. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Phillips (Robert), of Avonmore; her grandchildren, Shane J. and Amber K. Phillips; and a sister, Winifred Dahlstrom, of Monoreville. All services are private. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Mandzok, Mary E. 93

  • Monessen
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Mandzok, 93, of Monessen passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Thorpe’s Personal Care Home. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen. A complete obituary and funeral service information will be announced in Tuesday’s edition.
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McCracken, Thomas D. 71

  • Upper Burrell Township
  • Born: 1943-03-16
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. McCracken, 71, of Upper Burrell Township, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was known to friends and family as "T.Mac" He was born to the late David D. and Edna G. Ashby McCracken, on March 16, 1943, and was a graduate of Ken-Hi Class of 1961, and then graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in 1963. He worked for Sikorsky Helicopter in Stratford, Conn., before serving in the Army from 1964 to 1966 in the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Air Medal of Heroism in May of 1966 during his tour of duty in Vietnam. After leaving the Armed Forces he resided in Upper Burrell where he was a life active member of the Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and held various positions. He was a lifetime member and trustee of the VFW Post 92 where he assisted with refurbishing the helicopter in the Vietnam Memorial. He also assisted with the Toy Run, participated in the Veterans Day Parade, driving other veterans in his antique 1950 Ford. Tom retired from ALCOA as a boiler mechanic in 1995 and worked as an assistant instructor, after retirement, at Forbes Vo-Tech in HVAC. He also belonged to the American Legion in Lower Burrell. "T. Mac" enjoyed the outdoors and spent time fishing, boating and camping on the Allegheny River. He had a love for animals and worked for a local veterinarian throughout his high school years. He also had a love for country music and oldies. He was most at home when seated on a tractor and took pleasure in helping neighbors and friends. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Phyllis J. Haslett McCracken; daughters, Michelle L. McCracken, of Upper Burrell Township, and Heather R. (Brian) Colgan, of Lower Burrell; grandsons, Brady and Brennen Colgan; his sister, Terry Lyons, of New Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Yorkie-Poo, Lacey. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Kirk Orr. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Upper Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Company will assemble in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by the VFW Post 92, at 3 p.m. Thursday to hold services for their late member. Those desiring may contribute to either the Upper Burrell Fire Company No. 1 or the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Mencer, Donald F. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-03-01
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Franklin Mencer, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Mencer was born March 1, 1934, in South Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Guy Poole Mencer Sr. and Ruth Marie Hout Mencer. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the former Transfiguration Parish. Don was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He had been employed by Westinghouse Corp. in Derry until his retirement. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Lori Kalinay and her husband, Vaughn, of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Joe Nitkiewicz and his wife, Vivian, of Mt. Pleasant, and their mother, Betty Nitkiewicz Mencer, of Mt. Pleasant; and by his grandchildren, Emily and Erica Kalinay, John Nitkiewicz and Amy Magda, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Lockwood, of Thompson, Ga. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Mencer Jr., on Jan. 19, 2015. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no hours of public visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private inurnment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Mitchell Sr., Raymond W. 92

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1922-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Mitchell Sr., 92, of Youngstown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Ligonier Township, he was a son of the late George O. Mitchell and Catherine A. (Bosslet) Mitchell. Raymond was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Kennametal Inc., and had also been a wallpaper hanger for more than 25 years. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the American Legion Post 515, Latrobe, and had also enjoyed woodworking at his shop at home. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann G. (Hunter) Mitchell; a son, Darwin H. Mitchell; five brothers, Charles, Paul, James, George and Robert Mitchell; and eight sisters, Mary Grace Mills, Helen Miller, Blanch Smithley, Hilda Mitchell, Edna Mitchell, Mary Edmundson, Martha Mitchell and Agnes Burkhart. Raymond is survived by a son, Raymond W. Mitchell Jr., and his wife, Lorraine, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Holly Tonkin and her husband, Bill, of Blairsville, and Brian Mitchell and his wife, Jennifer, of Lexington, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren, Mitchell Tonkin, Blake Tonkin, Zachary Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell and Maddie Mitchell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, officiated by the Rev. Donald Graff, at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or to a charity of one's choice. 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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Pass, Robert W. 63

