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Baldosky, Robert 69

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Robert Baldosky, 69, of Duquesne, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. He was the son of the late Michael and Catherine (Lesnick) Baldosky; loving father of Kim (Bob) Treloar, Roberta (Greg) Gombita, Chad (Carrie) Baldosky, Rob (Jami) Baldosky and Megan (Jeremy) Carpenter; brother of Thomas Baldosky, Mickey (late Larry) Moran and Christine Baldosky-Stone; and beloved "Poppy-Daddy" to 11 grandchildren. Robert was an Army veteran. Service will be at noon Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Good Shepard Cemetery. Everyone please meet at cemetery. Burial with full military honors will follow. Arrangements by the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Budney, Dolores C. 81

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Dolores C. Budney, 81, of Bethel Park, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Theodore; and mother of Ted Budney, Jackie Eyles and Greg Budney. Arrangements handled privately by the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Library, 412-835-0616.
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DeFabio, Louis D. 80

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Louis D. DeFabio, 80, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was the devoted husband of the late Rose Marie DeFabio for 56 years; loving father of Lou (Maureen) DeFabio and Michele Donatucci (Ken Bullian); adoring grandfather of Nicole (Mark) Cherico, Anthony DeFabio and the late Louis D. DeFabio II; great-grandfather of Aubree Rose Cherico; brother of Mark (Lorraine) DeFabio; and brother-in-law of Joseph and Mary Ann Traficanti. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Louis and Dorothy. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh as a chemical engineer and an Army veteran. He retired from Vulcan Materials/AMG Resources. Lou enjoyed his grandchildren, playing golf and going the casino. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Susanna Church. Everyone please meet at the church.
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Donovan, Joseph 58

  • Mt. Washington
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Joseph Donovan, 58, of Mt. Washington, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. He was the father of Jon Donovan; son of Carmella "Connie" Nigro and the late John Donovan; brother of Marie Bainbridge (Roy), Lawrence Donovan (Denise Platt) and Lynnann Roberts (Larry); pappy of Makayla and Johnny Donovan; also survived by family and friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the BRUSCO - FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington (412-381-2323). A service will be held at the conclusion of visitation. Interment private. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Dull, Donald J. 91

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Dull, 91, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Rhonda (Kramer) Dull; loving father of Jeff (Edie) Dull and the late Donna (surviving spouse, David) Felmley and Linda Paine; dear grandfather of Jason, Adam and Jessica Dull, Tom and Greg Felmley, Charlie Rowe, Rachel, Sharon and Dan Paine; great-grandfather of Leia and Teagan; brother of the late Dorothy (surviving spouse, Bruce) and Duwayne (surviving spouse, Dorothy) Dull; also several nieces and nephews. Don proudly served in the Marines during World War II and retired from Westinghouse after 30 years of service. Friends will be received noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a service will be 10 a.m. Monday. Interment with military honors is to follow at Restland Memorial Park. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Egan, Joseph W. 74

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Egan, 74, of Natrona Heights, formerly of Morningside, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Blair) Egan; father of Lynda Eng (Tom), Laura Grans (Matt) and Joseph M. Egan; grandfather of Katelyn and Timmy Eng and Casey and Claudia Grans; brother of Lois Cregan (Jim), Richard Egan and the late Robert Egan and Raymond A. Egan; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joe was a 55-year active member of IUOE Local 66, retiring from Allegheny County Parks. He was a lifelong member of "The Fraternity of Morningside" and an active member of VFW Posts No. 3945 and No. 894, the Orpheus Singing Society, American Legion No. 226, Freeport Eagles and the Oregon Hunting and Fishing Club. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joe's name to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, http://www.mskcc.org/giving.
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Evans, Nancy J. 84

  • Ben Avon Heights
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. Evans, 84, of Ben Avon Heights, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Raymond and Freeda Elizabeth (Schmitt) Umbarger; wife for 45 years of the late Dr. Richard Seeley Evans; loving mother of Lee Ann Bollinger (Michael), of Sewickley, and Lynn Seeley Evans, of Ohio Township, Pa.; proud grandmother of Elizabeth Bollinger Kline (Jeffrey), of Aspinwall, Julia Lewis Bollinger, of Florence, Italy, Madeline Arrott Bollinger, of Denver, Colo., Michael Patrick McGrath (Lidija), of Portland, Ore., and Matthew Richard McGrath (Dana), of Ben Avon Heights; and delighted great-grandmother of Mia Jane McGrath. She is also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Nancy was a graduate of West Newton High School, in 1948, and Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing, in 1951. She met her husband, Dick, while working as an operating room nurse at Allegheny General. They spent over 35 years living in Ben Avon Heights. Nancy took pride in raising her children and grandchildren. She nurtured a love of English history and literature, bridge and conversation. Her family appreciated her intuitive insights regarding human behavior and common sense approach to life's inevitable dilemmas. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights Community Club, Shannopin Country Club, and Allegheny General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. A private interment service will be held in the West Newton Cemetery in Westmoreland County. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ben Avon Area Historical Association, 300 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
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Francesconi, Nancy L. 76

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-10-22
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. Francesconi, 76, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home. She was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Shinnston, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late James and Blanche Rawlings Sawyers. She was the wife of the late Eugene P. Francesconi, who died May 20, 2011. Nancy was a member of Ella Hollow Bible Church in Forward Township. She is survived by her son, Geno A. (Kara) Francesconi, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Linda (Jerry) Cavanaugh, of Elizabeth; sister-in-law, Eleanor Sawyers, of Forward Township; and brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday Oct. 26, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor John M. Pipp officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Gayso, Rose M. 86

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie (Senda) Gayso, 86, of Ross Township, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis F. Gayso; loving mother of Louise (Leo) Andrews, Kathy (Bruce) Benedik, Michael (Donna) Gayso and the late Richard Gayso; grandmother of Lance Andrews, Lea (Brad) Parnell, Lee Andrews, Bernice (John) Galinac, Karen (Steve) Spang, Brian (Samantha Koch) Gayso, Ryan and Jordan Gayso; great-grandmother of Bella and Sophia Andrews, Charlee and Tanner Parnell, Matthew and Patrick Galinac and Madelynn, Samantha and Nathaniel Spang; and sister of JoAnn (Frank) Tomasic and the late John Senda. Rose was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish, as well as the Jednota Association. She was a longtime Girl Scout leader, avid Pittsburgh Penguins and Elvis Presley fan and was a flea market and garage sale enthusiast. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Parish. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Association for Down Syndrome, 1460 Renaissance Drive, Suite No. 405, Park Ridge, IL 60068. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Gibson Jr., Charles J. 69

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Charles J. Gibson Jr., 69, of Ross Township, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rose Marie (McCarthy) Gibson; loving father of Charles J. Gibson III (Katheryn), Michael V. (Mindy) Gibson, Gregory Wrbas and Kelly (Chad) Nelson; brother of Betty Priore and the late Rene Strickler; and also survived by 10 grandchildren. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kidney Cancer Foundation.
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Goehring, Helen E. 70

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1944-07-27
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Goehring, 70, of McCandless, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at her home with her loving family at her side. She was the beloved wife of Walter O. Goehring II; loving mother of Orr (Elizabeth) Goehring and Joe (Debra) Goehring; dear grandmother of Emily, Michael, Isabella, Felicia and William; sister of Jean Evers and the late Mary Lou Thomas and Joseph Evers. She was born in Pittsburgh, July 27, 1944, to the late Helen Lamb Evers and Joseph Evers. Helen was a longtime teacher's aide in the North Allegheny School District, where she touched the lives of countless children and made many cherished friends. She was a devoted wife and mother who brought joy to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh.
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Gozzard, Donald W. 80

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Donald W. Gozzard, 80, of Wexford, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Lorraine M. Gozzard; and also survived by his loving children, Patricia E. (Robert) Hart, of West View, Donald M. (Denise) Gozzard, of Grove City, Ohio, David J. (Candace) Gozzard and Daniel J. (Jodi) Gozzard, both of West Deer Township; his identical twin brother, Harry W. Gozzard; and sisters, Winifred Dimitt and Barbara Wanner; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Donald was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. He was very active in the church and choir at Riverview United Presbyterian Church, an avid golfer and loved watching his grandkids play sports and the Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends will be received 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Contributions may be made to Riverview United Presbyterian Church Choir Fund, 3505 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Hupp, John G. 79

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1934-11-12
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • John G. Hupp, 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. John was the loving husband of 56 years to Mary Hupp. Born Nov. 12, 1934, in Wheeling, W.Va., he was the son of the late Garvin and Una Hupp. He was the father of John (Debra) Hupp, Dr. James (Marie) Hupp and Jeffery (Diane) Hupp; and grandfather of Kelly and Brian Hupp. He was a graduate of Linsly Military Academy, University of Pittsburgh and University of Virginia. All services will be held privately. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. (724) 260-5546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dutch Fork Christian Church, 48 Dutch Fork Church Road, Claysville, PA 15323. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Huygens, Frank V. 90

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson Memorial, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Frank V. Huygens, 90, of South Park, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine M. (Daniels) Huygens for 58 years; loving father of Victor J. (Louise) and Richard J. Huygens; devoted grandfather of Shannon Huygens (Mark) Paliotta, Nicole (Don) Holmes, LCpl. Daniel (Ashley) Huygens, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Huygens; loving great-grandfather of Rocco A. and Gianna J. Paliotta and Ryan D. Holmes; and cherished brother of the late Adrienne. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Ignatenko, Donald 77

  • Indiana Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Donald Ignatenko, 77, of Indiana Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at his home. Mr. Ignatenko was the beloved husband of Helen (Huchel) Ignatenko; father of Deborah (Tim) Winings, of New Hampshire, Barbara Ignatenko, of New Jersey, Stephanie (Jeff) Abriatis, of Cabot, Valerie and Bethany Ignatenko, of Pittsburgh; son of the late Deomid and Anna Ritsic Ignatenko; and grandfather of Kirsten and John Gibbens, Blaine and Maddie Abriatis. Mr. Ignatenko was an Air Force veteran, and a member of Infinity Lodge No. 546, F and AM and Hampton AARP. Celebrate Mr. Ignatenko's life with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. His family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Salvation Army, 917 Brackenridge Ave., Brackenridge, PA 15014 or the Light of Life Mission, 915 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Janaszek, Justin J. 26

  • Plum , Formerly of North Hills
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Justin J. Janaszek, 26, of Plum, formerly of North Hills, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after a long struggle with addiction. He was the beloved son of Priscilla (fiance, Thomas Allison) Janaszek, and James (Aimee) Janaszek; loving grandson, of Francis B. Janaszek, Kathleen Fuss, Catherine Allison and the late John and Thelma Macheska; brother of Zachary Grant Janaszek; stepbrother of Tess Nemec; uncle of Skye-Marie Rendos; and also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a blessing service will be at noon Tuesday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Institute/SHORES Drug and Alcohol Counseling, 8235 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202 so that others like Justin can be helped. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kline, Loretta 81

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Loretta "Marnie" (Miller) Kline, 81, of Aspinwall, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Lee A. Kline; loving mother of David, Fred and Lee Ann Kline and niece, Penny O'Connell; cherished grandmother of Brandon, Matthew, Clayton (Missy), Ashton, MacKenzie, Seth, Cole and Brooke; great-grandmother of Paige; and sister of Genevieve Morelli and the late Alice Zydel, Leonard, Howard, Bernie, Ruth and Michael Miller. She is also survived by loved ones, Samantha Hodges, Debbie Patterson and Eddie Lesoon; and nieces and nephews. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Animal Friends Inc., 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Koehler, Donald A.

