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Aubele, William F.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Aubele died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, of Swissvale. He was the loving longtime partner of Douglas Kirsch; son of the late Gilbert and Rosemary; and dear brother of Gilbert and wife, Diane, John and wife, Dianna, David and wife, Kathy, Susan, Joseph and wife, Marilyn, Gerald and wife, Michele, Stephen and the late, Rosemary "Linda". Bill is also survived by his numerous loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Biddle, Betty J. 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Wilson) Biddle, 88, of Monroeville, was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, while surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Dr. Robert A. Biddle Sr.; mother of Robert (Patricia) Biddle Jr.; loving grandmother of Robert III and Morgan Biddle; sister of Jeannine (the late Dwayne) Patrick, Thomas (Connie) Pitts, of New York, and Sharon (Don) Demchak, of Texas; sister-in-law of John Biddle; aunt to many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Lean and William Wilson II; her sister, Delores "Tootie" Greese; and her brother, William "Bill" Wilson III, of Virginia. The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care received from LGAR Nursing Home in Turtle Creek and UPMC-East in Monroeville. A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). A service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. For more information, please visit our website: www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Boarts, Jill E. 57

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-08-21
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Jill E. (Schafer) Boarts, 57, of Highland Park, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. He was the beloved wife of Alan C. Boarts; daughter of Lillian and the late William Schafer; sister of Steve Schafer; aunt of Erica Schafer as well as other nieces and nephews. Originally from Sewickley, Jill attended North Allegheny Senior High School and graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with dual baccalaureate degrees in journalism and political science. She used her writing talents throughout her career, elevating communications for organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh, Education Management Corp. and PNC Financial Services. Most recently, she worked at A to Z Communications as a senior writer and contributed to many outstanding marketing campaigns. Jill is remembered for beautiful blue eyes, fun-loving personality and her easy laugh. She cherished her husband and family and was devoted to her pets. She shared the love of jazz with her husband, had a keen wit and a generous spirit. Jill had limitless compassion for the suffering of others, including lost and homeless pets. She always went out of her way to comfort those in need, offering help and hope. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Funeral and interment will be private. A celebration of life may be held at a later date. Arrangements by McCABE BROS. INC.
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Burns, Judy 69

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Healy-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Judy (Bickleman) Burns, 69, of Millvale, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. She was the loving mother of Kelly Wehrer and her husband, Chris, of Missouri, and the late Scott Burns; sister of Carolyn Phillips, of Wheatland, Pa.; and sister-in-law to David Burns, of Millvale. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-821-2940.
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Casper, Michael J. 41

  • West Deer
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Michael J. "Mikey" Casper, 41, of West Deer, formerly of Titusville, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 10 years of Regina L. (Chamberlain) Casper; loving father of Cassandra R. and Lydia J. Casper; son of Daniel "Jack" and Patricia (Collins) Casper, of Titusville, Fla.; brother of Daniel (Melanie) Casper, of Titusville, Fla., and Tracey Casper (dear friend of LaMarr Hastie); son-in-law of Lois and the late Ron Chamberlain; brother-in-law of Ron (Beth) Chamberlain Jr. and Michael (Allyson) Chamberlain; and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Michael enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing games with his daughters and going to car cruises. Services and interment will be held privately. Arrangements entrusted to the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. In lieu of flowers, donations to Trust for Cassandra Rylee and Lydia Jasmine Casper, Citizens Bank, 400 Northtowne Square, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Cehlar, Carol M. 81

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1934-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Carol "Vergie" M. (Baacke) Cehlar, 81, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Rankin, a daughter of late Peter and Elizabeth (Papp) Baacke. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in North Versailles, the Hilltoppers Pensioners Club and the Senior Citizens of North Versailles. She worked as a barmaid and manager at the Royal Cafe in Braddock and the Braddock Elks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilbur "Bill" Baacke; and best friends, Chet and Olga Christopher. She is survived by daughter, Theresa (Tom Jr.) Leicht, of North Versailles; sisters, Andrea "Tina" Harbadin, of North Huntingdon, and Delberta "Dutchie" Wajtowicz, of East McKeesport; nieces, nephews and their children; and best friend, Eleanor Sherman and family of Forest Hills. Private interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Township. Arrangements handled by the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Conley, Louis D. 82

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1932-12-13
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Louis D. Conley, 82, of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born Dec. 13, 1932, in New Kensington, to the late William and Violet Goodman Conley, and has been a lifelong member of the community. He served his country in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He operated our first defense radar, always watching Russian air space. Later, Louis worked and retired from Alcoa as a machinist for more than 33 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Pirates and the Steelers, gardening and especially loved his family's pets. Surviving Louis are his children, Debora Dunn, of Lower Burrell, Stanley (Betty Jo) Klimczyk, of Cheswick, and Toni Conley Hover, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Caleb and Tarah Dunn and Kevin Hover Jr.; and four great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kevin III, Joseph and Briana. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethel E. Conley, in 2004; four brothers; three sisters; a grandson, Troy; and three daughters, Pam, Cindy and Linda. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with burial to follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with military honors. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Corl, Gene H. 82

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Gene H. Corl, 82, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 61 years of Elsie; loving father of Cheryll Atticks and her husband, Jim, and Linda Weiss and her husband, Rob; adored grandfather of Melissa Stubenbort (Sean), Stephen Weiss (fiancee, Jess Ozarchuk), Valerie Atticks (fiance, Al DeRiso), Stephanie Whanger (Ray) and Kevin Weiss; great-grandfather of Emmalyn and Kelsie Whanger; and brother of Paul Corl (Sue Ann) and the late Harry E. "Bud" Corl Jr. (surviving wife, Betty). He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry E. Sr. and Mildred Corl. Gene was a funeral director in Monroeville and founder of the Gene H. Corl Funeral Chapel, which he opened in 1961. He was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. Gene was a member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, the Monroeville Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania and National Funeral Directors Associations and many other community organizations over the years. Friends will be received 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be following in Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Cross Roads Presbyterian Church or the Monroeville Fire Company No. 4, 4370 Northern Pike, Monroeville, where he was a founding member, will be greatly appreciated. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Coyner, Lynne E.

  • Stanton Heights
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Lynne E. Coyner, of Stanton Heights, passed unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Lou; mother of BJ (Michelle), Kelly and Danny; grandmother of Logan James Songer; daughter of Shirley Morris and the late Raymond Morris; sister of Elaine Grimes (Joey), Sharon Mitchell (Danny) and Janet Galbreath (Chris); daughter-in-law of Marie and the late James Coyner; sister-in-law of Karen Fey (Ralph), Jimmy Coyner (Candie), Annemarie Reckhouse (Jim) and Krista Coyner; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lynne was a selfless, loving and compassionate woman who lived for her family and touched many lives. A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, www.core.org.
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DeSimone, Eva 89

  • Homestead
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Anderson, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Eva DeSimone, 89, of Homestead died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Frank DeSimone; loving mother of Chief Jeffrey DeSimone (Mary Beth O'Hare); grandmother of Justin and Jessica; and great-grandmother of Jenna, Emma and Marissa. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in RV ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 315 E. Tenth Ave., Homestead. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery Chapel.
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Fiedler, Ruth E. 96

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1919-05-27
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Ruth E. (Thornton) Fiedler, 96, of Moon Township, passed Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was born May 27, 1919, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late David and Ruth (Sterheim) Thornton. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank R. Fiedler, loving mother of Frank R. Fiedler Jr., of Moon Township, and Allen (Andrea) Fiedler, of Imperial; grandmother of Jeffrey, Sadielynn and Natalie Fiedler and Lisa Snedden; and great-grandmother of DeAnna, Heidi, Ashley, Tori and Christian. Ruth was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and loved making ceramics and teaching how to make ceramics to people. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at COPELAND's Moon Township, 981 Brodhead Road. Prayers of Transfer will be at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Moon Township. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Ford, Amaya and Alonna

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2015-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Amaya Janice Ford and Alonna Lynn Ford, infants, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. They are survived by their parents, Kayla Perkins and Deonte Ford; grandparents, Cheryl Gribschaw, Donna George and Glenn Ford; and aunt and uncles. Amaya and Alonna you were gone so fast; you grew for five months and we didn't know you would pass; into heaven you went; your two pretty lil faces were heaven sent; as you went from my body and left this earth, you got to meet your great-grandma shortly after your birth. Mommy and daddy will miss you so, you'll be back in their arms someday you know. Funeral arrangements are by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport.
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Garvin, Yvonne 85

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1929-10-31
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Yvonne "Bonnie" (Goettel) Fedorka Garvin, 85, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at The Palms at O'Neil in McKeesport. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Elizabeth, to the late Edmund Goettel and Bertha (Achtzehn) Goettel. Prior to her retirement, she was a cashier at the former Marraccini's in Elizabeth for 25 years. She was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and was also a former housemother at Grove City College. She is survived by three children, Lisa (Gualberto) Carhuaslla, of Squirrel Hill, Iva Fedorka, of Crafton, and Paul (Lisa) Fedorka, of Humble, Texas; two stepchildren, Beverly Christian, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., and Frederick L. (Cathleen) Garvin Jr., of West Newton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; one step-great-grandson; brother, Ernest Goettel, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Alma Jarvis, of Belle Vernon; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Fedorka and Frederick L. Garvin Sr.; sisters, Charlotta Cain, Iva Metz and Emma Joll; and brothers, Brinton, Emmett "Bill" and Edmund Goettel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Walter Pietschmann and the Rev. Jay M. Hollinsworth officiating. Private burial will be held at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 S. Third Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Goldinger, June P. 87

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • June Patricia Goldinger, 87, of Meadville, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was the mother of Carol (Charles) Baker, Thomas (Caroline) Goldinger and Patti (Michael) Metzgar; grandfather of Michael and Scott Baker, Thomas Jr., Adam and Pauline Goldinger, Peter, Nicholas and Amy Cupples; also survived by nine great-grandchildren; and sister of Dorothy Helffrich and Donald Flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert Goldinger. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Susanna Church, where she was a founding member in 1960. Contributions acknowledged to Autism Society of Westmoreland County, 544 Hickory Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601; or the Wesbury Foundation, 31 Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335.
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Hagosky, Helen R.

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen R. (Nedel) Wilson Hagosky, 90, of East McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, James; mother of Helen (Wilson) Winterbottom and Mary Ann (Hagosky) Ruffing; also survived by six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew Wilson; and grandson, Andrew Jr. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035., 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Hahn, Rita G. 65

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Rita G. Hahn, 65, of Plum Borough, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. She was the beloved wife of James T. Sr.; mother of Kim (Martin) Hadlum, Becky (George) Hahn and James T. Jr. (Kate) Hahn; grandmother of Steven, Sawyer, Scarlett, Braedon and Sydney; great-grandmother of Andrew; daughter of Anna and the late Calvin Davis; sister of Carol Yengich, Barbara Livingston and Calvin (Vickie) Davis; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Rita was a motorcycle, Penguin and beach lover. Friends were received Tuesday and Wednesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.
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Howard, Maxine G. 63

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1952-04-13
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Maxine G. Howard, 63, of Tarentum, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born April 13, 1952, in Natrona Heights, to the late Mack and Bette Jean Pendleton Howard, and was a 1970 graduate of Kiski High School. Maxine was a faithful member and servant of the Vermont Baptist Church of New Kensington, where she served as an usher. She enjoyed cooking and collecting elephants and knick-knacks, shopping and visiting consignment shops. She had a servant spirit and loved to make sure everyone was comfortable and okay. She fervently loved the Lord, her family and her friends. She was an assembler and production line worker for Kensington Windows for more than 13 years. Surviving are her son, Christopher (Michele) Howard, of Plum Borough; two granddaughters, Kyisha Howard-Bentz and Kacy Howard; her fiance of 16 years, Randy Carter; and her siblings, Andre Howard, of Orlando, Fla., Roland (Flora) Wilson, of San Antonio, Texas, and Jacqueline (Jan) Willingham, of New Kensington. The viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2015, in Vermont Baptist Church/First Lutheran Church, Kenneth and Ridge Aves., New Kensington. The Rev. William Zachary will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Karpinsky, Helen 99

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Helen Karpinsky, 99, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She is the daughter of the late Paul and Anna (Minarcik) Bak; wife of the late Frank Karpinsky; mother of Frank (Paully) Karpinsky, of Long Beach, Miss., and Robert (Audrey) Karpinsky, of Cranberry; also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was a member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church and Faith Circle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Mark Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jack Hernstrom. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Katavitch, Janice A. 51

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1964-08-16
  • Died: 2015-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East Mc Keesport | Get Directions
  • Janice Ann (Sloane) Katavitch, 51, of North Versailles, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. She was born Aug. 16, 1964, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Howard M. and Irene Mae (Blasko) Sloane. She is survived by her partner of more than 15 years, James Morgan; son, Jon N. Moon and his fiancee, Kasey Yauch; and granddaughter, Kynslee Moon. She will be missed by her cats, Optimus and Sox; and dog, Buddy. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Braodway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Kelly, Ira W. 69

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Pastor Ira Wilbur Kelly, 69, of Plum Borough, gained his eternal reward Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The son of the late Norman and Alice (Rider) Kelly, and beloved brother of Eugene (Linda) Kelly, he was born and raised in the mountains of Fairlea, W. Va., where he gained his love for nature and God's beautiful creation. A proud retired Army veteran, Pastor Kelly faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War, including two years as a POW, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his valor and bravery. During his later years, Pastor Ira became an ordained Baptist minister, and pastored his flock at the First Baptist Church of Glassport. He will forever be loved and missed and his memory cherished by his family including his loving, faithful wife, Pastor Joann Kelly; his children, Brandy Wykle (Jason), Susan McCormick (the late Daniel, his very best friend who meets him at the pearly gates), John Babl (Patty), Linda Rump (Kevin) and his beloved late daughter, Lisa Kelly. The best pappy in the whole world, he is survived by his grandchildren, Melinda, Christina, Jeri Ann, Patrick, Megan, John, Corey, Kevin, Patricia, Cassie, Jake, Joshua, Joey, Samantha, Garrett, Rihanna, Rachel and Reina; and nieces, Beth, Missy and Sandy. He is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and many friends. A gentle, humble, down-to-earth man, Pastor Ira was truly loved by everyone who knew him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything "manly". His life is a testimony to those who hold true to the faith, and we will forever be blessed for calling him our own. Friends were welcomed Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Stephen Uber, officiating. Interment with military honors followed at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Kowalski, Victor R. 82

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1933-03-15
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Victor R. Kowalski, 82, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. He was born March 15, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Helen (Radzazewski) Kowalski. He was retired from U.S. Steel Homestead Works with more than 30 years of service as a blacksmith helper. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, the Teutonia Mannerchor Club in Duquesne and the Moose. He enjoyed spending time with his family at our trailer. He was the beloved husband for 63 years on Sept. 8 to Shirley J. (Fullard) Kowalski; father of Gloria (Ron) Schafer, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Lisa (Craig) Marasco, of Elizabeth Township, Kimberly Moore, of West Mifflin, and Julie (Brad) Danjou, of Polk City, Fla.; grandfather of Melany (Rob) Schafer Yep, Brooke (Tim) Barnard, Elliott, Madison and Savannah Moore and Dane and Andra Marasco; great-grandfather of Sawyer Barnard; brother-in-law of Gladys Reihms, of Brentwood; also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Florence, Stephan, Walter and Samuel Kowalski and Rose Marie Pall. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Kukleski, H. Robert 87

