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Abelson, Michael A. 68

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Michael A. Abelson, 68, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Frankel) Abelson; brother of the late Barbara (surviving spouse, Mel) Hackman and Dennis (surviving spouse, Lu Ann) Abelson; dear uncle of Jennifer (Raymond) Dunlap, James (Melissa) Hackman, Jill Wilson and Elizabeth (John Paul) Reed; and great-uncle to Bryan and Eric Wilson and Justin and Samantha Hackman. He will be missed by his special friend, Rosa Lee Lewis. After graduating Taylor Alderice High School and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, Mike began his labor of love teaching music in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. His students were the joy of his life. Michael was a musical genius, piano accompanist, prolific arranger for horn choir and composer. His last composition was performed May 6, 2013. Michael was best known for his kindness, generosity and prodigious memory. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Arrangements are by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), Monroeville, (412-856-4747). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Pittsburgh Promise, 1901 Centre Ave., Suite 204, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Belz, Elizabeth 89

  • Berkeley Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty Lou" Belz, 89, of Berkeley Hills, Ross Township, died peacefully Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Betsy Gahagan (husband Ken) and Thomas Belz (wife Nancy). She is survived by her loving granddaughter, Rachel Miller and husband, Cameron, and her loving grandson, Trevor Belz. She is the daughter of the late Ella Bennett, of Sistersville, W. Va. Elizabeth worked in telecommunications, first with Bell Telephone and then with LTV Steel. She was proud to be daughter of the Order of Eastern Star, Norwood Herrington Chapter No. 356 and also member of the Mellwood-Pittsburgh AARP. She found pleasure in the company of her family and friends and enjoyed traveling, singing and playing games. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in the chapel of the Arbors at St. Barnabas, Valencia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 (1-866-232-8484). Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Bennetter, Eleanor J. 78

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Eleanor J. (Hanneman) Bennetter, 78, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Born in Long Island, N.Y. to the late William and Eleanor Hanneman, she was the beloved wife of the late Waldemar L. Bennetter; loving mother of Susan (Jonathan) Wilson and Neal Bennetter; and sister of the late Elaine, Pat and Ruth Ann. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Wilson and Ean Bradley Bennetter. Eleanor loved to sew, do needlepoint and enjoyed making afghans for her family. Services will be private. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Chowan, Mason S. 0

  • Born: 2014-07-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mason Stephen Chowan died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. Born July 21, 2014, Mason was the beloved son of Hailey Loughner and Matthew Chowan; grandson of Stephen (Juli) Chowan, Lisa Danford, Michelle Modena and Earl Loughner; great-grandson of Debbie (William) Solits and Julie Chowan; and nephew of Stephan Chowan Jr., Gary and Patrick Pitman, Jenna Chowan, Kristy (Andy) Truman and Mia Modena. The family hopes that Mason's legacy can be one of love and appreciation for the precious gift of life. Services are private. Arrangements entrusted to SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD.
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Coulson, Ruth P. 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1923-01-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ruth P. Coulson, 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Clairton, to the late William H. Poad and Violet E. (Cowan) Poad. She is survived by son, Tom (Sandi) Coulson; daughter, Elissa C. Hall, of Monaca; grandsons, Scott and Ryan Coulson and Douglas and Gregory Hall; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Coulson; and son-in-law, Donald C. Hall. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and also sang in Yankee Doodle's musical chorus. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Cummings, John L. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • John L. "Jack" Cummings, 88, of Penn Hills, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his residence. He was the beloved husband for 59 years of Mary Louise Cummings; dear father of Mary Pat (Mike) Gates, Kathy (Mike) Crossey, John Cummings and Nancy (Bob Kennedy) Cummings; grandfather of Michael, Kelly, Bill, Danielle, Zack, Jack, Amanda, Josh and Shanna; and brother of Della Cummings, Rita Brennen, Charles Cummings and the late Elizabeth Sipe and Margaret Edgar. Jack was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Verona. His greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. Friends and relatives are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Verona. Arrangements are by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 825 2nd St., Verona, PA 15147.
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Daly, Jane 76

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1938-02-21
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Jane Edwards Daly, 76, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Jane was born Feb. 21, 1938, in West Winfield, to the late Doris Alton and Twila Bricker Edwards. She was a graduate of the Har-Brack High School. She was a rural letter carrier for the Tarentum Post Office, retiring after 30 years of service. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Natrona Heights. She enjoyed watching sports, reading and traveling. Surviving are her children, Shawn (Cindy) Daly, of Hurricane, W.Va., and Patrick (Anja) Daly, of Natrona; five grandchildren, Shane Daly, Nathan Daly, Madison Daly, Tiffany Reed and Paige Reed; two great-grandchildren, Rocco and Gianna; and her siblings, Dean (Mary Ann) Edwards, of Natrona Heights, and Nancy Bartell, of South Buffalo Township. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John L. Daly (Jan. 17, 2004); a daughter, Colleen Daly (2012); and two sisters, Joyce Rassu and Joanne Edwards. Family and friends are invited from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730), where service will start at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Kathleen McCoy-Schoeneck officiating. Burial will be private at Mt. Airy Cemetery. For on line condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Derewonko, Blanche J. 85

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Blanche J. Derewonko, 85, of Glassport, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Adam and Mary Zaurski; beloved wife of the late Leonard "Stuch" Derewonko; devoted, patient and understanding mother of Marianne (Robert) Wible, of Port Vue, and Michael (Jane) Derewonko, of Glassport; grandmother of Jennifer Domanick Pasinski, Angela (Peter) Ipnar, Stephen Derewonko, Michael Wible, Thomas Wible, Chrisopher Layhue, Jamie (Dennis) Gribschaw and Robbie Wible; great-grandmother of Kevin Victor, Christina and Brooke Pasinski, Veda Ipnar and Brian and Brianna Gribschaw; sister of Clara Stasko, of Port Vue, and Stanley Zaurski, of Elizabeth Township; also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Jean Mackowick, Laura Suchko and Mary "Sue" Magdic; and brothers, Stephen, Walter and Edward Zaurski. Blanche was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Queen of the Rosary Church, with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following at Calvary Cemetery.
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Furedy Jr., Albert D. 48