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Donald A. Koehler, formerly of Emsworth, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He is survived by his loving sons, Bruce and Bryan Koehler and their wives; and grandsons, Rob Tyler, Gavin, Gunnar and Xandar. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Lippert, Delores P. 74

  • Whitaker
  • Born: 1940-10-02
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Delores P. Lippert, 74, of Whitaker, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 2, 1940, in McKeesport, the daughter of Agnes Jobe Snyder, of Whitaker, and the late Leo Snyder. She is the wife of the late George H. Lippert Sr. Along with her mother, she is survived by her children, Georgeann (Robert) Pistella, of Wilkins Township, and David Lippert, of Whitaker; grandchildren, Ryan, Melissa, Kendal, Noah, Heather, Amber, Tiffany and B.J.; great-grandchildren, Dawson, Jaxson and Audrey; and brothers, Leo Snyder, of McKeesport, and Wilmer (Arlene) Snyder, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Burial will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Donations may be made to the family in care of Strifflers at 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Locke, Mary 69

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Mary (Schofield) Locke, 69, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert G. "Rocky" Locke; loving mother of Robert George Locke Jr., Scott Locke and Lee Ann Locke (fiance, Scott Kleber); proud grandmother of Luke Scott Kleber; and dear sister of Lee (Hilda) Schofield, Elizabeth (Steve) Pruss, Dorothy (Gary) Hinkle, Phyliss (Luther) Gibbons, Helen (Artie) Arnal and the late Joyce (surviving spouse, Tom) Paynter. Mary was an extremely strong and supportive woman who raised her children to be very independent. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Mary's family would like to give a special thanks to the "Two Debbies" and staff at Magee Women's Cancer Center for all the care and support. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment is to follow at Church Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Lohman, Douglas J. 25

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1989-07-31
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Douglas J. Lohman, 25, of Upper St. Clair, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born July 31, 1989, he was a beloved son of James and Robin Lohman; loving brother to Lane and Keith; and also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert K. and Betty Lou Lohman and Floyd and Hilda Sims. Doug will be remembered for his kind heart, infectious smile and enthusiasm for music and dancing. Family and friends will be welcomed 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Doug's life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, with Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 105 Braunlich Drive, Suite 200, McKnight Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Lubinsky, Thomas S. 47

  • Oakdale
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Thomas Sam Lubinsky, 47, of Oakdale, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He is survived by his adored wife, Lynn (Grelo) Fullard Lubinsky, who had recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary; father Gerald Joseph Lubinsky Sr. and mother Frances (Valore) Lubinsky, of Irwin, brother Gerald Joseph Lubinsky Jr. and wife, Sherry, of North Huntington; daughter, Madelyn Page Lubinsky; sister, Susan (Lubinsky) Harchelroad and husband, Gene, of Jeannette; step-children, TJ, Mitchell and Emily Fullard, and Ryan Sparks. He was employed at Amsted Rail as a director of sales. He will be lovingly remembered by family and friends as "Mr. Big." Friends are welcomed from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Marasco, Joseph Blackie 89

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Blackie" Marasco, 89, of McKeesport, died Oct. 24, 2014. He was born in McKeesport and is the son of the late Felix and Pauline Tomanio Marasco. He was retired from Gateway Press as a lithographer. He is survived by brother, John Marasco, of Irwin; sister, Florence Antonella, of McKeesport; nephews, Dan Tagaloe and Dave (Kathy) Tagaloe, of McKeesport, John (MaryLou) Marasco, of Irwin, James (Shelley) Marasco, of Irwin, and Gary (Diane) Antonella, of Elizabeth Township; niece, Rita Sue Weltzer, of Toledo, Ohio; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Mary Ann Tagaloe. Joseph was also a father figure to Lynn (Gene) Best, of Cleveland. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor). A funeral liturgy outside of Mass will be held at noon. Burial will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.
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Marlatt, Paul D. 90

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1924-01-07
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Paul D. Marlatt, 90, of West Mifflin, formerly of Clairton, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. Born Jan. 7, 1924, in Cambridge, Ohio, he was a son of the late Barton and Wilda (Watson) Marlatt. A 1941 graduate of Clairton High School and a parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish in West Mifflin, Paul retired as a supervisor for Central Maintenance at U.S. Steel's Irvin Works, where he was also an officer multiple times in the Irvin Works Credit Union. A World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, Paul was a "plank owner" on the USS New Jersey, serving in the South Pacific for three years. He also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 75 and VFW Post No. 803, both in Clairton. Paul joins his wife, the late Margaret P. (Pasternak) Marlatt, who passed away Sept. 19, 1999. He is survived by his daughter, Joyce (Tony) Luta, of Pleasant Hills; his sons, Curt P. (Janet) Marlatt, of Whitehall, and Gary R. Marlatt, of West Mifflin; his grandchildren Jennifer and Mark A. (Jenna) Luta, Laura (Jamie) Owens and Eric Marlatt; his great-grandchildren, Alexa Luta and Becca Owens; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, Paul was preceded in death by his siblings, Freda Fine and Kenneth R. and Carl Marlatt. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Holy Spirit Church, with Father John Lendvai officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Ascension Cemetery, Clairton. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Martz Jr., Kenneth M. 68

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1946-04-10
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Martz Jr., 68, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 10, 1946, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Kenneth M. and Tessie (Scholl) Martz Sr. He has lived most of his life in Fawn Township. Kenneth was a master technician for Billco Motors in Wexford for 35 years. He was of the Protestant faith and a member of Outdoor Life Lodge, Fawn Township. Kenneth graduated from Tarentum High School and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the Shooters Bench in Russellton, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Nancy L. (Hartman) Martz; daughter, Lisa M. (Dave) Proco, of Bairdford; grandchildren, Tylor and Mason, of Lower Burrell, Noah and Noel, of Bairdford, and Amber, of New Kensington; also surviving are his siblings, Violet (Regis) Miller, of Tarentum, Richard (Gaye) Martz, of Smithton, and Larry Martz, of Prospect. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley and Betty Ann. 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 at 11 a.m. Monday. Gravesite burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Meenen, Viola 94

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Viola (Valicenti) Meenen, 94, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Carmela and Frederick Valicenti, loving mother of Jay (Ingrid) and Mary Jo; and devoted grandmother of Jordan, Christopher and Anna Meenen. Feisty, funny, hard-working and loving, she made a memorable impact on all she encountered. Friends may be welcomed 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Church. Everyone please meet at church. Entombment private. If desired, donations in her name may be made to St. Clair Hospital Foundation, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Newcome, Mary Grace 94

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Born: 1920-04-30
  • Died: 2014-10-04
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Grace (Casey) Newcome, 94, previously from Penn Hills and Tarentum, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Aurora, Colo., at home surrounded by family. Mary Grace was the wife of 66 years to Edmond T. "Red" Newcome; and a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. Mary Grace was born April 30, 1920, in Sharpsburg, and moved to Penn Hills, when she married. Mary Grace is survived by her husband, Edmond; her sons, Joseph (LiLi) Newcome, of Springdale, and Mark (Kathy) Newcome, of St. Albans, W.Va.; her daughter, Juliann (Doug) Duffus, of Aurora, Colo.; her sister, Marjorie Munson, of Easley, S.C.; her daughter-in-law, Teri Newcome, of Natrona Heights; her grandchildren, Jennifer Newcome, Elizabeth Duffus, Michelle Duffus, Thomas Newcome, Jessica Chiaravalle, Mary Catherine Robinson, Josh (Ashley) Jordon, Jacob Jordon and Ryan Glynn; her great-grandchildren, Peyton, Kendra and Alexa; and her many nieces and nephews. Mary Grace was a prolific seamstress, loved to crotchet, loved bowling and was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan. Mary Grace will be remembered for her bright sense of humor, stories and love of her family. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew Church.
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Nigrelli, Doris J. 89

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Doris Jane (McShane) Nigrelli, 89, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Nigrelli; loving mother of Vincent (Cindy) Nigrelli, of Pittsburgh, Stacy (Ron Berlind) Nigrelli, of Chicago, and Amy (Mitch) Greenwald, of Chicago; grandmother of Zachary, Caitlin, Macabee and Emma Rose; sister of (twin) Nellie Hawkins, Marilyn Sebring, Hugh McShane, late George McShane, Virginia Pigott and James McShane. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was a selfless, loving mother who enjoyed family gatherings and especially dancing with her loving husband, Vincent. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Osterhus, Margie B. 90

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Margie Barry Osterhus, 90, of Scott Township, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Ruth May Barry; beloved wife of the late S.G. "Bud" Osterhus; loving mother of John E. Osterhus and his wife, Nancy, and Diane J. Osterhus and her husband, Harold "Ellie" Greenberg; devoted grandmother of Christopher, David and Peter Osterhus; sister of Donald Barry, Ruth Cumler and the late John Barry. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews. Margie was a longtime member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church and a longtime volunteer at St. Clair Hospital with over 20,000 hours. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at noon Saturday in the LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Twinsburg, Ohio, will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association or to The Salvation Army. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Ritchie, Marie G. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Marie G. Ritchie, 83, of Plum, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James C. Ritchie Jr., mother of Mary C. (John) Evenson, James C. (Mary Beth) Ritchie III, Lisa (David) Morrison and Sue (Mary) Ritchie; grandmother of Adam, James IV, Shaylyn, Andrea, Garrett, Emily and Eric, and was preceded in death by Elle. She was the sister of Beverly Antonelli and the late John Kropilac. A blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Soxman Funeral Homes LTD. / Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Schmitt, Ursula L. 89

  • Reserve Township
  • Born: 1925-03-05
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Ursula L. Schmitt, 89, of Reserve Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born March 5, 1925, in Reserve Township, and was the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Lorraine Lutty Schmitt. Ursula was a member of the Mt. Vernon Community United Presbyterian Church, where she was superintendent of its Sunday School. She was also a longtime member and treasurer of the Mt. Troy United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Allegheny County Retirees, International Training and Communications, and was a past president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the Republican National Committee. Ursula was a former Elizabeth Township Auditor and had worked for the Bradford Schools Inc., the late Dr. William R. Hunt, M.D., the Allegheny County Coroner's Office, Cook Newspapers, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, and Tri-state Food News. She is survived by sons, John F. "Jay" (Susan) Muchow III, of Reserve Township, Mark-Richard (Lynne Dee) Muchow, of Elizabeth Township, and Keith Harold (Mike Smith) Muchow, of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Arthur J. (Margaret) Schmitt Jr., of Reserve Township; grandchildren, Richelle (Joe) Orr, John F. (Allison) Muchow IV, Mary Elizabeth (Brian) Peppers, Stephanie (Jason) DeVono, Melinda (Jay) Bondarenka and Butch (Edye) Citero; great-grandchildren, Mackenzi, Aubree and Melina; and two nephews, Arthur and Dale Schmitt. Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Mt. Troy United Church of Christ, 2023 E. Homestead Road, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Troy United Church of Christ at 412-231-0767 or Heartland Hospice at 412-919-5600. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
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Smith, Jean G. 91

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1922-12-09
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Jean G. (Groves) Smith, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Presbyterian SeniorCare, Oakmont. She was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Leechburg, a daughter of the late William R. and Estella Schrader Groves. Jean spent her career working as a secretary, first for Braeburn Steel, then for Dr. Rollins and finishing at M.P. Acee. She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, in Tarentum, where she was a former member of the Session and also worked on various committees. Jean was also a member of the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club, in Natrona Heights, where she was ladies champion, and was also a former secretary and member of the Harrison Township Recreation Board. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, tennis, dancing, playing bridge and was also a former Girl Scout leader. Jean is survived by her children, Barb (Richard) Balash, of Natrona Heights, and Kirk "Kokey" (Cindy) Smith, of Greenville; four grandchildren, Heather Hansen, Tye (Linda) Smith, Jason Smith and Adam Smith; and by her two stepgrandchildren, RaeLee (A.J.) Walton and Andrea Reimold. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kirk Eugene Smith, on June 15, 1995; her son, Gary Smith; brother, Everette Groves; and sister, Irene Weimer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Philip A. Beck. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068 or to First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St., Tarentum, PA 15084. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Vidt, Nelda D. 91

  • O'Hara Township
  • Born: 1923-09-17
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Nelda D. Vidt, 91, of O'Hara Township, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Family Hospice, Canterbury Place. Born Sept. 17, 1923, in Etna, she was a daughter of the late Edward Vidt and Henrietta Yolitz. She worked as an accountant for 37 years for Union Steel Castings, Blawnox, and attended Grace United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg. She is survived by her special friend, Anita Gatehouse, of Lighhouse Point in O'Hara Township; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Earl Vidt; five sisters, Grace Cook, Alice Kammer, Esther Martin, Thelma Vidt and Jean Wateska. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Bakerstown United Methodist Church officiating. Private entombment will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless.
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Walton, Craig R. 78

