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Amorose, David J. 55

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • David John Amorose, 55, of Greenfield, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. He was a son of Norma Jean (Long) and her late husband, Leo Mangold; brother of Barry Amorose and Cindy Olsavicky; uncle of David (Emily) Harmon, Misty Harmon, Melinda and Mark Olsavicky and Garrett Amorose; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral with a blessing service at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday will be held in the funeral home, followed by interment with military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Brady, Donald J. 81

  • East McKeesport , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Brady, 81, of East McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the Riverside Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Kane) Brady for 50 years; loving father of Dennis (Yvonne) Maceno, Danny (Karen) Maceno, Gary Maceno and Cindy Brady (Jim); proud grandfather of 10 and seven great-grandchildren; dear brother of Gladys (the late George) Jacobs and the late Joseph (the late Marge) Brady; and uncle of Maureen Brady and cousin of William Brady. Donald served with the Army in the Korean War, was a heavy equipment operator for the North Versailles Road Department and was an avid golfer. Donald's family would like to thank Riverside Care Center and Grane Hospice for all the wonderful care and loving support. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Chiponis, Michael A. 69

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1944-12-11
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Michael A. "Cookie" Chiponis, 69, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born Dec. 11, 1944, he was a son of Anthony Chiponis, of West Mifflin, and the late Helen (Gust) Chiponis. Cookie was retired after 31 years as a fourth-grade teacher at New England Elementary School in the West Mifflin School District. He was a graduate of Penn State University and loved all things about Penn State. He enjoyed playing pool, was a member of the GBU in Duquesne, the head trustee at Mifflin Social Club and a social member of Homeville Fire Department, VFW Post 188 and Whitaker VFW. He had a loving relationship of 20 years with his wife, Maggie (Gibbons) Chiponis. He was the father of Chris Chiponis (Jack Hruska), of West Mifflin, and Eric Chiponis, of Duquesne and his daughter, Emma; also grandfather of Brooke Panfil, who was the light of his life; and brother of the late Anthony "Chipper" Chiponis (surviving wife, Janie), of West Mifflin. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the 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 held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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DiDomenico, Nicholas A. 75

  • Verona
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. DiDomenico, 75, of Verona, passed suddenly Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, with his family by his side. He was the beloved son of the late Nicholas and Adeline (Amato) DiDomenico; loving brother of Clementine Hayes (Troy) and Richard DiDomenico (Laura), both of North Huntingdon; loving uncle of Frank Hayes (Agatha), Angela Spynda (Mark), Anna Mason (Neil) and Rose Russin; great uncle of James Mason (Carrie), Justin Mason and Ashley Spynda; and nephew of Gloria Castleforte (Dan), Richard Amato (and his late wife Eleanor). Special thanks to Lisa Siyofy and family for their kindness and the help they provided Nicholas through the years. Nick is also survived by many loving cousins. Nick was retired from Joseph Hornes with more than 40 years of service and currently employed with Allegheny County. He also served his country proudly in the Army. Nick was the kindest, most giving person on Earth. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Friends will be received from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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DiMartini, John Q. 48

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John Quirino DiMartini, 48, of Bethel Park, unexpectedly, yet faithfully departed Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the devoted and adoring husband of Lori DiMartini; beloved father of Zachary; loyal and loving son of Linda and the late Jack DiMartini; protective big brother and best friend to Janet (Dr. Robert) LoCastro and Jason (Melissa) DiMartini; and absolute hero and best/coolest "Uncle Johnny" to Isabella, Sophia, Aly, Chloe, Michael, Jimmy, Nina, Anthony, Domenic, Christopher, Chessie, Joey and Mikey. John recently moved back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to family after living in Chicago and Milwaukee for the past 14 years. He was a phenomenal chef to those lucky enough to have sat at his generous table. His charisma, understanding, humility, loyalty, work ethic, humor, generosity, strength, calmness and directness made him the quiet and true leader of the DiMartini family. He made everyone and everything better and will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Germaine Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through http://www.stjude.org. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com. "We adore You, O' Lord Jesus Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world."
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Dineff, Sophia G. 86

  • Houston, Texas , Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Sophia G. Dineff, 86, of Houston, Texas, formerly of West Deer Township, passed away in her sleep Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Born June 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., Sophia lived in West Deer most of her life. She was co-owner of Sisters Corners, known for its pizza, donuts and ice cream for 61 years until her husband's death. Sophia was a 1946 graduate of West Deer High School and member of East Union Presbyterian Church. Sophia had been active in the community. She had been president of the Women's Club, worked as a teacher's aide, been a Girl Scout leader, helped her husband with his newspaper motor route delivery, as well as the co-proprietor of the pizza and donut shop. She moved to Houston in 2011 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. In Houston, she became a member of Lakewood Church and enjoyed going to church there, playing games on her IPad, visiting with her sister, spending time with her dog Buddy, playing bingo and going to sporting events and out to dinner. Survivors include her daughters, Joy (Robert) Morian, of West Deer, Carol Hewitt, of Greensburg, and Suzanne (Mark) Mailes-Dineff, of Houston, Texas; her son, Thomas P. (Karen) Dineff, of West Deer; grandchildren, Heather, Monica and Michael; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lamona Harbaugh, of Spring, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Anastasia (Gika) Gatseff; grandson, Matthew Hewitt; and son-in-law, Gary Hewitt. A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2015 and announced at a later date for friends and family. Local arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Donatelli, Robert T. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert T. "Bobby D" Donatelli, 81, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Mae (Hytla); wonderful father of Robert (Cindy) Donatelli, Linda (Doug) Hupe, Tina (Ron) Skiba and Angela (Anthony) Scolieri; grandfather of Douglas, Ashley, Brian, Natalie, Joshua and Christina; great-grandfather of Noah; and brother of Thomas, Sam, Richard and the late Frank Donatelli. Bob was a Korean War Army veteran, proud owner of Rosedale Water Company and Tyler Mountain Water Company. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to St. Joseph School, 825 Second St., Verona, PA 15147. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Verona.
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Gasowski, Cecelia E. 87

  • Turtle Creek , Formerly of Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Cecelia Eva Gasowski, 87, a resident of LGAR in Turtle Creek, formerly of Braddock Hills, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Cecilia is survived by nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by her sister, Hedwig Geslak; and her brothers, Walter "Panny", John J. and Stanley "Jimmy" Gasowski. Cecelia was a retired employee of Thermal Plastics and a longtime member of Sacred Heart/Good Shepherd Parish. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Grysiak, Helen 92

