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Adamson, William G. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • William G. Adamson, 85, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was a son of the late Harry and Mayzie Adamson; husband of the late Jean A. (Kemrite) Adamson; loving father of Victoria J. Adamson and the late William G. Adamson Jr.; Ioving grandfather of Stephen M. Devlin Jr., Maizee E. Devlin and Addeline R. Devlin; also survived by his loyal companion/dog, Fred. Bill was an Air Force veteran. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Air Force Aid Society. http://www.afas.org.
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Ann, Alexander

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-05
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Alexander Ann, of Sherwood Oaks, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. She was the beloved sister of Mary Jane Luscher; and loving aunt of Frank A. (Hilary) Luscher, Jean A. Luscher and Thomas W. (Jennifer) Luscher. Ann was a lifelong member of Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Oaks Auditorium. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY.
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Babjak III, George R. 65

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • George R. "Bab" Babjak III, 65, of Braddock Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Spierto) Babjak; loving father of Kristen Anderson (Nick) and Brian Babjak (Kylie Benjamin); dear grandfather of Jordan and Camren Anderson, Brian and Gabriella Babjak; brother of Robert, Douglas (Susan) and John B. (Lisa); brother-in-law of Joann, Donna and Vincent Spierto; uncle of Vincent and Michael Spierto, Christopher, Ashley, Colleen, Austin, Alexis and Erik Babjak; also great-nieces and nephews. Bab retired from PA Turnpike with 28 years of service and was on the board of directors of Braddock Hills Welfare and Fire Association. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday the funeral home. http://www.niedfunralhome.com.
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Baker, James R. 79

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1935-04-10
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • James Ralph "Jim" Baker, 79, of Dravosburg, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at home. He was born April 10, 1935, to the late Eugene and Erma Strothers Baker. James was the loving husband of Martha Ann Jones Baker. He is survived by a son, James Robert (Robin Soriano) Baker, of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Edward (Joanne) Baker, of Indiana, Pa. James is also survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer Spencer, Joshua (Alli) Baker, Jessica (Joseph) Katchur and Houston (Tracey) Baker; and seven great-grandchildren, Nickole, Brandon and Cody Burkey, Luke Spencer, Joshua Baker Jr. and Mika and Adriana Katchur. James was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene George Baker; and sisters, Betty Jean Rogers and Mary Lou Robey. James was a retired jet engine mechanic master sergeant with the Air Force, and he also served in the Navy. His combined service spanned 26 years allowing him to serve in Vietnam, Germany and Europe while receiving various military awards. James also drove a school bus for McKeesport and South Allegheny School districts. He was member of The Air Force Sergeants Association. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at I.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 Fourth St., Dravosburg, PA 15034. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the funeral home presided by Pastor Mark Snavely. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bonga, Mary M. 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Haski) Bonga, 85, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late George A. Bonga; sister of Ray (Judy) Haski, of Apollo, Al (Margie) Haski, of Swissvale, and the late Bernard Haski and his surviving wife, Janet, of Monroeville; dear aunt of Cindy, Sandy, Cathy, Bill, Ed and Greg; and also survived by 11 great-nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be held privately. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Brenneman, Edward B. 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Edward Blake Brenneman, 88, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the son of the late Arthur P. and Alice (Bruner) Brenneman. Blake was retired from Westinghouse Airbrake with 40 years of service, where he had been a vice president in Sales and Marketing. He was an Army World War II veteran, where he had served in the Pacific Theater. He also was an avid golfer. He was the husband of 56 years to the late Theona M. Brenneman, who passed away in 2006; loving father of Judy (Warren) Martin and Richard (Cherie) Brenneman; and adored grandfather of Gregg, Andrea, Blake, Bryce and Julia. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100), where services will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial contributions to AseraCare Hospice, 300 Penn Center, Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Brent, Walter 89

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Lt. Col. Walter Ivan Christopher Brent died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the age of 89. He was with his family and friend at his Sewickley home, that he loved very much. He was born in Germany and had the opportunity to move to the United States where he was able to work very hard and became successful because of the opportunity that was provided by America. He graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and as an Army officer lieutenant colonel. Brent also attended the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Infantry Officers advanced course and the Army Intelligence and Military School in Europe. Lt. Col. Brent saw service in both European and Pacific Theaters as an 86th Division Infantry in World War II. Lt. Col. Brent's decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Armed Forces Medal (first class) and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Lt. Col. Brent retired from the military after 32 years of service and lived in Manhattan and Germany for many years. He was preceded in death by his wives, Ursula Gosselck and Liane Beebe. After his retirement, he traveled the world and worked with disadvantaged children in Harlem. Lt. Col. Brent is survived by his wife, Nancy Carr Brent; stepchildren, Joel and Kim Carr and Walter and Michael Beebe and wives, Carol and Nancy, and Robert Brent; and stepgrandchildren, John Beebe, Kathryn Beebe Reilly, Andrew Beebe, Alison Arshad, Christine Beebe, Frederick Beebe, Galen Beebe, Brianna and Keith Lemaster. He will be remembered by his 12 stepgreat-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, at the COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143, with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke as celebrant (everyone meet at church). Interment will take place with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Hospice Inc., 6200 Brooktree Road, Suite 220, Wexford, PA 15090 will be appreciated.
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Carlson, Betty J. 85

  • Formerly of North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-05-22
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Carlson, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of North Versailles, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was born May 22, 1929, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Cooper Zelin. She is survived by her husband, Don Leonard Carlson; son, Clint (Nancy) Carlson, of Dallas; sister, Dorothy (Don) Thornton, of Deer Park, Texas; grandchildren, Lewis, Owen and Julian; and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The Rev. Donald Jones will officiate. Interment will follow. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Crooks, Grace E.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Grace Edrie (DeTrude) Crooks, of Shaler Township, beloved wife to Norman G. Crooks, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Howard Jay DeTrude Sr. and Beatrice (Shore) DeTrude. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Mark E. (Kathleen) Crooks, Norma J. (William) Meredith, Glenn H. Crooks and Matthew B. (Mary) Crooks; beloved grandmother of eight; and devoted great-grandmother of three. Grace was the sister of Martha Lou Stanton and the late Howard and Edward DeTrude. She devoted her life to her family and participating in church, where she was a past treasurer. Grace held several jobs in accounting and adult education. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a past volunteer instructor with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and a devoted wife and mother. She was a best friend to many, and will be missed by all. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday only in the NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Interment at Mt. Royal Cemetery, followed by luncheon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Dille, Harold C. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Harold C. "Hut" Dille, 94, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 69 years to Ruth E. (Hesse) Dille; loving father of David Dille (Mary Anne), Thomas Dille and Barbara Marcellus (Robert); proud grandfather of Bryan (Becky), Jacquelyn (Gregor), Erin (Andrew), Rachel, Amanda, Marcie (Ben), Lisa and Emily; great-grandfather of Donovan, Dayton, Sabine, Cheyenne and Paisley; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Harold served in the Army during World War II in the China, Burma and India Theaters and was the chief of the Administrative Division of the Regional Veterans Administration Office. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8225 Peebles Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Hut's church.
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Dohn, Jane M.

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Jane M. (Moore) Dohn, of St. Barnabas, formerly of Ross Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late William H. Dohn; loving mother of Kathleen Yost (Richard); proud grandmother of Jason Yost (Babli); great-grandmother of Neel; and sister of Eleanor Wagner. Jane was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother who loved to paint and volunteered to help others. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Dolansky Jr., Theodore E. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-30
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Theodore E. Dolansky Jr., 66, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in his home. Born May 30, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of Priscilla "Mary Lou" (Lewis) Dolansky, of West Mifflin, and the late Theodore E. Dolansky. A retired heavy equipment operator with the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, Ted was a SeaBee in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved to hunt in Conneaut and ride his Harley, especially in charity rides. Very mechanically oriented, Ted was good with his hands, especially on outdoor projects. Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Besides his mother, Ted is survived by his son, Theodore T. Dolansky, of Ambridge; his daughter, Debbie Jo (Joe) Dolansky Balena, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Alissa Dolansky-Dickson, Brianna Dolansky and Carissa Dolansky, Raylee Furlong and Joey, Ally and Johnny Balena; his siblings Priscilla (Larry) Pinkosky, in Acme, Dolores Jacobs, of California, Pa., Evelyn Leete, of West Mifflin, Mark Dolansky, of North Versailles, and Jeffrey Dolansky, of Duquesne; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A blessing will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, with Deacon Dale DiSanto officiating. Burial will follow at James Chapel Cemetery in Finleyville. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Earnest, Clarke J.

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-05-27
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Clarke Jay Earnest, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Born May 27, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George Melvin and Velva Earnest. Clarke is survived by his children, Dawn R. (Mike) Wehrheim, Clarke J. Jr. (Cheryl) Earnest, Daniel L. (Kelly) Earnest, Katherine J. (Mike) Anderson, Douglas R. (Jenny) Earnest; stepson, Eric Becraft; and his 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who will miss their granddad, Poppy Clarke. Clarke was born in Pennsylvania, where he grew up with his two brothers, Robert Dale and Howard, who preceded him in death. Clarke grew up surrounded by his brothers and many cousins. He resided in Pennsylvania until the early 60s when, on a trip to visit his older brother, Dale, in the Rio Grande valley during the winter months, he realized how mild the winters were there and fell in love with the area. He returned to the valley in fall of 1965, with his wife, Joyann, and small daughter and son to make a home and raise his family there. He promptly took a job with his brother, Dale, as a long haul truck driver. After some time at that job he went out and purchased a backhoe and went into business for himself as a general contractor, following in his father's footsteps. Later he created Earnest Construction Co. Inc., with his brother Dale Earnest and after many successful years created Lanai Pools and with Lonny Sumers, Irrigation Systems of Texas Inc. He moved on to the San Antonio, Texas, area and established Clarke Earnest and Sons Construction. Clarke retired in 2007 with his wife, Pamela Earnest, whom he met and married after moving to the area. She preceded him in death in 2008. Clarke enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt and boat. He also enjoyed photography and reading about ancient art, as he had gone to art school in his young years and was quite a gifted artist. He especially loved flying his 250 Piper Comanche and later his Cessna 337-D. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, always welcoming people into his home. Clarke was a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the Alfazar Shrine. Clarke will be truly missed by his family and friends alike. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at 901 N. Loop, 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78232.
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Eckert, Paul A. 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1930-03-27
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Paul A. Eckert, DDS, 84, of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 27, 1930, in St. Mary's, a son of the late Vincent A. and Marie (Pistner) Eckert. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in St. Mary's in 1948, Penn State University with a degree in chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He served in the Army for two years and was in dental practice for more than 35 years in East McKeesport. He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport, where he served as an usher and part of the men's club. He was active in the Boy Scouts, Harmonicats of Turtle Creek, Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club of Dravosburg, The Odontological Society of Western PA (ADA) and the American Legion Post 701 in White Oak. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Gloria Jean Eckert and Joan Pfeuffer. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Kuntz) Eckert, whom he married in 1956, more than 58 years ago in St. Mary's; children, Kathleen Mehaffey, of Monroeville, George A. (Carol) Eckert, of Reading, Stephen P. (Nancy) Eckert, of Leander, Texas, Cynthia J. (Daniel) Sabol, of Round Rock , Texas, Robert V. (Jill) Eckert, of Tulsa, Okla., James E. (Christine) Eckert, of Fayetteville, Ga., Christine M. (Martin) Pingree, of Beaver, and John M. (Cheryl) Eckert, of Owasso, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas M. Eckert, of St. Mary's; brother-in-law, Thomas E. Kuntz, of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the FORGIE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions can be made to either: St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1313 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035; or the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 3501 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or a charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Falvo, Dr. Ralph J. 67

