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Auld, Robert F. 80

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1935-04-28
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Robert F. "Bob" Auld, 80, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, with his family at his side. Born April 28, 1935, in Glenshaw, he was a son of John P. and Betty (Ferber) Auld. Bob was a graduate of Hampton High School, where he met his beloved wife, Connie Marie Ager. They were married for 56 years, until her death in 2013. He worked at Starr Lumber in Saxonburg and held key positions at John H. Auld Bros. in Allison Park for many years. He was a lifelong member of Parkwood Church. Bob enjoyed going to his hunting camp in Elk County and Steelers games. His family will remember his great sense of humor, deep love of family and appreciation for nature. He is survived by his three sons, Robert (Ruth) Auld, of West View; Daniel (Cindi) Auld, of Wildwood, and David Auld, of Hampton Township; grandchildren, Joshua (Jan) Auld, of Kennett Square, Carrie (Edis) Denic, of Chicago, Ill., Rachel (Robert) Reed, of Winchester, Va., Daniel Auld and Amber Auld, both of Wildwood; and great-granddaughters, Lily, Claire, Heidi and Caroline. Bob's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Allison Park, with the Rev. Jeffrey Potter officiating. Please meet at the church. He will be laid to rest at the Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Bob's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Babyak, Amelia B. 92

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Amelia B. (Tomko) Babyak, 92, of North Braddock, died Monday, May 18, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 72 years of Clarence A. "Cakey" Babyak; beloved mother of Richard (Diane) Babyak, of North Braddock, Jerry (Sandra) Babyak, of Maryland, and Jeffrey (Terri) Babyak, of North Braddock; dear grandmother of Erica (Andrew) Mooney, Monica, Krista and Jessica Babyak, Ariane (Justin) Watson and Julie and Jeffrey Babyak; great-grandmother of Jada Schifino, Kellan and Jude Watson and Jonah and Veronica Babyak; and sister of Ed (late Patsy) Tomko, of North Huntingdon, her late twin, Michael (late Gloria) Tomko and the late Joanne (late Jay) Topolosky. Amelia was a secretary at the former Jones Avenue and Benjamin Fairless Schools in North Braddock. She enjoyed crafts, especially crocheting and needlepoint. Amelia was also an excellent cook and she was terrific at solving word search puzzles. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh (412-824-8800). Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Belamarich, Jean 77

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Jean (Cercone) Belamarich, 77, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late Joseph M.; mother of Lisa Wilson (Greg), of Wexford, and Christopher Belamarich; sister of Edward Cercone and the late Ann Gionta, Oswald Cercone, Virginia Bruno and Vera Albrighton; Nana of Taylor, Alex and Meghan Wilson; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. Memorials suggested to TRY, a special needs organization, P.O. Box 40, Wexford, PA 15090. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Blaha, Margaret 83

  • North Hills
  • Born: 1931-12-06
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Ann" (Miller) Blaha, 83, of North Hills, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, to the late Agnes Altvater. Ann worked for many years as a phone operator for Sears Department store, volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 10 years and was a longtime member of St. Athanasius Church. Ann lived a selfless life, always putting others before herself and always making everyone laugh. She enjoyed music and loved to sing and could always be found with a smile on her face. Family and friends were Ann's passion. She made every person in her life feel special. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her angels. Her character is irreplaceable and she will be missed by many. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Blaha; and her siblings, Mary Janota, Dorothy Hill, Peggy Nauman, Jim Altvater and Loretta Varacalli. She is survived by children, Lynda (Larry) Weingartz, Theresa (Gino) LeDonne, Antoinette Kane and Joe (Shelly) Blaha; grandchildren, Crystal (Arceli) Rohm, Jodie Blaha, Perry Law, Shawna Kane, April LeDonne, Joel Blaha and the late Jimmy Rohm; great-grandchild, Lena Hines; and sisters, Teresa Brown and Jackie Schippmann. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and countless friends. Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Brazon, Helen 87

  • Brentwood
  • Born: 1928-03-04
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Helen Brazon, 87, of Brentwood, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born March 4, 1928, loving daughter to the late Thomas and Mary (Cunko) Krlin. She was the faithful wife of Edward Brazon, whom passed in 1997; beloved mother to Mona (Lee) McCaffrey, Edward Brazon and Carol Rudolf; grandmother of Shawn, Ryan, Kendra, Amy, Jill and Jeffrey; and is also survived by her siblings, Barbara Gallagher, John Krlin and James Krlin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, in St. Sylvesters Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Jefferson Memorial Park. Please sign the online register book at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Connors, Bette L. 87

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1928-01-15
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Bette L. Connors, 87, of Port Vue, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home. She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Michael and Julia Vojnik Dudik. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Connors; brothers, Michael, Joseph and John Dudik; and sisters, Margaret Stoffer and Ann Parler. A member of St. Marks Parish in Port Vue, she was a retired waitress from the Allegheny Club at Three Rivers Stadium where she worked since its inception until its closing for 30 years. Surviving are her sons, Robert M. (Becky Colbert) Connors and William R. (Mary Ann) Connors, both of Port Vue; and daughters, Sandra (George) Metz, of North Huntingdon, and Marjorie Panza, of Port Vue. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Andrew and William Dudik, both of Port Vue; and nieces and nephews. Services are private. Arrangements are entrusted to the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Counahan, Paul M. 61

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Paul M. Counahan, 61, of McCandless, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. He was the beloved husband for 39 years of Maura (Burwinkel); proud and loving father of Michael C. (Nicki), Mini Maura and Jack Counahan; caring brother of Kathy Thomas (Kevin) and Tammy Hunter (Keith); loving uncle of James Paul, Kelsey and MacKenzie; also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Paul enjoyed a 37-year career in the heavy equipment industry, working for Caterpillar Inc., Beckwith Machinery and Cleveland Brothers. The family would like to thank the staff at UPMC Shadyside for their support and care. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Hemochromatosis Society, P.O. Box 950871, Lake Mary, FL 32795-0871.
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Dolgos, Charles 76

  • Robinson Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Mcdermott, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • Charles "Skip" Dolgos, 76, of Robinson Township, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 53 years to the late Frances (Firanski) Dolgos. Skip is survived by his children, Charles J. (Colleen) Dolgos, Scott (Janet) Dolgos and Russ Dolgos; seven grandchildren, Charles, Chadwick, Cory, Camryn, Derik, Jessi and Dakota Dolgos; three sisters; and many other family, friends and loved ones. Friends may visit from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Malachy's Church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles' name to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, 285 Bellevue Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15229, Attn: Janice Blados.
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Ganster, Mary A. 89

  • Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Ganster, 89, of Edgewood, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved aunt of Patricia Ganster, John (Sally) Ganster, Barbara Ganster, James (Ivy) Ganster; great-aunt of Eric (Amber) Ganster, Joseph Ganster, Keri Ganster, Nicole (Ben) Bagnato and Allison Ganster; also survived by great-great-nieces and nephews. She was retired after more than 45 years of service from Bell Telephone. Mary enjoyed traveling the world. No visitation. Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Regis Catholic Church, Trafford. Everyone please meet at church. Interment is to follow at All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills. Arrangements entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), Monroeville, 412-856-4747. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Glazer, Mary 91

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1923-09-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary (Panko) Glazer, formerly of McKeesport, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Asbury Heights Nursing Facility, Mt. Lebanon, at the age of 91. Mrs. Glazer was born Sept. 20, 1923, in McKeesport, to Vaszil and Helena (Ladanyl) Panyko, and had been a resident of McKeesport most of her adult life. Mary is survived by her sons, Frank C. and wife, Bonnie L. (Hanselman), and Charles T. and wife, Jackie (Youhon) Glazer. Mary, fondly known as BaBa, was the beloved grandmother of Frank J. and wife, Andrea (Woessner), and great-grandmother of Greta B. and Brian and wife, Christine (Tallamy), and great-grandmother of Zoe and Luke. Mary was the aunt of Joseph Cranna and sister Helen (DiNubila) (deceased); and Judy Johnston and brother George Frena (deceased). She was predeceased by her husband, Frank J. "Digger" Glazer, in 1987; by her sisters, Helen Cranna and Ann Frena; and three brothers, Charles, Andrew and John Panko. Mary graduated from McKeesport High School in 1941. Mary was one of a generation of women who supported the World War II effort as a Rosie the Riveter. Mary went from high school to the Westinghouse Air Brake facility in East Pittsburgh and assembled electronic switches for aircraft until marrying Frank J. "Digger" Glazer in 1944. Mary's children and grandchildren remember her as a patient lady devoted totally to her family. Her lifelong passion was cooking and baking for others, mostly Eastern European dishes and baked goods. Mary was especially proud of her McKeesport/Tenth Ward roots. She was active as a key volunteer planning their reunions. She lived her life completely satisfied and took great pleasure in the happiness of others. A graveside blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Crooked Run Road, North Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the McKeesport High School Alumni and Friends Association, Glazer Family Fund, McKeesport. Arrangements are under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-672-9636.
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Goff, Joseph S. 87

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1927-11-04
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Joseph Sargent Goff, 87, a resident of Sewickley for 54 years, passed away at Masonic Village at Sewickley on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Joe was born in Middletown, Ind. on Nov. 4, 1927, the middle son of the late Horace P. and Ruth D. Goff. He was the beloved husband for 60 years to Gertrude E. (Brex) Goff, originally of Hillside, N.J., whom he met and fell in love with at the Jersey Shore. Joe was a member of St. James Church and a 2nd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe spent his youth in Middletown, Ind., enjoying life as a "farm boy" and playing baseball and basketball. After graduating high school in 1945, he served two years in the Navy. Joe returned to Indiana to attend Purdue University, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He began his career as a civil engineer with the Heavy Construction Division of Dravo Corp., retiring from Dravo in 1990 after 38 years of service and many bridges, dams, piers, and industrial foundations. Joe was a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states, a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and always willing to contribute his engineering talents to projects dreamed up by his children, grandchildren and members of the community. After providing professional engineering consulting services during his "retirement," Joe expanded his entrepreneurial pursuits by co-founding Tropicone, Inc., a retail ice cream business that thrives today. Joe also was active with the Senior Men's Club and Sewickley Valley Historical Society. Joe is survived by his wife, Gertrude E. ("Trudy"), their five children, Thomas O. (Ingrid) Goff, of Sewickley, James M. (Jane) Goff, of Davenport, Iowa, Mary Elizabeth (Ken) Milchick, of Pittsburgh, John F. Goff of Neptune, N.J., and William P. (Lisa) Goff, of Neptune, N.J.; two grandchildren, Kenneth M. Goff, of Ventura, Calif., and Daniel T. Goff, of Alexandria, Va.; two brothers, John S. Goff, of New Castle, Ind., and James E. Goff, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and niece and nephews. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, at COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St., where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Sewickley, with Father Thomas Burke as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's name to St. James Church or the Sewickley Valley Historical Society.
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Gregory, V. James 77