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Albert D. Furedy Jr., 48, of Mt. Lebanon, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was the dearly beloved son of Albert D. Sr. and Maxine J. (DeLozier) Furedy; loving brother of Karen E. (Michael) Veith, Steven P. (Becki) Furedy and David R. (Marie) Furedy; cherished uncle of Ryan, Kayla and Brooke Veith, Ella, Kenny and Andrew Furedy; beloved nephew of Frances A. Furedy, Janet (Jim) Stoops, of Cumberland, Md., Barbara A. Furedy and Ruth Furedy; dear friend of Donna Wagner; and is also survived by his furry companion, Boo, and many cousins and friends. Al loved gardening, cooking, fishing and was a loving friend to all who knew him. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday with private family service at 6 p.m. at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Heiple, Pauline L. 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-11-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Pauline L. "Polly" Heiple, 89, of West Mifflin, passed peacefully the morning of July 23, 2014. Polly was born Nov. 5, 1924, in New Paris, Bedford County, to the late Bruce R. Miller and Irene L. (Hoover). She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Heiple for 64 years; mother of Carol L. (Harry Jr.) Mackowiak, of South Park, and the late Jean A. Simmers; grandmother of Harry A. (Susan) Mackowiak and Dana L. (Steve Clark) Mackowiak; great-grandmother of Madelyn G. Mackowiak and Cameron H. Mackowiak; and sister of Roy, Owen, Ruthann, Clark, Ethel, Elsie and the late John C., Ray and Donald "Bud". Polly is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Polly was a member of the senior center in Bullskin Township, Westmoreland County, for 25 years. Polly could be remembered for having been a cook at St. Elizabeth Convent and South Park Inn. She was most recently a resident of Mt. Vernon of South Park and under the care of Horizon Hospice. There will be no visitation at the request of Pauline. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. An inurnment will follow within the mausoleum.
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Hershberger, J. Wilma 92

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • J. Wilma (Blackwood) Hershberger, 92, of Monroeville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas S. Hershberger; loving mother of Lorna (Dwight) Kent; grandmother of Kelley and Heather; great-grandmother of Ryan, Liam and Braedon; and sister of Sade Donoghue and the late Peter Blackwood. Wilma was a lifelong member of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Monroeville. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Irwin. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Hodoba, Mary E.

  • Formerly of Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary E. (O'Malley) Hodoba, formerly of Swissvale, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the wife of the late George; loving mother of George Hodoba and his wife, Cheryl, of Monroeville, and David Hodoba and his wife, Pam, of Allison Park; and sister of the late Edward. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Please send memorial contributions in Mary's memory to the Kane Regional Center-Ross Township, 100 McIntyre Road, Ross Township, PA 15237. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Lennartson, James 81

  • Formerly of Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1933-06-06
  • Died: 2014-07-18
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  • James "Roger" Lennartson, 81, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Upper St. Clair, passed away peacefully Friday, July 18, 2014, with his loving family by his side, in Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wilson Lennartson. They were married 56 years ago at Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. He was the loving father of Jennifer L. (Chuck) Greenberg and James R. (Ting) Lennartson Jr.; proud grandfather of Jeff, Jack and Benjamin Greenberg and Chase, Grace and Bryce Lennartson; and brother of L. Sherwood Lennartson, of Sewickley. He was preceded in death by his sister, M. Suzanne Lennartson Ball. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews. He was born June 6, 1933, in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late Elna and Anders Leo Lennartson. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1955. "The Swede" was also a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. In 1955, Roger began his professional career as a marketing specialist for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and remained until his retirement as a marketing executive from the Westinghouse Atomic Power Nuclear Division. Roger served in the Army National Guard, Tank Battalion, Fort Knox, Ky., in 1957. He supported Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church as a deacon and a Sabbath school teacher. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. He served as an "official scoreboard operator" for the USC Varsity baseball team, sometimes making the call before the umpire did. His sweet yet stoic manner, great sense of humor and the endless commitment to his family, who were his pride and joy, are an inspiration to all that knew him. Roger will be fondly remembered by his family, grandchildren and friends. A memorial service will follow at a date and location to be determined. Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
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Longenett, Betty 79

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-07-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Betty Longenett, 79, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born July 21, 1935, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Edith (Lloyd) Haigy. Betty's family was the greatest joy of her life. She enjoyed baking and, in summer, basking in the sun at McKeesport Marina. Through her battle with cancer, Betty proved to be the strongest woman her granddaughters ever knew. Survivors include her granddaughters, Nicole (William) Vantine, of McKeesport, Heather (Steve) Culpepper, of North Versailles, and Kristy Ambler, of McKeesport; brother, James, of Florida; nephews, Frank, Russell, Ronnie and Bobby; nieces, Kim, Lisa and Lori; and five great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by daughter, Lyn Belgrade; siblings, Russell, Olive and Robert; and the love of her life, Bill Ducsay. No visitation is scheduled, as was Betty's wish. Arrangements cared for by WILLIG FUNERAL HOME. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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Massalsky, Roberta C. 88

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1925-12-26
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Roberta C. (Snyder) Massalsky, 88, of Brackenridge, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Platinum Ridge Nursing Home, Brackenridge. She was born Dec. 26, 1925, in Brackenridge, daughter of the late Charles and Bertha (Caldwell) Snyder. Roberta has lived her entire life in Brackenridge, where she was a homemaker. Roberta was of the Protestant faith and a 1943 graduate of Har Brack High School. She enjoyed playing cards and was inseparable from her husband of 60 years, James. She loved to spend time with her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, C. Jane Cadamore, of Frazer Township; grandsons, James Cadamore, of Brackenridge, and Brian (Tina) Cadamore, of Frazer Township; great-grandchildren, Haley and Lonnie Cadamore, of Frazer Township; also surviving are her sisters, Lillian Ross, of Winfield Township, and Margaret "Peg" Eury, of Butler. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Massalsky, in 2006; daughter, Barbara Massalsky, in 2006, as a result of an auto accident; and three sisters, Jessie Trankner, Gert Geisler and Jeannette Nay. 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, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Michael A. Trenga officiating. Interment will be private in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Milko, Francis J. 80

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Frank" Milko, 80, of East Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Frank is survived by his brother, Andrew "Bunky" (Babe) Milko, of East Pittsburgh; and nieces and nephews. Frank was a classical music aficionado and collector of classical music records. He was well-known in local record stores, as he shopped for his favorite music. He was also a spiritual man who attended many retreats at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh and at St. Vincent in Latrobe. There will be no visitation. Friends are welcome to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, in St. Colman Church, Turtle Creek. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Molinari, Catherine A. 92

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1922-01-14
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Catherine A. Molinari, 92, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. Catherine was a wire tester for Copperweld in Glassport during World War II. She loved her children and grandchildren and was one of the most unselfish people who would do anything for anybody. Her favorite saying was "It is what it is." Born Jan. 14, 1922, in Wilson, she was a daughter of the late Giovanni and Anna (Sabatino) Viscusi, and wife of the late Angelo W. Molinari. She is survived by a daughter, Linda A. (Jack) Booth, of Jefferson Hills; granddaughter, Mary Catherine (Phillip) DiMarco, of Jefferson Hills; two beloved great-grandchildren, Christina and Domenic DiMarco; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three sisters, Julia Porretta, Sylvia Bickerton and Rose Znavor; and five brothers, Michael, Ettore, John, Mario and Dominic Viscusi. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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O'Rourke, Colleen D. 42