  • Mt Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Craig R. Walton, 78, of Mt. Lebanon, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Pauline Walton; devoted father of Melinda (Robert) Ramsey and Steven Walton; brother of Michael A. Walton, of East Liverpool, Ohio; loving grandfather of Heather Ramsey, Cassandra and Cameron Walton; and great-grandfather of Aylah Walton. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Family plans no viewing. Service and Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, Il 60611-3201. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Woolaghan, Raymond 73

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Raymond P. "Chutty" Woolaghan, 73, of Munhall, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was a son of the late Patrick A. and Mary (Ignatz) Woolaghan; husband of the late Mary Ann (Cornetta) Woolaghan; father of Raymond (Sandy) Woolaghan and Anthony (Beth) Woolaghan; brother of Dennis Woolaghan and the late Joseph Woolaghan; grandfather of Valerie, Matthew, Brittney and the late Michael; good friend of Bill Kingwell; also survived by his beloved dog, Gilligan. Ray was employed by U.S. Steel and the University of Pittsburgh in maintenance. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Wygant, Adelbert Del C. 91

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1923-07-09
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Adelbert "Del" C. Wygant, 91, of Oakmont, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born July 9, 1923, son of Edgar C. Wygant and Florence Belle (Acklin) Wygant, in Oil City. He moved to St. Mary's, Pa. when he was 12 and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1941. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned from the war and settled in Oakmont, where he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He married Dorothy J. Klingensmith Jan. 20, 1950. They moved to Plum Borough in 1954, where they resided until moving back to Oakmont in 2002. Del was a member of the Oakmont Presbyterian Church where he was the superintendent of Sunday School for many years and was an Elder of the Church. After retiring from the post office, he worked for Lorch Floral Shop and Bloomers Floral Studio delivering flowers. He and Dorothy went on many trips around the U.S., visiting relatives and attending his annual army unit reunions, driving in a cargo van they had fitted out as a camper. They spent many nights in KOA Campgrounds. When in town, Del delivered meals on wheels and drove the Oak-a-Bus. Since he loved tinkering with anything electronic, he was a ham radio operator and a member of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club. He was also a certified first responder and a member of R.E.A.C.T. When not reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching the Steelers and the Pirates games on TV, emailing and Skyping on his computer, he would be down at the RCAC playing pinochle. Del was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Alexander; a brother, Alan Wygant; and a half-brother, Richard Wygant. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Dot;" three children, Gloria L. Wendt, Menasha, Wis., Beth (Robert) Guers, Roanoke, Va., and Bruce (Kathy) Wygant, Winchester, Ky; four grandchildren, Christopher (Kelly) Wygant, San Antonio, Texas, Melissa J. Wygant, Oklahoma City, Okla., Amanda Guers, New Cumberland, Pa., and Robert Guers Jr., Fairfax, Va.; one great-grandchild, Jackson Wygant; one sister, Barbara Sullivan, San Diego, Calif.; one half-brother, Michael (Melinda) Wygant, El Cajon, Calif.; and one half-sister, Carol McKinney, Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and also by many friends, as he was very gregarious and would talk to everyone. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont; Riverview Community Action Corporation, PO Box 437, Oakmont, PA 15139 or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Del's family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at 4th Floor UPMC St. Margarets and Canterbury Place Hospice for their gentle care, support and compassion. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, INC. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Zajackowski, Francis J. 80

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Fritz" Zajackowski, 80, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the son of the late Frank and Anna Zajackowski; beloved husband of Jo-Ann F. (Steinmetz) Zajackowski; loving father of Jeffrey L. (Michele) Zajackowski; dear grandfather of Zachary; brother of Theresa Schaeffer, Janice Vacek and the late Marcella Zajackowski, Loretta Latovic and Elmer Zajackowski; brother-in-law of Mary L. Steinmetz and Frank J. Steinmetz Jr.; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Fritz was an Army veteran with the 101st Airborne, member of the Mt. Royal Post VFW, lifetime member of the Etna Elks, former member of St. Mary's Athletic Association was retired from Paul Lumber Company and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 249. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Donations may be sent to All Saints Church.
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Bailey, Leonard E. 80

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1934-01-21
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Leonard E. Bailey, 80, of Washington Township, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2014, at West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. He was born Jan. 21, 1934, in New Kensington, to the late Clyde and Minnie I. Kerr Bailey. Leonard was a graduate of Ken High Class of 1954. He worked at A and P Grocery Store in New Kensington for 26 years, then worked as a manager for Naser Foods in Oklahoma Borough for 10 years and retired in 1996 as manager of the Golden Dawn in New Kensington, where he worked for six years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Kensington and also attended Arnold United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, walking, cooking, baking, reading the Guidepost and the Bible and Penn State. He is survived by his siblings, Alma Gearhart, of Washington Township, Elmer (Mary) Bailey, of Burrell Township, and Cleone Schultz, of Plum Borough; his niece, who was raised by the family, Leona Hensler, of Irwin; a special friend, Floyd Johnson; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Doris McCunn; and a brother, Maynard Bailey. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, to the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, 724-335-1951. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Arnold United Methodist Church, 1801 Leishman Ave., Arnold, PA 15068, with the Rev. Bruce Keen, assisted by the Rev. Drew Bell, of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. Private burial will follow at the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Diabetes Association, the Cancer Society or the Heart Fund.
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Bell, Gary L. 70

  • Truxall
  • Born: 1943-11-28
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Gary L. Bell, 70, of Truxall, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in his home. Born Nov. 28, 1943, in Truxall, he was the youngest child of the late Arthur "Pete" Bell and Lula (King) Bell. Gary graduated from Bell-Avon High School as a member of the Class of 1962. He served our country with the Army during the Vietnam War. Gary worked as a coalminer for the Helen Coal Co. in Homer City. He dedicated much of his free time to what he loved most in life: family and friends, his ever growing music collection and watching movies. Gary was a quiet, gentle man, with a huge, compassionate heart, who loved every minute he spent with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janice F. (Bash) Bell in 1984, grandchild, Cody Bell, and a brother, Ronald "Ozzie" Bell. Gary is survived by his children, Michael "Mickey", of Truxall, Lori (John) Olah, of Salina, and Steven "Stevie" (Jodi) Bell, of Avonmore. He was also a father figure to many others. Additional survivors include his grandchildren, Ashley and Katelynn Bell, John R., Laken and Tyler Olah and Sydney, Delaney and Addison Bell; great-grandchild, Adalee Riffer; brothers, Arthur "Ted" Bell, of Bell Township, Larry Bell, of Bell Township; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, where the celebration of life tribute service will follow at noon, with military honors accorded by the Armstrong County Honor Guard. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Caripolti, Richard A. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-09-06
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Richard Angelo Caripolti, of Murrysville, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1933, Richard was an honest, hardworking man who was always there to lend a helping hand to his family, friends and neighbors. A 1951 graduate of New Kensington High School, Richard served four years in the Marine Corps at Paris Island, S.C., and in the American Embassy in Italy and Spain. He was employed for 30 years as a draftsman in the Glass Research Department at PPG Industries in Creighton, and holds more than 10 patents for glass-making processes and glass safety design. In 1973, he designed and hand-built two homes in Upper Burrell, one, a patented circular dome-style home that received local recognition and National Awards for energy efficiency. Over the years, Richard remodeled more than 40 homes in the Lower Burrell, DuBois, Murrysville and North Fort Myers, Fla., areas. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and painting, and will be remembered for his beautiful whistling. He is survived by Marcia A. Lemmon, his loving wife of 59 years; and daughters, Lori Melani, Bonnie Caripolti and Wendy Caripolti. He was the grandfather to Megan and Dana Melani and Mackenzie and Mia Meixner, and great-grandfather to Ava Sargent; also survived by stepbrother, Robert Giuliana and his family; along with numerous nephews, nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna Norris and Fredrico Caripolti; stepfather, Sabatino Giuliani; brothers, Fred and Bill Caripolti; and sister, Clara. Family and friends will be received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. A private graveside burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Admired by all who met him and deeply loved by those who knew him, Richard will always be remembered for having a song in his heart. http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Darr, John W. 90

  • Laughlintown
  • Born: 1924-09-29
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • John W. Darr, 90, of Laughlintown, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Ligonier, a son of the late Russell and Nettie (Stern) Darr. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he had been employed by Kennametal for more than 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Air Force. His memberships include Calvary United Methodist Church, where he had served on church council, was a lay leader and taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Ligonier VFW No. 734, American Legion No. 267, the Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard, the Laughlintown Protective Association and had been the overseer of the Laurel Hill Cemetery for more than 30 years. John was a man of God who honored his Lord daily by the life he lived. His greatest love in life was always his family who all brought him great joy. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Spoor, Ethel Wagner and Ann Carlson; and three brothers, Lincoln "Abe", Wilbert "Wib" and Donald Darr. John is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Betty J. Ream Darr; three children, Jody (J. Dick) Love, of New Florence, Laurie (William) Shaulis, of Somerset, and John W. (Christy) Darr Jr., of Kane; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Dortic, of Albany, N.Y.; a brother, Richard Darr, of Austin, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to mention and thank their dear neighbors, Jody and Mary McLean, who helped in so many ways. Friends will be received from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate John's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Joshua Ricketts and the Rev. Ardyth Hill co-officiating. The Ligonier Valley Honor Guard will honor John with a service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in John's memory to Calvary United Methodist Church or to Bethlen Hospice. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Dixon III, Matthew L. 72

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-01-21
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Matthew Lewis Dixon III, 72, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Butler, the son of the late Matthew L. Dixon Jr. and Helen (Cooley) Dixon. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Matt was a software engineer for Kennametal Inc. in Latrobe for 21 years, and had also worked at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette for five years. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Whitney. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed running, biking and golf. A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, Matt is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jackie (Kadunce) Dixon; three children, Kara Campbell and her husband, Chris, Matthew Dixon and his wife, Jenny, and Ann Gavel and her husband, Tim, all of Latrobe; and five grandchildren, Brennan, Tess and Brody Campbell and Jack and Noah Dixon. Matt's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the unceasingly kind and devoted staff of Walnut Ridge Memory Care and Heartland Hospice, who loved and cared for him as family and a special thank you to Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB. Honoring Matt's wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral home visitation. Friends and family are welcome to attend a funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Monday in St. Cecilia Church in Whitney with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org or to St. Cecilia Church, P.O. Box 80, Whitney, PA 15693. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Dolan, Crystal L. 22

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1991-10-30
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Crystal Lee Dolan, 22, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Oct. 30, 1991, in St. John Hospital in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Paula Dolan and Glenn Dolan. Crystal had survived a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. She graduated from Clairview School in May of 2013. Crystal loved pop music, country music and all of her family, friends and Clairview School very much. She was preceded in death by her pap pap, Paul Mayernik; grandfather, Donald Dolan; stepfather, Christopher Sabolchick; great-grandmother, Eva Myers; and great-grandfather, John Kolinsky. Crystal is survived by mother, Paula Dolan and Christopher Hursh; father, Glenn Dolan; grandmothers, Betty Mayernik and Irene Dolan; siblings, Toni Dolan, Karl and David Sabolchick; uncles, Michael Mayernik, Linus Mayernik and wife, Joyce, and Tim Mayernik; aunt, Adele McKita and husband, Tom; and numerous cousins. Family and friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin at 8 p.m., with the Rev. David L. Greer officiating. If you so desire, contributions may be made to the family in Crystal's memory.
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Ferreira, Maria 53

