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Anklin, Bertha E. 103

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1912-04-03
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Bertha E. Lowndes Anklin, 103, of Sewickley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born April 3, 1912, in Albany, N.Y. She was the wife of Peter Anklin. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Traviss (husband, Don Traviss); her two granddaughters, Heather Relation (husband, Brian Easton) and Alexandra Traviss; and her two great-grandsons, Liam and Niall Easton. She was a longtime member of Newtonville United Methodist Church in Newtonville, N.Y. and attended Christ Church in Sewickley, where she lived for the past 17 years. She was very active at the Newtonville United Methodist Church, where she was president and treasurer of the Women's Charitable organization called Mispbah. She also helped to run the church rummage sale, roast beef dinner and clam bake. She also volunteered at Children's Hospital and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. After she moved to Sewickley in 1998, she joined the Knit-Whits, a women's knitting group that knit blankets for the homeless. A truly gracious and extraordinary lady, she was always giving of herself, loved and admired by all of her friends and a constant source of strength to her family even in the last few days of her life. She will be missed, but will always be remembered and honored by her family and friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Mrs. Anklin's name to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Barnard, Carolyn J. 87

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Carolyn "Connie" J. (McClintock) Barnard, 87, of Penn Hills, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Allan Barnard and Charles McClemens; loving mother of Gregory (Debby) McClemens, Sue (Joe) Kelly, Wendy (Brian) Renter and Pamela Barnard; grandmother of Joey, Derek, Zachary, Nick, Tayla and Jalen, and four great-grandchildren; sister of her twin, Marilyn "Monnie" Mack and the late Henry "Dean" and Charles "Chick" McClintock; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239, where a funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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Cable, Stephen J. 66

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1949-03-10
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Stephen Jay "Taxi Steve" Cable, 66, of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born March 10, 1949, cherished son of Betty L. and the late Edward "Ted" Cable. He was the loving father of Stephen "Butch" (Sue) Cable Jr., Dianna "Dee Dee" (Dan) Meehan, Jonathan (Patti) Cable, Rebecca Donaldson, Jayson (Pam) Cable and Amber (Sam) Schlater; beloved grandfather of Joshua (Samantha), Jerret, Stephen "Chip," Samantha, Leah, Rachel, Jakob, Daniel, Jordyn, Jonathan, Stephanie, Richard, Katherine "Katie," Henry, Eden, Alaina, Gavin, Andrew and Ariella; and great-grandfather of Aaron, Victoria, Laina and Charlotte. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Cooney, Suzanne 75

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Suzanne (Berkopec) Cooney, 75, of Richland Township, died Thursday, May 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 14 years of Patrick J. Conney. She was preceded in death by her first husband, the late Ronald Kearns. She was the loving mother of Kenny G. Kearns, of Gibsonia, Karen (Harry) Owens, of Mars, Kelly (Dan) Dennis, of Tarentum, and Kerry (Jim) Simmons, of Shaler; stepmother of Carol Ann Alpaugh, of South Carolina, and Patricia Wilkert, of Saxonburg; sister of Cathy (Larry) Domitrovich, of Gibsonia, and the late George Berkopec; and dear grandmother of Ronny, Tommy, Carson, Corey, Karly, Emily and Jenna. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Family suggests donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Duarte-Evans, Cynthia A.

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Cynthia Ann Duarte-Evans, M.D., of Upper St. Clair, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Steven Evans; loving and devoted mother of Steven Alexander, Allison Nicole and Jonathan David Evans; daughter of the late Everette and Lucia (Vieira) Duarte; sister of Bradford, Leslie and Cheryl Duarte; and niece of Anna Vieira Cabral Spencer, Elaine DaRosa, Vivian DeFreitas and Lorraine Sherman, Joan Joseph and David Leroy Duarte. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at South Hills Assembly of God, where service will follow at 7 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Hillman Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or MS Society, 1501 Reedsdale St. No. 105, Cardelllo Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Edwards, Viola 94

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1920-08-12
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Viola Edwards, 94, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. She was born, Viola Grace Goodrum on Aug. 12, 1920, in West Mifflin, one of six children of James and Britha Jean (Andrews) Goodrum. Viola was a lifelong member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and a member of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Howard Edwards, Russell Meyers, Robert Weber and Edward J. Mattes, and four of her siblings, two brothers, James and Arnold Goodrum, and two sisters, Mary DaBaldo and recently Hannah McDevitt, on Friday, May 22, 2015, one day before Viola. Viola is survived by three children, son, Arnold Mattes, of Jefferson Hills, and two daughters, Donna Kettish, of Sykesville, Md., and Karen (Jeff) Dowd, of Fort Mill, S.C.; five grandchildren, Lance Mattes, of Bethel Park, Dawn (Kettish) Schmidt, of Galena, Ohio, Lori (Kettish) Banks, of Sykesville, Tracy (Dowd) Carrasco, of Orlando, Fla., and Justin Dowd, of Fort Mill; 13 great-grandchildren; and her remaining sister, Jean Hudson, of Shalimar, Fla. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of her service at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills. The Rev. Robert Titus will be officiating. Her burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery in West Mifflin. If desired, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershq.org. Visit www.stephendslater.com. for condolences and more information.
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Errington, Lois M. 85

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1930-05-14
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lois M. (Nock) Errington, 85, of Hampton Township, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, while under the care of the UPMC-Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born May 14, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Durst) Nock; and sister of the late Walter Nock and wife of the late John "Jack" Errington, who passed away in 1990. Lois was retired from a sales career that included working at Sears, Horne's and Woolworth's department stores. She enjoyed breakfast with the girls at Eat N Park and playing cards on the computer. She is survived by her children, Judy Williamson, of Hampton Township, John Williamson, of Covina, Calif., Linda Honeywill, of Pine Township, Bob Williamson, of La Canada, Calif., Ken Errington, of Butler, and Steve Errington, of Cranberry Township; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna O'Hanlon. Lois' family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at King Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Muttart, officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, the family suggests memorial donations may be made in her honor to support a veteran's organization of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lois's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Gaver, Marie M.