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1972-01-18
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Colleen Dawn O'Rourke, 42, of McKees Rocks, formerly of Crescent, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 18, 1972, in McKees Rocks, a beloved daughter of Janet (Peck) O'Rourke, and loving mother of Kristen Marie O'Rourke, both of Crescent; fiancee of Richard "Rich" Russell, of McKees Rocks; and cherished sister of Terrie Harriger, of Arizona, Pam Johnston (Keith), of Sewickley, Carla Bell (Donnie), of Hopewell, and Richard Chambers (Diane), of Crescent. Colleen was preceded in death by her father, William O'Rourke; and her grandparents, James and Mildred Peck and William and Loretta O'Rourke. A 1991 graduate of Moon High School, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 618 of McKees Rocks and had many good and loving friends at Blondie's. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. Sunday at COPELAND'S CORAOPOLIS, 867 Fifth Ave. The family respectfully requests donations to defray expenses.
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Opfer, Joseph P. 60

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1954-05-28
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph P. Opfer, 60, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born May 28, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Albert and Julia (Lovas) Opfer. He was a former steelworker for Levinson Steel in Ambridge and a member of Grace and Truth Ministries in Canonsburg. The pride of Joe's life was being able to care for his mother in the final five years of her life. He is survived by a sister, Sandra (George) Cheplic, of Finleyville; brothers, Wayne (Alberta) Opfer, of Glassport, and Dennis Opfer, of Elizabeth Township; uncle, Michael Lovas, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott Warne officiating. Burial will be private in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Joe's family would like to thank Heidi Wright for the wonderful care given to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pelligreno, Anthony J. 69

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Anthony J. Pelligreno, 69, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lee Klein; loving father of Kimberly M. Lenz (Bruce), Anthony J. Pelligreno Jr. (Erin) and Michael A. Klein (Lori); brother of JoAnn Garver (Robert); and grandfather of Cory James, Trenton Anthony and Anthony James III. Tony was a member of Steamfitter Local 449 for more than 35 years and president of North Hills Baseball Federation League. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West View-Ross Athletic Association.
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Rhodes, Ray E.

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Ray E. Rhodes, a longtime resident of Sewickley, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital in Aspinwall. Born in Climax (Clarion County) to the late Jasper and Cora McIntire Rhodes, he was the husband of the late Marie Whalen Rhodes. He is survived by his brother, LeRoy T. (Leona) Rhodes, of New Sewickley Township; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Rhodes, of Baden, and Evalyn Covelenki, of Mt. Carmel; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and neighbors. Loving care was given to Ray later in life by his nieces, Cora Pucci, Diane Fye and Deborah Labik. There will be no public visitation. Private entombment in Pinewood Park and Mausoleum in Cranberry was arranged by the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., Sewickley, PA 15143. Contributions made to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System c/o Hospice 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, would be greatly appreciated by Ray's family.
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Rupp, Ruth M. 93

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Murray, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Rupp, 93, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Dick Rupp; beloved mother of Richard, Edward (Libby) Rupp and Jean (Bill) Komorowski; and grandmother of Ben (Andrea) Mazzoccoli. The family would like to thank the staff at Harmar Village Care Center for their compassion and professional care. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. MURRAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Butler at 52nd streets, Lawrenceville. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raphael Church.
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Saba, Robert B. 82

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert B. Saba, 82, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mona Asfour Saba; father of Naila (Gary) Busacca, Michael (Jill) Saba and Philip (Yuette) Saba; grandfather of Madeleine and Allison Busacca, Braden, Bryce and Gianna Saba; and brother of Salih (Cindy) Saba, of California. Robert was born in Jerusalem, attended St. George's School and received a BA/BS in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut Lebanon. He received a M.A. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned many honors and awards. Robert served in managerial and executive positions with the American Concrete Pipe Association, U.S. Steel Chemicals, USS Engineers and Consultants, Pullman Swindell, U.S. Constructors and operated his own consulting firm in technology transfer and business development for many years. Later, he became a business development specialist with the Mid-Atlantic Technology Applications Center (MTAC), one of NASA's then six Regional Technology Transfer Centers. He was awarded the Federal Laboratory Consortium 2000 Outstanding Service Award for Technology Transfer. Later, he beame the coordinator of the Fire Fighting Task Force located in Worcester, Mass. He was hired as a consultant to FirstLink, a Department of Defense National Center of Excellence for First Responder Technology Transition. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, North Hills, Pittsburgh, since 1964 where he served on the vestry as junior and later senior warden. He was also a member of Wildwood Golf Club since 1965 where he participated in tennis, golf and swimming. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church. Arrangements by SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Salley, Martin J. 92

  • Edgewood , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Rv Anderson, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Martin James "Jimmy" Salley, 92, of Edgewood, formerly of East McKeesport and Homestead, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred (Pisarcik) Salley; brother of Richard L. Salley and the late Frank, Samuel, Joseph, Edward, John and Regis; and is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Salley was employed by Westinghouse for 47 years. His employment was interrupted when he was drafted into the Army and participated in the June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord allied invasion of Europe landing on Utah Beach with his Half Track Anti-Aircraft Squad. After D-Day, he participated in numerous ground operations, culminating with the defeat of Germany on May 7, 1945. He proudly returned to Europe several times throughout his life for travel and participated in D-Day 50th anniversary ceremony in June, 1994. He was an ardent supporter of Catholic education and generously supported the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at RV ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 315 E. 10th St., Homestead, where a gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead.
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Schienle, Carol A. 71

  • Formerly of Homestead
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Carol A. (Shank) Schienle, 71, of Linesville, formerly of Homestead, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Ira and Evadna Shank; beloved wife of the late Robert F. Schienle; loving mother of Keith Schienle, Larry Schienle, Stephen Schienle, Ronald (Brenda) Stough, Robert (Charlene) Stough and Stephen (Anita) Stough; and sister of Betty Gorman, Shirley Remaley, Robert Shank and the late Bill, Jim and Don Shank. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and dear friend, Ken Manson. Carol was a devoted member of the Linesville United Methodist Church, a member of TOPPS and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Linesville Fire Department. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral service will be held at a time to be announced Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Shaw, Carol A. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-25
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Carol A. Shaw, 66, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born May 25, 1948, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph L. and Virginia Maxine (Eytcheson) Vukelja. Carol was a home health aide for PRN and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the mother of Thomas Shaw, of Duquesne, and Justin Shaw, of Duquesne; Mimi of Kaylee Shaw; and sister of Vaughen Vukelja, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous friends. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Kaylee. She also adored her dog, Max. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Smith Sr., Harvey R.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Harvey R. Smith Sr., of Swissvale, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Joan Protheroe; loving father of Harvey Jr. (Kim), Robert Sr. and Debra Kenna (Robert); grandfather of Jennifer (Neil), Jacquelyn (Matt), Robert Jr., Christina (James), Rebecca, Renee and Phillip; great-grandfather of Mason; and brother of Merle. Harvey was a Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War and was also a Mason with the Infinity Lodge No. 546 in Verona. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Snaith, Janet A. 78

