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Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Allison, Donald J. 66

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1948-02-03
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Allison, 66, of Penn Hills, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Somerset Hospital. Born Feb. 3, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Norman C. and Betty (Corbett) Allison. Donald graduated from Slippery Rock University and worked as a draftsman. He is survived by his wife, Linda Allison; his children, Leslie, Derek and Benjamin Allison; and his brothers, David C. and John C. Allison. Interment is private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Beers, Dorothy V.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Dorothy V. Duermeyer Beers, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mrs. Beers was the beloved wife of the late George H. Beers Jr.; mother of Patricia Webb (Earl), of Shaler, Barbara Grosick, of Wexford, and Charles Beers, of Ohio; and is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. Services and Interment are private. Arrangements are by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Belobrajdic, Gale C. 80

  • Fawn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Gale C. Belobrajdic, 80, of Fawn Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis G.; loving father of Kipp Esteep, Paul Belobrajdic, Karen Belobrajdic, Bonnie Spiker, Blase Belobrajdic and Chris Belobrajdic; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gale was a professional musician. There will be no visitation or service. Professional services are trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Berry Jr., John Planet J. 55

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • John J. "Planet" Berry Jr., 55, of Monroeville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the son of the late John and Mary Berry; beloved husband of Kathleen; father of Amanda and Ashley Berry; brother of Barbara Taylor and the late Mary Ann Clark; and nephew of Ellen Niber. Planet was the cook at the Penn Monroe for many years. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a funeral is to follow at 8 p.m.
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Borgan, Ethel June M.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel M. "June" (Barna) Borgan, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Borgan; mother of James J. (Sandy) Borgan, Joseph A. Borgan, Jacqueline E. (James) Palmieri and Jennifer (Regis) Robson; sister of Edward Barna, Robert Barna and the late John Barna; grandmother of Mindy, Jamie, Tracy, Mark, Ann, Derek, Julie Ann and Rege; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was a retired steel worker from U. S. Steel and a retired crossing guard for Munhall Borough and St. Therese Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Therese Church in Ethel's memory. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Boyce, Harris 88

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Harris "Roy" Boyce, 88, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Margaret (Powell) Boyce; loving father of Harris Jr. (Mary Ann), John (Catherine) Boyce and Debra (Jim) Stetor; caring grandfather of Harris III (Amy), Sean (Katherine), John Jr. (Jeanette) and Erin (Jeff Schussler) Boyce, Courtney (Brian Dunkin) and Michael Stetor; great-grandfather of Hannah, Cameron, Kayden, Colin, Abigail, Tyler and Logan and Jack; and brother of the late Betty (Willard) Thomas and John (Jean) Boyce. Roy honorably served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, he was employed at Duquesne Light Co. for 40 years as an electrical engineer. He was a past Master of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Masonic Lodge No. 509 F and AM and a member of the Syria Shrine. Roy was a 15-year volunteer at the VA Hospital in Oakland. He was also an active volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America, awarded the Silver Beaver, earned the Wood Badge and enjoyed all facets of Scouting. He was a longtime member of the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. Roy was lovingly referred to as "Cookie Man" for his wonderful cookies, fudge and baklava. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Brickett, Mildred F. 98

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Mildred Frances (Gottschalk) Brickett, 98, of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph "Pal" Gottschalk and Paul Brickett; loving mother of Vera Colasant, of Florida, the late Thomas J. (surviving wife Roseanne) Gottschalk, Kenneth Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk; stepmother of Carolyn Willen; grandmother of the late Thomas (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Becky) Errett; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Bridgen, Kenneth S. 90

  • Glen Osborne
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Kenneth S. Bridgen, 90, a longtime resident of Glen Osborne, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was the husband of the late Patricia Lou Siebel Bridgen; father of Debrah (Sam) Bruno, of Ambridge, and Ruth Anne (Ron) Yankello, also of Ambridge; brother of Thomas Bridgen, of Lake Latonka, Mercer County; grandfather of Christy (Todd) Viola, Anthony Yankello, Justin (Jessica) Davis and William Davis Jr.; and great-grandfather of Addison Davis, Jacob and Isabella Viola. Friends will be received from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, when a funeral service will be held, in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. Contributions may be made in Ken's name to The Gettysburg Foundation, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
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Bush, Donald L. 82

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Bush, 82, of Plum, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of Vel (Havranek) Bush; loving father of late son, Jeffrey Alan Bush; son of the late LeRoy and Muriel Bush; brother of the late Edith Hobert; stepbrother of Michelle Fettis; brother-in-law of John Havranek, of New York; and is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don worked for First Energy (Allegheny Power, Greensburg office) as a computer systems analyst. He had a great sense of humor. He loved dogs and enjoyed many hobbies. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club and belonged to several golf and bowling leagues, once bowling a 300 game, and enjoyed square dancing, Bingo, metal detecting, collecting antique cars and going to car shows. Don proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1109 or to Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, Monroeville, PA 15146-1748.
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Cagnacci, Dolores 90

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dolores Cagnacci, 90, of North Braddock, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Louis Cagnacci, of North Braddock; and sister of Angelo (Goldie) Cagnacci, of Wall, Barbara Holcum, of Braddock Hills, the late David Cagnacci and the late Mary Huber. Friends will be welcome from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will follow at 7 p.m.
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Casey, Abigail C. 90

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Abigail Claire Kittiko Casey, 90, of White Oak, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She will be missed by her loving husband of 66 years, Alfred James Casey, formerly of Clairton; by daughters, Clareanne (Daniel) Best, of East McKeesport, Christine Casey, of Pittsburgh, Victoria (Michael) Tomcik, of Port Vue; and son, Mark (Lynnette) Casey, of Arizona. Born Feb. 14, 1924, in McKeesport, Abigail was the daughter of the late Salvatore William Kittiko and Rose Bisesi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and William G. Kittiko; and a nephew, William C. Kittiko. Grandma Abby will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Donna Lippock, Brian, Daniel and Elizabeth Best, Matthew, Maegan and Terese Casey, Sarah Tomcik, Stephanie Didjunas, Samantha Roland and Rosie Casey McDunn. Her 11 great-grandchildren will deeply miss their GG. Also, Abby will be missed by her nieces and nephews and numerous loving and supportive cousins. An active member of St. Peter's Church until it closed, she was a member of St. Patrick's, formerly St. Perpetua in Christy Park. A 1943 graduate of McKeesport High School, Abigail also attended PIA. She took pride in being a homemaker. In addition, she retired from McKeesport Hospital where she was a nursing assistant in the operating room and secretary in the blood bank. She was a sales clerk at Gimbels, Kaufmanns and Forsythe's. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California to visit family. She loved to swim and was a longtime member of the McKeesport and Wilmerding YMCA's. An avid reader, Abby volunteered with the literacy program at the former Eastland Mall. She also volunteered at Kane Hospital in McKeesport and sewed costumes for the McKeesport High School musicals. She and her husband toured Italy, including Sicily. She loved being a member of the Red Hat Society. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Final viewing before Mass will be from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in St. Patrick Church with Rev. Vincent P. Velas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorial contributions may be sent to Auberle, McKeesport YMCA, Wilmerding YMCA or Family Hospice. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Cook, Paula 68

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Paula (Marcoly) Cook, 68, of Marshall Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late James and Katherine (Babic) Marcoly; loving mother of John M. "Jamie" Cook and his wife, Debby, of Arlington, Va.; dear grandmother of Kostya E. Cook, of Arlington; beloved sister of Mary Jo (the late Dr. Joseph) Micucci, of McCandless and the late James Marcoly; aunt of Dana (Mieshiel) Micucci, Bryan Micucci, Jay (Ricki) Miccuci, Andy (Amy) Cook and Candice Cook; and great-aunt of Madison, Sydney, Keaton, Cruz, Fontana, Max, Jack and Drew. A truly beautiful woman, Paula made sure to have fun all the time, was tremendously caring, tough when she needed to be, very proud, endlessly loving and lit up at the mention of her dear grandson, Kostya, who was her light and spirit. She was a longtime employee with West Penn Financial, an annual theatre subscriber and lover of the arts, loved baking, flowers, being with family and friends and will be missed by so many. Family will welcome friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park. Blessing services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, http://www.aamds.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Daley, James A. 70

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1944-01-09
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • James A. Daley, 70, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Fair Winds Manor Nursing Home, Sarver. He was born Jan. 9, 1944, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Daniel and Ann (Baron) Daley. He has lived most of his life in the Brackenridge area. James was a laborer at Clovernook Printing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also was a volunteer dispatcher for Mon Valley Ambulance Service. He was a graduate of the Western PA School for the Blind and was an avid sports fan and enjoyed jazz music. Survivors include his two sisters, Marianne and Nancy Daley, of Baltimore, Md. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arden Y. (Steinhagen) Daley. Private burial and services were held in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. Arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Daube, Jean K. 92

  • Formerly of Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Jean Kathryn (Brahm) Daube, 92, formerly of Castle Shannon, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 64 years to the late Carl J. Daube; loving mother of Jeanne Broglie, David (Sandra) Daube, Karlyn (William) Davis and the late Thomas (Sandra) Daube; cherished grandmother of Michelle (Brent) Warren, Gregory Holsinger, Heather (Robert) Moosally, David (Allison) Daube, Kristin (Jonathan) Zimmer, Douglas (Courtney) Broglie and Thomas Davis; treasured great-grandmother of Charlie, Jacqueline, Joshua, Blair, Amanda, Natalie, Bobby, Alexandra, Matthew, Gregory, Andrew, Isabella, Mya, Colby, Carsyn, Nathaniel and Jaxton; daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth Brahm; sister of the late Betty Hayes, Isabella Greiner and Edward Brahm; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 724-941-3211, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery. Please add tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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DiDomenico, Nicholas 71

  • Rankin , Formerly of Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-12-03
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Nicholas DiDomenico, 71, of Rankin, formerly of Swissvale, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife, Amelia; his daughter, Nicki; and his three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Missey Gregg. Nicholas will be remembered fondly for his love of travel throughout the U.S. and Canada. A graveside service with military honors provided by the Army will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Professional service entrusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Dippolito, Angela 93

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Angela (Costanzo) Dippolito, 93, of Baldwin Borough, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Felix Dippolito; beloved mother of Janet (the late Gary) Klos, Ed (Andrea Witlin) Dippolito, Sandra (Mike) Cundra and the late Dolores Dippolito; proud grandmother of Joyce (Scott) Winkler, Gary (Sherrie) Klos, Jaclyn (Ross) Hatherill, Michael Cundra and Angela; great-grandmother of Christopher, Anthony and Cameron; and sister of the late Joseph, Michael and John Costanzo. She will also be missed by her "four-legged grandchild", Morgan. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Wendelin Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Asbury Village, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Dixon, Margaret 86

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret Dixon, 86, of Shadyside, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Dixon; loving stepmother of John I. Dixon Jr., Steven H. Dixon and Alexander F. Dixon. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Franklin; her niece, Maureen Drether; and nephew, Stephen A. Lewins. Margaret was born in 1928 in Gateshead County England to Henry and Elizabeth Dobson. She and her twin sister Liz were evacuated during the war years to a place in the English countryside where they were cared for until after the war. Margaret migrated to South Africa in 1964 where she worked as a librarian until 1972 when she met and married her late husband, John. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Dormish, Nancy

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy (Leathers) Dormish, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife for 30 years of Jeffrey F. Dormish; devoted mother of Robert B. and Philip E. Dormish; daughter of the late Robert and Doris (Purcell) Leathers; sister of Susan Leathers and David Leathers (Sydney); aunt of Morgan, Austin and Meryl Leathers; sister-in-law of Brian (Fawn) Dormish; and aunt of Stephen and Kristin Dormish. Nancy was past president of the St. John Capistran Women's Guild and a member of the church choir. Nancy truly loved the annual family vacations to Stone Harbor, N.J. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John Capistran Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Dovalovsky, John J. 94

  • Elrama
  • Born: 1920-06-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • John J. Dovalovsky, 94, of Elrama, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Arden Courts in Jefferson Hills. He was born June 23, 1920, near Elrama/Shire Oaks in Washington County. He was the son of the late John L. Dovalovsky and Catherine (Brindza) Dovalovsky, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. John learned to play the violin at an early age. While attending Clairton High School, he played the violin in the orchestra and in the chamber-music ensemble. He also played the tuba, then trombone in the orchestra. He attended Duquesne University School of Music for one year before taking a job with U.S. Steel in Clairton. John enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 5, 1941. He served as a sergeant in the 729th Air Material Squadron in England, France and Germany and other parts of Central Europe during World War II. He received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. He was proud of his almost four years of service to our country during the War. After his military service, John took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked as a fireman, then engineer for more than 36 years with the PRR, Penn-Central and Conrail until he retired in 1981. He was a founding member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church near Elrama and a long-term member of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cherished wife of more than 55 years, Helen C. (Sevcik) Dovalovsky, in 2003; and his brother, William F. Dovalovsky, in 2008. He is survived by his three children, John (Linda) Dovalovsky, of Lombard, Ill., Richard (Gail) Dovalovsky, of Wayne, Pa., and Marilyn (William) Wenger, of Rennerdale, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Dovalovsky, Brian (Stacie) Dovalovsky, Stacey (Jason) Jankowiak, Lindsay (Ian) Valentine, Michael Wenger, Danielle Wenger and Jeffrey Dovalovsky; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jakob, Alison, Alina, Matthew, Kasia, Nicolas, Lydia, Rachael and Nathan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all those who were kind to or helped our dad in any way since our mother passed away. Special thanks to the ladies of the Elrama United Methodist Church who always remembered our dad, especially throughout these last three years. John was a quiet, private person. He was a man of strong faith who loved his wife and was devoted to his family. Our family takes great comfort in the knowledge that he is now with God, reunited with his wife, our mother, and that they now live together with Jesus for eternity. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Additional visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Isaac Jogues Church, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle officiating. Burial with military honors at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1216 Collins Ave., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Elrama United Methodist Church, 19 Downer Ave., Elrama, PA 15038; or Horizons Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Elliott, Elaine