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1938-02-02
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • V. James Gregory, of Sewickley, known as "Big Jim" by family and friends, departed peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Feb. 2, 1938, in Port Chester, N.Y., Jim was a kind and generous man. He was a loving husband to his wife of 53 years, Margi (Brown) Gregory; and a wonderful father to his children and friend to their spouses: daughters, Katie Clarke (Tripp), Maggie Manuel (Robert) and Betsy Tseronis (Pete), and sons, Jim Gregory (Cathy) and David Gregory (Sharon). Additionally, Jim was a doting grandfather to his 16 grandchildren, Alyssa Jeanette (John), Evan Clarke (Taylor), Lauren Devlin, Will Clarke, KJ Devlin, Kate Manuel, Catlin Clarke, Libby Manuel, Coco Gregory, Peyton Gregory, Brett Gregory, Brooke Gregory, Jake Tseronis, Josh Tseronis, Brie Tseronis and Zach Tseronis. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael and Richard; his sister, Peg; as well as many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. One of Jim's earliest accomplishments was that of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. He utilized those learned attributes of determination and dedication toward his chosen school of higher learning, Villanova University. There, he swam on the varsity swim team and was spotted more than a few times at the local horse track (paying his way through school). He graduated in 1959 with a BS in psychology. He went on to study at the Wharton school's Executive Education program. After graduation from 'Nova, and a brief stint in the National Guard, he married the love of his life, Margaret Brown, from Brooklyn, N.Y. Anyone who has been in the presence of Jim and Margi knows the depth of love they had for each other. As children we would cringe when they would kiss in the kitchen or when we would catch them sharing a music-less slow dance as if they were the only two in the room. But secretly we all loved it. These small acts taught us how to share our love openly. The strength of their love was inspired by their involvement and leadership with Worldwide Marriage Encounter for almost four decades, where they developed many of their strongest friendships and were witness to God's grace. Jim and Margi continued their spiritual endeavors with Epiphany Association, Academy of Formative Spirituality and as Eucharistic, Pre Cana and Baptism ministers with St. James Parish in Sewickley. Margi was the sun that Jim orbited around. We are the moons set in motion from their energy. Jim spent a good part of his career as a corporate gypsy with Betz Laboratories moving seven times in almost 16 years until he moved his family for a final time to Sewickley in 1983 to become the president of Calgon Inc. Jim was an early developer on Pittsburgh's Herr's Island and built Washington's Landing Marina, which his son, Dave, presently operates. In the early 1990s, Jim took his decades of water treatment experience and founded the specialty chemical company Verichem on Neville Island. Jim also proudly served on the board of directors for LaRoche College, Epiphany Association and Ohio Valley Hospital. Jim's story is a classic rags to riches to rags to true riches story and persevered as a result of his tenacity, his faith and his family. One of Jim's many loves was golf. He greatly enjoyed the time on the course when he could connect with his cherished sons and son-in-laws, his adored wife and his many friends. As a member of Allegheny Country Club, Jim won numerous club events and, even to this day, claims to have the longest drive ever recorded on Hole No. 18. Oh, what a drive that was! He also had an adventurous sense of humor. He would plot great tricks to play on his friends, such as challenging them to beat him in swimming underwater laps or betting that he could blow out a table full of candles with one breath. Unwitting victims were unaware that he was great at the setup. Jim also taught through his actions the importance of family and creating memories. He was committed to numerous family vacations and traditions, many we still honor today. Jim had a way of listening so that all could be heard and he had an amazing ability to be focused on the people he was with in that moment. He could frequently be heard talking about rising above and being "Christ like" in our actions. But his actions spoke even louder than his words as he was generous and kind to all - even in the face of adversity. We have all learned how to be better people through Jim's example. Many people affectionately called him Big Jim, because of his drive, stature and loving heart. But there are not enough kind words or witty stories to describe Dad. He touched many lives, had boundless love, a sense of humor and a generous spirit that was infectious and inspiring to everyone he met. We miss him dearly. Please come prepared to celebrate the life of this wonderful man from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., with Father Michael Sullivan as celebrant and Father Thomas J. Burke as concelebrant. In Big Jim's fashion, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers and keeping Big Jim's generous spirit in mind, please make contributions to The Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org); The Villa St. Joseph's in Baden (villastjoseph.org); or the The Epiphany Association (epiphanyassociation.org). The Epiphany Association is a center offering adult faith formation and is dear to our parents' hearts. Dad shared with us that the Boy Scouts saved him in his youth, and we witnessed the love, compassion and dignity that the Villa offered him in his final days.
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Henderson, Elizabeth A. 86

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. Henderson, 86, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late William E.; mother of Marlene Baysek (John), William L. Henderson (Denise), Tim Henderson, Chris Musico and Jane Henderson; daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Rolly; sister of Antoinette Matthews, Leonard Rolly and the late Tillie Schmidt and Dolores Czopek; grandmother of Christopher, Aaron, Nathan, Art, Joe, Angie, Corri, Zach, Cassie, Jesse, Calib and Christopher; and great-grandmother of Acelynn, Hailey, Makenna, Seth, Cheyenne, Cecilia and Kepler. Visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kramer, Leaetta A. 94

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Leaetta A. (Eisel) Kramer, 94, of Munhall, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the loving mother of Roberta "Bonnie" (Martin) Bauman; sister of the late Ruth Watkins, Lillian Feeney, Chuck Eisel, Bert Eisel, Grace Hawk and Elmer Eisel; aunt of Patti Stewart; also survived by many other nieces and nephews. Leaetta's family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice and Manorcare of Bethel Park for the care they provided to her. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, in St. Therese Church, Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Lazor, Wilma

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Wilma "Peg" Lazor, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Carrick, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late John Lazor; loving mother of John (Maureen) Lazor, Cathy (Tim) McConkey and Beth (Eddie) Merola; grandmother of Danielle, Brittany, Kelsey and Timmy; great-grandmother of Audrina; daughter of the late Hope Marshall and Milford Smith; and sister of Ron (Arlene) Smith, Dave (late Phyllis) Smith, James (Cheryl) Smith, Pat Smith, Karen (Larry) Hunt and the late Edward (surviving spouse, Marie) Smith and Jerry Smith. There will be no public visitation. Everyone is invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Bernard Church. Interment is private. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Bernard Church, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Lewis, Margaret 93

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" (Bitto) Lewis, 93, of Turtle Creek, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Calvin "Jake" Lewis; loving mother of Calvin (Linda) Lewis Jr., Sharon (David Parco) Lewis and Keith (Donna) Lewis; and dear grandmother of Britainy and Kali. "Marge" was a lifelong member of McMasters Methodist Church and a member of McMasters Women's Society. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in McMasters Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to McMasters Methodist Church, 200 Church St., Turtle Creek, PA 15145. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Long, Thomas G. 78

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Long, 78, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 32 years of Lois J. Corson Long; father of Thomas S. (Karyn) Long; stepfather of David B. (Diana) Corson, Brian J. Corson and Cathy A. Mann; grandfather of Taylor, Danielle, Courtney, Jeremy, Stephanie, Justin, Joshua and the late David Lee; great-grandfather of Nikki, Gracie, Austin and Keaton; brother of Nancy K. Reiche and the late Carol Ann Mann; also survived by many cousins. Tom was a cable splicer with Duquesne Light Co., 53-year Mason, member of North Hills Lodge No. 716 F and AM and Navy veteran. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229 (no viewing Memorial Day). Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in West View United Methodist Church. Please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Food Bank, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or do something nice for someone as Tom did so often. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Lorenc, Elizabeth 89

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Filia, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Stapinski Lorenc, 89, of Wilmerding, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late Walter F. Lorenc. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Betty was the past president of PNA Council No. 76 and Star of Liberty Lodge No. 1692. Friend received from 9 a.m. until time of blessing service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Interment New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. To leave condolences, please visit jamesfiliafuneralhome.com.
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Mayfield, Marlene 74

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1940-07-27
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Marlene Harding Mayfield, 74, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was born July 27, 1940, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Walter Harding and the late Margaret Makkay Harding. She was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township, and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member and vice president of the Garden Club of McKeesport and served on the McKeesport High School Class of 1957 Reunion Committee. She was a member of the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens. Marlene loved gardening, cross stitching, quilting and needlepoint. She was a doll maker and an avid Americana crafter. She is survived by her husband, of 58 years, Richard A. "Dick" Mayfield; daughter, Pamela J. (Ronald) Judy, of Penn Township; sons, Brian K. (Tracey) Mayfield, of Carmichaels, and Richard A. (Carol) Mayfield Jr., of Rostraver; brother, Richard (Charlene) Harding, of Michigan City, Ind.; stepmother, Dolores Harding, of Liberty Borough; grandchildren, Ronald, Nicholas, Marissa, Crystal (Matthew), Lisa (Zachary), Ryan, Jermey and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Mia, Alexis, Levi, Emma, Addilynn and Casen; sister-in-law, Patricia (James) Woodle, of Leesburg, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. William Starr officiating. Interment will follow at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Mazza, Nicholas W. 20

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-05-16
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Nicholas W. Mazza, 20, of New Kensington died Saturday, May 16, 2015. He was a beloved son of Mark Mazza (girlfriend Kristy) and Bobbi Jo (Mick) Chambers; brother of Edward Chambers, Samantha Chambers, Marquie Mazza and Linzy Mazza; grandson of Andrea and Bill Mitchell, Mabel Mazza, Pat Chambers and the late Bill Mazza; great-grandson of Carole and Bill Mitchell; nephew of Bill (Erin) Mitchell and Terri Chambers. Memorial service will be at a later date. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD.
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McLaughlin, Dennis J.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Denny" McLaughlin, of Swissvale, died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the husband of the late Mary Patricia (Cooley) McLaughlin; loving father of David and his wife, Jodi, Patrick and his wife, Stephania, and Joseph and his wife, Teresa; dear grandfather of Jeremy, Brendan, Aidan, Kerrigan, Seth, Lillian, Emma, Liam, Knox, Olivia, Anthony and Nicholas; and brother of Marianna Reeves, Nancy Kimble, Karen Koncsol "Laurie," Gail McLaughlin, Maureen McLaughlin and Paul McLaughlin. Dennis is also survived by his many nieces and nephews. Mr. McLaughlin served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a retired steel worker who held many positions in a career that spanned 30 years at the Edgar Thompson Plant in Braddock. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUENRAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church (formerly St. Anselm). www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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McPaul, Grace

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Grace (Brice) McPaul, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Neal R. McPaul; loving mother of Marianne McPaul Piroli (Henry) and Kathleen McPaul (the late Frank Very); cherished grandmother of Dana (James), Dawn (Frank) and Brice; adoring great-grandma of Gracie, Sheana and Julia; sister of Peg Miller; sister-in-law of Jack McPaul and Mary J. McPaul; also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Grace was an avid golfer, bowler, hockey enthusiast and all around Pittsburgh sports fan. She volunteered at both McAnulty Elementary and St. Elizabeth White Elephant Sale. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Our Campaign to Remember, Renew and Renovate c/o St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, One Grove Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Mertz, Alice M.

