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Angle, Marie Jackie J. 81

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Marie Jacqueline "Jackie" (Barwick) Angle, 81, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, David Angle; her daughter, LeAnn Angle; and her mother, Bernadette Barwick. She is survived by her five sons, David (Donna), Mark (Tracy), John (Marcy), Eric (Felicia) and Kurt (Giovanna) Angle, all of Pittsburgh; her sisters, Ruth Ann "Kitty" Burkey, of Pittsburgh, Audrey (John) Bushee, of Maryland, and Francine (Mike) Gill, of Maryland; her 21 beloved grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four nieces; and one nephew. Jackie took great pride in her family and enjoyed her many friends. She will be lovingly remembered by all she touched. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, SS. Simon and Jude Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. www.slaterfuneral.come.
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Bogacki, Alma 90

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1925-01-13
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Alma (Jenkinson) Norris Bogacki, 90, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Jan. 13, 1925, a daughter of the late Nellie and Almet Jenkinson. She was the wife of the late Harry S. Bogacki and the late George Norris Jr. She was the mother of Kathleen Norris McCaughan (Robert), David Bogacki (Kathleen), Claire Norris Floyd (Charles), Susan Bogacki Dunsworth (Robert), Thomas Bogacki (Barbara) and the late Glenn Norris, William Bogacki and Nancy Bogacki Roble. She is survived by 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew. She was the sister of the late Audrey Wolfe and Carlyle Jenkinson. Alma had worked for Gulf Oil before her marriage and later worked for Kaufmann's in Monroeville. She was a member of the Garden City United Methodist Church for nearly 55 years, where she sang in the Chancel Choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Alma also belonged to other organizations including the Girl Scouts, Monroeville Chorus, AARP, Mid-Century Club and the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club. She enjoyed bowling, card games, summers at the cottage at Lake Erie and any opportunity to sing. She will be missed by family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, in the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Scott Gallagher officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations to Garden City United Methodist Church, 500 Laurel Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146 or Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4724 Baum Blvd., Leonard C. Staisey Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-1389. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Burkhart, Rita M. 76

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

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

  • North Versailles , Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dolores "Dolly" (Diggins) Chusko, 83, of North Versailles, formerly of Braddock, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Chusko Sr; loving mother of George Jr. (Karen), Raymond (Yvonne), Dolores "Dee" and James (Janice) Chusko, Kim (Paul) Petrovic and Gerri (the late Paul) Hlavac; proud grandmother of 10; great-grandmother of nine; great-great-grandmother of one; dear sister of Cathy "Babe" Stright, Donna Diggins, Shirley Morvay, Thomas Diggins and the late James Diggins; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek 412-823-1950, with a Parastas service at 4 p.m. An Office of Chrisitan Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Braddock, with Father John Cuccaro officiating. Interment will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Connors, Carole 76

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1938-12-04
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Carole Morgan Connors, 76, of Upper St. Clair, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Cumberland, Md., to the late Samuel E. and Anna Mae (Gerdeman) Morgan. She was the beloved wife of 51 years to Norbert J. Connors; loving mother of Timothy (Kathryn) and Christopher (Amy); and devoted grandmother of Samuel, Margaret, Kate, Claire and Daniel. Carole spent most of her childhood in Pittsburgh and was a proud graduate of Holy Rosary School and Sacred Heart High School. She earned a scholarship to Duquesne University and graduated with a B.A. in mathematics in 1960. She took a job with IBM in Pittsburgh, teaching computer programming to employees of IBM customers, one of whom was Norb Connors, a young accountant at U.S. Steel whom she would marry in 1963. Carole became a devoted mother and homemaker, moving with her family from Chicago to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Pittsburgh. She and Norb lived in Upper St. Clair from 1978 onward. Carole enjoyed vacations at the beach, spending time with dear friends and beloved relations, shopping for Christmas ornaments and supervising their careful placement and pulling out a map to explain the best way to get there. Her gravy was the world's finest and her pies were right up there, too. She was a whiz with punch cards, she could make do with a command line, but she never really got the hang of double-clicking a mouse. She taught her sons to cook and do laundry, she loved their wives like the daughters she had always wished for, and she doted on her grandkids (and kept them well-supplied with adorable outfits in their pre-teen years). She never had an unkind word for anyone else, and the reverse is equally true. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at BEINHAUER FUNERAL HOME, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. John Capistran, 1610 McMillan Road, Upper St. Clair. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, curealz.org; or to City Theatre Capital Campaign, 1300 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, www.citytheatrecompany.org.
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Cooley, James E. 67

  • Chalfant
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • James E. Cooley, 67, of Chalfant, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Linda E. (Wall) Cooley; loving father of Lisa (Mark) Austin, of Michigan, Heather Cooley, of Chalfant, and Shawn Cooley, of Monroeville; dear grandfather of Selena and Serena Vinciguerra, Shyanna Wheeler, Chase and Ashley Nebel and the late Caleb Vinciguerra; brother of Chuck Cooley, of East Pittsburgh, the late Connie Cooley and the late Sylvia Noll; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jim served with the Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and he was a retired motor inspector from U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works. He took pleasure in fishing, hot rods and car shows and greatly enjoyed animals, both domestic and wild. Friends welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, along with a presentation of military honors. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Dorothy J. 91

  • Allison Park , Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. (Penner) Davis, 91, of Rebecca Residence in Allison Park, formerly McCandless, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Ray H. Davis Jr.; loving mother of Ray H. (Susan) Davis III, of Glenshaw, and Sharon (James) Kaczynski, of Gibsonia; sister of Gerry Sawyer and the late Robert Penner, Mary Elizabeth Nye, Shirley Hinkley and Jean Fox; proud grandmother of Lorrie (Kenneth) Nelson, Kelly (Robert) Brown, Kristen (Mike) Bowie and Daniel (Elise) Kaczynski; and is also survived by six dear great-grandchildren, Justin, Allison, Brandon, Jordan, Andrew and Emily. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 4 p.m. Sunday in Christ Lutheran Church, Millvale, with the Rev. Larry Kemp, officiant. Arrangements are by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 917 Evergreen Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209 or Rebecca Residence, 3746 Ceder Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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DiCicco, George 96

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • George DiCicco, 96, of Shaler Township, formerly of the North Side, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home, where he was cared for by his daughter Palm and her husband, Paul Hoover, and their three daughters, Mandy (Tim), Heather and Shannon. He was the companion to the late Edith Tatton; father of Daniel (Lila) Tatton, Palm (Paul) Hoover, Georgeanna Kapetanovich, Joseph Tatton, Choice Leitch, Anna Margaret Bereksazi, Charles Tatton, Wilbert Tatton, Thomas Tatton and the late Daniel Tatton. He was also the loving Pap to five additional grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. DiCicco honorably served in the Army during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless, PA 15090. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday March 2, 2015, in the funeral home. Remembrances may be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Gazzo, Vilma 92