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Popovich) Grysiak, 92, of Pitcairn, formerly of North Versailles, reposed in the Lord Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Popovich. Helen was the wife of the late Charles Grysiak for 45 years and beloved mother of Deborah, of Penn Hills, and Gary (Janet), of Monroeville. She was the dear "Grammy" to Benjamin, Luke and Irene Grysiak, along with being an aunt to several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her dear brothers, George and John Popovich. Helen was a pious and faithful parishioner of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of East Pittsburgh, where she was very active, especially for nutroll baking and pirohi making! Helen was a skilled baker, cook, seamstress and recently enjoyed crocheting rescue and lap blankets for her friends at the Broadview Manor in Pitcairn. The family would especially thank those friends at Broadview who befriended and watched out for her, especially her dearest friend, Beatrice Stagon. In addition, we are also grateful for the love and compassion shown to her by the Sandusky and Wlahofsky families, especially the late John and Millie Reiland. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, with interment at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Kushkowski, Helen L. 86

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1928-02-07
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Helen (Helenka) L. Kaminski Kushkowski, 86, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in hospice care at Fair Winds Manor, Sarver. She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Natrona, the daughter of the late Zygmunt George and Helen Sadulski Kaminski, and lived in Harrison Township all her life. She was a 1946 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Helen was employed by the former A and P Store in the Natrona Heights Plaza for 25 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Natrona Heights, the Ladies Aid Society, Forever Friendship Society and Rosary Society, all of the church. Helen was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge and the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, painting, bingo and spending time with her family. Helen is survived by her two sons, David Kushkowski, of Natrona Heights, and Richard (Karen) Kushkowski, of Cabot; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter (Jane) Kaminski, of Penn Hills, and Frank (Martha) Kaminski, of Cheswick; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Kaminski, of Natrona Heights; and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. Kushkowski, on Jan. 7, 2000; brothers, Leonard and Edward "Bud" Kaminski; and sister-in-law, Mary Kaminski. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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McCormick, William L. 75

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • William L. McCormick, 75, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Barbera) McCormick; loving father of Kelly L., William S. (Kathryn) and Scott J. (the late Cynthia Kay) McCormick; grandfather of Taura, Jordan, Mariah, Lani, Noelle and Anna; brother of Bonny (Roger) Lind; and is also survived by his brother-in-law, Vincent F. (Barb) Barbera, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. "Captain Boots" and Ruth McCormick; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Rabe. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Charleroi High School and honorably served in the Army National Guard for three years. He was employed by The Power of Bowser from 1984 to 2012 and was top salesman countless times. Bill loved to vacation with his family at The Tropical Manor in Daytona Beach, Fla., and one of his greatest joys was celebrating Christmas Eve with his entire family. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jamie's Dream Team,1985 Lincoln Way, Suite 23-232, McKeesport, PA 15131, http://www.jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net., whose mission is to lift the spirits of those suffering from and ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability or trauma. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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McHugh, James F. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1939-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James F. McHugh, 75, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Born May 31, 1939, James was the son of the late Elizabeth McHugh, and was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean McHugh; and brothers, Leo McHugh Jr., Donald McHugh and Robert McHugh. He is survived by brother, Patrick McHugh; two sons, Gary P. McHugh and Douglas Patrick McHugh; daughter-in-law, Kimberlee J. McHugh; three stepdaughters, Lynne Young, Karen Yuhas and Kristen Calfo; immediate grandchildren, Gary Beining, Sabrina McHugh and Connor McHugh; and stepgrandchildren, Allison, Brittney, Nicole and Reggi. James was a Naval veteran, serving as a radarman from 1959 to 1961, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998. He married to the love of his life, Donna, and they shared many happy years together. James was an avid fisherman and loved to fish on the boat or from the banks. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Carrick and bocce champion for many years. A former social dance instructor, he tripped the light fantastic on the dance floor and especially loved swing dancing. James will especially be remembered as a loving father, doting husband and grandfather, and loyal friend to many. He was guided by a strong faith in God and now rests in peace with his heavenly maker. Thanks to the Vitas Hospice staff and volunteers for their help and support. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A private family burial will be held Friday. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the St. Jude's Foundation for cancer research. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Muckle, Charles L. 83

  • Observatory Hill
  • Born: 1931-04-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Charles L. Muckle, 83, of Observatory Hill, finally in the arms of Jesus on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Born in Pittsburgh, April 23, 1931, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Rosella (Dorsch) Muckle. He was the beloved husband for 62 years of the late Agnes (Matz) Muckle; father of Chuck (Lance) Muckle, Kenneth (Carolyn) Muckle, Donna (Robert) Lancia, Greg (Rachel) Muckle, Karen (David) Richardson and Gretchen Muckle; brother of Allen and Lawrence Muckle, Rosella Swedish and the late Richard Muckle, LaVerne Struss and Eileen Shafer; and proud grandfather of Zach, Josh (Rebecca) and Ryan Lancia, Joe (Val), Hannah, Sam and Nate Muckle, Corey, Jensen, Makaley and Kaden Richardson and Caleb and Aaron Muckle. He also is survived by a great-grandchild, Noah. Mr. Muckle proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 249. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Northgate Church, 238 West View Ave., Pittsburgh 15229. (Please meet at church.) Interment in Most Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials in Charles' name to Down Syndrome Center of Western PA, c/o Children's Hospital, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Naylor, Virginia 72

  • Forward Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Virginia "Ginny" (Gibson) Naylor, 72, of Forward Township, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the loving wife of James P.; beloved daughter of the late Ross and Thelma (Green) Gibson; cherished mother of Laurie Lynn Unrath (Darrell) and James W. Naylor; adoring grandmother of Ryan Cunning (Sarah); doting great-grandmother of Ryan Jr. and Nathaniel; and a special aunt of Linda Romese (Mark) and Gil Gibson. "Ginny" will also be truly missed by her dear friends Mary Jo and Do and her entire church family. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Journey by Grace Church, 4803 State Route 51N, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Arrangements are by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC.
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Renk, Robert J. 79

  • South Side
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Renk, 79, of the South Side, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia J. (Milligan) Renk; loving father of Kimberly (David) Teierle, of West Mifflin, Robert M., of South Side, Kevin P. (Sue), of Plainville, Kan., David F. (Lori), of Greensburg, Coleen M. (Albert) Gestiehr, of Mt. Oliver, and Brian R. (Denise) Renk, of West End; grandfather of 21 and great-grandfather of 20 plus one on the way; brother of Thomas (Peg) Renk, of Baldwin; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Renk; and his siblings, Frank, Clarence, Jean, Katherine, Margaret and Arlene. Bob's main hobby was his ability to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone he met. He truly showed his family how to care for others and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 or to the Whitehall Church of Christ Food Bank, 215 Streets Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Rothbauer, Eleanor M. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Rothbauer, 75, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kepich) Lajun; and beloved wife of the late Charles F. Rothbauer. She is survived by her son, David (Angela) Rothbauer, of Cranberry; grandmother, of Rachel Rothbauer; and sister of Richard Lajun, Ronald Lajun and Irene Reece, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Lajun Jr. Eleanor was a retired secretary for US Steel, Duquesne Works, and was a volunteer with the North Versailles Hospice Group. Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne. A private funeral blessing will be held Thursday.
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Rowland, James H. 91

