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Bee, Robert S. 83

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Robert S. "Bobby Bee" Bee, 83, of Highland Park, died Sunday, July 26, 2015. He was the husband of Ruby E. Bee; father of Linda Huston, Robert Bee, Debora Campbell, Pamela VanPelt, Deborah, Susan, Douglas Meskel and the late Joseph Meskel; grandfather of Gretchen Smodic and many other grand and great-grandchildren; and brother of Sandy and the late Ann DeLaney. Bob was known as "Golden Fingers", and was a singer and guitar player of country and oldies music, he was also a retired technical sergeant of the Air Force with 20 years of service. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Condy, Richard J. 59

  • Springdale
  • Died: 2015-07-05
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Cheswick | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Condy, 59, of Springdale, passed away July 5, 2015. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Rachel Carson Riverfront Park, Cheswick. Everyone is invited to attend along with his friends and family.
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Farruggia, Agnes E. 87

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Agnes E. "Aggie" Farruggia, 87, of East Pittsburgh, died Saturday, July 25, 2015. Aggie retired from JC Penney. She was the beloved sister of Dorothy Wallace, of Trafford; and loving aunt of Deborah Zahorchak, David Wallace and Susan Wallace. She has a great-niece and nephew and five great-great-nieces and nephews. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Aggie will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Graham Sr., Edward W. 79

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Edward W. "Ted" Graham Sr., 79, of O'Hara Township, died Saturday, July 25, 2015. He was the beloved companion of Armead Redd; beloved father of Kimberly A. Graham, Edward W. Graham Jr. and Heather L. Graham; grandfather of Jessica, Ariel and Laura Carlson and Veronica and Alexander Graham; brother of Ann Sunseri, Judith Graham, Katherine O'Brien and the late Howard and Philip Graham; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ted drove a bus for 30 years and was the eighth driver hired after the incorporation of Port Authority Transit. He served his country in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. Funeral and interment will be private.
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Hazlett, Robert A. 51

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1963-08-30
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Hazlett, 51, of Fawn Township, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Aug. 30, 1963, in New Kensington, to Richard and Leona (Fosnaught) Hazlett, of Fawn Township. Robert was a union carpenter. He is survived by his son, Rob Hazlett, of Harmar Township; grandchildren, Ryan and Jax Hazlett; siblings, Rick Hazlett, of Harmar Township, Mark (Anne) Hazlett, of Monroeville, and Tammy Hazlett, of Harmar Township; and several nieces and nephews. At Roberts request, arrangements will be private. Arrangements are by the ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Russellton, West Deer Township. For online condolences, please visit www.westdeerfuneralhome.com.
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Hoffstot Jr., Henry P. 97

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1917-11-13
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. died peacefully Monday, June 29, 2015, at his home on Fifth Avenue. As was his wish, he died in the same bedroom where his mother had died nearly half a century ago. He was 97. Mr. Hoffstot was born on Dunmoyle Street in Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 1917, the second son of Henry Phipps Hoffstot and Marguerite Martin. He attended Misses Bradshaws' School on School House Lane and was graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1935, Harvard College in 1939 and Harvard Law School in 1942. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 as a second lieutenant in the Counter Intelligence Corps and was credited with the arrest of Werner von Braun. He joined Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay in 1942, where he was assistant managing partner from 1972 to 1983. He remained at the firm for 73 years, going to the office regularly until the end of 2014. In 1947, he married Barbara Snyder Drew, daughter of Mary Snyder and James Byron Drew, chief justice of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They had two children: a daughter, Thayer Drew, and a son, Henry Phipps Hoffstot III, who is married to the former Daryln Upson Todd Brewer. Mr. Hoffstot had five grandchildren, Ian Hoffstot Unterman, Megan Drew, Dominey Drew, Henry Fife Hoffstot and Maeve Upson Hoffstot. Mr. Hoffstot served on numerous boards, including Carnegie Institute, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the American Museum in Britain, the Morewood-Shadyside Civic Association, St. Edmund's Academy, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, Family and Children's Services, The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, among many others. He was director of the Pennsgrove Water Supply Company and the Heppenstall and Midvale-Heppenstall Companies. Over the course of five decades, he served as a deacon, elder, president of the board of trustees, ruling elder and clerk of the session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He had homes in Pittsburgh, New Waterford, Ohio, Palm Beach, Fla., and County Galway, Ireland. There was a private burial in New Waterford, Ohio. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Hopkins, Dorothy 97

  • Carnegie , Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dorothy (Feldman) Hopkins, 97, of Carnegie, formerly Mt. Lebanon, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the beloved sister of Rosemary (Dunn) Rankin; loving aunt of Clifford N. Rankin (Diane); great-aunt of Katie Rose and Evie Rankin; and brother of the late Michael J. Dunn (Joanne). She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford C. Hopkins and Earl F. Feldman. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew Church. Memorials may be made to St. Bartholomew Angel Fund or Pittsburgh Animal Rescue League.
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Kennedy, Dallas A. 18

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1996-08-10
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Dallas Allen Kennedy, 18, of Elizabeth, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Mon Valley Hospital, Monongahela. Dallas was a mechanic at Bowser Automotive in Pleasant Hills and a 2014 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and Steel Center Vo-Tech. He loved working on automobiles, racing cars, mudding, hunting and fishing with his Dad. Born Aug. 10, 1996, in Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of Jeffrey Allen Kennedy and Mary Jo (Trail) Kennedy, of Elizabeth. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers, Austin and Dalton Kennedy, of Elizabeth; maternal grandmother, Mary Trail, of Munhall; paternal grandparents, Richard and Evelyn Kennedy, of Glassport; and also aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Orville L. Trail Sr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. A funeral service will take place at noon Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Chris Duff officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Dallas's Funeral Fund by visiting dm2.gofund.me/8Z2A9S8ZB34M. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Lucas, Ronald J.

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ronald J. Lucas, of the North Side, died Monday, July 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Kristin Lucas; father of Garrett W. and Nicholas J.; stepfather of Dustin Moore, Michael (Kayla) Schmidt and Courtney Schmidt; grandfather of Skylar and Jaden Moore and Phoenix Schmidt; son of Martha and the late William Lucas; brother of Robert Lucas and the late Clarence Cook and Richard Lucas; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church. Parastas will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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Marasco, Marie S. 95

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Marie Sadie LaScola Bruno Marasco, 95, of Sewickley, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late James P. Marasco and Frank A. Bruno; loving mother of Margaret L. (the late Ron Sr.) Natoli, Charles S. Bruno and Frank S. (Cathy) Bruno; dear grandmother of Dina (John) Donovan, Ron Natoli Jr., Chuckie Bruno, Debbie (Mark) Hinnebusch, Mark (Ellaura) Bruno and Darren Bruno and 14 great-grandchildren; and sister of John (Joan) LaScola and the late Jennie Bennardo, Sadie Green and Charles LaScola. She also is survived by many, many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Church, Glenfield Road. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NA Community Outreach or Catholic Charities. Arrangements entrusted to the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-766-5600. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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McCully, William E.

