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Ackerman, Lois J. 86

  • Munhall , Formerly of Whitaker
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lois J. (Durst) Ackerman, 86, of Munhall, formerly of Whitaker, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Lois was born in Whitaker, a daughter of the late Adam and Anna (Orris) Durst. She was the loving wife of the late of Robert R. Ackerman; cherished mother of Robert R. (Deborah) Ackerman II and Kenneth R. (Michelle) Ackerman; loving grandmother of Rob, Ryan, Lauren, Marissa and Nick; and also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Lizetta, Lil, Irene, Naomi, Pearl, Albert, George "Uncle Bill" and Bob; and brothers-in-law, Frank and Alfred Ackerman. Lois was a longtime member of Whitaker United Methodist Church and the Whitaker Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120, 412-461-6394, where services will be held 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Jeffrey Lukacs officiating. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Whitaker Volunteer Fire Department, 239 Church St., Whitaker, PA 15120 or Whitaker United Methodist Church, 124 Arkansas Ave., Whitaker, PA 15120. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Andres, Francis J. 84

  • Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Franny" Andres, 84, of Brighton Heights, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late Francis and Laura; brother of Thomas (Arlene), Lorraine (Dale) Meyer, Robert (Dolores), Mary Lou Andres and the late Patricia Kozej; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave. A funeral Mass will be held at noon Thursday in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Northside Catholic School, 3854 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Beddard, Louise 86

  • Formerly of Boston, Pa.
  • Born: 1928-05-02
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Louise (Moke) Beddard, 86, of Conneaut Lake, formerly of Boston, Pa., passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. Born May 2, 1928, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Johanna (Nagy) Moke. She was a retired salesclerk for the former Kaufmann's and Gimbels. Louise was a resident of Conneaut Lake since 2012, a member of Boston Commons and the Senior Center and loved the Steelers and playing bingo. She is survived by her sisters, Rose Marie Moke, of Warren, Ohio, Donna Chaney, of Hubbard, Ohio, Carol Keener, with whom she resided, and Patricia (Richard) Bowers, of Fredonia; nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Lillian Crafton; and brother, Donald Moke. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A blessing will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the funeral home, with Deacon Dale DeSanto officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Behr, Kathleen 81

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Behr, 81, of Carrick, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was the daughter of the late William and Teresa Campfield; wife to Francis Behr, whom passed in 2005; loving mother to Richard Behr (Lisa), Carl Behr (Evonne) and William Behr (Christine); and is also survived by 18 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosemary Kavel and Teresa Campfield. Kathleen was a caring, loving person. She could be at her worst and ask you how you were doing. Although she could not hear all the beauty in this world, she could see it. We will all miss her very much. All are welcome to join and show your support and love. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church. Arrangements are being handled by CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES LLC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Please sign the online register book at http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Bishop, Joan E. 75

  • North Versailles , Formerly of East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Joan E. (Hawn) Bishop, 75, of North Versailles, formerly of East Pittsburgh, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the longtime companion of Jack Hensell; loving mother of Carol (Bob) Bishop, Pamela (Keith) Bishop, Troy (Sherry) Bishop and the late Ronald Bishop; grandmother of Steve, Kayla and Collin; great-grandmother of Mya; and sister of Lorraine Mulroy, Linda McCune and the late Alvin Hawn. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until an 8 p.m. service Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Burgunder, William A. 94

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1919-09-05
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: New William Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William Albert Burgunder, 94, of McKees Rocks and Brookline, born Sept. 5, 1919, died Aug. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 68 years of Lydia McMahon Burgunder; dear, devoted father of Ann F. (Robert I. Randall, companion), Paul R., William A. Jr., Thomas J. (Carolyn Mozlack, companion), Mark G. (Cynthia Koehler), and Albert T. (Anne Stanko); proud grandfather of Lauren M., Mark G. Jr., Ryan William, Quinten A., and Xavien I.; and brother of Virginia Dorrenbacher, Sister Marcella Mary Burgunder, S.C., and John D. Burgunder. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert D. Burgunder and Marcella Rushton Burgunder; sister, Margaret A. Gast; and brother, Robert L. Burgunder. Bill entered the life insurance business as an agent for Union Mutual Insurance Company and went on to establish the W.A. Burgunder and Associates Insurance Agency. In 1958, he obtained his designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and became president of the local chapter in 1960. He was a successful insurance agent for more than 50 years, serving McKees Rocks and the immediate area with honesty and integrity. His election to the President's Club of Union Mutual recognized his industry achievements and his counsel to his clients. Service to his community and to his church was central in Bill's life. A member of the Ohio Valley Hospital Board of Directors, he served as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to 1989 and chaired the building committee for the hospital's major expansion in 1978. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mckees Rocks Boys Club and as a longtime member of the McKees Rocks Rotary Club; he was recognized for his service as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served for many years on the St. Pius X Church Finance Committee, was active as an usher and participated in numerous parish social activities. Above all, Bill was deeply committed to his family as a loving brother and husband and a caring dad and grandfather. He played a strong and formative role in the lives of his children, emphasizing education, service to community and the importance of family ties. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Pius X Church (Pioneer Ave., Brookline). In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of William A. Burgunder Sr. to DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, C/O Jennifer P. Signore, 6202 Alder St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, (http://depaulhearingandspeech.org/get-involved/donate-online/), http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Cammarata, Alda M. 92

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Alda M. (Cerniglia) Cammarata, 92, of McCandless, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael A. Cammarata; mother of Lena (John) Cook and the late Mary Frances (Ken) Betts; grandmother of Donald Osterwise, Kenneth (Shawn) Betts, Michael (Cara) Osterwise, Scott Betts, John (Debby) Cook, Timothy (Diane) Osterwise, Keith (Terry) Betts and Amanda Cook; great-grandmother of Brittany, Evan, Kayla, Kelsey, Cory and Ryan Osterwise, Nicole, Lauren, Danielle, Zachary, Meagan, Tanner and Jacob Betts, Chris, Corey, Chad, Cody Davison and Kostya Cook; and sister of Domenic (Mary) Cerniglia and the late Gloria Cahall, Salvatore, Joseph and John Cerniglia. A seamstress by trade, Alda was a great cook and everyone knew her for her cookies. She enjoyed cards and the casinos, but most of all, she cherished spending time with her family. Family will welcome friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford, where blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, 1133 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Casale, Dorthy 88

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Moser, Warrenton | Get Directions
  • Dorthy Casale, born Viola Dorothy Ceresa, 88, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at home. She will be missed by her two daughters, Pamela Casale and Michele Caruso; her grandsons, Dr. Michael Caruso and Jeffrey Caruso; her sister, Elsie Bird; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Angelo Casale. Born in Langloth, Pa., she lived most of her life in Pittsburgh, and spent her final years in Warrenton, Va., where her daughters cared for her during a long illness. After a Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, Va., she will be transported for a memorial service at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to your favorite animal rescue organization. Arrangements by MOSER FUNERAL HOME, Warrenton, Va. moserfuneralhome.com.
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Chernak, Denese 58

  • Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Denese Chernak, 58, formerly of the Moorhead Towers in Oakland, most recently a resident of Cranberry Place and Forbes Residence, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Denese was a retired nurse's aide and a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church in Wilkins Township. A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Bible Baptist Church, 150 Curry Ave., Wilkins Township. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Chilia, Adeline 87

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1927-06-04
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Adeline (Mattioli) Chilia, 87, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Asbury Health Center, Pittsburgh. She was born June 4, 1927, in Brackenridge, the daughter of the late Filippo and Antonietta Bianco Mattioli. Adeline enjoyed working as a secretary first at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and later for Dr. Raymond Kahn. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the former Ladies Guild of the church. Adeline was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Adeline enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, cooking and baking. In the past eight years, Adeline continued to teach her family through her expression of love, compassion and patience to everyone she encountered. Adeline is survived by her children, Celeste (Michael) Calabrese, of Natrona Heights, Susan (Barry) Hodges, of Bethel Park, and John (Kathleen) Chilia, of Natrona Heights; six grandchildren, Alyssa (Brett) Vongroven, Elizabeth Calabrese, Patrick Hodges, Christina Hodges, Sara Oligee and Joe Bloch; two great-granddaughters, Madi Oligee and Molly Vongroven; brother, Dr. Rudy J. Mattioli, of Brackenridge; and by her sister, Louisa (Lawrence) Nitowski, of Brackenridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Chilia, on March 17, 2009; and by her brother, Thomas Mattioli, in infancy. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 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 Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Adeline may be made to the Alle-Kiski Health Foundation, PO Box 92, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Cicchino Sr., Robert E. 70