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1923-01-21
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • James H. Rowland, 91, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in the Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, Md. He was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Lumberton, N.C., son of the late Floyd Rowland and Mary Cattie McBride Rowland. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Pazava Rowland, in 2005; and son, James H. Rowland Jr., in 2010. He was employed with the United States Steel Corporation until his retirement in 1982. He was a faithful and active member of Macedonia Baptist Church of Duquesne for more than 60 years. He was ordained as a Deacon and rose to become Chairman of the Deacon, taking his position very seriously assisting the Macedonia pastors in their mission as shepherds of the church. He served on almost every board and ministry of the church; the Trustee Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, gospel choir and male chorus, Missionary Board, willing worker, outreach ministry, building fund, educational fund club and others. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II as a private first class 880 quartermaster supply company operating trucks, vans and trailers in Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He enjoyed working with his automobiles, especially his Cadillacs, and he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. Surviving are his sons, Fred D. Rowland, of Penn Hills, Ronald Lee (Michelle) Rowland, of Crofton, Md.; daughter, Audrey R. (Gary) Weaver, of Bowie, Md.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Barbara Rowland, of Penn Hills; sister and brothers-in-law; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, with the Rev. Archie D. Perrin Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery, Pleasant Hills. Local arrangements are by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Rusnak, Robert S. 88

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Robert S. "Rock" Rusnak, 88, of Richland Township, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Robert was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Springdale. He was the devoted husband of more than 50 years to Theresa E. (Meszaros) Rusnak; loving father of Candace C. (Mark) Davison, of Port Matilda, and Charlene F. Rusnak, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and proud grandfather of Jennifer K. Davison. Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Andrew, George and Michael; and sister, Helen. Rock enlisted in the Merchant Marine during World War II and later served in the Army at the Pentagon. He was a member of Ironworkers Local Union No. 3, a steadfast Steelers fan and enjoyed playing golf. Memorial services will be held in St. Thomas Church in-the-Fields, Gibsonia, at a date to be determined. Donations may be given to St. Thomas Church, 4106 St. Thomas Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044, http://www.StThomasChurchInTheFields.org or Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090, http://www.concordialm.org. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Russell, Robert G.

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Russell, of Aspinwall, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the husband of Molly (MacKrell) Russell; father of Robert, of St. Louis, Mo., John, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Shelley Marvich, of Penn Hills; grandfather of Brock, Brody, Bryan, Benjamin, Garrett and Sean; and brother of the late Eileen Streicher, Jack Russell and Joanne Nestler. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a proud veteran of the Korean War and served with the Army. No visitation. Service and interment private. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Sholtis, Betty L. 91

  • Greenock
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Betty Lucille Sholtis, 91, of Greenock, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was born on a farm near the village of Sarona, Wis., the third daughter of the late Vivian L. "Hap" and Mabel Joseph Sorenson. Betty attended Spooner High School and the Rice Normal School. She taught all eight grades at a rural elementary school. "When Uncle Sam called her," she enlisted and became a cook in the Marine Corps. After basic training and cooks and bakers school at Camp Lejeune, N.C., she was transferred to an air base near Santa Barbara, Calif. On leaving for California, Betty wrote in her journal, "Carolina moon keep on shining, shining on the one who waits for me." He was Marine Sergeant James Sholtis. Jim and Betty married Sept. 2, 1944. After the war, they returned to Clairton, where Jim worked for U.S. Steel for 43 years. Betty attended California University for two years and spent seven years teaching in Elizabeth Forward until her vision failed. She was hired by the Pittsburgh Blind Association within days and worked there for six years until federal funding was cut. She was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church and the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Sholtis, who died May 30, 1994; daughter, Kathleen Trbovic, who died in 1996; and a sister, Marge Celentano. She is survived by her children, Judith A. House, of Greenock, James M. Sholtis, of Mt. Vernon, Jon V. Sholtis, of Versailles, Robin M. Megala, of Pfafftown, N.C., and Jack J. Sholtis, of Ketchum, Idaho; sisters, Naomi Beardsley and Verjean Schullo, of Shell Lake, Wis.; 11 precious grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ed Pope officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Greenock. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Stephenson, Lynn 67

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-24
  • Funeral Home: George, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynn Purvis Stephenson, 67, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Todd L. Stephenson; loving mother of Warren Stephenson; sister of twin, Linda (Clifford) Claypool, and Jane (the late Rev. Larry) Roth; and sister-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Stephenson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorraine and Verna (Berger) Purvis. She was the aunt of Brian Claypool, Heidi (Scott) Koeppl, Celeste (Gary) Packan, Jordan Roth and Mary Elizabeth Stephenson; great-aunt of Hunter Claypool, Anna and Kyle Koeppl, Trevor and Carson Packan; and many other relatives and friends. Lynn taught Bible school, was actively involved with PTO, did volunteer work at Homestead Hospital and then in Speech Pathology and loved to travel, dining out, visiting historical sites, train excursions, visiting airports and, most of all, time spent in Avalon, N.J. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations can be made to Animal Rescue League or Homestead Park United Methodist Church.
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Tirpak Jr., Andrew J. 73

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Tirpak Jr., 73, of Penn Hills, formerly of East McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a son of the late Andrew Sr. and Nellie (Mazur) Tirpak; beloved companion of 18 years to Nancy Bertoni; loving father of Dana (Todd) Allison; stepfather of Dave (Mary Beth) Bertoni and Chris (Mary) Bertoni; brother of John, Edward, Joanne Behun, Albert, Patricia and the late John; and stepgrandfather of Samantha, Nick, Carlo and Dom Bertoni. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was a graduate of Grove City College and served in the Army Reserve. He played college baseball and was an avid softball player and a proud member and third baseman of the winning Pittsburgh Gold, a team in the 65-plus North Allegheny Senior Softball League. Andy was involved in harness racing at The Meadows, where he acted as a trainer, driver and owner for more than 10 years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Monroeville. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Vinski, Lillian P.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lillian P. Vinski, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. And so God calls home one of his finest of all his daughters. Lillian was an incredibly faithful and grateful woman who gave her all, always, for others. Her perpetual smile and desire to learn never ceased, nor did her desire to share and teach. A gentle woman who did her best to be Christ-like, she passed in peace and soulful prayer at her home, surrounded by loved ones. An adventurer and philosopher, Lillian's travels took her to Europe and to the Virgin Islands, where she would eventually live, teach and raise her daughter, before returning home to Pittsburgh. She leaves behind many special friends and family, but number one is her only and devoted daughter, Suzannah Maduro, her loving friend and caretaker. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Lillian would be pleased if she knew that all reading this would give thanks for their blessings while at the same time, doing what they are able, to help others. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Whealdon, Judith

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Judith Keenan Whealdon, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Anthony, Dennis G. 66