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

  • Scott Township , Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1929-07-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Anne (Keim) Gensheimer, 85, of Scott Township, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Bud Gensheimer; devoted mother "Frau" of Christine Klesius (Mike), of Pewaukee, Wis., Greg Gensheimer (Leslie Barrett), of Montverde, Fla., Mark Gensheimer (Annie Kirk), of Sewickley, and the late Michael James Gensheimer; loving grandma "Frau" of Brian Klesius (Lisa), Sarah Gensheimer, Alie Gensheimer Gruelle (Matteo Gruelle), Laura Klesius, Hannah Gensheimer and Caroline "CC" Gensheimer; sister of the late Eileen Hoffman, Alice Edkin, Marjorie Yeager, Robert A., James W., Richard P., Mary E. and Frances Mary Keim; also survived by her many nieces, nephews and devoted friends, Jim DelBianco and Sandy Russman. Anne was born July 26, 1929, in Erie, Pa., the youngest of nine children of the late Anthony E. and Alice McQuade Keim. She attended St. Joseph Grade School and Villa Maria Academy in Erie, where she was valedictorian in 1945. Anne earned her registered nursing degree at Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburgh in 1950. She then attended Villa Maria College in Erie while also working at the Veteran's Administration. In 1950, she met the love of her life, Ernest Burke "Bud" Gensheimer. They were married May 2, 1953, and had a wonderful marriage spanning 55 years. In 1973, Anne earned her Bachelor of Education from California University of Pennsylvania. After the birth of her youngest son, Michael James, Anne became interested in serving children with special needs. She worked as a school nurse at Pathfinder School (Allegheny Intermediate Unit) in Bethel Park for 25 years. She was a longtime volunteer at St. Clair Hospital and Marian Manor. She and her late husband, Bud, were also volunteers for PALs (People Able to Lend Support), driving older individuals to/and from appointments for many years. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church, Greentree Road. Entombment will be private in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McGuire Memorial Home, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, PA 15066 or to Verland Foundation, 212 Iris Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Gerson, Charles F. 87

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Charles F. Gerson, 87, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret A. Gerson; and beloved father of Charles S., of Peachtree City, Ga., and Mark S., of Mars. He was preceded in death by parents, Stephen and Rose Gorsos; sister, Julia Cook; and daughter, Nancy Gerson. Charles was an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He was employed by Upjohn Pharmaceutical as a medical sciences liaison. Charles was an avid golfer with two holes-in-one to his credit. Friends received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until the time of a blessing service at 8 p.m. at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford.
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Jaycox, John P. 62

  • Natrona
  • Born: 1952-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John P. Jaycox, 62, of Natrona, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside, as a result of injuries from an auto accident in July 2014. He was born July 19, 1952, in Carbondale, and had lived the past 40 years in the Alle-Kiski Valley. John worked in the maintenance department of Greek Restaurant in Fox Chapel and previously was the maintenance supervisor of Allegheny Valley Residence in Tarentum for 15 years. He was of the Protestant faith and a graduate of Hershey Academy. John enjoyed pool, card playing, board games, football, baseball and watching movies. John especially enjoyed spending time with his son. He is survived by his son, John W. Jaycox, of Oakmont; and his companion of 16 years, Pamela Mosser, of Natrona. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Paul Jaycox. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert B. Walker officiating. Interment will be private. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jenkins, Jean A. 78

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Jean A. Jenkins, 78, of McCandless, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Robert A. Jenkins; daughter of the late Wilbert H. and Anna R. Heinen Bennett; sister of Claire (the late Robert) Zinsmeister and the late Wilbert Bennett Jr.; aunt of Robert (Linda) Lieter, Jeff (Jean) Lieter, Diane (Art) Rederhoff and Carol (John) Wortzman, Marguerite Jenkins and James (Stephane) Jenkins, Cynthia Blasko, Robert Zinsmeister Jr.; sister-in-law of Norma (the late Charlie) Lieter Johnson and Lupe (the late Lloyd) Jenkins; also survived by great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Elmcroft of Allison Park and the Celtic Hospice for their kindness and support. No visitation. Services and interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western PA, 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or the Alzheimer's Association of Greater PA, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444.lt;Pgt; Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Jozwiak, Mary 88

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

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

  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Winter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Anne E. Knorr died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Albert Knorr; and beloved sister of Jack Palermo, Evelyn Kimmerle and the late Guy, William, Corrinne, Carl and Joe Palermo and Margaret Simon. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Friends received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the WINTER FUNERAL HOME PC, 4730 Friendship Ave., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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Kresl, Katharina 89

  • Baldwin
  • Born: 1925-11-14
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Katharina Kresl, 89, of Baldwin, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 14, 1925, she was a daughter to the late Mathias and Anna Fetter. She was the loving mother of Elvira (Jimmy) Ruggeri, Rose Marie Mount, Teresa (Ron) Derzak, Andy Kresl and Monica (Danny) Olah; adoring grandmother to Gregg (Heather), Jamie (Joe), Rachel (Eric), Markie, Matthew, Andy, Andrea, Alayna, Megan, Tyler, Adam and Alyse; great-grandmother to Lindsey, Ben, Gavin, Isabella, Aviana, Lena and Brody; and sister to Maria Bosz. She loved to spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She loved sewing, canning, cooking and could always be found on Saturday mornings baking the best goodies. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church. Please sign the online register book at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Landaiche, Judith A. 73

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Judith A. Landaiche, 73, of Brinton Towers, Braddock Hills, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the dear Sister of Nemour Landaiche, of Georgia; and she is also survived by nieces and nephews. Judy was born and raised in New Orleans and became an administrative assistant. She relocated to New Mexico and during her time there, she became passionate about teaching dance. Judy moved to Pittsburgh in 1992 to be close to family and continued her work as an administrative assistant. While in Pittsburgh, she also achieved her bachelor's degree from Chatham College. As per her request, her service will be private to her family. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800.
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Leyland, Jack 73

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1941-11-11
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Jack Leyland, 73, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born in McKeesport on Nov. 11, 1941, and was the son of the late Earl M. and Mary Trainor Leyland. He was employed by Bob Massie Toyota and retired as the used car manager after many years. He was a veteran serving in the Marines. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Tiana (Michael) Melocchi, of North Huntingdon, Jacqueline Leyland, of Arona, Bridget Leyland, of Pittsburgh, and Annie-Laurie Leyland, of Munhall; grandsons, Christopher "C.J." Evanov, Jesse Evanov and David Herrmann; great-grandson, Tristan; siblings, Robert (Dolores) Leyland, of Sarasota, Fla., Ronald (Janet) Leyland, of Elizabeth Township, and Linda "Lu-Lu" Hippard, of Greenock; and Turra Mauldin, of Greensburg, the mother of Tiana and Jacqueline. He is also survived by two very special young men who Jack referred to as grandsons, Nick and Alec Ruffing. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl; and the mother of Bridget and Annie-Laurie, Judith Leyland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Arrangements are being handled by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, (412-678-6177).
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Lippert, Jack L. 93

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Jack L. Lippert, 93, of Brookline, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the loving companion and friend of Barbara Langan; son of the late Albert A. and Lillian (Neuberger) Lippert; brother of the late Gladys "Dudy" Robbins, of California, and Arlene Hoeltje; cousin of Elma Akerley; and lifelong friend of Raymond Lippert. Funeral and interment private. The family would like to thank Life Pittsburgh North Shore and St. John Lutheran Specialty Care, Brookfield Court, Mars, for their special attention and care. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME.
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List, Richard W. 78

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Richard W. List, 78, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was the husband of the late Betty Jean Landgraff List; beloved friend of Roberta Brocious; brother of Robert P. List; also survived by nieces and nephews. Dick was very active in the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club and served as president a number of times. He was also a founding member of the Edgewood Symphony. Visitation is from 9 until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edgewood Symphony.
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Marsh, Melissa E. 61

  • Shadyside
  • Born: 1953-10-03
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Melissa Elizabeth Schnap Marsh, 61, of Shadyside, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was the wife of Raymond E. Marsh; stepmother of Alicia Suiters and Ernest Marsh; and sister of Richard Peyton Schnap. Melissa was born Oct. 3, 1953, in New York City, to the late Emil H. Schnap and Elizabeth Anne Studebaker Schnap. She was devoted to a number of charitable causes both as a board member of Off the Floor Pittsburgh and as a donor to a variety of organizations devoted to the safety and well-being of animals, particularly cats. Melissa was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Friends received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where a service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Bruce Robison officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Off the Floor Pittsburgh or the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh.
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Mayer, Joseph G. 94