  • Crafton Heights
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Schepner-Mcdermott, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Cicchino Sr., 70, of Crafton Heights, died suddenly Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Caivano) Cicchino; loving father of Rob Jr. (Kim), Tony (Crissy) and Steve (Kelly) Cicchino; devoted grandfather of 11 grandchildren; brother of Louise Dowd, Butch Cicchino and the late Peggy Curry; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Bob was a Navy veteran and served proudly on the USS Barry. He was also a retired Pittsburgh City Police Officer. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 165 Noble Ave., Crafton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Green Tree. Burial will be with full military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Crohn's Foundation of America, 580 S. Aiken Ave., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Denham, Jennifer 56

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Jennifer (Komorowski) Denham, 56, of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Jennifer was an amazingly witty woman who had a firecracker personality to match. She took no job more serious than that of being the world's greatest grandmother, except maybe perfecting her already awe-inspiring dance moves. Jennifer was the beloved wife of Gary Denharn; loving mother to Brian and Candice (Jason); devoted grandmother to Emma; cherished daughter to Bill and the late Patsy Komorowski; and adored sister to Billy (Jean), Denise, Ricky, Neil (Lil) and Eric. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her illness, especially those at Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. Private visitation will be held for family members at D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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DiPerna, Richard 81

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Richard "Richie" DiPerna, 81, of Mt. Washington, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rose Avigliano DiPerna; loving father of Kenneth (Mary), Ronald (Kathy), Anna Marie DiPerna and Maria Carmella DiPerna Wilkes (David); brother of Mike DiPerna (Theresa), Pat DiPerna (the late Gwen) and the late Joe DiPerna (Josie), Phyllis Panella (John), Jay Bay (Fred) and Edith Basilone (survived by George); and is also survived by 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, loving family and friends. Visitations will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Eck, Theodore J. 78

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2014-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Theodore J. Eck, 78, of Gibsonia, Pine Township, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Janet (Ecker) Eck; loving father of Raimee H. Eke, of Baltimore, Md., Thea A. (Matthew Shlian) Eck, of Ann Arbor, Mich., Stefanie Koessler, William Rossi, and a son, Theron, from a previous marriage; brother of Patricia (Jerry) Dominick, of Florida, and Tom (Dot) Eck, of Georgia; and proud grandfather of Fjora M. Eck-Shlian, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Ted was born in 1935 in Oklahoma City. His family moved to Nashville, Tenn., and then to Savannah, Ga., where Ted was a graduate of Savannah High School. He was active with the marching band and the Savannah car clubs, and went on to attend the University of Illinois earning a B.S. in floriculture, like his father before him. Upon graduation, Ted served his country in the Georgia National Guard and worked with his family greenhouse operation, Eck's Laurel Green Nursery, in Savannah, Ga. He then took a job with the Fred C. Gloeckner Co. as a horticultural consultant and salesman, where he never retired and work for more than 52 years. A passionate horticulturalist, Ted came from a line of pioneer Galesburg, Ill., Swedish farmers and carried a love of the earth. Upon marriage, he and his wife purchased and founded the Bradford Gardens Greenhouse, now the Bradford Woods Conservancy. He was past president of the Men's Garden Club of Pittsburgh, board member of the Pittsburgh Civic Gardens Center and the Penn State College of Agriculture Advisory Board, and longtime volunteer director of the Western Pennsylvania Flower Growers. He belonged to the West Mifflin Men's Garden Club and the Hosta and Daylily Society. Ted enjoyed the camaraderie of the Frosty Beer Exchange and the men's all-talk and no-work breakfast garden club. He spoke perfect botanical Latin, led tours with his wife, Janet, to famous European Gardens, and gave many horticultural lectures. The renowned and tireless "family driver" exchanged his two-seater Volvo for a Ford van. Ted was a longtime co-coach with Pine-Richland Soccer Club and helped to establish the Pine-Richland High School Girls Soccer team. He served as a parent-on-duty with the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, volunteered with the Pine-Richland High School marching band and particularly enjoyed listening to the ska band that practiced on the front porch one fateful summer. A devoted member of St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, he was a longtime member of the Vestry and was an usher. He hated pruning their apple trees every spring, loved microbrew beers of any kind, stayed abreast of the new technologies and techniques in his industry and was completely engaged in all facets of his life. Ted loved being around farm people, visiting his clients, working in his gardens and most of all loved his family, especially his precious granddaughter, Fjora. He will be deeply missed by all who had the fortune of knowing him. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields with Father Ronald Baillie officiating. Family suggests donations to Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Bakerstown, PA 15007; or Penn State Trial Gardens, 233 Ag Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802.
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Elash, Jennifer 42

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1971-12-10
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Jennifer Stefaniak Elash, 42, of White Oak, beloved mother, wife and daughter, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She is survived by her adoring daughters, Grace Elizabeth, Emma Louise and Sarah Ann, as well as her loving husband, J. Jason Elash. She was born Dec. 10, 1971, in Uniontown, to proud parents, Iva Menear Stefaniak, of White Oak, and John Stefaniak, of Washington. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, John and Louise "Mum-Mum" Stefaniak. Jennifer was a graduate of Geibel High School and University of Pittsburgh. "Miss Jen" was an active community member and proud supporter of all her daughters' activities. She was a greatly loved granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A special thank you to her Aunt Brenda for all her love and support as well as all the medical and nursing staff at Shadyside Hospital involved in her care. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 310 32nd St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Donations may be made to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Golightly, Thomas W. 83

  • Allison Park
  • Born: 1930-11-19
  • Died: 2014-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Thomas W. Golightly, of Allison Park, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, from complications following open heart surgery. He was surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 19, 1930, in Kokomo, Ind., the son of the late Joseph and Ada Golightly, Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Bowie Golightly; and his four brothers, James, Joseph, Robert and George (Pat). His father and all five brothers spent their entire careers with PPG Industries. Tom is survived by his wife, the Rev. Carolyn J. Jones; his children, Lynn Holden (Clarence), of Allison Park, and Thomas Golightly II (Kate), of Point Breeze. He was a devoted grandfather to Christopher (Meghan) and Jessica Holden and Thomas III and Neal Golightly; and was uncle to 12 nieces and nephews. Tom graduated in 1952 from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and later earned an MBA at the University of Michigan. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Active in Scouting as a parent, Tom was proud that both his son and two of his grandsons were Eagle Scouts. Camping and other outdoor activities were favorite pastimes, and in more recent years he enjoyed travel with family and friends, and looked forward to spending time each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. A member of the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years, Tom served that congregation as an elder, deacon, trustee and youth leader. A service of witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the church. The family will be available to greet friends prior to the service and at a luncheon reception following. Burial will be private in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw.
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Goyak, Bernadette M. 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Bernadette M. (Stayduhar) Goyak, 82, of Shaler Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, after a brief illness, with family by her side. She was the devoted wife of the late Robert S. Goyak; loving mother of Bob (Gizella) Goyak, Karen (the late David) Mason, Donna Goyak (Mike Verbic) and the late Janet Goyak; proud grandmother of Luke (Andrea) Mason, Sara (Dan) Asher, Matthew (Sarah) Mason and Emily (Tim) Bouch; and is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and her furry companion, Spunky the cat. Bernie was a longtime member of the Bauerstown AARP No. 2490 and the Christian Mothers of Holy Spirit Church and will be greatly missed by her many friends. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 512 Grant Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christina Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Church. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Reserve Township.
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Holland, Marianne M. 67

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Marianne M. Holland, 67, of Monroeville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in her home. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. A funeral blessing service will be held at a time to be announced Friday in the funeral home. A full and complete obituary will be in the Thursday edition of the paper. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Jacobs, Elizabeth D. 97

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth D. Jacobs, 97, of passed peacefully Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was of Millvale. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth (Stern) Jacobs; and her siblings, Regis Jacobs, Raymond Jacobs Sr. and Madeline Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs is survived by her sister-in-law, Marion Jacobs; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Health Care for their care during Elizabeth's tenure with them. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Spirit Parish, Millvale. Everyone please meet at church. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Kiselick, Mary 87

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1927-07-31
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Mary (Prazenica) Kiselick, 87, of Brackenridge, passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was born July 31, 1927, in Tarentum, a daughter of the late Albert and Pauline (Furenda) Prazenica. Mary was a homemaker; a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and a former member of Christian Mothers and a CCD instructor. Mary enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Kathy (John) Kelly, of Allegheny Township, Judi (Paul) Noonan, of Leechburg, Paula Clark, of Mars, Mindy (Donald) Hess, of Buffalo Township, Kim (Joseph) Bonazza, of Frazer Township, Celeste (Gene) Davis, of Natrona Heights, and William S. (Ginger) Kiselick, of Huntersville, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Albina (Prazenica) Kostie, of Tarentum. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Kiselick; six brothers, Albert, Joseph, Andrew, Paul, Frank and Stephen Prazenica; and a sister, Elizabeth (Prazenica) Jenkins. There will be no public visitation; however, family and friends are invited to attend a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss as celebrant. Everyone please meet at church. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Ladies of Charity, Holy Martyrs Church or Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kotchey, Eileen M. 80

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Eileen M. Kotchey, 80, of Allison Park, passed away quietly Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Eileen was a daughter of the late George and Bertha Eisengart. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Kotchey; children, Joseph (Diane) Kotchey, David (Michelle) Kotchey, Debra (Phillip) Boyd and Keith (Lynn) Kotchey; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her brothers, George (Nancy) Eisengart and James (Candace) Eisengart. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ivan Eisengart; and sister, Jean Schwartz. Eileen's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will held be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. She will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sharpsburg. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Eileen's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Kralosky, Helen J.

