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‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82. Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his ...

Talented woodworker formerly of Mt. Pleasant built desk for Reagan

By Craig Smith
The woodworking artistry of James Myers was displayed at the White House in a desk he built for then-President Ronald Reagan and in the cabinets ...

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, ...

Daily Courier columnist knew, loved Connellsville community

By Mark Hofmann
The Connellsville community this week lost a woman who loved the city. Nancy Henry was a Daily Courier columnist/freelance writer and a Rotarian who was active in various other organizations. Henry was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. And she was a woman who knew and loved her community better than most. ...

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Aubele, William F.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Aubele died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, of Swissvale. He was the loving longtime partner of Douglas Kirsch; son of the late Gilbert and Rosemary; and dear brother of Gilbert and wife, Diane, John and wife, Dianna, David and wife, Kathy, Susan, Joseph and wife, Marilyn, Gerald and wife, Michele, Stephen and the late, Rosemary "Linda". Bill is also survived by his numerous loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Bence, Dolores J. 85

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dolores Jean Bence, 85, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 60 Years of the late John "Jack"; loving mother of Linda (John) DeRiggi, Steve Bence, Diane (Thomas) Cadwell; grandmother of John (Mindy) and Anthony DeRiggi and Daniel Cadwelt; sister of Robert (Jean) Barthalow; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jean enjoyed bowling and loved gardening most of her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road at Rodi Road, Penn Hills, where funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Carr, Stephenson J. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Stephenson J. "Steve" Carr, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Helen M. (Ludinich) Carr for 68 years; loving father of Stephenson "Steve" (Tim) Carr Jr., of Duquesne, Michael (Kathy) Carr, of Penn Township, and Bruce (Cindy) Carr, of Plum; dear grandfather of Stephen (Cassandra) Carr and Allison (Jeff) Moschetta; great-grandfather of Isabelle, Charlotte, Mannasseh and Laura; and brother of Barbara Sadar, of Turtle Creek, John Carr and Georgeann Leger, both of Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, George Carr; and sisters, Katherine Carr and Carol Sboray. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Steve was a World War II veteran, having served with the Marine Corps; and a retired employee of the Union Railroad Co., with 42 years of service as a boilermaker at The Roundhouse. Friends will be welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Colman Church. Steve will be laid to rest with military honors in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Connelly, Paul H. 76

  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Connelly, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Betty Rhoden Connelly; father of Cindy C. Ryan (Kevin) and Paul G. Connelly; brother of William F. Connelly (Mildred), Ann Connelly, Karen Connelly and the late Ben Connelly and Margaret Connelly; grandfather of Conal Ryan; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Cathedral.
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DeWalt, Craig 64

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Craig "Moe" DeWalt, 64, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father and friend. He was born July 14, 1951, in McKeesport, a son of the late Charles Walter DeWalt Sr. and Gizella (Jean) Kozak DeWalt. Moe was a self-employed master carpenter, as well as a retired maintenance worker for Riverview Homes Association, who loved life to the fullest. He was "bigger than life" to his wife, Bev, his family and all that knew him. Moe's biggest enjoyment of life was fishing on the New Jersey party boats with his buddy, Tim, and gatherings with his family. He was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan, enjoyed having a beer, floating in his pool and listening to the game. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Beverly (Linn) DeWalt; son, Benjamin (Rachel) DeWalt, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; daughter, Katharine L. DeWalt, at home; and granddaughter, Mollie Rose, whom he adored. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Joyce) DeWalt, of West Mifflin, and Carl "Bucko" (Dawn Hoffman) DeWalt, of Maryland; and sisters, Charlotte (Ed Mogus) DeWalt, of White Oak, Carla (Alan) Ochap, of McKeesport, and Cyndi (John) McGinnis, of Washington, Pa. Moe is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who loved their Uncle Moe, as well as many, many friends, who will never ever forget "Moe." Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.
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DiGnazio, Genevieve M. 94

  • South Park , Formerly of Mt. Oliver
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Genevieve M. "Jean" DiGnazio, 94, of South Park, formerly of Mt. Oliver, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 71 years to John N. DiGnazio; loving mother of Harry (Judy), Frank (Kellie), Carol Kontul and John (Karen); cherished grandmother "Bogie" of Lisa (Bryan), Jillian, Cory, Elle, Frank (Tracy), Nikki (Kolby), Philip, Justin, Christian, John and Isabella; proud great-grandmother of Natalie, Rebecca, Bryn and Piper; and sister of the late Art, "Gin", Norman "Doc" Nieder, Leona Loveland, Mae Glowacki, Dolores Holt and Madge Sieger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Janet and JoAnne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral prayer will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be following at noon in Nativity Catholic Church. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, family suggests contributions to Nativity Church, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Fabric, Robert J. 65

