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Barth, Robert J. 80

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1934-01-27
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Robert Joseph Barth, loving husband, father and grandfather, 80, of White Oak, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Ralph and Leoba Hoebler Barth. He was a graduate of Duquesne University and worked as a pharmacist for the former Aaron's Pharmacy in White Oak and then retired from Medco Express. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia Gilkey Barth; children, James (Sheri) Barth and David (Peggy) Barth, both of Houston, Texas, and Kathleen (Paul) Ingram, of White Oak; grandchildren, Megan, Jennifer (Carmine Colavecchia), Kristina and Michael; and brother, Ralph Thomas (Judy) Barth, of Lecanto, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor) 412-678-6177. A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Angela Merici Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating.
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Bernheisel, Mary Mary Lib E. 93

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth "Mary Lib" Bernheisel, 93, of Penn Hills, formerly of Ligonier, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob Bernheisel, with whom she celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary April 12th. She was the mother of Mark (Cathy) Bernheisel, Nancy E. Bernheisel and John (Nancy Jo) Bernheisel; grandmother of Terry Smith, Mandy (Jamie) Weaver, Melody (Ed) Agate, Bethany (Ken) Nemit and Lindsey Bernheisel; great-grandmother of 11; also survived by many nieces, nephews and sister, Helen "H" Craig. She was preceded in death by sisters, Louise "Weedy" Horner, Sue Berger and Nancy "Nan" Ferry. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road at Universal Road, Penn Hills. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Penn Hills Alliance Church. Interment will be in Restland Memorial Park.
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Brunner, Mary M. 70

  • New Sewickley Township , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Ehman) Brunner, 70, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of McCandless, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 46 years of John Brunner; loving mother of Mark, Matthew (Nancy) and David (Allison); proud grandmother of Valerie, Heather, Joshua, Lila and one on the way in May 2015; sister of Harry (Janet) Ehman; and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Ferdinand Church. Mary had a love of crocheting, especially making afghans and blankets for her loved ones. She also had a very strong connection to her faith. Mary was adored by her grandchildren and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Ferdinand Church Building Fund.
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Cole, Rodney W. 72

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Rodney W. Cole, of Monroeville, passed away at the age of 72 on Oct. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Joanne (Bender) Cole; father of Michael J. and Traci A. Cole; brother of William Cole (Doris); uncle of Paul Connelly (Karen), Kenneth Connelly, Tina Wetmore (Adam) and Margie Connelly; and great-uncle of Chace Cole, Michael and Kristen Connelly. He was an Army Vietnam veteran. Friends will be received for a memorial visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the funeral chapel. Inurnment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Damon, Kim J. 40

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Wexford
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Kim Jean Damon, 40, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Wexford, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. She was the dear daughter of David and Tina Damon; sister of Jennifer, Eric (Sandra) and Jason; aunt of Brendon, Sydney and Nina; and is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Kim was an employee at Magee Women's Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Neumann Church, Franklin Park. Everyone please meet at the church.
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DeFabio, Louis D. 80

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

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

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

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Egan, 74, of Natrona Heights, formerly of Morningside, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Blair) Egan; father of Lynda Eng (Tom), Laura Grans (Matt) and Joseph M. Egan; grandfather of Katelyn and Timmy Eng and Casey and Claudia Grans; brother of Lois Cregan (Jim), Richard Egan and the late Robert Egan and Raymond A. Egan; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joe was a 55-year active member of IUOE Local 66, retiring from Allegheny County Parks. He was a lifelong member of "The Fraternity of Morningside" and an active member of VFW Posts No. 3945 and No. 894, the Orpheus Singing Society, American Legion No. 226, Freeport Eagles and the Oregon Hunting and Fishing Club. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joe's name to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, http://www.mskcc.org/giving.
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Francesconi, Nancy L. 76

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-10-22
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. Francesconi, 76, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home. She was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Shinnston, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late James and Blanche Rawlings Sawyers. She was the wife of the late Eugene P. Francesconi, who died May 20, 2011. Nancy was a member of Ella Hollow Bible Church in Forward Township. She is survived by her son, Geno A. (Kara) Francesconi, of Elizabeth Township; sister, Linda (Jerry) Cavanaugh, of Elizabeth; sister-in-law, Eleanor Sawyers, of Forward Township; and brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday Oct. 26, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor John M. Pipp officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Goehring, Helen E. 70

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1944-07-27
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Goehring, 70, of McCandless, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at her home with her loving family at her side. She was the beloved wife of Walter O. Goehring II; loving mother of Orr (Elizabeth) Goehring and Joe (Debra) Goehring; dear grandmother of Emily, Michael, Isabella, Felicia and William; sister of Jean Evers and the late Mary Lou Thomas and Joseph Evers. She was born in Pittsburgh, July 27, 1944, to the late Helen Lamb Evers and Joseph Evers. Helen was a longtime teacher's aide in the North Allegheny School District, where she touched the lives of countless children and made many cherished friends. She was a devoted wife and mother who brought joy to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh.
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Huygens, Frank V. 90

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

  • Indiana Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Donald Ignatenko, 77, of Indiana Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at his home. Mr. Ignatenko was the beloved husband of Helen (Huchel) Ignatenko; father of Deborah (Tim) Winings, of New Hampshire, Barbara Ignatenko, of New Jersey, Stephanie (Jeff) Abriatis, of Cabot, Valerie and Bethany Ignatenko, of Pittsburgh; son of the late Deomid and Anna Ritsic Ignatenko; and grandfather of Kirsten and John Gibbens, Blaine and Maddie Abriatis. Mr. Ignatenko was an Air Force veteran, and a member of Infinity Lodge No. 546, F and AM and Hampton AARP. Celebrate Mr. Ignatenko's life with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, where a blessing service will be held Monday, notice of time later. His family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Salvation Army, 917 Brackenridge Ave., Brackenridge, PA 15014 or the Light of Life Mission, 915 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Jakub, Ann 94

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1920-02-23
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Ann Jakub, 94, of North Versailles, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Graceton, Indiana County, a daughter of the late John and Susan (Tiscak) Rebovich. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew Jakub; mother of Michael (Tammy) Jakub; grandmother of Stacie (Michael) Ravenscroft, Ryan (Sara) Jakub and Alexandria Jakub; great-grandmother of Riley Ravenscroft, Zachary Ravenscroft and Catherine Jakub; and sister of George (Helen) Rebovich, Paul (Doris) Rebovich, Helen (James) Saverine and Lillian Rebovich. She was preceded in death by brothers and sister, John Rebovich, Mary Yanity, Steve Rebovich, Nick Rebovich, Joseph Rebovich, Michael Rebovich and Edward Rebovich. Visitation from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski. Interment in St. Hedwig Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Janaszek, Justin J. 26

  • Plum , Formerly of North Hills
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Justin J. Janaszek, 26, of Plum, formerly of North Hills, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after a long struggle with addiction. He was the beloved son of Priscilla (fiance, Thomas Allison) Janaszek, and James (Aimee) Janaszek; loving grandson, of Francis B. Janaszek, Kathleen Fuss, Catherine Allison and the late John and Thelma Macheska; brother of Zachary Grant Janaszek; stepbrother of Tess Nemec; uncle of Skye-Marie Rendos; and also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a blessing service will be at noon Tuesday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Institute/SHORES Drug and Alcohol Counseling, 8235 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202 so that others like Justin can be helped. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kelly, Arnold L. 60