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Dr. Ralph J. "Butch" Falvo, 67, of Philadelphia, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, June 29, 2014. Ralph was a Vietnam War Army veteran; a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps; was a registered nurse; earned a master's degree in health care and later went on to receive his doctorate degree. He was a son of the late Ralph and Helen (Hoyko) Falvo. Surviving is his wife, Diane (Karczewski) Falvo, of Forest Hills. He was the father of Blake (Melissa) Falvo, of Murrysville, Maura (Ryan) Hoare, of Reynoldsville, and Kylene Falvo, of Forest Hills; grandfather of Richard, Morgan, Ethan and Evelyn; and brother of Dale (Rosanne) Falvo, of Export. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private service and interment will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with military honors. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-824-4332.
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Ferlan, Michael J. 48

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1966-08-14
  • Died: 2014-09-17
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  • Michael Jerome Ferlan, born Aug. 14, 1966, in Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the age of 48. He graduated from Highlands High School (1984), Bucknell University (magna cum laude, mechanical engineering) and Stanford University (master's in aeronautical engineering). Michael had been employed by Boeing, Hewlett-Packard and most recently Microsoft. Michael's enthusiasm for life was demonstrated by his pursuit of many interests and activities. His interest in artwork led him to explore ceramics, glasswork and sand sculpting. Michael's passion for the outdoors included swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing and triathlons to name a few. All of these interests ultimately led to his successful completion of the Louisville, Ky., Iron Man Triathlon in 2011. Michael passed away peacefully in Portland, Ore., surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ferlan; his partner, Jennine Varhola; his siblings, Larry, Paul (Becky Ewing), Mary (Ed Erway), Ginny (Tim Machon), Kathy (Andrew Jackson) and Mark (Allison); and his nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, Michael requests donations to be made to Life is Good, Playmakers Kid's Foundation (https://lifeisgood.fundraise.com/donate) dedicated to helping kids overcome violence, poverty and illness or Free to Breathe (freetobreath.org), an organization focused on increasing awareness and research for lung cancer.
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Flaherty, Ruth 92

  • Formerly of O'Hara Township
  • Born: 1921-12-12
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Robertson Flaherty, 92, formerly of O'Hara Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Marquis Gardens Place Personal Care Home in Uniontown. Born Dec. 12, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Louise (Arnold) and George Prechtl and George Robertson (stepfather). She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, James D. Flaherty Sr., in 1998; her daughter, Judith Ruth Taylor; son-in-law, Robert Taylor, and grandson, Ryan Taylor, in 1976; and her brother, Donald Robertson, in 1997. She is survived by her sister, Arline (Robertson) Clark, of Port Vue; and her children, James D. (Susan) Flaherty Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Kevin (Patti Pomatto) Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Thomas Terrence (Paula) Flaherty, of Uniontown, and Joyce Flaherty (Rob) Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren, J.D. (Nancy) Flaherty III, of Columbus, Ohio, Charles Hawthorne Flaherty, of Tulum, Mexico, Mary Scott (B.J.) Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Thomas Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Paul Nesser, of Pittsburgh, Robert Edward Ritchey and Daniel Flaherty Ritchey, of Lexington, Ky., Rachel Kylie Ritchey and Ryan Michael Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Amira Flaherty, of Columbus, Ohio, Rosalie and Biagio Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews. Ruth was a tireless homemaker, raising five children as well as volunteering for many community causes and school events. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, golfing, bowling, traveling to her home in Lake Worth, Fla., and spending time with her family. She remained strong and kind through many physical ailments and great personal loss. Her selflessness and compassion touched her family and many friends. She was blessed with a long and close relationship with her sister, Arline. The family would like to say a special "thank you" to the staff and residents of the Marquis Gardens Place, of Uniontown, and the staff of Medi Home Hospice, of Scottdale, for their devotion, love and support they gave to their mom and her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter Parish, North Side. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Medi Home Hospice of Scottdale in memory of Ruth Flaherty at 109 Crossroads Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 (Phone 724-887-4675).
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Garraux, June S. 86

  • Mt. Lebanon , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • June S. Garraux, 86, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Monroeville, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Gale W.; dear mother of James D. (Cathy) Garraux, Louise M. (Stuart) Glogoff, Paul E. (Jane) Garraux and Lisa C. (Vaughn) Rasor; loving grandmother of David (Lauren), Andrea (Adam), Deborah (Andrew), Benjamin, Matthew (Lauren), Kristen and Joshua; great-grandmother of eight; and sister of the late Ann Aggers. June received her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and retired from WPIC as a social worker. Friends will be welcome 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, where a private family service will be held Saturday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Homes 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234.
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Heinle, Louise H. 89

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-03-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Louise H. (Doumont) Heinle, 89, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. She was born March 29, 1925, in Creighton, a daughter of the late Rene O. and Mary (Sherwood) Doumont. She has lived most of her life in Natrona Heights, where she was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Louise was a graduate of Har Brack High School and loved to read and loved her home. Louise was an avid animal lover and gardener, but she especially adored her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Charles R. (Andrea) Heinle, of Allegheny Township, Gregory D. Heinle, of Natrona Heights, and Louise "Lou Ann" Heinle, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Charles M. (Cassandra) Heinle, of New Kensington, Alana (Robert) Keeley, of Delaware, Gretchen (Brian) Marra, of Natrona Heights, Jennifer (Daniel) Guerrini, of Lower Burrell, and Jeffrey C. (Danielle) Ramaley, of Natrona Heights; and her great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Max, Calvin, Carson, Brianna, Brennan, Joey, Jaxon, Lillian, Jeffrey and Anna. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Heinle; daughter, Barbara M. Heinle; and sisters, Mary Ellen Burk, Eileen Turiak and Esther Kutsch. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Irons, Marion A. 78

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1935-10-12
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Marion A. (Harvey) Irons, 78, of Plum Borough, died tragically Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, as the result of the injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident. She was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anne (Visnick) Harvey. Prior to retiring, Marion was employed as a secretary by Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Center, Monroeville. She was a social member of the Submariners Unit, USS Requin, Pittsburgh, and a member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. Irons Jr.; beloved grandson, Michael E. Caldwell; and sister, Betty McCoy. Marion will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Denise Smail and her husband, David, of Mt. Pleasant; stepsons, John Michael Irons and his wife, Sylvia, of Florida, and John W. Irons III and his wife, Wendy, of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Ashley, Phylicia, Shane and Abby, each of whom she treasured. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Marion will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Tony Fallisi, of Holiday Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Marion's memory may be made to the Requin Submariners Unit. Please make checks payable to "Requin Base Memorial Fund" and mail to: Requin Base Memorial Fund, c/o Hubert Dietrich, 213 Andrew Drive, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Please write "Marion Irons" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Jones, Penny

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Penny Jones, of Oakmont, formerly of Sewickley, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Franklin Jones; mother of Franklin Dalzell Jones, Katharine "Katie" Holdship Jones and the late Edward Pendergast Jones; and grandmother of William McMichael Jones III and Adelaide Holdship Jones. Penny was instrumental in the establishment of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the late 1950s, and became nationally known for her work managing charity antique shows in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York City and Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum, the Colony Club of New York City and a former member of Allegheny Country Club. There will be no visitation. Funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Lope, Patrick A. 89

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Patrick A. Lope, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice. Born July 31, 1925, in Munson, to Philip and Jenny Lope, he attended Clearfield High School before joining the Navy and serving our country as a midshipman from 1945 to 1946. After returning from the service, he settled in central Pennsylvania, where he met and married his partner for life, Mary A. Vizza. Pat and Mary started their family while operating Pat's Food Market in Johnstown. Pat spent the next 35 years in the grocery and food industries, retiring from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. in 1988. After retirement, Pat and Mary spent many wonderful years with friends at their homes in Glenshaw and Bradenton, Fla. Great memories were created at the beaches in Florida, following all of the grandchildren's activities, their many trips including their native towns in Italy, and countless games of Scrabble and cards with family and friends. Pat will be especially remembered for his ability to make friends with everyone from CEOs to the man on the street. His natural interest in others was displayed in his work relationships, his friends, the neighborhood youth, but mostly through his children and grandchildren. He was a friend of everyone. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, May, of Wexford; children, Philip (Meg), Theresa Stahler (Bill), Tom, Patrick (Leslie), Mark (Susan) and Chris (Rhonda); grandchildren, Patrick (Lea Ann), Margie, Katie Casker (Steve), Matthew, David Stahler (Jessi), Michael Stahler, Mark Stahler (Katie), Mary Pat Stahler (Lee), Julie Walker (Matt), Sarah Sakoian (Christian), Thomas, Kerry, Christina, Adam, Ben, Nick, Kelsey, Courtney and Ashley Lope; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Wyatt, Stella, Mia, John Philip, William, Ryan, Drew, Cara, Hunter and Theo. Also surviving are sisters, Rose, Anna Louise and Jeanie; brother-in-law, Merle; and countless adoring nephews and nieces. Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank; and daughter-in-law, Amy Beth. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Church in Wexford, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are encouraged in lieu of flowers to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 114 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Thank you to family and friends for their support, and especially to the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice for their unconditional care and counsel.
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Mann, Mary Lou 82

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1932-09-08
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou Mann, 82, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Riverside Care Center in McKeesport. She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late William Alfred and Irene C. Miller Mann; and sister of the late G. Louise Miller and the late George E. Mann. Mary Lou was a member of the Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, where she a deacon/elder and active in the church choir. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Bowling League and served with the Air Force. She is survived by her brothers, William Alfred (Mary Margaret "Peggy") Mann, of Lady Lake, Fla., and Alan James Mann, of Latrobe; also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William K. Little officiating. Interment will take place in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Maranowski, Norbert C.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Norbert Conrad Maranowski, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Mr. Maranowski was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Jane Dorman Maranowski; father of Dr. Steven A. (Michelle) Maranowski, of San Jose, Calif., Dr. Kevin D. (Diana) Maranowski, of Louisville, Colo.; son of the late Frank and Loretta Habrowski Maranowski; and grandfather of Nicholas, Matthew and Katherine Maranowski. Mr. Maranowski was a graduate of Duquesne University, receiving dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and physics. He also received a Master of Industrial Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired from Gulf Oil Research as Manager of Facility Operations. In his earlier career with Gulf, he published a number of technical papers in trace metal analysis and was expert in developing new microchemical analytics for petroleum materials. He was a longtime member and former President of Parish Council at St. Nicholas Church. Celebrate Mr. Maranowski's life with his family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Church, MilIvale. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Nancy and Norbert Maranowski Endowed Scholarship Fund at Duquesne University, Office 405 Admin Building, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Marino, Mark D. 46

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1968-05-21
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mark David Marino, 46, of White Oak, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was born May 21, 1968, in McKeesport, the son of Mary Theresa Marino, of McKeesport. Mark was a policeman for the city of McKeesport with 14 years of service and was a member of FOP 91 and Teamsters Local 205. His hobbies included driving his vintage sports car, listening to music and maintaining his koi pond. Mark was extremely proud of his children's accomplishments. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jennifer A. (Kerr) Marino; beloved children, Taylor Fawn Marino and Mark David Marino II, of White Oak; sister, Shauna (Albert) Elko, of Lexington, Ky.; grandmother, Theresa Marino, of North Versailles; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loving dog, Dausche. Friends are welcome from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ron Wakeman officiating. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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McCann, Blanche W. 91

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Blanche W. (Wolski) McCann, 91, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Harry L.; loving mother of Gregory L. (Mary) McCann and Jeffrey G. (Maureen) McCann; grandfather of Alan (Jamie), Brendan, Matthew, Sonya and Dema; great-grandmother of Liam and Luca; and sister of Alina Check and Sophie Barry. Blanche had a deep faith in God, was a loving mother and adored her grandchildren. Blanche spent a lifetime of volunteering from the PTA to UPMC oncology department where she spent countless hours with cancer patients. She spent many years singing in the choir at St. Bernards, St. Anne's and St. Sylvester. Blanche's kindness, love and smiles will be deeply missed. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Burial will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Milko, Andrew A. 84

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Andrew A. "Bunky" Milko, 84, a lifelong resident of East Pittsburgh, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Anna "Babe" (Borushko) Milko for 64 years. He was the loving father of Donna (Raymond) Savikas, of New Jersey, Gary (Donna) Milko, of Chalfant, Virginia (Dennis) Kisak, of North Huntingdon, and the late Andrew and late Theresa Milko; dear grandfather of Gregory (Eileen) Savikas, Hailee and Matthew Milko, Dean, Drew and Devin Kisak; great-grandfather of Blake Savikas; and also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Lutz and Lillian Borkowski; and his brother, Frank Milko. Bunky was a retired carpet installer, having worked both with the Carpet Installers Union and later independently. He was a respected manager, coach and President of the former East Pittsburgh Little League and Pony League. With help from family and friends, he built a second home in Conneaut Lake, where he took great pride in his yard and landscaping. Bunky and Babe enjoyed watching sports together, especially, the Pittsburgh teams, Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and Pitt and also Woodland Hills Football. Above all, Bunky was a devoted and caring family man. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Eunice M.

