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Branton Jr., Archie J. 85

  • Sheraden
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Conroy, Sheraden | Get Directions
  • Archie J. Branton Jr., 85, of Sheraden, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jane V. (Fischer) Branton; loving father of Colleen (Hugh) Happel, Archie J. (Carla) Branton III and Lynn (David) Coughenour; and grandfather of Sean, Kevin Happel, Kyle Branton, Rachel, Blair and Reed Coughenour. Mr. Branton served in the Army during World War II and Korea and received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was the past commander of the VFW Post 418 and 33 Degree Master Mason. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at WM. F. CONROY FUNERAL HOME, 2944 Chartiers Ave., Sheraden. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial with military honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.wfconroyfuneralhome.com.
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Breakwell, David T. 68

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • David Thomas Breakwell, 68, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Christine (Jozefowicz) Breakwell; loving father of Jake (wife, Lisa), David C., Paul W. (wife, Dana), and Fawn Breakwell; and wonderful grandfather of Emily, Paul III, and Xander. Dave was extremely generous to others and passionate about the Pittsburgh Penguins and "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." Private services were held at Penn Lincoln Memorial, North Huntingdon. Contributions may be made to the family for hospital expenses and sent to P.O. Box 112, Murrysville, PA 15668. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) (412-856-4747). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Breznican, Ann T. 93

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1921-02-06
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Ann T. (Kopecky) Breznican, 93, of Tarentum, passed away at home Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Blairsville, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Valasek) Kopecky. She has lived her entire life in Tarentum where she was a homemaker and a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Ann attended St. Clement Parochial school and graduated from Tarentum High School. Ann enjoyed puzzles, spectator sports on TV and especially enjoyed her family, children, grandchildren and her Catholic faith. Survivors include her sons, Stephen J. Breznican, of New Kensington, and Joseph A. Breznican, of Delaware; grandchildren, Anthony (Jill) Breznican, Gregory Yaniz, Andrea (Joseph) DeFranco and Stephen Breznican; and great-grandchildren, Audrey Breznican, Prosper Breznican and Luca DeFranco. Also surviving is a sister, Marie Millen- Jack, of Natrona Heights. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Joseph Kopecky; and a sister, Ethel Prazenica. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. No visitation on Thanksgiving. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with Rev. Aaron J. Kriss, officiating. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Burnside, Ronald L. 72

  • Plum
  • Born: 1942-03-29
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Plum | Get Directions
  • Ronald Lee Burnside, 72, of Plum, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was born May 29, 1942 in Kincheloe, W.Va. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen Lee (Lott) Burnside. He was the father of Michael (Dawn) Burnside, of Plum, Ronald (Patricia) Burnside, of North Versailles, Jeffrey (Jenny) Burnside, of Boston, Holly (Tim) Dollman, of Kincheloe, W.Va., Robert (Sonya) Burnside, of Plum, and Scott Dollman, of Salina; grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; son of Mary (McClain) Burnside; brother of Kitty (Bruce) Edwards, Lawrence (Linda) Burnside, Jeannie (Randy) Gray and Deborah (Ralph) Showers. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Fox Burnside. Family thanks hospice and his special Nicki. Friends received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 557 Unity Center Road (Unity, Plum Borough), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be private.
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Cafaro, Esther M.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Esther M. (Schmidt) Cafaro, of Swissvale, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 49 years to John F. Cafaro; loving mother of John V. Cafaro, of East Liberty, Debra A. Mays and her husband, Lloyd D., of North Versailles, and Michelle L. Cafaro, of Penn Hills; dear grandma Esther of William and his fiance, Kristin and Constance; great-grandmother of Brynn, Paige and Caiden; and sister of Sylvia Potopenko, David Schmidt and his wife, Marge and Margie Bechtol and her husband, Carl. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Costello, Martha A. 97

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha A. (Modrak) Costello, 97, of Braddock Hills, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William Costello; loving mother of the late Mary Louise Costello; and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Martha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Nursing School and served her country with distinction during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Army nurse in France. She retired as a nurse at Wiggins Company with more than 30 years of service. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Flaherty, Earl F. 66

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1948-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Earl F. Flaherty, 66, of McKeesport, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born April 11, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Earl F. Flaherty Sr. and Betty (Ensign) Flaherty. A 1966 graduate of McKeesport Vocational High School, Earl also attended Machine Shop Technologies Center in Pittsburgh during his 38 years as a millwright with U.S. Steel, primarily at the Clairton Works. He was a volunteer at St. Mary's Byzantine Church in McKeesport and a member of CFU Lodge 3. He loved Tamburitzan music and was well known as the Santa for 13 years at Kaufmann's Pittsburgh department store. Earl is survived by his wife of 37 years, Frances (Dujmic) Flaherty; a sister, Cathy (Howard) Hayden; brother, Charles (Nikki) Flaherty; brother-in-law, Frank (Tess) Dujmic; nephews and godsons, Frank Dujmic Jr. and Charles Flaherty Jr.; nieces, Heather Flaherty, Rebecca and Mary Kathryn Dujmic, Kayla and Lauren Hayden; and nephews, Joseph Dujmic and Jake Hayden. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral home by Fathers Paul Voida and Matthew Elanjalith. Interment will be private. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Heckman, Ada M. 91

  • Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1923-05-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Ada M. Heckman, 91, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla. Born in Vermillion County, Indiana, May 9, 1923, Ada was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Lucantoni) Pappafava, and wife of the late Charles Joseph Heckman. She attended grade school in Shirkieville, Ind., and graduated from Sewickley Township High School in Herminie. Ada completed her business education at Douglas Business College in McKeesport. Ada is survived by two sons, Deacon Kevin Charles Heckman and wife, Michele Heckman, of Arvada, Colo., and Richard Anthony Heckman and wife, Kathy Sommer, of Leonia, N.J.; a sister, Louise Zaverl, of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; three granddaughters, Hannah Quast and husband, Paul, Holly Heckman and Emma Heckman; and loving companion, Norval "Dick" Williams, of Fort Myers, Fla. Ada was also preceded in death by brother, Premo J. Pappafava, of Greensburg, former CEO of General Carbide Corp. in Hempfield Township. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Her employment was with Potter-McCune Co., U.S. Steel Corp., National Works. She retired from Union National Bank, McKeesport. Ada was a member of American Legion Post 701 seniors; the American Legion Auxiliary; associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; Elizabeth Township Seniors and Life Span; and the Italian American Club of Lehigh Acres, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Johnson, Mildred I. 86

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Mildred I. Johnson, 86, of Avalon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert Johnson; mother of Robert (Gail) Johnson, Susan (Richard) Knight, Sally (Shawn) Heagerty, Sandy (Mark) Paterson, Stacey (Chris) McLaughlin, Shelly (Norbert) Johnston and Ray (Julieta) Johnson; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of seven; sister of Robert (Rose) Peck, David (Joanne) Peck, Ruth (Ernie) Stevens and the late James (surviving wife, Frances) Peck; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Forest Ave., Presbyterian Church, 898 Forest Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kemp, Mary S. 90

  • Clairton
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Kemp, 90, of Clairton passed away at home Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born to the late John and Mary Kuruc Sujeta in McKeesport. Mary is survived by her niece, Mary Jean (John) Banaszak, of Clairton; brothers, Stephen Sujeta, of McKeesport, Emil Sujeta, of Jefferson; and nieces, nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Wolfe and Irene Petak; and brothers, John and Mike Sujeta. Mary lived all her life in the Clairton area. She was a graduate of Clairton High School, the executive secretary to the general superintendant of US Steel Clairton Works for 65 years, a member of the Humane Society of America and an avid gardener. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the funeral home, presided by Father Jeff Wylie, followed by internment at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Ketter, Margaret E. 90

