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Allan, Rita

  • Formerly of Edgewood
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Rita (McEvoy) Allan, formerly of Edgewood, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Allan Sr.; loving mother of William A. Allan Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Plum, Jeffrey S. Allan and his wife, Cindy, of Cabot, and Marianne A. Lesnick and her husband, Mark, of Level Green; dear grandma of Alex, Chris, Amy and her husband, Jake, Leigh, Colin and Melanie; great-grandmother of Jacob, Austin, Molly, Lucy and Owen; and sister of Lorene Green, of Butler. Rita is also survived by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Burzese Sr., Robert L. 91

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1922-09-25
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Syka, Ambridge | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Burzese Sr., 91, of Sewickley, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Ambridge, to the late Alexander and Mary Mercadante Burzese. He was retired from the Ambridge Water Authority and was the owner of The Original Style Pizza in Ambridge, also known as 14th St. Pizza and Police Station Pizza for 32 years. It is now owned by his son, Alex. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army, and participated in campaigns in Rhineland, Central Europe and Africa, as part of the medical corps and was the recipient of two bronze stars. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his loving wife of 65 years, Angelina Dippolito Burzese; and a brother, Alexander Burzese. He was the faithful and loving father to Marie (Joe) Drewnowski, of Baytown, Texas, Robert Burzese Jr. (Joanne), of Butler, Elaine (Terry) Sechler, of Sewickley, Dianne (Barry) Rotz, of Cranberry Township, and Alexander (Amy) Burzese, of Sewickley; loving grandfather to 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Burzese, of Florida, and Alfred (Phyllis) Burzese, of Tennessee; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tony (Mary) Dippolito, of Economy. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, followed by a Mass of Christian at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the http://www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. or mail to PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please include in memory of Robert Burzese Sr.
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Christ, Philomena M. 96

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Philomena M. (DeAndrea) Christ, 96, of Bloomfield, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles W. Christ; loving sister of Joseph DeAndrea and Angeline Grant. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where friends and family will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
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Coholich Jr., Joseph 91

  • Indiana Township
  • Born: 1922-11-22
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Joseph Coholich Jr., 91, of Indiana Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born Nov. 22, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Joseph Coholich Sr. and Mary (Cvetic) Coholich. Prior to retirement, he was chief shipping clerk for H.J. Heinz Co., North Side, and a World War II veteran, having served in the Army as a staff sergeant. He attended St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw, was a member of the BPOE Etna Elks Lodge 932, Oakmont, and the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 4 and was also an avid bowler. He was a member of the church choir for more than 60 years starting at age 11 and was also a member of the church bell choir. He is survived by five children, Sandy (Bill) of Zielinski, of Allison Park, Donna Connell, of Franklin Park, Pam (Ray) Kurkiewicz, of Allison Park, Bob (Sharon) Coholich, of Columbus, Ohio, and Joe (Patti) Coholich, of Allison Park; three brothers, George (Kay) Coholich, of Glenshaw, Bernard (Tootsie) Coholich, of Newnan, Ga., and Edward (Mary Ann) Coholich, of Allison Park; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys H. (Dabek) Coholich, Aug. 12, 2003; and a sister, Mary Theresa Rex and her husband, Raymond. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw. A parish wake service will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Funeral prayers will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, with Father John Marcucci as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held in Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery, Glenshaw. Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
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Csokuly, Mary M. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret (Sarosy) Csokuly, 83, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Z. Csokuly; daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Szokoly) Sarosy; loving mother of Anna Marie Foust and John (Linda Kelley) Csokuly; sister of William (Terri) Sarosy and the late Stephen Sarosy; grandmother of Jennifer (Rich) Florian and Jason Foust (Nicole Trapani); great-grandmother of Brooke Florian, Damian Foust and Joey Florian; and dear friend of Paul Martin. Mary was a member of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Seniors, Resurrection Church Happy Hour Seniors and the Homeville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Cully, Mary Ann

  • Ross , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Holesh) Cully, of Ross, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Ronald "Red" Cully; loving mother of Lynn Cully Venderley (Charles), Ronald J. (Donna), Thomas M. (Patricia), Craig M. (Brenda) and Lisa Cully Kurchena (Robert); daughter of the late Michael and Helen Holesh; sister of Olga Serenko, Helen Marince and the late Michael and John Holesh; sister-in-law of Lucy Holesh and Rita Cully; and grandmother of Shawn, Brittany, Mary, Nathaniel, Michael, John, Kathryn, Matthew and Daniel. She enjoyed baking for her family, relatives and friends. She took pleasure in counted cross stitch, quilting and reading. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. Everyone please meet at church.
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Cunningham, Grace M. 92

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1922-03-10
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Grace Mae Cunningham, 92, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born March 10, 1922, in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Grace May (Strausser) Householder. A member of both the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport and the Elizabeth Baptist Church, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cunningham, who passed away in March 1995; and her son, Erik Cunningham, who passed away in 1988. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Jean Huston, of Elizabeth; her grandsons, Erik Cunningham, of Kent, Ohio, and Chad Cunningham, of Pittsburgh; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Cunningham, of Pittsburgh; her niece and caregiver, Jeannie Huston, of Elizabeth; and also other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344). A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home's chapel, with Pastors Kirk Albrecht and David L. Myers co-officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Memorial donations in Grace's name may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Davies, John E. 68

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • John E. Davies, 68, of Monroeville, formerly of Oakland, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was the beloved husband of Marcia Davies; father of Sean and Jason Davies; brother of Judith D. Klingensmith, M. Susan Cupps and Thomas R. Davies. John was a 1963 graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall.
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Donelli, Jacob R. 19

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1994-12-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Jacob Ryan Donelli, 19, of Wexford, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Jacob was born Dec. 1, 1994, in Verplanck, N.Y., to Lauren Smith Donelli and the late Scott M. Donelli. He was a senior at Adelphoi Education Center in Millvale/North Allegheny Senior High School. He was the beloved brother to Matthew Michael, Gregory Thomas, Tracy Lynn and Courtney Marie Donelli; and also loving grandson to Joan and Harry Seton, as well as Rita Bauer and Andrew Donelli (Arlene Donelli). Also surviving are many other relatives and friends. He was an extraordinary self-taught guitar player from the age of 10 on as well as a gifted artist. He was a kind and compassionate son, brother and friend, and he will be greatly missed. He could easily make anyone laugh as well, a very special quality in a person. The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Allison Park Church. All are welcome. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw.
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Farrell, Michael R. 47

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael R. Farrell, 47, of Brookline, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was a beloved son of Robert K. and Kathleen M. Farrell; brother of Denise M. (Nick), Robert "Rob" and the late Raymond Farrell; and uncle of Nino and Talia Fiscante and Austin Farrell. Michael was a much loved bartender for many years at Albert's in Dormont. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Resurrection. Memorial contributions may be made to Kane Hospital Patient Care Fund, 300 Kane Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Fox, Ethel E. 88

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ethel Evelyn "Lefty" (Lippl) Fox, 88, of Baldwin, gloriously made her journey to heaven Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014. Ethel is now with her beloved, the late Clyde W. "Foxy" Fox. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diana and Jim Behers, Linda and Bill Arthur, Tammy Novak, and Gilbert and Tracy Fox; her nine grandchildren, Traci and Kevin Dougherty, Rob and Jen Koran, Stephanie and Nicole Behers, Amy Koran, Ryan and Jamie Koran, Kayla (Bobby Nogal), Kaitlyn and Karly Novak, and Jenna Fox; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Viola Vespaziani, Eileen Rinaman, and Dennis Lippl; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Ethel was a faithful member of Knoxville United Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Oakleaf Personal Care Home and Celtic Hospice. Visitations with the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, Carrick, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Franciscus, Chyla R. 22

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Chyla Rose Franciscus, 22, of Penn Hills, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of James E. Franciscus and Melanie (Potts) Franciscus; loving sister of James Franciscus; fiancee of Brandon Carter; granddaughter of Bonnie (late Edward) Franciscus and Jack and Rose Potts; and also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, "Dria." Friends were received this past Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239, where a blessing service was held this past Tuesday. Interment followed in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends were received this past Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., where services were held this past Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Gasparovic, Steve 80

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1933-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Steve "Snaps" Gasparovic, 80, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. He was born May 11, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late Mate and Anna (Stimac) Gasparovic. He was retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube Works, McKeesport where he had worked in the carpentry department. Steve was a Korean War Army veteran, a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, the Versailles Croatian Men's Club, American Legion No. 361, of McKeesport, and the VFW Post No. 514, of McKeesport. He was a member and officer of both CFU No. 3 and also Club Dobrotvor and was a charter member of Archer Hill Bowling League. Steve is survived by a sister, Margaret (John) Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; nephews, Dr. Stephen (Kelly) Snodgrass, of Greenville, S.C, and Christopher Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; and great-nephew, Simon M. Snodgrass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Matthew, John and Thomas Gasparovic; sisters, Ann and Mary Gasparovic; and sister-in-law, Mary Moran Gasparovic. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Corpus Christi Parish, with Father Stephen Kresak officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue. Memorial contributions may be made to Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
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Gillens, Jason E. 40

