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Abrams, Harry J. 85

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Abrams, 85, of Masonic Village, Sewickley, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born in 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Harry and Susan (Streicher) Abrams. He was the beloved husband for 63 years of Helen (Ronnquist) Abrams; loving father of Lynn Abrams-Comtois, of Phoenix, Ariz., Patricia Abrams and Neil Abrams (Janet); cherished grandfather of Jennifer Wilson, Ashley and Kristi Comtois, Jordin, Connor and Nathaniel Abrams; and brother of the late Marilyn Milana. Harry retired from Robicon Corp. of Plum where he was vice president of engineering. He proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Harry graduated from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. Arrangements by COPELAND'S.
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Aloise, Eva M. 87

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1928-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Eva Mae (Rodkey) Aloise, 87, of Moon Township since 1986, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Heritage Valley, Sewickley. She was born June 23, 1928, in East Berlin, Pa., to the late George and Nora (Spahr) Rodkey. She was the beloved wife for 63 years to Leonard P. Aloise; loving mother of Anthony Aloise (Sharlene), of Villa Hills, Ky., Leonard Aloise (Janice), of Fallston, Md., Elizabeth Mattina (Michael), of West Chester, Ohio, Catherine Bullock (Paul), of McKees Rocks, and Michael Aloise (Cheryl), of Allison Park; cherished grandmother of Anthony Jr. (Christy), Andrew, Christopher, Bethany (Brian), Neil, Ross (Brooke), Sarah, Matthew, Grace, Kelley (Dan), Cara, Jennifer (Ed) and Terri (Shawn); great-grandmother of Lilly, Tony, Cason, Kirra, Chase, Colin, Myles, Dylan and Devan; sister of Marie Skaggs and Caroline Harris (Bill), all of Oklahoma, John Rodkey (Virginia), of Texas, and the late George Rodkey; and sister-in-law of Elva Rodkey, of Oklahoma. Eva was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and Robin Hill Homemakers. Visitation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road. Please meet for Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Church. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Eva loves flowers, or consider making a donation in her name to American Diabetes Association.
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Averell, Mary B. 87

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Heard, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary B. "Betty Mae" (Hart) Averell, 87, of the North Side, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John W.; loving mother of Janet (Rob) Fabrizio, Judi Shuster, Joyce (Tom) Carrigan and Paul (Lori) Averell; proud grandmother of Rachel, Erica and Tyler; great-grandmother of Landon; and sister of the late Jack and Billy Hart. Betty Mae was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., 412-931-0200, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Barton, Ruth S. 88

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1927-01-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ruth S. (Schmelz) Barton, 88, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, while under the care of Vincentian Personal Care. Born Jan. 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Hilda (Baessler) Schmelz. Mrs. Barton was a secretary with Hampton School District for 27 years. She belonged to Hampton Presbyterian Church. Ruth belonged to Eastern Star Chapter 6 and was active in the AARP 595 chapter. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Barton; sons, Russell (Mary) Barton, Andrew (Joyce) Barton, Warren (Susan) Barton and Philip (Linda) Barton; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Naomi Kieffer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Barton, who passed away Feb. 17, 1973. Mrs. Barton's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Hampton United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ted Martin officiating. Everyone please meet at church. She will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ruth's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Bebout, Theresa M. 84

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Theresa Mary Bebout, 84, a longtime resident of Bethel Park, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the wife of the late Leo Brooks Bebout, beloved mother of Brooks (Suzanne), of Red Lion, Pa., Rhea Hass (Randy), of Mt. Lebanon, and Amy Tullys (Steven), of Bethel Park; sister of Marie Haines and the late Mae Sims, Louise Moore, Geneive McMurray and Joseph Monsour; loving grandmother of Katie, Jennifer, Danny and Jesse; also great-grandmother of Landon and Isabella. Theresa was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church, vice-president of the Bethel Park Lioness Club, Gold Card Club and the Red Hat Society. Visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joan of Arc Church. Private interment. Contributions may be made to the Bethel Park Lioness Club, 1493 Berryman Ave., Bethel Park, PA 15102. www.davidhenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bubanic, Robert P. 77

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1937-09-02
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Robert P. "Tingles" Bubanic, 77, of Port Vue, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Southwestern Nursing Center. Born Sept. 2, 1937, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Pancurak) Bubanic. Robert had retired from Allegheny County, South Park, Parks and Recreation Department after 31 years. He was a member of the former St. Martin de Porres Parish. In the 1970s, he was known for being the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers "Steelermania mascot," better known as the "Gerela's Gorillas." Robert was also a great Notre Dame fan. He is survived by brothers, Bernard (Rose), of Port Vue, and George (Loretta), of McKeesport; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and friends, Sonny Strucker and Butch Barkley. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Rich. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of blessing service at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Father Vincent Velas will officiate. Inurnment to take place at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Burro, Sarah A. 82

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1932-10-15
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Sarah A. "Sally" Burro, 82, of Gibsonia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Born Oct. 15, 1932, in Jeannette, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Fidelis (Jones) Birk. Mrs. Burro was a longtime parishioner of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church. She resided at Steeplechase for many years. Most of all she loved her family, especially her granddaughter. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Gino Arlotti) Flit-Arlotti, and granddaughter, Kimberly Flit, all of West Deer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Burro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Speicher as celebrant. She will be laid to rest at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Sally's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Colonello, John E. 85

  • Valencia
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John E. Colonello, 85, of Valencia, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of the late Mary Joan (Broderick) Colonello; loving father of John (Paula Jean) Colonello, of Mars, Richard Colonello, of Gibsonia, Thomas Colonello, of Phoenix, Ariz., and William (Wendy) Colonello, of Valencia; brother of Rocco "Pete" Colonello, and the late Edward, Francis and Anthony; proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. John worked for more than 40 years for Bell Telephone. He was president of union Local 40 for 20 years. John had been retired for 20 years. He was treasurer of BS Investment Club for 10 years. John was a 1948 graduate of Mars High School where he was drum major of the band and was a standout basketball player. In 1980, he was inducted into the Mars Sports Hall of Fame. He loved hunting and fishing, yard work, golf, gambling and all Pittsburgh sports teams. The Colonello Family will welcome family and friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Family suggests donations to Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002. Please offer a personal condolence in memory of John at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Crane, Randolph R. 60

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1954-09-30
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Randolph Robert Crane, 60, of West Mifflin, formerly of Pleasant Hills and Syracuse, N.Y., passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 30, 1954, to Vincent G. Crane and Dolores F. Teetsel Crane, of Clairton. Randy is survived by ex-wife, Gina (Fleischman) Morelli, of Cheswick; daughter, Carina Crane, of Springdale; son, Anthony (Jenny Hancock) Crane, of Cheswick; brothers, David (Maryann Genestra) Crane, of Clairton, and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Crane, of Elrama; grandson, Gino Crane, of Springdale; and nephews. He was a 1972 graduate of East Syracuse-Minoa High School, an HVAC manufacturer's representative, enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at the funeral home immediately following viewing. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Croskey, Lucille L. 78

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Lucille L. "Lou" Croskey, 78, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 58 years of Samuel P. Croskey; loving mother of Samuel Mark (Sarah) Croskey, of Gibsonia, Nellie (Charlie) Black, of Sarver, Pauline (Jeff) Bauer, of Kane, and Pam Croskey-King, of Valencia; sister of June Pelles, of Gibsonia, and the late Dorothy, Fred, Howard and Betty; dear grandmother of Marc, Alexa, Brooke, Rebecca, Olivia, Melissa, Samuel, Adam and Abby. Always a smile on her face, Lou loved working outside in her gardens and flower beds and spending time outdoors bird watching. A passionate cook and baker, she was known for her amazing pies, especially at the holidays. Above everything, Lou loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She will be dearly missed. Friends will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home following visitation. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Crouse, Gail J. 47

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1967-11-07
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Gail J. (Yute) Crouse, 47, of West Deer Township, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Born Nov. 7, 1967, in Harrison Township, to the late Raymond C. Yute and Uldine (Large) Brown, she lived in West Deer all of her life. She was a 1985 graduate of Deer Lakes High School. After graduation, Gail went to work for the Bon Tool Co., West Deer, as their Internet Sales and Marketing representative, working for them the past 30 years. She was a member of Dorseyville Alliance Church, Dorseyville, where she was the children's church teacher. Gail enjoyed her yearly ministry trips to Sandy Cove Ministry, which she was fortunate to attend the past 19 years. Her greatest joys were her family and children. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Jeffrey D. Crouse; son, Collin D. Crouse and Jamie K. Crouse, both as home; her mother, Uldine (Large) Brown, of West Deer; and brothers, Jeffrey R. (Sondra) Yute, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mark C. Yute, of Pittsburgh and Douglas A. (Elizabeth) Yute, of West Deer. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. A memorial service will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday in Dorseyville Alliance Church, 3703 Saxonburg Blvd., Dorseyville, PA 15238, with the Rev. Joseph Toomey officiating. She will be privately laid to rest next to her father in Walter's Chapel Church Cemetery, Indiana Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Sandy Cove Ministries, 60 Sandy Cove Road, North East, MD 21901. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Cubakovic, Pauline 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1926-07-01
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Pauline Cubakovic, 89, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at home. She was born July 1, 1926, in Webster, a daughter to the late Nikola and Anna (Fritch) Radosevich. She was a secretary at Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Beth Jacob Synagogue. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, the GFWC-Women's Club of Duquesne and the Holy Trinity Kolo at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. She was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Cubakovic; mother of Paul "Crusher" (Mary) Cubakovic, of San Antonio, Fla., Bruce "Rughead" (Denise) Cubakovic, of West Mifflin, and Brian "Crusher" (Sandy) Cubakovic, of West Mifflin; grandmother of Eric (Becky) Cubakovic, Jennifer (Regis) Makowski and Brent, Matthew and Ginger Cubakovic; great-grandmother of Duke and Mallory Makowski and Quinn Cubakovic; sister of the late Mildred Brown and George, Stanley and Nicholas Radosevich; sister-in-law of Hugh Brown, of West Mifflin; also survived by nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Pomen Service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by burial service at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevo Rocknage. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Cunningham Jr., Robert J. 76

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1938-08-08
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Cunningham Jr., 76, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, and was a son of the late Robert J. Cunningham Sr. and the late Cleone Bardes Cunningham. He was an electrical engineer and retired from Duquesne Light Co. He was the beloved husband of Nancy L. McCarthy Cunningham; father of Christine (Mike) Haas, of Claridge; and grandfather of Alex and Anna Haas. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Cunningham. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at 412-208-3550 or the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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DeArmit, Nelda J. 89

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Nelda J. DeArmit, 89, of McCandless, after a brave and courageous fight, entered eternal life on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William A. DeArmit; and mother of Randy DeArmit (Connie), of Zelienople, and Janice Rees (Bill), of Cranberry Township. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jodie Perry, Justin DeArmit, Jaclyn Burr, Ashley Rees and Aleisha Rees; two great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret DeArmit; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Nelda's infectious personality made her a friend to everyone she met. We love you, we will miss you and we will cherish all of the memories. May the road rise to meet you, may the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. At Nelda's request, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. Donations in Nelda's name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover St., Building 3, Hanover, MA 02339. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Dinkfelt, Raymond M. 87