  • Born: 1951-08-09
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert Wendell Pass, 63, died Friday, Jan. 23. 2015, from complications of a heart attack at Hershey Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1951, in Austin, Texas, he was a son of Vincent L. Pass and the late Cleo D. Pass. Bob graduated from State College Area High School in 1969. Following graduation from Penn State College of Business in 1973, Bob was employed by Mittelman, Lew, Blumenthal and Piper (now SF and Company) for three years. From 1976 onward, Bob was associated with The Clothesline, first in Lock Haven and then on College Avenue in State College. Survivors include his father, Vincent L. Pass, of Centre Hall; and his brother, James L Pass, of State College. For the last seven years, Bob was a devoted caregiver for his father. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME, in Export, where a blessing service will be held immediately following. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, 555 Gettysburg Pike Suite A300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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Raygor, James A. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-02-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Raygor, 80, of Scottdale, passed away at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Jim was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Clifford F. and Anna (Kravetz) Raygor. He married the former Dolores "Jean" Greenawalt on Oct. 25, 1952. Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a self-employed plasterer for many years and also was employed by El Grande Enterprises of Donora and Burrell Construction of New Kensington. Jim loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist in Scottdale, held a lifetime membership with Bridgeport Sportsman's Club and belonged to the Tri-Town Sportsman's Club and the PAK of Everson. Jim will be sadly missed by his loving family; his wife of 62 years, Dolores "Jean" (Greenawalt) Raygor; his son, James Raygor Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Dawson; his daughter, Diane Luczka and her husband, Paul, of Scottdale; his seven grandchildren, Melissa Peden and her husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Luczka, of Pittsburgh, Jason Luczka and his wife, Kylie, of Scottdale, Nicole Raygor Knight and her husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, and James, Brennen and Connor Raygor, all of Dawson; his special nephew, Benney Raygor and his wife, Paulette, of Alverton; his brother, Kurtiss Raygor and his wife, Bonnie, of Scottdale; his two sisters-in-law, Betty Lambing, of Alverton, and Audrey Lantzer, of Killbuck, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Bernard Raygor. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, where prayers of transfer will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist, Scottdale, with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment will be in the church cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a vigil service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Rosensteel, Ronald G. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-03-23
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Ronald Glenn Rosensteel, 78, of Greensburg, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at home, with his beloved family at his side. He was born March 23, 1936, in Swede Hill, a son of the late Harry G. and Pearl (Jordan) Rosensteel. Ronald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a machine operator by the former Westinghouse, later Powerex, in Youngwood. He was an Air Force veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Lantermo and Viola Shola; brother-in-law, Jack Shola; and nieces, Shelly Lantermo and Laurie Rosensteel. Ronald will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Gayle K. (Muehlhauser) Rosensteel; sons, Douglas R. (Brenda) Rosensteel, of Greensburg, and Jeffrey G. (Lora) Rosensteel, of Jeannette; daughter, Karin K. (Jeffrey) Moon, of Greensburg; brother, James (Rose Marie) Rosensteel, of Greensburg; brother-in-law, Donald Lantermo, of Greensburg; and nieces and nephews. Ronald was the proud grandfather of Joseph R. Gross, Jeffrey G. Rosensteel, Joshua M. Gross, Rachel R. Bubas, Samantha L. Moon, Rebecca K. Rosensteel, Hannah N. Rosensteel, Matthew L. Moon and Morgan S. Rosensteel, all of whom will especially miss him. Respecting Ronald's wishes, visitation, services and interment in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, will be private. VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Schmucker, Marc A. 58

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-01-13
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Marc Anthony Schmucker, 58, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, with his loving family at his side, at Mosaic Care Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Marc was born in Latrobe, the son of Joann Skoloda Schmucker Bitzer and the late Gerald Schmucker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Chris Ann Shadron. Marc was a 1974 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in human resources. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Air Force. Marc had been employed as vice-president of human resources and safety for the Bradken Steel Foundry of Atchison/St. Joseph. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Brenda Malinish Schmucker; three children, Eric (Michelle) Schmucker, Jeffrey (Karis) Schmucker and Madison Schmucker; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Ava, Mya, Bellaluna and Thor; stepfather, Howard Bitzer; a brother, Jeffrey (Kamala) Schmucker; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Clark and Angela (Shane) Herrholtz; brother-in-law, Mike Shadron; stepbrother, Howard (Alicia) Bitzer; in-laws, Andy and Lois Malinish; sister-in-law, Glenda (Corey) Stump; brother-in-law, Scott (Tina) Malinish; and his beloved dog, Sophie. A private funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the chapel of the Ligonier Valley Cemetery with the Rev. John Foriska officiating. Local arrangements were handled by the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier.
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, NORVELT. Full obituary to follow tomorrow.
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Born Dec. 7, 1936, in Calumet, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Yamnitsky) Seman. Prior to retirement, Bob was employed as a machinist at Hamill in Harrison City. Robert was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. He was a lifelong bowler, and loved to golf and watch sports, especially baseball. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Hudak) Seman; a sister, Loretta Benci; and a brother-in-law, John Janis. He is survived by his children, Michele (Michael) Ingraham, of Arizona, Robert F. Seman, of Greensburg, and Cheryl (Ed) Olszewsski, of Georgia; grandchildren, Adam (Carrie) Ligus, Jared and Nathan Ligus, and Avery and Alexandra Olszewski; siblings, Richard and William Seman, Betty Janis, Katie (Frank) Arthur, Evelyn (Norm) Limpert, Barbara Seman and Bernadette (Joseph) Kitchen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Patty Miller, and her son, Robert E. Miller. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Siegel, David C. 70

