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Colledge, Clyde I. 89

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Clyde I. Colledge, 89, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Amber Woods in Harmarville. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret "Peg" Colledge, who died May 1, 2015. He was the dear father of Charles J., of Penn Hills, Clyde Richard Colledge, of Pittsburgh, and Carol I. (Scott) Sibley, of King of Prussia; brother of Vernon (late Mary Lou) Colledge, of West Deer Township, and the late Louise E. Arthur, Aldeane Dubrosky and James A. Colledge; and grandfather of Elisabeth, Daniel, Michael and Nilda. Clyde was a member of Verona Presbyterian Church and served in the Army during World War II. Friends and relatives will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Thursday with his pastor, the Rev. Brian Diebold, at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Entombment will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Family suggests memorials to Verona Presbyterian Church, S. Ave. Verona, PA 15147. Visit us at www.burket-truby.com.
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Connor, W. Neale 89

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • W. Neale Connor, 89, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley J. Connor; loving father of Wesley (Sally) Connor, Tracy Connor and Alan (Jennifer) Connor; stepfather of Kandy (Mervin) Noyce, Kristy (Tom) Slavicek and the late Kathy (Al, survives) Meyers; grandfather of 13; great-grandfather of 11; and brother of Stanley (Eleanor) Connor. He was preceded in death by a grandson. Neale served in the Navy during World War II. He and his wife operated three microwave cooking stores. Neale was also an engineer for PPG Industries for many years. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS, 412-531-4000. Friends are welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, PA 15216. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Entombment will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Harmony Foundation International, 110 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203. Please add and view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Decolati, John M. 81

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • John M. "Crackers" Decolati, 81, of Glassport, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at home with his loving family at his bed side. He is the son of the late Morris and Rose (Tozono) Decolati. He is survived by his wife, Thelma F. (Angelo) Decolati; two daughters, Lynn (John) Diehl, of Mt. Vernon, and Joann Decolati, of Elizabeth, and a son, John (Carol) Decolati, of Liberty Borough; grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa, Jessica, Melissa and Patty Jo; great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Angelina; and two brothers, Morris Decolati, of Elizabeth, and Gary Decolati, from Colorado. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McKeesport, US Navy Korea and the Sons of Italy in Glassport. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport, with the Rev. Vincent Velas. Interment will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
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Dillon, Ryan M. 23

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Ryan M. Dillon, 23, of Monroeville, tragically passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the beloved son of Ronald F. Dillon Sr. and Jeanine (Signorini) Dillon; brother of Ronald F. Dillon Jr. and Nathan R. Dillon; loving grandson of Donna (the late August) Signorini, Vera H. Perry (David) and William R. Dillon Sr.; godson of Barbara Wright; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the Garden City United Methodist Church, 500 Laurel Drive, Monroeville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the church. Interment following in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Garden City United Methodist Church, greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Dunkle, Harry 71

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1943-09-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Harry Dunkle, 71, of Tarentum, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh. He was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Washington, Pa., a son of the late Norvil C. and Pauline Gray Dunkle. Harry worked as a security guard and custodian most of his life. He was of the Presbyterian faith. Harry enjoyed reading, walking, hiking and camping. He is survived by his sisters, Judy (Jack) Weaver, of Danielson, Conn., and Betty (Dallas) Gull, of Monroe, N.C.; brother, Frank (Karen) Dunkle, of Dayville, Conn.; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Services and burial for Harry were private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Earl, Edmond E. 103

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Edmond E. Earl, 103, lifelong resident of Millvale, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. He worked many years as a yard foreman for Blawnox. He was the beloved husband for more than 60 years to his favorite girl, Jewel (Gorso); loving uncle to many nieces and nephews as well as grand-nieces and nephews; and loving and loyal friend to many who fondly knew him as "Uncle Ed". After celebrating 103 years of his life, he is going back to his Jewel's arms. He will be greatly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 N. Ave.,(next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Services will be at noon Wednesday.
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Edwards, Viola 94

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1920-08-12
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Viola Edwards, 94, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. She was born, Viola Grace Goodrum on Aug. 12, 1920, in West Mifflin, one of six children of James and Britha Jean (Andrews) Goodrum. Viola was a lifelong member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and a member of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Howard Edwards, Russell Meyers, Robert Weber and Edward J. Mattes, and four of her siblings, two brothers, James and Arnold Goodrum, and two sisters, Mary DaBaldo and recently Hannah McDevitt, on Friday, May 22, 2015, one day before Viola. Viola is survived by three children, son, Arnold Mattes, of Jefferson Hills, and two daughters, Donna Kettish, of Sykesville, Md., and Karen (Jeff) Dowd, of Fort Mill, S.C.; five grandchildren, Lance Mattes, of Bethel Park, Dawn (Kettish) Schmidt, of Galena, Ohio, Lori (Kettish) Banks, of Sykesville, Tracy (Dowd) Carrasco, of Orlando, Fla., and Justin Dowd, of Fort Mill; 13 great-grandchildren; and her remaining sister, Jean Hudson, of Shalimar, Fla. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of her service at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills. The Rev. Robert Titus will be officiating. Her burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery in West Mifflin. If desired, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershq.org. Visit www.stephendslater.com. for condolences and more information.
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Garrigan, Loretta D. 85

  • Springdale
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Loretta D. Garrigan, 85, of Springdale, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She is the widow of the late Charles M. Garrigan; mother of the late Dan Garrigan; and sister of the late Anna May Wirth, Rose Crawford and Rita Panko. Mrs. Garrigan was a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Springdale. Surviving her are her children, sons, Martin (Laurie) Garrigan and Thomas (Patti) Garrigan, and daughter, Eileen (Don) Hedenburg; and grandchildren, Daniel, Colleen, Emily, Gavin and Kate. There will be a wake at the family home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, in St. Alphonsus Church with the Rev. Kenneth Kezmarsky officiating and burial to follow in Springdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Springdale Cemetery Association. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Glass, William C. 58

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1957-02-03
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Goldsboro-Fabry, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William C. "Billy" Glass, 58, of McKeesport, died Friday, May 22, 2015. He was born Feb. 3, 1957, a son of Helen Deutsch Seger and John Glass Jr. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Clark. Billy is survived by his father; brother, Robert Glass; sister, Brenda Grainger; and several nieces and nephews. Billy's family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh (Curry, Broughton, South Park Township), where funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Billy's professional funeral services have been entrusted to the GOLDSBORO-FABRY FUNERAL HOME INC., Fairchance, John M. Fabry, Supervisor. Condolences can be made online at www.goldsboro-fabry.com.
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Goldstein, Herbert

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Herbert Goldstein, of Squirrel Hill, died Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Sonja Goldstein; loving father of Richard and Vicki and Jimmy and Cindy; brother of Morton and Sandy Goldstein; and adored PaPa Herbie to Jamie, Lauren, Stephanie, Lindsey, Max and Jordana. Herbert was an independent sales representative of children's clothing. Herb was founder of the 14th Ward Baseball for Boys and was the recipient of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Ziggy Kahn Award. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, where services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com.
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Hanson, William F. 74

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • William F. "Bill" Hanson, 74, of Wilkins Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Roberta (Bogovich) Hanson for 55 years; loving father of Bill (Mariah) Hanson, of Oil City, Robert (Ruth) Hanson and Jennifer (Mark) Skladany, all of Wilkins Township; proud grandfather of Bob Hanson and Chloe Noah; brother of Sally (John) Trinchero, of Turtle Creek, Jack (Debbie) Hanson, of Wilkins Township, Patrick (Tina) Hanson, of Delmont, Ruth McClelland, of Turtle Creek, and the late Laura Falcocchio and late Frank Hanson. Bill was a retired employee of Westinghouse, Research and Development site in Churchill. He was a fishing enthusiast, especially at Lake Erie angling for steelhead, bass and walleye. His most enjoyment, however, came while spending time with his family. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Bill will be laid to rest in Church Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice, 55 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Hartnett Jr., Daniel F. 85

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Daniel F. Hartnett Jr., 85, of Munhall, died Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the father of Kathy Chimes, Dan Hartnett III, Tim Hartnett, John (Stacey) Hartnett, Patrick (Deann) Hartnett and the late Michael (wife, Karen survives) Hartnett; brother of the late William (wife, Barb survives) Hartnett; grandfather of Corey Shaina, Joshua, Kimberly, Jesse, Rebecca, Richard Connor, Shannon, Kayla and Alaina; great-grandfather of Mikayla; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dan was a veteran of the Air Force, serving during Korea; a retired foreman for U.S. Steel Homestead Works; an avid Steelers fan; and a member of AARP No. 3172. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Hickly, Clara A. 96

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Clara A. Hickly, 96, of the North Side, died Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the beloved aunt of William (Joan) Hickly, Robert (the late Diane) Hickly and Donald Hickly; and is also survived by many great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-great-nephew and many cousins. Clara worked at Morgan's Cleaners in Bellevue for more than 40 years, was a graduate of Oliver High School Class of 1937 and was still meeting her alumni for luncheons regularly. She was a devoted member of The Risen Lord Parish. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Risen Lord Parish. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Hunter, Lindley R. 95