  • Clariton
  • Born: 1954-03-14
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Arnold Leon Kelly, 60, of Clairton, departed this life peacefully Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at home. He was born March 14, 1954, in Braddock, son of Ethel Elizabeth Ellis Kelley, of Wilkinsburg, and the late Leo R. Kelley. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Anthony Leo Kelley. He attended the General Braddock High School and worked as a barber during his lifetime. He accepted Jesus Christ into his life and he loved reading the word and talking about the Lord. He was loved and respected by many. He was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. Surviving are his mother; friend/caregiver, Rhonda Fuqua, of Clairton; three sons, William Quarles, of Swissvale, Ian Quarles, of Wilkinsburg, and Stewart Kelly, of Pitcairn; daughter, Brandi Kelly, of North Braddock; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; wife, Lynette Lewis Kelly, of Wilmerding; brother, Bruce Kelley, of Wilkinsburg; two sisters, Cornelia "Connie" Kelley, of Wilkinsburg, and Garlene Nesmith, of Duquesne; and other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 307 Shaw Ave., Clairton, with services following the visitation hour with the Rev. Dr. Willie Thompson Jr. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. Arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Lippert, Delores P. 74

  • Whitaker
  • Born: 1940-10-02
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Delores P. Lippert, 74, of Whitaker, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 2, 1940, in McKeesport, the daughter of Agnes Jobe Snyder, of Whitaker, and the late Leo Snyder. She is the wife of the late George H. Lippert Sr. Along with her mother, she is survived by her children, Georgeann (Robert) Pistella, of Wilkins Township, and David Lippert, of Whitaker; grandchildren, Ryan, Melissa, Kendal, Noah, Heather, Amber, Tiffany and B.J.; great-grandchildren, Dawson, Jaxson and Audrey; and brothers, Leo Snyder, of McKeesport, and Wilmer (Arlene) Snyder, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Burial will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Donations may be made to the family in care of Strifflers at 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Lohman, Douglas J. 25

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

  • Oakdale
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Thomas Sam Lubinsky, 47, of Oakdale, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He is survived by his adored wife, Lynn (Grelo) Fullard Lubinsky, who had recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary; father Gerald Joseph Lubinsky Sr. and mother Frances (Valore) Lubinsky, of Irwin, brother Gerald Joseph Lubinsky Jr. and wife, Sherry, of North Huntington; sister Susan (Lubinsky) Harchelroad and husband, Gene, of Jeannette; daughter, Madelyn Page Lubinsky; step-children, TJ, Mitchell and Emily Fullard, and Ryan Sparks. He was employed at Amsted Rail as a director of sales. He will be lovingly remembered by family and friends as "Mr. Big." Friends are welcomed from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Malak, Paul 71

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1943-09-29
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Carmine J. Louis C. Parise Funeral Home Cremation Services Inc., Carbondale | Get Directions
  • Paul Malak, 71, formerly of Pittsburgh, a resident of the Carbondale Nursing Home, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the VNA Hospice at Geisinger-CMC Hospital, Scranton, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born Sept. 29, 1943, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Pearl (Szczesny) Mackowski, of Freeport, and the late John C. Malak. Paul was a graduate of Harbrack High School, Natrona Heights, and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He sold machinery to pharmaceutical companies and worked for Glatt Co., Raymond Automation Inc., Horix Co. and was also self-employed as the owner and operator of Malco Inc. He had the privilege with his job to travel all 50 states and many countries. He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also was an artist in his earlier years and was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Blakeslee, and was a troop leader for the Boy Scouts, in Westfield, N.J., while his children were growing up. He is survived by one son, Mark T. Malak and wife, Jennifer, of Greenfield Township; two daughters, K. Brett Malak, of Westfield, N.J., and Sandra Malak, of Jersey City, N.J.; three grandchildren, Casimir Malak, of Westfield, N.J., and John Paul and Alexandra L. Malak, of Greenfield Township; three brothers, Thomas Malak, of Miami, Fla., John Malak, of Pittsburgh, and Joseph Malak, of Freeport; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 the CARMINE J. and LOUIS C. PARISE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale. The funeral will be held 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 15 Fallbrook St., Carbondale. Interment with military honors will be in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township. To share condolences and photos with Paul's family visit his book of everlasting memories at http://www.parisefuneralhome.com.
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Martz Jr., Kenneth M. 68

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1946-04-10
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Martz Jr., 68, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 10, 1946, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Kenneth M. and Tessie (Scholl) Martz Sr. He has lived most of his life in Fawn Township. Kenneth was a master technician for Billco Motors in Wexford for 35 years. He was of the Protestant faith and a member of Outdoor Life Lodge, Fawn Township. Kenneth graduated from Tarentum High School and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the Shooters Bench in Russellton, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Nancy L. (Hartman) Martz; daughter, Lisa M. (Dave) Proco, of Bairdford; grandchildren, Tylor and Mason, of Lower Burrell, Noah and Noel, of Bairdford, and Amber, of New Kensington; also surviving are his siblings, Violet (Regis) Miller, of Tarentum, Richard (Gaye) Martz, of Smithton, and Larry Martz, of Prospect. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley and Betty Ann. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. Gravesite burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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McMullen, Dorothy T.

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Dorothy T. McMullen passed to eternal life Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 45 years of John E. McMullen; loving mother of stepchildren, John E. (Bobbi) McMullen Jr., Joseph P. (Donna) McMullen, Patricia A. McMullen and Christopher P. (Nancy) McMullen; loving grandmother of six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; cherished sister of John N. (Erma) Tarle, Edward W. (Linda) Tarle, Mary T. (Brian) Corcoran and the late Joseph F. Tarle; loving aunt of eight nieces and nephews, 11 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-nephew; and daughter of the late Nicholas and Stella Tarle. Dorothy was a proud graduate of St. Peter High School in McKeesport and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She retired after 42 years from Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Lab as an information analyst. Dorothy was an active member of Pittsburgh Baptist Church and was the prayer-list coordinator. She enjoyed travel, exercise, reading, Bible study, healing and nutrition studies. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon Saturday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. Luncheon will follow at Pittsburgh Baptist Church, 3100 Pioneer Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15226. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Pittsburgh Baptist Church, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or to any local food bank. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Melvin, Norma A. 93

  • Upper St. Clair , Formerly of Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Norma A. (Buchanan) Melvin, 93, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Scott Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 65 years of the late John J. Melvin; devoted mother of John B. (Carolyn), of Thornville, Ohio, Douglas A. (May), of Lewisville, Texas, and Christopher E. (Rita), of North Fayette Township; devoted grandmother of Alexandra and Sean; step-grandmother of Lisa Ceballos and Lora Rethwisch; and step-great-grandmother of Gregory, Gavin and Olivia Ceballos and Baylen and Tate Rethwisch; sister of the late George Buchanan. As this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it should be noted that Norma was a 27-year survivor. Friends will be welcomed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. If desired, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 1133 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Laughlin Memorial Chapel. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Nigrelli, Doris J. 89

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

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

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Alfred Alan Paulus, 83, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the company of his daughter, Amy Pople. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois Ann (McCullough) Paulus; cherished father of Tim Paulus, Amy Paulus (Andrew) Pople, Mike Paulus and Sid (Shaun) Armour; loving grandfather of Elliott, Simon, Jeremy and Mitchell Pople, Finn and Zuzu Armour; and brother of the late John Adam Paulus. Al was a trustee and choir member at Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He served his country in the Army. He retired in 2013 as a vice president at Hefren-Tillotson Inc. He was also a five decade member of Shawnee and past president of The Bond Club of Pittsburgh. Al was a lifelong Steelers fan and a proud witness to the Immaculate Reception. Al was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed. Family plans no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Mt. Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MLEPC Friends of Music Fund, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Reibie, Muriel S. 99

