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Bootay Jr., Robert S.

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert Starr Bootay Jr. was received into Heaven Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. His life was centered on his family and faith. Lynne and Bob have been married for 43 years and are blessed with children, Robert S. Bootay III and wife, Liz, Elizabeth B. Rockwell and husband, Andy, and Sergeant. Glen A. Bootay. His grandchildren, Grace, Robert IV and David Bootay, Faith, Lillian and Charlotte Rockwell were the light of his life. Bob is the son of Patricia Bootay and the late Robert S. Bootay Sr.; brother of Brian Bootay; and brother-in-law of Louise Sandmeyer, Dick Swails and uncle of Kate, Meg and Brent. He was the son-in-law of the late Glen and Betty Sandmeyer. He was a member of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. He served on the Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board, Pleasant Hills Library Board and American Cancer Society Board. Bob was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and American Legion. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Bob worked in the lumber industry for more than four decades, the last 35 years with Babcock Lumber. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the sanctuary of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236, with the Rev. Mark Whitsel officiating. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Bunda, Myrna 84

  • Versailles
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Myrna (Palm) Bunda, 84, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport. A 1948 graduate of McKeesport High School, she was a member of Versailles Borough Parent Teachers Association, Croatian Fraternal Union No. 146, AARP and Versailles Borough Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Myrna also helped organize Versailles Borough's rabies clinic. Born June 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Ida Forsberg and wife of the late Frank Bunda, who passed away Aug. 17, 2014. She is survived by her children, Stephanie (Joseph) Bojanowski, of New Jersey, Gerald (Susan) Bunda, of Moon Township, and Rebecca (Eric) Smith, of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Jason (Erin) Bunda and Stacy Bunda, Katie Bojanowski and Michael Smith; great-grandson, Bryce; sisters, Verna Kennell and Patricia Harris, both of McKeesport; and nieces and nephews. Myrna will be sadly missed by her pets. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until a 7:30 p.m. blessing on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, with Deacon Dale DeSanto officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Burkhart, Rita M. 76

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1938-11-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Eloise, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Rita M. Burkhart, 76, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret. She was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Etna, to Francis and Lillian Kaiser. She was a homemaker and also worked at Mellon Bank. She was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jacob "Jack" Burkhart; children, Bonnie A. Burkhart, of Ross Township, Robert A. Burkhart, of Shaler Township, Jim (Amy) Burkhart, of Shaler Township, and Laurie (Richard) Mushinsky, of Hampton Township; and five grandchildren, Jake, Brett, Paige, Josh and Ava. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eileen Stevens. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, where a Parish Wake Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral prayers at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw. Entombment at Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum, Glenshaw.
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Chizmar, Irene 95

  • Formerly of White Oak
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Irene Chizmar, 95, formerly of White Oak, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Chizmar; loving mother of William (Elvia) Chizmar, of Oracle, Ariz., and Michael (Linda) Chizmar, of Shaler; sister of Virginia DiMucci and Marion Greenland; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Irene was preceded in death by parents, George and Susan (Petras) Chizmar; and siblings, Helen Stash, Susan Uphoff, Michael Rohac, George Rohac and Nicholas Rohac. No Visitation. Service private. Arrangements by the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Chusko, Dolores Dolly 83

  • North Versailles , Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dolores "Dolly" (Diggins) Chusko, 83, of North Versailles, formerly of Braddock, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Chusko Sr; loving mother of George Jr. (Karen), Raymond (Yvonne), Dolores "Dee" and James (Janice) Chusko, Kim (Paul) Petrovic and Gerri (the late Paul) Hlavac; proud grandmother of 10; great-grandmother of nine; great-great-grandmother of one; dear sister of Cathy "Babe" Stright, Donna Diggins, Shirley Morvay, Thomas Diggins and the late James Diggins; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 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, with a Parastas service at 4 p.m. An Office of Chrisitan Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Braddock, with Father John Cuccaro officiating. Interment will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Cohn, Sidney L. 83

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sidney L. Cohn, 83, of Pitcairn, formerly of Monroeville, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Pearl K. (Dollhopf) Cohn. Sid is survived by friends. He had been an executive with Kaufmann's and the May Company. Friends were welcomed to a funeral service Monday in the chapel of Grandview Cemetery, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137. Arrangements are by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Consolaro, Connie 98

  • West Deer Townshiop
  • Born: 1916-06-08
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Connie (Grass) Consolaro, 98, of Culmerville, West Deer Township, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born June 8, 1916, in West Deer to the late Daniel and Cinderella (Destefano) Grass. Connie has lived in West Deer all of her life. A homemaker and member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, she also was active in the church Rosary Society. Connie was a life member of the West Deer VFD No. 1 Women's Auxiliary as an active member for more than 70 years. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, bingo and playing cards. Survivors include her daughters, Lucille C. (Edward) Braun, of Bairdford, Johanna Kuhn, of Culmerville, and Cindy (Daniel) Iman, of Evans City; seven grandchildrenl and 11 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Consolaro, Jan. 26, 2002; her brothers, William, Barney and Reynold Grass; and her sister, Julia Charney. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with a Catholic funeral Mass following in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to West Deer VFD No. 1, 1520 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum, PA 15084. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Cooley, James E. 67

  • Chalfant
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James E. Cooley, 67, of Chalfant, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Linda E. (Wall) Cooley; loving father of Lisa (Mark) Austin, of Michigan, Heather Cooley, of Chalfant, and Shawn Cooley, of Monroeville; dear grandfather of Selena and Serena Vinciguerra, Shyanna Wheeler, Chase and Ashley Nebel and the late Caleb Vinciguerra; brother of Chuck Cooley, of East Pittsburgh, the late Connie Cooley and the late Sylvia Noll; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jim served with the Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and he was a retired motor inspector from U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works. He took pleasure in fishing, hot rods and car shows and greatly enjoyed animals, both domestic and wild. Friends welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, along with a presentation of military honors. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Cullen Sr., George F. 77

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1938-02-15
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • George F. Cullen Sr., 77, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Baldwin Health Center. He was a retired operations manager for Harbison Walker Refractories in Pittsburgh and an Air Force veteran. George was a member of Bible Fellowship Community Church in West Newton, County Line Chorus Barbershop Harmony Society and American Hunting Club in Potter County, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. Born Feb. 15, 1938, in Belle Vernon, he was a son of the late Jack and Virginia (Tonks) Cullen. He is survived by daughters, Connie (John) Lakovic, of White Oak, and Sally Lasica, of Port Vue; son, George F. (Raena) Cullen Jr., of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, Jay and Justin Cullen, Marissa and Nicole Lakovic and Alexis, Nicholas and Megan Lasica; loving companion, Fran Gelzhiser, of West Newton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at noon Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Mike Sneeringer officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, SW Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Cummings, Mary M. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (McDonough) Cummings, 83, of Plum, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John P. "Jack" Cummings; loving mother of Mary Pat (late Robert) Mueller, John (Mary Ann), George (Paula), Michael (Barb), Thomas (Sherri) and Timothy (Aliza) Cummings; sister of John "Jack" (Marguerite "Koke") McDonough; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road, (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. If desired, the Cummings family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alz.org).
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Digiacomo Sr., John J.D. N. 87

  • Glassport
  • Born: 1927-11-15
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Glassport | Get Directions
  • John N. "J.D." Digiacomo Sr., 87, of Glassport, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. He was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Clairton to the late Joseph and Margaret (DeFrancisco) Digiacomo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Eafrato) Digiacomo in 1998. John is survived by three sons, Joe (Carmel) Digiacomo, of Ormond Beach, Fla., John Digiacomo Jr., of Glassport, and Anthony (Denise) Digiacomo, of Lincoln Borough; daughter, Deborah (Clint) March, of Glassport; brother, Mario (Shirley) Digiacomo, of McKeesport; sister, Louis DeVito, of Glassport; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Grossi. John retired as a tester from Copperweld Corp., Glassport. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. John was a member of Queen of the Rosary, Glassport, Sons of Italy, Glassport, and Citizens Hose Company No. 1, Glassport, where he received a certificate of recognition for his 60 plus years of dedicated service as a volunteer fireman. John played football in high school and continued to be an avid football fan all his life. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, PA 15045. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the funeral home, with Father Miroslaus Wojcicki officiating, followed by interment at Calvary cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Dunmire, Alva J. 83

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1931-06-18
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alva Jefferson Dunmire, 83, of Cheswick died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his home. He was born June 18, 1931, in Apollo, to the late Alva and Rayna Johnston Dunmire and has been a resident of Cheswick for the past 13 years, having previously resided in Allegheny Township, Tarentum and Apollo. Mr. Dunmire was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Springdale VFW and attended St. Alphonsus and St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Churches. He was a supervisor for PPG in Creighton and Ford City. He also worked as an electrician and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, visiting his camp in Tionesta, swimming, spending time with his family and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Eleanore M. Strelec Racic-Dunmire, children, Richard (Marie) Dunmire, of Lower Burrell, Rose (Dale) Wainer, of New Kensington, Matthew (Linda) Dunmire, of Brooksville, Fla., Chris (Calvin) Tobin, of Leechburg, Andrew (Diane) Dunmire, of Vandergrift, and Daniel (Debbie) Dunmire, of Leechburg;12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Leona Pawloski Dunmire; siblings, Veda Cass, L.D. Dunmire, Harold Dunmire, Mary Lou Persoshie, Jack Dunmire, Robert Dunmire and Jim Dunmire. The Dunmire family would like to extend a special thank you to Gateway Hospice for the excellent and dedicated care Mr. Dunmire received. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW and the Army will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Eicker, Isabell V. 91

  • Port Vue
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Isabell V. Eicker, 91, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ralph Eicker; parents, William and Isabell Vogt; two sisters, Claire (Sal) Cavallaro and Jacqueline (Clifford) Taylor; and one brother, William (Josie) Vogt. Isabell is survived by her loving daughter, Holly (Phillip) Schrum; and beloved grandchildren, Mariah and Daniel. Arrangements are private and entrusted to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to please make donations in Isabell's memory to one of the following foundations; Arden Courts Staff Appreciation Fund, 480 Wray Large Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Alzheimer Foundation, 1 E. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, 720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205.
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Evagues Sr., Leonard E. 83

  • Whitaker
  • Born: 1931-11-14
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Leonard E. Evagues Sr., 83, of Whitaker, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. Born Nov. 14, 1931, in Whitaker, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Bajus) Evagues. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of Gene's Place and Dot and Len's in Whitaker. He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. (Wilczek) Evagues; father of Leonard E. (Joanne) Evagues Jr., of Duquesne, Pamela Markovich, of Whitaker, Michaeleene (Tony) Giannandrea, of West Mifflin, Alicia (Brian) Ziemke, of Elizabeth Township, and the late Edward Evagues; and brother of Ronald (Jeanne) Evagues, of Whitaker, the late Lawrence (late Lois) Evagues and the late Gene Evagues. He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Gazzo, Vilma 92

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Vilma (Leone) Gazzo, 92, of Penn Hills, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter F. Gazzo; loving mother of Peter S. Gazzo (Pat); sister of Mary Arcuri, Remo Leone, the late John and Joseph Leone; grandmother of Paul Gazzo and Tricia Underwood; also four great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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Gensheimer, Anne 85

  • Scott Township , Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1929-07-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Anne (Keim) Gensheimer, 85, of Scott Township, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Bud Gensheimer; devoted mother "Frau" of Christine Klesius (Mike), of Pewaukee, Wis., Greg Gensheimer (Leslie Barrett), of Montverde, Fla., Mark Gensheimer (Annie Kirk), of Sewickley, and the late Michael James Gensheimer; loving grandma "Frau" of Brian Klesius (Lisa), Sarah Gensheimer, Alie Gensheimer Gruelle (Matteo Gruelle), Laura Klesius, Hannah Gensheimer and Caroline "CC" Gensheimer; sister of the late Eileen Hoffman, Alice Edkin, Marjorie Yeager, Robert A., James W., Richard P., Mary E. and Frances Mary Keim; also survived by her many nieces, nephews and devoted friends, Jim DelBianco and Sandy Russman. Anne was born July 26, 1929, in Erie, Pa., the youngest of nine children of the late Anthony E. and Alice McQuade Keim. She attended St. Joseph Grade School and Villa Maria Academy in Erie, where she was valedictorian in 1945. Anne earned her registered nursing degree at Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburgh in 1950. She then attended Villa Maria College in Erie while also working at the Veteran's Administration. In 1950, she met the love of her life, Ernest Burke "Bud" Gensheimer. They were married May 2, 1953, and had a wonderful marriage spanning 55 years. In 1973, Anne earned her Bachelor of Education from California University of Pennsylvania. After the birth of her youngest son, Michael James, Anne became interested in serving children with special needs. She worked as a school nurse at Pathfinder School (Allegheny Intermediate Unit) in Bethel Park for 25 years. She was a longtime volunteer at St. Clair Hospital and Marian Manor. She and her late husband, Bud, were also volunteers for PALs (People Able to Lend Support), driving older individuals to/and from appointments for many years. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church, Greentree Road. Entombment will be private in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McGuire Memorial Home, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, PA 15066 or to Verland Foundation, 212 Iris Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Gerber, Wilma J. 67