  • Born: 1919-05-25
  • Died: 2015-05-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Lindley Reed Hunter died Tuesday, May 12, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late James Grant Hunter; mother of Lindley Hunter Scarff (Timothy B.) of Fayetteville, Ga.; grandmother of Hunter B. Scarff, of Tulsa, Okla., and James E. Scarff, of Fayetteville, Ga.; aunt of Matilda Powers Forsell (the late Richard), of Westfield, N.Y., Daniel G. Powers (Carolyn), of Roswell, Ga., Mary Marks Unkovic (John C.), of Pittsburgh, Margaret Marks Meacham (John), of Brooklandville, Md., Margot Sutton McConnel (William Bruce), of St. Michael's, Md., John B. Sutton III, of Park City, Utah, and the late William McK. Reed Powers (the late Jane) and the late J. Grier Marks (the late Patricia). Lindley was born in Pittsburgh on May 25, 1919, and was confirmed in the Church of the Ascension. She attended The Ellis School and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Lindley married James Grant Hunter on May 11, 1946. She worked for the Trust Department at the Union Trust Company as a bookkeeper at Tots and Tweeds clothing store and was a Realtor in the late 70s and early 80s. Lindley was a lifetime member of the Church of the Ascension, a Charter member of the Window Box Garden Club; she belonged to the Pittsburgh Golf Club and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America/Pennsylvania. She volunteered for the Altar Guild at the Church of the Ascension, St Margaret's Hospital, and the American Red Cross during World War II. She was a board member at the Rebecca Residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, in the Church of the Ascension. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Church of the Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the Women's Shelter, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Janov, Andrew 88

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1927-02-03
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew Janov, 88, of North Versailles, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at Hempfield Manor in Greensburg. He was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Braddock, a son of the late John and Anna Verba Janov. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Janov. An Army World War II veteran, he retired from Bethlehem Steel and was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Joan Andrews; and sons, Andrew, Paul and Blase Janov. Also surviving are grandchildren, great-grandchildren and brothers, Michael, Thomas and Donald. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a Panachida will be held at 4 p.m. A Parastas will begin in the chapel of the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Father Donald Voss as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Keane, William D. 72

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1942-07-06
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Dr. William D. Keane, of White Oak, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. Born July 6, 1942, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late Frederick and Helen (Sargent) Keane. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Warner) Keane. William retired from his house call dental practice in 2008. With Carol as his assistant, he served patients at nursing homes, hospitals and private residences in a seven county area. In 1997, William proudly became a U.S. Citizen. He was the former owner of a general dentistry practice, with offices in Mt. Washington, Bellevue and Monroeville. William held a degree in anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh and was a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. William's memberships included the American and Pennsylvania Dental Associations, Schiller Institute, McKeesport Community Life, Jewish Community Center, McKeesport YMCA and Bally's Health Club in Penn Hills. William was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Bob O'Conner Golf Course at Schenley Park. In addition to his Carol, survivors include his sister, Marion; and brother-in-law, Bert Wilson, of London, Ontario; nieces, Cathy and Jenny, and nephew, John; and mother-in-law, Madeline Joyce, of McKeesport. No public service is scheduled at William's request. Inurnment will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Memorial contributions are suggested to Schiller Institute or St. Patrick Church in McKeesport. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Klimek, Patricia 70

  • North Versailles , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1945-01-23
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Patricia Klimek, 70, of North Versailles, formerly of Clairton, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born in McKeesport on Jan. 23, 1945, and is the daughter of the late John and Roberta Soncini Patrick. She is survived by her husband, Randy; sons, William (Laura) Klimek, of Elizabeth, and Randy (Shannon Smith) Klimek, of Clairton; grandson, Daniel; brother, Ronald (Sharon) Patrick, of Wheatfield, Ind.; and her faithful companions, Gizmo and Bella. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, John Patrick. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel and officiated by Father Kevin Dominik.
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Kormosh Jr., Joseph 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Joseph Kormosh Jr., 83, West Mifflin, departed peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the beloved and devoted husband of the late Helen E. (DiLucia) Kormosh; beloved and devoted father of Matthew J. Kormosh, Lynn (Kormosh) Sullivan and Joseph M. Kormosh; brother of Dorothy Jean (Kormosh) Haberle; son of the late Mary and Joseph "Ike" Kormosh; and is also survived by four beautiful and beloved grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Joseph was born May 24, 1932, and attended Munhall High School. Joseph joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and Army Reserves in 1948 as Private E2 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served at the Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules missile battery as Commander, and received numerous honors, commendations and medals. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Joseph also retired from Motor Coils Inc. in Braddock, and was proprietor of K and K Maintenance. Joseph was a recipient of the Pilgrim Award from the Loyal Order of Moose. Joseph was a parishioner at Resurrection Church in West Mifflin, member of the American Legion Post 0915, life member of Homeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, life member of Thompson Run Athletic Association and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 60. Joseph wishes his family, friends, military associates, grass cutting customers and all others good luck and health, and prayed for God's blessing for all of you. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Kovalyak, George S. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1931-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • George S. Kovalyak, 83, of West Mifflin, formerly of Clairton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born Oct. 15, 1931, in Clairton, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Faron) Kovalyak. George retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works where he worked in the refrigeration and air conditioning department. He was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton and its Holy Name Society, an Army veteran where he served as a sergeant in the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post No. 803 in Clairton. George enjoyed golfing in both the Topsy Golf League at Seven Springs and the Happy Hackers at South Park Golf Course. George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irene (Iski) Galiyas Kovalyak; daughter, Terri Michell, of Bethel Park; son, George R. Kovalyak, of West Mifflin; stepson, Mitchell E. (Mary Jo) Galiyas, of Coraopolis; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Kovalyak, of Palm Coast, Fla., James Kovalyak, of Easley, S.C., and Michael Kovalyak, of Clairton; sisters, Betty Trepanowski, of Glassport, Mary Zaken, of Elizabeth Township, and Ann Chargo, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul and John Kovalyak. Friends will be received from 2 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Parastas service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery, Clairton. The family would like to thank the staff at Family Hospice and Palliative Care for the compassion and attention given to George and would like memorial contributions sent to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Leech, Bernice C. 92

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Bernice C. Leech, 92, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015. "Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song." She was the beloved wife of 62 years to the late Richard "Dick" Leech, who passed away Sept. 7, 2008; loving mother of Thomas (Ginny) Leech, Kathy (Mike) Stansbery and Raymond (Joanna) Leech; dear grandmother of Michael (Erika) Leech, Paul (Courtney) Leech, Matthew (Madison) Leech, Holly (Seth) Shaheen, Ben Stansbery, Tony (Kyle) Hembree, Casey Shively, Jordon Leech, Kortney Leech, Krysta Leech, Jeff Leech and Cammie Leech; and great-grandmother to Noah Leech and Dominic Hembree. She was a 1940 graduate of Brentwood High School and a lifelong Sunday school and adult Christian education teacher. Viewing and memorial services will be private. Condolences may be forwarded to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. Donations may be made in her name to the Billy Graham Evangelical Organization at www.honor.billygraham.org.
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Lyle, Ruth 74

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Ruth Lyle, 74, of Ross Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the wife of 54 years to Paul J. Lyle; mother of Kim (Tom) Zurcher, Jeff Lyle, Karen (John) Glatz and Michelle Lyle; grandmother of Zack (Mary Jane) Zurcher, Russell Zurcher, Amanda and Ryan Lyle, Rebecca, Jake, Carly, Ben and Christopher Glatz and Elizabeth and Emily Tumpa; great-grandmother of Sophia Zurcher; and sister of Pat Brashier, Mary (Bob) Butcher and the late Bill (Marilyn) Stewart. Ruth will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave. (next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggestions donations to the M.S. Society or a charity of your choice.
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McClelland, Diane 74

  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Diane McClelland, 74, passed on to God at St. Margaret's Hospital on May 24, 2015, after lengthy complications from a broken hip. Left behind are her husband, Richard, who loves her greatly. Diane was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., as the daughter of Glenn and Harry Davidson. Diane subsequently met her husband, Richard, while a student nurse at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. The above photo is how her husband of 52 years prefers to remember her when they first met. Diane went on to public health nursing until her daughter, Allyson, was born. Diane will be greatly missed by her husband, daughter and granddaughter, Abey, and her many friends. Her sunny disposition and wise council were without peer. Diane was a breast cancer survivor and would have requested in lieu of flowers that contributions be sent to a related charity. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Additional visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Wednesday until time of service. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Mikita Jr., Peter 88

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-04-24
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Peter Mikita Jr., 88, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at home. Born April 24, 1927, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Peter Mikita Sr. and Mary (Hazy) Mikita, and beloved husband for 68 years of Santa (Raffle) Mikita. Peter was the owner of Mikita Superette for 20 years and then worked for 14 years as a meat cutter at Thoroughfare. He would go on to retire as a butcher at Giant Eagle. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of St. Patrick Church and Youghiogheny Country Club. In addition to his wife, Sandy, he is survived by his daughter, Saundra (Michael) Salvi, of McKeesport; two grandchildren, Steven (Jen) Salvi and Jared (Allison) Salvi; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charles Sidun; and two nephews, Stephen and Gary Sidun. He was preceded in death by sister, Bertha Sidun. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church. Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Miller, John G.