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1928-06-28
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Raymond M. Dinkfelt, 87, of White Oak, a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born into eternal life Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. The husband of the late Bernice C. (Ditillo) Dinkfelt; dearly beloved father of Raymond (Diane), Richard (Kathy) and Robert (Ginny); dear grandfather of Jamie (Robert Gogo Jr.), Brian, Brad and Carolyn; loving great-grandfather of Robert Gogo III; brother of Tillie Hatcher, Richard (Nancy) and the late August, John, Albert, Oates, Charles, Clarence and William; brother-in-law of Anthony and Peggy Ditillo and June (the late Ted Ditillo); uncle of many nieces and nephews. Ray was born June 28, 1928, in Braddock, to the late August and Mary (Rentel) Dinkfelt. He and his beautiful, loving Bernice were married Aug. 26, 1950, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Braddock. Ray was a master carpenter and member of the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, 412-823-4054. Service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 400 Barclay Ave., Forest Hills, PA 15221. The family is deeply grateful to the exceedingly kind and compassionate nurses and staff of Concordia Lutheran Ministries at Rebecca Residence and Good Samaritan Hospice at Rebecca Residence and Concordia Cabot. Interment to follow at Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 400 Barclay Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Donahoe, Anna 83

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1932-01-08
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Anna "Jane" Donahoe, 83, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Homestead, a daughter of the late James B. and Josephine Kist Gleason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Donahoe, whom she married May 29, 1954, in the former St. Mary Magdalene Church in Homestead; a brother, Bernard Gleason; and a sister, Mary Jo Lang. A 1949 graduate of Homestead Senior High School, she was a retired retail clerk from J.C. Penney Company, and a member of Corpus Christi Parish (former St. Pius V) in McKeesport. Surviving are her children, Debra (Dan) Wilson, Diane (Larry) Holtzman and Dave (Belinda) Donahoe, all of Dravosburg, Denise (Mark) Ellis, of Green Castle, Pa., Daria (Larry Jr.) Sobek, of Ashburn, Va., Dana (James) Mihalik, of Wexford, and Dan (Beth) Donahoe, of North Huntingdon; also surviving are 18 grandchildren; great-grandson, Jayden; brother, James Gleason, of Allison Park; a sister, Margaret Jean Rodgers, of Mt. Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special love, Jim Englert, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, and from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Thursday in Corpus Christi Church with the Rev. Michael J. Maranowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's German Cemetery, McKeesport. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Estok, Edward M. 85

  • Born: 1930-06-05
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Edward M. Estok, 85, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 5, 1930, in McKeesport, to the late Michael and Elizabeth Komar Estok. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Laird Estok; sons, Gregory (Kelly) Estok, of Duquesne, and Paul (Mary) Estok, of Brunswick, Ga.; brothers, Michael (Maryann) Estok, of White Oak, and Paul Estok, of Versailles; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Betty Jane Estok and Bernard Estok. Edward worked at U.S. Steel National Tube for 37 years and retired as an inspector in Quality Control, he was a great role model and father to his children; very proud of his Slavic heritage and was an extremely spiritual individual. He was known for his generosity and kindness; he helped everyone from family to strangers. He will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corpus Christi Church.
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Francic, Virginia M. 79

  • Bradfordwoods
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Virginia Mae (Sestric) Francic, 79, of Bradfordwoods, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the loving mother of John (Gracie) Francic, Mary Ann Francic, Michael (Virginia) Francic, Stephen Francic, Helen Marie (Steven) Kashmer, George Francic and James Francic; also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., No 1606, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Glenn, Kathy J.

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Kathy Jane (Sabotka) Glenn, of Plum Borough, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Doug Glenn (Natalie) and Susan Altstaetter (Mark). Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Glenn; son, George Glenn; father, Chester Sabotka; mother, Mary Ellen Sabotka; and sister, Sidney Florence Guido. Kathy is survived by many siblings, grandchildren, a great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces as well as many of the best friends a person could have. Kathy was a beloved member of the community and the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered for her immense generosity, her unending love of animals and the many, many hearts that she touched in her life. She will be missed by all. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. in the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Animal Protectors, 533 Linden St., New Kensington, PA 15068. Online condolences may be made at www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Gray, Johanna M. 93

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Johanna M. (Mulgrave) Gray, 93, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 69 years of William J. Gray Jr.; loving mother of Beth (Jim) Smith, of Forest Hills, Dan Gray, of Regent Square, Janice Gray (Jim) Landisch, of Wisconsin, Gretchen Gray (Dennis) Hagen, Bill (Janice) Gray and Amy Gray (Greg) Wagner, all of Murrysville, and the late Kathy Gray Gordon (surviving spouse, Lowell, of Ohio); treasured grandmother of Ashley, Erin and Lauren Smith, Kate Gordon Uber, Bill, Dan, Patrick and Megan Landisch, Matthew, Eric and Hilary Hagen, Ian, Morgan and Ellen Gray and Brian, Mark, Hanna and Ben Wagner; proud great-grandmother of Miles Roger and Emerson Michael; sister of the late Jack (late Dolores) Mulgrave and the late Norman (Marge) Mulgrave; also survived by nieces and nephews. Johanna was a retired secretary for Churchill and, later, Woodland Hills School District. While raising her family, Johanna was an active volunteer with the Churchill Swim Club and the Forest Hills Swim team, and she served on the Forest Hills Recreation Board. She was a member of the Forest Hills Women's Club and served on its scholarship committee. Johanna was a longtime member of St. John Fisher Parish and its Ladies of Charity. She was a devoted wife and awesome mother, unsurpassed in her dedication to her children, and all of their friends. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church. Friends welcome. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony School, 2000 Corporate Drive, Suite 580, Wexford, PA 15090 (www.stanthonykids.org); Special Olympics, 401 First St., Carnegie, PA 15106 (www.specialolympicspa.org); or Focus on Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136 (www.forstorox.org).
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Hamlin, Charlotte 81

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Nester Hamlin, 81, of Sun City, Fla., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was beloved by many for her sweet and caring way. Born in Beltsville, Md., she was a daughter of the late Solomon Silas Nester and Wavie Marshall Nester Pepe. She lived in Pittsburgh, and retired to Sun City, Fla., with her husband, the late Vaun Hamlin, in 2001. Charlotte worked for Marsh and McLennan as an administrative assistant, until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers. She is survived by her sister, Nona Krena; nieces, nephews and many friends. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SCC Emergency Squad, 101 Watson Drive, Sun City, FL 33573 or Chartiers Valley United Presbyterian Church, 320 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie, PA 15106. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Hardy, Ann M.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Ann M. (Colondrea) Hardy, of Swisshelm Park, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the wife of the late John J. Hardy; loving mother of Darlene A. Hardy, of Swisshelm Park; sister of the late Josephine Poklemba, Marteo Colondrea, Philomena Marchitello, John Colondrea, Catherine "Katie" Rossi, Mary Colondrea and Joseph "Herbie" Colondrea; also many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and also great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Hillman, Elsie

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Elsie (Hilliard) Hillman, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Henry Lea Hillman for 70 years; mother of Juliet Lea Simonds, Audrey Hillman Fisher, Henry Lea Hillman Jr. and William Talbot Hillman; grandmother of Dylan, Talbot and Henry Simonds, Brooks and Matthew Fisher, Lilah, Wise and Nina Hamilton and Juliet and Summer Hillman; great-grandmother of 15; and sister of the late Thomas Jones Hilliard Jr., Mary H. Jackson, H. Talbot Hilliard and William R. Hilliard. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. Remembrances may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center of UPMC or a charity of one's choice. www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Hirth Jr., John H. 88

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1926-12-23
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • John H. Hirth Jr., 88, of McCandless, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Dec. 23, 1926, in West View, a son of the late John H. Hirth Sr. and Jennie (Rohrbacher) Hirth. John was a proud veteran of the Army Air Corps, having served during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Bell Telephone as systems technician. John had a longtime involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, first as a youth and then as a scout leader. His devotion to scouting was recognized with his receipt of the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth S. (Stark) Hirth; loving father of John H. (Sue) Hirth III, Ronald E. (Kathy) Hirth and Shirley Lynn (John) Dunham; and brother of Carl (Jackie) Hirth and the late Don (Ruth) Hirth. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Huffman, Georgiabelle 86

  • Formerly of Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Georgiabelle "Bette" Huffman, 86, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Huffman Sr.; daughter of the late Matthew and Jeanette Worthy; mother of Kathleen (Tony) Paull and Richard "Rick" (Mary Ann) Huffman; grandmother of Tony, Ricky and Melissa; also two great-grandchildren; and sister of Eugene (Betty) Worthy, of White Oak. She was preceded in death by four brothers. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, (412-655-4600). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Jones, Gregg D. 51

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Gregg D. "Hawk" Jones, 51, of White Oak, formerly of West Mifflin, passed unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved son of Ellie and the late David "Birdman" Jones; father of Jennifer Jones and Jessica Jones; brother of Debbie Cimino; brother-in-law of Bruce Cimino; uncle of David Cimino; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregg was a member of the Local No. 3 Iron Workers Union for more than 25 years. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Angels Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. www.swgfunerlahome.com.
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Katz, Beatrice F.

  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Beatrice F. Katz passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin Katz; beloved mother of Jay (Peggy) Katz, Barbara Katz and Bob Katz; grandmother of Braum and the late Asher Katz. Friends may meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, and then proceed to Ohav Zedeck Cemetery for 11 a.m. graveside services. Contributions may be made to Sivitz Jewish Hospice, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com.
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Kecman, Bertha 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Bertha (Boja) Kecman, 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. She is a daughter of the late Stevo and Milka (Taburlin) Kecman. She worked for U.S. Steel Irvin Works for 41 years and enjoyed many years of retirement. She is survived by her sister, Lucy (Luchie) Pcholinski, of West Mifflin; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Milan, Sam and Nootsie Kecman; and sisters, Millie Pupich and Mary Klenovsek. There will be a one hour viewing at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Locust Grove, Sycamore Estates and Vitas Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church. Funeral arrangements by TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne.
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Knox, Walter K. 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1926-07-02
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Walter K. Knox, 89, of McKeesport, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital in McKeesport. He was born July 2, 1926, in Duquesne, a son of the late Alvin and Mary Ference Knox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Knox; and sisters, Mary Ethel Palla, Virginia Stanoszek and Audrey Knox. An Army World War II veteran, he was a retired slitter helper from Fisher Body. Walter was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and the United Autoworkers Union. Surviving are his wife, Dolores Sivak Knox, whom would have been married 66 years on Aug. 6; sons, Kevin (Karen) Knox, of North Huntingdon, and Eric (Heather) Knox, of White Oak; grandchildren, Adam, Nicole, Kenton and Hayden, who were his pride and joy; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment with military honors will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kvederis, Joseph J. 77