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1947-10-14
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Dennis G. "RockOwl" Anthony, 66, of Herminie, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 14, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, son of the late George and Mae (Steshoski) Anthony. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his two sisters, Kathleen Ohler and Amy Allen; and a brother-in-law, Paul Christie. RockOwl was owner of Anthony's Construction in Herminie for more than 45 years as a master carpenter. He was an avid woodworker, enjoyed fishing and was a true Steelers fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and three special grandchildren. Making cupcakes with his granddaughter, (Nevaeh) was always a special day. RockOwl is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Vivian "Fe Fe" (Schaffer) Anthony, of Herminie; two sons, Adam (Melissa ) Anthony, of Greensburg, and Daric Anthony, at home; a daughter, Kathie (Bill) Feltes, of Herminie; three wonderful grandchildren, Antoine Baker and Billy and Nevaeh Feltes; a sister, Connie Christie, of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers-in-law, Herbert Ohler, of Hecla, and John Allen, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank Dr. Terry Evans and his staff at the Arnold Palmer Pavilion in Greensburg for all their loving care and support over the past 14 years. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, at which time a funeral service will be held in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, 2501 Emmaus Ave., Zion, IL 60099, in memory of RockOwl.
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Bird, Mary A. 99

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1915-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Bird, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1915, in New Kensington, to the late Slaman and Helen Abbott Hanna-Sabbagh. Mrs. Bird was a graduate of the Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing and was a pediatric nurse for Dr. Plotkin at the Russellton Miner's Clinic. She and her late husband operated the Bird Nursery of Mt. Pleasant and New Kensington, and their primary interests included raising experimental hybrids of azaleas and rhododendrons. She was also an avid reader. Mary Alice was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are her son, George G. Moffat, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, George H. (Lesley) Moffat, Darragh (Russ) Bailey, Stuart (Julie) Moffat and Paul (Crystal) Moffat; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dr. Henry J. Bitar Jr. and his wife, Patricia. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Bird, who died Sept. 1, 1992; sisters, Elmaza Michael, Amelia Zabec, Effie Alex, Rose Marie Bitar, Anne Thomas, Stella Moses, Lillie Chakur and Ruth Wilson; and brothers, John Hanna, Sam Hanna, Mark Hanna and Albert Hanna, who died in childhood. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Amber House at Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant or the Connellsville Church of God in Mary Alice's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Carvallis, Anna Mae 79

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1935-03-19
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Carvallis, 79, of West Newton, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born March 19, 1935, in Van Meter, a daughter of the late Ray and Margaret Marie (Kissner) Nester. Anna Mae enjoyed flower gardening and canning. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Donald Carvallis; a daughter, Kimberly Clemens and husband, Michael, of Rillton; a son, Gregory Carvallis, of Rillton; five grandchildren, Damien Jaffre and wife Jennie, Hope Gochis and husband Greg, Kelly Carvallis, Julianne Dunmire and husband Chris, and Gregory Carvallis; eight great-grandchildren, Kaidyn and Maddix, Max and Riley, Donald and Tyler, and Waylon and Gunner; and four sisters, Geneva Dinallo, Marie Clark, Josephine Parenti and Connie Shean and husband, Carl. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Carl and Howard Nester. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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D'Orazio, Louise I. 95

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1919-08-10
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Louise Irene D'Orazio, 95, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. She was born Aug. 10, 1919, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Panichella. Prior to her retirement, Louise was the head cook for the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, and its Rosary Altar Society and Senior Citizens Group. In addition to her parents, Louise was predeceased by her husband, Daniel J. D'Orazio; a sister, Carmella Capretto; and a brother, Frank "Punzo" Panichella. She is survived by her children, Fred D'Orazio and wife, Evan Young D'Orazio, of Oakland, Calif., Patricia D'Orazio and Bob Britcher, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Dan D'Orazio, of Jeannette; grandchildren, Susan D'Orazio and husband, Anthony Barra-Gibson, Rose D'Orazio and Lisa D'Orazio; a great-granddaughter, Pearl Barra-Gibson; sisters, Mary Oleszewski, of Florida, and Mafalda Goesch, of Jeannette; a brother, John Panichella, of Jeannette; a sister-in-law, Jean D'Orazio, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Louise's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of William Penn Care Center and Excela Health Hospice for the special care and friendship she received during her time there. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jeannette Public Library, Magee Avenue and South Sixth Street, Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Daniels, Goldie E. 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1925-09-28
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Goldie Edith Mondell Daniels, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills, Clairton. She was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Goff, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Mondell Sr. Goldie was employed by ARMCO Steel during World War II and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon. Goldie was a devoted mother and loving grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the Sunday dinners. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Alex Daniels; two brothers, Joseph Jr. and Elmer Mondell; and two sisters, Velma Barone and Sophia Gostey. She is survived by her son, James L. Daniels, of North Huntingdon; daughter, Linda Halverson (Ralph), of Port Vue; three grandchildren, Robert Phillips (Rhonda), and Christopher Phillips (Ellen) and Timothy Daniels; and two great-grandsons, Steve Alex Daniel Phillips and Jacob Donovan Phillips. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral chapel. Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Federico, Harry 85

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-11-21
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Harry "Ric" Federico, 85, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Valentino Federico and Marie Nella Gianpaolo Federico. Ric served in World War II as a radioman, sonar man and radar man aboard two USS submarines, the SS Spikefish 404 and the SS Corporal 346. He studied at Carnegie Tech School of Music majoring in voice and also studied with Mr. and Mrs. Bakaleinikov of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Opera. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Musical Institute, where he studied with Ruth and Robert Topping. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Anthony Federico. He is survived by his sons, Marc Federico and wife, Dana, of Greensburg, and Matthew Federico and wife, Tina, of Latrobe; his daughter, Nicole Marie Federico Martinez and husband, Tawan, of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Mira, Benjamin, Avery and Valen; his sister, Mary Helen Federico Venturino, of North Carolina; and a long-lasting loving friend, Nan Loncharich, of Greensburg. There will be no public viewing or services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support Ric's son-in-law at Tawan's Big Recovery. Please contact a family member for further instructions. Ric's family has entrusted his care to the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Frye, Richard M. 80

  • Export , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Richard M. Frye, 80, of Export, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with his beloved family at his side. He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Greensburg, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret Olive (Hugus) Frye. Prior to retiring, Richard was employed by U.S. Steel in the research department. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War and will be remembered as "a true patriot." Richard was a member of the Veterans of the Korean War and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wesley Frye; and sister-in-law, June Frye. Richard will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Annette (Kapera) Frye; daughters, Brenda Frye and her fiance, Mark Bope, both of Shadyside, and Sonya Sauter and her husband, Kevin, of Missouri; and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his loyal canine companions, Lady, Chipper and Ava. Richard was the proud and loving grandfather of Griffin and Carly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Richard will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg, will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online: http://www.dav.org. Please write "Richard Frye" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Gelsdorf, Richard J. 74