  • Formerly of Laurel Gardens
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph G. Mayer, 94, formerly of Laurel Gardens, Ross Township, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. He was the husband of the late Anne C. Mayer; loving father of Joseph D. Mayer (Chris), Michael T. Mayer, Claire Gresh (David) and Daniel J. Mayer (Karen); brother of Pauline Mahoney (John) and the late Robert L. Mayer and the late Anna Mae Mages; also survived by nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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McDowell, Dale O. 76

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Dale O'Conner McDowell, 76, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late JoAnne V. McDowell; loving father of Dale P. (Sharon) McDowell, Michael J. (Laura) McDowell, Kathleen M. (Ronald) Seibert and Pastor Shawn G. (Pastor Carrie) McDowell; grandfather of Jacy and Shane Campbell, Patrick (Carolyn) McDowell, Ashley Seibert, Alexis McDowell, the Rev. Bryan (Whitney) McDowell, Jessica Seibert, Michael McDowell, Ron Seibert, Conner McDowell, Noah McDowell, Ryan McDowell, Grace McDowell, Sarah McDowell and Savanah Moltzen; great-grandfather of Autumn and Scarlet McDowell. Dale was employed at Bayer for many years as a piping department manager and proudly served in the Army during peacetime. Services and interment were private for the family at Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery, Gibsonia. Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., Oakmont.
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Merzlak Jr., Rudolph P. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Rudolph P. "Rudy" Merzlak Jr., 85, of McCandless, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was the loving husband for 64 years of Mary Ann Merzlak; father of Ronald, Stanley (Laura), Wayne, Donna Olson (Kurt), Gerald (Janice) and the late Gordon; and grandfather of Wayne, Brian, Andy, Nicole, Steven and the late Jessica. Rudy was a longtime member of Highland Country Club. He was the owner of Redstone Flooring Co. for 54 years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the St. Alexis Church Building Fund, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Mihalic, Virginia 86

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1928-07-06
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Virginia (Cipollone) Mihalic, 86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at home. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township. Virginia met her husband, Andrew, while working in the personnel office at National Distillery in Large, where Andrew was assigned as a federal inspector. She also worked in the offices of Reliance Steel and Ohio Barge Line. Most recently, she retired as the co-founder and manager of Andy's Pool Shop in Elizabeth Township. Always active and striving to better educate herself, she received an associate's degree in business while attending college later in life. Virginia was a past Girl Scout leader, PTA president, member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Victory Fire Department and founder of the former Victoryette Marching Group. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bridges Home Health and Hospice. Born July 6, 1928, in Adah, she was a daughter of the late Nazareno Cipollone and Guilliette (Martucci) Sabatini Cipollone. The wife of the late Andrew Mihalic, she is survived by a daughter, Diana (Allan) Tomich, of Rostraver; son, Andrew M. Mihalic, of New Geneva; two grandchildren, Matthew and Desiree; four great-grandchildren, Ronnie, Breana, Brody and Connor; two sisters, Rita Sabatini Branca, of Philadelphia, and Mary (John) Cipollone Carney, of Elizabeth; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dominic Sabatini, John Cipollone and James Cipollone. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Michael Parish, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Geneva. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Mortimer, Robert L. 80

  • Whitehall
  • Born: 1934-09-06
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Robert Leo Mortimer, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence surrounded by family. Bob was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Munhall, a son of the late Sylvester "Dutch" and Hildur (Hanson) Mortimer. He was a brother of Ellen Andrews (and the late Jim Andrews) and Bill Mortimer. Bob was a graduate of Munhall High School and was a member of the Munhall wrestling team. His love for the sport led him to become the co-founder of the Baldwin-Whitehall wrestling organization. He furthered his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his bachelor's degree in business. Bob was an Army veteran and his career consisted of working for General Motors for more than 40 years. Bob is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Norma Jean (Garrity) Mortimer, and together they had three beautiful children, Dr. Robert (Michelle) Mortimer, Sharon (Bruce) Matthews and Wendy (Jeffery) Earley. He was the adoring grandfather of seven, Robert, Brendan and Austin Mortimer, Olivia and Claudia Matthews and Hunter and Madison Earley. Bob was an avid golfer and sports fan. He was a man of unwavering integrity and honesty, a true disciple of Christ, guided by his everlasting faith. Bob will be greatly missed and loved forever. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Homestead United Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Two Chatham Center, Suite 1661, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Nese, Louis 92

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Louis Nese, 92, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Larimer Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Alberta Nese; loving father of Ronald (Lynne) Nese, Donna (Earl) Kunkle and Arthur Nese; grandfather of Michael, Ronald Jr., and Daniel; great-grandfather of Austin, Alyson, Dylan, Olivia, Julian, Savanna, Lyla and Mason; and brother of James, Robert, Grace and the late John, Sam, Rose and William Nese. He also leaves behind several half siblings, extended family and friends. Louis was the founder and former owner of Frankie's. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Pershing, Edgar J. 83

  • Blaine Hill
  • Born: 1932-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Edgar J. Pershing, 83, of Blaine Hill, passed away at home Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1932, in Blaine Hill, he was a son of the late David Pershing Sr. and Rose (Telesfore) Pershing. A retired maintenance man for Elizabeth Forward School District, Edgar was a parishioner at St. Michael's in Elizabeth Township and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Edgar was also a member of the Kastan Uveges VFW Post No. 7632 of Blaine Hill and a lifetime member of the Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. He was also a former baseball player with the Daily News League. Edgar is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rebekah M. (Garland) Pershing; his four sons, Jaime (Kim) Thomas, of Blaine Hill, Jeff (Lisa) Pershing, of North Versailles, Jay (Nicole) Pershing, of Cambridge, Ohio, and Tim Pershing; his 10 grandchildren; his six great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Lucy (Frank) Thompson, of Grass Flats, and Sandra Davis, of Blaine Hill; his three brothers, David Pershing, of Blaine Hill, Richard (Marge) Pershing, of Blaine Hill, and Bill (Laurel) Pershing, of Blaine Hill; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Aungst, of Hollidaysburg; his brother-in-law, Stanley (Pam) Claar, of Duncansville; and also loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from noon until a 4 p.m. blessing service Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344) with Father Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions in Edgar's name should be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Ritter, Faye M. 77

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Faye M. Ritter, 77, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Gene T. Ritter; loving mother of Jason Zuluetta, Paula Dubas and Pete Johnson; grandmother of Yarra, Zoe, Ella and Sarah; sister of Renee Zuluetta, Edmund Obregon, Anthony Obregon, Valentino Obregon and the late Reginald and Manuel Obregon. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th Streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,212 Ninth St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or East Liberty Family Health Center, 6023 Harvard St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Routh, Mary Rita 97