  • Sewickley , Formerly of Ross Township
  • Born: 1915-01-15
  • Died: 2014-10-12
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Muriel S. (Hicks) Reibie, 99, of Masonic Village at Sewickley, formerly of Ross Township, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12., 2014. She was born Jan. 15, 1915, in Pittsburgh. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph A. Reibie; loving mother of Ronald A. (Irene) Reibie, Nancy (Jack) Hurley and Susan R. (the late Clark) Schenck; grandmother of Mark A. (April) Reibie Sr., Judith (Vince) Reibie Pistilli, Cheryl Reibie Sarge, Kurt R. Schenck and Julianne M. Schenck; great-grandmother of M. Alan (Nicole) Reibie Jr., Jennifer Reibie, Jordyn and Cameron Pistilli; and is also survived by a cousin, Grace Krisher; and many nieces and nephews. The family extends sincere thanks to the Masonic fraternity and the staff at Masonic Village at Sewickley for the many years of dedicated care. Muriel was a longtime member of Norwood-Herrington Chapter No. 356, Order of Eastern Star. There will be no viewing and the interment is private. The family will welcome friends at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at a memorial service at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Employee Appreciation Fund, Masonic Village at Sewickley, 1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143 or to Riverview United Presbyterian Church, 3505 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214, where Muriel was a longtime member. Arrangements are entrusted to Schellhaas and Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. Please leave condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Ritchie, Marie G. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Marie G. Ritchie, 83, of Plum, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James C. Ritchie Jr., mother of Mary C. (John) Evenson, James C. (Mary Beth) Ritchie III, Lisa (David) Morrison and Sue (Mary) Ritchie; grandmother of Adam, James IV, Shaylyn, Andrea, Garrett, Emily and Eric, and was preceded in death by Elle. She was the sister of Beverly Antonelli and the late John Kropilac. A blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Soxman Funeral Homes LTD. / Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Rusnak, Robert Rock S. 88

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Robert S. "Rock" Rusnak, 88, of Richland Township, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Robert was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Springdale. He was the devoted husband of more than 50 years to Theresa E. (Meszaros) Rusnak. He was the loving father of Candace C. (Mark) Davison, of Port Matilda, and Charlene F. Rusnak, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and proud grandfather of Jennifer K. Davison. Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Andrew, George and Michael; and sister, Helen. Rock enlisted in the Merchant Marines during World War II and later served in the Army at the Pentagon. He was a member of Ironworkers Local Union No. 3, was a steadfast Steelers fan and enjoyed playing golf. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, 4106 St. Thomas Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Donations may be given to St. Thomas Church, 4106 St. Thomas Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044, http://www.StThomasChurchInTheFields.org or Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090, http://www.concordialm.org. http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Schenck, Robert B. 94

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Robert B. Schenck, 94, of Upper St. Clair, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born and raised in New Jersey, he was the husband of the late Anne M. Schenck; father of Robert A. and William J. Schenck; brother of Howard and Walter A. "Alan" Schenck; grandfather of Jennifer Cifelli, Michael R. Schenck and the late Christopher J. Schenck; also survived by nieces and nephews. Bob was a diehard Notre Dame football fan, an avid fisherman and gardener, and enjoyed all things pertaining to nature and the outdoors. He was a career accounting manager for Vibra Screw Inc. in Totowa, N.J. There will be no viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Louise de Marillac Church. Interment will be in East Hanover, N.J. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to one of his favorite charities, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Schmitt, Ursula L. 89

  • Reserve Township
  • Born: 1925-03-05
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Ursula L. Schmitt, 89, of Reserve Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born March 5, 1925, in Reserve Township, and was the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Lorraine Lutty Schmitt. Ursula was a member of the Mt. Vernon Community United Presbyterian Church, where she was superintendent of its Sunday School. She was also a longtime member and treasurer of the Mt. Troy United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Allegheny County Retirees, International Training and Communications, and was a past president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the Republican National Committee. Ursula was a former Elizabeth Township Auditor and had worked for the Bradford Schools Inc., the late Dr. William R. Hunt, M.D., the Allegheny County Coroner's Office, Cook Newspapers, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, and Tri-state Food News. She is survived by sons, John F. "Jay" (Susan) Muchow III, of Reserve Township, Mark-Richard (Lynne Dee) Muchow, of Elizabeth Township, and Keith Harold (Mike Smith) Muchow, of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Arthur J. (Margaret) Schmitt Jr., of Reserve Township; grandchildren, Richelle (Joe) Orr, John F. (Allison) Muchow IV, Mary Elizabeth (Brian) Peppers, Stephanie (Jason) DeVono, Melinda (Jay) Bondarenka and Butch (Edye) Citero; great-grandchildren, Mackenzi, Aubree and Melina; and two nephews, Arthur and Dale Schmitt. Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Mt. Troy United Church of Christ, 2023 E. Homestead Road, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Troy United Church of Christ at 412-231-0767 or Heartland Hospice at 412-919-5600. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
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Shick, John D. 80

  • Blawnox
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • John D. Shick, 80, of Blawnox, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Anne M.; loving father of JR, Robert (Teressa), William (Jenni), David Shick and Joanne (Ken) Martin; grandfather of Austin, Zachary, Sabrina, Quay, Jessyca, Peyton, Candace, Amanda, Kelly, Samantha and the late Lucy and Brett; and brother of Twila Rudiger and the late Lois Rager. Visitation from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Animal Rescue League.
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Snyder, Ryan M. 30

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1984-03-07
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ryan M. Snyder, 30, of Clairton, departed his life Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was born March 7, 1984, in McKeesport, to Karen Snyder, of Dravosburg, and Robert Randolph, of Boston, Pa. He is survived by his girlfriend, Krista Barker, of Clairton; one son, Ryan M. Snyder Jr., of Clairton; stepdaughter, Karissa Gribshaw, of Clairton; one brother, Garrett Sianiak, of Confluence; three sisters, Tiara Snyder, Brittnay Gonzales and Rakell Greene, of McKeesport; stepfather, Rafeel Greene, of Elizabeth; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, three nieces, four nephews, grandparents and many friends. Ryan was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and just recently started a new job. He enjoyed basketball and would play pick-up games. Ryan had faced many obstacles in his life. Ryan was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and grandson; he will be deeply missed. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, with service to follow at 8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to funeral home to help defray funeral costs. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Stasko, Mark W. 56

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1957-10-31
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Mark W. Stasko, 56, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at his home. He was employed in the maintenance department at Carnegie Mellon University and was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport. Mark was a 1975 graduate of South Allegheny High School, where he was an all-conference and honorable mention all-state football player. He was also a member of Preferred Liars Golf League at Butler's. Born Oct. 31, 1957, in McKeesport, he was a son of Clara (Zarski) Stasko, of Port Vue, and the late Donald Stasko. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Danette (Bonadio) Stasko; daughter, Courtney Stasko, of Elizabeth Township; sons, Ian (Katie) Stasko, of Jefferson Hills, and Jesse (Krista) Stasko, of Arlington, Va.; grandson, Cassius Stasko; brother, David (Kathy) Stasko, of Hudson, Ohio; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner and Father Paul Voida officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Romanian Church, 318 26th St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Wolf, Robert A.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Robert Anthony Wolf, of Munhall, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Mary (Lamanna) Wolf; son of the late Francis and Helen (Miller) Wolf; loving father of Robert Wolf, of Munhall, Richard A. (Tina) Wolf, of Morgantown, Charles Wolf, of Bridgeville, and Steven Wolf, of Moon Township; brother of Richard Wolfe, of Philadelphia, Adele Delich, of Penn Hills, and the late Ida Jacobyansky, Helene Merritt and Paul Wolf; pap pap of Hannah, Ryan, Meagan and Robert; and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps, where he retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the 492nd and 801st Bomb Group, the Air Arm of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The unit's code name was the "Carpetbaggers". Robert graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was a physicist with the Bureau of Mines. He was the former cubmaster of Pack 15, served as an usher at St. Therese Church, was past president and cofounder of Trinity Manufacturing and a member of the Reserve Officers Association. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to St. Therese Church, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall, PA 15120 or a charity of your choice. Robert's family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Alan Itskowitz and staff for their concern and assistance during these difficult years. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Woolaghan, Raymond 73

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Raymond Woolaghan, 73, of Munhall, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (Cornetta) Woolaghan; father of Raymond Woolaghan and Anthony (Beth) Woolaghan; brother of Dennis Woolaghan and the late Joseph Woolaghan; grandfather of Valerie, Matthew, Brittney and the late Michael. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Wygant, Adelbert Del C. 91