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Eunice M. (George) Miller, of North Versailles, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was a daughter of the late James and Ella George; wife of the late Stanley Miller; sister of Everett (Sharon), Kenneth (Annie) George, June (Charles) Scarpino and the late Curtis George; and aunt of Debra Zinck, Melissa Able and James George. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and all who loved Eunice. Family and friends are being received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by burial in William Penn Memorial.
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Musgrave, M.D., Ross H.

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ross Howard Musgrave, M.D., of Fox Chapel, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Norma Jane Duncan Musgrave; father of Joan (Denny) Wickham, Nancy (Rick) Ray and Randy Musgrave; grandfather of Brian (Christy) Ray, Allie (Brandon) Driscoll, Katie (Kyle) Schulenborg and Blaire Wickham; great-grandfather of Alexis Ray and Olivia Driscoll; brother of Don (Mary) Musgrave; brother-in-law of Don (Judy) Duncan; son of the late Margaret and Avery Musgrave; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dr. Musgrave attended Westminster College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and did his residency at University of Pennsylvania and UPMC before serving in Japan during World WarII. He was a plastic surgeon in private practice as well as a distinguished clinical professor of surgery at UPMC where hundreds of residents trained with him. Over the course of his career, he held every top national post in his field: President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Governor of the American College of Surgeons. Pitt honored him with the Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction and the University and School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni awards. After a long teaching career and private practice, he entered the second phase of life as Executive Director of Medical Alumni Association and established the Musgrave Lectureship for Plastic Surgery. He served on boards at Westminster College and Winchester Thurston, as a deacon at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and as a trustee for both UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Musgrave was a lifelong sports nut, being an avid Pirates fan and asked everyday if the Pirates won, up until the day he died. He was also a great Steelers fan and had season tickets to the Pitt Panthers and went faithfully to their football games with his wife for more than 50 years. He loved the arts as an actor, director and painter. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Lynn Portz officiating. Remembrances may be made in his honor to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library for the Blind, which was so very helpful to him when his Macular Degeneration became so difficult to him, Development office 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Attn; Library for the Blind.
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Petrina, Teresa Sena M.

  • Plum , Formerly of Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Teresa M. "Sena" (Russo) Petrina, of Plum, formerly of Braddock Hills, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Matthew F. Petrina; loving mother of Terese A. Triol and her husband, Stephen, of Stoystown, Matthew V. Petrina and his wife, Mary, of North Huntingdon, and Claire E. Johnston and her husband, Thomas, of Gilbertsville; dear Grandy of Stephen, Ethan, Lauren, Madison, Tommy and Graham; sister of Vincent "Jimmy" Russo and his wife, Frances, of Dayton, Ohio, and Philomena "Nina" Rocco and her husband, John, of North Huntingdon. Sena worked as a registered nurse, with the Allegheny County Department of Health and was the school nurse for the Pace School. Also, Mrs. Petrina was a member of the St. Maurice Parish. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Fund, 1133, South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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Polowsky, Cathy 55

  • Formerly of White Oak
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Cathy (Fischer) Polowsky, 55, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Mike "Ski" Polowsky of 27 years; loving mother of Michele (Chris) Uphoff, of Texas, Chad Polowsky (Christie Gazdich), of Elizabeth, Heather Polowsky (Brian Armour), of Ohio, Jessie Polowsky (Jonathan Holshue), of McKeesport, Jeremy Polowsky (Ashton Knox), of East McKeesport, and Elizabeth (Jon) Gabriel, of Greensburg; adoring and caring grandmother of 15; beloved daughter of Cecelia and Edward Fischer, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Cel (the late Mike) Lovis, of East Pittsburgh, Cindy Caldarelli (Dan Reed), of North Braddock, Ed Fischer (Geri Marburger), of East Pittsburgh, and the late Carole McIntyre; lifelong best friend of Debbie Jordan and her children, Kelli, Mikey and Sara. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was like a second mother to anyone who walked through her door through high school and beyond. Her grandchildren were her everything and she loved them with all her heart. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church of the Good Shepherd Parish. In lieu of fresh cut flowers, the family requests plant arrangements or donation to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Ramsey, Janet S. 68

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Janet S. (Brosenitsch) Ramsey, 68, of Richland Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Hrydil; loving mother of Kenneth (Shelly) Knight Sr., Jennifer (Joseph) Hopper, Elizabeth Knight and Shawn (Melissa) Ramsey; sister of James, Leo and Patricia Brosenitsch; and proud grandmother of Kelly and Kenneth Knight Jr. She was preceded in death by sons, Blean Ramsey and Richard Knight; and brother, Richard "Louis" Brosenitsch. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Risha, Patrick M.K. 32

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1981-12-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Patrick Mark Kinzle Risha, 32, of Belle Vernon, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Born Dec. 15, 1981, in Pittsburgh, he was a loving son of Karen Kinzle (Doug Zegel), of Doylestown, and the late Patrick A. Risha. He was employed by Redstone International in Uniontown. Patrick was a proud graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Elizabeth Forward High School, where he was a standout, record-breaking football player. He was a risk-taking entrepreneur, generous friend and extremely loving father. Besides his mother, Patrick was the adoring father of Peyton Jordan Risha, of Charleroi; faithful brother of Amanda (Richard) Walton, of Squirrel Hill, and Steven (Mellany) Risha, of West Mifflin; nephew of Jeffrey Risha, of Belle Vernon, Tom (Bonnie) Risha, of Uniontown, Kerrie Kinzle, of Hollidaysburg, and Kelly (Paralee Winstel) Kinzle, of New Oxford; grandson of Dorothy Stapelfeld, of Duncansville; and godson of Mark Latorre, of Belle Vernon, all who will miss him terribly. He is also survived by a nephew and numerous cousins. Patrick's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. George Maronite Catholic Church, 6 Lebanon Terrace, Uniontown, with the Rev. Sami Chaaya officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Following the burial, all are invited to attend the mercy meal at noon at St. George Maronite Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Peyton's college plan (checks payable to "PA 529 Plan - Peyton Risha") and mailed to 2055 Lake View Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Arrangements by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Rose Sr., Richard A. 53

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Rose Sr., 53, of West View, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was a son of the late Wilbur D. Sr. and Edith (Kirsch) Rose; beloved husband of Sandy (Datum) Rose; father of Ricky and the late Brandi Rose; grandfather of Alexandra and Jadelyn; and brother of Roy Rose, William K. Rose and the late Wilbur D. Rose Jr. Family will welcome friends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday following visitation. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Runkle, Leona 90

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Leona Grall Runkle, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in her assisted living apartment at St. Barnabas Health System. Leona had just celebrated her 90th birthday on May 3. She is the wife of the late Fred W. Grall Jr., and formerly of the Grall Plan. She leaves behind four daughters, Gail C. Whitaker (Guest), Donna G. Fogle (Tom), Joyce G. Dayen (the late Harry Dayen) and Shirley Grall Schnebel; and eight grandchildren, Kristi Whitaker-Krile (Steve), Katie Radloff (Ryan), Brian Fogle (Lisa), Kerri Renner (Jule), Stacey Dayen, Anna Held (Greg), Jessica Rice (Philip) and Erica Schnebel (Matt). Leona has 13 great-grandchildren, Emily, Hayden and David Krile, Jake and Sarah Radloff, Dillon and Morgan Fogle, William and Emmett Renner, Connor Dayen, Natalie and Wyatt Held and McKinley Rice. In 2001, Leone found happiness again by marrying the late Walter T. Runkle, father of Scott Runkle (Diane) and Dr. Donna Smith (the Rev. Fred). Walter had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leona was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, with a private service at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will be at Mt. Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Scolieri, Antonietta A. 85

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Antonietta A. Scolieri, 85, of Morningside, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe "Joseph" Scolieri; wonderful mother of Anthony (Angela) Scolieri, Mary (Bill) Butch and the late Philip (Donna) Scolieri; also survived by nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Antonietta had unwavering faith in God and was a lifelong member of St. Raphael Parish in Morningside. She was also a member of The Ladies of Charity, The Young at Heart Club and The Morningside Bocce League. She loved playing bocce, tending to her garden, listening to classic Italian music and preparing traditional meals for her family. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Verona. The family gives everyone who visited and assisted in her care during the past year their greatest gratitude.
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Smith, Edward S. 91

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Edward S. Smith, 91, of Penn Hills, formerly Wilkinsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 52 years of the late June (Hickcox) Smith; loving father of Edward (Joy) Dean, William A. (Donna) and David W. (Suzanne); grandfather of Todd (Jennifer), Jared (Jill), Joseph, Emily, Zachary, Meghan and Alex; great-grandfather of Sophia, Sarah, Myles and Marin; and brother of Helen Wiseman. Edward was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, and retired after 41 years with U.S. Steel. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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Swanberg, Ruth 91

  • Cheswick
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Haggerty) Swanberg, of Cheswick, formerly of McCandless, passed away on her 91st birthday, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ruth was a daughter of the late John and Edna (Geltz) Haggerty; and beloved wife of the late Fred "Mickey" Swanberg. She was an administrative assistant with Koppers Company and a member of the Tarettes. She is survived by three nieces, Dorothy (Stanley) Pittman, Diane Martinez and Dolores (Donald) Kenst. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Kay Loichinger, Helen Haggerty and Dorothy Jameson. Ruth's family will welcome friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will follow at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest privately at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of the Stanley M. Pittman Scholarship Fund, c/o Sarah Heinz House, 1 Heinz St., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ruth's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Thomas, Martha H.