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Janet Alice Snaith, 78, a lifelong resident of McKeesport, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kane Regional Hospital McKeesport after a lengthy struggle with dementia. She was born Nov. 24, 1935, the only child of Edward and Alice (Buck) Snaith. Janet is survived by her cousins and friends. She attended St. Pius grade school and graduated from St. Peters High School. Janet worked in banking before a long career with the Allegheny County Health Department, from which she retired. According to her wishes, where is no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in Corpus Christi Church, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Inurnment will follow in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Professional services were entrusted to the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Corpus Christi Parish or the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff of Kane McKeesport and Bridge Hospice. http://www.whcraigfuneralhome.com.
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Sopko, Barbara 96

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1918-02-03
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Barbara (Mochan) Sopko, 96, of White Oak, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. She was born Feb. 3, 1918, in Wilmerding, daughter of the late George Mochan Sr. and the late Anna Klobucar Mochan. She was the wife of the late John Sopko Sr. Barbara was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the Croatian Fraternal Union of American Lodge 4 in Etna. She is survived by her children, John E. Sopko Jr., Michael (Carol A.) Sopko, Frank G. Sopko and Elizabeth Sopko, all of White Oak; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Sopko and Michele (Derrick) Sopko Smith; sisters, Helen E. Mochan and Rose Marie Pavlecic, both of White Oak; longtime friend, Sandra Sivak; longtime caregivers, Roxanne Myczka and Tiffaney Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings, Mary McCurdy, Catherine Slovina and George, Michael and Paul Mochan; and her uncle, Matthew Valentich. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Monday in Corpus Christi Church, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Burial will follow.
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Stanier, John T. 73

  • Stanton Heights
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • John Thomas Stanier, 73, of Stanton Heights, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a beloved son of the late Helga (Johnson) and John Thomas "Tim" Stanier; and loving brother of the late Joan Grosick. No visitation. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday at Allegheny Cemetery Chapel. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Steigleder, Rosella

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Rosella Steigleder, of Brookline, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert; beloved mother of Germaine (Bill) McMonigal and Eileen Steigleder; and grandmother of Robert (Erica) McMonigal. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Resurrection. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Turner, Frances E.

  • Formerly of Coraopolis
  • Died: 2013-01-29
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  • Frances E. (Baker) Turner, formerly of Coraopolis, died in 2013. A memorial service in remembrance of Frances will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, with Paster Dean D. Ziegler officiating.
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Zapf, Lynne E. 62

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynne Ellen (Hensel) Zapf, 62, of Munhall, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Jean Hensel; beloved wife of the late William Zapf; loving mother of Kimberly (Ryan) Beatty and the late Billy Zapf; cherished grammy of RJ and Tyler; sister of Cheryl Leonard; and special aunt of Michael and Ian O'Keefe. She was a longtime employee of UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Zemprelli, Margaret A. 87

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1926-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Zemprelli, 87, of Jefferson Hills and Jupiter, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A well-known model in the late 1940s, the former Margie Antoinette was Miss Major League Baseball in 1947 and the spokesmodel for the Pennsylvania Telephone Company and Rinso Detergent. Born Nov. 16, 1926, in Little McConnell Mills, Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Stefan and Theresa (Araigno) Antoinetta. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Albenia Adamski, Theresa Friday, Helen Rodgers and Emil, Pete and George Antoinette. Marge was a parishioner of St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills, a member of the ISDA and an honorary graduate of Penn State University. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, former State Senate Majority and Minority Leader, Edward P. Zemprelli; her daughter, Carla Z. Corum; her granddaughters, Dana Macauley and Jayne McVay; her great-granddaughters, Sophia, Layla, Adrianna and Sierra; her sister, Edith Bernard; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Arnott, Rev. William P. 82

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Rev. William Paxton Arnott, 82, of Level Green, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Complete visitation and funeral arrangements will be announced in tomorrow's edition of the paper by the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Trafford, 412-372-3111. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Brletic, Robert A. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bobby" Brletic, 57, of Trafford, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Lillian (Yusko) Brletic; and brother of the late Richard Brletic. He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from 8 a.m. until parting prayers at 8:45 a.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Bucar, Margaret 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1932-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" Lawrence Bucar, 82, of Trafford, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Marge was born June 15, 1932, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Charles J. Lawrence Sr. and Mary Petrini Lawrence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Lou" Bucar. Marge is survived by her two sons, Paul and David Bucar; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Nathan and Jordan; her brother, Charles J. Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Zimmerman; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. At Marge's request, there will be no visitation or graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. A private burial will take place in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Burger, Georgetta I. 72

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1941-08-20
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Georgetta I. Burger, 72, of Monessen, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was born Aug. 20, 1941, in Keister, Pa., a daughter of the late George and Irene Hedegus Dohanich. Jet, as everyone knew her by, was an avid English flower gardening enthusiast prior to her illness. She really enjoyed her happy phone calls with her daughter, Cindy; sister, Joan; and cousin, Denise Consonery. Surviving are her husband, Joseph D. Burger; daughter, Cynthia and husband, Robert Rollings, of Canonsburg; sons, Joseph A. Burger and Raymie Burger at home; grandchildren, Christopher Rollings of Houston, Pa., and Rebecca Rollings of Canonsburg; sister, Joan Dohanich of Fairhope. She will be sadly missed by her favorite cat B.B., as well as Jake, Cry Baby, and Peek A Boo. She was preceded in death by her son, Raymond M. Burger; and a sister, Jean Dohanich Ciliberti Cathers. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be welcomed from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014. Entombment will be at the convenience of the family in the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Burger family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Claycomb, I. Dale 81

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-04-30
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ira Dale Claycomb, 81, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 30, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Paul L. and Alene Anderson Claycomb. Prior to his retirement, Dale had been employed by Lodestar Bus Lines for more than 25 years. He was also a self-employed farmer and had worked for the former Vulcan Mold Co. in Latrobe. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bertha Plummer, who died in 2010; a sister, Nancy Richards; and a brother, William Claycomb. Dale is survived by a sister, Sarah L. (Kenneth Sr.) Shean, of Derry; a nephew, who was like a son to him, Kenneth L. Shean Jr.; and nieces and nephew, Patricia Bonello, Kristy Bouch and John Hall Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where Dale's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard will hold military services at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the funeral chapel. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Criner, Francis E. 64