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph James Kvederis, 77, of Scott Township, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was beloved husband of 57 years to Antoinette M. (Barrett) Kvederis; son of the late Joseph A. and Mary Jeremko; loving father of Deborah (Russ) Walter, Joseph (Cathy) Kvederis, Judy (Marty) Smith, Michael (Gwen) Kvederis, the late Karen Kvederis and the late Jeff Kvederis; father-in-law of Cindy Kvederis; proud grandfather of Adam, Jeffrey and Justin Kvederis, Jason Horner, Megan (Stephen) Patrick, Joe Kvederis, Joey and Melissa Smith, Brenda, Logan and Nathan Walter, Michael and Ben Kvederis; great-grandfather of Erik Kvederis; brother of the late Jim Kvederis, late Bernie Kvederis and the late Jeanie Kvederis; stepbrother to John (Vickie) Jeremko; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Dan Pietro and Stephanie and Cathy for all the care they game to Mr. Kvederis; also the Heart Transplant team at Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland, Dr. Teuteberg, Shelly, Chavonne and Dr. Mike. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Hillman Cancer Center, Third Floor, 5155 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232; and to the Heart Transplant-Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Lothrop St., Suite C-915, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Leerberg, James W. 95

  • Pleasant Hills , Formerly of West Mifflin and Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • James W. Leerberg, 95, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of West Mifflin and Monroeville, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Louise F. Leerberg and the late Dorothy J. Leerberg; son of the late Nis and Helga Leerberg; loving father of Carol (Jon) Pollock, Kris (Paul) Lindsey, Claudette (Paul) Keller, Robert Nis (Sandy) Leerberg, Karen Wonderley and Lisa Michael; and brother of Helen Totzke Thorne and the late Eileen Krabbe. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, a multitude of great-grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Jim served as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, 1895th Engineering Aviation Battalion, in Guam, during World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1954. In 1982, Jim retired as a superintendent from Mesta Machine Co., followed by six years as a quality control manager with Schloemann-Siemag. He was an active member of VFW Post 914: trustee emeritus and past chaplain; the West Mifflin Lions Club: past president; and Holy Spirit Church: usher. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. The Lions Club will perform a service at 6:30 p.m., followed by the VFW service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin, concluded with military honors. Everyone please meet at church. Donations may be made to Holy Spirit Church, West Mifflin Lions Club or VFW Post 914. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Mahoney, John P.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, North Hills | Get Directions
  • John P. Mahoney, of Ross Township, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Pauline R. (Mayer) Mahoney; loving father of Kathleen M. Collins (Richard) and Charleen L. Miller (Timothy); and brother of the late Mary Ann Hundertmark, Frances Larkin, Virginia Partoli and Aloysius A. Mahoney. He also is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, 877-426-2838.
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Masterson, Linda A. 44

  • Formerly of Point Breeze
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Linda Ann Masterson, 44, formerly of Point Breeze, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Mary Jo Masterson; cherished sister of Mary Ellen Miller (Chuck), John J. Masterson and Carolyn Swain (Trevor Piotrowski); loving friend of Jerry Kundis; devoted aunt of Chuckie and Kassandra Miller, and K.C., Brian, Laura and Lindsey Swain; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Linda loved animals, especially her canine companion, Sadie Mae. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOMES, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bede Church.
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McDermott, Samuel T. 101

  • Ben Avon Heights
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Samuel T. McDermott, 101, of Ben Avon Heights, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Todzonia McDermott; loving father of Samuel T. "Ted" McDermott Jr., of North Miami Beach, Fla., and Nadine L. "Dee" McDermott; grandfather of Samuel T. (Cristina Serrano-McDermott) McDermott III and Charles W. McDermott; and great-grandfather of Amaya and Orion McDermott. Samuel worked for United Airlines for more than 40 years and was well liked within the company throughout his various locations across the country. His work with the airlines during World War II was his contribution to the war effort. He became an avid golfer in his 50s and continued into his 90s. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Oliver Jr., Joseph W. 80

  • Fox Chapel
  • Born: 1935-06-02
  • Died: 2015-08-01
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  • Joseph Wood "Woody" Oliver Jr., 80, of Fox Chapel and Naples, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was born June 2, 1935, in Pittsburgh. A son of the late Joseph Wood and Edwina Pickrell Oliver, of Naples, Fla., Woody was also predeceased by his brothers, Otis Morgan Oliver and Cooper Oliver. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lucy Israel Oliver; son, Joseph Wood Oliver III (Amy), of Aspinwall; daughter, Margaret Oliver Marshall (David), of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Matthew and Emma Oliver and Oliver and Charlotte Marshall. Woody graduated from St. Paul's School and Yale University. Following graduation in 1957, he joined Mellon Bank, where he remained for his entire career, and where he also met his wife. Woody was an avid golfer, a loyal friend and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Widely known for his quick wit and easy smile, he was, above all, a consummate gentleman. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Road East, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Friends will be received immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church Fox Chapel.
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Pricener, Barbara W. 87

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Filia, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Barbara W. Pricener, 87, of Wilmerding, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was the wife of the late Edward; beloved mother of Eddie (Jean), of Maryland, Greg, of Wilmerding, and Billy (Debbie), of Wilmerding; daughter of the late John and Josephine Olszewski Wegrzynek; sister of the late Elizabeth O' Connell, Robert Winners and John Wegrzynek; grandmother of Andy, Katie and Jen Pricener; also three step grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Barbara retired after 27 years of dedicated service at the Wilmerding YMCA. She was also a former proof reader at the Westinghouse Plant in Trafford and a member of the Rosary Society at St. Jude. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Send condolences to jamesffiliafuneralhome.com.
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Shine, Francis J. 84

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Shine, 84, of Castle Shannon, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Ferraro) Shine; devoted father of James (Francine) Shine, Linda (Joseph) Costello and John Shine; loving grandfather of Nicholas and Meghan Kane, Juliet Shine, Angela Shine and Joe Costello; brother of Elizabeth Quinlan and Walter Shine; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Affectionately known as "Bud", Francis served in the Army in Germany and was a retired member of Iron Workers Local 3 - Pittsburgh. He will forever be remembered by family, friends and neighbors for his sense of humor and canning ability to play practical jokes. As recently as the Fourth of July, his video camera was rolling as he enjoyed filming the moments shared at family gatherings. Bud's genuine love for others and undying generosity will be cherished by all those whose life he touched. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Grace Church, Kane Blvd., Scott Township. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Shockling, Barbara K. 73

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1942-06-15
  • Died: 2015-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Barbara K. Shockling, 73, of Plum Borough, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 15, 1942, in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Carolyn G. Hanley Snider. Barbara worked for OSU College of Medicine as a medical administrator and later as an administrator for Koppers Chemical, Monroeville. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Larry A.; two children, Andrea L. Shockling and Michael A. (Valerie E.) Shockling; two grandchildren, Avi S. Chetlin and Finley J. Shockling; two brothers, Terry A. Snider and Craig S. Snider (Vickie M.); a sister, Carolyn J. Smith; and two brothers-in-law, Dale P. (Carolyn S.) Shockling and David L. (Diane L.) Shockling. Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of her life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home, 116 Teton Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15239. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Siegwart-Cuccaro, Grace

  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Grace Siegwart-Cuccaro died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Steve Cuccaro; mother of Matthew, Louis and Stephen Cuccaro; grandmother of Ava Cuccaro; and sister of James Derdock, Cathy Steidel and Toni Derdock. Arrangements entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Penn Hills, and are incomplete.
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Staub, William W.

  • Formerly of Lawrenceville and Aspinwall
  • Born: 1946-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • William Webster Staub, formerly of Lawrenceville and Aspinwall, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. William was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Pittsburgh, to Harry Webster Staub and Lois Janice Staub. He is survived by his sister, Judith Staub (Robert) Tusky; niece, Regina (Jeffrey) Gelpi; nephews, Billy Staub and Keith VanRiper; aunts, Alma Staub and Nancy Staub; great-nephews, Jeremy, Ethan, Justin and Devin; and cousins, Sandy Arenth (Tom) Elardo and Edward Arenth. Bill had a great love for music, classical movies, enjoyed going to musical plays and enjoyed traveling. He was a record aficionado with an extensive record and movie collection. During his life he was a compassionate person with others, always willing to help and lend a hand when needed to family, neighbors and friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville. Gifts in Bill's memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Vey, Robert G. 85

  • Friendship
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Robert George Vey, 85, of Friendship, died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Dolores M. Vey; father of Karen S. Vey; and brother of the late Virginia Mason and Patricia Vey. He also is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus.
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Zippel, Paul E. 66

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Paul Edward Zippel, 66, of Franklin Park, died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Noreen (Giachino) Zippel for 35 years; dear father of Adam Paul (Katie) and Lauren Alyse (Ryan); son of the late Arlene and Edward Zippel; and brother of Daniel E. Zippel. Paul was a respected design architect whose company was Studio Z Architects. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the time of services at 12 p.m. Thursday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Ager, Shelby A. 48

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1966-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shelby Anne Ager, 48, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1966, in Latrobe, a daughter of John and Joanne Mainc. She was a graduate of the Jeannette Senior High School, Class of '84, and played on the Jeannette Ladies Basketball team. Prior to her retirement, Shelby was employed by the Department of Welfare. She is survived by her husband, Kevin J. Ager; a daughter, Paige Ager; a grandson, Armani Williams, both of Irwin; a brother, Tom Mainc, of Philadelphia; sisters, Brandy Bisi and husband, Rod, of Derry, and Tawney Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, Alyssa Roller, who also was her goddaughter, of New York, and Samantha Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; and an aunt and special friend, Libby Ambercrombie, of Ohio. Friends will be received by Shelby's family from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644, at which time a blessing service will take place in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding.
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Bilott, Robert J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-12
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert James "Bob" Bilott, 84, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Redstone Highlands of Greensburg, where he has lived for the last five years. Bob was born June 12, 1931, in Larimer, a son of the late James and Pauline Dragger Bilott. Bob was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School class of 1949 and Robert Morris Business School. He served his country in the Army in the 1950s. Bob married Rose Sekuta on April 7, 1953, and they had four children. Bob was a salesman most of his life and he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He had a lifelong love of his family's hunting camp in Tidioute; the Larimer Buckhorn. Bob retired from sales in 1996 and became involved in the Irwin Moose Lodge 236, where he would eventually serve as governor, and administrator. He was honored to be named to the Moose Fellowship. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, who died Sept. 13, 2010; a brother, Franklin, who died in 1933; and a sister, Pauline Bilott Rush, who died in 1961. He is survived by his children, daughter, Tina (Mark) Oesterlin, of North Huntingdon, Dr. James (Jennifer) Bilott, of Greensburg, John (Kim) Bilott, of Baltimore, Md., and Dr. Anthony (Dr. Anne) Bilott, of Butler; three grandchildren, Capt. Jesse (Chantel) Lopata and their new son, Lincoln James, currently in training in San Antonio, Texas, Anne Marle Bilott, of Butler, and Wyatt Bilott, of Md.; one brother, James Bilott and his wife, Cindy, and their sons, Jason and Chad, of Georgia; a niece, Teressa Rush Cover, of Thurmont, Md.; and a nephew, John Sekuta, of Cranberry Township. In addition, he is survived by many cousins and dear friends. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, PA 15642. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department, 1340 Brownstown Road, Larimer, PA 15647. For online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements.
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Birt, Lillian M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Birt, 80, of Greensburg, passed peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born June 23, 1935, in Manitoba, Canada. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to Almon; and loving mother of Dayton and Lynn Birt, Darrell and Lisa Birt, Debbie and Bill Prohaska and Dawn and Scott Rose. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Dell, of Ontario; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; and numerous nieces and nephews. She retired from Menasha Corporation in Madison in 2000, where she worked for 25 years in the accounts payable department. She was a member of Life Springs Church, formerly Liberty Christian Church, founded by both she and her husband in 1977. She enjoyed various sports like bowling, volleyball and softball. She spent many years active in the church as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and played the piano and saxophone. The family would like to send a special thanks to all the staff and caregivers from Hempfield Manor, Excela Hospice and From the Heart. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Life Springs Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Greensburg. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with her son, the Rev. Bishop Dayton Birt, officiating at Life Springs Church and followed by the graveside ceremony. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Bossart, Lois J. 86