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

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Francis J. "Fritz" Zajackowski, 80, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the son of the late Frank and Anna Zajackowski; beloved husband of Jo-Ann F. (Steinmetz) Zajackowski; loving father of Jeffrey L. (Michele) Zajackowski; dear grandfather of Zachary; brother of Theresa Schaeffer, Janice Vacek and the late Marcella Zajackowski, Loretta Latovic and Elmer Zajackowski; brother-in-law of Mary L. Steinmetz and Frank J. Steinmetz Jr.; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Fritz was an Army veteran with the 101st Airborne, member of the Mt. Royal Post VFW, lifetime member of the Etna Elks, former member of St. Mary's Athletic Association was retired from Paul Lumber Company and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 249. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Donations may be sent to All Saints Church.
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Bidese, John B. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-29
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John B. Bidese, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 29, 1924, in Delmont, a son of the late John Bidese and Catherine Borgo Bidese. John was a retired superintendent for the PA Department of Public Welfare. He was a faithful member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where he served as an usher for many years, and a devout Catholic who lived his faith daily. John was a was a graduate of St. Vincent College, a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at Celian Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mario Bidese. He is survived by his loving and devoted sister, Josephine E. Bidese; his cousin, Albert Borgo, both of Greensburg; and many close friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of John from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg. John's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Caripolti, Richard A. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-09-06
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Richard Angelo Caripolti, of Murrysville, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1933, Richard was an honest, hardworking man who was always there to lend a helping hand to his family, friends and neighbors. A 1951 graduate of New Kensington High School, Richard served four years in the Marine Corps at Paris Island, S.C., and in the American Embassy in Italy and Spain. He was employed for 30 years as a draftsman in the Glass Research Department at PPG Industries in Creighton, and holds more than 10 patents for glass-making processes and glass safety design. In 1973, he designed and hand-built two homes in Upper Burrell, one, a patented circular dome-style home that received local recognition and National Awards for energy efficiency. Over the years, Richard remodeled more than 40 homes in the Lower Burrell, DuBois, Murrysville and North Fort Myers, Fla., areas. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and painting, and will be remembered for his beautiful whistling. He is survived by Marcia A. Lemmon, his loving wife of 59 years; and daughters, Lori Melani, Bonnie Caripolti and Wendy Caripolti. He was the grandfather to Megan and Dana Melani and Mackenzie and Mia Meixner, and great-grandfather to Ava Sargent; also survived by stepbrother, Robert Giuliana and his family; along with numerous nephews, nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna Norris and Fredrico Caripolti; stepfather, Sabatino Giuliani; brothers, Fred and Bill Caripolti; and sister, Clara. Family and friends will be received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. A private graveside burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Admired by all who met him and deeply loved by those who knew him, Richard will always be remembered for having a song in his heart. http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Dixon III, Matthew L. 72

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

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1991-10-30
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Crystal Lee Dolan, 22, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Oct. 30, 1991, in St. John Hospital in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Paula Dolan and Glenn Dolan. Crystal had survived a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. She graduated from Clairview School in May of 2013. Crystal loved pop music, country music and all of her family, friends and Clairview School very much. She was preceded in death by her pap pap, Paul Mayernik; grandfather, Donald Dolan; stepfather, Christopher Sabolchick; great-grandmother, Eva Myers; and great-grandfather, John Kolinsky. Crystal is survived by mother, Paula Dolan and Christopher Hursh; father, Glenn Dolan; grandmothers, Betty Mayernik and Irene Dolan; siblings, Toni Dolan, Karl and David Sabolchick; uncles, Michael Mayernik, Linus Mayernik and wife, Joyce, and Tim Mayernik; aunt, Adele McKita and husband, Tom; and numerous cousins. Family and friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin at 8 p.m. If you so desire, contributions may be made to the family in Crystal's memory.
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Dugger, Susan L. 62

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1952-07-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Susan L. McAlister Dugger, 62, of Scottdale, graduated to her heavenly home Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with her loved ones by her side. Susan's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional visitation will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Scottdale Church of Christ, where her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Bob Chambers, Minister, and her son, Steven Dugger, youth director of the church, officiating. Private inurnment will follow in the Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Ferreira, Maria 53

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1961-08-21
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Maria Ferreira, 53, of Unity Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Maria was born Aug. 21, 1961, in Pretoria, South Africa, a daughter of Susan Toerien, of Pretoria, and the late Danie Toerien. In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Nass Ferreira; three sons, Erik, Tim and Sven; and two daughters, Rene and Vida. Graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Cemetery with Pastor Tim Luchon officiating. Additional service will follow at the Hilltop Baptist Church, 280 Stone Church Road, Hunker. Arrangements are by the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood.
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Galley, Doris M. 90

  • Claridge
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Doris M. (Heshizer) Galley, 90, of Claridge, passed away at her residence Thursday, Oct., 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Galley; loving mother of Francis "Craig" (Dorothy Conroy) Galley, Karen Jaffre, Eric (Kathi Kane) Galley, and the late Mark Galley; grandmother of Jason (Sheila Masi) Frisch and Jeremy (Carly) Galley; great-grandmother of Donavon Frisch, Katrina Mathias, Harley Wallace, and Nathanael, Joshua and Alissa Masi; sister of Evelyn Bray, Glenn (Gwen) Heshizer, Donald (Elsa) Heshizer, and the late George, Robert and John Heshizer, Margaret Zeller, Glenna Schlessinger and Bernice "Janie" Zuckett. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Doris was a member of the former Claridge Women's Auxiliary, Christian Mothers, and taught CCD at St. Barbaras for many years. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA 15636. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Gulla, Leona 80

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1934-08-09
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Leona Gulla, 80, of Youngwood, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Thursday, Aug. 9, 1934, in West Aliquippa, daughter of the late Mike and Ann (Kolson) Ondik. Surviving are a son, Allan T. Gulla, of Youngwood; two grandchildren, Brandie McClatchey and husband, Matt, of Harwick, and Ryan Gulla, of Youngwood; a great-grandchild, Matilyn; and a sister Mary Ondik, of Aliquippa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Gulla, and a grandson, Bryan Gulla. Services are private. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC.,Youngwood.
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Harding Sr., Duane G. 54

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1960-04-19
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Duane G. Harding Sr., 54, of New Kensington, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home. He was born April 19, 1960, in Tarentum, a son of Gerald Smurphat Jr., Natrona Heights, and Dianne (Harding) Carpenter, of New York. Duane was a plastic molder for former Flabeg in Brackenridge and Penn Plastic, Brackenridge. He was of the Protestant faith and a graduate of Highlands High School. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kim (Crawford) Harding, of Tarentum; children, Duane G. (Dawn Fryar) Harding Jr., of Hyde Park, Joshua (Michelle Flaherty) Harding, of Natrona Heights, and Amanda Harding, of Upper Burrell; grandsons, Cody, Justyn and Luke; companion, Missie Brink; and his siblings, Gerald Smurphat III, of New York, Judiann (James) Sweeney, of New York, Candice Smurphat, of New York, Tina (Howard Lambert III) Weimer, of Tarentum, Tonya Balog, of Brackenridge, and Yvonne Smurphat, of Brackenridge; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two nieces, Amy Crawford and Mycheala Balog; and a nephew, Joseph Sweeney. There will be no public visitation. Private interment. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hawley, Henry R. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry R. "Pete" Hawley, 85, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 16, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Henry and Elva (Wessel) Hawley. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by People's Natural Gas Company. He had attended Armbrust Wesleyan Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Youngwood Sportsman Club, the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and a devoted Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America where, under his leadership, six young men received their Eagle Scout awards. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and organic gardener. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna A. (Altman) Hawley; a son, Richard W. Hawley and his wife, Beverly, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Dawn Getz and her husband, Jay, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marie A. Wilson and her husband, Ron, of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Alexandra Poole (Nathaniel), Hillary Tobin (Josiah), Jonathan Getz, Jeremy Getz, Leah Wilson and April Getz; his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley and his wife, Lois, of Arizona; a sister, CoraLee Mason and her husband, Dr. Charles Mason, of State College; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley, officiating. Private interment at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts of America. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hobi, John M. 57