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • John G. "Jack" Miller, of Bellevue, died at home Monday, May 25, 2015, after a long illness, surrounded by his children. He was the husband of the late Betty (Menigat) Miller for 60 happy years. He is survived by his loving children, Larry (Patti) Miller, the Rev. Robert J. Miller, Carol (Roy) Heil, Marty Miller, Paul (Jackie) Miller, Elizabeth (Brendan) McGuire and Patrick (Tina) Miller. He adored being "Pap-Pap" to Sarah (DJ), Brad, Eric (Amanda), Garrett (Sawyer), Dan, Justin, Brian, Julie, Katie, Martin, Jack, Patrick, Mia, Nina and Nicholas; great-grandfather of Halle; and also "Pap-Pap" to Ian, Danielle and AJ. Jack is also survived by his brother, Thomas F. Miller (Ginny), of Kennedy Township; a dear friend, Patte Hollenberger; and many nieces and nephews. He was the devoted son of the late C.F. and Helen Purcell Miller. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC. 460 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Assumption Church, Assumption School or the Assumption St. Vincent DePaul Society. He was a retired employee of H.J. Heinz Company after 41 years and served our country in the Navy during World War II. www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Morgan, Marie A. 97

  • Sewickley , Formerly of Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hershberger-Stover, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Marie A. (Metzger) Morgan, 97, of The Masonic Village of Sewickley, formerly of Kennedy Township and McKees Rocks, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Harold E.; beloved mother of Alon (Tom) Stevens and Nancy (Bill) Pearson; dear grandmother of Kimberly (Bill) Leamon and Kevin (Michele) Stevens; great-grandfather of Laramie and Angelie Leamon and Tye Stevens; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Martin and Nadine Metzger and Thelma Blair. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to all the staff of Masonic Village of Sewickley for their wonderful care and great compassion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the HERSHBERGER-STOVER INC. FUNERAL HOME, 170 Noble Ave., Crafton, where funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Masonic Village at Sewickley, 1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143 or to Christ Community Church, 900 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136.
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Nelson, Dolores P. 87

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1927-07-07
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dolores P. Nelson, 87, of McKeesport, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was born July 7, 1927, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Joseph and Vera (Paranick) Boylan. She is the wife of the late Robert Nelson, of 63 years, and was a homemaker. Dolores was a member of "cleaning crew" at former St. Pius Roman Catholic Church for many years and an active member of her high school class of 1945 reunion committee. She was an avid bowler and traveler, spending many vacations in Florida with her husband. Left to cherish her kind spirit are numerous cousins and many dear friends. Services will be held at noon Wednesday at Corpus Christi Church, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Arrangements are being handled by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177).
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Nider, George R. 85

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • George Robert Nider, 85, of Shadyside, died Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the beloved spouse of Robert Pardi, his partner of 33 years; cherished brother of Ralph Nider and his wife, Licinia Nider. His loving nephew, Steve Nider and his wife, Kate Herman, grieve for him along with George's niece, Elaine Nider Lambert, and George's great-nieces, Isabella and Alessandra Nider, who brought George much happiness late in life. An endlessly kind neighbor affectionately known as "Uncle George" to all whose lives he touched, George had been an outstanding educator in Long Island, N.Y.; for the past 50 years; his students have still kept in touch. For his service during the Korean War, George was awarded a Silver Star, UN Medal. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Thursday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org or AMFAR, www.amfar.org.
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Pappert, Thelma C. 100

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Thelma C. Pappert, 100, of McCandless, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna C. Pappert; the loving sister of Ralph Pappert and the late Mercedes, Regis and Andrew Pappert. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Parker, Doris G. 76

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Doris G. Parker, 76, of Highland Park, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the beloved life partner of the Rev. Linda H. Lawson; loving mother of Kathryn "Kitty" (Terrence) O'Toole, Theresa Parker, Barbara Angel, Patricia Parker and the late Maurice Parker; grandmother of Jacqueline O'Toole, J.J. and Josh Parker, Christina Carmody, Tiffani Angel, Mia Hartz and the late Joseph Bungo and Michael O'Toole; and sister of Robert Godwin, Joanne Ritchey, Patricia Carr, Joseph Godwin and Margaret Barncord. Doris was a proud veteran with the Women's Army Corps. She loved animals, traveling and good food. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until the time of prayers at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Pison, John P. 73

  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John P. Pison, 73, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children after a valiant nine-year battle with colon cancer. He was the husband of Barbara (Jeso) for 51 years; proud father of Eileen (Jake) Phillips and Glen (Di) Pison; loving grandfather of Sean Phillips; and brother of Joann Pison. He was preceded in death by parents John and Mary. John was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. His greatest enjoyment was mentoring his grandson in the love of fly fishing for trout. John's business career began at U.S. Steel's Duquesne Works as an instrument technician for 19-and-a-half years. When the mill closed in 1986, he became a training instructor for what was to become Emerson Process Control Division, RIDC Park. He retired as a senior instructor in 2011. Per John's request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1719 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw PA 15116. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. The family wants to especially thank the staff and physicians at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, for the wonderful care and support they provided John and the family during his final days. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice in John's honor.
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Pomay, Gertrude M. 91

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1923-10-04
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Gertrude M. (Vitai) Pomay, 91, of Duquesne, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Baldwin Health Center. Born Oct. 4, 1923, in Hays, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Mihislana) Vitai. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Louis S. Pomay; mother of Francis "Fran" (Sharon) Pomay, of Greenock; and grandmother of William (Kristin) Hutchison and Lindsey (Dan) Duda. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Joseph Vitai, George Vitai, Nicholas Vitai, Elizabeth Bowersox and Helen Rudman. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
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Quaglia Sr., Victor T. 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Victor T. Quaglia Sr., 88, longtime Monroeville resident, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to the late Margaret O. (Kovacs) Quaglia; loving father of Ronald (former daughter-in-law, Gillian) Quaglia, Daniel (Cathy) Quaglia and Victor T. (Durelle) Quaglia Jr.; proud grandfather of Nathan, Nicola, Nicholas, Matthew, Lydia and Andrea; dear brother of Joanna (the late Hewitt) Eirhart and Robert (Alfie) Quaglia; and brother-in-law of Louise Bingaman. Victor was a World War II wounded combat veteran, serving with the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa, where he received a Purple Heart. He worked for many years as a registered master plumber with R.W. Mills before becoming a general maintenance employee for Westinghouse AESD in Large, from which he retired. Victor was an original member of St. Bernadette Parish, an avid bowler and a longtime member of Nesbit's Senior Bowling League. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Bernadette Parish, with military honors to follow. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Schmitz, William C. 89

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William C. Schmitz, 98, died roller skating in North Park when attempting to escape his "keeper." He strayed from the pedestrian path onto the roadway and hit a speed bump. That's how Bill wanted his obituary to open. He died May 24, 2015, at the age of 89. He was born to William M. Schmitz and Elsie (Rueckert) Schmitz. His sister, Marie, died at the age of 12 when he was 9. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth (Mayer) Schmitz, whose love was the most important thing in his life; two daughters, Linda S. Lindgren and Dianne M. Buirge; two sons-in-law, Bob Lindgren and Timothy Buirge; and two wonderful grandchildren, Brian Buirge and Elsa Lindgren. William was a World War II veteran and was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Bravery Under Fire, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Battle Stars, Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Battle Stars, and an Arrowhead for making two amphibious landings in the Philippines and Okinawa. He spent nine months in Army hospitals recovering from leg wounds and was not bashful about using his misfortune when he was negotiating his handicap on the first tee of a golf match. He was a tough negotiator. After graduating from Case-Western Reserve with a degree in mechanical engineering, William worked for 30 years at U.S. Steel and retired at age 52 from the position of corporate manager of production methods. After retirement, he did part-time consulting work for domestic and foreign steel producers. With his free time he played golf, gardened and became a successful investor. He took his extended family on vacations and to fancy restaurants and took his grandson, Brian, on trips around the city. He was also crazy about his granddaughter, Elsa, who lives in New Hampshire, but visited often with her grandparents in Pittsburgh. "GrampBill" was always there when anyone in the family needed something. Need a house? An argument? An automobile? A plumber? A college education? An electrician? A carpenter? A chewing out? You never needed to even ask. GrampBill knew and provided. We miss GrampBill! Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, with a service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Hills Community Outreach, Celtic Hospice or Salvation Army.
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Schroeder, Ann H. 87