  • Liberty Borough
  • Born: 1947-08-29
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Wilma Jean Gerber, 67, of Liberty Borough, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home. Born Aug. 29, 1947, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Wilma (Seman) Kaminsky and is survived by her husband, George H. Gerber Jr. Wilma worked for G.C. Murphy Company and the Bettis Plant in her early years. She then dedicated her life to caring for her family. She is a member of Corpus Christi Church. In addition to her husband, Wilma is survived by stepson, Alan (Dawana), of Darlington; son, Christopher J., of Somerset, N.J.; daughter, Jennifer E., of Inglewood, Calif.; sister, Joan (Mike) Kaminsky Godich, of Bethesda, Md.; niece, Nicole (Mark) Thompson; and is also survived by great-nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation of New Jersey at 317 George St., No. 203 New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or online at www.hyacinth.org.http://www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Gerson, Charles F. 87

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Charles F. Gerson, 87, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret A. Gerson; and beloved father of Charles S., of Peachtree City, Ga., and Mark S., of Mars. He was preceded in death by parents, Stephen and Rose Gorsos; sister, Julia Cook; and daughter, Nancy Gerson. Charles was an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He was employed by Upjohn Pharmaceutical as a medical sciences liaison. Charles was an avid golfer with two holes-in-one to his credit. Friends received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until the time of a blessing service at 8 p.m. at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford.
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Grandinetti, Dr. Lisa M. 38

  • Point Breeze
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Lisa M. Grandinetti, M.D., 38, of Point Breeze, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Jason M. Swoger, M.D.; mother of Stella Swoger; daughter of Peter and Maria Grandinetti; sister of Gina G. Woodworth (Jeffrey); and aunt of Peter R. Woodworth. Lisa was an accomplished dermatologist at UPMC and the Dermatology Residency Program director. Lisa completed her residency at The Cleveland Clinic and worked on staff at the Mayo Clinic. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Bede Church. Everyone please gather at the church. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Lisa's memory to www.lungevity.org or in care of Jason Swoger for a trust to be established for Lisa's young daughter, Stella.
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Gray, Rojeanne 89

  • Formerly of Gibsonia
  • Born: 1925-12-11
  • Died: 2015-02-14
  • Funeral Home: Tribute Cremation, Charlotte | Get Directions
  • Rojeanne Rossiter Gray, 89, of Pineville, N.C., formerly of Gibsonia, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, surrounded by her family. Born Dec. 11, 1925, she was the daughter of Jessie McIntire and Richard Rossiter. Rojeanne earned a degree in nursing from Shadyside Hospital of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University. She worked at the Richland Medical Center from 1960 to 1967 and the Pine-Richland School district as a school nurse from 1967 to 1983. After retiring, Rojeanne and her husband, Richard Gray, moved to Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Winter Haven, Fla., Duluth, Ga., then spent her last four years in Pineville, N.C. Surviving her are her daughters, Roberta Gray, of Gibsonia, Carole (John) Nelson, of Indian Land, S.C.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death was her husband, Richard Gray; her daughters, Sharon Giesey and Susan Argall; and her great-granddaughter, Ally Susan Powers.
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Jozwiak, Mary 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary "Gloria" Jozwiak, 88, of Monroeville, formerly of Swisshelm Park, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. "Stay at home my heart and rest. Home-keeping hearts are happiest." - Longfellow. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Jozwiak Sr.; loving mother of Susan L. Price (James), of Plum, Thomas M. Jozwiak Jr. (Cathy), of Harwick, and Jeffrey A. Jozwiak (Jeanlynn), of Forest Hills; dearest Grammy of Matthew, Josh, Brian Price, Jessica, Rachael, Raymond Jozwiak and Nicole and Caity Jozwiak; and great-Grammy of Danielle, Andrew, Erin, Amelia, Abby, Ellie Grace, Tessa, Ethan and Davis Price. Gloria volunteered at St. Anselm's festivals, rectory and Meals-On-Wheels. She was president of Swissvale AARP and past president of St. Anselm's Ladies Bowling League. She was a great cook and loved animals. Gloria was proud of her Irish heritage and especially loved the University of Notre Dame football team. She was also a true fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Gloria enjoyed an active life her last two years at Beatty Pointe Village in Monroeville. Gloria's life reflects a commitment and dedication to her beloved family, friends, church and community. She was a vibrant participant in all facets of her life. Grammy was the guiding light for her eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. We can only hope that her caring spirit will be reflected in all her loved ones who grieve her loss. She will be missed each day of all of our lives. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anselm's Word of God Church. Family requests donations may be made to Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206; or St. Anselm's Word of God Church, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. www.niedfuenralhome.com.
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Kenda, John A. 81

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John A. Kenda, 81, of Swisshelm Park, died Friday Feb. 27, 2015. He was a son Of the late John S. Sr. and Mary (Kocan) Kenda; brother of Frances Colner and the late Margaret Martha, Bernedette Beckstein, Mary Kenda and John S. Kenda Jr.; also many loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. John served his country proudly in the Marines and was an avid golfer. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anselm Word of God Church. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Kirkpatrick, Wallace A. 71

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1943-11-28
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Wallace A. "Art" or "Buck" Kirkpatrick, 71, of Logans Ferry Heights, Plum Borough, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, March 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 28, 1943, in New Kensington, to the late Wallace V. and Dorothy Schultz Kirkpatrick, and was a 1961 graduate of Ken-Hi. Mr. Kirkpatrick also graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh. He was a design engineer for Medrad Corporation of Indianola for 19 years, retiring in 1998. Buck was a member of the Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church of New Kensington, and a life member of the Logan's Ferry Fire Department. One of his greatest enjoyments was hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends at his camp in Tionesta, and riding his ATV there. Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Lila Lee Walters Kirkpatrick; children, Arthur W. "Art" Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kristin, Susan D. Kirkpatrick and her husband, Sam Alt, and Lori Love Hrivnak and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Sarah and Ty Kirkpatrick and Alexis and Trevor Hrivnak; his brother, Todd A. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kim; many nieces and nephews; and his adored Cocker Spaniel, Belle. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lila Lee Kirkpatrick, who passed away in 1962. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by his pastor, Robert J. Henry. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Kresl, Katharina 89

  • Baldwin
  • Born: 1925-11-14
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Katharina Kresl, 89, of Baldwin, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 14, 1925, she was a daughter to the late Mathias and Anna Fetter. She was the beloved wife of Andrew Kresl, who passed in 2012; loving mother of Elvira (Jimmy) Ruggeri, Rose Marie Mount, Teresa (Ron) Derzak, Andy Kresl and Monica (Danny) Olah; adoring grandmother to Gregg (Heather), Jamie (Joe), Rachel (Eric), Markie, Matthew, Andy, Andrea, Alayna, Megan, Tyler, Adam and Alyse; great-grandmother to Lindsey, Ben, Gavin, Isabella, Aviana, Lena and Brody; and sister to Maria Bosz. She loved to spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She loved sewing, canning, cooking and could always be found on Saturday mornings baking the best goodies. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church. Please sign the online register book at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Kugler Sr., Fred R. 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-12-02
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Fred R. Kugler Sr., 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. Born Dec. 2, 1924, in McKeesport, he is the son of the late Fred J. and Bertha Maxwell Kugler. He was a 1942 McKeesport High School graduate, attended Michigan State College while serving in the Army, specializing in communications, before serving in the Pacific Theater until 1946. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 37 years as an industrial engineer, then was a McKeesport School District bus driver for 12 years. He was a charter member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He served on the building committee of the new church, was a Sunday school teacher, served on the administrative council, was a trustee, a member of the United Methodist Men, the Berrier Adult Sunday School Class and played on the Wesley Dartball team. He also played for the former Mon-Yough Softball League. For more than 20 years, he was a volunteer for McKeesport Meals on Wheels, was a life member of Youghiogheny Lodge 583, life member and chaplain of Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest No. 138, A.A.S.R. Valley of Pittsburgh where he received their MSA award, a 50 year member of the R.W. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Valley of Pittsburgh Legion of Honor, Masonic Veterans and the Sewickley High Twelve Club. His fondest memories were of the summers he spent with family and friends at Deep Creek, Md. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, water biking, was an avid golfer and member of Oakland Golf Club where he accomplished a "hole-in-one." He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret "Peggie" Kugler; children, Fred R. (Michelle) Kugler Jr., of Jefferson Hills, JoAnne (Richard) Kugler Carl, of Elizabeth Township, Karen Lynn Kugler, of McKeesport, and Scott W. Kugler, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a niece and nephew and their families; and several cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother and best friend, Clarence J. Kugler; and great-grandson, Matthew Wood. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at noon Thursday in Wesley United Methodist Church, Broadway Ave. and Prescott St., White Oak. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to Children's Dyslexia Center, Valley of Pittsburgh, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505.
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Kurz Sr., Karl W. 86

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Karl W. Kurz Sr., 86, of McCandless, formerly of the North Side, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Kay Kurz; longtime companion of Georgia Ann Fellman; father of Karl W. (Karen) Kurz Jr., Kara E. (the late Dato Kadagishvili) Kurz and Kristin A. Kurz; brother of Harry (Barbara) Schreyvogel; uncle of Herman (Diane) Kurz; and grandfather of Hayden, Kaitlyn and Alyssa Kurz, Jakob, Luka and Eva Kadagishvili. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl G. and Lina B. Kurz; and his sisters, Mary Louise Snyder and Rose Kurz. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Wednesday in SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway.
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Leftwich, Barbara R. 88

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Barbara Rebecca (Guess) Leftwich, 88, of Springdale Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Barb was born in Wheeling, W.Va., Feb. 2, 1927, and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in home economics. She worked at Reynolds Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va., and Cincinnati General in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a dietician. In 1954, she married the late Harry C. Leftwich. Barb was the loving mother of Carrie E. (Bernard) Martin, the late Joseph C. (Judy) Leftwich and the Rev. A. (Judy) Leftwich. She was the proud grandmother of Rebecca J. (Todd) Mundok, Emily E. Leftwich, Rachel A. Leftwich and David C. Leftwich. She was delighted by two great-grandsons, Balan W.C. Mundok and Phen J.M. Mundok. Barb was a dear cousin to Ruth Ann Scherich, of Elm Grove, W.Va.; and a beloved sister-in-law to Mary (Earl) Hopper, of Des Peres, Mo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will commence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harry C. Leftwich. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's name to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org; or the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St., Springdale, PA 15144; or the Springdale United Methodist Church. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Leyland, Jack 73

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1941-11-11
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Jack Leyland, 73, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born in McKeesport on Nov. 11, 1941, and was the son of the late Earl M. and Mary Trainor Leyland. He was employed by Bob Massie Toyota and retired as the used car manager after many years. He was a veteran serving in the Marines. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Tiana (Michael) Melocchi, of North Huntingdon, Jacqueline Leyland, of Arona, Bridget Leyland, of Pittsburgh, and Annie-Laurie Leyland, of Munhall; grandsons, Christopher "C.J." Evanov, Jesse Evanov and David Herrmann; great-grandson, Tristan; siblings, Robert (Dolores) Leyland, of Sarasota, Fla., Ronald (Janet) Leyland, of Elizabeth Township, and Linda "Lu-Lu" Hippard, of Greenock; and Turra Mauldin, of Greensburg, the mother of Tiana and Jacqueline. He is also survived by two very special young men who Jack referred to as grandsons, Nick and Alec Ruffing. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl; and the mother of Bridget and Annie-Laurie, Judith Leyland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Arrangements are being handled by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, (412-678-6177).
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Martin, Shirley 84

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Sittig) Martin, 84, of Franklin Park, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the loving wife of Scotty; cherished mother of Kathy (Jerry) Martin Lehberger; proud grandmother of Jacob, Luke and Noah Lehberger; and sister of Betty McHenry and the late Willa Jane Duda. Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Private burial will be in Fairmount Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2535 Fairmount Church Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements are by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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McCorkle, Dennis G. 67

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1947-03-07
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Dennis G. "Dennie" McCorkle, 67, of Elizabeth Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. He was born March 7, 1947, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Norman and Betty King McCorkle. Dennie was a chemist for Eastman Chemical Resins Inc. He served as a radio operator aboard the USS Blandy (DD-943) during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Gasda McCorkle; son, Daniel (Kristie) Markovich Jr., of White Oak; daughters, Jessica (Mike) Gesmond, of Herminie, and Jeanette Kustra, of McKeesport; sister, Sharon (Wilson "Skip") Lucas, of Elizabeth Township; granddaughters, "Pappy's Angels," McKayla Gesmond and Bree Pisarcik; and grandsons, Johnny Gesmond, Alexander Meyer, Kaden and Mikey Pisarcik and Danny Markovich III. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol McCorkle. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Mihalic, Virginia 86

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1928-07-06
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Virginia (Cipollone) Mihalic, 86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at home. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township. Virginia met her husband, Andrew, while working in the personnel office at National Distillery in Large, where Andrew was assigned as a federal inspector. She also worked in the offices of Reliance Steel and Ohio Barge Line. Most recently, she retired as the co-founder and manager of Andy's Pool Shop in Elizabeth Township. Always active and striving to better educate herself, she received an associate's degree in business while attending college later in life. Virginia was a past Girl Scout leader, PTA president, member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Victory Fire Department and founder of the former Victoryette Marching Group. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bridges Home Health and Hospice. Born July 6, 1928, in Adah, she was a daughter of the late Nazareno Cipollone and Guilliette (Martucci) Sabatini Cipollone. The wife of the late Andrew Mihalic, she is survived by a daughter, Diana (Allan) Tomich, of Rostraver; son, Andrew M. Mihalic, of New Geneva; two grandchildren, Matthew and Desiree; four great-grandchildren, Ronnie, Breana, Brody and Connor; two sisters, Rita Sabatini Branca, of Philadelphia, and Mary (John) Cipollone Carney, of Elizabeth; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dominic Sabatini, John Cipollone and James Cipollone. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Michael Parish, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Geneva. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Nese, Louis 92