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Elizabeth "Toot" (O'Keefe) Ketter, 90, formerly of Pittsburgh and Pitcairn, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard Ketter; loving sister of Dolores Skena, Elizabeth Macey, and the late James O'Keefe, Catharine Knabe and Loretta "Shirley" O'Keefe. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews; and 23 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, James "Jimmy" Achilles. Toot collected dolls and dollhouses, was an avid reader and loved traveling and bingo. She was also a longtime employee of St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Charter School, 4369 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kolick Jr., Charles J. 69

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1945-07-27
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Charles Joseph "Bud" Kolick Jr., 69, of White Oak, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born July 27, 1945, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Charles Joseph Kolick Sr. and the late Dorothy McCaslin Kolick. Bud was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He worked for the former U.S. Steel's Homestead Works and was a member of the Port Vue American Legion, Versailles Croatian Club and Club 22 in Glassport. Bud loved being home with his family and enjoyed cooking and baking. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Ann Dudik Kolick; daughters, Michelle (Jeffrey) Zuzo, of New Stanton, and Melissa Jo (Daniel) Kastronis, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Eileen Kolick, of White Oak; brother, Daniel (Sharon) Kolick, of Glassport; grandsons, C.J. Kolick, Collin Callahan and Jeffrey Zuzo; great-grandson, Noah Joseph Kolick; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Kolick (Bill) Cole. There is no visitation. Funeral service with military honors will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Liberto, Mariangela 85

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Mariangela (Scalamogna) Liberto, 85, of Highland Park, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paolo Liberto; cherished mother of Concettina (Gregg Zoller), Vittoria and the late Angelina Liberto; loving sister of the late Vittoria Costa (Venerando) and Teresa Monteleone (Francesco); dear sister-in-law of Gesuele Liberto (Maria), and the late Gregorio Liberto, Concetta and Giacomo Ionadi, Agostino Liberto (survived by Teresa), Felicia Liberto and Giuseppe Liberto (survived by Concetta); daughter of the late Giuseppe and Mariangela Scalamogna. She is also survived by her loving and devoted nieces, nephews and cousins, both here and in Italy. She will be dearly missed by her cagnolino "Vino." Mariangela immigrated to America from Maierato, Italy, in 1969, along with her husband and three daughters. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, generosity and strong devotion to her faith. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, (http://www.mccabebrothers.com), 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. Interment to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
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Little, Mary M. 58

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1956-06-30
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret "Maggy" Little, 58, of Clairton, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in her home. Born June 30, 1956, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Karl Cam Laughlin Sr. and Mary Agnes (Bickerton) Laughlin. A clerk at Big Lots in West Mifflin, Maggy enjoyed camping, but enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren much more. She joins her husband, the late Harold Little Sr. Maggy is survived by her sons, Harold (Lisa Bisogni) Little Jr., of Clairton, Jacob W. (Kairy) Little, of Jefferson Hills, and Lukas (Janeen) Little, of Elizabeth; her grandchildren, Jessica and Dante Bisogni and Jacob, Kyleigh, Gavin, Garrett, Jusden and Jordan Little; her great-grandchildren, Gia and Aria; her longtime companion, Timothy Zombeck; his children, Tiffenie (Mark) Russell and Kevin Zombeck; his grandchildren, Lacey and Jelena Russell; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by Timothy Zombeck Jr.; and her siblings, Karl Cam Laughlin Jr., Kenneth and Keith Laughlin and Jean Leck. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Mayo, Henrietta Etta E. 71

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Henrietta "Etta" E. Mayo, 71, of East Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Vince "Henry" Mayo, of East McKeesport; dear grandmother "Oma" of Vincent Andrew Mayo, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Samuel Koschik, of Pitcairn, John Koschik, of Homestead, and the late Millianne "Nootsie" Koschik. Etta was a retired employee from the registrar's office at the University of Pittsburgh, with 10 years of service, and a floral designer for 20 years with Shackford and Maxwell flower shop, in Wilkinsburg. In retirement, she enjoyed knitting, playing Sudoku and watching television. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Avenue at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery, in Monroeville. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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Meier, Carl A. 94

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Carl A. Meier, 94, of the Village of St. Barnabas, Gibsonia, formerly of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 68 years of Charlotte (Christman) Meier; loving uncle of Patricia Vresh, Marjorie Boles, Sandra Grau, Cynthia Wingard and Richard Stoehr; dear brother-in-law of Marie Stoehr; also survived by many cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. A World War II veteran, having served with the Army, Carl was a longtime warehouse manager with Stockham Valve and Fitting, Etna. He was also a lifetime member of Teutonia Mannerchor, American Legion Post 116, Avalon and AARP, Bauerstown. Carl also enjoyed billiards, golfing and square dancing with his wife, Charlotte. Family will welcome friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Family suggests donations to the charity of your choice. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Mort, Charles W. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Mort, 90, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was the husband of the late Phyllis Mort; father of George Mort and his wife, Karen and Daniel Mort; grandfather of John Mort and Daniel Mort; brother of Richard Mort (Marlene) and Robert Mort (Sue), Betty Rickey (Rick) and Theo Brennan (Phil); and is also survived by his caregiver, Karen Reinhart. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Mort; and his siblings, Merle, Melvin, George, Harold and Roy Mort, and Margaret Riley. Chuck was an Army World War II veteran, serving with the 81st engineers and was a retired crane operator at J and L for more than 30 years. He also was a security guard at Woodland Hills High School. He was an avid golfer. The family wishes to thank Forbes Hospice for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in the funeral chapel with Rev. Rob Marrow officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to VFW- National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Rock, Michael 67

  • North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Michael Rock, 67, of the North Side, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Helen Rock; father of Michael (Casie) Rock; brother of Patricia Schwer; and nephew of Michael Lonzo. He also is survived by granddog, Riley. Mike was a generous man and loved to make everyone laugh. He loved his son, Mike, his motorcycles and working on cars. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Roemer, Susan B. 92

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1922-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Susan Blanche Wasson Roemer, 92, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born July 30, 1922, in Williamsburg, the daughter of the late Edgar and Margaret Negley Wasson. She is survived by her husband, Clyde E. Roemer; sons, Curtis and Neil Roemer, of Elizabeth Township; daughters, Evelyn Nevins Friend, of Evergreen, Colo., Zoe Forsythe, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Adele Primorac, of Evergreen, Colo.; granddaughter, Katarina Primorac, of Evergreen, Colo.; four stepgrandsons; special cousin, Shirley Blair, of Williamsburg; and niece, Susan Winslow, of Lighthouse Point, Fla. She was preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Eugene, Ralph and Donald Wasson; and sisters, Ethel Fornwalt and Sara and Ruth Wasson. There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan's favorite charity, WQED Multimedia, 4803 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412-622-1370. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Scandolari, Louisa 53

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Louisa Scandolari, 53, of Scott Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of Irma and the late Remo Scandolari; loving sister of Albino Scandolari and John (Mary Jo) Scandolari; aunt of Vincent and Fabria Scandolari; and great-aunt of Brianna. She is also survived by loving family and friends. Louisa received a bachelor of science in medical technology from WVU and a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a sales representative for Kroff Chemical Corp. She was an avid Golfer and also loved to host fashionable parties for her family and friends for all events. Visitations are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. If desired, contributions can be made to St. Bernard's School. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Stockton, Saralyn 60