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha H. (Zgeb) Thomas, of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to William H. Jr.; and loving mother of Patricia "Patty" Chedwick and her husband, Harry, of Leeper, and Kathleen Ludwig, of Baldwin. Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Todd Jr., Robert C. 82

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert Charles Todd Jr., 82, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. He is survived by Barbara Scheetz Todd, his wife of 56 years; his daughters, Lisa Todd and her husband, Roman Kyshakevych, of Fox Chapel, Barrie Todd Dahl and her husband, Kent of Atlanta, Ga.; sons, David Todd of Fox Chapel, and Jeffrey Todd and his wife, Ann, of Fox Chapel; and six grandchildren, Melissa, Hilary and Caroline Dahl and Chester, Adeline and Wilson Todd. Bob grew up in Edgewood, the only son of Robert and Darrell Todd. He attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1950. He graduated from Yale University in 1954 and served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He married Barbara in 1958 and they lived in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to Pittsburgh upon his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1959. Bob joined PNC Bank, where he worked for 28 years, retiring as a senior vice president. In 1987, he became President of Merchants National Bank and later became President of Farmers National Bank both in Kittanning. His keen mind, sharp wit and easy smile made Bob a valued friend. He had the gift of listening without interrupting or judging and he gave each person his full attention. Bob was an optimistic realist who valued generosity and humor more than power and position. He cherished family, friends and faith. Bob was an accomplished athlete who was happiest when he was with his family or playing a sport and ideally doing both together. Throughout his life he loved watching the Steelers and Pirates, as well as Pitt and Duke Basketball. He could often be found on the sidelines supporting his children and grandchildren as they played whatever sports were in season. Bob and Barbara loved to travel and visited many countries on six continents. They enjoyed summers at Ross Mountain and winters in Naples, Fla. A pillar of the community, Bob had a heart for service. He served on the Boards of both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Chatham University for more than 20 years. He was the Chairman of the Board of Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and served on the governing bodies of the Fox Chapel Borough Council, the Fox Chapel District Association and Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Bob was a member of Fox Chapel Golf Club, Ross Mountain Club and Bear's Paw Country Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Shady Side Academy 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Tomko, Mary C. 96

  • Natrona
  • Born: 1917-12-20
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Mary C. Tomko, 96, of Natrona, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Amber Woods at Harmar Village in Harmarville. She was born Dec. 20, 1917, in Natrona, the daughter of the late Emil and Apolonia Mialki Sobkiewicz. Mary was a graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked at the former Miller Shoe Store in New Kensington. Mary was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish in Natrona. She enjoyed dancing and visiting with friends. Mary is survived by her children, Richard (Martha) Tomko, of Glenshaw, and Geraldine (Tim) McCormick, of Mukwonago, Wis.; five grandchildren, Erik Tomko, Mark (Allison) Tomko, Jennifer McCormick, Andrew (Halle) McCormick and Paul McCormick; five great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Rychlinski, of Lower Burrell; sister-in-law, Cecelia Sobkiewicz, of New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Tomko, in 1994; brother, Wallace Sobkiewicz; and sister, Sophia Salata. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary may be made to St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Trunzo, Tommasina 85

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Tommasina Trunzo, 85, of Pitcairn, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frank Trunzo; loving mom of John, Sam, David (Laura), Daniel (Lisa) and Caroline Trunzo; special grandma of Danielle (Daniel) Kronfli, Amber (Chris) Moxley, Daniel Trunzo, Giovanni Trunzo, Brian Killian and Christina Altman; and great-grandma of Matthew, Christopher and Corbin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Prayers at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Welsh, Aubri D. 35

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Aubri Dawson Welsh, 35, of Morningside, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Craig P. Smith; mother of Dawson Cooper, Ayslynn Smith and Aleigh Smith; a daughter of Jan Welsh and beautiful and wonderful daughter and best friend of Marjorie Dawson; sister of Scott Welsh (Kim); aunt of Jesselynn and Jamie Welsh; granddaughter of the late James and Mary Rita Dawson; also survived by many aunts, uncles cousins and many other loving family. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of cut flowers, the family suggests you bring perennial plants to create a memorial garden for Aubri. May she rest in peace and dance among the angels. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Wierzbowski, Dennis Dino J. 63

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Dino" Wierzbowski, 63, of Penn Hills, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen J. (Erdeljac) Wierzbowski; loving father of Dr. April (Marc) Kwiatkowski, Lisa (Brian) Kaylor and Paul (Brianne) Wierzbowski; grandfather of Marc Jr., Camryn, Luke and Temi; son of the late Anthony and Catherine (Pupich) Wierzbowski; brother of Anthony Wierzbowski and the late Betty Ann Harshaw; also survived by his loyal companion, Jett Wiz; and many loving nieces. Dennis was a 40-year employee of the original Lawrenceville Screw Co. (LSC), was an avid Lionel Model Train collector and he loved to fish. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Family and friends will be received 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Wincko, Raymond M. 83

  • Monroeville and Plum
  • Born: 1931-09-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Michael Wincko, of Monroeville and Plum, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Braddock, to Joseph and Mary "Mamie" Wincko. Ray was a steelworker in his early years, and then was a salesman for Manmare LTD in North Versailles, from where he retired. He was an Army Korean War veteran. Ray was an avid sports fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Pitt football and basketball. All of those who knew him well knew that you do not call him when a game was on. He leaves to this earth the loves of his life, his children, Lora Dunkle and her husband, Bob, Andy Wincko and his wife, Mary, Claudia Wincko Trainer, Ray Wincko and his wife, Janet, Ron Wincko and his wife, Tami, and Teresa Cimillucca and her husband, Frank. He is also survived by the other loves and joys of his life, his grandchildren, Joe Wincko, Lauren Wincko, Patrick Trainer, Leah Trainer, Kayla Wincko, Ray Wincko III and Emily Wincko. He is also survived by his brother, Tony Wincko and his wife, Lou Ann; sisters, Trudy Lavianna, Rosemarie Liggett and Joan Rosenfeld; and a sister in-law, Martha Wincko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Joe Wincko; a grandson, Stephen Wincko; a granddaughter, Grace Wincko; a niece, Susan Lavianna; and a brother-in-law, Don Lavianna. Ray will be greatly missed and now we celebrate a life well-lived. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Bernadette Church. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Yano, Mary Anne 80

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Anne (Schrum) Yano, 80, of Munhall, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was born in North Washington Township, a daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Schrum; loving wife to the late Joseph J. Yano; beloved mother of Liz (Ken) Mrazik, Cathy (Nick) Rosus, Michael (Lourdes) Yano and the late Joseph M. Yano; cherished grandmother of Kristina and Grace Anna Rosus and Joseph and Mike Yano; and sister of Frances Milie and Raymond Schrum and the late Warren Schrum. Mary Anne was a retired registered nurse with Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Mary Anne's name. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Agnew, Marie 96

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1918-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Marie (Nosse) Agnew, 96, of Irwin, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in the Bristol House, Irwin. She was born March 24, 1918, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Kurtz) Nosse. Prior to her retirement, she was a self-employed real estate manager. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman F. Agnew; and brothers, Joseph Jr., Frank and Carl Nosse. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4 Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Interment will be private. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Allison, Eugene M. 89

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1925-02-21
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Eugene M. "Sparky" Allison, 89, of Norvelt, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at his home. Born Feb. 21, 1925, in Derry, he was a son of the late Floyd and Margaret (Vogas) Allison. Sparky was an 80-year resident of Norvelt, who came with his parents at the age of 9 as an original homestead family. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Adam Eidemiller for 34 years. In retirement, Sparky was a skilled woodworker and grew many wonderful gardens. He always said he could "fix anything but not a broken heart." In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mildred M. Allison; and a brother and his wife, Floyd (Charlotte) Allison. He was the loving father to six children, William (Ellen) Allison, of Norvelt, Connie (Sam) Dean, of Norvelt, Daniel (Anita) Allison, of Wilmington, N.C., Bonnie Allison and Joe Konopka, of Kecksburg, David (Lisa) Allison, of United, and Skip Allison, of Norvelt; and loving grandfather to 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are sisters, Betty Christie, Dorothy (Joe) Zruno and Geraldine (George) Roadman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where his funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor David L. Greer officiating. Interment to follow in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
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Blystone, Janet L. 76

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1937-12-13
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Janet L. (Feeney) Blystone, 76, of Washington Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in her residence. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Leechburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Marton) Feeney. She was a homemaker and member of the former United Calvary Presbyterian Church in Leechburg. She enjoyed making ceramics, teaching ceramics class, playing bingo, traveling, watching QVC and HSN on TV, watching game shows, spending time in Florida, and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald R. Blystone, of Washington Township; son, Keith A. Oldfield (Florence A.), of Bethel Township; daughter, Colleen Oldfield, of Gilpin Township; nine grandchildren, Adam Oldfield (Amanda), Dawn Nulph (Dave), Bobbi Sue Nulph (Jay), Katie Yocum, Meghan Clark, Heather Oldfield, Holly Kauffman (Rick), Sarah Kirkwood (Mike) and Krissy McDermott (Jason); and 14 great-grandchildren, Lucas Oldfield, Karsyn Oldfield, Collin Cook, Dylan Cook, Legend Ausk, Wyatt Warywoda, Dylan Walker, Alexis Walker, Mark Umbaugh, Heidi Plazio, Alex Kirkwood, Ryan McDermott, Nickson McDermott and Tyler McDermott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Beth Leasure, on Dec. 25, 2009. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment following in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Blystone family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Boury III, Ellis M. 27

  • Formerly of Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2014-09-05
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Ellis Michael Boury III, 27, of Davis, W.Va., formerly of Ruffsdale, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at his home, due to a heart condition. Surviving are his parents, Ellis Boury and Rebecca Hess; and two brothers, Ian Boury and Evan Boury. There will be no public visitation or services. An endowment for young writers is being established with the Tucker County Foundation in Ellis' name. Arrangements have been entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Brown, Dorothy 96

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1918-05-23
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Johnston Brown, 96, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Ligonier Gardens. She was born May 23, 1918, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Ira J. and Mary Ferry Johnston. Dorothy was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and a past matron of the former Fort Ligonier Chapter No. 349 OES. Prior to retirement, Dorothy worked for the former Blue Ridge Restaurant and Ruff's Jewelry Store. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Brown; stepdaughter, Mary Jane Kaminsky; and brother, Edward H. Johnston. She is survived by three stepchildren, Charles T. Brown Jr., Frances May Ludwig and Shirley Ann McFarland; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Ardyth Hill officiating. Private Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy's name to the Ligonier Gardens.
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Bunda-Houser, Arlene 62

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Arlene Bunda-Houser, 62, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jeff; loving mother of John and Albert Bunda and Samatha Pinkerton.; and grandmother of Tabatha and Donnie Pollard. Friends received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, 412-823-4054. Service will follow at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home. http://www.kutchfuneralhomes.org.
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Cain Jr., William Bill D. 86

  • Export
  • Born: 1927-10-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • William D. "Bill" Cain Jr., 86, of Export, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1927, in White Valley, a son of the late William D. Sr. and Anna (Ruylak) Cain. Bill was a retired owner/operator truck driver who hauled steel for many years. He went on to become manager of Mosside Lanes in Pitcairn. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, who enjoyed spending time at his camp in Big Bear Lake, W.Va. He was an avid wood worker and Pittsburgh Pirates fan but his biggest pleasure was to be in the company of his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Philip Cain; a sister, Agnes Tranchini; brothers-in-law, Frank Tranchini, George Scarlett and Fred Schreiver; sister-in-law, Mary Cain; nephew, David Cain; and a niece, Nancy Clark. Surviving is his loving wife, of 62 years Betty (Brunecke) Cain; three loving daughters, Donna (Richard) Miller, of Irwin, Cindy (Daniel) Hopper, of Harrison City, and JoAnn (Gary) Rosenberger, of Murrysville; four cherished grandchildren, Joseph Rosenberger, Michael (Julie) Hopper, Melanie Miller and Richard Miller III; four siblings, Ruth Scarlett, of Hudson Ohio, Esther Schreiver of Virginia Beach, Va., Thomas (Coralen) Cain, of Madison, Miss., and Judy (Don) Rivardo, of Export; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with military honors accorded by the Greenburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Corey, John R. 68