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Jason E. Gillens, 40, of Plum, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennifer L. Merz; cherished father of Caden J. Gillens, of Plum, and Jay Gillens, of Murrysville; loving son of Linda (Roger) Downing, of Plum, and Gordon (Sara) Gillens, of New Hampshire; brother of Scott A. Gillens, of Michigan, and Diane L. Gillens, of Vermont; stepbrother of Jeffrey and Karen Downing, both of Vermont; son-in-law of Donald and Carol Merz, of West Deer; brother-in-law of Kristin (Michael) Baum, of Gibsonia; and proud uncle of Tyler Thurston, Amanda and Emily Howe, Julie Downing and Logan Baum. Jason is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Jason worked in security with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a loyal supporter of local fire and police departments and above all loved raising and spending time with his dear son, Caden. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Thomas J. Galvin as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Gross, Mary C. 82

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1931-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine Gross, 82, of McKeesport, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Hazelwood, and is the daughter of Alfred W. and Catherine Decoursey Gross. She is survived by her brother, Alfred W. Gross Jr., of McKeesport. She previously was employed by G.C. Murphy Company and the Christy Park Credit Union as a secretary. She was a member of the former St. Pius Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, Ladies of Charity and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She is currently a member of Corpus Christi Church where she was a member of the Ladies of Charity. She also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was a great Notre Dame fan. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corpus Christi Church. Burial will follow.
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Guenther, Robert H.

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Robert H. Guenther, 92, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the husband of 65 years to Helen Milkovich; the father of Nancy (Michael) Dougherty and Carol (John) Fleming; grandfather of Luke and John Fleming Jr.; and brother of Richard (Bernice) Guenther. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a Navy veteran of World War II. The family would like to extend its appreciation to the Celtic Hospice for their compassion and care during Bob's illness. Arrangements have been made by JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100. There are no visitations. Burial is private. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Dr., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. The family suggests contributions to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Hall, Georgia R. 98

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1916-03-26
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Georgia R. (Miller) Hall, 98, of White Oak, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born March 26, 1916, in Elm Grove, a daughter of the late David Benton and Jessie Ella (Bowsman) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leroy Hall. She is survived by her children, Martha Lee (Paul) McGowan, of North Huntingdon, and James LeRoy (Barbara) Hall Jr., of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Maryann (Clayton) Smith, of Uniontown. Georgia was a member of the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Hall Auxiliary for many years. She was an avid square dancer and volunteered work in nursing homes by performing dances. She loved gardening, being outside and taking care of others. Her sweet, loving soul will be missed greatly. Burial will take place in Round Hill Cemetery and arrangements are in the care of STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 412-678-6177.
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Hastings, Isabella F. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Isabella F. (Konieczka) Hastings, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Hastings; mother of Connie Riesmeyer and the late Robert F. Hastings; beloved grandmother of Darlene (Raymond) Danik, Robert F. (Dawn) Hastings Jr., Kim Kenetz and Brian (Jenn) Hastings; great-grandmother of Maxwell, Jessica Danik, Brian Jr. and Adam Hastings; and is also survived by daughter-in-law, Roselda Hastings; and brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church, Etna.
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Herzer, Robert J. 86

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1928-01-19
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Twp | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Herzer, 86, or Richland Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born Jan. 19, 1928, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of the late Chris and Eugenia (Ritter) Herzer; beloved husband for 45 years of Audrey A. (Hogan) Herzer; loving brother of Richard (Carol) Herzer, of Spring Hill, Jean Peluso, of Franklin Park, and the late John Herzer; and is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A World War II Army veteran, Robert proudly worked for H.J. Heinz Company for more than 40 enjoyable years, loved spending time with family and friends and was an avid and skilled gardener. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, McMurray. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Ivkovich, Daisy 87

  • Versailles Borough
  • Born: 1926-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Daisy (Mervos) Ivkovich, 87, of Versailles Borough, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. A member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, Daisy was also in the choir and member of its Mother's Club. Born Aug. 6, 1926, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Dusan and Cvijeta (Lalich) Mervos, and wife of the late Nick Ivkovich. She is survived by a son, Nicholas (Nancy) Ivkovich, of Liberty Borough; daughter, Nancy Ivkovich, at home; grandchildren, Kristi (Chuck) McCutcheon and Dana (Jason) Seyerle; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Nicholas and Nina; sister, Dorothy Shumkaroff, of McKeesport; also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Dokmanovich. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, where a Pomen service will take place at 7 p.m. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Sava Church, with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Jarvie, John 92

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1921-06-13
  • Died: 2014-04-07
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • John Jarvie, 92, of Sewickley, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014. Born June 13, 1921, in Caulder Bank, Scotland, he was a son of the late Alexander and Jane Cloe (Gray) Jarvie. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine R. (Steffenauer) Jarvie; loving father of William Jarvie, of Portersville, Thomas (Renee) Jarvie, of Aleppo Township, Craig Jarvie, of Boyton Beach, Fla., and Amy Jarvie, of Leetsdale; grandfather of Emily, Rebecca, Melissa, Stephanie, Eric and Kristen; great-grandfather of Mae, Abigail, Joseph Jr. and Ava; brother of Janet Jarvie, of Edgeworth, and the late William Jarvie; and brother-in-law of Dorothy Von Hofen, of Sewickley. John was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, a template maker for American Bridge, a member of the American Legion of Sewickley, the Mariner's of Pennsylvania-New Castle and enjoyed gardening and landscaping. Visitation was held Wednesday at COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY, 702 Beaver St., where a service was held Thursday. Interment was in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sewickley in his memory.
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Jordan, Sara M. 73

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1941-01-02
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Sara M. "Nana" Jordan, 73, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born Jan. 2, 1941, to Tillie Mae Knoll Mohney, of Lower Burrell, and the late Edwin "Jay" Mohney Sr. Sara was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Brackenridge. She worked at Rosa's Pizza Shop in New Kensington, was an assembly line operator at Pennex, and most recently was a machine operator at Medrad in Indianola for 14 years, retiring in 1998. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and shopping. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. In addition to her mother, survivors include her four children, Walter Clayton (Cindy) Jordan, of Chicora, Sharon A. (Thomas) Morrow, of Sarver, Suzanne (Dominic) DiDomenico, of Tarentum, and Kimberly H. (Robert) Omecinski, of New Kensington; eight grandchildren, April, Walter, Daniel, Kristen, Alex, Martha, Ryan and Adam; seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jacie, Clayton, McKenna, Evelyn, Kaydence and Hayden; two sisters, Roseann (Roy) Ament, of New Kensington, and Irene Mohney, of Lower Burrell; and a brother, Edwin J. Mohney Jr., of Natrona Heights. She is also survived by her loving feline companion, Charlie. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Charles Jordan, in 1998; her son, Mark David Jordan, in 2009; and her sister, Diana Lawson. 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 11 a.m. Saturday. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Karoly, David M. 59

  • Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • David M. Karoly, 59, of Lincoln Place, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved son of Mary Agnes (Straka) and the late Bernhard Karoly Sr.; brother of Bernhard (Elaine) Karoly Jr., of Florida; and uncle of Bernhard Karoly III, also of Florida. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in David's memory to St. John Mark Lutheran Church, 225 E. Tenth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601. ww.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Ketter, Mary J. 69

  • Boston
  • Born: 1944-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Ketter, 69, of Boston, Elizabeth Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Nov. 3, 1944, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Barno Hollis. She was a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, and was a beautician at the former Lesko's Beauty Shop in McKeesport. She is survived by her daughters, Paula Marie Johns, of Boston, Donna Jean and her husband, Paul Wojton, of New Castle, and Lisa Lynn Ketter, of Buena Vista; son, David A. Ketter, of McKeesport; sister, Elaine A. Getsko, of Boston; grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Wojton, Paul C. Wojton Jr., Felecia Ketter, Brandon Ketter, Shawn Lewis and Sarah Feurintino; and nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov officiating. Private burial will be at the West Newton Cemetery. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Klasnic, Helen L. 98

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1915-05-18
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen L. Klasnic, 98, of McKeesport, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon. She was born May 18, 1915, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John and Anna Polka Domarski. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Klasnic; brothers, Joseph, Peter and John; and sisters, Gladys and Mary. She was a member of Corpus Christy Parish in McKeesport. Surviving are her sons, William Klasnic, of McKeesport, and John Klasnic, of White Hall, Md. Also surviving are grandchildren, Billy, Lynda, Gary and Kathy; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Corpus Christi Church. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Korekach, Despo G. 86