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1957-07-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John Michael Hobi, 57, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Gibsonia, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, of lung cancer. He was born July 15, 1957, in Uniontown, son of the late John and Arlene (Brooks) Hobi. John was married to his wife, Margaret "Peg" (Paladino) Hobi, for 14 years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he was a chemical engineer for PPG Industries. He recently had received an award for Exceptional Performance in the Glass Business and Discovery Center. This most recent award was in addition to several awards he received for his engineering and design skills. He and his wife were the former owners of Zacherl's Watering Hole in Gibsonia. He was a former member of Buffalo Beagle Club, Worthington and Hill Top Beagle Club, Cowansville. John finished two field champions during his membership in the beagle clubs. He and his wife attended Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell. John enjoyed cooking. He made many holiday dinners for the family. He enjoyed "building and working with his hands." He loved his grandchildren and especially loved visits with his grandson, Logan, during his hospital stays. He was proud of his granddaughters and all of their accomplishments. He cherished his time with Gracie, his pet Yorkie. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth (fiancee, Kim Degan) Holben, of Brackenridge; granddaughters, Tawnya and Alexis Holben, of O'Hara; grandson, Logan Holben, of McKeesport; sister-in-law, Sally (Curtis Campbell) Paladino; niece, Sherry (Dan) Witucki; great-nieces, Megan Witucki and Danielle (Richard) Skowronski, and daughters, Madeline and Julia, all of Lower Burrell; and his brother, David (Janine) Hobi, and their children, Matthew and Rachel, of Murrysville. Visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Cletus Hull III officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Trinity United Christian Church, 3400 Garvers Ferry Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hoke Sr., Patrick B. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-08-20
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Patrick B. "Pat" Hoke Sr., 87, of Greensburg, died, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Greensburg, a son of the late William T. and Gertrude Bell Hoke. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College School of Business. He was a veteran, serving with both the Navy during World War II and the Army during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he worked for Overmyer Mould Company, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Ann Wallak Hoke; and a brother, William "Art" Hoke. Pat is survived by his children, Patrick B. "Ricky" Hoke Jr., of Pittsburgh, and Julie Ann Gault and husband, Matt; two grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca Gault, all of Greensburg; a sister, Kathleen Hoke Tamoliunas and husband, Cass, of Albany, N.Y.; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation and services and interment will be private. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. For online condolences and further information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Leone, Helen E. 75

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1939-06-10
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen E. Leone, 75, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 10, 1939, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Earl Miller Sr. and Gertrude (Jackson) Miller. Helen was a member of St. Bartholomew Church and the former Old Crabtree Sportsmen Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting and loved animals. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Miller Jr.; and three sisters, Dolly Lane, Edna Aleandri and Joyce Burke. Helen is survived by her husband, George H. Leone Sr., of Latrobe; one son, George H. Leone Jr. and his wife, Jen, of Unity Township; one daughter, Helen "Chip" Fearer and her husband, Steve, of Latrobe; one brother, Larry Miller, of Hempfield Township; one sister, Martha Taylor and her husband, Fred, of Mesa, Ariz.; and five grandchildren, Eric, Alexus, Domenick, Tony and Adriana; also survived by her canine companion, Tiger. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Levett, Thomas C. 36

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Upper Burrell
  • Born: 1977-12-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thomas Clyde Levett, 36, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Upper Burrell, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1977, in Natrona Heights, to Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell. Tom was a construction worker for Local 1058 Laborers Union, Pittsburgh, and was a Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Sergeant. He was a member of the Logans Ferry United Presbyterian Church, the VFW in Lower Burrell and the FO Eagles in New Kensington. He played soccer in his high school years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the Pittsburgh sports teams, the Steelers and Penguins. Survivors include his loving fiance, Kathryn A. Bowers; children, Noah and Madison Levett; parents, Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell; sister, Jennifer (Kenneth) Matthews, of Wilmerding; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas G. (Anne) Levett and Clyde (Ethel) Robbins. He will be greatly missed and loved by everyone who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Robert Henry. Burial with military honors by the Marine Corps will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Luke, Virginia L. 85

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

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Albert "Big Luppi" Lupacchini Jr., 79, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1935, in Johnstown, a son of the late Albert and Bertha Hoe Lupacchini Sr. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed by the Allegheny Foundry for more than 40 years. He was a member of Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, a 55-year member of the Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company where he had served as chief engineer and assistant chief. Luppi enjoyed auto racing but the real love of his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaclyn Jo Lupacchini. Luppi is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly J. "Dink" Saxton Lupacchini; a son, Joel L. (Kelly) Lupacchini, of Bolivar; and three granddaughters, Kelsey Lynn, Kayla Marie and Karly Jo Lupacchini, all of Bolivar. Albert was preceded in death by his father Albert Lupacchini Sr., and mother, Bertha Hoe Lupacchini. Luppi's friends and family will gather together from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Luppi's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, with his pastor, James G. Sunseri, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company will honor Luppi with a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Luppi's memory to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 3, Bolivar, PA 15923. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Minnici, Dominic 76

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dominic Minnici, 76, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Arrangements will be announced by SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, when completed.
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Minnici, Dominic 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-10-17
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dominic Minnici, 76, of Greensburg, formerly Ambridge, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Dominic was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Ambridge, the son of the late Philip and Luisa Creno Minnici. Dom was formerly employed in maintenance for various railroad companies in the Rochester and Ambridge area. Surviving are his loving girlfriend, Frances Nesser Garland, of Greensburg, and her son, Chet Joseph, of Youngwood; a brother, Philip Minnici and wife, Toni, of Winter Park, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mary Minnici, of Beaver; brother-in-law, Carl Bartoles, of Ambridge; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dominic was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Minnici; sisters, Louise Bartoles and Catherine Bellas; and a brother-in-law, Harry Bellas. Friends are welcome to attend Dominic's memorial service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE , 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko officiating. Please visit Dominic's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Musnug, Helen M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2013-10-01
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  • Helen M. (Schober) Musnug, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. In living memory of our mother, Helen, her family would like to request the honor of you presence to fondly remember our loving mother at a memorial service held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Bethel Cemetery. Come share the many blessings of Helen's long a fruitful life with us.
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Neal, Jane 91

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

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1921-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Cordier Parker, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Tarentum, to the late Simon Cordier and Martha Scory Cordier Januth. She was a graduate of Tarentum High School, class of 1940. Mrs. Parker was a resident of Lower Burrell since 1954 and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Lower Burrell. She enjoyed playing bingo and bowling for more than 25 years. Surviving is her daughter, Carol and son-in-law, John Piernik; two grandchildren, John J. Piernik and his wife, Jodi, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lynn Piernik, of New Kensington; also surviving are two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Gillian Piernik, of Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Parker, on Dec. 10, 1988; and her sister, Nellie R. Tusing, in 1993. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where a prayer service will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pelar, Barbara A. 73

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

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

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Melvin Povlik, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Arrangements will be announced by SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, when completed.
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Povlik, Melvin W. 55