  • Formerly of Bellevue
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Marie M. Gaver, formerly of Bellevue, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Little Sisters of the Poor. She was the beloved wife of the late Earl Gaver; and sister of the late Francis Gelzheiser. Marie is survived by nieces, nephews and dear friends, including Marcia and Steve Mosolansky. Marie had been secretary to the superintendent of North Hills High School until her retirement in 1979. She also worked for Care at Kaufmann's for 57 years. She was a longtime member of the Church of the Assumption, the Catholic Daughters of America Court Bellevue and Northgate AARP. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor. Interment will follow in Christ Our Redeemer (Northside Catholic) Cemetery. Arrangements are by LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Church of the Assumption, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202, or Little Sisters of the Poor. www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Hartnett Jr., Daniel F. 85

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Daniel F. Hartnett Jr., 85, of Munhall, died Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the father of Kathy Chimes, Dan Hartnett III, Tim Hartnett, John (Stacey) Hartnett, Patrick (Deann) Hartnett and the late Michael (wife, Karen survives) Hartnett; brother of the late William (wife, Barb survives) Hartnett; grandfather of Corey Shaina, Joshua, Kimberly, Jesse, Rebecca, Richard Connor, Shannon, Kayla and Alaina; great-grandfather of Mikayla; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dan was a veteran of the Air Force, serving during Korea; a retired foreman for U.S. Steel Homestead Works; an avid Steelers fan; and a member of AARP No. 3172. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Hickly, Clara A. 96

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Clara A. Hickly, 96, of the North Side, died Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the beloved aunt of William (Joan) Hickly, Robert (the late Diane) Hickly and Donald Hickly; and is also survived by many great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-great-nephew and many cousins. Clara worked at Morgan's Cleaners in Bellevue for more than 40 years, was a graduate of Oliver High School Class of 1937 and was still meeting her alumni for luncheons regularly. She was a devoted member of The Risen Lord Parish. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Risen Lord Parish. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Marsh, Mary

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary "Polly" McNaugher Marsh, of Fox Chapel, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Marsh; mother of Dr. William "Bill" McNaugher Marsh (Stephanie), Margaret "Margo" McNaugher Marsh, Robert "Rob" McNaugher Marsh (Tracey) and the late David McNaugher Marsh; grandmother of Stephen, Becky, Emily, Sam and Beth Marsh, Mary Biernesser and Tim and Bennett Marsh; sister of Isabel "Pinky" Hatfield (Ed); and daughter of the late Dr. William and Isabel McNaugher, of Point Breeze. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Polly attended Winchester Thurston School and Vassar College. Happily married to Bill for 53 years, Polly lived in the Fox Chapel area and volunteered at a number of organizations around the Pittsburgh area. She was an elder of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, designing and creating the paraments, as well as designing the columbarium. Polly helped to create the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy Middle School, where she also volunteered. She was a longtime member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, once honored as Volunteer of the Year. She was president and a lifetime member of the Squaw Valley Garden Club and Master Flower Show Judge Emeritus with the National Garden Club. Polly loved gardening and arts and crafts of all kinds from a very young age, mastering and teaching gardening, flower arranging, needlepoint, knitting, applique and quilting. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, where the family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private. A memorial reception will follow at 5 p.m. at Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy, 500 Squaw Run Road E, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Foxwall EMS, 145 Squaw Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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McNally, Carolyn A. 56

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1959-01-26
  • Died: 2015-04-18
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  • Carolyn Ann (Levish) McNally, 56, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, due to complications related to her seven-month battle with breast cancer. She was born Jan. 26, 1959, to Harry and the late Pauline (Skoda) Levish. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1976, from Clarion State College in 1980 and later earned her master's degree from Carlow College. Carolyn lived and worked all over the country before settling in Plano, Texas. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill McNally, and his son, Bill McNally (Daria); father, Harry Levish; siblings, Gregory Levish (Susan), Paul Levish (Marsha), Joseph Levish (Christy) and Mary Venetos (Mario); also by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Levish. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, 339 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. Reception to immediately follow in the church hall. Please see complete obituary, video and condolences at www.affoplano.com.
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Meneely, Ella M. 86

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1929-05-05
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ella M. "Elly" Meneely, 86, of Lincoln Borough, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in her home. Born May 5, 1929, in Midland, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Storrie) Liddle. She was married for 66 years to her loving husband, William "Bill" Meneely. Elly was a member of Port Vue United Methodist Church. She sang in the church choir, was a member of F.O.D, prepared meals in the kitchen and volunteered regularly for church activities. Elly sang with the Elizabeth Forward Community Chorus. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the very joy of her life. In addition to her husband, survivors include children, James, of Argos, Ind., William "Jack" (Donna), of McKeesport, and Debra (Anthony) Mosqueda, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Jerry, Adam, Heather, Scott, Steven, Kevin, Matt and Brian; great-grandchildren, Triniti, Braden, Koleman, Madisyn, K.C., Kaitlin, Morgan and Ella Grace; and nieces and nephews. Elly was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Victoria, and sister, Sarah Douglass. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Port Vue United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Meyers, Jerome M.

  • Oakland
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Jerome M. Meyers, of Oakland, died Thursday, May 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Janet Meyers. He was the beloved father of Linda (Donald) MacLeod, Sally (Michael Powell) Meyers and Richard (Al Kennedy) Meyers; stepfather of Debra Richards, Eric McCutcheon and Scott McCutcheon; brother of Sylvia Iwler and Harvey Potashman; grandfather of Cameron and Rebecca MacLeod, Helena Powell and Noah Meyers; step-grandfather of Hannah Richards, Zen and Sophia McCutcheon; much loved by his caregivers, Lorenzo, Kim and Lydia. Jerome served in the Army. He was an attorney and also co-founder of Food Gallery Supermarkets with his brother, Harvey. Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, where services will follow at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, www.michaeljfox.org.http://www.schugar.com.
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Naccarato, Joseph 82

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1932-10-31
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Cheech" Naccarato, 82, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 31, 1932, in San Pietro Amanteo Calabria, Italy, son of the late Americo and Maria (Cicero) Naccarato. He worked at family owned Naccarato Bros. Produce in Braddock and retired from J-Jac Construction. He was a member of St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin. He was an avid bowler and gardener and member of the "Thursday Nite Pinbusters" Bowling League at Coral Lanes. He was the husband of Joan (Manns) Naccarato, of 56 years. He is survived by six children, Sherry (Ronald) Messick, of Long Branch, Sandra (Ronald) Kelly, of Pleasant Hills, Jeffrey (Denice) Naccarato, of West Mifflin, Dean Naccarato, of West Mifflin, Melissa (Lou) Petrucci, of Imperial, and Rodney (Patti) Naccarato, of Liberty Borough; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Louis (Yvonne) Naccarato, of Glenshaw; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Bernice Monzak, of West Mifflin. He was predeceased by his infant sister, Gulgermina. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A blessing service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin with the Rev. Joseph Grosko, officiating. Interment will be in All Saints-Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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O'Toole, Mary Anne