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler Township | Get Directions
  • Alice Marie Klingensmith Mertz, of O'Hara Township, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Mrs. Mertz was the beloved wife of Joseph Mertz; mother of Virginia Mertz (Richard Cvetetic), of Shaler Township, Joseph Mertz (Rebecca), of O'Hara Township, David Mertz (Jacqueline), of Upper Holland, and Mary Alice Mertz (Rick Wagner), of O'Hara Township; daughter of the late Ross and Mary Klingensmith; sister of Margaret McNamara, of Wilkinsburg, Jeanne Mischler, of Pittsburgh, Mercy Staudt, of Marlton, N.J., and the late Mary Catherine Schaub, Rosemary Schneider, Leo, Sam and Ross Klingensmith; sister-in-law of Helen Mertz, of Aspinwall, and the late Katherine and Jim Rafferty, and Sister Virginia, CDP; and grandmother of Nicole, Joe, Michael, Maggie and Kristina. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Oreo; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Alice was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Parish and served as gym teacher, Christian Mother, Holy Rosary Society member and volunteer. She was an avid gardener and bird enthusiast. She enjoyed summers at Chapel Gate Swim Club with her children and friends, vacations with the "Klingensmith Clan" at Stone Harbor, N.J., bowling with the Woodlawn League and the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club. Celebrate Mrs. Mertz's life with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Parish, O'Hara Township. Her family respectfully suggests donations be made to Cure JM Foundation, 836 Lynwood Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 or www.curejm.org in honor of a grandchild with Juvenile Myositis. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Mikosz, Irene A. 88

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Irene A. Mikosz, 88, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late John Mikosz; loving mother of Vince (Elaine) Opalsky, Bill Opalsky, Faith (Tom) Churchfield, Beverly Napierkowski, Mark Mikosz, Marcia (Art) Jennings, Marilyn (Dave) Gash and Marty (Diane) Mikosz; mother-in-law of Marlene Opalsky; sister of Louise; grandmother of Scott, Roni, Sherri, Nicky, Jason, Stacey, Keith, Michelle, Melanie, Johnathon, Anna Marie, Maureen, Johnny, Art, Natalie, Mara and the late BJ; and great-grandmother of 13. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Donations may be made to Promise Hospice of Greensburg. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Miller, Patricia A. 79

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Gallo) Miller, 79, of Munhall, died peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Ron Miller; daughter of the late George and Nell Gallo; loving mother of Ronnie (Margaret), Lynnie (Jimbo), Lori (Luke) and Chris (Erin); cherished grandmother of Jimmy, Casey, Tommy, Brianna, Paige, Troy and Nolan; and great-grandmother of Tristan, Gabby, Connor and Cole. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday.
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Mills, Edith G. 94

  • Formerly of Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Edith G. (Hyde) Mills, 94, formerly of Wilkins Township and Margate, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Hyde and Sanford Mills; loving mother of Judith (Dr. Robert) Chatlos and the late Lawrence (surviving, Kathleen) Hyde; grandmother of Lori (Paul) Scott, Dawn (John) Lundgren, Dr. Cynthia (Scott) Rothermel, Darrell (Denyce) Hyde and Lauren (Omar) Napier; great-grandmother of Nathan, Ryan, Jackson, Grant, Mitchell, Ava, Archer, Clara, Wade, Gabriel, Chase and Olive; and sister of Charles Gross and the late Ruth Cohen, Annette Deakter and Selma Krupp. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church in Monroeville. Interment will be private. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Chosen People Ministries, 241 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Oneufer, Gerald C. 75

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1939-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Gerald C. Oneufer, 75, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully at Briarcliff Pavilion Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born May 30, 1939, in Munhall, the son of the late John and Helen (Pido) Oneufer. He was the husband of the late Sandra "Sandy" (Cracolice) Oneufer. Gerald was a retired supervisor for PennDot with more than 30 years of service working out of the Lovedale garage in Elizabeth Township. He is survived by a brother, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Private entombment will follow in the McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zachary's Mission at P.O. Box 841, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Pascarella, John F.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John F. Pascarella, of Swisshelm Park, died Monday, May 18, 2015. He was the loving father of Michael A. Polishen; dear brother of Nick Pascarella, of Swisshelm Park, and the late Michael V. Pascarella and his surviving wife, Sharon, of Monroeville; nephew of Rose Greely and Bab Luconti; and uncle of Melanie, Thomas, Michael III, James and Jason. John is also survivied by his many cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Patterson, Deborah R. 59

  • North Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Deborah R. (Braddock) Patterson, 59 of North Hills, died Monday, May 18, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Gregg Patterson and Candace Patterson; sister of Virginia Kinsella, Judy Herbe, Michelle Weaver and the late William Braddock and Connie Broge; and grandmother of Tyler Patterson and Layla Patterson. Deborah formed her own path in life through her spontaneity. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and time at the beach. Her presence will be missed. There will be no visitation. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Raimondi, Albert A. 90

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Albert Anthony "Dick" Raimondi, 90, of Forest Hills, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Doris Ann Pollitt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Raimondi; and his sisters, Mabel Arruda and Laura Nicoli. He was also the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Dick was a World War II Navy veteran and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tuffs University and his master's in science and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed as a research engineer and manager for Westinghouse Research and Development in Churchill for 48 years. In 1970, Dick was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Lubrication Engineeers. In 1989, he received the George Westinghouse Innovation Award and also the Westinghouse Patent Award in recognition of the U.S. patents issued to the corporation as a result of concepts that he created and developed. In 1997, Dick was presented the Mayo D. Hersey Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dick also served on the board of directors of Auberle Home in McKeesport from 1984 to 1998. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the 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. Saturday in St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wilmerding. Dick will be laid to rest with military honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Rosendale, Tina L. 54

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1960-10-01
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Tina L. Rosendale, 54, of West Deer Township, died Friday, April 24, 2015. Born Oct. 1, 1960, she was the beloved daughter of the late Carl and Phyllis (Colvin) Rosendale; dear sister of Carl (April) Rosendale, of Mankato, Minn., Mark (Kelly) Rosendale, of Valencia, and Barry (Cindy) Rosendale, of Houston, Texas; also survived by nine nieces and nephews. A graduate of Deer Lakes High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Tina worked in real estate management for many years. Her career took her to Texas, California, Virginia and Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently, she worked locally in Cranberry Township. A lover of dogs, Tina was also a volunteer with the West Deer Dog Shelter. Family will welcome friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Memorial services will be held following visitation at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Private interment will be held in Warren County Memorial Park, Warren. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to West Deer Dog Shelter, 109 E. Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Saffer, Catherine T. 84

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Catherine Theresa (Coyne) Saffer, 84, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Baldwin, died Friday, May 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 56 years to Fred Saffer; loving mother of Bryan (Kathy), Dan (Arlene), Ken (Laura), and the late Tom Saffer and Donna Urbanowicz; mother-in-law of E.J. Urbanowicz and Sue Saffer; proud grandmother of Amanda (Andy), Matthew, Jared, Nathan, Jenna, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Colan, Lindsay and Madelyn; great-grandmother of Lillian; daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Coyne; and sister of the late Margie Baluh. Cathy will be both deeply and sadly missed by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral Prayer at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas A' Becket Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to PA Association for the Blind, 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Schopp, Elaine 94

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1920-08-01
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Marcuzzi) Schopp, 94, of North Versailles, died peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Northern Italy, daughter of the late Arturto and Emma Marcuzzi. She was the dear mother of Geraldine (Michael) De Savage and Paul (Terri) Schopp; special grandma of Christy (Jason) Theil, Joseph (Kara) Schopp, Renee (Dennis) Englert, Michael (Michelle) De Savage and Michelle (Jack) Ellenberger; and great-grandma of Felicia, Elaina, Ashley, Kelsie, Dominick, Damian, Grayson, Nathaniel and Jack Alixi. Mrs. Schopp was retired from JDMH as an escort and will be deeply missed by many. Family and friends are welcome from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Parting prayers will be at noon Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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Segriff, Helen

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Helen (Gulanda) Segriff, of Carrick, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was the saintly wife of Frank; loving mother of John, Cynthia and the late Mark Segriff; and beloved sister of the late Ann Gulanda Havrella. Helen never spoke ill of anyone, but always looked for the good in all people. She made the world a little better for everyone that was lucky enough to know her. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th St., Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Simon, J. Matthew 73

  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • J. Matthew Simon, 73, former president of Point Park University, passed away from complications related to multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A first generation college student, Simon was one of the youngest college presidents in the United States when he took office at the age of 44 in 1986. He was born in 1941 to Joseph Simon and Mildred White Simon in Reading. During summers, he worked alongside his father at a metal machine shop to help fund his tuition at Albright College where he studied chemistry. During this time he also played saxophone with his jazz band the Crescendos, becoming a member of the musicians union and playing at clubs throughout eastern Pennsylvania to help fund his education while developing a lifelong love of jazz. In 1963, he began doctoral work in the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied analytical chemistry with his dissertation adviser Johannes Coetzee. In 1969, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry for his dissertation Polarography and Medium Effects in Sulfolane. During this time he met his eventual wife, Janet DiPasquale (who would herself be the executive director of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children). He was also involved with the progressive politics of the era, volunteering his time to both the anti-war and civil rights movements. In 1969, he became an assistant professor of chemistry at what was then Point Park College, teaching his first class the afternoon of the day he defended his dissertation. Before becoming president of that institution, he served as both the director of Point Park's international campus in Lugano, Switzerland, as well as the chair of the Department of Natural Science and Engineering Technology, taking on this role at the age of 32, making him the youngest chair in the college's history. In this role, he mentored many students who went on to receive their own graduate degrees in the sciences. During his tenure as president from 1986-1995, he oversaw the development of several new programs, an increase in the endowment and the construction of a state-of-the-art library in Downtown Pittsburgh. At the time Simon became the fourth president of the college, Point Park was experiencing severe financial trouble, which he was able to reverse ensuring the school's continued existence. Central to his vision of administration was that education should be available to all communities and that even as Point Park became increasingly prestigious at the national scale that it also needed to reflect the diverse needs of a diverse city. Upon retirement from the presidency, Simon returned to the classroom, teaching undergraduate science at Point Park as well as in the graduate program in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Both during and after his presidency, he served on several local boards, continuing his role as an educator. These included serving on the Board of Trustees of Albright College, the Community College of Allegheny County, the Negro Education Emergency Drive and Beginning with Books among others. A passionate advocate for his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, Simon was the longest serving member of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board, which has provided financial oversight to local government. Central to his life's work as an educator and scientist was an abiding belief in both the ability of education to transform the lives of people, but also the basic importance of knowledge for knowledge's sake. Though a distinguished educator he always viewed himself as a student and a teacher, and had a passion for the classroom. This manifested itself in a variety of ways, from presenting about ecology at area elementary schools in an earthworm costume on Earth Day to acting as a DJ at WPPJ Point Park with his "President Presents Jazz" radio show. The recipient of several awards and an honorary degree, he was most pleased by the Distinguished Alumni Award from the chemistry department of the University of Pittsburgh, always first and foremost seeing himself as a scientist. Friends and family remember him as a man of intelligence, kindness and humor who did the right thing without question and without expectation of reward. He is survived by his wife, Janet, of 47 years, who acted as caregiver and constant companion during four years of illness; and two sons, Jacob Matthew, who is a lawyer in Pittsburgh, and Edward Nathan, a doctoral candidate in English who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Point Park University, 201 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15213.
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Skiba, Anna 93

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1922-01-11
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Anna (Labanic) Skiba, 93, of Munhall, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ladislaw Skiba. She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Czechoslovakia. She is survived by her daughters, Lucienne (Alex) Belfiglio, of Pleasant Hills, Monique (late Ernie) Bade, of Munhall, Dianna (George) Thomas, of Glassport, and son, Greg (Elaina) Skiba, of Glassport; grandchildren, Jessie (Tony) Yauch, Jason (Amy) Thomas, Jules (Patience) Thomas, Megan and Emily Skiba and Nicole and Dominique Belfiglio; great-grandchildren, Jenessa, Anthony, Chelsea, Aubany, Justice, Marrissa, Madison and Maranda; also four great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Parastas will be held at 3 p.m. Friday. A funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, followed by interment in St. Nicholas Cemetery, E. McKeesport. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Slagel, Edward 83