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • David C. Siegel, 70, of Irwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born May 17, 1944, in Hahntown, a son of the late Herbert and Norma Douglas Siegel. David was employed by Painter Tool Company. David enjoyed gardening and animals. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linnea Siegel Kehoe. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Whalen Siegel; daughter, Heather Siegel; stepson, Rob Baran, of Pittsburgh; stepdaughter, Phoebe Eichinger, of Colorado Springs; one sister, Karen Siegel Vuleta, of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Vicky Eichinger. Services will be private. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in memory of Dave to http://www.GrowPittsburgh.com.
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Spudich, Karen L.

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Karen L. Pollak Spudich, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Mrs. Spudich was the wife of George J. Spudich; mother of Jamie M. Spudich (Mandie), of Irwin, Heather L. Perman (Frank), of Shaler Township; daughter of the late Stephen J. and Irene Buckley Pollak; sister of Kathleen Chusko, of Sheridan, Stephen J. Pollak Jr. (Shirley), of Penn Township; grandmother of Jordan L. Garber, Emily Spudich, Stephanie and Jeffrey Nix, Emma and Sean Perman. Mrs. Spudich was a kitchen worker at Norwin High School. She was the event coordinator and fire station photographer for Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, North Huntingdon. She was known for her photography and her awesome baked goodies. Celebrate Mrs. Spudich's life with her family from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, North Huntingdon, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Local firefighters, EMS and emergency personnel will muster at 6 p.m. Thursday for a firefighter's service. She will be laid to rest with firefighter's honors at 2 p.m. Friday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements made by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Shaler Township. Karen's family respectfully suggests donations be made to Circleville VFD, 129 Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Susick, Christopher C. 50

  • Export
  • Born: 1964-08-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Christopher C. "Chris" Susick, 50, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 7, 1964, in Greensburg, a son of Joyce (Galicic) Susick, of Export, and the late Nicholas Susick. Chris was employee of Steel City Collision in Export. He enjoyed fishing, camping, vacations at the beach, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddaughters. Chris was known for his meticulous bodywork which he was very proud of. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Surviving is his beloved wife, Peggy (Oslosky) Susick; loving daughter, Nikki (Matt) Carr, of New Alexandria; cherished granddaughters, Taylor, Brianna, Madison, Aislinn and Alexis Carr; devoted brother, Sean (Jodi) Susick, of Greensburg; nephew, Jack Susick; niece, Gracie Susick; and great-aunts, Stella Peanoske and Joan Susich, both of Export. Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Thomas, Irene J. 71

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1943-08-21
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Irene J. Thomas, 71, of New Derry, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1943, in Lloydsville, she was a daughter of the late John and Annie Petrus. Irene loved bingo and baseball and was an excellent cook. She loved her family and was a devoted mother to her two sons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie Burke; and three brothers, Steve, Joseph and John Petrus. Irene is survived by her husband, Carl N. Thomas, of New Derry; her two sons, Carl John Thomas and his wife, Crystal, of Blairsville, and John F. Thomas, of New Derry; three sisters, Gloria Nolan, of Lloydsville, Kathy Stauffer, of Derry, and Virginia Enos, of New Alexandria; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Scott Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow at Coles Cemetery. 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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Vought, Elizabeth Liz E. 91

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1923-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth E. "Liz" Vought, 91, of New Alexandria, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in St. Anne Home in Greensburg. Born March 7, 1923, in Greensburg, she was a daughter of Levi Seaton and Ella Marie Dunn. Liz retired from the Corner Restaurant, where she worked as a cook for 35 years. She belonged to Open Door Baptist Church of Greensburg. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard Vought, in 1982; and her son, Robert E. Vought, in 2008. She is survived by children, Levi Vought and wife, Brenda, of Altman, Carol Butala and husband, Bob, of New Alexandria, William Vought, of Greensburg, David Vought and wife, Cheryl, of Florida, and Susan Rosborough, and husband, Pat, of New Alexandria; two sisters, Alice Beam, of North Carolina; and Myrtle Cullen and husband, Dale, of Nebraska; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was dearly loved by her grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria, http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the P. David Newhouse Funeral Home, 215 Church St., New Alexandria, with Pastor Craig Pendl, of Open Door Baptist Church of Greensburg, officiating. Burial will be in Greensburg Union Cemetery, Greensburg.
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Welty, Alan E. 64