  • Sewickley Heights
  • Died: 2015-05-05
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Ann Howison Williams Schroeder, wife, mother, artist, volunteer, decorator and docent died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in her Sewickley Heights home of 58 years. She was 87. Born in Baltimore, Md., to Raymond Hartman Williams, an engineer with the Baltimore Sewerage Commission and salesman for Hercules Powder Company, and Edna Marie Heinekamp Williams, an artist and decorator, Mrs. Schroeder spent most of her early years in Huntington, W.Va. The family moved to Ben Avon, then Sewickley, where she met her husband to be, Alfred Reed Schroeder Sr., co-founder and president of Schroeder Industries, now of Leetsdale. She graduated from Ben Avon High School in 1943, and earned an associate's degree from the Edgewood Park School in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., in 1947. Mrs. Schroeder worked as an interior decorator, designing windows at Kaufman's department store and homes with Clifford McFall and played an active role in the Pittsburgh arts community. A committed volunteer, she planned exhibits and fundraising events for numerous organizations, but her greatest dedication was to the Carnegie Museum of Art. One of its earliest members of the Junior Council of the Department of Fine Arts of the Carnegie Institute, she dedicated more than 50 years to the museum's Women's Committee. During that time, she served in numerous roles, from organizing auctions and fashion and antique shows, to setting up displays and benefits for Carnegie Internationals, to fundraising. She also served as its president from 1976 to 1978. Recognizing Pittsburgh lacked a venue for local and regional artists to exhibit their works, several members of the nascent Women's Committee, including Mrs. Schroeder, founded the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Active in the festival for more than 20 years, she acted as chairman of the committee for the Juried Art show in the 1970s. In 1971, Mrs. Schroeder, a talented, creative artist in her own right, became a regular contributor to the popular Carnegie Trees, another Women's Committee sponsored exhibit. She chaired numerous teams and, often recognized for her colorful and imaginative designs. In a December 2005 Post Gazette, Dan Simpson editorialized that her "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" tree was his "favorite." In the midst of Christmas Trees, Mrs. Schroeder also completed the rigorous training required to earn the title of docent of the Carnegie Museum of Art. She had wonderful love of life. Her friends would call her when they needed a giggle and she "always loved a party." One of her most successful parties was a fundraising event for the Carnegie acquisition of Prendergast's "Picnic." Mrs. Schroeder and her husband enjoyed the symphony, bird-watching, wildflowers, traveling, their cottage in Canada and, of course, each other. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Reed Schroeder Sr.; her sister, Virginia Garland Williams Carson; and her brother, Raymond Hartman Williams II. She is survived by her two sons, Alfred Reed Schroeder Jr. (Sheila Hirons) and John Howison Schroeder Sr.; five grandchildren, Alfred Reed Schroeder III (Mary Beth), Jesse Redman Schroeder, Elizabeth Davenport Schroeder Courtemanche (Edwin Webster), Lydia Williams Schroeder and John Howison Schroeder Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Mary Evelyn Schroeder. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at St. Stephens Church in Sewickley. Arrangements by COPELAND'S. Donations should be made to the Carnegie Museum of Art or The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
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Schuler, Clara M. 86

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Clara M. (Diehl) Schuler, 86, of Castle Shannon, peacefully went to be with the Lord Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the loving wife for 65 years to the late Casimir Leo Schuler; the most incredible mother to Christine Buffkin, Cheryl K. Schuler, Cassy Phillips and Mary Lou Schuler-Karr; grandmother of Dan and Chad Brandt; daughter of the late Alvin and Clara Diehl; and sister of Sylvia Manzella, Shirley Bridge and the late Norbert Diehl, Betty Slebrich and Mae Simon. Clara devoted her life to raising her daughters and being a grandma. She worked for many years for American Greetings and won an award for distinguished service for her many dedicated years. Besides her husband and children, her passion was playing bingo. She had an incredibly kind heart and a great sense of humor. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Winifred Church. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Siefen, Harry A. 98

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-04-07
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Harry Albert Siefen, 98, formerly of McKeesport, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Hospital. He was born April 7, 1917, in McKeesport, a son of the late Harry Albert and Bertha Lange Siefen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Dombhart Siefen; and a daughter, Terry Dillen. Harry was a retired assistant general superintendant from U.S. Steel Christy Park Works. He was a 50-year member of the McKeesport Lions Club, a past board member of the Salvation Army, past Berwick board member and a former Youghiogheny Country Club member. Surviving are his daughter, Anita (Harry) Zebrovious, of Elizabeth Township; and grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Zachary and Devon. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Peter, Jane, Anna, Laura and Ben. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Charles Owston, minister, officiating. Interment will be private in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the McKeesport Lions Club or the Penn State Allegheny Campus Library Fund. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Sunseri, Marguerite N. 70

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1944-10-05
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Nancy Sunseri, 70, of Ross Township, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at UPMC Passavant in McCandless. Marguerite was born Oct. 5, 1944, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Salvatore and Louise (Palumbo) Sunseri. Marguerite was a proud employee of Eat'n Park for 17 years, where she worked as a hostess and waitress. Left to cherish her memory are her three siblings, Michael Sunseri and wife, Patricia, Marianne Mengine and husband, Charles, and Vincent Sunseri and wife, Kelly. Marguerite is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the ELOISE B. KYPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116, then again for Prayers of Transfer at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Glenshaw. Entombment will be held in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Written tributes and memorials are welcomed and encouraged at www.Kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Wright, David M. 60

  • Tarentum
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • David M. Wright, 60, of Tarentum, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the loving father of April M. (David) Lichina, of Richland Township, and Ashley K. Wright, of Texas. Brother of Robert M. Wright III, of Sandy Lake, and Leslie J. Wright, of Richland Township; dear grandfather of Sophie, Olivia, Nathan and Matthew; and dear friend and companion of Trish Kelley, of Tarentum. David was a truck driver for many years and recently was an antiques dealer. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home following visitation. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Wukich, Samuel M. 67

  • Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Samuel M. Wukich, 67, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was the beloved father of Brian Wukich and Michael (Christina) Wukich; proud grandfather of Dannica Wukich; dear brother of Linda Ann (the late Donald) McCulloch and the late Robert (surviving spouse, Cheryl); caring uncle of Robert Wukich Jr., Christopher Wukich, Sean (Jennie) McCulloch; beloved nephew of Mildred Wukich Smith; and loving son of the late Samuel and Clara (Sharp) Wukich. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with a Pomen service at 8 p.m. Thursday, at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek (412-823-1950), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, officiated by the Very Rev. D.C. Malich. Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Bloom, Joseph E. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1961-02-05
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Davis II, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. Bloom, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 5, 1961, in Greensburg, a son of Shirley Meloy, of Greensburg, and the late Edward Bloom. He worked as a roofer. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three sisters, Gloria and husband, Stanley Ressler, of Jeannette, Amy Meloy, of Derry, and Leah Lang, of Greensburg; a son, Joseph Bloom, of Manor; a very dear friend, Gina Albertelli, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at ROBERT B. DAVIS II FUNERAL HOME. Interment will be private.
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Campbell, James C. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-06-01
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James C. Campbell, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born June 1, 1960, in Pittsburgh, son of Constance (Chiodo) Campbell Wolf, of Irwin, and the late James E. Campbell. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in South Greensburg. He had been employed by the Union Railroad Company. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles B. Wolf; father-in-law, Elmer R. Shirey; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Blanche Chiodo; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Mildred Campbell. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Roxane (Shirey) Campbell; a son, Nicholas J. Campbell, of Greeensburg; four brothers, Michael Campbell, of Panama City, Fla., Keith Campbell, of Irwin, John Wolf (Michele), of North Huntingdon, and David Wolf, of Orlando, Fla.; stepbrother, Charles Wolf Jr., of North Huntingdon; mother-in-law, Dolores M. Shirey, of Greensburg; brother-in-law, Jeff Shirey, of Greensburg; several nieces; and his canine companions, Rocky and Abbey. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. The family would like to thank Arnold Palmer Pavillion, Hillman Cancer Center, Shadyside Hospital and Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Eckstein, A. Wallace 70

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1943-06-15
  • Died: 2014-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • A. Wallace "Wally" Eckstein, 70, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, in his home, after suffering for more than two decades from a debilitating lung disease. He was born June 15, 1943, in Johnstown. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold C. Eckstein, of Johnstown. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Pullen) Eckstein; daughter and son-in-law, Ericka and Brad Matteo, of Apollo; and his grandson and best buddy, Dante. He is also survived by his mother, LaVerne Eckstein, of Johnstown; his sisters, Arlene Edie, of Florida, and Nancy Trotz, of Johnstown; his brothers, Jeffrey, of Virginia, and Gregg, of Pittsburgh. Wally is also survived by many nephews and nieces, all of whom he loved very much. Wally was a 1961 graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School, in Johnstown, and a 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. His career began at Bethlehem Steel, in Johnstown, but shortly moved to Pittsburgh. There, he worked for Westinghouse for almost 30 years, mostly at the Tele-Computer Center in North Braddock. Towards the end of his career he worked for Equitable Gas in Pittsburgh before his declining health forced him into retirement. Wally was blessed with a very attentive and loving extended family and a group of the most amazing friends. Wally was a difference maker in many of the lives he touched and is greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, and from 11 a.m. until noon Friday, May 29, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. The memorial service will be held at noon in the Corl Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Spectrum Charter School, 4369 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Evangelista, Kathryn M. 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-04-11
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathryn M. Evangelista, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born April 11, 1922, in Latrobe, daughter of the late Guy Moffa and Virginia (Fannell) Moffa Ciocco. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was a Democratic committee woman for 52 years and on the Election Board at the voting polls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D. Evangelista Sr.; her stepfather, who raised her, James Ciocco; a brother, Joseph Ciocco; and four sisters, Carmella Klapchar, Mary Ferraro, Josephine Kittey and Antoinette "Dolly" Angelicchio. She is survived by her son, Eugene "Geno" Evangelista Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Jeannette; her loving and special daughter, Kathleen Evangelista, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Daniel Evangelista and Dana Evangelista; two precious great-grandsons, Aidon and Ekoulus Lett; a sister, Consetty "Settie" Omelite, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fyalkowski, Ann 89