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1927-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Despo G. Korekach died April 22, 2014, in the Meadowcrest Nursing Center in Bethel Park, at the age of 86. She was born Oct. 23, 1927, at home in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Despo was preceded in death by her parents, Gus Ganopulos, former proprietor of Gus's Place in Homestead, and Roxanne (Ekakiades) Ganopulos, of Greece; and three brothers, Emmanuel I, James G. and Emmanuel II, all of Homestead. Despo is survived by her only son, James Korekach, of McKeesport, and his wife, Susan; three grandsons, Ian James Korekach, of Trafford, Adam Luke Korekach, of McKeesport, and Douglas C. Korekach and wife, Christine, of Munhall; three great-grandchildren, Evan James, Derek Alexander and Claire Marie; also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Greece. Despo was both baptized and married in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland and remained proud of her Greek heritage and steadfast in her faith. Raised in the Homestead area, she attended school there where she used her considerable artistic talents on the staffs of the school's newspaper and yearbook. She attended Carnegie Art Institute with the dream of entering fashion design, alas, economic necessity and marriage waylaid those plans. Spending her third and fourth decades as a stay-at-home mom, she became a community organizer and fundraiser, member and past president of the Marigold Elementary PTO in the Munhall Gardens area. She was also an avid bowler, dancer and singer of Broadway show tunes and opera in their language of origin. She re-entered the working world as a sales clerk for the former Sun Drug Co. working her way up to store manager at the Squirrel Hill, Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh locations. She ended her career in retail for the May Co. as a cosmetics consultant for Clinique at Kaufmann's flagship store downtown. A special thanks to the staff at Meadowcrest of Bethel Park for caring for Despo for nearly seven years and Bethany Hospice in her final days. Also special recognition to her lifelong friends, Christina (Tenekedes) Burke; and her sisters, Angie and Eva, whose loyalty will not be forgotten. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with the Trisagion service at 7 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Upper St. Clair. Everyone please meet at church. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; the Western PA Conservancy or the Arthritis Foundation of Western PA, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 100 W. Station Square, Suite 1950, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Kranik, Bonnie S. 61

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Bonnie S. Kranik, 61, of Pitcairn, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Bonnie is survived by Maxine DeVinney, Georgeann Knorr, Andrew and Tracey Kranik, Kevin Kranik, Janelle Kranik, Michael and Joanie Kranik, Brittany Kranik, Christopher Kranik and Michelle Kranik and various great-nephews and friends. A family viewing was held April 21 at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn.
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Lascheid, Linda 85

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Linda (Dougan) Lascheid, 85, a longtime resident of Mt. Lebanon, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 61 years of the late Vincent C. Lascheid Jr.; devoted mother of Mary Sue, Vincent III "Chuck" (Elizabeth), Richard Leo (Maria), Malinda Anne "Mindy" (Russ) Lewis and the late Nancy Joan Lascheid; loving grandmother of Miranda, Dollie, Angela, Vincent, Christina and Melody; and is also survived by many great-grandchildren. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernard Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life luncheon for friends and family will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Grieco's Carefree Inn, Indianola. RSVP to Lori by Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 412-343-9408 or llaugh@verizon.net. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Leone, James E. 80

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Miami, Fla.
  • Born: 1933-11-14
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • James E. Leone, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Quincy, Mass., to Anselm and Lena Leone. Jim graduated from Williams College and MIT and worked as a mechanical engineer, researcher and scientist in a long and distinguished career. His work produced more than 30 individual patents and his design and management work were instrumental in developing modern radiation dosimetry detectors, ophthalmic lasers, implantable pacemakers, angioplastic stent technology and orthopedic devices. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene (Hayes); two sons, Dr. Bruce (Christine) Leone and Gary (Bonni) Leone; a daughter, Susan Leone; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Martha) Leone and John (Linda) Leone; and a sister, Lois (Joseph) Constantino. Services and interment will be in Quincy, Mass. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Remembrances may be made to UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Mitchko, Joseph S. 84

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1929-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph S. Mitchko, 84, of Lincoln Borough, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in HCR ManorCare, Whitehall. Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Gazda) Mitchko. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a maintenance supervisor by Westinghouse in Large. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Leona (Wallace) Mitchko; daughter, Paula R. Tognarine; and son, Joseph R. Mitchko. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Michelle) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township, and William M. (Valerie) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; a daughter-in-law, Peggie Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Breanna Mitchko and Renee Benedetti; also nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Monroe, Emma 92

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Georgetown, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Emma (Romito) Monroe, 92, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Georgetown subdivision, Daytona Beach, Fla., peacefully passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles "Carl" Monroe; loving mother of Charles (Linda) Monroe Jr., Jeffrey (Denise) Monroe and the late Richard Monroe; grandmother of Kristen, Jeff and Misty. Services and entombment are private. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Myron, Thomas L. 90

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Thomas L. Myron, 90, of Bethel Park, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at home. He was the husband of the late Kathleen (Lynch) Myron; beloved father of Thomas (Linda), James, Mary (Steve Dobrosielski), Redsy (Walt) Croke, John Patrick, Michael (Carol), David (Maria), Jerome, Margaret (John Sigg), Coleman (Kelley) and Paul (Michele); loving grandfather of 37 and three great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his siblings, Grace Ferney, Helen Myron, John Myron and Rita Enright. Tom was a captain in the Air Force during World War II. Visitation from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Germaine Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Foundation for Life, 159 Hornaday Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
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Parker, James H. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • James H. Parker, 87, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. A fellow of the American Physical Society and a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine M. Parker; and his sisters, Genevieve Parker, formerly of Orinda, Calif., and Alberta Horn, formerly of Point Richmond, Calif. He was the loving father of Lynn Parker, of Arlington, Va., and David Parker, of Tipp City, Ohio. He is also survived by two grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949 and 1954, respectively. He was a member of the staff at the Westinghouse Research Labs in Pittsburgh from 1953 until retirement in 1985. During his career, he carried out experimental and theoretical work over a broad range of physics and in 1970 he became manager of the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Department. He authored or coauthored more than 50 journal and conference papers. After retirement from Westinghouse, he continued his physics and engineering work as a private consultant for Westinghouse and several other local companies. He played bassoon for the Pittsburgh Savovards and was also a longstanding member of the Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. He loved jazz and classical music, physics, electronics, woodworking and metalworking. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Proch, Loretta K. 97

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Loretta K. Proch, 97, of Glenshaw, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Proch; loving mother of Andrea P. (Philip) Mueller; and daughter of the late Anton and Rose Kirch. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Loretta was a member of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. She graduated from Grace Martin Business School and the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of Delta Zeta and the Glenshaw Century Club, and enjoyed playing bridge. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 4724 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the church.
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Puharic, Andrew G. 80

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Andrew G. "Andy" Puharic, 80, of Millvale died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Irene "Rene" Puharic; loving father of Michael (Theresa) Puharic, Lori (Larry) Strafalace, Beverly (Eddie Zunic) Grundler, Maggie (Rick) Welte and Donna (Ray) Lisowski; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brother of Ludmilla, Bonnie, Robert, Eugene, Patricia and the late Evelyn, Thomas and Frank. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., Millvale (next to Holy Spirit Parish), 412-821-3700. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church. Family suggests memorials to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Reichert, Thomas Tom H. 76

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Thomas H. "Tom" Reichert, 76, of Carrick, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Mr. Reichert was the beloved husband of Melva Reichert for more than 30 years; and was the stepfather of Melva (Bob) Ginther; he also is survived by his four grandchildren and their spouses; and eight great-grandchildren. He was the son of the late William H. and Sara K. Reichert; and brother of Katherine Reichert of Hadley, Mass., and the late William Reichert. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where his funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Robb, Barbara A. 84

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1929-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Robb, 84, of Forward Township and Fort Pierce, Fla., died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, Fla. Born Nov. 11, 1929, in West Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late Melvin C. and Daisy J. (McQuown) O'Dell. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an assistant manager by the former Bell Telephone. She enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with her husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by daughter, Kathy Jean Stadmueller. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Howard E. Robb; son, Richard A. (Melinda) Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Kasey Robb, of Binghamton, N.Y., Nashua R. Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y., and Eric (Dani) Kegel, of Huntsville, Ala. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Robertson, Jane E. 88

  • Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Jane E. (Johe) Robertson, 88, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Robert E. Robertson; loving mother of Carol J. (Randolph) Wood, of Greer, S.C., and Robert E. (Karen), of Boston, Mass.; sister of Geraldine Meister, of South Hills, and the late Jack Johe; proud grandmother of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (please meet at church). Family suggests donations to St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Romanelli, Brillante Bill 85

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Brillante "Bill" Romanelli, 85, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Kurtanic) Romanelli; loving father of Joseph (Victoria) Romanelli, of North Versailles, Paul (Juanita) Romanelli, of Turtle Creek, and Daniel Romanelli, of Wilkins Township; grandfather of Patrick, Joseph, Nicole, Samantha, Jaiden, Dale, Jason, Troy and the late Andrea; brother of Alfonsina Fortunato, of New York; and also survived by nieces, Maria Rossi, Donita and Jan Kurtanic, and nephew, Eric Kurtanic. Bill was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and was the owner of Brillante's Beauty Shop for 15 years. He had also been employed at Westinghouse for 17 years. Bill was a member of the Forbes Trail Masonic Lodge No. 783. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church followed by a presentation of military honors at Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Samuels, Ethel L. 87

