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Brannon, Olive 97

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1917-11-20
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Olive Bannon, 97, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Newark, N.J., and was the daughter of the late Julius and Edith Gittens Preusse. She was the wife of the late Francis Xavier Bannon, who died Sept. 11, 2007. Olive is survived by her sons, Dr. Richard J. (Judith) Bannon and Douglas E. (Barbara) Bannon, of Elizabeth Township; brother, John (Sheelah) Preusse, of Lincroft, N.J.; grandchildren, Sean (Lacey) Bannon, Kelly (Michael) James, Jennifer Bannon, Melanie (Michael) Webb, Brandie (Charles) Groover and Douglas (Katrina) Bannon Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jack Xavier James, Evan Webb, Ethan Groover, Carly Groover, Katelyn Bannon and Emily Olivia Bannon; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Jane Hankinson, Marion Bredesen and Betsy Brown. There is no visitation. Services are private. Inurnment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to Cribs for Kids, 810 River Ave., Suite 250, Riverfront Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. The family wishes to thank the staff at Kane Regional Center for their excellent care and support. Arrangements entrusted to GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Branton Jr., Archie J. 85

  • Sheraden
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Conroy, Sheraden | Get Directions
  • Archie J. Branton Jr., 85, of Sheraden, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jane V. (Fischer) Branton; loving father of Colleen (Hugh) Happel, Archie J. (Carla) Branton III and Lynn (David) Coughenour; and grandfather of Sean, Kevin Happel, Kyle Branton, Rachel, Blair and Reed Coughenour. Mr. Branton served in the Army during World War II and Korea and received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was the past commander of the VFW Post 418 and 33 Degree Master Mason. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at WM. F. CONROY FUNERAL HOME, 2944 Chartiers Ave., Sheraden. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial with military honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.wfconroyfuneralhome.com.
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Breakwell, David T. 68

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • David Thomas Breakwell, 68, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Christine (Jozefowicz) Breakwell; loving father of Jake (wife, Lisa), David C., Paul W. (wife, Dana), and Fawn Breakwell; and wonderful grandfather of Emily, Paul III, and Xander. Dave was extremely generous to others and passionate about the Pittsburgh Penguins and "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." Private services were held at Penn Lincoln Memorial, North Huntingdon. Contributions may be made to the family for hospital expenses and sent to P.O. Box 112, Murrysville, PA 15668. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) (412-856-4747). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Breznican, Ann T. 93

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1921-02-06
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Ann T. (Kopecky) Breznican, 93, of Tarentum, passed away at home Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Blairsville, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Valasek) Kopecky. She has lived her entire life in Tarentum where she was a homemaker and a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Ann attended St. Clement Parochial school and graduated from Tarentum High School. Ann enjoyed puzzles, spectator sports on TV and especially enjoyed her family, children, grandchildren and her Catholic faith. Survivors include her sons, Stephen J. Breznican, of New Kensington, and Joseph A. Breznican, of Delaware; grandchildren, Anthony (Jill) Breznican, Gregory Yaniz, Andrea (Joseph) DeFranco and Stephen Breznican; and great-grandchildren, Audrey Breznican, Prosper Breznican and Luca DeFranco. Also surviving is a sister, Marie Millen- Jack, of Natrona Heights. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Joseph Kopecky; and a sister, Ethel Prazenica. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. No visitation on Thanksgiving. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with Rev. Aaron J. Kriss, officiating. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Burnside, Ronald L. 72

  • Plum
  • Born: 1942-03-29
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Plum | Get Directions
  • Ronald Lee Burnside, 72, of Plum, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was born May 29, 1942 in Kincheloe, W.Va. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen Lee (Lott) Burnside. He was the father of Michael (Dawn) Burnside, of Plum, Ronald (Patricia) Burnside, of North Versailles, Jeffrey (Jenny) Burnside, of Boston, Holly (Tim) Dollman, of Kincheloe, W.Va., Robert (Sonya) Burnside, of Plum, and Scott Dollman, of Salina; grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; son of Mary (McClain) Burnside; brother of Kitty (Bruce) Edwards, Lawrence (Linda) Burnside, Jeannie (Randy) Gray and Deborah (Ralph) Showers. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Fox Burnside. Family thanks hospice and his special Nicki. Friends received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 557 Unity Center Road (Unity, Plum Borough), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be private.
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Cafaro, Esther M.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Esther M. (Schmidt) Cafaro, of Swissvale, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 49 years to John F. Cafaro; loving mother of John V. Cafaro, of East Liberty, Debra A. Mays and her husband, Lloyd D., of North Versailles, and Michelle L. Cafaro, of Penn Hills; dear grandma Esther of William and his fiance, Kristin and Constance; great-grandmother of Brynn, Paige and Caiden; and sister of Sylvia Potopenko, David Schmidt and his wife, Marge and Margie Bechtol and her husband, Carl. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Cohlhepp, Audrey R. 86

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1928-01-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Audrey Ruth Cohlhepp, 86, of Dravosburg, went to her Lord Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Born Jan. 16, 1928, in Dravosburg, she was a daughter of the late William and Violet (Allen) Bartels. She is survived by her sons, Mark L. (Melanie Porter) Cohlhepp and Timothy L. Cohlhepp; daughter, Charlene A. Woods; grandsons, Jeremy A. (Pamela Cosgrove) and John A. Cohlhepp II; granddaughter, Kellee L. Cohlhepp; great-grandson, Caelan A. Cohlhepp; and great-granddaughter, Hannah J. Cohlhepp. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Kevin P. Cohlhepp. In keeping with our dear mother's wish for simplicity, her family invites all her friends and neighbors to help us celebrate and enjoy her life during and after Sunday services at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Dravosburg First Christian Church, with the Rev. Dorothy McDormand officiating. Private burial will be in the Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. Arrangements were entrusted to the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Dravosburg First Christian Church, 100 Duquesne Ave., Dravosburg, PA 15034. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Costello, Martha A. 97

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha A. (Modrak) Costello, 97, of Braddock Hills, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William Costello; loving mother of the late Mary Louise Costello; and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Martha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Nursing School and served her country with distinction during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Army nurse in France. She retired as a nurse at Wiggins Company with more than 30 years of service. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Dupal, Andrew J. 88

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Dupal, 88, of Rankin, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Medulic) Dupal; loving father of Leslie Dupal, of Rankin, Janice (Joseph) Nowakowski, of Forest Hills, and Kenneth (Pam) Dupal, of Houston, Texas; and loving grandfather of Brian and Christine Dupal and Evan and Eric Nowakowski. Andy served in World War II as a Marine on Iwo Jima. The family would like to thank the staffs at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport and Locust Grove, West Mifflin. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 4th Ave., Rankin, PA 15104. Blessing service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at funeral home. Interment will follow with full military honors at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Fedak, John F. 68

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John F. Fedak, 68, of North Versailles, formerly of Braddock and North Braddock, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. John is survived by his precious wife of 13 years, Mary Helen (Brugh) Fedak and her son, Jeffrey R. Wyndroski. He was the brother of Dolores McQuiston, of Meadville; uncle of Jordan and Joshua McQuiston; and brother-in-law of Carolyn Scott, Cheryl Dobrowolski, Donna Brugh and James Brugh. John was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War era and was a retired welder from Epic Metals in Braddock. In retirement, he also had been a part-time employee of Kopp Glass in Swissvale. John was a member of the North Braddock Amvets, Post No. 60 and the East Pittsburgh VFW, Post No. 5008. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Avenue at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Ferragonio, Franco

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Franco Ferragonio, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Taverna) Ferragonio; and brother of Donna Varley (Robert). He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Animal Friends.
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Flaherty, Earl F. 66

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1948-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Earl F. Flaherty, 66, of McKeesport, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born April 11, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Earl F. Flaherty Sr. and Betty (Ensign) Flaherty. A 1966 graduate of McKeesport Vocational High School, Earl also attended Machine Shop Technologies Center in Pittsburgh during his 38 years as a millwright with U.S. Steel, primarily at the Clairton Works. He was a volunteer at St. Mary's Byzantine Church in McKeesport and a member of CFU Lodge 3. He loved Tamburitzan music and was well known as the Santa for 13 years at Kaufmann's Pittsburgh department store. Earl is survived by his wife of 37 years, Frances (Dujmic) Flaherty; a sister, Cathy (Howard) Hayden; brother, Charles (Nikki) Flaherty; brother-in-law, Frank (Tess) Dujmic; nephews and godsons, Frank Dujmic Jr. and Charles Flaherty Jr.; nieces, Heather Flaherty, Rebecca and Mary Kathryn Dujmic, Kayla and Lauren Hayden; and nephews, Joseph Dujmic and Jake Hayden. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral home by Fathers Paul Voida and Matthew Elanjalith. Interment will be private. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Haas, Elizabeth Mary

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Mary" (Lenahan) Haas, of Ross Township, formerly of Bloomfield, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph B. Haas; loving mother of Mary Jo Karlovits (Joseph), Patricia A. Schultz, Joseph M. Haas (Ruth), Sarah E. Hodge (John) and James R. Haas (Paulette). She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Heckman, Ada M. 91

  • Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1923-05-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Ada M. Heckman, 91, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla. Born in Vermillion County, Indiana, May 9, 1923, Ada was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Lucantoni) Pappafava, and wife of the late Charles Joseph Heckman. She attended grade school in Shirkieville, Ind., and graduated from Sewickley Township High School in Herminie. Ada completed her business education at Douglas Business College in McKeesport. Ada is survived by two sons, Deacon Kevin Charles Heckman and wife, Michele Heckman, of Arvada, Colo., and Richard Anthony Heckman and wife, Kathy Sommer, of Leonia, N.J.; a sister, Louise Zaverl, of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; three granddaughters, Hannah Quast and husband, Paul, Holly Heckman and Emma Heckman; and loving companion, Norval "Dick" Williams, of Fort Myers, Fla. Ada was also preceded in death by brother, Premo J. Pappafava, of Greensburg, former CEO of General Carbide Corp. in Hempfield Township. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Her employment was with Potter-McCune Co., U.S. Steel Corp., National Works. She retired from Union National Bank, McKeesport. Ada was a member of American Legion Post 701 seniors; the American Legion Auxiliary; associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; Elizabeth Township Seniors and Life Span; and the Italian American Club of Lehigh Acres, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Janus, Stephanie Sue 57

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1957-09-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Stephanie "Sue" (Lips) Janus, 57, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born Sept, 16, 1957, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Stephen Lips and Patricia (Hackel) Lips, of Pittsburgh. She loved her close companions, her dogs, Dutchess, skylark and Indy. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Albert E. Janus; her mother; brothers, Stephen Lips, of Pittsburgh, and Larry (Patty) Lips, of Pittsburgh; sister, Danielle (Lauren) Lips, of Pittsburgh; special niece and nephew, Carley and Michael Kaercher; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Lips. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at St. Joseph Church in Duquesne with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, and William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Johnson, Mildred I. 86

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Mildred I. Johnson, 86, of Avalon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert Johnson; mother of Robert (Gail) Johnson, Susan (Richard) Knight, Sally (Shawn) Heagerty, Sandy (Mark) Paterson, Stacey (Chris) McLaughlin, Shelly (Norbert) Johnston and Ray (Julieta) Johnson; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of seven; sister of Robert (Rose) Peck, David (Joanne) Peck, Ruth (Ernie) Stevens and the late James (surviving wife, Frances) Peck; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Forest Ave., Presbyterian Church, 898 Forest Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kelly, William Bill A. 86

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Kelly, 86, of Franklin Park, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was a Doctor of Education. He was the beloved husband of Sally; father of the late Jeanne Kelly Domville; father-in-law of Mike Domville; and grandfather of Peter and Andrew Domville. Bill was a proud member of the Robert Morris College Faculty for 35 years. He was a dedicated supporter of the Northland Public Library. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. If desired, the family suggest memorials to the Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237.
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Kemp, Mary S. 90