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William E. McCully died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at home in Plum. He was the beloved husband of 45 years to Carol (LoPresti) McCully; dear father of Vanessa Richmond and her husband, James, of Oakmont, and Tara McCully, of Plum, and her fiance, Keith Amodeo; dear pappy of Luccia and Anthony; dear brother of David and Diaon McCully; brother-in-law of Janet and Michael LoPresti and Nancy Buccigrossi; and nephew of Mary Garofolo and JoAnn McMichael. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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O'Donnell, Myfanwy 81

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Myfanwy "Vanny" O'Donnell, 81, of Whitehall, died Monday, July 27, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Karen (Robert) Humphreys, Barbara Lynn (Scott) Finney, of Woodbridge, Va., and Paul (Debbie) O'Donnell Jr., of Apopka, Fla.; sister of Florence R. (Francis) Eichenlaub and the late Giacomo David Kimicata and John Richard Kimicata; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and step-grandchildren. Vanny was an avid bridge player and lover of her grandpets. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046 or Animal Protectors of Allegheny County, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Paese, Ergidia L. 84

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Ergidia L. "Ergie" Paese, 84, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis F. "Gigi" Paese; loving mother of Richard (Michele) Paese, Linda (Gary) Fedon and Patricia (Philip) LaMantia; dear grandmother of Amy, Gina, Shari, Melanie, Melissa, Lisa, Joe, Rick, Paula, Nicholas and Kristen; great-grandmother of 18; and sister of Betty Santone, Angie (John) Frasca and the late Madeline, Armand, Catherine, Yolanda and Virginia. Ergie was a member of Riverside Community Church in Oakmont, where she sang in the church choir for 20 years. She was the head cook for 33 years in the Penn Hills School District. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the funeral home. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Prokopchak, Malvina 93

  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Malvina "Molly" Prokopchak, 93, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Dobos and wife of the late Joseph Prokopchak Jr. She is survived by her son, Joseph (Kathleen) Prokopchak, of Lincoln Borough; sisters, Ann Kula, of Glassport, Elizabeth Janov, of North Versailles, Velma Rollison, of Scottdale, and Sister Marion Dobos, of the Order of St. Benedict in Pittsburgh; and granddaughters, Nicole, Caitlin and Betsy Prokopchak. Molly was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church and Community Life. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Father Donald Voss. Interment will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery.
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Randolph, Stella L. 92

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1923-03-10
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Stella L. Randolph, 92, of White Oak, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport, with her family by her side. She was born March 10, 1923, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Pozrfuora) Sanetsky. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Louis C. Randolph; and a son, Gregory. She was a member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church. Stella enjoyed her children and grandchildren and growing flowers. Stella is survived by her sons, Louis C. Randolph Jr., Ronald S. (Janice) and James M. Randolph; and a daughter, Susan Randolph Van Meter. She is also survived by grandchildren, Shelly (Bryan) Beam, Robert Randolph, Courtney and Jeffrey McDonald and Michael Dugan; a sister, Dorothy Hyduk; also two great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Beulah Park United Methodist Church with Pastor Cyndi Bloise officiating. (Please meet at the church.) Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. www.whcraigfuneralhome.com.
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Rutkowski, Eugene J. 74

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1941-05-27
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. Rutkowski, 74, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born May 27, 1941, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Peter and Mary Szymkowiak Rutkowski. Eugene was a Navy veteran. He was of the Catholic faith. Eugene retired from the weld line at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge after more than 40 years of service. He enjoyed playing pool and working the jumble and crossword puzzles in the paper. Eugene is survived by his children, Eugene J. (Veronica) Rutkowski II, of Natrona, Cathy (Bill) Cornwell, of Murrysville, Cindy (Mark) Comperatore, of Natrona, and Chris (Jamie) Rutkowski, of Natrona Heights; seven grandchildren, Jessica Rutkowski, Josh Rutkowski, Eugene J. Rutkowski III, Sherrie (Matt) Slaugenhaupt, Matt Cornwell, Barb Comperatore and Brooke Rutkowski; and four great-grandchilden, Xavier Clark, Ciera Cornwell, Pasiley Clark and Eugene J. Rutkowski IV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen B. Olszewski Rutkowski, on April 7, 2014; and by his sister, Patricia Rutkowski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Officiating will be the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Smith, Mary Alice 91

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1923-09-25
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice (Shackelford) Smith, 91, died peacefully at Longwood at Oakmont, July 26, 2015. Mary Alice was born Sept. 25, 1923, to Oscar L. and Muzett (Daniel) Shackelford, in Oxford, N.C. She grew up in Kinston, N.C., with her parents and brothers, in a grand home built by her father. From an early age, music was second only to family in importance to Mary Alice. She was blessed with a beautiful soprano voice that matched her lyrical soul. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music from the Women's College of North Carolina in 1944, then moved to New York City. Her time in New York allowed her to explore her musical talent and broadened her awareness of the diverse cultures in America and beyond, kindling an interest she held throughout her life. She returned to teach at Women's College in 1945, and while in Kinston visiting her family in December, 1945, she performed as the soloist at a friend's wedding. Her singing that day won the heart of Norman Smith, a Marine veteran of Iwo Jima, who decided on the spot that she was "the girl for him." Mary Alice and Norman were married on July 6, 1946, and moved back to New York, where she continued to pursue her career in music and he enrolled at Columbia University. Like many women of her generation, when her children came along, first a daughter, Leslee, in 1949, followed by sons, Christian and Gregory, in 1951 and 1953, Mary Alice set her career aside to focus on the family. Though her professional performances were suspended, music remained an essential part of her daily routine, whether running through scales, singing to her children or lending her voice to the choir at the Baldwin Methodist Church, where she and Norman worshiped. She conveyed her love of music to each of her children who learned to play piano, clarinet, oboe and guitar. When her children were old enough, Mary Alice resumed singing professionally, both as a soloist and joining with Carolyn Reyer to form the "Bel Canto Duo." Mary Alice and Carolyn made several recordings and performed at numerous venues in Pittsburgh in the early and mid-1960s. In the 1980s, Mary Alice further expanded her creative outlets through poetry and creating fabric art. She was an active member of the Embroiderer's Guild and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her quilts and other pieces have been displayed in a number of galleries in Pittsburgh and are cherished by her family. Mary Alice was also known for her marvelous cooking and enjoyed entertaining family, friends and new acquaintances in her home. Expanding beyond her small town southern roots, she welcomed exchange students from France and Peru to the family and regularly invited guests for dinner from countries as diverse as China and Ghana. She thrived on learning about different cultures and opened her heart to others regardless of their background. She embraced every aspect of life and gave of herself tirelessly for others' benefit. Mary Alice and Norman moved to Longwood at Oakmont in 2003 where they enjoyed the company of good friends and a thriving community. Norman passed away in 2013, just a few months after their 67th anniversary. Mary Alice is survived by her brothers, Robert (Evelyn) Shackelford, of Mt. Olive, N.C., and Arthur (Rachel) Shackelford, of Greensboro, N.C.; children, Leslee H. (Andrew) Fiveland, of Blue Hill, Maine, Christian A. (Loreen), of Helena, Mont., and Dr. Gregory N. (Wendy), of Portland, Ore,; grandchildren, Heather (Gardner), Eryn, Malcolm, Dylan, Bergin and Daniel (Fiveland); and great-grandchildren, Jack and Anna (Gardner), Ayden and Colin. At Mary Alice's request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh. Arrangements are entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mary Alice's honor to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department of Music or the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Online condolences may be made to www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Snyder, Linda L. 71