  • Forest Hills , Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • H. Robert "Cooky" Kukleski, 87, of Forest Hills, formerly a longtime resident of Braddock, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred "Midge" (Skibinski) Kukleski for 52 years; and loving father of Robert, David and Leslie Ann Kukleski. Cooky was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, a steelworker for Bethlehem Steel and, most importantly, a wonderful dad. He was successful in life and found happiness in everyday moments. Prayer was a part of his daily routine and he spoke often of his many blessings. Cooky cherished the company and conversation of others and always welcomed a good lottery number. His funny stories and good nature made him friends quickly and abundantly. He left his children with the gifts that could never be bought, wisdom, humor, generosity, faith and a grateful heart. He was recognized from many things and best described by one of his physicians during his last days by, "While you may be short on life, you certainly are long on wisdom." He could make friends with everyone and leaves behind many in addition to his loving family. Cooky's family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Gordon Handelsman, Heather, and Barb for their support and extraordinary care over the past few years. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Cooky will be laid to rest with military honors in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Libonati, James J. 82

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • James J. Libonati, 82, of Marshall Township, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the loving husband of the late M. Christine Libonati. James is the proud father of Jimmy Libonati, Joe Libonati, Cindy Dumont, Johnny Libonati and Aaron Libonati; grandfather of Nick Libonati, Julie Furman, Adam Libonati, Corey Libonati, Jamie Rhodes, Jonathan Dumont, Anthony Libonati, Erica Libonati and Jocelyn Libonati; and great-grandfather of Carson Rhodes and Chase Furman. James was always eager to discuss what it meant to be a Penn State Dad and Granddad. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, fought in the Korean War in 1950-51, where he carried a Browning automatic rifle. James is the recipient of three Purple Hearts from wounds suffered during combat. James was a man who took the motto "God, Family, Country" very seriously and was a man of great faith. He loved working outside around the house, cutting grass and making sure that all of his landscaping was in top shape. He will be missed dearly by everybody who surrounded him, especially the family dog, Surge. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in SS John and Paul Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Libonati, M. Christine 61

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • M. Christine (Mihm) Libonati, 61, of Marshall Township, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of James J. Libonati. She is the loving mother of Aaron Libonati; sister of Alma Aquadro, Dennis Mihm, Norman Mihm, Barbara Schwahn, John Mihm and the late Robert Mihm. Chris was so proud to be a Penn State Mom and loved having her son home while he was not at school. She enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family, especially her chicken ala king, chili and macaroni salad recipes. She was a talented cleaner around the house; nobody would ever have a cleaner house than Chris. She enjoyed having friends and family visit and made sure that guests were always comfortable and well fed. She will be greatly missed by the family dog, Surge. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in SS John and Paul Catholic Church, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Lockwood, Robert A. 68

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Butch" Lockwood, 68, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the Veterans Hospital, Aspinwall. Arrangements will be announced by SALOOM -REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, when complete.
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Lockwood, Robert A. 68

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1947-05-12
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Lockwood, 68, of Pittsburgh and Butler, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Aspinwall. Robert was born May 12, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Leonard and Eleanor Benko Lockwood. Robert was a 1965 graduate of East High School, Rochester, N.Y., and attended the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. Robert was a Vietnam veteran, serving with and retiring from the Air Force. He was a member of the North American Hunting Club and the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his brothers, Cade F. Lockwood (Carol), of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Allen F. Lockwood (Annette), of Harrisburg. Private interment will be in the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Robert's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Miele, Madeline E.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Madeline Estella (Penrod) Miele, of Swisshelm Park, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Crescente Miele; loving mother of Robert C. Miele and his wife, Rosemarie, of Swisshelm Park, and Vito D. Miele and his wife, Kathleen, of North Huntingdon; dear Grandma Madeline of Robert Miele, Jennifer Maloney and her husband, Michael, Susan Voinchet and her husband, Robert, David Miele and his wife, Jessica, and Amy Panneton and her husband, David; great-grandmother of Katherine, Laura, Peter, Julia, John, Robby, Maddie, Isabella, Christopher and Tommy; daughter of the late Estella and George Penrod; and sister of the late Ruth, George and Thelma. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mowry, Gale E. 96

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1918-09-17
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gale E. Mowry, 96, of Pleasant Hills died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Delmont. He was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Pleasant Hills, the son of the late Charles E. Mowry and Edith (Tompkins) Mowry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allene (Oskin) Mowry; and eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by five children, Joan Mowry, Barbara (Andy) Ogrodnik, Calvin (Nancy) Mowry, Mary (Mike) Zastempa and Ruth (George) Kereczman; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bob (Audrey) Oskin; and multiple cousins, nieces and nephews. Gale had been a farmer with his father until the early 1950s, did work with home builders, and retired after 25 years with the Pleasant Hills Borough Sewage Treatment Plant. His passion was vegetable gardening - best sweet corn in the world! There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Red Cross or the Jefferson United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, (412-655-4600). Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Mozelewski Sr., Ralph C. 85

  • Formerly of Natrona
  • Born: 1930-02-08
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Ajak, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Ralph C. Mozelewski Sr., 85, formerly of Natrona and Arnold, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. Born Feb. 8, 1930, in Natrona, he was the son of the late Alexander Mozelewski and Victoria (Kylczynski) Rosewicz Mozelewski. Mr. Mozelewski was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War and was a life member of the American Legion Post 48 Natrona. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with a Bronze star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. He worked at Allegheny Ludlum in the 8-7 Department Natrona melt shop for 42 years, and retired in 1992. He was a member of St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph Parish, Natrona, the former Natrona Fire Department, Western PA Firemen's Association, Polish National Alliance No. 599, Natrona, and Polish Roman Catholic Union, Natrona. Survivors include his children, Ralph (Mary Ann) Mozelewski Jr., of Crafton, Stephen (Diane) Mozelewski, of Plum, Louann Mozelewski Leighlitner, of Natrona, Vicki Mozelewski, of Coraopolis, Lori (Michael) Maystrovich, of Arnold, Mary Jo (Tony) Naccarato, of Upper Burrell, James (Alma) Erb, of Natrona Heights, and Christy (Sadhana) Neal, of Natrona; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Richard Mozelewski, Marcella Ciecierski, Sylvester Mozelewski and Irene Supansic. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jane, Leo, Betty, Francis, Valeria, Cecelia and Walter. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 2 Pine St. and River Ave., Natrona, where parting prayers will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at noon in St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, 48 Spruce St., Natrona. Burial will be held Monday with full military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.
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Nicholson, Marie 86

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Marie Rice Nicholson, 86, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Paramount Senior Living in Seven Fields. Marie is survived by her husband of 37 years, James L. Nicholson; her children, Monica Rice Mitchell (James), of Alpharetta, Ga., and Megan Rice Cunningham (Thomas), of Pittsburgh; her grandchildren, Lauren Mitchell Volker (Brian), Stephen Mitchell, Ben, Don and Morgan Cunningham; as well as her stepchildren, Jim, Linda and John Nicholson; and step-grandchild, Chloe, of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and Frank DelMonaco, of Forest Hills; and first husband, Benjamin Rice, to whom she was married for 24 years. Marie enjoyed spending time with her family, was an avid bridge player and loved to travel, having visited nearly every state in the U.S., cruised the Caribbean and toured in Europe. Friends will be received at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Eloise B. Kyper Funeral Home, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116, for a short gathering that will be immediately followed by a memorial service. The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Written tributes and memorials are welcomed and encouraged at www.Kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Oliver, Richard A. 86

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1929-08-23
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Oliver, 86, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was born Aug. 23, 1929, to the late Anthony and Helen (O'Donnell) Oliver. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Janet (Holzer) Oliver; father of Nikki (John) Lewis, Jan Marie Oliver (Milo), Tony Oliver (Lori) and the late Marc L. Oliver; devoted grandfather of Danielle (Jim) Skirtich and Richard Boscardin; and eldest brother of Luisa "Toots" (the late Russell) Klapach, Matthew (Virginia) Oliver, Mary Ellen "Chickie" (Bob) Furar, Fran (Bea) Oliver, Carol (Tim) Pratt, Marge (Sonny) Quinn and Barbara (Don) Aleski. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Judy (Holzer) Lutz; and several nieces and nephews. Rich was a respected and valued businessman who co-owned Carnegie IGA for 18 years and had a great passion for sports. He was a man of tremendous integrity and generosity who would do anything he could help others. He will be greatly missed by all of those who had the opportunity to really know him for the kind and honorable person he truly was. Family and friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 333 East Carson St., Suite 4441e Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Pickell, Catherine E. 68

  • Upper Saint Clair
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Catherine Ellen (Stegman) Pickell, 68, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She was the daughter of the late Regis and Phoebe Jane Stegman; wife of Donald Pickel; loving mother of Donald (Nora), Joseph (Deanna), Matthew (Kat), Christopher (Christy) and Emily; beloved grandmother of DJ, Charles, Matthew, Jonathan, Hope, Johanna, Nicholas, Anna, Ciara, Franka and Joseph; sister of Veronica Goltz (Gary), Regis Stegman (Leslie), Jane Stash (Tim), Kathleen Shriane (Kevin), Richard Stegman (Anne) and Teresa Ruffing (Michael); and beloved aunt of 24 nieces and nephews and grand-nieces. Cathy was a beloved friend to so many. She was a longtime member of St Louise guild and the longest ever serving USC band parent. She adored her grandchildren. She will be remembered forever for her constant kindness, generosity and humor. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends and Family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Upper St. Clair. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Pizzuto, Anthony E. 85

  • Friendship/Bloomfield
  • Born: 1929-10-11
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros., Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Anthony E. Pizzuto, Ph.D., walked the earth until Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, when he passed peacefully at home in the Friendship/Bloomfield area, with loved ones at his bedside, including devoted wife, Carol (Tabacek) Pizzuto, who stayed by him until his last breath, and cousin, Bonnie Morrow. He lived in the house most of his 85 years. Anthony was born Oct. 11, 1929, one week before the stock market crash. Tony loved to share stories about his ancestors, including his late parents, Amelia and Ernest Pizzuto. He valued family above all else, and leaves behind his dearly loved sister, Carmela Grecco, of Florida; and daughter, Christine Marie Angela Pizzuto, of Arizona (fiance, Daniel Scott Collins). In his final days, he cherished visits and calls from those close enough to stop by: nephew, David Grecco; niece, Jill Wickerham; phone calls from niece, Patti Bonagiano, of Florida, and many other relatives, near and far, for whom he cherished a deep affection. During his life, he worked in public relations, training and development, and did proofing for a law firm. The United Way, West Penn Power and Calgon Corporation (from which he retired after 27 years) all enjoyed his tenure. He also did editing for PPG Industries and technical writing for small businesses. Tony was known for his kindness, gentle spirit and integrity. His passions included history, ancestry, writing and music, especially opera and musicals. He sang in Sacred Heart Parish choir for 40 years, and later researched and wrote about the choir's history. He served as a member of parish council in earlier years. Tony enjoyed watching his neighborhood change over time and believed he and his wife lived on the "best block in town." He enjoyed friends and neighbors and loved telling stories. He was brilliant, chivalrous, loving, funny and well-respected. He rarely went anywhere without striking up a conversation with a stranger or an old friend, as he knew many people in Pittsburgh over his long life. We celebrate his remarkable life, though we will miss him profoundly. May his gentle heart rest in peace. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sacred Heart Church Organ Restoration Fund.
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Plassio, Dennis P. 62

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dennis P. Plassio, 62, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was the husband of Susan (Reid) Plassio; stepfather of Ronda Kelly, Robert, David and Jillian Boyd; also 12 grandchildren; brother of Bruce, Ricky and Jerry Plassio. Friends received from 2 p.m. until the blessing service at 6 p.m. Saturday at CHARLES W.TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
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Reese, Allen T. 45

  • Port Vue , Formerly of Versailles
  • Born: 1970-05-13
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Allen Thomas Reese, 45, of Port Vue, formerly of Versailles and Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. He was born May 13, 1970, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Thomas T. and Judith Elaine Allen Reese. Allen was a graduate of Slippery Rock University. He is survived by his daughter, Hannah (fiance, Matthew) Reese, of East McKeesport; brother, Brian (Bobbie Jo) Reese, of New Castle; sister, Carin L. Gregory, of Irwin; grandchildren, Alayna and Colton Brown; aunt, Susan (Marsha) Hamadock, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a niece, Jessica Gregory; and a nephew, Ryan Gregory. Private visitation and service were held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in the chapel of the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Interment followed at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Ryan, Mary M. 86

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Ryan, 86, of Forest Hills, formerly of Brookline, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul W. Ryan; loving mother of Mary Pat (the late John) Harper, Elizabeth "Libby" (Clifford) Keough, Paul (Pui) Ryan, Rita (Ronald) Campbell and Sheila (Jim) Fries; and dear sister of Beatrice (the late Regis) Whiteside, Dorothy (the late Henry) Baumiller, Joseph (Rose) Mitsch and the late Sylvester (Phyllis) Mitsch. Mary believed in strong family values and was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a retired secretary from Duquesne University and a frequent volunteer at Angels' Place in Swissvale. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Mary's home parish of St. Maurice Church, followed by burial in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Angels' Place, 2538 Woodstock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Sabol Sr., Eugene J. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1947-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Gino" Sabol Sr., 67, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident in West Virginia. Born Sept. 24, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of Mary (Spirnak) Sabol and the late John J. Sabol. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin. He was the proprietor of Gene's Homeville Service Center, and a proud Army Vietnam veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Eugene J. Sabol Jr., of West Mifflin, and a daughter, Rachael (Bill) Fike, of South Park; two sisters, Marian (Michael) Gross, of Dumfries, Va., and Audrey (Frank) Steiner, of West Mifflin; two grandchildren, Aidan and Ashton Fike; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant, daughter, Angel Sabol. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Holy Trinity Church (everyone please meet at church) with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Estate of Mr. Sabol, c/o Wm. S. Skovranko Memorial Home, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Sargent, Phyllis

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1921-07-13
  • Died: 2015-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Phyllis Pollock Sargent, of Longwood at Oakmont, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. Born July 13, 1921, in California, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Strickler and Nellie Williams Pollock. Phyllis was raised in Vestaburg and California, attending school there and graduating from California State Teachers College (now California University of Pennsylvania). On June 6, 1943, she married her high school sweetheart, Lowrie B. Sargent Jr., at the Presbyterian Church in California, Pa. Together they welcomed four children, raising them in New Kensington and Indiana Township, outside of Pittsburgh. Phyllis became an elementary school teacher, earning a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and worked as a second-grade teacher and reading specialist in Fairview and Kerr schools within the Fox Chapel School District. She and Lowrie were charter members of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where she was an active volunteer during the children's youth. After retirement, Phyllis began to volunteer at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital (now UPMC St. Margaret) and ultimately became president of the Volunteer Board and president of the Women's Auxiliary. She contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer service. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Nellie Pollock Kelly and Mildred Pollock Titus; two brothers, Winton and Willerton Pollock; and great-grandson, Aidan Russell. She is survived by her daughters, Dianne S-P. Cermak (Gregory), of Sudbury, Mass., Cathy Sargent Mester (Richard), of Erie, and Elizabeth Sargent Ross (Mark), of Bethel Park; and by her son, Lowrie B. Sargent III (Chris), of Camden, Maine. She is further survived by grandchildren, John Chamberlain, Laura Brown, Cari Russell (John), Clark Mester, Benjamin Ross and Julia Ross; great-grandchildren, Austin Koch (Peter), Graham Brown, Eion Russell and Emma Russell; and by great-great-grandsons, Tyler Suarez and Jameson Koch. Friends and relatives were received Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, followed by a funeral service, at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, 412-828-3535. Interment followed in Allegheny Cemetery next to her husband.
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Schmidt, Arleen 76