  • Clairton
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Kemp, 90, of Clairton passed away at home Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born to the late John and Mary Kuruc Sujeta in McKeesport. Mary is survived by her niece, Mary Jean (John) Banaszak, of Clairton; brothers, Stephen Sujeta, of McKeesport, Emil Sujeta, of Jefferson; and nieces, nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Wolfe and Irene Petak; and brothers, John and Mike Sujeta. Mary lived all her life in the Clairton area. She was a graduate of Clairton High School, the executive secretary to the general superintendant of US Steel Clairton Works for 65 years, a member of the Humane Society of America and an avid gardener. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the funeral home, presided by Father Jeff Wylie, followed by internment at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Ketter, Margaret E. 90

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Elizabeth "Toot" (O'Keefe) Ketter, 90, formerly of Pittsburgh and Pitcairn, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard Ketter; loving sister of Dolores Skena, Elizabeth Macey, and the late James O'Keefe, Catharine Knabe and Loretta "Shirley" O'Keefe. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews; and 23 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, James "Jimmy" Achilles. Toot collected dolls and dollhouses, was an avid reader and loved traveling and bingo. She was also a longtime employee of St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Charter School, 4369 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kolick Jr., Charles J. 69

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1945-07-27
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Charles Joseph "Bud" Kolick Jr., 69, of White Oak, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born July 27, 1945, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Charles Joseph Kolick Sr. and the late Dorothy McCaslin Kolick. Bud was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He worked for the former U.S. Steel's Homestead Works and was a member of the Port Vue American Legion, Versailles Croatian Club and Club 22 in Glassport. Bud loved being home with his family and enjoyed cooking and baking. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Ann Dudik Kolick; daughters, Michelle (Jeffrey) Zuzo, of New Stanton, and Melissa Jo (Daniel) Kastronis, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Eileen Kolick, of White Oak; brother, Daniel (Sharon) Kolick, of Glassport; grandsons, C.J. Kolick, Collin Callahan and Jeffrey Zuzo; great-grandson, Noah Joseph Kolick; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Kolick (Bill) Cole. There is no visitation. Funeral service with military honors will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Lewis, William C. 100

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1913-12-30
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • William C. Lewis, 100, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton, passed away at home Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Born Dec. 30, 1913, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Daniel and Hannah Lewis. A retired supervisor at the former Hercules and PICCO Corporations, William was a member of the former Beulah Baptist Church and was also a regular attendee at First United Methodist of Clairton. He joins his wife, the late Martha Nadine (Holt) Lewis. William is survived by his daughters, Patricia Jane (Ronald) Cuddy, of Lake Orion, Mich., and Donna Jean Charles, of Forward Township; son, Daniel W. (Sharon) Lewis, of Jefferson Hills; his eight grandchildren, William (Joyce), Ronald, Dean (Gaye) and Dana Cuddy, Keith (Gina) Charles, Bobbie Jean Krznaric, and William and Capt. Michael Lewis, USAF; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his brother, Berl Lewis, of Elizabeth; "Big Bill's" two girls, Heather and Eliza Sopko; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Daniel Lewis and Leona and David Alderson. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in First United Methodist Church of Clairton with Pastor Hal Dangel officiating. Procession and burial to follow to Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in William's name should be made to the First United Methodist Church of Clairton, 500 Thompson Ave., Clairton, PA 15025. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Liberto, Mariangela 85

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Mariangela (Scalamogna) Liberto, 85, of Highland Park, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paolo Liberto; cherished mother of Concettina (Gregg Zoller), Vittoria and the late Angelina Liberto; loving sister of the late Vittoria Costa (Venerando) and Teresa Monteleone (Francesco); dear sister-in-law of Gesuele Liberto (Maria), and the late Gregorio Liberto, Concetta and Giacomo Ionadi, Agostino Liberto (survived by Teresa), Felicia Liberto and Giuseppe Liberto (survived by Concetta); daughter of the late Giuseppe and Mariangela Scalamogna. She is also survived by her loving and devoted nieces, nephews and cousins, both here and in Italy. She will be dearly missed by her cagnolino "Vino." Mariangela immigrated to America from Maierato, Italy, in 1969, along with her husband and three daughters. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, generosity and strong devotion to her faith. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, (http://www.mccabebrothers.com), 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. Interment to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
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Little, Mary M. 58

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1956-06-30
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret "Maggy" Little, 58, of Clairton, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in her home. Born June 30, 1956, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Karl Cam Laughlin Sr. and Mary Agnes (Bickerton) Laughlin. A clerk at Big Lots in West Mifflin, Maggy enjoyed camping, but enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren much more. She joins her husband, the late Harold Little Sr. Maggy is survived by her sons, Harold (Lisa Bisogni) Little Jr., of Clairton, Jacob W. (Kairy) Little, of Jefferson Hills, and Lukas (Janeen) Little, of Elizabeth; her grandchildren, Jessica and Dante Bisogni and Jacob, Kyleigh, Gavin, Garrett, Jusden and Jordan Little; her great-grandchildren, Gia and Aria; her longtime companion, Timothy Zombeck; his children, Tiffenie (Mark) Russell and Kevin Zombeck; his grandchildren, Lacey and Jelena Russell; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by Timothy Zombeck Jr.; and her siblings, Karl Cam Laughlin Jr., Kenneth and Keith Laughlin and Jean Leck. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Mayo, Henrietta Etta E. 71

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henrietta "Etta" E. Mayo, 71, of East Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Vince "Henry" Mayo, of East McKeesport; dear grandmother "Oma" of Vincent Andrew Mayo, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Samuel Koschik, of Pitcairn, John Koschik, of Homestead, and the late Millianne "Nootsie" Koschik. Etta was a retired employee from the registrar's office at the University of Pittsburgh, with 10 years of service, and a floral designer for 20 years with Shackford and Maxwell flower shop, in Wilkinsburg. In retirement, she enjoyed knitting, playing Sudoku and watching television. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Avenue at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery, in Monroeville. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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Meier, Carl A. 94

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Carl A. Meier, 94, of the Village of St. Barnabas, Gibsonia, formerly of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 68 years of Charlotte (Christman) Meier; loving uncle of Patricia Vresh, Marjorie Boles, Sandra Grau, Cynthia Wingard and Richard Stoehr; dear brother-in-law of Marie Stoehr; also survived by many cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. A World War II veteran, having served with the Army, Carl was a longtime warehouse manager with Stockham Valve and Fitting, Etna. He was also a lifetime member of Teutonia Mannerchor, American Legion Post 116, Avalon and AARP, Bauerstown. Carl also enjoyed billiards, golfing and square dancing with his wife, Charlotte. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday 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. Tuesday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Family suggests donations to the charity of your choice. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Mort, Charles W. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Mort, 90, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Phyllis Mort; father of George Mort and his wife, Karen and Daniel Mort; grandfather of John Mort and Daniel Mort; brother of Richard Mort (Marlene) and Robert Mort (Sue), Betty Rickey (Rick) and Theo Brennan (Phil); and is also survived by his caregiver, Karen Reinhart. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Mort; and his siblings, Merle, Melvin, George, Harold and Roy Mort, and Margaret Riley. Chuck was an Army World War II veteran, serving with the 81st engineers and was a retired crane operator at J and L for more than 30 years. He also was a security guard at Woodland Hills High School. He was an avid golfer. The family wishes to thank Forbes Hospice for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral chapel with Rev. Rob Marrow officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to VFW- National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Nally, Paul R. 90

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Paul R. Nally, 90, of Dormont, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 69 years of Lois L. (Gordon) Nally; devoted father of Linda LaRocca and the late Daniel L. Nally; loving grandfather of Bradd, Lauren and Abagael LaRocca; great-grandfather of Alexis LaRocca; brother of Marcella Zitelli, Audrey Cimino, the late Imelda White, Alice Stoker, Patrice Cappellini, Howard, James and Lawrence Nally; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Paul was a retired lieutenant of guards for the Allegheny County Jail. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bernard Church. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
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Orlando, Philip A. 90

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Orlando, 90, of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was a loving uncle of Gayle South. Philip was a career military man, having served for 30 years as a Marine. Service was private. Arrangements by the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Rock, Michael 67

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Michael Rock, 67, of the North Side, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Helen Rock; father of Michael (Casie) Rock; brother of Patricia Schwer; and nephew of Michael Lonzo. He also is survived by granddog, Riley. Mike was a generous man and loved to make everyone laugh. He loved his son, Mike, his motorcycles and working on cars. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Roemer, Susan B. 92

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1922-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Susan Blanche Wasson Roemer, 92, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born July 30, 1922, in Williamsburg, the daughter of the late Edgar and Margaret Negley Wasson. She is survived by her husband, Clyde E. Roemer; sons, Curtis and Neil Roemer, of Elizabeth Township; daughters, Evelyn Nevins Friend, of Evergreen, Colo., Zoe Forsythe, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Adele Primorac, of Evergreen, Colo.; granddaughter, Katarina Primorac, of Evergreen, Colo.; four stepgrandsons; special cousin, Shirley Blair, of Williamsburg; and niece, Susan Winslow, of Lighthouse Point, Fla. She was preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Eugene, Ralph and Donald Wasson; and sisters, Ethel Fornwalt and Sara and Ruth Wasson. There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan's favorite charity, WQED Multimedia, 4803 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412-622-1370. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Scandolari, Louisa 53

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Louisa Scandolari, 53, of Scott Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of Irma and the late Remo Scandolari; loving sister of Albino Scandolari and John (Mary Jo) Scandolari; aunt of Vincent and Fabria Scandolari; and great-aunt of Brianna. She is also survived by loving family and friends. Louisa received a bachelor of science in medical technology from WVU and a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a sales representative for Kroff Chemical Corp. She was an avid Golfer and also loved to host fashionable parties for her family and friends for all events. Visitations are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. If desired, contributions can be made to St. Bernard's School. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Schmid, Mary B. 66

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: George, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary B. (Young) Schmid, 66, of Munhall, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Vaughn D. Schmid Sr.; loving mother of Vaughn D. Schmid Jr., of Castle Shannon, and Kristin (Emmanuel) Amos-Abanyie, of Forest Hills; sister of Maureen Whelan and Kevin Young, both of St. John's, Newfoundland; and cherished grandmother of Emmanuel, Levi and Elina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church.
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Schultz, Duane L. 66

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Butch" Schultz, 66, of North Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was an Army Vietnam veteran, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in McKeesport, was an AMA life member, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and of the VFW No. 8430 in East McKeesport. He was a son of the late Donald J. and Blanche E. (Berwick) Schultz; beloved husband for 41 years of Florence H. "Flo" (Howard) Schultz; devoted father of Harley David (Kimberly) Schultz, Jay (Amelia) Schultz and Joshua Schultz; loving brother of Carol (Ken) Larson, Donald A. "Don" (Georgeanne) Schultz and the late Dale Schultz; son-in-law of Bernice and the late Robert Howard; brother-in-law of Robert "Butch" (Marie) Howard, Earl "Huck" (Jan) Howard and Ethel Eileen (George) Skiles; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved him. Family and friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Additional visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Monday with Pastor Tim Williams officiating. Interment at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 412-471-0935 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 or 412-829-2818 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org.
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Stockton, Saralyn 60

  • Upper Saint Clair , Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Saralyn (Nicklas) Stockton, 60, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 35 years of Steven D. Stockton; loving and devoted mother of Steven D. Stockton Jr., Evan R. Stockton, Sean R. Stockton and Ryan N. Stockton; daughter of the late Dr. Robert B. and Sara Jane (Ream) Nicklas; daughter-in-law of Doris and the late James Richard Stockton; niece of the late Orval A. and Evalyn (Ream) Redhair; grandmother of Jaelyn Lakes; sister of Robin Nicklas (Nancy), Evalyn Fiedler and John Nicklas (Valerie); sister-in-law of Don Stockton, Joan Roth (Fred) and the late Marianne Stockton; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private.
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Teck Jr., Nicholas R. 76