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Edward Slagel, 83, of West View, loving husband of the late Madeline (Donovan) for 56 years passed away Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the father of Susan (Paul) Maslanka, of Dallas, Jean (Keith) Batykefer, of West View, Edward (Kathy) Knobeloch, of Ross, Michael, of Louisville, Ky., and Brian (Jessica) Andrews, of West View; grandfather of 16; and great-grandfather of four. Ed was a great artist and very musical. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., West View, PA 15229. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford PA 15090. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Smay Jr., Edward W. 90

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1924-06-30
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Mr. Edward W. Smay Jr., 90, of Fawn Township, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Kittanning Care Center, Manor Township. He was born June 30, 1924, in Johnstown. Edward was the son of the late Edward W. and Mary (Senner) Smay Sr. He lived his entire life in the Tarentum area. He was a mine foreman for Consolidated Coal Company for many years and a World War II veteran serving in the Navy, Asiatic Pacific Theater. Edward was of the Protestant faith, 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Tarentum Elks and Oregon Club in Brackenridge. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and spending time at his camp in Clearfield. Survivors include his children, Terrance "Terry" (Diana) Smay, Fawn Township, and Joan (Edward) Stanley, Portage, Ind.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Vernie Stuchell. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Gene Smay and Emma Frances. Private family visitation and services were held from 9 on until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in THE DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E.10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Harold M. Mele Jr. officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Visit dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stephan, Ruth M. 95

  • Born: 1920-01-02
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. (Roberts) Stephan passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Carrick. She got married on June 21, 1942, to Jack P. Stephan, who passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Walter Roberts; and one son-in-law, Allen Hewitt. She was the loving mother of Susan Hewitt, Linda Baker and Judy Classon; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught fourth grade in Brentwood during the war and later kindergarten in the Pine Richland Schools for 30 plus years until retiring at the age of 65. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and teacher. She enjoyed a full life always with a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be missed enormously by her family. A service will be held July 18, in South Side Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating. Local arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown.
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Tanner, Donald P. 89

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Milton, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Donald P. Tanner, 89, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Rehrer) Tanner. He was the beloved father of Jean Tanner, of Akron, Ohio, and Jill (Gerald) Schutz, of South Park. He was the cherished grandfather of Jilean Schutz, Julia Schutz and Melodie Tanner; loved uncle of Paul W. Griffin, of Bethel Park; brother of Charles (Louise) Tanner and Ann Griffin; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; and Don's faithful companion, Ozzie. Don was a World War II veteran, a retired woodshop teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools and an avid golfer. He was instrumental in donating Native American artifacts to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at HAMEL MORTUARY, 169 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Don J. Ewing officiating.
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Truckley, Eleanor 74

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1940-09-20
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Truckley, 74, of Oakmont, died Wednesday evening, May 20, 2015, at her residence, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 20, 1940, in Russellton, to the late Fred and Anna Kuritz Simonetti. Eleanor was a member of St. lrenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont, and was active in volunteer work at Penn Hills Senior Center and with Forbes Hospice. She was the dear mother of David (Catherine) Truckley Jr., of Penn Hills, Timothy (Karen) Truckley, of Schwenksville, Pa., and Tracy (John) Roman, of West Mifflin; sister of Marie (Walter) Kustra, of Russellton, Elizabeth (late Gary) Page, of Connecticut, Polly Ann (Sam) Davis, of Youngstown, Ohio, Frances (Anthony) Falmanio, of Verona, Rudy (Delores) Simonetti, of Russellton, and the late Nancy Truckley; and sister-in-law of John Truckley, of Curtisville. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. lrenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont. Burial at Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Family suggests memorials to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Volinski, Dorothy J. 75

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1939-08-10
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Volinski, 75, of Munhall, died Wednesday May 20, 2015, at UPMC Mercy. Born Aug. 10, 1939, in Munhall, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Durica) Volinski. She enjoyed gardening, reading, bingo and, most especially, her family. She was the sister of the late Geraldine L. "Gerry" Beynon and the late Patricia (the late William) Bevan; sister-in-law of William (Dolores) Beynon, of Sutersville; special aunt, who was like a mother, to William Beynon, of Elizabeth Township, and the late Rebecca "Becky" Beynon; aunt also to Joanne (Leonard) Evagues, of Duquesne, Cathy (Dave) Nicklis, of Bedford, and William Bevan, of Duquesne; also many great-nieces and great-nephews. Private visitation will be at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne Ave., Duquesne, PA 15110, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Private blessing service will be Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a private Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, of Duquesne, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contribuations may be made to St. Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Weigand, Charles R. 65

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Weigand, 65, of Pleasant Hills, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Edward Carlisle and Sara (Achtzehn) Weigand; loving brother of Edward C. (Judith) Weigand, Toni (William) Evans and the late Walter Thomas Fulmer; loving uncle of Gregory (Gabrielle) Weigand, Lori (Ryan) Ginter, Deborah Griffin, Susan Evans, Terri Evans, Linda (Greg) Holtz and the late Jeffrey Weigand and Thomas Fulmer; also survived by his great-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Burial will follow at West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Allegheny Valley School. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Zimmerman Jr., Thomas 60

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Thomas "Tom" Zimmerman Jr., 60, of Shaler Township, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh to the late Thomas J. and Rose (Martin) Zimmerman. Tom was an auto mechanic who had a passion for mechanics since he was a child. Tom loved the outdoors. From fishing and camping to NASCAR and bowling, Tom thoroughly enjoyed life. Above all, he was a loyal father and friend who loved to laugh. He is survived by his children, Tina (James) Mourra, Monica Zimmerman, T.J. Zimmerman and Charlotte Zimmerman, all of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Lilly Zimmerman, Neko Mourra and Nova Mourra; brother, Raymond Zimmerman, of Gibsonia; sister, Janice Fitz, of Richland Township; sister, Joan (Jeff) Bartz, of Bellevue; and is also survived by five loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Zimmerman (2006). Tom's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, 527 Bairdford Road, Bairdford, with the Rev. Charles Speicher, officiating. The family suggests memorial donations may be made in Tom's honor to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive No. 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please visit www.kingfuneralhome.com. for directions and online condolences.
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Westmoreland County

Baker, Warren G. 94

  • Grapeville
  • Born: 1921-02-28
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Warren G. Baker, 94, of Grapeville, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Penn Township, a son of the late John William and Lucy Louella Saint Baker. Prior to retirement, he was a finisher at Westmoreland Glass. He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Harry Baker, James Baker, Henrietta Bair, Elsie Patrick and Laura McKowen. He is survived by two sons, Daryl Baker and his wife, Linda, of Grapeville, and Rick Baker and his wife, Kathy, of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Daryl Baker Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kim Ramsey, Rick Baker, Ben Baker and Nicholas Baker, all of South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Andrew; a sister, Mary Good, of Jeannette; a brother-in-law, Gene Patrick, of Grapeville; sister-in-law, Violet Stevens, of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Bob Free, officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Bier, Patricia J. 83

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1931-09-25
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Patricia Jane (Buchanan) Bier, 83, of Avonmore, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. She was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Vandergrift, to Frost and Mary Hartman Buchanan. Jane was a secretary for many years before starting employment in 1981 with Stewart Bus Line Inc., having retired in 2012. She was a 60-year member of Order of Eastern Star and a 56-year member of Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church in Spring Church. She showed all strength and love especially to her three daughters, their children and her great-grandchildren. She is survived three daughters, Deborah J. (Rick) Blystone, of Apollo, Karen D. (Mark) Thimons, of Spring Church, and Susan E. (Christopher) Stewart, of Avonmore; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Bobbi Jo) Dunmire, Carrie (Seth) Hankey, Adam (Stacy) Thimons, Danette (Josh) Cavalier, Brian (Mandy) Blystone, Kayla Stewart and Christopher (Christine) Stewart; eight great-grandchildren, Ashley, Daniel, Jacob, Gage, Noah, Pheonyx, Cole and Aubree; and two very special friends, Debi and Steve Harker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Bier, in 1986. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Spring Church, with the Rev. Lea Austin officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Spring Church. The Order of Eastern Star will have a service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Bosco, Mary L. 94

  • Formerly of Bradenville
  • Born: 1921-02-26
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary L. "Mame" Bosco, 94, formerly of Bradenville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Barnes Place, Derry Township. She was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Angelo and Elisa (Brandimarte) Bosco. Prior to retirement, Mary was employed by the former Latronics Corp. in Latrobe. She was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, the St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers and the St. Rose Seniors. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gustino and John Bosco; a sister, Elisa Amelia Bosco Fleming; two nephews, John Bosco Jr. and Stanley Bosco; a brother-in-law, George Brinker; and a sister-in-law, Genevieve Bosco. Mary is survived by her daughter, Rita Camaione and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; her special grandson, Tyler C. Camaione, of Denver, Colo.; five siblings, Ferdinand Bosco and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Latrobe, Nicholas Bosco and his wife, Lillian, of Brenizer, Angelo Bosco, Judith Brinker and Sophie Ann Bosco, all of Latrobe; two sisters-in-law, Judy and Elsie Bosco; and a number of nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Barnes Place and Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care given to her during this difficult time. There will be no funeral home visitation. All are welcome to a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in St. Rose Church, 4969 State Route 982, Latrobe. Please go directly to the church. Private interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. in Latrobe is in charge of arrangements. For further information or to post an online condolence, go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Boyd, Iona J. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-03-02
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Iona J. Boyd, 88, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was born March 2, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late John P. and Margaret Boyd. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg. She enjoyed sewing and had been an antique dealer with her late husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harrold M. Boyd; a son, David Boyd; and a brother. She is survived by a son, James H. (Trina) Boyd, of Wexford; two grandsons, Chance and Tyler Boyd; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bryner Jr., Douglas M. 24

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1991-05-09
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Douglas Mark Bryner Jr., 24, of New Kensington, went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born May 9, 1991, in Natrona Heights, to Douglas Mark Bryner Sr. and Amanda Sue Murray Bryner, of New Kensington, and has been a lifelong resident of the local area. Doug was a member of Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell, and worked for Little Caesar's, Lower Burrell, and UniFirst, New Kensington. He enjoyed baseball, especially the Yankees, music, basketball and spending time with his friends. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Zachary (Shelby) William Bryner, of New Kensington; paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Bryner, of Tarentum; aunts and uncles, James (JoAnn) and Charles Bryner, William (Bonnie) Murray Jr. and Kathleen (Kevin) Coudriet; and numerous cousins. He was preceded by his paternal grandfather, James Bryner; and maternal grandparents, William Murray Sr. and Helen Seagriff. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. The family suggests donations made in his name to Teen Challenge, 220 Challenge Lane, Cheswick, PA 15024, 724-265-4110. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Coffman, Robert C. 73