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1928-12-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Bossart, 86, of Jeannette, went to be with her Lord Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Harvey and Olive (Linhart) Elliott. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a sister, Gayle Leonard; and a brother, Dennis Elliott. She is survived by her husband, Lester E. Bossart; a son, Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart and his wife, Paula, of Greensburg; two daughters, Karen Washington and her husband, Gerry, of Jeannette, and Kari Varriano, of Jeannette; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harvey Elliott and his wife, Mickey, of Harrison City, Richard Elliott, of Rochester, N.Y., and Robert Elliott and his wife, Bernice, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four sisters, Kathryn Welshons and her husband, John, of Harrison City, Nancy Vaglia and her husband, Philip, of Trafford, Sandra Cole, of North Huntingdon, and Audra Muto and her husband, Jerry, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Gordon Beam officiating. Interment will follow in Middletown United Methodist Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Brown, Ruth N. 78

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1937-06-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth N. (Brown) Ciarolla, 78, of Level Green, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Ruth was born on June 22, 1937, in Kuttawa, Ky., the daughter of the late Robert H. and Louise (Cash) Brown. Ruth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. Ruth is survived by her husband, Dominick, and they would have been married 60 years this September; her children, Ronald Ciarolla (Cindy), of North Huntingdon, Dr. David Ciarolla (Michelle), of Fairmont W.Va., Robert Ciarolla. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Pamela Farine (Ron), of Delmont; her grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Katie, Megan, Laura, David and Hannah Ciarolla, Anthony Farine, Drew and Kate Sivak; great-grandchildren, Lucie and Brody; a brother, Robert Brown (Colleen), of Henderson, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews; and she was predeceased by sisters, Liz Williams and Judy Agan. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Dustin Bingham officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Burkholder Sr., Russel S.

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-07-22
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  • Russel S. "Rus" Burkholder Sr., of Wildwood, N.J., formerly of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015. His wife of 38 years, Dolores Jean (Will) Burkholder; son, Russel Jr. and his friend, Joy; daughter, Angela Mulheren and her husband, Lenny, were all at his side. Rus was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a thoughtful and intelligent man who always found time to volunteer his talents and time to help others. Rus was preceded in death by his father and mother, Donald Sr. and Marjorie, of Latrobe; and his brother, Donald Jr., of Cape May Courthouse, N.J. Along with his wife and children, he is survived by his six grandchildren, Trey, Laurel, Logan, Aidan, Brayden and Cole; brothers, Guy, Tim, Randy and Joe; sisters, Marjorie and Pam; aunts, uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and friends in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rus was employed by Morey's Piers in Wildwood and a former employee of Westinghouse, Waltz Mills. He was a lifetime member of the Sons of American Legion Post 267 in Ligonier and also an active member of the Sons of American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood. Rus's family would like to invite you to a celebration of life for Rus. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the American Legion Post 267 in Ligonier.
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Charmo, Brandon M. 24

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1991-03-12
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Brandon M. Charmo, 24, of Irwin (Herminie No. 2), passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 12, 1991, in Pittsburgh, son of Raymond D. Mireles Jr., of Irwin, and Joyce (Charmo) Krznaric, of Latrobe. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bob Charmo; his paternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Mireles; and his nephew, Christian Yemc. Brandon was currently employed by Fassett Manufacturing Co. in Wendel as a machine operator. He enjoyed painting, drawing, tattoos and anything that had to do with art. He had a heart of gold and enjoyed having a good time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Irene Charmo, of Latrobe; three brothers, Raymond W. (Heather) Mireles, of Herminie, Jesse Krznaric, of Manassas, Va., and David (Haley) Crowley, of Wrightstown, N.J.; his sister, Shannon Ustazewski and her fiance, Rodney Yemc, of North Huntingdon; three nieces, Jennifer (Dan), Alexandra and Raven; nephew, Ashton; and great-niece, Danika. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, who loved him dearly. Brandon will forever be remembered for his smile and kindness. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin.
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DePalma, Michael J. 27

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Michael J. DePalma, 27, of Level Green, died tragically Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He is the dearly beloved son of Denise (Cognito) DePalma, of Level Green, and the late Joseph DePalma; and cherished brother of Nicole DePalma, of Level Green. Michael was the proud uncle and godfather of Santino Agapito. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Michael was a 2006 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and was a 2011 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in business administration. He was employed as a consultant with CBS Corporation in Pittsburgh. Michael enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking good care of his treasured dogs, Prince and Bella. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Regis Church, Trafford. Michael will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Destefano, Dolores L. 90

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1924-08-22
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Dolores L. Destefano, 90, of Monessen, died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Greenery Specialty Care, Canonsburg. She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Monessen, a daughter of the late John Gagatko. Dolores was a 1942 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Monessen and the former St. Leonard's RC Church. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and dedication to her children. She is survived by her son, Timothy Destefano of Carroll, Ohio; daughter, Rebecca Destefano of St. Joseph, Mich.; granddaughter, Susan Slezak of Blairsville; and great-grandchildren, Bobby and Maria Slezak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph "Doc" Destefano; brothers, Eugene, Donald and Elmer Gagatko; and sisters, Lillian Basko, Alice Zawoyski and Donna Gagatko. A funeral service and Interment were held Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Mon Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Crookston, officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen, 724-684-8750. Condolences accepted at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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DeZorzi, Benjamin 86

  • Biddle
  • Born: 1929-05-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Benjamin DeZorzi, 86, of Biddle, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at home with his family. He was born Monday, May 20, 1929, in Biddle, a son of Louis DeZorzi and Giacoma Susin DeZorzi, at home. Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was employed by the Westinghouse Air Brake Corp. as a machine operator in their Wilmerding plant. He actively served as a peacekeeper in the Army as a corporal in Germany at the Augsburg Barracks during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He married his wonderful wife of 54 years, Beatrice Minervino DeZorzi, on April 28, 1957. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Benjamin was a member of Church of the Immaculate Conception of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bea, March 31, 2011; also by three brothers, Tony, Rudolph and Albino; and a sister, Angelin DeZorzi Zucco. Surviving is his loving son, Ben Richard DeZorzi, of Biddle; a granddaughter, Celeste Nicole Nectoux; a daughter, Lisa DeZorzi Nectoux and son-in-law, Joseph Nectoux, all of the Lancaster/Palmdale, Calif., area; and numerous very appreciative nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date at Church of the Immaculate Conception of Irwin. Entrusted with burial arrangements is OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Benjamin's name to The American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dugger, Alverda S. 89

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1925-10-07
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Graft-Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Alverda S. Dugger, 89, of Scottdale, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Oct. 7, 1925, in Everson, a daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Musgrove) Thomas. Alverda was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of Pennsville Baptist Church, where she belonged to the 50 Plus Group and the Philathia Class. She was also a member of the Scottdale and Everson Senior Citizen organizations. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Philip Dugger Sr., on Sept. 2, 2003; four brothers, Harry, Jesse, David and John Thomas; and two sisters, Reda Weimer and Ruth Wingrove. She is survived by three children, Harry P. Dugger and wife, Kathleen, Sandra Younkin and husband, Gerald, and Thomas L. Dugger and wife, Julie; nine grandchildren, William Jordan (Beth), Ginger Burket, Kevin Younkin (Jolene), Melissa Danser (Chris), Thomas Dugger (Charlotte), Rebecca Sleasman (CJ), Denise Leasure (Robert), and Ariel and Bridget Carbino; eight great-grandchildren, Raeanne, Liam, Shawn, Samantha, Chloe, A.J., Erik and Elena; two brothers, Henry Thomas and wife, Barbara, and Joseph Thomas and wife, Shanley; and a sister, Freda Dugger and husband, Joebudd; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pennsville Baptist Church, 3298 Richey Road, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Robert H. Bixel officiating. Interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. To share a message of condolence, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
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Heck Jr., Shelton S. 42

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1972-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Shelton S. Heck Jr., 42, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 19, 1972, in Pittsburgh, a son of Adrienne (Sells) Heck and the late Shelton S. Heck Sr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Rolande "Ro" Brant, of Irwin; nephews, Joshua Law, Nicholas "Nic" Scott, Nathan Scott, Billy Brant and Harry Schuller; and niece, Danielle Schuller. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 till time of service at 8 p.m. Friday with Pastor Dorothy Worth officiating at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Jellison, Danielle N. 26

  • Derry
  • Born: 1988-11-10
  • Died: 2015-04-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Danielle Nicole Jellison, 26, of Derry, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 10, 1988, in Latrobe, a daughter of Kathi Jellison and her boyfriend, Brian Howard, of Hostetter, and Carl McCurdy Jr., of Loyalhanna. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, David Jellison; her grandparents, Carl and Karen Jellison and Joan McCurdy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 4 p.m. until time of Funeral Liturgy at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, with the Rev. Stephen C. West officiating at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Johnston, Jan T. 76