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1938-12-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Arleen Thomas Schmidt, 76, of Dravosburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 3, 1938, in Canonsburg, to the late George Thomas and Mary Ann McCartney Thomas. Arleen was a graduate of St. Peter's High School in McKeesport and a member of Corpus Christi Parish. Arleen worked as a receptionist for Westinghouse transportation division. She was an avid reader and considered her greatest joy to be her family. She was preceded in death by son, David Schmidt; and sister, Carol Bradley. She is survived by daughters, Maureen (Bill) Cleary, of North Versailles, Suzanne (Jim) Spakauskas, of Gibsonia, and Jennifer (Jeff) Meier, of Pittsburgh; and son, Ron (Kelly) Schmidt, of North Huntingdon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a loving Meme to 10 grandchildren, Brandon and Jordan Cleary, Laura, Michael, Joshua and Tyler Schmidt, Marty Konopka, Brian and Rachel Spakauskas and Amy Hentzschel; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN INC., 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Church with Father Michael Maranosky. Entombment will follow at Lebanon Chapel Mausoleum of West Mifflin.
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Schneider, Louis A. 96

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Louis A. Schneider, 96, of Allison Park, formerly of McCandless, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret "Peg" (Cordon) Schneider; father of Patricia Schneider Smith (Roger), David L. Schneider (Mary Jane) and the late Janet Schneider Lahner (and her surviving spouse, William F. Lahner); brother of the late Agnes Rhodes, Charles, Jane Smith, George, Harry, Margaret Russell, Sara Reiling, John William and Dr. Robert Schneider; proud grandfather of Colleen Davis (Hamilton), Matthew Smith, Tyler Smith, Dr. Patrick Schneider, Peter Schneider, Molly Schneider and Katherine Parker (Stephen). Louis enjoyed a 41-year career with Dravo Corporation. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVILN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Neumann Church. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
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Segriff, Annabelle M. 89

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1926-04-02
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Annabelle M. Segriff, 89, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born April 2, 1926, in Tarentum, a daughter of the late Theodore and Edna (Simmers) Thimons. She lived her entire life in Tarentum, where she was a homemaker. Annabelle also worked for a time at TW Phillips Gas, Valley News and ALCOA during World War II. She was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and a 1944 graduate of Tarentum High School. Annabelle enjoyed bingo, Pirates baseball, TV sports, playing cards and especially cooking for her family. Survivors include her sons, Patrick T. (Nancy) Segriff, of Tarentum, and John M. (Sheri) Segriff, of Brackenridge; grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Telecky, of Ohio, Brian Segriff, of Butler, Olivia Clark, of Ft. Mill, S.C., and Jesse Pryor, of Gastonia, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Kelly Clark and Electra Fox. Also surviving are her siblings, Mary Kish, of Leechburg, Albert (Peggy) Thimons, of Dorseyville, and Raymond (Florence) Thimons, of Fox Chapel. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Segriff, in 1978; son Robert L. Segriff, in 1995; a brother, John Thimons; and sister, Agnes McCullough. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Interment will be in Sacred Heart-St. Peter Cemetery, Tarentum. Family suggests contributions to Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Seneca, Dominick 57

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dominick Seneca, 57, of Gibsonia, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was the wonderful husband of Patricia; great father of Stephen (Kimberly) Bruno, Luke (Kristin) Bruno and Dominique Seneca; loving pappy to Abigail Bruno; brother of Joseph, Paul, Putzer, Lucia, Rudy, Carolyn and Chris Seneca and their spouses; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends received from 2 p.m. until the time of the blessing service at 8 p.m. Thursday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills.
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Smialek, Peter P.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Peter P. Smialek, of Monroeville, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was a son of the late John and Mary Smialek; twin brother of Andrew Smialek and brother of Clara Kujava; and brother-in-law of Mary Smialek. He was preceded in death by siblings, Ed, Joseph, Louise and Gladys. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 until 8 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Parting prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery with military honors.
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Smith, Donald A. 53

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1961-10-22
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Donald Allen Smith, 53, of Greenock, went home to be with his Savior Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 22, 1961, in McKeesport, and was the son of Patricia Anne Barchanowicz Smith, of Greenock, and the late Donald William Smith, who died Nov. 30, 2013. Donald attended Park Baptist Church, Versailles. He was a gentle, kind, decent and amazing man and fought his illness with a silent strength. Donald touched a lot of souls and will surely be missed. He always said, "Share the smile," and he gave everyone a mint. Donald was an avid photographer who took beautiful photographs. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Kenneth C. (Joan) Smith, of Lincoln Borough; sister, Patricia (Thomas) Orzulak, of Lawrence, Kan.; aunt, Genevieve Snitcher, of Ashtabula, Ohio; godfather, Dominic Guido, of Easton; special niece, Jenny Cedar, and nieces, Carrie Shellgren and Elizabeth Lenhart, who was also his goddaughter; nephews, Joshua and Joseph Smith and Matthew Orzulak; great niece, Laney Urban, and great-nephew, Cage Cedar; and cousins, and lifelong friends and adopted brothers, Erik Smith and Anthony Naperatz. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Rudy Mayak and the Rev. James Crosby, officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Smith, Lorraine A. 61

  • Bunola , Formerly of Emporium
  • Born: 1953-11-21
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Lorraine A. Smith, 61, of Bunola, formerly of Emporium, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at home after battling numerous ailments over the years. Born Nov. 21, 1953, in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Francis "Tim" LaBrozzi and Marie (Caldwell) LaBrozzi. On June 16, 1973, Lorraine married Stephen C. Smith, at St. Mark's Church in Emporium. Lori was a loving, energetic caretaker of her family, who enjoyed cooking, needlepoint and crocheting. She dedicated her life to making their lives easier to bear. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Antoinette Smith, of San Diego, Calif., and Roberta Smith, of Pittsburgh; son, Eric Smith, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Luke Smith and Benjamin Bordogna; foster children, Matt Sebetich, of Monessen, and Randy Makin, of Johnstown; sisters, Catherine Schlotzhauer, of Florida, Judith LaBrozzi, of Canton, Ohio, and Vicki (Rick) Hollowell, of Tennessee; also aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Nicole Ann Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221, North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral services will be private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Smith-Dufala, A. Kristin 65

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • A. Kristin (Greller) Smith-Dufala, 65, of Sewickley, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford, after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 65, though always had a youthfulness and vigor that belied her age. A lifelong Sewickley resident, Kris grew up at Rock Top Farm, her family's homestead in Sewickley Heights. After graduating from of the Ellis School in Shadyside, she earned her bachelor's degree in business from Boston University and returned to Pittsburgh to begin a career in retailing. She got her start as an assistant buyer for the former Gimbel's Department Store. With a natural eye for color, design and craftsmanship, she soon became a buyer of home furnishings for May Co.'s Kaufmann's Department Store Division. She managed purchasing, advertising and merchandising of textiles, furniture, lamps and decorative accessories during a period when Kaufmann's expanded from eight to 46 stores. After 21 years at Kaufmann's, Kris became merchandise coordinator for the Pittsburgh operations of Mikasa in the late 1990s, which at the time ranked as the third largest U.S. importer of home decorative accessories. She later moved to Levin's, a Smithton-based home furnishings retailer, where she spent six years as a merchandising manager, responsible for products worth $50 million of the company's sales. Looking for a break from the road travel, hours and pace of retail, Kris began an early retirement in 2004, though quickly found she didn't tolerate too much idle time well. Always gregarious and industrious, she picked up part-time jobs to put her back among people, first at the former Select Food Market's deli in Sewickley and later helping run a liquidation sale at Travel Wares. After another hiatus, she went back to retail in 2012, staging store liquidations in Pennsylvania and Michigan for R.J. Rau Co. Despite an impressive career, Kris wasn't all work. She was full of play and loved entertaining. For her, great fun revolved around great meals, whether at good restaurants or from her own kitchen. A self-described "foodie," she was a wonderful cook and loved nothing more than donning an apron and preparing soup-to-nuts dinner parties, not uncommonly for 20 or more guests. As much as Kris enjoyed a hearty meal, she enjoyed a hearty laugh. With her quick wit and quirky humor, she was great company, the quintessential "people person." But she also liked time alone indulging her not-so-guilty pleasures. She doted on her Siamese cats and loved lounging with them in bed or on the couch while she paged through magazines, read books and took in a steady stream of what she jokingly called "bad TV." She was a news junkie and also a fan of documentaries, cooking and travel shows and sitcoms. "The Big Bang Theory" was a favorite. Kris brought her marvelous sense of style to everything she did. Among other ways, she put her stamp on two seaside cottages on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The first, she and her husband Allen renovated and called "Surroundings". The second, they built and called "Watercolours". Kris had first visited the Outer Banks with a friend in her youth. They slept in a tent and she vowed then to one day own a house there. It was just one of the dreams she turned into reality. Her home on the Pamlico Sound was her idea of heaven. Given God's grace and her own indomitable spirit, she managed a final visit there just two months before her death. In addition to her husband, Allen Dufala, Kris is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Greller, of Baltimore, Md.; her brother, Andrew Greller (Caroline), of Sewickley; her mother and father-in-law, Dorothy and Arthur Dufala, of Arizona; her stepdaughter, Lucy Dufala, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Karen Hayes (Robert), of New York, Judith Beall (the late Joseph), of Virginia, and D.J. Patella (Rick), of Arizona; and nieces, Sydney Beall, Spencer Beall and Hannah Beall, of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Audrey Greller; her father, Andrew Greller; her stepmother, Alice Greller; and her stepson, A. Henry Dufala. A memorial service will be held for Kris at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Christ Church Grove Farm. Arrangements by COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Wexford site, American Cancer Society or the Pittsburgh Association for the Blind.
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Tittler, Sister Patricia 78

  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden | Get Directions
  • Sister Patricia Tittler (Sister Sebastian), CSJ, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Sewickley Valley Hospital in her 60th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of Paul and Elsie Coons Tittler, Sister Patricia entered the Congregation from St. Theresa Parish in Altoona. Sister ministered in the field of education for more than 35 years in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Altoona/Johnstown and Sioux Falls, S.D. She served as teacher, including six years at Sacred Heart School in Altoona, and as principal including Transfiguration, Monongahela, St. Bede and St. Raphael in Pittsburgh and 10 years at St. Bernard School in Mt. Lebanon. Sister Patricia also ministered as principal and pastoral care coordinator at St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D., and as director of education at Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Walls, Miss. From 1998 to 2003, Sister served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She was co-manager at St. Thomas More Manor in Bethel Park, and manager of Beechview Manor from 2007 to the present. Throughout her life, Sister Patricia reached out in service to others with care and compassion. She was an excellent teacher and dedicated administrator. She generously served on several boards and committees where she shared her gifts of wisdom and insight. Sister Pat is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Leo Tittler, of Timonium, Md., and Robert Tyler (Judy), of Tinley Park, Ill.; nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sisters' Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds. Donations in the name of Sister Patricia may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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Tomasits Sr., Joseph A. 82

  • Baldwin
  • Born: 1933-05-22
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Joseph Anthony Tomasits Sr., a resident of Baldwin Borough for 50 years, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Joe was born May 22, 1933, and grew up in Mungeltown. He was the husband of 32 years to the late Jean (Bocheneck), and of seven years to the late Patricia (Boyle Long); father of Michael C. (Suzanne), Andrew J. (Jennifer) and the late Joseph A. Jr. (survived by Alicia) Tomasits; grandfather of Joseph M., Julia Jean, Jack C., Lea, Alex and Jake; brother of the late James R., Albert R. and Paul E. Tomasits; also survived by many in-laws, nieces and cousins. I love you all. Joe was a Korean War veteran, attended the University of Pittsburgh and was the general superintendent for Noralco Corporation for 50 years. He was a board member serving on the Baldwin Planning Commission, EDS, and the Baldwin Historical Society. Joe was also a member of the American Legion Nix-Vogel Post 935. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral Prayer at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to the Baldwin Borough Library, 41 Macek Drive No. 115, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Tutsie, Sister Agnes 88

  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Sister Agnes Cecilia Tutsie, SHS, the former Sister Anastasia Tutsie, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Marian Manor, at age 88. She entered the community of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit from Cardale. A graduate of Duquesne University, she taught in elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio and was an organist in the parish churches. Her latest assignment was at Immaculate Conception School in Bloomfield, from where she retired to the Motherhouse and eventually to Marian Manor. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anastasia Tutsie; and four siblings, Albert and Joseph and Mary and Cecilia. She is survived by her sisters, Theresa Kiec, of Aliquippa, Josie Danastasio, of Pittsburgh, and Stacy Greenwald, of Arizona; and a brother, Steve, of Idaho; nieces and nephews; and Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. A Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Motherhouse. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by interment in the cemetery of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Professional services were trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Tyler, Doris M. 86

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Doris M. "Buck" Tyler, 86, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at home. She was born in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Morlen and Victoria (Dennison) Buck. She was the wife of the late Edward W. Tyler Jr. III. Doris worked for many years as a home health aide taking care of people in their homes or her own. She was a member of the Highland Grove United Methodist Church. She is survived by three daughters; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. According to her wishes, there was no visitation. Private graveside services were held in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Arrangements were under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport.
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Watson, Maureen 93

  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Sister Maureen Watson (Mary Elizabeth), 93, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Convent of Mercy. She was a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 74 years. Born in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of John G. and Claire (Moran) Watson. Sister Maureen entered the Sisters of Mercy from St. Paul Cathedral Parish in Oakland in 1936 and made final vows in 1941. Sister Maureen earned a bachelor's degree from Mt. Mercy College (Carlow University) and a Master of Science of Education in guidance from Duquesne University. She taught at several area Catholic schools including St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Vincent and St. Xavier in Latrobe, St. Peter, in McKeesport, and Mt. Mercy Academy and Immaculate Conception, in Washington, Pa. After retiring from teaching, Sister Maureen was office manager for the weekend college at Carlow University for more than 10 years. She also volunteered at Mercy Hospital and later at the Convent of Mercy in Oakland. Even though both her sight and hearing were failing, Sister Maureen, a woman of deep faith, participated in community prayers and kept track of what was going on each day. You could always count on a straightforward answer from her, a "no fuss needed" person. Her sharp wit seemed to get even better as she aged. When you'd tell Sister Maureen about something that was happening in community or world news, she would often get a funny little half smile and come out with an especially astute observation. She was, as the Scripture says of Nathaniel, without guile. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kathleen Bowes; and brother, Monsignor James Watson. Sister Maureen is survived by a brother, John Watson, of Pittsburgh; as well as several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the chapel at the Convent of Mercy, followed by interment in St. Xavier Cemetery, Latrobe. Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or the Carlow University Scholarship Fund.
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Yerkins, Wayne J. 62

  • Springdale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Wayne J. Yerkins, 62, of Springdale, passed away at home Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh to the late Floyd and Betty Jane Jazbinsek Yerkins and has been a lifelong resident of the valley. Wayne graduated from Springdale High School in 1971 and was of the Catholic faith. Surviving Wayne are sisters, Elizabeth Darlene (Ed) Mavrinac, of Springdale, Karen (Pat) Allen, of Pooler, Ga., and Beverly (Sam) Lydic, of Springdale; and brother, Alan Yerkins, of Indiana Township. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Cliff Yerkins. Visitation and services will be private for family. Arrangement's supervised by the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Zelando, Margaret 94