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1942-05-02
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Coffman, 73, of Washington Township, Apollo, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. Robert was born May 2, 1942, in Saltsburg, a son of the late Lillian (Fleeger) Linsenbigler. He worked for many years as an over the road truck driver for Baylor Trucking out of Milan, Ind. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue (Solomon) Coffman; their two children, Robert W. (Karen) Coffman, of Freeport, and Bonnie (Michael) Guzzi, of Washington Township; his brother, Roger (Nancy) Coffman, of Freeport; and his two sisters Grace Brink, of Leechburg, and Rose Galzerano, of Washington Township. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kristy, Michael and Josh Guzzi, Ashley (Joseph) Uptegraph, Jessica (Travis) Love and Charles McHenry; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob Tomanio, Logan Love, Carmine Guzzi and Mia Molnar. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Linsenbigler; and his five brothers. At the family's request, there will be no visitation and services will be private. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dahlmann, Joy A. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joy Alene (Titler) Dahlmann, 88, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home at Redstone Highlands. She was born in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 20, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Linn and Thelma (Crosby) Titler. Joy was a member of First United Church of Christ in Greensburg and sang in the church choir. She was involved with the Appalachian Wagon Train and was a member of the Kecksburg Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer John Dahlmann Sr. Surviving are her children, Jack Dahlmann, of Florida, Tom Dahlmann (Mary), of Shamokin Dam, Pa., Mark Dahlmann (Mary), of Ohio, and Christina Mondock (John), of Mt. Pleasant; along with her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Honoring Joy's wishes there will be no public visitation. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in Redstone Highlands Chapel, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, with Pastor Bobbi Hineline officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Redstone Benevolent Fund, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME is entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dell, Michael V. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-07
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael V. Dell, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born June 7, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of the late Verner A. Dell Jr. and Hilda Carpenter Dell. Mr. Dell had been employed in law enforcement for 43 years. He retired as a lieutenant with the City of Greensburg Police Department after 25 years of service and later served as chief of Campus Police at Seton Hill University. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 56 and belonged to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Michael was a veteran, serving in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam Era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul V. Dell. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Papson) Dell; his children, Laura H. Urbani and husband, Jason, and Michael P. Dell; two grandchildren, Anthony and Alexander Urbani; two sisters, Cheryl (Richard) Larson and Patricia (Joseph) Kostelnik; a brother, Mark Dell; and several nieces and nephews. At Michael's request, services are private and under the direction of KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice or Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To share an online condolence, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Galata, Helen M. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Galata, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Munhall, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Simko. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Galata was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. Helen enjoyed fitness and aerobics and especially had a sweet tooth for cakes, cookies and ice cream. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Simko, and sister, Valeria Pichura. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Galata; and daughter, Cheryl Galata (Richard), of Harmony. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Interment will follow. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hood, Ruby 92

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1922-12-19
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Ruby Hood, 92, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Connellsville, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Alice (Baker) Nicholson. She is survived by her two daughters, Peggy (Thomas) Zavatsky and June (Sam) Trout; grandchildren, Pam Zavatsky Jordan, Sam "Butch" Trout, Angela Zavatsky Barker, Sandi Zavatsky McClain, Allen Trout and Kerry Trout; 13 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; brother, Donnie; and all nine of her siblings. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Keith Solomon officiating. Interment is to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township.
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Kauffman, Evelyn 80

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1934-09-15
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Kauffman, 80, of New Stanton, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home. She was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Mt Pleasant, daughter of the late John M. and Mary A. (Warzinski) Bienia. She was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. Surviving are two children, Blaine E. Kauffman and wife, Deborah, of Greensburg, and Linda A. Garland and husband, John, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Scott Garland and wife, Janae, Stacey Garland and boyfriend, Rick Schroder, Adam Kauffman and wife, Colleen, Brad Kauffman and wife, April, and Jacob Kauffman and fiance, Ashley Rock, and children, Jordynn and Gracie; great-granddaughter, Kaylee; and sister, Veronica D'Amato, of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne A. Kauffman and son, Timothy Wayne Kauffman; two brothers, Larry Bienia and John Bienia; and a sister, Mary Steiner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Greensburg Alliance Church, with the Rev D. Roy Dail, officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Family suggests memorial contribution to Greensburg Alliance Church.
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Krehlik, Marge 95

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1919-08-05
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Marge (Gondos) Krehlik, 95, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1919, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Joseph Gondos and Mary (Cervak) Gondos. Marge was a member of Holy Family Church where she served as a frequent volunteer, selling chances and chairing fundraising activities, and was also a member of the Holy Family Rosary Society. Marge loved music and shared her talents of singing and playing guitar with many charitable and civic organizations, writing many of the songs she sang. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross and Latrobe Area Hospital and spent several years assisting with maintaining Apple Hill Playhouse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Andrew Krehlik, on July 19, 2003; her son-in-law, Dr. Francis "Barney" Beyer; and a grandson, Aaron Andrew Beyer. Marge is survived by her three daughters, Marge Kerr and her husband, Dennis "Chip," Patricia Beyer, and Joyce Akins and her husband, Paul; three grandchildren, Cameron Akins and his wife, Heather, Leah Akins and Katie Kerr; one great-grandson, Maxm Akins; a sister-in-law, Tillie Krehlik; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Holy Family Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org, Faith in Action, or Medi Home Hospice. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Lubinsky, Benjamin W. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1960-06-08
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Benjamin W. Lubinsky, 54, of Irwin, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a day at the park with his wife and daughters. He was born June 8, 1960, in Jeannette, a son of the late Benny and Emma (Giron) Lubinsky. Benjamin was a self-employed consultant. He was a 1978 graduate of Hempfield High School and a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University. Ben was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and he was also an avid sports fan. Surviving are his wife, Lori (Kerr) Lubinsky; two daughters, Lauren and Taylor Lubinsky, both, of Irwin; sister Rebecca (Hohman) Keys and husband, Larry, of Latrobe; brother, Daniel Lubinsky, of Wendell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clark and Mitzi Kerr, of Irwin; brother-in-law, Clark Kerr Jr. and wife, Judy, of North Huntingdon; and nieces, nephews and close friends. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home follow by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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McBride, Linda 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Linda McBride, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, peacefully at home with her husband, William, at her side. She was born in Greensburg on June 11, 1953, to Marian (Coval) and survinving father, James Bittinger. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Jill, of Altoona, and their children, Zoey and Gavin McBride; her sister, Lee Boehme and her son, Alex, of South Greensburg; also survived by numerous nephew and cousins. As a 1974 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she became a published freelance graphic designer and later worked for the WCCC. She was active with Arnold Palmer Pavilion and other cancer support groups and enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be especially missed by niece, Monique and her three daughters; closest friend and soul mate, Myrna; and close neighbors who have helped provide support through these difficult times. Honoring Linda's request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in memory of Linda to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.ourclubhouse.org. Donations will help support a new Our Clubhouse in the Greensburg Area. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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McCracken, Virginia M. 72

  • Hostetter
  • Born: 1943-01-22
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Virginia Mae McCracken, 72, of Hostetter, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Hostetter, a daughter of the late Richard J. Sr. and Helen J. (Smoker) McCracken. Virginia was a graduate of Latrobe High School, class of 1960, and prior to retirement worked at Bon Ton Department Store and formerly Troutman's at Westmoreland Mall. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald R. McCracken. She is survived by a brother, Richard J. McCracken and wife, Linda, of Indiana; two nephews, Jay, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and Doug McCracken, of Blairsville; and a great niece, Krystal Sellers, of Latrobe. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. James Lutheran Cemetery (upper) with the Rev. David H. Clement officiating. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Portka, Thecla M. 89

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-09-08
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thecla M. Portka, 89, of New Kensington, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Willows, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in New Kensington, to the late John and Mary Szelc Pilat and was a lifelong resident of New Kensington. Mrs. Portka was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington and worked as a secretary for the City of New Kensington and was very proud of her city. She enjoyed cooking and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her three children, Frances (Dennis) Woytek, of New Kensington, Andrew (Tracee) Portka, of Fontana, Calif., and Joan (Donald) Polczynski, of Lower Burrell; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Jennifer) Woytek, Sarah (Erik) Hohlfeld, Marissa (John) Thompson and Jacob and Noah Portka; and two great-grandchildren Jacob Hohlfeld and Andrew Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Francis Andrew Portka; grandson, Zachary Portka; and five brothers, Joseph, Edward, Stanley, Louis and Walter Pilat. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at noon in St. Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Rardin, Raymond C. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Carl Rardin, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born May 29, 1933, in Mattoon, Ill., son of the late Milo and Lulu Strech Rardin. He was a retired manager for MAB Paint Company; owner of a Baskin Robbins in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a manager of Glenwood Condominiums in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a former president of the Mattoon Lions Club in Mattoon, former president of the Heritage Square Condominiums, member of Manor Valley Knights of Columbus Council 4226, the Murrysville American Legion and the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. Carl was an avid golfer and maker of golf clubs and had belonged to the Cloverleaf Golf Course Tuesday League and the Irwin Country Club League. Carl also loved to play cards and he was a great storyteller. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Landy Rardin; three children, Ronald (Darena) Rardin, of Charleston, Ill., Chris (Greg) Bassett, of Homer Glen, Ill., and Pamela (Bob) Talley, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Laura, Kerry, Ryan, Robert, Shelley, Lindsay, Eric, Mark (Cheryl) Talley and Geoff (Ginny) Talley; one great-grandson, Sean; one brother, Jerry (Mary Beth) Rardin, of Grand Rapids; and two sisters, Carol (Paul) Welton, of Mattoon, Ill., and Connie Schaljo, of Lerna, Ill. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Mother of Sorrows Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. If desired, memorials may be made to the Mother of Sorrows Church. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rumbaugh, Karl E. 79

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1935-11-04
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Karl E. Rumbaugh, 79, of Avonmore, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Maysville, Kiski Township, the son of the late Kenneth E. and Grace N. Dunmire Rumbaugh-Endress. Before his retirement, he was employed for more than 17 years at Hyde Park Foundry as an overhead crane operator. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, sitting on his porch and socializing. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and an extremely hard worker. He is survived by three sons, Jack E. Rumbaugh (Tammy Martin), of Tinsmill, Randy E. Rumbaugh, of Apollo, and Jeffery J. Rumbaugh (Jaime Plusquellec), of Avonmore; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six brothers, Tom Rumbaugh, of Avonmore, Kenny Rumbaugh, of Edmond, Jim Rumbaugh and his wife, Beverly, of Avonmore, Barry Rumbaugh and his wife, Diane, of Avonmore, Joe Endress, of Clarksburg, and David Endress and his wife, Patty, of Saltsburg; seven sisters, Martha Mack, of New York, Dawn Hayes, of South Dakota, Judy Weister and her husband, Clarence, of Perrysville, Sandy Shannon and her husband, John, of Salina, Gail Sofaly, of Kepple Hill, Roseanne Polloff and her husband, Jim, of Avonmore, and Lisa Flick and her husband, Richard, of Tin Town. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie and Donna; and a brother, Dale. At Karl's request there will be no public viewing or memorial services. Interment will take place in Maysville Cemetery and be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore, PA 15618. To view and send online condolences, visit us online at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Smen, Carol J. 57