  • South Park
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Mary Anne (Proctor) O'Toole, of South Park, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Patrick J. O'Toole for more than 56 years; loving mother of Lynda (Chuck) Mirt, Coleen (Scott) Loughman, Pam (Scott) Krause, Tim (Alicia) O'Toole and Kelli (Jack) Aul; and MaMa of Caitlin, Colin and Michael. 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 a blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. If desired, family suggests contributions to Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Oczypok, Angeline 88

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1927-01-08
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Angeline Oczypok, 88, of Clairton, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born Angeline Catherine Bernardo on Jan. 8, 1927, in Clairton, one of eight children of the late Ralphael and Concetta (Demis) Bernardo. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Oczypok Sr.; sisters, Grace Curringa, Esther Mackinack, Mildred Bernardo, Nellie McFarland and Mary Carroll; and a brother, Vincent Bernardo. She is survived by three children, Paul (Maureen) Oczypok, of Moon Township, Mark (Rhonda) Oczypok, of Pleasant Hills, and Joseph (Loraine) Oczypok, of McCandless; eight grandchildren, Kate, Beth, Chris (Lauren), Annie, Sara, Matt, Meg and Derek; one brother, Anthony (Caroline) Bernardo; and many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills. There will be a prayer in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Saturday with Mass of Christian burial Celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. For condolences, visit www.stephendslater.com.
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Pappert, Thelma C. 100

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Thelma C. Pappert, 100, of McCandless, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna C. Pappert; the loving sister of Ralph Pappert and the late Mercedes, Regis and Andrew Pappert. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Porter, Helen M. 90

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Rizzo) Porter, 90, of Mt. Washington, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles R. Porter; loving mother of Charles R. (Barbara) Porter; grandmother of Michelle A. (Timothy) Ferlin; great-grandmother of Paige, Ian and Owen; sister of Frank "Chip" Rizzo (Charlotte Guenther) and the late Beatrice F. (Dick) White; aunt of Steven (Rose) White, Barbara (Joseph) Alberti and Enod Knorr; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Visitations will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412-381-2323). Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Rodgers, Wilhelmina A. 78

  • Carrick
  • Born: 1936-09-10
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Wilhelmina Almira (Brooks) Rodgers, 78, of Carrick, departed this life peacefully Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Manorcare Health Services of Shadyside. She was formerly of McKeesport. She was born Sept. 10, 1936, in Braddock, daughter of the late Samuel L. Brooks and Wilhelmina Irvin Brooks Diggs. She was also preceded in death by stepfather, who helped to rear her, Robert Diggs. She was a housewife and provided nanny services and was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Vernon Rodgers, of Ohio; Yvette A. Rodgers, of Rankin, Marina Rodgers, of Carrick, and Lavina Rodgers, of Pittsburgh; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas (Stella) Ramsey, of McKeesport, and Richard (Terry) Diggs, of Pittsburgh; sister, Dolly (Carl) Diggs-Johnson, of McKeesport; niece she helped to rear, Tommie Lynn Cash, of McKeesport; special friend, "Butchie;" and other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport, with the Rev. Richard Truss officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Tartamella, Joseph M. 79

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1935-11-01
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Tartamella, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the VNA Hospice, Butler. He was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Brackenridge, a son of the late Leonard and Virginia (Vena) Tartamella. Joe lived in Brackenridge and Natrona Heights his entire life, where he was a crane operator for 32 years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, retiring in 1996. He was an Air Force veteran, where he was an aircraft mechanic working on B-47's, at Forbes AF Base, Kans. Joe was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and a graduate of the former Har-Brack High School. He enjoyed fishing, wood working and gardening, was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, Four Corners Unit, played the guitar and was the facilitator for the United Way, Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie (Magoc) Tartamella; children, Theresa (Harry) Crytzer, of Natrona Heights, Joseph M. (Jennifer) Tartamella Jr., of North Carolina, and Leonard (Susan) Tartamella, of Connecticut; grandchildren, Alexandra Davies, Harry Tobias Crytzer, twins Hannah M. and Rachel L. Tartamella and Mason J. Tartamella; and his siblings, Mary Kanakis, of Brackenridge, and Samuel (Kathleen) Tartamella, of Ohio. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Anthony Tartamella, Caroline Simak and Joann Kucinski and brother, Michael Ruscillo. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Private interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave, Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Teta, Joseph A. 89

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Teta, 89, of Mt. Lebanon, went to see the Lord Thursday, May 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 51 years of Theresa L. Iacoboni Teta; dear father of Joseph Teta Jr; father-in-law of Jane Robinson Teta; caring grandfather of Chelsea, Michael, AJ and Christian; great-grandfather of Bentley; son of the late Joseph and Philomena Teta; brother of the late Anthony Teta, Ruth Teta and Mary Morsa; and is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews. Joseph was a graduate of 5th Avenue High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II, stationed in Europe. He spent 47 years working at Pennsylvania Rail Road, later retiring from Conrail as a purchasing agent. Joseph sang as a choir member of both St. Bernard Church and the South Hills Chorale. Additionally, he volunteered at St. Bernard Parish as an usher, money counter and pie maker. Relatives and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening and again from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15216. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bernard Church, 311 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Entombment with military honors will follow at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Bernard Angel Fund, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Trenga, Estelle 95

  • Formerly of Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Estelle (Godich) Trenga, 95, formerly of Wilmerding, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was a retired dispatcher for Wilmerding Borough, as well as a former election committeewoman, the longest standing member of the Wilmerding Women's Civic Club and a devoted member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. She was a daughter of the late Mike and Mary (Verlinich) Godich; wife of the late Joseph A. Trenga; and mother of the late Maria B. Trenga. She was the last remaining sibling of her family and was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Mike Godich, Anna Winovich, Martha Traicheff, Nick Godich, Mildred Williams, George Godich, Betty Rothwell, Mitzi Rubino, Sam Godich, Mary Lorenz and Violet Simulia. She is survived by nieces and nephews and all who loved her. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, where Pomen will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, officiated by the Very Rev. D.C. Malich. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Wandless Jr., Thomas W. 55

  • Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Thomas W. Wandless Jr., 55, of Edgewood, suddenly passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was loved and will be missed by his family. He is survived by his mother, Judith; father Thomas; sister, Catherine Gelblum; niece, Matisse; and all his aunts, uncles and cousins. Tom was a former employee of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Oakland. He was self-employed at the time of his passing. Tom was an avid fan of the Pirates and Steelers, a good athlete and an animal lover. Services are private. Arrangements are by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Ave., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Ward, Mercedith C. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1926-08-28
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mercedith Cecilia "Cede" (Moritz) Ward, 88, of Penn Hills, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, following a brief illness. Cede was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Grace Moritz. She was the devoted wife of 56 years to the late Edgar H. Ward. Cede was also preceded in death by five siblings, Helen Pitt, Mary Grace McConnell, Alice Moritz, Andrew Moritz and Edna Gunnell. She is survived by her daughters, Brooke Ann Rorabaugh (Fred), of Three Rivers, Mich., Susan Elizabeth DeMarco (Romeo), of Trafford, and Deborah Louise Rich (Peter), of North Fayette Township; her grandchildren, Colin Rorabaugh (Kelly), Zachary Rorabaugh (Lauren), Julie Hoff (Jason), Adam DeMarco (Meg), Ashlee Stephenson (Mark), Emily Finn (Matthew) and Jeffrey Rich; eight great-grandchildren; and her brother William Mokel. Cede was a devoted mother and grandmother and generous to all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and many friends. The family is grateful to the physicians, nurses and staff at Forbes Hospital and at Celtic Hospice in West Penn Hospital who cared for Cede in her final days. Burial arrangements will be private. Arrangements entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Penn Hills. Contributions in Cede's memory may be made out to Celtic Hospice and mailed to Celtic Healthcare, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046.
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Yovanovich, Peter 88

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Peter Yovanovich, 88, of Ross Township, died Thursday, May 28, 2015. He was born in Macedonia, Yugoslavia. He served his country in World War II as a member of the Navy as a seaman first class on the USS Tabora from 1945 to Sept. 18, 1946. He worked at the Alcoa Headquarters in Pittsburgh as a drafting supervisor for 31 years. In 1948, Pete married his beloved wife, Louise (Boelky). They were happily married for 67 years. He was the father of David P. Yovanovich, Joanne L. Garfold (Hugh) and Diane R. Yovanovich; brother-in-law of Theresa Burner; cherished grandfather of Joseph A. and Daniel P. Garfold; also survived by many nieces and nephews. After retirement, Pete spent his time golfing, bowling and working in his beloved yard and garden. He also traveled throughout Canada. Pete had many wonderful friends and neighbors. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Ames, Rena J. 88

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-05-25
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  • Rena June Ames, 88, formerly of Lower Burrell, succumbed after a brave fight with cancer Monday, May 25, 2015. June was born in 1926 and reared in Western PA, moving faithfully with her husband, Thomas, to Ohio and Illinois. They both retired to Bonita Springs, Fla. in 1994. June and Tom were married for 60 plus years. June was widely known for her decorating and floral abilities, winning several Tri-Color Awards under the employ of several businesses in Western PA. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzler, and computer gamer being self-taught on the PC at the age of 65. June was a BPOE Elks life member for 50 plus years. June was preceded in death by her parents, Rena and Joseph Connor; brother, Joseph Connor; husband, Thomas Trees Ames Sr.; and son, Thomas Trees Ames Jr. She leaves behind her loving family of sister, Ruth Hoke; brother, Thomas (Dee) Connor; son, James Connor Ames; son, Howard Francis Ames; granddaughters, Jennifer Lynne Ames, Victoria Connor (Alex) Ridder and Heather Nicole Ames; and great-grandson, Thomas Kenae Ridder. The Neptune Society is handling the cremation and June and Tom will be buried with their son Tom in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers or other considerations, donations can be sent to, by mail, Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or by a secure donation page: donate.hopehcs.org.
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Arnold, William E. 75

  • Humphreys
  • Born: 1939-07-09
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • William E. Arnold, 75, of Humphreys, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 9, 1939, in Weltytown, a son of the late William L. and Zella M. (Welsh) Arnold. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Latrobe Steel Company for 42 years and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. Bill was a life member of Dryridge Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Westmoreland County Firemens Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Arnold; and a sister, Joyce DeVinney. Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. (Danser) Arnold; loving father of William L. Arnold and companion, Kelly, of Derry, Pam Gumbita and husband, Kevin, Patti Colaianne and Lorrie Shepler, all of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Amanda Wolf and husband, Brandon, Blake Colaianne, Alexandra Gumbita, Olivia Gumbita, Shelby Arnold and Zachary Arnold; a great-grandson, Jaydon Arnold; three sisters, Carole Sivak and companion, Ron, of Carlisle, Beverly Selchan and husband, Don, of North Huntingdon, and Sandra Solo and husband, John, of Youngwood; brother-in-law, David DeVinney, of New Alexandria; and several nieces and nephews. Bill enjoyed his family and grandchildren and had a passion for restoring antique cars. His final days were spent with his family, his presence will be sadly missed and his love will be cherished by those he touched. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger, with the Rev. Dick Seigfried and the Rev. Nancy Mears co-officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Reformed Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Bill's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Bethlen Home for the compassionate care given to him. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Bernard, Jack 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1940-07-21
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jack Bernard, 75, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at his home. He was born July 21, 1940, in Turtle Creek, a son of the late Alfred and Mary (Vogliano) Bernard. Jack was employed as a supervisor for the United States Postal Service. He was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Bernard. Surviving are his wife, Verna (White) Bernard; three sons, Jack A. Bernard and wife, Arlene, of South Carolina, Richard Bernard and wife, Maryann, of Harrison City, and Daniel Bernard, of North Huntingdon; eight grandchildren, Jack, Olivia, Mario, Nicholas, Justin, Jordan, Jenna and Jessica; a brother, James Bernard and wife, Carol, of Murrysville; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the St. Agnes Church North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. The family wishes to thank the Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dominy, Jeffrey L. 56

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1958-11-22
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Lee Dominy, 56, of Trafford, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in UPMC East. He was born Nov. 22, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles D. and Eleanor E. (Dennison) Dominy and was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Dominy; and a sister, Jean Ellen Dominy. He was a former employee of Vantana USA, Delmont, and a member of F.O.E. Aerie 1671, Irwin, the Larimer Fireman's Club and the Polish Brotherhood of the White Eagle, Jeannette. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Lynn Cooper; sons, Jason William Cooper and Jesse Lee Dominy, both of Larimer; two grandchildren, Noah Joseph Michael Lekovich and Joclyn Eileen Alice Cooper; a brother, Carl (Charlotte) Dominy, of Penn; also nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Finnerty Sr., John J. 87