  • Braddock
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Linda L. (Plisco) Snyder, 71, of Braddock, died Monday, July 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Robert C. Snyder Sr. for 38 years; loving mother of Bob (Dawn), of White Oak, Lynn Ann (Jim) Heverly, of North Braddock, John "Duke" (Amy), of Braddock, and Jackie (Jay) Demus, of North Versailles; adoring grandmother of Michelle (Marlon) Mark, Shane Snyder, J.R. Snyder, Jaylyn Demus and Derek Snyder; great-grandmother of Jayden Mark; and sister of John "Jake" (Allyson) Plisco, of Pleasant Hills, her twin brother, Larry (Debbie) Plisco, and Ronald (Faith) Plisco, both of North Huntingdon. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Linda retired as a cook for the 4 Kids Day Care in Braddock. She loved to travel, go to the beach and enjoyed collecting seashells and also baking for her family. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. Linda will be laid to rest next to her husband in Monongahela Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Solak, Dean R. 52

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Dean Robert Solak, 52, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 26, 2015. Dean is survived by his loving children, Chelsea and Jacob Solak; mother, Lorraine LaBonte Solak; and siblings, Jay (Joan) Solak and Kim (Eric) Meyer. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph G. Solak; and brother, David Solak. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. Memorial contributions may be made to Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Condolences may be left at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Turner, Alfred 65

  • Plum , Formerly of England
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Alfred "Alan" Turner, 65, of Plum, formerly of England, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Susan Turner; loving father of Rebecca (Brian) Wawrzyniak and Rachael (T.J.) Murrin; grandfather of Hayden, Sydney and Matthew; and brother of June Furnival, Barbara Thorpe and Sheila Rigby. Alan was an avid English Futbol fan, having played in England during his younger years. He also loved going on cruises around the world with his wife. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747), where services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, (Please place "In Memory of Alan Turner" on the memo line.) www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Wells, Karen E. 71

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1944-01-03
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Hamel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Karen Elizabeth Wells, 71, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at her residence, in Mt. Lebanon, following a long battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 3, 1944, in the Monongahela Hospital in New Eagle. Karen was a daughter of William (Bill) Charles Young and Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Young. She was living with her husband, Glenn A. Wells, at the time of her death. Karen and Glenn were married Oct. 26, 2002, in First Presbyterian Church, Monongahela. They shared a deeply loving relationship and both enjoyed travel and theatre. Karen attended Lincoln Elementary School and Monongahela Junior and Senior High School, graduating in 1961. Karen attained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and both a master's and doctorate degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Her distinguished teaching career began in the Elizabeth-Forward School District and continued at the Bethel Park School District, where she became the head of their language department. Karen's influence on and dedication to her students resulted in much admiration over the years. She also worked for Carlow University. Karen was a member and past deacon of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. Karen was the mother of two sons, William Barrett Shuma, of Pleasant Hills, and James Jeffrey Shuma, of San Jose, Calif. Following the death of their father, William John Shuma, Karen devoted her life to her sons. She is also survived by her only sibling, Nancy Koscho, of Washington (Lone Pine), Pa.; her daughter-in-law, Antoinette Shuma; granddaughter, Kaira Lily Shuma, of San Jose, Calif.; and stepchildren, Nicole and her husband, Boyd Lewis, and their children, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lynn and her husband, Josh Abig, and their children of Richmond, Va., and Christian Wells, of Mt. Lebanon. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Betty Young and their siblings; and her grandparents, Phyllis Tuman Williams and George and Margaret Young. She was also predeceased by her stepson, Glenn A. Wells Jr. Karen poured herself into self-sacrificially doing the best for her family. She was a firm believer in the importance of education, both in the opportunities she aimed to provide for her children, and in her life's work of investing in her students. She has touched countless lives and her example will live on. A private family service will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at MILTON E. HAMEL MORTUARY, Upper St. Clair, followed by interment at the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum, Pleasant Hills. The family wishes to thank everyone for the love shown to Karen over her long journey, the daily prayers and the words of support. She was truly loved.
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Branthoover, Jean G. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-08-22
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Jean Gertrude Johnston Branthoover, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Salem Township, daughter of the late Florence Amanda Cline Long and William Long and the late Harry Johnston. Jean was a graduate of Greensburg High School, a member of the Congruity Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout leader, a former member of the Pittsburgh Mother of Twins Club, Delmont Golden Agers, founding vice president of the Salem Township PTA and Alwine Homemakers. Jean also enjoyed attending Cloverleaf Senior Luncheons and the Slickville Senior Center. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Dean Branthoover; and a son, Barry Dean Branthoover. She is survived by four daughters, Cindy Joyce Karstaedt and her husband, William, of New Alexandria, Terry Jean Selembo and the late George, of Greensburg, Trudy June Carle and her husband, Joe, of Bellaire, Ohio, Tammy Logan Kulik and her husband, Gary, of New Alexandria, and a son, Larry Gene Branthoover and his wife, Petra, of Hollywood, Md.; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, PA 724-468-8381, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. H. Clifton Foster presiding. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congruity Presbyterian Church, 136 Fenneltown Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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DeLuca, Thomas C. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-07-16
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Thomas C. DeLuca, 85, of Scottdale, (Kingview), died Monday morning, July 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, while being comforted by his loving family. He was born July 16, 1930, in Scottdale, the son of the late Thomas and Concetta Iannone DeLuca. Tom was a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. He was a graduate of Scottdale High School Class of 1948. Tom was a proud Veteran of the Air Force, Serving in the 62nd Communication Squadron as a message center clerk, attaining the rank of Corporal. Tom was a retired overhead crane operator for Duraloy Blaw-Knox Corporation with 43.5 years of service. He was a member of the Firemen's Club, VFW post and the Sons of Italy club, all of Scottdale. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed leather crafting and participating in numerous craft shows. He also was an avid gardener, which he loved to share his vegetables and produce with others. Tom is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Donna Lee Riley DeLuca, whom he married Aug. 7, 1952; his loving children, John T. DeLuca and wife, Darlene (Stoner), of LaFayette, Ind., Guy DeLuca and wife, Debbie (Coughanour), of Scottdale, Christine A. Kuhns and husband, Edward, of Derry, and Edward J. DeLuca, of Bullskin Township; his eight grandchildren whom he adored, Susan Kaduk, Ryan DeLuca, Katie Mikeska, Kristin DeLuca, Bryan Crouse, Jennifer DeLuca, Erin Crouse and Danielle DeLuca, and his nine great-grandchildren; and his sister, Katherine Siesky, of Connellsville. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his son, Steven M. DeLuca (March 14, 1987); and grandson, Jared S. DeLuca (May 18, 1995). Tom's family will greet friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. To view online obituary, send flowers, sign guest registry, send condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Jaworski, Ronnie J. 71