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Margaret (Molitierno) Zelando, 94, departed peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Swissvale, formerly of Larimer Ave. She was the wife of the late Gus Zelando; loving mother of Joseph along with wife, Diane; and daughter, Connie, along with husband, Ronnie; grandmother to Diane, Kathy, Michele, Pamela and Joe; and also great-grandmother to seven great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by a brother and sisters, along with her many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Burczyk, Joachim W. 58

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Joachim "Jim" Walter Burczyk, 58, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, of natural causes, at his home. "We know that when Christ comes, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He really is." 1 John 3:2. When you arrive in heaven something wonderful will happen. A final transformation will occur. You will be just like Jesus. Of all the blessings of heaven, one of the greatest will be you! You will be God's magnum opus, his work of art. The angels will gasp. God's work will be completed. At last you will have a heart like his. You will love with a perfect love. You will worship with a radiant face. You'll hear each word God speaks. Your heart will be pure, your words will be like jewels, your thoughts will be like treasures. You will be just like Jesus. You will, at long last, have a heart like his. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Roxanne Norton Burczyk; his sons, Joachim "Jim" and his wife, Dallana, and their daughter, Kailey, and Rory and Christopher "Chris" Burczyk; his parents, Walter and Ilona Christa Burczyk; brothers, Peter and wife, Barbara, Burczyk and Ralph, and wife Shirley, Burczyk; and many nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Jim's life starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Burczyk home. Arrangements are by LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Carney, Susan D. 65

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Susan D. Carney, 65, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was the loving wife of Donald Carney; mother of Kevin and Keith (Jolene); grandmother of Hannah and Maxwell; sister of Kate (Patrick) Carney and Missy (Mike) Wasilick; and aunt of Lauren and Andrew Wasilick. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and John Carr; maternal and paternal grandparents; and her nephew, P.J. Carney. Susan was born July 10, 1950, in New Kensington, and attended the Allegheny Valley Nursing School to become a registered nurse, working as a psychiatric nurse for 40 years. She enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and vacationing at the beach. Susan was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in New Kensington and the Christian Mothers. There will be no visitation per her wishes. Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Professional Services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
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Chlebowski, Edward B. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1923-07-29
  • Died: 2015-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Edward B. Chlebowski, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at home with his loving wife by his side. Edward was born July 29, 1923, in Owensdale, a son of the late William and Mary Serwinski Chlebowski. Edward is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Kraisinger Chlebowski; and his three sons and their families, Edward Chlebowski and wife, Janet, of Mt. Pleasant, Dr. James Chlebowski and wife, Susan, of New Berlin, and Col. William Chlebowski and wife, Leslie, of Richmond, Va. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Lauren, Allison, Sam, Ethan, Peter, Gabriel and Cole; and many nieces and nephews. Edward is also survived by one brother, Albert Chlebowski and wife, Patty, of Scottdale; sisters, Theresa Marchewka, of Connellsville, Dorothy Szwed, of Scottdale, Cecelia Lago, of Jeannette; and sister-in-law, Marie Chlebowski, of New Castle. He was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Alex, Martin and Vincent Chlebowski; and sister, Regina Wojtas. Edward served his country in World War II in the European Theater, from Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, through the end of the war, earning a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. Four of Edward's brothers also served in Europe during World War II and, miraculously, all five brothers returned home. He worked at Overholt Distillery and for most of his life at Permali Inc. in Mt. Pleasant. He firmly believed in hard work and finishing every job, no matter what it was. Edward was an ambitious gardener for more than 50 years. For the past 25 years, Edward and his wife sold produce and baked goods at local farmers' markets and, as he got older, in the front yard of his home. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed any opportunity to fish or hunt. Some of his most treasured times were spent at Quarry Street camp with friends and family. He will be fondly remembered for his service to his country, his gratitude and happiness for the simple things in life, his work ethic, his many stories, his great sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone in need. In his final act of benevolence, Edward donated his body for scientific study through the Humanities Gifts Registry. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the partner parish of St. Joseph, Everson, with the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Joseph Church. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Cogley, Roger W. 78

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1936-10-27
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Roger W. Cogley, 78, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in McKeesport, a son of the late William H. and Eliner (Simpson) Cogley. Roger received a bachelor's degree from Bethany College and was a retired purchasing agent for Westinghouse Benelite, Manor. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a former longtime member and secretary of Norwin Rotary. He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Mary W. Devison Cogley; children, James R. "Rick" Cogley and his wife, Akiko, of Yokohama, Japan, Karen E. Sawall and her husband, John, of Woodbridge, Va., and Thomas R. Cogley, of Irwin; also his grandchildren, Kylie and Julie Cogley, Tavia Gatanas and Stephanie Sawall. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship room. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Crosby, Ira G. 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1924-01-19
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ira G. Crosby, 91, of Scottdale, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Jo-Ella's Personal Care Home, East Huntingdon Township. Ira was born Jan. 19, 1924, at Iron Bridge in East Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Ira G. Crosby Sr. and Ella Ridenour Crosby. He was married to Mary Catherine (Poorbaugh) Crosby, who passed away Nov. 9, 2005. Ira was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the founder of Crosby Electric Company and a retired employee of West Penn Power, where he had worked for 38 years. Ira formerly served as superintendent of Sunday school and was a deacon at the Wooddale Church of the Brethren and currently was a faithful member of the Wooddale Bible Brethren Church. A veteran of World War II, he served as an aviation electrician mate 3rd Class in the Navy and was awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal. Ira was also an active and dedicated board member and treasurer of the Bullskin Township Fair Association. Ira will be sadly missed by his loving family; his five children, Robert Crosby and wife, Betty, of Acme, Dennis Crosby and wife, Carol, Harold Crosby and wife, Jackie, and Ira Edward Crosby and wife, Camilla, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Gloria Ciezadlo and husband, Herb, of Chicago, Ill.; his eight grandchildren, Chad Crosby and wife, Kelli, Crystal Case and husband, Aaron, JeniLee Schultz and husband, Matthew, Cassie Jellots and husband, Justin, Lauren Solosky and husband, Nick, Leah Owens and husband, Ryan, and Austin and Alexander Grimm; his 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Lee Crosby (1977); and his three brothers, Kenneth, Wayne and Zane Crosby. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300, www.fergusonfunerals.com. GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Gary Witt officiating followed by graveside committal services and interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery next to his late wife with full military honors bestowed by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 446. The family wishes to expression their appreciation to Jo-Ella's Staff for their loving care. Love Lasts Forever!
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D'Argan Sr., David A. 75

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1940-02-26
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • David A. D'Argan Sr., 75, was called to be home with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at his residence in the Parnassus section of New Kensington. He was born in Mars, Butler County, on Feb. 26, 1940, and was a graduate of Ken-Hi. He served four years with the Army during the Vietnam War. David enjoyed shooting pool, family functions, watching the Steelers and spending time with his best friend, Jack, his dog. He was employed at Westinghouse, Model Box and the City of New Kensington, working at the City Garage. Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Geraldine Taper D'Argan; seven daughters, Justine E. Nolan, of New Kensington, Nina S. (Robert) Scott, of Arnold, Tanua L. D'Argan, of Brackenridge, Deneen (Raymond) Springs, of Pittsburgh, Michelle (John) D'Argan-Deegan, of Clark, N.J., Theresa (James) Wilder, of Arizona, and Lois (Artone) D"Argan-Bent, of Connecticut; three brothers, Fred (Lil) Bacon, Frank (Kathy) Luna and James Luna; sisters, Malta Langston, from Pittsburgh, and Ruth Bacon-Williams, of New York City, N.Y.; 39 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his three sons, David A. D'Argan Jr., Orlando A. D'Argan and Juan Miguel D'Argan; mother, Malta Bacon, and mother, Daisy Lee Hammond; father, Frank Luna; and brothers, Robert, Tammy, Richard, Eugene, Art, Joe and Louise Wayne Bacon; sisters, Lois Ford and Virginia Bacon; and his grandmother, Laura Duncan. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lovie Scott will officiate. Following the service, military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Washington County. To leave an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Davis, Donald L. 53

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Donald L. "Digger" Davis, 53, of Trafford, formerly of Pitcairn, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was a beloved son of Dorothy (Hockenberry) Davis and the late John E. Davis Sr.; loving father of Kara Davis and Marissa Davis; dear grandfather of Gabriella Rivera; brother of Woodrow Davis, Judy (Tim) Malego, Betty Jo (Don) Weber, the late John E. Davis Jr. and Carol Davis; also survived by nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Agnes Todd; and special friends, Maryann Phillips and Fred Weingruber. Family and friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, where a service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday. www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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DeFrank, Janet A. 72

  • Crabtree
  • Born: 1943-01-28
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Janet A. (Evancho) DeFrank, 72, of Crabtree, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Shadyside Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph Evancho and Bertha Opsitnick Evancho. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Church and worked at Rizzo's in Crabtree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. "Tony Boy" DeFrank; and a brother, Joseph Evancho. Janet is survived by her two children, Denise Hetherton and Anthony J. "Bobo" DeFrank Jr., both of Crabtree; two grandchildren, Courtney and Dakota Hetherton; a great-grandson, Cayden Anthony Hetherton; two sisters, Carol Sillaman and husband, Wayne, of Youngwood, Elaine Robb and husband, Bobby, of Crabtree; two brothers, Dennis "Ringo" Evancho and wife, Suzanne, of Greensburg, and Ronald Evancho, of Crabtree; a sister-in-law, Agnes Long, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Janet from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Prayers will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Bartholomew Church, Crabtree, with Father Justin Matro, OSB, celebrating. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. Janet's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Dennison, Ricky S. 57

  • Jones Mills
  • Born: 1958-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ricky Stephen Dennison, 57, of Jones Mills, went to be with his lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with an initial blood infection. Rick was born Feb. 28, 1958, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Homer Dennison, who passed in 1991, and Hettie Gum Dennison, who passed in 2001. Rick was a 1976 graduate of Harrisville High School, Harrisville, W. Va., and retired in 2012 as a certified water and wastewater operator in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than 24 years. He was currently active as board president and adult Sunday school teacher at Kreger Community Church and was an avid Nascar fan. Family and family functions were very important and a joy in his life. Surviving are his wife, Connie Kunkle Dennison; children, Sarah Beth Lewis and husband, Luke, of PO Box 45, Hemlock, IN 46937, and Benjamin Dennison and wife, Benita, of 221 N. Church St., Harrisville, WV 26362; grandchildren, Daniel and Elijah Dennison, Melissa and Matthew Lewis, and arriving in November, Eliana Marie Lewis; nieces and nephews, Emily Still, Rachel Williams, Ashley Brehm Wyncoop, Mathew, Deanna and Chelsea Kunkle, Mark and Brianna Hissem and Dennis and Bethany Rogers; sisters, Nina Williams and husband, Thom, of 2409 Gum Creek Church Road, Loganville, GA and Rosena Rogers and husband, Darrel, of 4018 Sycamore Drive, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his first wife, Pamela Moss Dennison (2003), and a nephew, Zachary Williams (1990). Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kreger Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Pastors Harry Langley and Keith Hauger officiating. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Pennsboro, W. Va., where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Brother David Simon officiating. A fellowship meal will follow after each service. Private interment will follow in the Moss Family Farm Cemetery, Cairo, W. Va. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Peasant, PA 15666, Richard Rega funeral director. Please visit Rick's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook.
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Dubich, Craig S. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1961-05-30
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Craig Steven Dubich, 54, of Irwin, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born May 30, 1961, in Jeannette, a son of the late George and Opal (Krushinski) Dubich. He was at one time employed as vice president of operations for Dietrich Steel, of Pittsburgh. Craig was a profound businessman, avid sports fan and a loving father. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen McFarland. Surviving are three sons, Brandon Dubich, Cody Dubich and Shane Dubich, all of Indiana; a brother, Keith Dubich, of Youngwood; and nieces and nephews, Jenny D'Andrea, Steven Dubich, Ryan and Justin McFarland and Emily Mazzarino. There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Arrangements entrusted to the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Fine, Dr. Daniel

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dr. Daniel "Dan" Fine, a physician and social activist, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in his home surrounded by his family. Fine was born in 1924, grew up in New York City and was educated at the Fieldston School and Yale University. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from the Yale School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of the Harvard Medical School. Based on a strong interest in organized labor and occupational health, he moved to western Pennsylvania in 1957 to become medical director of the Russellton Medical Group at the Miners Clinic in New Kensington where he practiced medicine for more than 30 years. The Miners Clinic was organized as an early group model for healthcare delivery where salaried physicians provided comprehensive medical services to coal miners, their families and community members. Daniel fought for social justice his entire life and participated in many causes including workers' rights, equal opportunity for women, civil rights, the anti-war movement, health care reform and nuclear non-proliferation. He was an active member and leader in many local and national organizations including the National Organization for Women, Alle-Kiski Citizens for Peace, Alle-Kiski Peace Center, New Kensington Free Clinic, Concerned Citizens for Improvement of our Schools, NAACP, Neighbors Against Hate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Thomas Merton Center. Daniel was married for 61 years to his wife, Anita, who worked with him at the Miners Clinic and collaborated with him on many social causes. He enjoyed spending time with his family, planting trees, cultivating ornamental grasses and tending his vegetable garden and fig trees. He is survived by his wife, Anita; three children, Michael (Kathryn) Fine, Susannah Fine (Greg Shaw) and David Fine (Jane Piecuch); and six grandchildren, Danielle, Jacob, Max, Emma, Jonah and Talia. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626, westmorelandfoodbank.org or Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, thomasmertoncenter.org/donate. Please leave condolences at www.rossgwalker.com.
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Glenn, Albert J. 88

  • Formerly of Washington Township
  • Born: 1927-07-26
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Albert J. Glenn, 88, formerly of Washington Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Sunnyview Rehab Center, Butler. Albert was born July 26, 1927, in Cadiz, Ohio, to the late Samuel and Anna (Ward) Glenn. He worked as a truck driver for Breman Trucking, Monroeville, and was a veteran serving in the Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of New Kensington and Kiski Bootleggers Camp Club. He enjoyed fishing, camping and woodworking. Albert is survived by his two children, Valarie (Louis) Amarando, of Butler Township, and Bryan (Amy) Glenn, of Monroeville; three grandchildren, Aaron, Tyler and Brandon Amarando; one brother, Elmer Glenn, of Sarver; and one sister, Norma Sterling, of Grove City, Ohio. In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Jean (Beighley) Glenn, on April 11, 2014; and his brother, George Glenn. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730), where a service will immediately follow at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Hartman officiating. Private burial will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military honors will be accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. For online condolences, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Gligonic, Christopher M. 39

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1976-03-01
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Christopher Michael Gligonic, 39, passed into eternal life at his residence in Level Green on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was born March 1, 1976, in Pittsburgh, to Marianne Kocsis (Matthew) Ank and Paul (Jennifer) Gligonic. Chris was a 1994 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and was employed by PetSmart in Monroeville. In addition to his parents, he leaves behind his beloved wife of eight years, Cari Jo Harrison Gligonic; three beautiful children, Andrew J., Nathan A. and Emma C. Gligonic; uncles and aunts, Michael (Barbara) Kocsis and David (Anncelene) Gligonic; cousins; father and mother-in-law, Larry and Carol Harrison; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim (Jeff) McNaney; and a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Anna Kocsis and George and Mildred Gligonic; stepfather, Bill Ank; and an uncle, Ronald Kocsis. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Level Green Presbyterian Church, Trafford, with Pastor John Simpson, officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in Chris's name, to an animal charity of your choice. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Greenawalt, Jean E. 83