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1961-08-21
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Maria Ferreira, 53, of Unity Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Maria was born Aug. 21, 1961, in Pretoria, South Africa, a daughter of Susan Toerien, of Pretoria, and the late Danie Toerien. In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Nass Ferreira; three sons, Erik, Tim and Sven; and two daughters, Rene and Vida. Graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Cemetery with Pastor Tim Luchon officiating. Additional service will follow at the Hilltop Baptist Church, 280 Stone Church Road, Hunker. Arrangements are by the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood.
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Fleming, Robert P. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1945-04-20
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Fleming, 69, of Irwin, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, after a heroic battle with ALS, with his loving family by his side. Robert was born April 20, 1945, on the Southside of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Schenley High School, he joined the Air Force, and served in Vietnam. After returning home, Robert went on to have a 25-year career with Westinghouse as an engineer. He then worked at Turbine Control Service Associates prior to forming his own company, Generator Excitation Service, where he became recognized as an expert in his field, traveling throughout the world. Robert enjoyed playing the guitar, remodeling, photography and spending time outdoors; he was also a member of the Irwin VFW 781. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy J. (Patridge) Fleming; his biological mother, Louise Patridge; and his maternal grandmother, Mary "Mitzie" Patridge. Robert will be deeply missed by his wife of 46 years, Eileen (Poetain) Fleming; his daughter, Leigh G. Fleming, of San Francisco, Calif.; his son, Robert P. Fleming Jr., of Irwin; his father, Paul W. Fleming; and nieces and nephews. Friends and family will gather for an interment service at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Arrangements handled by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Galley, Doris M. 90

  • Claridge
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Doris M. (Heshizer) Galley, 90, of Claridge, passed away at her residence Thursday, Oct., 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Galley; loving mother of Francis "Craig" (Dorothy Conroy) Galley, Karen Jaffre, Eric (Kathi Kane) Galley, and the late Mark Galley; grandmother of Jason (Sheila Masi) Frisch and Jeremy (Carly) Galley; great-grandmother of Donavon Frisch, Katrina Mathias, Harley Wallace, and Nathanael, Joshua and Alissa Masi; sister of Evelyn Bray, Glenn (Gwen) Heshizer, Donald (Elsa) Heshizer, and the late George, Robert and John Heshizer, Margaret Zeller, Glenna Schlessinger and Bernice "Janie" Zuckett. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Doris was a member of the former Claridge Women's Auxiliary, Christian Mothers, and taught CCD at St. Barbaras for many years. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA 15636. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Gray, Robert W. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-05-16
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Robert Wayne Gray, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. A son of Harvey T. and Dorthy L. (Vought) Gray, he was born May 16, 1930, in Coal Run. Mr. Gray was the owner of Gray Gas and Oil in Greensburg for 21 years, retiring in 1980. Following his retirement, he started farming in Saltsburg. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Air Force, and was a member of the Blairsville VFW Post 5821, Ligonier American Legion and Derry Ukrainian Club. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, M. Jean (Berkey) Gray, whom he married Jan. 22, 1955; two daughters, Roberta E. Ohr, of Greensburg, and Linda K. Montgomery (Roger), of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Dr. James Ohr, Tracy Miller, Robert Montgomery, Michael Montgomery and Jenna Montgomery; five great-grandchildren, Adin Miller, Taylor Miller, Brendan Ohr, Alaina Ohr and Maddox Montgomery; a brother, Bruce Gray, of Latrobe; two sisters, Vera Cassa, of Manor, and Janell Horning, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl Gray; and a sister, Carmelita Jones. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Sherman H. Berkey officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Harding Sr., Duane G. 54

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1960-04-19
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Duane G. Harding Sr., 54, of New Kensington, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home. He was born April 19, 1960, in Tarentum, a son of Gerald Smurphat Jr., Natrona Heights, and Dianne (Harding) Carpenter, of New York. Duane was a plastic molder for former Flabeg in Brackenridge and Penn Plastic, Brackenridge. He was of the Protestant faith and a graduate of Highlands High School. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kim (Crawford) Harding, of Tarentum; children, Duane G. (Dawn Fryar) Harding Jr., of Hyde Park, Joshua (Michelle Flaherty) Harding, of Natrona Heights, and Amanda Harding, of Upper Burrell; grandsons, Cody, Justyn and Luke; companion, Missie Brink; and his siblings, Gerald Smurphat III, of New York, Judiann (James) Sweeney, of New York, Candice Smurphat, of New York, Tina (Howard Lambert III) Weimer, of Tarentum, Tonya Balog, of Brackenridge, and Yvonne Smurphat, of Brackenridge; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two nieces, Amy Crawford and Mycheala Balog; and a nephew, Joseph Sweeney. There will be no public visitation. Private interment. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hobi, John M. 57

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1957-07-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John Michael Hobi, 57, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Gibsonia, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, of lung cancer. He was born July 15, 1957, in Uniontown, son of the late John and Arlene (Brooks) Hobi. John was married to his wife, Margaret "Peg" (Paladino) Hobi, for 14 years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he was a chemical engineer for PPG Industries. He recently had received an award for Exceptional Performance in the Glass Business and Discovery Center. This most recent award was in addition to several awards he received for his engineering and design skills. He and his wife were the former owners of Zacherl's Watering Hole in Gibsonia. He was a former member of Buffalo Beagle Club, Worthington and Hill Top Beagle Club, Cowansville. John finished two field champions during his membership in the beagle clubs. He and his wife attended Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell. John enjoyed cooking. He made many holiday dinners for the family. He enjoyed "building and working with his hands." He loved his grandchildren and especially loved visits with his grandson, Logan, during his hospital stays. He was proud of his granddaughters and all of their accomplishments. He cherished his time with Gracie, his pet Yorkie. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth (fiancee, Kim Degan) Holben, of Brackenridge; granddaughters, Tawnya and Alexis Holben, of O'Hara; grandson, Logan Holben, of McKeesport; sister-in-law, Sally (Curtis Campbell) Paladino; niece, Sherry (Dan) Witucki; great-nieces, Megan Witucki and Danielle (Richard) Skowronski, and daughters, Madeline and Julia, all of Lower Burrell; and his brother, David (Janine) Hobi, and their children, Matthew and Rachel, of Murrysville. Visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Cletus Hull III officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Trinity United Christian Church, 3400 Garvers Ferry Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Immel, Elizabeth Betty 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-04-28
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Immel, 78, of Greensburg, entered the presence of her Lord surrounded by her family Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. She was born April 28, 1936, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruth Myers Moyer. Betty was a member of the New Stanton Assembly of God Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald G. Immel; two brothers, Ken and Glenn Moyer; and a sister, Jean Painter. She is survived by a son, the Rev. Donald J. Immel and wife, Robin, of New Cumberland; three daughters, Robin Swauger and husband, Bruce, of White Oak, Tammy Bayer and husband, Tom, of North Huntingdon, and Karen Compton and husband, Jeffrey, of Rockford, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Mike Hampton officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Bridges Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Stanton Assembly of God, 117 Assembly of God Lane, New Stanton, PA 15672. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Leone, Helen E. 75

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1939-06-10
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Leone, 75, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 10, 1939, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Earl Miller Sr. and Gertrude (Jackson) Miller. Helen was a member of St. Bartholomew Church and the former Old Crabtree Sportsmen Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting and loved animals. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Miller Jr.; and three sisters, Dolly Lane, Edna Aleandri and Joyce Burke. Helen is survived by her husband, George H. Leone Sr., of Latrobe; one son, George H. Leone Jr. and his wife, Jen, of Unity Township; one daughter, Helen "Chip" Fearer and her husband, Steve, of Latrobe; one brother, Larry Miller, of Hempfield Township; one sister, Martha Taylor and her husband, Fred, of Mesa, Ariz.; and five grandchildren, Eric, Alexus, Domenick, Tony and Adriana; also survived by her canine companion, Tiger. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Lowman, Marisa D. 22

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1992-01-14
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Marisa D. Lowman, 22, of Allegheny Township, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at 6:28 p.m., in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Jan. 14, 1992, in Natrona Heights, she was a daughter of Merle and Nancy (Caldwell) Lowman, of Allegheny Township. She was employed as a waitress at Kings Family Restaurant in Delmont. She was also a member of Holy Innocents Anglican Church in Leechburg. She enjoyed quad riding and racing, taking photographs, going to the beach and being with her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is survived by brothers, John Lowman, in Ohio, and Michael Budosh (Stefanie), of Allegheny Township; a sister, Stacey Deemer (Robert), of Apollo; grandfather, Colin Caldwell (Naomi); her boyfriend, Bradey Jackson, of Allegheny Township; three aunts, Marion Carson, Stephanie Hackwelder (John) and Heather Merrell (Loren); uncle, Jamie Caldwell (Ann); loving cousins and nephews; and her dogs and cats. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Camille Caldwell and Mildred "Grams" Lowman; her aunt, Janet Simms; and uncle, Dennis Carson. Family and friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), and at Holy Innocents Anglican Church, 366 Third St., Leechburg, from 10 a.m. Tuesday until her funeral ceremonies at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Brookland Cemetery, Allegheny Township. To send an online condolence to the Lowman family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Luke, Virginia L. 85

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Virginia Lord Luke, 85, of Irwin, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, surrounded by her family. She was born May 31, 1929, in Irwin, daughter of the late John Thomas and Eva (Stewart) Lyons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Alvin C. Lord Jr.; her second husband, J. Thomas Luke; her son, Bill Lord; and two sisters, Ada Balogh and Lois Schluntz. Prior to her retirement, she worked for 38 years in the computer center for G.C. Murphy Company in McKeesport. She was active in the Strawpumpers Camping Club and was a previous member of the Rillton VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, camping and especially watching her birds. Virginia is survived by her two sons, Mark A. (Kathy) Lord, of Irwin, and Tom E. (Judy) Luke, of S.C.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Lord, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Jaclyn (Jonathan) Gaich, Rebecca and Victoria Luke, and Todd (Kelly) Lord; two great-grandchildren, Sera and Trina Lord; a brother, John "Stew" (Mary Lou) Lyons, of West Newton; two sisters, Evelyn Milicki, of Irwin, and Mary Jayne (Tom) Davis of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Virginia will be dearly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and especially her best friend, Clara Plants. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sewickley Township Community Ambulance Service, 2 Medic St., Herminie, PA 15637 or Rillton VFD Station 14, PO Box 185, Rillton, PA 15678 in memory of Virginia.
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Lupacchini Jr., Albert Big Luppi 79

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Albert "Big Luppi" Lupacchini Jr., 79, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1935, in Johnstown, a son of the late Albert and Bertha Hoe Lupacchini Sr. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed by the Allegheny Foundry for more than 40 years. He was a member of Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, a 55-year member of the Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company where he had served as chief engineer and assistant chief. Luppi enjoyed auto racing but the real love of his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaclyn Jo Lupacchini. Luppi is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly J. "Dink" Saxton Lupacchini; a son, Joel L. (Kelly) Lupacchini, of Bolivar; and three granddaughters, Kelsey Lynn, Kayla Marie and Karly Jo Lupacchini, all of Bolivar. Albert was preceded in death by his father Albert Lupacchini Sr., and mother, Bertha Hoe Lupacchini. Luppi's friends and family will gather together from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Luppi's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, with his pastor, James G. Sunseri, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company will honor Luppi with a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Luppi's memory to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 3, Bolivar, PA 15923. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Malacki, Joan M. 80

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-08-24
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  • Joan Marie Malacki, 80, of San Diego, Calif., and former longtime resident of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Kobak. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frank; loving mother of Yvette Malacki Skalka; grandmother to Vinnie and Sonja Skalka; and sister of Jack Kobak, of Indiana. Joan fought a long, hard battle with brain cancer. Giving up was never her option. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and singing. Being a good listener and friend and trustworthiness were her traits. She worked the polls during elections, cooked for Rescue 8 picnics and was a former Bell Telephone and Bettis Atomic, Westinghouse operator. She embraced life with Yvette's family of spontaneity and often chaotic moments, learned a more laid back attitude and enjoyed her grandchildren. She lived her Southern California life to its fullest. She was surrounded by loving family and friends at home upon her peaceful passing. Interment is at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego.
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Marks, Harry D. 59