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-03-13
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ronnie J. Jaworski, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at his home. Ronnie was born March 13, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Bruno and Martha Pieszak Jaworski. Ronnie was a 1961 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Joint Schools, a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Army, and was formerly employed by the Lenox Corp. as a bander. Ronnie was a member of American Legion Post 446 working for numerous years as a bartender, VFW Post 3368 Mt. Pleasant, the Polish Falcons Club and Hecla Sportsman's Club. Surviving are his wife, Deborah Simmons Jaworski; daughter, Ronee Bungard and husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant; stepdaughters, Trisha Simmons, of Belle Vernon, and Melissa Hlatky and husband, Del, of Smithfield; grandchildren, Nathanael and Garrity Bungard, Peyton Leichliter, Christian and Noah Miller, Tyler and Rylea Hlatky; mother-in-law, Shirley Russin, of Scottdale and his companions, Shilo and Cowboy. In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother Robert Jaworski. Friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Kim King officiating. Interment with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Please visit Ronnie's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Kennedy, John M. 82

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Edgley, West Palm Beach, Fla. | Get Directions
  • John M. Kennedy, 82, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015. John was born in Vandergrift, and spent most of his life, post-military service, in the AK Valley. A true Pittsburgher, John greatly enjoyed watching the Steelers play. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him. John served in the Army in both Airborne and Infantry divisions beginning in post-World War II Okinawa, the Korean War and peacetime Europe. He later was self-employed in the Washington, D.C., Metro area with a towing and auto repair business, and then served as parts manager for Monroeville Dodge and lastly, before retirement, the former Teo's Chrysler Plymouth of Tarentum. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John is survived by his wife, Shirley (Farkas) Kennedy; daughters, Robin D. (Ronald) Patton, of Leechburg, Kellie Kennedy (Robin Selman), of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Michelle M. (Brandon) Heuer, of Marysville, Ohio; sons, John R. Kennedy, of Leechburg, Edward M. (Carrie) Kennedy, of North Apollo, and Jimmie-Lynn Kennedy, of Atlanta Ga.; grandchildren, Justin S. Hays, of Leechburg, Ann E. Kennedy, of Pittsburgh, Brandon J. Kennedy, of North Apollo, and Abbie A. Heuer, of Marysville, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Eric J. Hays, of Leechburg. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Kennedy and Ellen Connor; a brother, Robert B. Kennedy; and a son, Joseph Kennedy. A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the home John shared with Shirley Kennedy, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Interment will be in February 2016, in the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla. Services will be provided by EDGLEY CREMATION SERVICES of West Palm Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County, Fla., hpbc.com or to a charity of your choice.
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Knapp, James A. 78

  • Derry , Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • James A. Knapp, of Derry, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Excela Health, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Humphreys, a son of the late John J. and Mary M. Kamenske Knapp. Jim was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Latrobe. He was a graduate of Hurst High School and during high school played in the Jimmie Knapp and His Orchestra, winning the first amateur hour in Pittsburgh. Jim was a veteran of the Marine Corps as a Corporal. After serving his country, Jim was employed with PPG Industries of Greensburg with 30 years of service. He was a life member of the Hecla Sportsman's Club and a social member of the Norvelt Fireman's Club. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to travel out west to hunt. He is survived by his wife of more than 42 years, Pauline E. Stouffer Knapp; two daughters, Renee Lentz Nickerson and her husband, Bob, of Denver, Colo., and Rhonda Lentz Brown and Jake Houser, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Robbie James Nickerson and April Jamison; two great-grandchildren, Ryan James and Jocelyn Robin Jamison; and his two furry companions, Oreo and Jazzie. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Robin L. Brown and her fiance, Brian Ulhrich. Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Trinity Lutheran Church, 331 Weldon St., Latrobe, PA 15650, with his pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey Schock, officiating. The HARMTAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Kowalski III, Joseph P. 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1952-07-22
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Joseph Paul Kowalski III, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, July 27, 2015. He was born July 22, 1952, in Pittsburgh, to Dorothy Fitz Kowalski and the late Joseph Kowalski. Joseph is survived by his mother, Dorothy Kowalski; his sister, Karen (Frank) Sansosti; his brother, Robert (Ellen) Kowalski; nephew, Frank J. (Jenine) Sansosti; great-niece, Natalia; and close family and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne. Arrangements were handled by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, 412-678-6177.
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Leiser, Eileen M. 82

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1933-07-12
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Eileen M. Leiser, 82, formerly of Irwin, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Cape Coral Hospital, Florida. She was born July 12, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Paul and Eva (Feld) Franklin. Eileen was a former member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Herminie, before moving to Ft. Myers, Fla. She enjoyed oil painting and mostly spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W. Roger Leiser, in 2010; and her brother, Paul Franklin. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Dan) Schwartz, and her son, Richard "Rick" (Teresa) Leiser, both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Chris and Liana, Kelly and partner, Nick, Bryan and Angela, Dave and Kristy, Zach and Nicole, Kelcey and fiance, Marty, Brian and Casey, Cheryl and Brad; 16 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Edward Church, Herminie. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, in memory of Eileen.
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Levic, Jennie 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-03-18
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jennie (Sever) Levic, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born March 18, 1922, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (Russ) Sever. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Greensburg Central Catholic High School with 38 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, and the SNPJ Lodge 223 of Carbon for 70 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, August Levic, on April 4, 1980; a son, Louis J. Levic, on Jan. 31, 1994; a brother, William Sever; and four sisters, Mary Paulin, Sophia Kuznik, Verna Pinazza and Ann Kuznik. She is survived by her son, John E. "Jack" Levic, of North Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Joseph Sever and his wife, Evangeline, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Miller, Shirley M. 85