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Fabric, 65, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was a son of the late John J. and Anna Fabric; and brother of Rita Simon (Charles). Robert had been an employee of the LCB for a number of years. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Fink Jr., Albert M. 62

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Albert M. Fink Jr., 62, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Cynthia Bowers Fink; also survived by his two sons, Paul Michael Fink and Kevin James Fink; and in-laws, James and Mary Jane Bowers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Jean and Albert M. Fink Sr. Albert was a University of Pittsburgh Police Officer for 35 years, an avid hunter, camper and boogie boarder. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2230 Rochester Road. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Flanagan, Barbara J. 77

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. Flanagan, 77, of O'Hara Township, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Flanagan; mother of Lori Z. Hardiman (Thomas), of Pittsburgh, and Richard A. Zappala II, of Los Angeles; grandmother of Kate, Matthew and Marissa Hardiman; sister of Joan Palarino and the late Joseph Contosta II; also survived by step-children, Timothy Flanagan, Lissa Markwardt and Kathy McMorrow. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8p.m. Sunday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.
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Gibson, Robert 71

  • Formerly of Brookline
  • Born: 1944-02-17
  • Died: 2015-08-24
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  • Robert "Bob" Gibson, after a hard, unsuccessful battle with pancreatic cancer, sadly, our friend, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and great-uncle passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Bob was born Feb. 17, 1944, to the late Robert and Mary (Bakos) Gibson. Formerly of Brookline, he was a graduate of South Hills Catholic High School. Bob was an Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion in Monroeville. He is survived by two daughters, Donna (Gibson) Minsterman and Karen (Gibson) Coleman; four grandchildren, Anna, David, Justin and Alexandra; and two sisters, Joyce Edwards and Mary Earla Ruda. A memorial service and gathering in Bob's honor will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the American Legion in Plum (980) for family and close friends.
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Heckenstaller, Donald G. 84

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Donald G. "Hecky" Heckenstaller, 84, of East McKeesport, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was the loving husband of 63 years of Theresa (Swacus); beloved father of Virginia (David) Rowe, Donald Heckenstaller, David (Kathleen) Heckenstaller and Craig Heckenstaller; grandfather of Nathan (Casey Rowe) and Emily Rowe; also numerous nieces and nephews. Don graduated Scott High School in 1948 and Duquesne University. A proud Korean War veteran, Don served in the Navy. He had 32 years with Peoples Gas. Don was a member of Wilmerding Lions Club, Braddock Knights of Columbus Council 911 and the St. Roberts Men's Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid Pirates, Penguins and Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and helping out at Heckey Graphics. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow with full military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Henzler, Valeria M. 92

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Valeria M. Henzler, 92, of Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Henzler; mother of Susan (Larry) Michalik and the late Karen Egbert; grandmother of Amy (Chris) Carlisle and Larra (Jim) Daniels, Jacob (Georgia) Michalik and Scott (Kristy) Michalik; and great-grandmother of Owen, Elliott, Delaney, Aidan, Braidan, Andrew and Logan. No visitation. Services private. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Kaduke, Andrew 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-12-07
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Andrew Kaduke, 90, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Andrew was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Glassport, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Janitor) Kaduk. He joins his beloved wife of 58 years, Catherine Vrabel Kaduke, who preceded him in death July 19, 2013. He is survived by his children, Karen (Fred) Blanchard, of Elizabeth, Donna (Robert) Szarmach, of Havelock, N.C., David (Beverly) Kaduke, of Columbus, Ohio, Sandra (James) Dinofrio, of West Mifflin, Raymond (Ruth) Kaduke, of Pittsburgh, Charlene (Michael) Lacey, of Bethel Park, and Suzanne (David) Cipriani, of Bethel Park. Andrew loved and cared deeply for all his family and especially his grandchildren, Careen (Rod) Waterman, Allison, Adam, Rachel, Brianna, Todd (Stephanie), Rebecca, Nicholas, Christian, Cecilia, Catherine, Delaney and Thomas. His sisters, Helen Ciavarra and Irene McLaughlin, also survived him. After 39 years of hard work and service, Andrew retired from U.S. Steel Clairton Works in 1982. Everyone was welcome to his home and to share at his table. Andrew was an avid lover of dancing, golfing and Pittsburgh sports. Keeping their home and yard well-cared for was a labor of love both he and Catherine shared. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, 412-881-4100. A funeral Mass will be noon Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Gifts in memoriam of Andrew may be made on behalf of his beloved grandson, Tommy, to Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Laird, George W. 88