  • Upper Saint Clair , Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Saralyn (Nicklas) Stockton, 60, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 35 years of Steven D. Stockton; loving and devoted mother of Steven D. Stockton Jr., Evan R. Stockton, Sean R. Stockton and Ryan N. Stockton; daughter of the late Dr. Robert B. and Sara Jane (Ream) Nicklas; daughter-in-law of Doris and the late James Richard Stockton; niece of the late Orval A. and Evalyn (Ream) Redhair; grandmother of Jaelyn Lakes; sister of Robin Nicklas (Nancy), Evalyn Fiedler and John Nicklas (Valerie); sister-in-law of Don Stockton, Joan Roth (Fred) and the late Marianne Stockton; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will be private.
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Teck Jr., Nicholas R. 76

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1938-02-11
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Nicholas R. Teck Jr., 76, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Lawson Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 11, 1938, in McKeesport, son of the late Nicholas and Stella (Nichols) Teck Sr. He was a retired tire man from Schuloff Automotive in McKeesport. He was the husband of the late Donna (Craven) Teck; father of Nicholas (Bridget Heberling) Teck, of Indiana, Pa., and Vicky Ann (Richard Scott) Adams, of Duquesne; grandfather of Aaron, Autumn and Avi Adams; brother of John (Mary) Nichols, of Belmar, N.J., Tom Teck, of Smock, Rose Marie Seman, of Wilmerding, Larry (Joan) Teck, of Versailles, Steve (Judy) Teck, of North Versailles, and the late Bill Teck and late Richard Teck (surviving spouse, Louise); brother-in-law of Judy Smitley; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 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 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, officiating.
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Thomas, Rose 100

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Rose (Zotter) Thomas, 100, of South Euclid, Ohio, formerly of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Thomas; loving mother of James E. Thomas and his wife, Margaret, of South Euclid, and the late William G. Thomas; dear grandmother of Steven, Christopher (Kathy) and Matthew Thomas; sister of Louise Karner; and great-grandmother of Mabel and Jed. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peter Parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Middle and Suisman Streets. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter Parish, 720 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Vancheri, Elizabeth Betty 84

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Ladygo) Vancheri, 84, of Ross Township, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 62 years to Frank J. Vancheri; loving mother of Suzanne Culkin (Jack), Jane Sonntag (Steve), Paul Vancheri (Lynn), of Boston, Eleanor Walsh (Joseph), of Arizona, and Frances Vancheri, of Kentucky; sister of the late Peter Ladygo; and dear grandmother of Sarah, Emily, John, Elizabeth, Lauren, Leslie, Matthew, Jessica and Nicholas. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters. Friends will be received 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. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Volpe, Virginia 95

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1919-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Virginia Bechtold Volpe, 95, of Forest Hills, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Transitions Health Care (Baldock). She was born June 3, 1919, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Vito Lapaglia and Nifa Oddo Lapaglia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Bechtold; six sister, Rose Mastrilli, Sarah Sacamango, Mary Affigato, Camilla (Minnie) Mastrilli, Josephine Davis ans Stella Sears; and three brothers, Charles, Joseph and Vincent Lapaglia. Virginia had an unmatched zest for life, enjoying bingo, family and friends and making people smile. Her warm heart and her loving ways touched many who were blessed to have met her. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (John) McCann, of North Huntingdon; two sons, Terry (Bonnie) Bechtold, of North Huntingdon, and John (Judy) Bechtold, of Pittsburgh, and ; nine grandchildren, Dawn Lucotch, Kim Piekut, Jennifer Bean, Anne Larkin, Pamela Rea, Kelly Feltes, Anthony Bechtold, Christy Tokay and Terry Bechtold; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes to the special people at Transitions Health Care (formerly Baldock) who became our extended family; also to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Virginia's funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Weigold, Sylvia M. 69

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1945-07-09
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Sylvia M. (Burin) Weigold, 69, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 9, 1945, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the Virginia Pohan Burin, of Natrona Heights, and the late Julius Burin. Sylvia worked for many years as the receptionist for Dr. Mattioli's Dental Office in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Sylvia enjoyed bowling, gardening, watching the game show channel, reading and she especially enjoyed spending time with her cousins and other family members. She is survived by her mother, Virginia Pohan Burin, of Natrona Heights; uncles, Michael (Helen) Pochan, of Springdale, and Paul Pochan, of Creighton; aunts, Mary Dolfi, of Monongahela, and Mary Burin, of Charleston, S.C.; her in-laws, Thomas A. and Doris Weigold; and by several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Julius Burin; her husband, Thomas A. Weigold, on Aug. 8, 2007; and by her uncles, Andy Pohan and John Burin. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Wesesky, Debra A. 43

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Debra A. Wesesky, 43, of Reserve Township, formerly of the North Side, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Thomas A. Wesesky; mother of Megan, Tyler and Morgan Wesesky; daughter of John (the late Gay) Lehman and the late Betty Mueck; sister of Jeff (Donna) Lehman, Michael (Marcie) Lehman, Laura Russel and Donna Lehman; daughter-in-law of Charlotte (the late Michael) Wesesky; sister-in-law of Debbie (Michael) Marks, Michael (Traci) Wesesky and John (and his fiancee, Christine Johnson) Wesesky; and aunt of Skylar Lehman, Dr. Michelle (Aaron) Marks-Lampkin, Nicole Marks, Michael Marks, Emily Wesesky and John Wesesky Jr. She also is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Baum, Daryl E. 74

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1940-07-26
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Daryl E. Baum, 74, of Allegheny Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in his home. He was born July 26, 1940, in Allegheny Township, to the late Edward N. and Twila (Dello) Baum. Daryl was honorable discharged from the Air Force, having served from 1958 to 1962. He retired in 1998 after working as a technical engineer for 35 years at 3M. Daryl attended the First Baptist Church, Apollo, was a member of the Vandergrift American Legion and the Leechburg Elks. He enjoyed woodworking and was a very avid golfer. He is survived by his fiance, Penny Strizak, of Allegheny Township; his two sons, Raymond E. (Susan) Baum, of Asper, and Darron E. Baum, of Dover; his daughter, Penne (James) Siggins, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his brothers, Larry (Joanne Zboran) Baum, of Allegheny Township, and Walter G. Baum, of Michigan City, Ind.; his daughter-in-law, Dana Baum, of Apollo; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents mentioned above, he was preceded in death by his son, Daryl E. Baum II; and his brother, Edward B. Baum. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral ceremonies at noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, 724-568-3639. Committal services and burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Berger, Deborah A. 60

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1954-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Deborah A. Berger, 60, of Hannastown, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born July 30, 1954, in Greensburg, a daughter of Bjarnfridur G. Valdimarsdottir Mehan, of Hannastown, and the late Andrew J. Mehan Sr. She was a 1972 graduate of Hempfield High School and received her associate's degree from Bradford Business School of Pittsburgh. Deborah was a social member of the Hannastown Firemen's Club and a member of Senior Life of Greensburg. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Regina Ann Berger; a brother, Andew J. Mehan Jr.; a sister, Betty Lou Long; and a nephew, Richard A. Vuletich. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gordon R. Berger; a son, Jason R. Berger, of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Sigurlina "Stella" Johannesdottir, of Iceland, Mary Ann Wilson, of Greensburg, Augusta Block, of Florida, Rosemarie Campbell, of Baltimore, Md., and Christine Mehan, of Hannastown; a sister-in-law, Erlene (David) Muller, of North Huntingdon; a brother-in-law, James (Arlene) Berger, of Trafford; and numerous nieces, nephews and great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff at Senior Life for all that they did for Deborah. For online condolences, please visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Cunningham, Helen J. 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Cunningham, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Zelienople, a daughter of the late Norman B. and Anna E. Bowlen Avey. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School and a member of Central Fellowship Church in Connellsville. Helen will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving son, James Cunningham, of Wilkinsburg; her grandson, Brian Cunningham and wife, Sharon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her great-grandson, Blake; and her niece, Carolyn Johnson and husband, Clyde, of Farmington. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, George S. Cunningham; her son, Thomas E. Cunningham; and her brother, Leroy B. Avey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-3800), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be in Addison Cemetery, Somerset County. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Grande, Carmen Millie R. 94