  • Greensburg and Mutual
  • Born: 1938-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-02
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  • Jan T. Johnston, 76, of Greensburg and Mutual, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, from heart failure. He was born Dec. 18, 1938, a son of the late Stanford V. and Margaret Fultz Johnston, of Youngwood. He was employed by R and IE, The Powder Horn, The Collectors Shop, ABB, Arco Enterprises and D and R Industrial Center. Jan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and photography. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School, Class of 1956. He was a member of Youngwood Sportsman's Club, NRA, Hecla and United Slovak-American Clubs, Youngwood Moose, VFW and A and B Clubs and Midway Fireman Club. He is survived by his wife, Dolores "Dee" Johnston, of Midway; a son, Jan R. and wife, Wendy, and children Lauren and Jaden, of Mutual; a daughter, Judi and husband, Steve Fleming, of Summerfield, N.C.; a daughter, Jennifer Murrary and children, Jonathan, Jessica and Justin, of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Jeb and daughter, Ashley, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; a daughter, Joelle Wetzel and son, Elijah, of Youngwood; a son, Jason and sons, Jeremy and Gabriel, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and a stepson, Andrew and Shannon Papier and sons, Evan and Rilan and daughter, Carly, of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by an infant brother in 1937 in Youngwood; a brother, Jay B. "Sandy" Johnston, of Youngwood, and Woolrich, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Lorie Papier, of Greensburg and Anchorage, Alaska; and his black lab, Shadow. There will be no services or viewing as Jan donated his body to Lifequest Anatomical. The quest to continue the advancement of science, medicine, research and education through the legacy of life. In lieu of flowers, Jan suggests you visit or take a friend to dinner while they are still living and you can talk to them instead of standing around looking at them when they are dead. Amen.
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Kaylor, Luecille G.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1917-08-27
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Luecille G. Kaylor, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Greensburg. She was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Lincoln Heights, Jeannette, a daughter of the late Philip Weaver Baughman and Caroline (Robinson) Baughman. Her given name was Virginia Carrie Baughman. She had been employed as a sales associate at Troutman's and Horne's department stores until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene L. Kaylor; daughters, Patricia Stevic and Jane Hart; three brothers, Joseph Baughman, Philip Baughman and Gordon Baughman; and three sisters, Anna Lou Mytrysak, Lois Eckman and Mary Sue Wade. She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Blake, of Oklahoma; a brother, Ronald Baughman, of Latrobe; and two sisters, Kay Bombach, of Greensburg, and Sally Abate, of Herminie. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. At her request, there was no visitation. Private entombment in Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Keefe, Maryalice 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-09-25
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Maryalice (Smith) Keefe, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Walnut Ridge Memory Care. She was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Timblin, a daughter of the late John Smith and Anna (Colish) Smith. Maryalice was a member of Holy Family Church. She was active in Holy Family School, Girl Scouts and Latrobe Little League. She was an avid gardener and birdwatcher. Maryalice was a gracious, generous and gentle soul. She had a fine, inquisitive mind and a sincere devotion to her family and friends. She was genuinely beloved and admired by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Keefe; and a brother, John W. Smith. Maryalice is survived by three daughters, Kathleen A. Keefe, Barbara J. Keefe and Beverly J. Keefe; and she is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Carmelite Monastery, 5206 Center Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Kelly, David R. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • David R. Kelly, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was an Army veteran formerly employed at the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. He was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Ghrist) Kelly; and husband of the late Frances "Pinky" (Folino) Kelly; beloved father of Robert "Rob" Kelly (the late Wendy Warren Kelly), Kimberly (Christopher) Maier, Anthony D. "Tony" Kelly and the late David Kelly; grandfather of Brianna, David, Anthony and Brandy Lynn Kelly; brother of Janice (Charles) Inks, Larry (Nancy) Kelly, Diane (Richard) Alberts and the late Edward Kelly; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding Ave., PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by entombment with military honors in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Kolar, Margaret 91

  • Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Nana" Levine Kolar, 91, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review. www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kolar, Margaret L. 91

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1924-07-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Nana" Levine Kolar, 91 of RuffsDale, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Kolar was born July 22, 1924, in Yukon, the daughter of the late John and Mary Labasky Levine. She was a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church of Youngwood. Marge was a loving, caring, independent, hard working woman who had the warmest hugs and enjoyed the simple pleasures that life offered her. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Rose Marie Kolar and Lewis Kolar, both of RuffsDale, and Joyce Shifko and her husband, Jim, of Greensburg; her three grandchildren, Karen Miedel and her husband, Andrew, of Scottdale, Jonathan Kolar and his wife, Nicole, and Jessica Shifko, all of Greensburg; and by her two great-granddaughters, Claire Miedel and Kennedy Kolar. Marge is also survived by her brother and sisters, Joseph Levine and his wife, Pauline, Elizabeth Higgins and Catherine Sinnamond; by her sister-in-law, Anna Marie Levine; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Kolar Jr., in 1996; and by her granddaughter, Anna Marie Grabiak; her brothers and sister, John and Michael Levine and Mary Smith. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Youngwood, with the Rev. William C. McGuirk as celebrant. Interment will be in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to Marlee with Excela Health Home Hospice. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Lagattuta, Lawrence S. 87

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-02-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. "Sammy" Lagattuta, 87, of New Kensington, formerly of Beechview, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. He was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Pittsburgh, to Simone and Pauline Costanzo Lagattuta. A graduate of Langley High School, he served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and was a U.S. Postal letter carrier. He was a founding member of St. Pamphilus Church, Pittsburgh, and a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Anthony Gerard; and son-in-law, David Bray. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Roman Lagattuta, of Springdale; children, Joseph, Carla, Lawrence, Maureen, Paula, Michael, Theodore, Sally, Roseann and Jeffrey; grandchildren, David, Andrew, Tara, Jessica ,Brian, Alexandra, Madeline, Alexander, Samuel, Mia, Marina, Cara and Elizabeth; and great-granddaughter, Gemma. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hazelwood, with full military honors conducted by the South Hills Veterans Honor Guard. The Lagattuta family will welcome all family and friends, especially those who were unable to travel for the viewing or Mass, to meet for light refreshments and a time of remembrance of Larry from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Social Hall, Beechview. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in loving memory of Sammy to Angels of Hope, Food for the Poor, Florida, or Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Leechburg. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Letzelter, Carol T. 81

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Plum Borough
  • Born: 1933-11-29
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Carol T. Letzelter, 81, of Murrysville, formerly of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. She was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Thomas and Grace Williamson Templeton. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary, in 1968. Carol is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerard M. Letzelter; three sons, Thomas, Christopher (Jamie) and David (Alana) Letzelter, all of Plum Borough; six grandchildren, Morgan Hooks, and Christine and Robin; Lauren, Andrew and Alexis Letzelter; a great-grandson, David; a sister, Nancy Sullivan, of Penn Hills; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday in Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pritts Jr., William 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1940-06-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • William Pritts Jr., 75, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born June 2, 1940, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William H. and Lois G. (Howard) Pritts. He was a veteran having served in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanic with the United States Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Wanda L. Longo and Brenda L. Hunter; and two brothers, Donald Pritts and Charles Pritts. He is survived by his wife, Wilda S. Pritts; daughter, Connie L. Cornet; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Evan "Snooky" Pritts and his wife, Phyllis "Chub"; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Bubba. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal, PA 15628. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township, with Pastor Harry Langley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kregar Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Ripple, James C. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1936-06-24
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • James C. "Jim" Ripple, 79, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born June 24, 1936, in Greensburg, the son of the late James A. and Helen (Berlin) Ripple. Jim was the manager of Lawyers Abstract Co. in Greensburg for 20 years, until his retirement. He served honorably in the National Guard and was a former Export Borough Council member. He enjoyed boating with his family on the Allegheny River in Kittanning. Jim was a member of the Italian American Club, Export, Export Moose and Elks Club and was a life member of Export Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former fire chief. Surviving are his beloved wife of 57 years, Phyllis J. (Sleigh) Ripple; two sons, Kenny Ripple, of Export, and Jay Ripple, of Kittanning; a cherished granddaughter, Ashley (Stephen) Burns, of Front Royal, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Daed and Ryker Burns, whom he adored. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Marnie Silbert officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests memorial contributions in Jim's name to either Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, 4600 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668 or Allegheny River Development Corp., P.O. Box 364, Kittanning, PA 16201-0364. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Scavincky, Gregory A. 28

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gregory A. "Scuz" Scavincky, 28, of Penn Township, died tragically on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the dearly beloved son of William E. "Scuzzy" Scavincky and Karen "Mego" (Vastadore) Scavincky; and treasured brother of Kristina (Justin) Lamanna, of Forest Hills, and Bill (Heather) Scavincky, of Penn Township. Gregory was the proud uncle of Giuliana Lamanna and Kendall Scavincky. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregory was a 2005 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School and attended Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. He had worked at various positions and places, most notably as a chef at Disney World in Orlando. Gregory was charismatic with his ingrained ability to easily make friends in almost any circumstance. He enjoyed meeting new folks and he was easy to enjoy in return, as he possessed a genuine love of people. Gregory also was a passionate fan of Pittsburgh sports teams and always appreciated attending their games and the tailgating that took place. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. Everyone is asked to gather at church. Gregory will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery at Denmark Manor Church. Gregory's family suggests memorial donations to either the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alzpa.org) or the Myasthenia Gravis of Western PA, 490 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (www.mgawpa.org).
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Selepchak Sr., William J. 87

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1928-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • William J. Selepchak Sr., 87, of Hunker, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 26, 1928, in West Newton, the son of the late George and Mary (Paulina) Selepchak. Prior to his retirement, he was a former owner of Selepchak Excavating and Paving Co. He was also a former dairy farmer in the Hempfield Township area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann (Fordyce) Selepchak; and two brothers, George and Elmer Selepchak. Surviving are a son, William J. Selepchak Jr., of Hunker; a daughter, Kathleen E. (Selepchak) Washabaugh and her husband, Vernon, of Hunker; four grandchildren, Jessica Wareham, Ryan W. Washabaugh, Luke W. Selepchak and Molly S. Selepchak; twin great-grandchildren, Beckett A. and Pippalotta C. Washabaugh; two sisters, Pauline Smouse, of Hunker, and Mary Ann Mallory, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father Frank Gan as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Skalka, Anna M. 97

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Skalka, 97, of Trafford, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Susan Vojnyik; wife of the late George Skalka; dear mom of Elaine (George) Markon and David (Harriet) Skalka; also survived by five grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skalka was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church where her father was one of its founding members. At Anna's request, visitation and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Memory eternal Anna.
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Smail, Ruby L. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1964-07-21
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ruby L. Smail, 51, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born July 21, 1964, in Jeannette, a daughter of Sarah Palmer Pavolik, of Jeannette, and the late Robert Pavolik Sr. She was a member of Life Spring Christian Church, Greensburg, and West Place Clubhouse. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Clarissa Pavolik. In addition to her mother, Ruby is survived by her husband, Dana Smail, of Greensburg; two daughters, Desiree Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, and Brittany Miller, of Youngwood; five siblings, Robert Pavolik Jr. and Melany Rush, both of Jeannette, Tina Pavolik, of Greensburg, Carl Pavolik and Sarah Stauffer and her husband, Glenn, all of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Life Spring Christian Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. A gathering will follow at Twin Lakes Pavilion No. 5 on the upper lake. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Steffey, Theresa 75

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Theresa (Curci) Steffey, 75, of Harrison City, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Henry "Butch" Steffey; loving mother of Sandy Durst, Brenda Steffey, Arthur (Chery) Steffey and Dawn (Steve) Chmill; adored grandmother of Derek Durst, Amanda and Jessica Steffey; sister of Georgia (Ron) Mellinger; and stepdaughter of Josephine Curci. She was preceded in death by Aldo and Cecelia (Soflak) Curci. Theresa was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the America no. 1853, Penn Township Senior Citizens, Young at Heart and the Harrison City VFD Auxiliary. Theresa lived a great life and filled many lives with happiness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Young at Heart Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.LindsayJobefuneralhome.com.
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Stofan, Frank S. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frank Stephen Stofan, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, to be with His Heavenly Father with his family at his side. He was born 1931, in Wickhaven, a son of the late John and Mary (Ference) Stofan. Prior to his retirement, he was an instrumental music teacher at East Allegheny School District for 33 years. Frank was a 1958 graduate from Duquesne University with a master's degree. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville, where he was a member of the choir; he was also a social member of the Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club. Frank proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Newfoundland, where he met his wife, Alice Mae. He was an avid gardener and loved to hunt and fish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, Andrew and Albert Stofan; and sisters, Mary Lemak and Ann Rudzik. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Alice M. (Zemke) Stofan; four children, Mary Lou Young, of Raleigh N.C., Annette Bowen and husband, Richard, of North Huntingdon, Frank W. Stofan, of Venango, Lorna Harker and husband, Brad, of Marshallville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Hannah and Harrison Harker, Frances and Emily Stofan; his twin sister, Frances Stawovy, of Belle Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville, everyone please go directly to the church. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Cheryl Kay Foundation, 661 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, or the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2555 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Summa, Shirley J. 74