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen J. (Hayduk) Kralosky, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frank B.; mother of Frances (Roger) Dice, James A. Kralosky, Mary Ann (William) Blair and the late Paul F. Kralosky; mother-in-law of Jackie Kralosky; grandmother of Paul R. Kralosky and Dawn (Bob) Huckestein; great-grandmother of Bobby and Julia Huckestein; daughter of the late Martin and Susanna Hayduk; stepdaughter of Helen Hayduk; and sister of Margaret Winter, Rosemarie Glassbrenner and Claudia Hayduk. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Mt. Assisi Chapel. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Marian Hall Home Inc., 934 Forest Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202.
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Lardas, James N.

  • Oakland
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James N. Lardas, of Oakland, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Evangeline J. Lardas; father of Constance Lardas Romero (Armando), Nicholas D. Lardas (Zoe) and Emmanuel J. Lardas (Marina); grandfather of Alfonso Romero (Elizabeth), Evangelia Romero (Eric Peck), Demetri and Zachary Lardas, Demetre, Theodore and Amalia Lardas; great-grandfather of Caleb, Sebastian and Alexander; brother of Kemon Lardas and the late Konstantine and Irene Lardas; and brother-in-law of Sophia Lardas and Calliope Lardas. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m., at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street. Funeral at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Remembrances may be made to the Pan-Icarian Foundation Evangeline Lardas Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 79037 Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or the Philoptochos of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Loeffert, Elizabeth 88

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1925-09-21
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Walker) Loeffert, 88, of Hampton Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, while under the care of Vitas Hospice Care. Born Sept. 21, 1925, in Butler, she was a daughter of the late Lewis C. and Clara B. (Guest) Walker. Betty married her loving husband, Jack Loeffert, on Oct. 12, 1950. Mrs. Loeffert graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1946 as a registered nurse. She first worked with Mercy Hospital, and then worked as a private duty nurse. Betty was a longtime member of Hampton United Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed line dancing and traveling with her husband. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and knitting. She was known for being a fantastic cook and baker, enjoying canning the fruits of her labor, and was an avid reader. Most of all, she loved to care for her loving family. She is survived by her husband of almost 64 years, John "Jack" Loeffert, of Hampton Township; son, Gary (Jill) Loeffert, of Overland Park, Kan.; daughter, Judy (Dennis) Capilongo, of Katy, Texas; son, Jay (Martha) Loeffert, of Gibsonia; daughter, Wendy (Dan) Uchiyama, of Aiea, Hawaii; grandchildren, Josh (Laura) Loeffert, of Gardner, Kan., Kim (Kris) Keller, of Plymouth, Minn., Brant (Candace) Capilongo, of Spring, Texas, Brian Capilongo, of Kemah, Texas, Jayson Loeffert, of Reading, Chris Loeffert, of Gibsonia, Amanda Loeffert, of Gibsonia, and Tracy Maruyama, of Kent, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Genevieve Capilongo, of Spring, Texas, Corinne Loeffert, of Gardner, Kan., and Serena Loeffert, of Gardner, Kan.; and great-grandson, Karter Keller, of Plymouth, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Helen Wissinger. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in Hampton United Presbyterian Church, 2941 E. Hardies Road, Gibsonia, with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating. There will be a reception and friendly gathering following the service. She will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Hampton United Presbyterian Church, 2941 E. Hardies Road, Gibsonia. Arrangements are being made through KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Betty's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Matta, Joseph W. 67

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Matta, 67, of Swissvale, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 44 years to Anne Matta; father of Joseph (Amy) Matta, Anthony (Wendy) Matta and Lisa Pedrotti; and loving Pappy to Josie, George, Paul, Avery, Claire and the late Brody. Joe was retired from Operating Engineers Local No. 95. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon Friday at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001.
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Mayton, Thomas C. 90

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1924-01-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Thomas C. Mayton, 90, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Aug, 25, 2014, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Lakewood, Ohio, he was a son of the late Louis and Helen Prihely Mayton. He was raised in the Cleveland area, and was a Glenshaw resident for 53 years. He was a member of St. Sebastian Church, Ross Township, and a member of the choir for 40 years. He was employed as a federal meat inspector by the U.S. government for 30 years. He worked at H.J. Heinz Co., Armour, Swift and other meat packing companies. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Merchant Marine as a lieutenant and pharmacist's mate. He volunteered at Beechwood Farms as a naturalist. Mr. Mayton's hobbies included gardening and raising grapes from his parents' farm in Avon, Ohio. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was truly a loving husband and father. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rose Mary Misencik Mayton; four children, Daniel A. (Pat) Mayton, of Edinboro, Anne M. (Sam) Morgan, of Concord, Ohio, Thomas J. (Becky) Mayton, of Moon Township, and Therese R. "Terry" (James "Ralph") Kalchthaler, of Gibsonia; a brother, William (Marie) Mayton, of Avon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Williams (Jeff), Jennifer Yu (Vic), Lori Burke (Donnie), David Morgan (Anna), Matthew Morgan (Kara), Michael Mayton (Tracy), Rachel Bowden (Jason), Jeremey Kalchthaler (Maura), Jessica Dudkiewicz (Ryan) and Jonathan Kalchthaler; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw. Funeral prayer at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Church, 311 Siebert Road, Ross Township, with Father John Rushofsky as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be in Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian School, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Neurohr, Patricia A. 80

  • West View , Formerly of Reserve Township
  • Born: 1934-05-25
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Steinmiller) Neurohr, 80, of West View, formerly of Reserve Township, passed peacefully surrounded by her family and was delivered to our Lord Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. She was born May 25, 1934, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late George and Agnes (Flynn) Steinmiller. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Desmond R. Neurohr. She was the stepdaughter of Elvera Steinmiller; dear mother of Desi (Barbara), Ronald (Cheryl) and Lorna (Ron Samuel) Neurohr; stepsister of Joe and George Steinmiller and the late Jack Kelly. She is the proud grandmother of Ronnie, Ryan, Eric, Andrew and Jill Neurohr. Family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Athanasius Church. Interment will be in North Side Catholic Cemetery. Patricia was an AARP member and retired from Western PA Humane Society after 20 years of service. The family expresses their greatest appreciation to Celtic Health Care for their hospice services. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Celtic Health Care, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046, or the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please leave condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Prebor, Sylvia 82

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1932-08-14
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Adams Prebor, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, a few days after her 82nd birthday. The lovely and engaging Sylvia Adams Prebor was a fashion and interiors mentor, fundraising and special events expert, philanthropist and volunteer. Affectionately known as Bia to her family, Sylvia was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Pittsburgh, to Anthony William Adams and Blanche Mary Uzar Adams, and grew up on Highland Avenue in the Shadyside district, where her family owned and ran a restaurant known as Dutch Bill's. She attended Liberty Elementary School, and as a teen was active in the East Liberty Presbyterian Church youth group, a then very social community group. Following graduation from Peabody High School, Sylvia attended Margaret Morris School of Fashion at Carnegie Tech, and joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After her college years, Sylvia joined Kaufmann's Department Store in downtown Pittsburgh as fashion director, coordinating seasonal fashion shows of the latest designs coming from New York and Paris for Kaufmann's clientele and press. In 1960, Sylvia married Edward Garfield Prebor II. They later moved from Shadyside to Oakmont, where she raised her children and was actively involved in The Oakmont Garden Club, The Oakmont Public Library, among other community involvement. In the mid-1970s, she was named director of special fundraising events at WQED Public Broadcasting Station in Oakland, where she worked for more than a decade. Sylvia was actively involved and on the board of National Society of Arts and Letters for 15 years, serving two terms as president. Sylvia's younger brother, Thomas William Adams, passed away in 2013. She is survived by her older sister, Dorothy Robinson Schaeffer, of Sharon, Conn.; her daughters, Amy Prebor Hoffman, of Fox Chapel, and her children, Madeline, Maxwell and Benjamin; and Jennifer McCracken Prebor and her husband, Frederick Burt Fisher, of Los Angeles, and their sons, Henry and Eugene; and her son, Edward Garfield Prebor III, of Conneaut Lake, his wife, Trish Hutman Prebor, and their children, Sebastian, Alyia and Sylvia. She was also close with her surviving nieces, Susan Robinson, Ann Jordan and Angela Adams, and her nephews, Scott Robinson and Tony Adams. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Sylvia's name to the National Society of Arts and Letters at arts-nsal.org/donate/. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Radack Jr., John A. 92