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1931-10-10
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Jean E. Greenawalt, 83, of West Newton, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at her home. She was born in Wyano, daughter of the late George and Bertha Hitchcock Smitley. Prior to her retirement she was employed by the Greenawalt Poulty Farm in Sewickley Township. She was a member of the Wyano United Methodist Church, having served there as a church organist for more than 45 years. Jean loved all things musical. She was an accomplished organist and pianist and also played numerous instruments and loved to sing to and with her family and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcy Messner; three sons, Wreford Jr., George and Jason Greenawalt; a grandson, Douglas Greenawalt Jr.; three sisters, Ruth, Esther and Vila; two brothers, George and William Smitley; and stepmother, Garnet Smitley. Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Wreford G. Greenawalt Sr.; two sons, Jeffrey and Douglas and his wife, Janice; five daughters, Terry and her husband, Larry Davis, Janice and her husband, Arthur Hepler, Esther and her husband, Paul Kolesar, Lisa and her husband, Joseph Doppelhauer, and Allison Greenawalt; two daughters-in-law, Linda and Kathy Greenawalt; son-in-law, Barry Messner; and a sister, Anna Mae Nutter; a stepsister, Fay Hohn; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Hilltop United Methodist Church, Madison, with her pastor, the Rev. Ralph Mostoller, officiating, and the Rev. Randy Sweet, co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Madison Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wyano United Methodist Church, PO Box, Wyano, PA 15695.
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Gunkle, Matthew J. 52

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1962-12-28
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Matthew J. Gunkle, 52, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at UPMC East. He was born Dec. 28, 1962, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Ralph and Lois Kiefer Gunkle. Matt attended the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he received his accounting degree in 1987. He worked for Bank of New York Mellon, where he was a Client Accounting and Reporting Services senior supervisor, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Gunkle. He is survived by his wife, Judy Fowler Gunkle; two daughters, Nicole and Megan; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church of Irwin. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. A special thank you to the UPMC Cancer Center East and UPMC East Hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Harshberger, Mary O. 97

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1918-03-19
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Harshberger, 97, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Scottdale, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen. She was born March 19, 1918, in Holsopple, to John F. and Amanda (Shetler) Harshberger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Harshberger; a half sister, Anna (J. Frank) Brilhart; a half brother, Erwin L. (Trella) Harshberger; a niece, Mildred Blucas; and two nephews, Donald Brilhart and Paul Harshberger Sr. Surviving are the following eight nieces and nephews: Dorothy Ramos, Mary Peachey, Martha Helmuth and Ruthann Peachey, of Goshen, Ind., Lois Cable, Lester (Pete) Harshberger and David Harshberger, of Johnstown, and Carol Mellinger, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 23 great-nieces and nephews; and many great-greats in various parts of the United States and even in Asia. Mary left the Johnstown area when she was 30 years old and moved to Scottdale, where she was employed at Mennonite Publishing House for some 20 years. She enjoyed keeping a clean house, baking cookies and cakes, making candy and offering the gift of hospitality to the many guests who ate at her table and enjoyed her delicious meals. She loved children and "mothered" her many nieces and nephews. In earlier years, she led singing and taught children's Sunday school at church. She was a faithful member of Scottdale Mennonite Church, where she participated in various ministries before moving to Goshen. She will be remembered as a "people person" and a friend to many. Mary's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Scottdale Mennonite Church, followed immediately by the funeral service at noon. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mary have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. After the burial at Scottdale Cemetery, a light meal will be served at the church. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send online condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Haynes, Richard J. 70

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Herman, Hazelwood | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Haynes, 70, of New Kensington, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. He was the father of Richard Jr., Stephanie, Jahmel, Sandrita, Tracy, Mattie, Dakota and the late Beverly Haynes; and brother of Patty Crawford, Carol Price, Gary Haynes, Peggy Powell and the late Lola McEachin and Robert Haynes. He is also survived by a host of grand and great-grandchildren. Friends received from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday in Vermont Baptist Church, 221 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. Arrangements by ELMER L. HERMAN FUNERAL HOME, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
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Hodge, Gordon W. 68

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-08-14
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  • Gordon Wright "Don" Hodge, 68, formerly of Ligonier, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., after a three-month battle with cancer. Don was a veteran (Army Captain), having served in Germany. He then had a successful career as a mainframe computer programmer, science fiction author and businessman. Don was much vested in his Scottish heritage as a Clan Hay member. Don spent the majority of his career and life in Western Pennsylvania, having moved to Havasu in 2006. Don is survived by his brother, Timothy Hodge, and sister-in-law, Christine Hodge, of Lake Havasu City. Also of Lake Havasu City are his niece, Tracy Baker; and her children, Justin Higgins, Jacob Higgins and Brianna Baker. Tim's son, Steven Hodge, lives in Oswego, N.Y., with his wife, Lindsey; and two children, Lucian and Lily. Don's nephew, Jeremy Smith, lives in Cocoa, Fla. There are also many cousins in the Upstate New York area (Glens Falls) near the Wright family farm. Our thanks go out to Hospice of Havasu, as Don went peacefully in his sleep with no pain. We would also like to thank Havasu Nursing Center for their excellent and caring service. Don had a truly great medical team in Lake Havasu City. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Bethany Bible Church in Lake Havasu, where Don was a member.
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Iacopino, Darlene J. 78

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1936-11-14
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Darlene J. Iacopino, 78, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. She was born Nov. 14, 1936, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late James and Ethel Meredith Lyle. Darlene worked first as a respiratory therapist at the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington and retired in 1996 from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights where she worked as a ward secretary. She was a member of the former Gospel Tabernacle in New Kensington. Darlene enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She is survived by her daughter, Robbin (Fred) Ramsey, of New Kensington; granddaughter, Danette Iacopino; five great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, James, Jayvon, Jackai and Natyia; step-sisters, Janice Ruediger, of North Carolina, and Faye Andrzejewski, of New Kensington; and by several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Pennington, on Feb. 18, 1974; her second husband, Battista S. "Bud" Iacopino, on May 23, 2007; her son, Darrell Pennington; and step-brother, James Lyle. Funeral services and burial for Darlene will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory or Darlene may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Johnson, Terri L. 58

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1956-10-15
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Terri Lynn Johnson, 58, lifelong resident of the New Kensington-Arnold area, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born Oct. 15, 1956, and was the daughter of the Harold LaVerne Johnson and Velma Jean (Huffman) Johnson, who both preceded her in death. Terri graduated from Valley High School in 1974 and then worked 30 years for Giant Eagle before retiring. Terri was a member of the Arnold United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and trips to Myrtle Beach with her sister. Terri was known for her friendly nature and kindness toward others. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Terri especially loved hanging out with her faithful, furry companions, Tiggy Marie and George Mitchell, but her sons and grandsons were her greatest pride and joy. Terri spent every day of their lives loving and cherishing them. Terri is survived by her sons, Craig Stridinger, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Fred Stridinger, with whom she made her home; grandsons, Tristan Layne and Owen Cooper Stridinger; sisters, Grace Ann Sims, of Tarentum, and Jennifer (Ray) Kristofik, of Julian, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Janice Crawford, Susan Shearer and Linda Locchetta. Friends will be received from 9 until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street. Burial will be private. The family suggests donations made in her name to a charity of your choosing. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Klimchock, Richard M. 87

  • United
  • Born: 1927-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Richard Michael Klimchock, 87, of United, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Hostetter, a son of the late John and Anna (Homer) Klimchock. Richard was an Army veteran, serving on active duty for nine years, many while stationed near Stuttgart, Germany. He also served many years in the Army Reserves. He retired as a welder at Overly Manufacturing in Greensburg, with more than 30 years of service. For the past 13 years (June 2, 2002), he was a proud member of Alcoholic Anonymous. In his time in A.A., he was a spokesperson who helped numerous program members. He proudly volunteered many of his days as a lunch and recess monitor at his grandchildren's schools: St. Florian, Christ the Divine Teacher and Mother of Sorrows. He was so passionate about sports and passed that onto his children and grandchildren; bonding the family even more together. He attended all of his children and grandchildren's games. He was able to share with his children and grandchildren in some of their proudest moments and greatest achievements. That brought him the most joy. His quotes in his final days and how he lived his life were: "I've lived a beautiful life"; "The most important thing in life is God and family"; and, "This isn't the end of the world, life goes on and this is part of life". His spirit will always be with his family. A man of great faith, he loved God and had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. Richard was a member of St. Florian Church in United. He was a simple and humble man with a generous spirit and a heart of gold. He worked tirelessly for the benefit of his family. Richard was a most wonderful, thoughtful and loving husband, dad and pappy. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Pudge) "Jane", with whom they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 15, 2015; eight children, Richard (Rose) Klimchock, Susie (Mark) D'Amico, Judy (Mike) Sinwell, Pam (Ron) Fullman, Margie (Charles) Klimchock, Randy (Luanne) Klimchock, Patrice (Bobby) Klimchock and Heidi (Tony) Mitchell; grandchildren, Laura, Christopher John and Ben Klimchock, Mark Philip, Luke (Emily) and Zach (Abbey) D'Amico, Natalie (John) and Daniel Sinwell, Doug (Jessica) and Brad (Kelly) Fullman, Taylor, Kelsey, Nina and Hannah Porter, Asa Klimchock and Isaiah, Anisa and Tony Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Bella, Aaliyah, Michael and Kamiya. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry, of Latrobe, and Louis, of Arizona; and one sister, Catherine Yandrick, of Hostetter. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, John, James and Charles. The family would like to thank his compassionate doctors, Dr. Eric Campbell and Dr. James Addisey and the caring staff from Amedisys and EPIC. Family and friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 10:10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. His funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Florian Church, United with Rev. John A. Sedlak, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger, with military graveside services accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association. The Court St. Florian Catholic Daughters of America will pray the rosary at 2 p.m. Thursday and a vigil will be at 7:45 p.m. in the funeral home. The military will hold their service at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions in Mr. Klimchock's memory to be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 501 Martindale St., Suite 670 Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-471-1414.
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Lang, Dennis W. 62

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Dennis W. "Big Den" Lang, 62, of Harrison City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Denise M. (Steligo) Lang; loving father of Todd Lang, Tara (Nicholas) Wilson and Ashley (Russell) Shorkey; brother of James (Dorothy) Lang; brother-in-law of Darlene Aigner; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and his canine buddy, Baylor. Denny was a well-respected sales professional in the retail hardware industry for more than 30 years. "Big Den" was a comedian that loved to entertain his family and friends. He loved his hobbies of softball, cornhole, golf, and head stands. His greatest success in life was being a devoted husband, loving father and a great friend to many. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Lindenberg, Earl Ray 68

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1947-08-05
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Earl Ray Lindenberg, 68, of Murrysville, born Aug. 5, 1947, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at UPMC East, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Earl Ray was a veteran of the Navy and graduate of Point State Park and Penn State University. He worked as an electrical technician and customer service manager at Memorex, Northern Telecom and EMC before retiring in 2000. He had a strong faith and was a lifelong member of Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed travel, playing cards and spending time with friends and family. Earl Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; father, Ray; and stepmother, Valera. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gayle (Johnson) Lindenberg; brother, Wayne Lindenberg, of Clarksburg; sons, Jason Lindenberg (Jenn), of Charlotte, N.C., Steven Lindenberg (Kelly), of Mars; daughter, Elizabeth Edgar (Rich), of State College; and his eight grandchildren. He will always be a beloved husband, father, grandfather (Pap), uncle, cousin and friend who will be deeply missed. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC. in Murrysville. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Histiocytocis Association (www.histio.org) in honor of Earl Ray's granddaughter, Miranda, who was diagnosed with a rare histio disease in 2009. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lubiano-Vining, Leslie R. 59

  • Upper Burrell Township
  • Born: 1956-03-17
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Leslie R. Lubiano-Vining, 59, MSN CRNP FNP BC, of the Lincoln Beach section of Upper Burrell Township, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born March 17, 1956, in New Kensington, to the late Michael and Lillian Taylor Lubiano, she was a 1974 graduate of Ben Franklin High School in Rochester, N.Y., attended Rochester Institute of Technology and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Louis University and her master's in nursing, and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Slippery Rock University/Clarion University. She was a registered nurse and/or a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for Children's Hospital of St. Louis, Shuman Detention Center, the Allegheny County Jail, Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington and the Alma Illery Health Center in Homewood, and most recently a Certified School Nurse for Pittsburgh Board of Education from 1991 until just retiring this year, due to illness. While with the Board of Education, she worked with Oliver High School as well as Weil and Miller Elementary Schools. She was active on the Mentoring Committee for Advanced Practice Nurses and her photo was just used by Johnson and Johnson Corp. to represent nurses throughout Pittsburgh. Leslie belonged to the Greater Works Outreach Church in Monroeville. Surviving are her children, Cheyenne Renee Vining and Jordan Matthew Vining, both of Upper Burrell Township; and siblings, James (Wanda) Threatte, of Arnold, Michael (Sharon) Lubiano Jr., Anthony (Cathy) Lubiano, both of Upper Burrell, Juanita (William) Hughley, of New Kensington, and Lillian (Bishop Mervin) Armstead, of Monticello, N.Y. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Lubiano. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Greater Works Outreach Church, 301 College Park Drive, Monroeville. Anyone attending the service is asked to go directly to the church. Private burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rosswalker.com.
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Lynn, Laurentina C. 95

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1919-11-19
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Laurentina C. "Teen" Lynn, 95, of Ligonier, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. She was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Brownstown (Cambria County), a daughter of the late Daniel W. Craig and Cecelia Saintz Craig Howard. Teen was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George S. "Rip" Lynn, in 1998; four sisters, Agnes Miller, Florence Mitchell, Dorothy Craig and Clara Penrod; and six brothers, Cletus, William, John, Albert, Robert and Daniel Craig. She is survived by two children, Sherry (Lyle) Boyd and Thomas G. (Brenda) Lynn, all of Ligonier; five grandchildren, Stacey Knupp, Amy Peterson, Janice Polansky and Marissa and Jeremy Lynn; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown. Contributions may be made in Teen's memory to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Macdonald, Dr. Douglas A. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Douglas A. Macdonald, M.D., 74, of Murrysville, passed away suddenly Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at his home. Dr. Macdonald leaves his beloved wife and best friend of 48 years, Sandie (Nemes). Douglas is the son of the late Betty and Alex Macdonald, of North Huntingdon. Douglas was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of '59, where he served as senior class president, member of the National Honor Society, football player and many other extracurricular activities. During his illustrious career, Dr. Macdonald graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in pre-med and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School (1967). During his training, he performed a rotating surgical internship at Mercy Hospital and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee Women's Hospital where he served as chief resident. Before setting up his practice in Monroeville, he was drafted into the Army as a captain and was appointed group surgeon in Vietnam where he was the recipient of two Bronze Stars. Dr. Macdonald delivered more than 8,000 new lives into the world and was beloved by his patients so much so, that he received the 2010 Gold Award of Outstanding Excellence in OB/GYN-East by the readers of Trib Total Media. Organizations that he was a member of include: PA Medical Society, Allegheny County Medical Society, ACOG, American Legion, McKeesport Historical Society, Jaguar Clubs of America and Jag North America. Douglas enjoyed gardening, photography, classic car collecting, coin collecting, model railroads and building models of historic buildings. He also enjoyed the company of his beloved feathered friends, Groucho and Belle, his macaws, and his Yorkie, Chanel, all of whom he missed dearly. He leaves behind his sisters, Margaret (Jim) Rath, of Conneaut Lake and Sarasota, Fla., and Laurie (Ed) Yates, of Conneaut Lake; his dear brother-in-law, Joseph (Sherry) Nemes, of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Beverly Walton, of Richmond, Va., Cheryl (Austin) Ganz, of Weston, Conn., and Jani (Rick) Smallis, of North Huntingdon; and many cherished and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved father-in-law, Joseph Nemes; and mother-in-law, Janet (Carl) Webb. A private memorial will be held to celebrate Douglas' life. If you wish to honor him with a special tribute, some of his favorite charities are: American Heart Association at www.heart.org/today, Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or Animal Rescue League at www.animalrescue.org. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE.
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Maloney, Richard A. 84