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Anderson) Elliott, of Regent Square, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Elliott; loving mother of Bruce and his wife, Brenda, Robert, and Brian and his wife, Michelle; dear grandmother of Brittney, Brandon, Zachary, Sadie, Audrey, Jackson and Caleb; and sister of Thomas, Steve and K.C. Elaine worked for U.S. Steel, the Post-Gazette and a cleaning company. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Flanigan, Cynthia A. 55

  • West Deer Township , Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1959-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, West Deer Township | Get Directions
  • Cynthia A. (Lepley) Flanigan, 55, of Russellton, West Deer Township, formerly of Butler, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her residence. Born Nov. 11, 1959, in Butler, she was the daughter of Janet A. (Cumberland) Lepley, of Russellton, and the late William D. Lepley. She was a 1977 graduate of Portersville Christian School and attended Hannahstown Road Baptist Church, Cabot. She enjoyed reading, decorating, crafts and especially spending time with her grandson. Besides her mother, she is survived by her grandson, Jackson T. Flanigan, his parents, and her son, Tyler D. Flanigan and Elyse Silva, all of Lower Burrell; brother, David R. Lepley, of Russellton; and her former husband, Timothy A. Flanigan, of Butler. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to the time of the service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Hannahstown Road Baptist Church, 250 Hannahstown Road, Cabot, PA 16023, with Pastor Mark Wagner officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Glavanics, Eugenia 77

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Eugenia "Sis" (Wasielewski) Glavanics, 77, of Richland Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Alajos "Louie" Glavanics; loving mother of Louis J. Glavanics, Connie (Herbert) Gass, Susan (Norman) Hill, Lisa (John) Fabian and James Glavanics; sister of Matthew "Jr" Wasielewski, Edward Waleski, Stanley Wasielewski, Judy Krantz and Elaine Buyna; proud grandmother of Jeremy, Zachary, Amelia, Elijah, Ethan, Emily, Elissa, Lydia and Jessica; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Sis was a wonderful cook, always providing meals for family and friends, and being proud of her heritage, excelled with many Polish dishes. She loved polka, cherished her grandchildren and was always there when you needed her. She will be dearly missed. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Interment in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://www.stjude.org. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kassep, Hilda J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (de Armas) Kassep, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Kassep; loving mother of Yvonne Sherman, Berna Cristi, Peter Kassep Jr. and Frank Kassep; devoted grandmother of Michael (Kristen) and Ashley Kassep, Katie and Jonathan Sommerer and Erica Cristi; caring mother-in-law of Gwen Kassep, Rich Cristi and Michael Sherman; cherished sister of Edelmira Fernandez de Armas, in Cuba, and the late Humberto de Armas; and dear friend of Elsa in Chicago, Ill. Services and Interment will be private. Arrangements are by the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412 381-2323. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Kinner, Charles D. 60

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1954-12-10
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Johnson, Buena Vista | Get Directions
  • Charles D. Kinner, 60, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at home with his family with him. Born Dec. 10, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a beloved son of son of the Charles Kinner and Dorothy Vovolka Kinner, of Elizabeth Township. He was a crane operator for Tygart Steel in McKeesport. He is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Cheryl Powell Kinner; son and daughter, Brian and Alisha, both at home; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two younger brothers, Ronald Kinner, who passed away Aug. 14, 2009, and John Kinner, who passed away, Oct. 12, 2011. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOM, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, PA 15018, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dale Murrell officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery.
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Kulbacki, Charlotte 74

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Kulbacki, 74, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the wife of Robert J. Kulbacki; mother of Robert (Diana), Joseph and Timothy (Heidi) Kulbacki and Christine (Neil) Sabatini; grandmother of Amanda, Samantha, Stephanie, Nicole, Daltan, Allison and Bruno; and great-grandmother of Jobe, Ashlynn and the late Felicia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Langenberg, Marguerite C. 91

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1923-04-23
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Marguerite C. "Peggy" Langenberg, 91, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born May 23, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., a daughter of the late Donald Cardone and Lena P. Cardone. She is survived by her loving husband, Frederick C. Langenberg; sister, Betty Filipps, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Valerie Holt and Melinda Singleton, of Tulsa; and nephew, Donald Filipps, of Tulsa. She was the loving stepmother to Rick Langenberg and Susan Brainer and loving stepgrandmother to Laura Jane, Dan and Andrew Brainer. Peggy Langenberg graduated from the Pennsylvania Business College, and began working at Jessop Steel Co., Washington, Pa. She became the highest ranked secretary in the company, working with the president for five years. She then moved to Washington, D.C., and was executive assistant to the president of the American Iron and Steel Institute. She next moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1979, and was executive secretary to the chairman of Interlake Corp., a Fortune 500 company. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1990 and helped found the Langand Corp., a Subchapter S Corporation. She and her husband were loyal to Pennsylvania State University, where she was a life member of the Alumni Association and a member of the Mount Nittany Society. Peggy Langenberg was a president of the Washington, Pa., branch of the National Secretaries Association. She was a member of the St. Clair Country Club, Chicago Golf Club and Belleair Country Club in Florida. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment in Forest Lawn Gardens. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Lopatta, Richard Dick J. 80

  • Pitcairn
  • Born: 1933-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Pearce Funeral Home, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Richard "Dick" Joseph Lopatta, 80, of Pitcairn, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, peacefully at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Trafford. Richard is a veteran of the Korean War, where he served his country with pride. He will forever be remembered by his devoted wife and "best friend," Marie H. Lopatta; his beloved children, Michael Lopata, Cathy Mazzocchetti (Rodgers), Joanne Lopata, Joseph Mazzocchetti, Richard "Ricky" Lopatta, Pamela Lopatta (Sorenson) and Tracy Lopatta; along with several in-laws; eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and countless friends and family who were blessed to know him. Richard loved baseball, especially the Pirates, no matter how bad they were. He also loved to fish and spend time at his camp in Yellow Creek with family. Richard touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He will be greatly missed by many. No Visitation. Services will be private at Richard's request. The WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME, Pitcairn, is assisting family with arrangements.
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Martin Jr., Ivan W. 88

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1926-09-06
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cremation, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Ivan William Martin Jr., 88, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Morgantown, W. Va., he was the son of the late Ivan William Sr. and Lucinda Martin. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Ann (Warden) Martin; and one sister, Doris Adele Smith. He was the loving father of Diane (Harry) Snyder and William (Lorie) Martin; cherished grandfather of Shauna (Brian) Bodamer, Adam (Brenna) Snyder and Max and Michael Martin; adoring great-grandfather of Grant and Drew Bodamer; and beloved uncle of Clete (Kathy) Smith. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1949 and had a long time devotion to the West Virginia Mountaineers. He served in the Army from 1945-46. He was employed by the Commercial Credit Corporation, where he rose to position of president, from 1952 until his retirement in 1988. He will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family, the endless hours he spent with his precious grandchildren, his sense of humor and his love of the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be missed dearly by his children and grandchildren and all of those whose lives he touched over the years. A gathering of loved ones and friends will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, followed by a memorial service at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. A private interment will be held at the National Cemetery of The Alleghenies in Allegheny County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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McCormick, Verner L. 87

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Verner L. McCormick, 87, of Plum Borough, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy L. McCormick; father of Stephen McCormick (Teri) and Cynthia McCormick (Joseph Werns); grandfather of Kristen and Philip McCormick and Parker and Josh Werns; and brother of the late Mary Ellen Shope, Leonard McCormick and Elizabeth Kramer. He had served in the Army and had retired as a steelworker from U.S. Steel's Homestead Works. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Interment will be private. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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McGaughey, Fred C. 82

  • Bell Acres
  • Born: 1932-05-03
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Fred C. "Bummy" McGaughey, 82, of Bell Acres, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice of Beaver. He was born May 3, 1932, in Leetsdale, to the late Fred C. and Romaine Mullholland McGaugh. He was president of the former McGaughey Trucking Company in Leetsdale and later worked for Am-Guard Security in Moon Township. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Navy aboard the USS Wedderburn as a signalman, a member of the Leetsdale VFW and Sewickley YMCA. He was an avid Pittsburgh Panthers fan and a member of the Golden Panthers and a season ticket holder since 1957. Surviving are his loving wife, Sylvia Capozzoli McGaughey; a son, Stephen (Michaelene) McGaughey, of Economy; a daughter, Kathy (Richard) Ferguson, of Dublin, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jeff (Ashley) McGaughey, of Fair Oaks, Steve McGaughy, of Ambridge, Steve McGaughey, of Economy, Kristy McGaughy, of Poland, Ohio, Sara McGaughy, of Columbus, Ohio, and Alexandra Ferguson, of Bloomsburg; a sister, Donna Fleig, of Leetsdale; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his son, Michael C. McGaughey; and brother-in-law, Donald Fleig. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday followed by full military honors provided by the Beaver County Special Unit.
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Merriman, John F. 75

  • Fair Oaks
  • Born: 1939-11-25
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Gabauer-Matter, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • John F. Merriman, 75, of Fair Oaks, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford. Born Nov. 25, 1939, in Sewickley, a son of the late Fred and Frances Minnick Merriman, he was a graduate of Sewickley High School. He was a truck driver for Neville Chemical, Taylor's Milk and retired from M.C. Tank. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 926. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Marge Belcastro Merriman; children, Lynn Galloway, John Merriman, Mary Merriman, Samantha "Sam" Hiller and her husband, Robert, Adolph Stephansky and his wife, Karen, and John Stephansky and his wife, Charleen; a brother, Eddie Merriman and his wife, Patty; grandchildren, Erin, Justin (Monica), Cristen, John (Ashley), Derek and Christina; a special niece and nephew, Tina Wilson and James Havens; and other nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GABAUER-MATTER FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Church St., Ambridge, http://www.gabauermatterfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service was held at 8 p.m.
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Mulkerin, Donald 79

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald Mulkerin, 79, of Wilkins Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann (Pelesky) Mulkerin; loving father of Don (Glenda) Mulkerin, Colleen (James) Medwid and Timothy (Lisa) Mulkerin; stepfather of John O'Connell, Jeffrey (Natalie) O'Connell and Jayme (Ian) Dowdy; grandfather of Ashley, Rianna, Taylor, Mary, Meghan and Jenna; great-grandfather of Ronin, Ryston, Isabella and Liam; step-grandfather of six; and brother of Dorothy Kelly, Eleanor (Jack) Ferber, Isabel (Bill) Beck, Robert (Sheila) Mulkerin, Bill (Kathy) Mulkerin, Rege (Liz) Mulkerin, Shirley (John) Sutherland, Patty (Jim) Murphy and Jim Mulkerin. He was a 1953 graduate of Wilkinsburg High, Air Force veteran, Penn Tech graduate and was employed for 37 years with General Electric in the Industrial Sales Division. He was an avid golfer, as well as an accomplished athlete in his youth. He was a loyal fan of Pittsburgh sports team and proud to be a native Pittsburgher. He enjoyed traveling and reading. Faith, family and friends were most important in life. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Parish. Interment will follow at William Penn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of Pittsburgh. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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O'Connor, Donald Don 96

  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald "Don" O'Connor, 96, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mr. O'Connor was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marie (Hogan) O'Connor in 2011; by his brothers, Dennis, Robert, Brian and Patrick; and his sister, Helen (O'Connor) Truxell. He is survived by his sons, David, of Murrysville, Kevin (Priscilla), of Durango, Colo., and Stephen (Barbara), of Robinson Township. He is also survived by granddaughters, Caitlin O'Connor, Lauren O'Connor and Megan Riddle; grandson, Corey Baker; great-grandchildren, Coralie Baker and Liberty Gage; along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Mr. O'Connor grew up in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. He was the oldest son in a family that has produced a number of business owners, politicians and local notable personalities. His brother Dennis, known as "Buddy O", was well known in the local stock car racing community. His brother, Robert, was the father of late Pittsburgh mayor, Bob O'Connor. Donald was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force in England. He flew many missions over Europe, including in support of the D-Day invasion. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations for his service, but was always modest about his contributions. As a boy, he delivered groceries for the local grocery store, and continued to work for the A and P grocery chain for most of his career, rising from a store butcher to purchasing agent in the chain's Homewood office for many years. O'Connor and his family lived in Penn Hills for many years, where they participated in the activities of St. Bartholomew Parish and School. In retirement, Don and Marie moved to Plum Borough, where Don pursued his hobby of buying and selling used items. He became known as the "Toolman of O'Block Road" and was famous for seeming to have the tool you were looking for in his inventory. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
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Odle, Robert J.