  • McCandless , Formerly of Princeton, N.J.
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • George W. Laird, 88, of McCandless, formerly of Princeton, N.J., died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Dolores (Salen) Laird; father of Kim (Robert Barowski) Laird, of Nesquehoning, and Gary (Kelly) Laird, of Ross Township; beloved grandfather of J.D., Drew and Josh Laird; brother of the late John, Betty, Charles (who died as a toddler) and Irene. George made friends everywhere he went due to his joyful spirit, wisecracking nature and love of life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 North Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation or Austin's Playroom Project, www.mariolemieux.org. "His passing was the first time that (George) ever made anyone sad." Red Skelton.
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Lutz, David M. 56

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1958-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Evans, Baltimore | Get Directions
  • David M. Lutz, 56, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Springdale, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. David was born Dec. 18, 1958. He was the loving son of Paul and Erma Jean Lutz; devoted father of Ben, Stephen, Emily and Tim Lutz; dear brother of Christine Mahone and her husband, Herb, Larry Lutz and his wife, Judy, Karl Lutz and his wife, Diana, Mary Jean Bujdos and her husband, Joe, and Michael Lutz and his partner, Jason Sumney; also survived by his many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and all of his students at Xpert Driving School. David was a graduate of Springdale High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had a master's degree from Loyola College and was the owner of Xpert Driving School in Baltimore. He loved spending time at the family camp in Tidioute; his biggest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends, especially his kids. Family and friends will honor Mr. Dave's life from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the family owned EVANS FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES - Parkville, 8800 Harford Road. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel-Overlea. Interment private. A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME, 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale, PA 15144. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Dave's name may be made to Evans Funeral Chapel for helping with funeral expenses. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com.
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Miele, Madeline E.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Madeline Estella (Penrod) Miele, of Swisshelm Park, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Crescente Miele; loving mother of Robert C. Miele and his wife, Rosemarie, of Swisshelm Park, and Vito D. Miele and his wife, Kathleen, of North Huntingdon; dear Grandma Madeline of Robert Miele, Jennifer Maloney and her husband, Michael, Susan Voinchet and her husband, Robert, David Miele and his wife, Jessica, and Amy Panneton and her husband, David; great-grandmother of Katherine, Laura, Peter, Julia, John, Robby, Maddie, Isabella, Christopher, Tommy, Jack, Charlie, Aiden and Anthony; daughter of the late Estella and George Penrod; and sister of the late Ruth, George and Thelma. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mihlfried, Paul N. 91

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Paul N. "Milky" Mihlfried, 91, of Millvale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Ritter Mihlfried; loving father of Cheryl Pfennigwerth, Paul W. (Kathy) Mihlfried, Gary Mihlfried and Gail Mihlfried; grandfather of Heidi Pfennigwerth, Thomas Pfennigwerth, Adam Mihlfried, Brad Mihlfried, Stephen Mihlfried, Sara Mihlfried, Nicole Mihlfried and Jesse Beck; grandfather of eight grandchildren; brother of Grace Spalick and Lawrence Mihlfried; brother-in-law of William Greiner; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Mihlfried was an World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He served in the China, Burma and India theaters and also was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 12. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 123 North Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Monday in Holy Spirit Church. Family requests memorial contributions to Holy Spirit Church.
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Page, David A.