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1938-02-11
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Nicholas R. Teck Jr., 76, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Lawson Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 11, 1938, in McKeesport, son of the late Nicholas and Stella (Nichols) Teck Sr. He was a retired tire man from Schuloff Automotive in McKeesport. He was the husband of the late Donna (Craven) Teck; father of Nicholas (Bridget Heberling) Teck, of Indiana, Pa., and Vicky Ann (Richard Scott) Adams, of Duquesne; grandfather of Aaron, Autumn and Avi Adams; brother of John (Mary) Nichols, of Belmar, N.J., Tom Teck, of Smock, Rose Marie Seman, of Wilmerding, Larry (Joan) Teck, of Versailles, Steve (Judy) Teck, of North Versailles, and the late Bill Teck and late Richard Teck (surviving spouse, Louise); brother-in-law of Judy Smitley; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, officiating.
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Thomas, Rose 100

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Rose (Zotter) Thomas, 100, of South Euclid, Ohio, formerly of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Thomas; loving mother of James E. Thomas and his wife, Margaret, of South Euclid, and the late William G. Thomas; dear grandmother of Steven, Christopher (Kathy) and Matthew Thomas; sister of Louise Karner; and great-grandmother of Mabel and Jed. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peter Parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Middle and Suisman Streets. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter Parish, 720 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Vancheri, Elizabeth Betty 84

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Ladygo) Vancheri, 84, of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 62 years to Frank J. Vancheri; loving mother of Suzanne Culkin (Jack), Jane Sonntag (Steve), Paul Vancheri (Lynn), of Boston, Eleanor Walsh (Joseph), of Arizona, and Frances Vancheri, of Kentucky; sister of the late Peter Ladygo; and dear grandmother of Sarah, Emily, John, Elizabeth, Lauren, Leslie, Matthew, Jessica and Nicholas. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Volpe, Virginia 95

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1919-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Virginia Bechtold Volpe, 95, of Forest Hills, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Transitions Health Care (Baldock). She was born June 3, 1919, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Vito Lapaglia and Nifa Oddo Lapaglia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Bechtold; six sister, Rose Mastrilli, Sarah Sacamango, Mary Affigato, Camilla (Minnie) Mastrilli, Josephine Davis ans Stella Sears; and three brothers, Charles, Joseph and Vincent Lapaglia. Virginia had an unmatched zest for life, enjoying bingo, family and friends and making people smile. Her warm heart and her loving ways touched many who were blessed to have met her. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (John) McCann, of North Huntingdon; two sons, Terry (Bonnie) Bechtold, of North Huntingdon, and John (Judy) Bechtold, of Pittsburgh, and ; nine grandchildren, Dawn Lucotch, Kim Piekut, Jennifer Bean, Anne Larkin, Pamela Rea, Kelly Feltes, Anthony Bechtold, Christy Tokay and Terry Bechtold; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes to the special people at Transitions Health Care (formerly Baldock) who became our extended family; also to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Virginia's funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Weigold, Sylvia M. 69

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1945-07-09
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Sylvia M. (Burin) Weigold, 69, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 9, 1945, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the Virginia Pohan Burin, of Natrona Heights, and the late Julius Burin. Sylvia worked for many years as the receptionist for Dr. Mattioli's Dental Office in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Sylvia enjoyed bowling, gardening, watching the game show channel, reading and she especially enjoyed spending time with her cousins and other family members. She is survived by her mother, Virginia Pohan Burin, of Natrona Heights; uncles, Michael (Helen) Pochan, of Springdale, and Paul Pochan, of Creighton; aunts, Mary Dolfi, of Monongahela, and Mary Burin, of Charleston, S.C.; her in-laws, Thomas A. and Doris Weigold; and by several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Julius Burin; her husband, Thomas A. Weigold, on Aug. 8, 2007; and by her uncles, Andy Pohan and John Burin. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Wesesky, Debra A. 43

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Debra A. Wesesky, 43, of Reserve Township, formerly of the North Side, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Thomas A. Wesesky; mother of Megan, Tyler and Morgan Wesesky; daughter of John (the late Gay) Lehman and the late Betty Mueck; sister of Jeff (Donna) Lehman, Michael (Marcie) Lehman, Laura Russel and Donna Lehman; daughter-in-law of Charlotte (the late Michael) Wesesky; sister-in-law of Debbie (Michael) Marks, Michael (Traci) Wesesky and John (and his fiancee, Christine Johnson) Wesesky; and aunt of Skylar Lehman, Dr. Michelle (Aaron) Marks-Lampkin, Nicole Marks, Michael Marks, Emily Wesesky and John Wesesky Jr. She also is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Zembrowski, Grace I. 96

  • Natrona
  • Born: 1918-01-06
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Grace I. (Stundell) Zembrowski, 96, of Natrona, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Natrona, the daughter of the late John and Agnes Potts Stundell, and was a lifelong resident of Natrona. Grace attended Pond and Wood St. Schools and worked as a domestic engineer for St. Joseph Church, in Natrona, St. Ladislaus Church, in Natrona, and Most Blessed Sacrament Church, in Natrona Heights. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish in Natrona, the PRCU, PNA, Kosciuszko Polish Patriotic Social Society, Slovak Club, American Legion Auxiliary Post 48 and the Eagles, all in Natrona. Grace was also a member of the former Natrona Fire Hall auxiliary. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, bowling duck pins at the Slovak Hall in Natrona, bingo, watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the Western and Hallmark channels. Graces favorite saying was "Thanks for being so nice and kind". She is survived by her children, Stanley (Toni) Zembrowski, of Natrona Heights, with whom she made her home for the past 4 years, David (Cathy) Zembrowski, of Brackenridge, and Sherry (John) Horstman, of Celebration, Fla.; grandchildren, Christian Horstman, Dr. Erica Horstman and Rebecca (Eric) Wade; great-grandchildren, Ayden Horstman and Ainsley Wade; two nieces, Cassie (Bob) Kriley and Gayle Sharkin; and by her nephew, Robert (Vivian) Dietz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Zembrowski; son, Ronald Zembrowski; great-granddaughter, Olivia Wade; and by her sisters, Ruth Dietz, Virginia Dongilli and Berneice Wojciechowski. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Battenhouse, Ruth 93

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Coates) Battenhouse, 93, of Level Green, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the daughter of Thomas R. and Bess Beveridge Coates. She was past matron of Braddock's Field Chapter No. 75, Scottish Rite Women's Club of Pittsburgh, Daughters of the Nile No. 48, member of Pittsburgh Glass Club, and the Organ Society of Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Harrison City and the Murrysville Garden Club. She was a past mother advisor of Level Green Assembly No. 125, Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She had many years of community service, including volunteering at the Level Green Presbyterian Church, the VA hospital of Pittsburgh, Friends Thrift Store, and Meals on Wheels. She was preceded in death by John M. Battenhouse, her husband of 57 years, in 2001. She is survived by two sons, Jack W. (Sharon), of Level Green, and Thomas R. (Shelby), of Anderson, S.C.; four grandchildren, Thomas (Carrie) Battenhouse, of Stow, Ohio, Jennifer (Christian) Stoecklein, of South Fayette, Janet Battenhouse, of Level Green, and Holly (Brian) Tillman, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and seven great-grandchildren, Margaret, Sophia, Eric and Jason Battenhouse, and Elizabeth, Caroline and Stephanie Stoecklein. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh Street (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Baum, Daryl E. 74

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1940-07-26
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Daryl E. Baum, 74, of Allegheny Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in his home. He was born July 26, 1940, in Allegheny Township, to the late Edward N. and Twila (Dello) Baum. Daryl was honorable discharged from the Air Force, having served from 1958 to 1962. He retired in 1998 after working as a technical engineer for 35 years at 3M. Daryl attended the First Baptist Church, Apollo, was a member of the Vandergrift American Legion and the Leechburg Elks. He enjoyed woodworking and was a very avid golfer. He is survived by his fiance, Penny Strizak, of Allegheny Township; his two sons, Raymond E. (Susan) Baum, of Asper, and Darron E. Baum, of Dover; his daughter, Penne (James) Siggins, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his brothers, Larry (Joanne Zboran) Baum, of Allegheny Township, and Walter G. Baum, of Michigan City, Ind.; his daughter-in-law, Dana Baum, of Apollo; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents mentioned above, he was preceded in death by his son, Daryl E. Baum II; and his brother, Edward B. Baum. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral ceremonies at noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, 724-568-3639. Committal services and burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Berger, Deborah A. 60

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1954-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Deborah A. Berger, 60, of Hannastown, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born July 30, 1954, in Greensburg, a daughter of Bjarnfridur G. Valdimarsdottir Mehan, of Hannastown, and the late Andrew J. Mehan Sr. She was a 1972 graduate of Hempfield High School and received her associate's degree from Bradford Business School of Pittsburgh. Deborah was a social member of the Hannastown Firemen's Club and a member of Senior Life of Greensburg. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Regina Ann Berger; a brother, Andew J. Mehan Jr.; a sister, Betty Lou Long; and a nephew, Richard A. Vuletich. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gordon R. Berger; a son, Jason R. Berger, of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Sigurlina "Stella" Johannesdottir, of Iceland, Mary Ann Wilson, of Greensburg, Augusta Block, of Florida, Rosemarie Campbell, of Baltimore, Md., and Christine Mehan, of Hannastown; a sister-in-law, Erlene (David) Muller, of North Huntingdon; a brother-in-law, James (Arlene) Berger, of Trafford; and numerous nieces, nephews and great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff at Senior Life for all that they did for Deborah. For online condolences, please visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Burk, Nancy A. 53

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1961-02-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Nancy A. Burk, 53, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 22, 1961, in Greensburg, a daughter of Sally Miller Burk and the late William Burk. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Jeannette, and enjoyed reading, crafts and jigsaw puzzles. She is survived by her brother, Robert and his wife, Laura, of Hunker; sister, Janet Norton and her husband, David, of North Huntingdon; and nieces, Megan Lattimer and her husband, James III, Katie Burk and Jennifer Norton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Westmoreland County Food Bank, in memory of Nancy. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Cunningham, Helen J. 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Cunningham, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Zelienople, a daughter of the late Norman B. and Anna E. Bowlen Avey. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School and a member of Central Fellowship Church in Connellsville. Helen will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving son, James Cunningham, of Wilkinsburg; her grandson, Brian Cunningham and wife, Sharon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her great-grandson, Blake; and her niece, Carolyn Johnson and husband, Clyde, of Farmington. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, George S. Cunningham; her son, Thomas E. Cunningham; and her brother, Leroy B. Avey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-3800), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be in Addison Cemetery, Somerset County. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Grande, Carmen Millie R. 94

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carmen R. "Millie" Grande, 94, of Trafford, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born May 10, 1920, the son of the late Pasquale and Theresa Rosella Grande. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran as well as an usher and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Regis Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen August Grande; and his brothers, Dominic, Anthony, Joseph and Francis Grande. He is survived by his children, Gary Grande, Karen (Tom) Mercalde, Theresa (Jim) McCarron, Susan (Michael) Oriolo, Liz (Bob) Thompson and Rich (Sierra) Grande; a sister, Gloria Drost; and six grandchildren, Brandon and Megan McCarron, Nicole and Natalie Thompson, Nathan Sneith and Steven Grande. The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Home Care and Hospice for their exceptional care. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Catholic Church with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. Contributions can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Gula, William 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William Gula, 91, of Scottdale, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Scottdale, a son of the late Nat and Mary (Smij) Gula. Bill was a lifelong member of St. John Byzantine Catholic Church and a member of the Church Holy Name Society. He was a retired foreman with General Motors Corp., Pittsburgh, with 35 years of service. Bill was World War II veteran, having served with the Navy aboard the USS Mauna, USS O'Brien, USS Barton and the USS LST 916, attaining the rank of gunner's mate first class. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal (Four Stars), Philippine Liberation Medal (Two Stars) and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Slovak Club and Scottdale VFW Post. William is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his three children: Mary C. Kiral and husband, Anthony, of Mt. Pleasant, William Gula and wife, Michelle, of Mechanicsburg, Gary Gula, and wife, Ame, of Stahlstown; his eight grandchildren, Zach, Emily and Reilly Gula, Jesten and Jacob Gula, Butchie, Matthew and Chrissy Kiral; his step-grandchildren, Kaylee and Alicia. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by, his wife of 57 years, Sophia Kocan Gula, Oct. 29, 2013; brothers, John, Michael, Pete, Steve, Joe, George and Harry Gula; and a sister, Rosella Gula, in infancy. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A Parastas service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The Divine Liturgy will be intoned following at 9:30 a.m. in St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, with his pastor, the Very Rev. John H. Salko, as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, East Huntingdon Township, with full military rites accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. The family would like to convey "special thanks" to Medi Home Care and Hospice for their care and professionalism that they so lovingly provided for their father. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, order flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Hoffer, Homer E. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Homer E. Hoffer, 84, of Scottdale (Bullskin Township), died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 4, 1930, in Acme, a son of the late Henry and Elsie Brown Hoffer. Mr. Hoffer was employed as a construction worker and farmer. He was a member of the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and choir member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Snyder Hoffer; his children, Loretta Painter and her husband, Homer Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, Darell Hoffer and his wife, Janice, of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley Keller and her husband, Melvin, of Jones Mills, Julia Miller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Casselberry, Fla., Henry Hoffer and his wife, Kathie, of Acme, Myron Hoffer and his wife, Eileen, of Scottdale, and Glenda Bradley and her husband, Damon, of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Philson Hoffer, of Greensburg, Kenneth Hoffer and his wife, Ida, of West Middlesex, Carolyn Clark, of Berlin, Robert Hoffer and his wife, Eleanor, of Acme, Orlando Hoffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Acme, and Ronald Hoffer and his wife, Wilda, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Marie Keller; a grandson-in-law, Mark Elam; and siblings, Otha Hoffer, Belle Kreinbrook, Dorothy Snyder, Huldah Stouffer, Hazel Rooney and Wilmer Hoffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. There will no viewing on Thanksgiving Day. Viewing will continue from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional viewing will take place from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hood, George D. 81

  • Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1933-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George D. "Tex" Hood, 81, of West Virginia, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. Born April 11, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Daniel and Ethel (Ulery) Hood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Catherine (Malek) Hood, in 2004; and a sister, Shirley Hood. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Tex was an active participant in the flea market circuit. George was an assistant at Krynicky Sunoco Station of Carpentertown for many years. He is survived by a daughter, Lorena Powers and her husband, Jeff, of Ashburn, Va.; and a grandson, Alex Powers. Also surviving are siblings, Patricia Shugars, Virginia Yuhouse, Bill Hood, Gary Hood, Linda Farino and Bobby Hood; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. A blessing service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Visitation Church with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A wake service will be at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
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Kelly, Claire A. 91

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1923-07-07
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Claire A. "Babe" Kelly, 91, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He was born July 7, 1923, in West Newton, a son of the late Ernest and Mary (Hodge) Kelly. Prior to retirement, Babe was employed by Stoney's Brewery. He was a member of West Newton VFW No. 7812. Survivors include a brother, Roy Kelly and wife, Ruth; grandchildren, Cristy Morris and husband, Chris, William Kelly and wife, Stephanie, Frances Kathleen Kelly and Sarah Cairns; a number of great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dorothea Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Moody) Kelly; sons, Robert Kelly and William Kelly; and brother, Harold Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will full military honors by Greensburg VFW will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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King, Joan W. 78

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1936-06-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joan W. King, 78, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at home. She was born June 22, 1936, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Guy and Mary DeBone Wass. Prior to retirement, she was a telephone operator at Bell Telephone. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, Bell Telephone Pioneers, Jeannette Lions and Lioness Clubs, Jeannette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and http://www.cercemaggiore.org. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. King; and a brother, Louis Wass. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jody King and Clyde Reynolds, of Jeannette; a brother, Frank Wass and his wife, JoAnn, of Greensburg; two sisters, Carmella Moffa and Gloria Rossi and her husband, Ron, all of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, Development Office, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Leasure, Helen M. 93

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1921-04-08
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Helen Mae Leasure, 93, of West Newton, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born April 8, 1921, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle (Spitzer) Bowers. Helen was known as "The Penny Candy Lady." She spent countless hours traveling to flea markets and festivals in her RV to sell her penny candy, and was the owner of the former Helen Mae Gift Shop on Main Street, in West Newton. A member of First Baptist Church in West Newton for over 70 years, she also sang in its choir. Helen has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 25 years and participated in the "Race for the Cure" when she was able. Survivors include two daughters, Helen Riggs and husband, Dale, and Brenda Lucas; grandchildren, Dawn Booher and husband, Tom, Mary Trout and husband, Allen, Brenda Ansell and husband, Robert, Kendra Weaver and husband, Jeff, and Garrett Lucas and wife, Chrissy; great-grandchildren, William "Billy" Riggs and wife, Shangail, Cody Fazenbaker, Kayla and Cyle Booher, Kelsey, Jesse and Alexia Weaver, Saige Trotter, Jayden Lucas, Megan and Morgan Ansell, and Robert Ansell Jr.; great-great-grandchildren, Noah, Isaiah, Aurelia and Jonah Riggs, and Logan Weaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth James Lucas; sisters, Dolores Pevc, Pauline Aronckes and Loretta Markle; and brother, Charles Bowers Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Vine and Sixth Street. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Mayfield, Helen M. 79

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1935-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Mayfield, 79, of Sutersville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Masontown, a daughter of the late Earston and Mary (Shubert) Whyel. Helen was a member of Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church and was a former Girl Scout leader. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Jefferson Hospital. She loved butterflies and yellow roses. Survivors include three children, Ann Taylor and husband, Dennis, Nancy Casoni and husband, George, and Robert Mayfield Jr. and wife, Karen; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marge Pfister and Irene Backas; and brother, Joe Whyel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mayfield Sr.; sister, Betty Loasak; and brothers, Earston, George and Jim Whyel. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Private interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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McKay, Karin 70

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1944-03-26
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Karin Conway McKay, 70, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 26, 1944, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Bernard P. Conway Sr. and Wanda (DeVinney) Conway. Karin was a 1962 graduate of Blairsville High School and a graduate of the Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing and School of Anesthesia. Prior to her retirement, she was a registered nurse anesthetist at Latrobe Area Hospital and Vittone Eye Surgical Associates. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, in Latrobe, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers, served as a Eucharistic minister, was a volunteer sacristan for the church and volunteered for Vacation Bible School and the Art and Environments Committee. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Faith in Action. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard P. Conway Jr.; and a niece, Dana M. Petrunak. Karin was a loving wife, mother and very proud grandmother. Her grandchildren describe her as very caring, fun, peaceful and attentive. She is survived by her husband of more than 45 years, Thomas P. McKay; her daughter, Erin K. Colcombe and her husband, Daniel J., of Greensburg; her son, Thomas B. McKay and his wife, Melissa E., of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Caroline, Colleen and Alexander Colcombe, and Mitchell, Marlee and Gracie McKay; her sister, Shirley Laskie and her husband, Richard, of Hillside; a brother, C. Lisle Conway and his wife, Sheral, of Ligonier; three sisters-in-law, Michele Conway Watts and her husband, Whit, of Indiana, Pa., Barbara J. Conrad, of Latrobe, and Kay Stocken and her husband, Michael, of Hermitage; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone and the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as concelebrants. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Moody, L. Kay 80

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1934-09-26
  • Died: 2014-11-12
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • L. Kay Moody, 80, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. She was born Sept. 26, 1934, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Samuel and Kathleen (Rankin) Moody. Kay was a member of West Newton United Presbyterian Church. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a secretary clerk with Duquesne Light. Survivors include a brother, William Moody and wife, Marge; a sister, Ruth Oyer; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Kelly, Louise Mace and Bernice Sandbach; an infant brother, John Moody; and nephews, Robert Kelly and William Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Naponic, Terry J. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-06-12
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Terry J. Naponic, 64, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born June 12, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late Andrew and Lavina Fleming Naponic. Terry was the owner/operator of M and N Painting and Naponic Construction, in Jeannette. He was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg. Terry was a wonderful father to his children and shared his deep faith and family values with unconditional love. He is survived by his children, Randi Poirier and husband, Nick, of North Huntingdon, and Andy Naponic, of Colorado; a brother, Robert Naponic and wife, Joanne, of Houston, Texas; sisters, Andrea Kalp and husband, Robert, of Greensburg, and Debbie Naponic, of Jeannette, with whom he resided; his nieces and nephews, who loved their uncle Terry very much, Julie Carrillo (Paul), Jesse Naponic (Britt), Jackson Naponic (Kristi), Jock Naponic (Jill), Bobbi Jo Sanders (Andre), Jaci Kubinec and fianc, Jim, and Jarrette Kalp (Renee); his great-nieces and nephews, Jackson, Nan and Ellie Carrillo, Brooke, Camille, Emily and Tanner Naponic, Mackenzie and Morgan Kubinec, Andrew John Sanders and Jackson Kalp. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh PA. 15222.
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Nicholls, Betty L. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-02-28
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Bowser, Homer City | Get Directions
  • Betty Louise Nicholls, 78, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Wilkensburg, and was the daughter of Paul and Clara (Carnahan) Weaver. Betty was employed by Bell Atlantic/Verizon for 33 years, where she was a member of the The Pioneers non-profit group. She was a member of the First Reform United Church of Christ and a member of the Hillview Bowling League, both located in Greensburg. Betty is survived by two daughters, Pamela and husband, Paul McDonald, Saratoga, Calif., and Kimberly and husband, John Stephens, Jeanette; and grandchildren, Corey and Chelsi Stephens, and Ryan and Tristan McDonald. She is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Matthews, Florida, Clara Emogene Gower, and Virginia and Pauline Hendrick, Florida. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of a service, the family asks that anyone wishing to honor Betty's memory please make a donation to Animal Care and Welfare Inc., P.O. Box 8257, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME, in Homer City, is in charge of arrangements.
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Orczyk, Josephine E. 88

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1926-01-01
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Josephine Ellen Orczyk, 88, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Que Creek, Somerset County, to the late Joseph and Stella Zielenski Lasik and was a life resident of the local area. Josephine was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (William) Russell, of Allegheny Township; grandchildren, Michael, Eric, Nicole and Allison Russell; and her brother, Frank (Barbara) Lasik, of Michigan. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley T. Orczyk; brothers, Stanley and Michael Zerovich and Joseph and John Lasik; and a sister, Sophie Caripolti. No services are planned. Arrangements are by the RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Arnold and Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Painter, Judith J. 60