  • Acme
  • Born: 1930-09-02
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Maloney, 84, of Acme (Bear Rocks), died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Raymond and Marie Snyder Maloney. Mr. Maloney was a graduate of St. Vincent College and he was employed at the Children and Youth Services of Allegheny County. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kirsch Maloney; two children, Timothy Maloney and his wife, Lisa, of Greensburg, and Erin Cigich and her husband, David, of Irwin; his grandchildren, Jack, Seth and Brock Maloney and Mallory and Ben Cigich; and one brother, Patrick Maloney, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Emily Maloney; and two sisters, Raymonda Wohead and Mary Jane Maloney. As per the wishes of the family there will be no public viewing or services. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer condolences or remembrances, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Mascetta, Anthony J. Sr. 88

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1927-01-26
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Anthony J. Mascetta Sr., 88, of Monessen, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born in Monessen on Jan. 26, 1927, the son of the late Joseph and Carminella (Russo) Mascetta. Anthony was a lifelong resident of Third Street in Monessen, and a 1945 graduate of Monessen High School. He was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church and a former member of the Franco Belgium Club in Monessen and Russian Club in Charleroi. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arden Calvert Post 167. Anthony retired in 1992 with 47 years of service from Corning Glass, Charleroi. Anthony served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. Mr. Mascetta, a very humble man, spoke fondly of life on Third Street in Monessen and enjoyed talking to family and friends about the history of Monessen and industry in the surrounding area. He was also very affluent in discussing historic and current politics. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Adelina (Sacco) Mascetta; three sons, Joseph (Kim) Mascetta of Pleasant Hills, Anthony Mascetta of Carroll Township, Michael (Alena) Mascetta of Redondo Beach, Calif.; three daughters, Mary Ann (Michael) Kohler of Upper St. Clair, Angela (Robert) Fuoco of Monessen, and Adelina Mascetta of North Fayette Township; six grandchildren, Christopher Mascetta, Andrew and Joseph Fuoco, Alex, David, and Claire Kohler; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Agnes Greco, Marion Reno and Ida Tarquinio; and by two brothers, Alex Mascetta and Guy Mascetta. Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, beginning with 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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McGovern, Charles A. 26

  • Born: 1989-07-30
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • A viewing will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME, Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. A blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert A. Billick Funeral Home Inc. Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in the Epiphany of our Lord Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or The Humane Society.
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Naponick, Paul M. 67

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Died: 2015-08-27
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  • Paul Michael Naponick, 67, passed away suddenly of natural causes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. Paul was originally from Irwin and attended Norwin High School, graduating in 1966. While attending Norwin, he played basketball and football. In 2013, he was inducted in to the Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in both sports. Paul attended the University of Pittsburgh where he was a member of the football and basketball squads, lettering in both sports and graduating in 1970 with a degree in political science. Paul and his wife, Ruth, are members of the University of Pittsburgh 1787 Society. Paul received a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a master's in law from Georgetown. He practiced corporate law in Florida for 20 years where he was highly respected by his peers and clients. Paul will be deeply missed by his wife and dear friends who knew him the best. He is survived by Ruth McWalter Naponick; and his brother, John Naponick, of Phnom Phenh, Cambodia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Twila Raygor Naponick and Michael Naponick; and his in-laws, John and Jean McWalter. A memorial service will be held at noon on Sept. 12, 2015, at The Little Church of La Villita in San Antonio, Texas where Paul and Ruth lived for 10 years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's name to The Little Church of La Villita, 508 Villita St., San Antonio, TX 78205.
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Odendahl, Lois A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois Ann Odendahl, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ludwig F. Odendahl and Othelia C. (Kutchenreiter) Odendahl. Lois was a member of Holy Family Church and its Rosary Society and was an office volunteer. She was retired from Latrobe Steel Company. She was a member of Westmoreland Photographers and Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society and volunteered for Faith in Action. Lois enjoyed traveling, photography and hot air balloons. Lois is survived by a brother, C. Robert Odendahl and his wife, Mary Anne, of Latrobe; two nieces; two nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church Restoration Fund. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Payne, James G. 71

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1943-10-15
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James G. Payne, 71, of West Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Oct. 15, 1943, in North Braddock, a son of the late Peter and Mary (Communale) Payne. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a courier for Orlando Regional Hospital, Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rose (late Frank) Buffalini. Surviving are his wife, Maxine (Merola) Payne; six children, James (Pearl) Payne, of Apollo, Lisa (Gary) Linsenbigler, of Saltsburg, Tina Contino, of Greensburg, Tom (Crystal Snyder) Payne, of West Newton, John (Paula) Payne, of West Newton, and Darren Payne, of McKeesport; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Louis (Gladys) Payne, Peter (Georgetta) Payne, Pauline Bittner and Josephine (George) Massung. Friends will be received from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, at which time a funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Ritenour, Rella R. 63

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1951-09-09
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rella Ruth (Heinbaugh) Ritenour, 63, of Normalville, formerly of Connellsville, passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1951, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Hooker and Minnie (Anderson) Heinbaugh. Rella retired from Oglevee Nursery, Connellsville, after 33 years of service. Relli is survived by her husband of 22 years, David R. Ritenour; brothers, Jesse J. Heinbaugh and wife, Marsha, and their children, William A. Heinbaugh and wife, Sandy, and their children, David Heinbaugh and wife, Kim; a brother-in-law, John Smith; nephews, Randall Heinbaugh and wife, Pam, Blaine Heinbaugh and wife, Lori, and their children, John David Smith and wife, Carrie, and their children, David Heinbaugh and wife, Carli, William Heinbaugh and wife, Leah, and their children; nieces, Danielle LeJeune and husband, Keith, and their daughter, Kelli Crosby and husband, Chad, and their children, Kristi Clark and husband, Scott, and their children; brother-in-law, Larry Ritenour and wife, Martha; sister-in-law, Karen Johnson and husband, Earl. Rella will be greatly missed, as she was a beautiful caring and kind hearted person, we will miss her. In addition to her parents, Rella was predeceased by her sisters, June Darlene Heinbaugh and Barbara Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville (724-628-9033) with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Tabor Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Roberts, Gary R. 69

  • Irwin , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1945-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary R. Roberts, 69, of Irwin, formerly of Manor, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born Sept. 1, 1945, in McKeesport, a son of the late Glenn and Helen (Churchman) Roberts. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of the Manor American Legion, Norwin Elks and the NRA. Gary adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time at Mammoth Park with his model airplane buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, William and David Roberts. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 47 years, Linda S. (Keating) Roberts; children, Jennifer (Chris) Dixon, of North Huntingdon, and Kristen (Christian) Conte, of Penn Township; grandchildren, Kaia Conti and Lucas and Jameson Dixon; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Earl Caldwell officiating. Place of interment will be held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery. A memorial contribution may be made to Family Hospice, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Schlecter, Christine E. 48

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1966-10-20
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Christine E. (Schaller) Schlecter, 48, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1966, in Abington, a daughter of Linda "Pixie" Stoner Schaller, of Jeannette, and the late James Edwin Schaller. Christine was a graduate of Hempfield High School, Class of 1984. She had attended Seton Hill College and the University of Pittsburgh. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family and her three cats. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, Craig M. Schlechter; a sister, Carla (Jaimeson) Arone, of Ligonier; and three nephews, Avery, Jasper and Ethan Arnone. Christine's family and friends will gather together from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Please no flowers. The family suggests memorial contributions in Christine's memory to Action for Animals or your local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Thomas, William M. 52

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1962-12-14
  • Died: 2015-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William M. Thomas, 52, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Dec. 14, 1962, in McKeesport, a son of the late Edward and Mary Jean Cole Thomas. William was a heavy assembler and tester for the Elliott Co., in Jeannette, with 25 years of service. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon, a social member of Hahntown Fire Hall and the Italian Miners Club; and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hunt Thomas; two sons, William E. and Michael P.; brother, Barry Thomas; three sisters, Marcy Claire and her husband, Mark, Geri Ann Fenton and her husband, Adrian, Mary Beth Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews; and dearest and closest friends, Patty and Paul Serwonski and Randy and Rosie Horvat. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment is to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Todd, Lydia 86

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1928-08-28
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Lydia Ingani Todd, 86, of Monessen, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Hallsworth House. She was born in Monessen on Aug. 28, 1928, the daughter of the late Anthony and Lena Mascetta Ingani. Lydia was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a 1946 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church and, years ago, had worked as head cashier at the former Shop 'N Save in Monessen. Lydia enjoyed playing cards with her friends in many different card clubs in the area. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Victoria of Georgetown, Texas, and Janet (John) Campbell of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Lola Baldini of Belle Vernon; daughter-in-law, Marylou Todd of Port Orange, Fla.; son-in-law, Richard Victoria of New Stanton; brother-in-law, Jim (Ann) Todd of Stone Mountain, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Richard T. (Andrea) Victoria of Pittsburgh, Melanie (Toby) Springate of London, England, Alex (Alisa) Victoria of Austin, Texas, Erin (Kevin) Mulkeran of Holly, Mich., Cynthia Campbell, Lauren (Matt) Schuessler, and Robert Campbell, all of St. Louis, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Dominic, Alexander, Max, Asa, Dusty and Caleb; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald F. Todd Sr.; a son, Ronald F. Todd Jr.; three brothers, John, Robert and Vincent Ingani; and two sisters, Gloria Buggy and Marie H. Walko. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m.Thursday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave. Monessen. Services will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, beginning with an 11:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a noon funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Toucey, Donald W. 69

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Indiana
  • Born: 1946-05-06
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald W. Toucey, 69, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Indiana, Pa., loving husband, father, grandfather "Pop" and friend, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. He was born May 6, 1946, in Bridgeport, Conn., a son of the late Richard Matson Toucey and Hazel Evelyn Wells Wiest. A self-employed florist for many years owning and managing his own shop, he was a member of the Elks and the Parkinson's Group in North Huntingdon. He loved swimming and was an avid Steelers fan. Surviving are his wife, Michele "Shelley" Delo Toucey; daughters, Kerry (Kris) Johannssen, of Monkton, Md., Erin (Shawn) Gilliland, of King of Prussia, Meghan (Joe) Strong, of Stephens City, Va., and Kathleen "Katie" (Paul) Derry, of Port Clinton, Ohio; stepsons, Robert "Bob" (Jeanine) Eastman, of McKeesport, and Seth (Erika) Eastman, of North Dakota. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jillian, Molly, Natalie, Lily, Sammy, Mackenzie, Ben, Maitlyn, Brady, Madisyn and Rilynne; a brother, Richard "Rick" Toucey, of Deluth, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a memorial service will be held immediately following at 4 p.m. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Weaver, Dennis E. 55

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1959-10-09
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Dennis E. "Buck" Weaver, 55, of North Belle Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was a son of the late James Weaver and Florence E. "Fonnie" Sethman Weaver Calametti and her husband, Anthony, who was like a father to Dennis. Born in North Charleroi on Oct. 9, 1959, Dennis was a resident of North Belle Vernon most of his adult life. He worked as a coal miner and was the owner and operator of the former Buck's Pizza in Greensburg. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Chandra Weaver of Monessen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Sue) Weaver of Oakton, Va., and his twin, Dwayne (Jane) Weaver of Parkton, Md..; one sister, Michele Canzonieri of Donora; two grandsons, Josiah and Seth Weaver; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Weaver on May 9, 1986. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.
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Wise, Robert C. 52

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Wise, 52, of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 4, 1962, in Jeannette, a son of the late Charles E. and Betty Jean Bowman Wise. Bob was a member of the F.O.E. No. 844 in Jeannette, a social member of the Jeannette American Legion Post No. 344 and the Carpenters Union Local No. 759. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed barbequing with his friend Kevin Pitzer. He is survived by his siblings, Dody Cantola and husband, Patrick, Richard Wise and wife, Kimberly, William Wise and wife, Heather, all of Jeannette, Kathy Rivers and husband, Chris, of Alabama, and Jeffrey Bowman, of Grapeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Bob from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pitzer's Townhouse, corner of Magee Ave. and South Fifth St., Jeannette. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette is entrusted with arrangements.
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Zera, Anna May 73

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1941-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Anna May Zera, 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Sept. 3, 1941, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Charles and Ann Hazlick. Anna May was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. Anna May was a devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Greg, in 2009. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Romano and Christine Valentine (Ron); one brother, Charles Hazlick (Mary Ann); one sister, Joan Ryave; two grandchildren, Emilio and Giovanni Valentine; and several nieces and nephews, and her canine companion, Jake. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Adams, Edna M. 89

  • Spring Church
  • Born: 1926-01-20
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Edna Marie Lee Adams, 89, of Spring Church, formerly of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. She was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Ohio Pyle, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Marah E. Thompson Lee. Edna was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Leechburg. She most recently enjoyed the monthly Keenager dinners with the youth of her congregation. Edna enjoyed reading, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her family. She was also a member of the Spring Church Grange. Before her retirement, she was employed by the Apollo School District in the cafeteria for more than 18 years. She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Wilson and her husband, Layden, of Spring Church; three sons, Dennis R. Adams and his wife, Lynn, of Readdington Shores, Fla., Jay W. Adams and his wife, Debbie, of Stony Brook, N.Y., and Thomas P. Adams his wife, Janet, of Murrysville; seven grandchildren, Scott Adams, of Orlando, Fla., Karen Salles and her husband, Rubens, of Carolina Beach, N.C., Joanna Ricchiuto and her husband, Mike, of Gibsonia, Bryan Wilson and his wife, Lisa, of Cranberry Township, Samantha Adams, of Philadelphia, Douglas Adams, of Hawthorne, Calif., and Mark Adams and his wife, Brittany, of Blaine, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace F. "Frank" Adams Jr., in 2003; and a brother, Roy W. Lee. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in Leechburg. The Rev. Jim Williams will officiate. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To view and send online condolences, visit us at www.corridnifuneralhome.com.
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Barto, Donna J. 55

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1960-02-29
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Donna Joyce (Rupert) Barto, 55, of Ford City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Kittanning Hospital, and loved being a leap year baby. She was the daughter of Roy (Mike) Rupert and Melda (Steffey) Rupert. She is survived by sisters, Pat and Paul Faber, of Elderton, Renee Rupert Goldinger, of Ford City, Dianne Rupert, Kittanning, Glenna Opalka, of Ford City; brother, Michael and Brenda Rupert, of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Fely (Earl) Rupert; and brother-in-law, Doug and Tracy Barto. She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin L. Barto; brothers, Earl Rupert, Roy (June) Rupert and Ronald Rupert Sr. She dearly loved her niece, Kaela Rupert; and nephews, Matt Barto and Michael Rupert Jr.; as well as all her other nieces and nephews far and near. Donna was an extraordinary person who loved life and fought over many obstacles including renal failure that went on for 10 years. She loved crafting, traveling with Pat, arguing with brother-in-law, Paul, enjoyed beaches and casinos, Rupert ladies lunch and enjoyed her many, many friends. She will be truly missed. Our lives will never be the same without her in it. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Saturday at Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church, Ford City, with Lloyd Riggle officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Ford City.
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Chasse, Lionel 89