  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • David Arthur Page died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He was born in Norwich, N.Y., the middle son of Howard Lloyd Page and Doris Loomis. He graduated from New Berlin High School, was a graduate of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and received an M.S. in economics from RPI in 1960. He also received a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design and was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965. He received a full scholarship from The Brookings Institute to write his Ph.D. thesis. Dr. Page worked with the New York Telephone Company, the Area Planning Office of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and then moved to Washington, D.C., where, for five years, he was a member of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. In 1970, Dr. Page moved to Pittsburgh where he did consulting work and then become professor at Robert Morris University where he taught strategic management and business policy. Additionally, he started Regional Resources Inc., a non-profit corporation which restored a historic building on Strawberry Way in downtown Pittsburgh. Dr. Page is survived by his wife, Anne Penrose "Penny" Page, whom he married in 1978. He was predeceased by his older brother, Howard Loomis Page, of Pittsboro, N.C. He is also survived by his younger brother, Raymond Waldo Page, of Parkville, Md.; and a daughter, Marcia, of Troy, N.Y. David Page was a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and a former president of the Harvard, Yale, Princeton Club. There will be no visitation and interment is private. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the ballroom of Longwood at Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Harvard University or Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Radu, Elizabeth J. 86

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1928-10-28
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Radu, 86, of McKeesport, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born in Liberty Borough on Oct. 28, 1928, to the late John and Elizabeth Miller Sr. Elizabeth was an avid reader and enjoyed watching soap operas. She was employed for many years at Kaufmanns in Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by brother, John Miller Jr.; and nephew, John Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah E. Radu, of McKeesport; niece, Susan E. Bilec, of Port Vue; and nephew, Gregory A. Miller, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at STRIFFLERS OF DRAVOSBURG/WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Parish in Port Vue with Father Daniel Straughn officiating. Burial will follow.
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Sabol Sr., Eugene J. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1947-09-24
  • Died: 2015-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene J. "Gino" Sabol Sr., 67, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident in West Virginia. Born Sept. 24, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of Mary (Spirnak) Sabol and the late John J. Sabol. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin. He was the proprietor of Gene's Homeville Service Center, and a proud Army Vietnam veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Eugene J. Sabol Jr., of West Mifflin, and a daughter, Rachael (Bill) Fike, of South Park; two sisters, Marian (Michael) Gross, of Dumfries, Va., and Audrey (Frank) Steiner, of West Mifflin; two grandchildren, Aidan and Ashton Fike; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant, daughter, Angel Sabol. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Holy Trinity Church (everyone please meet at church) with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Estate of Mr. Sabol, c/o Wm. S. Skovranko Memorial Home, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Schmidt, Sandra L. 61

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1954-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Schmidt, 61, of Forward Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in her home. Born May 1, 1954, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Geraldine (O'Neil) Rogan. Sandra was a former secretary for California University of Pennsylvania. She loved spending time with family and close friends and vacationing in Stone Harbor, N.J. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, William K. Schmidt, of Forward Township; daughter, Colleen (Terence O'Neill) Schmidt, of Arlington, Va.; brother, David (Patricia) Rogan, of Bethel Park; also survived by an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Jack Rogan. A memorial gathering will be held for Sandra from 4 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, with Pastor Richard Krug. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the family home. Memorial contributions can be made to ALS Association, Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stepanian II, Steven A.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1935-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Steven Arivd Stepanian II, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, from complications from pneumonia. He was a well-known Pittsburgh attorney. Born April 15, 1935, he was 80 years old. Mr. Stepanian had practiced sports, corporate and financial law since his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1963. Mr. Stepanian served as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins for more than 18 years, from 1985 through 2003, when they won their two Stanley Cups. He handled personal matters for players such as home purchases and sales, celebrity appearances and product endorsements. He often traveled with the team to away games. His best friend was Paul Martha, the Penguins President and they had lunch together every day for 35 years. From 1981 through 1990, he was general counsel for the National Football League Alumni. He negotiated a pension plan for the pre-1959 players who had been excluded from the original pension agreement. He previously was an owner of Marine Magnesium Co., which purchased its pharmaceutical business from Merck and Co. in 1988. MMC became the world's largest independent producer of magnesium pharmaceutical products and was sold in 1994 to Morton Salt Co. As past president of the Pittsburgh University Club, he was instrumental in removing the racially-discriminatory membership requirements of the club in 1981. He was a member of the Duquesne Club for more than 40 years and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mensa International. Mr. Stepanian was the son of the late Steven and Edithmarion Stepanian and was raised in Charleroi. He attended Grove City College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He flew for more than three years as a navigator for the Strategic Air Command and then remained active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was recalled to active duty in Vietnam in 1967 to 1968 and retired in 1972 with the rank of major. His wife, Pamela, is an international flight attendant for USAirways/American Airlines and together they traveled the world. He was a man of great humor, style and wit. His zest for life and his intellect were boundless. He will be immensely missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Abbey Stepanian, of Pittsburgh; his brother, Leo, and his sister, Dr. Laurie Anne, both of Butler; as well as his niece and nephews, Leanne, Leo, Joshua and Jonathan; and many great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the JOHN A. FREYVOGEL INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Ave. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or an organization of your choice.
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Westmoreland County