  • Irwin , Formerly of Washington, Pa.
  • Born: 1954-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Judith J. Shepherd Painter, 60, of Irwin, formerly of Washington, Pa., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1954, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Joseph and Jane Bennett Yoest. Prior to her retirement, Judith was employed as an electronics technician by Core Star International. She was a member of the Norwin VFW Post 781 Auxiliary and was a horseback riding enthusiast. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Yoest. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Painter; son, Donald Shepherd and his wife Jada; daughter, Jessica Sawich; stepmother, Ruth Jean Yoest; a brother, Dan Yoest and his wife, Holly; two sisters, Kathy Baird (Jim) and Lisa Wollard; grandchildren, Kendal, Jake, Luke and Jaicee; and stepgrandchildren, Ethan and Jaret. A celebration of Judith's life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Norwin VFW. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norwin VFW or Excela Health Hospice. Arrangements by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Pernelli, Martha M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-04-27
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martha M. Pernelli, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J. She was born April 27, 1930, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Stephen Stanko and Mary (Zuzack) Stanko. Martha was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. She was a devoted wife and mother who truly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Pernelli; and three brothers, Franklin, Stephen and Walter Stanko. Martha is survived by two sons, David R. Pernelli and his wife, Fawn, of Millville, N.J., and Gary F. Pernelli and his wife, Amy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Noreen M. Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, and Miriam Altman and her husband, Will, of Gibsonia; a brother, Timothy Stanko and his wife, Linda, of Bethel Park; nine grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Alecia, Ryan, Adam, Stephen, Kati, Abbi and Matthew; and a great-grandson, William. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Short, Agnes B. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Agnes B. Short, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late John Zurick and Anna (Kovacs) Zurick. Agnes was a member of Holy Family Church, where she served as organist in the late 1960s through the early '80s, was a member of Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, and sang in the church choir. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert A. Short; three brothers, Anthony, Edward and Albert Zurick; and three sisters, Elizabeth Oswald, Eva Jean Dale and Joanne Harr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Thomas and her husband, Curtis, of Greensburg; and five sisters, Mary Ellen Fluxmon, of New York, N.Y., Anna Mae Mellett, of Pittsburgh, Rose LaRue, of Johnstown, Theresa Polosky, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Peipock and her husband, Michael, of South Bend, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Holy Family Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Humane Society. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stephens, Thomas D. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. "Drew" Stephens, 72, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 30, 1942, in Jeannette, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. Prior to retirement he was employed by All Metals Fabricating Company and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army. Drew was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jeannette, American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville and ABATE. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Elmer Stephens; six sisters, Florence Myers, Nora Belle Stephens, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyllis Griffin. He is survived by a sister, Stella Butler, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Stockberger, Alice A. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-06-29
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alice A. Stockberger, 96, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. She was born June 29, 1918, in Easton, a daughter of the late Harry and Bertha Hoch Stockberger. Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher at the former Forbes Road School. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg, where she had been involved in Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of the Apollo Chapter 1250 O.E.S., the Greensburg College Club, the National, Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Retired Public School Employees Associations and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick and Robert Stockberger. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Wasnesky, Della Mae 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1922-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Della Mae Wasnesky, 92, of Venice Fla., formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Myrtle Lute Seice. Della Mae, along with her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., were members of the Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Della Mae was predeceased by her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., in May of 1997; a daughter, Sister Mary Joy (Edna Mae) Wasnesky, OSF, in November of 2007; a brother, Louis M. Seice; and her sisters, Anna Mary Ratner, Grace Wells, Josephine Praznik and Millie Benson. She is survived by her children, Peter P. Wasnesky Jr. and wife, Carole, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Thomas W. Wasnesky and wife, Donna, Louis M. Wasnesky and wife, Lynn, all of Venice Fla., and Michele Sterling, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; grandchildren, Christopher and Cynthia, of Arizona, Dennis and Donald, of Ohio, Kelly, of South Carolina, Louis Jr., of Riva, Md., Jeffrey Paul, of Bridgewater, Va., and Heather Walker and Eric Garlits, of North Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a blessing service to be held at noon Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Della Mae's family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, 450 St. Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607, or the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
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Williams, Jessica L. 31

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Penn Township
  • Born: 1983-09-02
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Jessica Lynn Williams, 31, of North Huntingdon and formerly of Penn Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 2, 1983, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of George Oravec, of Penn Township, and the late Diana (Smith) Oravec. A graduate of James Madison University, Jessica worked as a financial analyst for KPMG in Pittsburgh. Jessica was an outgoing and positive person whose warm smile and generous heart will forever stay with those who knew her. Besides her father, she is survived by her husband, Nick Williams, of North Huntingdon, and their son, Greyson; her brother, Jeff (Stephanie) Oravec, of Charlotte, N.C.; her sister, Megan Oravec, of Penn Township; her niece, Maryn Oravec; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Harrison City, with Pastor John Ciampa officiating. Funeral arrangements are by the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. In lieu of flowers, Jessica's family asks that memorial contributions be made to Greyson Williams' 529 college fund, in care of the family. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Zastawniak, Alfonse J. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-01-24
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Alfonse J. Zastawniak, 92, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in South Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, son of the late John and Honora (Osika) Zastawniak. He was a retired toolmaker from Walworth. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army-Air Force. He was a member of St. Bruno's Roman Catholic Church in Greensburg. Survivors include his daughter, Carol (Ed) Kratt; son, James (Robbie) Zastawniak; daughter, Patricia (Don) Patterson; son, John (Marsha) Zastawniak; son, Joseph Zastawniak; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Kuchta) Zastawniak; and four sisters, Helen Wojtaszek, Catherine Popeck, Josephine Popeck and Rose Zastawniak. Services will be private and under the care of SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Bell, William N. 84

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1930-11-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • William N. "Bill" Bell, 84, of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Lifecare Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Indiana, he was the son of the late John S. and Katherine (North) Bell. Bill lived in Kiski Township since 1956, and was a 1948 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He served our country as a captain with the Army. Bill was the owner of Bill Bell Alignment Service Inc., a business he started on Washington Avenue in Vandergrift in 1962, before moving to its present location in the Paulton section of Washington Township in 1976. Bill was a member of the Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge 437 in Apollo, the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh, and past potentate and past president of the MASA. Bill was a clown for the Shrine "Ding Dong Bell" and on the board of directors at the Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia for many years. He was a member of the Hillbillies Clan 53. We must all remember Gertrude the most lovable ass. Bill was involved in the girls' Rainbow Drill Team and the American Legion in Vandergrift for 56 years. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose M. (Collins) Bell, of Kiski Township; sons, John A. Bell II, of Kiski Township, William N. Bell Jr., of Davenport, Fla., and Michael H. (Christine) Bell, of Manning, S.C.; daughter, Sara Jane (Kevin) Hice, of Kiski Township; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Syria Shrine Harige Clown Memorial Service will take place at 7:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Spring Church, with the Rev. Terri Swails officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Spring Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140 or to Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 154, Spring Church, PA 15686. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Bush, Roger A. 68

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1946-10-13
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Roger A. Bush, 68, of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Oct. 13, 1946, in Apollo, he was the son of Lois (Wigle) Bush, of Kiski Township, and the late Glenn R. Bush Sr. Roger lived in Apollo most of his life. He was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School, and 1968 graduate of Waynesburg College, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. Roger has been the president and owner of Glenn Bush Ford in Apollo since 1985. He is a past chairman and vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Ford Dealer Advertising Fund. He also served on the board of directors at the Apollo Trust Company for 16 years, three years of which he served as board chairman. Roger was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Apollo and a member of the Apollo BPOE No. 386. He also proudly donated storage and distribution space at his Ford Dealership to the Apollo Ridge Area Food Bank. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Glenn R. Bush Sr.; his son, Michael Allen Victor Bush; and his brother, Glenn Bush Jr. In addition to his mother, Roger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cynthia (Haydu) Bush, of Kiski Township; son, Kenneth (Christa) Bush, of Bell Township; daughter, Jessica (Anthony) Aslanian, of Orlando, Fla.; and grandchildren, A. Michael Aslanian, Julie Bush, Catherine Aslanian and Lindsay Bush. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 214 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Apollo. Pastor Philip Ramstad will officiate. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Roger's memory to the Apollo Ridge Area Food Bank, Apollo Trust Company - in care of Terry Jones (Food Bank Secretary), 201 N. Warren Ave., Apollo, PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Crytzer, Ruth A. 50

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1964-10-10
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ruth Ann Roudybush Crytzer, 50, formerly of Ford City, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Maryland University Medical Center. She was born Oct. 10, 1964, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Paul H. Roudybush and Janet Blondeaux Roudybush. She was the manager of Subway at the Pittsburgh Mills and bartended at the PNA in Harwick. She loved politics and fishing. She was a graduate of Ford City High School in 1982 and was the class president. She was a very loving and caring person and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Eric Paul. Survivors include her brothers, Eric and Donna Roudybush, of Erie, Dan Roudybush, of Erie, and George Roudybush, of Erie; sisters, Kathleen and Rick Webster Roudybush, of Seattle, Wash., Dinah Vardon, of Forest Grove, Ore., Paula Kiehlmeier, of Erie, and Barbara Livengood, of Ford City; also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Private services will be held by the family Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The family will have a celebration of her life with friends and family at a later date. Arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City
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Long, Donald F. 68

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1946-01-21
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Donald F. Long, 68, of Worthington, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Kittanning, son of the late Fred and Ruth (Bowser) Long. He was a lifelong resident of his beloved Worthington. He was a steelworker for 21 years at Pang Born, in Butler, and the owner of Long's Worthington Market for 21 years. He was also an Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Donald was a member of the First Church of God in Kittanning. He was also a member of the Worthington American Legion, Steelworkers Union, and the Kittanning-East Brady Lodge No. 244 F and AM. He was president of the Worthington Borough Council for 32 years, vice president of Worthington-West Franklin Fire Department, board member of Worthington Water and Sewage, and Harley Owners Group. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Marcia (Masters) Long, of Worthington; daughters, Julie L. Long, of Sarver, Stacey K. Grantz (Sam), of Kittanning, Mari Dawn Zilla (Chris), of Kittanning, and Mandy Allison Jones (Dan), of Kittanning; grandchildren, Tyler and Cody Grantz, and Megan, Dawn and Owen Zilla, and Carter Jones, all of Kittanning; brother, Robert Long, of Worthington; and sisters, Betty Cressler, of Kittanning, and Linda (Long) Flick, of Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Paul Long; and a sister, Deloris Stewart. Don loved his hometown of Worthington and the Worthington Fire Department. He could always be seen driving around to make sure the town was kept up and worked selflessly doing things to make it a great place to live. He loved the Worthington Carnival, serving as chairman for many years, and could be seen always working the hot sausage stand and selling tickets to fund raise. He was a great leader, always believing in leading by example, and keeping peace and goodwill for the community. He always stood up for the underdog and was a true friend to many. He was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, going to Super Bowl XIII on his birthday when they beat Dallas. He really enjoyed the many motorcycle trips he and Marcia took, especially to Tennessee. He put his heart and soul into Long's Market when the steel mill closed and made it locally famous for its hoagies. Most of all, he loved his family, and always worked sacrificing himself to give to them and countless others. He got great joy from his precious grandchildren, always amazed by each one's unique personality. He will be truly missed by all who loved him. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington. Services will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at First Church of God, Kittanning, with Pastor Gale Winning assisted by Pastor Nick Wilson, both of First Church of God in Kittanning, officiating. Interment will follow in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of God or Worthington-West Franklin Fire Department, in Don's memory.
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Pelton, Frederick Fred W. 70

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1944-08-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Frederick W. "Fred" Pelton, 70, of Ford City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, in Cabot. Son of the late Fredrick and Edna (White) Pelton, Fred was born Aug. 9, 1944, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Denise McGrady. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Matthew Pelton and wife, Galina, and Alan Pelton and wife, Christine; two granddaughters, Lilla and Zoya Pelton; and a sister, Eleanor Rogers and her husband, Walter. Funeral arrangements will remain private and are under the direction of the ELOISE B. KYPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, Pa. Written tributes and memorials are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.Kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Sacik, William R. 85

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1929-05-19
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • William R. Sacik, 85, of Ford City, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born May 19, 1929, in Ford City, son of Ludmilla (Cermak) and John J. Sacik. He was an Army veteran and member of the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. He graduated in 1947 from Ford City High School. He was a member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish. He was employed at Shop No. 2 PPG in Ford City and retired from Ford City Borough. He was a member of the C.U. Club, Ford City Eagles and Polish Falcons. He was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was honored for his athletic abilities in basketball, football, baseball, softball and bowling. He enjoyed watching all Pittsburgh sports teams and going to the Rivers Casino. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen (Volek); two daughters, Kim (Mitch) Schneider, of Brackenridge, and Sandra (Greg) Lorence, of Carlisle; two granddaughters, Stephanie (Charlie) Wineke, of Odenton, Md., and Allison (Steve) Schreckengost, of Natrona Heights; one great-grandson, Charlie Wineke; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steven, John and Joseph; and sisters, Anna Remis, Mildred Kolakowski and Beatrice Frick. The family would like to thank the staffs of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Armstrong County Health Center and Rivercliff Terrace Annex Personal Care Home for their care over the past five months. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity or association of donor's choice. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. with Father Bryan Summers, officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis of Paola.
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Smail, Russell W. 87

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1927-11-15
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Russell Wayne Smail, 87, of Ford City, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Ford City, he was a son of the late John C. and Jessie (Park) Smail. He grew up in McGrann and graduated from Ford City High School. Mr. Smail was a veteran of the Army, having served in the Korean War, and retired from Eljer Plumbingware, Ford City. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, Manorville, where he served on the church council. He was also a member of the Manor Township Lions Club and was a lifetime member of the Manor Township Volunteer Fire Company. He is survived by his son, Rick (Toni) Smail, of Kittanning; his daughter, Cindy (Bill) Wyant, of Kittanning; his grandchildren, Tara (Brian) Debbis, Rich (Trisha) Smail, Chad (Mary) Emmonds, Kristie (Allen) Cooper and Lauren (Jon) Bees; his great-grandchildren, Payton and Paige Smail, Cole, Benjamin and Nicholas Debbis, Charles, Oliver and Huxley Emmonds and Raegan and Chloe Bees; his step-great-grandchilren, Brandon, Jacob and Leanne Cooper; and his beloved dog, Sparky. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores E. "Honey" Smail, on Oct. 15, 2014l a son-in-law, Tom Emmonds; and a brother, Raymond Smail. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 4th Ave., Ford City, where his funeral service will held at 11a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jack Delk officiating. Interment will follow in Ford City Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manor Township Volunteer Fire Company.
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Zanetti, Joseph A. 96