  • Delmont , Formerly of Monroeville and South Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Shirley M. Miller, 85, of Delmont, formerly of Monroeville and the South Hills, died Friday, July 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth; loving mother of Mark and his wife, Dawn; grandmother of Brian and David and his wife, Gretchen; and great-grandmother of Callahan. Shirley was a founding member of Faith United Methodist Church. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday only at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Faith United Methodist Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA 15626. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Naccarato, Josephine F. 92

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1922-11-21
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Josephine F. (Grillo) Naccarato, 92, of Vandergrift, died Monday, July 27, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Nov. 21, 1922, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Spagnolo) Grillo. Josephine was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift. She was active with the Leechburg Marconi Club's Women's Auxiliary. She enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, dancing, playing cards, bocci, family picnics and spending time with her family. Survivors include two sons, Vince (James McGarrah) Naccarato, of Hartford, Conn., and Louis (Mary Lee) Naccarato, of Washington Township; two daughters, Bonita (Frank) Poleski, of Allegheny Township, and Deanne (Randy) Kuruc, of Lower Burrell; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kristen) Poleski, Elizabeth (Charles) Naccarato, Michael (Amber) Naccarato, Justin (Raelyn) Kuruc, Jason Kuruc and Jillian Kuruc; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent J. Naccarato, in 2006; and a sister, Lenora (Grillo) Arduino. At the request of the family, visitation will be private. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Pehrson, Patricia F. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-08-30
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Patricia F. Pehrson, 81, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Gettysburg, the daughter of the late William S. Sr. and Susan (Gardner) Feely. Prior to her retirement, she had been a registered nurse at Westmoreland Hospital for 39 years. She was a member of The First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Pehrson, on Oct. 8, 2007; and a grandson, Michael Charles Sturnick. She is survived by two sons, Bruce D. Pehrson and Bryan C. Pehrson, and a daughter, Susan Sturnick and her husband, Michael, all of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Hope and Tyler Pehrson, Jessica, Lauren and Nicholas Sturnick; a brother, William S. Feely Jr. and his wife, Barbara (Habert) Feely, in Colorado; and four nephews. Honoring Pat's wishes, visitation and services will be private in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Mutual Aid Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 350, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Riegler, Lois 95

  • Penn
  • Born: 1920-04-15
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Lois (Armburst) Brandenstein Riegler, of Penn, formerly of Springdale, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, after a year-long stay in Hempfield Manor Nursing Home in Greensburg. Lois was born April 15, 1920, in New Cumberland, Ohio. She had three sisters, Vivian, Elaine, both deceased, and Alice Chaffey, 93, who lives in Monroeville; also, a brother, William "Billy", also deceased. Lois' great-grandfather, William Armburst, received a letter in 1860 from President Abraham Lincoln appointing him post master of the area. In 1928, the family moved to property that is now Jason Wilkinson Nurseries in Armburst. At 18, Lois moved to Pittsburgh and soon after married Charles "Chuck" Brandenstein. They had identical twin daughters, Marlene and Maxine, in 1942. Tragically, Marlene drowned in 1947 while vacationing at their summer camp on the Allegheny River, which devastated the family. In 1951, Lois and Chuck had a son, Charles William "Chuck" Brandenstein Jr. In 1963, Lois married Emil Riegler, of Springdale. After Emil's death, Lois lived with her son, Chuck, in Penn. Lois leaves numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her son, Chuck, of Penn, and daughter, Maxine Ellis, of Cumming, Ga. Lois was loved very much and will be greatly missed. lt;PBgt;Arrangements made by the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC. Services and interment private.lt;Pgt;
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Smartnick, Paul J. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Smartnick, 80, of Greensburg, went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 25, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jean (Elliott) Smartnick. He dearly loved his daughters, Erin (Scott) Uhlinger and Melissa (Michael) Rose; and his five grandchildren, Kara and Laurel Uhlinger and Isabella, Isaiah and Eliza Rose, who brought great joy to his life. He had been a carpenter and plumber. He played music with his brothers in their band called The Cavavans and also played in the Eddie Liszewski Band. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Anna (Franko) Smartnick; five brothers, John, Albert, Anthony, Andrew and Edward; and a sister, Pauline Karazsia. He is survived by four brothers, Frank, William and Leonard, all of Greensburg, and Steve, of Derry; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Paul's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, with his nephew, the Rev. Tyrone Smartnick, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Smouse Lute, Ola M. 93

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1922-04-26
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ola M. Smouse Lute, 93, of Scottdale, passed away at 7:50 a.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015, at her residence. Ola was born April 26, 1922, in South Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Peola Sheppard and Ola (Hudspath) Markle. She was married to William N. Smouse, who passed away Oct. 27, 1968, and to Harry Lute, who passed away in 1995. Ola was a devoted mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother. Years ago, she was employed as a baker in the cafeteria department for East Huntingdon and Southmoreland School Districts and also worked for U.S. Steel's Christy Park Works. Ola was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and the Everson Senior Citizens. She took enjoyment taking bus trips with her dear friends. Ola will be sadly missed by her loving family; her three sons, George Smouse and wife, Angie, of Mt. Pleasant, William Smouse and wife, Sandy, of Smithton, and R. Edward Smouse, of Scottdale; her three stepdaughters, Maxine DeFlitch, Judy Graft and Linda Lute; her seven grandchildren, Dave Smouse and wife, Kristina, Melissa Wendell and husband, Dave, Samantha Smith and husband, Matt, Joshua Peterson, Kimberly Hixson, Lynn Ann Eicher and husband, Brian, and Christie Smouse and partner, Rachel Pisarek; her 14 great-grandchildren; her five great-great-grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren; her two sisters, Evelyn Bobbs, of West Newton, and Allie Markle, of Mt. Pleasant; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, her first husband and her second husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Dean Smouse (2001); three sisters, Alberta Mauk, Anne Lassalle and Betty Keck; five brothers, Vernon, Glenn, Wayne, Alvin and Clyde Markle; and her pet cat, Zoe. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Bonnie King officiating. Chapel committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township. Appreciation is extended to Amedisys Hospice and to all of Ola's loving caregivers. Love Lasts Forever!
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Streussnig, James R. 66