  • Derry
  • Born: 1939-11-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Gelsdorf, 74, of Derry, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Derry, a son of the late William Edward Gelsdorf and Margaret T. (Kopcha) Gelsdorf. He was a member at St. Martin's Church and was retired from G.C. Murphy Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward P. Gelsdorf. Richard is survived by two sons, Greg Bucciarelli, of Latrobe, and Chris Bucciarelli, of Mt. Lebanon; and a brother, John W. Gelsdorf, of Derry. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin's Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen West as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Martin's cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Herrup, William 84

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-03
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William Herrup, 84, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh on April 3, 1930, and is the son of the late Leon and Fannie Mantel Herrup. He is the beloved husband of the late Phyllis Roth Herrup. He was a retired manager for the carpet department at the former Golden Rule in McKeesport and also was employed by Molyneaux Carpet in Verona. He graduated in 1947 from Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He was a past president of the Pittsburgh Tri-State Floor Covering Association, a past president of the White Oak Lions Club, a past president of the Redstone Highlands Residents Council and a former board member of Temple B'Nai Israel. He served in the Army as a sergeant first class during the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Lisa and Bill Rogers, of Mountain View, Calif., Diane and Brinkley Sprunt, of Winfield, Pa., and Daniel and Mary Herrup, of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Barbara, Laura and Timothy Sprunt and Megan, Andrew and Emilyanne Herrup; and sister, Mildred Kass, of Hillsborough, N.J. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Saperstein and Leah Buckler. Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Rabbi Paul Tuchman will officiate. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery. Remembrances in Bill's name may be made to Temple B'Nai Israel, 2206 Cypress St., White Oak, PA 15131 or Carnegie Library of McKeesport.
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Kakos, Mary 97

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-11-15
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Andresio Kakos, 97, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Mingo Junction, Ohio, a daughter of the late John and Susan (Cibota) Andresio. Mary was employed as a cake decorator for more than eight years by Pacific Bakery. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, in North Huntingdon, and a former member of Holy Trinity Church, in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George J. Kakos Sr.; a son, George J. Kakos Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kakos; a brother, Michael Anderson; and sisters, Anna Kakos and Susie Bickerstaff. Mary loved crocheting and playing bingo at St. Anne's. Surviving are four children, Thomas W. Kakos and his wife, Janet, of Bethel Park, Joseph J. Kakos, of Vanderbilt, Eleanor J. Swartz, of West Mifflin, and Janet Fazio and her husband, Anthony, of North Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Tom, Suzanne, Mark, Dan, Gary, Jeff, Pam, Bob and Joanne; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Nicholson, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Anne Home and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they gave to Mary. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Thomas A.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Thomas Allan "Al" Miller, of Murrysville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in 1928, in Boston, Ga., he was the son of the late Thomas I. and Pearl (Roper) Miller. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Miller) Young; a brother-in-law, Fred Young; and his beloved wife, Violet J. (VanRy) Miller. He is survived by his three brothers, Roy Miller, of Niles, Mich., Henry Miller (Caroleene), of Tremont, Ill., and Herbert Miller (Marcia), of Statesville, N.C.; two children, Paul Miller (Michelle), of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tamara Zeliff (James), of Export; three grandchildren, Dustin, Alexandra and Haley Zeliff; and 11 nieces and nephews. Al spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga., growing up on the family farm. Later, they moved to a farm in Niles, Mich. Upon graduation from Niles High School, he worked as an arc welder for Studebaker in South Bend, Ind. He attained his private pilot's license in 1949. Al was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served as a Master Sergeant in the Fifth Army Area during the Korean War, working trans harbor craft, and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star for his service. Al married the love of his life, Violet J. VanRy, in 1954. He was a devoted and loving husband and cherished his wife, Violet, all of his life. Al attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He purchased Milford Large Animal Clinic and practiced there for more than 35 years. He is a lifetime Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He participated in field studies for pharmaceutical companies, and working with his partners, brought innovative, compassionate care to his clients. Al was loved and admired by his clients and colleagues for his honesty, sincerity, integrity and intellect. As a dedicated father, and a fun, loving, grandfather, he taught by example. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Golf, fishing and a love of nature and the outdoors were just some of his passions. He loved sharing these activities with his friends and family. Dedicated to the service of others, he was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services to Lions Club's International Foundation. Al was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and received an Award of Gold from his home lodge in Indiana. He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, acting as a lay leader. He served for more than 10 years as the president of the Milford Town Council in Milford, Ind., and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 by the Milford Area Development Committee for his work in the community. Al and Violet moved to Murrysville after his retirement in 1997. Here, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church, the Lions club and performed many volunteer activities. Al loved a good joke and making people laugh. He saw the humor in life and enjoyed brightening people's lives with a funny story. The many and varied experiences of his life became the fodder for his stories, which he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in the Holiday Park United Methodist Church. If desired, charitable donations may be made in Al's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, http://www.michaeljfox.org., or the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, http://www.Redstonehighlands.org/Murrysville, http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Mueller, Roland J. 87

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1927-01-12
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Roland J. "Rolly" Mueller, 87, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center. Born Jan. 12, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis., he was a son of the late William Mueller and Margaret (Schmitd) Mueller. Rolly was a member of St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. He retired from Latrobe Brewing Co. as brewmaster after 32 1/2 years of service, and previously worked at Pabst Brewing in Milwaukee for 10 years. A World War II veteran, he served with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific and China. He was a member of the Master Brewers Association of America, and had served as president of its Pittsburgh district. He was a member of American Legion Post 515, BPO Elks Lodge 907 and a life member of the Touchdown Club. He was also a volunteer at the St. Vincent Gristmill Country Store. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond, William, Louis and Clarence Mueller. Rolly is survived by his wife of 63 years, Florein (Schecklman) Mueller, of Latrobe; a son, Michael A. Mueller and his wife, Eileen, of Rochester, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Karen Mueller, of Rochester, N.Y., and Eric Mueller and his wife, Nina, of Boston. He 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. Members of the Rolling Rock Detachment of the Marine Corps League will conduct a service at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home by American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Vincent Seminary, or to the St. Vincent Foreign Mission Program, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Loyalhanna Care Center and Heartland Hospice for their excellent care and compassion, and to all of Rolly's friends who came and visited with him. To sign online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Peterson, Harry 73