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Louis "Gigi" Nese, 92, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Larimer Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Alberta Nese; loving father of Ronald (Lynne) Nese, Donna (Earl) Kunkle and Arthur Nese; grandfather of Michael, Ronald Jr., Daniel and Tara; great-grandfather of Austin, Alyson, Dylan, Olivia, Julian, Savanna, Lyla and Mason; and brother of James, Robert, Grace and the late John, Sam, Rose and William Nese. He also leaves behind several half siblings, extended family and friends. Louis was the founder and former owner of Frankie's. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Nuckels, Frank 78

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Frank "Mike" Nuckels, 78, of East McKeesport, died peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy H. (Slaczka) Nuckels; dear father of Joseph Nuckels and Raymond Nuckels; special grandpa of Racheal Nuckels; brother of William Nuckels, Earl Nuckels and Lois Deer and the late Joseph, Edward, Clarence, Charles, Clifford and Richard Nuckels; son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Nuckels; beloved brother-in-law of the Slaczka brothers and sisters; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Departing prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Mr. Nuckels was retired from WABCO after 34 years, a former dispatched for 31 years with the North Versailles Police Department. He was also an active member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, serving as an usher, member of the Men's Club and the former secretary of St. Vincent DePaul Society.
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Rack, Reva L. 94

  • Oakland , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1920-03-02
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Reva L. Rack, of Oakland, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, one hour shy of her 95th birthday, in the Family Hospice at Canterbury, Lawrenceville. Born March 2, 1920, in Niles, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Freda Gordon Love. Mrs. Rack was a retired high school librarian in the South Allegheny School District, was a member and past president of the Temple B'nai Israel and was a member of its Sisterhood, B,nai Brith and Hadassah. A graduate of New Castle High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Clarion University and pursued her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She is survived by three children, Susan Rack, of Boston, Mass., Barton (Dee Jay Oshry) Rack, of Squirrel Hill, and Bonnie (Gerard) Rack-Wildner, of Cecil; her granddaughter, Mackenzie Rack-Wildner and great-grandson, Wyatt Rack-Wildner; her sister-in-law, Ruth Love, of Pittsburgh; and also by loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister-in-law, Howard Love and Morton and Dorothy Love. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of the deceased Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 230 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The family suggests contributions in her memory to either Family Hospice, 50 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or to the Temple B'nai Israel, 2025 Cypress Drive, White Oak, PA 15131, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Radocay, Daniel J. 79

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1935-08-02
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Radocay, 79, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Dravosburg, to the late Daniel and Mary (Kramer) Radocay. He was retired from U.S. Steel Homestead Works as a scarfer with 20 years of service. He was also a former school bus driver for Laidlaw. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Virginia (Hlad) Radocay; father of Daniel S. Radocay, of West Mifflin, and David (Jamie) Radocay, of West Mifflin; and grandfather of Cristin and Kelly Radocay and Daniel and Andrew Radocay. Private visitation was held at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service was held at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Burial with military honors was at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Richey, Barbara A. 82

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Waller) Richey, 82, of Ross Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Neil M. Richey; loving mother of Michael Richey, Ruth Moore, Thomas Richey (Cynthia), Robert Richey, R. Charles Richey (Sue), James Richey, Lawrence Richey (Sharon), Barbara McKnight (Tim), Douglas Richey (Melissa), William Richey and Susan Louviere; proud grandmother of 23; great-grandmother of three; and sister of the late Jean Kirby, William and George Waller. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jillian. Barb was a longtime and active member of St. Teresa of Avila Church, a member of St. Teresa Guild and Christian Mothers and a volunteer for North Hills Meals on Wheels for many years. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Roach, James S. 84

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1930-12-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • James S. Roach, 84, of Cheswick, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. James was the son of the late Marshall and Mary Jane (Ireland) Roach, born Dec. 26, 1930, in Altoona. They moved to Blawnox in 1937. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Walmsley) Roach; beloved children, James (DeEtt) Roach, of Idaho, Marsha (Jim) Martin, of Idaho, Marilyn (Garry) Collie, of Idaho, John (Stephanie) Roach, of Vandergrift, Robert (Edwynna) Roach, of West Deer, and Joseph (Pam) Roach, of Idaho. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two on the way, also by many nieces and nephews, and was loved by all. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey; twin brother, Joseph; and sister, Janet. James loved painting and roofing, which he was doing into his late 70s. He was a very patriotic man and always flew the American flag. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church, 921 North Ave., Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the roofing fund at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church. Professional services entrusted to the care of the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Routh, Mary Rita 97

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1917-08-11
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Hershberger-Stover, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Mary Rita Routh, Ph. D. 97, a brilliant and involved Pittsburgh native, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Born Aug. 11, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Mary Rita was born into the women's liberation movements in our country, growing up within a political environment on fire, not only the fight for the right to vote, but for higher education for women. It is no surprise then that Mary Rita's passion and pursuit of both education and political action continued throughout her life. Attending the University of Pittsburgh, she attained her Bachelor of Science in education, her master's in elementary education, and her doctorate in curriculum administration. Her life, dedicated to the education of not only the students whom she taught, but also the public and other educators, illustrated her passions in everything that she did. During the times in her life where she was teaching, her experience ranging from elementary education through the collegiate level, from learning support to gifted classes, it was evident that her passion was finding and executing the best possible way for different students to learn. That showed through her publications and varied work at the administrative and governmental levels as well, as an assistant principal, a curriculum planning specialist for Programs for Gifted Pupils st the PA Department of Public Instruction, and in a brief stint at what is now Family and Children's Services/ Mary Rita, as always, ahead of her time in understanding that one size does not fit all within the education system, showed her different way of looking at the world. Her understanding of the learning differences of gifted, and perhaps artistic children, may have been because she herself was that way. Mary Rita was a poetry enthusiast, and gifted poet herself. Though never published (in poetry), she wrote poetry about her life. A way of expressing her emotions, her thoughts (musings) and feelings, she wrote not only about her personal life, but also as an activist, on what was happening in the world around her. Mary Rita retired to Phoenix, Ariz., where she continued with her poetry and kept up with her passion for political action as a member of Mensa. Her love of traveling and sports was evident through her writings and her refusal to miss any major sporting event, discussing both in her many journals. She returned to Pittsburgh to finish out her life. Mary Rita's brother and sister, Charles and Ida, preceded her in death. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at HERSHBERGER-STOVER INC FUNERAL HOME, 170 Noble Ave., Crafton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 50 W. Crafton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Sabo, Anne H. 102

  • Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1912-10-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Anne H. Sabo, 102, formerly of West Mifflin, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Donora, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Surcek) Krivacek. She retired from Sears and formerly worked at U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin, a former member of their former Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild, and member of 3rd Order of St. Francis. She was the wife of the late Andrew J. Sabo; and aunt of Jack Balog, John A. Balog, Kelley Durigon, Jennifer Zazzera, Phil Krivacek, Joseph Krivacek, Joyce Ordos, James Kopasko, Paul Kopasko, Florence Zewe and Geraldine Lawrence. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLIEFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schliefer, supervisor, William Brian Schliefer, funeral director. Blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Sahli, Lois J. 90

  • Richland Township , Formerly of Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1925-01-12
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Sahli, 90, of Richland Township, formerly of Middlesex Township, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, at St. Barnabas Home in Gibsonia. Born in Richland Township, Jan. 12, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Oren H. and Lenora Milsom Knox. Lois had been a sales clerk at Kaufmann's in North Hills for many years. She was the beloved mother of Julia McCurdy and her husband, Bruce, of Cranberry Township, Joan Black, of Mars, and Linda VanDyke and her husband, David, of Cranberry Township. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Sahli, whom she married on May 14, 1948, and who died March 26, 2001; a daughter, Sandra Hollingshad; her sisters, Beatrice Baker and Estella Morrow; and her brothers, Delbert, Malcolm and Kenneth Knox. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Molnar officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Township. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Simone, Eva M. 99

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Eva M. Simone, 99, of O'Hara Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Simone; loving mother of Gary (Terrie) Simone; grandmother of Amanda (Kenny) Evans and Chris Gordish; and sister of Lloyda Kostolansky, Delford Mencarelli and the late Evo Mencarelli. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, dear friends and her beloved cat, Napolean. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where prayers will be recited at 10 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pio Parish, St. Edward Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Edward Church, 450 Walnut St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Sprowls, Charles L. 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Charles L. Sprowls, 90, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Simon) and the late Daisy (Wilcox); loving father of Renee (Ken) Piposar, of Glendale, Ariz., and Charles L. Sprowls, of West Mifflin; stepfather of Elaine (late Ray) Micklo, of West Mifflin, Colleen (Bruce) Whitney, of West Mifflin, and Holly (Bryan) Hinkle, of Munhall; brother of William, of Texas, Earl, of Virginia, and the late Hugh and Margaret Guy; and cherished grandfather of Shawna, Merissa, Melissa, Andrea, Raymond, Brian, Amanda, Justin, Scott and Devin. Chuck was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting. He was a member of Terrace Church of the Nazarene and Clairton Sportsman Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., 412-461-6394, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Tatalovich, Mildred 97

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-12-15
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mildred Tatalovich, 97, of Oakton, Va., formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Yugoslavia, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Marovich Grba. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel D. Tatalovich, who died April 13, 2007. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Helene (the late Dr. Thomas) Watts; son, Michael (Suzanne) Tatalovich; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the mausoleum chapel of McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Everyone please go directly to the cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Totin, Carole 70

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Carole "Jean" (Wertz) Totin, 70, of West View, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Ronald A. Totin; loving mother of Edward D. Totin (Kristina), Kathleen A. Skurcenski (Bryan) and Linda M. Meerhoff (Bill); dear grandmother of Jacob, Dylan, Ethan, Addison and Alyssa; and sister of Donald, Eleanor and Richard Wertz, Ruth Ann Strugalski, Marylu Giver and the late Robert Wertz. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Athanasius Church.
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Wall Sr., Maxwell D. 75

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1939-06-24
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Maxwell D. "Herb" Wall Sr., 75, of Forward Township, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at home. He was a retired firefighter with the Aviation Department for Allegheny County, former member of Blaine Hill and Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Companies and an Army veteran. Born June 24, 1939, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Isaac L. and Eletha (Stone) Wall. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret A. (Burke) Wall; daughter, Debra Ann (William) McHugh, of Clairton; sons, Maxwell D. (Cindy) Wall Jr., of Forward Township, and John B. (Dawn) Wall, of Elizabeth Township; six grandchildren, Tracy (Rich) Parsons, of Clairton, Jason Martin, of Pittsburgh, Kristin Wall, of Elizabeth, John (Nicole) Wall Jr., of Elizabeth Township, James Wall, of Elizabeth Township, and Matthew (Deneeya) Wall, of Pittsburgh; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, William Charles (Peggy) Wall, of West Newton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Weise, Virginia C. 81

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Virginia Caroline "Ginny" Weise, 81, of Verona, passed away of natural causes Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. She was born in Cresson, daughter of the late Guy and Mary Grace (Machiarola) Albarano. She was the beloved wife of the late Chef George P. Weise. In addition, she was preceded in death by sisters, Palma Dubis, Louise Santa Maria and Mary Shandor; and brothers, John, Joseph, Francis, Albert and Raymond. She is survived by children, George (Kimberly) and Mark (Kari) Weise; grandchildren, Lindsay Weise, Jonathan Weise, Shalana Scott, Nicole Weise, Brandon Weise and Tyler Kartman; and six great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Weber; and 31 nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Gerard's Catholic Church, Verona, and local garden club, Red Hat Society and Quilting Club. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Gerard Majella Church, 121 Dawn Drive, Verona, PA 15147. Everyone please meet at church. A memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD.
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Altmeyer Sr., Rod H. 87

  • Murrysville , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1927-12-29
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, of Murrysville, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was born Dec. 29, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late George and Dorothy Dickson Altmeyer, and was a 1945 graduate of Ken-Hi. He then graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was part of the Armed Forces Radio. Mr. Altmeyer was owner/operator of Altmeyer Home Stores Inc., a business started in New Kensington by Mr. Altmeyer's father, George, in 1941. The corporation presently has 11 locations in Western Pennsylvania. Rod was very civic-minded and was a member of the New Kensington Rotary and Hill Crest Country Club when he lived in New Kensington. He was involved in the Downtown Improvement Group (DIG), the Downtown Merchant's Association and the New Kensington Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of a national conglomerate, the American Textile Corporation. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church of Murrysville and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington. Mr. Altmeyer was a private pilot in his younger years, and was an anchor man on Columbus Television Stations during and after his college education. He was also an announcer for WKPA in New Kensington and did all of his own radio commercials. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with Jim Glenn, of New Kensington. Surviving are his two sons, Rod H. Altmeyer Jr., of Monroeville, and Robert C. (Bonnie) Altmeyer, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Joshua R. Altmeyer and Giavanna M. Altmeyer; and his beloved companion of seven years, Renetta DeSimone. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith J. Roethele Altmeyer, who passed away in 2006; his brother, George Altmeyer Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy and Gretchen. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Baker, Margaret 47