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1927-04-07
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Ethel L. (Kemp) Samuels, 87, of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1927, in Arrington, Va., daughter of the late Jake and Elizabeth (Irving) Kemp. She has lived in the area since 1946. Ethel was an assembler for the former New Kensington Manufacturing Company, a member of Allegheny Valley Corps Salvation Army, Brackenridge; and volunteer for the Salvation Army and the former Dayspring Christian Church, both of Tarentum. She was also a Sunday School teacher and very active in the Women's League and the League of Mercy. She graduated from Nelson County VA School District and was a member of the Ladies Group at her church and 50 years at the Salvation Army. She did programs from her home, such as crafts and exercising. Survivors include her children, Reuben (Lanny) Samuels III, of Penn Hills, Robert (Barbara) Samuels, of New Kensington, Deborah (Don) Moore, of New Kensington, Willie Sue Samuels, of Youngstown, Ohio, Donna Mae (Harry R. Couchenour) Samuels, of Shaler Township, and Sola Samuels, of Fox Chapel; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are her siblings, Floyd (Bonnie) Kemp, Lester (Debbie) Kemp, William (Rose) Kemp, Harvey (Shirley) Kemp and Emma Headen, all of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben J. Samuels II, in 1967; four sons, Richard, James and Tony Samuels and infant son, Donald; and her siblings, Thomas and Mansfield Kemp, Lily King and Mary Kemp. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Salvation Army, Brackenridge, with Captain Rickie Armour, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Scatena, Anthony A. 38

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Anthony A. Scatena, 38, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was the beloved father of Anthony and Aylissa Scatena; loving son of Eileen (Carroll) and the late Guy Scatena Sr.; brother of Daniel (Cathy) Michel, Denise (the late Fred) Liscio, Diana (Terry) Handyside, George (Nancy) Michel and Guy (Heather) Scatena Jr.; nephew of Pat Scatena; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral is private. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Lawrenceville.
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Schott, Marlene 68

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marlene (Samoriga) Schott, 68, of Plum, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of Harry "Bucky" Schott; loving mother of Derek (Jennifer) Schott and Jayson Ryan Schott; proud grandmother of Hunter Ryan Schott; dear sister of Gene Samoriga; sister-in-law of Donna Conn; aunt of Mark, Laura, Paula, Bobbie and Richie; daughter of the late Peter and Ann Samoriga; and daughter-in-law of the late Harry and Silvia Schott. Marlene was a longtime hairdresser, owning salons in Murrysville and Monroeville. She also owned the Love Search Dating Service in Pittsburgh. Marlene will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Schubert, Grace M. 92

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1921-12-21
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Grace M. (Miller) Schubert, 92, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Bel Air Nursing Home in Lower Burrell, where she was a resident for the past three months. She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Natrona, a daughter of the late William S. and Sophia (Dunsberg) Miller. Grace had lived most of her life in Tarentum, where she was a homemaker and a member of United Presbyterian Church, New Kensington. A 1939 graduate of Har Brack High School, she enjoyed quilting, traveling, gardening and flowers. Survivors include her son, Alfred H. "Al" (Patricia) Schubert Jr., of East Deer Township; grandchildren, Alfred H. "Al" (Jill) Schubert III and Jennifer Schubert, both of Brackenridge; great-granddaughter, Alaina Schubert, of Brackenridge; and daughter-in-law, Christine Schubert, of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred H. "Al" Schubert Sr. in 2008; son, James E. Schubert in 2014; and a brother, Edward J. Miller. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Offering Cremation Services, 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Stephen Crocco, interim Pastor, officiating. Private entombment will be in Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum, Pittsburgh. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Smith, Frederick M. 98

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Frederick Merle Smith, 98, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Meta (Schwartz) Smith; loving father of David (the late Carol) Smith, Melvin (Kathleen) Smith, Victoria (Mark) Risko; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and brother of Evelyn Merritt, Beatrice (Merle) McWilliams, Felix Reichart Jr., Robert Smith, Richard Smith, Dorothy Armel, Helen Ohmes and the late Elizabeth Bennett, Gerald Reichart, Donald Smith, Theodore Smith, Wilber Smith, Francis Smith, Arlene Miller and Margie Stedman. Arrangements are by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL). A celebration of life event will be held starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the family residence, 1222 Old Concord Road, Monroeville. A memorial service will also take place at Venango Cemetery, Venango, at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Rite for Harvest, Gwen Smith, PO Box 487, Monument, CO 80132. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Stephanie 87

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Stephanie (Demus) Smith, 87, of Turtle Creek, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Smith for 55 years; loving mother of Dennis (Michelle) Smith, of Penn Township, Dorene Smith, of Turtle Creek, Dale (Mary Jo) Smith, of Wilkinsburg, and Darla (Dennis) Burger, of North Versailles; dear grandmother of Eric (Rebecca) Smith, Nicole (Paul) Martin and Amanda Smith, Christopher (Andrea) Smith and Bernadette Smith, Jessica (fiance, Nathan) and Emily Burger; great-grandmother of Laura and Nathan Smith, Braden and Wyatt Martin; and sister of the late Richard (surviving spouse, Sandra) Demus and the late Carl (surviving spouse, Betty) Demus. Stephanie was born in Poland and immigrated to America at the age of three from Ukraine. Because of her background, she was able to speak four languages. Stephanie retired as a sales associate from Macy's in Monroeville Mall after also working for Horne's and Lazarus. In retirement, she assisted her husband, John, with the operation of their gas station/carwash on Beulah Road in Wilkins Township. Friends will be welcome 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Colman Church.
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Solomon, Michael 87

  • West Homestead
  • Born: 1926-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Michael Solomon, of West Homestead, passed away peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Canonsburg, to Syrian immigrants, Mike was the second of four children of Kattas and Nijme Moussa Solomon. Immediately upon graduating from Canonsburg High School in June of 1944, Mike enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a machinist servicing B-17s and B-25s. By the time he was sent overseas, World War II had ended and he served in the postwar Occupation Force, attending the proceedings at the Nuremberg War Trials. Returning to the States, Mike began a lifelong career in finance with Mellon Bank, first as a teller, then as branch manager of the Claysville, Munhall, Homestead, New Kensington and East Liberty offices. He delayed retirement by serving as Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer at Mellon's Pittsburgh headquarters in the mid '90s. Mike married Mary Leon, the love of his life, Oct. 17, 1953. They raised their four children in the Steel Valley community of West Homestead: Timothy, an ordained Presbyterian minister now serving as pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Meadville and as Protestant Campus Minister at Penn State Behrend in Erie; Amy, a businesswoman in California; Mary Beth (husband, David Wilson), a market research consultant in Jersey City, N.J.; and Michael (wife, Maureen), a professional drummer/percussionist in California. In addition to being a devoted father to his children, Mike dearly loved his four grandchildren: Rachel, David and Eva Solomon and Michael Solomon Leopold. A faithful member of the Homestead United Presbyterian Church since moving to the Steel Valley in 1959, Mike served continuously as an Elder and Trustee over the decades. Always community-minded, Mike served on the boards of Homestead Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Steel Valley Arts Council, and co-founded Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) and Homestead Economic Revitalization Corporation (HERC). In earlier years, he was an active member of Kiwanis and later served on the Steel Valley School Board for 16 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's MBA program, Mike also took post-graduate studies at Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mike was an avid reader, always keeping abreast of political issues of national and international scope. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing checkers with his six-year-old grandson Michael and traveling domestically and abroad, including to his parents' village in Syria. Most of all, Mike found meaning in doing his job and talking with people from all stations in life. Exercising an economy of words, a warm humor and an insightful mind, he was often sought out for his wisdom in matters both practical and eternal. Cherished by his wife, family, church and community, Mike Solomon will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Gladden, of McDonald; a brother, Edward Solomon, of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Fred; his beloved nephew, Michael Solomon; and niece, Mary Agnes Solomon. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Homestead United Presbyterian Church (Ninth and Ann streets), including military honors, with a luncheon to follow. Please everyone meet at church. Memorial donations may be made to Homestead United Presbyterian Church (http://www.homesteadupc.org) and/or the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (http://www.adc.org).
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Spence, Wayne C. 58

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1955-10-13
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Township | Get Directions
  • Wayne C. Spence, 58, of Gibsonia, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Washington, Pa., son of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (Smith) Spence. He was the loving husband for 36 years of Beth P. (Posa) Spence; beloved father of Brian (Diana) Spence, of Edinboro, and David Spence, of Lawrenceville; brother of David (Barbara) Spence, of Kennett Square, Pa.; uncle of David and Katie Spence; also survived by two dear grandchildren, Maxton and Lyla Spence, both of Edinboro. Wayne was a longtime and devoted member of North Hills Community Baptist Church, where he served as moderator, taught Sunday school and chaired the Christian Education Board. He worked in marketing for Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Cheswick for more than 33 years, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and family. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5865 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in North Hills Community Baptist Church. Private entombment will be held in Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; or Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, 800 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 802, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Theis, Henry E. 80