  • Born: 1926-02-07
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Ann Catherine "Unj" Fyalkowski, died peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Frank "Whitey" Fyalkowski and devoted mother of Franklin (Jane), Jim and Mick (Edie). Unj was born Feb. 7, 1926, a daughter of the late Sophie and John Podgurski. She grew up on Monroe Street in Fifth Ward, Latrobe, where she and Whitey lived across from each other and became lifelong partners. They were married for more than 65 years until Whitey passed away in 2011. Following her graduation from high school, Unj worked for two years in the office at American Steel Locomotive. She quit her job before getting married, even though she was offered a big raise from $85 to $90 a month. Unj applied her considerable skills as a homemaker and amateur decorator at the two homes built by Whitey on Avenue A and Ridgeview Drive. It was her mission to create a warm and welcoming home where family and friends could gather for holidays and celebrations. The basement playroom was a haven for her seven grandchildren, now ranging in ages from 14 to 32, who were doted on by their grandma and papa. Grandma had a crib permanently installed in the guestroom so that each new grandchild could start visiting just as soon as possible. Unj never failed to send a close friend or relative a special occasion card with a personal note of affection. Young grandchildren always found a dollar bill tucked inside. Unj was an avid golfer and bridge player who also enjoyed sewing, reading novels and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She and Whitey golfed together at Latrobe Country Club and traveled extensively by car throughout the United States. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church where she was baptized and married. She volunteered for the church and was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers of the church. She also volunteered at Latrobe Area Hospital and Adelphoi Village. In addition to her parents and husband, Unj was predeceased by her sister, Rosemary; and an infant son, Edward, who died in 1947. She is dearly missed by her grandchildren, Jenny, Bryan, Sean, Rachel, Shannon, Ryan and DJ; special cousin, Richard Guskiewicz; special niece, Gloria McDevitt (Jason); and many caring nieces and nephews, especially Jody, Matthew, Jerry, Dolly, Bev and Laura. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Latrobe. The family requests that contributions be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish, 306 St. John Drive, Latrobe, PA 15660 or The Latimer Family Library at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. To post an online condolence or for further information please go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Garstecki, Bernard J.

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Garstecki, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Bernard was a son of the late Anthony J. Garstecki and the late Pearl M. Garstecki. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; and daughter, Tammy J. Gellner. In addition to his parents, Bernard was predeceased by his loving brothers and sisters. It was Bernard's wish that there be no viewing or visitation. Interment will be private. A memorial Mass is to be announced. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Heitman, Laura 61

  • Derry
  • Born: 1953-09-09
  • Died: 2015-05-25
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  • Laura (Morgan) (Gaffey) Heitman, 61, of Derry, died Monday, May 25, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1953, and mother of the late Bill L. Gaffey. Laura is survived by her husband, Paul Heitman, of Derry; her son, Bob and Rachael Gaffey, of Derry; her daughter, Janet and John Gootz, of Greensburg; stepchildren, Jayson and Rayann Heitman; and grandchildren, Dakotta and Dylan Gaffey. Services for Laura will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Hopkins, Clyde R. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-02-06
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Clyde R. "Tiny" "Bobby" Hopkins, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in McKeesport, a son of the late Robert and Lena (Letterini) Hopkins. He had been employed as a manager and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Sandra C. (Nash) Hopkins; a son, Jody Hopkins and his wife, Shellie, of Greensburg; a stepson, Shawn Lindey and his wife, Tia, of Virginia; and three stepdaughters, Melissa Posey, of Belle Vernon, Jennifer Cramer, of Greensburg, and Bobi-Jo Cramer Vinson and spouse, Angie, of Georgia. He will be sadly missed by his 13 grandchildren, including Sydney, Austin and Zoey; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra L. Kencbok and her husband, Mark, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jarrett, Noel 93

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1921-11-17
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Noel Jarrett, 93, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. He was born Nov. 17, 1921, in Long Eaton, England, to the late John "Jack" and Lena Hexter Jarrett, and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was 4 years old. A naturalized citizen, he served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater, where he earned marksman status and was honorably discharged with the rank of buck sergeant. After the war, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree from Michigan State University in chemical engineering. Noel was director of chemical/analytical research for Alcoa Research retiring in 1987 after 36 years of service. He held many patents within Alcoa and did consulting service in the aluminum industry for several years after retiring and traveled to many parts of the world with his wife, Violet, whom he married Sept. 24, 1949. Together they had four sons, Bob (Kate) Ackworth, of Georgia, Ken (Mary K.), of Upper Burrell, Jim (Shari), of Lower Burrell, and Tom (Tammy) Boynton, of Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Sean (Megan) Jarrett and Jessica (Sam) Johnston, Lee (Stephanie) Jarrett and Brian (Toshua) Jarrett, Brianna and Hannah Jarrett, Megan and Aaron Jarrett; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Violet E. Dipner Jarrett; and a sister, Mary A. Hamilton. Noel was granted a lifetime membership in the former St. Andrews Church in New Kensington, and held many offices within the church and was a member of VFW Post 92, American Legion, both of Lower Burrell, National Academy of Engineers, former New Kensington Elks and the Masons. He participated in the Meals on Wheels program three times /week, bowled weekly and was a former member of the New Kensington Rotary Club. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially on yearly family vacations to various beaches, reading, attending Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Playhouse, gardening, traveling and watching Pittsburgh sports teams with family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a parting prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by funeral services at 9:45 a.m. in St. Thomas Memorial Church, Oakmont. Interment with military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Lower Burrell American Legion Post 868 will conduct services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests donations made in his name to: Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023; or the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Jasper, Ladd T. 83

  • Jeannette , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1932-03-27
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ladd T. Jasper, 83, of Jeannette, formerly of Irwin, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at home. He was born March 27, 1932, in Larimer, a son of the late Ladd and Florene (Nedimyer) Jasper. Ladd was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School, Class of 1950, and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was an employee of General Corporation (formerly General Tire). He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Larimer, and a life member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin. In his early years he was active in drum and bugle corps, including the Pittsburgh Rockets and the Westmoreland Esquires, and participated in three national championships. As a bugler, Ladd played taps for many military funerals. He later helped coach Little League baseball and direct a Rainbow Girl's drill team. Ladd enjoyed playing golf in the Duffer's Golf League and singing in the S.P.E.B.S.Q. Barbershop County Line Chorus. He loved performing magic tricks for his friends and family, building model airplanes, playing the banjo and educating others on the etiquette of handling the American flag. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard; and a sister, Louise. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Hughes) Jasper; twin brother, Lee (Doris) Jasper; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Scott Fuller, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice and his caring nurse, Sue Baker, for all the kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Kushner Jr., Kenneth 57

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Kushner Jr., 57, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Carole Wulczynski Buchanan and the late Clayton "Red" Buchanan, and Kenneth and Peggy Kushner Sr.; loving brother of Michelle (Kushner) Kyne and her husband, Anthony, of Cary, N.C., and Kevin Kushner and his wife, Lisa, of Tucson, Ariz.; also survived by his nieces, Nicole Kyne, of Cary, N.C., Lara Gallagher, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and his nephews, Joey Gallagher, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Sean Gallagher, of Tucson, Ariz.; and four great-nephews in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He enjoyed working at the Mon Yough Community Center, was a member of MYARC, received the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 9 and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. Kenny also enjoyed music and dancing. We would like to extend a big thank you to the staff at North Street where Kenny resided. They took tremendous care of Kenny. Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 1p.m. Friday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mon Yough Community Services Inc. (MYCS) or The Jerry Lewis MS Foundation. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Lesko, Susan A. 71