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1959-03-03
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Melvin W. Povlik, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Melvin was born March 3, 1959, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Zigmont and Mabel McElroy Povlik. Prior to him becoming blind, Melvin loved to ride his motorcycle and fish with his special nephew, Frankie and wife, Marcie, and family. He spent most of his life with his special niece, Naomi Bailey, his special angel who was always there for him, even to the end. Melvin is survived by his loving sisters, Doris Geary and husband, Beryl, of White, and Ruthann Vokes and husband, Ronald, and a brother, Joseph and wife, Sue, both of Mt. Pleasant; also surviving are two special sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Christine Povlik; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Bob, Jim Povlik and Zigmont Povlik Jr. Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Melvin's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Reed, Donna J. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1947-03-16
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean (Majercik) Reed, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born March 16, 1947, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late M. John and Margaret (Dill) Majercik. She was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, North Huntingdon, and a former member of Order of Eastern Star, Irwin, Chapter No. 400. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Milan Reed. She is survived by her husband of more than 38 years, Paul E. Reed; sons, Matthew (Samantha) Reed, of Larimer, and Dennis (Marie) Reed, of North Huntingdon; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Reed, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Lacey, Ryan, Michael, Zachary and Aidan; a brother, Dennis (Natalie) Majercik, of North Huntingdon; a sister, Diane (Tom) Weaver, of Beyer; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and all her adopted grandchildren. She was loved by all. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Lutheran Church of Our Saviour with Pastor Janice Attenburger officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may make a contribution in Donna's name to the memorial fund of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 1570 Clay Pike Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Reed, Rita M. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-04-06
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Rita M. Reed, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 6, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late James E. Murphy Sr. and Margaret F. (Henigin) Murphy. Rita was a member of Sacred Heart Church and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 515. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Raymond G. Palek; a son-in-law, John Kolan; four brothers, Herbert A., Robert E., Raymond A. and James E. Murphy Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Watson; a stepdaughter, Catherine Reed Urban; two step-grandchildren, Asa B. Reed III and Andrew J. Urban. Rita is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Asa B. Reed Sr.; two sons, Kevin Palek and his wife, Cynthia, of Latrobe, and Sean Palek, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Kolan, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ronald and her husband, Ken, of Virginia Beach, Va.; three stepsons, Asa B. Reed Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Timothy Reed and his wife, Judy, of Ligonier, and Richard Reed and his wife, Sherry, of Key Biscayne, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Margaret Terhorst and her husband, Roger, of Acme, and Dorothy Sood and her husband, Donald, of Eau Clair, Wis.; a stepson-in-law, Dennis Urban, of Latrobe; one brother, Gerard A. Murphy, of Arcadia, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Kevin Michael Palek, Loni Kolan and her fiance, Daniel Adelson, Kelli Palek O'Rourke and her husband, Tim, Amanda Trimmer, Samantha Trimmer and her fiance, Matt Oehninger, Andrew Palek and his wife, Judy, Jamie Palek, Lindsey Palek and Austin Dowden; nine great-grandchildren, Olivia, Mackenzie and Mara Lewis, Karli Sutton, Brady, Quinnlynn and Murphy O'Rourke and Hannah and Andrew Palek; and 12 step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit No. 515 will hold a service at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Reyna and staff and Medi Home Hospice, especially, Sue, Mary Jo, Beverly and Lisa for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Reed, Robert E. 79

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-09-27
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Reed, 79, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in his home. Born Sept. 27, 1935, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Lloyd M. and Mary C. (Michael) Reed. Robert lived in Washington Township all of his life and was employed by Wean United in Vandergrift, Schreck RV and retired from Kensington Window in 1997 where he worked as a production laborer. A veteran, Robert served with the Army. He was a former member of the Apollo Elks, enjoyed golfing, bowling, woodworking, gardening, cooking and baking. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a brother, William Reed; and two sisters, Diane Manke and Terri Sturgill. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rita (Mannella) Reed, of Washington Township; three daughters, Brenda (Garry) Moran, of Washington Township, Charlene (Christopher) Crossan, of Austin, Texas, and Patricia (Eric) Steiden, of Fort Thomas, Ky.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cheri Rose Goldinger, of Kittanning. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. There will be a blessing service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, with Father John Euker presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Rickard Jr., William J. 57

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1957-02-19
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • William J. "Bull" Rickard Jr. 57, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his residence. He was born Feb. 19, 1957, in Braddock, a son of Josephine Napolitano Rickard, of Braddock, and the late William J. Rickard Sr. He was a truck driver for Frank Fuhrer Wholesale and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon. He was an avid oldies records collector and was a member of Pork Records Club. In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Carolyn Seliga Rickard; a daughter, Sarah Rickard, at home; and brothers, Peter L. Rickard, of Murrysville, Nicholas Rickard, of North Versailles, Daniel "Pope" Rickard, of Braddock, and Lloyd "Rocky" Rickard, of Forest Hills. Also surviving are sisters, Marie Danielson, of Penn Hills, and Isabella Frank, of Braddock; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Robinson, Robert J. 73

  • Upper Burrell Township
  • Born: 1941-03-23
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Robert J. "Bob" Robinson, 73, of Upper Burrell Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights. He was born March 23, 1941, in New Kensington, to the late Evelyn Warren Robinson Slobogian and Robert F. Robinson. He worked as a mechanic and groundskeeper at the Fox Chapel Golf Course between 1964 and 1983 and at Tri-Valley Sanitation/Waste Management from 1985 to 1989. He was a member of Rolling Oldies Car Club of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Bob enjoyed working on cars, attending car cruises and spending time with his family. His grandchildren were the love of his life. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Carson Robinson; his son, Robert Chris (Diana) Robinson, of Lower Burrell, his daughters, Robin (Steve) Sorch, of New Kensington, and Nicole (Tyler) Walters, of West Deer; grandchildren, Alexa and Emilee Sorch, Noah, Alden and Alena Cavada and Chuckie, David and Timmy Conley; brothers, Perry and Joe (Roberta) Robinson; sisters, Charlene (Ralph) Wilson, Cheryl (Ronnie) Robinson, Linda (Larry) Best and Florence (Ricky) Mauk; brothers-in-law, Ronnie and David (Karen) Carson; sister-in-law, Betty (Edwin) Pulk; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Robert A. Robinson and Florence A. Snyder Robinson; his grandchildren, Steven and Samuel Sorch; his mother and father-in-law, Frances and George E. Carson; and in-laws, Carol Robinson, John (Eddie), Bill, Eugene, Raymond, Paul and Shirley Carson and Dorothy Spana. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, with the Rev. Gene Miller, officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Rock, Mildred F. 94

  • Formerly of West Newton
  • Died: 1939-10-31
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mildred F. (Furar) Rock, 94, formerly of West Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Jeanine Mathers, in Newburg. She was born Oct. 31, 1919, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Matt Furar and Johona Lajavic. Mildred was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America, in West Newton. She was employed at the Sabin's China Co. in Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rock, in 2002; two sisters, Mary DeLong and Amelia Ferarri; and two brothers, Amel and Henry Furar. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Jeanine Mathers, of Newburg; and a son, Joseph Dennis Rock, of West Newton; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Allen R. Riethmiller presiding. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Rudy, Esther M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-06-02
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Esther M. Rudy, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. Lashinsky and Lena M. (Yost) Lashinsky. Esther was a member of St. Vincent Basilica. She was retired from St. Vincent Archabbey and worked for American Cyanamid and the American Legion kitchen. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit No. 515, where she served as Sgt. at Arms for many years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Rudy; a brother, Charles Lashinsky; a sister, Ruth French; and an infant brother. Esther is survived by her three sons, James T. Rudy and his wife, Sally, of Latrobe, Thomas A. Rudy and his wife, Lou Anne, of Derry, and Matthew M. Rudy, of Latrobe; one brother, Ralph Lashinsky and his wife, Lillian, of Latrobe; three sister-in-laws, Minerva Lashinsky, of Latrobe, Ann Lopushansky, of Red Bank, N.J., and Irene Rudy, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Ian C. Rudy, Dylan P. Rudy and Grace A. Rudy; a special nephew and niece, Jim and Debbie Marinchak; numerous other nieces and nephews; and her loving pets, Arnold and Buddy. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Shaffer, Vera 86