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1951-01-05
  • Died: 2015-01-11
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alan E. Welty, 64, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Ligonier, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of the late George H. Welty and Florence Vaughn Welty. Alan was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., and had been employed as a salesman for several manufacturers during his career. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Alan was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family. Alan is survived by his wife, Phylis Welty, of Anderson, S.C.; his sister, Barbara Welty Lightcap (William), of Greensburg; his brother, George V. Welty (Susan); a nephew, Douglas J. Welty (Jennifer); a niece, Megan E. Welty; a great-niece, Kate Welty; and a great-nephew, Daniel Welty, all of Ligonier. Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Anderson, S.C. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Wesling, Anna M. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-05-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Wesling, 87, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born May 14, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Antonio and Lucia Como Aquilino. Prior to retirement, she worked in packing at Jeannette Glass. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by six siblings, Frank and Alfred Aquilino, Mary Casorio, Laura Litterini, Susie Aquilino and Edith Pompei. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eugene Wesling, of Greensburg; two daughters, Debra Hudock and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, and Diana Swanson and her husband, Kenneth, of Addison; five grandchildren, Chad and Kevin Swanson, Ranelle and Tasha Hudock and Jessica Polski; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany, Lynsey, Chloe, David and Christopher Swanson, Miles Conway and Zavia Polski; a great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403 or at specialolympicspa.org. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Zihmer, Curt D. 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1956-12-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Curt D. Zihmer, 58, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Sewickley, a son of the late Albert J. and Marie Teresa Zihmer Jr. He was an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and was a certified instructor for APICS National. His occupation took him to food banks, nursing homes and schools to ensure they provided quality services. Curt earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State University, a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College in biology. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, enjoyed riding motorcycles and freely gave of his time to ensure the safety of his friends and neighbors by plowing snow from their driveways. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy James Zihmer. He is survived by his brother, Albert J. Zihmer III, of North Huntingdon; two sisters, Kim Vockley (Joseph), of Damascus, Md., and Beth Ann Burik (Joseph), of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher, David and Dana Vockely and Mason Zihmer; and his two canine companions, Buster and Peanut. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Huntingdon, with Father Len Stoviak, officiating. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Livingston, Janice L. 63

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1951-07-24
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Janice L. Livingston, 63, of Kittanning, entered eternal life Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, wife and friend, who entered this life July 24, 1951. Jan Livingston was born to Jack and Louise (Brochetti) Mazzotta, in Kittanning. Jan was a very active member of the community. She was involved in Junior Women's Club, the ACMH Women's Auxiliary and Kittanning Garden Club. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially summer vacations at the beach. She had many hobbies and expressed her artistic flare through her knitting and poetic prose. Everyone loved her spunky personality, her incredible smile and generous heart. Jan mentored many young people through both her professional and personal life and was instrumental in the success of many. After raising her family, Jan graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science and went on to earn a master's degree in business education and workforce development. Jan substituted in the Armstrong School District before her employment at Indiana University, where she was first an instructor in the IUP New Choices Career Development Program then a field resource person for the Teacher Certification Program at IUP. Jan is survived by her husband, Michael Livingston "Mickey," of Kittanning; three sons, Todd, his wife, Margo, and three children, Marissa, Madelon and Breanna, of Omaha, Neb., Jay and his wife, Masako, Jon, his wife, Sara, and children, Sidney and Avery, both of Pittsburgh; brother, Larry and his wife, Liz, and children, Drew and Rachel, of Omaha, Neb.; sister-in-law, Pam Mazzotta, of Orlando, Fla., and children, Michael, Jon, Samantha, Lee David and Alan. Preceding her in death were her mother, Louise; father, Jack; and brother, Sam Mazzotta, of Orlando, Fla. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the First Baptist Church in Kittanning with the Rev. Ken Thompson officiating. Immediately following the service, friends and family are invited to a reception at the Kittanning Country Club. Memorial contributions can be made to (UPCI) University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Center. By mail: Development, UPMC Cancer Pavillion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Online at donation.upmc.com in memory of Jan Livingston. Arrangements are under the care of SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME IN KITTANNING.
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Miccolis, Keith M. 32

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1982-05-15
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Keith M. Miccolis, 32, of Leechburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 15, 1982, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of Carl Miccolis and Sharon (Skomo) McKinney. Keith graduated from Leechburg Area High School in 2000, and attended Wright Co. Technologies School for telecommunications. He was employed by Henkel and McCoy of Blue Bell. He enjoyed watching football and racing at Lernerville Speedway; riding go-karts and four-wheelers; fishing; listening to country music; going to Pirates games; and his puppy Doberman pinscher, Russell. Keith is survived by his father, Carl (Michele) Miccolis, of Hyde Park; mother, Sharon (John Bigley) McKinney, of Leechburg; two sisters, Connie Johnson, of Leechburg, and Jayden Rusak, of Mansfield, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Anne Miccolis, of West Leechburg; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Skomo, of Gilpin Township; stepbrother, David Knapp, of Hyde Park; his niece, Shalynn; great-nephew, Xavier; good friend, Austin Bigley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Skomo, in 2013. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Christ the King Parish, Gilpin Township, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Keith's memory to "Caring About Keith Fund," c/o Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 300 Market St., Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Miska, Gloria E. 80