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1917-08-11
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Hershberger-Stover, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Mary Rita Routh, Ph. D. 97, a brilliant and involved Pittsburgh native, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Born Aug. 11, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Mary Rita was born into the women's liberation movements in our country, growing up within a political environment on fire, not only the fight for the right to vote, but for higher education for women. It is no surprise then that Mary Rita's passion and pursuit of both education and political action continued throughout her life. Attending the University of Pittsburgh, she attained her Bachelor of Science in education, her master's in elementary education, and her doctorate in curriculum administration. Her life, dedicated to the education of not only the students whom she taught, but also the public and other educators, illustrated her passions in everything that she did. During the times in her life where she was teaching, her experience ranging from elementary education through the collegiate level, from learning support to gifted classes, it was evident that her passion was finding and executing the best possible way for different students to learn. That showed through her publications and varied work at the administrative and governmental levels as well, as an assistant principal, a curriculum planning specialist for Programs for Gifted Pupils st the PA Department of Public Instruction, and in a brief stint at what is now Family and Children's Services/ Mary Rita, as always, ahead of her time in understanding that one size does not fit all within the education system, showed her different way of looking at the world. Her understanding of the learning differences of gifted, and perhaps artistic children, may have been because she herself was that way. Mary Rita was a poetry enthusiast, and gifted poet herself. Though never published (in poetry), she wrote poetry about her life. A way of expressing her emotions, her thoughts (musings) and feelings, she wrote not only about her personal life, but also as an activist, on what was happening in the world around her. Mary Rita retired to Phoenix, Ariz., where she continued with her poetry and kept up with her passion for political action as a member of Mensa. Her love of traveling and sports was evident through her writings and her refusal to miss any major sporting event, discussing both in her many journals. She returned to Pittsburgh to finish out her life. Mary Rita's brother and sister, Charles and Ida, preceded her in death. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at HERSHBERGER-STOVER INC FUNERAL HOME, 170 Noble Ave., Crafton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 50 W. Crafton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Rumisek, John R. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John R. Rumisek, 94, of McCandless, died naturally and peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, attended by his children at UPMC Passavant. He was the loving husband of the late Olga Marie Rumisek, who died in 1965, and the late Helen Price Foster Rumisek, who died in 2006; beloved father of John D. (Joan Ratliff) Rumisek M.D., Ellen M. (Clint) Arnold, Diana K. (George) Woodward, Gloria S. (Bob) Lee and Judy R. (Gary) Hynes; stepfather of William B. Foster; brother of Emil G. Rumisek; grandfather of Jay Doug (Kim) Rumisek, Julia D. (John) Riola, Kate (Ryan) Oates, Johanna (John) Staubitz, Rob Lee, Olga Jordan Hynes, Cullen J. Hynes and Tyler J. Hynes; great-grandfather of Lilah Rumisek, Jesse, Charlie, Oliver and Eliot Oates; and uncle of Tom, Pam and Vera Rumisek and Francesca Valli Gurecka. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Martin Rumisek, in 1924, and Eugene T. Rumisek, in 2012. John was born June 3, 1920, to immigrant Czech parents, John and Anna Rumisek, and was raised in West Mayfield. He attended Geneva College where he met his future wife, Olga, who was a Spanish teacher at the college. He served his country in World War II as a captain in the 8th Air Force, 486th Bombardment Group as chief of air control operations in Sudbury, England. He settled his family in McCandless, was an active businessman with Koppers Company in Pittsburgh and later a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce senior staff and was a member of the Masonic Lodge 662 of Beaver. A private military burial will take place at a later date. Contributions may be made to North Hills Community Outreach, the Salvation Army or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Arrangements by SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Sabo, Anne H. 102

  • Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1912-10-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Anne H. Sabo, 102, formerly of West Mifflin, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Donora, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Surcek) Krivacek. She retired from Sears and formerly worked at U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin, a former member of their former Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild, and member of 3rd Order of St. Francis. She was the wife of the late Andrew J. Sabo; and aunt of Jack Balog, John A. Balog, Kelley Durigon, Jennifer Zazzera, Phil Krivacek, Joseph Krivacek, Joyce Ordos, James Kopasko, Paul Kopasko, Florence Zewe and Geraldine Lawrence. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLIEFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schliefer, supervisor, William Brian Schliefer, funeral director. Blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Scavo, Diane E. 67

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Diane E. (Emminger) Scavo, 67, of Marshall Township, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Port Richey, Fla. She was the loving wife of 35 years to Richard F. Scavo; daughter of Lois Emminger and the late John F. Emminger; dear mother of Mary Beth Rutledge, Patty Wilfong, Jimmy McClaren, Lori Medina and Jeff Scavo; sister of Frances Wagner, John L. Emminger, Patricia Schifano, Charles Emminger, Eileen Doran, Terence Emminger and Raymond Emminger; also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Diane was a graduate of Carlow College. She was a member of both the Marshall Township Republican and the Recreation Committees. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015, at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015, in St. Catherine of Sweden Church, Hampton Township. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh.
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Schneider, Regis J. 90

  • Avalon , Formerly of Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Regis J. Schneider, 90, of Avalon, formerly of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the husband of the late Bertha E.; father of Donna McCarten and Karen Brown (Larry); stepfather of Leo A. Eger, Barbara Michal and Patricia Haugen; son of the late John and Irene Schneider; and is also survived by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 2 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Souders, Rev. Dr. Harry G. 72

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Rev. Dr. Harry G. Souders, 72, of McCandless, formerly of Leechburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Christie L. (Harman) Souders. He is also survived by his son, Justin P. (Elizabeth Hortie) Souders, of Malden, Mass.; brother, Don M. (Nancy) Souders, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and 5-year-old twin grandsons, Andrew and Evan Souders. Rev. Souders was a Lutheran pastor for 47 years. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hope Lutheran Church, 8070 Rowan Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements by SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Totin, Carole 70

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

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. Worsen, 70, of Hampton Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the mother of Raymond J. Worsen Jr. (Michelle) and the late Kimberly Bakaj; daughter of the late Louis George and Sarah S. Ruetschi; sister of Chester Ruetschi (Linda); and grandmother of Raymond and Michael. "Babs" was a former member of Elfinwild Firehall. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where service will follow at 11 a.m. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Baker, Margaret 47

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1967-09-17
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" Thompson Baker, 47, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh, where she currently resided with her loving husband, Jeffery Baker. She was born Sept. 17, 1967, a daughter of the late Gary and Margaret Lasher. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Apollo. She enjoyed collecting antiques, camping and cooking. Her smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael Thompson. She is survived by two brothers, James Thompson, of Maryland, and William (Lana) Thompson, of Vandergrift; four sisters, Lynnette Piper, of Avonmore, Kedrin Lasher, of East Vandergrift, Vicki Willis, of Vandergrift, and Patti Willis, of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Apollo with Pastor Scott Fairman officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.gamblefh.com.
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Bertetto, John 92

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1922-09-03
  • Died: 2015-02-13
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  • John Bertetto, 92, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, after a brief illness with his family at his side. His seven, out of 11, remaining children flew from all over the world to support their father, mother and each other. John was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Vandergrift. He had four brothers and one sister. John said, "My father taught me the meaning of hard work and my mother taught me the meaning of love." He passed this ideal on to all who knew him. John graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1941 and managed to return to Pennsylvania for several of his reunions. If you were John's friend you were a friend for life. He kept in close contact with his dear high school friends who loved his wonderful letters. When going to his 73rd reunion, he was heard to say, "I might have not been the most popular boy in high school, but I'm pretty popular now." John loved to dance. Special thanks to Lucy, Eleanor, and niece, Margaret, for making those trips such treasured memories. John started his military career in the Army Air Corps, which sent him to Italy during the World War II, as an aircraft mechanic. He spent 21 years with the Army in many different roles from supply sergeant to missile technician. The Army sent him and his family all over the United States from Alaska to Texas to Virginia. Any of his children could pack their bags in a day. He then worked for the Long Beach Gas Department for 14 years. He also did watch repair and barbering on the side, often doing two or three jobs at a time. The Army sent John to California for training where he met the love of his life, Betty. He married Betty Weir in 1945 and they had 11, yes 11, children, Kathleen, Mary Pat, Suzanne, Thomas, Richard, Mike, Bart, Elizabeth, Curtis, Martin and last but not least, Timothy. They were married for almost 70 years. For 60 years, John and Betty lived all over the United States, but mainly in Long Beach, Calif., and lastly 16 years in Leisure World, Seal Beach, Calif. In Leisure World, John was well known and loved for his positively motivating attitude and heart of gold. John loved gardening with his partner, Mary Matthews, and fixing up their little plot. His reputation as the ultimate handyman who never said "no" was legendary. John had so many special friends, especially their dear friend and caregiver, Millie Linn, otherwise known to him as "The Energizing Bunny". John and Betty loved their God and Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World. They never missed a service and could always be seen together on the front pew. John and Betty were lifelong and expert square dancers and boy did they have fun. John has been so fortunate to be with his dancing family for 50 years. With special thanks to his dancing partner of the last several years, Lenore Velky. For many years, John and Lenore ran the Leisure Whirlers square dance club at Leisure World. John's funeral Mass was held Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at ALL SOULS MORTUARY, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. In lieu of flowers, John would rather donations be made to the Leisure Whirlers Square Dance Club at Leisure World. John's funeral guestbook can be found at www.allsoulsmortuary.com. The address of John's square dance club is: Leisure Whirlers Square Dance Club, c/o Lenore Velky, 13261 St. Andrews Drive, Apt 151-A, Seal Beach, CA 90740.
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Brinker, Elizabeth Betty 92