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1955-02-05
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Harry David Marks, 59, of Latrobe, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 24, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Feb. 5, 1955, in Latrobe, a son of the late James and Genola "Jo" (Walters) Marks. Harry was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and was a 1975 graduate of Greater Latrobe High School. He was employed for 30 years at Latrobe Hospital in the dietary department. He was a retired member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of both the Youngstown Fire Department Social Club and the Whitney Fire Department Social Club. For many years, the fire department was his passion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Diane Palmieri Marks, and his brother-in-law, Thomas Washnock; a nephew, Scot Marks; also his maternal grandparents, Harry and Sadie Walters, and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Margaret Marks. Harry is survived by his sister, with whom he lived, Dixie Marks Washnock, of Whitney; two brothers, Terry Marks and his wife, Mardi, of Ligonier, and James Marks, of Latrobe; a special niece, Dona Werner, of Whitney, who helped to care for him; also numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a service at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jonathan Fehl officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department, 208 Main St., Youngstown, PA 15696. 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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Minnici, Dominic 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-10-17
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dominic Minnici, 76, of Greensburg, formerly Ambridge, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Dominic was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Ambridge, the son of the late Philip and Luisa Creno Minnici. Dom was formerly employed in maintenance for various railroad companies in the Rochester and Ambridge area. Surviving are his loving girlfriend, Frances Nesser Garland, of Greensburg, and her son, Chet Joseph, of Youngwood; a brother, Philip Minnici and wife, Toni, of Winter Park, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mary Minnici, of Beaver; brother-in-law, Carl Bartoles, of Ambridge; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dominic was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Minnici; sisters, Louise Bartoles and Catherine Bellas; and a brother-in-law, Harry Bellas. Friends are welcome to attend Dominic's memorial service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE , 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko officiating. Please visit Dominic's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Neal, Jane 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-05-11
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Jane Neal, 91, of Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, died Thursday Oct. 23, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born May 11, 1923, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth (Baker) Backus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Wallace O. Neal. She is survived by her children, Linda Darragh, of Greensburg, Gary Neal and his wife, Vickie, of Greensburg, and Sherri Roscosky and her husband, Jim, of Irwin; three grandchildren, Jessica Waltenbaugh and her husband, Don, Renee Boby and her husband, Dylan, and Kristie Rodgers; six great-grandchildren, Shane, Blake, Jace, Ryan, Emma and Jake; a sister, Peggy Riddle, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com. The family would like to send a special thank you to the women of Grane Hospice, who were true angels, and our own angel Debbie Born. The family requests no flowers.
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Parker, Marguerite 92

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1921-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Cordier Parker, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Tarentum, to the late Simon Cordier and Martha Scory Cordier Januth. She was a graduate of Tarentum High School, class of 1940. Mrs. Parker was a resident of Lower Burrell since 1954 and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Lower Burrell. She enjoyed playing bingo and bowling for more than 25 years. Surviving is her daughter, Carol and son-in-law, John Piernik; two grandchildren, John J. Piernik and his wife, Jodi, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lynn Piernik, of New Kensington; also surviving are two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Gillian Piernik, of Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Parker, on Dec. 10, 1988; and her sister, Nellie R. Tusing, in 1993. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where a prayer service will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Peckman, Dale B. 86

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-10-05
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Col. Dale B. Peckman, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, to the late Arnold L. and Wilma (Buckingham) Peckman, in McKeesport. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1946, and also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950 with a BA degree in secondary education, having majored in Latin. Dale enrolled in the ROTC, and was commissioned in 1950 as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He was subsequently integrated as a career officer into the Regular Air Force; his service spanned the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Dale was the holder of several Air Medals (63 combat sorties and 195 combat pilot hours), several Meritorious Service Medals, the Bronze Star and many other military decorations. He was a graduate of the USAF Pilot Training Program, having achieved the rating of Command Pilot prior to his retirement. He held diplomas from the USAF Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the University of Southern California (accident investigation and prevention) and New York University (safety engineering); he held an MS degree from George Washington University. Subsequent to his retirement from the Air Force, Dale managed Campbell Airport in the Pittsburgh area. Later, he taught Communications, Business Law and Macro-Economics at Westmoreland County Community College and the Monroeville School of Business. Dale had a parallel career in music. In the late 1940s, he played trombone with the Benny Banack Orchestra in the Pittsburgh area and successfully auditioned with the Raymond Scott Hit Parade Orchestra. Later he played euphonium and trombone in the Allegheny Brass Band, the National Award Winning Dominion Brass Band of Virginia, the Tidewater Winds, the Jeannette Community Band and the Westmoreland County Community College Orchestra and Stage Band. Dale enjoyed travel and was an active participant in many fraternal organizations. He was a life member of the National Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of military pilots, originally qualifying for a membership by having flown an Air Force prop jet setting a world speed record between Honolulu, Hawaii, and El Paso, Texas. He was a life member of the VFW and a life member of the American Legion. He was a former member of Toastmasters International and served many years, including a year as King Lion, with the Lions Club International. Dale was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin. Dale is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Shirley Eileen (Bryce) Peckman; and children, retired Air Force Col. Todd Dale Peckman and wife, Dorothy, of O'Fallon, Ill., Kim Eileen Nascone and husband, Christopher, of Huntsville, Ala., Beth Anne Zubalik and husband, C. Michael, of Greensburg, and Lee Anne Harkins and husband, Jerome D., of Irwin. Dale is also survived by his six loving grandchildren, David Peckman and wife, Linda, Lauren Peckman, Matthew Nascone and wife, Adrienne, Megan Zubalik, Jarrod Harkins and Brandee Harkins; a sister, Zoe Louise Slagle and husband, Jim; sister-in-law, Barb Owen; a brother-in-law, Bruce Bryce and wife, Anne; and several nieces and nephews. To honor Dale's request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, his pastor, officiating. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Order of Daedalians, P.O. Box 249, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX 78150-0249. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Pelar, Barbara A. 73

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-02-04
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Pelar, 73, of Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born Feb. 4, 1941, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late George and Anna (Pavuk) Pelar. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Westmoreland Hospital with 26 years of service. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg. She is survived by a brother, Raymond A. Pelar and his wife, Donna, of Greensburg; a sister, Carolyn Pelar, of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Patrick Pelar (Deann), John Pelar (Angie), Ginny Barclay (Jeff) and Sue Ellen Brinkey; two great-nephews, Alex Barclay and Jacob Pelar; and several cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Leo m. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Trauger. Parastas will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Penna, Antoinette E. 96

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1918-10-16
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Antoinette E. Penna, 96, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Antonio and Cesira Ciaccia Penna. She was a member of the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. She was an avid fan of all the Pittsburgh sport teams, loved to read and read the newspaper daily and loved to travel to Italy, but especially loved her niece, nephew and all her great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Lombardo; and a brother, Leo Penna. Antoinette is survived by a niece, Lorraine (Bob) Oldenski, of Apollo; a nephew, John (Geri) Lombardo, of Saltsburg; five great-nieces and nephews, Jason (Megan), Jeremy (Kristi), Jonathan, Melissa (John) and Jordan; and six great-great-nieces and nephews, Kaya, Logan, Landon, Keegan, Annalyse and Jacob. Visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday in the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Monday in the church and interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Povlik, Melvin W. 55

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1959-03-03
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Melvin W. Povlik, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Melvin was born March 3, 1959, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Zigmont and Mabel McElroy Povlik. Prior to him becoming blind, Melvin loved to ride his motorcycle and fish with his special nephew, Frankie and wife, Marcie, and family. He spent most of his life with his special niece, Naomi Bailey, his special angel who was always there for him, even to the end. Melvin is survived by his loving sisters, Doris Geary and husband, Beryl, of White, and Ruthann Vokes and husband, Ronald, and a brother, Joseph and wife, Sue, both of Mt. Pleasant; also surviving are two special sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Christine Povlik; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Bob, Jim Povlik and Zigmont Povlik Jr. Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Melvin's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Radakovich Sr., Joseph 82

  • Manor
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Joseph Radakovich Sr., 82, of Manor, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Golden Heights Personal Care Home. He was the beloved husband of the late Louise D. (Lauffer) Radakovich. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Mildred Radakovich. Joe is survived by his children, Barbara A. Virone, of Jeannette, Joanne M. Radakovich, of Manor, Joseph (Chalice) Radakovich Jr., of Leesburg, Va., and Michael N. Radakovich, of Manor; five grandchildren, Joseph and John Virone, and Daniel, Sarah and Paige Radakovich; siblings, Mitch Radakovich, Melva (Vince) Giovannitti and MaryAnn (Richard) Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe retired after working for 46 years at Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co., a job he truly loved. He was a lifelong member of the Manor Volunteer Fire Department, where he served proudly. Joe was also a member of the Manor Centre County camp, which he enjoyed. Joe was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Manor Volunteer Fire Department service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Manor Volunteer Fire Department or Manor Community Library. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Reed, Donna J. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1947-03-16
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean (Majercik) Reed, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born March 16, 1947, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late M. John and Margaret (Dill) Majercik. She was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, North Huntingdon, and a former member of Order of Eastern Star, Irwin, Chapter No. 400. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Milan Reed. She is survived by her husband of more than 38 years, Paul E. Reed; sons, Matthew (Samantha) Reed, of Larimer, and Dennis (Marie) Reed, of North Huntingdon; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Reed, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Lacey, Ryan, Michael, Zachary and Aidan; a brother, Dennis (Natalie) Majercik, of North Huntingdon; a sister, Diane (Tom) Weaver, of Beyer; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and all her adopted grandchildren. She was loved by all. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Lutheran Church of Our Saviour with Pastor Janice Attenburger officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may make a contribution in Donna's name to the memorial fund of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 1570 Clay Pike Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Reed, Robert E. 79

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-09-27
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Reed, 79, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in his home. Born Sept. 27, 1935, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Lloyd M. and Mary C. (Michael) Reed. Robert lived in Washington Township all of his life and was employed by Wean United in Vandergrift, Schreck RV and retired from Kensington Window in 1997 where he worked as a production laborer. A veteran, Robert served with the Army. He was a former member of the Apollo Elks, enjoyed golfing, bowling, woodworking, gardening, cooking and baking. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a brother, William Reed; and two sisters, Diane Manke and Terri Sturgill. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rita (Mannella) Reed, of Washington Township; three daughters, Brenda (Garry) Moran, of Washington Township, Charlene (Christopher) Crossan, of Austin, Texas, and Patricia (Eric) Steiden, of Fort Thomas, Ky.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cheri Rose Goldinger, of Kittanning. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. There will be a blessing service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, with Father John Euker presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Rock, Mildred F. 94

  • Formerly of West Newton
  • Died: 1939-10-31
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mildred F. (Furar) Rock, 94, formerly of West Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Denine Mathers, in Newburg. She was born Oct. 31, 1919, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Matt Furar and Johona Lajavic. Mildred was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America, in West Newton. She was employed at the Sabin's China Co. in Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rock, in 2002; two sisters, Mary DeLong and Amelia Ferarri; and two brothers, Amel and Henry Furar. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Denine Mathers, of Newburg; and a son, Joseph Dennis Rock, of West Newton; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; 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 at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Allen R. Riethmiller presiding. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Rudy, Esther M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-06-02
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Esther M. Rudy, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. Lashinsky and Lena M. (Yost) Lashinsky. Esther was a member of St. Vincent Basilica. She was retired from St. Vincent Archabbey and worked for American Cyanamid and the American Legion kitchen. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit No. 515, where she served as Sgt. at Arms for many years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Rudy; a brother, Charles Lashinsky; a sister, Ruth French; and an infant brother. Esther is survived by her three sons, James T. Rudy and his wife, Sally, of Latrobe, Thomas A. Rudy and his wife, Lou Anne, of Derry, and Matthew M. Rudy, of Latrobe; one brother, Ralph Lashinsky and his wife, Lillian, of Latrobe; three sister-in-laws, Minerva Lashinsky, of Latrobe, Ann Lopushansky, of Red Bank, N.J., and Irene Rudy, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Ian C. Rudy, Dylan P. Rudy and Grace A. Rudy; a special nephew and niece, Jim and Debbie Marinchak; numerous other nieces and nephews; and her loving pets, Arnold and Buddy. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. 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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Shaffer, Vera 86

  • Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1928-07-28
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Vera (Stivison) Shaffer, 86, formerly of Derry, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Emeritus of Latrobe. She was born July 28, 1928, in Indiana, a daughter of the late William and Ruth Coy Stivison. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Shaffer; a son, Greg Shaffer; and two brothers, Richard and Roy Stivison. Vera is survived by her son, Kirk Shaffer, of Sterling, Va.; and her two daughters, Billie (Rick) Ditch, of Greensburg, and Paula (John) Petrarca, of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Kristy (Jeffrey) Moore, of Cranberry, Shawn (Sarah) Ditch, of Youngwood, Erika Ditch, of Greensburg, Margaret Shaffer and Troy Golden, both of Latrobe, and Kayla Golden, of Virginia; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Vera shared the peace she found in Jesus by spreading the good word and presenting Bibles to her friends and family. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 3 p.m., with Pastor Donna Gabler officiating. Private interment will be made in the Coles Cemetery, Derry. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Skopp, Theodore A. 63