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-05-12
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Susan A. Lesko, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Susan was born May 12, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late John and Mary Vozniak Kalemba. Susan was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church Mt. Pleasant, where she was active in various church functions and was a hairstylist for more than 40 years, proprietor of Sue's Beauty Shop, Mt. Pleasant. Today we lost our greatest mentor, a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. No words can describe the pain in our hearts. Our lives will be so empty without her here with us but we know she's flying high with the Angels. We were all so blessed to have had her in our lives. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Stacey Keefer and husband, Jeff, of Tarrs, and Christy Lesko and boyfriend, Lance Piern; grandchildren and loves of her life, Kadin, Lane and Jocelyn; a brother, John R. Kalemba, of Mt. Pleasant; and her many good and close friends. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Kalemba; and her father and mother-in-law, Charles Lesko Jr. and Ann Lesko. Friends are invited from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Please visit Susan's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Marsiglio, Marguerite G. 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1923-03-20
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Grace Marsiglio, 92, a resident of Golden Heights Personal Care Home, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. She was born March 20, 1923, in New Bethlehem, a daughter of the late Howard and Helen Doverspike Shumaker. Marguerite was a member of the Sacred Heart Church Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Marguerite was predeceased by her husband, Domenick Marsiglio, in 2012; two sisters, Janet Carlos and Mary Jane Everett; and five brothers, Eugene, Clyde, Willard, Donald and Jay Shumaker. She is survived by her children, Paula Nave and husband, Robert, of Harrison City, and William Marsiglio and wife, Kendra, of Gainesville, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Farmer and husband, Earl, Shaun Nave, Scott Marsiglio and wife, Allison, and Phoenix Marsiglio; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jacob Farmer, Mallory, Parker and Miles Marsiglio and Ariana Nave; a sister, Pauline Heilman, of East Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marguerite's family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Bridges Home Health Services and Hospice, and the Golden Heights Personal Care Home nurses and staff, for the kind and compassionate care that mom received during her time there. Friends will be received from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in the Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will take place in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PA, Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620, or the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg PA 15601-3018.
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Maurer, Rose 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-12-10
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rose (Relick) Maurer, 93, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Kingston, a daughter of the late Ilko "Alex" and Anna (Bickovajat) Relick. Rose was a graduate of Derry Township High School, class of 1939. She was employed by Stupakoff Ceramics (Carborundum) as a laboratory technician. Rose was a member of St. Bruno Parish in South Greensburg, where she taught CCD for 20 years and was also a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was a member of the Ukrainian National Association and AMS Club where she participated in the bocci and shuffleboard leagues. She took great pride in her Ukrainian-Lemko heritage and was continuously looking to learn more about the arts, culture and history of the land of her ancestors. Rose was a founding member of the Relick-Hawanchak Family Reunion which recently celebrated 58 years. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, she faithfully supported her teams. In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jack" A. Maurer, in 1997; five brothers, Nick, Joseph, John "Ham", Alex and Steve Relick; two sisters, Ann Williams and Catherine Felbaum, of Latrobe; and an infant son, Gary Maurer. She is survived by her son, Greg, of South Greensburg; a sister Maria (Agnes) Marcinik, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; a brother, Mike Relick, of Kingston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Moore, Clara M. 83

  • Madison
  • Born: 1932-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Clara Mae Moore, 83, of Madison, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Latrobe. She was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Sewickley Township, daughter of the late Henry and Catherine Faulkner Lord. She was a graduate of the Sewickley Township High School Class of 1950 and also a graduate of the McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1953. She was a registered nurse at the Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg until her retirement. She was a member of Hilltop United Methodist Church of Madison and also a member of the Madison Golden Agers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. Moore; a sister, Ruberta Lord; and a brother, Carl Lord. Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Moore, of Madison, and Doreen Knudson and her husband, Stephen, of Herminie; and two grandchildren, Bryan and Faith Knudson. Also surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Pope, of Madison; nephews, George Trout, of Greensburg, and Larry and Barry Lord, of Madison; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Friday, the time of her service, at the Hilltop United Methodist Church, Madison, with her pastor, the Rev. Randy Sweet, officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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O'Hara, Joseph M. 72

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-06-27
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. O'Hara, 72, of Latrobe, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. Born June 27, 1942, in White Township, he was a son of the late Mark J. O'Hara and Elizabeth Ganley. He was a retired project manager for L-D Building Co. and Dill Construction and was a retired facility manager for St. Vincent College. He had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America (62 years of service); American Legion Post No. 14, Indiana, Pa.; Westmoreland County Historical Society; and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University. He was a proud member of the Navy including active service and participation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Beth House. He was the last living member of his immediate family. There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Westmoreland-Fayette Council Boy Scouts of America, 2 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601 or a charity or your choice. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Perich, Terry M. 66

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1948-09-22
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Terry Miller Perich, 66, of Penn Township, died in his home on Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Greensburg, to the late Miller and Eleanor (Schmuck) Perich. He was a 1966 graduate of Penn Joint High School and was a proud Edinboro College graduate. During his 33-year teaching career, Terry taught at Penn Middle School and instructed biology at St. Vincent College. He was inducted into Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Terry was a member of Bushy Run Lions Club and St. Barbara Church. He was a former president of Jeannette Historical Society and enjoyed authoring several books on local history. Terry is survived by his beloved spouse of nearly 40 years, Kathleen Ferrari Perich; son, Matthew (Carla) Bell; grandson, Andrew Bell; nephew, Tony (Lisa) Ferrari and their son, Nicholas; and a niece, Kate Ferrari. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. lt;PBgt;Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery-Denmark Manor, Export. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Bushy Run Lions Club, c/o Cliff Martin, 113 Long Drive, Irwin, PA 15642. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Petro, Thomas N. 54

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1961-04-26
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Thomas N. Petro, 54, of Bolivar, died Monday, May 25, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 26, 1961, in Ford City, a son of the late Michael Petro and Lillian Pytel Petro Robinson. Tom was an avid golfer and spent a lot of his time at Champion Lakes Golf Course. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Petro; and his father-in-law, James R. Garland. He is survived by his best friend and caretaker with whom he resided, Polly A. Petro; a son, Michael J. Petro, of Bolivar; a sister, Arlene Petro, of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Michael (Marlene) Petro, of Washington Township; a sister-in-law, Christie Petro, of White Springs, Fla.; mother-in-law, Gertrude Garland, of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Lila (John) Saxton, of Bolivar, and Cindy (William) Dillard, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and his Champion Lakes Family, Dick Groat and "Champ". A service to celebrate Tom's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Champion Lakes Golf Course, with the Rev. Charles P. Burd officiating. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier is assisting the family. The family wishes to thank the medical staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion and the IMU at Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate care extended to Tom and his family during his illness. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Petrucci Sr., Nicholas A. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-27
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. Petrucci Sr., 88, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Crawford County. He was born April 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Louis and Susie (D'Ambrosio) Petrucci. He was employed for Nardulli Mining Company, formerly of Bentleyville. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Cassergola. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Mary (Tessler) Petrucci; four children, Nicholas A. Petrucci Jr., of Penn Township, Louis Petrucci, Donna Curry and Nancy Ann Shook; a sister, Lucy Renchko and husband, Richard, of New Alexandria; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Priola, Michael J. 85

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1929-10-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Priola, 85, of Jeannette, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Jeannette, a son of the late Nichola and Filomena DiBiase Priola. Prior to his retirement, Mike was the owner/operator of the Mike's Barber Shop in Penn. He was a veteran and served as a medic with the Army during the Korean War. Mike was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and the church's Holy Name Society, the St. Vincent Assembly No. 918, Fourth Degree, in Latrobe, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 of Jeannette and the Councils Golf League and Shuffle Board League. He was also a member of the Jeannette Class of '48 Reunion Committee, a former member of the Jeannette Sewage Authority and the former BPOE No. 486 of Jeannette. Mike was an avid sports enthusiast, especially football. He also enjoyed spending time in his garden. In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marchioni. He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne Ickes Priola; two sons, Michael B. Priola and wife, Susan, of Jeannette, and Dr. James N. Priola and wife, Shirley, of Moon Township; grandchildren, Micala Davis and husband, Brian, Julianna Ohler and husband, Robert, Michael A. Priola, Nicholas C. Priola, Victoria I. Priola and Angela C. Priola; two sisters, Carmela DeLuca and Mary Dobrovich, both of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Seton Hill Adult Care, the Clare Bridge staff, the Hempfield Manor D Hall nurses and staff, the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Veterans Administration and the Heartland Hospice nurses and staff for all of the compassionate care that Mike received during his illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 will hold services at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Quicquaro, David J. 55

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1959-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • David J. Quicquaro, 55, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, peacefully at home after a courageous one year battle with cancer. He was born May 30, 1959, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph A. and Susie Pistolesi Quicquaro. David loved his life's work at Craft Manufacturing in Latrobe, where he was president and CEO since 1982. He enjoyed his classic car collection, especially his 1967 Chevelle Supersport that he was currently restoring. He also enjoyed coin collecting, playing the spoons with his buddies and spending time taking long walks on the beach with his wife. He loved his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Joseph D. Fidazzo and Eric Barefoot. He is survived by his adoringand loving wife of 31 years, Caren B. (Barefoot) Quicquaro; two children, Ashley Quicquaro and Kyle Quicquaro, both of Greensburg; his only grandson, Kaleb Schmidt; a brother, Joseph Quicquaro and wife, Francine, of Westervile, Ohio; a sister, Carol Fidazzo, of Greensburg; in-laws, Carl and Shirley Barefoot of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Stormy. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of David from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Entombment will follow in Mary, Mother of Mercy Mausoleum, Latrobe. David's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Riddle, Shirley A. 77