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1928-03-16
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • John J. Finnerty Sr., 87, of Scottdale, died Wednesday afternoon, May 27, 2015, in the comfort of his home, while being surrounded by his loving wife, Marcella, and his children. He was born March 16, 1928, in Scottdale, a son of the late John and Hilda Byrne Finnerty, who died Dec. 27, 1941, and Mar. 25, 1980, respectively. John was a devout Catholic and a faithful life member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. He was a retired molder, with Duraloy Blaw-Knox Corp., Scottdale, with 28 years of service. John was a proud veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956, with Co. B 110th T BN Headquarters Company attaining the rank of P.F.C. He was the recipient of the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. John enjoyed singing, loved to dance and enjoyed golfing in his spare time. He was a loving husband to his wife, Marcella, and a compassionate father, grandfather and brother to his family. John is gone from our lives forever, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Marcella Dowden Finnerty, whom he married May 1, 1970; his loving children, Donna Jean Hustek and husband, Joseph, of Scottdale, Linda Baker and husband, Thomas, of Vanderbilt, Charles R. Grindle and wife, Nancy, of Vanderbilt, Sally Santorella and husband, Eugene, of Mt. Pleasant, and Timothy Finnerty, of Everson; his eight grandchildren, Joseph and Brian Hustek, Crystal Miller and Thomas Baker, Bobby Grindle and Jill Mazur, and Erin and Eugene Santorella; his 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; his Yorkie companion, HOBO; and his sister and brother, Mimi Finnerty, of Scottdale, and James Finnerty, of New Castle. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his son, John J. Finnerty Jr. (July 3, 2004); his four sisters, Johanna Finnerty (Oct. 25, 2005), Cissy Dudley, Sister Hilda Marie Finnerty A.S.C. (January 2011) and Kitty Africa (2008). The family would like express their deep appreciation to Excela Home Care and Hospice and especially Laura, his nurse. Also Dr. Mark Williams and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service for the compassion and care they conveyed to John and his family during his illness. John's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 10a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by his funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal Services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a Wake Service at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Furwa, Walter J. 93

  • Hecla
  • Born: 1922-01-12
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Walter John "Happy" Furwa, 93, of Hecla, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015. Born Jan. 12, 1922, in Hecla, he was a son of the late Phillip and Frances (Valcovich) Furwa. Happy was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in the Pacific Theater. Prior to retirement, Walter was employed as a leadman for Latrobe Steel. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary Byzantine Church, Trauger, where he sang for Mass. Happy was a member of Hecla VFD, Hecla Sportsmen's Association, Mt. Pleasant VFW, Elks, Assunta Club, Polish Falcons, Kosciuszko Club and was an avid golfer and bowler. Walter also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor June Furwa in 2001; eldest son, Daniel, in 2012; and siblings, Joseph, Stephen, Mary, Sophie and Julie. Walter is survived by his loving children, Debbie (Ron) Truswell, of Pleasant Unity, David (Susan) Furwa, of Pittsburgh, and John (Jacqueline) Furwa, of Latrobe; grandchildren, Lynne, Angela, Ron, Nikki, Daniel, Courtney and Connor; great-grandchildren, Madelane, Grace, Ben, Lillian and Mikaela; sisters, Irene Crimboli, of Greensburg, and Genevieve Warzinski, of Glen Burnie, Md.; and nieces and nephews. 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. His Divine Liturgy will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Byzantine Church, Trauger, with the Rev. Paul Alexander Schutt, OSB, as celebrant. Interment is to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Trauger. A Parastas service will be 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, where Panachida service will follow at 9:15 a.m. To leave an online condolence, visit www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Gathers, Hilton B. 82

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1933-03-19
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Hilton B. "Bud" Gathers, 82, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia. He was born March 19, 1933, in Clarion, to the late Blake Gathers and Ruth Pasternak, and had lived in the Lower Burrell area most of his life. He was the founder of Gathers Construction in Lower Burrell. Bud was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek and Bethel Lodge No. 789 in Lower Burrell. He was proud to have served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Bud enjoyed golfing, but his greatest pleasures in life came from his wife, children and especially his grandchildren. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Wanda (Morrow) Gathers; sons, David (Lorraine) Gathers and Donald (Darlene) Gathers; daughter, Debra (Curtis) Walbert; grandchildren, Stacey, Scott and Jaimee Gathers, Jacob (Keena) Gathers, Lucas Gathers and Cooper Walbert. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Shirey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek, 550 Center New Texas Road, Plum Borough, PA 15239, with the Rev. Allan Drake officiating. Burial will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Harrold, Linda R. 63

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-04-17
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Linda Rae Harrold, 63, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 17, 1952, in Greensburg, a daughter of Dorothy J. Weyandt Harrold and the late Lewis P. Harrold. She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Greensburg. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a mortgage originator for Home Savings and Loan Co. and formerly Wells Fargo and Northwest Co. Linda enjoyed being outdoors and working on the family farm. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents and her aunt, Melva J. Smith. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy J. Harrold; a sister, Kathy J. Harrold; her aunt, Dolores Mathias, all of Greensburg; also numerous cousins. Linda's family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 North Main St., Greensburg, until the hour of service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Steve Craft officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. For online condolences and further information, please go to www.kepplegraft.com.
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Hill, Dianne S. 68

  • Millwood
  • Born: 1946-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Dianne S. (Skander) Hill, 68, of Millwood, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 29, 1946, in Millwood, the daughter of the late Jake and Mary (Yakopovich) Skander. Dianne was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, baking, bingo and most of all her grandchildren. Besides her parents, Dianne was preceded in death her three sisters, Dottie Curry, Becky Beebe and Bobbi Dye; and one brother, John Michael Skander. Dianne is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, James F. Hill, of Millwood; two daughters, Jamie L. Hill and Scott Styfco, of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and Leyna R. Shaffer and husband, Douglas, of Calumet; five siblings, Helen Edlund, of San Jose, Calif., Shirley Skander, of Calumet, Patricia Baum and husband, Bill, of Latrobe, Richard Skander and wife, Debby, of Millwood, and Bunny Hill and husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Casey and Cody Shaffer; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Dianne's life celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, PA, 724-694-8331. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen C. West as officiant. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry.
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Johnson, Ellamae 89