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1946-04-23
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Goldsboro-Fabry, Fairchance | Get Directions
  • John R. Corey, 68, of New Stanton, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Briar Cliff Pavilion, in North Huntingdon, with his loving family by his side. John was born April 23, 1946, a son of the late Guy L. and Mabel Frances "Dolly" Grafton Corey. John is survived by his wife, Blanche Shindehite Corey; children, John T. (Jennifer) Corey, of Chantler, Ariz., Rebecca L. Corey, of Chantler, Cathrine G. Corey, of Pittsburgh; stepchildren, Shirley M. (Gary) Harshell, of Greensburg, Helen J. (Tony) Reese, of Washington, Pa., and George C. Ahlborn; grandchildren, Jack, Matthew and Megan; step-grandchildren, Michael, Rogena and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Clarence and Anthony; sister, Bonnesue (Don) Adams of Denver, Colo.; and brother, Rick (Mary) Corey, of Charelston, W.Va. John was a 35-year member of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Lodge No. 509, where he was a Past Master of Germania Lodge No. 509, 33 Valley of Pittsburgh, Past High Priest of the St. Clair Royal Arch Chapter 300, Past Commander of the Pittsburgh Commandery Knights Templar, Past Grand Tall Cedar Al-O-Mon Forest No. 138, Past President of the Pittsburgh Shriners Luncheon Club, Past Grand Monarch - Persia Sanctorium No. 198 of the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans, holder of a Zerubbabel Apron, William E. Gelston Chapter No. 435 Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem Westmoreland No. 18, 23-year member of several IOOF Lodges including General Worth No. 387, where he was Vice Grand, Noble Grand of Hampton Lodge No. 1004 and Life Member of the American Legion. John's family will receive friends from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Middletown United Methodist Church, 1050 Middletown Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, the time of his funeral service, with the Rev. Kenneth Bossart officiating. An IOOF funeral service will take place at 3 p.m., Eastern Star funeral service at 3:15 p.m. and a Masonic funeral service will take place at 3:30 p.m. John's professional funeral services have been entrusted to the GOLDSBORO-FABRY FUNERAL HOME INC., 21 E. Church St., Fairchance, PA 15436, 724-564-2010. Condolences are welcome online at http://www.goldsboro-fabry.com.
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Cox, Kenneth T. 78

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-11-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Theodore Cox, 78, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Leechburg, the son of the late Kenneth T. Sr. and Mable Orr Cox. Ken lived all of his life in this area. He was a 1954 graduate of Leechburg High School, and worked as a meat cutter at Held's Shop 'n Save in North Apollo for more than 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He will always be remembered as an easygoing, "laid back" and gentle man who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Ken loved his Lord and enjoyed serving him as a teacher in Sunday school and Men's Bible Study, and other positions in the church. He was a faithful member of the North Apollo Church of God. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, H. Faye Waltenbaugh Cox; his daughter, Theresa Callipare and her companion, Chuck Lutz, of Apollo; his son, John Cox and his wife, Denise, of Erie, Pa.; and was the loving "Pap" to his four grandchildren, Justin and Cody Rumbaugh and Lindsay and Chelsea Cox. He is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Klingensmith, of Warren, Ohio, and Beverly VanDamia and her husband, Nick, of Edinboro; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Cox, in 2002. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Additional visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the North Apollo Church of God. Pastor Lee Rupert will officiate. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family would like to express their thanks for the compassion and care shown to Ken through the last two years, by the staff of Dr. Mark Georgiadis' office and the staff at Three Rivers Hospice Care. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Derrick, Michael S. 24

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1990-04-14
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Michael S. Derrick, 24, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born, April 14, 1990, in McKeesport, a son of Connie Murray Scott, of Jeannette, and the late Steven Michael Derrick. He worked as a cashier for Target. Michael was always full of life and a funny guy who made people feel better. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Robert Scott, of Jeannette; brother, Bobby Scott, of Jeannette; an aunt, Carole Petroski and her husband, Bob, of White Oak; and cousins, Lyle, and Bobby Petroski, of White Oak. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, Bullitt St. and Fourth St., Jeannette, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Fuehrer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., in charge of arrangements.
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Downs, George C. 88

  • Derry
  • Born: 1925-10-16
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • George C. Downs Jr., 88, of Derry, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Latrobe, a son of the late George C. Sr. and Estella B. (Berkmire) Downs. Prior to retirement, George worked for Newcomers. He was an Army veteran having served during World War II. George was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Derry, Knights of Columbus council No. 2648 and St. Vincent DePaul. He enjoyed going for Sunday rides with his family. Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. (Kennedy) Downs; and four siblings, Barbara Patterson, Donald, Samuel and Estella Downs. George is survived by his 11 children, Judith Spillar and husband, Joseph, of Latrobe, George Downs and wife, Carol, of Loyalhanna, Brian Downs, of York, Janice Knechtel, and Jim Lawson, of Derry, Cindy Maloy and husband, Tim of Bentleyville, Ernie Downs and wife, Tina, of Derry, Doug Downs and wife, Debbie, of Latrobe, Sue Roebuck and husband, Vaughn, of Latrobe, Eric Downs and wife, Lorrie, of Blairsville, Bunny Petrillo and husband, Dave, of Loyalhanna, and Alan Downs and wife, Tracey, of Greensburg; one brother, Ernest Downs, of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, for George's life celebration, in the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. Local area veterans will conduct a military service at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held for George at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Derry. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry.
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Elias, Antonette 93

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1920-10-23
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Antonette (Cassette) Elias, 93, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Angelo and Angeline DiMartino Cassette. Antonette was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, the church's Rosary Altar Society and Senior Citizens Group. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and was a great cook. Most of all, she was a really good mom. In addition to her parents, Antonette was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, George M. Elias; a brother, Albert Cassette; and a sister, Marie Paulone. She is survived by her loving daughter, Kathleen Garrick and husband, John J., of Jeannette; a brother, Alexander "Sonny" Cassette, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. The Ascension Rosary Altar Society will pray the rosary 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 12:30 p.m. Friday in Ascension Church, with Father Paul A. Lisik, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Freed, Thomas G. 69

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-09-20
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Freed, 69, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home. He was born Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1944, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Clyde and Alice W. (Gold) Freed. He was a Vietnam Navy veteran and retired from Frito-Lay. He was Methodist by faith. Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. (Schutter) Freed; six children, Deborah A. Wilk and husband, Kevin, of Greensburg, Ricki L. Shearer and husband, Kerry, of McKeesport, Paula R. Hayden and husband, George, of Jeannette, Gina L. Kistler and husband, Gary, of Irwin, Dawn Inks and husband, John, of Cranberry, and Charles J. Gergely and girlfriend, NayNay Brown, of Irwin; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clyde David Freed, of Tarentum. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Freed. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Roland Blake officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Cemetery.
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Giaquinto, Donna L. 74

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-11-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Giaquinto, 74, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Nov. 16, 1939, a daughter of the late Charles and Marcella Pifer Mains. Donna was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette. She was a devoted daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She set aside personal aspirations, ambitions, and dedicated her heart and soul to her family. Donna loved her summer family vacations to Myrtle Beach, the Sunday spaghetti dinners, playing cards and family get-togethers. She lived life loving her whole family around her with an all in attitude, although she always said don't cry for her when she goes. She will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by a son-in-law, Greg Casper; brothers, Charles Mains Jr., Kenneth, Paul and David Mains; and a sister, Marcella Peer. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Vincent D. Giaquinto; her children, Lauri Persin and husband, Leonard, of Virginia Beach, Va., Jane Casper, Sandy Johnston and husband, Wayne, Vincent Giaquinto and Mark Giaquinto and fiancee, Melissa Lupari, all of Jeannette; grandchildren, Eric Hall and wife Colleen, Ryan Hall and wife Debra, Kati Coakley and husband Travis, Adam and Jaclyn Johnston, Riley and Lindsay Giaquinto, Mark Giaquinto Jr. and Nicholas Casper; great-grandchildren, Drew, Braden, Alannah and Avery; siblings, Margaret Beckner, of Irwin, Joseph Mains and wife, Mary Jane, of Jeannette, Naomi Songer, of Trafford, Brenda Keffer and husband, Willis, of Greensburg, and Richard Mains and wife, Fran, of Kingman, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Mains, of Jeannette, Mary Mains, of Indiana, and Marie Cardella, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Jerome Giaquinto, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hempfield Township.
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Gigliotti, Theresa A. 83

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1931-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Theresa A. Gigliotti, 83, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 31, 1931, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late John Fitzgerald and Grace Culley Fitzgerald. She was a homemaker who enjoyed playing Bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Gigliotti, in 1985, as well as two brothers, John Fitzgerald and Tom Fitzgerald; and a sister, Kathy Straub. She is survived by four children, Paul J. Gigliotti, of Pittsburgh, Gregory J. Gigliotti, and his wife, Pamela, of Latrobe, Kevin J. Gigliotti, of Pittsburgh, Donna M. Schwartz, of Derry; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Proskey, of Ypsilanti, Mich. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650, where a funeral service will be follow at 5 p.m., officiated by Lt. Andrew and Lt. Brianne Spooner of the Latrobe Salvation Army. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Gonzalez, Faye M. 71

  • Formerly of Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1943-07-12
  • Died: 2014-07-16
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  • Faye M. (Alter) Gonzalez passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at home, with her husband by her side, after a three-year battle with cancer. Faye was born July 12, 1943, in New Kensington, to Roy and Hazel Alter. She graduated from Vandergrift High School and attended Tarkio College in Missouri. She celebrated 50 years of marriage in January to her husband, Lou Gonzalez. Faye is survived by her children, Lisa (Tim) Tessaro, Cliff and John (Sonja) Gonzalez, all of California, and Mike Gonzalez, of Vandergrift. She is also survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons. Faye is also survived by her siblings, Ruth (John) Vilsack, of Greensburg, David (Carol), Keith (Kathleen) and Clay (Beth) Alter, of New Kensington, and Jenny (Butch) Adams, of Greencastle, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Gonzalez, in 1974; twin grandsons, Ashton and Braydon Gonzalez, in 2013; and her parents. Faye and her family had lived in Allegheny Township prior to moving to California, and she worked as a server at Kings Restaurant in New Kensington. Services were held in California with family and friends.
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Hornock, Olga R. 94

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1920-03-18
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Olga R. Eidemiller Hornock, 94, of New Alexandria, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Born March 18, 1920, in New Alexandria, she was a daughter of the late John Philip and Agnes (Schmucker) Eidemiller. Olga was a member of St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria. She was a housewife and homemaker. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James R. Hornock, on Jan. 16, 2004; her daughter, Agnes Bortz Nolan; three sisters; and a brother. Olga is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hoyman, of Greensburg, and Barb Martin and husband, George, of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Raymond Bortz, Debbie McCleary, Scott Bortz and Christopher Hoyman; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jerome Eidemiller and wife, Mary, and Matilda Burkholder, both of New Alexandria, and Minerva Phillips, of Florida. Visitation from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center Covered Bridge Grove at 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church, New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick, JCL, pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Unity Township. Arrangements by P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, New Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center, 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria, PA 15670. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Iapalucci, Michael 83

  • Crabtree
  • Born: 1930-09-20
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael Iapalucci, 83, of Crabtree, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Salem Township, a son of the late Frank and Lucy (Pompellio) Iapalucci. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the Dick Corporation and later, Westmoreland Manor. He was a member of the Crabtree Fireman's Club and the Sons of Italy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. (DeVinney) Iapalucci, on Oct. 2, 2010; two brothers, Nat and Frank; and two sisters, Josephine Teodoro and Jennie Moczydlowsky. He is survived by three sons, Michael Iapalucci Jr. and his companion, Dot, of New Alexandria, James Iapalucci, of Greensburg, and David William Iapalucci, of Delmont; three daughters, Dorothy Bolha and her husband, Dennis, of Derry, Deborah Zerbini and her husband, Alan, of Saltsburg, and Patricia Kostelnik and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Patsy Iapalucci and his wife, Virginia "Ginni Lou", of Greensburg; two sisters, Mary Hasychak, of Slickville, and Antonette Trabucco and her husband, Frank, of Delmont; a sister-in-law, Barbara Iapalucci, of Crabtree; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Unity Township. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kardash, John Roger 75

  • Hutchinson
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John "Roger" Kardash, 75, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. He was the husband of 52 years to Patricia (Cunningham) Kardash. There will be no public visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the church he belonged, St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. This charity was a very important part of Roger's life. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, in charge of handling arrangements.
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Kinsey, Mary Ann 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Kinsey, 81, of Latrobe, our loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born March 24, 1933, a daughter of the late Peter Smith and Christine (Roth) Smith. Mary Ann was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and its Rosary Altar Society and was a member of the St. Vincent Development Club. She enjoyed traveling to the beach, going to casinos and was an avid card player and bingo player. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jerry Smith. Mary Ann brought beauty and kindness into the world. She will be dearly missed by her surviving husband, Ronald D. Kinsey; her four children, Lynn (Ronald) Hunter, Lori (Charles) Sobien, Ronald (Jon) Kinsey and Christine (Jesse) Johnston; eight grandchildren, her pride and joy, Cole, Dillon, Dalton, Evan, Kinsey, Luke, Weston and Wyatt; a brother, Joseph Smith; and two sisters, Margaret Thompson and Betty Lipyance. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Mastroianni, Rebecca 58