  • Adrian
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Lionel Chasse, 89, of Adrian, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Concordia. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, 200 S. McKean St., Kittanning, PA 16201. Funeral services will be held Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kittanning. A complete obituary will appear in Friday's edition.
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Chasse, Lionel 89

  • Bridgeburg
  • Born: 1925-11-30
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Lionel "Leo" Chasse, 89, of Bridgeburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Concordia in Cabot. Born Nov. 30, 1925, in Maine, he was a son of the late Thomas and Lizzanne (Coreavue) Chasse. He was retired as a foreman at Agway Fertilizer in Tarrtown after 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy in the South Pacific and was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kittanning. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and yardwork. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlene (Luke) Chasse, who he married Nov. 6, 1954; daughter, Debra Fry (Bill Moorhead) and his children, Kayla, Kelsea, Kendra, Kiera and granddaughter, Laikyn, of Kittanning; son, Douglas Chasse (Darcy), of Kittanning; grandchildren, Brian Crissman (Leah) and Corey Chasse; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Marcella Levesque, of Connecticut. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford, Romeo and Edmund Chasse; sisters, Blanche Lagasse, Gertrude Lapointe and Anita Faucher; father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Velma Luke. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning. Additional viewing will be 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kittanning, where services will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Carl Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Kittanning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Leo's memory to St. John's Lutheran Church in Kittanning. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Gaiser-Minteer, Lydia P. 93

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1922-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Lydia P. Gaiser-Minteer, 93, of Kittanning, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Country Manor. Born May 2, 1922, in West Franklin Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Zvara) Pavlik. She formerly worked for the Graff family in Worthington, then as a secretary for the military during World War II, owned a grocery store in Walk Chalk and was a bookkeeper for Keystone Tall Trees. She was a longtime member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worthington and the Girl Scouts Council. She loved fishing and going on cruises. Survivors include son, Marve Gaiser Jr. (Connie), of Kittanning; and grandson, Lt. Daniel Gaiser (Allison), in the Air Force. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Marve Gaiser Sr.; second husband, Karl Minteer; brother, John Pavlik; and sisters, Julia Goepfert, Rose Adams and Margaret Konesky. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Worthington. Additional viewing will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worthington, where service will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Sue Irons officiating. Interment will be in Worthington Lutheran Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Grafton, Martha

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Martha Grafton, of Ford City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Funeral will be held Saturday, time later.
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Grafton, Martha M. 89

  • Manor Township
  • Born: 1925-12-11
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Martha M. (Maus) Grafton, 89, of Manor Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Born Dec. 11, 1925, in Manor Township, to Hubert Alban and Mathilda Mary (Lux) Maus, Mrs. Grafton was a lifelong resident of the Ford City area except for the nine years she accompanied her husband, Lewis E. Grafton, to various Naval installations prior to his retirement. The Graftons were married March 15, 1958, in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Ford City. Prior to their marriage, Mrs. Grafton was employed as a glass cutter for 13 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. in Ford City. She was a member of Christ, Prince of Peace in Ford City and was a member of the parish's prayer chain and the LCBA. Mrs. Grafton was a volunteer for Father Raphael at the health center in Kittanning and read for him at the monastery. She also taught CCD for seven years. Mrs. Grafton was an avid reader and previously participated as a tutor with the Armstrong County Literacy Council. She is survived by her husband, Lewis; their son, Michael L. Grafton, of Allegheny Township, and his wife, Christine D., their daughter Kathryn M. Holt, of Pittsburgh, their daughter, Kristine A. Shunk and her husband, Joseph W., of Hanover; and three grandchildren, Nicholas M. Grafton and wife, Yuliya, Courtney A. Stopansky and husband, Joseph, and Thomas W. Holt II. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy T. Slovensky and husband, Albert, of Ford City, and Mildred A. Cramer, of Confluence, Pa. Mrs. Grafton was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margaret Pivarnik; and her brother, Frank J. Maus. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m. Friday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father John Harold officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to Ford City Public Library or Divine Redeemer School.
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Gray, Joan L. 75

  • East Franklin
  • Born: 1940-08-13
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Joan L. (Walter) Gray, 75, of East Franklin, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born Aug. 13, 1940, to the late William H. Walter Sr. and Nellie Madge (Toy) Walter, in Cowansville. She was married Jan. 18, 1963, to Paul E. Gray. They spent 47 years together before his death on March 25, 2010. They lived in Erie for 30 years before retiring back home in Kittanning to be near to family. Joan enjoyed camping, reading and crafts of all types especially ceramics, where she ran a small business and taught classes for many years. She made friends with everyone she met. She was a member of the Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church, where she grew up and was active since her youth as BYF member and Sunday school teacher. She is survived by her mother, Madge Walter, of East Franklin; two sons, Scott Gray (Jodi), of Erie, and Brian Gray (Kim Rowe), of Erie; one daughter, Lisa Pongratz, of East Franklin; one granddaughter, Melayna Pongratz; three grandsons, Jensen Gray, Cody Martinez and Jace Wolz; and sisters, Nel Walter, Sandy Brumbaugh (Butch), and Linda Hooks (Blair); brothers-in-law, Bill Gray (Connie) and Les Gray (Sue); and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Gray; her father, William H. Walter Sr.; brother, William H. Walter Jr.; father-in-law, Thomas W. Gray Sr.; mother-in-law, Daisy Gray-Schaeffer; and stepfather-in-law, Jess Schaeffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville and from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon Thursday at the Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Chuck Lane officiating. Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Hileman Jr., Ralph 88

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1927-07-26
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Ralph Hileman Jr., 88, of Kiski Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home. Born July 26, 1927, in North Apollo, he was a son of the late Ralph and Ada M. (Shellhammer) Hileman. Ralph was a 1946 graduate of Apollo High School and served our country with the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Ralph Hileman's Beauty Salon in Monroeville for several years and previously worked at Jason's in Squirrel Hill. Ralph loved nature and enjoyed fishing and feeding birds and chipmunks. He was an avid gardener and also liked taking care of his house plants. Ralph loved visiting Florida in the winters and was skilled at knitting and crocheting, often making socks and sweaters for family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bertha Mae Barth. Ralph is survived by his brother, William L. "Bill" (Joyce) Hileman, of Tavares, Fla.; and many loving nieces and nephews. At Ralph's request, all services are private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, at the convenience of the family. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Jackson, Betty M. 63

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Betty M. (McElfresh) Jackson, 63, of Ford City, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in the ACMH Hospital, East Franklin Township. Funeral arrangements by the WELCH FUNERAL HOME are incomplete. A complete obituary will be published in Saturday's paper. For more information, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Powers, William E. 86

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1928-10-27
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • William E. Powers, 86, of Rural Valley, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Kittanning. He was a son of William Floyd Powers and Lulu Smith Powers. He was of the Lutheran Faith and a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He worked as a production foreman for Peoples Natural Gas Co. Valley Station for 37 years. Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Mildred (Lewis) Powers, whom he married April 5, 1952; daughter, Betty Jean Zemko (Bill); son, Bill Powers Jr. (Tammy); seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Goldstrohm. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., where services will follow at 4 p.m. Interment will follow in the Harkleroad Cemetery.
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Ronallo, Karen 60

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1954-11-23
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Karen (Solonichne) Ronallo, 60, passed away at her home Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Born Nov. 23, 1954, she grew up in Ford City and graduated from Ford City High School, Class of 1972. She lived in the Pittsburgh area her entire life and was employed in administration positions and sales until her health limited her career. Karen was quiet but fun-loving and always had a twinkle in her eye. She never had a harsh word of anyone and accepted all people at "face value." She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by her parents, Pete and Lois (MaIc) Solonichne, of Ford City. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Rob Claypool, of Rockport, Mass.; nieces, Corinne Claypool, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jennifer Claypool, of Gloucester, Mass.; nephew, Tyler Claypool, of Rockport, Mass.; and a great-nephew, Braydon. She has numerous family and friends living locally. Karen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and healthcare professionals who touched her life. Funeral arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father John Harold. Interment in St. Francis of Paola.
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Schoentag, Jean W. 89

  • Parker
  • Born: 1925-12-13
  • Died: 2015-08-22
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  • Jean W. Schoentag, 89, of Parker, formerly of Manchester (Pittsburgh), passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Jean was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Manchester, Allegheny County. She was the daughter of the late Ignatius Walkauskas and the late Barbara Putriment Walkauskas. Jean retired with more than 20 years of teaching in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She was of the Catholic faith. Jean is survived by her son, William Schoentag and his wife, Diane, of Hilliards; two grandchildren, Jared and Eva Schoentag; and one sister, Alice Martin, of Venice, Fla. Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Lynn Schoentag; her son, David Carl Schoentag; one sister; and three brothers. Services and burial in St. Casimir Cemetery were private. A brief memorial prayer will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at St. Casimir Cemetery grave site.
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Stull Jr., Kenneth L. 65

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1949-12-27
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Kenneth L. Stull Jr., 65, of Ford City, died peacefully in his home Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, with his wife at his side. He was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Kittanning, a son of the late Kenneth L. and Marilyn (Slagle) Stull. After 32 years, Ken retired from Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge as a crane operator. He was a member of the NRA and received several medals for his Army service during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife of 42-and-a-half years, Betsy (Lambing) Stull; sisters, Schyler Stull and Landis L. Stull-Waterloo (Tom); a brother, Ashland Stull (Lynn); several aunts and uncles; and many cousins, nieces and nephews; caregiver and sister-in-law, Molly Nelson. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by a sister, Deandrea, Lasher (Joe). According to Ken's plans, there will be no funeral services. Cremation will be handled by SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., in Kittanning.
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Butler County

Kelly, Kenneth C. 74

  • Mars , Formerly of Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Born: 1940-11-11
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Kenneth C. Kelly, 74, of Mars, formerly of Redondo Beach, Calif., died Monday morning, Aug. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 11, 1940, in Pittsburgh. Ken was an engineering manager for Southwest Bell in Pasadena, Calif. He was a 50-year member of the NRA, where he was a benefactor. Ken had served in the Navy and was of the Catholic faith. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Danshaw Kelly, who he married Dec. 11, 1965; two sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Fisher and her husband, Donald, of Edgewood, and Paula Logue and her husband, Gerald, of Mars; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Terrence S. Kelly. Arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials in his memory may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
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Kendrick, Justine M.

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Died: 2015-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Justine M. "Beanie" Kendrick, of Denham Springs, La., formerly of Butler, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Justine was the beloved daughter of William B. and Gera Dumencic Kendrick, of Denham Springs, La.; sister of Gennifer Kendrick; granddaughter of Frances DePriest Kendrick, of Shaler Township, and the late Ralph W. Kendrick Sr. and the late Anthony J. and Martha J. Wagner Dumencic; aunt of the late Jayce Rhydar; niece of Michael A., Ralph Jr., Kenneth R. and Brian K. Kendrick, Martha K. Wahl, Thomas Dumencic and the late Steven A. Dumencic; also survived by cousins. Beanie was a pioneering female varsity football player for Knoch High School where she also was on the swimming, volleyball and track team. She was a customer service representative and warehouse worker for Walmart mostly at the Watson and Denham Springs, La., locations. She loved animals especially panda bears. Celebrate Beanie's life with her family from 9 a.m. until services begin at 10 a.m. Friday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to a charity of donor's choice. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Sopher Jr., James A. 28

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • James A. Sopher Jr., 28, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of James A. and Marcia (Schrecengost) Sopher; loving brother of Lindsay Senft (Zachary); uncle of Luciana and Henrik Senft; nephew of Cindy Sopher, Terry Sopher, Kay Dunkle, Donna LaSitis, Lynne Schrecengost and Carol Karistofik; also survived by many cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but now he rests peacefully in the hands of his Father, Jesus Christ in Heaven. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Additional visitation 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Victory Church, 21150 Route 19, Cranberry township, PA 16066. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Victory.
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Stebler, Dorothy M. 90

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dotty" (Fennell) Stebler, 90, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to Philip F. Stebler Jr.; loving mother of Edward Stebler, Karen Nadrash (Richard), Dennis Stebler (Donna), Gary Stebler (Nancy) and the late Kenneth Stebler; and sister of the late Harry Fennell, Wilmer Fennell, Betty Cornell, Lawrence Fennell. Dorothy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Dotty attended Taylor Allderdice High School and one year at Pennsylvania College for Women. She was the co-owner, costume designer and seamstress of Esser Costume Company from 1945 until 1975 and was past president of the Pittsburgh Jaycettes. Dotty designed first place award costumes for competition at the National Costumers Association Convention in 1968. She was a ceramic teacher for 13 years and won "Best of Show" for original raised nationality figures on a world globe at the Pittsylvania Ceramic Guild Tri-State competition in 1962. Dotty designed and made the wreaths used annually at the Cranberry Township Veterans Memorial Day ceremony at North Boundary Park from 1999 to the present. As an associate member of the Ohio Valley Marine Corps League, she was assistant coordinator for three years with the Toys for Tots program. Dotty compiled their annual scrapbook that won first place in state and national competitions in 2004. She created the nose design drawing for a refueling plane of the 171st National Guard USAF in 2006. Dotty creatively designed and made greeting cards for all occasions. She enjoyed making gifts using ordinary recycling items: something from nothing. Dotty made custom Christmas gifts for family and friends with a different theme each year. She had a love for God, family and her God-given artistic talent. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church.
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Vasko, Edward E.