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-04-01
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ellamae Johnson, 89, of Youngwood, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Thursday, April 1, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, daughter of the late Laurence and Ima B. (Morgan) Fidler. She was a member of St Paul's United Methodist Church. She retired from Westinghouse in Youngwood. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest M. Johnson, in 1994; her daughter, Pamela Sue Johnson, in 1990; and her sister, Helen Hartzell. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, in St. Paul United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Beverly Gross, officiating. Arrangements are by the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Contributions may be made to the St Paul's United Methodist Church, Youngwood.
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Krivokucha, Mary S. 100

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1914-10-25
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Krivokucha, of Greensburg, was born Oct. 25, 1914. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell; grandson, Jackie Polet; brother, Jack Ficco; and sister, Billie Ruddon. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Polet; son, Robert; grandchildren, Jill Polet and Danny and Mitch Krivokucha; great-grandsons, Chase and Hunter; sister, Margaret Leonard; brother, Donald Ficco; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Private funeral service will be held at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green St., Greensburg. Private interment will be in Holy Ascension Church Cemetery, Youngwood. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lubiniecki, Robin L. 69

  • Formerly of New Alexandria
  • Born: 1945-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robin L. Lubiniecki, 69, of Newtown Square, formerly of New Alexandria, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born May 30, 1945, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late John and Mary Etta (Shirley) Brudowsky. Robin was a graduate of Derry High School, class of 1963, and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Seton Hill College in 1968. She spent her career as an elementary and high school teacher and also taught piano in her home. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Anthony S. Lubiniecki; her son, Gregory M. Lubiniecki and wife, Min, of Berwyn; four grandsons, Basil, Raphael, Preston and Tristan; and her brother, John M. Brudowsky and wife, Doris, of Germany. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green St., Greensburg. Prayers will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seton Hill University Student Scholarship Fund, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Makowski, Dorothy F. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-08-22
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dorothy F. Makowski, 86, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born Aug. 22, 1928, in New Kensington, to the late Louis and Agnes Jedlowski Thomas. She was a Lower Burrell resident since 1950. Mrs. Makowski was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church in Lower Burrell. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. Surviving are her children, Shirley Knapp, of Anchorage, Alaska, Daniel (Monica) Makowski, of Upper Burrell Township, Darlene (Robert) Brown, of Connellsville, and Naples, Fla., and Malinda Martel, of Lower Burrell, and Naples; grandchildren, Tiffany Durand, Christina Iagnemma, Melissa Tzan, Stephanie Zolbrod, Shannon (Daniel) Williams, Marla, Frank and Harlen Knapp, Marion Abney and Danny Makowski; and 20 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Makowski, who died March 9, 2015; her brother, Donald Thomas; and her grandson, Stephen Knapp. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a funeral liturgy outside of Mass will be held at noon Saturday, by her pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini. Private burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Manthey, Ann B. 85

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-12-05
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ann B. Manthey, 85, of Southwest Greensburg, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Bella Tori Living in Delmont. She was born Dec. 5, 1929, in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of the late John and Louise (Brown) Rutherford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Rutherford. She is survived by four sons, Clark Manthey and his wife, Victoria, of Southwest Greensburg, Bruce Manthey, Gary Manthey and his wife, Joann, all of Texas, and Dwayne Davis and his wife, Nancy, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren, Mikaela (Reed), Kyle, Ian (Shannon), Chad (Gretchen), Heather (Joe), Jodi, Jillian, Ian, Elizabeth and Rebekah; 10 great-grandchildren, Alex, Gabriel, Zion, Caleb, Jacob, Emery, Case, Taylor, Effie and Hayden; a sister, Mary Louise Peterson, of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Ann's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. The family would like to thank Vicki Feltenberger for her kind care and compassion. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Martelli, Frank L. 77

  • Lloydsville
  • Born: 1938-03-24
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Frank L. Martelli, 77, longtime resident of Lloydsville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 24, 1938, in Latrobe, a son of the late John L. Martelli and Margaret T. (Urdzik) Martelli. Frank was a devout Catholic who loved his religion and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. A Vietnam era veteran, he served with the Military Police for the Army. Prior to his retirement, he was a hardworking machinist for Latrobe Die Casting. For 55 years, he was an active member of the Lloydsville Fire Department and was a longtime member of the Lloydsville Sportsmen's Club. He loved his garden, hunting, fishing and his dogs, especially his faithful friend of 15 years, "Cubby." Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Maria Vaccare. Frank will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his very loving family: his wife of 54 years, Anna C. (Groba) Martelli; one son, Frank R. Martelli and his wife, Lisa L., of Latrobe; one daughter, Catherine A. Vaccare, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Katherine N. Vaccare and James F. Vaccare; and two brothers, John J. Martelli, of Lloydsville, and Andrew P. Martelli, of Pipetown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Posts No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and hospice staff at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Minerva, Marc G. 72

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1942-12-15
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marc G. Minerva, 72, of Greensburg, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at home. He was born Dec. 15, 1942, in Greensburg, a son of the late Carl A. "Mitch" and Ethel (Woomer) Minerva. Marc was a graduate of the Culinary Arts program of the American Restaurant Association and, prior to retirement, was a salesman with Coca Cola, Greensburg. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl "Skip" Minerva. He is survived by his wife, Carole "Penny" (McCune) Minerva; two sons, Tad R. and wife, Donnell, of Jeannette, and Dean Minerva and wife, Randi, of Greensburg; three beloved grandchildren, Drew, Ethan and Corrine; a brother, Ronald A. Minerva and wife, Roberta, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green Street, Greensburg, at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mutual Aid Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 361, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Potoka, Veronica M. 81

  • Old Bethany
  • Born: 1934-05-06
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Veronica Margaret (Hurst) Potoka, 81, of Old Bethany (Tarrs), passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 6, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant. She retired as a nurse's aide at Westmoreland Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Donald Potoka Sr., in 2001; her parents, Anna Veronica Sebek Hurst Myers and Willis Hurst Jr.; her brothers, Frank and Willis Hurst; sister, Barbara Geska; brother-in-law, Ronald Swink; and sister-in-law, Margaret Hurst. She was a very loving and caring person to all her family and friends. She loved traveling, especially cruises, going to casinos and playing bingo. She traveled across the United States to Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. She greatly enjoyed going to the Bullskin Senior Center. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Huntingdon Township Fire Department and was a member of the Red Hat Ladies of Mt. Pleasant. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Valerie Chearney and her husband, John, of Ruffsdale; son, Donald Potoka and wife, Linda, of Old Bethany; son, Frank Potoka and wife, Cheryl, of Mt. Pleasant; grandson, Jason Potoka; special granddaughter Valerie Crise; grandson, Justin Chearney; great-grandson, Ryan Jones; sister, Lois Swink, of Connellsville; brother-in-law, Allen Geska, of Scottdale; uncle, Alan Hurst; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; her special friend, Bob Rose; and many friends who loved her dearly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Keith Solomon, officiating. Graveside committal will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Riddle, Shirley A. 77