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1956-02-07
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Rebecca "Becky" Mastroianni, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Excela Health Frick Hospital, after lengthy illness. Becky was born Feb. 7, 1956, in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of Dolores Kochanov, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late Paul Kochanov. Becky loved the outdoors, hiking the hills of Twin Lakes Park, working in her gardens and taking care of her many animal friends. She was a volunteer at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, and a great supporter of the Wounded Warriors. Becky was a true Bucs and Pens fan, being faithful to the Bucs even through the not so good years. She will be watching the Bucs in the World Series from the best seat in the house, a true angel in the outfield. Love Lasts Forever. In addition to her mother, Becky is survived by her husband of 39 years and her high school sweetheart, Robert Mastroianni; a sister, Debi Duncan; and a brother-in-law, Jim Mastroianni. Services for Becky will be private and are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Richard Rega, funeral director. Contributions in memory of Becky may be made to any Animal Friends organization or the Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence.
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Miller, James V. 93

  • Jones Mills
  • Born: 1921-04-10
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • James V. Miller, 93, of Jones Mills, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at his home. He was born April 10, 1921, in Indian Head, a son of the late Chester and Minnie Whetsel Miller. Mr. Miller was a graduate of Connellsville High School. He was a carpenter, having been an honorary life member of almost 66 years of Union Local No. 2274. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the military police during World War II, where he was a bodyguard during the Nuremberg War Trials. He was a member of the Valley Brethren Church. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Cramer Miller; two children, Joan Elaine Foster and her husband, Rock, of Jones Mills, and Brian Miller and his wife, Candise, of Champion; and two grandchildren, Malinda and Rachel Miller. Mr. Miller was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Sherman Miller. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. William Yoder officiating. Interment will follow in the Donegal Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Penzera, Joseph F. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-11-02
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph F. Penzera, 95, of Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Hecla, a son of the late Louis and Angeline (Puzo) Penzera. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the former Walworth Valve Co. of South Greensburg. He was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, John and Michael; and three sisters, Carmella Detore, Agnes Testa and Susan Good. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna B. (Bosnich) Penzera; two sons, Joseph R. Penzera and his wife, Linda, of Delaware, Ohio, and Thomas F. Penzera, of Greensburg; a brother, Anthony Penzera, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sacriponte, Weido 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-09-06
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Weido "Skinny" Sacriponte, 84, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Arnold, to the late Guiseppe and Filodea (Passagrilli) Sacriponte, and had lived in the Arnold/New Kensington area all of his life. He was employed for 38 years by Westinghouse Electro - Mechanical Division in Cheswick, where he worked as a quality control inspector and retired as manager of Quality Control. Skinny was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the Spartaco Club. He was a football and basketball referee for 54 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Skinny enjoyed playing bocce, golfing, dancing, softball and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working in his vegetable garden. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony (surviving wife, Mary); sisters, Rose Phillip (surviving husband, Phil) and Mary Schultz (surviving husband, Harry); and a son in infancy, Joseph. Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Guerrieri) Sacriponte; sons, Dino (Susan) Sacriponte, of Butler, and Gary Sacriponte, of Verona; grandchildren, Vincenzo and Sophia, who were his pride and joy in his life; sister, Betty (late Phil) Alphonsi, of Lower Burrell; brother, James (Connie) Sacriponte, of Jeannette; and sister, Joyce Clark (Jeff Saeger), of New Kensington. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Private burial in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Seger, Kristina M. 27

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1986-11-24
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Kristina M. Seger, 27, of New Kensington, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was born Nov. 24, 1986, in Tampa, Fla. She grew up in Florida, graduating from Mitchell High School, where she was a cheerleader. In 2007, she moved to New Kensington-Arnold area where she worked at several retail stores as a sales clerk. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, her friends and especially her family. Survivors include her mother, Judith M. (Soss) Seger, with whom she lived; brothers, Austin and R.J. Seger, at home; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter A. and Dolores A. (Warner) Soss; and her brother, Christopher M. Bartos. The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Sofranko, John T. 89

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1925-06-26
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • John T. Sofranko, 89, of New Stanton, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home. He was born Friday, June 26, 1925, in Mt Pleasant, son of the late Stephan J. and Theresa E. (Berdak) Sofranko. He was an original homesteader in Norvelt. He graduated from Hurst High School, class of 1943. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II. He was a member of Holy Cross Church of Youngwood, VFW No. 211 in Youngwood, A and B Club in Youngwood, Hempfield Hunt Club in New Stanton, the Mt Pleasant Civic Club and the Church choirs of St Florian and Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Catherine "Kay" (Yanossy) Sofranko; four children, Beverly Ann McCarrell and husband, Mac, of Oakmont, John T. Sofranko and wife, Gloria, of Morgantown, W.Va., Diane E. Kauffman and husband, Chuck, of Norvelt, and Jeff Sofranko and wife, Donna, of Mt. Pleasant; nine grandchildren, Todd, Kelly, Adrienne, Stephanie, Anna, Elizabeth, Michael, Brandon and Nathaniel; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Jerry A. Free and wife, Mary, of Greensburg, Jeff J. Free and wife, Sandy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Jay M. Free and wife, Renee, of Stahlstown; eight stepgrandchildren, Corinne, Jacob, Nina, Michele, Mary T., Kayla, Cory and Jerin; one stepgreat-grandchild; three sisters, Betty Tirdil, Valeria Wolk and Dorothy Vidakovich, all of Norvelt; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty A. (Bishop) Sofranko; and two sisters, Margaret Pavick and Helen Kapura. John was a wonderful caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a man of great integrity and honesty. He loved God and his church. He was always ready to serve and help. He had great wit and loved to joke back and forth with everyone. He was a real "punster." He never met a pun he didn't like. He loved to work in his "man cave" where he spent many hours repairing things and making things for his grandchildren to use. He was the ultimate "Mr. Fixit." He built his home in Norvelt with very little help. He was always available to help anyone who needed it. He was the joy and love of his wife and family. We will miss him so much. It was a privilege to have him in our lives. Rest in peace. We love you. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Holy Cross Church, with the Rev. William McGuirk officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a memorial contributions to Relay for Life in care of John Sofranko/Nathaniel Sofranko or Holy Cross Church.
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Spoonhoward, Jason C. 44

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1969-12-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Jason Charles "Jake" Spoonhoward, 44, of Herminie, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, after a short battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 22, 1969, in Jeannette, son of Roxie (Peoples) Spoonhoward, of Herminie, and the late Dale A. Spoonhoward. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Theresa Spoonhoward; and his maternal grandparents, Richard and Rewbenia Peoples. Jake was a 1987 graduate of Yough High School. He was an Army veteran, having served as corporal in the Army National Guard Company A, 1st 110 Infantry, 28th Division, out of Mt. Pleasant. He was currently employed at Shuster's Building Components in Irwin. Jake enjoyed fishing, hunting and his boys, the Green Bay Packers. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his first wife, Mollie Spoonhoward Johansen, and son, Michael Dale, of Latrobe; his children, Sean, Seth and Makayla "Bum" Spoonhoward and their mother, all of Herminie; his brother, Michael "Zeb" and his wife, Nichole; his sister, Renee "Na" Ohler and her husband, Lee; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, at which time a memorial service will be held in the funeral home to celebrate Jake's life. The family requests no flowers.
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Teears, Sara B. 86

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1928-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Sara B. (Hayes) Teears, 86, a resident of Golden Heights, formerly of Irwin, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was born July 21, 1928, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Eleanor (Bradly) Hayes. She was a retired cafeteria employee for the Norwin School District and was a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church, Irwin, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husbands, Arthur T. Teears Jr. and Robert Rhodes; and a son, Arthur T. Teears III. She is survived by children, Susan (the late Charles) Heinz, of Moneta, Va., Carol (Jeffrey) Devey, of Clarion, Skip (Janice) Bradford, of Randleman, N.C., and Audrey Teears (Lori Thomas), of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her former daughter-in-law, Helen Bradford. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David S. Lake officiating. Those attending please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her family of caregivers at Golden Heights and Heartland Hospice for all the kind and loving care shown to Sara and her family. Those wishing may contribute to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642; or Golden Heights Activity Fund, 3522 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Woloshun, Margaret 92

  • Grapeville
  • Born: 1922-07-12
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Margaret Woloshun, 92, of Grapeville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. She was born July 12, 1922, in Hecla, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Repasky Elko. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Akum Woloshun; a son, Paul Jacob Woloshun; sister, Kate Voytovich; and a brother, Joey Elko. She is survived by two sons, James Woloshun and his wife, Tammy, of Grapeville, and Joseph Woloshun and his wife, Deborah, of Whyles; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Armstrong County

Barnett, Barry H. 67

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Barry H. "Barney" Barnett, 67, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements by the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, 724-763-9041, are incomplete at this time. For more information, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Cogley, Vernon D. 87

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1926-10-04
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Vernon D. Cogley, 87, of Kittanning, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home, with family at his side. He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Kittanning, a son of the late Edward Cogley and Edna (Peters) Cogley, and was a lifetime resident of the community. He was a retired truck driver and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Church of Christ in Kittanning and a lifetime member of Rayburn Township Fire Department, Elks, Eagles and Cowansville Legion. He enjoyed hunting, camping and spoiling his kids, grandkids and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, talking to and helping anyone he came in contact with, bluegrass music and driving around in his truck. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (Raymond) Harmon, of Adrian; grandchildren, Beth (Dave) Galbraith, of Kittanning, Kelly (Bryan) Ploski, of Adrian, Raymond "Buster" Harmon, of Adrian, and John (Carla) Atherton, of Ford City; son-in-law, Warren Atherton, of Templeton; great-grandchildren, Emma and Hunter Ploski, Joshua Boettner, Nicholas, Warner, Samuel and Jake Galbraith, Shianne Russell and Cody and Chris Atherton; brother, Marlin Cogley, of Ford City; sister-in-law, Tiny Cogley, of Kittanning; a good friend, Frankie Shaffer, of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cogley; daughter, Sandy Atherton; grandson, David Galbraith; and brother, Denton Cogley. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Kittanning Church of Christ, where there will be one hour of additional viewing prior to the service, with Evangelist Larry Krause and the Rev. John Snyder. Interment in Salem (Hills) Church Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Keener, William J. 74

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1940-09-01
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Alcorn, Hawthorn | Get Directions
  • William James Keener, 74, of Kittanning, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning as the result of an auto accident on Route 422. He was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Distant, the son of Melvin M. and Ernestene (Edmonds) Keener. He was married Aug. 25, 1961, to Mary Ann (Getty), and she survives. Bill served his country with the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1965. He worked as a caster for Eljer Plumbingware and was a member of the Kittanning Alliance Church. Bill loved the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength and was active in an Evangelical Fair Ministry where he could share his joy in the Lord with others. In addition to his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Keener, he is also survived by two daughters, Lisa Cox and husband, Rob, of Kittanning, and Tammy Mook, of Venango; a son, William Scott Keener, of Kittanning; five grandchildren, Michael Cox and wife, Samantha, Matthew Cox, Benjamin Mook and wife, Samantha, Carissa Moser and husband, Devin, and Lennea Mook; a great-grandson, Max Moser; a sister, Linda Keener, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a brother, Bob Keener and his wife, Jill, of Ashland, Pa. Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the ALCORN FUNERAL HOME in Hawthorn. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Mark Applebee officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, the Walter W. Craig Post No. 354 of New Bethlehem American Legion will honor their fallen comrade. Interment will be in the Hawthorn Cemetery in Hawthorn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.alcornfuneralhome.com.
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Richards, Stella A. 97