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Odle, of White Oak, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy Rosenberg Odle. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Este Berkovitz Odle, who died Nov. 19, 1989. He was a veteran of the Army serving in World War II. He was the vice chairman for Tube City IMS in Glassport for more than 64 years until, he retired in 2013. Bob's vision, drive, dedication and invaluable contributions were important factors in the evolution of the company from a regional to a global organization. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel in White Oak. He was a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, an avid golfer and loved playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Mariuza Carvalho Odle; children, Cindy Odle, of Pittsburgh, Wayne Odle, of New Jersey, and Jennifer (Matthew Maddamma) Odle, of White Oak; grandchildren, Emily and Julia Odle; brother, Richard (Phyllis) Odle, of Singer Island, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Rabbi Paul Tuchman. Burial will follow in Temple Cemetery.
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Oertel, Wilbert J. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Wilbert J. Oertel, 88, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Beverly J. (Walker) Oertel; father of Wilbert J. Jr. (Roxanne), Steve F. (Donna) and the late David L. Oertel; brother of Robert J. Oertel and Marian Oertel; grandfather of Justin (Heidi), Michael (Micaela), Amanda and Stephanie Oertel; great-grandfather of Isaac and Hallie; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Oertel was an Army Air Force World War II veteran. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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Paterson, David 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • David Paterson, 90, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born the only son of David and Catherine (McDonald) Paterson. He retired from US Steel Irvin Works as a supervisor and was a World War II Army veteran who was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Werbeck. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Paterson; four children, Cheryl (Joseph) Depretis, Jan (Hal Brandt) Paterson, David (Diane) Paterson and Pam (Jay) Harrison; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jones. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. A prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Hays. Interment will follow in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville at 12:30 p.m. with military honors. Visit http://www.stephendslater.com. for condolences.
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Paytas, Dennis C. 58

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dennis Charles "Denny" Paytas, 58, of McCandless, Our Top Gun, adored husband, worshipped father and cherished Pappy, took his final flight on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. He was the loving husband and co-pilot of 39 years to Debra A. "Goose" (Conner) Paytas. He would say "Together, we've got this, Goose." A passion for each other beyond any love story known, they truly defined what love is. He was the devoted father of Heather Dawn "Heath" Liberto (Sam) and Tyler Jay "Teege" Paytas, his wingman for life, both of whom will honor his legacy for life and fly with the best of the best; and proud Pappy of Hannah "Babes," Riley and Spencer, whom he loved to spoil rotten and would always say, "I'm the Pappy. I get to do what I want and send them back home." Hannah's best friend for life and hero. A bond that will continue on in her through the generous and kind deeds her Pappy taught her. He was the cherished son of Catherine "Trink" (Skillen) and the late Edward D. Paytas Sr.; and brother of Daniel, Lynne, Lisa (don't ever stop listening to the Beach Boys), Edward Jr., Kenneth "Buck" Paytas and Katie Kraus. Dedicated owners and operators for many years of the Meadville Giant Eagle, Denny and Debbie made an impact on the community and touched countless lives. Big Dog's table will be reserved exclusively for him in the cafe so that he can watch over us all and keep us on our toes. In just a few words, Denny was "Simply the best." We love you, Pops! Even though a Wild Hog is riding in Heaven now, his best friends will hold him dear to their hearts as he did to his. You know who you are. Ride hard or stay home boys. Services are private. Family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444.
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Regan, Elizabeth Poddie P. 95

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth P. "Poddie" Regan, 95, of Greenfield, died after a long illness, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edward F. Regan; loving mother of John Regan, Catherine (Martin) Conroy, Edward F. (the late Nancy) Regan, Eileen (Herman) Voth and the late Elizabeth (surviving husband, David) Christian; grandmother of Dara, Eric, Brian, David and Heather; sister of the late Marie Balkey, and John Michalka; and great-grandmother of nine. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Rosalia Church.
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Reid, Donald 66

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1948-07-24
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald Reid, 66, of Duquesne, departed this life peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in West Penn Hospice, Pittsburgh. He was born July 24, 1948, in Pittsburgh, son of Russell James Reid Sr., of Pittsburgh, and the late Helen Turner Reid. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Garland Reid; and daughters, Darlin Reid and Tara Christian. He attended Duquesne High School and worked as a construction laborer with Labor Ready and attended Judah Ministries in McKeesport. Surviving are three sons, Donald Sloan, of North Carolina, Donald Burham, of Homestead, and DeShawn Reid, of McKeesport; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Howard (Rosia) Reid, twin brother, Ronald (Toni) Reid, Kevin (Pamela) Price and Sam (Charletta) Overby, all of Duquesne, Dora Reid, Rosalee Cox, Russell (Corrin) Reid Jr., Richard Reid and Albert (Faith) Reid, all of Pittsburgh; two aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with the Rev. Archie D. Perrin Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, McKeesport. Local arrangements by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Ross, Martha 60

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-12-13
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  • Martha Ross, 60, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Her family and friends were by her side, when she went with the lord. She was born to Shirley G. (Chestnut) Meyers. Martha worked for DACC with her dear friend, Candy Petrovich, before she fell ill. Martha loved playing cards and building puzzles with her granddaughter, bingo, gambling and spending time with her friends and family. Besides her mother, she is survived by her daughters, Nicole Ross, of Natrona Heights, Kelly Ross, of Saxonburg, and Crista Ross, of Butler; her son, David Salvatore, of Virginia; her three grandchildren; her siblings, Dixie (Bob) Couturiaux, of Allegheny Township, Cookie (Mike) Simmons, of California, Betty (Dan) Knapp, of Brookville, Joyce (Chuck) Stephenson, of Florida, Shirley (Mark) Campbell, of Penn Hills, Keely (Mark) Nolan, of Florida, and Gary (Jodie) Stephenson, of Cranberry Township; and lifelong friend, Ed Campbell, of Natrona Heights. Family and friends are asked to join in celebrating the life of Martha Ross at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the VFW in Tarentum.
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Sayles, Alicia G. 55

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Tunie, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Alicia G. Sayles, 55, of McKeesport, passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at McKeesport Hospital surrounded by her family. She leaves to cherish her memory: parents, Gerald and Maxine Sayles; children, DeJuan, Jeffrey, Anthony and Andre Sayles; siblings, Gerald Sayles Jr. and Antony Sales Sr.; and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport, PA, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery. Arrangements by TUNIE FUNERAL HOME INC. http://www.tuniefuneralhomeinc.com.
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Shiff, Nancy A. 84

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Ann (Snowden) Shiff, 84, of Scott Township, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Nancy was the beloved wife for 54 years of Ted Shiff. Surviving are three children and 11 grandchildren. She always was a teacher, beginning with kindergarten and then led the visually handicapped program in Beaver Valley. Later, she taught in our church and community bible classes, plus leading our family and other families in any way possible. She always offered to help anyone at any time. Mom, grandma, Nancy, aunt - Thank you! If we were to write about your life and all its goodness, this entire newspaper would be filled with stories of you and its other contents would pale in significance. You not only taught love (1 Cor 13:4-8) you put it on full display with your life. Nothing is more important to God (Matthew 22:36-40) so thank you for leaving us with that lasting legacy. You are already deeply missed by countless many, but for us who know the truth we say the reunion is going to be sweeeet! Enjoy your first real Christmas and the best present you could ever receive - eternal life (Romans 6:23). Family and friends will be received at 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A celebrate life (no. 2) remembrance time will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visitation will continue 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin's. Interment will be Monday in Jefferson Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held in January in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or to cancer research.
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Sisca, Richard D. 69

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard D. Sisca, 69, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was a beloved son of the late Richard A. and Mary R. Sisca. He is survived by his sisters, Donna Sisca and Fugi Sisca (Greg Macklin); and his brother, Joseph S. (Eileen) Sisca; six nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. Family and friends will gather for his funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael Church. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Skiffington, Daniel A. 17

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel A. Skiffington, 17, of Ross Township, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of Vincent II and Sharon (Wagurak) Skiffington; loving brother of Renee L. (Robert) Krebs and Brandi D. Skiffington; beloved grandson of Mary Lou Skiffington and the late Vincent Skiffington Sr., and Ethel Wagurak and the late Alexander Wagurak; loving nephew of Kathleen (David) Wire, Douglas (Paula) Wagurak, and Janae (Michael) Nail; and also survived by many cousins. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover funeral costs; go to: youcaring.com and search for Daniel A. Skiffington.
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Snyder, Helen 81

  • Crafton , Formerly of Bristol
  • Born: 1933-04-28
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen Fessick Snyder, 81, of Crafton, formerly of Bristol, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was born April 28, 1933, in McAdoo, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Czernianski Fessick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Snyder; a son, Theodore C. Snyder; two brothers, Nicholas and John Fessick; and a sister, Dorothy Fessick. Helen is survived by three sons, Robert J. (Janet) Snyder, of Langhorne, Mark (Mary) Snyder, of Murrysville, and Daniel Snyder, of Yardley; 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Eric, Christopher, Nicholas, Joscelyn, Helena, Maura, Haley, Morgan and Kyra; and a brother, Joseph (Betty) Fessick, of New Jersey. A private blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Interment will be private. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Thomas, Mary Jean 77

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1937-10-14
  • Died: 2014-12-11
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean (Cole) Thomas, 77, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Family Hospice Lawrenceville, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Uniontown, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Rosealee Alora Jane Teets Cole. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward William "Bill" Thomas; and sister, Patricia Lewis. She is survived by her children, Marcy (Mark) Clair, of Shelton, Conn., Bill (Patty) Thomas, of Hempfield Township, Mary Beth Thomas, of Greensburg, Geri Ann (Adrian) Fenton, of Wexford, and Barry Thomas, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Logan and Luke Clair, Billy and Michael Thomas, Noah, Margaret and Mary Fenton; brother, Charles (Sue) Cole; sister, Shirley Coulson; and numerous nephews and nieces. Friends were received this past Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held this past Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Venturini, Amelio 102

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1912-05-15
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Amelio Venturini, 102, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Logan Place, Lower Burrell. He was born May 15, 1912, in Gilpin Township, a son of the late Alberto and Rosa Chiappelli Venturini. Amelio was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He retired from Alcoa in New Kensington and later worked as a security guard at Paper Craft in Blawnox. Amelio was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, in Natrona Heights, and the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. He enjoyed gardening and jigsaw puzzles. Amelio is survived by his two daughters, Emma (Stephen) Sekeras, of Cheswick, and Betty (Albert) Palko, of New Kensington; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Salto Venturini, Nov. 9, 2007; his son, Paul Louis Venturini, in infancy; grandson, Curt Alan Sekeras, and by his siblings, Adriano Venturini, Natalina Salvatore, Luigino Venturini, Tulio Venturini, Marco Venturini, Torbe Venturini and Carlo Venturini. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Wigton, JoEllyn 67

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1947-08-19
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • JoEllyn (Chonko) Wigton, 67, of Sewickley, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She was born Aug. 19, 1947, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Joseph Anthony and Marian Catherine (Koontz) Chonko. She was the beloved wife of the late Calvin Richardson Wigton; sister of Mary (the late Joseph) Esther Kratzenberg, of Dravosburg, Patricia (the late Carl) Ann Bucy, of West Elizabeth, Ruth (George) Elizabeth Pisko, of Andover, Ohio, Virginia (Ralph) Lemak, of Baldwin, Ona (Mark) Jean Horgas, of Trafford, James (Marie) Anthony Chonko, of West Mifflin, and Timothy (Tammy) Michael Chonko, of Duquesne; and many nieces and nephews survive. JoEllyn was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley and volunteered in the office there and worked for Mellon Bank. Visitation was Tuesday at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St., Sewickley. Funeral service was Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley. Interment was in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice in her memory.
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Zelman, Paul

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Paul Zelman, of Highland Park, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Miriam Zelman; loving father of Barbara and Harold Caplan, Eileen Katz and Beverly Trout; brother of the late Saul Zelmanov; cherished Papa of Scott and Nadia, Anne, Erin and Bruce, Andrea and Josh, Pamela, Lauren and Jessica; great-great-Papa of Larissa, Daniel, Joshua, Nicole, Lindsay, Devon, Jaidyn and Grace. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to services (noon to 1 p.m.). Interment Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Contributions may be made to New Light Congregation, 1700 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. http://www.schugar.com.
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Ankney, Deloris 83

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1930-12-24
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Deloris Ankney, 83, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Charles Ankney and Annabell Showers Ankney Morrow. Deloris was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a caregiver for several local area families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Wayne "Red," Paul and Greg Morrow, and Kenneth and Charles Ankney; and a sister, Aileen Shanefelt. She is survived by two children, Kimberley (Michael) Parker, of Loyalhanna, and Mark (Taryn) Ankney, of Ligonier; a grandson, Michael Parker, who was the love of her life; three brothers, William F. Morrow Jr., of Stahlstown, Donald (Diane) Morrow, of Landers, Wyo., and Lewis (Rae) Ankney, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com. Deloris Ankney formerly of Ligonier Deloris Ankney, 83, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Charles Ankney and Annabell Showers Ankney Morrow. Deloris was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a caregiver for several local area families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Wayne "Red," Paul and Greg Morrow, and Kenneth and Charles Ankney; and a sister, Aileen Shanefelt. She is survived by two children, Kimberley (Michael) Parker, of Loyalhanna, and Mark (Taryn) Ankney, of Ligonier; a grandson, Michael Parker, who was the love of her life; three brothers, William F. Morrow Jr., of Stahlstown, Donald (Diane) Morrow, of Landers, Wyo., and Lewis (Rae) Ankney, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Saturday the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment was in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1963-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Barcellino, 51, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with loved ones by her side, under the care of Forbes Hospice. Born July 26, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth devoted her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Barcellino, whom she married May 22, 1981. They had two devoted daughters: Christina, married to Timothy O'Neil, and Karrie, married to Joshua Weinman. Elizabeth had four granddaughters, Arabella, Vada, Gabriella and Kinley. She is also survived by her parents, Adam and Hilda McMeekin; and her siblings, Lisa Cusato, Thomas and Lori McMeekin, Jennifer and Brandan Valore. In loving memory, her late brother: Eric McMeekin. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Unity Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice in Elizabeth Barcellino's name. Please go to Forbes Health Foundationto place a donation: http://www.ahn.org/ways-to-give/forbes-health-foundation/giving-forbes-hospice. We'd like to thank the amazing staff at Forbes Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Burky, Louise 73