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Henry Ericsson "Eric" Theis, of Sewickley, died Friday, April 18, 2014, of Parkinson's disease. He was 80 years old. For more than 50 years, Mr. Theis was involved in the steel coil processing industry, retiring in 2000 after 20 years as vice president of Sales and Marketing for Herr-Voss Corporation. He was the author of the 672 page textbook "The Handbook of Metal Forming Processes" which is still considered the definitive work on the subject. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering and was a Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Harvard Business School and after completing his service in the Army, University of Chicago Business School. Mr. Theis was a distinguished speaker at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Center for Leadership in Ethics where he served on the Ethics Committee. He was a professional expert for OSHA and volunteered with organizations including Shepard's Heart Anglican Church, Boy Scouts of America and Hope and a Future Anglican Conference. He was a long term member of The Edgeworth Club, Sewickley Senior Men's Club and Erie Yacht Club. A world traveler, Mr. Theis has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, organized a family reunion in Sweden, and has taken his elder grandchildren to Europe. He had a passion for sailing and co-wrote a book titled "The Cruising Logs". He also enjoyed spending time with his family, entertaining, camping and working on his home. A family friend wrote that Mr. Theis was, "a huge presence, a great boom-voiced man looking like a ship's captain in a painting, presiding over the fiery Glogg at Christmas parties, having everyone on as he joked with his dry wit." Whether it was helping those less fortunate in Pittsburgh, or serving at St. Paul's Church in New York City for four days after Sept. 11, 2001, serving food to the rescue workers, Mr. Theis was a strong, brilliant man with a charitable heart, unwavering integrity, a twinkle in his eye and tremendous love for his family, church family and community. Mr. Theis, the son of the late Frank Victor Theis, M.D., and Hazel Harriet Ericsson Theis, of Chicago, Ill., is survived by his loving wife, Deacon Laura Radford Yates Theis; his beloved sons, Henry Ericsson (Kathya), of Bowie, Md., John Bolling (Lisa), of Guilderland, N.Y., Frank Munford (JP), of Pottstown, and Peter Radford (Alexis), of Sewickley; his cherished grandchildren, William, Benjamin, Laura, Sophie, Jackson, Nicholas and Anna; and his brother, Peter Frank Theis (Jill), of McHenry, Ill. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME in Sewickley. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Sewickley. The family suggests memorial donations be sent to St. Stephen's Anglican Church or Shepard's Heart Anglican Church.
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Tierno, Georgeann 69

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Georgeann (Gregg) "Gi Gi" Tierno, 69, of Bloomfield, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was the wife of Joseph J. Tierno; beloved mother of Frank J. (Andrea) Tierno and Georgeine "T.T." (William) Evans; grandmother of Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, Jenna, Alexis, Frankie, Angelia, Billy and Jo Jo; great-grandmother of Justice, Jaden, Ryder, Demetri and Ariana; and sister of Sue Ellen Christman, the late Geraldine "Jerry" Simpson, Roberta "Bootsie" Minert, Jane Faix and Karen "Casey" Poelcher. Friends received from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Liberty Campus.
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Tortorelli Jr., Joseph A. 80

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Tortorelli Jr., 80, of Dormont, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Johanna "Josie" Tortorelli; loving father of Mary Jo Tortorelli, Lynn (Chip) Tanis, Barbara Tortorelli and Rio Tomlin; devoted grandfather of Joseph Tanis, Tyler Tortorelli, Erika Hill and Johanna Tanis; and brother of the late Robert and William Tortorelli. Joe loved life and was always true to himself and others. Friends may call 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 offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Weaver, Jacqueline 68

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1946-01-18
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • Jacqueline Weaver, 68, of Dravosburg, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was born Jan. 18, 1946, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Milton and Edith Swindler Nabors; and the wife of the late Robert Weaver. She was previously employed at the food court at Century III Mall for many years. She loved to travel and was a great collector. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt and great friend to all. She was a wonderful grandmother to her grandson, Bobby, and babysat many neighborhood children through the years. She is survived by her children, John Fazio, of Edinboro, and Lisa Fazio, of Cambridge Springs; a grandson, Robert Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, David and Kathy Weaver, of Ohio; sister-in-law, Beverly Nabors, of Palm Springs, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Sharon, Jim, Larry, William and Robert Nabors. Friends will be received from 12 noon until the time of services at 4 p.m. Saturday at STRIFFLERS DRAVOSBURG/ WEST MIFFLIN, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034, 412-678-6192. The Rev. Kathleen Barnhart will officiate. Burial will take place in Richland Cemetery.
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Weideman, Joan M.

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1931-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Yott) Weideman, of McCandless, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 6, 1931, to the late Joseph and Eva Yott, she was the beloved wife for 57 years of Jim Weideman; loving mother of Jim (Jeanne Veltre), John (Yvonne Lapinski), Mary (the late Frank) Gualtieri, Jeanne (Bob) Randig, Julie (Isabel Gonzales) and Joanie (Jeff) Gorman; proud grandmother of Justin (Leanna Tessling), Jaime (Pete McDevitt), Gabe, Jesse, Jason, Ryan, Mark, Maria, Joey, Rob, Meg, Elizabeth and Marina; and caring great-grandmother of Rhilee, Jonah and Charlotte. Joan is survived by her sisters, Terri and Pat; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Barbara Weideman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe, and sister, Linda. Joan was a graduate of the University of Detroit, with a Bachelor of Education. She loved and was loved by young and old alike. She loved all aspects of art, especially cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening and painting. After losing her mother at a young age, she became the mother figure for her younger sisters. Through her strength, love and faith, she was truly God's example of an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She touched and inspired everyone she met. She will be missed beyond words. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, http://www.alz.org/pa.
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Woodside, Mary Jane 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-06-30
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Kukel) Woodside, 84, of North Versailles, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born June 30, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Kukel. She was a former member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Woodside; five brothers and a sister. She is survived by children, David R. Woodside, of North Versailles, Thomas R. Woodside (Tammy Close), of North Huntingdon, and Jean I. (Larry) Grandy, of Chester, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert (Cynthia) Santner and Carrie (Joseph) Sistare; great-grandchildren, Zackary and Tyler Santner, Kherington and Cameron Sistare; a brother, Victor (Jane) Kukel, of Littleton, Colo.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in William Penn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Macula Vision Research Foundation, 1 Tower Bridge, 100 Front St., Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 or St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Zablocki, Mary

  • Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary (Kersul) Zablocki, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was the loving wife of the late Peter B. Zablocki; and dear sister of Wilma (the late Albert) Franko, Olga Kersul and the late Emilie (Frank) Lisowski, Zora (Munchello) Blogovich, John (Toni) Krsul, Emil (Jean) Kersul, Jayda (Dominick) Gambino and Kayda (Donald) Giacchino. Aunt Mary will be lovingly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish.
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Barto, Martha L. 84

  • Cabot , Formerly of West Leechburg
  • Born: 1929-06-27
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Martha L. (Zachar) Barto, 84, formerly of West Leechburg, peacefully passed away Monday, April 21, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot. Martha was born June 27, 1929, in Leechburg, a daughter of the late Rudolf M. and Mary (Ferrick) Zachar. She grew up in Leechburg and moved to West Leechburg, where she lived for 48 years before moving to Logan House in Lower Burrell, and then to Concordia. Martha attended Leechburg High School and worked for more than 30 years, beginning at Schenley Distillery and then retiring from Haskell Manufacturing in Oakmont. She was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township. Martha enjoyed baking, shopping, playing bingo, and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who always put her family first. She will be sadly missed. She is survived by three daughters, Debra K. Banzhoff, of Hagerstown, Md., Patricia A. (Steven) Thomas, of Allegheny Township; and Kathleen M. (Merle) Lookabaugh, of Mackenbach, Germany; four grandchildren, Jessica Banzhoff, Kellie (Russell) Elliott and Brad and Tara Lookabaugh; one great-granddaughter, Isla Charlotte Elliott; a brother, Frank Zachar; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Emil J. Barto in January 2008; two brothers, Steve and John Zachar; four sisters, Jean Kwiatkowski, Pauline Nastuck, Velma Soloniche and Dorothy Jean Zachar; and a son-in-law, Scott Banzhoff in 2010. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), where parting prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Parish, Gilpin Township. A private interment will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin. To send an online condolence to the Barto family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Black, Leah J. 86

  • Perryopolis , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Leah Jane (Gordon) Volk Orr Black, 86, of Perryopolis, formerly of West Newton, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in West Newton, daughter of the late Charles and Susannah (Highberger) Gordon. She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Leo William Volk and Ralph Emerson Orr. Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also, she was a faithful and beloved member of Bible Alliance Church of West Newton. Surviving are her husband, John Eugene Black; five children and four stepchildren, Susan J. (Andrew) Volk Mizak, Mary E. (Charles) Volk Popovich, Ann L. (Robert) Volk Wolfe, Paul W. Barbara (Volk), Virginia L. (Thomas) Volk Spano, Debbie (Timothy) Black Britt, Lori Black, Douglas Black, Lisa (Arthur) Black Tice and the late John E. Black III; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Friends may gather at noon Thursday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. in the Bible Alliance Church, Route 31, West Newton. Interment will follow in Mill Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Alliance Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Blasco, Elsie L. 88