  • Adams Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Vasko, of Adams Township, formerly of Mt. Washington, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Helen (Malley) Vasko; loving father of Catherine Crawford, Janice Dunbar (William), Cindy Vasko-Roesser (Phil), Edward Vasko Jr. (Patricia), Christina Sandherr (Thomas), Peggy Kelly (Thomas), Susan Tighe (Edwin), Douglas Vasko (Lisa), Darlene Vasko and the late Patricia Mullen; also survived by 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road No. 102, Harrisburg, PA 15109.
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Walia, Pushpa 79

  • Mars
  • Born: 1935-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Pushpa Walia, 79, of Mars, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter's home. Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Delhi, India, she was the daughter of the late Babu Lal and Brahma Devi Ahluwalia. Surviving are her children, Sunil K. Walia (Rampyari), Dushyant K. Walia (Chanda), Harsh V. Walia (Liliette), Ashok K. Walia, Deepak K. Walia (Rupa), Sidharth K. Walia (Rhea), Pradeep K. Walia (Suzanne), Geeta Kaul (Bipin) and Sandeepa Kaleida (Brian); 18 grandchildren; her siblings, Shakuntala Devi Ahluwalia, Amar Singh Ahluwalia, Santosh Chandar and Sushila Mehta; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mohinder Singh Walia, who she married March 7, 1954, and who died June 6, 1990; and by her brother, Lalit Ahluwalia. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Snyder, James A. 96

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1918-09-19
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • James A. Snyder, 96, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Connellsville, a son of the late Elmer and Pearl Etling Snyder. Prior to his retirement, James worked as a truck driver for General Motors at its Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin for 35 years. James loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club. James will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving children, Dorothy Rizza and husband, Richard, Donna Wingrove and fiance, Frank Sabula, and James F. Snyder and wife, Pinkey, all of Connellsville; his grandchildren, Michael Barron and wife, Tari, of Monaca, Shirley Alt and husband, Mark, of Connellsville, Kenneth Barron and wife, Carol, of Scottdale, James F. Snyder Jr. and wife, Tammy, of South Connellsville, David Snyder and wife, Angie, Donna Villaneuva, Alan Wingrove and fiancee, Amanda Asbury, all of Connellsville, and Toni Wingrove, of Minnesota; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and his brother, Bill Snyder, and his sister, Grace Deluca, both of Connellsville. In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his wife, Christine L. Lane Snyder, Aug. 8, 1998; his grandson, Geoffrey Barren; his son-in-law, Skeeter Barron; his sisters, Helen Mancuso and Sarah Snyder; and his brothers, John, Harry and George Snyder. The family would like to give a special thanks to Amedysis Hospice and his caregivers, Erica Clark and Liz Snyder, for all of their wonderful and loving care to James during his illness. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday, with the Rev. Cheryl Thomas officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Turek, Paul R. 54

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1960-09-14
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul R. Turek, 54, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Sept. 14, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Walter Turek and Kathryn Machinia Turek. He was a truck driver for Donald Woods Trucking. Surviving are children, John Paul Turek, Autumn Gustafson and husband, Michael and Jeremy Turek; grandchildren, Kolton, Kalob, Courtney and Corey; sisters, Stephanie McClain and husband, David, and Mary Kay Turek; brother, Walter (Walley)Turek; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Susan Dyer. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions suggested to Paul R. Turek Memorial Fund, c/o Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, PA 15431.
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Indiana County

Wannett, Lorraine 84

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1930-11-23
  • Died: 2015-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Lefdahl, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Lorraine (Cameron) Wannett, 84, of Indiana, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, while at Bethany Place. The daughter of Joseph Ralph and Mary Elizabeth (Franklin) Cameron Sr., she was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Lockport. Lorraine had been employed by Seasonal Industries and later as a manager for Sheetz. She was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. Lorraine loved the time she spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. She loved being with people and found her best friend to be God. Surviving are her children, Michelle (Mike) McHugh, of Twin Rocks, Deborah (Rick) Brindle, of New Derry, Larry (Andrea) Wannett, of Indiana, Mark (Melanie) Wannett, of Creekside, and Susan Wannett-Hill, of Indiana; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Joseph Cameron Jr. (Ellen), of Blairsville; and several nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death were her parents; husband, Michael Wannett Jr.; and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Noss and Edna Lethman. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at the JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME. Funeral service will immediately follow at 8 p.m. in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. John Swanger, officiating. Interment in the Blairsville Cemetery will be private. www.lefdahlfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Spitek, Edward A. Sr. 95

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1919-10-04
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California, Pa. | Get Directions
  • Edward A. Spitek Sr., 95, of California, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was born Saturday, Oct. 4, 1919, in Daisytown, a son of the late Martin and Anna (Kime) Spitek. He was a lifetime member of the California Young Men's Club and the American Legion JFK Post 377. Ed was very proud to have served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1940 to 1945. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan. Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Eileen Linn of Hagerstown, Md., Nancy Malacane and husband, David of Latrobe, and Edward A. Spitek Jr. and wife, JoAnn of California, Pa.; a brother, Anthony Spitek of California; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Brosky Spitek in 1957; two brothers, John and Joseph Spitek; and one sister, Mary Novak. Friends will be received in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa., 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, and until 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, when Prayers of Translation will be recited followed by a funeral service in St. Thomas Aquinas Church with the Father James Young officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, California, Pa.
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Victor, Mary L. 66

  • Ellsworth
  • Born: 1949-07-09
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee's Funeral Home, Bentleyville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou Nickeson Victor, 66, of Ellsworth, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in the Washington Health System. She was born July 9, 1949, in Monongahela, a daughter of the late Alonzo W. and Mary Alice Lusk Nickeson. Mrs. Victor was a 1968 graduate of Monongahela High School. She attended Penn Commercial in Washington, Pa., and received her business degree from the Douglas School of Business at the age of 50. For many years, she was a secretary for Somerset Township and later became the executive administrator for the Washington County Food Bank with over 15 years of service, retiring in 2009. Mrs. Victor was a member of Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church in Finleyville, for over 41 years. Mary Lou was devoted to her family and loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed being outside and working in her yard and garden and was a football fanatic. Surviving are three children, Tina Victor of Ellsworth, Lisa Hurley (Russell) of Elizabeth, and Bryan Victor of Bentleyville; five grandchildren, Lydia Walz, Stephanie and Mason Hurley and Brenna and Logan Victor; five siblings, Jim Nickeson (Linda) of Eighty Four, Ruth Anne Calvey of Bentleyville, John Nickeson of Mesa, Ariz., Karen Williams of Ellsworth, and Butch Nickeson (Brenda) of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to her parents is her husband, Bob Victor who died March 21, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church, 3111 Rt. 136, Finleyville, PA 15332 with the Rev. Richard Roberts officiating. A luncheon will follow at Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main St., Bentleyville. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Carey, Imogene 90

  • Hastings, Minn. , Formerly of Acme
  • Born: 1925-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Imogene Chackan Carey, 90, of Hastings Minn., formerly of Acme, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Acme, to the late Lewis and Minnie Yothers Shaffer. She was a member of Acme United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Domer Chackan; second husband, Lawrence Carey; daughter, Sherri Forsythe; and brother, Robert Shaffer. Imogene is survived by a son, Larry (Barbara) Chackan, of Hastings; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Georgia Ulery, of Acme. Family and friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John A. Logan, with interment to follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Cash, Rosella A.

  • North Carolina
  • Died: 2015-07-24
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  • Rosella Ann "Tootsie" (Gorham) Cash was called home to be with her heavenly Father on Friday, July 24, 2015. She was born July 29 in Sewickley to the late Matctes and Mabel Gorham. She grew up in Leetsdale, and was educated in the Quaker Valley School District. After high school, Tootsie pursued studies to become a licensed beautician. She was a devoted substitute teacher for the Granville County School System for many years. Tootsie, as she was affectionately called, was a faithful member of Olive Groove Baptist Church in North Carolina where she served in the Mass choir and as an usher. She was a servant for the Lord; serving with grace, humility and a generous spirit. Tootsie was loyal, loving, kind, compassionate, giving and soft-spoken, always willing to give of her time and herself. She would do whatever she could to help others. She touched every life that she encountered. Tootsie was a devoted wife, loving mother and sister. Those left to cherish precious memories include her husband, Benny Cash, of Rougemont, N.C.; two sons, Byron Cash (Anita), of Durham, N.C., and Frankie Cash, of Rougemont, N.C.; two sisters, Maxine Gibson, of Atlanta, Ga., and Denise Miles, of Emsworth; five nieces and nephews, Joe Freeman, of Weirton, W.Va., Crystal Miles, of Emsworth, Allen Miles, of San Francisco, Calif., Teffine Freeman, of Pittsburgh, and Sheerita Freeman, of Atlanta, Ga.; a childhood and best friend, Jackie Walker, of Williamsburg, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends. We thank and praise God for giving us a wonderful wife, mother, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and such a caring and giving friend. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
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Crawford, Edward L. 85

  • Westfield, N.Y.
  • Born: 1929-11-09
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Elkin, North East | Get Directions
  • Edward L. Crawford, 85, of Westfield, N.Y., died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Soldiers and Sailors Home of Erie. He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Kittanning, to the late Edward E. and Edith Custer Crawford. Edward served in the Air Force as a mechanic and was later employed as a truck driver and mechanic for several companies, including Hills Trucking. He was a member of the Brockton American Legion Post 35 and was an active volunteer for the Make A Wish Foundation's "Share A Dream Drive" for several years. Edward's passion in life was family and the art of mechanics. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Jack Crawford. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Lidlow, of Dunkirk, N.Y., Cathy Hanson, of Westfield, N.Y., Cheryl Farnham (James), of Sherman, N.Y., Belinda Rudenski (Richard), of Clymer, N.Y., Cindy Seiter (Scott), of Jacksonville, Fla., Lori Byers (John), of Corry, Pa., and Alison Bolinger (Jeffery), of Westfield, N.Y.; stepsons, Thomas Bolinger, of North East, Pa., and J. Steven Bolinger, of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Patricia Booher, Barbara Bemish, Judy Anthony, Diane Wagnor, Doris Brison, Susan Barton (Carl) and Bonnie Anthony (Chuck); brothers, Donald Crawford (Mary), Chuck Crawford (Rita), Frank Crawford and Rocky Crawford (Cathy);16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Private funeral arrangements being handled by the WILLIAM D. ELKIN FUNERAL HOME, 65 S. Lake St., North East. Private interment North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Soldiers and Sailors Home of Erie, Unit E, 560 E. Third St., Erie, PA 16507. Please send condolences to elkinfh.com.
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McNatt, Ronald H. 70

  • Pawleys Island, S.C. , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Ronald H. "Ron" McNatt, 70, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, July 30, 2015. Ron was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Marilyn Sue Elliott McNatt. Ron was also preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Satzger; and parents, Charles H. and Charlotta E. McNatt. Formerly of Oakmont, the McNatts made their home in Pawleys Island, S.C., and were members of First Baptist Church, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Ron is survived by his son, Richard (Jody) McNatt, of Atlanta, Ga., and daughter, Jennifer McNatt, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron's grandchildren include Emily, Tyler, Mackenzie, Sarah, Bodie, Connor, Colin and Bella. Mr. McNatt served his country in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1968. He worked for 33 years as a sales and marketing executive in the food brokerage industry. A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet, 3891 Highway 17 ByPass, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Arrangements are entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Murrells Inlet, PO Box 285, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Online condolences may be made to: www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Myers Jr., James R. 64

  • Capon Bridge, W. Va.
  • Born: 1951-07-05
  • Died: 2015-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • James Ray Myers Jr., 64, of Capon Bridge, W. Va., died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Winchester, Va. He was born Thursday, July 5, 1951, in Mt Pleasant, son of James and Jane (Summy) Myers, of New Stanton. He was a graduate of Hempfield High School, class of 1969, the Allegheny Technical Electronic School, class of 1972, and the Commonwealth of Virginia apprenticeship four year course in the trade of cabinet maker, 1979. He received his pilot license in Winchester, Va. He was employed as a cabinet maker in the Winchester and Washington D.C. area. He did many jobs in federal government buildings, banks, medical centers, private homes, restaurants, the U.S. Navy Yard and the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Two of the most challenging jobs were the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center display cabinets in Winchester and a desk for President Ronald Reagan's office. Surviving are his parents, his wife, Margarita Myers; a daughter, Jeannine DePaola and husband, Mike; three grandchildren, John, Alyssa and Lauren; a sister, Colleen Peck and husband, Mike; and niece, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Jimmy's request was for a private burial with a memorial service. Arrangements are by The Omps Funeral Home, 1600 Amherst St., Winchester, VA 22601, and the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in St. Paul United Methodist Church, 10 N. Fourth St., Youngwood. Memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., No. 405, Winchester, VA 22601.
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Rose, Philip H. 92

  • Johnstown
  • Born: 1922-12-17
  • Died: 2015-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Henderson, Johnstown | Get Directions
  • Philip H. Rose, 92, of Johnstown and Laughlintown, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Harold James and Emma (Lewis) Rose. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Rose; and brothers, Vincent Harold Rose and Lawrence Edward Rose. He is survived by his wife, Jane Frambach Rose; stepchildren, Patricia Dettling and husband, Charles, of Atmore, Ala., and Rebecca James and husband, Garry, of Brooksville, Fla., and Pamela Phenicie, of Johnstown; step-grandchildren, Ethan Dettling and wife, Julia, Aaron Dettling and wife, Tally, Seth Dettling and wife, Vicki, Courtney Sirmon and husband, Shaun, and Hannah Phenicie and fiance, Nick Potter; 12 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Brennan, of Farmingham, Mass., and Charmaine "Lucille" Rose, of Concord, N.H.; and a brother, Donald Lewis Rose and wife, Nancy, of Valencia. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps stationed in Calcutta, India, as a ground crew officer in charge of maintaining aircraft. He was the owner/operator of Fluotherm Heat Exchange Co. He held both mechanical and industrial engineering degrees from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now known as Carnegie Mellon University). Rose continued to practice engineering as a heat exchange expert until shortly before his death. There will be no public visitation. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grandview Cemetery, with Charles R. Dettling officiating. JOHN HENDERSON COMPANY FUNERAL HOME, 215 Central Ave., Johnstown, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ligonier Borough Police Department, 120 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658. www.hendersonfuneralhome.com.
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Scherrer, James C. 37

  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Died: 2015-08-17
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  • James C. "Jimmy" Scherrer, 37, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Jimmy grew up in Whitehall and graduated from North Hills High School. He went on to IUP to study elementary education and eventually became a math teacher in the Los Angeles School District. Jimmy returned to Pittsburgh to earn his Ph.D. in learning sciences and policy at Pitt. Most recently he was an assistant professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State. He is survived by his mother, Audrey and her husband, Tom McLaughlin, of Shaler; his father, Bob and his wife, Judy Scherrer, of Whitehall; his brother Bob and his wife, Jen Scherrer, of Wexford; and his sister, Sami Scherrer, of Whitehall. Jimmy is also survived by niece, Olivia Scherrer; nephew, Max Scherrer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A celebration of Jimmy's life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
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Stipetic, Joan M. 80

  • Marco Island, Fla. , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-06-13
  • Died: 2015-08-15
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  • Dr. Joan Marion (Drye) Stipetic, 80, Marco Island, Fla., formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla., of pancreatic cancer. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Michael Thomas; and their children, Scott (Heidi) Stipetic, of Taunton, Mass., Mark (Tran) Stipetic,of Wilmington, N.C., Chris Anne (Tom) Banks, of Wellesley, Mass., and Teri (Kit) Pappas, of LaGrange, Ill. She is also survived by her sister, LuAnn Vorek, of Irwin; nine grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews. Joan was born June 13, 1935, in McKeesport, to the late Glenn and Marion Drye. She graduated from McKeesport High School and married her high school sweetheart, Michael Thomas Stipetic in 1953. Joan raised her family in Anne Arundel County, Md., and returned to school to pursue her degree in education, where she received her Bachelor of Science from Towson State University in 1968. She went on to receive her Master of Education and Ph.D. in educational administration, both from the University of Maryland. She did this while working full time, first as a teacher beginning in 1966 in Anne Arundel County, then as principal at both Millersville Elementary and Bayview Middle Schools, also in Anne Arundel County. In 1979, she became a superintendent of schools in the Pentucket Regional District relocating to West Newbury, Mass., where she worked until 1985. From there she worked as superintendent of schools at Groton Public Schools in New London, Conn., until 1991. She left Groton to work as an associate professor of education teaching at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. until 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was the superintendent of schools for Westwood Public Schools, where she retired in 1998. She worked tirelessly throughout her career to help advance teachers in their careers, developing many instructional programs towards this goal. She was a mentor and role model to many and was involved in many educational organizations such as the American Association of School Administrators, the North Shore Superintendents Round Table and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. She was an exemplary leader of what women could accomplish, both as a mother and in her career. Joan loved to travel and followed her passion for the arts in the many cities she visited, frequenting museums, theater and architectural icons. Most importantly, Joan was a loving wife, mother and friend and could be relied upon for an encouraging word or simply a big hug. She had lots of love to dole out and dole she did! We were blessed to have her with us for so long, although it just wasn't long enough. May God bless her! In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sister, Glenda Krien; and brothers, Ronald and Glenn Drye. A memorial service will be held for friends and family at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island, Fla., with a reception to follow at 860 Panama Court, Marco Island, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Avow, Office of Development, 1095 Whippoorwill Ave., Naples, FL 34105-3847. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Avow Hospice and Care Dimensions for all their tireless and loving support.
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