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1949-08-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Fran" Criner, 64, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Mt. View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. Fran was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Jeannette, a son of the late James Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Wolfe Criner. He was married to Mary Susan Shaw Criner, who passed away March 30, 2011. Fran was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle who loved his family. He was owner and proprietor of the Jeannette City Transit and Mt. Pleasant Yellow Cab Companies for the past 30 years. A member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson, he was an avid classic car collector with his pride and joy, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere. Fran was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving as a 2nd Class Petty Officer during two tours of duty on the USS Eversole Destroyer in the Gulf of Tomkin. He was a member of the Jeannette American Legion Post and past president of both the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania Taxi Owners Associations. He was also a graduate of Jeannette High School. Fran will be sadly missed by his loving family; his three children, Francis E. Criner Jr., of Scottdale, Michael Hummel and his wife, Ashley, of West Newton, and Leslie Gardner and her husband, Daniel, of Jamestown, N.C.; his three grandchildren, Alyssa, Garrett and Ty Hummel; his three sisters, Anna Josephine Ritchey, of Dundalk, Md., Helen Catherine Wilson and her husband, Bruce, of Jeannette, and Eileen Clara Bogdanowicz and her husband, Chuck, of Baldwin, Md.; his two brothers, James Thomas Criner II and his wife, Wendy, of Irwin, and Christopher Gerard Criner, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He acknowledges the friendship he had with his relatives and friends, especially, John "Yush" and Lori Shaw for all they have done. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com., GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel where parting prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in the church cemetery next to his late wife with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Burial Detail. The Ministry of Consolation will hold a vigil at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Cugino, Margaret K. 86

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1927-08-03
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Margaret K. "Baba" (Krupey) Cugino, 86, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Wasyl and Katherine Lorentowych Krupey. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Clippinger Insurance Agency. She was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Jeannette. Baba enjoyed baking and thoroughly enjoyed sharing her baked goods with so many of her neighbors. She also delighted in creating Pysanky Eggs at Easter time and generously giving them to her children's and grandchildren's teachers, neighbors and friends. Baba was often seen walking her canine pal, Tippsy. She was a wonderful and loving mother and Baba. Baba treasured the opportunity she had to be more than a grandmother to Brandon and Julie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael A. Cugino, in 2005; a son, Michael P. Cugino, in 1960; three sisters, Anna Krupey, Elizabeth Zellers and Lucy DeBone; three brothers, Nicholas, Alexander and Robert Krupey; and her two faithful companions, Lady and Tippsy. She is survived by her loving daughter, Karen; and her husband, Curtis J. Antoniak, of Jeannette; her son, Ken Cugino, of Largo, Fla.; four grandchildren, Brandon Walsh (Dana), of Chicago, Ill., Julie Sabo (Steve), of Virginia, and Fontana and LouLou Cugino, of Largo, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Ella and Gabriel Walsh and Carson and Kaden Sabo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Baba's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the special angels of Westmoreland Manor and Heartland Hospice for their excellent and very compassionate care of Baba. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Kramer Jr., Ross L. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1940-04-09
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ross L. Kramer Jr., 74, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home. He was born April 9, 1940, in Carlisle, a son of the late Ross L. Sr. and Florence (James) Kramer. He was a retired communications technician for Peoples Gas Co., Wilkinsburg and a former employee of Campbell's Sunoco, North Huntingdon. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin and a longtime member of Union Fire Company No. 1 in Carlisle, where he lived before moving to this area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald; and twin brother, Robert James. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marcia A. (Vonau) Kramer; children, Susan Kramer, Jeffrey Kramer and Scott Kramer, all of North Huntingdon; and beloved pets, Sidney and Abby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with his pastor, Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
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Magga, Stephen P. 67

  • Wyano
  • Born: 1947-06-22
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Stephen Paul Magga, 67, of Wyano, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was born June 22, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of Susie K. (Furin) Magga, of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Emil G. Magga. He was a 1965 graduate of South Huntingdon High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from University of California Pennsylvania. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Stephen was a member of Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church in Yukon and was also a member of Blyth Lodge No. 593 Free and Accepted Masons in West Newton. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Donna Jean (Davanzo) Magga; three children, Katherine Jean and husband, David, Bennet, of Eddystone, Michael S. and wife, Aimee, Magga, of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa E. Magga, of Uniontown; grandchildren, Channing, Meadow, David and Seth Bennett and Evelyn Magga; stepchildren, Thomas D. Sarosi and wife, Darcy, of McElhattan, Joell Sarosi Miller and husband, Dan, of Irwin, and Steven J. Sarosi and fiance, Jaime Moxley; step-grandchildren, Daniel and Abigail Brotz, Mark Cooper and Addison Sarosi; a sister, Susan Metroka and husband, Robert, of Wilkes-Barre; sister-in-law, Debborah Magga, of Indiana; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emil Magga. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Seven Dolors Church, Yukon. Interment with full military honors will be held in Seven Dolors Cemetery, Yukon. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 pm Sunday. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Mosso, Norman J. 73

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1940-08-06
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Norman J. Mosso, 73, of Ligonier, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier. Born Aug. 6, 1940, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Anthony V. Mosso and Ann (Pynos) Mosso. Norman had been a member of St. Vincent Basilica and was the owner and operator of the former Long Bridge Gulf Station. He was a veteran of the Army Reserves. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Mosso. Norman is survived by one daughter, Carolyn A. Neglia and her husband, Joseph, of Tempe, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Rachel and Leah Neglia; one brother, Richard A. Mosso and his wife, Kathleen, of Macon, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Jeanette Geary and her husband, Tom, Anthony R. Mosso, Timothy J. Mosso and his wife, Tyfanny, Natalie McCracken and her husband, Lew, and Sara Fisher and her husband, Anthony W.; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and an aunt, Betty Tamer, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts #3414 and #444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. To sign online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Olinger, Roy A. 86

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-12-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Roy A. Olinger, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, East Huntingdon Township, died peacefully Wednesday July 23, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late William McKinley and Ruth Belle Crabtree Olinger. Mr. Olinger was a former parts manager for Oppman Auto Parts and operated Olinger Motor Repair until his retirement. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Medical Corps. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club. Roy enjoyed fishing and he, along with his partner, Harold McCloy, drove dirt modified race cars. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Enos, of Jeannette, and her husband, James, of Bear Rocks, grandchildren, Ryan Enos, of Bear Rocks, and Susan Bryan, of Jeannette, and great-grandchildren, Kias Lemmer and Braeden Bryan; son, Roy Olinger and his wife, Mary, of Norvelt, and grandsons, Kyle and Kurt Olinger, of Norvelt; and sister-in-law, Ann Olinger, of Greensburg. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Forsythe Olinger in 2001; two brothers, William and Thomas Olinger; and sister, Jean Forbes. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Rager, Erna 87