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elsie L. Blasco, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born July 31, 1925, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late John J. Hacker and Mary E. (Kubath) Hacker. Elsie was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church and a former member of its Ladies Guild. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and traveling all over the country to her husband's Army reunions. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. Blasco Sr.; a brother, James Hacker; and a sister, Shirley Falino. Elsie is survived by four sons, Stephen J. Blasco Jr. and his wife, Suzie, of Marysville, John G. Blasco, of Latrobe, James A. Blasco, of Latrobe, and Walter A. Blasco and his fiancee, Reyne Mazzarese, of Loyalhanna; a brother, John Hacker, of Penn Hills; a sister, Karen Klym, of Derry; five grandchildren, Natalie Blasco, Nick Blasco, Andrew Blasco, Shawn Blasco and his wife, Lacey, and Aaron Blasco and his wife, Becky; two great-grandsons, Carter and Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their care, the nurses and staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their many years of care to the family and also their heartfelt thanks goes to Reyne and Elsie's sister, Karen, for their devoted care that they provided. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Capasso, Nancy L. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-07-05
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. Capasso, 84, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 5, 1929, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late August and Bessie (Zello) Pedicone. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Theresa Daverse, Mary Ann Sikora and Genevieve Loncharich; and five brothers, Carmen, Henry, Joseph and Frank Pedicone and Vincent Capozzi. She is survived by her husband, Alexander N. Capasso; their son, Alexander Capasso and his wife, Karen, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Andrea and Marissa Capasso; two brothers, Richard Capozzi and his wife, Julie, of Harrison City, and Robert Capozzi and his wife, Marlea, of Tryon, N.C.; two sisters, Florence Gray, of Ruffsdale, and Angeline Schultz, of Acme; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carns, Bobby E. 80

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bobby Eugene Carns, 80, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born May 29, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Pealer P. and Margaret Heffelfinger Carns. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Martha Jane O'Brien Carns. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Fairmont Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Somerville officiating. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cencebaugh, Rickey N. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1959-11-18
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rickey N. Cencebaugh, 54, of Irwin, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was born Nov. 18, 1959, in Albany, Ga., a son of Betty Griffith Wolfe, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and the late Edward Boone Cencebaugh. He was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Sarah; and a stepson, David Hawthorne. In addition to his mother, Rickey is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Egic Hawthorne Cencebaugh; a son, Evan Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; a daughter, Eden Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, David, Kayla, Devon (Kelsey), Jordan, Emily, Ethan and Hunter; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Madelyn; two brothers, Ralph (Michelle) Cencebaugh, of Debary, Fla., and Edward (Tracy) Cencebaugh, of Port Orange, Fla.; a stepson, Toby (fiancee, Leeann) Hawthorne, of Mt. Pleasant; a stepdaughter, Kim Hawthorne, of Irwin; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Mike (Tracy) Egic, of Irwin; and a daughter-in-law, Candice Hawthorne, of Jeannette. Cremation provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, a Professional Cremation Service affiliate firm. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shafton Fire Hall, 681 Jackson St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Dallara, August F. 84

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1929-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • August F. Dallara, 84, of Avonmore, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health in Greensburg. Born May 11, 1929, in Avonmore, he was a son of the late August and Louisa Dallara. Before his retirement in 1983, he was employed by Reynolds Manufacturing in Avonmore. August was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War. He is survived by his brother, Perry F. Dallara, of Avonmore; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leno, Robert, Eugene and John Dallara; and his sister, Lena Zuemie. At August's request, there was no public visitation or services. A private family interment was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore. Arrangements have been entrusted to KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. To view and/or send online condolences, visit at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Dell Sr., Richard W. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Dick" Dell Sr., 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 29, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard John and Anna Olga (Nopp) Dell. Dick was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and, prior to his retirement, he was a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, having owned and operated the former Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe for 34 years. He was a member of St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church near Marguerite, and a former member of the Latrobe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association. Dick loved music and was a talented musician, able to play nine different instruments. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Ridilla) Dell, in 2005; and a brother, Hiliard Jerome Dell. He is survived by four children, Sandy Dell, of New York City, Richard Dell Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Pittsburgh, John Dell and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe, and Barbara Dell Combs, of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sienna Rose Combs, Shane Arthur Hamilton Combs and Cinthia Rose Combs; a brother, Robert Howard Dell and his wife, Edith "Toots", of Latrobe; in-laws, Cecilia Dell, Helen Rosa (William), Martha Rullo (Daniel), Susan Schmucker, Peter Paul Ridilla (Joan), Harry R. Ridilla (Helen) and Stella "Toto" Ridilla; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedicts Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Father Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Detar, Mary V. 88

  • Irwin , Formerly of Penn
  • Born: 1925-10-12
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary V. Detar, 88, a resident of Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin, formerly of Penn, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Penn, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anastasia Tarus Subaczus. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed by the Belle View Company in Penn and was a housekeeper for several priests in Penn for more than 20 years. She was a member of the former St. Boniface Church in Penn, the church's Christian Mothers, choir and also the Silver Threads. Mary enjoyed gardening, bowling, bingo and taking care of her husband and family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Lee M. Detar in 2004; a sister, Nellie Schade; and two brothers, George and Jim Subaczus. She is survived by her children, Sharon Garrick and husband, Nick, of Newark, Del., Lee M. Detar II and wife, Rose, of Pittsburgh, Dennis Detar and wife, Sharon, of Ashburn, Va., and Kathy Gennuso and husband, Rich, of Robinson Township; grandchildren, Nick Garrick II, Kevin Gennuso and wife, Aman, April Magent and husband, Chris, Jason Garrick, Lee Detar III and wife, Erica, Nicole Stewart and husband, Sean, Matt and Kristine Detar and Mitch Gennuso; great-grandchildren, Ben and Claire Stewart, Abigail and Gabriel Detar; a sister, Ann Campbell, of Uniontown; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett, of Irwin; a special niece, Carol Gudac, of Uniontown; and several other nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of both the Golden Heights Personal Care Home and the Bridge's Hospice for the kind and personal care Mary received during her time there. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Bridge's Foundation, 1200 Golf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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DiDonato, Irene C. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-01-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Irene C. DiDonato, 75, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anastasia (Garbol) Chekanowsky. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, and its Rosary Altar Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all her siblings, John, Bill, Mary and Helen. She is survived by her husband, Emery J. DiDonato; a daughter, Lynette DiDonato and her husband, Keith Gassman, of Greensburg; a son, David DiDonato and wife, Kathy, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Nicole A. DiDonato and her fiancee, Hunter Owen, Gabby Gassman and Lexi Gassman; and several loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Cemetery, Ambridge. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Catholic Church, 560 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dixon, William R. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-10-15
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William R. Dixon, 69, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Frances M. Dixon. Prior to his retirement, William was employed as a master molder by Brass and Bronze Casting Co. with 41 years of service. He was a member and bartender at the Slovakian Club, Lower Greenfield, member of Hahntown-Wendel Club and social member of Westmoreland City Firehall and Adamsburg Firehall. He enjoyed fishing, doing home improvements, woodworking and jerry-rigging anything on which he worked. He was well-known for being a jokester and pulling pranks. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. Barney Dixon; daughters, Stacy A. Barbour and her husband, Michael, of South Greensburg, and Stephanie A. Dixon and her fiance, John Shakoske, of Rilton; brother, James Dixon, of Pittsburgh; sister Linda Fidel and her husband, Bill, of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Jenna and Andy Barbour; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved four-legged companion, Rudi. Friends were received Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will followed in the funeral home chapel. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Donovan, Mary M. 92

  • Formerly of Sutersville
  • Born: 1922-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Donovan, 92, formerly of Sutersville, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Verona, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Jaros) Palochik. Mary was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. Prior to retirement, she was the postmaster of the Sutersville Post Office. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Kahn and husband, Michael, of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Donovan, of Irwin; a son, William Donovan and wife, Lisa, of Brewster, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Fentzel, of Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Emma Santostefano, of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Kahn and husband, Scott Bieker, of New York, Peter Kahn and wife, Karin, of Milton, Mass., Christine Shope and husband, Jim, of Irwin, Katie Mumm and husband, Travis, of Volo, Ill., Colleen Donovan, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Anne Donovan and Claire Donovan, both of Brewster, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Madison Caruso, Kaylee Shope, Carter Kahn, Davis Kahn, Daphne Bieker, Theo Bieker and Teegan Mumm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, William Donovan; a son, Terry Donovan; brothers, Michael Palochik and wife Anne, John Palochik and wife Jean, Paul Palochik and Andy Palochik; sister, Frances Hester and husband, John; and brother-in-law, Earl "Bud" Fentzel. Friends were received Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in Holy Family Church. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 225 N. Second St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dunbar, Maxine 91