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

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

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

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, former resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born April 23, 1928, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel. Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late husband, Bill, and son, Bob, in the day-to-day operations. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for more than 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg. She was a 1946 graduate of Norwin High School. Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; brothers, Joseph and Victor Kregel; and sisters, Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner. Surviving are four children, William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, S.C., Cynthia Weaver, of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Elsie's family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lunz, William Bill A. 93

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mackey, Richard D. 78

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

Emerick, Marion A. 93

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

  • Middlesex Township
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barry L. Hickinbottom, 62, of Middlesex Township, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was the husband of Jill Zivkovich; father of Kristie (John) Babinsack and Brad (Heather) Hickinbottom; son of the late John W. and Anna Hickinbottom; brother of Greg S. and Scott W. Hickinbottom, both of Tampa, Fla.; and grandfather of John Jr., Austin, Sara, Cameron, Malia, Burton, Madisyn, Keegan, Jackson and Colton. Barry was a truck driver for Teamsters Local 249. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd. Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Whitlinger, Patricia S. 75

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1939-10-21
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Patricia S. Whitlinger, 75, of Penn Township, Butler County, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born in New Castle, Oct. 21, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Frances Brenneman. She was the beloved wife for 25 years to Kenneth H. Whitlinger; loving mother of Mark (Kathy) Seger, Brian (Karen) Seger and Bruce (Margaret) Seger; step-mother of Dara Whitlinger and Dana Babinez; sister of Carol (Bill) Braund and Elizabeth (Don) Gilbert; and sister in-law of Barbara Muckle. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. One of the most caring and loving person one could know, Patty was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother. She loved making her home, taking great vacations with her husband, Ken, and enjoyed knitting and sewing. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007, where services will follow visitation at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Basinger Jr., Rev. John 92

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1922-03-23
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rev. John Basinger Jr., 92, of Normalville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 23, 1922, in Normalville, the firstborn son of the late John and Lottie Whipkey Basinger. John was an avid reader all of his life. He believed you were never too old or too old to learn. He would ride on the mail truck to high school and walk to the Carnegie Free Library after school and read until it was time to catch the mail truck back up the mountain. In high school, he was known as the walking dictionary. One of his high school teachers, Miss Sonafelt (Mrs. Wandel) would have her students read around the room and if a student came to a difficult word, she would stop the reader and say, "Tell the class what that word means, John." He would graduate from Connellsville High School in 1941. John's father was gassed in World War I and was unable to work, so the family received public assistance. John had to go to work to repay the money they received. John answered the call to serve his country when drafted, Nov. 10, 1942. John was inducted into the Army and served his basic training with the 90th Division at Camp Barkley, Texas. He then became a part of the Cadre, which was to become the 36th Cavalry Recon Squadron. The 44th joined them at Yuma, Ariz., to form the 11th Cavalry Group. The 11th departed at New York on Sept. 29, 1944. They arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, 11 days later. After moving down to England, then sent over the Channel to Le Havre, France, they moved up through France and Belgium to Holland, where they engaged the enemy. The 11th Cavalry Group served under General Montgomery and General Simpson. They advanced across the Rhineland and Central Europe with Berlin as their goal. The 36th Recon squadron lost more than 60 percent of their men who were killed or wounded. John was wounded two weeks before the war was over. He, along with many others, were flown back to Nancy, France, where he spent the next two months recovering from his wounds. John returned to the USA and was honorably discharged on Feb. 24, 1946. On returning from the service, he married the former Rosemary Brooks on June 2, 1946. In 1996 John was elected post chaplain of Post 6743 in Donegal. He was elected state chaplain at the 81st annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, held at the Radisson Motel in Green Tree, Pittsburgh, on July 13, 2000. Also, after being discharged from the Army, John became active in the local Methodist Church at Normalville. He felt called to the ministry and was licensed to preach in 1961. He engaged in the course of study and attended the Wesley Theological Seminary at Washington, D.C. He was ordained deacon in 1964 by Bishop Middleton and elder by Bishop Newell in 1966. He was a member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired from the Johnstown District in 1988 but continued to serve where needed into his mid-80s. He was part-time pastor at Union in 1970 and full-time in 1987. He was pastor in Middleton in 1964. He was at Chalk Hill in 1962 to 1963, Chalk Hill-Evans Manor 1963 to 1965, Evans Manor Charge 1965 to 67, Stahlstown 1967 to 1971, Chalk Hill-Sampson Chapel 1971 to 1976, White Rock 1976 to 1980, Coolspring 1980 to 1984, Belsano 1984 to 88 and retired in 1988. John also worked at the Anchor Hocking and construction. John was employed by U.S. Steel, Edgar Thompson Works as a class carpenter from November 1952 until his retirement in April 1983. He was known as John 3:16 at work and had written John 3:16 on his hardhat. John loved to fish and hunt, paternally teaching his children and grandchildren to love sports. He liked gardening and woodworking and made family members and friends numerous items over the years. He raised beagles for many years and enjoyed running his dogs in the fields and trails. John is survived by his children, Gregory Basinger and wife, Bonnie, of Mill Run, Douglas Basinger and wife, Kathy, of Indian Head, and Marcia Miller and husband, Kevin, of Normalville; his grandchildren, Chad Basinger and wife Kristen, Cary Basinger and wife, Rachel, Carissa Basinger, Rebecca Ritenour and husband, Ed, Melanie Yothers and Lindsay Moore and husband, Caleb; his great-grandchildren, Mason, Gwen, Taney, Tagen and Camden Basinger, Alyssa Ritenour, Kylee Yothers and Amelia and Maverick Moore; his brother, Melvin Basinger; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rosemary Brooks Basinger; a son, Terry Basinger; and brothers, Carl and Vernon Basinger. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mark Sholtis and the Rev. Ed Mikkelsen officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Valley VFW Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Connellsville Area Senior High School Library or the Carnegie Free Library or a favorite charity. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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McWilliams, Randall D. 56

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1958-08-28
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Randall D. "Randy" McWilliams, 56, of Dunbar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1958, in Connellsville, son of the late James Blaine McWilliams and the late Gaynell Miller McWilliams. He is survived by daughter, Randi McWilliams, of Smithfield; three grandchildren, Douglas Dennis Jr., Casey Lee and Christian Lee; brothers and sisters, Wanita James, Kenneth McWilliams, Bill McWilliams, George McWilliams, Bessie Godina, Robert McWilliams, Darlene Hawkins and Eric McWilliams; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Twila Martin McWilliams; daughter, Tonya; and brother, Samuel. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m. Tuesday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Jason Lamer officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Cemetery.
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Minerd, Glenda M. 76

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1938-10-03
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Glenda M. Minerd, 76, of Connellsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Highlands Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1938, in Mt. Braddock, a daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Livingston) Crayton. Glenda was a member of Central Fellowship Church. She was employed for 40 years as a secretary for Pechin's Market, Dunbar. Glenda was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 493, their secretary and past state president. Glenda is survived by her best friend of many years, Tony Lembo, of Connellsville; two daughters, Denise Turek, of Dunbar, and Susan Renee Bertok and husband, William Daniel, of Greensburg; three sons, James A. Minerd, of Dunbar, Kenneth A. Minerd, of Dunbar, and Ronald W. Minerd, of Dunbar; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Crocetti and husband, Anthony, of Dunbar; Tony's children, James Lembo and wife, Gina, of Connellsville, Renanne Hess and husband, Bob, of Mt. Pleasant; and many nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Glenda was predeceased by two brothers, James and Don Crayton; a sister, Jean Shea. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, where a service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be private. Members of FOE 493 Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Glenda's family requests that donations be made to Scott Nicholson Cancer Fund, 2511 Springfield Pike, Connellsville, PA 15425. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Greene County