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1922-06-13
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John A. Radack Jr., 92, of Richland Township, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was born June 13, 1922, in Pittsburgh, the loving son of the late John and Barbara (Kirin) Radack. He was the beloved husband of the late Roseann (Wild) Radack; dear father of David (Diane) Radack and Daniel Radack; proud grandfather of Angela, John, Joseph Radack and Madelyn Plummer; and brother of Barbara Scott, Elaine Heufelder, Rita Musi, the late Joseph and Albert Radack. John was a member of the BPOE Allegheny Lodge No. 339 since 1944. He proudly served his country during World War II. John worked for Grainger for more than 30 years. He especially enjoyed being with his family. Family will welcome friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Richards Church. Internment in Mt. Royal Cemetery. Family suggests donations in John's name to Interim Hospice of Johnstown, 322 Warren St., Johnstown, PA 15905. Please leave condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Slobodnik, Robert S. 75

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1939-07-23
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Mussori, Orange City | Get Directions
  • Robert Stanley "Bob" Slobodnik, 75, of Deltona, Fla., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Sanford, Fla. Born July 23, 1939, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Slobodnik. Bob lived in Deltona, Fla., with his wife, Carolyn since 2005. He was a retired school teacher and coach of (more than 35 years) from the Richardson Independent School District. Bob loved his God and raised and taught his family to make God the pillar of their lives. He had a deep passion and loyalty for the kids he helped mentor in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He loved to golf, fish, garden and spend time at the beach. He also loved to read. He was one of the best storytellers and could captivate any audience. He loved sports, especially basketball. He was a four-year All-American at Duquesne University. Being 6'9", wherever he walked, he always drew attention, but he was a humble man who always wanted others to get the spotlight. What he loved most though was spending time with his family and four grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn I. Slobodnik; two sons, Paul (Neida) Slobodnik, of Austin, Texas, and Jamie (Ana) Slobodnik, of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bronson, Joshua, Roman and Nicolette Slobodnik; two sisters, Pat Walters and Sue Hughes; and many nieces and nephews. Local service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the local Catholic Church in Natrona, followed by brunch at the Clarion Hotel in Lower Burrell. Bob's favorite quote was, "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller.
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Suchma, Dorothy E. 85

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. "Dorothea" Suchma, of Millvale, passed peacefully Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 85. She was the wife of the late Edward Suchma; mother of Dennis (Shirley) Suchma, Darryl Suchma and the late Garett "Gary" Suchma; and sister-in-law of Bertha Suchma Hartung. Dort is also survived by two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. She was the adopted grandmother of Bla and Karen Steinmetz Pater and their daughter, Isabel. She was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Marie (Baird) Marx; and siblings, James J. Marx, Ruth Tarallo and Evelyn Miller. Dort was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Church now Holy Spirit Parish, a singer in the Teutonia Damenchor and a founding member of GTEV D'Lustigen Isartaler Bavarian Club. She loved her German heritage and was the Trachtenmutter "mother of Alpine traditional dress." Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless and from 9 a.m. Friday until time of Mass at HAHN FUNERAL HOME, 123 N. Ave., Millvale. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Spirit Parish. Memorial contributions can be made to Isartaler Bavarian Club, 4098 Valleyvue Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
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Taback, Barbara

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Barbara (Gazzo) Taback, of Mt Lebanon, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Mitchell Taback; loving mother of Brad and Kathy Taback and Erin and Doug Hyman; sister of Sally and George Rooney; grandma of Ethan, Sarah, Ben and Kevin Taback and Lauren and Matthew Hyman; and aunt of Ron Roteman, Jill Harris, Beth Zeuli, Gregg Rooney, Wynne Fedele and Todd Rooney. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. Visitation one hour prior to services at Temple Emanuel (10 to 11 a.m.). Interment Mt Lebanon Cemetery/Temple Emanuel Section. Contributions may be made in Barbara's name to UPCI, 5150 Centre Ave., Suite 1B, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC.lt;Pgt; http://www.schugar.com.
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Valentine, Earle M. 83

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1930-10-27
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Earle M. Valentine, 83, of Hampton Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, while under the care of the Concordia at Rebecca Residence in Allison Park. Born Oct. 27, 1930, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Earle P. and Ida (Ritchey) Valentine. He enjoyed going to camp and travelling up and down the East Coast. He always liked to take the slow road home. He is survived by his son, Lorin Valentine, of Hampton Township; daughter, Melana (Douglas) Goncar, of Richland Township; granddaughter, Abigail Goncar; brother, Paul (Alice) Valentine; and his special friend, Noralee Ensminger. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn J. (Mink) Valentine, who passed away June 16, 2010; and his brother, Jim Valentine. Earle's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., Allison Park. He will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Earle's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Wozniak, Aleck 89

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Aleck Wozniak, 89, of Monroeville, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to the late Agnes L. (Malinzak) Wozniak; son of the late John and Fenia Wozniak; and was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. He was the loving father of Charles A. (Mai) Wozniak, Mary Joan Luckock, Mark T. (Janet) Wozniak and Patricia (John) Henk; loving grandfather of Lucy Marlane McClure, Alex McClure, Jennifer Gereshenski, Jonathan (Marcie) Wozniak and Sarah (Tad) VanDeCar; loving great-grandfather of Olivia and Caitlin Wozniak and Hunter and Colton Van DeCar. Aleck attended California STC in September 1942 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps Cadet Program as a voluntary inductee in January 1944. He completed navigation training and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in August 1945 in Selman Field, La. He was discharged from Mitchell Field, N.Y., in February 1946. He graduated from California STC in January 1948, with majors in industrial arts and mathematics. He later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in school administration. Aleck was retired from U.S. Steel as a design engineer. Aleck was active in the Monroeville Lions Club and worked on founding the Farmers Market. He was a Monroeville Councilman for 12 years, a member of the American Legion and a member of St. Bernadette's Building Committee. He enjoyed fly fishing in Glacier National Park, Mont., and Potter County and also enjoyed gardening. He and his wife Agnes traveled extensively with trips to the Grand Canyon, Ariz., Florida Keys, Indiana and many other states. Along with his brother, Sam, he traveled to Paris, France, Mt. St. Jean, near Nancy, France, and Lviv, Ukraine. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Bernadette Church, with interment following in Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Zirckel, Joyce T. 71

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1943-07-19
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Joyce T. Zirckel, 71, of Gibsonia, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Born July 19, 1943, in Bellevue, she was the daughter of Edward and Lillian (Franc) Weger. She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Zirckel; loving mother of John (Michelle) Zirckel, of Richland, Jane Zirckel, of West Deer, and Jennifer (Timothy) Nicotra, of Richland; sister of Edward (Shirley) Weger, of Kansas City, Kan., Robert (Ruth) Weger, of Gibsonia, Charles (Darlene) Weger, of South Hills, and Thomas (Bette) Weger, of North Side; and dear grandmother of Matthew, Kylie, Marissa, T.J., Alec, Lily and Gianna. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002. Interment will follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery, Gibsonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Arch, Charles A. 65

  • Larimer
  • Born: 1949-05-21
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Chip" Arch, 65, of Larimer, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 21, 1949, a son of Tresa Janiro Enyeart, of Larimer, and the late Anthony Arch. Chip was the owner of All Sports Trophy Store, in Irwin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. He was a Westmoreland County Commissioner for the Amateur Softball Association, and was a baseball umpire for PAL. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Enyeart; and an uncle, Louis Botti. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Denny Arch, of Saltsburg; two stepsisters, Roberta Balkovic and husband, Matt, of New Jersey, and Francis Kurutz and husband, George, of Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann Botti, of East McKeesport, Grace Wood and husband, Mike, of North Huntingdon, and Patti Ternes and husband, Paul, of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for the compassionate care they extended to Chip during his time there. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Aronckes Jr., Kenneth M. 31