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1923-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Maxine Dunbar, 91, of Lower Burrell, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. Barnabas Gibsonia. She was born March 8, 1923, in New Kensington, to the late Richard and Beatrice (Warden) Grant and was a homemaker who lived in the Lower Burrell area most of her life. Maxine was a member of the Arnold United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who made the best pies in town. She enjoyed crafts, especially seed art. Her interests included bird watching, gardening and her dog, Sadie. Maxine was a graduate of Ken-Hi. She had many cherished friends in the Lower Burrell area. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. "Bert" Dunbar, Feb. 14, 1998; and a grandson, Jeffrey Michael Kolakowski. Survivors include her children, Thomas (Paulette) Dunbar, of Delaware, Susan (Ronald) Kolakowski, of Tennessee, Robert (Diana) Dunbar, of Texas, and Christine Platania, of Shaler Township; grandchildren, Jason (Louise) Kolakowski, Jonathan (Eliza) Kolakowski, Nicole (Anthony) DiRico, Thomas (Amy) Dunbar, Jackie (William) Dobos, Meagan (Brody) Epperson, Nicholas Dunbar and Emily Platania; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Polliard, of California. Family and friends will be received from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held with the Rev. Dr. Dirk M. Lesnett of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church in Glenshaw, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 or to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Mills, MI 48307.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gearing, Mary T. 81

  • Derry
  • Born: 1932-12-18
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary T. Gearing, 81, of Derry, died peacefully Friday, April 18, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Erie. Mary was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Gearing; loving mother of Joseph P. III (Kathy) Gearing, Diane Mackert and Janice (Jerry) Zuccher; sister of Dorothy Spence; grandmother of Jerod (fiancee Jenn), Joe (Laurel), Amber, Holly (Earl), Melissa and John; and great-grandmother of Eddie and a great-grandchild on the way. Mary lived her life in service to others. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Westmoreland County Area on Aging (Home Delivered Meals), 200 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. 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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Graham, Beverley D. 66

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1947-05-28
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Beverley Dumai Graham, 66, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born May, 28, 1947, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to the late H. Anthony and Mary (Press) Hodges, she became a United States citizen in 1979. Mrs. Graham received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of California in San Francisco, Calif. She worked at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, the Visiting Nurses Association and at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco for 15 years until 2006. Beverley specialized in psychiatric nursing with AIDS patients. Until recently, she taught art classes at the Alle-Kiski Senior Citizens Center in New Kensington. She was a member of The River, a Community Church of New Kensington. Surviving is her husband, Harold R. Graham; son, Robert B. (Melissa George) Ludwig, of Davis, W.Va.; daughter, Karen Jo (Louis Carl) Roberts, of Churchill; grandchildren, Brianna, Kathleen and Matthew (Maria); great-grandson, Aubrey; brother, Thomas Anthony (Kimberly) Hodges, of Oakmont; and sister, Andrea Hodges, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visitation will be 3:30 to 4 p.m., the time of the funeral service, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, officiated by her pastor, the Rev. Dean Ward. Those desiring may contribute to the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 3500 Victoria St., Room 218, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, to establish a scholarship in Beverley's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Greguric, Elaine A. 87

  • Formerly of Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1926-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Krotz) Greguric, 87, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Freund) Krotz. Elaine was employed at one time as a secretary for Westinghouse Printing of Trafford. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, of Irwin, its BYKOTA Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists and served her church in many other ways. Elaine was the youngest and last surviving of her 10 siblings. In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Greguric. Surviving are three children, Jean (Steve) Halza, of North Huntingdon, Joel (Patty) Greguric, of Baldwin, and Jan Greguric, of Peters Township; seven grandchildren, Katie and Andy Halza, Ryan and Alex Greguric, Kayla (Tyler) Short, Kiersten and Hannah Greguric; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Halula, Frances G. 93

  • Marguerite
  • Born: 1921-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Frances Geraldine Halula, 93, of Marguerite, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Nature Park Commons, Hempfield Township. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Yarab) Halula. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, its Blessed Virgin Sodality and Living Rosary Society. She was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch No. 144, Marguerite, and also Branch No. 98. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Mary, Anna, Agnes, Catherine, Sister M. Scholastica, OSF, and Elizabeth; four brothers, John, the Rev. Raymond and two infant brothers, both named Stephen; and two sisters-in-law, Rosalie and Florence. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph, of New Cumberland, and Edward Halula and wife, Dorothy, of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Helen Novotny, of Greensburg; and a sister-in-law, Grace Halula, of California, She is also survived by caregivers, nephew, Gervase "Jerry" Gumbita and wife, Ann, and niece, Mary Jane Schnupp; and numerous additional nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A parish rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Prayers will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Nature Park Commons and Viaquest Hospice LLC. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hanson, Jane L. 93

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1921-02-13
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jane L. Hanson, 93, of North Huntingdon, now residing in Harrisville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Autumn Grove Care Center in Harrisville. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Braddock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hanson; two daughters, Linda J. Hanson and Dayna Keeler. She is survived by one son, Cary Hanson and his wife, Lorette, of Harrisville; four grandchildren, Heather Butler (Greg), Hayley Dubovsky (Dave), Dawn and Ryan Keeler; three great-grandchildren, Austin Lovett, Alexis Miller and Cody Dubovsky. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hysong, Betty L. 82

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-12-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Hysong, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Niswonger Forejt. Mrs. Hysong was a 1949 graduate of the former Scottdale High School. She was formerly employed at Union Apparel in Norvelt for 20 years. She also worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear and later at County Market. She is survived by five daughters, Tawnyia Dodd and her husband, Allen, of Donegal, Kim Overly, of Norvelt, Tammy Cook and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant, Kerrie Hysong and her companion, Mark Soforic, of Hecla, and Tara Miele and her husband, Dan, of Mt. Pleasant; a "special daughter", Debbie Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Dodd, Rhea and Randy Overly, Kelly Novak, Gary Cook, Frank and Kaylin Chain and Trin and Danny Miele; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Bodie, Kaysea and Ashten Dodd, Ayla Mena and Vaun Stout and M'Kaila Cook; brother, Charles Forejt, of West Virginia; special niece and nephew, Chuck and Cindy; and her special hospice nurses, Jenny Caruso and Cheryl Potoka. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Randy Overly. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the hour of funeral services with the Rev. Harrison Smith officiating, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be private. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jamnik, Zora 96

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Zora (Malek) Jamnik, 96, of Trafford, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Evening Star Personal Care Home, Wilmerding. Zora was born May 5, 1917, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Mato and Kata (Zaluski) Malek. Zora was retired from the Croatian Fraternal Union in Wilkins Township and was a member of Lodge 141 of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was an avid bowler and loved dancing polkas with her husband, "Jam," at the Slovenian Ballroom. Zora was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Jam" Jamnik, in 2007; and her siblings, Matt and John Malek, Barbara Skrbin, Anna Koshko, Mary Tomasic, Catherine Raspolic and Charlotte Bozic. Zora is survived by her daughters, Arleen Toocheck and Norma Jean Sudina (Mike), all of Level Green; her grandchildren, Barbara Toocheck, Rebecca Toocheck (Kurt Schnaubelt), Matt Toocheck, Antonio and Stephanie Sudina; and her great-grandchildren, Zora and Alex, Patton and Isabella Toocheck. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085 or Evening Star Personal Care Home, 200 Caldwell Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Jones, Loree V.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Loree Virginia Jones left this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Silver Spring, Md. She was a lifetime resident of Jeannette until August 2010, when she relocated to Silver Spring because of poor health. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Jeannette, where she served over the years on the Trustee Board, the Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide and Stewardess Board. She was also the Mother of Church. Loree was a licensed practical nurse and was employed at Westmoreland Hospital and the former Monsour Medical Center. She held memberships in the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch of the NAACP, the Jeannette Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Greensburg Business and Professional Women's Club. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 62 years, Willie Jones; her son, William Charles Jones; her parents, Rosa Lee and Charles Eliard; three sisters, Cenota Barclay, Lois Wimbush and Nina Davis; and a brother, Charles Bruza Eliard. She is survived by her daughter, Olgarita and husband, Will, of Silver Spring, Md.; her son, Larry "BeNo" Jones, of Jeannette; two grandsons, Mycal (Dina) and Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Giovanna Loree and Mycal Oliver; a sister, Rosalie "Woodgie" Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the church, at which time a home going service will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Kalp, Audrey J. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Audrey J. Kalp, 77, of Ligonier, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, with her loving husband by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Arden and Ruth Brinkley. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Audrey loved to shop, travel and spend time with her family. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenlyn "Glen" Kalp; two sisters, Lois Brinkley, of Long Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Basinger, of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul D. Poerschke officiating. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West Main St., Ligonier.
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Kattera, Bernadette 62