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1967-09-17
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" Thompson Baker, 47, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in West Pittsburgh, where she currently resided with her loving husband, Jeffery Baker. She was born Sept. 17, 1967, a daughter of the Gary Lasher and the late Margaret Lasher. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Apollo. She enjoyed collecting antiques, camping and cooking. Her smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Lasher; and brother, Michael Thompson. She is survived by two brothers, James Thompson, of Maryland, and William (Lana) Thompson, of Vandergrift; four sisters, Lynnette Piper, of Avonmore, Kedrin Lasher, of East Vandergrift, Vicki Willis, of Vandergrift, and Patti Willis, of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Apollo with Pastor Scott Fairman officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.gamblefh.com.
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Bilak, George 87

  • West Newton , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1927-04-04
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • George Bilak, 87, of West Newton, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was born April 4, 1927, in Port Vue, and was a son of the late Charles and Pauline Chemenec Bilak. George was retired from Bucyrus-Erie. He served in the Army in World War II and had received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. George is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Constance "Connie" Bilak Gaylious; grandson, Steven Gaylious; granddaughter, Mellisa Gaylious; and 10 brothers and sisters. There is no visitation. Funeral service and interment with military honors took place Monday, March 2, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. The Rev. Donald Jones officiated. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Clark, Emily F. 87

  • Wyano
  • Born: 1927-03-15
  • Died: 2014-12-11
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  • Emily F. Clark, 87, of Wyano, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, of pancreatic cancer, in her daughter's home on Lady's Island, S.C. Mrs. Clark was born in Wyano, March 15, 1927, to the late Oscar W. and Margaret May Krieger. She had six brothers, one of whom was a twin. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ken, Jim, Roy, Melvin, Ralph and her twin brother, Clarence. Her husband of 59 years, retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Dallas R. Clark, a 30-year Marine, preceded her in death in 2009 in Hernando, Fla. She was an active member of Grays Hill Baptist Church in Beaufort, S.C., and, while living in Hernando, Fla., she and her husband were active members of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl J. Hamm and husband, Ellis, of Lady's Island, S.C.; her son, Thomas D. Clark and wife, Cindy, of Wildwood, Fla.; two granddaughters, Emmie Hamm Dilsaver and husband, Ryan, and Ashley Hamm, all of Lady's Island, S.C.; two great-grandsons, Carter Dilsaver and Darby Cooper Hamm; one brother-in-law, Roger Clark, of Wyano; and many nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to her Sanctuary Hospice team who lovingly cared for her and her family. God Bless all who cared for her. Mrs. Clark has been laid to rest with her husband in the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C.
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Cuthbert, Martin G. 91

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1923-11-21
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Martin G. Cuthbert, 91, of Rostraver Township, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his home. Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Venetia, he was the son of the late Martin and Hannah (Bamford) Cuthbert. Martin was a retired machinist for U.S. Steel. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belle Vernon and he served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Thelma (Knight) Cuthbert; daughters, Audrey (Howard) Laverick, of Belle Vernon, and Marlene (Donald) Wendel, of Bethel Park; grandchildren, Christine (Edward) Jesanis, Gary Laverick, Aaron (Tiffany) Laverick, David (Mandy) Curry and Beth (Keith) Banks; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Gary Ralph Cuthbert; as well as his brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Ronald Malm officiating. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to First Baptist Church of Belle Vernon for the Missions Fund, 511 Short St., Belle Vernon, PA 15012.
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Dorsey, Emilie 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-24
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Emilie (Tucker) Dorsey, 78, of North Huntingdon, passed unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland, Greensburg. She was born July 24, 1936, in Monroeville, a daughter of the late Andrew and Flora (Stansfield) Tucker and was also was preceded in death by her husband, John V. Dorsey. Emilie was a well-known vendor at the Jonnet Flea Market, Blairsville. She is survived by her companion, Walter Bruggemen; her children, John V. (Donna) Dorsey Jr., of Jeanette, Deborah (the late Richard) Medved, of Irwin, Jerry "Boo Boo" (Patty) Dorsey, of North Huntingdon, Jan (Karen) Dorsey, of Paintertown, Darlene (Tim) Vodopivec, of Greensburg, and Victoria "Vickie" Dorsey, of Irwin; siblings, Leona Kleyn, of Claridge, Sarah Hardy, of Fargo, N.D., Thomas Tucker and Sandy Catalano, both of Beaver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Cindy Lindow officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Dubich, Cindy 56

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1958-05-16
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Cindy (Hohn) Dubich, 56, of Herminie died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 16, 1958, a daughter of the late Blair E. Sr. and Aldine P. (Martin) Hohn. Cindy was employed as a customer service representative for PPC Lubricants. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary T. "Hoss" Hohn, Blair Hohn Jr.; a sister, Deborah L. Woleslagle; and a granddaughter, Dina Dubich. Surviving are three children, Jennifer Dubich, of Herminie, Randy N. (Heidi Altman) Dubich II, of Irwin, Melissa Gill and husband, John, of Virginia; four grandchildren, Tyler, William, Richard and Kayleigh; two brothers, Keith and Steve Hohn; a sister, Sherry Lindquist; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Forkey, Anna Mae 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-02-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Forkey, 77, of Greensburg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur "Pete" and Irene P. (Paschke) Young. Prior to retirement, she had been a food service manager for Nutrition and was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her canine companion, Zoe. She is survived by her husband, Ronald S. Forkey; a son, David Forkey and his wife, Susan; and a daughter, Karen Mervosh and her husband, Mark ,all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Haley, Connor and Natalie Forkey; and a brother, Arthur Young and his wife, Mary Lou, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. The family would like to thank friends, Patsy, Shirley and Connie. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Garman, Olga 98

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1917-02-05
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Olga (Matthew) Garman, 98, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Allmans, a daughter of the late Mead and Roby (Spacht) Matthew, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diann Smith; sisters, Tressie Glasgow, Keturah Reynolds and Verdena Lovell; and brothers, Lloyd, Millard, Calvin, Glenn and Lee Matthew. Olga loved being with her grandchildren, cooking, making quilts and playing Scrabble. She is survived by her children, Connie (Don) Harrison, of North Huntingdon, and Gary (Anita) Garman, of Butler; grandchildren, James (Beth) Harrison, Kelly (Robert) Bollman and Kim Zahrobsky, all of Irwin, Scott Smith, of Florida, Krista (Gregg) West, of Butler, and Gary Michael (Jancey) Garman, of Erie; great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Justin) Areans, Chandler Bollman, Allen Harrison, Keturah Baker, Keenan Zahrobsky and Cannon, Grant, Tye and Quinn West; a great-great-grandson; also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Claudia M. Papenmeier officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1230 Brownstown Road, P.O. Box 256, Larimer, PA 15647.
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Germy, Elizabeth Becky 94

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Irwin
  • Born: 1920-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Becky" (Copeland) Germy, 94, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of North Irwin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was born July 19, 1920, in Elizabeth City, N.C., a daughter of the late William B. and Hattie Mae (Owney) Copeland. She was a member of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Germy; son-in-law, Calvin Painter; granddaughter, Nikki Germy; and sister, Juanita Husted. She is survived by her children, Joseph A. (Marylou) Germy Jr., of Palmerton, William L. (Angie) Germy, of Tennessee, Karen (Jefferson) Phillips, of Illinois, LaRue Painter, of North Huntingdon, and Denise (William) Bray, of Irwin; grandchildren, Heidi Winslow, Bria Craycraft, Lindy Charney, Leigh Germy, Samuel and Jacob Bray and Meghan Brown; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Cleary, of California; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Farview Dr., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Greggerson Jr., Bernard F. 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1932-10-29
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Bernard F. Greggerson Jr., 82, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Penn Township, a son of the late Bernard F. Greggerson Sr. and Leona Alice (Myers) Greggerson. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse Trucking. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 344, VFW Post 8240, FOE 844 and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, all of Jeannette, Jeannette Combined Veterans Honor Guard, AMVETS of Greensburg and the Penn Rod and Gun Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Dixon; a granddaughter, Tina Droll; and a brother, John Greggerson. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Henderson) Greggerson; his children, Doris Haus, of North Huntingdon, Glenn Pratt and his wife, Tammy, of Duquesne, Valerie Mezevitch, of Jeannette, Tammy Gross and her husband, Raymond, of Jeannette, Randi Greggerson, of Greensburg, Cheryl Greggerson, of Greensburg, Peggy Greggerson (Clake), of Jeannette, and Diana Klingensmith, of Jeannette; a sister, Alice Shotts, of Jeannette; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home for services. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Guerra, Mary 96

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1918-05-15
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home Inc., Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary Guerra, 96, of Monessen, died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Mon Valley Care Center. Born in Monessen on May 15, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline Gaudio Garofalo. She was a member of the Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Louis; her daughter, Carol "Queenie" Beregi; three brothers, Michael, Arthur and Joseph Jr. Garofalo; two sisters, Irene Beaumariage and Mable Rue; two nephews, Mark Garofalo and Arthur Garofalo Jr. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Louise and Dr. Thomas Persico and Cindy and Kevin Coccari, both of Monessen; a son-in-law, Alan Beregi, of Monessen; grandchildren, Sandor and Lindsay Beregi of Monessen, Kelly and Arron Kunder of Perryopolis; Jodi Carini of Greensburg, Bill Carini Jr. of Canonsburg, and Erin and Chase Helon of Peters Township; great- grandchildren, Nathan, Tyler and Marlee Carini, Isebella, Scarlet and Michael Kunder and Nicholas Helon; a sister, Edith Purcell of Monroeville; and two sisters-in-law, Sandra Garofalo of Florida and Eugenia Guerra of Charleroi. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Father Michael Crookston officiating. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery.
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Hood, Larry P. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1949-09-20
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Larry P. Hood, 65, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Greensburg, son of Alma R. (Mertz) Hood, of Greensburg, and the late Paul R. Hood. He was a member of First Reform United Church of Christ, Greensburg, Youngwood Sportsmens, Robertshaw Retirees and Hecla Sportsmens. He enjoyed car shows, hunting, working on cars, volunteering at church and helping people. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton after 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Nancy A. Hood, and children, Amy Lynn Echard and husband, Mark, of Grapeville, and Kimberly Howard, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jacob, Kristin and Kathryn; two sisters, Drenda Conn and husband, James, of Scottdale, and Elizabeth Schadle and husband, Gary, of Greensburg; a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his special friend, his dog, Junior. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Shire and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
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Johnston, Linda E. 64

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1950-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Linda E. (Fetter) Johnston, 64, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. and Clara M. (Jones) Fetter. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an administrative assistant with Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Ronald, Bruce, David and Robert Fetter; and two sisters, Ida Ewbank and Joyce Polo. Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank W. "Bud" Johnston Jr.; two daughters, Carey Martin, of North Carolina, and Jennifer Johnston, of North Carolina; a granddaughter, Callie Martin, of North Carolina; two sisters, Sandra (Richard) Clark, of Stahlstown, and Connie Bezick, of Latrobe; and a brother, Terry Fetter, of Ligonier. A celebration of Linda's life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Ligonier American Legion, 109 Kelly St., Ligonier, PA 15658. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Jones, Harry M. 91

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1923-07-31
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Harry M. Jones, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born July 31, 1923, in Johnstown, son of the late Ada M. (Hixson) and Benjamin F. Jones. He served as a corporal in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a radio man on Leyte Island in the South Pacific. Harry was a 1948 graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a degree in civil engineering. He spent most of his engineering career at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Prior to his retirement, he was project engineer for Green Engineering in the renovation of the Westinghouse Bridge. Harry attended Penn Township Christian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Fay (Landis) Jones; and thankful daughter, Gwen (Thomas) Wolfgang and husband, John, of Irwin. He was a devoted Pops to his grandsons, Jonathan (Lori) Wolfgang, of Seattle, Wash., and Mark (Nicole) Wolfgang, of Latrobe; and great-grandchildren, Stone, Macy, Piper, Abigail and Elise. Harry was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Don Brookshire and his grandson, Jonathan, officiating. Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harry's memory may be made to Camp Christian, P.O. Box 230, Mill Run, PA 15464. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kokolis, Nicholas 64

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-05-25
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Nicholas Kokolis, 64, of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2015, at home. He was born May 25, 1950, in Indiana, Pa., the beloved son of Sophie (Bindas) Kokolis, of Lucerne Mines. Prior to retiring, Nicholas was employed as a diesel mechanic by Beckwith, Murrysville. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of St. Mary's Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Indiana, Pa. He was an outdoorsman, having enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Nicholas will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer N. (Phillip) Kincaid; son, Michael J. Kokolis; sister, Mary Ann Hlusko; and niece, Heather Gavin. He was the proud grandfather of Alicia Ivy Kincaid and Wesley Aaron Kincaid. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724-468-1177). Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, 279 Yellowcreek St., Homer City, PA 15748, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., immediately following visitation, with Father Cuthbert Jack, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Lauffer, Alice K. 80