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1958-03-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carol J. (Kolonosky) Smen, 57, of Pleasant Unity, died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Mrs. Smen was born March 20, 1958, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of John and Regina Kubasky Kolonosky, of Mt. Pleasant. Carol was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. She was a 1976 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. Carol was employed as a medical coder for the Excela Hospital. Carol enjoyed going to craft shows and was an avid collector. She also loved the farmers' markets and all of the Pittsburgh sports events. She always looked forward to September, as fall was her favorite season of the year. Carol was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Carol is survived by her loving family: her parents, John and Regina Kolonosky; her husband of 35 years, Ronald R. Smen; and her children, Jeffrey R. Smen and Rachael, of Plum, and Jillian L. Smen, at home. She is also survived by her brother and sister, John J. Kolonosky and Tammie, of Mt. Pleasant, and Lisa M. Durst and Brian, of McKinney, Texas; her brothers and sisters-in-law, James Smen and Sandy, Stephen Smen and Carla, Tony Smen, Fred Pallottini and June and Louis Pallottini and Sandy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Jasmine. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Saturday in the funeral home followed by Carol's funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Inurnment will be private. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofunealhome.com.
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Smith, Marie A. 90

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1924-05-21
  • Died: 2015-05-10
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Marie A. (Testa) Blasco Smith, 90, of Jeannette, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at home. She was born May 21, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Palagaine Testa. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Jeannette, and had previously worked at AB Ceramic Shop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Blasco; her second husband, Joseph Smith; four sisters, Catherine Moffe, Cora Massimo, Josephine Bregar and Genevieve DiPietro; a brother, James Testa; and a great-grandson, George Cline. She is survived by three children, Arthur "Sonny" Blasco and his wife, Joanne, of Harrison City, Rose Marie Gaudi and her husband, Gerald, of Jeannette, and Ruthanne Busato and her husband, John, of Jeannette; six grandchildren, Mia Cline and her husband, Scott, John Busato III, A.J. Blasco and his wife, Melanie, Jayson Busato and his wife, Jennifer, Gerald Gaudi Jr. and Christopher Gaudi; six great-grandchildren, Austin Cline, Toby Cline, Christian Blasco, Dominick Busato, Alexis Blasco and Mary Elizabeth Busato; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 51 S. First St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Vincente Santiago, as celebrant. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Tomechko, Mary E. 93

  • United
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Tomechko, 93, of United, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Florian Church, United. Full obituary to follow.
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Weir, Frank M. 63

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1952-01-18
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Frank M. Weir, 63, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Frank was born Jan. 18, 1952, in Latrobe, the son of Catherine Budny Weir, of Mammoth, and the late Frank T. Weir. Frank was a 1970 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School and employed for 40 years by Keck's Bottling, Pepsi Corp., now known as PepsiCo in various positions, most recently as a territory sales manager. He was a member of the Army National Guard Infantry Division and a member of St. Pius X Church Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sandra Geyer Weir; children, Fran Weir (Julie Shultz), of Mt. Pleasant, Jesse Weir (Rachel), of Scottdale, and Derrick Weir (Katie), of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Landon, Teeghan and Declan; brothers, Fred Weir (Mary Lou), of Kecksburg, Greg Weir (Leslie), of Acme, and Jeff Weir, of Mammoth; sisters, Trish Swiderski, of Greensburg, Marie Goulding (Ron), of Mammoth, and Christine Prinkey, of Ruffs Dale; a brother-in-law, Richard Gridler, of Tombstone, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. In addition to his father, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Paulette Gridler. The family is inviting friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-2122), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko, as celebrant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Mammoth. Please visit Frank's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Armstrong County

Cassesse, Salvadore 87

  • Brady's Bend
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Buechele, East Brady | Get Directions
  • Salvadore "Sam" Cassesse, 87, of Brady's Bend, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Chicora Medical Center. Born Sept. 7, 1927 in Brady's Bend, he was the son of Vito and Maria G. (Mignemi) Cassese. Sam first married Mildred J. Crissman; she preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1962. On Oct. 5, 1968, Sam married the former Elizabeth M. "Betty" Kennedy. She also preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1998. A 1947 graduate of East Brady High School, Sam first was employed by Michigan Limestone from 1947 to 1954, then Elger Company in Ford City from 1954 to 1963. He purchased the Rocket Hotel in Brady's Bend and operated it until 1967. Next he worked at National Storage in Boyers until 1968 and then was employed by the PA Liquor Control Board as the state store manager in Chicora until 1979. A member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Brady's Bend, he belonged to the Alter Rosary Society, the Young at Heart Club and for years worked on the St. Mary's Cemetery Committee. A veteran, Sam first served during World War II with the Coast Guard. Later during the Korean War he served as an Airman First Class with the Air Force. His oversees duty was in French Morocco, North Africa. Sam was a life member of both the American Legion Post No. 488 in Brady's Bend and the VFW Post No. 7123 in Rimersburg. Sam enjoyed hunting, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a collector of hundreds of hats and always enjoyed the company of numerous good friends. He will be dearly missed. Surviving are one son, David M. Cassesse and wife, Donna, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; one granddaughter Shelby Ann Cassesse, of Crystal Lake; one brother, Michael Cassese, of Tidioute; one sister, Mary A. Cassese, of Brady's Bend; and a number of nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Mildred and Betty; his dear friend and companion, Marguerite Heginbotham; four brothers, Hoot, Tony, Popeye and Jim; and one sister, Carmella Bevcich. Friends of Salvadore "Sam" Cassesse will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028. A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A veteran's service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Brady's Bend with the Rev. John Butler officiating. Committal, military honors and burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Cassesse family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Sam's name to St. Mary's Cemetery, 915 State Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com.
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Fennell, Betty M. 81

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1933-10-29
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Betty M. (Densmore) Fennell, 81, of Gilpin Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Oct. 29, 1933, in Leechburg, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Mildred Irene (Smith) Densmore. She was a typist in the quality control department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. in West Leechburg for seven years before retiring in 1957, a member of Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg, a member of the LCW of the church and the Order of Eastern Star in Freeport. She was a 1951 graduate of Leechburg High School. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, camping and playing bingo. Survivors include her husband, James C. Fennell, of 57 years; and daughter, Tracey L. Demboski (Gary), of Gilpin Township. Funeral ceremonies were held at the convenience of her family at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, with her pastor, the Rev. Kevin L. Mackey, officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Fennell family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Johns, Nelson L. 73

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1942-03-26
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Nelson Leroy Johns, 73, of Leechburg, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 26, 1942, in Adrian, a son of the late Genevieve Bowser. He retired from Eljer in Ford City from the Kiln and Shipping Departments, after 37 years. He was a member of Brush Valley Brethren Church in Adrian and enjoyed camping and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Sarah C. "Sally" (McDowell) Johns; brother, Rick John (Marsha), of Kittanning; nephew, Freddie John; and special friends, Sam and Christine Schrecengost and family, Tim and Jan Grates and family, Kathy and Bill Moore and family, Karen Jordan, Dianna Crawford, Bill and Patty Hepler and family and Gaye and Lou Hindman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jack Bowser; sister, Corrina Bowser; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Sue Foster will officiate. Interment in Brush Valley Cemetery in Adrian. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Kepple Sr., Don E. 83

  • Sugarcreek Township
  • Born: 1931-10-07
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Don E. Kepple Sr., 83, of Sugarcreek Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 7, 1931, in East Brady, to the late Charles Kepple Sr. and Vernie (Crawfod). He worked for Penreco Oil Refinery for 37 years and was a veteran of the Koren War, earning the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal, all with Bronze Service Stars. He also earned the Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed hunting, fishing trips to Canada, visiting casinos and yard sales and enjoyed country music. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Kepple, of Sugarcreek Township; sons, Don E. Kepple Jr. (Michelle Woodkiak), of Fayetteville, Richard (Gail) Kepple, of Pittsburgh, and Brian Kepple, of Sugarcreek Township; brothers, George (Edyce) Kepple and James (Loretta) Kepple; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Kepple Jr.; and a sister, Kathleen Double. At the request of Don, services were private. Pastor Ryan Lucas officiated. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. Services entrusted to SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUENRAL HOME, Cowansville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Community Church, 2167 State Route 268, Chicora, PA 16025. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Kozloski, Daniel 94

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1921-02-22
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Daniel Kozloski, 94, of Apollo (Kiski Township), passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at West Haven Manor in Washington Township. He was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Beyer, the son of the late Lawrence and Victoria Wierzbecki Kozloski. Daniel was an Army Veteran having served in both World War II and Korea. Before his retirement he was employed by Babcock and Wilcox (Apollo) in transport. He began his employment as a miner, beginning at a very young age in the mines at Sagamore. As a result of his early employment he became a collector of old mining equipment. He also had a passion and talent for restoring horse drawn buggies and sleighs. He is survived by a sister, Estell Reskiewicz, of Arnold; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Potts Kozloski; his son, Joseph D. Kozloski; three brothers, William, Victor and John Kozloski; and two sisters, Lottie and Nellie. Arrangements by KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Thomas, David E. 68

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1946-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • David E. Thomas, 68, of North Apollo, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 15, 1946, in Tarentum, he was the eldest son of the late Russell G. and Lillian (May) Thomas. Dave lived in North Apollo all of his life and was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a graphic arts supervisor at Alcoa Technical Center and retired as the communication resources coordinator in 1997. Dave began a second career at Xerox, where he served as an account coordinator for 15 years. Dave was a longtime member of the Kiski Township and Ford City Sportsman's Clubs, and the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club. Dave was loyal, passionate and caring. He brought a fierce commitment to excellence in all that he did. Whether loving his family and friends, serving his clients (he had a deep connection with his friends at Seton Hill; thank you Griffins!) to his multiple passions of hunting, fishing, motorcycling (Harley all the way!), and snowmobiling with family, friends and beloved hunting partners (Frost, Molly, Magic, Sam, Nick and Candy all beautiful English Setters). Dave filled the room with his energy and love for the moment. He loved to walk in nature, be in the woods, around fields and streams, especially those of the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club where he was an avid member for more than 25 years. Now he walks amongst the most beautiful heavenly woods, fields and streams, and we are confident that he will bring tremendous passion to and receive incredible joy from each perfect step he takes. Dave is survived by his wife, Susanne T. (Devico) Thomas; daughter, Marsha Ann (Walter Stump) Thomas, of West Vandergrift; brother, Jeffrey M. (Joanne Stumpf) Thomas, of Clymer; cousins, Kathleen Ferracio, of Shaners Acres, Cheryl Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ron and Lisa Wolk, and Dan and Tammy Rusbosin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, in the funeral home in Dave's honor. On behalf of Dave, our family deeply appreciates the loving care provided by Dr. John Zitelli, his practice and the other trusted members of Dave's medical team. They, like him, fought the good fight and we are all grateful. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Beaver County

Lowther, Grace N. 95

  • Freedom , Formerly of Juniata
  • Born: 1919-07-15
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Grace N. Riley Lowther, 95, of Freedom, formerly of Juniata, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Concordia of Cranberry. She was born July 15, 1919, the daughter of the late Daniel and Edna Coughenour Leighty. Mrs. Lowther was a graduate of the former Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1938. She was a very active member of the Juniata United Methodist Church and the CIC Class. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She is survived by two daughters, Lois Barricklow and her husband, Donald, of Erie, and Donna Eperesi and her husband, Michael, of Freedom; her grandchildren, Lindsey Barricklow and his wife, Beth, of Erie, Daniel Barricklow and his wife, Karen, of Erie, Michael Eperesi Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Mars, Carrie Jablunovsky and her husband, Nick, of Mars, and Stacie Morrow and her husband, Matt, of Economy; 10 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lowther was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Donald Riley; her second husband, Albert Lowther; and a sister, Ella Elizabeth Boone Rudiak. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. Additional viewing will take place from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, the hour of funeral services, in the Juniata United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Terry Teluch, officiating. Interment will follow in the Dickerson Run Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Juniata United Methodist Church, 410 Main St., Dunbar, PA 15431 or to the Benevolent Fund at Concordia of Cranberry, 10 Adams Ridge Blvd., Mars, PA 16046, in memory of Grace N. Riley Lowther. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Butler County