DeLambo, Frederick J. 73

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-09-08
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. DeLambo, 73, of Southwest Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late John J. and Amelia (Dent) DeLambo. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Quality Building Services. Pappy was the perfect husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. His family meant everything to him, including his fur babies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallyann (Ream) DeLambo, on March 6, 2011; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Croushore; a brother, John D. DeLambo; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Nalevanko. He is survived by a son, Mark G. Croushore and his wife, Sheri, of Marienville; two daughters, Mona L. Dorko, of Southwest Greensburg, and Marcia J. Sompel and her husband, Duane, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael F. DeLambo and his wife, Amy, of South Carolina; a sister, Patricia Nalevanko, of South Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fennel, Kristen L. 41

  • Irwin , Formerly of Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Kristen L. (Stone) Fennel, 41, of Irwin, formerly of Turtle Creek, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was the loving wife of Adam Fennel for 12 years; beloved daughter of Ardale E. (Pringle) Stone and James (Beverly) Stone; caring sister of Michael (Deanna) Stone, Vanessa (Rob) O'Rourke and Jaison (Jennifer) Stone; devoted aunt of Emily and Steven Fennel, Michael Stone, Ryan and Aiden Stone, and Zachary, Rylee and Addisyn O'Rourke; dear daughter-in-law of Vernon C. and Mary Rose Lentz; and sister-in-law of Kenneth R. (Kelly) Fennel and Margaret Lentz. She is also survived by her two companions, Frankie and Tessi. Kristen was outgoing, loved hiking with her dogs, and lived life to the fullest. She put up a courageous fight and will always be remembered for her smile. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950), where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment to follow at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Gardner, Nicole A. 32

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1983-07-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Nicole A. Gardner, 32, of Hunker, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born Friday, July 29, 1983, in Jeannette, a daughter of Alan Gardner, of Crabtree, and Sharon Mayhorn, of Hunker. Surviving is brother, Michael Shotwell, of Hunker; and two half sisters, Alana and Stephanie. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood.
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Griffin, Nevaeh L. 9

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 2006-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevaeh L. Griffin, 9, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home being held by her mother and father. She was born May 1, 2006, in Jeannette, a daughter of Jason and Amber Holmes Griffin, of Ruffsdale. Prior to her illness, Nevaeh attended West Newton Elementary School. During her illness, Nevaeh spent countless hours giving to other children by collecting over 20,000 cans of Play-Doh. She used her time in the hospital and at home trying to ease the pain of other children through her selfless acts of kindness. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Black; and her paternal great-grandparents, Thelma and Joseph Griffin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her little brother, Izayah L. Griffin; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Loughner, of Jeannette, and Kenneth Holmes, of Smithton; paternal grandparents, Tina Underwood and husband, Eddie, of Derry, and Kevin Griffin Sr., of Greensburg; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Loughner, of Darragh; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Ann Holmes, of Youngwood, and Hannalore Steiner, of Darragh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins, whom she enjoyed spending time with and were her closest friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nevaeh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020, where services will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, teddy bears may be brought to the funeral home to be donated in memory of Nevaeh. Nevaeh's family has entrusted her care to the 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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Mediate, Donna Jean 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-01-21
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Mediate, 77, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kathryn (DeMaria) Emerick. She met her husband, Anthony, in 1957, and they were married Nov. 5, 1960. Donna Jean had been employed by JC Penney and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Michael; her special grandfather, Michael DeMaria; sisters, Lois and Mary Margaret; and a niece, Anarene. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Mediate; three children, Rocco Mediate and wife, Jessica, Nicole Maria Leavy and husband, Peter, and Gina Marie Mediate; six grandchildren, Rocco Vincent, Nicco, Marco, Blake, Logan and Francesca; brother-in-law, Joseph and wife, Donna; nephews, Joe Mediate and wife, Stephanie, Marc Mediate and wife, Heather; a niece, Kathy Vernau and husband, Jack; great-nephews, Justin, Jacob and Owen; and great-nieces, Camryn and Caitlin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Donna Jean's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Redstone Highlands and Promise Hospice for the amazing love, support and kindness they showed Donna and the entire Mediate family during her time there. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Blvd., Delmont, PA 15626 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute at www.myeloma.uams.edu/giving/. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Parshook, Leon A. 80