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1983-06-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Aronckes Jr., 31, of Hempfield Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 28, 1983, in Greensburg, a son of Sandra R. (Seilhamer) Karr and her husband, Frank, of Hempfield Township, and Kenneth M. Aronckes Sr., of Bloomington, Minn. Ken was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School, class of 2003. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Pauline Aronckes; and maternal grandfather, Charles Seilhamer. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Isabella Kendra Aronckes, and his wife, Alyce L. Aronckes, both of Blawnox; his sister, Natalie Hagerty and her companion, Mark Ferrenberg, of Pleasant Unity, and their children, Eric Hagerty, Halie and Kendra Ferrenberg; his maternal grandmother, Doris Seilhamer, of Lowber; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ken's mother for a trust to be created for Bella. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Barron, Carol N. 67

  • Export
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Carol N. Barron, 67, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James "Jim" Barron; loving mother of Corey (Ruth Ann) Barron, of Export; and is also survived by her cherished grandson, Cody Barron. Carol was a retired school teacher with the Penn-Trafford School District. Friends are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 until time of services at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carol's name to Penn-Trafford School District. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Bellotti, Barbara A. 71

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1942-08-30
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Bellotti, 71, of New Stanton, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at home. She was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Russell and Anna (Lescznske) Conway. She was a member of Holy Cross Church, Youngwood, the Woman's Guild and a lector of the church. Surviving are her husband, Edmund Bellotti; two children, Deanne Ferguson and husband, Michael, of Harrisburg, N.C., Gregory Bellotti and wife, Rina, of Irwin; three grandchildren, Anthony Bellotti, Matthew Ferguson and Nicolas Ferguson; a brother, Wayne Conway, of Johnstown; two brothers-in-law, Larry Bellotti and wife, Anne, of Palmdale, Calif., Frank Bellotti and wife, Verna, of Ebensburg; four sisters-in-law, Romaine Nemcheck, of Johnstown, Janet Babik and husband, Bernie, of York, Mary Goiran and husband, Pierre, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Shirley Berkey and husband, Dave, of Johnstown; an uncle, Walt Lescznske and wife, Arlene, of Naples, Fla.; a special cousin, Jean Kent and husband, Earl, of Michigan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant sister. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Holy Cross Church with Father William McGuirk as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. There will be a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the funeral home. Family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Cross Church, Youngwood.
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Carr, Dorothy Mae 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-09-11
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Englewood, Englewood, Fla. | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Mae Carr, 89, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Englewood, Fla. She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Greensburg, to James and Luella Owens. She is survived by her three children, Robert (Eleanor) Carr, of Englewood, Fla., Carolyn Carr, of Columbus, Ohio, and Michael (Katie) Carr, of Dillsburg; a sister, Betty Constantine, of Greensburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Thomas, in 2011. ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. You may share a memory with the family at http://www.englewoodfh.com.
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Downs, Rose M. 71

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-10-12
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Rose M. "Joni" Downs, 71, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John Svetkovich and Virginia (Little) Svetkovich. "Joni" was a member at St. Martin Church, New Derry. She loved fishing, spending time with her family and enjoyed the new friendships she made while going through dialysis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Spohn and Virginia Lee Svetkovich. She is survived by her husband, Ernest D. Downs, of Latrobe; one daughter, Carole A. Dwire and her husband, Brock, of Derry; two sisters, Linda Stadler and her husband, Harry, of Latrobe, and Donna Maher and her husband, Robert, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Josh Dwire, of Derry, and Johnna Dwire and fiance Pat Regan, of Greentree; a special friend, Glenda Hoyle, of Latrobe; and a special nephew, Ernie Downs and his wife, Tina, of Derry. She is also survived by other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin Church, New Derry. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Fleming Jr., Harry R. 75

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1938-11-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Harry R. Fleming Jr., 75, of Rostraver Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1938, in North Charleroi, he was the son of the late Harry R. and Pearl (Heath) Fleming. Harry retired as a manager from Max Environmental in Yukon. He was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Rostraver. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and loved being with his family. Harry was a thriving volunteer at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer for the YMCA of greater Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Byers) Fleming; daughter, Tamie (Lou) Pollacci, of Rostraver; son, Tim Fleming and girlfriend, Krissie Sprowls, of Rostraver; two grandchildren, Sallie (Clint) Lawson and Seth Pollacci and fiance, Jillian Grena; brother, Sam (Joan) Fleming, of Rostraver; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. D.W. Norton, officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Heide, Anna L. 82

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1932-02-27
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Anna L. (Kirik) Heide, 82, of Norvelt, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side. Born Feb. 27, 1932, in Trauger, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kozora) Kirik. She was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, and former member of Forty Martyrs Church, Trauger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Carissa Ann Thomas; and siblings, Elizabeth (Louis) Scekeres, John Kirik, Mary (Paul) Spisak, Helen (Bob) Harr and Mike (Mary Lou) Kirik. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas Heide; children, Diane Patterson, of United, David (Sue) Heide, of Trauger, and Linda (Angelo) DaBiero, of South Lyon, Mich.; grandchildren, Brian Thomas, Scott Bando, Michael Bando, Joshua (Vicki) Heide, Jessica Heide and Lindsay Shaffer; two great-grandchildren, Chloie and Isabella Heide; brother-in-law, Walter (Karen) Heide; sister-in-law, Mary Kirik; plus several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forty Martyrs Cemetery, Trauger. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice of Latrobe for the care of their mother. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Keller, Kathleen M. 51