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1949-01-14
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • James Raymond "Skip" Streussnig, 66, of Jeannette, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Jeannette, a son of the late Peter and Elizabeth (Hayes) Streussnig. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Omnova in Jeannette, and was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Army, and was a coach for the Jeannette High School Varsity Football team and an avid Jayhawks fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son; two brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law. Skip is survived by his wife, Susan (Altman) Streussnig; a daughter, Lindsay Streussnig, of Philadelphia; a son, Cody Streussnig; siblings, Sandra Korn, of Jeannette, Peter Streussnig, of Jeannette, Betsy Wells, of Jeannette, Pamela Novak and her husband, Al, of Trafford, Mary Kay Daugherty, of Greensburg, and Jeffrey Streussnig, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Father Paul Lisik officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Jeannette Varsity Football and Cheerleaders Parents Club. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Armstrong County

Cousins, Brady R. 86

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1929-07-27
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Brady Raymond Cousins, 86, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at his home. He was born July 27, 1929, in North Buffalo Township, son of David L. and Ella (Schrecengost) Cousins. Mr. Cousins was a member of the North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church where he formerly served as a Sunday school teacher and trustee. He retired as a federal mine inspector, where he served in District 2. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Army. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 244, where he was worshipful master in 1988 and also the Coudersport Consistory. His hobbies included watching nature from his home, camping, hunting and fishing. Surviving are his son, Raymond (Becky) Cousins, of Kittanning; his daughter, Esther Doreen Cousins, of Kittanning; one brother, David (Pauline) Cousins, of Kittanning; and two grandsons, Adam and Graham Cousins. Brady was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Esther Doreen (Schrecengost) Cousins, who died Jan. 21, 1988; brothers, Robert, Franklin, Ernest and James Cousins; daughter, Judith Ann Cousins; and one sister, Ella Mae Smith. Friends will be welcomed from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. Additional visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church, where services will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Blevins officiating. Interment will follow in the Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Sheaffer, Terry D. 61

  • Parks Township
  • Born: 1953-08-26
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Terry D. Sheaffer, 61, of Parks Township, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. He was born Aug. 26, 1953, and was a son of Dawayne Sheaffer, of Parks Township, and Ethel Jane "Rusty" (Charles) Noe, of North Carolina. Terry was a 1971 graduate of Lenape Tech and self-employed in the construction field. He loved spending time in the country, playing guitar with his brother and had a great gift to make people laugh; a genuine friend to the end. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, John (Valerie Young) Sheaffer, of Parks Township; three children, Tanya Sheaffer Kirkwood, of Butler, Jessica and Travis Sheaffer, of Apollo; and one grandson. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, 724-567-7006. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sheaffer family.
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Thomas, Dorothy L. 83

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-05-03
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Lucille (Heckman) Thomas, 83, of Kittanning, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born May 3, 1932, in Kittanning, daughter of the late Edward and Edith (Umbaugh) Heckman. She worked at Johnson Plastics and liked crocheting and singing. Survivors include her son, Albert L. (Patricia) Emmert Jr., of Georgia; brothers, Jim Heckman, Dale Heckman and Wayne Heckman; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning with the Rev. John W. Snyder. Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Beaver County

Finnegan, Dawn M. 66

  • Harmony Township
  • Born: 1949-06-15
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Dawn Marie Finnegan, 66, of Harmony Township, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in her home, following a long battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease). Born June 15, 1949, in Sewickley, she was the daughter of Don L. and Lillian Sternart Turney. Dawn was an elementary school teacher for Ambridge Area School District for 35 years and will always be remembered for the talent shows she helped to produce at Highland School and the many field trips she organized for her students to cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. An active member of Good Samaritan parish, Dawn was a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Good Samaritan Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild and volunteered tirelessly at many parish functions. A loving wife and mother, Dawn is survived by her husband, Daniel; and son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Daniel Jr. and Beth, of Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, William Turney. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, PA 15003. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Samaritan Catholic Church, Ambridge. Private interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Association, Western Pennsylvania chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209 in hopes that a cure for the disease that ravaged Dawn will be found. The family would also like to express their thanks to all those who travelled with Dawn along her very difficult journey, providing physical and spiritual nourishment, encouragement and care.
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Butler County

Dietz, Dr. Laurence E. 85

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of Brighton Township
  • Born: 1929-10-06
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Noll, Beaver | Get Directions
  • Laurence E. Dietz, D.M.D., 85, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Brighton Township, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry, with his wife at his side. Pioneer pediatric dentist in Beaver and Columbiana counties, son of the late Dr. Phineas (Philip) and Freda Dietz, of Harrisburg, Larry was the husband of 63 years of Winnie (Ruddell) and father of Lauren (Dr. Ralph V.) Shaffer, of Williamsport, Dr. Craig E. (Cindi) Dietz, of Lake Tomahawk, Ohio, Dr. Clifton E. Dietz, of Beaver, Cort A. (LaDonna) Dietz, of St. Louis, Mo., and Carey O. (Peggy) Dietz, of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Born Oct. 6, 1929, in Harrisburg, and orphaned in high school, Larry exaggerated his age and joined the PA State Guard Mounted Troop, attaining the rank of sergeant while still in high school. He graduated from William Penn High School, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. After serving in the Army Dental Corps as a captain, he practiced in Beaver and Columbiana counties limiting his patients to children. He authored a book, "Buddy Beaver Goes to the Dentist" and created a costumed character called Buddy Beaver for his young patients. He served as president of the PA Society of Dentistry for Children, Beaver Valley Dental Society and the Western PA Dental Society. Honored with membership in the American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, Pierre Fouchard Academy and the Academy of Children's Dentistry, Dr. Dietz also served as a deacon, elder and trustee of the Presbyterian Church. For many years, Dr. Dietz fostered the careers of young pedodontists by employing them as they started practicing in other parts of Pennsylvania. He also served the University of Pittsburgh Dental School as an adjunct professor in pedodontics. A mission trip with his family to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti was a significant part of his Christian mission work. Dr. Dietz was a familiar figure in Beaver and Columbiana counties on his 17-hand Tennessee Walking Horse. This activity was further carried out in the Ocala National Forest as a member of the Altoona Posse. He also co-founded the "Dead River Gang" boat club, and participated in antique car activities. In addition to his wife, children and their families, Dr. Dietz is survived by a brother, Dr. S. John Dietz, of Columbia, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Dr. Raymond E., Dr. M. Wendell and Dr. M. William Dietz. As per his wishes, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in the Park Presbyterian Church, Beaver, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Mark Boyd. Private interment will take place at Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements are being conducted by the NOLL FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Third St., Beaver. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Dietz's name to the Sherwood Oaks Memorial Fund, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Online condolences may be shared at www.nollfuneral.com.
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Harrison, Victoria K. 87