  • Lower Burrell , Formerly of Arnold
  • Born: 1935-08-11
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Leon A. Parshook, 80, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Arnold, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in his home. He was born in Arnold, Aug. 11, 1935, to the late Archie and Mary Greshkevich Parshook, and had been a life resident of the local area. After graduating from Arnold High School in 1955, Leon served in the Army as a military policeman. Having a great love of trains, upon being discharged he worked for Union Railroad as a brakeman before becoming employed at PPG Paints in Springdale, where he worked for 37 years prior to his retirement. Leon met his wife, Eleanor, of 53 years, at a dance and enjoyed dancing until his illness. They enjoyed traveling, especially cruises and an annual trip to Ocean City, Md. He was a Pitt, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoyed local high school football and basketball games, as well as jogging daily and coffee with the Get-Go Gang. Most of all, he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Leon was an active member of St. John Orthodox Church, New Kensington, and was involved with its perogie projects. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Kapezynski Parshook; son, Lee (Cyndi) Parshook, of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Robin Parshook and Jamie (Tom) Solano, of Pasadena, Md.; and grandchildren, Zachary (Danielle), Jacqueline, Victoria and Benjamin Parshook, and Cameron and Cailey Solano. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Parshook; and sisters, Valentina Templin, Vera Scott, Olympia Neander and Dolly Chekanski. 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 Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Nicholi Breckenridge. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. Panikhida services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pelino, Tina M. 59

  • New Kensington , Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1956-08-27
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Tina M. (Myers) Pelino, 59, of New Kensington, formerly of West Deer Township, died Aug. 29, 2015. Born Aug. 27, 1956, in Harrison Township, to the late John "Monk" and Loretta M. (Olar) Myers Jr. Tina grew up in the West Deer area and graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 1974. She worked on the sanitizing crew for North Side Foods, Arnold, for more than 19 years. She was of Catholic faith. She enjoyed decorating for holidays, crafts, reading and especially spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Terrence L. (Vincent) Bachman, of Arnold, Anthony M. Bachman, of New Kensington, Nicole J. Pelino, of Dallas, Texas, Dominick J. Pelino, at home, and Michael A. (Christina) Pelino, of Arnold; grandchildren, Isabel, Brionna, Gavin, Haley and Aubree; brothers, William L. Myers, of Arnold, and John Myers III, of New Kensington; and sisters, Brenda S. Kestner, of Creighton, Julieanne Hoffman, of Arnold, and Beverly J. Myers, of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce Myers. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where a blessing service will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Charles Speicher officiating. Burial will be private. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Shopsky, William E. 87

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William E. Shopsky, 87, of Norvelt, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. Born June 9, 1928, in Pleasant Unity, he was a son of the late William P. and Marie Loughner Shopsky. Bill was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trauger. He was a life member of the Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg and the Norvelt Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Pleasant Unity VFW. Mr. Shopsky was a past scout master of Troop 472 of Norvelt, where he was known as "Chip." Also, he taught hunter safety classes. Mr. Shopsky was a veteran of the Navy and while serving he witnessed two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William E. "Pudgie" Shopsky, who died Oct. 8, 1984; brother, Harvey Shopsky; and sisters, Peg Loughner and Lib Struble. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bernardine Lesko Shopsky, with whom he would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with on Sept. 4, 2015. He is also survived by his sons, Bruce M. and Brian M. Shopsky; and daughter-in-law, Patty and her husband, Dan Wolfe. He was the grandfather of Karonia, Jenna, Cory and Wyatt; and great-grandfather of Elizabeth and William E. Bill's interests were hunting, fishing, boating, reading his "junk mail," going to his camp, and hanging out with his buddies at the lake building. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark A. Werner officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Shopsky's memory may be made to his church, St. Paul Lutheran, 108 Dutch Hill, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Spears, Michelle L. 37