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Busatto, Cheryl A. 59

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1955-04-27
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Cheryl Ann "Cheri" (Miller) Busatto, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ms. Busatto was born April 27, 1955, in Connellsville, a daughter of Helen Walker Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late Eugene "Bucky" Miller. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Cheri was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. She was employed as the office manager for Dr. Aboosi for more than 28 years. Cheri loved to cook and bake for her family and her friends. She was known especially for her exceptional pepperoni rolls. Cheri's kindness and her smile will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is survived by her loving family: her mother, Helen; her longtime companion, Vic Jordan, of Mt. Pleasant; her son, Daniel Busatto and his wife, Carey, of Greensburg; and the two loves of her life, her granddaughters, Elie and Adelyn Busatto. Cheri is also survived by her sisters, Cynthia Poole, of Latrobe, Susan Halvonik, of Pottstown, Joyce Markiewicz and her husband, Kevin, of Mt. Pleasant, and Jeanne Kisiel and her husband, Joseph, of Erie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cheri was preceded in death by her father, Eugene "Bucky" Miller, in 2010; an infant brother, Richard Miller; by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Nellie Walker; and her paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Miller. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by Cheri's funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Campbell, Clara L. 68

  • Valley Heights
  • Born: 1946-07-30
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Clara L. Campbell, 68, of the Valley Heights area of New Kensington, died Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh. She was born July 30, 1946, in New Kensington, and has been a lifelong resident of the local area. Mrs. Campbell enjoyed cooking, going out to lunch, watching TV and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her father, Clarence Reynolds, of Cheswick; husband of 43 years, Verne F. "Butch" Campbell; son, Richard (Lori) Albaugh, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two daughters, Stacy (Daniel) Tursky, of Linesville, and Yvonne (David) Ewing, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Bambi (Sheldon) Simmons, Heather (Chris) Porter, Sue Albaugh, Ashley (Jake) Nolder, Daniel (Toni) Tursky, Verne Campbell, Rick Albaugh Jr., Kristopher Tursky, Emma Ewing, Ellie Ewing and Trevor Tursky; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Debra (Albert) Mehalic, of West Deer; and three brothers, Jonathan Reynolds, of New Kensington, James Reynolds, of Harmarville, and Jeffrey Reynolds, of Natrona Heights. She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Tadrcak Reynolds; son, Douglas W. Campbell; and sister, Denise R. Greenwald. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Burial will be private. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Caruso, Mary J. 93

  • Norvelt , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-03-25
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. Belzer Caruso, 93, of Norvelt, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at her home. Mrs. Caruso was born March 25, 1921, in Tarrs, a daughter of the late Louis and Liboria Rotella Belzer. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society. Mary worked for her nephew, the late Leonard Santorella, at the former Thrift Sales Co. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and many friends, and was proud to have made raviolis in her kitchen for many years for Kraisinger's Market. Mary also enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family. Mary was a loving wife and very devoted mother and grandmother. A friend to many, she will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Mary is survived by her loving family: her children, Mary Jo Baker and her husband, Randy, of Norvelt, where she lived for more than 11 years, Roxanne Scott and her husband, Mike, of Mt. Pleasant, and Donna Eckman and her husband, Paul, of Shohola; and by her beloved grandchildren, Adam Baker, Brynn Matthews and Bill, Amanda Scott and Barry James, Megan Scott and fiance Dan O'Neil, Rachael Cox and T.J., and Jarrod Eckman and Janet Vega. She will also be greatly missed by her great-grandchildren, Colton, McKenna and Averie Cox, Adryan and Hayden Opitz, and an expected Matthews great-grandchild in April 2015. Mary is also survived by her loving brother, Sam Belzer and his wife, Connie, of Dearborn, Mich.; her sister-in-law, Virginia Belzer, of Tarrs; and many, many nieces and nephews. Her loss will also be felt at the annual Caruso family reunion, where she presided as the matriarch. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank J. Caruso, in 1974; her companion, Dom Amoroso, in 2007; her two sisters, Angeline DePalma and Virginia Belzer; and her seven brothers, Jack, Joseph, Edward, Louis, Frank, James and Tom Belzer. Family and friends were received Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the funeral home, followed by Mary's funeral Mass in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service was held Tuesday in the funeral home. A very special thanks for the love and caring for over a year, given by Medi-Home Hospice from her loving "angels," niece Jennifer Caruso, Cheryl Potoka and Cindy Hayden. In lieu of flowers and to commemorate Mary's favorite season, the family suggests memorials may be made to Operation Santa Claus or the Westmoreland County Food Bank in memory of Mary J. Caruso. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Champion, Richard A. 35

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1979-05-08
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Champion, 35, of Ligonier, a police officer with the Perryopolis Police Department, was killed in the line of duty Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. He was born May 8, 1979, in Durham, N.C., a son of Gary W. (Linda) Champion, of Zebulun, N.C., and Helen Szadek Champion, of Rougemont, N.C. Richard had recently completed two tours of duty in Iraq with the Army. He had been employed by the Perryopolis Police Department for eight months. He was a member of the NRA. His life was his family, especially his wife and his son. He was preceded in death by a stepsister, Danyell Sanders; paternal grandparents, Irene and Cal Champion; and maternal grandfather, Joseph Szadek. In addition to his parents, he was survived by his loving wife of five years, Dawn M. Carney Champion; his son, Tanner R. Champion; a brother, Wayne G. Champion, of Rougemont, N.C.; a stepsister, Kelly (Rob) Powers, of Williamsport, Md.; mother-in-law, Rose Bobbitt, of Macedonia, Ohio; father-in-law, Donald (Misty) Carney, of Stahlstown; maternal grandmother, Maria Szadek, of Hillsboro, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family will gather from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. John Foriska, officiating. Interment will follow in the Snowball Cemetery with full military and law enforcement honors. Please no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to a fund established for his wife Dawn and son Tanner. Contributions may be made to PPBF c/o 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658 with "DAWN CHAMPION" in the memo line. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cheatham, Father Louis W. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-12-27
  • Died: 2014-12-16
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  • Father Louis W. Cheatham, 94, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, who was the oldest priest of the diocese, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown. A native of South Carolina who was raised in Baltimore, Md., Father Cheatham was a priest for 69 years and served for more than 50 years in the Diocese of Greensburg, including 16 years as pastor of St. Peter Parish, Brownsville. "Father Lou was a priest's priest," said Father James F. Petrovsky, senior priest active at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, western Fayette County. "He loved the priesthood and loved and cared about the people he served. The people of St. Peter Parish were so close to his heart. He loved returning there," said Father Petrovsky, who frequently golfed with Father Cheatham. Father Cheatham was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Edgefield, S.C., a son of the late Louis W. and Margaretta Wellmore Cheatham. The family moved to Baltimore when was 3, and their home parish was Corpus Christi. He attended Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Baltimore area and earned undergraduate degrees at St. Charles Preparatory College in Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He earned a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from St. Mary's in 1945. Father Cheatham was ordained to the priesthood March 17, 1945, by the late Archbishop Michael J. Curley, of Baltimore, at the Basilica of the Assumption Cathedral, Baltimore. Father Cheatham served for 13 years in the Archdiocese of Washington before accepting a six year appointment in Verdun, near Montreal, Canada. He began priestly ministry in the Diocese of Greensburg Jan. 25, 1964, and was incardinated here in 1971. In the Diocese of Greensburg, Father Cheatham served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish, New Kensington, (1964-72). He served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Brady's Bend, and its former chapel in Sugar Creek, (1972-76); SS. Simon and Jude Parish, Blairsville, (1976-79); and St. Peter Parish, Brownsville, and its former chapel in Newell, from 1979 until his retirement in June, 1995. He spent most of his retirement years living in Neumann House, the diocese's residence for retired priests at the Bishop William G. Connare Center, near Greensburg. In an article in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Accent, marking his 90th birthday, Father Cheatham said the highlights of his priesthood included working with students, visiting the sick in hospitals, conducting eight or nine baptisms after Mass, forming youth groups and serving as pastor of the oldest parish in the diocese, St. Peter Parish, Brownsville. During Father Cheatham's pastorate at St. Peter, the church was listed on the National Register for Historical Places (1980), and the parish marked the 240th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in the Brownsville area and the 150th anniversary of the church building. Following retirement, he continued to celebrate Masses around the diocese, assisting at more than 50 different diocesan parishes. He was priest director for the Diocesan Expansion Day appeal in 1974 and served as liaison for retired priests. In addition to English, Father Cheatham spoke Latin, German and French. A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Bishop William G. Connare Center, and a Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel at the Connare Center with Father John T. Euker as celebrant and homilist. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at St. Peter Church, Brownsville. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Peter Church, Brownsville, with Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt as celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in Historic St. Peter Cemetery on the parish grounds.
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Davenport, Christine 46

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1968-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Dascani Davenport, 46, of North Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec.13, 2014, after a lengthy illness at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 11, 1968, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late William D. Dascani and Drucila Darrigo Dascani and stepfather, Carey Lehew, of North Belle Vernon, with whom she made her home. A resident of North Belle Vernon for the past nine years, Christine was a Catholic by faith. She is also survived by a daughter, Jessica Marie Davenport, of Wilks-Barre; son, Joseph Douglas Berlin, of Greensburg; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa Ann Dascani, of Clayton, Ga., Lori Lynn and Bradford Kunkle, of Herminie; four grandchildren, Haylie Ruby, Brylee Hemminger, Joseph Lucas and Jay-Dee Berlin; aunts and uncles, Judy and Dennis Taylor and Joseph and Joyce Darrigo; six special cousins, Rochelle, Angela, Stacey, Scott, Jimmy and Brian; and her special companion, Matthew Diethorn, of North Belle Vernon. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Santo and Nadine Darrigo; and paternal grandparents, William and Lucille Dascani, and a companion, John D. Berlin. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Jones, Pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating, in the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME and CREMATIONS, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. The Family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Davenport to the family. Condolences accepted at the funeral homes web site, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Davenport, Christine 46

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1968-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Dascani Davenport, 46, of North Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 2:47 a.m. after a lengthy illness at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 11, 1968, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late William D. Dascani and Drucilla Darrigo Lehew and stepfather, Carey Lehew of North Belle Vernon with whom she made her home. A resident of North Belle Vernon for the past nine years, Christine was Catholic by faith. She is also survived by a daughter, Jessica Marie Davenport of Wilks-Barre; son, Joseph Douglas Berlin of Greensburg; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa Ann Dascani of Clayton, Ga., and Lori Lynn and Bradford Kunkle of Herminie; four grandchildren, Haylie Ruby, Brylee Hemminger, Joseph Lukas and Jay-Dee Berlin; aunts and uncles, Judy and Dennis Taylor, and Joseph and Joyce Darrigo; six special cousins, Rochelle, Angela, Stacey, Scott, Jimmy and Brian; and her special companion, Matthew Diethorn of North Belle Vernon. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Santo and Nadine Darrigo; paternal grandparents, William and Lucille Dascani; and a companion, John D. Berlin. Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon officiating in the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Davenport to the family. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Deemer, Fredrick R. 58

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1956-09-27
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Fredrick R. "Fred" Deemer, 58, of New Florence, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Sept. 27, 1956, in Johnstown, the son of late James and Geraldine "Dooker" (Boring) Deemer. He is survived by his brother, James David Deemer and wife, Shan Alcorn; sisters, Jane Anne Bash and husband, Gary, and Kelly Brendlinger and husband, Dave, all of New Florence; nieces and nephews, Anna Jane Simmons and Robert Deemer, who he helped raise, also Keshia Deemer, Kay-la Bash, Derek Brendlinger, Raven Bash and Cheyenne Bash; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a life member of New Florence Volunteer Fire Company and former employee of Lodestar Bus Lines. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Barry Young officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Diana, Geraldine L. 84

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1930-07-05
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Geraldine L. "Gerri" Diana, 84, of New Stanton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at her home. Gerri was born July 5, 1930, in Ruffsdale, the daughter of the late John and Bessie Frye Leasure. She was formerly employed by H.C. Frick Hospital as a nursing assistant, retiring in 1989. Surviving are her husband, Guy Diana; children, Ronald Butler, of Ruffsdale, and Pastor Gregory Butler and wife, Kathy, of Tarrs; grandchildren, Kelly Sue Farris and husband, Sean, and Samantha Garsteck and husband, Rich; and a great-granddaughter, Allison. In addition to her parents, Gerri was preceded in death by a brother, John Leasure; and sisters, Eleanor Long, Josephine Sinnamond, Genevieve Leasure, Henrietta Achtzehn and Dolores Haines. The family invited friends on Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services were at 9 a.m. Saturday with her son, Pastor Gregory Butler, officiating. Entombment followed in the Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Please visit Gerri's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com. to sign our condolence guest book. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Donahue, Gerald B. 78

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1936-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Gerald B. Donahue, 78, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a lengthy illness in the comfort of his home. He was born April 15, 1936, a son of the late Francis "Tex" and Anne "Tiny" Donahue. Graduating from Har-Brack High School, Jerry was a proud marine that served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Allegheny Steel with more than 33 years of service. Jerry was an avid fisherman throughout his entire life. He was also a sports fanatic, loving football, baseball and basketball, but most of all, he loved the Pirates. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Vera M. Argento Donahue, in March of 2014; and infant baby; and his grandparents, John and Carrie Sample, who raised him as a child. He is survived by his son, Edward P. Donahue, and daughter, Colleen M. Donahue, both of Arnold; brothers, Don (Carla) Donahue, of Freeport, and David Donahue, of Creighton; and sisters, Zona (Bill) Christy, Lawana (Bill) Porter, of Freeport, and Tori Rock, of Pittsburgh. As per Jerry's wishes, all visitation, services and burial were private. Arrangements were entrusted to the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, New Kensington, 724-337-3325. In loving memory of Jerry, all donations may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Fassinger, Josephine R. 93