  • Born: 1941-03-10
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Shirley J. Summa, 74, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was born March 10, 1941. Shirley is survived by her husband, Anthony R. Summa; a sister, Judy Kineer; and a brother, Paul Himler (Jane). A private memorial service will be held at a later date. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Trout, Margaret A. 90

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1925-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Trout, 90, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was born May 26, 1925, in Salemville, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Sara Ashbaugh Shanley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin M. Trout, to whom she was married for 55 years. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Michael, James and Thomas; three sisters, Ruth, Florence and Mary Ellen; son-in-law, Douglas A. Rhome; daughter-in-law, Kathryn L. Trout; granddaughter, Kristen Arlene Trout; infant grandson; and infant granddaughter. Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin Trout Jr., of Luxor, Mrs. Tim (Lea) Delligatti, of Mt. Pleasant, Connie Rhome, of Mt. Pleasant, Ronnie Trout, of Latrobe, and Jerome Trout, of Loyalhanna. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by her sister, Kathleen Bell, of Newark, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Holt, of Youngwood. Margaret enjoyed spending time with all her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Margaret's funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in The Middle Presbyterian Cemetery.
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VanSickle, Sylvia J. 77

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1937-10-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Sylvia J. VanSickle, 77, of Donegal, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1937, a daughter of the late Charles and EIva Scott Christman. Mrs. VanSickle is survived by her children, Ralph VanSickle and his wife, Christin, of Donegal, Kathy Gigliotti, of Charleroi, Daniel VanSickle and his wife, Dalia, of Texas, Jeff VanSickle, of Donegal, and Shawn VanSickle and his wife, Sherry, of Acme; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Christman and his wife, Pat, of Scottdale; and one sister, Sandy Zufall and her husband, Dave, of Acme. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph VanSickle; a son, Scott VanSickle; two daughters, Mary Skovira and Peggy VanSickle; grandson, Ralph Skovira; brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Charles "Dick" and John Christman. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Tommy Jones and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Kay and Misty, and Amedisys Hospice for their care and concern for Sylvia during her illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Visnic Jr., Daniel G. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1935-09-06
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Daniel G. Visnic Jr., 79, of Export, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Sloan, N.Y., a son of the late Daniel G. Sr. and Martha (Wuslich) Visnic. Dan lived nearly his entire life in Export. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a fleet manager for State Equipment and was named top salesman for many years, and he was also self employed in the coal strip mining business. He was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export and was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. "Big D" will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, compassionate spirit and his generosity. His grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life and he lived for their activities and events. He enjoyed traveling, socializing, having fun, and lived life to the fullest. He was always the optimist who had a great faith in the Lord. Surviving are his beloved wife, JoAnne (Raymond) Visnic; two loving daughters, Dana Lyn Visnic and her fiance, Tim Ford, of Allison Park, and Holly Visnic Pelusi and her husband, Jeffery, of Export; three cherished grandchildren, Jordan, Joshua and Chase Pelusi; brothers, Raymond (Bev) Visnic and Kenneth Visnic; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Raymond) Frechione and Delores Visnic; and nieces and nephews, Mark, Chris, Brian, Barry, Hunter Visnic, Sharon Shivetts, and John Michael and Mark Frechione. In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by a brother, George D. Visnic. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with the Rev. Bob Schlotter officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. The family suggests memorial contributions in Dan's name to RASopathies Foundation, 244 Taos Road, Altadena, CA 91001. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Wagner, Dorothy N. 101

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy N. (Newcomer) Wagner, 101, of Orleans, Mass., formerly of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, and will be announced when complete.
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Wagner, Dorothy 101

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1913-11-17
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Wagner, 101, formerly of Scottdale, departed this life for Life Eternal on Friday, July 31, 2015. She has been storing up treasures in heaven by her life of love and service to all those in her life and to Her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dorothy Jane (Newcomer) Wagner was born Nov. 17, 1913, at home in Lower Tyrone Township, a daughter of the late George and Louella (Fretts) Newcomer. She married Merle "Jack" Wagner from Connellsville, they lived at 315 S. Hickory Street in Scottdale for 39 years of their married life, where she was a devoted wife, mother, neighbor, church member and citizen. Dorothy was a graduate of East Huntingdon High School, class of 1932, and attended WV Wesleyan College, studying English literature and home economics. She worked at Waugaman Insurance Agency prior to her marriage, at Southmoreland School District as a teacher's aide, and at home sewing and tailoring. Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale for more than 80 years where she was active in many capacities a few of which were teaching Sunday school, Bible studies, and being part of Women's Fellowship. Her interests were her faith, family, service to others, especially children, sewing, baking, gardening, bridge, and in later life painting. She and Jack moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1985 after the death of their son, David. In 1989, Jack passed away, and in 1996, she moved to Cape Cod, Mass. to be close to her daughter, Becky Minninger, and son-in-law, Steve. She made a new life for herself in Rock Harbor Village, Orleans, Mass., where she enjoyed her family, church, neighbors, painting and walking for 15 years. In 2011, her health necessitated her move to Liberty Commons Nursing Home where she made friends and received wonderful care. In addition to her parents, husband and son, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Newcomer. She leaves behind her daughter, Becky and husband, Steve Minninger, of Harwich, Mass.; her step-daughter, Katy Hazelton and family; her step-son, Steven and wife; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Wagner, of Greensburg; her niece, Saundra Wadley, of Florida; her nephew, Bob Newcomer and his ex-wife and children of Pennsylvania; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; and several dear cousins. All who knew her would laud her inspiring long life of love, faith and devotion. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside committal service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Scottdale Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale with Pastor Harry Speakman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church social area. Love Lasts Forever!
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Weidner Hetherington, Michelle P. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle P. Weidner Hetherington, 64, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, from a lengthy illness. Ms. Weidner was employed by Community Living Care for more than 28 years. She was the heart and soul of the care division of Community Living Care. Her legacy of care will always remain as the agency's goal in the care process of the developmentally disabled population (i.e., "you must truly care to provide quality care"). Michelle lived this motto in all phases of her professional life. Her dedication, love and support for her clients over the years were like no other. She touched so many people along the way with her never-ending support and countless hours of work. Personally, Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandkids. She loved taking trips to the beach every year, as well as attending her grandson's sports activities. Michelle is survived by her son, Rakyym and his wife, Ranee Hetherington, of Maryland; and her grandchildren, Sani, Raef and Rylee Hetherington; Beau Hetherington, of Greensburg, and Celeste Mulvehill, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alexis B. Hetherington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, with the Rev. Hubert Hutchison officiating. Special thanks to her extended family at Community Living Care; Dr. Provance; Dr. Kowaylk and Excela Health Palliative Care. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Yoder, Edward W.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Williams Yoder, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home. He was born June 9, 1931, in Hazleton, the eldest son of the late Edward and Beatrice Yoder. Mr. Yoder graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, class of 1949. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy on board the submarine, USS Burrfish, SSR312. After leaving the Navy, he entered Temple University, and graduated in 1955, and married Carolyn A. Hill that same year. He also began employment at Westinghouse Electric Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1988, during which time he obtained a degree from Jacksonville (Fla.) University in 1960, and graduated from the University of Baltimore as a Juris Doctor in Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967. Edward also was a life member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg, a member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, and a life member of the US Submarine Veterans Association, the American Radio Relay League, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association as a ham radio operator with the call of W3YMB. Mr. Yoder was a past president of Murrysville Council for two terms and had been president of the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ann Yoder; two sons, Andrew David Yoder and wife, Michelle, of Washington Township, and John Edward Yoder and wife, Kimberly, of Level Green; a daughter, Karen Anne DeSantis and husband, Richard, of Bell Township; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas L. Yoder, of Edgefield, S.C., and F. David Yoder, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Margaret Ann Yoder, of Drehersburg, Pa. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW 33 Post Honor Guard will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the US Submarine Veterans Association. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Young, Grace M. 111

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1904-01-28
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Grace M. (Yockey) Young, 111, of Washington Township, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Jan. 28, 1904, in Washington Township, she was the daughter of the late Frank B. and Lillie (Hartman) Yockey. Grace lived in Washington Township all her life and was a homemaker. She was a member of Poke Run Presbyterian Church, the Women's Circle of the Church, and the Women's Club of Washington Township. Grace enjoyed crocheting, baking and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Paul E. Young, 1994; son, Dean E. Young, 2001; three brothers, Clyde E., Roy C. and Merle M. Yockey; three sisters, Twila Saul, Carrie Campbell and Mabel Porter. Grace is survived by her daughters, Frieda Mahen, of Washington Township, and Arline Bemis, of Allegheny Township; two grandchildren, Sharen Roppolo, of Washington Township, and Rick Kunkle, of Apollo; four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many niece and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Goetchius officiating. Private burial in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Brunner, Charles L. 78

  • Cowansville
  • Born: 1936-12-01
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Charles "Charlie" LaVerne Brunner, 79, of Cowansville, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Cowansville, to the late Earl and Thelma (Crawford) Brunner. Prior to retirement in 1982, he worked at Pullman Standard in Butler. He was of Methodist faith. He enjoyed helping in the body shop and was a body man for CB radios. He also enjoyed country music and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret "Marty" (Anderson) Brunner, of Cowansville; a daughter, Rose Brunner-Fohl and husband, George, of Butler; son, Robert "Dusty" Brunner, of Cowansville; grandson, Douglas Nichols and wife, Bethany, of Butler; great-grandson, Landen Nichols, of Buter; sisters, Margaret Confer and husband, Larry, of Cowansville, Rose Townsend and husband, Lyle, of East Brady, and Martha Jones, of Kittanning; and a brother, George Brunner, of Cowansville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Paul Brunner; a brother, Paul Brunner; and a sister, Mary Ann Brunner. A private viewing and services will be held. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Orphans of the Storm, 11878 State Route 58, Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements entrusted to SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., Cowansville, PA 16218. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Raber, Ronald A. 70

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Ronald A. Raber, 70, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Harvest Community Church, 143 Reed Road, Kittanning, until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. A full obituary will run in Thursday's edition. To send a condolence to Ronald's family, please visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Sweeney, Richard K. 92