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1978-05-10
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle Lee Spears, 37, of Greensburg, entered into the Lord's embrace, while being surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Her father and mother were there to see Michelle's first breath and her last breath. Michelle was born Wednesday, May 10, 1978, at St. Mary's Hospital, Langhorne, to Colleen M. Spears and Thomas E. Spears. Michelle is survived by her beautiful and kind son, Joseph Louis Geiser VI.; her mother and father; brother, Thomas J. Spears (Tammy); sister, Lisa M. Panzarello (Jesse); along with nieces/nephews, Tyler, Brody, Guiliana, Adelina, Alayna and Alessandra. Michelle graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1997. She was the strongest-willed person you would ever meet, had an extraordinary zest for life and always had a story to tell. She was a talented photographer, able to capture life's moments. Her smile, yell and laughter could light up an entire room. Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend will be missed more then we can bear, but we find comfort now knowing that she is now at eternal peace. May God rest her soul and continue to love her as she watches over her son, Joey, family and friends. Though she may be gone from the physical plane, she will still live on with us in our hearts and minds. As Michelle always said, "One day at a time, one foot in front of the other." Family and friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Michelle's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Jordan, Willis R. 91

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1923-10-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Willis R. Jordan, 91, of Leechburg, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Fair Winds Manor, Sarver. Born on Oct. 29, 1923, in Butler, he was the son of the late Willis and Francis (Quinn) Jordan. He was employed as an engineer at TNN Engineering Services, Lower Burrell, retiring in 1982. Mr. Jordan served in the Army as a Private and was a World War II POW veteran. He enjoyed watching television, especially wrestling, and eating sweets. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Howell) Jordan; son, Alva Jordan (Laura), of Tarentum; stepsons, Earl Redmond and William Howell, of Butler; daughters, Sandy Jenkins (Al), of Springfield, W.Va., Diane Harris, of Springfield, W.Va., Catherine Fryar (Jesse), of Freeport, and Jaclyn Kostelansky (Nick), of North Apollo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Ellis Clark (Joann), of Butler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Pete Jordan and Leroy, who passed away in infancy; and his sister, Lila Young. At the request of Mr. Jordan, there will be no public visitation or ceremonies. Arrangements by CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051). To send an online condolence to the Jordan family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Mollick, John E. 68

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1946-11-11
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • John E. Mollick, 68, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at home. Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Apollo, he was a son of the late Stanley C. and Stella (Skwirut) Mollick. John lived in the Apollo area most of his life and was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School. He served our country with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, serving in the 1st and 3rd Marine Division as a forward observer for 81 mortars. John worked as a production foreman in local mines, including Tunnelton Mining Co., for 30 years and was last employed as an armored truck driver. He was a member of the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the American Legion Post 114 in Vandergrift. John enjoyed hunting, riding four-wheelers, spending time at his friend's camp and loved watching his son race, from three-wheelers to super late models at local tracks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Victoria L. Kloc; and his favorite pet, his cocker spaniel, Madison. John is survived by his wife, Judith R. (Voelker) Mollick; son, John W. "Muggy" (Kimberly) Mollick, of Toronto, Ohio; brothers, Stanley C. (Joyce) Mollick, of Apollo, Frank (Joan) Mollick, of Easton, Md., Andrew (Jesilyn) Mollick, of Lakeland, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father John Euker officiating. At the conclusion of the service, military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County Veterans Honor Guard. Private interment will be in the Cemetery of The Alleghenies, Bridgeville, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Sopher Jr., James A. 28

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • James A. Sopher Jr., 28, of Cranberry Township, died Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of James A. and Marcia (Schrecengost) Sopher; loving brother of Lindsay Senft (Zachary); uncle of Luciana and Henrik Senft; nephew of Cindy Sopher, Terry Sopher, Kay Dunkle, Donna LaSitis, Lynne Schrecengost and Carol Karistofik; also survived by many cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but now he rests peacefully in the hands of his Father, Jesus Christ in Heaven. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Additional visitation 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Victory Church, 21150 Route 19, Cranberry township, PA 16066. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Victory.
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Vasko, Edward E.

  • Adams Township
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Vasko, of Adams Township, formerly of Mt. Washington, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Helen (Malley) Vasko; loving father of Catherine Crawford, Janice Dunbar (William), Cindy Vasko-Roesser (Phil), Edward Vasko Jr. (Patricia), Christina Sandherr (Thomas), Peggy Kelly (Thomas), Susan Tighe (Edwin), Douglas Vasko (Lisa), Darlene Vasko and the late Patricia Mullen; also survived by 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road No. 102, Harrisburg, PA 15109.
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Walia, Pushpa 79