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1941-03-01
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Harry "Butch" Peterson, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Hempfield Manor. He was born March 1, 1941, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Paul and Anna Mae Schomer Peterson. Mr. Peterson was a former employee of L.E. Smith Glass Co. He is survived by a son, Richard Peterson; four grandchildren, including Nathan Jacobs Jr. and Shelby Ann LaPorte; two brothers, William Peterson, of Scottdale, and Donald Peterson, of Florida; three sisters, Bernice Yezek, of Scottdale, Patty Farmer, of Scottdale, and Delores Peterson, of Greensburg; his pet cat, Hunter; and his special friends, Hunter Fisch, of Connellsville, and Tim, Kris and Kourtney Zufall, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Thelma Ansell Peterson; a daughter, Kimberly LaPorte; and his brothers, Thomas, Robert and Jack Peterson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Barbara Glunt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the local SPCA or any animal shelter group in memory of Harry "Butch" Peterson. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Pezze, Mildred 90

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1924-07-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Toots" Pezze, 90, of Rillton, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 1, 1924, in Rillton, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Stopic) Ekovich. Toots worked for Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and Gaich Trucking as an office clerk. She was also a teacher's aide at the Rillton Elementary School. She was a member of Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. Toots was a charter member and treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Rillton. She was also a member of the St. Edward's Sunshine Club in Herminie. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and was famous for her pie-making skills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pezze Jr.; her son, Don Pezze; a brother, Miller Ekovich; and four sisters, Amelia "Mecy" Medich, Dorothy Popovich, Donna Yackovich and Mary Zivkovich. Toots is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. (BettyAnn) Pezze, of Wexford, and Gary (Barb) Pezze, of Grove City; daughter-in-law, Jan Pezze, of West Newton; two special grandchildren, Joey and Lauren; a sister, Angeline Klassen, of Rillton; two special nieces, Marianne Klassen and Martha Reilly; sister-in-law, Julie Ekovich; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Toots will be dearly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, with Father Milan Medakovich officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Pomen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697, in memory of Toots.
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Senchur, Jenny M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-12-07
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jenny M. Senchur, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in the Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Teacher) Senchur. Jenny was a member of the former St. Boniface Church, in Penn. Surviving are two children, James F. Durst and his lifelong companion, Christine Kuskie, of Jeannette, and Kimberly Kunak and her husband, Joseph, of Irwin; grandchildren, Joyce Ann Dudley and her husband, Matthew, Michael Joseph Kunak, Kelly Roseberry and Martin Stouffer and his wife, Beth; great-grandchildren, Steele and Stella Dudley, Keegan Cogley, C.J. Kunak, Cody Roseberry and Ali and Haley Stouffer; great-great-granddaughter, Gabby Cogley; and several step-great-grandchildren. Jenny loved children and music and was an accomplished accordion player. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Zink, Harriet L. 92

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1922-03-11
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Harriet L. Zink, 92, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born March 11, 1922, in Hunker, daughter of the late Raymond and Clara Ruth (Rager) Markle. She was a member of St Luke's Lutheran Church, Youngwood. Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Ruth Joseph and husband, John, of Greensburg, Deborah Sue Wendell and husband, Al, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Markle and wife, Valerie, of Georgia; and a foster brother, Robert McKelvey and wife, Betty, of Reffsdale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond F. Zink; a daughter, Mary Ann Wood; two brothers, Jack E. Markle and Raymond E. "Buzz" Markle; and a sister, Dorothy Leeds. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in St. Lukes Lutheran, with the Rev. Peter Norby, officiating. Please go directly to church. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. The family would like to thank staffs of Ridgeview Personal Care Home, Heartland Hospice, The Westmoreland Manor and Erica and Shannon for all their help during this difficult time.
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Zundel, Leona M. 96

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1918-06-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Leona M. (McIntire) Zundel, 96, of Hempfield Township, went home to be with Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born June 23, 1918, in Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Alex and Dessie McIntire. Leona was a member of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where for years she was active in the church choir, missionary and organized and went on many bus trips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther (Dutch) Zundel; daughter, Darlene; two brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are her son, Bernard (Carolyn) Zundel; grandchildren, Christie (Michael) O'Neill, Brad (Lisa) Zundel and Bret (Heidi) Zundel; great-grandchildren, Kelly and Emily O'Neill, Jesse and Lucas Zundel, Kayla Zundel and fiance Mike, Chase and Audrey Zundel; great-great-grandson, Levi; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. The Zundel family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff, nurses and nurse's aides at Westmoreland Manor. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, with the Rev. John Smaligo officiating. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, for her love of children, memorial contributions may be made to Harrold Zion Playing with Faith Playground. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Armstrong County

Elder, Eve R. 85

  • Kepple Hill , Formerly of Freeport
  • Born: 1929-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Eve Ruth Dixon Rairigh Elder, 85, of Kepple Hill (Parks Township), formerly of Freeport, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at her home. She was born June 11, 1929, in Kepple Hill, the daughter of the late William D. and Elvia J. Scott Dixon. Before her retirement, she was employed at the Butler VA Hospital as a nursing assistant. Eve enjoyed baking, going to bingo, making deserts for the local fish fry's at the Parks Volunteer Fire Department and volunteering her time at various places with the veterans. She was happiest spending time with family. She is survived by three children, Ethel Jane Stearman and her husband, John, of Kepple Hill, Glenn Robert Rairigh, of Washington Township, and James Milton Rairigh and his wife, Diane, of Allegheny Township; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Virginia L. Reichenbaugh and her husband, Clayton, of Spring Church; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Rairigh Jr., in 1973; her second husband, Sidney E. Elder, in 2007; nine brothers, Donald, William D., Paul T., Harold, David R., Henry R., James R., George K. and Glenn R. Dixon; and five sisters, Esther L. Younkins, Rebecca E. Dixon, Burnice Bovier, Elizabeth S. Decker and Patricia J. Elliott. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Chuck Edwards, of the Faith Community Church, Freeport, officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made in Eve's memory to the Kiski Valley Veterans and Patriots Association, c/o Al Pulice, 5140 Ashbaugh Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Gispanski, Louis A. 79

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1935-08-11
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Louis A. "Lou" Gispanski, 79, of Kittanning, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Aug. 11, 1935, in West Kittanning, the son of Joseph C. and Esther A. "Bess" (Palinski) Gispanski. Lou was a lifetime resident of the area and was a member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in Kittanning, where he was an usher for close to 50 years. He graduated from Kittanning High School in 1953 and went to work at Pullman Standard. He then became an inspector for PennDot in Indiana County where he worked for more than 30 years, retiring in 1991. Lou and his wife, Sandy, enjoyed camping together. They camped for 40 years at Rustic Acres in Clarion, enjoying many fun times with their friends. Lou was a handyman who could fix anything. He enjoyed Polka music and feeding the birds. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Sandy (Emmonds) Gispanski, whom he married March 31, 1960; sister, Jean Ferrara, of West Kittanning; special niece, Annette Ferrara and husband, Jerry O'Leary; niece, Paula Emmonds and husband, Scott; nephews, John Gispanski and wife, Susan, Joe Gispanski Jr. and wife, Kathy; a sister-in-law, Marie "Bobbie" Gispanski; and the Emmonds family. Lou was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph A. Gispanski Sr. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at St. Mary, Our Lady Guadalupe Church, 101 W. High St., Kittanning, with the Rev. Douglas E. Dorula as celebrant. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington. Contributions may be given in Lou's honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are being handled by the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To send a condolence to Lou's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Smith, Melva B. 80