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1935-02-01
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alice K. Lauffer, 80, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Kenneth J. and Wilma Kathryn (Phillips) Gaffney. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John F. Lauffer Jr., of Youngwood. They were married Aug. 17, 1956, in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Youngwood. She is also survived by two sons, John F. (Becky) Lauffer III, of Derry Township, and Robert P. (Cindy) Lauffer, of Youngwood; four grandchildren, Kathryn S. Lauffer, of Derry Township, Michelle R. (Blaine) Kring, of Waynesboro, Jonathan S. Lauffer, of Johnstown, and Matthew C. Lauffer, of Latrobe; a great-grandson, Elijah Lee Kring, of Waynesboro; a brother, John W. (Diane) Gaffney, of Youngwood; a sister-in-law, Beverly Lauffer, of Greensburg; two nieces, Valerie Emerick, Kristen Scharer; a nephew, Brendan Gaffney; four great-nephews, Curtis, Joseph, James and Jacob; special friends, Glenda Rupert, Glenda Kaye Mester-Miller, Jennifer Breegle, Patti Porch, members of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church and the ladies and staff of Curves New Stanton. Respecting Alice's wishes, there will be no public viewing. Family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Luke's Lutheran Church Youngwood. A Memorial Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Peter E. Nordby presiding. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's (Chair lift) fund, C/O the Church, Westmoreland Humane Society or a charity of ones choice. For online condolences, please visit Barnhartfuneralhome.com.
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Macioce, Annette M. 55

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1959-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Annette M. Macioce, 55, of Lower Burrell, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home. She was born May 13, 1959, in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of Dolores M. (Krcelic) Mendicino, of Monroeville, formerly of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul J. Mendicino. In addition to her mother, Annette is survived by her daughter, Kristen Macioce, of Lower Burrell; her sisters, Paulette Clementoni (Russell), of Williamsport, and Lynnette Niro (Thomas), of Monroeville; and four nieces and nephews. All services will be private. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Trafford, (412) 372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Mager, James A. 60

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • James A. "Mage" Mager, 60, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles E. and Ruth (Brickell) Mager. He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Barrett (James); and two grandchildren, Isabella and Mila Barrett. He was the brother of Karen Lyons, Cheryl Marci and the late Chaz Mager. Jim was involved with Civil War re-enactments, built stone model houses and enjoyed spending time with his friends, Jimmy Nacey and George Price. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Mikula, Edward J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-11-20
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Mikula, 90, of Greensburg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Helen (Regal) Mikula. He and his wife had been the owners and operators of Ed's Place and he had also been the manager of the A and P Grocery, both in Central City. In 1990, he and his wife retired to Greensburg. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, The Knights of Columbus, where he was a fourth degree Knight, and had worked and volunteered at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and a brother-in-law, John Grega. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara A. (Grega) Mikula; two sons, Joseph G. Mikula and his wife, Amy, of Stafford, Va., and James E. Mikula and his wife Bonnie, Hollsopple; two daughters, Mary Anna Johnson and her husband, John, of Eighty Four, and Linda Mikula and her husband, William Beere, of Jeannette; five grandchildren, John, Dan, Kyle, Drew and Jennifer; three and one anticipated great-grandchildren, Lillian, Alden and Shane; a brother-in-law, George Grega and his wife, Valerie, of Huston, Texas; and his two canine companions, Daphne and Gunther. At Edward's request, there will be no public visitation. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nickoloff, Joan B. 72

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1942-09-15
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joan B. Nickoloff, 72, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside. She was born Sept. 15, 1942, a daughter of the late Louis and Helen Black Slaipoh. Joan was the CFO of Fotorecord Print Center, Greensburg. Previously, she had worked at JC Penney in the accounting department and as a Realtor for Hammill-Quinlan Realty Co., both in Pittsburgh. Joan was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was a volunteer at Cathedral Grade School, now known as Aquinas Academy. She is survived by her husband, George P. Nickoloff; son, Paul Nickoloff and wife, Diane, of North Huntingdon; a sister, Bertha Brown, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a brother, Louis Slaipoh, of Florida; a niece, Jeanne Brown, of Southport, N.C.; and a nephew, Dr. Stephen Brown, of Dinwiddie, Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kari Nickoloff. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Private prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. (Please, everyone go directly to church.) Entombment will be held at noon at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441E, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Please mark donations, Research Only). For more information and online condolences, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Nicodemus, Robert A. 69

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1945-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Nicodemus, 69, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born July 26, 1945, in Braddock, a son of the late William F. and Wilma (Schwab) Nicodemus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harry Kloshen; and a nephew, Brian Yezek. Prior to retirement, he was a paramedic with the Fayette EMS and Mutual Aid, and was a lifelong volunteer fireman with the Chestnut Ridge, Dryridge and Greensburg Volunteer Fire Departments. He was also a member of the County Chiefs Association and served as the emergency management director of Donegal Township and Donegal Borough. Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonnie (Miller) Nicodemus; two daughters, Rhonda Moore and her husband, Timothy, and Renee Crabtree and her husband, Ray; three grandchildren, Travis Hall and Camden and Emerson Moore; father and mother-in-law, Harry and Jean Miller; and extended Miller family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Donegal. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Deckinger officiating along with the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and the Donegal Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are by L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Donegal. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 160, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Owcar, Eleanor T. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-07-10
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Teresa Owcar, 86, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 10, 1928, in Johnstown, to the late Anthony and Mary Tertinsky Puhalla and has been a resident of Lower Burrell since 1956, having previously resided in Arnold. Mrs. Owcar was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, and worked for the Wearever Division of ALCOA, the New Kensington Social Security Office and retired from the New Kensington Unemployment Office. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Sherry (Jim) Potocnak, of Allegheny Township, and Cindy Greenlund, of Lower Burrell; son, Randy Owcar, of Allegheny Township; brother, Alfred (Babe) Puhalla, of New Kensington; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Luke) Nichter, Nikki (Chris) Medjesky, Amber and Crystal Greenlund and Spencer Owcar; and five great-grandchildren, Connor Medjesky, Aliyah Greenlund, Bella Miskanic, Ava Nichter and Brayden Medjesky. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Albert Owcar Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Perkowski, Alfred D.

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1927-02-12
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alfred D. Perkowski, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Leechburg, and was the son of the late John and Louise Mac Perkowski. Al retired from PPG Industries' Glass Research Center in Harmarville in March 1997, as a senior research engineer after 44 years of service. Al was a resident of Lower Burrell for 62 years. He loved golfing, reading and watching the Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and a life member of the Elks Leechburg Lodge 377. Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia Fiechuk Perkowski; and daughter, Elaine Perkowski, of Lower Burrell. He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Szarnicki, of Amherst, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Kutzer, Stella Metzler, Jean Pelino and Audrey Allen. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice at 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023 or St. Margaret Mary Church Building Fund at 3044 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pohl, Herbert C. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-12-21
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Pohl, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Archer, Neb., a son of the late Charles and Edna Cahow Pohl. Herbert was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, where he formerly served as a deacon and elder. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a lab technician by Westinghouse with more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Toastmasters Group, enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with his family. He was a veteran of the Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen R. Pohl, in 2010; one brother, Kenneth Pohl; and one sister, Arlene Pohl. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Pohl and Nancy Overly (husband Doug), all of North Huntingdon; and one sister, Norma Jean Ebert, of Lincoln, Neb. He was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Taylor and Paige Overly. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, with Pastor Janet Reid officiating. Interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Pozel, Olga 92

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1922-06-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Olga Pozel, 92, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. During her final weeks, she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 1, 1922, in the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell, to the late Joseph and Mary Debnar Hrivnak, and was a resident of the New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell area her entire life. Mrs. Pozel was a waitress at the IAES Social Club, Arnold, in the 1960's and 1970's and also at the ALCOA cafeteria in the 1960's. She was a member of and a gymnast for the Sokol Club/Camp in Lower Burrell. Olga enjoyed solving word searches, playing cards, especially Canasta, and baking. She loved to dance, especially the Polka, and most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her daughter, Andrea S. Dorwart; grandchildren, Stephanie J. Dorwart, of Lower Burrell, and James W. Dorwart and his wife, Amy Jones Dorwart, of Suffolk, Va.; and her great-grandchildren, Milena Gianna Dorwart and Connor James Dorwart, also of Suffolk, Va.; sister, Mary Piecka, of New Kensington; and brother, Paul Hrivnak, of the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, Olga was preceded in death by her husband, John Pozel, in 1982; brothers, Joseph, Luke, Emil and John Hrivnak; sister, Annie Pish; and her son-in-law, James M. Dorwart, on Sept. 19, 2014. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where parting prayers will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. in John Huss Lutheran Church, 1539 Kenneth Ave., Arnold. Her pastor, the Rev. Jerome Panzigrau, will officiate. Private burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to John Huss Lutheran Church in Arnold.
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Ptaszkiewicz, Corinne M. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Corinne M. "Dee" Ptaszkiewicz, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born April 17, 1927, in Pitcairn, a daughter of the late Clarence Bowen Kuhns and Dorothy Rinker Shaver. Corinne was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, past president and charter member of the Christian Mothers, past president of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Legion of Mary and a member of the pastoral council. She sang in the funeral choir, was a dedicated bazaar worker and was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as the cafeteria manager for the Norwin School District with 28 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph W., in 1999; a daughter, Marianne Kowalski; a brother, Larry Shaver; and two sisters, Jeannie Kuhns and Jeri McMahan. She is survived by two sons, Daniel R. and his wife, Bridget, and Joseph Ptaszkiewicz; two daughters, Dorothy "Dottie" Huha and her husband, Ed, and Karen Butler and her husband, Darryl; two sisters, Dorothy Webber and Sue Agatucci; nine grandchildren, Kristen and Ross Kuhns, Victoria Backer, Matt and Ben Huha, Joseph, Jacob and Alyssa Ptaszkiewicz and Alex Butler; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Rochna, Virginia 86

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-07-04
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Virginia Rochna, 86, of New Kensington, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born July 4, 1928, in New Kensington, to the late Leno and Lena Wolainska Favero, and had been a life resident of the community. Virginia had worked in the Fuse Department of the former GE and G and L Company in New Kensington. She was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Leo Rochna; children, Charles J. (Christine) Rochna, of Indiana, Pa., Laura J. (Norm) Terry, of Indiana, and Gary M. (Jeannie) Rochna, of Rochester, Pa.; grandchildren, Matthew Rochna, Brittany (Kyle) Cobaugh, Samantha Kemeny, Eric Kemeny, Nicole Rice and Derek Rochna; great-grandchildren, Riley and Gabriel; brother, Val (Carol) Favero, of Nebraska; and sisters, Mary Del Italia, of Indiana, Bridget Lane, of Florida, and Donna Jean (Al) McClure, of Indiana. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Horenzy; and a sister, Rose Himes. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Adler Street, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at noon at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. John Sczesny. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Rossi, Julia A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-10-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Julia A. Rossi, 87, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Napoleone and Florence (Bilotti) Rossi. Prior to retirement, she had been a secretary for an insurance agency and was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Camillo and his wife, Gilberte "Honey" Rossi, and Anthony F. "Jess" Rossi; and a sister, Concetta N. "Connie" Rossi. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Philomena D. "Chookie" Rossi, of South West Greensburg; two cousins she raised, Linda and Paulette; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Private interment in Greensburg Catholic cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rullo, Marion M. 87

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Marion M. Rullo, 87, of Latrobe, became one of God's angels on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born Sept. 7, 1927, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Emilio Copelli and Margaret (Kabana) Copelli. Marion was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. She loved going to casinos and taking trips to Las Vegas. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Copelli Sr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Hantz and Louise Lattanzio. Marion is survived by her husband, Dominick E. Rullo, of Latrobe; four daughters, Connie M. Spangler and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe, Diane L. Dominick and her husband, Dennis, of Crabtree, Becky A. Maruca and her husband, Joe, of Slickville, and Lori A. Nolan and her fiance, Steve Szostak, of Donegal; a brother, James Copelli and his wife, Catherine, of Latrobe; a sister, Nancy August, of Latrobe; 11 grandchildren, Tracy, Tammy, Carrie and Mark, Billy and Mel, Joey, Jenny and Irvin, Jesse, Amber and Darren, Donnie, Dennis and Amber, and Deena and Karl; 12 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Mark, Gabi, Courtney, Abby, Jeremy, Ayden, Jace, Bre, Kaitlyn, Breanna and Caleb; and special friends, Skip and Barb. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her faithful companion, Cinnamon. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Latrobe. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of Forbes Regional Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness towards their family, and also to the members of the Forbes Road and Slickville Volunteer Fire Departments for their prompt response, diligence and care at a time when it was most crucial and needed. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Shirey, Anna R. 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-11-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Anna R. Shirey, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Nov. 17, 1936, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late George V. Zurick and Rose Mary (Horwat) Zurick. Anna was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved to take care of her grandchildren and was an excellent cook who was well known for her potato salad. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Shirey. Anna is survived by two sons, David T. Shirey and his wife, Jackie, of Greensburg, and Frank E. Shirey, of Latrobe; two daughters, Carol A. Murphy, of Latrobe, and Margie Kuhns and her husband, Dave, of New Derry; four brothers, George Zurick and his wife, Eileen, of Venice, Fla., Joseph Zurick and his wife, Rita, of Venice, Fla., Bernard Zurick and his wife, Elaine, of Greensburg, and John Zurick and his wife, Fran, of Latrobe; a sister, Emma Gharing and her husband, Tom, of Latrobe; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Carolyn Shirey, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren, Thomas Murphy, Brandon Murphy, Ryan Seremet, Kayla Buchko, Neisha Seremet, Heather Samide, Jason Shirey and Justin Shirey; and 11 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Tristan, Auxanna, Giavonna, Tatianna, Caleb, Layla, Olivia, Danilo, Mila and Tyler. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, in sincere appreciation of the staff's devoted care and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Skerlec, Mary 77