  • Derry
  • Born: 1950-12-11
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Theodore A. Skopp, 63, of Derry, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Greensburg Care Center. He was born Dec. 11, 1950, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of late Harvey and Helen (Kaufman) Skopp. Prior to retirement, Ted was a manager at Shop'n Save. He was a member of the Westmoreland Food Bank. Ted enjoyed bowling. Ted is survived by his two brothers, Allen Skopp and wife, Virginia, of Derry, and Brian Skopp, of Milford, Pa.; and his one niece, seven nephews, five great-nieces and two great-nephews. A private graveside service will be held at the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery of Greensburg. The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements with the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
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Smail, Paul J. 95

  • Formerly of Unity Township
  • Born: 1919-04-14
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Smail, 95, formerly of Unity Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Greensburg Care Center, Hempfield Township. He was born April 14, 1919, in Southwest, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Komar) Smail. Paul was a proud Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and, prior to retirement, worked as a carpenter at Latrobe Steel. He was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, and American Legion Post No. 982, Pipetown, and was vice president of the Greensburg Care Center Resident Council. He was an avid birdwatcher and animal lover. He was also known for the gentle, sincere warmth that he shared with anyone he encountered. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Anne L. (Grohal) Smail; a daughter, Carol S. Palaika, in 2001; a brother, Thomas Smail; and a sister, Dorothy Smail. Paul is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Yesh and husband, Frank C., of Greensburg; his son, Paul S. "Bud" Smail and fiancee, Virginia Vayda, of Latrobe; a grandson, John Thomas Palaika, of Latrobe; a granddaughter, Annie (Palaika) Brandt and husband, Jason, of Greensburg; a son-in-law, Dr. John S. Palaika, of Latrobe; a brother, Andrew Smail, of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Elizabeth Lessick, of East Lake, Ohio, and Catherine Opalinski, of Scottdale; numerous relatives; and many loyal friends. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Please go directly to the church. Private inurnment in St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul's name to the Activity Department (garden fund) of Greensburg Care Center, 119 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to everyone at Greensburg Care Center for loving him and making him a part of their family. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stevens, Virginia L. 86

  • Formerly of Norvelt
  • Born: 1927-11-18
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Virginia Louise "Ginny" (Pelar) Stevens, 86, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Norvelt, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. She was born Nov. 18, 1927, in United, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Kendi) Pelar. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert H. Stevens, in 2009; and a brother, John E. Pelar. Ginny served as a teacher at various elementary grade levels both as a substitute and full-time classroom teacher in the Hempfield School District and for most of her career in Mt. Pleasant Area School District. Her proudest moments came when she could teach her Norvelt School first graders to read! Ginny was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, its Altar Society, and Norvelt Mothers Club. She is survived by three children, Jeannie (William "Bill'') Jones, Dr. Robert "Robbie" (Lisa) Stevens and Mary Ellen (Dr. Thomas) McCloskey; and six grandchildren, Ryan Jones, BethAnn McCloskey, Victoria Stevens, Jason McCloskey, Matthew Stevens and John Stevens. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where her transfer prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ginny's memory to St. Florian Church, Box 187, United, PA 15689 or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Zook, Richard Dick G. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-08-10
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard G. "Dick" Zook, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. He was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Cicero, Ind., a son of the late Frank and Nellie Bennett Zook. Prior to his retirement, Dick was a production worker for General Motors. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Navy, and was a member of the American Legion. Dick was a firearms enthusiast and loved to hunt and fish. Dick will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving children, David Zook and wife, Diane, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rita Ordiway and husband, Alvin, of Tampa, Fla.; his grandchildren, David Zook, of Irwin, Richard Zook, of West Newton, Dana Porter and husband, David, of Mt. Pleasant, and Jason Ordiway, of Tampa, Fla.; and his great-grandchildren, Alexis Sanners Zook, Daniel, Jacob, Adalaina, Tyler, Jewelyne, David and Emily Zook, Brianna, Cassandra and Isaiah Porter, and Gabrielle Leshko. In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by a great-grandson, Andrew Porter; and several brothers and sisters. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-3800, where funeral service will follow at 1 p.m, with the Rev. Lee Maley. Interment will be in the Prairie Baptist Cemetery, Indiana. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Lunz, William Bill A. 93

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1920-12-27
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Lunz, 93, of Ford City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at his residence. Born Dec. 27, in 1920, in Ford City, he was a son of the late John and Katherine (Gehringer) Lunz and was a lifelong member of the community. He was a retired millwright from PPG Ford City and a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, in Okinawa. He attended Christ Prince of Peace Parish, enjoyed woodworking, making gun stocks and hunting. He was a member of the Ford City VFW. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids and family. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Piper) Lunz, whom he married June 21, 1941; son, Raymond Lunz and wife, Rosemary, of Williamsport; and daughter, Judith Lyon, of Ford City; three granddaughters, Teresa Winder, Deborah Engel and Sara Jane Lyon; brother, Edward Lunz and his wife, Joanne, of Ford City; sister, Genevieve McGuire, of Apollo; and six great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Carl Lunz; and three sisters, Marie Lunz, Anna Bloch and Elizabeth Grafton. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City, where a prayer service will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers as celebrant. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery.
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McMasters, Tammy L. 43

  • Acheson , Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1971-04-08
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Tammy Lynn (Carnahan) McMasters, 43, of Ravenna, Ohio, formerly of the Apollo area, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born April 8, 1971, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of Paul J. Riggle Jr. and Nancy J. (Carnahan) Riggle, of Washington Township. Tammy lived in Ravenna, Ohio, for the last ten years. She worked various jobs in the restaurant and healthcare industry. Tammy loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and hunting. She liked cleaning and taking care of the elderly. Tammy had an interest in music and was skilled on the guitar. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, William Carnahan Sr. and Donna Carnahan; and her paternal grandfather, Paul J. Riggle Sr. In addition to her parents, Tammy is survived by her children, Haley McMasters, of Indiana, Pa., Joshua Davis, of England; maternal grandmother, Bonnie A. (Reed) Riggle, of Washington Township; fiance, Greg Easton, of Ravenna, Ohio; brothers, Jeffrey (Marci) Carnahan, of Indiana, Pa., Christopher (Marilyn) Riggle, of Washington Township; sister, Jennifer Cook, of Florida; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the funeral home with Father Salvatore Lamendola officiating. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Pennington, Robert E. 40

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1974-03-26
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Robert Edward Pennington, 40, of Kittanning, formerly of Parker, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 26, 1974, in Grove City, a son of George E. Pennington, of Parker, and the late Bonnie R. (Wike) Pennington, who died Sept. 10, 2013. He previously worked for Fuchs Lubricant in Emlenton for more than 18 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, computers and drawing. In addition to his father, survivors include his wife of 12 years, Joyce (Evans) Pennington; sisters, Lisa (Zane) Thompson, of Parker, and Laura Pennington, of Parker; brother, Walter R. (Marci) Pennington, of Parker; sisters-in-law, Annette (Joel) Stivason, of Rural Valley, and Cindy (John) Lafave, of Wixom, Mich.; nieces, Amanda and Lydia Thompson and Shelby Lafave; nephew, Cole Stivason; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy and his mother and father-in-law, John and Connie Evans. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Ramstad, Norma L. 67

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1947-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Norma Lynne Ramstad, 67, of Ford City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh. She was born May 7, 1947, in Kittanning Township, to Norman and Olive (Wright) Miller. She was a graduate of Elderton High School, class of 1965. She married Glenn Petras in 1967 and to that union were born Ann Rager and Jim Petras. Glenn died in 1971. She married Philip Ramstad in 1977, and Steve Ramstad was added to the family five years later. After their marriage, Lynne and Phil moved to New Mexico, then Oregon and Washington before returning to Pennsylvania. Lynne always was involved in the churches Phil served as pastor. Lynne especially enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and being with her children and grandchildren. In addition to her husband, survivors include her sons, Jim and Holly Petras, of El Paso, Texas, and Stephen Ramstad and wife, Christina Cook, of Uniontown; daughter, Ann and husband, Samuel Rager, of Trade City; four grandchildren, Aleesha, Cody, Alex and Ben; one great-granddaughter, Olivia; brothers, Roger N. Miller, of Ford City, and Richard P. Miller and wife, Cherrio, of Rural Valley; and sisters, Kathleen and husband, George R. Mechling, of Ford City, Nancy and husband, Sloan Harkleroad, of Homer City, and Mary Claire Miller and husband, Dan Barth, of Ukiah, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Shotts. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Apollo, with Bishop Kurt Kusserow and Pastor John Ludwig. Interment later at St. Johns Cemetery. Memorials might be given to United Rockville Lutheran Church, 2264 Garrets Run Road, Ford City, PA 16226; or to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Williamson, Robert Rob E. 53

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1961-07-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Robert E. "Rob" Williamson, 53, of Kittanning, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the Allegheny National Forest. He was born July 15, 1961, in Kittanning, the son of Roy and Roberta (Adams) Williamson. He was employed by the Local 1919 Nelson Tree. He enjoyed hunting, fishing working, gardening and spending time with his friends and family. He is survived by his parents; wife, Lisa (Bowser) Williamson; sons, Lance (Irasema) McCullough, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Jacob Williamson, of Kittanning; daughter, Sarah (Dan) McCullough, of Raliegh, N.C.; grandchildren, Valerie, Sophia, Martin, Lyla and Mikaela; brothers, Kevin (Marcia) Williamson, of Kittanning, and Kieth (Lora) Williamson, of Worthington; and mother- and father-in-law, Robert and Esther Bowser. He is also survived by James and Pamela Gaggini, James and Sharon Hays, Robert and Terry Bowser, Steven and Elizabeth Kijowski, and Lori and Linda Josephs; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., where a prayer service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Kittanning, with Father Douglas Dorula.
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Zboravan, Robert J. 76

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1938-09-06
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Robert James Zboravan, 76, of Kittanning, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside. He was born Sept. 6, 1938, to John and Ada (Zboravan) Stitt, in Leechburg. He graduated from Leechburg High School. Robert worked as a supervisor/road crew for Gilpin Township. Robert is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Cravenor) Zboravan; two daughters, Tonya (Clint) Halvorscrod, of Plant City, Fla., and Bobbi Jo (companion, Bob Reynolds) Zboravan, of Huntingdon, Pa.; son, James Michael Zboravan, of Leechburg; two granddaughters, Jessica (Jeremy) Linger, of Welsville, Ohio, and Airica Reynolds, of Huntingdon; grandson, Drew Reynolds, of Huntingdon; and great-granddaughter, Emma Linger. He was preceded in death by his parents. All services are private. Arrangements BY CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., Rural Valley. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Beaver County

Forsyhte, Margaret A. 84

  • Economy Borough
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. (Meinert) Forsythe, 84, of Economy Borough, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas C. Forsythe; loving mother of Diana (Tim) Jansen, of N.C., and the late Dennis R. Forsythe; sister of the late Thomas and Joseph Meinert; sister-in-law of Margaret "Peg" Meinert; dear aunt of John (Renee) Meinert, Thomas Meinert and Midge (Thomas) Stiscak; proud grandmother of Kristina (Roy) Maitland, Stephanie (Dean) Thomas and Jessica Forsythe; and great-grandmother of Emily and Ian Maitland, Taylor Tilghman and the late Thomas Maitland. An Air Force military family, Margaret, Thomas, and their children proudly relocated to various places across the United States for many years. She loved to travel and take casual trips to the casino. Margaret also was a longtime employee with Bel-Air Foods in Bellevue and worked at the Gift Corner in Suburban General Hospital until 2008. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Saints John and Paul Church. Interment will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Township. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Susan G. Komen Foundation or American Heart Association. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Mackey, Richard D. 78

  • Darlington , Formerly of formerly of Moon Township
  • Born: 1935-12-08
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Gabauer-Lutton, Beaver Falls | Get Directions
  • Richard Delano Mackey, 78, of Darlington, formerly of Moon Township, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Born Dec. 8, 1935, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony Mierzejewski Mackey and Sophie Jean (Wiernicki) Mackey Blyshak. His lifetime career in electronics began with his service in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, he continued to serve his country as a supervisor in the FAA for more than 30 years. His love for electronics continued as he shared his knowledge with students by teaching avionics at the Community College of Beaver County. Richard was also instrumental in the formation of Air Heritage Inc., where he served as president of the organization during the building of their museum and restoration facility in Chippewa. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette M. Mackey; a son, Richard J. Mackey, of Charlotte, N.C.; four daughters and their spouses, Donna L. Mackey (Todd) Vallin, of Tampa, Fla., Jo Anne Mackey (Mark) Pennine, of Heidelberg, Carrie A. Samaj (Edward) Mann, of Darlington, and Caryn M. Samaj (Michael) Morrow, of Ellwood City. Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren, Guy and Eric Horchy, Nathan Vallin, Athena and Dylan Kabana, Samantha and Jordan Pennine, Hayleigh and Austyne Mann and Olivia Morrow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Dina S. Mackey Kabana. Friends will be received from noon until the service at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, Chippewa, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, http://www.gabauerluttonfuneralhome.com. Pastor Keith Black will officiate. Gentlemen from the Veterans Honor Guard will meet at the funeral home at 1:45 p.m. to conduct full military honors. Inurnment will be private. The family asks that contributions be made in Richard's name to Vitas Healthcare, 235 Alpha Drive, Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Butler County

Clark, Richard E.