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1917-03-14
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Stella A. Richards, of Ford City, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born March 14, 1917, in Ellwood City, a daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Geraci Palombo. She lived in Ford City most of her life. A graduate of Ford City High School, she married Bernard J. Richards on Nov. 2, 1937, whom she was preceded in death by on July 16, 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Roger) Mechling, of East Franklin Township; grandchildren, Dana (Dave) Hassa, Erin (Dean) Bryan, Sara (Ryan) Shafer, Rachel (Eric) Verdi and R. Todd Mechling; great-grandchildren, Zane Hassa, Charlie Hassa, Alaina Bell, Elizabeth Shafer, Eva Shafer, Leah Verdi, Andrew Verdi, Steven Bryan and Carmen Bryan; great-great-grandchild, Calvin Hassa; former daughter-in-law, Elaine (Martin) Zanetti; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Bernard J. Richards Jr.; infant daughter; brothers, Victor and Joseph Palombo; sisters, Viola Wakeman and Vera Cravenor; and a great-granddaughter. She loved to read and play bingo and enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was a member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ford City, and the Altar Rosary Society. She worked at Big River Manufacturing and the snack bar at Lenape Golf Course. During World War II, she operated a beauty shop in Ford City. She also did volunteer work at the Divine Redeemer cafeteria. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Donations in Stella's name may be made to the Ford City Library or a charity of your choice.
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Swigart, Genevieve J. 92

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-12-25
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Jean Swigart, 92, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late William Mattei and Francis Mattei. She was also predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Jack N. Swigart. She cherished and loved spending time telling stories to several nephews and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She received Employee of the Month every month for the past 11 years, working at Lindys Coffee Shop, washing the dishes and talking to all the customers. She was truly loved by all. Survivors include her sons, Jack W. and Marsha Swigart, of Ford City, and Tom and Diane Swigart, of Lower Burrell; daughter, Lindy K. Smith and friend, Tom, Shaffer, of Ford City; son-in-law, Rick Smith, of Ford City; sister, Vera Zamperini, of Kittanning; aunt, Levia, of Distant; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Josephine Zamperini and Della Mechling. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor John Snyder officiating. Interment in Ford City Cemetery.
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Toy, Tammy Sue 43

  • Formerly of Cadogan
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: ___, __ | Get Directions
  • Tammy Sue Toy, 43, of Chipley, Fla., formerly of Cadogan, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the daughter of Sue and Keith Lemmon, of Cadogan. She is survived by a daughter, Ashley Zamperini, and a son, James Wolfe, both of Florida; five grandchildren; a brother, Mark Beckett, of North Carolina; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents. She was laid to rest in Florida. There will be a memorial service held for her in the near future.
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Butler County

Campbell, John Doug D. 75

  • Seven Fields , Formerly of Oil City
  • Born: 1939-05-11
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John D. "Doug" Campbell, 75, of Seven Fields, formerly of Oil City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 11, 1939, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Alvin B. and Isabella Crow Campbell. Doug had been the traffic manager for Quaker State Oil Corp. in Oil City. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of North Hills and a former member of Christ Church in Oil City. Known for his wonderfully gentle sense of humor, he enjoyed going to church and his church family. He loved golfing with his kids and grandkids and his favorite place was the cottage at President Village. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Doug had served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving is his wife, Carole Lindquist Campbell, whom he married Aug. 3, 1963; his children, Jeffrey Campbell, of Seven Fields; Mark Campbell and his wife, Diana, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Jennifer Campbell, of Meadville; his grandchildren, Abigail and Aidan; his brother, Kenneth Campbell, of Oil City; and nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237, with the Rev. Canon James Shoucair officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Oil City. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or to the Donor's Favorite Charity. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Sain, Amy J. 36

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Amy J. (Wawrykow) Sain, 36, of Seven Fields, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jerry D. Sain; loving mother of Riley and Ryan; beloved daughter of Theodore and Lorraine Wawrykow; sister of Joseph C. Wawrykow (Dominique); daughter-in-law of Donald and Leah (Dowie) Sain; sister-in-law of Diane Marzula (John), Lisa Jennings (William), Douglas Sain (Leanne), Paula Canterino (Joseph), Debbie Sain, Robert Campana (Martha) and Jackie Means (Walker); also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, time and location will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Amy Sain Recovery Fund care of PNC Bank, 1340 Freedom Road, Cranberry, PA 16066.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Robert 62

  • Connellsville Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert Basinger, 62, of Connellsville Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Brownfield, Marjorie A. 68

  • McClellandtown
  • Born: 1946-08-28
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Maykuth, Masontown | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Arlene Brownfield, 68, of McClellandtown, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home, with her loving family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 28, 1946, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Robert W. and Gladys (Ansell) Harshman. She was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1964, and a member of The Ladies Auxiliary of the George C. Marshall Amvets Post 103 Hopwood, where she enjoyed dancing with her husband every Saturday night. Marjorie loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and working in her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert W. Harshman Jr.; and her sister, Marylee Niel. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 31 years, Homer Brownfield; daughters, Jennifer (Tom) Grimplin, of Vanderbilt, and Janice (Mark) Higman, of Republic; stepchildren, Michelle (Corby) Brown, of Aledo, Texas, Teresa Brownfield, of Henderson, Nev., Garry (Liz) Brownfield, of Masontown, and Richard Brownfield, of Uniontown; eight grandchildren, Brittany, Robin, Maxx, Abigail, Brandon, Jonathan, Christopher and Dakota; brother, Ronald (Patty) Harshman, of Plano, Texas; sisters, Ruth Koontz, of Greensburg, Faye Eutsey, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Janice Kraynak, of Dickerson Run; many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the JOHN S. MAYKUTH JR. FUNERAL HOME, 7 River Ave., Masontown, and until the hour of service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. David McElroy officiating. Interment at LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill.
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Hall Sr., Robert Hoppy F. 75

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1939-04-01
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert Francis "Hoppy" Hall Sr., 75, of Connellsville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his daughter's home in McKeesport. He was born April 1, 1939, in Vanderbilt, a son of the late Francis and Hazel D. McCutcheon Hall. Hoppy served in the Marine Corps before the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the B and O Railroad, Best for Less as a station attendant, and worked security for the Comet Drive-In Theater. He was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church, the VFW and American Legion, all in Connellsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol A. Fouss; great-granddaughter, Braelynn Hall; and his wife, Judith Hall. He is survived by four children, Peggy Hart and husband, Frank, of Connellsville, Robert Hall Jr. and companion, Mary Jeffers, of Connellsville, Robin Hall-Emery and husband, James, of Smock, and Michelle Hall Bundridge and companion, Terry Foster, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Thomas Hart, of Scottdale, Frank Hart, Shannon Hall, Brooke Hall, Brittany Martin, Smalley Martin Jr., all of Connellsville, Tony Leasure and Damon Bundridge, of McKeesport; sister, Audrey Arison, of Vanderbilt; brother, George Hall, of Chalk Hill; and also many great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, in THE PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Matthew Goldsberry officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with full military rites accorded by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion posts 301 and 762.
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May, Virginia L. 77

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1936-12-08
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Virginia L. May, 77, of Mill Run, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Rockwood, a daughter of the late Walter and Lucille Ritenour Kalp. Mrs. May was formerly employed as a cafeteria worker for the Connellsville Area School District for 34 years. She was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Laird May; her children, Alvie May and his friend, Joann, of Meyersdale, Audrey Cain and her husband, Pat, of Normalville, Jane Hormell and her husband, Donald, of Connellsville, and Walter May and his wife, Kathy, of Mill Run; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Helen Winters, of Lavansville, Robert Kalp and his wife, Ruth, of Donegal, Dale Kalp and his wife, Lorraine, of Florida, and Ethel Monticue and her husband, Valjean, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Dustin May. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Randy Newell officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Stillwagon, Rev. Evelyn C. 80

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1934-01-13
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Evelyn C. Stillwagon, 80, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late Harry P. and Sarah A. Lilley Stillwagon. In her early years, Rev. Stillwagon worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear. She was a licensed and certified minister in the Churches of God. She began her ministry in Markleton, serving the former Mountain Gospel Tabernacle. She then founded and was the pastor at Greenwood Heights Church of God in Connellsville for 45 years. She also conducted and led many services in area homes over her lifetime. Rev. Stillwagon dedicated her whole life to helping others and she would much rather give than receive. She is survived by two sisters, Genevieve and Zola Stillwagon, of Connellsville; her nieces and nephews, Harry C. Echard and his wife Audrey, Bob Echard and Julie, Linda Hughes and her husband Jonah, and Evelyn Echard; her great-nieces and great-nephew, Cherie Fort and her husband Steven, Sarah Echard, Chad Echard and Miranda Hughes; and her twin great-great-nephews, Ryan and Joshua Fort. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Helen J. Echard and Anna Mae Stillwagon; and a brother-in-law, Harold Echard. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. Additional viewing will take place from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday, the hour of services, in Greenwood Heights Church of God with various speakers and clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Petrarca, Ernestine 105

  • Blairsville
  • Died: 2014-09-09
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Ernestine "Barney" Petrarca, 105, of Blairsville, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. She was born in Bells Mills, daughter of Alberto Tosi and Celeste (Bergenti) Tosi. She was a member of SS Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville. Ernestine worked at Torrace State Hospital in the dietary department. Survivors include her daughters, Beverly "Cookie" Paul and husband, Don, of Derry, and Collette "Cricket" Smith and husband, Dwain, of Latrobe; grandchildren, Cheri Yandrick and husband, Jerome, of Lycippus, and Kory Smith, of Latrobe; great-grandchildren, Katie, Joel, Chelsey, Luke and Rheagan; sister, Jackie Kengerski, of Derry; sister-in-law, Alberta Tosi, of Poland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Alberto Tosi; mother, Celeste (Bergenti) Tosi; husband, Lanch Petrarca, who died in 1948; sisters, Jean Tosi and Mary Rich; brothers, Bruno Tosi and John Tosi; and loving granddaughter, Parece Smith, who died in 1978. In keeping with Ernestine's request, there will be no visitation. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in SS Simon and Jude Church with Father Stephen R. Bugay, officiating. Interment will be in SS Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville. JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, are handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Excela Hospice and Loyalhanna Care Center for their exceptional TLC and compassion. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Briggs, David Jr. 81

  • Speers Hill
  • Born: 1933-03-16
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • David Briggs Jr., 81, of Speers Hill, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born March 16, 1933, in Dunley, a son of David C. and Margaret C. Steinmiller Briggs. Dave was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from Charleroi High School, Class of 1952, where he played basketball. Dave was a member of Presbyterian Church of Charleroi, American Legion Post No. 22, Charleroi Belgian Club, Charleroi Booster Club, and Charleroi Lodge F and AM No. 615. He was a former councilman for the Borough of Charleroi, having served eight years. Always a supporter of school athletics, Dave served as equipment manager for a period of time. He, along with a friend, organized the B and B Club which raised money for the football team to treat the kids to dinner at Johnny Garneou’s. He was the last person to ring the bell at Fifth Avenue School before they moved it. He retired from Charleroi Area School District as the maintenances supervisor. After retiring, he worked at Lee Supply Co. in Charleroi. Dave will always be remembered for gameball tickets and being with his friend, Reno. He was honored by the Charleroi Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He is survived by his wife, June Gatalica Briggs; and two daughters, Vicki Briggs of Speers Hill and Terri and Kevin Miracle of Mars, Pa.; two grandchildren, Zachary and Emily Miracle; his four legged grandson, Lemew; three sisters, Geraldine Stasicha, Ella Nichols and Shirley Simmons all of Charleroi; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Cecil, Frederick Briggs; sisters, Harriet Lorenzi and Virginia Isabello. Friends will be received on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m., with the service following at 8 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charleroi Area School Athletic Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Fickenscher, Paul H. 97