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Barr) Riddle, 77, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. In honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be a memorial visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, at which time her service will begin, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Full obituary to follow.
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Schultz, Marlene Q. 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-11-12
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Marlene Q. Schultz, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Transitions Health Care Center, North Huntingdon. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Braddock, a daughter of the late James and Clare Schmidt Quigley. Mrs. Schultz was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was an avid bowler and hunter, enjoyed playing cards, counted cross-stitch and loved hummingbirds. She had many wonderful adventures of the "white head tours" with many friends and family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James (Brub) Quigley; and sister, Shirley Fuller. She is survived by her husband, William Schultz; son, James Schultz; daughter, Cynthia Bigelow; and two grandchildren, Cole and Claire Ward. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service will follow at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heartland Hospice. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Solesky, Sandra L. 71

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1943-06-08
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. (Ritchie) Solesky, 71, of Scottdale, passed away Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. Sandy was born June 8, 1943, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Carl W. and Dorothy (Smith) Ritchie. She married John E. Solesky in July 1968. Sandy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She worked as a craft designer for 20 years at the former Gayle Lee's Floral and Craft Shop, Mt. Pleasant, alongside her special friend and floral designer, David Mardis. She also was employed years ago at Robertshaw Controls. Sandy graduated from East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1961, was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale and was 20-year treasurer and an active member of the Scottdale Women's Garden Club. She enjoyed reading, cross stitching, quilting and doing crafts. Sandy will be sadly missed by her loving family: her husband of 46 years, John E. Solesky; her two children, Leann Steban and her husband, Joe, of Scottdale, and Christopher Solesky, of Ligonier; her two grandchildren, Bailey Marie and Joey Steban; her sister, Carol Ann Thompson, of Scottdale; and her special cousin, Donna "Jeannie" Kerns, of Alvin, Texas. At Sandy's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale, 724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com. Memorials may be made to Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St., Scottdale, PA 15683 in her memory. Love Lasts Forever!
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Stablein, Martha W. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-01-01
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Martha W. "Marty" Stablein, 92, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. She was born Jan. 1, 1923, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Thomas and Marguerite Fawcett Watson. A woman of great faith, she was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. Marty always surrounded herself with beautiful flowers grown in her own greenhouse as well as planted on her property. She will be fondly remembered by many as an excellent cook. She had been a volunteer for Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels for many years. Marty had a smile that could light up a room with a demeanor that matched her smile. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William G. Stablein Sr. in 1997, and by three brothers and one sister. She is survived by two sons, William G. (Pamela) Stablein Jr. and Thomas W. (Pamela Anderson) Stablein, all of Ligonier; a grandson, Todd Stablein, of Vail, Colo.; and a brother, Thomas H. Watson, of Freidens. A service to celebrate Marty's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Marty's memory to the Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 203, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Sulava, Genevieve A. 93

  • West Leechburg
  • Born: 1921-09-30
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Genevieve A. Sulava, 93, of West Leechburg, passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Sept. 30, 1921, in Natrona, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Ziolkoski) Kwiatkowski. Genevieve lived in West Leechburg since 1982 and was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township. She enjoyed working outside, especially tending to her garden, and canning. In addition to her parents, Genevieve was preceded in death by her first husband, John F. Orr, in 1972; second husband, John S. "Grinny" Sulava in 1998; son, James E. Orr Sr., in 2012; grandson, James E. Orr Jr., in 2008; stepdaughter, Catherine L. Tira; brothers, John and Frank Kwiatkowski; and sisters, Jenny Kochka and Helen Most. She is survived by her children, William C. Orr, of Conneaut Lake, and John D. Orr, of DuBois; grandchildren, Diane, Brent (Terri), Nicole (Richard), John, David and Stephanie; several great-grandchildren, including Morgan, Kira, Alex, Lilli, Gracie and Jayden; stepsons, John Sulava, of Texas, and David Sulava, of Newport, Va.; and many nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Albert Kochka. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, in Christ the King Catholic Church, Gilpin Township, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made in Genevieve's memory to Bishop Morrow Home, 118 Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Swank, Anna E. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Anna E. (Cline) Swank, 96, of Export, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Export, a daughter of the late Ross and Josie (Hill) Cline. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Swank; daughters, Irene "Renee" Eachus, Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn and Connie Sue Scarlett; a great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Nicole Swank; three brothers, Oliver, France and William Cline; three sisters, Tillie Vargesko, Dolly Montell and Esther Elliott; and her lifelong friend, Merle Hill. She is survived by her loving children, Josie (Randy) Puskar, of Curwensville, William "Jake" (Betsy) Swank, of Plum Borough, Henry (Sandy) Swank, of Export, Nancy (Bob) Watkins, of Delmont, and Howard "Vince" (Diane) Swank, of Export; son in-law, George Scarlett, of Export; a sister, Jane Hudgkin, of Armburst; son in-law, Wayne Lynn, of Delmont; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Tunney, Mildred 92

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1922-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Midge" Tunney, 92, of Monessen, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born in Monessen on Oct. 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Matthew Sabol and Julia Boldyzar Sabol. Midge was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a 1942 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Church Ladies Guild. Midge had worked years ago at The Gift Gallery and Johnston's Florist. She enjoyed gardening and baking, and loved to cheer her grandchildren on at their sporting events. She is survived by a son, William "Bill" Tunney of Wheeling, W.Va.; three daughters, Dorothy Graby of Monessen, Patricia (Thomas) Kovalchuk of Monessen, and Sally (Jeff) Imbrogno of Fallowfield Township; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Tony) Boris, Megan Graby, Joshua (Taylor) Imbrogno, David and Joe Zollars, Christopher Imbrogno, Max, Matt, and Tom Kovalchuk; a great-granddaughter, Layla Anne Boris; brother, Emil "Sonny" Sabol of Milwaukee, Wis., two sisters, Dorothy (John) Novakovich of Monessen, and Mary Rutan of San Diego, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred A. "Bud" Tunney; and five siblings, Johnny, Ann, Matty, Irene and Julie. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church.Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Please note, there is no Friday afternoon visitation. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Whoric, Steve N. 80

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1935-02-13
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Steve N. Whoric, 80, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born Feb. 13, 1935, and was the beloved husband for 49 years of the late Beverly. He was a son of the late Stephen and Burneda Whoric; and the brother of the late Charles Whoric. He retired from Anchor Glass and was a member of the Connellsville Eagles Club and a member of St. Stephens Church in Leisenring. He is survived by his siblings, David Whoric, Joseph Whoric, Beverly Porter and Joanne Szepesi; his loving daughter and caregiver, Anna Hawk and her husband, James; his son, Steven Whoric and his wife, Deborah; his grandchildren, Ronald Parfitt III and his wife, Christina, Amanda Helms and her husband, Todd, Jarrod, Christina and Brent Whoric; and his great-grandchildren, Maximilian Parfitt, Logan and Elijah Helms and Jarrod Whoric Jr. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hempfield Manor, Amedisys Home Health and Three Rivers Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Batiz, Joseph A. 26

  • Parks Township
  • Born: 1988-06-09
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. "Joey" Batiz, 26, of Parks Township, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born June 9, 1988, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Andrew James and JoAnn (Zanos) Batiz, of Parks Township. Joey lived in Parks Township all of his life, and was a 2006 graduate of Kiski Area High School, where he was known as a gentle giant, and a standout on the offensive line and as a defensive tackle with the football team. Joey was a 2010 graduate of Robert Morris College, where he continued his football career, and in 2013 obtained his master's in accounting at Chatham University. He worked in the finance department at BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh for the last four years. Joey was a member of Vandergrift Presbyterian Church where he served in the Bell Choir in his youth. Joey enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of the Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited. Joey liked grilling and smoking meat as well. But he most loved spending time with his family and friends, enjoying life and the people around him. Joey was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Pete and Jean Zanos; and his paternal grandfather, Andrew Batiz. In addition to his parents, Joey is survived by his sister, Andrea J. (fiance, Eric McIntosh) Batiz, of Parks Township; paternal grandmother, Elinor I. (Kuruc) Batiz, of Gilpin Township; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, in Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, 195 Washington Ave., Vandergrift, with the Rev. Neal Galley officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Joey's memory to the Vandergrift Public Library, 128 Washington Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690; or to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 PA Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Litteck, Deborah L. 62