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Richard Edwin Clark, M.D., of Cranberry Township, formerly of Sewickley died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Sherwood Oaks. He was the devoted husband of Nancy Clark; father of Karen Kushner and Todd Clark; stepfather to Wendy Erler and Leigh Lynch; and Poohbah to nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Clark. Dr. Clark graduated from St. Louis Country Day School in 1952 and Princeton University in 1956 with an honors degree in chemical engineering. He then graduated from Cornell Medical School in 1960. An inventor all his life, he took particular pride in his work with the AB-180, a left-heart assist device designed to help failing hearts. At the request of Dr. George Magovern Sr., he came to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he established the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Center (CVPRC) and began his work with Dr. McGovern and his sons, Drs. Jim Magovern and George Magovern Jr. Before retiring, Dr. Clark served as a visiting professor at Oxford University in England, where the AB-180 was successfully implanted into the chest of a young woman who is alive and well today. Another significant contribution was his work with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, where he served as chairman and worked tirelessly to develop a national database which continues to expand and grow in importance. At the end of his career, the society established The Richard E. Clark award given annually to recognize the uniquely outstanding scientific paper each year. Dr. Clark was also the Chief of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which is now part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Retirement provided the opportunity for more fishing trips and room for many activities and tinkering in his shop including building and flying light model airplanes. His wife continues to believe he secretly wished he could fly. On Sunday, he always made time to watch his beloved Steelers. Most importantly, he found ample time to enjoy his nine grandchildren and to make yearly trips with Nancy to the English countryside. A memorial service will be held at Sherwood Oaks at a later date. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
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Emerick, Marion A. 93

  • Butler , Formerly of Mars
  • Born: 1920-12-31
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Marion A. (Woodling) Emerick, 93, of Butler, formerly of Mars, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Sunnyview Home. Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Sewickley, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Agnes McHugh Woodling. She was a graduate of Robert Morris School of Business. Marion had been an executive assistant to the vice president of National Steel in Pittsburgh and was also a retired executive secretary for LTV Steel (formerly J and L Steel). She had served as a director of the National Secretary's Association. A member of Holy Sepulcher Church, she was also member and past matron of the Mars chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and had belonged to the Mars American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are her sons, Alan C. Emerick, and his wife, Janet, of Butler, and David W. Emerick, of Tarentum; her grandchildren, James T. (Nichole) Emerick, William A. (Dawn) Emerick, Sarah (David) Essary and Michael (Amanda) Emerick and her great-grandchildren, Noah, Jackson, Chase, Violet, Abram, Paige, Cora and Liam. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Emerick, whom she married, July 23, 1948, and who died Sept. 1, 2009; and by four brothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing services will follow at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16053. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Hickinbottom, Barry L. 62

  • Middlesex Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barry L. Hickinbottom, 62, of Middlesex Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the husband of Jill Zivkovich; father of Kristie (John) Babinsack and Brad (Heather) Hickinbottom; son of the late John W. and Anna Hickinbottom; brother of Greg S. and Scott W. Hickinbottom, both of Tampa, Fla.; and grandfather of John Jr., Austin, Sara, Cameron, Malia, Burton, Madisyn, Keegan, Jackson and Colton. Barry was a truck driver for Teamsters Local 249. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd. Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Hoover, Lewis J. 84

  • Cranberry Township
  • Born: 1930-02-21
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Saul-Gabauer, Rochester | Get Directions
  • Lewis J. Hoover, of Cranberry Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at home. Born Feb. 21, 1930, in Harrisburg, to Anna (Risser) and Luther Nelson Hoover, he graduated from Penn State and served as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War. In 1962, he cofounded Brodhead Construction Co., building bridges throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He served as president of the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania and of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and in various posts for Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania Pension and Welfare Funds and Heavy Construction Carpenters Savings and Annuity Funds. Lew was predeceased by his brother, Luther Hoover Jr.; his beloved wife of 60 years, Frances E. (Gavlik) Hoover; and their daughter, Cindy. He leaves their son, Kip (Lynne) Hoover; and daughters, Judith Hoover (Tim Grant) and Lisa (Keith) Hinchberger; and grandchildren, Sophia, Brendan and Kyle, having inspired them by his example to value dignity, generosity, friendship and the splendors of an adventurous life. He sailed the Gulf; climbed Parnassus; and was a gentleman. A celebration of Lew's life will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Sherwood Oaks in Cranberry. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.saul-gabauer.com.
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Kovac, Sharon 63

  • Mars
  • Born: 1951-03-30
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Sharon (Koegler) Kovac, 63, of Mars, formerly of Cranberry Township, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at UPMC Passavant, in McCandless Township. Born in Pittsburgh March 30, 1951, she was the daughter of the late John and Ina Nolder Koegler. Sharon enjoyed camping and fishing, metal detecting, and sewing and crafting, but spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, was what she loved the most. "My sweet princess, your love was the strength of my life. You will live in my heart forever," Love, Wayne. She was the beloved wife of J. Wayne Kovac, whom she married May 1, 1971; loving mother of Brenda Wittman and her husband, Scott, of Cranberry Township, Chrystal Horan and her husband, Edward, of Zelienople, and Brian Kovac and his wife, Jennifer, of Cranberry Township; loving grammy of Tyler, Alex, Darian, Ethan, Nathan and Kendall; sister of Luvia Melnyk and her husband, Raymond, and Deborah Mentel and her husband, Harry, both of Warrendale; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles L. Koegler. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with her sister, the Rev. Deborah Mentel, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Following the committal service, friends are invited to a wake from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Kovac residence. Memorials may be given to the family, who are establishing a scholarship fund in her memory. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Basinger Jr., Rev. John 92

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1922-03-23
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rev. John Basinger Jr., 92, of Normalville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 23, 1922, in Normalville, the firstborn son of the late John and Lottie Whipkey Basinger. John was an avid reader all of his life. He believed you were never too young or too old to learn. He would ride on the mail truck to high school and walk to the Carnegie Free Library after school and read until it was time to catch the mail truck back up the mountain. In high school, he was known as the walking dictionary. One of his high school teachers, Miss Sonafelt (Mrs. Wandel) would have her students read around the room and if a student came to a difficult word, she would stop the reader and say, "Tell the class what that word means, John." He would graduate from Connellsville High School in 1941. John's father was gassed in World War I and was unable to work, so the family received public assistance. John had to go to work to repay the money they received. John answered the call to serve his country when drafted, Nov. 10, 1942. John was inducted into the Army and served his basic training with the 90th Division at Camp Barkley, Texas. He then became a part of the Cadre, which was to become the 36th Cavalry Recon Squadron. The 44th joined them at Yuma, Ariz., to form the 11th Cavalry Group. The 11th departed at New York on Sept. 29, 1944. They arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, 11 days later. After moving down to England, then sent over the Channel to Le Havre, France, they moved up through France and Belgium to Holland, where they engaged the enemy. The 11th Cavalry Group served under General Montgomery and General Simpson. They advanced across the Rhineland and Central Europe with Berlin as their goal. The 36th Recon squadron lost more than 60 percent of their men who were killed or wounded. John was wounded two weeks before the war was over. He, along with many others, were flown back to Nancy, France, where he spent the next two months recovering from his wounds. John returned to the USA and was honorably discharged on Feb. 24, 1946. On returning from the service, he married the former Rosemary Brooks on June 2, 1946. John was a charter member of the Valley Veterans Post 12019 in Normalville. He was elected state chaplain at the 81st annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, held at the Radisson Motel in Green Tree, Pittsburgh, on July 13, 2000. Also, after being discharged from the Army, John became active in the local Methodist Church at Normalville. He felt called to the ministry and was licensed to preach in 1961. He engaged in the course of study and attended the Wesley Theological Seminary at Washington, D.C. He was ordained deacon in 1964 by Bishop Middleton and elder by Bishop Newell in 1966. He was a member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired from the Johnstown District in 1988 but continued to serve where needed into his mid-80s. He was part-time pastor at Union in 1970 and full-time in 1987. He was pastor in Middleton in 1964. He was at Chalk Hill in 1962 to 1963, Chalk Hill-Evans Manor 1963 to 1965, Evans Manor Charge 1965 to 67, Stahlstown 1967 to 1971, Chalk Hill-Sampson Chapel 1971 to 1976, White Rock 1976 to 1980, Coolspring 1980 to 1984, Belsano 1984 to 88 and retired in 1988. John also worked at the Anchor Hocking and construction. John was employed by U.S. Steel, Edgar Thompson Works as a class carpenter from November 1952 until his retirement in April 1983. He was known as John 3:16 at work and had written John 3:16 on his hardhat. John patiently taught his children and grandchildren to share his love of fishing and hunting. He liked gardening and woodworking and made family members and friends numerous items over the years. He raised beagles for many years and enjoyed running his dogs in the fields and trails. John is survived by his children, Gregory Basinger and wife, Bonnie, of Mill Run, Douglas Basinger and wife, Kathy, of Indian Head, and Marcia Miller and husband, Kevin, of Normalville; his grandchildren, Chad Basinger and wife Kristen, Cary Basinger and wife, Rachel, Carissa Basinger, Rebecca Ritenour and husband, Ed, Melanie Yothers and Lindsay Moore and husband, Caleb; his great-grandchildren, Mason, Gwen, Taney, Tagen and Camden Basinger, Alyssa Ritenour, Kylee Yothers and Amelia and Maverick Moore; his brother, Melvin Basinger; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rosemary Brooks Basinger; a son, Terry Basinger; and brothers, Carl and Vernon Basinger. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mark Sholtis and the Rev. Ed Mikkelsen officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Valley VFW Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Connellsville Area Senior High School Library or the Carnegie Free Library or a favorite charity. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Bennett, Mildred L. 92

  • Arnold City
  • Born: 1922-02-13
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Mildred L. (Barney) Bennett, 92, of Arnold City, Belle Vernon, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Braznell, Pa., daughter of the late Henry Aldridge and the late Ella Redmond Aldridge. She was a member of the Belle Vernon Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by three sons, Joseph Bennett and wife, Patricia of Winston Salem, N.C.., Daniel Bennett and wife, Donna, of Monessen, and Dennis Bennett and wife, Michelle, of Belle Vernon; sister, Betty Joseph of Shelbyville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Bennett; son, Robert Bennett; five sisters, Maude James, Edith Wolfe, Pearl Hamilton, Beatrice Coulson, and Irene Peto; three brothers, Theodore, David and Willard Aldridge. Friends will be received Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, and Monday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA, 724-326-5621, http://www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery, Belle Vernon.
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McWilliams, Randall D. 56