  • McMurray
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Fickenscher, 97, of McMurray, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. Paul met his wife, Peggy, on a blind date in Cleveland, Ohio. They married and moved to Pittsburgh, where Paul worked as an electrical engineering salesman with Clark Control, A.O. Smith and GE until he was 83 years old. Paul and Peg spent nearly 60 years in Peters Township, raising three children, Paul William, Gwen and Dee. Paul was an EE graduate of Penn State in 1939 and was Delta Sigma Phi. He was very active in the community as a Republican Committeeman, and a member of the Lions Club, Socialaires and Boy Scouts, as he himself was an Eagle Scout. Paul spent his last years wonderfully cared for at Friendship Village. He is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the St. Clair Room at Friendship Village, 1290 Boyce Road, Upper St. Clair. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department, attention: Michele Harmel, 610 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317, to establish a park bench in memory of Paul and Peg Fickensher. Please view or add tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Stoffel, Thomas C. 78

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1936-05-23
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Thomas C. Stoffel, 78, of Monongahela, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Born May 23, 1936, he was the son of the late (Thomas) Carl and Ruth Openshaw Stoffel. A 1954 graduate of Monongahela High School, Tom was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monongahela. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during the Vietnam war. Stationed in Germany, he took part in the Berlin crisis. His tour in the Army signal corps concluded with duties in the Washington, D.C. area including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, NASA, and the White House. He started his civilian career at LOGOS Ltd. as a pool news feed cameraman working events like the Kentucky Derby, White House weddings and presidential inaugurations. From there he became one of the first engineers with the newly formed PBS network. This non-profit work in television allowed him to return to his hometown to work for WQED Pittsburgh. There he had the opportunity to work with notables like Fred Rodgers, Bill Bixby and Andre Previn with prominent technical work in the Emmy nominated Once Upon a Classic Series. Thomas then began working with startup television stations across eastern and north central U.S. with locations in Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, Chillicothe, Lima, Sandusky, Toledo and Bluefield. Thomas eventually came to work as the chief engineer at Wheeling Jesuit University on the NASA projects Classroom of the Future and the National Technology Transfer Center. Surviving are his wife, Carol (Giuffrida) Stoffel who he married Dec. 3, 1960; two sons, Dean T. and wife, Barbara Stoffel of Chaska, Minn., and David J. Stoffel of Moundsville, W.Va.; four sisters, Ruth (Harvey) Hennig of Georgetown, Texas, Julia (August) Schock of Emporia, Kan., Mary Martinka of Pflugerville, Texas and Edna (Ronald) Diltz of Kingston, Okla.; a brother, Earl (Carol) Stoffel of North Ridge, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Alexandra, Brittaney, Chelsea, Christopher, Eve, Zoe, Michelle, Jocelyn and Liv Stoffel; and a daughter-in-law, Barbara (Necciai) Stoffel of Monongahela. Preceding him in death were his son, Dale C. Stoffel who died Dec. 8, 2004; and a sister, Alice Ives. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Anyone wishing to attend the funeral service is asked to go directly to the First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main St., Monongahela, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, for services beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Alan Morrison officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard.
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Yates, John Bob R. 87

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1926-10-14
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Homes, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Yates Jr., 87, of Allenport, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Gillespie, a son of the late John Robert Yates Sr. and Gladys Gardner Yates. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a gunner's mate third class aboard the LST 699 in the South Pacific. He saw many battles during the war, including the Invasion of Leyte in February 1945 in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Pacific theater ribbon (two stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon (two stars). When he returned from the service, he worked for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport plant, eventually retiring from there. He was a well-known mechanic at Ray's Gulf station in Roscoe. Mr. Yates was the oldest member of the Roscoe Sportsmen's Association, a lifetime member of Roscoe American Legion Post 801, and a member of the Belle Vernon VFW Post 699. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Mr. Yates was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mary Stimmell Yates; his children, Barbara Wolford of Allenport, John Robert Yates III of Daytona Beach, Fla., Glady Beveridge and companion,Chuck Moffit, of Monongahela, Jessie Funari and husband, Larry, of Allenport, and Janet Pearson and husband, Ricky, of Mapleview; a stepson, William Stimmell and wife, Karen, of Belle Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Robert Wolford Jr. and wife, Katie, of Butler; Traci Fedrick and husband, Victor, of Allenport; Steve Pierce of Stockdale; Paula Yates and companion, Bucky, of Maryland; Courtney Alexander and husband, Douglas, of Windber; Christopher Kashock and wife, Cathy, of Stockdale; Lindsey Hooker of Maryland; Melissa Pearson and companion, Steve, of Scott Township; and Anthony and Maria Stimmell of Belle Vernon; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jacob, Noah and Cecelia Wolford, Megan, Sarah, Halee and Diego Fedrick, McKenna and Cooper Kashock, and Malcom, Keldon and Rylynn Hooker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Rhoda; his brother, James Yates; an infant sister, Phyllis; a daughter-in-law, Judith Goldbaugh Yates; and his beloved dog, Missy. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Williams officiating. Private interment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Washington-Greene County Blind Association, 566 E. Maiden St., Washington, PA 15301. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Yates, John Robert Bob Jr. 87

  • Allenport
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Homes, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Yates Jr., 87, of Allenport, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Williams officiating. A complete obituary will be announced in Saturday's edition.
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Bridges, Mary F. 92

  • Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Born: 1922-03-05
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Altmeyer, Wheeling, W.Va. | Get Directions
  • Mary F. Kerenick Bridges, 92, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1922, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Peter and Agnes Verberich Kerenick. Mary was a former employee of Goodwin Accounting, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Wheeling, and a member of the Seven Dolors Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Nicholas Kerenick; and four sisters, Rose Sanders, Louise McGarvey, Anne Fox and Elizabeth Duncan. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, George Bridges; a daughter, Diane L. (Tom) Fredericks, of Wheeling, W.Va.; a sister, Frances Bowley, of Kittanning; two grandchildren, Kenneth J. (Pam) Fredericks, of Mars, and Karen M. (Scott) Ferguson, of Burgettstown; five great-grandchildren, Haylee, Kylee and Jason Fredericks, Myah and Zachery Ferguson; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home Chapel, Wheeling, W.Va. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. Memorial contributions may be made to the 18th Street Neighborhood Center, Wheeling, or a charity of the donor's choice. Offer condolences online at http://www.altmeyer.com.
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Michura, Catherine M. 59

  • Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Born: 1955-08-06
  • Died: 2014-09-08
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Catherine Marie (Brilhart) Michura, 59, of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., surrounded by family. Born Aug. 6, 1955, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Anna (Sedor) Brilhart. Cathy was a 1973 graduate of Clairton High School and a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. Cathy enjoyed her '54 Chevy and was a member of the Southern Knights Rod and Custom Club. She loved her cats, antiques and stuffed bear collection. Cathy was a John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy enthusiast. She loved flying, but her true passion was spending time at her cottage and the beach. Besides her parents, Cathy was predeceased by her brother, John Brilhart. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Richard "Rick" Michura; her sisters, Patricia Roberts and Linda (David) Provins; her brother, Tim (Barb) Brilhart; her sisters-in-law, Linda Brilhart and Sharon (Gil) Jones; brother-in-law, John (Dolly) Michura; godchildren (niece/nephew), Traci and Matthew Provins; nephew, John (Jennifer) Roberts Jr.; nieces, Marianne (Henry) Lassige and Kaely and Nicole Brilhart, Kim Cheney, Heather (Ross) Miller and Tamara (Garrick) Kruis; and great-nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends were received for Catherine's Memorial Life Celebration of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Charlotte Hall, Md. Friends will be received for a memorial gathering from 5 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Church, 460 Reed St., Clairton, PA 15025. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or an animal shelter of the donor's choice. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Spolar, Carole 88

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1925-10-20
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Carole Spolar, 88, formerly of Butler, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, of heart failure, at home with her husband of 63 years and their children. Carole Spolar lived a life of encouraging others. She was a mother and grandmother who saw challenges, the possibilities of success and failure, as adventures. Born on a farm in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, she milked cows, rode horses, killed chickens for Sunday suppers and helped run the family dairy with her parents and three siblings. She knew the deprivations of the Great Depression but she rarely spoke about them. Family was a bulwark in tough times and the stories she shared from her upbringing were laced with laughter if some tears. She became a United States Citizen after she married, but returned often to Canada, most recently in 2012 for a big family wedding. Mr. Spolar is the retired president of Bank Pittsburgh, formerly known as Pittsburgh Home Savings and Loan, which later merged into First Commonwealth Bank. The Spolars lived in Penn Township, near the Butler Country Club, for nearly 50 years. They moved to Vincentian Villa in 2011 and in July 2013 to Sunrise Senior Living in McCandless. The couple attended church at La Roche College in their last years. Over her lifetime, Mrs. Spolar was a member of Holy Sepulcher Catholic Church in Butler, where she helped with annual summer bazaars, and the Penn Township Women's Club, where she planned fundraisers and fashion shows. But she focused her most enviable skills on her family. She sewed clothes, designed hats, upholstered furniture, nurtured fields of flowers every summer, made jams and jellies and, through good hard work, she set standards. She encouraged her three daughters as well as her son, toward university - all eventually earned master's degrees - and she urged them to travel. With her husband, years later, she traveled to Paris, London, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. One of her favorite expressions was a simple approach to life, "You never know unless you try." Her children attended Knoch High School in Saxonburg; two, as teenagers, were awarded summer study abroad scholarships, one in Switzerland and another in Turkey. Mrs. Spolar opened her home to foreign exchange students from Panama, Jordan and Switzerland - in part because she knew what it was like to be without family in a new country, in part because she wanted her children to know the world. In her later years, those exchange students would still phone "Mom Spolar" on holidays. Her last phone conversation with one was on Mother's Day this year: Mayrin Canto, an exchange student from Panama, who attended Knoch in 1985 with her youngest daughter, Cathleen, called to check on her. Born Oct. 20, 1925, Mrs. Spolar suffered memory loss in her last years but, even then, she handled hardship with grace. She grew matter-of-fact, if frustrated, about the fog of aging and laughed at times about the lapses. "What are we doing here?" she asked a year ago this month, as she sat in a hotel lobby amid the hubbub and preparations for the marriage of her grandson, Stephen Shepard. When reminded that all were gathered for her first grandchild's wedding, she chuckled and shrugged amiably, "Oh I knew that." Later, she was photographed just outside the church door, greeting the bride and groom and beaming. That night, she took turns dancing with her son and grandsons until midnight. Carole Spolar is survived by husband, Stephen; children, Stephen (Jody), of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Carole (Mark) Shepard, of Wexford, Christine, of London, England, and Cathleen (Mark) Roberts and son, Julian, of Biloxi, Miss.; grandchildren including, Stephen (Molly) Shepard, of New York, Andrew Shepard, of Chicago, Ill., Maureen Shepard, of Los Angeles, Calif., Matthew Spolar, of New York, Ellen Spolar, of Washington, D.C., and Zachary Spolar, of Miami, Fla.; and brother, Andrew (Enola) Stilin, of Sault Ste. Marie. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 East North St., Butler. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 East Cruikshank Road, Butler. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Holy Sepulcher Building Fund.
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Waggoner, Barbara A. 73

  • Almogordo, N.M.
  • Born: 1941-07-19
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann Waggoner, 73, of Alamogordo, N.M., passed away peacefully at her home on Aug. 30, 2014. She was born July 19, 1941, the daughter of the late Wilbur “Wib” Waggoner and Ethel Rhodes Waggoner. Barb graduated with a bachelor of science degree from California University of PA in 1989. She loved reading, gardening, sunshine and the ocean. Barb is survived by her three children, Daniel Worthington, Pamela Worthington-Lash and Amanda Worthington; a brother, Donald Waggoner; a sister, Kathi Waggoner-Lunt; her aunt, Mildred Waggoner; nephews; several cousins; and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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