  • Cadogan
  • Born: 1918-04-23
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Zanetti, 96, a lifelong resident of Cadogan, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born April 23, 1918, in Cadogan, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Marie (Serafini) Zanetti. He was a member of St. Lawrence Church, Cadogan, where he was a former lector, also an usher, Eucharistic minister, choir member and member of the Holy Name Society for many years. He also was a member of the Latin American Club and Ford City Eagles. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army, and was a member of the American Legion. Prior to retirement, he was a meat cutter for 60 years, having worked at Zanetti's Market, Andy's Market and the Slovak Store, all in Ford City. He actively processed deer until he was 90 years old. During the holidays, many families enjoyed his homemade kohlbassi, hot sausage and breakfast sausage. He was the last surviving member of his birth family. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Olesnanik Zanetti, whom he married in 1943, and who died in August 2010; brothers, Tullio, Daniel, Christopher and John; and sisters, Louise Foradori, Jane Chemelli and Mary Latini. Survivors include three sons, Joseph A. Zanetti Jr. and wife, Carol, of Ford City, Christian J. Zanetti and wife, Electa, of DuBois, and Timothy J. Zanetti, of Cadogan; a daughter, Marie Yobp and husband, Rob, of Kittanning; three grandchildren, Dr. Krista Zanetti, of Rockville, Md., Carianne (Vince) Contento, of Cheswick, and Angela (James) Brodsky, of St. Johns, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kaylin Contento, and Bria Brodsky. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. Prayer service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, Cadogan, with Father Bryan Summers as celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Butler County

Hindin, Harvey J. 85

  • Cabot
  • Born: 1929-07-20
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Harvey Jerome Hindin, 85, passed peacefully into the waiting arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Harvey was born July 20, 1929, in Braddock, to Benjamin and Sarah (Charapp) Hindin. He grew up in Rankin, where his parents owned a small grocery store at 1 Miller Ave. Harvey and Anna Mae (Ann) Schnaubelt were married May 2, 1953, in Alexandria, Va. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied photography. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. Over the years, he held a number of photography and printing jobs in the Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. areas. Harvey and Ann retired to Virginia Beach, Va., before returning to the Pittsburgh area in 2012 to live at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot. He enjoyed woodworking and photography and he was always eager to help others. Harvey is survived by his loving wife, Ann; his devoted children, Mark, of Arlington, Va., Amy (John) Correll, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Tracey (Stephen) Johnson, of Pittsburgh; and by his grandchildren, Tim Correll and Sam and Adam Johnson. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Melvin. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the Lund Care Center Chapel, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot. You may send your condolences and memories to the family by email to annhindin@yahoo.com or by mail to Ann Hindin, Concordia Haven 2, Apt. 1111, 148 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harvey's name be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kline, Dorothy M. 81

  • Callery
  • Born: 1933-09-28
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dot" (Wilson) Kline, 81, of Callery, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, peacefully in the comfort of her home, with her family at her side, after a long illness. Born in Nixon, Pa., Sept. 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Florence Lloyd Wilson. Dot was a retired Postal Clerk for the Zelienople Post Office. She was a lifetime member of the Crestview Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Deacon and also belonged to the Mars Chapter 271, Order of the Eastern Star. Dot loved spending time with her family and enjoyed sports. Surviving are three daughters, Vicki L. Kline Sayti (Gene Colonello), of Callery, Melanie "Mel" Golden (Bob Jr.), of Cranberry Township, and Kim Fair, of Butler; her grandchildren, Shawn, Ryan and Lindsay Sayti, Zacchary (Morgan) and Mitchell Golden, and Chase and Cambry Kosich; her sister, Madelynn "Mitzie" Staaf, of Gibsonia; and her brother, Lloyd "Cy" Wilson, of Mars. She is also survived by three nephews, a niece and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Kline, whom she married Feb. 20, 1953, and who died June 22, 2002; and by her daughter, Tammy Kline Kosich. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crestview Presbyterian Church, 210 Kline Ave., Callery, PA 16024, with the Rev. Robert Goossen officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Brownsdale Cemetery in Penn Township. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that memorials be made to the Crestview Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box AA, Callery, PA 16024. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Johnson, William E. 76

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1938-05-01
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William Eddy Johnson, 76, of Connellsville, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside, in Pittsburgh. He was born May 1, 1938, in Martin, Pa., a son of the late Walter and Joanna Moon Johnson. Bill retired from U.S. Steel Works after 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran. Bill enjoyed travelling with his wife, fishing and all outdoor activities. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Karen Mansberry Johnson; children, Brian Mansberry, of Normalville, JoAnna Johnson, of Normalville, William Johnson Jr., of Normalville; his first wife, Barbara Nahory, of Normalville, and their children, John and Peggy Johnson, of Normalville, Susan Johnson, of Somerset, Kevin Johnson and wife Barbara, of North Versailles, and Traci Johnson, of New Lexington; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter H. (Toby) Johnson and Gary Johnson; sisters, Thelma Avela Johnson, Helen Sterle, Linda Baker and Mary Ann Johnson; and two half brothers, Brian and William McFadden. Bill was predeceased by his parents; brothers, James E. Johnson and Grover Johnson; and sisters Sylvia Schurg and Lorraine Ritenour. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and until 11 a.m. Wednesday, the time of service, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, with Pastor Leonard Pirl officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Normalville.
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Leonard, John D. 72

  • Dawson
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graft-Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • John D. Leonard, 72, of Dawson, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at his home comforted by his family. As John requested, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside inurnment service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where military honors will be bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. John's memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Brownfield Community Center, 291 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428. Arrangements for John are in the care of GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. For online condolences and information, visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Mcelory, Jessie 88

  • Leisenring
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jessie Mcelory, 88, of Leisenring, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME.
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McElroy, Jesse M. 88

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1925-12-18
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jesse M. McElroy, 88, of Leisenring, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph M. and Delia (Henry) McElroy. He was retired from Marsalino Construction Company. Jesse was a 30 year member of North Union Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary member of Uniontown American Legion Post 51 Honor Guard. Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Helen "Tootie" (Smiley) McElroy; a brother-in-law, Georgie Smiley; a daughter-in-law, Lorrie (Black) McElroy; a niece, Ilene Timko; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jesse was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Lee (McElroy) Bell; and a son, Jesse Melvin McElroy. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until 10 a.m., the hour of service with Pastor Dave Taylor officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Murphy, Marlene C. 78

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1936-03-08
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marlene C. (Rice) Murphy, 78, of South Connellsville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, at her daughter's residence. She was born March 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Edward and Marguerite (Sandusky). Marlene was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School, class of 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was the owner of Marlene's Corner Bar and Grill, where she had worked for over 45 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Connellsville, and the Catherine Von Bora Society. She is survived by her children, Tom Murphy and wife, Shelley, Pat Murphy and wife, Colleen, both of South Connellsville, and Shelly Karfelt and husband, Jeff, of Normalville; grandchildren, Tommy Murphy and wife, Adrienne, Ryan Murphy, Zachary Ward and wife, Jess, Cody Ward, Chelsey Ward-Harrer, Corey and Toren Hann, and Michael and Danielle Murphy; great grandchildren, Luka Murphy and Kaiden Hann-Cole-Burncheck; siblings, Shirley Lincoln and husband, Dale, of South Connellsville, Yvonne Palumbo and husband, the late Paul, of Bowie, Md., Edward Rice and wife, Trudy, of Greensboro, N.C., Terry Rice and wife, Peggy, of Connellsville, and David Rice, of South Connellsville; her special friend, Bill Witt; and her beloved dog, Nikki. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas R. Murphy (1999); sister, Carol Murphy; and an infant daughter, Crystal Murphy. Family and friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. Monday and from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where additional visitation will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., the hour of funeral service, Wednesday with Pastor Daniel Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
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Sekel, Mike Jr. 104

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1910-04-01
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Mike Sekel Jr., 104, of Perryopolis, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at his home. He was born April 1, 1910, in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, the son of the late Michael and Julia Krempasky Sekel. He was the last surviving member of his family. Mike was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis. He was also a member of a Slovak Fraternal Organization, Jednota, and St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church of Smithton Holy Name Society. He lived his long and contented life as a dairy farmer. He loved the simple things in life, his wife, his family, the outdoors and his animals. He never failed to help anyone that needed help. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Mariano Sekel; two daughters, Teresa Thomas and husband, Gary, and Helen Smiley; and a son, James Nutter and wife, Jean. He loved his numerous grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, the following brothers and sisters, Julia Stayer, John Sickel, Regina Sabol, Steve Sickel, Anna Sickel, Mary Halovitz and Therese Craska. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday, where a prayer service will be held followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis, with the Father Anthony Ditto as celebrant. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Perryopolis. A wake service will be held on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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Sembower, William L. 65

  • Bullskin Township
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William L. Sembower, 65, of Bullskin Township, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2014. 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 http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Shearer, Donald L. 66

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Shearer, 66, of a lifelong resident of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his home, while surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Connellsville, the son of the late Laren G. and Florence Bigham Shearer. Donald was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1966. He then attended West Virginia University, where he played varsity baseball and was a graduate in 1970. Upon graduating from WVU, Donald had the opportunity to sign with the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team but chose to stay in Pennsylvania to start a family. Donald continued his passion for baseball as he went on to play and manage for the Mill Run baseball team in the County Baseball League. Donald had worked as a track foreman with CSX for 30 years and he was a member of the BMWE Local No. 1049 for 30 years. Donald was very civic-minded. He served in the West Virginia National Guard, he was a member of the Mill Run Recreation Authority and he was a lifetime member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run where he served as the Sunday school teacher for the Couples Class. Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen Cunningham Shearer; his son, Brian Shearer and wife, Nikki, of Mill Run; his daughter, Stacey Shearer Hoover and husband, Jay, of Mill Run; his grandchildren, Cole, Bryn and Kace Shearer and Derek, Kara and Kylee Hoover; his sister, Karen Rebar, of Connellsville; his brother, L. Glen Shearer and wife, Peggy, of Mill Run; and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310). (There will be no viewing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.) A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Dull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Landsmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Donald L. Shearer. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Welsh, Annette T. 80

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1934-07-03
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Annette Theresa Welsh, 80, of Dunbar, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at her home. She was born July 3, 1934, in Morrell, a daughter of the late John K. and Angela Kozerak Habina. Annette was a graduate of the former Dunbar Township High School and was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Dunbar. Annette will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving children, Carrie Welsh, of Hawaii, James "Beaver" Welsh and wife, Dianne, of Venetia, and Lon "Duffy" Welsh and wife, Donna, of Dunbar; her grandchildren, Fiona Sutton and husband, Jeffrey, of Glenville, W.Va., David Welsh and wife, Jenny, of Evergreen, Colo., Brandy and Kayla Welsh, both of Dunbar, and Rosali Snyder and husband, Ross, of Scottdale; her great-grandchildren, Chole and Savannah; her sister, Sophie Grey, of Georgia; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Annette was predeceased by her husband, James Clyde Welsh; her daughter, Anjela Hamilton; her brothers, Frank, Andrew, John, Joseph, Michael and Matthew Habina; and her sisters, Agnes, Nellie, Mary and Ann. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where everyone will gather for a final leave at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar, with the Rev. Micah Kozoil as celebrant. The committal service will be private. A wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 459 Ranch Road, Dunbar, PA 15431, in memory of Annette T. Welsh. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Bigi, Louis F. 88