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carmen R. "Millie" Grande, 94, of Trafford, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born May 10, 1920, the son of the late Pasquale and Theresa Rosella Grande. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran as well as an usher and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Regis Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen August Grande; and his brothers, Dominic, Anthony, Joseph and Francis Grande. He is survived by his children, Gary Grande, Karen (Tom) Mercalde, Theresa (Jim) McCarron, Susan (Michael) Oriolo, Liz (Bob) Thompson and Rich (Sierra) Grande; a sister, Gloria Drost; and six grandchildren, Brandon and Megan McCarron, Nicole and Natalie Thompson, Nathan Sneith and Steven Grande. The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Home Care and Hospice for their exceptional care. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Catholic Church with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. Contributions can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Hoffer, Homer E. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Homer E. Hoffer, 84, of Scottdale (Bullskin Township), died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 4, 1930, in Acme, a son of the late Henry and Elsie Brown Hoffer. Mr. Hoffer was employed as a construction worker and farmer. He was a member of the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and choir member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Snyder Hoffer; his children, Loretta Painter and her husband, Homer Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, Darell Hoffer and his wife, Janice, of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley Keller and her husband, Melvin, of Jones Mills, Julia Miller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Casselberry, Fla., Henry Hoffer and his wife, Kathie, of Acme, Myron Hoffer and his wife, Eileen, of Scottdale, and Glenda Bradley and her husband, Damon, of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Philson Hoffer, of Greensburg, Kenneth Hoffer and his wife, Ida, of West Middlesex, Carolyn Clark, of Berlin, Robert Hoffer and his wife, Eleanor, of Acme, Orlando Hoffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Acme, and Ronald Hoffer and his wife, Wilda, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Marie Keller; a grandson-in-law, Mark Elam; and siblings, Otha Hoffer, Belle Kreinbrook, Dorothy Snyder, Huldah Stouffer, Hazel Rooney and Wilmer Hoffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. There will no viewing on Thanksgiving Day. Viewing will continue from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional viewing will take place from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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King, Joan W. 78

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1936-06-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joan W. King, 78, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at home. She was born June 22, 1936, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Guy and Mary DeBone Wass. Prior to retirement, she was a telephone operator at Bell Telephone. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, Bell Telephone Pioneers, Jeannette Lions and Lioness Clubs, Jeannette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and http://www.cercemaggiore.org. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. King; and a brother, Louis Wass. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jody King and Clyde Reynolds, of Jeannette; a brother, Frank Wass and his wife, JoAnn, of Greensburg; two sisters, Carmella Moffa and Gloria Rossi and her husband, Ron, all of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, Development Office, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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McKay, Karin 70

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1944-03-26
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Karin Conway McKay, 70, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 26, 1944, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Bernard P. Conway Sr. and Wanda (DeVinney) Conway. Karin was a 1962 graduate of Blairsville High School and a graduate of the Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing and School of Anesthesia. Prior to her retirement, she was a registered nurse anesthetist at Latrobe Area Hospital and Vittone Eye Surgical Associates. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, in Latrobe, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers, served as a Eucharistic minister, was a volunteer sacristan for the church and volunteered for Vacation Bible School and the Art and Environments Committee. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Faith in Action. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard P. Conway Jr.; and a niece, Dana M. Petrunak. Karin was a loving wife, mother and very proud grandmother. Her grandchildren describe her as very caring, fun, peaceful and attentive. She is survived by her husband of more than 45 years, Thomas P. McKay; her daughter, Erin K. Colcombe and her husband, Daniel J., of Greensburg; her son, Thomas B. McKay and his wife, Melissa E., of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Caroline, Colleen and Alexander Colcombe, and Mitchell, Marlee and Gracie McKay; her sister, Shirley Laskie and her husband, Richard, of Hillside; a brother, C. Lisle Conway and his wife, Sheral, of Ligonier; three sisters-in-law, Michele Conway Watts and her husband, Whit, of Indiana, Pa., Barbara J. Conrad, of Latrobe, and Kay Stocken and her husband, Michael, of Hermitage; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone and the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as concelebrants. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Orczyk, Josephine E. 88

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1926-01-01
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Josephine Ellen Orczyk, 88, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Que Creek, Somerset County, to the late Joseph and Stella Zielenski Lasik and was a life resident of the local area. Josephine was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (William) Russell, of Allegheny Township; grandchildren, Michael, Eric, Nicole and Allison Russell; and her brother, Frank (Barbara) Lasik, of Michigan. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley T. Orczyk; brothers, Stanley and Michael Zerovich and Joseph and John Lasik; and a sister, Sophie Caripolti. No services are planned. Arrangements are by the RUSIEWICZ FAMILY OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Arnold and Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pernelli, Martha M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-04-27
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martha M. Pernelli, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J. She was born April 27, 1930, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Stephen Stanko and Mary (Zuzack) Stanko. Martha was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. She was a devoted wife and mother who truly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Pernelli; and three brothers, Franklin, Stephen and Walter Stanko. Martha is survived by two sons, David R. Pernelli and his wife, Fawn, of Millville, N.J., and Gary F. Pernelli and his wife, Amy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Noreen M. Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, and Miriam Altman and her husband, Will, of Gibsonia; a brother, Timothy Stanko and his wife, Linda, of Bethel Park; nine grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Alecia, Ryan, Adam, Stephen, Kati, Abbi and Matthew; and a great-grandson, William. 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. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Short, Agnes B. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Agnes B. Short, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late John Zurick and Anna (Kovacs) Zurick. Agnes was a member of Holy Family Church, where she served as organist in the late 1960s through the early '80s, was a member of Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, and sang in the church choir. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert A. Short; three brothers, Anthony, Edward and Albert Zurick; and three sisters, Elizabeth Oswald, Eva Jean Dale and Joanne Harr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Thomas and her husband, Curtis, of Greensburg; and five sisters, Mary Ellen Fluxmon, of New York, N.Y., Anna Mae Mellett, of Pittsburgh, Rose LaRue, of Johnstown, Theresa Polosky, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Peipock and her husband, Michael, of South Bend, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 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. The Holy Family Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Humane Society. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stephens, Thomas D. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. "Drew" Stephens, 72, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 30, 1942, in Jeannette, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. Prior to retirement he was employed by All Metals Fabricating Company and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army. Drew was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jeannette, American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville and ABATE. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Elmer Stephens; six sisters, Florence Myers, Nora Belle Stephens, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyllis Griffin. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah DelGross, of New Alexandria; a sister, Stella Butler, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Williams, Jessica L. 31

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Penn Township
  • Born: 1983-09-02
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Jessica Lynn Williams, 31, of North Huntingdon and formerly of Penn Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 2, 1983, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of George Oravec, of Penn Township, and the late Diana (Smith) Oravec. A graduate of James Madison University, Jessica worked as a financial analyst for KPMG in Pittsburgh. Jessica was an outgoing and positive person whose warm smile and generous heart will forever stay with those who knew her. Besides her father, she is survived by her husband, Nick Williams, of North Huntingdon, and their son, Greyson; her brother, Jeff (Stephanie) Oravec, of Charlotte, N.C.; her sister, Megan Oravec, of Penn Township; her niece, Maryn Oravec; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Harrison City, with Pastor John Ciampa officiating. Funeral arrangements are by the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. In lieu of flowers, Jessica's family asks that memorial contributions be made to Greyson Williams' 529 college fund, in care of the family. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Bell, William N. 84