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Erna Rager, 87, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Juniper Village Wellspring Memory Care, North Huntingdon. She was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Weyer, Austria, to the late Leopold and Rosa Baumgartner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Walter, Leopold, Rosa and Inga Baumgartner. She was a member of Long Run First Presbyterian Church, Adamsburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, enjoyed bingo, knitting, crafts and was a great cook. Erna is survived by her husband, Wallace Rager, of Adamsburg; her son, Robert Rager and his wife, Jeanne, of Greensburg; daughter, Cindy Veltri and Mike Black, of Ohio; only granddaughter, who was like a daughter to her, Erica Flack and her husband, Chris, of Pleasant Unity; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ava and Christopher; a niece, Susie Nuttel and her husband, Chip, of Cranberry; a nephew, Terry Nikkta and his wife, Sue, of Kingwood, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews in Austria. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Entombment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to charity of one's choice. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Stewart, Dorothy 89

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1925-04-18
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Stewart, 89, of Arnold, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Consulate Health Care, Cheswick. She was born April 18, 1925, in New Kensington, daughter of the late Alexander and Stella Zomefelt Sexcienski. She was employed by UniFirst in New Kensington for 10 years. Dorothy enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing bingo. She valued most spending time with her family, especially at Sunday dinners. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Don Stewart; a brother, Adolph Sexcienski; and a sister, Genevieve Sexcienski. She is survived by her son, Don (Elaine) Stewart; her daughters, Deborah Hooper and Doreen Geopfert; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. As per Dorothy's wishes, all services were private. Private burial was in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Arrangements were entrusted to the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, A Service Oriented Funeral Home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Craig, Van F. 61

  • Cowansville
  • Born: 1953-07-10
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Cowansville | Get Directions
  • Van Franklin Craig, 61, of Cowansville, went to help God Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was born July 10, 1953, in Kittanning, son of the late Robert L. and Florence (Layton) Craig. He was a lifelong resident of the community and was employed by LKQ Keystone Automotive since 1999 as a delivery route driver. He served in the Navy as a Seabee. He was a member of Kittanning Moose. He loved his dogs, "Buddy" and "Betsy", going to camping and for long rides in the country, setting off fireworks and hunting with his kids and grandkids. He loved being Santa for young and old alike. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Mary L. (Salak) Craig, who he married Aug. 11, 2001; son, John L. (Mechelle) Cousins, of Rural Valley; daughter, Christy N.L. (Jeff) Goodman, of Cowansville; daughter, Becky Craig and companion, Jeremy Vickhouse, of Creekside; son, Tim V. (Alicia) Craig, of Cowansville; stepson, Wil (Becky) Martin, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and 11 grandchildren, Kayla, Brittany, Paige, Allen, John Jr., Kolby, Kyler, Billy, Zachary, Jonathan and Nicholas. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert L. Craig Jr. He will be sadly missed by so many. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Cowansville, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. David Croyle. Memorial contributions may be made to Harmarville Rehabilitation. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Flick, Beverly I. 60

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1954-03-16
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Beverly I. (Smith) Flick, 60, of Kittanning, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 16, 1954, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Donald F. and Gloria F. (Leard) Smith. A homemaker, she was a member of Rupp Lutheran Church. She loved bingo, camping and Facebook, along with being an avid reader. She was secretary, treasurer and participant in Shannock Valley Mixed Bowling League. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Virgil Flick; sons, Michael Stitt, of Kittanning, Cody Flick (Misti), of Grove City, and Dylan Flick (Alishia); two grandchildren, Michael Stitt Jr. and Londyn Flick; sisters, Connie (John) Stennett, of Kittanning, Eileen Smith, of Kittanning, and Carilynn Fitzgerald (Dave Schall), of Kittanning; brothers, Russell Smith, of Florida, and Tim Smith, of Kittanning; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald "Butch" Smith and Kenny Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Additional viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wendell Flick officiating. Interment in Rupp Lutheran Church Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit at http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Butler County

Colonello Jr., Edward J. 61

  • Mars
  • Born: 1952-11-14
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Colonello Jr., 61, of Mars, died unexpectedly Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, 1952, he was a son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Mary Delsandro Colonello. Ed was a postal employee at the Pittsburgh Post Office on the North Side and later at the Bulk Mail Center in Warrendale. He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Church in Glade Mills. Surviving are a brother, Frank M. Colonello and his wife, Susan, of Allison Park; a sister, Donna Gamble and her husband, Donald, of Delmont; a nephew, Nicholas Colonello, of Allison Park; his uncles, John Colonello, of Middlesex Township, and Pete Colonello, of Gibsonia; and many cousins. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002, with Father Phil Farrell as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Schultz, Henrietta 90

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1924-01-20
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Henrietta Schultz, 90, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home in Valencia, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Pittsburgh. Henrietta was the president and CEO of Trutread Tire Inc. and was active in Altrusa and the Valencia Presbyterian Church. Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, Rodney and Mame (Asche) Schlag; and her sister, Jean Graham; and her husbands, Paul Schultz and Edward Feigenbaum. Henri is survived by three stepsons, Paul (Beverly) Schultz, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Keith (Dee) Schultz, of Cranberry Township, and Charles Schultz, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and her nieces, nephews and many family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Valencia Presbyterian Church, 80 Sterrett St., Valencia, PA 16059.
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Scott, Joseph S. 98