Claypool, Rita M. 78

  • Butler
  • Born: 1936-10-25
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Renfrew | Get Directions
  • Rita M. (Girardi) Claypool, 78, of Butler, formerly of Freeport, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while under the care of Sunnyview Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on Sunflower Way and Amedisys Hospice. Born Oct. 25, 1936, in Natrona Heights, she was the youngest of six children of the late Joseph and Marie (Trettle) Girardi. Rita was a graduate of Freeport High School. She grew up working in her parent's grocery store, Girardi Market, in addition to working at the former Jack's Restaurant and Freeport Foods. She was a member and past president of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Rita loved visiting her camp at Smith Grove and even worked at the store there. At the campground, she enjoyed riding her golf cart and spending time with friends and family. In her free time, she also enjoyed playing bingo, dancing and going out to eat. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 37 years, Raymond D. Claypool; her loving children, Richard (Rhonda Sue) Swartz, of Buffalo Township, Deborah (David W.) Coward, of Freeport, and Margaret Swartz, of Butler; her five grandchildren, Jason R. Swartz, Sophia Grace Swartz, David W. Coward II, Vincent W. Braden Jr. and Brandy L. Braden; her great-granddaughter, Jayla Amari Hernandez; her four-legged friend, Kimber; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Albert and Karl Girardi; her sisters, Emma Paluselli and Helen Burski; her father-in-law, Alton Claypool; and brother-in-law, Robert Stewart. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTER OF CONNOQUENESSING TOWNSHIP, 856 Evans City Road, Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Rita's honor to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Groves, Theodore C. 73

  • Mars
  • Born: 1941-12-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore C. "Ted" Groves, 73, of Mars, formerly of McKeesport and Hazelwood, died Thursday evening, May 21, 2015, at Family Hospice in Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Theodore C. and Margaret Culhane Groves. Ted had been a machinist, inspector and union rep for Union Switch and Signal. An avid car enthusiast, he was a member of the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Lynn Quinten Groves, whom he married Oct. 19, 1963; a son, Theodore R. Groves, of Mars; a daughter, Dana Stankiewicz and her husband, Paul, of Miami, Fla.; a brother, John "Jack" Groves and his wife, Mary, of West Mifflin; his grandchildren, Teddy, J.D., Justin and Kaylee; and a soon-to-be great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Those attending are asked to dress in casual attire. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Thompson, Frances 96

  • Saxonburg
  • Born: 1919-02-14
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Frances Thompson, 96, of Saxonburg, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice. Born Feb. 14, 1919, in Distant, she was a daughter of Nicholas Zonarich and Rosalia Gmeiner Zonarich. Frances was a homemaker. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Saxonburg Golden Agers. She loved to cook, spend time with her family and go out eat. Surviving are her sons, Larry (Mary Jane) Thompson, of Charlotte, N.C., and Leroy (Barb) Thompson, of Slippery Rock; her daughter, Karen Buss, of Butler; her sister, Hilda Buk, of Lower Burrell; eight grandchildren, Michael Thompson, Melissa Camden, Kimberly Buss, Kristin Crouch, Nathan Thompson, Angela Clark, Nicholas Thompson and Laura Thompson; 14 great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis L. Thompson, Jan. 23, 1995; and one grandson, three sisters and four brothers. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 23, 2015, at FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., Saxonburg, where services will follow at noon, with the Rev. Deborah Huffmyer officiating. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Bryner, Albert 79

  • Dickerson Run
  • Born: 1936-04-05
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Albert "Ray" Bryner, 79, a longtime resident of Dickerson Run, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, 2015, at his home, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 5, 1936, in Stewart Township, Fayette County, a son of the late Plummer F. and Hilda Edith Tissue Bryner. Prior to his retirement, Ray was a hardworking timberman with the Bryner Lumber Co. and later was the owner of J.B. Trucking Co., Ray was a member of the Cochran Lodge No. 614 F and AM, the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, and the Syria Shrine. He was also a longtime member of the Vanderbilt/Dawson Lions Club and Vanderbilt Church of Christ, Ray will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family, his wife of 58 years Joanne Rexrode Bryner, with whom he did extensive traveling over the years; his sons, Alan Bryner and wife, Jacky, and Barry Bryner and wife, Donna, all of Dickerson Run, and Thomas Bryner and wife, Denise, of Fayetteville, Ark.; his grandchildren, Adam, Wesley, Rachel, Allyssa, Amanda and Morgan Bryner; his great-grandchildren, Wade Marshall and Grace Ann Bryner; his brother, H.D. Bryner, of Vanderblit; his sisters, Kathleen Reeves and husband, Robert, of Concord Township, Ohio, Alma Fisher and husband, Thomas, of Madison, Ohio, Marie Scarlett and husband, Glenn, of Connellsville, and Sharon Lake and husband, Stanley, of Birmingham, Ala.; his half brothers, Theron Turner and wife, Sherry, of Chalk Hill, and Robert Fields and wife, Julie, of Dickerson Run; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his sisters, Carolyn Lear and Sheila Bryner; and his brothers, Ernest, Paul and Arthur Bryner. The family would like to give thanks to his caregivers Ruth Thomas, Marie Scarlett, Jacky Bryner, Kay Gualtieri, Donna Bryner and especially to his friend and caregiver, Cindy Morris. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, the hour of a funeral service with Pastor Greg Pelc officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. The Vanderbilt/Dawson Lions Club will conduct a service 7 p.m. Sunday and the Cochran Lodge No. 614 F and AM will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, both in the funeral home. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Everly, Frances 64

  • Bitner
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Frances "Fritz" Everly, 64, of Bitner, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Uniontown Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Everly, Francis 64

  • Bitner
  • Born: 1950-10-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Francis "Fritz" Everly, 64, of Bitner, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Uniontown Hospital. He was born Oct. 19, 1950, in Uniontown, son of the late Paul and Nancy (McManus) Everly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Everly; and his brother, Paul Everly. Fritz worked most of his life at the Glassport Steel Mill. He was a member of the Juniata Sportsman's Club and loved to ride his motorcycle. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Bonnie Lou (Upton) Everly; his children, Danielle Cramer and Nathan Allen Everly; granddaughters, Caitlin Marie Cramer and Alexis Lynn Cramer; brothers and sisters, Wendell Everly, George "Jake" Everly, Judy Kosisko and Martha "Marcie" Everly; son-in-law, Ted Cramer; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, with the Rev. Terry Tulech officiating. Memorial donations can be made, in the care of Bonnie Everly, 849 Bitner Road, Dunbar, PA 15431. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Kavan, Michael J. 67

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1947-12-28
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Kavan, 67, of Perryopolis, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born Dec. 28, 1947, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Shirley Walsh. Michael was a one in a million man; there is no one else like him in this life. He worked for Vision Quest that is involved with working with juvenile offenders for 15 years. His work in Vision Quest involved Wilderness Camp, Wagon Trains and sailing on a tall ship named Western Union. He and his wife, Weezer, traveled extensively over their years together. He worked for Fayette Co. Mental Health for 15 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He loved to rescue special needs dogs. He is probably sitting at the Rainbow Bridge with all his dogs smiling. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Louise (D'Isidoro) Kavan; a son, Michael T. Kavan and wife, Laura; three grandchildren, Josh Lomax, Bailey Nichole and Liam John Kavan; one sister, Kathy Carey and husband, Jack; sister-in-law, Debi Price; nephew, Logan; mother-in-law, Olive D'Isidoro; cousins, Jim Walsh and wife, Carla, Ronnie Walsh and wife, Judy; and many life-long friends and his faithful companions, Crazy Annie, Chance and Captain Jack. He was preceded in death by his mom, Shirley Walsh; his father-in-law, Dominic D'Isidoro; and all his friends at the Rainbow Bridge. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m., the hour of service, Saturday in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis. Pastor Melissa Snyder officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the "Rusty Fund" Duck Hollow Veterinary Hospital, 725 Duck Hollow Road, Uniontown, PA 15401. Military Rites will be accorded by VFW Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion Post 752, all of Perryopolis.
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Kutch, Andrew 91

  • Uniontown
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kutch, 91, of Uniontown, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Point Manor North, Uniontown. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Kutch, Andrew 91

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1923-09-12
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kutch, 91, of Uniontown, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Point Manor North, Uniontown. He was born Sept. 12, 1923. Andrew was Protestant by faith. Andrew had no known survivors, but has many close friends who loved and cared for him. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Brier Cemetery in Ohiopyle. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Mary C. 90

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1925-01-27
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Mary C. Martin, 90, of Dunbar, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. She was born Jan. 27, 1925, in Mt. Independence, Pa. She was a homemaker. Surviving are three children, Judith Martin and husband, Charles, James E. Martin, Janice Beal and companion, Scott Darnell, all of Dunbar; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Medvec; and her husband, James Martin, in 1994. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and until 11 a.m., the hour of service, Wednesday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Deacon William Pitts officiating.
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Whiting, Willard 60

  • Monarch
  • Born: 1954-10-17
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Willard "Wes" Whiting, 60, of Monarch, passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 17, 1954, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Willard F. and Doris Jean (Thomas) Whiting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Wesley D. Whiting. Wes was a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School Class of 1973. He was employed with Volkswagen until their closing, and was currently employed with PennDOT, Uniontown. He was a member of the Connellsville BPO Elks and Juniata United Methodist Church. Wes loved to fish and ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Walt Disney World, where he shared many cherished memories with his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Deborah R. (Staggers) Whiting; their children, daughter, Kristen N. Hausmann and husband, Todd, of Mauldin, S.C., and son, Michael W. Whiting, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his sister, Maureen E. Whiting Johnston and husband, Timothy, of Connellsville; aunts, Evelyn Whiting, of Uniontown, Lillian Wood, of Annandale, Va., Audrey Gribble and husband, John, of Uniontown, Martha Rice, of LaBelle, and Phyllis Seybert and husband, Rich, of West Middlesex; and many cousins. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, the hour of service, with the Rev. Timothy McConville officiating. Interment will follow at LaFayette Memorial Park Cemetery, Brier Hill. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Cramer, John F. 90

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1924-08-02
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John F. "Jack" Cramer, 90, of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Olean, N.Y., a son of the late John L. and Emily Enterline Cramer. Jack was known as the "Volkswagen Guy". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Allman; and two brothers, Karl and Philip Cramer. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Charlotte Stile Cramer; a son, Dr. Kerry J. Cramer and his wife, Tammie, of Gahana, Ohio; two daughters, Toni and Randy Cramer, of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Tracy, Todd, Bethany and Brianna; six great-grandchildren, Bailey, Casey, Kyle, Kimberly, Will and Tessa; and several nieces and nephews. At Jack's request, all services are private for the family. "We will miss his practical application of life principles, his tenacity and sense of humor, but especially the way he loved our mother". McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Filson, Mary Lou 89