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1953-03-29
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Deborah L. Litteck, 62, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the VNA Hospice of Butler. She was born March 29, 1953, to the late Nelson Litteck Sr. and Delores (Shields) Litteck. She attended Kittanning High School. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her two cats, Miss Kitty and Iggy. She treasured her friendship with her good friends, Barb Toy and Ella Bowser. She had a very special love for her Uncle Roy and Aunt Karen. She attended Brush Valley Brethren Church of Adrian. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her. Survivors include her son, Nelson "Otis" Litteck Jr.; daughters, Michelle (John) Rumbaugh, of Virginia, Beach, Va., and Collene (Randy) Brink, of Kittanning; brothers, Jesse (Kim) Litteck, of Manorville, and William (Wally) Litteck, of Kittanning; sisters, Clara (Dan) Mergen, Donna Pagdett, of Kittanning, and Kristy (Kenneth) Johns, of Worthington; uncles, Roy (Karen) Cousins, of Adrian, John (Lois) Shields, of Pittsburgh; aunt, Della Palermo, of Ford City; grandsons, Devon Rumbaugh and Austin Litteck; granddaughters, Emily Litteck, Charlee Brink and Joselin Zimmerman; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Litteck, Jesse Cousins, Lawrence Shields and Clara (Bowser) Cousins; many aunts and uncles; cousins, Roy, Wesley, Linde and John Cousins and a nephew, Danny Mergen Jr., who she loved dearly. Arrangements are private and under the care of SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning.
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Petronchek, Mary 91

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Mary Petronchek, 91, of Ford City, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Lowrie Place, Butler. Arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, are incomplete.
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Butler County

Geiger, Ruth J. 78

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1936-10-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jane Hayes Geiger, 78, of Valencia, passed away Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. Born Oct. 20, 1936, in Sewickley, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Emma F. Kolb Hayes. Ruth was a member of St. Kilian Parish and the Ladies of Charity there. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, dining out, photography, scrapbooking and Scrabble, but her favorite times were spent with her husband, six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of more than 60 years, Joseph C. Geiger Jr., whom she married Jan. 15, 1955; a daughter, Sandra Becker (John), of West Deer Township; five sons, Joseph Geiger (Patty), of McCandless, Eric Geiger (Monica), of Pittsburgh, Mark Geiger (Laura), of Peachtree City, Ga., Matthew Geiger (Amie), of Butler, and Michael Geiger (Kristy), of Mars; her grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany), Amanda, Brian (Sandy), Sarah, Jeff, Dan, Max, Jordan, Luke, Kylie, Roan, Jackson and Cole; her great-grandchildren, Colt and Aubrey; and a sister, Elaine Snell (Mel), of Springdale. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Township. Memorials may be made to Lifeline of Cranberry. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Fayette County

Shaffer, Margaret J. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1932-02-07
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Margaret Jane "Janie" (Zavatchen) Shaffer, 83, of Connellsville, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at home. She was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Dawson, the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret L. (McDonald) Zavatchen. She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School Class of 1949. She worked as a sales clerk for Connellsville 5 and 10 Cent Store, a presser for Connellsville Sportswear Clothing Factory and she was a teacher's aide for the Dunbar Township Elementary School. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club and the Laurel Mall Walkers. Margaret enjoyed visiting with her family and traveling with friends. She is survived by her children, William R. Shaffer and wife, Darlene, of Milton, Linda L. Slacum and husband, Mark, of Newark, Del., Patricia S. Hensel and husband, Scott, of Connellsville; grandchildren, Lindsey D. (Shaffer) and husband, Matthew, of Canonsburg, Steven K. Slacum, Lauren M. Slacum and Carole E. Slacum, all of Newark, Del., and Alyssa M. Hensel, of Connellsville; a great-grandchild, Andrew J. Bricker, of Cannonsburg; brothers and sisters, Joseph A. Zavatchen and late wife, Mary Elizabeth, Mary Alice Nickelson, Patrick J. Zavatchen and wife, Nancy, Michael F. Zavatchen and wife, Margaret; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert T. Shaffer. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville.
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Washington County

Dale, Marianne C. 73

  • New Eagle
  • Born: 1942-05-20
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Funeral services were held for Marianne C. (Bove) Dale, 73, of New Eagle who died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in her home. Born May 20, 1942, in Courtney, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Eleanor (Lorenz) Bove. A homemaker, Marianne was a graduate of Monongahela High School. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Finleyville but most recently had been attending St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. Surviving are a brother, Michael and his wife, Edwina Bove, of Mantua, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Donna Bove of New Eagle; 13 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Kenneth J. Dale who died Oct. 31, 2006; and a brother, Anthony Bove. Interment was held in Monongahela Cemetery with services officiated by the Father William Terza. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshalmarrafuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made in Marianne's name to, Make-A-Wish, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant St., 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938.
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Jackmeyer, Theresa M. 55

  • Bentleyville
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. Jackmeyer, 55, of Bentleyville, died Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the beloved sister of Patsy Ryan, of Wilkins Township, Lorraine (John) Vinson, of Alabama, Fred (Barb) Jackmeyer, of North Huntingdon, and Richard Jackmeyer, of Forest Hills. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Theresa (Minnaji) Jackmeyer; and her sisters, Agnes Barczyk, Mary Margaret Jackmeyer and Linda Jackmeyer. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. Theresa will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Walters, Louis M. 77

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1938-04-21
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California, Pa. | Get Directions
  • Louis M. "Lou" Walters, 77, of California, Pa., passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was born in Granville, Pa. on April 21, 1938, a son of the late Henry and Etta (McMurray) Walters. Lou retired from Allenport Steel Mill as an electrician in 2003. He then went on to work at DA Auto Sales, Perryopolis, and as a volunteer at the Center In The Woods, California, Pa., delivering meals on wheels. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1961 to 1967. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Odd Fellows, the Young Men's Club, and the American Legion. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 56 years, Alice M. (Anderson) Walters; three children, sons, David Walters and wife, Gina, of California, Pa., Thomas Walters and wife, Lisa, of Erie, and daughter, Sheryl Gwyn and husband, William, of California, Pa. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Alyssa Walters, Nicholas Walters, Michael, Joshua, and Steven Gwyn; one brother, Edward Walters and family, of Florida; favorite niece, Dorothy Setinsik of Ohio; friends; and his beloved dog, Jenni. Private services were held in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa., with the Rev. Jana Quisenberry, officiating. Interment followed in the Highland Cemetery.
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Ferree Jr., Lawrence C. 60

  • Gibsonville, N.C. , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1954-09-09
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Willig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Lawrence C. "Junior" Ferree, 60, of Gibsonville, N.C., formerly of White Oak, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born Sept. 9, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Lawrence C. Ferree Sr. and LaVerne (Harff) Ferree-Piper and the husband of Esther (Jones) Feree. Lawrence loved to hunt, ride motorcycles and carpentry. He was also an amateur cook and everyone loved his pizza. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Melia Feree DiPasqueal, of McKeesport, and Kayla Ferree, of Irwin; grandchildren, Dylan, Destiny, Max, Tanner, Jaedyn and Rylie; sister, Gertrude, of North Versailles; brother, Kenneth (Julia) Ferree, of McKeesport; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to Melia's home from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, to celebrate his life. Military honors will take place at 4 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Valovich, John 70

  • Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Born: 1945-02-23
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Fairhaven Memorial Services, Mission Viejo, Calif. | Get Directions
  • Lt. Col. John Valovich, retired, U.S. Marine Corps, of Mission Viejo, Calif., died May 20, 2015. John was born Feb. 23, 1945, in Charleroi, the son of the late Joseph Valovich and Betty Michener Valovich. He was a graduate of Charleroi High School and Penn State University. Commissioned a Marine second lieutenant through Penn State's Navy ROTC program, John soon earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer and trained as an A-6 Intruder Bombardier Navigator. Upon completion of training, he was posted to a DaNang South Vietnam-based Marine Intruder Squadron where he began flying combat missions. After his combat tours, he served in various assignments during a 22-year Marine career, including work for the Secretary of Defense Joint Chemical Warfare Joint Task Force and command of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif. At retirement, John had been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service medal, the Air Medal Strike/Flight with 20 awards, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm. Among numerous other medals and awards, he wore Expert pistol and rifle badges. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, John enjoyed a very successful second career as the Business Development Customer Field Representative for the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company, then The Boeing Company, supporting the Marines on the West Coast flying the AV-8 Harrier, F/A 18 Hornet, MV-22 Osprey and the CH-46. During his tenure with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, John played a critical role in the West Coast fielding of the F/A-18D, the AV-8B and the MV-22 and mentored countless Marines. John's professionalism, sense of humor and sincere desire to do all he could for his Marine Corps customer made him respected by his industry colleagues and the Marines he served. John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Harriet (Scrip); children, John Eric of Mission Viejo and Erin of San Clemente, Calif.; a brother, Paul Valovich (Trish) of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and the pride of his life - his grandsons, Noah and Jacob. John was a 20-year member of Mission Hills Community Church, now The Bridge, and the HaGesher Messianic Congregation. He was a member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and was on the advisory board of the Marine Corp Aviation Association. He was the Marine West Coast representative of the Intruder Association, and a lifetime member of the Tailhook Association. He was also a dedicated advisor to the Leatherneck Association and was instrumental in the creation of their museum on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Funeral arrangements are being handled by FAIRHAVEN MEMORIAL SERVICES, Mission Viejo, Calif., www.fairhavenmemorialservices.com. Burial with full military honors will be held at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 4 p.m. at The Bridge Church, 29582 Aventura, RanchoSanta Margarita, Calif.
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