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Gloria E. Miska, 80, of Ford City, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., and will be announced when complete.
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Miska, Gloria E. 80

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1934-09-01
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Gloria E. Miska, 80, of Ford City, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1934, in Cadogan, daughter of Elmer Fair and Bertha Schrecengost Fair. She was a lifelong resident of the community. She was the wife of Justin Miska, who died Jan. 19, 2004. She was retired as co-owner of Ford Jewelers in Ford City. She was a member of Christ Prince of Peace, member of Red Hats, enjoyed reading, cooking, bowling, gambling with her friends and spending time with her family. Survivors include her sons, Stephen and Jenny Miska, of State College, and Keith and Barbara Miska, of State College; daughter, Tami Stuebgen, of Ford City; nine grandchildren, Stephen, Kaylin, Elizabeth, Diego, Amanda, Jayme, Joshua, Laura and Justin; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Carol and R. Edward Bish, of Jamestown. Family requests donations be made to Crohn's Disease Research. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Father Bryan Summers, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
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Sanoba, Edward P. 91

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Edward P. Sanoba, 91, of Maple Heights, Ohio, formerly of Ford City, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Villa St. Joseph's, Garfield Heights, Ohio. Notice is incomplete and handled by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City.
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Beaver County

Buettner, Joseph 86

  • Aliquippa , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mastrofrancesco, Aliquippa | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Joe" Buettner, 86, of Aliquippa, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2026 McMinn St., Aliquippa, PA 15001, 724-375-0496. A complete obituary will be in Tuesday's paper.
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Buettner, Joseph 86

  • Aliquippa
  • Born: 1928-03-13
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mastrofrancesco, Aliquippa | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Joe" Buettner, 86, of Aliquippa, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born March 13, 1928, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late John and Mary Agnes (Zrim) Buettner. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eva (Medved) Buettner; and his sister, Marie Murphy. Joe was a former member of St. Titus Roman Catholic Church, Aliquippa. He was a veteran of the Navy, serving on the Admiral's ship, USS Estes, touring Asia. He was proud to be a member of the Admiral's band playing the trumpet. Joe was an avid HAM radio operator. His call number was WA3NNU. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club. Joe was employed with Sony Corporation and was sent to Colorado where he lived for about 10 years. After he retired in 1995, he returned to western Pennsylvania and moved to Beaver County with his family. Joe was dedicated to music and it has always been a part of his family. His father played the trumpet, his sister the piano. His father started Joe on the trumpet when he was 6 years old. He practiced during and after his high school years. After leaving the Navy he started traveling around with his dad, who was the local polka musician. His dad was his best friend and they did everything together. Joe's father began playing with a local group of Croatian musicians who played Tamburitza instruments. With the help of his father, Joe learned to play bass. After years away from his love of music one of his friends convinced him to start playing again and Joe joined the Svedah group. Joe later extended that love to building the instruments. The first instrument he produced was a classical guitar in his workshop. Joe touched many lives through his passion and will leave a lasting legacy for his family and friends to remember. Joe is survived by his devoted daughter, Therese "Terry" Sobeck, of Economy Borough; his loving son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Buettner, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Nicole and Bob Cole, Lisa Buettner, Rachel Buettner and Luke Buettner; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Cole. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2026 McMinn St., Aliquippa, 724-375-0496. Departing prayers will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Titus Church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township. The Beaver County Special Unit will conduct military honors at 11:15 a.m. at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reesdale St. No. 105, Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 in memory of Joe.
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Butler County

Baron, Helen C. 92

  • Butler
  • Born: 1922-12-18
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Geibel, Butler | Get Directions
  • Helen C. Baron, 92, of Butler, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The world lost another wonderful person. Born Dec. 18, 1922, in Saxonburg, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Veronica Chvlink Danik. She was the wife of Anthony F. Baron, who passed away April 13, 2013. She was a loving and gentle wife and mother. She taught her children to love and respect others. She was a generous and a bright woman with a common sense beyond belief. She found joy in simple things. A hardworking woman from an early age, she worked cleaning homes and later worked at Allegheny Ludlum. Following her marriage, she worked hard on the family farm along with her husband while raising her family. She loved and took pride in her many flower gardens as well as her vegetable garden, which led her to do a lot of canning and freezing of produce. She was a courageous woman who would not let adversity get her down. She put her family's needs and best interests before her own. She is now and will always be deeply missed. Surviving are her five children, Teresa (Robert) Docherty, of Pittsburgh, Anthony David (Theresa) Baron, of Butler, Cecelia (Stanley) Dodds, of Butler, Charles Baron, of Cypress, Texas, and Thomas (Cindy) Baron, of Sarver; six grandchildren, Angela, Kathleen, Allison, Grant, Caitlin and Corey; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenna, Anya and Aidan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and five sisters. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean, St., Butler, with the Rev. Kevin Fazio, officiating. Entombment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Butler. Women and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the church to recite the rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VNA Inpatient Hospice at 115 Technology Drive, Butler PA 16001.
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Custer, Leona M. 71