MacDowell, Jay E. 67

  • Nineveh
  • Born: 1946-11-01
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Rush, Rogersville | Get Directions
  • Jay E. MacDowell, 67, of Nineveh (Morris Township), died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1946 in McKeesport, a son of Edward Earl MacDowell and Norine Jasper, and had resided in Morris Township, Greene County, the past 15 years. Mr. MacDowell was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Waynesburg. He was also a life member of the DAV, a former member of the Viet Nam Veterans (Washington Chapter) Motorcycle Club and the West Greene Area Lions Club. Mr. MacDowell earned his GED, later attended Community College of Allegheny County, was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a specialist fourth class with the 524th Military Police Company at Fort Shafter, and received a Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Mr. MacDowell and his large frame could barely contain his vibrancy, intelligence, curiosity and kindness, and had worked as a fisherman, a logger, a drummer and educator, and was also employed in construction, was a freelance artist and writer, and enjoyed farming. He was a former deputy sheriff for Greene County, state constable and a zoning enforcement officer for Morris Township. Mr. MacDowell was a past track and field coach at West Greene High School where the athletes referred to him as "MacDaddy." He married Regina Muzika, who survives, on Oct. 29, 2000. Also surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are six children, Jason, Benjamin, Curran, Mackenzie, Cecilia and Veronica; four grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Pastories; a stepbrother, David Augustine; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who loved and adored him. A memorial gathering of friends will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the RUSH FUNERAL HOME INC., Rogersville. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in St. Ann Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. J. Francis Frazer officiating. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may view the obituary, send condolences and flowers at http://www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Indiana County

Amond, Alda L. 94

  • Indiana , Formerly of Blairsville
  • Born: 1920-03-04
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Alda L. Amond, 94, of Indiana, Pa., formerly of Blairsville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at her home. She was born March 4, 1920, in Blairsville, daughter of J.W. Lee and Twila (Fleming) Lee. She was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville. In 1953, she and her husband owned the former Amonds Jewelry in Blairsville until 1983. Alda was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 166 of Blairsville and several card clubs. Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Maynard D. "Red" Amond, of Blairsville; sister, Twyla Clawson, of Matthews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Lee; mother, Twila (Fleming) Lee; sister, Alice Condron; brother, William Lee; and sister, Francis Feeley. In keeping with Alda's wishes, there will be no visitation. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, the time of the memorial service at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC. The Rev. Timothy Moore and the Rev. Dr. Roger D. Petersen will co-officiate. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Blairsville Public Library, 113 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA 15717.
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Preteroti, James C. 77

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

Aul, Kenneth L. 94

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

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

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

  • Sellersville
  • Died: 2014-10-18
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  • Ronald A. Brown, 79, of Sellersville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn F. (Fickinger) Brown for 57 years. Born in Erie, he was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Dickinson College. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David A. Brown, and his wife, Donna, of Annandale, N.J.; a daughter, Carole S. McArtney, and her husband, Jack, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Services will be private.
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Gelston, Harriet L. 85

  • Aston
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Nolan-Fidale, Aston | Get Directions
  • Harriet Louise (Fidler) Gelston, 85, of Aston, passed away and entered heaven Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Louise was born in 1929 in Mt. Pleasant. She graduated from Westmoreland Nursing School in Greensburg and practiced as a registered nurse for 40 years. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling and rug hooking. Her warm, kind smile and pleasant personality will be missed by all. Louise was a daughter of the late Bertha and Harry Fidler; and the grandmother of the late Andrew Graham. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Karl Albert Gelston; her two daughters, Cythnia Ann Graham and Robin Lopez; a sister, Ruth Bertelman; five grandchildren, Rebecca Graham, Kelly MacLemore, Catalina, Sofia and Javier Lopez; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Mackenzie MacLemore. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at NOLAN-FIDALE FUNERAL HOME, 5980 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA 19014. Celebration of life service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at NOLAN-FIDALE FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, http://www.cbf.org or Greenpeace, http://www.greenpeace.org. Condolences may be made at http://www.nolanfidale.com.
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Hart Sr., Richard R. 92

  • York
  • Born: 1921-10-21
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Heffner, York | Get Directions
  • Richard R. Hart Sr., 92, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at York Hospital. He was the husband of Mary L. (Tedesco) Hart. The couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 31, 2014. Born Oct. 21, 1921, in Natrona Heights, Richard was a son of the late Russell and Pearl (Klingensmith) Hart. He worked for 42 years for Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge, until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Hart served our country in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Hart was a life member with more than 50 years of the American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge. He was an avid reader of Louis L'amour Westerns and loved watching old Western movies. He crafted stained glass, designing a lamp for each of his sons. Richard loved Pittsburgh and its Steelers and Pirates. He was a sportsman who, at 85, birdied a 185 yard par three hole of golf. He was a kind, good natured man who will be dearly missed by his family and friends. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hart is survived by three sons, Richard R. Hart Jr. and his wife, Denise, of York, Ronald F. Hart and his fiancee, Maribeth, of Cheswick, and Randal R. Hart and his wife, Amy, of Allenwood, Pa.; a daughter, Deborah J. Cardamone and her husband, Thomas, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Brittany M. Hamilton and Kaylynn R. Hart; two great-grandchildren, Julian Cardamone and Hailey Hamilton; a brother, Edward Hart, of Circleville, Ohio; a sister, Mildred Justice, of Boardman, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Marla Cardamone; a brother, Melvin Hart; and three sisters, Virginia Hank, Grace Hart and Anna Bonefield. A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in the chapel at Greenwood Memorial Park, 104 Melwood Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, with full military honors provided by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603. Please send condolences to http://www.bestlifetributes.com.
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McShane, James D. 33

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

  • Randolph, Maine
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Frank Tlumac, 79, of Randolph, Maine, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary Tlumac. Services will be in Randolph, Maine.
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Trayner, Thelma 87

  • Formerly of Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1927-05-27
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Home, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • Thelma Trayner, 87, formerly of Belle Vernon, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Generations Elder Care, Uniontown. Born May 27, 1927, in North Charleroi a daughter of William and Mabel Robbins Ferguson. Mrs. Trayner was retired from the former Belle Vernon Holiday Inn where she was the housekeeping manager. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by a son, Patrick Trayner of Washington, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Jeffrey Novak of Perryopolis; a sister, Harriet Kite of Belle Vernon; and five grandsons, Chris, Shawn, Justin and Nick Novak and Bryan Trayner. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jairomy Trayner; and two brothers, Harold and William Ferguson. There will be no visitation. The MELENYZEER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES are in charge of arrangements.
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Williams, Darla 73

  • Riverton, Wyo. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1941-05-17
  • Died: 2014-10-22
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  • Darla (Wolfe) Williams, 73, of Riverton, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation - Wind River Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Darla Rae Wolfe was born May 17, 1941, in McKeesport, to Bernard Wolfe and Iona Garnett (Gray) Wolfe. She was one of six children. She attended schools in Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School in 1959. She then worked out of New York City, N.Y., in airline reservations. She was a former Rainbow Girl, J.O.B.S Daughter and also was a member of D.A.R. She married David Williams in Elizabeth on Dec. 28, 1960. As soon as they were married they moved to Wyoming as her husband had a job in the Gas Hills. She stayed in Wyoming the rest of her life. Together they had four children. She worked as a bookkeeper after coming to Wyoming and held many different positions throughout the years. Before she retired, she was the bookkeeper for the Riverton Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and being in her flower garden. She loved being with family and having family gatherings. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Williams; her sons, Randy and wife, Martha Williams, of Phoenix, Ariz., and David and wife, Carrie Williams, of Riverton, Wyo.; her daughter, Chandra and husband, Mitch Cady, of Arizona; her six grandchildren, Eric, Kyle, Terra, Tyrel, Cody and Randi; her brothers, Edward and wife, Anne Wolfe, and Kenneth and wife, Sandy Wolfe; her sister, Sharon and husband, Van Freer; and her six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Iona Garnet Wolfe; her daughter, Kathleen Williams; and her two brothers, Fredrick and Bernard J. Wolfe. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at DAVIS FUNERAL HOME. Viewing will be held before the service starting at 8 a.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
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