  • Mars
  • Born: 1915-07-29
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Joseph S. Scott, 98, of Mars, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot, after a long and active career as an athlete, World War II Marine Sergeant, master plumber, union shop steward and a lifetime as a gardener and outdoorsmen. Joe was born July 29, 1915, in Homewood, the first of four sons of Sarah Snyder Scott, formerly from the Troy Hill neighborhood, and Walter Grant Scott. Joe's grandfather, Martin Scott, was a Civil War Army veteran, who was wounded and captured, barely surviving captivity. Joe and his younger brothers, Frank, formerly of Clarksburg, W.Va., Walter, formerly of Penn Hills, and Howard, formerly of Shadyside and Point Breeze, also served in the armed forces, during World War II. Joe's service lasted four years, in which he sustained a hand grenade injury and rose to the rank of master sergeant. His brothers preceded him in death. Joe's early years included golden glove boxing competitions and awards and football, mainly at Westinghouse High School. He probably inherited from his father, who was a City of Pittsburgh employee, his great interest in nature, plants, animals, fish and other aspects of natural science -- especially those familiar to the Pennsylvania landscape. When the Great Depression required belt-tightening for the Scotts and most other area families, Joe recalled spending entire summers at a family hunting camp in the Pennsylvania mountains, living from fish caught, small game hunted and produce from local farms. Joe decided on a trade, plumbing, hoping for regular employment. He was a meticulous worker who took great pride in a job well done. In 1937, he began working for Harris Pump Co. in downtown Pittsburgh and later Neville Island. After his discharge from the service, he resumed his job at Harris Pump, where he served as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union shop steward. He also was also a mechanical contractor for J and S Plumbing and Heating in North Hills. He married Florence Imperato before leaving for the armed service. Florence worked tirelessly during the war years as a caterer and clothing worker in the Pittsburgh area, earning enough to buy a home in the West View community. They had one daughter, Sandra Scott Somple. Upon his retirement, Joe built a new home in Chicora, using his plumbing and pipefitting skills to build in a solar energy system that circulated sun-warmed water for heating, which was quite advanced for the time. Florence passed away in 1980. In 1986, he married Doris Brooks (Wagner) Scott, of Mars. The couple lived in Florida for a time before returning to Butler and then Mars. Joe was a well-known and well-liked figure to his many friends and beloved by family. He was a tall, striking man with a quick, infectious smile who greatly enjoyed socializing with others. He was a well-dressed man who enjoyed good cooking as well. Joe was an early advocate of healthful eating, exercise and lifestyle choices, eagerly reading the latest books on vitamins, reflexology and other subjects related to healthfulness, probably accounting for his strong countenance for most of his 98 years. Joe is survived by his wife, Doris; his daughter, Sandy; grandchildren, Teresa Celestin, (Cody), of Butler, John J. Somple, of Chicora, and the late M. Jay Somple; great-grandchildren, Demi Somple Emigh, Madalyn Somple and Gabriel Somple; and great-great-grandchildren, Blaise and Makenna Somple. He remained closed to the families of his brothers, as well as those of niece, Betty Fidel; and others. Joe is also survived by his stepchildren, William Wagner (Carla), Susan Bacon (Jim), and Barbara Hepler (Dale), all of Saxonburg, and Kimberly Foster (Tom), of Middlesex Township; five stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor of Glade Run Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Church Cemetery, Chicora. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Hice, Patricia A. 55

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann Hice, 55, of Uniontown, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 21, 1958, in Beaver Falls, the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Hazelbach Fish. She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Edward Hice; son, Samuel Hice III; daughter, Adrienne Sisler; and grandson, Ethan, of Uniontown. Patricia was Bill's best friend and was the love of his life. There is no visitation and services are private. 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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Sweeney, Rosella A. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1931-03-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rosella A. Sweeney, 83, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home. She was born March 2, 1931, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Paul and Margaret Kundra Permuko. Mrs. Sweeney was a graduate of Ligonier High School and she was formerly employed by the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas E. Sweeney; two children, Thomas Sweeney Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Sarasota, Fla., and Cheryl Fintoski and her husband, Brian, of Fritch, Texas; five grandchildren, Shannon Sweeney, Michelle Sweeney, Shane Cali, Michelle Cali and Megan Cali; one great-grandchild, Trinity Sweeney; two sisters, Elizabeth Kozusko, of Greensburg, and Cecelia Blaszkowski and her husband, Edward, of Wilpen; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Wilpen. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Father Bob Lubic and Sister Mary Agnes for their pastoral care during Mrs. Sweeney's illness, and also to Dr. Enany, Dr. Bousamra, EMS Transport and Fresenius Medical Care for their caring of her during her treatments. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wisilosky, Elizabeth A. 84

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1930-07-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. (Betty) Hvizdos Wisilosky, 84 of Connellsville, died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, in Scottdale Manor, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born July 7, 1930, in Dearth, the daughter of the late John and Mary Hlavaty (Lovaty) Hvizdos. Betty was raised in Connellsville and was a 1947 graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School. She married her husband, the late Victor R. Wisilosky Sr., Nov. 22, 1951, and they were married for 55 years. Before becoming a fulltime homemaker, Betty was employed as a selector at the Anchor Hocking Glass Plant in South Connellsville. She was a proud member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a current member of St. John the Evangelist Church, both in Connellsville. Betty was a very active member and former officer of the Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, where she spent many hours helping with pierogi sales, serving for funerals and helping with church fairs. Betty enjoyed cooking and baking and was proud to share her talents with her granddaughters, who have continued "Gram's" traditions. Betty loved polkas and going to polka dances at the Polish Hall. She could also be heard playing "my polkas" every Sunday, a ritual she continued while she was a resident at Scottdale Manor. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Victor Wisilosky Sr. on Feb. 11, 2006; her son, Victor Wisilosky Jr. on Aug. 11, 2004; her parents; twin sisters who died in infancy; foster parents, Mary and Andrew Liposky; and a foster sister, Martha "Auntie" Liposky. She is survived by her son, John and his wife, Marseda, of Connellsville, with whom she resided for four years, their children, John Wisilosky Jr., Julie McGough and her husband, John, of Glassport, and Katie Wisilosky; her daughter Mary Beth Stoots and husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Monica, of Connellsville; her son, Joseph Wisilosky, of Uniontown; her daughter-in-law, Joni Wisilosky, of Connellsville, and her children, Jennifer Moreau and husband, Christopher, of Alabama, and their children, Alexa, Caylin and Christopher; Brad Wisilosky and wife, Karen, and their daughter, Briella; Dawne McGregor and her husband, Eric, and their children, Madison, Korbin and Isla; and Daniel Wisilosky, all of Connellsville; her sister, Matilda D'Auria and her daughters, Gina and Lisa, of St. Louis, Mo.; and special cousins, Bob and Thad Szelc. Betty's family would like to thank the entire staff of Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and compassion shown to her during her stay, especially in the last three months. Your special attention to her spiritual and personal needs will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the staff of Mutual Aid Ambulance Company, the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center, Father Robert Lubic for his many visits and prayers and her longtime roommate's, Angie "Honey" Luczka's children, Rosalyn, Elaine, Phillip and Timothy for always looking out for mom and treating her like family. Betty's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the American Diabetes Association; or the American Heart Association in Betty's memory.
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Indiana County