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-07-15
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Richard K. "Dick" Sweeney, 92, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, peacefully, at his residence. Dick was born in Freeport, July 15, 1923, a son of the late Margaret (Kennedy) and Andrew Sweeney. He was a member of Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg. Dick served with the Marines during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his service to his country. He was a truck driver at Freeport Transport for a number of years. He later worked at the Freeport Brick Co. until retirement. Dick was a life member of the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteered his time helping at the Syria Shriners in Cheswick, selling raffle tickets for various fundraisers. Dick enjoyed hunting, traveling, camping, playing horseshoes and bike riding. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise (Shannon) Sweeney; his four daughters, Diane (John) Shirley, of South Buffalo Township, Kathy (Bob) Chambers, of Canton, Ga., Sharon (Mike) Carr, of Natrona Heights, and Margie (John Hoak) Sweeney, of Natrona Heights; his son, Mark Richard Sweeney, of Carlisle; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother, Bob Sweeney, of Buffalo Township; and his three sisters, Betty Thomas, of Greensburg, Jane Redlinger, of Washington, Pa., and Frances Hesselgesser, of Cabot. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Victor, Raymond and Mike Sweeney; and a sister, Mary Lou Riddle. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the funeral home with Pastor Jonathan West officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church, 390 Frazier Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler County

Sober, Irene L. 86

  • Butler Township
  • Born: 1929-04-12
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Irene L. Sober, 86, of Butler Township, formerly of Buffalo Township, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, peacefully, at Sunnyview Nursing and Rehab in Butler. Irene was born in Freeport on April 12, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Mary (Pyszczynski) and George Burkett. Irene was the widow of Robert S. Sober, who passed in 1999. She worked for 33 years in the dietary department at Allegheny Valley Hospital Natrona Heights. Irene loved playing bingo and spending time with her family. She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie (Jeffrey) Sims, of Buffalo Township, and Barbara (William) Bono, of Penn Township; her four grandchildren, Jason Sarver, of Bridgeville, Timothy (Kelly) Robison, of Raeford, N.C., Kasey (Timothy) Semuskie, of Latrobe, and Angela Sims, of Springdale; five great-grandchildren, Lucas Morrison, Jason and Caden Skrabut, Cora Semuskie and Keira Robison. She is also survived by her two sisters, Agnes (Richard) Ross, of Buffalo Township, and Flora (Eugene) Gibb, of Edgewater, Fla. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Burkett. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Davis of The Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park in New Kensington. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wheeler, Carole J. 64

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1951-07-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Carole J. Wheeler, 64, of Adams Township, formerly of Forest Hills, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was born July 20, 1951, a dear daughter of the late Michael and Norma Jean (Davis) Joyce; beloved wife for 45 years of Harold Wheeler; loving mother of Wayne (Diane) Wheeler, Christine (Keith) Hazen and Melissa Schneider; proud grandmother of Haley, Alexa, Tara, Russell, Todd, Nathan, Morgan, McKenna and Nicholas; and dear sister of Judy Insogna and Michael Joyce. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park, PA 15143. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Anastasion, Robert N. 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1926-02-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert N. "Bob" Anastasion, 89, of Connellsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Bob died peacefully in his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1926, the son of the late Gustavious and Goldie (Richter) Anastasion. Bob was a past employee of the Overholt Distillery in Broadford, a machinist at Duraloy in Scottdale for 39 years and was the custodian at Central Fellowship Church, Connellsville, for 43 years. Bob proudly served his country during World War II, touring the Mediterranean on the USS Kendrick in the position of Yeoman. Bob was an avid golfer, bowler and enjoyed fishing with his family. He became the city of Connellsville's Marble Shooting Champion in 1938. Bob was a member of Central Fellowship Church, where he served his Lord in the position of council chairman, member of the executive board, board of trustees and deacon. The church was Bob's first love. You could always find him working there anytime day or night. He was truly devoted to the church and its members; and the first one to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Bob will always be remembered for his unselfish ways and concerns for others, always putting himself last. He had a loving and positive attitude toward life that he shared with all, and will always be remembered for his beautiful "blue eyes" and his welcoming smile. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Basinger) Anastasion; his daughter, Kathy Krumanacker and husband, Art; son, Denny Anastasion and wife, Cheryle; daughter, Connie Traynor; grandchildren, Dawn (Krumanacker) Forbes, John David Means, Lynn Ann (Means) Liska, Colleen (Anastasion) Myers, Stephanie (Anastasion) McKee, Ashley Traynor and Shaye Traynor; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Ann Canter. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Sandy Means and husband, John R.; and two sisters, Della Anastasion and Helen Nocine. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Ferencuha, Lewis W. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-03-09
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lewis W. Ferencuha, 69, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015, in Select Specialty at Latrobe Hospital. He was born March 9, 1946, in Connellsville, a son of the late William L. Ferencula and Veronica A. "Vern" Surniak Ferencuha Livingston. Lewis was a graduate of Connellsville High School, with the class of 1964. He worked as a tool and die marker for General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Lewis was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, was a life member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Lewis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Novak Ferencuha; his sons, Jon Ferencuha and wife, Missy, of Moon Township, and Robert Ferencuha and wife, Holly, of Westmoreland City; his grandchildren, Haleigh and Madison Ferencuha; his brother, William L. Ferencuha and wife, Shirley, of South Connellsville; his nieces, Christine Sheffler and husband, Michael, and Lisa Ferencuha; his aunt, Sophie Zozula, of Scottdale; and several other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents Lewis was predeceased by his stepfather, Paul W. Livingston. 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 BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kooser, Robert L. 85

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1929-09-17
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rev. Robert L. Kooser, 85, of Connellsville, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Sept. 17, 1929, in Connellsville, a son of the late Harry E. and Della Mae Lewis Kooser. The Rev. Kooser was a 1948 graduate of Connellsville High School and a 1952 graduate of Waynesburg College. He was a retired Episcopal priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. He attended the Boston School of Theology, the Episcopal Theological School, now known as the Episcopal Divinity School. He served various Episcopal Churches and retired from Trinity Episcopal Church in Connellsville. He was a member of the former Trinity Episcopal Church and current member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, Scottdale. He is survived by his stepchildren, Ray Hall, of St. Petersburg Fla., Shirley Warren and her husband, Larry, of Augusta, Ga., Joseph Hall and his wife, Louise, of Pittsburgh, Rudolph Hall and his wife, Lynn, of Long Island, N.Y., and Sandra Nicholson, of Connellsville; also numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two nephews, Harold "Butch" Kooser and his wife, Brenda, of South Connellsville, and Mark Rush, of Connellsville. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Frances J. Childress Kooser; brothers, Ray Kooser and his wife, Monica and Harold Kooser; and his wife, Dorothy; and his sister, Irma Rush and her husband, Jack. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with Father Charles Martin officiating. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Miller, Josephine N. 96

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1919-03-24
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • Josephine Nancy Miller, 96, of Vanderbilt, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cherry Tree Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born March 24, 1919, a daughter of the late Mary Pepe Bonadio and Joseph Bonadio. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Earle Miller Sr., in 2013. She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Nancy Baer and her husband, Bob, of Connellsville; son, Earle Miller Jr. and his wife, Julia, of Elkton, Md.; grandchildren, Robert Baer and his wife, Jamie, of Connellsville, Kelly Baer, of Salem, Va., Jason Baer and his wife, Valerie, of Mt. Lebanon, and Jonathan Miller and his wife, Elisa, of Charlotte, Vt.; great-grandchildren, Jackson Baer, Charlie Baer, Abby Baer, Jay-Jay Baer, Oliver Miller and Samuel Miller; sister, Roslyn Phillips; brothers, Frank Bonadio and his wife, Lois, of Elizabeth, William Bonadio, of Florida, and Henry Bonadio, of South Carolina. She was predeceased by her brothers, Nate Bonadio and Emmett Bonadio. Josephine was a 1938 graduate of Dunbar Township High School, a past Matron of Elizabeth Bower Chapter No. 437 O.E.S., and a member of the Margaret E. Caven Shrine No. 42. Josephine enjoyed going to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, with her family and playing different card games with the group. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Dawson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Vicki Lynch officiating. Interment will be in Greenridge Memorial Park.
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Ridgely, Roxanne D. 57

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1958-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roxanne Dawn Ridgely, 57, of Dawson, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015, at home. She was born June 27, 1958, at Westmoreland Hospital, a daughter of the late Joan Ramsey. She was a patient care assistant for Westmoreland Hospital and she was a representative for the Lupus Foundation for Fayette County. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death her husband, Kenneth Ridgely. She is survived by a daughter, Tashawna Baranski and husband, Daniel, of Scottdale; grandchildren, Lucas, Arizona and Kevlar; sisters, Becky Ridgley and Howard, of Dawson, Beverly Lewis and Carl, of Greensburg, Jackie Ramsey, of Greensburg, and Amy Ramsey, of Greensburg; brother, Hillary Ramsey, of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Diane Homer, of Vanderbilt. Family and friends are invited to gather from 1 p.m. until the hour of her celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Wednesday held at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville.
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Smiley, Frank D.

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1943-08-26
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Frank D. Smiley, of Dunbar, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, July 31, 2015, with his family at his bedside. He was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Connellsville, a son of Robert and Clara (Rapach) Smiley. He served in the Navy and retired from the Army National Guard. He retired from the George R. Smalley Co. as an electrician/maintenance person. He was commander of the American Legion Hughes Post No. 146 of Dunbar, a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans and Amvets in Hopwood. He attended Dunbar Baptist Church. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert and Charles Lee Smiley; and sisters-in-law, Sally Smiley, Thelma Smiley and Patty Matthews. Surviving is his wife of almost 50 years, Bobbi Jean (Provenance) Smiley; daughter, Dawn L. Smiley and partner, Barbara Fries; brother, Wallace Smiley, of Dunbar; sister, Margaret Deeter (Floyd), of West Columbia, S.C.; brothers-in-law, Robert (Jackie), Bruce, David (Melinda) and Gary (Cheri); sisters-in-law, Mildred Jean Smiley, Priscilla Smiley, Cheryl Wolfe, Wilma Keller (Richard) and Lisa Scholz; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Callie. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m. Tuesday at BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, where services will follow with Pastor Robert Wrachford officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by AMVETS Post No. 103 Honor Guard.
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Zimmerman, Judith A. 61

  • Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1953-08-28
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Judith A. Zimmerman, 61, of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Connellsville, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Raleigh. She was born Aug. 28, 1953, in New Kensington, a daughter of Edward and Doris Ferguson Zimmerman, of Connellsville. Judy was a graduate of Connellsville High School and she was employed by the state of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Carol Lynn, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Nancy Page, of Vinton, Va.; and her brother, David Zimmerman, of Ligonier. Funeral arrangements were private. www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