  • Cranberry Township , Formerly of Katy, Texas
  • Born: 1928-03-19
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Victoria K. Harrison, 87, a resident of Concordia of Cranberry, formerly of Katy, Texas, died Saturday evening, July 25, 2015, at Concordia. Born in Barberton, Ohio, March 19, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Christina Kanakis. A homemaker, Victoria was of the Greek Orthodox faith. Surviving are three sons, Frank Harrison and his wife, Stacy, of Cranberry Township, James Harrison and his wife, Cherie, of Katy, Texas, and Thomas Harrison and his wife, Alica, of Austin, Texas; her grandchildren, Suzannah, Tori, Jeffrey, Holly, Hayley and Kara; and a brother, Peter Kanakis, of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Harrison, who died July 22, 2003. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, with services to follow, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, PA 16046. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas. Memorials may be made to Concordia of Cranberry, 10 Adams Ridge Blvd., Mars, PA 16046. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Kwak, Ray T. 86

  • Bullskin Township
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ray T. Kwak, 86, of Bullskin Township, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Friends are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Rob Allison officiating. Interment with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published in the Thursday edition of the newspaper.
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Ober, Nancy J. 73

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1941-11-19
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. (Kelley) Ober, 73, of Dawson, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 27, 2015. Nancy was born Nov. 19, 1941, in Englewood, N.J., a daughter of the late Roy and Pauline (Baer) Kelley. She married her loving husband, Robert N. "Bob" Ober, on May 14, 1960. Nancy began her working life as head bookkeeper for First National Bank of Arlington, Va., where she ran the earliest version of the Buroughs IBM computer. Nancy then worked at the First National Bank in Scottdale. After retiring from the bank, she founded the Brownfield Community Center Library, where she continued to volunteer for almost 20 years of service prior to her declining health. Nancy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by her daughter, Lisa Negich and her husband, Jeff, of Dawson; and her son, Robert Ober and his wife, Terri, of Fort Mill, S.C.; her five grandchildren, Jeffrey Malik and wife, Megan, of Brentwood, Tenn., Lacey Slavin and husband, Todd, of Greensburg, Larissa Malik, of Eustis, Fla., and Payton and Tessa Ober, of Fort Mill; her two great-grandchildren, Tara and Corey Slavin; her sister, Doris Eutsey, of Dawson; her brother, R. Douglas Kelley, of Everson; several nieces and nephews; her best friend, Vonnie Phillips; and her beloved dog, Abby. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Renz. At Nancy's request, there will be no public viewing or visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale, 724-887-5300, www.fergusonfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Love Lasts Forever!
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Ritenour, Robert L. 71

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1944-07-10
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Robert L. "Mike" Ritenour, 71, of Melcroft, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born July 10, 1944, in Melcroft, a son of the late Clarence and Edna M. Kalp Ritenour. Mike worked as a boilermaker through Union Local No. 154 in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Acme. Mike loved the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish and cut firewood and was a member of the Indian Creek Valley Sportsman's Association. Mike will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 49 years, Janet L. May Ritenour; his children, William Ritenour and wife, Kim of Acme, Brian Ritenour and wife, Carol, of Bear Rocks, and Mikki Crist and husband, Tom, of Mt. Pleasant; his nine grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Jerry Lee Ritenour and wife, Kirsten, of Acme; his sisters, Geraldine Cramer, of Mt. Pleasant, and Mabel Thomas, of Donegal; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by his sisters, Betty Trice and Faye Romesburg; and his brothers, Richard J. and William Ritenour. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with his brother-in-law, John BIackburn, officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Acme. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Rose, Mary L. 62

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1952-08-25
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lucille Rose, 62, of Connellsville, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Jefferson. She was born Aug. 25, 1952, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Domer and Cecilia (Bailey) Knopsnider. Mary was Protestant by faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and enjoyed playing Bingo, cards and traveling to local casinos. Mary is survived by two grandsons, Angel Louis Knopsnider and Blake Allen Knopsnider, both of Connellsville; three brothers, Larry Knopsnider, of Everson, Tom Knopsnider, of West Virginia, and Bill Knopsnider, of Connellsville; a sister, Gloria Davila, of Lorraine, Ohio; and a goddaughter, Stacy Frazier, of Mt. Pleasant; two nieces, Tonya Nudo and Laura Knopsnider; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Knopsnider; dear friend, Sherri Frazier, who was like a sister to Mary; and good friend, Gary Tate, of Uniontown. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by a daughter, Louisa Knopsnider; and a son, Eugene Knopsnider. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, the hour of service with Pastor Lee Maley officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, (724) 628-9033. Interment will follow in Barren Run Cemetery, Smithton. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Radakovich, A. Marge 96

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1919-03-28
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • A. Marge Radakovich, 96, of Blairsville, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana, Pa. Born March 28, 1919, in Homer City, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Modic and Mary (Ivancic) Modic. She attended Ss. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville. She retired from Torrance State Hospital as a clerical worker. She was a member of the Court of St. Theresa CDA and Angels of Compassion at church. Survivors include her son, Richard Radakovich, of Coral, Pa.; daughter, Kathryn Mahar and husband, Thomas, of Olean, N.Y.; grandchildren, Scott Radakovich, of Coral, Thomas Mahar, of New York City, N.Y., Matthew Mahar and wife, Carolyn, West Harrison, N.Y.; great-grandchild, Connor Mahar; and sister, Mary Evanick, Homer City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Radakovich, in 1997; three infant brothers; and two infant sisters. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, in Ss. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville, with Father Stephen R. Bugay officiating. Interment will be in Ss. Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Deavers, Margaret 88

  • Bentleyville
  • Born: 1926-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Margaret Deavers, 88, of Bentleyville, formerly of Brownstown, Fayette City, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, in Transitions Health Center, Washington, Pa. She was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Cokeburg, a daughter of the late John Patsik and the late Mary Sabolchek Patsik. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Charleroi. Margaret is survived by two daughters, Pamela Thomas and husband, Frank, of Fayette City, and Candace L. Ornot and husband, Mike, of Bentleyville; one son, William Deavers and wife, Debra, of Greensburg, Ind.; stepdaughter, Pat Weld of Brownsville, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Laura Deavers of Roscoe; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Deavers; and three sisters, Vera Sosnak, Mary Wrublesky, and Rose Zamiska. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, 724-326-5621, www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com. Prayer services will be held in the funeral home Friday, July 31, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10:15 a.m. in the St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Charleroi, with the Father Robert Hanna as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Howe Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Kanap, Martha 94