  • Brinkerton
  • Born: 1923-02-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Brinker, 92, of Brinkerton, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg, with family by her side. Born Feb. 16, 1923, in Bovard, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Vidrich) Yomnick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Drew Anthony; a son, Robert Brinker; brothers, Edward and Frank Yomnick; sister, Emma Pryor; and two infant sisters. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trauger, and their Mary Martha Fellowship. Betty was the loving wife of 68 years to Robert J. Brinker; loving mother to daughter, Sandra Specht and her husband, David, of Weltytown, and son, Keith Brinker and wife, Charlene, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and loving grandmother to Sarah (Gabe) Kinneer, Daniel (Kim) Specht, Jason Brinker and Justin Brinker; and great-grandchildren, Gabby, Darren and Elizabeth. Also surviving are sisters, Dorothy Carr, Sally Plevich, Dolores (Lou) Sabers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, NorveIt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in St Paul's United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Richard L. Seigfried officiating. Please go directly to the church. Interment is to follow in St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty's honor to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Box 56 Pleasant Unity, PA 15676.
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Brunner, Mary A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1925-08-03
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Brunner, 89, of Smithton (South Huntingdon Township), passed away Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015, at her residence. Mary was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Owensdale, Upper Tyrone Township, a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Florence E. (Thomas) Gibbons. She married Warren H. Brunner on March 24, 1942, and would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary together next month. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a longtime and faithful member of Barren Run United Methodist Church, where she worshipped for 53 years, and was an accomplished artist, enjoying painting and drawing. She also took pleasure in ceramics, crafts and writing long letters to family and friends. Mary will be sadly missed by her loving family; her beloved husband, Warren H. Brunner; her six children, Diane L. Gelet, of Ruffsdale, Peggy J. Hallsted and her husband, Charles, of La Quinta, Calif., W. Thomas Brunner and his wife, Judy, of Scottdale, Doreen P. Roberts, of La Quinta, Calif., James R. Brunner and his wife, Judy, of Smithton, and Shelby J. Brunner, of Signal Hill, Calif.; her seven grandchildren, Robert J. Kohuth Jr. and his wife Cathy, Brenton C. Hallsted and his wife Shelly, Tarra John and her husband Scott, Courtney Dorreman and her husband Richard, Ann Marie Hoyle and her husband Kelly, Christy Karr and her husband Russell, and Kimberly Davis and her husband Larry; her 12 great-grandchildren; and her three stepgreat-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, William W. Kohuth; and two sons-in-law, Andrew Gelet and John Roberts. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Barren Run United Methodist Church with Pastor John Logan officiating, followed by graveside committal services and interment in the church cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Barren Run United Methodist Church, and wishes to extend appreciation to all the loving caregivers of Mary. Love Lasts Forever!
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Caldwell, Melvin Moe E. 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-08-01
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Melvin E. "Moe" Caldwell, 81, of Irwin, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1933, in Straw Pump, a son of the late Robert and Margaret Boice Caldwell. Prior to his retirement, Melvin was a self-employed plastering contractor who worked with many of the Irwin contractors. He was a BMW Motorcycle enthusiast and rode for many years with his wife across the United States and Canada. Moe and his family visited Ireland several times and he was an avid hunter who enjoyed spending time with his family at their camp in Kane. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and woodworking, and was a veteran of the Army, having served in the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez Fellers Caldwell, in 1972; brother, Dean Caldwell; and sister, Nancy Mertz. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Philomena McKay Caldwell; six children, Kathy King and her husband, Gene, Melvin E. "Buddy" Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Karen Conroy and her husband, Thomas, Terri Stanisha and her husband, David, Karen Broussard and her husband, Clay, and Stephen McKeown; sister, Beatrice Haubrich and her husband, Tom; four grandchildren, Erica Caldwell, Emily Conroy, Sean and Michelle McKeown; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Owen and Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors or the American Red Cross. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com .
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Cook, Mark T. 57

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-04-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mark "Bubba" T. Cook, 57, of Southwest Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 21, 1957, in Greensburg, a son of the Beverly and Mary Porcha Cook, of Jeannette. Prior to his retirement, he was a captain with SCI, Chester. Mark was a graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1976, and of Potomac State College. He also was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church of Jeannette. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Cora Lee Williams Porcha; his paternal grandparents, Henry Thomas and Lula Lipford Cook; and a grandson, Malachi Mills. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Charlene A. Jones Cook; three children, Angel Mills and husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla., LaShawna Cook and Charise Cook and Todd Anderson, all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Araylah Mills, Tarajai Mitchell and Zaionna Anderson; six siblings, Valerie Diggs and husband, Richard, Leonard Cook, all of Pittsburgh, Gloria Cook, of Greensburg, Larry Cook and wife, Kim, Charles Cook and wife, Carlene, all of Jeannette, and Shari Edwards, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Mark from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette, 724-527-5367, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg. The family would like to thank Dr. Waas, the UPMC Cancer Center at Oakmont Commons, physicians and nurses at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their care during Mark's illness. Mark's family has entrusted his care to Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Daw, Valorie D. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-02-23
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Valorie Diane Daw, 65, of Greensburg (Unity Township), died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Penn Hills, a daughter of the late Louis and Louise (Russo) Vannucci. Valorie was employed as a teacher's aide with Latrobe Elementary School and most recently at Baggely Elementary School. She referred to the children she taught and cared for as her "little lovies." She enjoyed seeing shows at Mountain Play House and Civic Light Opera and was an avid supporter of the arts. She was a past PTO president of Mt. View Elementary School. She was also very much involved in Latrobe High School parent organizations, including hockey and theater boosters. She loved dinners out and spending time with her family and friends. Valorie is survived by her husband of 36 years, John A. Daw, and was a mother of three boys, J.D. Daw, of New York City, Joe Daw, of Greensburg, and Thomas Daw and fiancee, Amy Armstrong, of Greensburg; a brother, Dan Vannucci (Dorothy), of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephews, nieces, great-nephews and many, many friends and loved ones. Friends and relatives will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online memorials and other information, please go to www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dipietro, Joseph E. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph Edmund DiPietro, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born March 12, 1926, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Tony DiPietro and Irene (Pricor) DiPietro. Joe was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 515, and the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Association. He was the owner/operator of DiPietro's Gulf Service for more than 40 years and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Philipines with the Army Air Corps. Joe was an avid bowler, who enjoyed going to casinos, going out for breakfast, watching the Steelers and Pirates, old western movies and wrestling, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Moffa) DiPietro; two sons-in-law, Joseph Derro and Craig Bumar; two brothers, Henry and Robert DiPietro; and two sisters, Catherine Angelicchio and Rita Bryga. Joe is survived by one son, Edmund J. DiPietro and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe; two daughters, Angela C. Bumar, of Latrobe, and Joetta Diorio and her husband, Scott, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Mary Klocek and her husband, Brian, Nicole Ross and her husband, Anthony, Julie Hughes and her husband, Tim, Elana DiPietro, and Eric DiPietro; a great-grandson, Grant Joseph Klocek; two sisters, Anne Morelli, of Greensburg, and Irene DiPietro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Angeline Panichella and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; his special caregiver, Nicole Case. 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. Military services will be accorded at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran's Outreach Program, c/o American Legion Post No. 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the 3rd floor nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and to Lois Wozny of Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care Joe received and also a special thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent Basilica. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Dorsey, Emilie 78