  • Mars
  • Born: 1935-09-03
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Pushpa Walia, 79, of Mars, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter's home. Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Delhi, India, she was the daughter of the late Babu Lal and Brahma Devi Ahluwalia. Surviving are her children, Sunil K. Walia (Rampyari), Dushyant K. Walia (Chanda), Harsh V. Walia (Liliette), Ashok K. Walia, Deepak K. Walia (Rupa), Sidharth K. Walia (Rhea), Pradeep K. Walia (Suzanne), Geeta Kaul (Bipin) and Sandeepa Kaleida (Brian); 18 grandchildren; her siblings, Shakuntala Devi Ahluwalia, Amar Singh Ahluwalia, Santosh Chandar and Sushila Mehta; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mohinder Singh Walia, who she married March 7, 1954, and who died June 6, 1990; and by her brother, Lalit Ahluwalia. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Henry, Nancy L. 61

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-02-23
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lizabeth Crislip Henry, 61, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of her loving mother, Audrey Cavanaugh Crislip, of Connellsville, and the late Jack E. Crislip Sr. Nancy was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1972. She then received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1976. Nancy was a talented journalist and worked for the Connellsville Daily Courier in advertising for many years, and she most recently worked as a freelance journalist. She was also employed at Woods Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant. Nancy was known for upbeat and interesting articles about local people and activities in Connellsville and currently wrote the "Around Town" weekly column. Nancy was active in many civic organizations, including Friends of the Carnegie Library, Connellsville Rotary Club, Downtown Connellsville, Fayette Cultural Trust and Crossroads Magazine. She was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and was a member of the Connellsville Slovak Club. She attended the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Nancy was an avid NASCAR and stockcar racing fan. She was an alumna and huge fan of West Virginia University. In addition to her mother, Nancy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her brother, Jack Crislip and wife, Patty; and her sisters, Marilee McFadden and husband, Gene, and Kathe Crislip. Nancy was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces, Audra McFadden and Elle Crislip; and her nephew, Michael McFadden. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Dow Carnahan. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the hour of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Suzanne Zampella officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425; or Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, in memory of Nancy L. Henry. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Svend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Pastor Scott Martin officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Waddington, William A. 82

  • Peters Township
  • Died: 2015-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • William Aloysius Waddington, 82, of Peters Township, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at his home. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Joan (Diviny) Waddington; loving father of William A. (Katherine) Waddington, Gail Marie Waddington, Joanne W. (James) Kyriacopoulos, Gregory J. (Beti) Waddington and Thomas A. (Rachel) Waddington; loving grandfather of Justin (Colleen) Waddington, Matthew (Amy) Waddington, Brendan Waddington, Alexandra Kyriacopoulos, John Kyriacopoulos, Jonathan Waddington, Michael Waddington, Madison Waddington, Josiah (Tara) Atkins, Susanna (Austin) Miller, Rosalynn Atkins, Caroline Atkins, Elaina Atkins, Samuel Waddington and Noelle Waddington; loving great-grandfather of Emily Waddington and Taylor Waddington; and loving brother of James Waddington (Dorothy), Margaret Polinsky (Edward) and Robert Waddington. Mr. Waddington served in the Army during the Korean War where he attended Signal School and served as a cryptographer. He also was a graduate of the Drexel Institute of Technology and was employed by RCA and through mergers and acquisitions retired from Lockheed Martin where he established, led and served as director of Proposal Operations. William was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Trinity Church in Moorestown, N.J., where he faithfully served and volunteered to manage various church operations. William was an avid golfer and joined leagues in Moorestown, N.J., and Mt. Lebanon, and he was a longtime member and champion speaker of Toastmasters International. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. Inurnment will be private. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx and Gateway Hospice www.gatewayhospice.com. Please view or add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Walor, Barbara J. 82

  • Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-08-25
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  • Barbara Joanne Walor, 82, of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Lombard, Ill. She was born June 8, 1933, in Wichita, Kan. She was the only child of Florence Mae (Polson) and Curtis Everett Hunter. She attended Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1956. She married John Walor on June 2, 1957, in Wichita and they lived there until 1966 when they moved to Crystal Lake. She was a longtime teacher at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South High Schools, teaching and counseling students who were at high risk of dropping out of school. In 1974, she completed her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During her retirement, she and her husband lived in the Ozarks for five years before moving back to Crystal Lake, where they continued to golf and enjoy other outdoor activities. Her husband predeceased her, having passed away Aug. 6, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Hunter (Julie) Walor and Curt (Kendy) Walor; and her grandchildren, Gregory, John, Marin, Tru and Chase. A burial site service and ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Union Cemetery, 127 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. For more information, please call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
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