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1930-11-09
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • William N. "Bill" Bell, 84, of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Lifecare Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Indiana, he was the son of the late John S. and Katherine (North) Bell. Bill lived in Kiski Township since 1956, and was a 1948 graduate of Vandergrift High School. He served our country as a captain with the Army. Bill was the owner of Bill Bell Alignment Service Inc., a business he started on Washington Avenue in Vandergrift in 1962, before moving to its present location in the Paulton section of Washington Township in 1976. Bill was a member of the Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge 437 in Apollo, the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh, and past potentate and past president of the MASA. Bill was a clown for the Shrine "Ding Dong Bell" and on the board of directors at the Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia for many years. He was a member of the Hillbillies Clan 53. We must all remember Gertrude the most lovable ass. Bill was involved in the girls' Rainbow Drill Team and the American Legion in Vandergrift for 56 years. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose M. (Collins) Bell, of Kiski Township; sons, John A. Bell II, of Kiski Township, William N. Bell Jr., of Davenport, Fla., and Michael H. (Christine) Bell, of Manning, S.C.; daughter, Sara Jane (Kevin) Hice, of Kiski Township; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Syria Shrine Harige Clown Memorial Service will take place at 7:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, Spring Church, with the Rev. Terri Swails officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Spring Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140 or to Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 154, Spring Church, PA 15686. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Bush, Roger A. 68

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1946-10-13
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Roger A. Bush, 68, of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Oct. 13, 1946, in Apollo, he was the son of Lois (Wigle) Bush, of Kiski Township, and the late Glenn R. Bush Sr. Roger lived in Apollo most of his life. He was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School, and 1968 graduate of Waynesburg College, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. Roger has been the president and owner of Glenn Bush Ford in Apollo since 1985. He is a past chairman and vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Ford Dealer Advertising Fund. He also served on the board of directors at the Apollo Trust Company for 16 years, three years of which he served as board chairman. Roger was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Apollo and a member of the Apollo BPOE No. 386. He also proudly donated storage and distribution space at his Ford Dealership to the Apollo Ridge Area Food Bank. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Glenn R. Bush Sr.; his son, Michael Allen Victor Bush; and his brother, Glenn Bush Jr. In addition to his mother, Roger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cynthia (Haydu) Bush, of Kiski Township; son, Kenneth (Christa) Bush, of Bell Township; daughter, Jessica (Anthony) Aslanian, of Orlando, Fla.; and grandchildren, A. Michael Aslanian, Julie Bush, Catherine Aslanian and Lindsay Bush. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 214 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Apollo. Pastor Philip Ramstad will officiate. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Roger's memory to the Apollo Ridge Area Food Bank, Apollo Trust Company - in care of Terry Jones (Food Bank Secretary), 201 N. Warren Ave., Apollo, PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Crytzer, Ruth A. 50

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1964-10-10
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ruth Ann Roudybush Crytzer, 50, formerly of Ford City, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Maryland University Medical Center. She was born Oct. 10, 1964, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Paul H. Roudybush and Janet Blondeaux Roudybush. She was the manager of Subway at the Pittsburgh Mills and bartended at the PNA in Harwick. She loved politics and fishing. She was a graduate of Ford City High School in 1982 and was the class president. She was a very loving and caring person and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Eric Paul. Survivors include her brothers, Eric and Donna Roudybush, of Erie, Dan Roudybush, of Erie, and George Roudybush, of Erie; sisters, Kathleen and Rick Webster Roudybush, of Seattle, Wash., Dinah Vardon, of Forest Grove, Ore., Paula Kiehlmeier, of Erie, and Barbara Livengood, of Ford City; also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Private services will be held by the family Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The family will have a celebration of her life with friends and family at a later date. Arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City
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Sacik, William R. 85

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1929-05-19
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • William R. Sacik, 85, of Ford City, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born May 19, 1929, in Ford City, son of Ludmilla (Cermak) and John J. Sacik. He was an Army veteran and member of the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. He graduated in 1947 from Ford City High School. He was a member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish. He was employed at Shop No. 2 PPG in Ford City and retired from Ford City Borough. He was a member of the C.U. Club, Ford City Eagles and Polish Falcons. He was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was honored for his athletic abilities in basketball, football, baseball, softball and bowling. He enjoyed watching all Pittsburgh sports teams and going to the Rivers Casino. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen (Volek); two daughters, Kim (Mitch) Schneider, of Brackenridge, and Sandra (Greg) Lorence, of Carlisle; two granddaughters, Stephanie (Charlie) Wineke, of Odenton, Md., and Allison (Steve) Schreckengost, of Natrona Heights; one great-grandson, Charlie Wineke; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steven, John and Joseph; and sisters, Anna Remis, Mildred Kolakowski and Beatrice Frick. The family would like to thank the staffs of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Armstrong County Health Center and Rivercliff Terrace Annex Personal Care Home for their care over the past five months. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity or association of donor's choice. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC. with Father Bryan Summers, officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis of Paola.
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Butler County

Kline, Dorothy M. 81

  • Callery
  • Born: 1933-09-28
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dot" (Wilson) Kline, 81, of Callery, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, peacefully in the comfort of her home, with her family at her side, after a long illness. Born in Nixon, Pa., Sept. 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Florence Lloyd Wilson. Dot was a retired Postal Clerk for the Zelienople Post Office. She was a lifetime member of the Crestview Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Deacon and also belonged to the Mars Chapter 271, Order of the Eastern Star. Dot loved spending time with her family and enjoyed sports. Surviving are three daughters, Vicki L. Kline Sayti (Gene Colonello), of Callery, Melanie "Mel" Golden (Bob Jr.), of Cranberry Township, and Kim Fair, of Butler; her grandchildren, Shawn, Ryan and Lindsay Sayti, Zacchary (Morgan) and Mitchell Golden, and Chase and Cambry Kosich; her sister, Madelynn "Mitzie" Staaf, of Gibsonia; and her brother, Lloyd "Cy" Wilson, of Mars. She is also survived by three nephews, a niece and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Kline, whom she married Feb. 20, 1953, and who died June 22, 2002; and by her daughter, Tammy Kline Kosich. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crestview Presbyterian Church, 210 Kline Ave., Callery, PA 16024, with the Rev. Robert Goossen officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in Brownsdale Cemetery in Penn Township. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that memorials be made to the Crestview Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box AA, Callery, PA 16024. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Johnson, William E. 76

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1938-05-01
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William Eddy Johnson, 76, of Connellsville, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside, in Pittsburgh. He was born May 1, 1938, in Martin, Pa., a son of the late Walter and Joanna Moon Johnson. Bill retired from U.S. Steel Works after 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran. Bill enjoyed travelling with his wife, fishing and all outdoor activities. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Karen Mansberry Johnson; children, Brian Mansberry, of Normalville, JoAnna Johnson, of Normalville, William Johnson Jr., of Normalville; his first wife, Barbara Nahory, of Normalville, and their children, John and Peggy Johnson, of Normalville, Susan Johnson, of Somerset, Kevin Johnson and wife Barbara, of North Versailles, and Traci Johnson, of New Lexington; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter H. (Toby) Johnson and Gary Johnson; sisters, Thelma Avela Johnson, Helen Sterle, Linda Baker and Mary Ann Johnson; and two half brothers, Brian and William McFadden. Bill was predeceased by his parents; brothers, James E. Johnson and Grover Johnson; and sisters Sylvia Schurg and Lorraine Ritenour. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and until 11 a.m. Wednesday, the time of service, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, with Pastor Leonard Pirl officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Normalville.
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Leonard, John D. 72

  • Dawson
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graft-Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • John D. Leonard, 72, of Dawson, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at his home comforted by his family. As John requested, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside inurnment service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where military honors will be bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. John's memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Brownfield Community Center, 291 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428. Arrangements for John are in the care of GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. For online condolences and information, visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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McElroy, Jesse M. 88