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

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1958-05-16
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Cindy (Hohn) Dubich, 56, of Herminie died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 16, 1958, a daughter of the late Blair E. Sr. and Aldine P. (Martin) Hohn. Cindy was employed as a customer service representative for PPC Lubricants. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary T. "Hoss" Hohn, Blair Hohn Jr.; a sister, Deborah L. Woleslagle; and a granddaughter, Dina Dubich. Surviving are three children, Jennifer Dubich, of Herminie, Randy N. (Heidi Altman) Dubich II, of Irwin, Melissa Gill and husband, John, of Virginia; four grandchildren, Tyler, William, Richard and Kayleigh; two brothers, Keith and Steve Hohn; a sister, Sherry Lindquist; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Falbo, Alfred L. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-08-02
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Alfred L. Falbo, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late William Falbo and Margaret (Scalia) Falbo. Alfred was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was retired from Painter's Union Local No. 409. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, a life member Loyal Order of Moose, and a life member of the F.O. Eagles No. 01188. He enjoyed dancing, especially to polkas and the music of the 40s. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. (Repko) Falbo; a son-in-law, Dennis Banner; and an infant sister, Leona Falbo. Alfred is survived by three sons, Leon R. Falbo and his wife, Susan, of Latrobe, Keith A. Falbo and his wife, Mary Chris, of Butler, and Carmen L. Falbo and his wife, Becky, of Latrobe; one daughter, Vicky A. Banner, of Latrobe; two brothers, Raymond W. Falbo and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg, and William H. Falbo, of Youngstown; one sister, Gloria McIlnay and her husband, Jack, of Alexandria, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ruth Silvis, of Latrobe; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Germy, Elizabeth Becky 94

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Irwin
  • Born: 1920-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Becky" (Copeland) Germy, 94, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of North Irwin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was born July 19, 1920, in Elizabeth City, N.C., a daughter of the late William B. and Hattie Mae (Owney) Copeland. She was a member of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Germy; son-in-law, Calvin Painter; granddaughter, Nikki Germy; and sister, Juanita Husted. She is survived by her children, Joseph A. (Marylou) Germy Jr., of Palmerton, William L. (Angie) Germy, of Tennessee, Karen (Jefferson) Phillips, of Illinois, LaRue Painter, of North Huntingdon, and Denise (William) Bray, of Irwin; grandchildren, Heidi Winslow, Bria Craycraft, Lindy Charney, Leigh Germy, and Samuel and Jacob Bray; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Farview Dr., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Granfors, William Bill H. 95

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-01-17
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Hetrick, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • William H. "Bill" Granfors, 95, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Harrisburg. He was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Kaleva, Mich., to Finnish immigrants, Jacob William Granfors and Helmi Espo. Bill served his country during World War II in the Army Signal Corps. On Dec. 27, 1946, he married Helen Olson, of Lynn, Mass. After graduating from Texas A and M, Bill's career as an engineer began in Syracuse, N.Y., at Carrier Corp., and continued in Greensburg at Elliott Co. Bill and Helen raised seven children. In Greensburg, Bill was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and stewardship committee and teaching Sunday School. He also was involved with the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce. During retirement, he volunteered with the Senior Core of Retired Executives and worked at Westmoreland County Community College. He was an avid golfer, an activity he enjoyed into his 80s. Bill was passionate about the Aggies, the outdoors, gardening and walking. In 2009, he moved to Harrisburg. Bill is survived by children, Mark Granfors, Eric Granfors, Paul Granfors (Sussan Pourjavid-Granfors), David Granfors, Ruth Granfors (Gene Weinberg), Diane Granfors (Robert Usgaard), Liisa Granfors-Hunt (Mark); and two grandchildren, Jacob and Eli Weinberg. Bill is predeceased by his wife, Helen; and his sister, Arlene Bellegie. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the time of the funeral service at Our Savior Lutheran Church, followed by interment Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at St. Clair's Cemetery in Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 North Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit us at www.GeigleFuneralHome.com or on Facebook.
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Green Sr., Carl M. 57

  • Acme
  • Born: 1957-10-29
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Green Sr., 57, of Acme, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Born Oct. 29, 1957, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Robert and Virginia Green. He is survived by sons, Justin, Jason, Carl Jr., Aaron and Ryan Green; a grandson, Jasper (Carl's son); sister, Kelly Green-Meerhoff and husband, Thomas; brother, Robert Green and wife, Denise; and two nieces, Kathleen and Kerry Meerhoff. Carl was a longtime musician, who passed his skills down to his sons. The family would like to thank the staff of Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation and Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. A memorial is pending. Arrangements by JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt.
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Huba, Barbara L. 64

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-11-08
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. Huba, 64, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1950, in Charleroi, daughter of the late Elwood and Ruth Conner Fisher. Barbara was an avid Pirates fan. She enjoyed country music, line dancing and her monthly card club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Jessica Huba. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Huba; two sons, Aaron Huba, of San Diego, Calif., and Brent Huba, of Greensburg; and a brother, John (Bonnie) Fisher, of Dayton, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greenburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Husband, Marian M. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-06-04
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marian M. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Hempfield Manor. She was born June 4, 1940, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Clyde M. and Lawella (Herman) Scott. Marian attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a former member of the Church of the Open Door in Greensburg. For many years she was active with the Hempfield Band Parents Association. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott R. Husband; and great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz. Surviving are her husband, Neil R. Husband; children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 Pennsylvania 136, Greensburg, PA 15601. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Johnston, Linda E. 64

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1950-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Linda E. (Fetter) Johnston, 64, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. and Clara M. (Jones) Fetter. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an administrative assistant with Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Ronald, Bruce, David and Robert Fetter; and two sisters, Ida Ewbank and Joyce Polo. Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank W. "Bud" Johnston Jr.; two daughters, Carey Martin, of North Carolina, and Jennifer Johnston, of North Carolina; a granddaughter, Callie Martin, of North Carolina; two sisters, Sandra (Richard) Clark, of Stahlstown, and Connie Bezick, of Latrobe; and a brother, Terry Fetter, of Ligonier. A celebration of Linda's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Kanaitis, Marie 93

  • East Vandergrift
  • Born: 1921-04-25
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Marie Kanaitis, 93, of East Vandergrift, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born April 25, 1921, in East Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Matthew and Ludvina (Carolonis) Kibirsky. Marie lived in East Vandergrift her entire life and was a 1939 graduate of Vandergrift High School. She worked as a secretary in Pittsburgh in the 40s. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, and was a member of the former St. Gertrude Ladies Aide Auxiliary. Marie was an excellent cook, famous for her potato kugula, and enjoyed baking. She also loved working on crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter J. Kanaitis, who passed away April 19, 2013; infant son, Joseph; brothers, Charles, Peter, Anthony, William and Joseph Kibirsky; and a sister, Helen (Kibirsky) Chepkevich. She is survived by her daughter, Rita M. Miskinis, of Leechburg; son, Peter P. (Mary) Kanaitis, of Gibsonia; grandson, Brian (Krista) Miskinis, of Greensburg; granddaughters, Jane M. Kanaitis, of Erie, Julia L. Kanaitis, of Erie, Helen R. Kanaitis, of Gibsonia; great-grandson, Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Entombment will be in St. Gertrude Mausoleum, Vandergrift. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Kirkland, Margaret E. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-07-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Kirkland, 70, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 21, 1944, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George and Gretchen (Renner) Hoehler. Margaret was a retired school teacher having been employed by the Hempfield Area School District. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was very proud of her granddaughter, Kaylie. Margaret was also known for her giving and caring spirit. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Semans, Anna Adair and Ernestine Kocis; her brothers, Philip and George Caldwell; and her best friend, Dolores Just. She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kirkland; her daughter, Kelly Matinsky and her husband, Brian; her granddaughter, Kaylie Matinsky; and her sister, Tina McFeaters and her husband, Wesley. Family and friends are invited to attend Margaret's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements for Margaret have been entrusted to the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Klimenko, Anastasia 91