  • Fenelton
  • Born: 1943-07-03
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Leona M. Custer, 71, of Fenelton, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in VNA Hospice in Butler. She was born July 3, 1943, in Vandergrift. She moved to Lifesteps in 2001 and she enjoyed pets, dogs and cats. She enjoyed spending money, going shopping, buying jewelry, being pampered and getting her hair and nails done. She liked singing, going to the park for picnics, coloring, making crafts and playing games, especially bingo. She attended Lifesteps Adult Day Health Services and also attended Lifesteps Adult Day Training Facility and Family Counseling Partial Program. She is survived by her cousin, Fred Hedglin, of Ohio; and all of her family and friends of Lifesteps. She was preceded in death by her parents. Friends will be received from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, in Worthington, with the Rev. John W. Snyder officiating. Interment in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Leona's honor to the Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Freehling, Harold Teeny M. 88

  • Saxonburg
  • Born: 1926-10-06
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Harold M. "Teeny" Freehling, 88, of Saxonburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Sunnyview Home. Born Oct. 6, 1926, in Cabot, he was the son of Merle Freehling and Alberta Dreher Freehling. Teeny served in the Navy aboard the USS Roosevelt during World War II. He had worked as a blaster for Penn-Dixie Cement. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Sarver, lifetime member of the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Co., lifetime member of the Saxonburg VFW and the Sarver Vets. Surviving are his wife, June (Brinkley) Freehling, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1992; his siblings, Audley (Ann) Freehling, of Saugus, Mass., Violet (Ted) Stewart, of North Washington, Pa., Glenn R. (Mary) Freehling, of Saxonburg, Phylis (John) Moore, of Petrolia, and Jan Shannon, of Middletown, Ohio; stepdaughter, Barbara Patterson, of Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorritt Freehling; two brothers, Donald Freehling and Dale Freehling; and one sister, Carol Hoover. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kacsuta, George 98

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • George Kacsuta, 98, of Cranberry Township, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Caroline (Salopek) Kacsuta; loving father of Donna Hovis (Ronald), Patricia Pride (Allen), George Kacsuta and the late Carol Ann Kacsuta; grandfather of Steven and Matthew Hovis; great-grandfather of Jacob, Alyssa and Amanda Hovis; and brother of Elizabeth Estok and the late John, Thomas, Paul, Joseph, Edward, Ann and Margaret. He also is survived by many loving relatives and friends. George proudly served his country in World War II as captain and B-17 pilot for 25 combat missions with the Eighth Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He also served as a troop carrier pilot during the Korean War. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory Catholic Church, Zelienople. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 (http://www.mightyeighth.org).
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Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, in Adams Township, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2014. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg, and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and traveled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve), Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew, Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., Thom and Tracy, Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael, Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., and Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by son, Joe Moniz; and daughter, Donna Harvey, surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith and was always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project, (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Campbell, Douglas 63

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1951-04-27
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Douglas Campbell, 63, a lifelong resident of the Connellsville area, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his home. He was born April 27, 1951, in Connellsville, a son of the late George and Berdie Eutsey Campbell. Douglas was Apostolic by faith. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 42 years, Trula Hall Adams Campbell; his children, Brian Adams and wife, Tammy, Douglas Adams, Kory Adams and James Campbell, all of Connellsville; his grandchildren, Dylan, Haley, Tyler, Tesla, Seth, Abigail and Andrew Adams and Colton Swope; his brothers, Charles Campbell and wife, Betsy, of Mt. Pleasant, and John Campbell and wife, Annie, of Connellsville; his sister, Mary Hart, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Douglas was predeceased by his brothers, James and Daniel Campbell; and his sister, Darlene Thomas. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Chad Stallard officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Stouffer Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kline, Kathyrn Kitty

  • Dunbar
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Kathryn "Kitty" Kline, of Dunbar, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Arrangements will be announced by BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, Dunbar, when completed.
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Rutter, Sandra L. 68