McWilliams, Mary A. 90

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1925-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh-Bence, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Mary A. (Powell) McWilliams, 90, of Indiana, Pa., passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, Sunday evening, Aug. 2, 2015. Born May 2, 1925, in Verona, she was a daughter of the late Henry H. Powell and Mary Elizabeth (Guill) Powell. Mary worked in the Indiana area for many years. She worked as a medical librarian at Indiana Hospital, an insurance processor for the R and P Coal Company and the North American Coal Company. She also sold insurance policies for Mutual of Omaha. She was well-known for her homemade rolls, jams and jellies. Many will remember her as the "Jam Lady." Mary also had been a past member of the YMCA where she was an active swimmer. She had a contagious laugh and an ever-present smile that will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Mary attended Calvary Evangelical Free Church of Indiana. She'll be remembered by her children, Raymond J. McWilliams, of Ford City, Mona Lee Murphy, with whom she lived with in Indiana, and Robert D. McWilliams and wife, Gail, Knoxville, Tenn. Her grandchildren are Jason, Justin and Jayla; great-grandchildren are Jayla, Jocelyn, Justin Jr., Joseph and Jacob; and her two surviving siblings are M. Lucille Harvey, of Greensburg, and Larry W. Powell, of Apollo. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Richard McWilliams; and brother, William H. Powell. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF INDIANA. A second visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., following the visitation hour. Pastor Gino Cosentino will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 100 Ben Franklin Road South, Indiana, PA 15701. Online condolences may be offered by visiting rbfh.net.
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Washington County

Rossini, Donner D. 72

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1943-06-12
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Donner D. Rossini, 72, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in his home. Born June 12, 1943, in Monongahela, he was the son of the late Eugene and Martha (Halechko) Beck. For 36 years, Donner worked as a chemical operator for the Dyno Nobel Corporation in Donora until his retirement in 2005. After graduating from Monongahela High School in 1962 he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radar man on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Monongahela and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his wife, Jean (Giannamore) Rossini who he married Jan. 1968; three sons, Dean Rossini of Finleyville, Brian and wife, Stephanie Rossini, of Monongahela and Kevin Rossini also of Monongahela; a sister, Jean and husband, James Rodebaugh, of Belle Vernon; three grandchildren, Jaelyn and Brian James Rossini and Logan Simmons; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Larry Pfeister of Monongahela and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Mildred Giannamore of Levittown; a niece and a nephew; three aunts and an uncle. Preceding him in death was his grandson, Brian Donner Rossini Jr. who died 2003. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday where a service will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gerald Demarest officiating. At the family's request, interment will be private and held in Mon-Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Sargent, Ruth 88

  • Elrama
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Ruth Sargent, 88, of Elrama, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Kade Health and Rehab Center in Washington, Pa. She was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Union Township, the only daughter of Isaac and Mary Ball (Furlong) Heffner. She was a member of Elrama United Methodist Church, where she was involved in many of the church activities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Sargent; and a brother, James Heffner. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Linda; son, Bill; grandson, Joel and his wife, Candace; and a brother, Ike Heffner. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements by STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, Jefferson Hills. For more information and condolences, visit www.stephendslater.com.
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Tanguay, Constance 67

  • Charleroi
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Ball Funeral Chapel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Constance "Connie" Cramer Tanguay, 67, of Charleroi, died July 31, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Evelyn (Todd) Cramer; loving companion of Dennis Kreuter; cherished mother of Travis Kreuter and Kevin Tanguay; dear sister of June Yevincy (James), Jack Cramer, Gail Privette, Barbara Waggoner (Ace), Thomas Cramer (Sherry) and the late Susanna Raymond and Thelma Haight; treasured aunt and friend of many. Connie worked many years at the Charleroi Save-A-Lot and more recently for SPHS. Services are private. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC. The family would like to thank ViaQuest Hospice for their loving care.
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Urban, Anna J. 91

  • Finleyville
  • Born: 1923-12-30
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Anna J. Urban, 91, of Finleyville, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at home peacefully with her daughter by her side. She was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Elrama, to the late Michael and Agnes (Cindrich) Uremovich. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Elrama and was also a member of Christian Mother's of St. Isaac Jogues and C.F.U Lodge No. 248 of Clairton. She is survived by her daughter. Deborah A. (John) Hanus, with whom she resided; son, William D. (Janell) Urban, of Coraopolis; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Renee Hanus and Amanda and Chris Urban and David P. Urban; great-grandchild, Ruby Urban; sisters, Goldie Suty, of Finleyville, and Clara DiNofrio, of New Eagle; brother, Joseph Uremovich, of Finleyville; sister-in-law, Betty Uremovich, of Finleyville; also several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Urban, who died July 11, 2005; sons, Robert M. Urban and David G. Urban; and a brother, George Uremovich. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard J. Tusky officiating. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Caccimelio, Dolores

  • Formerly of Reynoldsburg
  • Died: 2015-08-03
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  • Dolores "Dee" Caccimelio, formerly of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed peacefully Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Cincinnati. Dolores was preceded in death by parents, Sophia and Charles Mackovsek; husband, Ronald Caccimelio; and son, Ron Caccimelio. Dolores is survived by sons, Chuck (Rebecca) Caccimelio, of Dayton, Ohio, and Bob (Jenny) Caccimelio, of Mason, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Sharon Caccimelio, of Pickerington, Ohio; grandchildren, Katy, Matt (Lisa), Kristen and Gina Caccimelio and Sarah Crone; great-granddaughter, Avery Caccimelio; sisters, Aileen (Stanley) Homer, Barb (Bill) King and Carol (Roger) Storer. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Born on Sept. 26, 1930, in Yukon, Pa., Dolores was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed watching and cheering on the Steelers, traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Dolores and Ron were always very involved in their church where they volunteered much time as well as in the community. The family appreciates the love and support of all of their friends and loved ones. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 S. Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Visitation is from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a funeral Mass beginning at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the American Heart Association.
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Hoggatt, Ralph S. 90

  • Hollywood Park, Texas
  • Born: 1924-07-23
  • Died: 2015-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Colonel Ralph Sellers Hoggatt, resident of Hollywood Park, Texas, passed from this life to the next on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the age of 90. Col. Hoggatt was born July 23, 1924, to Esmond Herman and Marietta Sellers Hoggatt, of Marshalltown, Iowa. He attended Marshalltown Senior High School, where he was enrolled in ROTC and subsequently attended Marshalltown Junior College. He joined the Army in 1942 in which he began his flight training at Blythe, Calif. He graduated from the training in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer through the Aviation Cadet Program at the age of 19 and was called into active duty that same year. In World War II, he flew B-24 Liberators with the Eighth Air Force of the Army Air Corps out of Norwich, England, with targets in the European Theater. After the war and prior to discharge, he flew as an aircraft commander in the Air Transport Command. Col. Hoggatt received his BA degree at the University of Colorado in August 1949. He was recalled to active duty with the 139th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron of the Colorado Air National Guard in April 1951. During the next four years, Col. Hoggatt served in various capacities in the Air Defense Command and in Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons and is considered a veteran of the Korean War. From 1955 to 1956 he was the Chief of the Air Control Center, 314th Air Division, 5th Air Force (Advance) Osan Air Base, Korea. From 1956 through 1962, he served as the Aircraft Commander, Training Officer and Instructor Pilot with the Military Air Transport Service, Dover Air Force Base. He was responsible for directing and training the units for the C-133 aircraft in the 1st and 39th Air Transport Squadrons for MATS serving as commander. Col. Hoggatt received a MS degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University in May 1964. After completing school he worked as a research psychologist and was Chief of the Specialty Knowledge Test of the Air Force Personnel Research Laboratory until 1967. He served in the Vietnam War as an A-1 Skyraider pilot in the 602nd Fighter Squadron (Commando) in which he flew 205 missions; 102 over North Vietnam; received the Air Force Cross and several Distinguished Flying Crosses for valor in battle. Returning from Southeast Asia, he was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Force and was Chief of the Special Analysis Brand, Directorate of Personnel Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff/Personnel. Next, he served as Chief of the Personnel Research Division, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Air Force Systems Command at Lackland AF Base, Texas. Later, he became the Commander of the Armed Forces Vocational Testing Group and was responsible for the all operations of recruiting and testing throughout the United States. Col. Hoggatt was one of the original authors of the ASFAB test as well as several other technical and psychological publications. Col. Hoggatt was a Command Pilot, with more than 7,000 flying hours and is mentioned in several books, one being Escape and Evasion: 17 Stories of Downed Pilots Who Made it Back by Jimmy Kilbourne. Col. Hoggatt's military decorations include the Air Force Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, and 15 others service medals with oak leaf clusters and battle stars. After 38 years of military service, he was honorably discharged from active duty at the rank of colonel. In retirement he worked for Lutheran General Hospital as a fundraiser. He was a member of the advisory board for the Salvation Army for many years; 32nd degree Master Mason of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, S.J., USA; past president of Sojourners Inc.; Hero of Sojourners; Mayor of Hollywood Park; and President of the Founders Lions Club. His memberships include: University of Colorado Alumni Association, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, Psi Chi, Phi Delta Kappa, American Psychological Association, Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association, Daedalians, 453rd Bomb Group Association, A-1 Skyraider Association, American Legion, Masons, Sojourners, Shriners, Toastmasters, Founders Lions Club and Texas Lions Camp, and Shepherd King Lutheran Church. Through the Lions Club he became a Melvin Jones Fellow as well as a Jack Weich Fellow. Col. Hoggatt received many awards for his speechmaking including Speaker of the Year and Humorous Speaker of the Year from the Toastmasters. Col. Hoggatt was a humble man who followed the teachings of Christ in his public and private life. Col. Hoggatt is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Ellamae Keck, of Kecksburg; daughters, Denice Hoggatt (Patty Wampler), of San Antonio, Texas, and Kristen Hoggatt, of Hollywood Park, Texas; son, Byron Keck Hoggatt (Cristina), of Charleston, W.Va.; and granddaughters, Kori Hoggatt and Nadye Hoggatt; and grandson, Cheyenne Hoggatt, all who reside in West Virginia; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patricia Louise H. Howell; and brother-in-law, Roy Howell; as well as his sisters-in-law, Jeune Keck Ellsworth Thomas (Blair) (Jack), Lois Keck Long Leigh (Glenn) (Gerald), Romayne Keck Kurpiel (Stanley) and Gail Keck Cutrell (Richard). Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Trauger. Please go directly to the church. Interment ceremony with military honors accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.hofferfuneralhome.com. Arrangements with JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, 724-423-3741.
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Palfrey, Barbara A. 75

  • Dunnellon, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon, Fla. | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann Palfrey, 75, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Legacy Hospice House. A native of Pennsylvania, she and her husband moved to Dunnellon in 1965 from St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. Palfrey was a homemaker and very involved in youth sports activities in this area. She attended Riverland Baptist Church in Dunnellon. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Palfrey; son, Patrick Stephen Palfrey (Kristine); sister, Nancy Fritski; and two grandchildren, Megan Lynn and Zachery Stephen. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Riverland Baptist Church, Dunnellon, Fla., with the Pastor Rex Carringer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The Legacy House, C/O Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478. Condolence messages may be left online at www.robertsofdunnellon.com.
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Peterson, Arlene M.

  • Hampton, Va.
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Hampton | Get Directions
  • Arlene M. Peterson passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has been a Peninsula resident for the past 32 years. Arlene retired from the Department of Defense as a claims examiner after 25 years of service. She loved animals, especially her dog, Buddy. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, David Peterson; daughter, Nancy Peterson; nephews, Jesse Metiver and Jeff Madden; and nieces, Laura Dobrich, Jennifer Morinigo and Shelly Reigle. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at R. HAYDEN SMITH FUNERAL HOME, downtown Hampton. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Arlene's honor to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 757-723-3191.
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