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1963-04-24
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Mae (Reynolds) Keller, 51, formerly of North Huntingdon, residing in Greensburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. She was born April 24, 1963, in Greensburg, a daughter of Joan Kennedy Reynolds and the late James Reynolds. Kathleen loved animals, cats, fishing, camping and reading. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, James Reynolds and his wife, Linda, of Irwin; two sisters, Kim Holemshek and her husband, Joseph, of Ruffsdale, Cynthia Dempsey, of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews, Jim and Michael Reynolds and Joanie Peterson. Arrangements will be private by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kitsko, Martin M. 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-11-06
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martin M. Kitsko, 92, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Whitney, a son of the late John Kitsko and Anna (Macek) Kitsko. Martin was a member at St. Vincent Basilica. He was retired from Standard Steel with more than 40 years of service. Martin was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army 80th Division, 318 Infantry Regiment and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the American Legion Post 982, the VFW Post 3414, the Frontier Club, the Lloydsville Veterans and Sportsmen Club, the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Club, Loyal Order of Moose and Jednota, and he was an avid gardener. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, John, Michael and Stephen Kitsko; and three sisters, Marie Williams, Elizabeth Krempasky and Anna Sass. He is survived by a sister, Cecelia Zajac, of Nescopek; special niece and nephew, Joanne Kitsko, of Latrobe, and Thomas Sass and his wife, Marcia, of North Huntingdon; two special great-nephews, Kevin Sass and his wife, Haley, of North Huntingdon, and Brian Sass, of Columbus, Ohio; special great-great-nephew, Gabriel Sass; and he is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery where graveside military services will be accorded by Greensburg VFW Post No. 33. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Nature Park Commons for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Lambert, Tammy J. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1962-09-06
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Tammy Jo Lambert, 51, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 6, 1962, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Sallie Milliken, of Irwin, and Eddie Lambert, of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur and Leah Kinzey; and uncle, Daniel Kinzey. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Eddie Lambert Jr. and Danny Joe Lambert, both of Irwin; niece, Jessica Lambert, of Irwin; nephews, Josh Lambert, of Irwin, Joel Lambert, of Maryland, Corey Lambert, of Irwin, and Derek Cangco, of Irwin; great-nephew, Chase Cirelli, of Irwin; and great-niece, Lylah Mae Lambert, of Maryland. Tammy loved and took great pride in her many houseplants and had a special gift for interior decorating. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Paul Baer officiating. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lucas, William E. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-06-16
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William E. Lucas, 78, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 16, 1936, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Walter and Edna Lucas. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Gradischek Lucas; two granddaughters, Candi and Faith Potoka; and several siblings. He is survived by three daughters, Vicki C. (James) Mehring, of North Huntingdon, Kimberly S. (Robert) Cohen, of Youngwood, and Jodi L. (Jeffrey ) Sanner, of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, William J. Sanner, Adam C. Sanner and Joshua R. Potoka. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Neubert, Violet K. 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1921-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Violet K. "Posie" Neubert, 92, formerly of Jeannette, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Juniper Village, Forrest Hills. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late James and Bertha (Dougherty) Thompson. She was a life member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette, where she taught Sunday school and helped with the Sunshine Girls and was a life member of United Lutheran Church Women. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome E. Neubert; a son, Eugene Neubert; her brothers and sisters, James E. Thompson, Murrel R. Thompson, George R. Thompson, Bertha M. Baldwin, Earl R. Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Berl T. Thompson, Carl A. Thompson, Dorothy Thompson and Margaret Thompson. She is survived by a son, Jerome A. Neubert and his wife, Joyce, of Forrest Hills; a daughter-in-law, Susan Neubert, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Kathleen Neubert Friez, Steve Neubert, Deborah Szymanski and Bryan Neubert; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st. St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner, officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Price, Samuel G. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1945-09-24
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Samuel G. Price, 68, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Jack and Bernice (Koch) Price. Sam worked for 32 years at LTV Steel, and for the last 15 years has been employed at the Allegheny County Community College. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Cannon. Surviving are his loving wife, Valerie J. Cosco; two sisters, Carol Quel, of Monroeville, and Sue Maley, of Butler; a brother, Jack Price, of Florida; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Rich Phipps officiating. Private interment will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Rady, Michael 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-04-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Michael Rady, 80, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Mountain View Specialty Care, Unity Township. He was born April 28, 1934, in Humphreys, a son of the late Steve and Anna (Compel) Rady. He was retired from Save-A-Lot and previously worked at the Kroger Co. He was the last remaining founding member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg, where he served as an usher, an ambassador of fundraising and several other roles at the church. Mike was loyal to his family; he volunteered on family projects and also enjoyed doing things for them. His leisure time included carpentry work found in many of his family's homes and he was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth E. Kreider; five sisters, Catherine Krivonik, Eva Gubanich, Mary DeCarlo, Sue Dalesandro and Anna Rady; and two brothers, Steve and Joseph Rady. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. (Kontir) Rady; two daughters, Diane L. Kreider and Cindy Miller, both of Irwin; two grandchildren, Jonathan T. Miller, of Pittsburgh, and Kayla E. Miller, of Irwin; two sisters, Helen Zilka, of Aliquippa, and Verna Palinkas, of Latrobe; three godchildren, Patty Legge, Jon Gubanich and David Gubanich; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Greensburg. Please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, 624 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sanders Jr., Clark O. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1949-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Clark "Buster" Sanders Jr., 64, of Jeannette, was called home Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 7, 1949, the fourth child of the late Clark Sr. and Mary Clarkson Sanders. Clark attended Jeannette schools. He previously worked at Jeannette Glass Corp., in the hot end department, monitoring machines. Later, he worked for St. George Crystal with the set-up crew. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Army as an assistant platoon sergeant and equipment storage specialist. Clark enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing pool and playing shuffleboard with friends at the Grapeville Fire Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Don Sanders; a sister, Rose Marie Daniels; and half siblings, John C. Sanders, Matthew Sanders and Helen Sanders. Clark leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Agathae Allen, of Jeannette; a brother, Albert Sanders, of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Cynthia Sanders, of Jeannette, Betty Bivins, of North Versailles, Chiquita "Bug" Canady, of New Stanton, and Juanita Sanders (Cisco Carter), of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and companion, Debbie Garland. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Barbara Gunn officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Sawi, Catherine L. 47

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1967-02-22
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home Inc., Monessen | Get Directions
  • Catherine L. Sawi, 47, of Monessen, died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in HCR Manor Care. Born in New Eagle on Feb. 22, 1967, she was the daughter of the late Edward M. Mikula and Patricia Johnson Mikula of Monessen. She was a 1985 graduate of Monessen High School and the Douglas School of Education. Cathy enjoyed reading, puzzles and volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul. She was a member of St. Marys Byzantine Catholic Church. Besides her mother, she is survived by her son, V. Craig Sawi of Perkasie, Pa.; a sister, Mary Apicella, of Ohio; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Edward and Ashley Mikula Jr. of Belle Vernon, Jeffery Mikula of Cecil and David Mikula of New York; a special friend, Tim; nieces and nephews, Aron, Amanda, Theo, Annabelle, Kyra, Jacob, Annadea, Will, Luke and Sean; and loving aunts and uncles. Private funeral services were held this morning, Aug. 27, 2014, in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Monessen, http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
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Semenko, Nicholas F. 74

  • Forbes Road
  • Born: 1940-01-08
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nicholas F. Semenko, 74, of Forbes Road, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Greensburg, a son of the late Metro and Betty Rantovich Semenko. Nick was a member of the Hannastown Fireman's Club. Prior to his retirement, he was a welder for Buncher Railcar Service of Youngwood. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Carol A. Panko Semenko. He is survived by a stepson, Michael Panko, of Ohio; a brother, Dennis (Barbara) Semenko, of United; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation service provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, a Professional Cremation Service affiliate firm. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Simpson, Mark A. 58

  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1955-10-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mark Allen Simpson, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. His services are in the care of JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. The full obituary is to follow. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Melvin L. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-11-03
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Melvin Lawrence Taylor, 85, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Herbert L. and Alice (Nelson) Taylor. He retired as a partner of Wendel Machine Company, Irwin. Melvin was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 781, and Circleville United Methodist Church. In adding to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Lawrence M. "Larry" Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Clarice J. (Earhart) Taylor; children, Sandy Foot and her husband, Chris, of North Huntingdon, and David A. Taylor and his fiance, Penny Cartright, of Ridge Spring, S.C.; grandchildren, Stacey (Dan) Korber and Jason (Heather) Taylor; six great-grandchildren; also, Nellie Taylor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with his pastor, the Rev. Ray Lyon, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Circleville United Methodist Church, 11600 Parkway Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626.
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Weiss, Bettyruth 90

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-02-04
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Bettyruth Weiss, 90, of New Kensington, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, in New Kensington, to the late Isadore and Sarah Karp Frank and had been a life resident of the local area. A bookkeeper and homemaker, Bettyruth was a member of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, the B'nai Brith and Sisterhood. Her favorite pastime was caring for her pets. She is survived by her children, Lawrence A. (Sharon) Weiss Esq., of Arlington, Va., and Nancy W. (Steven) Utiss, with whom she made her home, several nieces and nephews and extended family, Susanne Ziacik Graham and her family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Irving Weiss; brothers, Louis V. Frank and Saul Frank; and her sister, Ida F. Stapen. Friends will be received from noon until services at 1 p.m. Wednesday by Rabbi Sharyn Henry in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Beth Jacob Cemetery, New Kensington. The family requests no flowers please. Memorials may be made to Greyhound Pets of America, Three Rivers Greyhound, 113 Glenview Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601 or Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust/Emergency Room, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Zdilla, Thomas E. 94

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1920-08-01
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Zdilla, 94, of Rostraver Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in Monessen on Aug. 1, 1920, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Sabolchick) Zdilla Sr. Thomas was retired from Pittsburgh Steel in Monessen as a crane operator and electrician. He was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver, where he was active in the Holy Name Society. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on the SS James J. Corbett. He is survived by his son, James (Suzanne) Zdilla of Rostraver; three daughters, Rosanne (Bob) Matko of Rostraver, Janice Fidazzo of Morgantown, W.Va., and Barbara (Dan) Sara of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren, Mary Jo (Pat) Claybaugh, Robert E. (Juliet) Matko, Thomas S. (Cathy) Matko, Janalee (Mark) Westerman, John M. Matko, Robyn Zdilla, Noelle (Kevin) O'Bryan, Dr. Michael (Amy) Zdilla, Dr. Matthew (Dr. Christina) Zdilla, Brian (Valerie) Fidazzo, Rachel Fidazzo, Alan Sara and Kristen Sara; 16 great-grandchildren, Patrick, Kevin and Erin Claybaugh; Emily, Bryan and Melissa Matko; Olivia and Steven Matko; Eric, Kayley and Ryan Westerman; Samuel, Jude and William O’Bryan; Damian Zdilla and Josiah Matko; brother, John “Yi” (Josie) Zdilla of Apache Junction, Ariz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Zdilla on July 7, 2007; his siblings, Agnes Zdilla, John Zdilla Jr., Albert Zdilla and an infant sister, Mary Zdilla; son-in-law, Franklin M. Fidazzo. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com where a blessing service will be held 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver, with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, Monessen. The Mid Mon Valley Shipmates will conduct the Two-Bell Ceremony Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
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Zidak, Constance T. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-05-17
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Constance T. Zidak, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 17, 1920, in Baggaley, a daughter of the late John A. Polenavitch and Sophie (Rudy) Polenavitch. Constance was a member at St. John the Evangelist Church. She was a compassionate caregiver for her mother-in-law for nine years, her mother and father for five years and her husband for four years. She enjoyed gardening, exercising, watching EWTN and praying for others on her extensive prayer lists which were committed to memory. She was a woman of many talents, including cooking, baking, crocheting, woodworking and refinishing furniture. A conscientious citizen, she voted in more than 55 consecutive November elections for which she was awarded a commemorative plate. She enjoyed traveling, including pilgrimages to St. Joseph's Oratory, St. Anne de Beaupre, Our Lady of the Snows, St. Catherine Laboure, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., EWTN's Headquarters in Irondale, Ala., and its Temple in Hanceville, Ala., Rome and Paris and Lourdes, France. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Zidak; four brothers, Rudolf, John, Andrew and George Polenavitch; and two sisters, Wanda Hurite and Gertrude Mellinger. Constance is survived by her daughter, Paula Zidak, of Latrobe; one sister, Anna R. Polenavitch, of Latrobe; two nephews, Andrew Polenavitch, of Monroeville, and Michael Polenavitch, of Plum; and two nieces, Donna Phillips, of Hudson, Ohio, and Deborah Polenavitch, of Uniontown, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital ICU for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Armstrong County