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1925-12-18
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jesse M. McElroy, 88, of Leisenring, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph M. and Delia (Henry) McElroy. He was retired from Marsalino Construction Company. Jesse was a 30 year member of North Union Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary member of Uniontown American Legion Post 51 Honor Guard. Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Helen "Tootie" (Smiley) McElroy; a brother-in-law, Georgie Smiley; a daughter-in-law, Lorrie (Black) McElroy; a niece, Ilene Timko; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jesse was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Lee (McElroy) Bell; and a son, Jesse Melvin McElroy. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until 10 a.m., the hour of service with Pastor Dave Taylor officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Murphy, Marlene C. 78

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1936-03-08
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marlene C. (Rice) Murphy, 78, of South Connellsville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, at her daughter's residence. She was born March 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Edward and Marguerite (Sandusky). Marlene was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School, class of 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was the owner of Marlene's Corner Bar and Grill, where she had worked for over 45 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Connellsville, and the Catherine Von Bora Society. She is survived by her children, Tom Murphy and wife, Shelley, Pat Murphy and wife, Colleen, both of South Connellsville, and Shelly Karfelt and husband, Jeff, of Normalville; grandchildren, Tommy Murphy and wife, Adrienne, Ryan Murphy, Zachary Ward and wife, Jess, Cody Ward, Chelsey Ward-Harrer, Corey and Toren Hann, and Michael and Danielle Murphy; great grandchildren, Luka Murphy and Kaiden Hann-Cole-Burncheck; siblings, Shirley Lincoln and husband, Dale, of South Connellsville, Yvonne Palumbo and husband, the late Paul, of Bowie, Md., Edward Rice and wife, Trudy, of Greensboro, N.C., Terry Rice and wife, Peggy, of Connellsville, and David Rice, of South Connellsville; her special friend, Bill Witt; and her beloved dog, Nikki. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas R. Murphy (1999); sister, Carol Murphy; and an infant daughter, Crystal Murphy. Family and friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. Monday and from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where additional visitation will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., the hour of funeral service, Wednesday with Pastor Daniel Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
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Sembower, William L. 65

  • Bullskin Township
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William L. Sembower, 65, of Bullskin Township, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2014. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Shearer, Donald L. 66

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Shearer, 66, of a lifelong resident of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his home, while surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Connellsville, the son of the late Laren G. and Florence Bigham Shearer. Donald was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1966. He then attended West Virginia University, where he played varsity baseball and was a graduate in 1970. Upon graduating from WVU, Donald had the opportunity to sign with the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team but chose to stay in Pennsylvania to start a family. Donald continued his passion for baseball as he went on to play and manage for the Mill Run baseball team in the County Baseball League. Donald had worked as a track foreman with CSX for 30 years and he was a member of the BMWE Local No. 1049 for 30 years. Donald was very civic-minded. He served in the West Virginia National Guard, he was a member of the Mill Run Recreation Authority and he was a lifetime member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run where he served as the Sunday school teacher for the Couples Class. Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen Cunningham Shearer; his son, Brian Shearer and wife, Nikki, of Mill Run; his daughter, Stacey Shearer Hoover and husband, Jay, of Mill Run; his grandchildren, Cole, Bryn and Kace Shearer and Derek, Kara and Kylee Hoover; his sister, Karen Rebar, of Connellsville; his brother, L. Glen Shearer and wife, Peggy, of Mill Run; and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310). (There will be no viewing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.) A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Dull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Landsmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Donald L. Shearer. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Welsh, Annette T. 80

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1934-07-03
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Annette Theresa Welsh, 80, of Dunbar, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at her home. She was born July 3, 1934, in Morrell, a daughter of the late John K. and Angela Kozerak Habina. Annette was a graduate of the former Dunbar Township High School and was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Dunbar. Annette will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving children, Carrie Welsh, of Hawaii, James "Beaver" Welsh and wife, Dianne, of Venetia, and Lon "Duffy" Welsh and wife, Donna, of Dunbar; her grandchildren, Fiona Sutton and husband, Jeffrey, of Glenville, W.Va., David Welsh and wife, Jenny, of Evergreen, Colo., Brandy and Kayla Welsh, both of Dunbar, and Rosali Snyder and husband, Ross, of Scottdale; her great-grandchildren, Chole and Savannah; her sister, Sophie Grey, of Georgia; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Annette was predeceased by her husband, James Clyde Welsh; her daughter, Anjela Hamilton; her brothers, Frank, Andrew, John, Joseph, Michael and Matthew Habina; and her sisters, Agnes, Nellie, Mary and Ann. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where everyone will gather for a final leave at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar, with the Rev. Micah Kozoil as celebrant. The committal service will be private. A wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 459 Ranch Road, Dunbar, PA 15431, in memory of Annette T. Welsh. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Cepaitis, Anna M. 87

  • Monongahela
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie (Thomas) Cepaitis, 87, of Monongahela died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, Monongahela, in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s edition.
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Core, Lane 85

  • Roscoe
  • Born: 1929-03-06
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Lane Core, 85, of Roscoe, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in his home. Born March 6, 1929, in Stockdale, he was a son of Ernest and Eva Jenny Gainer Core. Lane was a retired produce supervisor for Potter McCune. A U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War, he was a member of the Roscoe United Methodist Church where he served as a Treasurer for 18 years. Lane was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a Cub Scout Leader and a former treasurer and financial secretary for Little League Baseball and Pony League. Surviving are his wife, Donna Huhn Core; a daughter, Susan Lynn Tunney and husband, Randy, of Roscoe; a son, Lane Core of Roscoe; one sister, Linda Lee Barli of Dunlevy; a brother, Norman Ray Core of New Eagle; and two grandsons, Shawn Tunney and fiancee, Cindy Oswald, and Patrick Earl Tunney. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Alice Segzda; and an infant brother, Alan Dale Core. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Pastor Sandy Conti officiating. Interment will follow at Howe Cemetery, Long Branch. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Laird, Kenneth H. 87

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1926-11-23
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington, Pa. | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Howard Laird, 87, of Charleroi, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Born Nov. 23, 1926, in West Brownsville the son of the late Charles J. and Reba E. Manspeaker Laird, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in California, Pa., and a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. Kenny "KL" was well known in Southwestern PA for his chain of “S and S” shoe stores and his tireless support for the Democratic party and local candidates for office. He learned from his grandmother, a Democratic committee woman, at a young age that actions trumped words and was always willing to lend his organizational skills, support, relationships and labor to promote deserving young office seekers and increase voter participation. He was extremely blessed to be able to quietly provide charitable support to numerous organizations and individuals in both large and small ways throughout his life. He was a tireless contributor and supporter of his community. He was involved in many civic projects, public service and volunteer activities including Justice of the Peace, Constable, Charleroi Borough Council member, past Commander of American Legion Post 22, past Chairman of VFW Post 167, Charleroi Police Civil Service Commissioner, Chief Administrator for former Washington County Commissioner John Bevic, Washington County Tax Assessment Board member, Chairman of the Washington County Authority during construction of Courthouse Square, Chief of Staff for former U.S. Congressman Austin "A.J." Murphy, U.S. Congressional delegate to Japan and China and Small Business Advisory Board member under President Carter. Kenny was recognized for his 13 years of service with the Charleroi Water and Sewage Authority by PA State Senator Richard Kasunic. After his retirement, he was extensively involved as a volunteer at Center in the Woods Adult Day Care; delivering meals-on-wheels and serving as Director of the California Senior Center, Vice President of Directors of California Senior Housing, and President of the Board of Directors at various times. He served as a past member of the Washington Senior Center. Ken was honored for his volunteer efforts and bringing the spotlight to dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers by the Herald Standard, as a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Community Champion and Jefferson Award winner; a United Way of Washington, PA Unsung Hero; and a Presbyterian Senior Care Quality of Life award winner. Surviving are his companion of many years, Irene Sasek; two daughters; Susan (James) Bilitski of California, Pa., and Charlene (Frank) Konek of Charleroi; three grandchildren, Donald (Lisa) Gray, Frank Jr. (Jen) Konek, and Ken (Kellie) Konek; seven great-grandchildren, Zachary and Abby Gray, Cael, Kinzie, and Cole Konek, and Tyler and Cali Konek. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Defino Laird; brothers, William and Victor Laird; and granddaughter, Charlene Gray. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation and the burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Center in the Woods or Adult Day Care, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville, PA 15417. More information can be found at http://www.centerinthewoods.org/donate-now. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
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Collins, Helen