  • Speers
  • Born: 1926-03-26
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Louis F. Bigi, 88, of Speers, died on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the Residence at Hilltop. Born on March 2, 1926, he was the son of the late Frank and Anna Paoly Bigi. He was a retired machinist and superintendent at Ingersoll Rand, and was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Holy Name Society and Charleroi Knights of Columbus. He loved RVing with his wife and fishing. Lou was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the navy ship USS Sterett DD-407. He fought in four major battles and won four Bronze Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. He is survived by his son, Frank Louis Bigi of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Bonnie Schulde, and husband, Rainer, of Woodhaven, Mich.; brother, Herman Bigi, and wife, Patty of Carroll Township; sister, Anna Marie Hurdelsh of Charleroi; grandchildren, Alexis Bigi, Jonathan Richards, Stephanie Blake, and Nicky Bigi; and great-grandson, Jonathan Yates. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Alberta Felentzer Bigi. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi, PA. 15022. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Chornak, John Jr. 90

  • Finleyville
  • Born: 1924-04-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • John Chornak Jr., 90, of Finleyville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in his home. Born April 9, 1924, in Monongahela, he was the son of John Sr. and Anna (Sidom) Chornak. John retired from U.S. Steel's Irvin Works Plant after 37 1/2 years where he had worked as a boiler maker. For 45 years, while working at the mill, he owned and operated Chornak’s Tire Service from his home in Finleyville until his retirement in 2003. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp where he was stationed in the South Pacific with the VFM Night Fighters Unit. He was a member of the Mon Valley Leathernecks, and a lifetime member of the VFW Suttman Yohe Post 1409. He became the first commander and lifetime member of the newly formed Carroll Township American Legion Post 949, past 25th district adjunct and staff offices and past president of the Monongahela Veterans Council. John also belonged to the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad, the New Eagle AARP 4095, was a lifetime member of the Finleyville American Legion Post 613 and a member of the Finleyville Moose Lodge 172. Surviving are his wife, Lois (Kriston) Chornak whom he married July 16, 1950; a son, John M. III of Finleyville; a daughter, Rosanne Lyle of East Liverpool, Ohio; seven grandchildren, John IV (Michelle) Chornak, Anna Marie (Steve) Hatch, Jordan M. Chornak, Jenna M. Chornak, James R. (Courtney) Lyle, William M. (Dana Katz) Lyle and Patrick J. (Jeralyn Baker) Lyle; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Preceding him in death were his two brothers, Michael and Victor Chornak; two sisters, Irene Corlenison and Margaret Boyer; and a son-in-law, James W. Lyle. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Prayer service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 6th Street and Marne Avenue, Monongahela, beginning at noon with the Father Edward Pehanich. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, at 2 p.m. with military honors conducted by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. A Panachida service will take place in the funeral home Tuesday at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Sixth St. and Marne Ave., Monongahela, PA 15063.
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Creevey, Alfred D. 79

  • Donora
  • Born: 1935-08-26
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Alfred D. Creevey, 79, of Donora, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born in Webster on Aug. 26, 1935, he was the son of the late Alfred R. and Ellen (Wilt) Creevey. Protestant by faith, Alfred was a retired janitor. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Painter) Creevey; two sons, William Creevey and Jeff Creevey, both of Donora; two grandsons, Robert Creevey and Tim Creevey; and three sisters, Esther Hanna of Collinsburg, Ruth Corcoran of Webster and Judy Bachetti of Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by a son, Robert Creevey; brother, Terry Creevey; and a sister, Dorothy Gladys. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery.
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Kolbe, Robert F. 92

  • New Eagle
  • Born: 1922-07-28
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Robert F. Kolbe, 92, of New Eagle, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in his home. Born July 28, 1922, in Monongahela, he was the son of the late Fred and Mary (Bendig) Kolbe. Bob retired in 1986 from Bethlehem Mine 60. Stationed overseas, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (formerly St. Anthony Church) in Monongahela, the Carroll Township American Legion Post 949, and the Monongahela VFW Post 1409. Surviving are a daughter, Roberta "Bert" Kolbe of New Eagle; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Kolbe of Hazelkirk; three nieces, Donna (Bob) McCamey and their two children, niece, Linda and husband, Bob Posi, of Charleroi and Beverly and husband, Gene Anders, of Van Voorhis; a great-niece, Lisa Posi; and a great-nephew, Brad Posi of Charleroi; and his late nephew Doug Kolbe's significant other, Charlene. Preceding him in death were his wife, Kathryn "Kitty" Kolbe who died March 9, 2005; a brother, Donald Kolbe; a sister, Martha Basil; and a nephew, Doug Kolbe. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township, Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Father William Terza officiating. The Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad will conduct military honors at the cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767. Online condolences are being accepted at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Kolbe's name to the Washington County Area Humane Society, 1527 Rt. 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
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Prunty, Kenneth D. 50

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1964-10-07
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Kenneth D. Prunty, 50, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Oct. 7, 1964, in Monongahela, he is the son of Ida Jane (Simpson) Prunty of Monongahela and the late Jerry Prunty who died Dec. 31, 1979. Following graduation in 1982 from Ringgold High School, he received a degree in Mathematics from Penn State University and then a degree from California University of Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, he has worked as a paramedic for Tri-Community Ambulance in Monongahela. Ken was also working as an advanced life support technician at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was a member and an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sons, Brian and Patrick Prunty of Monongahela; their mother, Denise (Horrell) Prunty; two sisters, Cheryl Prunty of Phoenix, Ariz., and Rebecca (Jim) Berry of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and two nephews, Carson and Cooper Berry. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the First Presbyterian Church, 6th and Main streets, Monongahela, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Ken's name to either Tri-Community Ambulance Service, 226 Chess St., P.O. Box 93, Monongahela, PA 15063; or the Washington County Area Humane Society, 1527 Rt. 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
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Zuraw, Mary 93

  • Speers Hill
  • Born: 1921-03-31
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Mary Zuraw, 93, of Speers Hill, Charleroi, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Arden Courts Nursing Home in Jefferson Hills due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was born March 31, 1921, in Austen, Texas, the daughter of May Might Miller and J. Fredrick Miller. Mary Zuraw is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Teresa Urash of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada; four grandchildren, Dean Urash, Wade Urash, Robert Bloomfield and Deanne Bloomfield: four great-grandchildren, James Dempsey, Jordyn Urash Flynn, Emily and Elyse Bloomfield. Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen J. Urash; beautiful daughter, Marilyn Urash Sowden; and brother, Fredrick Miller. Mary was a devoted wife to her second husband, Peter C. Zuraw who also passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Mary suffered from Alzheimer’s for the past four years of her life, but prior to her illness she had a passion for life and embraced every moment. She loved to square dance, golf, bowl, and was a member of Showboat and performed in nursing homes to entertain seniors. Mary was an incredible person with a generous heart and a smile that would light up a room. Mary and her first husband, Steve Urash, were the owners of Hudson Electronics Inc. in Charleroi. There will be no viewing as per her request. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME, Charleroi, is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society. Online condolences can be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com. Say not in grief she is no more but live in thankfulness that she was.
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Collins, Helen

  • Eatonton, Ga.
  • Born: 1942-11-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
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  • Helen Polonus Purks Collins, of Eatonton, Ga., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her husband, Jim, and her children. She was born Nov. 3, 1942, in Sharon, Pa., to Margaret Roch and the late Harold A. Polonus. She was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. William Warren Purks Jr.; brother, John Polonus; and sister, Annelle Devlin. In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by her son, Bob Purks; daughters, Kate Purks Sandahl (Trent) and Meg Purks Godfrey (Jon); and stepchildren, Jim Collins Jr. (Vicki), Steve Collins (Meg), Colleen Lea (Jeff) and Shelly Kehoe. Helen had 15 grandchildren, Carter and Ben Sandahl; Helen Clare and Elizabeth Alice Godfrey; Clay, Kristen, Anna and Brenden Collins; Ally, Samantha, Chase and Daniel Collins; Caitlin, Shannon and Kerrianne Lea. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Polonus; and siblings, Ann Heckel (Roger), Susan Mucha (Edgardo), Maribeth Quigley (James), Peggy Polonus, Kathleen Waddell (Thomas) and William Polonus. She also has two sisters-in-law, Lee Polonus and Maureen Polonus. Also surviving is her brother-in-law, John E. Purks and his wife, Linda. Mrs. Collins has numerous nieces and nephews. After her graduation from Notre Dame (MS mathematics), she taught high school math at Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga. In 1989, she was co-founder and executive director of the highly successful Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative at Columbus State University. During her retirement, Helen was a volunteer grant writer for non-profits in Columbus, Ga., and for Lake Oconee, Ga. As a community volunteer, she served as a board of director for Brookstone School, a chairman of the board for the Stewart Community Home in Columbus, Ga., vice-chair of the Flannery O'Connor Andalusia Foundation in Milledgeville, Ga., and a member of the advisory board for the St. Joseph's Child Development Center in Fort Mitchell, Ala. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at The Church of the Holy Family, in Columbus, Ga. Burial immediately followed in Parkhill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, Greensboro, Ga. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Child Development Center, 1444 Highway 165, Fort Mitchell, AL 36856, the Stewart Community Home, 1125 15th St., Columbus, GA 31901, Flannery O'Connor Andalusia Foundation, 2628 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville, GA 31061, Christ Our King and Savior Council for Catholic Women, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642.
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Crivella, Elizabeth D. 100

  • Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Born: 1914-01-31
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Collins, Silver Spring | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Donghia "Betts" Crivella, 100, of Chevy Chase, Md., peacefully passed away at her residence Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, with family at her side. She was a daughter of Donghia Brothers Lumber Founder; beloved wife of the late Barto J. Crivella; loving mother of Vincent L. (Linda), Barto Jr. (Margy) and the late Mary Crivella; adored grandmother of Vincent Jr. (Michele), Nicholas (Susan), Lisa, Brian (Cait) and Jimmy; and great-grandmother of Carter, Justin, Sophia, Jason, Claire Elizabeth and Connor. Elizabeth D. Crivella was born Jan. 31, 1914, on Walnut Street in Vandergrift. Her father, Leonard Donghia, founded Donghia Brothers Lumber Company. Donghia Brothers is still in operation today. After attending grade school and high school in Vandergrift, Mrs. Crivella attended Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania). After graduation from IUP in 1934, Mrs. Crivella taught high school in Punxsutawney. Mrs. Crivella moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the then War Assets Administration. After raising her family, Mrs. Crivella returned to her love of education. For 16 years, she was a trustee on the board of trustees at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Md., the school where her daughter, Candi, attended. Together with her husband Barto, they established an education fund and the Mary C. Crivella Award that is presented annually at the Connelly School of the Holy Child. Mrs. Crivella presented the award every year until she was 97. Mrs. Crivella was active in her church at Our Lady of Lourdes and Christ the King as well as in many volunteer and charitable organizations, including the Women's Club of Chevy Chase and the Christ Child Society. Mrs. Crivella remained active even her later years taking up bowling and bingo starting in her nineties. A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Collins Funeral Home located at 500 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring, MD 20901. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the chapel at the Connelly School of the Holy Child at 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854. Following the Mass, burial will be at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on 13801 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Mary C. Crivella Fund at the Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854.
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Elefante, Frank L. 92

  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Born: 1922-06-08
  • Died: 2014-11-12
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  • Frank L. Elefante, 92, of Kailua, Hawaii, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at home, after a short battle with cancer. Born June 8, 1922, in Vandergrift, he was the son of James and Barbara Elefante. He was a 1940 graduate of Vandergrift High School and enlisted in the Navy in September 1940. He was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1946 with the class of 1947. He retired from the Navy in 1975 with 35 years of service and settled in Kailua with wife, Sophie. He enjoyed running his own small gardening business, selling sago palms and Samoan coconut plants, growing orchids and vegetables, ballroom dancing, playing poker, traveling, skiing at Lake Tahoe and spending time with family. His wife, the former Sophie Czuszack Elefante, whom he married June 6, 1946, passed away in 2002. He leaves a daughter, Barbara Ware and husband, John, of Pollock Pines, Calif.; daugther, Kathryn Nash and husband, Paul, of Lenox, Mass.; son, James Elefante and wife, Linda, of North Bend, Wash.; grandson, Chad Ware, and great-grandchildren, Avery and Garrison, of Brunswick, Ga.; sister, Victoria Calizzi, of Cabot; sister, Susan DiMenna, of Apollo; and brother, Henry Elefante, of Vandergrift. He was predeceased by his grandson, Ben Ware. Memorial donations may be made in Frank's name to a veterans organization or hospice of your choice.
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Hopper, Elsie J. 87