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1923-07-24
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Anastasia "Nancy" Klimenko, 91, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. She was born July 24, 1923, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Alexander and Marina (Kolbas) Sushak. She lived in Cheswick for most of her life and then Arnold. From 2004, she resided with her daughter in Lower Burrell, and for the last three years she was a resident at The Willows. Nancy was a homemaker and also was a gift wrapper for Joseph Horne's in Pittsburgh. She was a former member of St. John Orthodox Catholic Church, New Kensington, and a graduate of Homestead High School. She enjoyed watching game shows on TV, bingo, word search games, reading the "Enquirer," sing-alongs, scratch-off tickets, crafts and especially enjoyed time with her family. Anyone who knew Nancy would agree that her sweet disposition and sense of humor made her such a joy to be around. Survivors include her children, Daria (Thomas) Thimons, of Lower Burrell, and David (Carolyn) Klimenko, of Newnan, Ga. Also surviving are her five grandchildren, Danielle (Scott) Manning, of Virginia, Nathan (Elyse) Thimons, of Cranberry, Louis (Amanda) Turka, of Natrona Heights, Jonathan (Caitlyn) Turka, of Bethel Park, and Christopher (Karen) Turka, of Lower Burrell; and six great-grandchildren, Sophia and Eleanor Manning, Isaac Thimons, Elliott Turka and Rowan and Emery Turka. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Klimenko; daughter, Tamara Turka; two brothers; and two sisters. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Parastas at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A parting service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a burial service at 10 a.m. in St. John Orthodox Catholic Church, New Kensington, with Father Nikolai Breckenridge officiating. Interment in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Mager, James A. 60

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • James A. "Mage" Mager, 60, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles E. and Ruth (Brickell) Mager. He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Barrett (James); and two grandchildren, Isabella and Mila Barrett. He was the brother of Karen Lyons, Cheryl Marci and the late Chaz Mager. Jim was involved with Civil War re-enactments, built stone model houses and enjoyed spending time with his friends, Jimmy Nacey and George Price. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Meyer, Angela D. 92

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1922-03-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Angela D. Meyer, 92, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. She was born March 26, 1922, in Italy, a daughter of the late Nicolino and Nicoletta (DiNinno) DeSaia. Angela was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. Angela loved to sing at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress in Atlantic City, N.J. She also loved to cook, with her specialty being pasta. Angela was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Meyer; and her sister, Carmella Carter. Angela is survived by her sisters, Jessie Matta (the late Don), of Portland, Ore., and Esther Palamone (the late Tony), of Penn Township; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St., Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Perkowski, Alfred D.

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1927-02-12
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alfred D. Perkowski, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Leechburg, and was the son of the late John and Louise Mac Perkowski. Al retired from PPG Industries' Glass Research Center in Harmarville in March 1997, as a senior research engineer after 44 years of service. Al was a resident of Lower Burrell for 62 years. He loved golfing, reading and watching the Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and a life member of the Elks Leechburg Lodge 377. Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia Fiechuk Perkowski; and daughter, Elaine Perkowski, of Lower Burrell. He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Szarnicki, of Amherst, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Kutzer, Stella Metzler, Jean Pelino and Audrey Allen. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice at 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023 or St. Margaret Mary Church Building Fund at 3044 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pfeiffer, Norma Jean 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Norma Jean Pfeiffer, 86, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Harmar Village Care Center. She was born March 12, 1928, in Springdale, to the late Howard W. and Bertha (Bushman) Brown. Jean lived in the Lower Burrell area most of her life and was employed as a dental assistant for 26 years for Dr. Ben Johnson. Jean was an active member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell, where she participated in many church functions and sang in the choir. She was a 1946 graduate of Springdale High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a Girl Scout leader, an expert knitter and an avid reader. Being a member of her family meant learning to play Rummikub. Her passion was gardening and the memories of Jean digging dandelions out of her yard, with a screwdriver, bring warm smiles to the family. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, David R. Pfeiffer Jr., on Oct. 28, 2011; and her brother, William Brown. Survivors include her three daughters, Debi (Dudley) Miller, of Crozet, Va., Pamela Pfeiffer, of Windham, Maine, and Lorie Baxendell, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Spencer, of Manchester, N.H., Susan Miller (Josh Mizrahi), of Brooklyn, N.Y., David (Erika) Miller, of Ashburn, Va., Matthew (Julie) Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio, Michael Miller, of Crozet, Va., Sarah Baxendell, of Pittsburgh, Brooke (Ian) Menego, of Pittsburgh, Kelsey Pelynio, of Windham, Maine, and Shannon Pelynio, of Collierville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Debbie Spencer, of Manchester, N.H., Owen Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio, Iris Mizrahi, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Hunter Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio; and cousin, Kenneth Bushman, of Cheswick. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, in Lower Burrell, with the Rev. Ken Foust officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Pohl, Herbert C. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-12-21
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Pohl, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Archer, Neb., a son of the late Charles and Edna Cahow Pohl. Herbert was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, where he formerly served as a deacon and elder. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a lab technician by Westinghouse with more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Toastmasters Group, enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with his family. He was a veteran of the Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen R. Pohl, in 2010; one brother, Kenneth Pohl; and one sister, Arlene Pohl. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Pohl and Nancy Overly (husband Doug), all of North Huntingdon; and one sister, Norma Jean Ebert, of Lincoln, Neb. He was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Taylor and Paige Overly. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, with Pastor Janet Reid officiating. Interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Scott T. 89

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1926-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Scott T. Taylor, 89, of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in East McKeesport, a son of the late Henry Clinton and Lidie (Welsh) Taylor. Scott was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Chambers Development Company. Surviving are five children, Scott Taylor and wife, Helen, of Hanover, Marcia Hansen and husband, Richard, of Ephrata, Patty Simbeck and husband, Jerry, Nancy Thompson and husband, Earl, all of West Newton, and Christine Sayre and husband, Michael, of Monessen; seven grandchildren, Scott J. Taylor and Courtney, David J. Taylor and wife, Sara, Brandon Simbeck and wife, Kaylea, Ryan Thompson, Erin Thompson, Kevin Lisovich and Chloe Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Terra Rose, Scott Robert, and Patrick; two brothers, David Taylor and wife, Barbara, and Clarence Taylor and wife, Gladys; and a sister, Flora "Peggy" Medsger and husband, Carl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Cope) Taylor; grandson, Connor Lisovich; brothers, William B., Charles, James C., Harold C., John Richard and Walter Taylor; and sisters, Marion Andrews and Sara Schmitt. Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY, JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Lutheran Church, Vine and Fourth Street, West Newton. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 251, West Newton, PA 15089. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Thorpe, Ruthann 73