  • Eatonton, Ga.
  • Born: 1942-11-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
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  • Helen Polonus Purks Collins, of Eatonton, Ga., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her husband, Jim, and her children. She was born Nov. 3, 1942, in Sharon, Pa., to Margaret Roch and the late Harold A. Polonus. She was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. William Warren Purks Jr.; brother, John Polonus; and sister, Annelle Devlin. In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by her son, Bob Purks; daughters, Kate Purks Sandahl (Trent) and Meg Purks Godfrey (Jon); and stepchildren, Jim Collins Jr. (Vicki), Steve Collins (Meg), Colleen Lea (Jeff) and Shelly Kehoe. Helen had 15 grandchildren, Carter and Ben Sandahl; Helen Clare and Elizabeth Alice Godfrey; Clay, Kristen, Anna and Brenden Collins; Ally, Samantha, Chase and Daniel Collins; Caitlin, Shannon and Kerrianne Lea. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Polonus; and siblings, Ann Heckel (Roger), Susan Mucha (Edgardo), Maribeth Quigley (James), Peggy Polonus, Kathleen Waddell (Thomas) and William Polonus. She also has two sisters-in-law, Lee Polonus and Maureen Polonus. Also surviving is her brother-in-law, John E. Purks and his wife, Linda. Mrs. Collins has numerous nieces and nephews. After her graduation from Notre Dame (MS mathematics), she taught high school math at Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga. In 1989, she was co-founder and executive director of the highly successful Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative at Columbus State University. During her retirement, Helen was a volunteer grant writer for non-profits in Columbus, Ga., and for Lake Oconee, Ga. As a community volunteer, she served as a board of director for Brookstone School, a chairman of the board for the Stewart Community Home in Columbus, Ga., vice-chair of the Flannery O'Connor Andalusia Foundation in Milledgeville, Ga., and a member of the advisory board for the St. Joseph's Child Development Center in Fort Mitchell, Ala. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at The Church of the Holy Family, in Columbus, Ga. Burial immediately followed in Parkhill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, Greensboro, Ga. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Child Development Center, 1444 Highway 165, Fort Mitchell, AL 36856, the Stewart Community Home, 1125 15th St., Columbus, GA 31901, Flannery O'Connor Andalusia Foundation, 2628 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville, GA 31061, Christ Our King and Savior Council for Catholic Women, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642.
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Crivella, Elizabeth D. 100

  • Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Born: 1914-01-31
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Collins, Silver Spring | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Donghia "Betts" Crivella, 100, of Chevy Chase, Md., peacefully passed away at her residence Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, with family at her side. She was a daughter of Donghia Brothers Lumber Founder; beloved wife of the late Barto J. Crivella; loving mother of Vincent L. (Linda), Barto Jr. (Margy) and the late Mary Crivella; adored grandmother of Vincent Jr. (Michele), Nicholas (Susan), Lisa, Brian (Cait) and Jimmy; and great-grandmother of Carter, Justin, Sophia, Jason, Claire Elizabeth and Connor. Elizabeth D. Crivella was born Jan. 31, 1914, on Walnut Street in Vandergrift. Her father, Leonard Donghia, founded Donghia Brothers Lumber Company. Donghia Brothers is still in operation today. After attending grade school and high school in Vandergrift, Mrs. Crivella attended Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania). After graduation from IUP in 1934, Mrs. Crivella taught high school in Punxsutawney. Mrs. Crivella moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the then War Assets Administration. After raising her family, Mrs. Crivella returned to her love of education. For 16 years, she was a trustee on the board of trustees at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Md., the school where her daughter, Candi, attended. Together with her husband Barto, they established an education fund and the Mary C. Crivella Award that is presented annually at the Connelly School of the Holy Child. Mrs. Crivella presented the award every year until she was 97. Mrs. Crivella was active in her church at Our Lady of Lourdes and Christ the King as well as in many volunteer and charitable organizations, including the Women's Club of Chevy Chase and the Christ Child Society. Mrs. Crivella remained active even her later years taking up bowling and bingo starting in her nineties. A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Collins Funeral Home located at 500 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring, MD 20901. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the chapel at the Connelly School of the Holy Child at 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854. Following the Mass, burial will be at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on 13801 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Mary C. Crivella Fund at the Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854.
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Elefante, Frank L. 92

  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Born: 1922-06-08
  • Died: 2014-11-12
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  • Frank L. Elefante, 92, of Kailua, Hawaii, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at home, after a short battle with cancer. Born June 8, 1922, in Vandergrift, he was the son of James and Barbara Elefante. He was a 1940 graduate of Vandergrift High School and enlisted in the Navy in September 1940. He was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1946 with the class of 1947. He retired from the Navy in 1975 with 35 years of service and settled in Kailua with wife, Sophie. He enjoyed running his own small gardening business, selling sago palms and Samoan coconut plants, growing orchids and vegetables, ballroom dancing, playing poker, traveling, skiing at Lake Tahoe and spending time with family. His wife, the former Sophie Czuszack Elefante, whom he married June 6, 1946, passed away in 2002. He leaves a daughter, Barbara Ware and husband, John, of Pollock Pines, Calif.; daugther, Kathryn Nash and husband, Paul, of Lenox, Mass.; son, James Elefante and wife, Linda, of North Bend, Wash.; grandson, Chad Ware, and great-grandchildren, Avery and Garrison, of Brunswick, Ga.; sister, Victoria Calizzi, of Cabot; sister, Susan DiMenna, of Apollo; and brother, Henry Elefante, of Vandergrift. He was predeceased by his grandson, Ben Ware. Memorial donations may be made in Frank's name to a veterans organization or hospice of your choice.
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Hopper, Elsie J. 87

  • Redbank
  • Born: 1926-11-28
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Alcorn, Hawthorn | Get Directions
  • Elsie Jane (Sanford) Hopper, 87, of Redbank, went to her eternal home early Sunday morning, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Nov. 28, 1926, in Templeton, the daughter of the late Lester and Flossie (Young) Sanford. During her childhood, she also lived in Butler, Etna and Templeton, attending a total of six schools through 12th grade. Mrs. Hopper married Gale Hopper on April 28, 1945, in Seneca. Together they had three children, and he preceded her in death Oct. 27, 2001. She has resided on their family farm in Redbank since their marriage. In addition to being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Hopper was also an accomplished musician, playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin and keyboard. She performed at square dances at the Craig Reunion Ground and on the radio. She also enjoyed making canvas and crochet crafts and painting ceramics. Mrs. Hopper was proud of her flower garden and enjoyed telling the stories of where each flower came from. "Mammaw" as her family called her, also cherished visits from family and friends. She was a member of the Tidal Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Jean Hopper, of Emlenton, and Betty Lou Garmong and her husband, Donald, of Redbank; two grandsons, Brian Garmong and his wife, Lori, of Redbank, and Shawn Garmong and his wife, Kelee, of Findlay, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Gale Garmong, of Oakmont, Garrett Garmong, of Redbank, and Beck and Kennedy Garmong, of Findlay, Ohio; two sisters, Gerry Kruse and her husband, Dave, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Dorothy Gallo and her husband, Frank, of Franklin; and a brother, Paul Sanford and his wife, Peggy, of Kellersburg. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Edward Hopper; a brother, Lester Ronald Sanford; and a sister, Annabelle Marte. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the ALCORN FUNERAL HOME in Hawthorn. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home, with Pastor Sarah Heppenstall, officiating. Interment will be in the Tidal Union Cemetery, Madison Township, Armstrong County. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.alcornfuneralhome.com.
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Musgrove, Rev. L. Wayne