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1921-11-26
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine R. Lopatowski Fassinger, 93, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Catherine Duniec Lopatowski. Josephine was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and also continued to attend the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Manor with her son, David. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Josephine is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her three loving children, John E. Fassinger and wife, Charlesia, of Cranberry Township, Rita A. D'Innocenzo and husband, Donald, of Eaton, Colo., and David A. Fassinger, of Scottdale, with whom she previously resided; her five loving grandchildren, David R. Fassinger and wife, Julie, of Upper St. Clair, Nicole Lynn Fassinger Brito and husband, Alex, of Monroeville, Erin Fassinger, of Cranberry Township, Emil D'Innocenzo and wife, Hannah, of Norfolk, Va., and Anna Marie D'Innocenzo Link and husband, Marty, of Baltimore, Md.; her five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild to be born in February. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Fassinger (Nov. 28, 2011); two sisters, Mary Ann O'Shea (Nov. 29, 1994) and Ann Gibson. Josephine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will recite prayers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Geckle, Charles R. 78

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1936-04-17
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Charles R. "Chuck" Geckle, 78, of Ruffs Dale, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Excela Health-Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mr. Geckle was born April 17, 1936, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Clarence and Janet Lynch Geckle. He was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Chuck was a 1954 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. He served proudly during the Korean Era in the Marine Corps. Chuck had been employed as a custodian for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. He was a member of the American Legion Post 446 of Mt. Pleasant. Chuck was an avid golfer and gifted carpenter, fixing things for everyone, and enjoyed watching the Steelers. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. Chuck is survived by his loving family; his wife of 54 years, Joanne D. Gach Geckle; his children, Valerie Spence and her husband, Paul, of Gibsonia, Mark Geckle and his wife, Laura, of Webster, N.Y., Brian Geckle, of Ruffs Dale, and Robert Geckle, of Pittsburgh; and by his beloved grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah and Matthew Geckle and Katherine and Teresa Spence; and a special cousin, Marsha Kennel. In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Jr. and Ronald Geckle. Family and friends will be received from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by his funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko, as celebrant. Private Inurnment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted following his funeral Mass by the American Legion Post 446. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Glaser, Edwin P. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Edwin P. Glaser Sr., 84, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Braddock, a son of the late Jacob and Anna Mae (Welsh) Glaser. Edwin was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Prior to his retirement in 1992, he was employed by MSA as a systems specialist with 44 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, but most especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Norwin VFW Post 781. Edwin was the youngest of 14 children. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy Szekely Glaser, three sons, Edwin Jr., Dan (Kelly) and David (Vicki); two daughters, Cindy Raymer (Ron) and Mary Anne Smatana (Mike); sister, Lucille DePaul (Henry); brother, Donald Glaser; sisters-in-law, Betty and Toni Glaser; nine grandchildren, Kara, Keri, Jake, Sarah, Joshua, Hannah, Eli, Issac and Abram; and one great-grandchild, Haley. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral mass was held Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorials to the Parkinsons Foundation. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Gosciejew, Helen J. 87

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Gosciejew, 87, of the Kinloch section of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Lilly, Cambria County, to the late Steven and Mary Nodge Uveges, and was a longtime resident of Lower Burrell. Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, gardening and bowling for the William Penn Society. She was a life member of the Kinloch Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Ladies of the Moose, the William Penn Association and the Hungarian Reform Church. Mrs. Gosciejew made candy for Herman's Nut Shop and worked part-time at West Penn Hat and Cap and the Normandy Grill. Surviving are her children, Deanne "Diane" (Anthony) Thomas, of Brackenridge, Nancy (Peter) Mohr, of Washington Township, and Jeffery Gosciejew and his companion, Lisa Illinsky, of Springdale; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Gosciejew, of Delaware; grandchildren, Melissa (Reg) Rykaczewski, Peter "PJ" (Kaitlin) Mohr, Christopher Mohr, Katie and Zak Gosciejew; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Audrina; and her sister, Mary Antoniono, of Leechburg. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Borys Gosciejew; son, Boris "Bo" Gosciejew; granddaughter, Jessica Gosciejew; daughter-in-law, Diana Gosciejew; and her brothers, Steve and Alex Uveges; and her sister, Irene Johnson. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Hollis, Michelle M. 52

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1962-01-16
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Michelle M. Hollis, 52, of Scottdale, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Michelle was born Jan. 16, 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Milton R. Hollis and Wilma L. (Vernon) Hollis. Michelle was a devoted and thoughtful daughter and sister to her family. She was educated in the Southmoreland School System and enjoyed her beloved pet, Diva Marie, and spending time camping and in the outdoors. Michelle will be sadly missed by her loving family; her mother, Wilma L. (Vernon) Hollis, of Scottdale; her brothers and sister, Aaron (Amy), Brian (Diana) and Georgia (Greg), as well as her father, Milton R. Hollis, and additional brothers and sisters, Milton Jr. (Nadine), Bonnie (Ken), Steve (Lindsay), Mark (Tammie) and Jamie (Tony). She will also be sadly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com, GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Cheryl Barron officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hollis Family, PO Box 399, Scottdale, PA 15683. Love Lasts Forever!
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King, Robert M. 50

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Robert M. King, 50, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in his home. Robert was born in Braddock, a son of Donna (Zablocki) Pace, of Munhall, and the late George King. Robert was a self-employed contractor by trade. He loved fishing in the Monongahela River, watching Steelers games, eating Triangle Bar subs and a good Vinnie Pie and was a big supporter of the Penn-Trafford High School football program, where his son played. In addition to his father, Robert was preceded in death by his stepfather, Artie Pace. Along with his mother, he is survived by his children, Katie Gavin (Larry) and their daughter, Terrah Rae, of Level Green, Jon King (Samantha), of Trafford, and Jordan King, of Level Green; his two brothers, Tom King, of Pittsburgh, and George King (Gwyn), of Dumas, Texas; and a sister, Carol King, of Munhall. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will follow visitation at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment is private. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kintigh, Mary E. 88

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1925-12-20
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Kintigh, 88, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in her home. Mary was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Chicora, a daughter of the late Rev. Herman and Mabel (Deuer) Flick. Mary was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Trafford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton F. Kintigh, in 2010; and two brothers, George and Paul Flick. Mary is survived by her children: Bill Kintigh, of Warrington, and Edna (David) Morris, of Scott Township. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert J. Marks officiating. Interment will follow in the Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Western Westmoreland County Faith in Action, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15236. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kistler, Patricia L. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. "Patty" Kistler, 72, of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Sarah (Kunkle) Kistler; loving sister of George (Leona), Kenneth and the late Raymond and Samuel Kistler; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was the longtime caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery in Penn Township and also a former elder/deacon at Denmark Manor United Church of Christ. She was a record-holding platelet donor and a member of the Valley Run Lionesses. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Denmark Manor Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the Bushy Run Lions Club. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Kovacs Sr., James P. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-08-21
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James P. Kovacs Sr., 64, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Phyllis Kovacs. Prior to retirement, he had been a Chrysler technician. He was a Marine Corps Disabled Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons, James P. Kovacs Jr. and his companion, Andrea, of Apollo, and Patrick Kovacs, of Jeannette; a daughter, Heather Kovacs and her companion, Joshua Graf, of Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip Kovacs, of Greensburg, and Richard Kovacs; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Services and interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lukon, Catherine 96

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1918-11-10
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Catherine "Katie" (Dofollo) Lukon, 96, of New Derry, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 10, 1918, in Atlantic, a daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Machuga Prebish) Dofollo. Katie enjoyed gardening and watching and feeding birds from her sun porch. She played the accordion and harmonica and loved listening to her polkas. In addition to her parents, Katie was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Lukon; a son, Paul A. Lukon; two brothers, Steve Prebish and John Dofollo; and four sisters, Susie (Prebish) Carnes, Effie Dofollo, Mary (Dofollo) Bankosh and Anne (Dofollo) Kelly. Katie is survived by her 10 children, John Lukon and wife, Rose, of New Derry, Anna Marie Burick and husband, John, of Rochester, Pa., Mary Frances Polinsky, of New Derry, Joseph Lukon, of New Derry, Michael Lukon and wife, Patti, of Derry Township, Charlie Lukon, of New Derry, Elizabeth Ankney and husband, Bill, of New Derry, Theresa Bundy and husband, Joseph, of Derry, Robert Lukon and wife, Julie, of Latrobe, and Catherine Lukon, of Senegal, West Africa; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends. At Katie's request, the visitation, funeral and final committal will be private. The family has entrusted the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331, with the funeral arrangements.
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Mangery, Nancy J. 81

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1933-07-21
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Nancy Jean (Miller) Mangery, 81, of Delmont, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, with her loving family at her side. She was born July 21, 1933, in Pavia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Emma (Stiffler) Miller Taylor and stepfather, Arthur W. Taylor. In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Franklin A. Mangery; a son-in-law, Richard A. Redman; and siblings, Calvin Taylor, Aileen Taylor, Lois Arlene Decker, Dorothy Lachie, Beverly Brown, Lucille Kersten, Sylvia Taylor and Judy Taylor. She is survived by her loving family, including her children, Frank R. Mangery and his wife, Carol, of Delmont, Michael J. Mangery and his wife, Donna, of Penn Township, Mardi R. Zerbini and her husband, Edwin, of Greensburg, Mary Beth Redman, of Jeannette, and Dante A. Mangery, and his wife, Kristene, of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Mariah Mangery, Frank Mangery, John Zerbini, Matthew Mangery, Steven Zerbini, Daniel Zerbini, Daine Mangery, Monique Redman, Lukas Mangery, Swade Redman, Dante Mangery and Dalton Mangery; great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Margaret) Miller, Zane (Carol) Taylor, Ruby Brown, Dolores Hauth, Patricia Litz, Joyce (Barry) Veronesi, Sandra (Paul) D'Ascenzo, Cynthia (Fred) DeMetro; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy Jean will also be missed by Betty Jo Mangery and her many friends. She loved cooking and was known for making the "best spaghetti sauce!" She was the president of Mangery Contracting Inc., in Delmont and previously worked at Westinghouse Airbrake and the former Sheraton Inn in Greensburg. She graduated from Penn Township High School in 1951 and was a member of the girls' basketball team and the Girls Athletic Association. Friends were received this past Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services were held this past Wednesday at Slickville Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Thomas M. Holmes presiding. Committal services followed at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be made to Delmont Meals-on-Wheels, 301 East Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Messich, Mary J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-28
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Messich, 84, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born March 28, 1930, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Charles and Bernadette (Gerard) Meyer. She was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Messich; and a sister, Florence Stinson. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Smail and her husband, Thomas, and Judith Messich, all of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Smail; a brother, Joseph Meyer and his wife, Carol, of Ligonier; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth "Skip" Stinson. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Newcomer, Moira A. 53

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1961-12-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Moira A. Newcomer, 53, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 11, 1961, in Jeannette, a daughter of Frances (Rellick) Newcomer, of Latrobe, and the late William Newcomer. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and was a 1984 graduate of Seton Hill University. She worked as a supervisor at the Latrobe Senior Center and was a member of the Latrobe Chamber of Commerce. Moira was an avid reader, loved to cook, bake and do needlework. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, Edward Newcomer and his partner, Sherry Bolha, of Latrobe; two sisters, Lenore Newcomer and her fiance, Shawn Gilbert, of Pomona, Calif., and Catherine Luttner and her husband, Ron, of Latrobe; a half brother, William Newcomer and his wife, Anna Marie, of Pittsburgh; a half sister, Helen Currykosky, of New Derry; her nieces and nephews, Nicole, Michelle, Edward Jr., Cory, Megan and Trent; numerous aunts and uncles; and her three faithful feline friends, Johnny, Timmy and Isabella. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will be private. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Newmyer, William J. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-06-13
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William Larimer Newmyer, 88, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born June 13, 1926, in Irwin, a son of the late John W. and Margaret Irwin (Larimer) Newmyer. Bill was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, an Army veteran of World War II and a former employee of Lincoln Coach Lines, North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Pat" Newmyer; and a sister, Jane Irwin Rice. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2015, in New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, 724-863-7702, with Rev. Ms. Janet A. Reid, officiating. A graveside committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Long Run Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Palmer, Elmer H. 69

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Elmer H. "Butch" Palmer, 69, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family after a five year courageous battle with cancer. He inspired everyone around him. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann (Devola) Palmer; loving father of Kimberly (Bill) Gasparro and Kelly (David) Cornelius; grandfather of Anna Nicole and Noah Hunter Gasparro and Grace Marie Cornelius; brother of Ted Palmer, Don Palmer and the late Jane Bolen and Chuck Palmer; and is also survived by his puppy, Ruby Sue. Elmer was an Army Vietnam veteran and an electrician for Local Union No. 5 throughout his career. He loved dancing with his wife, flying airplanes and spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice, Dr. Mayernik, Dr. Tan, Dr. Halenda, the nurses in Oncology and Forbes Hospital for all their loving care. The family kindly suggests in honor of Butch to be kind to one another. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Peffer, Mary J. 87