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1937-12-09
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Mary Skerlec, 77, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Hecla, daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Yaksic. She was a member of the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and two sisters. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Roderick Skerlec; a son, Rick Skerlec, of Ruffsdale; two daughters, Darleen Morelli and her husband, Ed, of Central City, and Sherry Stokes and her husband, Gregg, of Madison; a granddaughter, Holly Stokes, of Madison; two sisters, Blanche Kabaci, of Hecla, and Sophia Zagar, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136 Madison. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, in Youngwood, with Father Milan Medakovih, officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church Cemetery, Youngwood. A pomen service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Stants, Zelma M. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-05-13
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Zelma Marie (Mellors) Stants, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was the daughter of Joseph and Eva McCurry Mellors, born May 13, 1922, in Latrobe. Zelma was a member of the Christ United Mthodist Church in Youngwood, where she was a member of the choir, the United Methodist Women, serving as treasurer for the Greensburg District, taught Sunday school and was a youth leader. Zelma was a member of the Hempfield Garden Club, where she also served as treasurer. Zelma was the manager of Mellors Variety Store in Youngwood for 24 years, worked as a bookkeeper/receptionist at Woodward Foundries for two years and as a director of gift processing for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York City, where she retired after 20 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Nelson E. Stants; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Harrold and wife, Catherine, George and wife, Mildred, and Joseph and wife, Waldreen Mellors. Zelma is survived by a stepson, Nelson L. "Skip" Stants and wife, Rebekah, of Mt. Pleasant; grandson, Daniel Stants, of Altoon; granddaughter, Heather Stants, of San Diego, Calif.; stepdaughter, Sharon Stants Eisele and husband, Duane, of Irwin; granddaughters, Jessica Johnston and husband, Tony, of Levelgreen, and Kaitlin Eisele, of Irwin; nine nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Additional viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March, 4, 2015, at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Seth officiating.
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Steffey, Minnie V. 88

  • Delmont , Formerly of Trees Mills
  • Born: 1926-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Minnie V. (Myers) Steffey, 88, of Delmont, formerly of Trees Mills, passed away peacefully Monday, March 2, 2015, at home, with her devoted family by her side. She was born May 13, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clyde and Rachel (Rugh) Myers. She was the sole survivor of the Myers family. Minnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She was protestant by faith. Minnie was an avid Bingo player and homemaker. She was "full of humor" as some people would say and even laughed at her own jokes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Russell L. Steffey; and daughter, Roxanne M. Goodwin. Minnie will be sadly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Clifford B. Steffey and his wife, Monica, of Kansas; grandchildren, Wendy (Ray) McIntyre, of Export, Christine (Joey) Hampel, of Texas, Breanna Steffey, of Kansas and Jessica Suba, of Ohio; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Kessler McIntyre; daughter-in-law, Lee Ann Moore, of Delmont; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Minnie will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kara Propst of Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont, officiating. Chapel committal services and entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Steiner, Mary L. 92

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary L. (Bartko) Steiner, 92, of Scottdale, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Feb. 28, 2015, in Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born in Monessen, Feb. 2, 1923, a daughter of the late William and Marie Flick Bartko. Mary was a devout Catholic and a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, where she was a 27 year member of the church choir and was recently recognized by the parish for her faithful service. She was a graduate of Monessen High School, class of 1941. Following graduation, she was employed during World War II by U.S. Steel, Monessen. She then married her husband, the late Clark W. Steiner, June 25, 1950. She then devoted her life and love to her husband and raising her children. After she raised her family, she then began working for the Scottdale Library for several years and afterwards volunteered her services to the Library. Mary's many memories will forever remain in the hearts of her family and those she loved, her loving children, Clark W. Steiner Jr. and wife, Joan, of Acme, Marcia Sass and husband, Thomas, of North Huntingdon, Gerald T. Steiner and wife, Sandy, of Mt. Pleasant, Gary D. Steiner, of Scottdale, and Alan J. Steiner and wife, Judy, of Shaler; her six grandchildren, Laura Farrington and husband, Adam, of New Jersey, Aaron Steiner and wife, Jackie, of Champion, Mark Steiner and wife, Tricia, of Virginia, Kevin Sass and wife, Haley, of North Huntingdon, Brian Sass, of Ohio, and Nicholas Steiner, of Shaler; five great-grandchildren, Karissa, Ashton and Christian Farrington, Brooks Steiner and Gabriel Sass; three sisters, Joan Timko and husband, Mike, of Perryopolis, Bernadine Arendash, of Ohio, and Beatrice Buchta and husband, John, of Monongahela; and a brother, Joseph Bartko and wife, Dorothy, of Ohio. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Clark W. Steiner, Sept. 24, 1989; three sisters, Martha and Rozella Bartko and Barbara Gardner; and three brothers, William, James and Thomas Bartko. Mary's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where parting prayers will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, send condolences, order flowers or obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Thorpe, Ruthann 73

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ruthann Thorpe, 73, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside. She was born March 28, 1941, in Versailles Borough, a daughter of the late John and Helen Goga Yencho and sister of the late Rosemarie "Cookie" McGregor. Ruthann was a member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" Thorpe; son, Robert (Regina) Thorpe, of State College; daughter, Terri (Frank) Maglicco, of Level Green; grandsons, Joshua and Justin Maglicco; sister, Dorothy Pelley, of Greenock; brothers, Bob Yencho, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Milan Yencho, of Jeannette; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Funeral services will be private. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Walker, L. Marie 87

  • Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-17
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • L. Marie (Shaw) Walker, 87, of Somerset, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the In Touch Hospice, Somerset. Mrs. Walker was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Richard and Alberta Sillaman Shaw. Marie was a graduate of New Kensington High School and had been employed by Alcoa in their billing department until her retirement. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed going to the dances at the VFW. Marie is survived by her loving cousin, Rebecca Brooks Lessig, of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred M. Walker, in 2003; and by her brother, Charles Shaw. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Sandy Weimer, Kay Gleasson and the In Touch Hospice for their love and the exceptional care given to Marie during her illness. Family and friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m., the time of Marie's funeral service, Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Randy Landman officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Yanuzo, Ruth M. 94

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1920-11-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Yanuzo, 94, of Trafford, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Ruth was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Braddock, the daughter of the late David R. and Ruth E. (Miller) Matthews. Ruth retired from Westinghouse, Trafford, and was an active member of Christian Life Church, Trafford. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Yanuzo; and brothers, Paul, Clyde and Dave Matthews. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, David Joel (Joanne) Matthews, Dale (De) Matthews, Dan (Marlene) Matthews, Tim (Dee) Matthews, Sharon Cook-Harrison, Nanette Matthews, Diane Strapac, Nancy and Kathleen Yanuzo and Paul Matthews; and great-nieces, Dayna Matthews Ceresa and Dianna Matthews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Christian Life Church, 900 Seventh St., Trafford, with Pastor Gary Simpson officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Private entombment will follow in the Restland-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, Monroeville.
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Armstrong County

Belisky, Frances E. 83

  • Apollo , Formerly of Punxsutawney
  • Born: 1932-02-21
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Frances E. Belisky, 83, of Apollo, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Lifecare Hospital, Monroeville. Born Feb. 21, 1932, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Fred Rager and Fannie (Donaldson) Mower. Frances has lived in Apollo since June of 2013 and was a 1950 graduate of Plum High School. She enjoyed quilting, bowling and bingo. In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Affolter. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Albert C. "Chuck" Belisky; children, Edward M. (Yvonne) Belisky, of Apollo, Charles Belisky, of Mckees Rocks, Sharon (Mark) Palino, of Export, and Harry J. (Brenda) Belisky, of Meadville; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Ed (Marsha) Rager, of McKeesport; sister, Noreen Painter, of Punxsutawney; and nieces and nephews. At Frances's request, all services are private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Cecchi, Grace 84

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1930-08-25
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Grace (Bowser) Cecchi, 84, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at home. She was born Aug. 25, 1930, to the late Dwight and Electra (Luna) Bowser. Grace was a homemaker and liked to sew, cook and bake. She enjoyed helping her loved ones because she was a devoted mother and friend. Survivors include daughters, Electra (Christian) Zanetti, Mary Anne (Robert) Snyder and Sharon (Les) Godot; sons, Larry (Carol) Cecchi and Jerry (Ila Steffey) Cecchi; and sister, Violet (Joe) Minesky. She especially loved her grandchildren, Carianne, Aimee, Jennifer, Matthew, Nathan, Lisa, Angelina, Allison, Rachelle and Jenea and her nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mario Anthony Cecchi; and seven brothers and sister, Lena Chilcott, Velma Cox, Nancy Gaboski, Macey Bowser, John Bowser, William Bowser and Audley Bowser. Private services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning with the Rev. John W. Snyder officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kittanning Hose Co. No. 1, 208 S. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Koleck, Shelva J. 78

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1937-02-23
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Shelva J. (Kyowski) Koleck, 78, of Ford City, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Sugar Creek Rest Home. She was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Ford City, to Clara L. Kyowski. Mrs. Koleck was employed at the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries, Essex, having served as the union president, and the St. Francis of Paola Church rectory. She was a former member of St. Francis Paola Church, Ford City, and current Christ Prince of Peace. She was an avid supporter and campaigner for the Democratic Committee. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, line dancing with the Senior Sensations and traveling, especially casinos. One of her favorite past times was playing the piano. She is survived by two sons, Victor M. Koleck and wife, Cynthia, of Putneyville, and David J. Koleck and wife, Lori, of Manorville; five grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Randall, Nicole and Michael Koleck. She was preceded in death by her mother; and her husband, Victor Martin Koleck, whom she married Dec. 31, 1958, and who died in 1998. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. Prayer service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Christ Prince of Peace Parish by Father Bryan Summers. Burial will be in St. Francis of Paola Cemetery.
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Miller Sr., Charles D. 93

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1921-07-17
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Charles D. Miller Sr., 93, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Armstrong County Health Center. He was born July 17, 1921, in Kittanning Township, Armstrong County, the son of Lawrence B. and Mertie (Walker) Miller. Charles lived in the area all his life and was a member of Whitesburg United Methodist Church. For 42 years he was a heavy equipment operator in the strip mining business, working with C and M Coal Company, B and G Construction, Allegheny River Mining Company and Carpentertown Coal and Coke Company, where he retired from in 1983. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America since 1941 and in his free time enjoyed hunting. Charles also loved playing his guitar and singing country western music. He will be greatly missed by his son, Charles D. Miller Jr., of Kittanning; daughters, Charlesetta Bleakney and husband, Robert, of Kittanning, Shirley Schall and husband, Robert, of Kittanning, and Mertie Jean Walker and husband, Randy, of Ford City; stepdaughters, Kathy J. Wasson, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Susan M. Adams and husband, Allen, of Kittanning; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gertrude M. (Hoffman) Miller, who died Jan. 2, 1987; granddaughter, Angela Dawn Bricker; brothers, Larry Eugene Miller, L. Martin Miller and Asa E. Miller Sr.; half-brother, Roy Thomas Miller; half-sisters, Edith Nelson, Roberta Quinn and Ruth Penvose; and loving companion of 25 years, Faye L. Wissinger. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. at the funeral home Wednesday, March 4, 2015, with Pastor Ernie DeLuca officiating. Burial will be in Simpson Cemetery, Kittanning. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To leave a condolence, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Olinger, Larry K. 71

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Larry K. Olinger, 71, of Kittanning, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the Butler Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and have been entrusted to the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUENRAL HOME, Kittanning. www.snydercrissman.com.
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Olinger, Larry K. 71

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1943-09-03
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Larry Keith Olinger, 71, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital after a long battle with illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Kittanning, to Alvera and Chesley Olinger. He married Victoria Lorraine Carnes on Aug. 8, 1964. He was a chef at and an active member of the Kittanning Elks Lodge BPOE No. 203 and the Seneca Lodge No. 805. He is survived by his children, Lisa Fox, of Kittanning, Marcia Boyer and son-in-law, Shawn Boyer, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Ashley Dunn, of Kittanning, Jessica Fox, of Ford City, Patrick Fox, of Kittanning, and Luke Boyer, of Kittanning; great-grandchildren, Jaxton Lutz, of Ford City; mother, Alvera Olinger, of Kittanning; and siblings, Rick Olinger, of Kittanning, Sonnie Olinger, of Kittanning, and Timothy Olinger, of Kittanning. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Victoria Olinger; and his father, Chesley Olinger. Larry was a great cook and loved spending time at the Elks! He will be greatly missed. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service with the Rev. John W. Snyder, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Kittanning. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Reed, Naomi V. 94

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-01-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Naomi V. (Smeltzer) Reed, 94, of Ford City, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Life Care at Allegheny Valley Hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1921. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday at the Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church on Garrets Run Road in Ford City, with additional visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service. A full obituary will appear in tomorrow's edition of the Leader Times.
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Ridinger Jr., Donald P. 35