  • Seaford, Del.
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Cranston, Seaford, Del. | Get Directions
  • The Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., heard and answered the Father's call from Heaven's Portals on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Charles Edward and Myrtle Grace (Shoaf) Musgrove, of Brinkerton. Wayne was one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth, of 60 years of marriage; their two daughters, Rebecca Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., and Elizabeth Schwegel, of Millville, N.J., and her husband, Robert; three grandchildren, Kevin B. Chamberlain, of Milford, Del., Britain Johnson, of Laurel, Del., and Ashley Schwegel, of Millville, N.J.; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Nathan Johnson, of Laurel, Del.; and his two sisters, Edna Ackerman and Jane Rydle, of Pennsylvania. A service of worship celebrating the life and faith of Wayne will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Street, Milford, DE 19963. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private family burial to follow the service. Arrangements by the CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME, Seaford, Del. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Pracel, Scott J. 56

  • Harrisburg
  • Born: 1958-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Scott J. Pracel, 56, of Harrisburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh, April 11, 1958, son of the late Joseph M. and Rita G. (Reed) Pracel. He was the loving brother of Rita (the late Robert) Megahan and Joseph (Carol), Richard (Sherry) and Wayne (Judith) Pracel. He is also survived by an aunt, Rose (Seigal) Wills; and many nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Scott's name to the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens), 825 K St., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20006. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., West View. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Siebert, Barbara 78

  • Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Died: 2014-10-24
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  • Barbara Powell Siebert died in her home Oct. 24, 2014, in Walnut Creek, after a long illness. She was 78. Barbara was born in Tarentum and raised in Natrona Heights. She graduated from Tarentum High School in 1954 before entering Grove City College where she earned her degree in 1958. She earned her Master's Degree in criminal justice at San Jose State University. She had a variety of careers including parole officer, professor of criminal justice, real estate agent and broker. Her adventuresome spirit took her to many locations and she lived in several cities including Pittsburgh, Huntington Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., Redwood City, Calif., Lake Tahoe, Nev., Charlotte, N.C., Maui, Hawaii, and Walnut Creek. She is survived by her children, Sydney Siebert, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Leslie Mariani, of Lafayette, Calif., and Stephen Siebert, of Reno, Nev.; her grandchildren, Jack Mariani, Matthew Mariani and Lauren Siebert; her mother, Vesta Fair; her sister, Cassandra Doscher; her brother, Philip Fair; her cousins, Garda Falt, John Hoffman and Betsy Hoffman Buco; and by her many friends from across the United States. Barbara was predeceased in death by her father, Philip M. Fair Jr.
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Snyder Jr., Clinton R. 93

  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Masters, Palatka | Get Directions
  • Clinton R. "Dutch" Snyder Jr., 93, of Palatka, Fla., passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his residence, following a brief illness. He was a native of Connellsville, and had been a resident of Palatka for the past 68 years coming from Fort McArthur, Calif., where he was discharged from the Army. He graduated from the Connellsville High School in 1939, had worked at Glenn Martin in Baltimore, Md., he then served in the Army with the 580th Signal Warning Battalion during World War II as Sergeant Tech 4. Following his military service, he came to Palatka in 1946 where he started Snyder Building Supply which was in operation until 1967. He served a partial term as a Putnam County Commissioner from 1965 until 1966. In 1968, he was elected as the Putnam County Property Appraiser where he served two terms. In 1974, he began employment with the Orange County property Appraiser's Office until 1980. In 1980, he was employed by the Florida Department of Revenue as field real estate appraiser in Flagler and Putnam Counties until 1984. In 1984, he was employed by Putnam County Property Appraisers Office doing land evaluations. In 1986, he started his own appraisal business, Clint Snyder Appraisals, which he operated until 2000. In 1998, he and wife, Elizabeth, founded the Conlee Mural Committee which later became the Conlee-Snyder Mural Committee in Palatka which has graced Palatka with many beautiful murals depicting our history as a community. On Dec. 13, 2001, he and his wife, Elizabeth, received special recognition from the city of Palatka for their many years of public service and dedication to the community. Dec. 21, 2001, was declared Clint and Elizabeth Snyder Day by the city of Palatka in their honor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka where he had served as a deacon and elder. He was also an associate member of the St. James United Methodist Church in Palatka. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Palatka where he had been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Palatka Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons; the Scottish Rite; and the Morocco Temple in Jacksonville. He had served as district chairman with the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He served on the boards of Tri-County Mental Health, the Palatka Natural Gas Authority and the Selective Service. He served with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Main Street Committee. Preceding him in death were his wife, Elizabeth Wolfenden Snyder; his parents, Clinton R. Sr. and Helen Snyder; a son, Robert W. Snyder; a sister, Clara Mae Fitts; and a nephew, Bud Fitts. Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, William B. "Bill" Snyder, of Palatka, and Donald T. "Don" and Frances Snyder, of Eastman, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Snyder, of Palatka; six grandchildren, Erin (Josh) Springthorpe, of Dacula, Ga., Lane (Dustin) Griffin, of Blackshear, Ga., Graham (Dee) Snyder, Chloe Snyder and Gracie Snyder, all of Eastman, Ga., and Alexandra Snyder, of Atlanta, Ga.; six great-grandchildren, Catherine Springthorpe, Ian Springthorpe, Brody Griffin, Katie Griffin, Mackenzie Snyder and Charleigh Kate Snyder; a nephew, Jim Fitts, of Galvaston, Texas; a niece, Allison Fitts Winner, of Hood River, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka. In honor and celebration of Clint's life, a video tribute will be shown. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Don Hanna, pastor of the St. James United Methodist Church, officiating. The Palatka Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons will render Masonic rites. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill East Cemetery in Palatka with military honors bestowed by the Army. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Conlee-Snyder Mural Committee, P.O. Box 1901, Palatka, FL 32178, the Rodehavers Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177 or the Florida United Methodist Childrens Home, 51 Childrens Way, Enterprise, FL 32725. Friends may sign the online guestbook at http://www.themastersfuneralhomes.com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.
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Trasp, Marcella M. 67

  • Espyville
  • Born: 1947-11-01
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Marcella M. Trasp, 67, of Espyville, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in UPMC Horizon, Greenville. Born Nov. 1, 1947, in New Eagle, she was a daughter of the late Steve and Grace (Ruffing) Letavec. A former employee of Shop N' Save in Century Square Plaza in West Mifflin and a member of TOPS in Conneaut Lake, Marcell enjoyed making crafts and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Yogi Trasp; her sons, Steve Letavec, of Dravosburg, John N. (Joanie) Trasp, of Mt. Vernon, and Bill (Shelli) Trasp, of Austintown, Ohio; her grandchildren, Jessica and John Letavec, Kara and Kevin Trasp, and Devlin and Raven Geroski; her sisters, Barbara (Charlie) Quinn, of Elrama, Gloria (Frank) Margita, of Dilliner, and Stephanie (John "Herk") Andrechak, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and also nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until a blessing service at noon Tuesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, (412-384-4344), with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery, in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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