  • Redbank
  • Born: 1926-11-28
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Alcorn, Hawthorn | Get Directions
  • Elsie Jane (Sanford) Hopper, 87, of Redbank, went to her eternal home early Sunday morning, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Nov. 28, 1926, in Templeton, the daughter of the late Lester and Flossie (Young) Sanford. During her childhood, she also lived in Butler, Etna and Templeton, attending a total of six schools through 12th grade. Mrs. Hopper married Gale Hopper on April 28, 1945, in Seneca. Together they had three children, and he preceded her in death Oct. 27, 2001. She has resided on their family farm in Redbank since their marriage. In addition to being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Hopper was also an accomplished musician, playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin and keyboard. She performed at square dances at the Craig Reunion Ground and on the radio. She also enjoyed making canvas and crochet crafts and painting ceramics. Mrs. Hopper was proud of her flower garden and enjoyed telling the stories of where each flower came from. "Mammaw" as her family called her, also cherished visits from family and friends. She was a member of the Tidal Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Jean Hopper, of Emlenton, and Betty Lou Garmong and her husband, Donald, of Redbank; two grandsons, Brian Garmong and his wife, Lori, of Redbank, and Shawn Garmong and his wife, Kelee, of Findlay, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Gale Garmong, of Oakmont, Garrett Garmong, of Redbank, and Beck and Kennedy Garmong, of Findlay, Ohio; two sisters, Gerry Kruse and her husband, Dave, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Dorothy Gallo and her husband, Frank, of Franklin; and a brother, Paul Sanford and his wife, Peggy, of Kellersburg. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Edward Hopper; a brother, Lester Ronald Sanford; and a sister, Annabelle Marte. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the ALCORN FUNERAL HOME in Hawthorn. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home, with Pastor Sarah Heppenstall, officiating. Interment will be in the Tidal Union Cemetery, Madison Township, Armstrong County. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.alcornfuneralhome.com.
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McKaveney, Daniel J. 60

  • East Hartford, Conn. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1954-10-14
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. "Dan" McKaveney, 60, of East Hartford, Conn., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born Oct. 14, 1954, in Pittsburgh, to Daniel and the late Alice (Coyle) McKaveney. He was a 1972 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a 1976 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduating with his mechanical engineering degree, Dan moved to Ohio to work for Goodyear Atomic Corp., and then to Connecticut, where he spent the last 36 years as a devoted Pratt and Whitney employee. Most recently, Dan served as the Integrated Product Team lead at Pratt and Whitney, where he was responsible for the development, validation and certification of the GP7200 Thermal Management System for the Airbus A380 product. Following successful entry-into-service of the GP7200, Dan took over the Nacelle Ventilation System integration team for the PW1100G engine that powers the A320neo. He led this team from the conceptual design phase all the way to the beginning of the aircraft flight test phase. During his 36 years at Pratt and Whitney, Dan made significant contributions to the High Pressure Turbine Design, Externals Design and the Fuel, Thermal Management and Ventilation Systems of numerous commercial and military engines. He also worked onsite support with Boeing for JT9D and PW4084 engines. Dan led a team of engineers and information systems personnel to develop the first full-scale 3D digital mockup of a large commercial engine to support the Boeing 777 airframe installation. He was also an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he served in several leadership positions through the years, including chairman of the Southern New England section. In addition to his extensive technical expertise, Dan did an outstanding job developing young engineers. He made significant contributions toward mentoring young engineers who have since become valuable members in several different disciplines throughout the engineering community. They have achieved their full potential, in large part, due to Dan's guidance. His young team has flourished and is demonstrating leadership skills and technical ability beyond their experience levels. His many friends, colleagues and customers, gratefully acknowledge his service and the exceptional standard of engineering excellence and integrity that he set. His colleagues and family always appreciated his organizational skills and unique filing system, which enabled him to find something at a moment's notice. In addition to his father, he is survived by his seven brothers, Mark (Patricia), Kevin (Terry), Gary, James (Marai), Regis, Robert (Linda) and Christopher (Tracy). He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his mother, Dan was predeceased by several loving aunts and uncles. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, Pittsburgh, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, donate.cancer.org/index, in memory of Dan. The family would like to thank Dan's colleagues, friends and extended family for their support over the last few months. A special thank you goes to Dan's caregivers at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Connecticut and the Lutheran Senior Life Passavant Community Center in Pennsylvania for their compassionate care.
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Musgrove, Rev. L. Wayne

  • Seaford, Del.
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Cranston, Seaford, Del. | Get Directions
  • The Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., heard and answered the Father's call from Heaven's Portals on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Charles Edward and Myrtle Grace (Shoaf) Musgrove, of Brinkerton. Wayne was one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth, of 60 years of marriage; their two daughters, Rebecca Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., and Elizabeth Schwegel, of Millville, N.J., and her husband, Robert; three grandchildren, Kevin B. Chamberlain, of Milford, Del., Britain Johnson, of Laurel, Del., and Ashley Schwegel, of Millville, N.J.; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Nathan Johnson, of Laurel, Del.; and his two sisters, Edna Ackerman and Jane Rydle, of Pennsylvania. A service of worship celebrating the life and faith of Wayne will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Street, Milford, DE 19963. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private family burial to follow the service. Arrangements by the CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME, Seaford, Del. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Pracel, Scott J. 56

  • Harrisburg
  • Born: 1958-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Scott J. Pracel, 56, of Harrisburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh, April 11, 1958, son of the late Joseph M. and Rita G. (Reed) Pracel. He was the loving brother of Rita (the late Robert) Megahan and Joseph (Carol), Richard (Sherry) and Wayne (Judith) Pracel. He is also survived by an aunt, Rose (Seigal) Wills; and many nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Scott's name to the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens), 825 K St., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20006. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., West View. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Siebert, Barbara 78

  • Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Died: 2014-10-24
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  • Barbara Powell Siebert died in her home Oct. 24, 2014, in Walnut Creek, after a long illness. She was 78. Barbara was born in Tarentum and raised in Natrona Heights. She graduated from Tarentum High School in 1954 before entering Grove City College where she earned her degree in 1958. She earned her Master's Degree in criminal justice at San Jose State University. She had a variety of careers including parole officer, professor of criminal justice, real estate agent and broker. Her adventuresome spirit took her to many locations and she lived in several cities including Pittsburgh, Huntington Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., Redwood City, Calif., Lake Tahoe, Nev., Charlotte, N.C., Maui, Hawaii, and Walnut Creek. She is survived by her children, Sydney Siebert, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Leslie Mariani, of Lafayette, Calif., and Stephen Siebert, of Reno, Nev.; her grandchildren, Jack Mariani, Matthew Mariani and Lauren Siebert; her mother, Vesta Fair; her sister, Cassandra Doscher; her brother, Philip Fair; her cousins, Garda Falt, John Hoffman and Betsy Hoffman Buco; and by her many friends from across the United States. Barbara was predeceased in death by her father, Philip M. Fair Jr.
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Snyder Jr., Clinton R. 93

  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Masters, Palatka | Get Directions
  • Clinton R. "Dutch" Snyder Jr., 93, of Palatka, Fla., passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his residence, following a brief illness. He was a native of Connellsville, and had been a resident of Palatka for the past 68 years coming from Fort McArthur, Calif., where he was discharged from the Army. He graduated from the Connellsville High School in 1939, had worked at Glenn Martin in Baltimore, Md., he then served in the Army with the 580th Signal Warning Battalion during World War II as Sergeant Tech 4. Following his military service, he came to Palatka in 1946 where he started Snyder Building Supply which was in operation until 1967. He served a partial term as a Putnam County Commissioner from 1965 until 1966. In 1968, he was elected as the Putnam County Property Appraiser where he served two terms. In 1974, he began employment with the Orange County property Appraiser's Office until 1980. In 1980, he was employed by the Florida Department of Revenue as field real estate appraiser in Flagler and Putnam Counties until 1984. In 1984, he was employed by Putnam County Property Appraisers Office doing land evaluations. In 1986, he started his own appraisal business, Clint Snyder Appraisals, which he operated until 2000. In 1998, he and wife, Elizabeth, founded the Conlee Mural Committee which later became the Conlee-Snyder Mural Committee in Palatka which has graced Palatka with many beautiful murals depicting our history as a community. On Dec. 13, 2001, he and his wife, Elizabeth, received special recognition from the city of Palatka for their many years of public service and dedication to the community. Dec. 21, 2001, was declared Clint and Elizabeth Snyder Day by the city of Palatka in their honor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka where he had served as a deacon and elder. He was also an associate member of the St. James United Methodist Church in Palatka. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Palatka where he had been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Palatka Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons; the Scottish Rite; and the Morocco Temple in Jacksonville. He had served as district chairman with the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He served on the boards of Tri-County Mental Health, the Palatka Natural Gas Authority and the Selective Service. He served with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Main Street Committee. Preceding him in death were his wife, Elizabeth Wolfenden Snyder; his parents, Clinton R. Sr. and Helen Snyder; a son, Robert W. Snyder; a sister, Clara Mae Fitts; and a nephew, Bud Fitts. Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, William B. "Bill" Snyder, of Palatka, and Donald T. "Don" and Frances Snyder, of Eastman, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Snyder, of Palatka; six grandchildren, Erin (Josh) Springthorpe, of Dacula, Ga., Lane (Dustin) Griffin, of Blackshear, Ga., Graham (Dee) Snyder, Chloe Snyder and Gracie Snyder, all of Eastman, Ga., and Alexandra Snyder, of Atlanta, Ga.; six great-grandchildren, Catherine Springthorpe, Ian Springthorpe, Brody Griffin, Katie Griffin, Mackenzie Snyder and Charleigh Kate Snyder; a nephew, Jim Fitts, of Galvaston, Texas; a niece, Allison Fitts Winner, of Hood River, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka. In honor and celebration of Clint's life, a video tribute will be shown. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Don Hanna, pastor of the St. James United Methodist Church, officiating. The Palatka Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons will render Masonic rites. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill East Cemetery in Palatka with military honors bestowed by the Army. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Conlee-Snyder Mural Committee, P.O. Box 1901, Palatka, FL 32178, the Rodehavers Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177 or the Florida United Methodist Childrens Home, 51 Childrens Way, Enterprise, FL 32725. Friends may sign the online guestbook at http://www.themastersfuneralhomes.com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.
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Trasp, Marcella M. 67

  • Espyville
  • Born: 1947-11-01
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Marcella M. Trasp, 67, of Espyville, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. Born Nov. 1, 1947, in New Eagle, she was a daughter of the late Steve and Grace (Ruffing) Letavec. A former employee of Shop N' Save in Century Square Plaza in West Mifflin and a member of TOPS in Conneaut Lake, Marcell enjoyed making crafts and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Yogi Trasp; her sons, Steve Letavec, of Dravosburg, John N. (Joanie) Trasp, of Mt. Vernon, and Bill (Shelli) Trasp, of Austintown, Ohio; her grandchildren, Jessica and John Letavec, Kara and Kevin Trasp, and Devlin and Raven Geroski; her sisters, Barbara (Charlie) Quinn, of Elrama, Gloria (Frank) Margita, of Dilliner, and Stephanie (John "Herk") Andrechak, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and also nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until a blessing service at noon Tuesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, (412-384-4344), with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery, in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Wiseman, Genevieve A.

  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Lawrence, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Genevieve A. Wiseman died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Henry G. Wiseman; beloved aunt of Carol A. Quinn and the late Mary A. Quinn; and aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers. There will be no visitation. Friends invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at noon Monday, Nov. 24, in the Church of the Assumption, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue. Interment to follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of donor's choice. Arrangements BY LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., Bellevue. http://www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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