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1979-07-24
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Donald Paul Ridinger Jr., 35, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at home. Born July 24, 1979, in Kittanning, where he was a lifelong community member, he was the son of Donald P. Ridinger Sr. and Nancy Crissman. He was employed as a mechanic and loved working on cars. Survivors include his mother, Nancy Crissman, of Kittanning; his father, Donald P. Ridinger Sr., of Kittanning; his grandmother, Wanda Ridinger, of Ford City; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Angela Marie Ridinger; maternal grandparents, Wilford and Mary Crissman; and paternal grandfather, William Ridinger Sr. A private memorial service will be held at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Hill officiating. SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., Kittanning, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Waltho, Martha V. 90

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1924-11-23
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Martha Verona (McHaddon) Waltho, 90, of Kittanning, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Armstrong County, to the late Palmer McHaddon and Flora (Bocher) McHaddon. She retired from Alltell in 1990 and was a member of the Center Hill Church of the Brethren. Martha enjoyed baking, caring for her plants, crafting and sewing quilts. Throughout the years, she lovingly shared her knowledge and skills with her family. She is survived by a son, Robert (Nancy) Waltho, of Kittanning; daughter, Karen (Robert) Hindman, of Kittanning; granddaughters, Kathryn (Tom) Marflak, of North Huntingdon, Elizabeth (Kevin) Strayer, of Kittanning, Kaitlin (Justin) Mohney, of Kittanning, and Kylie Hindman, of Kittanning; and great-grandchildren, Kerri and Tom Marflak, of North Huntingdon, Rachel and Adam Hudock, of Kittanning, and Kaden, Kellen and Kaylee Strayer, of Kittanning. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond A. Waltho, married Aug. 8, 1952, died Nov. 19, 1972; brothers, Nason, Robert and Junior McHaddon; sisters, Ruth Bowser, and an infant sister, Stella Mae Barker. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Center Hill Church of the Brethren with one hour of addition viewing prior to the service. The Rev. Elva Jean Westlake will officiate. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to Center Hill Church of the Brethren, 2039 Freeport Road, Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Beaver County

Bork, Morgan E. 32

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Born: 1982-04-26
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Morgan Elizabeth (Johnson) Bork, 32, of New Sewickley Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, with her family at her side. Born April 26, 1982, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Richard Paul and Lora Ann (Correra) Johnson. She was the beloved wife of Grant Emerson Bork, whom she married in September 2011. Morgan was a retail manager with Children's Place. She loved to go sailing every summer with her "Cousins Club". She was a fantastic cook and baker. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family and sharing her warm smile. She is survived by her husband, Grant Bork, of New Sewickley Township; parents, Richard and Lora Johnson, of Hampton Township; two brothers, Thomas (Angela) Johnson, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Michael A. Johnson, of Allison Park; father-in-law, Herman Bork and mother-in-law, Donna Bork, both of Daytona, Fla.; nephew, Adam Dean Johnson; niece, Avery Elizabeth Johnson; and Buster, her beloved Westie. The family will welcome friends from 9 to 10 a.m. at the St. Ursula Church meeting room. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., in Allison Park. She will be laid to rest at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Rhode Island. Memorial Donations may be made in Morgan's honor to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure at www.abc2.org. or to the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Morgan's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Rakovan, Donna R. 77

  • Freedom
  • Born: 1937-06-23
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: ___, __ | Get Directions
  • Donna R. Rakovan, of Freedom, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at home with her husband and daughter by her side. Born June 23, 1937, in Lindsay, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Otis and Leona Tipton Pavillard. She was a graduate of San Diego State University. She was an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles School District, California, and was a dedicated member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry Township. She is survived by the love of her life, Stanley Rakovan, whom she married in 2001. She was a caregiver whose patience and love never failed her. She is also survived by her three children, which were the joy of her life, Jess (Barbara) Caywood, of Colorado; Shelly Caywood (Garth) Hahn, of Washington, and Thomas Caywood, of Massachusetts. She was equally blessed by a daughter-in-law, Elaine Rakovan, of Economy, and son and daughter-in-law Michael (Susan) Rakovan, of Moon Township; and four step-grandchildren, James, Timothy and Dmytri Rakovan and Nicole Hughes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Arrangements are entrusted to the KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL HOME, Ambridge.
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Butler County

Bonzer, John S. 97

  • Zelienople , Formerly of Millvale and North Side
  • Born: 1917-11-01
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John S. Bonzer, 97, of Zelienople, formerly of Millvale and the North Side, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, at Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 1917, he was a son of the late Thomas and Bertha Godfrey Bonzer. He had been a real estate agent for McKnight Real Estate Co. He had been a caregiver to many people through the years. John had served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force during World War II. He was a nose gunner. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo and loved to dance. Surviving are his nieces, Mary Watson (Robert), of Harmony, Cathy Bowers (James), of Erie, and Beth Lawther (Ray), of Ellwood City; and a nephew, Tom Bonzer, of Mars. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Bonzer. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Military honors will follow the Mass. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Holmes Jr., Gerald L. 67

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1947-05-25
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Gerald Leroy Holmes Jr., 67, of South Buffalo Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Arbors of St. Barnabas Health System. He was born May 25, 1947, in New Kensington, to the late Gerald Leroy Sr. and Georgene Elizabeth Bolt Holmes and had been a resident of South Buffalo Township since 1978, having previously resided in Upper Burrell. Mr. Holmes worked as a computer engineer for Oberg Industries in Freeport for 38 years until retiring in 2009 and was a member of the Allegheny Northern Railroad Club. He enjoyed N-gauge model trains, gardening, especially vegetables, baking and was famous for his Christmas cookies. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Josephine Nester Mike Holmes; two loving daughters, Erin (Thomas) Benton, of Oxford, Mass., and Kristin (Richard) Bradford, of Hershey; and five siblings, Buddy (Paula) Holmes, of Springdale, Barbara (John Firko) Bernard, of Tarentum, Larry (Kathy) Holmes, of Lower Burrell, Kathleen (Bob) Nolan, of Blairsville, Michael (Shelley DeLancey) Holmes, of Leechburg. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, George Leonard and Anthony Louis Holmes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Union Mausoleum, Arnold. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Irvine III, Samuel J.

  • Butler
  • Born: 1933-03-09
  • Died: 2015-02-27
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  • Samuel John "Buzz" Irvine III passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2015, while surrounded by his family. Born March 9, 1933, Buzz was raised in Evans City, and most recently split time between Butler, Bluffton, S.C., and Key Largo, Fla. He was the third generation leader of NexTier Bank (formerly Citizens National Bank), retiring as chairman of the board in 2011 after 52 years. Prior to joining the bank, Buzz enjoyed a successful football career. He was a standout player at University of Maryland, where he was co-captain of the 1953 National Championship team. Afterwards he played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and eventually joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Canada. Buzz was both an industry and community leader. He was the first president of the Community Bankers of Pennsylvania (now PA Association of Community Bankers) when it was formed in 1972 and served on many boards, including the Butler Country Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Evans City Historical Society. Buzz and his family donated the building that now houses the Evans City Library. He also served on the board of Oberg Industries for more than 50 years. Buzz was proudly inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Buzz was an extremely adventurous man who loved spending time on his boat with family and friends, as well as snowmobiling anywhere he could find snow. Golfing was more than a passion for Buzz, as he pursued his goal of playing top 100 courses in the world. One of his most cherished pastimes was playing gin every morning to start the day with his best friend and wife, Lois. Buzz is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lois (Cooley) Irvine, as well as his four children, SJ Irvine IV (Charro), William B. Irvine (Deborah), Margaret Irvine Weir and Laura Irvine Scheeler (Donald). He was also loved by his stepchildren, Beth Hugh, Phillip Hugh (Brigid) and Christopher Hugh (Tammy). He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Livingston Irvine; and stepson, Jeffrey Hugh (Lori). Having to proceed without his current toy collection, Buzz was also predeceased by a hovercraft and a few snowmobiles. His friends described Buzz as a gentle giant and a larger than life hero whom was blessed with a mind and imagination beyond the perimeters of the norm. A shared favorite comment among those who were close reads: "if we were to live life as fully as he did we would have a ton of catching up to do." Buzz excelled in sports, his career and the allotted playtime. He was a mentor to many, a friend to all, and will be deeply missed but forever honored. The family held a private service in Bluffton, S.C. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Butler Country Club. Services will also be held in Bluffton, S.C., and Key Largo in the near future. In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made in Buzz Irvine's name to the University of Maryland Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund. Online gifts can be accessed at www.terrapinclub.com or checks can be mailed to 2740 XFINITY Center, College Park, MD 20742.
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Fayette County

Lane, Marion 93

  • Uniontown , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1921-11-05
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marion Kenworthey Wilkes Lane, 93, of Uniontown, formerly of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Mt. St. Macrina Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Los Angeles, Calif., a daughter of the late Edward Marshall and Dorothy Warner Kenworthey. Marion had served as president of the Thornburg Community Club and president of the PSCA in Harrisburg. She was involved in the Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She had served as vice-president of the Robert Boudreau Wind Symphony, a Girl Scout leader and co-head for the American Red Cross (sewing department) of Pittsburgh. Marion was an avid bridge player and bowler and was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Marion will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving daughter, Barbara Girgis and husband, Maurice, of Raleigh, N.C.; her daughter-in-law, Sandy Wilkes, of Tampa, Fla.; her stepdaughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Mulhorn and husband, Fred, of Ohio; six grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; a stepgreat-great-grandchild; her sister, Florence Warrick, of Connellsville; and her sister-in-law, Dorthea Kenworthey, of San Antonio, Texas. In addition to her parents, Marion was predeceased by her first husband, Lucian W. Wilkes; her second husband, Joseph Lane; a son, Alan Wilkes; a stepdaughter, Marie Soltis; a grandson, Charles "Chuck" Girgis; and two brothers, Charles and Edward Kenworthey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Family and friends are then invited to attend a committal service to be held at 1 p.m. in the office chapel of Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Tressler, Willis 94

  • South Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Willis Tressler, 94, of South Connellsville, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, while in Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. Arranagements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Tressler, Willis D. 94

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1920-12-01
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Willis D. Tressler, 94, of South Connellsville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Dec. 1, 1920, in South Connellsville, a son of the late James and Bessie Knopsnider Tressler. Willis had asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior when he was a teenager through the witness of his aunt Marilene (Deannie) Sanner. He was a charter member of Faith Bible Church in Connellsville where he served as a deacon, sang tenor in the choir and ministered as a Sunday school teacher and superintendant. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, part of that time in Burma, China and India. Willis was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He worked for Swan's Appliance and Furniture in Connellsville for 50 years as a salesman and as head of the parts and repairs department. He was known for his memory of all of the parts numbers and for his willingness to explain repairs to others over the phone. Willis also enjoyed automobiles and repairing them. Willis is survived by his four children, daughters, Loma Tressler and Andrea Tressler, of South Connellsville, son, Ken Tressler and his wife, Carol, of Trafford, and son, John Tressler and his wife, Vicki, of Mill Run. He also has four grandchildren, Nicole Bright and her husband, Adam, of Pittsburgh, Matthew Tressler, of Philadelphia, Nathan Tressler, of West Chester, and Mark Tressler, of Trafford. His great-grandson is Colin Bright. Willis was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Muriel Madison Tressler, in 2002; and by his brother, Trevor, in 1998. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratefulness to all of those at Harmon House who cared for Willis over the last eight months. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service with Pastor Barry Witt officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, Willis' family requests donations be made to The Missionary Fund of Faith Bible Church, 425 S. Arch St., Connellsville, PA 15425. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Mouyard, Elizabeth Betty 93

  • Formerly of Dunlevy
  • Born: 1921-11-04
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Pavlic Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth 'Betty' Harrington Mouyard, 93, formerly of Dunlevy, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Washington County Health Center. Born in Charleroi, Nov. 4, 1921, a daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Rigby Harrington. Betty was a life-time and very active member of Mary, Mother of the Church. She was a past Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America Court No. 669 Charleroi, past president of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. Surviving are three sons, Francis (Terri) Mouyard of Erie, Timothy (Sherry) Mouyard of Belle Vernon and Kevin Mouyard of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; six daughters, Mary (Robin) Rossi of Stockdale, Elizabeth (Jerry) Mitchell of Eaton, Ind, Colleen (Michael) Swiderski of Hays,Va., Margaret (Richard) Motycki, Charleroi, Bridget (John) Hemmings of Donora and Paula (Robert) Haluschak of North Charleroi; 30 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel F. Mouyard; two sons, Daniel P. and Patrick Mouyard; and three daughters, Patricia, Judith and Kathleen Mouyard. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES INC., 235 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, with the Rev. John Marcucci and the Rev. Gerald Mikonis as concelebrants. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery,Charleroi.
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Portellos, Evangeline 84