  • Mammoth
  • Born: 1927-03-17
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary J. (Turner) Peffer, 87, of Mammoth, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born March 17, 1927, in Fairfield, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Ethel (Hopkins) Turner. Mary was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. Before retirement, she was employed by Westland Manufacturing Co., of Greensburg. Mary was a first charter member of the Kecksburg VFD Ladies Auxiliary and was an avid bingo player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Edward Peffer; a son, Jake; a sister; and three brothers. She is survived by her loving children, Byron "Zeke" (Joellen "Bunny") Peffer, of Norvelt, Avis (Wayne) Specht, of Latrobe, and Eric (Shelly) Peffer, of Mammoth; daughter-in-law, Patricia Goulding, of Springertown; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Byron Turner; and a sister, Hilda McLeod. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Private interment will follow in St. Paul Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Riedl, Robert J. 91

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1923-06-29
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Riedl Jr., 91, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. He was born June 28, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Robert J. Sr. and Margaret Scheithauer Riedl. Prior to his retirement, Robert was employed by Union Switch and Signal as a tool and die maker. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed gardening and trips to the Norwin Public Library. Robert was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marines. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, in 1991; and two brothers, Frank and Norman Riedl. He is survived by two sons, Jim (Barbara) and Frank (Anne); two daughters, Darlene Roberts (Gregory) and Roberta (Bill) Gonos; one sister, Marjorie Aucoin (Ray); six grandchildren, Shelley Provident (Dan), Wendy Zimmaro (Brian), Jim Riedl (Lisa), Michael Riedl, Kimberly and Michelle Gonos, two great-grandchildren, Jason and Alyssa Zimmaro; and two great-grandchildren on the way. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service was held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shiffler, William H. 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-09
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William H. Shiffler, 81, of Irwin, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. He was born April 15, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Albert E. and Alma H. (Neligh) Shiffler. Bill was a retired automotive salesperson, a Navy veteran, a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a former member of the Norwin Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the Irwin Male Chorus and formerly served on Irwin Borough Council. Bill had a lifelong love of airplanes and cars. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sally L. (Lapcevich) Shiffler; sons, William H. Jr. and his wife, Meg, of Irwin, and Scott M. and his wife, Kristin, of Woodstock, Ga.; grandchildren, Natalie, Judson, and Adison, who he adored and attended every activity of theirs that he could; a brother, Albert E. Shiffler Jr. and his wife, Thelda, of Utah; also nieces and nephews, and cousins, including Elden (Nancy) Walthour and the late William T. Ray. There will be no public viewing or services. A private funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing may contribute to a charity of choice. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Steck, Richard T. 57

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1956-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Richard T. Steck, 57, of Irwin, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Jeannette, a son of the late Roy and Viola (Jabaut) Steck. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mover for Maroadi Moving Co. Richard was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams, especially his beloved Steelers. He also enjoyed reading and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward M. Steck. Surviving are two brothers, Robert Steck and wife, Judie, of North Huntingdon, and James Steck and wife, Gayle, of Freedom; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service held at a later time. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Sundry, Charles J. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1948-05-08
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Charles J. "Skip" Sundry, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in UPMC Montefiore, Oakland. He was born May 8, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles J. Sundry and Helen Sundry Recknor. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Hamill Manufacturing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children, Anna Marie Sundry, of Jeannette, and Christine B. Sundry, and two grandchildren, Matthew V. Grover and Gabriella Gregorini, all of North Huntingdon; a brother, James R. (Graceann) Sundry, of Chadds Ford; and nieces and nephews. At Skip's request, there will be no public visitation. Private interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Donations may be made in Skip's memory to his favorite charity, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (http://www.givetochildrens.org). http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Thomas, Loretta A.

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2014-12-08
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Loretta A. McKay Thomas, of Irwin, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Loretta (Galvin) McKay. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a nurses aid for Westmoreland Manor, in Greensburg. Loretta was a member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church in Herminie; and the Silver Sneakers in North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Thomas. Surviving are a sister, Peggy Browne and husband, Charlie, of North Huntingdon; nephews, Francis "Rusty" Browne and wife, Stacey, of North Huntingdon, and Michael Browne and wife, Lynn, of Greensburg; and a niece, Bonnie Anderson, of Fairview. Friends were received Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Greg Knapp, Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist in Irwin, officiating. Interment followed in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, PO Box 1552, Greensburg PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Triplett, Ralph K. 94

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1920-10-14
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ralph K. Triplett, 94, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. He was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Wilmerding, a son of the late Walter and Mayzetta (Todd) Triplett. Ralph was a graduate of Wilmerding Memorial High School and retired in 1984 from Allegheny Power Service Corporation, Greensburg, as a senior electrical engineering technician. He was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, a former member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Larimer, and was a longtime member of the Norwin Boosters Club, where he served as vice president until the boosters club was disbanded in 1980. He was a member of the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department and served as their Chaplin as well as the soloist for their funeral services. He was a life member of the VFW Post 781, of Irwin, and also sang for their funeral services. Ralph was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations with the 28th SPNGB (Seabees). He served on the Islands of the Marshalls, Caroline's, Philippines, and with the occupational forces of Japan. He was a member of the new millennium parade military committee, a charter member of the vet/2000 memorial committee and was a member of the committee for the installation of the Vietnam Veteran's Travelling Wall at Irwin Park. He did the electrical installation for the wall as well as electrical work that was necessary to make the Irwin Veterans Memorial Renovation Project possible. He was a longtime member of the BPO Elks, Norwin Lodge 2313, and a longtime member of the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Ruth Milne Triplett, in 1997; a son, Walter Triplett, in 1963; two brothers, Howard and Robert Triplett; and six sisters, Edith Sadler, Ruth Kugler, Ethel Farr, Hazel Lovone Hoffman, Gwen Dugan and Irene Garbowsky. Surviving is a son, David (Lindsay) Triplett; and a granddaughter, Kirby Lin Triplett, all of Morgantown, W. Va.; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service followed visitation. Private interment was in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to Larimer Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 306, Larimer, PA 15647. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Voich, John 94

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1920-06-22
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John Voich, 94, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the Transition Care Center, North Huntingdon. He was born June 22, 1920, in Hahntown, a son of the late Eli and Mary (Bullick) Voich. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a welder for U.S. Steel Duquesne Works. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, in Monroeville. John was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, and was a member of the VFW Post 781 of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred G. (Gryak) Voich; brothers, Eli, Fred, Peter, Joseph, Nicholas, Robert and George Voich; and sisters, Kay Miklik and Mildred Voich. Surviving are three children, Millicent "Mitzi" Heinack, of Butler, Julianna "Julie" Thompson, of Herminie, and John Andrew Voich and wife, Debbie, of Delmont; three grandchildren, Michael Loeffler, Kelly Valmassoni and Josh Thompson; four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Kassidy Valmassoni, Kyle Loeffler and Dylan Thompson; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Pomen service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. Father D.C. Malich officiating all services. Interment will follow in the Irwin union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Weaver, Mary Jane 89

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1925-10-09
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Weaver, 89, of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home. Mary Jane was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Banks Township, to the late Joseph and Hazel Coalmer Huey. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking and making dinner for family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Algiers Weaver; her two daughters, Judith (Tom) Blake, of Upper Burrell, and Barbara Snyder, of Lower Burrell; her sister, Mary; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Dorothy Yetka; and by two brothers and three sisters. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, (724-335-1951), where services will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Paul Eckenrode officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Wolford, Kay L. 64

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1950-04-19
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Kay L. Wolford, 64, of Bolivar, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 19, 1950, to Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Kay loved spending time with her family, loved ones and also her dog, Angel, who will sadly miss her. She is survived by her daughters, Jamie Kirkland and fiance, A.J. Yonek, of Lower Burrell, Melissa Hlebechik and husband, Nate, of Seabeck, Wash., and Jessica Hantz and husband, TJ, of Latrobe; son, Michael Prymak and Many Orvosh, of Rochester Mills; longtime companion, Tony Diana, of Bolivar; grandchildren, Ashley, Jacey, Lexie, Summer, Savannah, Sage, Payton, Aspen, Greyson and Salem; great-grandchildren, Rhode and Iren; brothers, Dennis Long and wife, Susan, of Blairsville, and Larry Long and wife, Sally, of Camp Hill; nieces, Lynda and Megan Long; and a nephew, Shawn Long. She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor George Prior officiating. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations amy be made to Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Zulisky, Janet L. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-11-29
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Janet L. Zulisky, 70, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born Nov. 29, 1944, in New Stanton, a daughter of the late Wilmer W. and Herma C. (Hoyman) Hoover. Janet spent more than 40 years as a nurse having worked at Area Agency of the Aging, Westmoreland Manor, Monsour Hospital, Dr. Testa, Dr. Hanna, St. Anne Home, Latrobe Hospital and also in home health care. She had been a member of Pleasant Unity United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judy L. Zulisky; and a sister, Pauline Austeri. She is survived by three sons, F. Eugene Zulisky and his wife, Michelle, of Greensburg, Barry Zulisky, of Youngwood, and Michael Zulisky, and his wife, Mary Anne, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Ryan, Olivia and Kateri; two brothers, Wilmer Hoover and wife, Anita and Melvin Hoover and wife, Kelly, all of Greensburg; a sister, Carol Kreinbrook, of Windber; a brother-in-law, Joseph Austeri, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by her friends and family. It was Janet's wish to have no viewing or service; her cremated remains will be interred with her daughter at a later date during a graveside service in Middletown Cemetery. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, is assisting with arrangements. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Armstrong County

Lyczak, Helen 86

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1928-03-14
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Lyczak, 86, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice. She was born March 14, 1928, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Harry Waslo and Eva Waslo. She was employed as a lunchroom supervisor for Lenape Elementary School in Ford City. A member of St. Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church, where she was a cantor, she was also a Girl Scout leader who taught religious education at the church. She was also a pirohi worker at the church. She was a member of Armstrong County Choir, an avid football fan and enjoyed needlepoint, putting together jigsaw puzzles and the love of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Lyczak, who died Aug. 22, 2003; brothers, Harry, John, Michael, William and Paul; and sisters, Ann, Rose, Mary, Catherine and Eve. Survivors include her son, Mark Alan and Roseann Lyczak, of Flower Mound, Texas; daughter, Mary Margaret and Dale Hilliard, of Sarver; two grandchildren, Zachary Lyczak and Lauren Lyczak; three stepgrandchildren, Robert and Pam Hilliard, Tracey Manko and Wendy Hite; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Shimota, of San Jose, Calif. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Parastas service at 6 p.m., Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. A service of Divine Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Marys Ukrainian Church with Father John Gribik. Interment at St. Marys Ukrainian Cemetery.
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Myers, Alvera A. 80

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1934-08-12
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Alvera A. Myers, 81, of Kittanning, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1934, in Export, she was retired from Rivercliff Terrace Personal Care Home in Kittanning and was a member of the Kittanning Eagles. She loved cooking and baking and her dog, "Tweety". Most importantly, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include, children, Debbie Taleff, of Kittanning, Thomas (Vicki) Myers, of Leechburg, and Morris (Jane) Myers, of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave) Branan and great-grandchild, Abigail, of Monroeville, Robert Myers, of Kittanning, Martha (Chad) Morrissey, of Saltsburg, Cindy (Ryan) Kozert, and great-grandchild, Logan, of New Florence, Staci (Dean) Moyer and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kaitlyn, of Vandergrift, and Theresa (Michael) Moeslein and great-grandchildren, Michael, Trystan, Logan and Riley, of Cranberry; and brother, Frederick Panzer, of Export. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Morris Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.
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Pella, Ellen L. 66

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. Pella, 66, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her residence. Arrangements by MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, are incomplete.
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Pella, Ellen L. 66

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1948-04-15
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. Pella, 66, of Ford City, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 15, 1948, in Kittanning, daughter of Emil Pella and Helen Kornasiewicz Pella. She retired as a case worker for the Kittanning Welfare Office. She was a former member of St. Francis of Paola Church and current member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish. She traveled extensively in Europe. She was an exchange student in Spain; graduate of Ford City High School, class of 1966; and graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Masters degree and received another Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was going for her Doctor degree. White she was at school in Philadelphia, she taught in the public school system. She also taught Spanish at the Divine Redeemer School. She completed her working career at the welfare office in Kittanning. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Lopez) Pella, of Ford City; niece, Melissa Smith and nephew, Matthew Pella, of Dubois; cousin, Evelyn Jean Foltz, Ted and Donna Kornasiewcz; and numerous other cousins. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Per. She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Pella. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Prayer service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father Bryan Summers, celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Steele, Ethel M. 97

  • North Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1917-10-22
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Ethel Marie Steele, 97, of North Buffalo Township, was taken hand in hand with God Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, and together they walked into heaven forever to be one of his precious angels. She was in the care of Fair Winds Manor, Sarver, at the time of her death. She was born Oct. 22, 1917. She was a lady who never acted her age, her best quality. She was everyone's favorite for her humor and love no matter where she went. She was the loving widow of Leslie C. Steele, who died April 14, 2006. They were married for 69 years. She is survived by her son, Vernon Dale Steele, of Slate Lick, who took care of her until she went to Fair Winds Manor. She is also survived by two grandsons, Dale Steele and girlfriend, Tonya, of Slate Lick, and Michael Steele and Ann Miller, of Ford City; a granddaughter, Melanie Witmer and Leonard McGuire, of Saxonburg; another granddaughter who Ethel adopted in recent years, Lori Thomas, of Saxonburg; great-grandchildren, Dawson Steele, Shawnee Steele, Kalie Steele and Dakota Thomas; two sisters, Betty Brocious, of Greys Colonial Manor, and Sue and Robert Stitt, of Shelocta; a brother, Ralston and Judy Steele, of Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert K. Steele; and sisters, Alice Gallo, Edith Mauthe and June Steele. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, with the Rev. Jonathan Hill officiating. Burial will take place in Slate Lick Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Stover, Dorothy A. 79