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1921-06-21
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Martha Kanap, 94, of Charleroi, died peacefully Monday, July 27, 2015. Born June 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Tony and Katherine (Pasterick) Kanap. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, Centerville Congregation and was retired from Corning as a packer. Martha is survived by her sister, Catherine Leyda, of Charleroi; nephew, Joseph P. (Sondra) Kruczek, of Fallowfield Township; niece, Rita Leyda of Charleroi; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Mary Kruczek and Doris Gorondy; and nephew, Edward Leyda Jr. There will be no public visitation, and burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Todd, Ralph 74

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1940-09-01
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Ralph “Sonny” Todd, 74, of Allenport, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital. Born Sept. 1, 1940, in Allenport, a son of Ralph L. and Grace E. Biles Todd. Mr Todd was a California University of Pa. graduate with a bachelor's degree in business management and retired from the Pa. State Assistance Dept. He was a member of the Allenport Civic Club and the founder and owner of Todd’s Distributing in California, Pa. A U.S. Navy veteran, Sonny was a past officer and member of the Roscoe United Methodist Church. A member of the Roscoe American Legion, past officer of the Allenport VFD, a past council member for Allenport, a past board member for RESA, and a member of the Monongahela Valley Masonic Lodge No. 6013. Sonny was an avid classic car lover, having rebuilt a number of classic cars throughout the years. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann “Dolly” Zubric Todd; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lonnie and Sharri Todd of Fallowfield Township, Ralph and Amy Todd of Coal Center and Stephen and Jen Todd of Wayneville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Emilee, Nathan, Nolan and Macy Todd; and one brother, Glenn Todd. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Todd; and a sister, Donna Kaufman. There will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at noon at the Roscoe United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sandra Conti officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Roscoe. The family suggests memorials be made to the Roscoe United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.melenyzer.com.
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Elsewhere

Bruncsak, Joseph C.

  • Elkton, Md.
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Crouch, North East, Md. | Get Directions
  • Retired Army Lt. Col. Joseph Carl Bruncsak, of Elkton, Md., passed away at 2:20 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He is survived by his sister, Joyce, of Pennsylvania; his four children, Joe and his wife Karyn, Corey and his wife Kelley, Sybil and Jonathan and his wife Ashley; and three grandchildren, Taylor, Riley and Max. He lived a life full of love and compassion and gave aid to anyone who needed it. The love of his life, Paula Bruncsak, passed away five years hence. He joins her now at the gates of heaven, once again united. The laughs, cries, trials and rejoicements that he shared with his family and friends are probably the best epitaph that anyone could ask for. Unfortunately, because of the sheer quantity of those moments, they can't all be listed here. He is missed greatly and will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Funeral service will be held at noon Friday, July 31, 2015, at CROUCH FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 127 S. Main St., North East, Md., where the family will receive guests beginning at 10 a.m. until service time. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home. For condolences, please visit www.crouchfuneralhome.com.
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Friend, Jolan J. 53

  • Germantown, Md.
  • Born: 1962-03-10
  • Died: 2015-07-27
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  • Jolan J. Friend, 53, of Germantown, Md., passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at Casey House in Rockville, Md. Jolan was born March 10, 1962. Jolan was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph H. Friend. She is survived by her mother, Barbara, and stepfather, James Reaney; her brother, Ralph L. Friend and Kelly; a nephew, Robert; niece, Nicole Friend, of Phoenix, Ariz.; also an aunt and uncle, Louis and Jerry Berta; and a host of cousins; plus a stepsister, Deborah and Mike Yale, of Brockport, Pa. A memorial service is being planned for later.
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Kline, Veronica 93

  • Jupiter, Fla.
  • Born: 1922-01-07
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Veronica Kline, 93, of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Charleroi, died Friday, July 24, 2015. Born Jan. 7, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Valent and Mary (Rumanchik) Talpas. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mother's, 1st Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, and Mon Valley Slovak Cultural Trust. She was a CCD teacher, and her greatest joy was preparing children for First Holy Communion and May Crowning at her former church, Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Veronica is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Eileen Kline of Belle Vernon; daughters, Donna McCloskey and Doris Koecheler both of Jupiter, Fla.; sisters, Ann Dyky of Monessen and Cecelia Kubik of North Versailles; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Cyril L. Kline; twin sister, Kathryn Drabik; and sisters, Mary Baron and Joan Kisinko. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the CARL J. SAPLLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, celebrated by the Rev. Jerry Mikonis, with interment following in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Leroy H. 92

  • Clarion
  • Born: 1922-10-19
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Goble, Clarion | Get Directions
  • Leroy Henry Smith, of Clarion, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Clarion Hospital. He was 92 years of age. Born Oct. 19, 1922, in Sarver, Butler County, he was the only son of the late Howard J. and Frances (Shultz) Smith. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Second World War in the European Theater. He earned the European Theater Service Medal with six bronze stars and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Sergeant. Leroy worked first as a carpenter and contractor for Harbison and Smith, a company that he partnered. He then was a dragline operator in the coal mining industry for Allison Engineering. He went on to become a foreman for C and K Coal and retired from that firm in 1988. In 1943, he married the former Dorothy E. McFarland. She preceded him in death in 1997. Leroy was well-known for his hearty handshakes and his loving hugs. He enjoyed wood-working, creating things with a scroll saw and mowing lawns for a hug and lunch. He was an also avid hunter. He is survived by his children, Donna Briemeister, Dennis Smith and his companion, Darlene Glasser, Gary Smith and his wife, Arnetta, and Gregg Smith and his wife, Jean. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dan Wilkewitz, Brett Wilkewitz, Angela Grieb and Nicholas Smith, along with numerous great-grandchildren. He will be especially missed by his dear friend, Myrtle Shirey. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 651, Clarion, PA 16214. Arrangements are under the care of the GOBLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 330 Wood St., in Clarion, where visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015. An additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at the First Baptist Church, 649 Main St., in Clarion. Military honors will be accorded by the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 66 from Clarion at 10:45 a.m. at the church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jason Hunter officiating. Interment will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Sarver. Friends and family may send online condolences, order flowers and memorials and obtain additional information by visiting www.goblefh.net.
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Tatarzycki, Roberta 81

  • Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Born: 1934-02-18
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Roberta Coyne Tatarzycki, 81, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 12, 2015, with her family at her side. She was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Edward Coyne and Thecla (Born) Coyne. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Edward; four sons, Mark (Patricia), Neil, Evan (Judith) and Brad; and also grandchildren, Gerik (Meredith), Nicholas and Natasha. Roberta graduated from Sacred Heart High School, excelling in debate and drama. In 1981, she graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, in Sacred Heart Church, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements are by McCABE BROS. INC. In her final wishes, Roberta requested that everyone feed the birds in her memory. The family suggests donations in her memory to your favorite charity.
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