  • McMurray
  • Born: 1930-04-03
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Evangeline "Angie" Liberty Portellos, born April 3, 1930, passed into the Triumphant Church leaving a beautiful legacy Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Alexander "Al" throughout more than 62 years together, sharing their wonderful hospitality with many family members, nieces and nephews, friends, Godchildren, koumbari, and their grandchildren over those years in Brookline and Bethel Park. Their children, Maria (Bryan) Elderkin, Christine (Ronald) Sprouse and James (Mary) Portellos, were always their priority, and together they were involved and influential in church life at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. From scouts to JOY, GOYA, YAL, Camp and into the kitchen where Angie worked many years with the Ladies Philotochos Society with all their projects and missions, she was always helping. Blessing others always with her genuine and wise demeanor, she was a "quiet force," much respected and looked up to others for advice, which was only given when asked for. She was a great listener, wise, insightful, yet with a bit of forthrightness, but always enriching every encounter with love and graciousness that inspired others. Her other loves were travelling with groups, and her girlfriends, as well as with her family, vacationing and getting together at her home and others for Bridge. Any of her family will tell you how wonderful and contagious the laughter sounded throughout the house from her group of longtime friends during their get-togethers. Angie was "YiaYia" to eight grandchildren, Eleni (Father Matthew) Stagon, Alexander, Rebecca, Christina and Emmanuel Elderkin, Anastasia (Deacon Father Theodore) Ehmer, Philip (Jill) Sprouse and Alexander (with James and Mary) Portellos. She was great "YiaYia" to five great-grandchildren, Georgia, Eleanor and Hadley Ann Sprouse and Seraphim and Luka Stagon. Her children's' and grandchildren's' spouses were welcomed fully into her family and beloved by her. She was predeceased by her father, Demetrias Markis, and mother, Hariklia Markis; as well as her brother, Constantine "Gus" (Margaret) Markis and her daughter, Maria (Elderkin). Eternal memory dear mother, wife, YiaYia, and may your example in all who loved you be passed on with the love, ardor and faithfulness you ever exemplified. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the Liturgy at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon. Interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Zuniga, Daniel F. 81

  • Washington
  • Born: 1933-05-21
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel F. Zuniga, 81, of Washington, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was born May 21, 1933, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Ausencio and Ruth Martinez Zuniga. He was retired from Joy Global in Houston and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sara J. Caskey Zuniga; son, Daniel L. (Amy) Zuniga, of Williamsburg, Va.; daughters, Sara L. (Ron Tkach) Taylor, of Washington, and Dana L. Zuniga, of Bradenton, Fla.; sister, Katherine Rodriguez, of East Chicago, Ind.; grandchildren, Christina Blust, and Olivia and Emily Zuniga; great-grandchild, Zayn Blust; and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Chasko, Francis M. 71

  • Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Born: 1943-10-08
  • Died: 2015-03-01
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  • Sergeant Francis M. Chasko, 71, resident of Wheeling, W.Va., died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 8, 1943, in McKeesport, son of the late Michael Chasko Jr. and Sadie Anna Baginski Chasko. He was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He was a retired truck driver with Fraley and Schilling, a Vietnam Army veteran and a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He was also a member of the DAV and Wheeling Legion Post No. 1. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Chasko. Surviving are his wife, Gloria Steinmetz Chasko; daughter, Connie Blatt (Bill); granddaughter, Sydney Blatt; brothers, John Chasko (Barb) and Mike Chasko (Linda); and sisters, Cathy Breegle and Paula Dion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at KEPNER FUNERAL HOME, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003 (304-277-2722). Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Monsignor Eugene S. Ostrowski as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Moundsville Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to Corpus Christi School, 1508 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003.
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Fulton, Nancy

  • Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • Born: 1931-06-08
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Nancy (Suttle) Fulton, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb 21., 2015, in Green Cove Springs, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Mrs. Fulton was born June 8, 1931, to the late William Blaine Suttle and Mildred Henninger Suttle, in Greensburg, as the eldest of two children. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Frank Earl Fulton. Mrs. Fulton is survived by her brother, William B. Suttle Jr., of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and her four children, Susan Knox and her husband, John, of Jeffersonton, Va., Janet Fulton and her husband, Robert, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Patricia St. Clair and her husband, Steven, of Jeffersonton, Va., and Frank Fulton Jr., of Apollo Beach, Fla. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Amanda, Michael, Olivia, Alexandra, Jacqueline, Marissa, Jenna and Spencer. Mrs. Fulton graduated in 1949 from Greensburg High School, in Greensburg, where she excelled in academics, sports and dance. After graduating, she began her career in banking and finance with the Barclay Bank. After meeting the love of her life, Frank, on a blind date, they married in 1958. They shared an interest in water-skiing, boating, University of Pittsburgh sports, gardening and their family. In 1969, they relocated to Fairfax, Va., where they continued to raise their children. They also expanded their family to include golden retrievers, a few cats, and multiple horses. Nancy returned to work at the National Bank of Fairfax in Centreville, Va., as a teller. She later moved to George Mason Bank where she held many positions. Her favorite task was training new staff as her love of people made her the perfect choice to work with the young recruits. Nancy became the branch manager and vice president of the most profitable branch in the bank - no doubt due to her exceptional customer service skills and radiant smile. She continued her career with the George Mason Bank until she retired in 1996. After retiring, her work was not done. She and her husband, Frank put down roots in Jeffersonton, where she volunteered countless hours with the Culpeper Baptist Church, the Clothes Closet and the local Food Closet. An active member of the Culpeper Women's Club, she donated her time selflessly. At home, she tended her gardens as well as the gardens of her daughters. She especially loved working at Wollam Gardens, where she took great joy in carefully tending young plants and watching them grow. She loved cooking everyone's favorite meals, especially for her grandchildren, reading, crossword puzzles and staying up on current events. After the passing of Frank in 2006, she divided her time between Virginia and Florida and maintained active membership at Culpeper Baptist Church in Culpeper, Va., and McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Fla. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at FOUND AND SONS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 850 SPERRYVILLE PIKE, Culpeper, Va. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St., Culpeper. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Union Cemetery in Irwin. Donations may be made to the Paul F. Fulton Scholarship Fund, University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. William Snyder Funeral Home, Irwin, is handling the arrangements in Pennsylvania. An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at www.foundandsons.com. Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.
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Nagy, Lt. Joseph S. 51

  • Olathe, Kan.
  • Born: 1963-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Penwell-Gabel, Olathe, Kan. | Get Directions
  • Lt. Joseph Scott Nagy, 51, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Kansas University Medical Center. He was born May 13, 1963, to Joseph and Irma Jean Nagy in Norton, Kan., and served our country in the Army for 11 years. Joe was employed with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 23 years. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Carla; his children, Nicole and Joe; father, Joseph Nagy; brother, Ronald Nagy; and sister, Patty Simko. He was preceded in death by his mother, Irma Jean Nagy. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, Kan. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, also at College Church of the Nazarene, followed by inurnment at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; or the National Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. No. 204, Overland Park, KS 66202. To leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.
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Pilgram, Lourene 85

  • St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Born: 1929-05-14
  • Died: 2015-02-08
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  • Lourene White Pilgram, 85, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, following a long illness. She was born May 14, 1929, to David and Elizabeth Wilson White in Kittanning. Following graduation from Kittanning High School where she was the Class of 1947 valedictorian, Lou received her undergraduate education at Allegheny College in Meadville and earned a graduate degree at Northwest Missouri State University. She married Henry W. Pilgram on Aug. 18, 1956, who survives at their home in St. Joseph, Mo. Mrs. Pilgram was a guidance counselor at Dekalb High School for 15 years, retiring in 1994. Previously, she taught high school in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois and was a director of Christian education in Galesburg, Ill. Lou was an active member of the Ashland United Methodist Church and a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James White, of Kittanning; and sister, Nancy White Kurzman, of New York City. Surviving are Lou's daughters, Elizabeth Belcher (Mark), of Kansas City, Mo., Mary Pilgram, of Lawrence, Kan., and Anne Ellis (Mark), of St. Joseph, Mo.; grandsons, Brad (Samantha) and Austin Belcher, David and Andrew Ellis and Weston Pilgram; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Paloma Belcher; sister, Jo Anne Dzina (Richard); sister-in-law, Liz White; and numerous nieces and nephews. Farewell services were held Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, with interment at Mt. Oliver Cemetery in St. Joseph.
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Shrum, Thomas W. 67

  • Newport News, Va.
  • Born: 1947-09-03
  • Died: 2015-02-26
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  • Thomas Wayne Shrum, 67, of Newport News, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Newport News, Va., where he resided with his sister, Helen Shrum. It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of our brother, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bessie Shrum; sister, Nancy Christopher; and brother, James Shrum. Tom was born Sept. 3, 1947, in New Kensington, and moved to Newport News 20 years go. Tom worked at Braeburn Steel Mill, Lower Burrell, Burrell Construction, New Kensington, and Advanced Auto, Newport News, Va. His greatest enjoyment was working on cars and hanging with his friends at his "Gaa-rage". Tom had a great sense of humor and could always make you smile. He was a member of both Braeview and Braeburn Fire Company and also the Eagles Club of Tarentum. Tom is survived by one brother, Bill Shrum, of Slate Lick; four sisters, Margaret Dempsey, of Craigsville, W.Va., Sally Smith, of Lower Burrell, Helen Shrum, of Newport News, and Cathy Ehrman, of Tarentum; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 7, 2015, in the chapel of GREENWOOD MEMORIAL, Lower Burrell.
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Steindl, Frank J. 85

  • Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Born: 1929-06-20
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Stokes, Prock Mundt, Altoona, Wis. | Get Directions
  • Frank Joseph Steindl, 85, of Eau Claire, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire. Frank was born June 20, 1929, in Connellsville, to William and Frieda (Lelesch) Steindl. He graduated in 1947 from Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 and was eventually stationed in Germany during the Berlin Air Lift as an aircraft mechanic. He was then stationed in Japan, where he met his wife, Michiko Ogawa. They were married in August of 1957. They returned to the states in 1958, where he was stationed at several SAC (Strategic Air Command) bases maintaining B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Frank worked for Summit Aviation in Middleton, Del. In 1970, he decided to visit an old Air Force buddy in Eau Claire and liked the area and soon moved there. He worked at Pope and Talbot Paper in Eau Claire from 1970 to 1996, when he retired. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing, especially the fishing trips to Canada. He loved to be in his garden and canned many vegetables every season with his wife. He always enjoyed going "back home" to Connellsville every summer where he would play cards and horseshoes and relax with family and friends. Frank also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, building plastic model airplanes and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife, Michiko, of Eau Claire; daughters, Marie Steindl, of Fall Creek, Wis., Shirley (Brent) McIlquham, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nancy (David) Ayres, of Holcomb, Wis., and Margaret Steindl, of Eau Claire; and sons, Michael Steindl, Robert Steindl and David Steindl, all of Eau Claire, Wis. He is survived further by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Rose Pitroski, of Salisbury, Md., Betty Kuhns, of Everson, Anna Balgosky, of Everson, and Evelyn (Lee) Williams, of Connellsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William F. Steindl and John H. Steindl; grandson, Mitchell J. Steindl; and brothers-in-law, Joe Pitroski, Nevin Kuhns and William Balgosky. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at STOKES, PROCK and MUNDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, Wis. Father Don Meuret will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till time of service. Full military honors will be held after the service. Interment will be private. Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
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Szul Sr., Gerald J. 69

  • Erie
  • Born: 1945-08-20
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Dusckas-Taylor, Erie | Get Directions
  • Gerald J. Szul Sr., 69, of Erie, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was born in Ford City, Aug. 20, 1945, son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Szul. Jerry was a state trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring in 1992 from Troop E at the rank of sergeant after 25 years of service. He was currently working at Presque Isle Downs Casino in security. He was an active member of St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, the State Police FOP and the Siebenbuerger Club. Jerry and his wife were AKC breeders, specializing in Shi-Tzu. He had a very generous spirit and a heart of gold. Everyone who met him loved him. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Beckwith Szul. Jerry is survived by his son, Jerry J. Szul Jr. (Barbra); his daughter, Jennifer Pius; a sister, Patricia Markilinski (George); his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Jake, Cassidy and Ellie Szul, Dana and Danielle Pius; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the DUSCKAS-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 5151 Buffalo Road (at Hannon Road in Harborcreek Township), Erie, and are invited to attend a prayer service there at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. Entombment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505 or THON.org to benefit pediatric cancer. To send an online message of condolence or to view the family tribute wall, please visit www.dusckas-taylorfuneralhome.com.
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Wilson, Robert C. 69

  • Frederick County, Va.
  • Died: 2015-02-28
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  • Robert Clay "Bob" Wilson, 69, of Frederick County, Va., died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center. Mr. Wilson was born in 1946, in Grafton, W. Va., the son of the late Clay and Georgia R. Wilson. He was a graduate of North Fairmont High School, Class of 1964 and West Virginia University, receiving a Bachelor's degree. Mr. Wilson was a veteran, having served in the Navy. He was employed by FEMA as an engineer. Bob was an active member of Heritage Baptist Church. He served the Lord in every capacity in and out of church. He will be forever remembered for his love of family and friends, especially traveling to Texas to see his children. Bob was a loving husband, father and friend to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He married Linda Carol Dunaway on Sept. 14, 1974, in Dunbar. Surviving with his wife are two sons, Jason R. Wilson and wife, Kristi, of Pearland, Texas, and Josh L. Wilson, of Richmond, Texas; brother, Ron Wilson, of Stanley, Va.; sisters, Mary Agostinelli and husband, Joe, of Niceville, Fla., Shirley Fike and husband, Gary, of DeFunick Springs, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Ellie Wilson, of Akron, Ohio, and Dixie Wilson, of Stanley, Va., as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at OMPS FUNERAL HOME, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, with Pastor Jerry Walkowiak, Pastor Jim Robinson and Pastor Jackie Battles officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hayfield, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4301 North Fairfax Pike, Suite 530, Arlington, VA, 22203 or Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA 22603. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.
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