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

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

Hartman, Eugene C. 82

  • Formerly of Spring Church
  • Born: 1932-11-18
  • Died: 2015-02-05
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  • Eugene C. Hartman, 82, formerly of Spring Church, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Kindred Transitional Hospital, Coral Gables, Fla. He was born Nov. 18, 1932, to J. Paul and Goldie Rearick Hartman, who preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Hazel; and sister, Eva Coulter, of Pennsylvania. He and Hazel were residents of Big Pine Key, Fla., for 30 years. He is also survived by his two most loved dogs, Bentley and Holly. He was a Florida commercial fisherman in the Florida Keys. He retired from Lanier Worldwide Inc., in Pittsburgh, with 28 years of service. He was a lifetime member of BPO Elks, Apollo lodge. He was also a member of Seneca Lodge 805 in Kittanning, Coudersport Consistory and an honorary lifetime member of The Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary. He received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. A celebration of Eugene's life will be held at 1 p.m. March 1, 2015, at The Big Pine Key Community Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Big Pine Academy Parent Teacher Organization.
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Mahaffey, Thomas J. 80

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1934-07-12
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Mahaffey, 80, of Kiski Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in his home. Born July 12, 1934, in Ernest, he was the son of the late Lyle and Luella (Hibbard) Mahaffey. Tom lived in Apollo since 1964 and worked as a store keeper for U.S. Steel and later Allegheny Ludlum in Vandergrift for 32 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Union Local 1138, District 10. Tom was a jack-of-all-trades and skilled in woodworking. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, hunting and fishing (especially with his late brother Bob on the boat). In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Donna L. (Edwards) Mahaffey, who passed away Feb. 26, 2013; son, Thomas J. Mahaffey Jr., who passed away March 21, 2014; brothers, Lyle Mahaffey Jr., Robert E. Mahaffey Sr. and Seth Mahaffey; and sisters, Cora Louise Spicers, Luella Stineman, Mildred Lytle, Myrtle Wise and Margaret "Peggy" Lloyd. He is survived by his children, Milinda (John) Lege, of North Apollo, Michael P. (Sherry) Mahaffey, of Spring Church, Beth (Paul) Plazio, of Apollo, and William E. Mahaffey, of Belleville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Cornelia Elisabeth Mahaffey, of Germany; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Stineman, of Homer City; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the funeral home. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Holmes Jr., Gerald L. 67

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1947-05-25
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Gerald Leroy Holmes Jr., 67, of South Buffalo Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Arbors of St. Barnabas Health System. He was born May 25, 1947, in New Kensington, to the late Gerald Leroy Sr. and Georgene Elizabeth Bolt Holmes and had been a resident of South Buffalo Township since 1978, having previously resided in Upper Burrell. Mr. Holmes worked as a computer engineer for Oberg Industries in Freeport for 38 years until retiring in 2009 and was a member of the Allegheny Northern Railroad Club. He enjoyed N-gauge model trains, gardening, especially vegetables, baking and was famous for his Christmas cookies. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Josephine Nester Mike Holmes; two loving daughters, Erin (Thomas) Benton, of Oxford, Mass., and Kristin (Richard) Bradford, of Hershey; and five siblings, Buddy (Paula) Holmes, of Springdale, Barbara (John Firko) Bernard, of Tarentum, Larry (Kathy) Holmes, of Lower Burrell, Kathleen (Bob) Nolan, of Blairsville, Michael (Shelley DeLancey) Holmes, of Leechburg. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, George Leonard and Anthony Louis Holmes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Union Mausoleum, Arnold. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Solomon, Dorothy Pudge J. 87

  • Zelienople
  • Born: 1927-10-18
  • Died: 2015-03-04
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Jane (English) Solomon, 87, of Zelienople, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Known to many by her nickname of "Pudge", she was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Cranberry Township, to her parents, Robert and Lillian English. She married Ronald Solomon in 1954. After living in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Ill., the Solomons returned to Cranberry Township in the early 1960s, where Dorothy lived until 2003. Dorothy worked at several different companies over the years as a secretary and clerical worker including Standard Oil, the Pittsburgh Pipe Cleaning Co., Society of Automotive Engineers and Air Industrial. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Evans City, where she had served on various boards and committees over the years. She was most recently involved with the Ruth Circle at church. Dorothy also enjoyed time playing cards with a group of friends several times a month in the area. Dorothy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Laurie Solomon, of Pembroke, Mass.; her sister-in law, Patricia English, of Cranberry Township; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a remarkable group of friends and caregivers who were always there to help her with any needs and provide assistance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; her sister, Patricia Conrad; and her brothers, Robert English and James English. Dorothy's family will welcome friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the funeral home, with Rev. Tom Harmon officiating. She will be laid to rest privately at the Evans City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Dorothy's honor in support of Westminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 330 East Main St., Evans City, PA 16033. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Dorothy's family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Baguet, Charles A. 90

  • Camden-Wyoming, Del.
  • Born: 1924-12-10
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Baguet, 90, of Camden-Wyoming, Del., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, with his daughter at his side. He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Clarence and Margaret (Ruffing) Baguet. On Jan. 17, 1947, he married Zora "Ruth" Gaines, who died June 6, 1974. He is survived by his daughter, Martha (James) Chapman; his grandson, David Chapman; his sister, Mary Friday; his brother, Walter Baguet; and many nieces and nephews. Charles retired from the Navy on July 21, 1964, after proudly serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and completed service in the European Theater, multiple sea duty tours and stateside tours and received a number of awards, commendations and medals. He was strong in his faith and love of his family, especially his sister and brother, and held a deep sense of service to his country. He loved playing cards, especially the family game of 66, and visits to the Moose. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239. A blessing service and interment with military funeral honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.hospicechesapeake.org; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; or to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, www.ahn.org.
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Keck, John Jack F. 87

  • Port Matilda , Formerly of Madison
  • Born: 1927-10-12
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Koch, State College | Get Directions
  • John F. "Jack" Keck, 87, of Port Matilda, formerly of Madison, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College. Born Oct. 12, 1927, in Turtle Creek, he was a son of the late Frederic H. and Crystabel Lamberson Keck. Jack is survived by his wife, Susan E. Guyon Keck; daughter, Barbara Chellman and her spouse, Alva, of Port Matilda; grandsons, Colin Chellman and his spouse, Michael, and Davin Carr-Chellman and his spouse, Ali; great-grandchildren, Asher, Jules and Aila Carr-Chellman; and one sister, Jean Pritchett, of Imperial. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reiter, of California; and brother-in-law, Don Pritchett, of Imperial. Jack was a 1945 graduate of Turtle Creek High School, after which he served as a mechanic in the Army, stationed in Panama. There he developed his interest in all things mechanical, which initiated a life devoted to collecting Jeeps, Ford tractors, antique cars, antique clocks and watch parts. Jack served as a past president of the Western Pennsylvania Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and was a 60-year member of the Meyersdale Lodge No. 554, F and AM. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in State College and a former member of Madison United Methodist Church in Madison. Using the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute of Pittsburgh and later established his own business, John F. Keck Watchmaker, near his home in Madison. Jack was ready with a quick smile for anyone who entered his watch, clock and jewelry shop. He made his customers feel as if they were the only person in the room and they rewarded him with decades of loyalty. A consummate tinkerer: clocks large and small are his legacy. For decades he maintained, following rebuilding, the clock in the clock tower located in Irwin. Bolstered by a warehouse full of clock and watch parts collected over his lifetime, Jack could repair a tarnished family heirloom or an antique clock that hadn't been touched for years. If he could not fix it, it could not be fixed. A generous but quiet husband, father and grandfather, his presence in the family was large. With his passing, he leaves an equally large gap. Visitation will be held at 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Ave., State College, where the memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Monica Dawkins-Smith officiating, followed by a luncheon served at Faith United Church of Christ, Romig Hall. Arrangements are under the care of KOCH FUNERAL HOME, State College. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Ave., State College, PA 16801. Online condolences and signing of the guestbook may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or on Facebook.
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Shrum, Thomas W. 67

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