Gaston, Rudolph H. 82

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1931-10-11
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Rudolph H. "Rudy" Gaston 82, of Blairsville, Black Lick Township, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Indiana, Pa., to Rudolph and Anna (Adamchick) Gaston. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral. Rudy owned and operated a family dairy farm. He loved all sports and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Rudy was an outstanding high school athlete, having been a state runner-up in wrestling. He also held the Indiana County record for most points scored in a football season in 1950. He enjoyed hunting and especially enjoyed going to the casinos. Rudy is survived by his children, Rudy Gaston III, of Blairsville, Renee Nastase and husband, Vic, of Blairsville, Mike Gaston Sr. and wife, Tracy, of Blairsville, Bob Gaston, of Blairsville, and Mary Anne Spadafora and husband, Skip, of Indiana, Pa.; grandchildren, Bryan, Butch and Gina Nastase, Mike Gaston Jr. and wife, Tara, Tom Gaston, Bobby and Austin Gaston and Mia, Ella, Giavonna and Cecilia Spadafora; great-grandchildren, Myla Grace Gaston and Dax Michael Gaston; and brother-in-law, John Mytrysak. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph Gaston; mother, Anna (Adamchick) Gaston; wife, Shirley (Gates) Gaston in 1999; and sister, Mary Mytrysak. Visitation was held at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral Mass took place in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral, with Father Ronald Cyktor Jr. officiating. Interment was in SS. Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Rudy's name to Kiski Prep School/Athletic Fund, 1880 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Moore, Lee 70

  • Centerville
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Emerson Lee Moore III, 70, of Centerville, Washington County, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Lee was born in Waynesburg, one of two sons of Emerson Lee Jr. and Audrey (Cox) Moore. He was a retired foreman for the Equitable Gas Company, was a member of the American Legion in West Brownsville and had retired from the Army in 1989 after serving 23 years during the Vietnam Era and in the Reserves. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Judy Heckman Moore; daughter, Dayna (John) Timcheck, of Cloverdale, Ind.; son, Don Moore, of Bedford, Ind.; stepdaughter, Wendy (Mike) Gabauer, of Finleyville; four grandchildren, Haley and Adam Timcheck, Jesse Moore and Rachael Gabauer; and his brother, Larry (Sue) Moore, of Waynesburg. As per Lee's wishes, there is no viewing or visitation, only a private burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with military honors. Arrangements by STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 412-384-0350, Jefferson Hills. His family suggests donations may be made in his name to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. For condolences, visit http://www.stephendslater.com.
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Smith, Edwin W. 91

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1923-01-30
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Edwin Wesley Smith, 91, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Jan.30, 1923, in California, the son of Wesley Phillip and Edith B. Marsland Smith. Edwin retired as a maintenance superintendent with over 40 years of employment at Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (St. Anthony's) of Monongahela. For numerous years, Edwin enjoyed bowling with several different leagues throughout the Mon Valley area. He also liked to spend his time playing cards, especially euchre. He is survived by two sons, Roger Edwin Smith and wife, Ann, and Gregory Wesley Smith, all of Monongahela; six grandchildren, Diana Jessica Smith, Trisha Lee Eliason and husband Grafton, Jason Roger Smith and wife, Jennifer, Samantha Ann Smith, Sonya Marie Smith, Dorian Gregory Smith; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, William A. Smith and wife, Anne, Larry P. Smith and wife, Edna, all of Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Pietroboni Smith who died Jan.5, 1995; three sisters, Audrey Veit, June Chitester, Melva Smith; and a brother, Kenneth Smith. Friends will be received on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Albrecht, Tamara 59

  • Decatur, Ga.
  • Born: 1955-04-28
  • Died: 2014-07-15
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  • Tamara Makdad Albrecht, 59, of Decatur, Ga., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, peacefully in her sleep. She was born April 28, 1955, in Pittsburgh, to the late Dr. Ameene and Louise Makdad. She is survived by her husband, Timothy, of Decatur, Ga.; her daughter, who was her pride and joy, Esther Albrecht, and Esther's longtime boyfriend, Alex Shoaf, of Ithaca, N.Y.; her only sister, Anisa Makdad Benson and husband, Ed, of Greensburg; a nephew, Robert Fry, of Pittsburgh; a niece, Chrissy Benson and her fiance, John Pearson; and a grandniece, Mary Louise (Lulu), of Wichita, Kan. Tamara had three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews on Timothy's side of the family. Tamara was a longtime instructor in the Emory Department of Music and organist choir master for several Atlanta areas. She joined the Emory Department of Music in 1987, serving as an instructor in music history and recently Cannon Chapel organist and choirmaster. She also regularly performed in chamber music ensembles and in solo and duo concerts nationally and internationally, led workshops for children's church music and classroom music, taught organ and harpsichord, and served as an active church musician, most recently at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Tamara's desire for her classes was to encourage deeper ways of listening to and thinking about music ... to develop understanding of the nature of musical content, meaning and significance. A gifted educator known for her skill in bringing people to music throughout their lifetimes, with her Kindermusik classes for preschoolers or adult church choirs, Tamara demonstrated a commitment to her calling. She was a music historian by training, with degrees in organ performance, music education, and a doctorate in worship studies. She was a true teacher and through her work touched so many lives. She earned undergraduate music degrees from Wittenberg University, a master's degree in organ performance at Northwestern University, and recently, a doctorate in worship studies from the Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where she focused on conflict resolution within the church. Tamara was always bright and happy, always smiling, and she projected that attitude dealing with hardship by facing it head on. When confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, Tamara decided to turn her experience into an opportunity, developing "Sharing the Journey," a monologue and musical performance that she presented, along with her husband and daughter, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the Winship Cancer Institute's Patient Assistance Fund. At the time, Tamara explained: "We're not alone in the world, my journey became everybody's journey, and I took it on." A memorial service was held in Decatur, Ga. Memorial contributions for Tamara Albrecht may be made to Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601, Attention: Organ Fund.
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Jackson, Daisy E. 89

  • Columbia
  • Born: 1924-12-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Daisy E. (Klink) Jackson, 89, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Dunbar, to the late Benjamin and Maggie Klink. She worked for the Social Security Administration and was also a member of the Society of Military Widows. She loved her dog, "Kalli". Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Jackson. She is survived by her brother, John W. Klink; her niece, Kimberly York (Justin); and two great nieces, Theresa and Madelyn Vain. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar.
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Mottley, Eloise M. 68

  • China Grove, N.C.
  • Born: 1945-06-13
  • Died: 2013-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eloise M. McKnight Mottley, 68, of China Grove, N.C., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Her death was unexpected. Eloise was born June 13, 1945, in Allegheny County, a daughter of the late John A. and Ila Munson McKnight. She was a graduate of St. Thomas District High School, Braddock, Class of 1963. In addition to her parents, Eloise was preceded in death by three husbands. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She will be dearly missed. Those left to cherish her memories include her sister, Elaine Holtman, of New Castle; her three children, Ron Capezzuto, of Trafford, Dana Capezzuto-Smith, of Monroe, N.C., and Mark Capezzuto, of Locust, N.C.; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Rowan County. Online condolences may be left at http://www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
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