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1958-08-28
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Randall D. "Randy" McWilliams, 56, of Dunbar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1958, in Connellsville, son of the late James Blaine McWilliams and the late Gaynell Miller McWilliams. He is survived by daughter, Randi McWilliams, of Smithfield; three grandchildren, Douglas Dennis Jr., Casey Lee and Christian Lee; brothers and sisters, Wanita James, Kenneth McWilliams, Bill McWilliams, George McWilliams, Bessie Godina, Robert McWilliams, Darlene Hawkins and Eric McWilliams; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Twila Martin McWilliams; daughter, Tonya; and brother, Samuel. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m. Tuesday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Jason Lamer officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Cemetery.
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Indiana County

Preteroti, James C. 77

  • West Mahoning Township
  • Born: 1936-12-08
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • James C. Preteroti Jr., of West Mahoning Township, Smicksburg, Pa., passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. James was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Templeton, Armstrong County, to James C. Preteroti Sr. and Ethel (Slagle) Preteroti. James previously lived in both Clifton and Hewitt, N.J., for 44 years before moving back to Dayton. He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1959 and then relocated to N.J. James was employed by the Benjamin Moore Paint Manufacturing Company and its predecessors for 34 years and retired as a supervisor in 1996. After returning to Dayton, he became a member of the Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder. James was also a member of the Dayton Senior Center and enjoyed reading and going hunting. James is survived by his wife, K. Marlene (Lightner) Preteroti, whom he married May 17, 1957; daughter, Kathryn E. Vander Sande, of Timblin; sons, David C. Preteroti and wife, Mariann, of Palisades Park, N.J., Dennis J. Preteroti and wife, Katherine, of Hewitt, N.J., and Nicholas S. Preteroti and wife, Marie, of Troutman, N.C.; grandchildren, Joshua Preteroti, Vincent Preteroti, DJ Preteroti, Kristen Preteroti, Aleksi Preteroti, Gary Vander Sande and Trish Vander Sande Bush and husband, Dan; great-grandchildren, Johnathan and Adam Bush; and sisters, A. Duchess Preteroti, of Salem, Ohio, and E. Faithe Anderson and husband, John, of Harviel, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vincent Preteroti; and one infant sister. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC., 125 E. Main St., Dayton. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church, 2540 Dayton Smicksburg Road, Dayton, with Sheila Wadding officiating. Interment will be in the Concord Cemetery, Dayton. Arrangements are handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to James' family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Shaner III, Albert R. 41

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1973-09-04
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Albert R. Shaner III, 41, of Saltsburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Born Sept. 4, 1973, in Indiana, Pa., he was the son of Albert R. (Monna) Shaner Jr., of Saltsburg, and the late Donna L. (Reihms) Shaner. Albert lived in Saltsburg all of his life, and was a 1992 graduate of Saltsburg High School. He worked as a boilermaker for Boilermakers Local Union 154 in Pittsburgh. Albert loved fishing, welding, fast cars, and was an excellent artist, skilled at architectural design. He was a real people person, and would do anything for anyone. In addition to his mother, Albert was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Marmie Reihms; and paternal grandparents, Albert R. Shaner Sr. and Shirley Shaner. Additional survivors include his daughter, Sara Shaner, of Clarksburg; stepdaughters, Sierra Clawson and Addison Daugherty, of Slickville; sisters, Bobbie Jo Shaner, of Alexandria, Va., and Stephanie R. Shaner, of Export; stepbrothers, James "Jimmy" Pompei, of Freeport, and Michael Pompei, of Jeannette; stepsister, Christina L. Brown, of Saltsburg; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the funeral home. Interment in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg. The family requests no flowers be sent, and instead donations made to the Curran Funeral Home in Albert's memory to help with funeral expenses. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Aul, Kenneth L. 94

  • Houston, Pa.
  • Born: 1919-11-23
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Mcilvaine-Speakman, Houston | Get Directions
  • Kenneth L. Aul, 94, of Houston, Pa., died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Marienville, a son of C. Calvin and Carrie Kuhl Aul. Mr. Aul was a graduate of Marienville High School. During World War II, he served four years in the Navy as a pharmacist mate second class aboard the troop transport, USS John Penn. While on board, his had tours in Europe where they were part of Operation Torch in the Mediterranean and in the Pacific where they shuttled troops around the Solomon Islands. His ship was sunk by a Japanese torpedo while in the harbor at Guadalcanal. He was rescued from the water by crew from another ship in his flotilla. He was then sent to San Francisco to recover. During this time, he married Margaret E. Kahle, of Clarington, on Feb. 25, 1944, in St. John's Presbyterian Church. He continued his Navy service and was shipped back to the South Pacific for another year before being discharged. Mr. Aul had worked at various glass plants in Jersey City, N.J., Knox, Pa., and Danielson, Conn. From 1961 until his retirement in 1984, he worked for the Metro then Kraft the Ball Glass in Washington the last 17 years as plant manager. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Houston and a former Elder of the First United Presbyterian Church in Houston. Mr. Aul was a member of the Washington County Manufacturers Association, Boy Scouts of America and the Masonic Lodge in Marienville. Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth C. Aul, of Washington, Pa., and Samuel N. Aul and his wife, Zina, of Palmetto, Fla.; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Stratton and her husband, Steve; three grandchildren, Samuel C. Aul (Becky), Melissa Kaplan (Rahim) and Roberta J. Weiss (Christopher); and seven great-grandchildren, Henry, Peter and Genevieve Aul, Jackson and Scarlett Kaplan and Emily and August Weiss. Deceased are a son, Richard Aul; three brothers; and four sisters. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the McILVAINE-SPEAKMAN FUNERAL HOME LTD., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Additional visitation and services will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the McDONALD FUNERAL HOME, 140 Cherry St., Marienville, PA 16239, with services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Interment will follow in North Forest Cemetery, Marienville. The family suggests memorial contributions to: City Mission, 84 W. Wheeling St., Washington, PA 15301; The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 9219, Seattle, WA 98109; or The Watchful Shepherd, 1061 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 204, McMurray, PA 15317. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at http://www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
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Guffey, Jane 85

  • Washington
  • Born: 1929-05-18
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Jane (Carner) Guffey, 85, of Washington, formerly of Clairton and Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Strabane Woods Wellness Center. She was born May 18, 1929, in Clairton, to the late George and Lavera Smith Carner. Jane was preceded in death by her loving husband, Cecil W. Guffey Jr., in 2010. She is survived by two daughters, Jill C. Guffey, of Forward Township, and Jan E. (Ken) Warner, of Nottingham Township; and one son, Richard C. (Susan) Guffey, of Washington. Jane is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Along with her husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Nancy MacRill. She was a 4-H leader and a seamstress. She was very artistic and enjoyed working with crafts. Jane was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township, D.A.R. Queen Alliquippa Chapter in McKeesport and O.E.S Chapter in Clairton. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment to take place at a later date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil Township, Washington County, PA 15017. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Walmsley, Constance Louise L. 80

  • Donora , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1934-04-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Constance Louise "Connie" Walmsley, 80, of Donora, formerly of West Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born April 15, 1934, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Robert A. and Lillian M. (Markle) DeHappart. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in West Newton. Connie is survived by five children, Lee Walmsley, of Belle Vernon, Charles Walmsley Jr., of Alaska, Nancy Kite, of Irwin, Terri Sloboda, of Donora, and Janie Walmsley and husband, Jason, of Belle Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Lee Jr., Stacy, Luisa, Tom, Kristi, Kelli, Kathi, Tasha, Dylan and Jason; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford DeHappart, of Port Carbon and Harold DeHappart, of Schuylkill Haven; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Rita Rozik. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward DeHappart and her companion of 30 years, Edward Kostella. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 S. 6th St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Brown, Ronald A. 79

  • Sellersville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
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  • Ronald A. Brown, 79, of Sellersville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn F. (Fickinger) Brown for 57 years. Born in Erie, he was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Dickinson College. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David A. Brown, and his wife, Donna, of Annandale, N.J.; a daughter, Carole S. McArtney, and her husband, Jack, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Services will be private.
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Griscti-Ilgen, Christine 92

  • Tampa
  • Died: 2014-10-23
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  • Christine Griscti-Ilgen, 92, of Tampa, Fla., died Thursday, Oct 23, 2014. She was born in New York City. She is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Lenard Ilgen, of Pittsburgh. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Tampa. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Ludwig, Lori S. 52

  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Born: 1962-10-01
  • Died: 2014-10-19
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  • Lori S. Petrosky Ludwig, 52, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away Oct. 19, 2014, in Knoxville. She was born in the Philadelphia Naval Hospital on Oct. 1, 1962, a daughter of Stanley Petrosky who passed away in 2008, and Donna Baker Petrosky, who survives and resides in Belle Vernon. Formerly of Belle Vernon and Ohio, she has resided in Knoxville for the past 15 years. Lori graduated from the nursing program from the Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, Ohio, in 1980 and had been employed as a nurse in Ohio, Maryland, Florida and Tennessee. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Mark Ludwig; two daughters; and one son-in-law, Nicole and Casey Maples and Kelli Marshall, and her fiance, Mike, all of Knoxville; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bryan and Michele Petrosky, Ricky Petrosky and John and Stephanie Petrosky, all of Belle Vernon; and six grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Sue Staley and Melvin Baker; and her paternal grandparents, Blanche and John Petrosky. Private family services and burial were held in Knoxville, Tenn.
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Ludwig, Melba J. 90

  • Phoenix, Ariz. , Formerly of Cheswick
  • Born: 1923-10-01
  • Died: 2014-09-15
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  • Melba Jean Ludwig, 90, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Cheswick, entered into eternal life Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Born Oct. 1, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Richard B. and Ethel Shaw, of Springdale, and was the loving wife of 57 years of the late George A. Ludwig. She is survived by a brother, John (and Vera) Shaw, of Monroeville. Melba Jean was an active member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix and formerly a member of Cheswick Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed singing in her church choir and volunteering in the library. She resided from August 2013 to June 2014 at La Siena Senior Living in Phoenix. Melba Jean was an avid bird watcher, reader, drafts person and enjoyed playing cards and scrabble. Dedicated to church and family, she also had a passion for life. Everyone who knew her will remember her inquisitive nature, positive energy and warm smile. She is survived by a son, Brooks (Diane) Ludwig, of Fairbanks, Alaska; two daughters, Sharman (Dan) Paulus, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Carol (John) Kleber, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of life luncheon was held to honor Melba Jean on Oct. 19, 2014, at Twisted Thistle Restaurant in Leechburg. A private burial at Lakewood Memorial Park was held Oct. 21, 2014.
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McShane, James D. 33

  • Manchester , Formerly of Coraopolis
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Robinson, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James Devin McShane, 33, of Manchester, formerly of Coraopolis, died tragically and suddenly in an automobile accident Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Born Feb. 6, 1981, he was the eighth child of nine, a son of Mark William and Rosemarie Therese Fox McShane; beloved brother of Colleen (William White), Sean (Angela), Hugh, Holly (Mark Neely), Brigid, Meg (Nicolas Sanabria), Frank (Melissa Tozzi) and Gilliane; devoted friend of Amber Kostiuk; proud uncle of Roderick, James, Liam, Connor, Troy, Alexander, Makayla, Malla, Clara, Noemi, Aidan, Allen, Benjamin, Mark, Monica, Angelina and Amari. Devin was a 1999 graduate of Cornell High School. He briefly attended the University of Notre Dame and was a 2005 graduate of CCAC and a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with an Associate of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing, respectively. He was employed by Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor, where he was passionate about his work and excited about the opportunities. Devin was previously the director of the Ryan Madonna Scholarship Fund and he was also a partner for McShane Brothers Contracting. He worked in Academic Services at CCAC as the face of the Allegheny Campus and he was a fiction writer of short stories. He was committed to peace in Sudan and had supported the GI-Network and worked with Sudanese Lost Boys in fundraising for projects to build schools and clinics in their villages. He enjoyed running marathons and 10K races in his spare time. Relatives and friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 and 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at the ODELL ROBINSON JR. FUNERAL HOME, 2025 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214. A Catholic Mass with interfaith participation will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Curch, 1304 Fourth Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108. Contributions to The Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 440323, St. Louis, MO 53144 or http://www.mightyoakes.org would be appreciated.
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Tlumac, Frank 79

  • Randolph, Maine
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Frank Tlumac, 79, of Randolph, Maine, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary Tlumac. Services will be in Randolph, Maine.
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