Beard, Donna Jean 74

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1940-03-05
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Beard, 74, of Kiski Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Born March 5, 1940, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Clyde William and Dorothy Virginia (Harrison) Beard. Donna Jean lived in Kiski Township all of her life, and was a 1958 graduate of Apollo High School. She enjoyed being around and talking to people, often attending the Apollo Senior Center, and was a longtime member of Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church in Spring Church. Donna Jean was a longtime member of a card club with sister-in-law, Susan, and friends, member of the OES Apollo Chapter 125, and member of the Pennsylvania State Grange, Armstrong Chapter, in Spring Church. Donna Jean was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoying the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. She is survived by her brother, Richard C. "Butch" (Susan) Beard, of Kiski Township; nephew, Richard P. (Danielle) Beard, of Murrysville; niece, Melissa S. (Roger) Ray, of Apollo; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristen, Ryan, Brandon and Lacey; aunt, Betty (Jim) O'Bryon, of Clairton; and cousins. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. An Eastern Star service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Terri Swails officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donna Jean's memory to Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 154, Spring Church, PA 15686; Apollo Senior Center, 707 N. Fifth St., Apollo, PA 15613 or AseraCare Hospice, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Graham, Richard D. 54

  • Elderton
  • Born: 1959-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Richard Dwight Graham, 54, of Elderton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born Dec. 26, 1959, to James Graham and Vivian (Moody) Frailey, in Kittanning. Rick loved his animals, his car and his motorcycle. He lived life to the fullest. Richard is survived by his daughter, Michelle Zoll, of Kittanning; mother, Vivian R. Frailey, of Elderton; four brothers, Monty (Kate) Graham, of Indiana, Dave (Lynn) Graham, of New Kensington, Allan (Kathy) Graham, of Ford City, and Tim Graham, of Shelocta; five sisters, Linda (Ben) Frailey, of Shelocta, Julie (Joe) Peters, of Shelocta, Cathy (Boyd) Beer, of Kittanning, Dana (Michael) Scott, of Shelocta, and Shaneen (Jason) Gould, of Nu Mine; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, James Dwight Graham; infant twin brother; and a nephew, Boyd Beer. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the funeral home. Burial will take place in Whitesburg Presbyterian Cemetery. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Kalinowski, Eugene M. 85

  • Apollo , Formerly of Polish Hill
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Eugene M. Kalinowski, 85, of Apollo, formerly of Polish Hill, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was a son of the late Stanley L. and Anna V. (Dlugonski) Kalinowski; brother of Lydia Roscoe and the late John and his surviving wife, Frances Kalinowski, and Stanley Kalinowski and his surviving wife, Barbara Johnson; also survived by nieces and nephews. Eugene was a member of Carnegie and Frick Museums, AAP, Pittsburgh Water Color Society, Constabulary Occupation Army in Germany and a retired art teacher in the Pittsburgh School System. Friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 3201 Dobson St., Polish Hill. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James the Greater Church, Apollo. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Pellish, Frances G. 93

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1921-06-16
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Frances G. (Sankey) Pellish, 93, of Leisenring, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Hillside Manor, Uniontown. She was born June 16, 1921, in Leisenring No. 1, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Ondzik) (Cenky) Sankey. She was a member of the former St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, Leisenring, and its Christian Mothers. She was a current member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar. Frances was a loving homemaker and the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Pellish (Jan. 11, 1974); brothers, John, Paul, Steve, Joseph, Andrew and George Sankey; and sisters, Catherine Sankey, Elizabeth Skoloda, Anna Sankey, Mary Farris, Margaret Sankey and Agnes Plesz. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Herman and husband, Daniel, of Dawson; son, William Pellish and wife, Lugene, of Dunbar; grandchildren, Dan and Lori Herman, William Pellish and fiancee, Chelsea Garlick; sisters-in-law, Millie Sankey, of New York, and Helen Pellish, of Ohio; and also many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hillside Manor and Amedisys Hospice for their kindness and care.
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Russell Sr., Robert Dale 80

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1933-11-03
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Robert "Dale" Russell Sr., 80, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at home. He was born Nov. 3, 1933, in (Nubbin Ridge) Lemont Furnace, a son of the late Paul Edward Russell, and the late Mary Elizabeth Martin Russell. Dale was a man of great faith in Jesus and blessed beyond measure with a wonderful family and many dear friends. He always had a smile on his face with a joke or story to tell. Music was his passion. He played the dobro, was a member of the "Dunbar Boys" bluegrass band, Old Time Fiddler's Association and American Legion Post No. 146, Dunbar. He was a retired self-employed contractor. Dale was a well decorated veteran who served in the Korean War with the 223rd combat team, 40th infantry. His unit patrolled and crossed the 38th parallel in the communist controlled border between the Republic of South Korea and North Korea. Surviving is his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cover Russell; children, Denise Ceccorulli and husband, Steven, of Crestview, Fla., Robert Dale Russell II and wife, Gayle, of Dunbar, and Darlene Pounds and husband, Alex, of Dunbar; brother, Perry Russell and wife, Janet, of Dunbar; grandchildren, Carrie, Bobby, Alex, Danielle, Justin, Sarah and Ashleigh; many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sons, Allen Keith and Jimmie Duane Russell; a brother, Paul "Skip" Russell II; sister, Betty Jean Rupert. Friends will be received 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Services will be held in the funeral home, at 11 a.m. Friday, with Pastor Robert Wrachford officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, with military rites accorded graveside by Amvets Post 103.
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Showman, Merry B. 85

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1929-08-14
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Merry B. Showman, 85, of Connellsville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Merry was born Aug. 14, 1929, and was a daughter of the late John and Roma Cunningham Bridegum. Prior to her retirement, Merry worked as a nursing assistant. She was a charter member of Faith Bible Church in Connellsville and later became a member of Wooddale Bible Brethren Church in Bullskin Township. In addition to her parents, John and Roma Bridegum, Merry was predeceased by her brother, Craig Bridegum; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Christopher Witt. Merry is survived by her sister, Dianne Wagner and husband, Bill, of Connellsville; her children, Marc C. Taylor, of Greensburg, Dawn Witt and husband, the Rev. Geary Witt, of Connellsville, Melinda "Lindy" Taylor, of Connellsville, Charlie Taylor and wife, Gloria, of Connellsville, and Claudia Cummings and husband, Jim, of Brooksville, Fla.; her grandchildren, Craig and Christopher Taylor, Melissa Kelly, Rebecca Bridges, Jonathan Witt, Cassandra Calkins, Michael and MacKenzie Taylor, and Rachael and Nicholas Minjarez; and her great-grandchildren, Bradley Witt, Scout Witt, Kit Witt-Hess, Kayden Kelly and Payton Bridges. Merry's family would like to extend a special thank you to Amedisys and JoElla's Personal Care Home in Scottdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with her son-in-law, the Rev. Geary Witt, and the Rev. Zac Calkins co-officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Johnson Chapel Cemetery, Confluence. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Stambaugh, Eleanor V. 86