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1937-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Barr) Riddle, 77, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015, with her family by her side. Born Sept. 29, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant Township, she was the daughter of the late James and Gertrude (Trice) Barr. Shirley was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trauger. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Ames Department Store, Greensburg. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Harry Riddle. She was the loving mother to her sons, Russell Riddle and wife, Hope, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and James Riddle, of Ligonier Township, and Jackie Sommers; and loving, devoted and doting grandmother to Anna, Allison and Harry. In honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be a memorial visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin immediately following with Dr. Richard L. Seigfried officiating. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Shaw, Ruth M. 76

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1938-12-14
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. "Tootie" (McClintock) Shaw, 76, of Irwin, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Ruth was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Paul and Ruth McClintock. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Gerald Shaw. Ruth is survived by her four sons, John Shaw (Bonnie), Gerald T. Shaw (Roberta), James W. Shaw (Cheryl) and Robert N. Shaw (Arlynn); several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Graham (John) and Linda McGraw (James); and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital and Westmoreland Manor for the care they gave to their mother. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for a memorial visitation in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Veitch, Wilma J. 72

  • Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Wilma J. Veitch, 72, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the H.C. Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Born May 9, 1943, in Larimer, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Edith Wilkinson VanDyke. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a hostess for the Eat'n Park Restaurant in New Stanton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Veitch. Surviving are two sons, Robert W. Veitch and his wife, Colleen, of Milton, and Ronald J. Veitch and his wife, Kathy, of Penn; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Madison.
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Walton, Doris N. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-05-29
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Doris N. Walton, 94, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born May 29, 1920, in Rochester, a daughter of the late Charles and Della Armstrong Neel. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. Prior to retirement, she was a secretary at Seton Hill College. She had been a volunteer at Westmoreland Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Jack M. Walton; and a brother, James Neel. She is survived by two sons, John N. Walton, of Greensburg, and Joseph C. (Frances) Walton, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Georgia (Martin) Holtz, of Richmond, Calif., and Barbara Jane (Paul) Himler, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Erin Phipps, Paul Himler, Heather Himler, Emily Walton and Sarah Walton; and eight great-grandchildren, Alex and Nick Carr, Kaleb, Kloey and Kassidy Himler, David and Ben Phipps and Khloe Walton; and a great-great-grandson, Aiden Carr. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Redstone Highlands for their care. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Wolf, Dennis P. 61

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1953-09-02
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dennis P. Wolf, 61, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully in his home Monday, May 25, 2015. He was born in Waukegan, Ill., Sept. 2, 1953, to the late Leonard P. and Norma L. Nicholson Wolf. Dennis was a roofer for several local contractors in the area. Surviving are his wife, Donna Jean Layhew Wolf; twin brother, Douglas Wolf, of Lynnwood, Wash.; brother, David Wolf, of Florida; and sister, Renee Lankas, of Cedar Lake, Ind. Burial will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., of New Kensington. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Butler County

Boughton, Ruth A.M. 92

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1922-06-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Ruth A.M. Boughton, 92, of St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars, formerly of Butler, died Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2015, at St. John's. Ruth was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Rev. Henry and Elsie Eberle. Ruth married David Boughton on Feb. 16, 1974, in Staten Island, N.Y. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1990. In addition to her parents and her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Eberle; and an infant brother. She is survived by many loving cousins, both locally and around the country. Ruth attained her degree in nursing at the South Baltimore General Hospital in 1943 and served in the Army during World War II as a captain in the Nursing Corps from 1944 to 1946. She was held briefly as a prisoner of war by the Germans during her time in Europe. After her discharge from the Army, she spent 10 years as a missionary and nurse in India. Upon her return to the United States, she earned certification in gerontology and worked for Eager Lutheran Hospital in Brookline, N.Y. until she retired in 1985 and moved with her husband to Butler. She was an active volunteer for 22 years at St. John Specialty Care Center until September 2009 and was devoted to God and caring for others. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Connoquenessing, president of the American Lutheran Church Women and served on many committees and boards involving the Lutheran Church. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at St. John Specialty Care Center Chapel, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars. Burial will be in Coraopolis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to ELCA World Hunger, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764 or to St. John Specialty Care Center, P.O. Box 928, Mars, PA 16046. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Geiger, Ruth J. 78

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1936-10-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jane Hayes Geiger, 78, of Valencia, passed away Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. Born Oct. 20, 1936, in Sewickley, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Emma F. Kolb Hayes. Ruth was a member of St. Kilian Parish and the Ladies of Charity there. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, dining out, photography, scrapbooking and Scrabble, but her favorite times were spent with her husband, six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of more than 60 years, Joseph C. Geiger Jr., whom she married Jan. 15, 1955; a daughter, Sandra Becker (John), of West Deer Township; five sons, Joseph Geiger (Patty), of McCandless, Eric Geiger (Monica), of Pittsburgh, Mark Geiger (Laura), of Peachtree City, Ga., Matthew Geiger (Amie), of Butler, and Michael Geiger (Kristy), of Mars; her grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany), Amanda, Brian (Sandy), Sarah, Jeff, Dan, Max, Jordan, Luke, Kylie, Roan, Jackson and Cole; her great-grandchildren, Colt and Aubrey; and a sister, Elaine Snell (Mel), of Springdale. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Township. Memorials may be made to Lifeline of Cranberry. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Skundrich, Keith J. 54

  • Mars
  • Born: 1961-02-18
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Keith J. Skundrich, 54, of Mars, died Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015, at his home. Born Feb. 18, 1961, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Alice Zielinski Skundrich and the late James Skundrich. Keith was a sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Union Local No. 12 in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his mother, Alice Zielinski Skundrich, of Gibsonia; a son, Matthew Freisch, in California; a brother, Blair Skundrich (Donna), of Pittsburgh; and two nephews, Nick and Layne. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Sparacino, pastor of St. Richard Church, officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Richard's Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Samoda, Jean E. 85