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-04-17
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Rutter, 68, of South Connellsville, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born April 17, 1946, in Dunbar, daughter of the late Wilbert Garletts and the late Evelyn Jolliffe Garletts. She worked in the deli at Pechins. Surviving are children, Donald C. Rutter and wife, Bonnie, of Greensburg, Stanley Breakiron and wife, Ann, of Blairsville, Brian Rutter, of Latrobe, Terri Younkin and husband, Scott, and Debbie Wable and husband, Ed, all of South Connellsville, and Lori Villar and husband, Augustin, of Sarasota, Fla.;10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rutter; sister, Sally Smiley; and brothers, Keith, George and Richard Garletts. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be at 8 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating.
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Schussler, Susanne N. 69

  • Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Susanne N. Schussler, 69, of Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A daughter of the late Rudolph "Rip" and Florence Hillman Neidermeyer, she was born in Monongahela on Nov. 24, 1945. Formerly of New Eagle, Susanne has resided in Belle Vernon since 1986 and was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church and the Sunday morning breakfast club with her church friends at Kmart. She retired in 1999 from the Social Security Administration where she was a claims representative. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Tanya Chaney of New Eagle; one grandson, Maksim Chaney; her fiance, William Roley of Victory Hill; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Patrick and Vicki Neidermeyer of Monongahela, Diane Neidermeyer of Carroll Township, and Marie Brosius of Philadelphia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Schussler on Jan. 14, 1998; and one brother, Paul Neidermeyer in 2013. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A blessing service will be in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Father James Bump as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed in the funeral home on Tuesday at 3 p.m. led by members of St. Sebastian Parish.
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Indiana County

Prola, Guerrino J. 96

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1919-01-07
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Guerrino Joseph Prola, 96, of Blairsville, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Homer City, to the late Joseph and Marguerite Prola. Joe attended Blairsville High School and enlisted in the Army in December of 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After training at various Army camps, he was assigned as a combat medic to the 99th Division, A Company, and served his country for four years until his discharge in December 1945. He was involved with numerous engagements with the German forces, including one instance where he accompanied B Company on a patrol to capture a German soldier. His bravery and duty under difficult circumstances resulted in him being awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster as well as the Good Conduct Medal. He served in the Battle of the Bulge, where he walked into enemy fire in order to save the life of another soldier. Because of his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, the second highest military award a soldier can receive. During this same battle, he was struck by shrapnel yet continued to care for troops in the field and received the Purple Heart as a result of being wounded. In recent years, he received many honors for his military service, which included the True American Hero Award from John P. Murtha, U.S. Congressman, the Legion of Honor Medal awarded by the French Government, and he was inducted into Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor in 2014. Throughout his life, he remained active in sharing his stories with students, Boy Scouts and community members. He regularly attended the 99th Division reunions and was chosen to be a part of the PBS series, "World War II, In Their Own Words," which is now part of the Library of Congress. After returning home from the war, he started working at Torrance State Hospital. He went on to have a long career as a salesman when he began working at Walter Kidde and then moved on to McCullough Coffee. His sales career ended in 1999, when he retired at the age of 80. Joe was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of Blairsville and served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and the Thursday afternoon poker club. He was an active member of the Blairsville Military Service Group, conducting services for his fellow veterans. He was involved with the Jaffa Temple Legion of Honor in Altoona, the Little Vets in Indiana and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was most proud of his association with the Indiana County Ballroom Dance Club, where he was a charter member and proudly held the office of president. His love of dancing remained an important part of his life and he continued to attend monthly dances. He is survived by three daughters, Kerry Dettorre (Nick), of Export, Joni McCrady (Gary), of Mt. Joy, and Dana Thompson (Bill), of Indiana, Pa. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Eric McCrady (Karen), of Mt. Joy, Jordyn McCrady, of Marietta, Nicholas Dettorre, of Export, Kelsey Thompson, of Indiana, Pa., and Sean Thompson, of Indiana, Pa.; a great-grandchild, Kirk McCrady, of Mt. Joy; a special friend, Ginny Welteroth, of Shelocta; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Victor and Chester; a sister, Frances; and his wife, Evelyn, to whom he was married for 57 years. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Acacia Lodge 355 F and AM will have services at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Krupa, Mildred , 88

  • Donora
  • Born: 1926-10-27
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Mildred Krupa, 88, of Donora, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh with her loving family by her side. She was born Oct. 27, 1926, in Derry, Pa., the daughter of the late Michael and Eva Poloskey. She was a member of the Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora and its Christian Mothers and Women's Guild and the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. Millie enjoyed cooking for her family and was famous for her pierogies, halupki and pizzelles. She loved playing cards and going to bingo. She was a beautiful woman inside and out who truly loved life. She will be sadly missed by her family and everyone who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Krupa; eight brothers and three sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Susan (David) Yurkovich of Rostraver Township and Debbie (Stephen) Fay of Mass.; a son, Joseph "Jody" Krupa of Florida; four grandchildren, Ryan (Amanda) Phillips, Elisa Phillips, Colby (Brittany) Phillips and Breauna Fay; five great-grandchildren, Gage, Madix, Noah, Reece and Ryleigh; two sisters, Jean Gangone and Helen Caviggia both of Latrobe; also several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Valley Church Donora, with the Rev. William Terza as celebrant. Interment will be at St. Dominic Cemetery, Donora. A rosary in memory of Mildred will be recited in the funeral home on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
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Brashear, Patricia A.