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1934-08-18
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Melva B. Smith, 80, of South Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, while in the company of family members at Fair Winds Manor in Winfield Township. Melva was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Sarver, and was the daughter of the late Myra (Hill) and Clarence Miller. She was a longtime member of Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, in Freeport, where she had been involved with many of the different activities. Melva had graduated from Shadyside School of Nursing with a LPN degree while raising her children. She was a nurse at Allegheny Valley Hospital, working for many years in the Ob/Gyn department. Melva had also worked for Dr. Paul J. Lobby of Armstrong Eye Care Associates in Kittanning. Melva and her husband volunteered with the Freeport Meals on Wheels. They were also campground host for the Shenango Lake Campground in Sharon. Melva was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Her family loved when she would make her apple dumplings and her "best buns" for everyone. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James D. Smith; their five sons, Howard A. "Dusty" (Judith) Smith, of Surf Side Beach, S.C., Donald E. (companion Stacy) Smith, of North Buffalo Township, Randy W. (Sharon) Smith, of South Buffalo Township, Thomas A. (Rona) Smith, of Winfield Tonwship, and Chuck D. (Tara) Smith, of South Buffalo Township. Melva is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her brother, Paul Miller, of West Virginia, and sister, Alice Drescher, of Saxonburg. She is preceded by her sister, Nettie Stark; and her brother, Walter Miller. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com. Melva's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and care givers at the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center and Fairwinds Manor of the outstanding care that was given to Melva.
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Yapp, Cordelia A. 83

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1931-09-21
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Cordelia Anne Yapp, 83, of Kittanning, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries Nursing Home in Cabot. She was born Sept. 21, 1931, in Slate Lick, daughter of the late Virgil and Myrtle (Claypool) Kilgore. She was retired from the recovery room at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She attended Union Baptist Church in Cadogan. She liked fishing and was a great Pirates and Steelers fan. She loved spending time with her family. She was known for her generous and enthusiastic spirit. Her memory will be cherished by her loving daughter, Colleen L. Peters (husband James); grandchildren, Michelle Edwards (husband Jason) and James A. Peters Jr. (fiance, Arianna Jamieson); great-granddaughter, Avery Claire Peters; sisters, Marie Crawford and Janice Smith; brothers, William, Harley and Walter Kilgore; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Edward M. Yapp; brothers, Ralph, Daniel, Donald and George Kilgore; and sister, Linda Cole. She was loved and cherished by her family deeply. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John W. Snyder officiating. For more information or to send an online condolence, please go to http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Butler County

Galioto, Matthew R. 88

  • Chicora
  • Born: 1926-09-11
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Matthew R. Galioto, 88, of Chicora, formerly of Davenport, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at his residence. Born Sept. 11, 1926, in McKeesport, Matthew was the son of the late Paul and Lena (Cracolice) Galioto, and the husband of the late Josephine (Smaron) Galioto. Matthew was a retired machinist from the Premco Company. He was a Merchant Marine for three years, during World War II, served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War and served in the National Guard for four years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 10 in Kissimmee, Fla., former Catholic War Veterans (National Organization), CFU Lodge No. 3, McKeesport, and a lector at the former St. Perpetua Church and currently a member of St. Patrick Church. Matthew is survived by daughters, Monica Galioto-Schloer, of North Versailles, and Marla Harrison, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Megan, Josie and Cassady; his beloved partner, Jeanette Suskey, of Chicora, with whom he resided; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Matthew was preceded in death by brothers, Sammy and Vincent. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Patrick Church, with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Committal and military honors will follow at the St. Mary's German Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation of Western PA, 3468 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Helgerman, Theodore E. 77

  • Formerly of Adams Township
  • Born: 1936-10-02
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore E. "Ted" Helgerman, 77, of New Castle, formerly of Adams Township, died Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2014, in Ellwood City Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 2, 1936, he was a son of the late Theodore and Elvina Shillinger Helgerman. Ted had been a lineman for Duquesne Light. He was a member and Eucharistic minister at St. Kilian Church and St. Joseph the Worker Church and belonged to the St. Vincent dePaul Society of St. Kilian's. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a senior master sergeant for the Air National Guard at the 112th Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Moyes Helgerman, whom he married on Jan. 9, 1957; his children, Patrick Helgerman (Keri), of Columbus, Ohio, Christina Weigand (Albert), of Cranberry Township, Annette Brusca (Jeff), of West View, Mary Lou Kingan (Bill), of Penn Township, Stephanie Ann Helgerman, of Columbus, Ohio, Rebecca Ann Selzer (Scott), of Kent, Va., and Trinity Ann Helgerman, of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl; his grandson, Tyler; and his brothers, Richard, Jerry and Jimmy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars Borough, with Father Charles Bober as celebrant. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Kobert, Lynne M. 72

  • Butler
  • Born: 1942-03-28
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lynne M. Kobert, 72, of Butler, died Friday morning, Sept. 26, 2014, in Butler Memorial Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, March 28, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Dale and Ellen Cook Martin. Lynne had been a dog groomer for Canine and Kitty Cleaners in Mars for many years and enjoyed collecting baby dolls. She was a member of the Wildwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended the Zelienople Kingdom Hall. She loved her family and enjoyed traveling and spending time with them. She was the beloved wife of Ralph M. Kobert, whom she married on June 4, 1960; loving mother of Kendra Leonhard, of Mars, Kimberly LaCaze (James), of Boyers, George Kobert, of Tarentum, Eric Kobert (Julie), of Mars, and Michael Kobert, of Butler; loving grandmother of Jessica Sauers (Brian), Sara Schlichtkrull (Derek), Adam Kobert (Brooke), Aaron Kobert (Leah) and Amelia Kobert; great-grandmother of Norah, Mabel, Mason, Keeton and Vanessa; and sister of Junie Tagliavia (John), of Henderson, Nev., and Dale Martin (Bobbi), in California. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Brian and Mark Kobert. Friends are invited to services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Zelienople Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 250 Evans Road, Zelienople, PA 16063. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Sherman, Tammi A. 41

  • Butler
  • Born: 1973-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Tammi A. Sherman, 41, of Butler, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was born Jan. 26, 1973, in Pittsburgh, beloved daughter of Patricia (Stan) Rutkowski and Thomas (Susan) Sherman; loving mother of Jesse S. Armstrong; granddaughter of Eleanor (Robert) Morris; sister of Jason, Don and Shawn (Joanna) Sherman and Jennifer (Ed) Newill; and is also survived many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family will welcome friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will follow at 8 p.m. Private interment will be held in Old Union Cemetery. Tammi loved animals, her many cats and raising her dear son, Jesse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with expenses. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Margaret B. 52