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1934-12-24
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. "Dottie" Stover, 79, of South Buffalo Township, passed away Dec. 16, 2014, while in the company of family members, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dottie was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Natrona Heights. She was the daughter of the late Clarice (Woods) and Lynn B. Crytzer. She was a member of Srader Grove United Presbyterian in South Buffalo Township for more than 50 years. Dottie was very involved at her church, being a past Elder and helped with running the kitchen in the social hall. Dottie was also a long time member of the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she helped in the kitchen, running all the social events. She and her husband enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with their family. Dottie is survived by her husband of 60 years, Roy E. Stover; their two daughters, Debbie (Ken) Boroski, of Freeport, and Michelle Anto, of Church Hill, Tenn.; and daughter-in-law, Janine Stover, of South Buffalo Township; her 10 grand and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Adams, of Lower Burrell, and brothers, Robert "Bo" Crytzer, of Turnersburg, N.C., and Donald "Red" Crytzer, of Dinosaur, Colo. She is preceded by her son, Kenneth R. Stover, who passed earlier this year; her three brothers, Jackie, Gene and Lynn Crytzer; and her sister, Lillian Walters. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., in Freeport. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Srader Grove United Presbyterian, in South Buffalo Township, with the Rev. Robert Hindman and Pastor Lea Austin, of Apollo United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be held in Slate Lick Cemetery, Kittanning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Srader Grove United Presbyterian Church, 108 Srader Grove Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence visit, http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sweet Jr., Robert P. 46

  • Burrell Township
  • Born: 1967-12-22
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Sweet Jr., 46, Burrell Township, 46, of Burrell Township, Ford City, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Burrell Township, as a result of an accident. Born Dec. 22, 1967, in Kittanning, he was a son of Robert Paul Sweet Sr. and Doris Elain Cook Sweet, of Ford City. He was a lifelong resident of Burrell Township, worked various jobs throughout his life and was a dairy farmer in the 1990s. He attended the former Christ Prince of Peace Church, enjoyed woodworking, farming, gardening, partying with his friends and family, butchering and running his John Deere Tractor. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancee, Tina Smeltzer; daughters, McKenzie Sweet and Millee Sweet; brother, Don and Christy Sweet, of Kittanning; sister, Kathy Merryman and fiance, Mike Kreutzer, of Rural Valley; nieces, Baily Shaffer and Britney and Kyle Emigh; nephews, Logan Shaffer; great-niece, Kenadee Emigh; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Edith Doumont Sweet; maternal grandparents, Blair and Evelyn Keeler Cook; and an infant sister, Christine Sweet. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., where funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, with Father Bryan Summers officiating. Interment will be in Brick Church Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to them to be used according to their wishes.
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Thompson, Marilyn E. 75

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1939-08-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Marilyn E. (Shearer) Thompson, 75, of Gilpin Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Life Care Hospital of Pittsburgh, Natrona Heights. She was born Aug. 23, 1939, in New Kensington, to the late Howard W. Shearer and Evelyn R. (Treat) Abraham. Marilyn was employed as a registered nurse for the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington and also worked at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and the former Georgian Manor in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Forks Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gilpin Township and WELCA at Forks Church, where she also sang in the choir. She also enjoyed painting, watching Turner Classic Movies, flower gardening and taking care of her cats and dogs. Survivors include her son, Jack Thompson, of Gilpin Township; her companion, Ed; great-granddaughter, Angela Snyder; stepsisters, Sandy Kotvas (John), of South Leechburg, and Susan Strapac (Dennis), of Gilpin Township; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Thompson, on Feb. 23, 2006; son, Bruce Thompson; and her granddaughter, Karissa Thompson Snyder. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), and from 9:30 a.m. until funeral ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forks Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gilpin Township, with her pastor, the Rev. Terri Landers, officiating. Interment following in Forks Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gilpin Township. In lieu of flowers, her family encourages memorials to Forks Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 253 Forks Church Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the Thompson family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Workman, Catherine 64

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1950-09-17
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Catherine Workman, 64, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born Sept. 17, 1950, and was the daughter of the late Robert and Ann (Griffith) Burkett. Catherine enjoyed crafts, sewing, painting, stuffed teddy bears and loved listening to Elvis. She had a smile that will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by three sons, Robert (Deborah) Bolcar, of Iowa, Michael (Anna) Bolcar, of New Kensington, and David (Amanda) Bolcar, of East Vandergrift; six grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Margaret) Burkett, of Apollo, William (Trish) Burkett, of Schenley, and Thomas (Susan) Burkett, of Apollo; two sisters, Barbara (John) Watts, of Apollo, and Linda Segar, of Penn HIlls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Burkett; and a nephew, Harley Walter. Friends and family will be received for a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, with Chaplin Susan Brown officiating.
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Butler County

Donaldson, John W. 90

  • Formerly of Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1924-04-03
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John W. "Red" Donaldson, 90, formerly of Middlesex Township, Valencia, died Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2014, in Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony. Born in Callery, April 3, 1924, he was a son of the late Richard E. and Florence M. Monahan Donaldson. Red had been a machine shop superintendant for Heppenstall Co. in Pittsburgh for 33 years and later worked as a clerk for Pfeifer Hardware in Mars until he was age 83, and enjoyed interacting with customers and co-workers. He loved his family dearly and especially enjoyed his great-grandchildren, who made him laugh and smile everytime he saw them. He also enjoyed golfing with his son. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, Corinthian Lodge 573 in Pittsburgh and the Syria Temple and Consistory. Red had been a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II. Surviving are his son, John W. Donaldson II and his wife, Betty, of Freedom; his grandchildren, Justin Donaldson and his wife, Denise, and Adam Donaldson and his wife, Jenny; and his great-grandchildren, Teresa Ann, Isaac Marcus, Abby Lynn and Luke Adam. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Violet M. Wolfarth Donaldson, whom he married on Nov. 17, 1945, and who died June 14, 2011; and his siblings, George, James, Florence and Richard. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Kobasa, Lucille

  • Buffalo Township
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Russin, Plains | Get Directions
  • Lucille Kobasa died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Lucille Kobasa was born in Buffalo Township, a daughter of the late Very Rev. Gregory Kobasa and Marie Kostyzak Kobasa, from Jeannette. Following graduation from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, she worked at the Elliott Co., an engineering firm in Western Pennsylvania. In 1958, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Pepsi-Cola Co. Subsequently, she worked at Superior Oil, where she served as executive secretary to the chief legal counsel for 25 years and was a corporate officer. After Superior Oil was acquired by the Mobil Corp. (Exxon-Mobil) in 1984, Ms. Kobasa managed a Georgetown Christmas store and served and served as a volunteer for 40 years at the Kennedy Center, for which she was recognized with an award at her retirement. Ms. Kobasa was devoted to her Eastern Orthodox Faith. Before relocating to Washington, she was a longtime member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, where her father was the priest. For 56 years she was a member of St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America, in Washington. Ms. Kobasa is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the SIMON S. RUSSIN FUNERAL HOME, 136 Maffett St., Plains, PA. She was buried in St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan. Contributions in her memory may be made to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, 520 Scott Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Adams Township. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce, and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and travelled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends, and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve) Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew; Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., grandchildren, Thom and Tracy; Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael; Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., grandchildren, Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by his son, Joe Moniz, and daughter, Donna Harvey; surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith, always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2014, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Rall, Chris D. 50

  • Portersville
  • Born: 1964-06-11
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Chris D. Rall, 50, of Portersville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born June 11, 1964, in Bellevue, he was the son of Kenneth (Elaine) Rall and the late Norma (Schodde) Rall, who passed away Dec. 9, 1990. Chris enjoyed hunting and golfing. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. In addition to his father and step-mother, he leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 23 years, Kyra (Lewis) Rall, whom he married Aug. 3, 1991; his two sons, Ken Rall and Keven Rall; and his brother, Terry (Kim) Rall. The Rall family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church, 727 W. Old Route 422, Butler, PA 16001, with the Rev. Jeff Curtis officiating. Friends please meet at church. He will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park in McCandless. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or the YMCA Camp Kon-o-kwee Spencer, 126 Nagel Road, Fombell, PA 16123. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Rall family at http://www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Chalfant, Arthur J. 56

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Arthur Joseph Chalfant, 56, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home, following a lengthy battle against cancer. Art was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Uniontown, a son of Carrie Lillian (Wingard) Chalfant, of Uniontown, and the late Arthur Higgenbotham Chalfant. Art was a 1976 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, Uniontown. Art attended ICM Business School where he received his degree in computer programming and began working for Fayette Steel. After his time with Fayette Steel, Art went to Sony Corporation, New Stanton, where he was an instrumentation technician. Art's career then led him to The Elliott Group, Jeannette, where he worked as an Engineer II. Through the years, Art played Bass guitar for numerous bands, including his latest band "Redrum". Art enjoyed the outdoors; especially when fishing, woodworking and gardening (growing his own plants from seeds). Art was known for always helping others, whether repairing their computers, teaching them math, working on their cars or home repairs, Art was there. In addition to his mother, Art is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Florence Jean (Bush) Chalfant; his daughters, Kristina Elizabeth Chalfant, of Uniontown, and Angela Marie Chalfant Firestone Hill and her four children, of Brownsville; his brother, Timothy Scott Chalfant, of Footdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Art was predeceased by a grandson, Kellan Edward Chalfant. Art's family would like to express their gratitude to Pish Medical Association, Dr. Vanek, UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Radiation Center, The Uniontown Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and The Elliott Group. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dave Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Giovannelli, Lena 93

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1921-10-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Lena Giovannelli, 93, of Star Junction, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family in Country Care Manor on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Gustavi and Anna (Timor) Reoli. Lena was the oldest child and she was the last surviving member of her family. Lena loved being at home, taking care of her family, opening her door to friends, and she loved to laugh. She is survived by her daughter, AdriennePalonder and David Prentice; a son, Gregory Giovannelli and his wife, Nedra; grandchildren, C. J. Trasher and his fiancee, Cindy Thomas, and Brittney Giovannelli of Fredsrickburg, Va.; great-grandchildren, Patricia Thrasher and Angelica Thrasher both of Seattle, Wash. Lena is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Nello; and her three brothers. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the time of service with the Pastor Carol Berman officiating. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Perryopolis. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to the church of your choice in her name
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Kenney, Donna 76

  • Dunbar
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Donna Kenney, 76, of Dunbar, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Scottdale Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete.
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Kobosky, Kathleen M. 73

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1941-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Mary Kobosky, (Lahti), of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at her winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mrs. Kobosky was born November 2, 1941, in North Charleroi, to Harry Lahti and Carmilla Lahti (Baumgardner). She attended Bellmar High School in Belle Vernon. She continued her education at Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, where she graduated with highest honors with a degree in hotel management, on the Dean's List and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She loved to travel, including a four-year stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a safari adventure in Kenya, Africa, and many other destinations around the world. She was Presbyterian by faith. She is survived by her husband, Carl (Rudy) Kobosky; sons, Richard of Belle Vernon, Rudolph of Delmont, Pa.; and daughter, Debra Kobosky (Smail) of New Stanton. She has three surviving brothers, Harry of Belle Vernon, John of Belle Vernon, and Robert of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Patricia Farquhar of Fayette City. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Wesley Kobosky of Belle Vernon and Jamie Kobosky (Blackhurst) of Fredonia, Pa.; and one great-grandson, Connor Blackhurst. Family and friends will be received on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Suzanne Currie officiating. Private interment will take place in the Belle Vernon Cemetery at a later time for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Humane Society of your choice.
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Mulroy, Randall J. 85

  • Bullskin Township
  • Born: 1929-09-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Randall J. Mulroy, 85, of Bullskin Township, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Randall was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Everson, a son of the late Martin and Nellie Mulroy. Randy retired from Anchor Hocking Glass, where he was assistant plant manager. He was a member of GBBA and President of Union Local 149. Randy was a World War II Army veteran. Randy is survived by his children, Pamela Omalacy, Randy Mulroy and wife, Deborah, Andrea Grimm and husband, Brian, and Rodney Mulroy and wife, Beverly, all of Connellsville; grandchildren, Bill and Roseanne Omalacy, Sheila and Jeff Bollinger, Trisha, Craig Mulroy, Alisha and Patrick Ruff, Nancy Grimm, Charlie and John Lowry, Rayel Mulroy and Lindi Mulroy; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, Randy was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Marion Mulroy; infant daughter, Cindy; five brothers; four sisters; and his son-in-law, Bill Omalacy. Randy's family would like to express their gratitude to Vanessa Means, caretaker, and The Amedysis Hospice Nurses. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Addition viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, the hour of service with the Rev. Carol Morris officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Quairiere, Herman J. 96

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1918-01-05
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Herman J. Quairiere, 96, of Dunbar, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Jan. 5, 1918, in Dunbar, son of the late Herman Quairiere and the late Olive Ellis Quairiere. He was a member of Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church, Dunbar. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He worked as a millwright for Pittsburgh Forgings. Surviving are brother, Robert Quairiere, of Dunbar; sister, Alice Davidson, of Seminole, Fla.; nephews and nieces, James and William Snow, Barry Quairiere, Richard Renzi, Charlotte Gniazdowski, Robbi Fuller, Lisa Pecil-Sullivan, Keith Quairiere, David Quairiere, Martin Pecil and Randy Davidson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurita Martin Quairiere; two brothers, Alex and Raymond; and two sisters, Elaine and Alther. Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until 2 p.m. Friday, the hour of service, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Matthew Goldsberry officiating. Military rites will be accorded at graveside by Amvets Post 103, Hopwood. Interment will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar.
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Shawley, Robert C. 67