  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Died: 2015-01-19
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  • Patricia A. (Lynch) Brashear, of San Diego, Calif., joined the angels Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Escondido, Calif. Pat was born in 1930, in Pittsburgh, but she called San Diego, Calif., her home for more than 55 years. She joined the Air Force after nursing school, but her life's career was as a devoted wife of 58 years to James E. Brashear Jr. and mother to their eight children. Pat was a sports fan, avid bowler and dedicated member of her church choir. She is survived by her children, 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Patricia's life will be celebrated in a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 1945 Illion St., San Diego. The family is grateful for the care shown to Pat by the professionals at Atria North Escondido and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the Cure Alzheimer's Fund or an organization of your choice that supports dementia care and research.
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Karidis, Penelope A. 89

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Penelope A. "Penny" Karidis, 89, of Spokane, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Karidis and the late Achilles P. "Acky" Copetas; daughter of the late Sarantis "Charles" Sarandou and the late Orania Sarandou; mother of Rayanne (Robert) Barnes, Constance Copetas (Gerald Smith) and Stephen (Maria) Copetas; stepmother of Cynthia (James) Widmer, George (Lynn) Karidis and the late John (Lynn) Karidis; sister of the late Dr. Spero Sarandou, Marie Johnston and the late John Sarandou; and is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Penny was born June 7, 1925, in Pittsburgh. During her childhood years, she helped her parents operate the Keystone Candy Shoppe and Restaurant in Lawrenceville. After marrying Acky Copetas in 1950, she moved to Glenshaw and raised her three children. After Acky died in 1979, she married Peter Karidis and lived in Mt. Lebanon. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. She was active in church activities such as the Philoptocos. After Peter passed away in 2009, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her daughter, Dr. Constance Copetas. A private family service will be held. Interment is to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Allison Park. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gikeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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McNatt, Marilyn S. 69

  • Pawleys Islans, S.C. , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Marilyn Sue (Elliott) McNatt, 69, of Pawleys Island, S.C., formerly of Oakmont, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Ronald H. McNatt; son, Richard (Jody) McNatt, of Atlanta, Ga.; and daughter, Jennifer McNatt, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Marylin's grandchildren include, Emily, Tyler, Mackenzie, Sarah, Bodie, Connor, Colin and Bella. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Elliot (Ed) Spier; nephew, Brad (Stephanie) Spier; and niece, Laura (Micah) Galvas. Born in Pittsburgh, Marilyn grew up in Oakmont and graduated from Oakmont High School. She attended West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse for 46 years. After living 53 years in the Oakmont community, she and her husband, Ron, retired to Pawleys Island, Along with her love of living near the ocean, Marilyn worked as a horticulture volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens. She was also a member of the Waccamaw Archaelogical Society and a member of First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. this past Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139, with a memorial service following visitation at 2 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Those who cannot attend the visitation at the funeral home are asked to go directly to church for the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Riverside Community Church, Oakmont, or Brookgreen Gardens-Murrells Inlet, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Palmer, Thomas M. 93

  • Weatherford, Texas
  • Born: 1921-02-01
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Thomas Masten Palmer, 93, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Weatherford, Texas. Born Feb. 1, 1921, in Fallowfield Township, Mr. Palmer was the son of the late Isaac Philip and Anna Masten Palmer. During World War II, he was as an Instructor Pilot to Aviation Cadets at Altus, Okla., before serving in the Western Pacific Command with the 403rd Group Troop Carrier of the 13th Air Force, flying C-47 aircraft. Mr. Palmer was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 22 of Charleroi. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from California State Teachers College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He served for 37 years with the Charleroi Area School District as a teacher and administrator. He and his wife also owned and operated a private Driver Training School for 37 years. As a Mason, Mr. Palmer was a member of the Charleroi Lodge No. 615 F and AM, the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Valley of Pittsburgh and the Syria Shriners AAONMS of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Coal Center. Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Nellie Armbruster Palmer. He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Cheryl Ann Palmer of Salt Lake City, Utah; a son, Kent Thomas Palmer of Weatherford, Texas; and two grandsons, Masten Kent Palmer of Willow Park, Texas and Michael Isaac Palmer of Salt Lake City. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 825 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township, Charleroi Lodge No. 615 F and AM will hold services in the funeral home on Monday evening at 7 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Charleroi Legion Post 22.
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