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1962-07-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret B. Basinger, 52, of Connellsville, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Highlands Hospital. She was born July 22, 1962, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Aber and Georgia Smith Lint. She was Protestant by faith. She is survived by a daughter, Shawna M. Courie and husband, David Conn, of Vanderbilt; a son, William Courie and wife, Desiree, of Diamond, Ohio; three grandchildren, Alexis Conn, of Vanderbilt, Abigail Courie, of Diamond, Ohio, and Brenden Conn, of Vanderbilt; two brothers, Mike Lint and Jarrett Lint, of Connellsville; six sisters, Naiomi McDowell, of Connellsville, Rosetta Lint, of Everson, Dolly Le, of Connellsville, Lorrie Lowther and husband, Vince, of Star Junction, Kathy Lint, of Clairton, Darla Bennett and husband, Al, of Connellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was predeceased by her parents; a son, Calvin Currie; and a brother, Walter Lint. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where services will be held at 7 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Price, Nancy L. 61

  • Nowrytown
  • Born: 1952-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Nancy Louise (Vitali) Price, 61, of Nowrytown, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Select Specialty Care, Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 28, 1952, in Nowrytown (Conemaugh Township), the daughter of the late Venanzio and Frances Piwowar Vitali. Nancy was employed for more than 30 years with the Social Security Administration as a claims representative. She was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Clarksburg. Nancy enjoyed yard sales, shopping at goodwill and surfing the net (especially Craig's list). She also enjoyed helping her family and time spent with her granddaughter. She is survived by her son, Michael P. Price and his fiance, Lori Husarik, of Nowrytown; her daughter, Laura Cornman and her husband, Donnie, also of Nowrytown; her granddaughter, Aubrey Cornman; her aunt, Josephine "Chotch" Vitali; her sister-in-law, Barbara Vitali; and two nieces, Angela and Staci Vitali. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clemente Vitali. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Brett Hoover, officiating. Interment will follow in Saint Matthews Church Cemetery in Saltsburg. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Dietz, Martin 92

  • Roscoe
  • Born: 1922-06-02
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Martin "Mutt" Dietz, 92, of Roscoe died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Washington County Health Center. Born June 2, 1922, in Charleroi, he was a son of Martin and Louise Brigode Dietz. Mr. Dietz was a World War II Army veteran and was retired from Penn DOT and the Port Allegany School District. He was a member of the Roscoe American Legion Post 801 and a past lieutenant and member of the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 16. He was survived by his wife, Emily Coven Dietz; three sons, Martin (Butch) and wife, Cathy Dietz, of Belle Vernon, Charles Dietz of Stockdale and Tom Dietz of Roscoe; a daughter, Janice Cullen of Roscoe; five stepchildren, Rick, John, Mike, and Duane Gazi and Marcia Major; a sister, Erma Abercrombie; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene and Ruth. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. A special thank you to the home health workers that took special care of our husband and father, Susie, Lou Ann and Shannon. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Forlini, Armando S. 83

  • Donora
  • Born: 1931-03-20
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Armando S. Forlini, 83, of Donora, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born Friday, March 20, 1931, in Donora, the son of the late Umberto and Serafina (Guarascio) Forlini. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora and the Donora Elks. Armando was the founder and owner/operator of Armando's Pizza for 45 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Svrcek; and two brothers, Andrew and Louis Forlini. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann (Welsh) Forlini; three sons, Armando Forlini Jr. and his wife April of Charleroi, Justin Forlini and his wife Lisa of McMurray and Benjamin Forlini of Charleroi; five granddaughters, Ava, Nila, Sofia, Sabrina and Serafina Forlini; also several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where prayers will be recited on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Donora Elks will conduct services Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Our Lady of the Valley Church located at 1 Park Manor Road and Second St. Ext. Donora, PA 15033 with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of the Valley Church, 1 Park Manor Road, Donora, PA 15033.
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Houston , Helen M. 89

  • Elco
  • Born: 1925-06-10
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Helen Marie Houston, 89, of Elco, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the Hallsworth House, Monessen. Born June 10, 1925, in Roscoe, she was a daughter of Michael and Anna Kruppa Legeza. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church Roscoe and a former member of the Roscoe American Legion Auxiliary Post 801. Mrs. Houston was an avid bowler. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Robert David Houston; a daughter, Cheryl and husband, Kenneth Boda, of North Charleroi; a son, Robert M. and wife, Janet Houston, of Roscoe; five grandchildren, Lori Trinder, Kenneth Boda, Kevin Boda, Kelly Houston and Bobby Houston; and nine great-grandchildren, Ashley Trinder, Brian Trinder, Madaline Boda, Makayla Boda, Bode Boda, Brody Boda, Tucker Boda, Kylee Berkich and Zackary Tokar; and a brother, Coleman Legeza of Kingsport Tenn. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Shubach and Elizabeth DuBart. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m. in the MELENEYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe where a funeral blessing will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Zavage. Interment will be private at Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Township. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Powley, Ronald R. 79

  • Fallowfield Towship
  • Born: 1935-01-08
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Ronald Ray Powley, 79, of Fallowfield Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, the son of the late Harvey and Mildred Hooper Powley. Mr. Powley was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Charleroi First United Methodist Church, the Telephone Pioneers Club, past vice president of the Local 59 Federation of Telephone Workers of PA union and later Local 59 union rep. with the CWA Union. Mr. Powley retired from Bell Atlantic-Verizon Co. in 1992 with 39 years of service. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Rager and husband, Wayne, of Dillonvale, Ohio; stepdaughter, Linda Ellin of Belle Vernon; two stepsons, Michael Matyas of Speers Hill and Martin Matyas and wife, Amie, of Fallowfield Township; five grandchildren, Albert Imbrogno and wife, Kelly, Jenna, Michael, Martin and Kaleigh Matyas; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Imbrogno. In addition to his parents, Mr. Powley was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Mitchner Powley; stepdaughter, Sandra Matyas; four sisters, Colleen Kaminski, Donna Powley, Beverly Powley and Phyllis Powley. At the wishes of Mr. Powley, there will be no public viewing, and funeral services will be private. The SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Momchilovich, Zora

  • Glenwood
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Zora Momchilovich, of Glenwood, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Rose (Wolititch) and George Momchilovich; beloved sister of Joann Momchilovich; special "Aunt" of Lisa (Eric) Truong, Regis (Kate Masley) Bane, Michael (Vita Dunaevsky) Bane and many more adored "Nieces" and "Nephews"; loving "Auntie" of Kaitlyn Truong and Eric Bane; and is also survived by many other extended family and friends. Zora earned her RN and bachelor's degree at Duquesne University as well as her master's degree and enjoyed a fulfilling career in the healthcare industry. Friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Parastas service will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of Funeral Liturgy at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Whitehall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Zora's memory to be made to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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