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1947-11-16
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Shawley, 67, longtime resident of Indian Head, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Curtis and Edwinna Faust Shawley. Bob was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He was retired from Babcock Lumber in Champion and was also the owner of the former R.C. Shawley Butcher Shop in Sagamore. He was a member of the Juniata Church of Jesus Christ. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family, his wife of 46 years, Dorothea M. Prinkey Shawley; his daughters, Sherry Lee Rose, Bobbie Jo Yealey and husband, William, and Tammy Eileen Holliday and husband Paul, all of White; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Richard Shawley and wife, Karen, of Herminie, and Alfred Shaulis, of Blaine, Wash.; and his sisters, Shirley Natle, of North Carolina, Edwinna Gay Stubbs and husband, Paul, of Yukon, and Glenna Telford, of Ligonier. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a son-in-law, Larry Rose; a brother, Everett Shaulis; and three sisters, Charlene, Charlotte and Loretta. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Ronald Boyd officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shroyer Jr., Howard A. 40

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1974-09-18
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Howard A. "Dew" Shroyer Jr., 40, of Vanderbilt, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Dew was born Sept. 18, 1974, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Howard A. Shroyer Sr. and Marjorie Koontz Shroyer. Dew was a 1992 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School. In addition to his parents, Dew is survived by his children, Stephanie Huffine, of Dawson, and Cynthia Shroyer, of Uniontown; sisters, Marjorie Aultz and husband, Benny, of Dickerson Run, Rebecca Carson and Jason Hatter, of Vanderbilt, and Anna Mae Greer and husband, George, of Pittsburgh; a brother, Isreal Shroyer, of Dickerson Run; a special niece, Cheyenne (Red) Aultz; and many nieces and nephews and his special companion, Buster. The family is welcoming friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St. Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Lonnie Rittinhour officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenlick Cemetery, Bullskin Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dew may be made to the funeral home. Please visit Dew's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Washington County

DiBasilio, Helen 87

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1927-11-08
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Helen DiBasilio, 87, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Fairhope, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Podani) Krofchek. A homemaker, Helen was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (former St. Anthony Church) in Monongahela and an active member of their Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society. A graduate of the former Marion High School, she enjoyed playing bingo and occasionally going to the Meadows Casino and had a passion for cooking for her friends and family. Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Joseph J. "Buzz" DiBasilio; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Dianne DiBasilio and Thomas and Sandi DiBasilio all of Monongahela; a grandson, David C. and wife, Dana DiBasilio, of Pittsburgh; and a granddaughter, Angela and husband, Mark Smida, of Centerville; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were a brother, John Krofchek; and three sisters, Ann Pesi, Margaret Fedora and Mary Vasko. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Dibisilio's name to the charity of one's choice.
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Kovalak, William 86

  • Fallowfield Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • William Kovalak, 86, of Fallowfield Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Residence at Hilltop. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Charleroi. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Kearsarge and received the WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen (Bliner) Kovalak. Surviving are a daughter, Judith A Kovalak of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; and two sons, Brian W. Kovalak of Donora and Barry W. Kovalak of Fallowfield Township. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Ghost Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi PA 15022, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, with the Rev. Father James Ragan officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.A parastas service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
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Pankiewicz, Marguerite L. 70

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1944-08-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Louise (Margie) Pankiewicz, 70, of Charleroi, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 24, 1944, the daughter of the late Patsy A. and Louise M. Arrigo Caruso. After graduating from Mon Valley Catholic High School in 1962, Margie earned a bachelor of science in education from California University of PA and a master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Pankiewicz taught for over 35 years in the Charleroi Area School District, beginning at North Charleroi Elementary School. During her teaching career she shared her passion for music, pen-pals for Sister Cities and supported local veteran’s organizations with annual programs for students at the Charleroi Elementary Center. She was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Charleroi American Legion and received VFW Teacher of the year honors. Margie was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi and served as an officer in the Christian Mothers and Catholic Women’s College Club. In addition, Margie was secretary of the Mon Valley Catholic High School Alumni Association for many years. She also supported the Pitt Alumni Association. She volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels and holiday nursing home visits to patients. Margie was a devoted wife, mother, sister and teacher. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Stanley R. Pankiewicz; two sons, David Patrick Pankiewicz and Ryan J. Pankiewicz; a sister, Fran Frye; brother-in-law, Larry Pankiewicz; and many other family members and dear friends. Friends will be received Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 7th and Washington Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charleroi Area School District Educational Fund, c/o Tom Nutting, Treas., P.O. Box 382, Charleroi, PA. 15022 or the John K. Tener Library, 638 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi, PA 15022.
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Boniella, Catherine M. 91

  • Formerly of Wickhaven
  • Born: 1923-03-20
  • Died: 2014-12-07
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Catherine "Kay" M. Boniella, 91, of Point Manor North, formerly of Wickhaven, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. She was born in Continental 2 on March 20, 1923, the daughter of the late Miles and Bessie P. (Lilley) Van Divner. Catherine worked many years as a cafeteria worker in the Frazier High School. She was a member of the Harmony Presbyterian Church. Catherine loved her family and the light of her life, her grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Diederich and husband, Kim; four grandchildren, Kristen, David and wife, Leann, Brian and Brandon and wife, Melanie; and a brother, Donald Vandivner. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 29 years, George Boniella; one brother, Retired Lt. Commander Clifford Van Divner. A memorial service will be held at Harmony Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Pastor Glenn Hart will officiate. Interment will be private.
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Gordon, Doris R. 85

  • Harrisburg
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoover, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • Doris Jean R. Gordon, 85, of Harrisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, with her family by her side. Mrs. Gordon was born in Export, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Ruth (Kepple) Ross. She was a graduate of Penn Township High School and in later years from HACC. She was employed by Westinghouse Airbrake and Smith Kline and French of Philadelphia. She was active member of the Harrisburg Women's Auxiliary, serving as president from 1973 to 1974. She was an active member of the Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, where she served as a board member for 40 years, member of the choir from 1967 and a member of the bell choir since 1993. Mrs. Gordon was predeceased by her brothers, Richard Ross Jr., Clifford Ross and Samuel Ross; and her sister, Beulah Teitt. Mrs. Gordon's greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her loyal husband of 63 years, William S. Gordon, M.D.; her sons, Dudley (JoAnn), Jeff (Jamie) and Scott, all of Harrisburg; her daughter, Nanci (Mark) Flamand, of West Chester; 11 grandchildren, who were her life, Crystal, Erica, Tom, Zac, Billy, Nikki, Chase, Lindsay, Paige, Ruth Anna and Ben; five great-grandchildren, Cole, Aries, Raiden, Eevee and Miller; four sisters, Elizabeth Collier, of Greensburg, Elsie Smith, of Latrobe, Roxie Keene, of Irwin, and Alice Miller, of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, 1430 N. Mountain Road, Harrisburg. The Rev. George Reynolds will be officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at the convenience of the family. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the HOOVER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY INC., 6011 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Online condolences may be left at http://www.hooverfuneralhome.com.
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Gouker, Charles R. 71

  • Patton
  • Born: 1943-10-21
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Easly-Hindman, Hastings | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Gouker, 71, of Patton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical. He was born Oct. 21, 1943, in McKeesport, a son of the late Melvin and Vera (McKay) Gouker. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Melvin "Mo" and James "Jim"; and his sister, Darlene Moranelli. He is survived by his son, Craig and his wife, Theresa, of North Huntingdon; his granddaughter, Raegan Gouker; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles is also survived by his longtime companion, Mary Jo Duclo, of Patton. Charles served in the Army. He worked as a home improvement contractor. He was a member of the Patton American Legion and Patton VFW. He was a hunter, a fisherman and loved the outdoors. At the request of the deceased there will be no services held. Arrangements in care of the EASLY-HINDMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., "Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care." Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
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Kafkalas, Catherine

  • New Jersey
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, Northfield, N.J. | Get Directions
  • Catherine Kafkalas went home with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 16, 2014. Catherine was a resident of Monongahela and Monessen, for the first 47 years and has resided the past 34 years in South Jersey. Catherine's passion was working and managing her Greek restaurant, Katina's located in Ocean City, N.J. for 34 years. She was widely known for her famous recipes that she cooked and baked to perfection. Catherine was a loving and devoted mother of daughter, Maria (Eugene) MacMurray; sons, Michael Jr. (Debra) and James Sr. (Deborah); grandchildren, Olivia, Shane (Tammy), Jessie (John), Marco Jr. (Jill), Nicholas, Catherine and James Jr.; great-grandchildren, Marco Tre, Micah, and Jayden. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. A service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be held at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, N.J. Arrangements entrusted to ADAMS-PERFECT FUNERAL HOME, Northfield, N.J. Condolences may be left for the family at adams-perfect.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, New Jersey Division, P.O.Box 3170, Union, NJ 07083.
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Kiser, Robert E. 93

  • Leesburg, Fla. , Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-03-19
  • Died: 2014-12-11
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  • Robert E. Kiser, 93, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of West Mifflin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Born March 19, 1921, in Eau Claire, to John and Martha McCandless Kiser, he was the husband of 67 years of Marylou Pepper Kiser; father to Louanne (Robert) Henchir; grandfather to Jeremy, Kristie and Bryan; and great-grandfather to Kate, Becca and Alison. In addition to his parents and three brothers and two sisters, he was preceded in death by his son, Spec.4, Robert T. Kiser. He was a World War II veteran of the Coast Guard. In 2012, he was part of a group of veterans that traveled to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight. A memorial service will be held at Holiday Park in Leesburg in January. Memorial contributions can be made to http://www.honorflight.org.
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McDermott, Edward F. 87

  • South Pasadena, Fla. , Formerly of Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-12-12
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  • Edward Francis McDermott, 87, of South Pasadena, Fla., formerly of Leetsdale and Sewickley, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Eddie was born in Queens, N.Y. He and his sister, Florence (Gilmartin, recently deceased), were raised by their grandparents and aunts and uncles following the early passing of their parents. Eddie enjoyed dancing in those years and won jitterbug contests in New York City. At the age of 16, he joined the Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. He met his wife, Donna, in Philadelphia, while working in a hospital after the war. They married and moved to Huntingdon so he could attend Juniata College. Following college, they moved to the Pittsburgh area, where they settled and raised two children. Eddie spent his working years at LTV Steel Company. Donna and Eddie played in numerous bowling leagues throughout adulthood and long into the retirement years. He was happily married for 57 years until Donna's passing in 2007. He is survived by his loving family, son, Karl (Dee) McDermott; daughter, Marilyn (Michael) Maurin; and three grandchildren, Andrew (Heather) Maurin, Patrick Maurin and Katherine McDermott. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc., c/o Guardian ad Litem Program, 14250 49th St. North, Suite 4000, Clearwater, FL 33762.
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Nedley, Shirley A. 77

  • Erie
  • Born: 1937-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Dusckas-Taylor, Erie | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. Krotz Nedley, 77, a resident of Brevillier Village, Erie, passed away peacefully at Ball Pavilion on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, following an extended illness. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Nov. 2, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Rose Borza Krotz. Shirley had resided in the Erie area since 2009, having previously been a longtime resident of Jeannette. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed cooking. Shirley was previously a member of the former St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, which was located in Penn. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Paul A. Nedley, who passed away Nov. 12, 2011; her daughter, Kathy A. Nedley Wisebaker; and a brother, John Richard Krotz. Survivors include her son, Kenneth P. Nedley, of Erie; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Capar (Mike), of Florida; two brothers-in-law, William Nedley, of Florida, and John Nedley (Adele), of Penn; a dear cousin, Bill Klinchock; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the DUSCKAS-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 5151 Buffalo Road (at Hannon Road in Harborcreek Township), Erie, and are invited to attend a prayer service there at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. James Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. The Nedley family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the compassionate care which was graciously extended to Shirley by the entire staff of Brevillier Village during her stay. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Respiratory Alliance of Western PA, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
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Witzell, Edward B. 91

  • Philadelphia
  • Born: 1923-09-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Edward Burris Witzell, 91, of Philadelphia, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 11, 1923, in McKeesport, and was a son of the late Charles D. and Mary Koribanic Witzell. He was retired from the US Postal Service Operations Division in Philadelphia and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his brother, Charles E. "Bud" Witzell; nieces, Michele (Daniel) Trovato, Cynthia A. (George) Myers and Susan (Frank) Pajkurich; nephew, Michael C. (Paul) Chiaverini; great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great-niece. He was preceded in death by his companion of 40 years, Madeline "Kelly" Grimditch; sister, Martha Chiaverini; brothers, Lester F. Witzell Sr. and Robert James Witzell; and a nephew, Lester F. "Butch" Witzell Jr. There is no visitation. Funeral service with military honors took place Friday, Dec. 19, in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Zorbas, Mary 85

  • Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Born: 1929-11-22
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Mary Zorbas, 85, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, while residing with her brother, James (Jane). She was a beloved daughter and aunt. She was the beloved daughter of George and Virginia (Sgontzou) Zorbas. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Monessen. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (Helen), Ted; and nephew, Mike. Mary is survived by her brother, James (Jane); nieces, Stephanie Roush, Christina (Alfred) Smart, Teresa, Steve (Anya), Donna (Dan) O'Brien; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces. Mary retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Her internment will be at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, Ill. Donations may be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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