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1929-08-01
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Jean E. Samoda, 85, of Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. A daughter of the late Euphemia Brounce and Wesley Bishop Henry, she was born in Charleroi on Aug. 1, 1929. A resident of Belle Vernon for most of her adult life, Jean was a member of the Library Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Kenneth G. Samoda; two daughters; and one son-in-law, Deb and Jim Watts of Charleroi and Charlotte Kutcy of Belle Vernon; one son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Nikki Samoda of Charleroi; nine grandchildren, Becky Watts, Josh and Shannon Watts, Esther and Dan Fries, Chrissy and Dan McNees, Lisa and Jason Zadrozny, Cheri and Stan Brazzon, Jimmy Kutcy, Heather and Devon Moody and Jennifer Samoda; and 19 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday with Pastor Josh Watts officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park.
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Stevens, Ronald G. Sr. 63

  • Fayette City
  • Born: 1952-02-15
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Ronald G. Stevens Sr., 63, of Lowber, Fayette City, Pa., passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at his residence. He was born Feb. 15, 1952, in Belle Vernon, son of the late George Stevens and the late Mary Chalfant Stevens. Ron was retired from Kopper's Industries in Monessen where he was a loader on the Wharf. He is survived by his wife, Rachel J. Axton Stevens; one son, Jamie Stevens and wife, Amanda, of Lowber; three brothers, Mitchell Stevens of North Haven, Conn., John Stevens and George Stevens both of Lowber; two sisters, Mary Clark of Lowber and Michelle Stevens of Smithton; and twin grandchildren, Abigail and Lucas Stevens. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald G. Stevens Jr.; and three sisters, Judith Lilley, Kathy Stevens and Linda Stevens. As per Ron's wishes, there will be no public viewing or services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA, 724-326-5621, www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com.
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Taxacher, Dorothy J. 82

  • Everson
  • Born: 1933-02-16
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. (Hebda) Taxacher, a longtime resident of Everson, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Everson, a daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Pogwizd Hebda. Dorothy was a member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Everson. She was a social member of the Scottdale VFW Post No. 7781. She was a former employee of Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. with six years of service and also a former employee of Gallatin National Bank, Connellsville, for 10 years. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and enjoyed spending quality time with them. Dorothy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her; her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Robert B. Taxacher, whom she married April 28, 1962; her three loving children, Robert Mark Taxacher and wife, Jennifer, of Scottdale, Kathleen R. Delara Taxacher, of Everson, Thomas Taxacher and wife, Alisa, of Mt. Pleasant; and her loving and faithful fur baby companion of 15 years, "Buddy"; her devoted grandchildren, Kristin Holland and husband, Adam, of Florida, Sarah Taxacher and Fiance, Casey, of Monarch, Michael Taxacher, of Scottdale, Lauren and Melina Taxacher, Julie, Emily, Anna and Luke Taxacher, Steven Delara and wife, Amy, of Scottdale, and Nicholas Taxacher; her six great-grandchildren, Savannah, Harper, Alahnah, Summer, Landon and Levi and another great-grandchild due any day; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo E. "Echo" Hebda, Dec. 28, 1996, Louis F. Hebda, Oct. 31, 1998, Joseph F. Hebda and Ladislaus E. "Duke" Hebda, Mar. 19 2005; and four sisters, Julia Hebda in infancy, Mary Czernik, May 1974, Helen J. Baluch, Jan. 17, 2000, and Cecilia R. Flanagan, Dec. 27, 2009. Dorothy's family will greet friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with her funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in the partner parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. The St. Joseph Society will recite the Rosary at 12:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Washington County

Morgan, Mary A. 94

  • Donora , Formerly of Dravosburg
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice (Allen) Morgan, 94, of Donora, formerly of Dravosburg and Jefferson, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Morgan; mother of James E. (Susan) Morgan, of Elizabeth Township; grandmother of James S. Morgan, John (Margaret) Morgan, Michael J. (Megan) Morgan and David C. (Kristy) Morgan; and is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Services are private. Arrangements are by GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-655-4600. If desired, please make donations in Alice's name to your favorite charity. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Nayman, Ruth S. 89

  • Aberdeen, N.C. , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2015-05-26
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  • Ruth Singer Nayman, 89, of Aberdeen, N.C., formerly of Natrona Heights and Sarver, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Ruth graciously shared her love of music and talents as a violinist in local churches and with the Butler County Symphony during her years in the area. Ruth was the widow of the late Burton D. Nayman; and mother of the late Mark D. Nayman. Her surviving children are Barbara Oviatt, of West Virginia, Brian Nayman, of North Carolina, and Lisa Love, of Alaska. Her sister, Alma S. Sarver, of Quincy, also survives her. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, family and all who got to know her, lovingly remember her with great affection.
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Reuter, Wilbert H. 94

  • Tennille, Ga. , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Born: 1920-12-05
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Wilbert Henry Reuter, 94, of Tennille, Ga., formerly of Penn Hills, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in an Augusta, Ga., hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Reuter was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Reuter was born Dec. 5, 1920, in Pittsburgh, son of the late August Reuter and Florence Lehrman Reuter. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Reuter worked for Mine Safety Appliance Company in Pittsburgh for 47 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Mulberry Presbyterian Church. Survivors are his wife of 70 years, Ruth Blattner Reuter, of Tennille, Ga.; a daughter, Lois Reuter Meeks and her husband, George, of Tennille, Ga.; two grandchildren, Robin Gray Stefurak, of Mobile, Ala., and John Paul Gray, of Bishop, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, Lane Ruth Stefurak, Robert Gray Stefurak and Julianne Lily Gray. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be private in the Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Snyder, Louise 91

  • Born: 1923-11-12
  • Died: 2015-05-24
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  • Louise (Fahrr) Snyder, 91, died peacefully at Park Vista Care Senter Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Youngstown, Ohio. Mrs. Snyder is survived by her son, Edwin R. Snyder, of Greensburg; her daughter, Lois (Milne) Mapes, of The Villages, Fla.; one granddaughter, Amy Mapes Diefes; and two great-grandchildren of Willoughby, Australia. She is also survived by her brother, Edwin H. Farr, of Newton, Mass. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Snyder, of Greensburg. Mrs. Snyder was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Greensburg, to Clayton H. and Anna Mary Fahrr. She graduated from Greensburg High School. She and her husband were the owners of Snyder Office Equipment in Greensburg. In recent years she was a resident of the Park Vista Retirement Community in Youngstown, Ohio. There will be no public services. The family is grateful for condolences but declines flowers and requests any donations be made to Park Vista Retirement Community, Youngstown, Ohio. Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.
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