  • Uniontown , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-08-24
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Vae Stambaugh, 86, of Uniontown, formerly of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in the Sunshine Estates Personal Care home in Connellsville. She was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late Charles and Pauline Kermes Havlichek. Eleanor was a member of Third Presbyterian Church of Uniontown. She enjoyed playing the piano and loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Vernon Stambaugh; her sisters, Nancy Havlichek and June Morrow; and her brother-in-law, Melvin Edenfield. Eleanor survived by a sister, Charlotte Edenfield, of Harrisburg; her sons, Scott Stambaugh and wife, Connie, of Lebanon, and Alan Stambaugh and wife, Tammy, of Connellsville; her grandchildren, Julie Sisko, of Lebanon, Andy Stambaugh and wife, Dee, of Palmyra, Jennifer Kirman and husband, Chris, of Lititz, Miranda Stambaugh, of Norvelt, and Bethany Stambaugh, of Connellsville; and her great-grandchildren, Brittany Stambaugh, Brandon Sisko, Ashley Sisko and Isabelle Vae Kirman. Eleanor will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Sunshine Estates as well as Amedisys Hospice Care of Scottdale for the excellent and compassionate care they provided for Eleanor. As per Eleanor's request, there will be no viewing or memorial service held. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430. To leave a message or send condolences please ask http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Almes, Muriel A. 91

  • Indiana , Formerly of Saltsburg
  • Born: 1923-03-11
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Muriel A. "Pat" Almes, 91, of Indiana, Pa., formerly of Saltsburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Beacon Ridge Nursing Home, Indiana. Born March 11, 1923, in Templeton, she was the daughter of the late Emerson and Frances (Montgomery) Lasher. A homemaker, Muriel lived most of her life in the Saltsburg and Indiana area. She had been employed by Steiner Manufacturing as a seamstress and loved crocheting, cooking and canning vegetables. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Almes, and two brothers, Mark and Harvey Lasher. Survivors include her two sons, Michael L. (Patricia) Almes, of Blairsville, and Willard T. "Will" (Charlotte) Almes, of Saltsburg; two daughters, Gwendolyn I. (Robert) Peiffer, of Indiana, and Sandra Elaine (Ronald) Stobert, of Saxonburg; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Glenn Propst, officiating. Private burial will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit, http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

MacPherson, Dorothy 91

  • Donora
  • Born: 1923-06-06
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Dorothy MacPherson, 91, of Donora, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Born in Donora on June 6, 1923, a daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret McKenna Keffel, she was a lifelong resident of the Mon Valley. She retired as a catalogue supervisor from JC Penny in Donora in 1985, and was a member of the JC Penny card club long into her retirement. She loved the diversity of music, everything from opera to her favorite radio station WDVE, where she loved to listen to classic rock, Metallica in particular. She was accomplished in needlepoint, crochet, embroidery, and knitting. Dorothy also faithfully completed the New York Times crossword puzzle on a daily basis. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James MacPherson Jr., on April 1, 1994; a brother, Elton Keffel Sr. She is survived by her children, Peggy MacPherson Jacobs and her husband, Jack, of Speers, James Scott MacPherson and his wife, Annette, of Monongahela, Thomas MacPherson and his wife, Barbara, of Monongahela; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a nephew, Robert Keffel and his wife, Patsy, of Monessen; a dear sister-in-law, Sue Macpherson of Somers Point, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation and services were private at the request of the family. Interment was held in Monongahela Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second Street Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com.
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Stankovich, Lizzie 92

  • California
  • Born: 1921-09-20
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California | Get Directions
  • Lizzie Stankovich, 92, of California, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was born Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1921, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Mikla) Skakandy. She was a member of Christian Mothers of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Catholic Union, Lizzie liked to refer to herself as "Rosie the Riveter" because the factory that she worked at prior to the start of the World War II, the Hudson Motor Works, was converted to an airplane manufacturer during the war, and she help produce the bomber the "Helldiver." There she was a riveter and an arc welder. She loved football and baseball, especially the Steelers and the Pirates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Stankovich (1997); two brothers, John and Raymond Skakandy; and two sisters, Anna Ugorcak and Mary Petrick. Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Rosemary Stankovich of California, Pa., Catherine Brown and husband, David, of Beaverdam, Va., and Susanne Stankovich of Fredericksburg, Va. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Brian, Caitlin and Alec Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, Supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and until 10:30 a.m. on Friday when Prayers of Transfer will be said followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Aquinas Church with Father Michael Zavage as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Sisters of St. Basil, 500 W. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401 or the charity of their choice.
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Suchy, Eleanor M. 87

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1927-08-05
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Suchy, 87, of North Charleroi, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in the Mon Valley Care Center, Carroll Township. She was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Belle Vernon, the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Didik Lehew. Mrs. Suchy was a member of the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in Charleroi. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Suchy; her son, Robert Suchy and wife, Sandy, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her granddaughter, Joelle Suchy; and her aunt, Helen Gorecki. Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Divine Liturgy will be held Thursday at 11a.m. in the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by Father James Ragan. Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Parastas will be held 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA. 15330. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Tosi, Carmella A. 88

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1926-02-24
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home Inc., Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Carmella Alice Tosi, 88, of Monongahela, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Forward Township, the daughter of John and Teresa Martelli Ross. Carmella was a graduate of Monongahela High School, Class of 1944. After graduating from high school, she was employed at Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela. She and her husband, Louis, owned and operated Tosi's Market in Valley Inn for many years. Carmella was a member of the former St. Anthonys Church in Monongahela and the AARP in New Eagle. She enjoyed cooking and baking, but most of all she loved to take care of her family. She is survived by her husband, Louis M. Tosi, with whom she celebrated 67 years of marriage on Aug. 23, 2014; son, Lonny Louis Tosi and his wife, Dianne, of Celebration, Fla.; grandson, Brant Tosi of the state of California; brother, Leonard Ross and wife, Eva Ann, of Monongahela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Brandon, who died in infancy; and her brother, James Ross. Friends will be received on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Feltz officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Trubiani, Walter 61

  • Fallowfield Township
  • Born: 1953-08-09
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Walter Trubiani, 61, of Fallowfield Township, passed away in his home on Aug. 25, 2014. A son of the late Americo and Charlotte Guzick Trubiani, he was born in North Charleroi on Aug. 9, 1953. Wally was a truck driver for over 40 years and was still employed by Elizabeth Cash and Carry at the time he passed away. He was also an avid NASCAR fan, where he also worked at the Motordrome Speedway as "the gatekeeper." He loved the outdoors, whether it was walking through the woods, cutting grass, or working in the garden. Wally was also a member of the Washington County ABATE. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gail Sphar Trubiani in March 2010; two brothers, Robert A. Trubiani and Americo Trubiani Jr. He is survived by his children, Kelly Geary and her husband, Bill, of Fallowfield Township, and Walter Trubiani and his wife, Breen, of Monessen; grandchildren, Cody and Jason Walters, Joshua Howell and Breslin Trubiani; four stepgrandchildren, Hallie Long, Amber, Stephanie and Andrew Geary; step-great- granddaughter, Piper Louise Geary; his brother, Ronald Trubiani and his wife, Mary, of Scottdale; and several nieces and nephews. A Remembrance Gathering will take place on Thursday from 6 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 8 p.m. with Pastor Vicki Gibson officiating in the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second Street Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com.
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Forlini, Dino A. 87

  • Lakewood, Ohio , Formerly of Donora
  • Died: 2014-06-22
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Dino Achille Forlini, 87, a longtime Lakewood, Ohio resident, formerly of Castner Avenue, Donora, passed away June 22, 2014. A proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was the son of the late Dominic and Virginia Forlini. He was a graduate of Donora High School. The devoted husband of almost 69 years of Helen (nee Repa). Loving father of David (Luciel), Kathleen (Jim) Riley, Susan (Dennis) McElroy, Robert and Thomas (Ginny) Forlini. A proud grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of nine. Dino was the dear brother of Doris Hughes and Mary (Tom) Kuma. Dino retired from the Ford Motor Company and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Services were held in Westlake, Ohio.
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Kevana, Yvonne D. 76

  • Moatsville, W. Va. , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-06-20
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Yvonne D. Kevana, 76, of Moatsville, W. Va., formerly of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Grafton City Hospital. She was born June 20, 1938, in Mt. Storm, W. Va., the daughter of the late Orville and Marie Chapman. She was the wife of the late Theodore J. Kevana Sr. Yvonne worked in the healthcare field, when she lived in the McKeesport area. She is survived by a daughter, Karen Bishop; sons, John and Theodore Jr.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Paul, Orville, Dorsey and Kenneth Chapman; a sister, Shirley Moritz; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Tansmore, Charles M. 74

  • Allentown , Formerly of Monessen
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Taylor Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Charles M. Tansmore, 74, of Allentown, Pa., formerly of Monessen, died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Forbes Center in East Liberty. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later this week by the WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, Trudy Taylor-Williams, funeral director, in charge.
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