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1925-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou (Smith) Filson, 86, of Blairsville, went to be with God on Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Delmont, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. Smith and Luella (Kemerer) Smith Newhouse. She was a 1946 graduate of Hershey High School. While raising her family she held various jobs including Hershey Chocolate Factory and New Idea Farm Equipment in Harrisburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband of 39 years, Ernest "Ink" Filson, who passed away in 1988; and two brothers-in-law. Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Hower and husband, Tom, of Berwick, and Jana Childers and husband, Dan, of Derry; and two grandsons, TJ Hower and fiancee, Danielle Dickerson, of Corning, N.Y., and Cody Childers, of Derry, whom she loved spending time with. She is also survived by brothers, Charles Newhouse and wife, Francis, of Myerstown, and Larry Newhouse and wife, Wanda, of Harrisburg; sisters, Virginia Toomey and husband, Bill, of Harrisburg, Nancy Gerber, of Annville, and Lucy Russ, of Highspire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed spending time with family and the "girl's weekends" to the outlets and wineries. At Mary Lou's request there will be no services. Memorial gift donations may be made in her name to the charity of the donor's choice. JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, is handling the arrangements. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Wagner, Virginia 88

  • Fallowfield
  • Born: 1927-04-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Virginia “Ginny” Lois Power Wagner, 88, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Donnell House in Washington, with her family by her side. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ginny was born April 11, 1927, in Monongahela, to the late Joseph M. and Zelda Tinley Power. Raised on her parents’ farm on Van Voorhis Lane, Monongahela, Virginia attended Wyley Elementary School and Monongahela High School. She went on to Douglas Business School in Charleroi for typing and a secretarial degree. She was office manager for the Charleroi Branch of AAA for 21 years.Married for 66 years to Charles Bateman Wagner, Virginia knew Charles as a teenager, as he was a friend of the family. It wasn't until he returned from the Army Air Corps. that she learned of his affections towards her. Charles asked Virginia to marry him. Her response, "I will have to get back to you." After almost a year, she accepted his proposal. They were married on April 10, 1949, at the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. They built their home and family in Fallowfield Township and it was there they continued their journey together. Virginia became a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi where she could always be found volunteering in the office or helping in the kitchen. She was a 21-year volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. Ginny was a member of The Eastern Star, and an active Girl Scout Mother and troop leader. She enjoyed camping and traveling with her family and spent many summers together at their camp in Confluence. Virginia will be remembered for treating anyone she knew as if they were family. She loved caring for all members of her family, as well as doing their worrying for them. She was a true matriarch to her family she so dearly loved. Virginia will be deeply missed by her husband and soul mate, Charles Bateman Wagner; daughter, Diana (Bob) Bowden, of Beaver; son, Denis (Pam) Wagner of Fallowfield Township; grandsons, Jr. (Karen) Wagner of Charleroi, Bill (Brittany) Wagner of Fallowfield Township, Mike Marker of Beaver, Eric (Jackie) Marker of Beaver; great-grandchildren, Michele Cahill of Pittsburgh, Kate and William Wagner of Fallowfield Township; Deni and Charlee Wagner of Fallowfield Township, Dylan and Clarissa Marker of Beaver, Benjamin Marker of Beaver; sister-in-law, Jane Shultz of Brighton Township; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends that join her family in mourning the loss of a great woman.In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers, Dale (Margie) Power, Jerry (Sally) Power; and brother-in-law, Robert Shultz. Friends and family will gather at the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME ABD CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, for visitation 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015. A celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Charleroi United Methodist Church, 601 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, with Pastor Lori Walters officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Charleroi United Methodist Church or The Donnell House Washington, Pa.
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Dobek, Mary L. 91

  • Hanover, Mass.
  • Born: 1923-06-21
  • Died: 2015-05-13
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  • Mary L. (Panigal) Dobek, 91, of Hanover, Mass., passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Born June 21, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Ferrara) Panigal. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Henry W. Dobek; devoted mother of Susan E. Drew and her husband, Leonard, of Hanover, Mass., Christine M. Dobek, of Hanover, Mass., and the late Theresa A. (Dobek) DeMaio; dear sister of John J. Panigal, of Penn, Frank M. Panigal, of Jeannette, and Josephine (Panigal) Chick, of Penn; and cherished grandmother of Kathryn and David Drew. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, Hanover, Mass. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Donations in Mary's memory can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station, Building No. 2 Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or www.theaftd.org. For Mary's online guestbook, visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com.
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Goetz, Carol A. 84

  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Born: 1930-11-13
  • Died: 2015-05-20
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  • Carol Ann Goetz, 84, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg. Carol was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Arnold, and was a daughter of the late Minta Marie (Waltenbaugh) and Rex Fenton Beveridge. She retired from the C and P Telephone Company in Arlington, Va., and was a member of Mt. Olivet Christian Church in Elkton. She was united in marriage to Glenn Goetz, who survives, on Dec. 10, 1950. Carol is also survived by two daughters, Gaye Johnson and husband, Lynvel, of Charlottesville, Va., and Tracy Goetz Stover, of Dayton; five grandchildren, Kacie Baum, Walker Gerard, Sara Wilfong, Alex Stover and Thomas Stover; three great-grandchildren, Grayden Wilfong, Chapman Wilfong and Hudson Wilfong; and her beloved dog, Bailey. She was preceded in death by a brother, Walker Beveridge; and a sister, Jane Collodi. Services will be private. Memorial Contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
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Graham, Annetta 78

  • Frostproof, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-05-16
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Annetta Porter Graham, 78, of Frostproof, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Homestead to George O. Porter Sr. and Olive (Horner) Porter, was raised in Munhall, moved to Frewsburg, N.Y., after her marriage, and resided in Frostproof, Fla., since 1979. She was the church organist for Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin, and for First United Methodist Church of Frostproof and music director at Frostproof Presbyterian Church, covering more than 50 years. She served as wedding organist at St. George Greek Orthodox in Oakland, Pa., and was the accompanist for US Steel-Homestead Works-Male Chorus. She was a clerk at Homestead Works-US Steel-Metallurgical Department for 21 years, and a Florida independent licensed insurance agent and notary for 23 years. She was a piano/organ teacher to many children and adults. Annetta was a member of Frostproof United Methodist Church and past president of the Lake Wales, Fla. Music Club, where she organized and directed the Crystal Belles, a group that used crystal glasses as their instruments. She belonged to Circle III at the Frostproof Presbyterian Church, Circle Mary at Frostproof's Methodist, was a life member of Military Officers Association of America, Lake Wales Music Club and Frostproof Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lieutenant commander George D. Graham; her parent; stepmother, Edna Porter and stepbrother, Jim Miller. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Darlene (Larry) Lupton, of San Angelo, Texas; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, George O. (Betty) Porter Jr., of Harrisburg; and a nephew and niece and her two children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Frostproof, Fla.; Lebanon Presbyterian Church, West Mifflin; Lake Wales Music Club Inc., Lake Wales, Fla.; Frostproof Historical Society Inc., Frostproof, Fla.; or Good Shepherd Hospice, Orchid Group, Sebring, Fla. Arrangements were handled by JOHNSON-NELSON-GILL FUNERAL HOME in Lake Wales, Fla., and STEPHEN SLATER FUNERAL HOME in Jefferson Hills (Large), PA 15025. A memorial service was held May 20, 2015, at Frostproof's Methodist Church. The burial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Mausoleum at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
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Maeder, Paul R. 25

  • Arlington, Va.
  • Born: 1990-04-12
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Paul Ray Maeder, 25, of Arlington, Va., passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at home. He was born April 12, 1990, in Baltimore, Md., a son of Jeffrey and Debra (Grooms) Maeder, currently of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and previously of Brackenridge. Paul effortlessly graduated from Brush High School in Lyndhurstz, Ohio, and then went on to The Ohio State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in German and international business. About a year-and-a-half ago, Paul began his career as a financial analyst for Cambridge Associates and was successfully working toward his CFA certification. Throughout his life, he was an avid guitar player, an enthusiastic runner, a zealous world traveler and a passionate Steelers and Caps fan. Son, Grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and genius. He loved and cared for his family and friends and was devoted to creating a greater world for them. It is believed by his family that Paul Ray Maeder would have taken over the world some day. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother, Maxwell Charles Maeder, of Lyndhurst, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Joanne (Varos) Maeder, of Brackenridge; uncles, James P. Maeder Jr., of Arlington, Va., Karl M. Maeder, of Brackenridge, and Scott A. Maeder, of Brackenridge; aunts, Nina E. (Don) Tomporoski, of Natrona Heights, Trisha C. (George) Starrett, of Pittsburgh, June (Steve) Elst, of Azalea, Ore., Janice (David) Post, of Lower Burrell, and Cathy (Bruce) Schneider, of Greenville, S.C.; also surviving are his cousins, Jeffrey, Kevin, Michael, Lucas, Chris, Beverly, Nathan, Meghan and Emily. Paul was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather James P. Maeder Sr. in 1993, maternal grandparents, Ray and Ceridwen (Williams) Grooms. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck officiating. Private interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Family suggests contributions to the charity of one's choice. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sadler, Dorothy 97

  • Warren, Ohio
  • Born: 1918-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, Warren, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Speilman Sadler, 97, of Warren, Ohio, passed away May 19, 2015, at home. She was born Jan. 5, 1918, in Monessen, a daughter of the late John P. and Margaret (Worthington) Speilman. Dorothy was a member of Victory Christian Center, Warren, Ohio. Surviving are her children, Roy D. Sadler, Nichol J. Vandermer and Douglas D. Sadler; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and two sisters. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. May 26, 2015, at Victory Christian Center, Warren, Ohio, where Pastor Daniel Houck and Pastor James L. Koehler Jr. will co-officiate. CARL W. HALL FUNERAL HOME, Warren, Ohio, in charge of arrangements.
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Stein, Erik G. 38

  • Edinboro , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1976-08-26
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Erik Gregory Stein, 38, of Edinboro, formerly of New Kensington, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in his home. Born Aug. 26, 1976, in New Kensington, Erik was a son of Denise (Lippert) and Ray France, of Edmond, Okla., and Larry (Mary Shean) Stein, of New Kensington. He was the assistant director of residence life at Edinboro University. Erik graduated in 1995 from Valley High School and joined the Army Reserves where he served as a military police officer for six years. He was studying for his bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he was activated due to 9/11, putting his education on hold. Erik returned to the university after his tour, and earned not only his bachelor's degree, but also a master's in student affairs and higher education in 2007. He accepted a position as area coordinator for residence life at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Erik returned to the Pittsburgh area to pursue his doctorate at Robert Morris University, where he was the area coordinator for residence life at the University. He received his doctorate in instructional management in 2013. He loved animals, particularly his beloved Lhasa, Apso, and faithful companion, Sid. Erik enjoyed being in the outdoors hiking, horseback riding or just hanging out with friends. He was an avid reader and more recently was pursuing the history and teachings of Buddhism. When he was young, it was all about wrestling - at the YMCA, junior high and high school. His sense of humor was something special. He could make anyone laugh. He cared deeply about his family and friends and was a very thoughtful, considerate and gentle man. Erik will be dearly missed. In addition to his parents, survivors include three brothers, William R. Stein, of Brookville, Lee A. Stein and Aaron E. Stein, both of New Kensington; and a sister, Holly M. Stein, of New Kensington; a niece and nephew he adored, Luma and Otto Stein; paternal grandmother, Aureola M. Stein, of New Kensington; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert W. Stein; and maternal grandparents, William O. and Wilma G. Lippert. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, until time of service at 4 p.m., where full military honors will be accorded by Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. The Rev. Dean Ward will officiate. To leave online condolences, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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