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1951-07-28
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Yancosky Kattera, 62, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the UPMC Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kattera was born July 28, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Crivella Yancosky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Christian Mothers. Bernie was a 1968 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She received her BA in history from Seton Hill and then went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie retired from the Mt. Pleasant Area School System, primarily as the librarian at Rumbaugh and Norvelt Elementary Schools. The year before she retired, she was librarian at the Senior High School. Bernie was responsible for organizing the Read Across America Program in the district. She was loved by her students, and respected by her colleagues for her dedication and contributions to the teaching profession. During her career, Bernie served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, and was also very involved with her work as treasurer of the Westmoreland County Association of School Librarians. She belonged to the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Bernie loved PBS, old movies, history and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was sit on the beach and read. Bernie touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and will be remembered always for her gentle spirit. Bernie is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Jaclyn Kattera and her fiance, Nicholas Cerkovnik, of Latrobe; her sisters and brother, Anne Forsythe, of Scottdale, Joseph "Coke" Yancosky and his wife, Carol, and Connie Thomas and her husband, Terry, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Toni Brown, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to her parents, Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Kattera, in 2007. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 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 her 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 Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends were received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kelley, Ruth A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1925-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Ruth A. Kelley, 89, of Smithton, South Huntingdon Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Excela Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 28, 1925, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late E. Wilmer and Viola P. (Struthers) Woods. She was a member of Barren Run United Methodist Church, a homemaker and a camp host for 17 years, along with her husband, at Laurel Hill State Park. Ruth and Orran were named Volunteers of the Year in 2008 for all of the State Parks in Pennsylvania and recently had a lane named after them, "Kelley Lane," in Laurel Hill State Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orran Kelley, Oct. 26, 2013; a daughter, Shirley Ann; a son, Phillip; granddaughter, Lisa; her twin sister, Helen Kelley; and a brother, James T. Woods. She is survived by her children, Robert Kelley (Loretta Bunn), of Smithton, James Kelley and wife, Carol, of Wyano, Nancy Jean Viviani and husband, Terry, of Long Branch, Wayne Kelley and wife, Karen, of Ruffs Dale, and Mark Kelley (Tiffani Oblar) of Youngwood; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorretta Hodge, of Connellsville. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barren Run United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church, with Pastor John Logan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Laurel Hill.
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King, Virginia M. 74

  • Slickville
  • Born: 1939-08-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Virginia "Nene" M. King, 74, of Slickville (Salem Township), died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. She was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Slickville, daughter of the late Rudolph and Angeline Bregar Helfer. In addition to her parents, Nene was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Helfer. She is survived by her beloved husband, Andrew "Sonny" King, of Slickville; siblings, including Albert Helfer and his wife, Lillian, of Canonsburg, Robert Helfer and his wife, Madeline, of the Villages, Fla., James Helfer and his wife, Lois, of Greensburg, Joni Hutchinson, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Carol Jones, of Slickville, Ronald Helfer and his wife, Marlene, of Saltsburg, Richard Helfer and his wife, Rose, of Hunker, Kenneth Helfer and his wife, Delila, of Washington; sister-in-law, Joyce Helfer, of Natrona Heights; and several nieces and nephews. Nene was an avid collector of Hallmark Christmas ornaments, was an active member of Slickville Presbyterian Church and was adored by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Clifford H. Buell presiding. Interment will be private at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be made to the Slickville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 151, Slickville, PA 15684.
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Konieczny, Christine L. 75

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1938-04-29
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Christine L. Blackburn Konieczny, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday evening, April 20, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, while being comforted by her loving family. Christine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as Celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. St. Joseph Society will recite the Rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Ministry of Consolation will conduct a service at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Complete obituary to follow.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Born: 1926-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Mammoth, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Repiscak) Kovacina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, Tom, Michael and Rudy; and sisters, Pauline Kirik and Elizabeth Kovacina. He was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Prior to retirement, George had been employed for 35 years by Citizens Telephone of Mammoth. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, and the NRA. George was the loving husband of 26 years to Linda M. (Peffer) Kovacina. Also surviving are stepchildren, Aaron Robinson and Rebekah (Mike) Witz; grandchildren, Dennis and Douglas Robinson and Tyler and Alyson Witz; sister, MaryAnn (Michael) Zubovich; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg, with military honors accorded by the American Legion. The veterans will extend accolades to the departed veteran, which are so justly deserved, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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Kratzer, Margaret 69

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1945-02-21
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" Kratzer aka Miss Arnold, 69, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Agnes Payonk Vokes. Peggy worked as a waitress for many years at local restaurants in the area, including Arden, Mercurio's, Clementines, Lamp Post and Kings. She was a wonderful cook, but the most important thing in her life was her children and grandchildren, especially her great-grandson, Reilly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Hoderowski; second husband, William Kratzer; brother, Glenn Vokes Sr.; sister, Elizabeth Ann Peterson; and two nephews, Glenn Jr. and Eugene Jr. Vokes. Survivors include her four daughters, Darla (Michael) Georgevich, Donna (Thomas) Devore, Dawn (Fran) (Ferich) Butz and Dana (James) Rowles Sr.; five grandchildren, Jessica Ferich, James Rowles Jr., Bethany Rowles, Austin Devore and Rachele Georgevich; great-grandson, Reilly Rowles; five brothers, Howard Sr., Joseph "Joe", Gerald "Butch", Arthur and Eugene Sr. Vokes; and four sisters, Barbara Beere, Josephine "Josie" Rakes, Jane Callahan and Connie Lowers. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Carmen Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to http://www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Kruel, Stanley C. 75

  • Herminie No. 2
  • Born: 1938-10-16
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel, 75, of Herminie No. 2, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Joseph and Clara (Lacunsky) Kruel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Evans; and a sister, Carolyn "Sissy" Grazel. Sonny was a member of the Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver having worked for ANR Trucking. After retiring he was a greens keeper at Carradam Golf Club and Greensburg Country Club where he had many friends. He was a member of the Teamsters, NHRA and NRA. He was an avid hunter but he mostly enjoyed and his passion over the past 30 years was "drag racing" traveling with his wife locally and all over the eastern states. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl (Overly) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; his three sons, Vince (Cathy) Kruel, of Herminie, Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel Jr., of Irwin, and Keith Kruel, formerly of Wendel; two daughters, Lorri Kruel, of Irwin, and Tammy (Michael) Bennett, of Manor; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond "Corkey" (Paulette) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Per Sonny's wishes, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Arona United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Anthony officiating. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, 224 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642, in memory of Sonny.
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Lee, Douglas C. 61

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1952-09-08
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Douglas Craig Lee, 61, of Blairsville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. A son of Myron E. and Frances L. (Ruddon) Lee, he was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mr. Lee was a member of No Walls Ministries, New Alexandria. He was a veteran of the Army and was employed by Chestnut Ridge Communication Services, Blairsville, as a telephone technician for 17 years. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, loved fishing with his family and his job with CRCS. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. Surviving are his wife, Debra L. (Albright) Pawlik; son, Buck Pawlik (Kim), of Derry; two grandchildren, Felicia and Nick; parents, Myron and Frances Lee, of Seward; seven brothers, Raymond E. Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Marion Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Allen Jenkins, of Salemburg, N.C., James Jenkins (Shirley), of Blairsville, Tim S. Lee (Ruth Ann), of Seattle, Wash., David Lee (Ruth Ann), of Indiana, and Ronald Lee (Jennifer), of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Nanette Perkey (Fred), of Blairsville, Myla J. Lee, of Marysville, Wash., and Susan Olson (David), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Charlie Brownawell officiating. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Lennon, Jean

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jean Lennon, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in her home, surrounded by those she loved. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and faithful friend. She was born in Mt. Pleasant and over the years she resided in Mt. Pleasant, Greensburg, Ligonier and Latrobe. As the proud mother of 11 children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she devoted her life to her family and God and will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Lennon Jr.; her son, Timothy Lennon; her daughters, Mary Alyce Sullivan and Janet Lennon; her son-in-law, Brett Roach; her parents; and all of her nine siblings. She is survived by her children, Carol Lennon, of Latrobe, Thomas (Sue) Lennon, of Stowe, Ohio, Terry (Cathy) Lennon, of Raleigh, N.C., F.J. (Laura) Lennon, of New Market, Md., Trish (Bill) Perry, of Ligonier, Joan Roach, of Latrobe, Kathy (Bob) Harper, of Frederick, Md., and Lee Ann (Chuck) Costanzo, of Montgomery, Ala.; and her daughter-in-law, Nina McIver, of Franklin, Tenn. In addition, she is mourned by her grandchildren, Sean Lennon, Kevin (Darby) Lennon, Brian (Amy) Lennon, Christopher Lennon, Colleen Lennon (Ben Leo), Patrick (Sura) Lennon, Bill (Amy) Perry, Nicole Roach (Michael) Louderback, Brett Roach (Lindsay Hartman), Michael Roach, Olivia Lennon and Clara Jean Lennon. She leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Ryan Poirier, Ryder and Bryce Lennon, Emma Perry, Alexia, Finnegan and Heath Lennon and Henry Louderback. She will also be mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. According to her wishes, there will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Vincent Basilica, the church she loved. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Donations can be made in the name of Jean Lennon to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or online at http://www.ourclubhouse.org. 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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Leshko, Margaret M. 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. Leshko, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Leshko was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Old Bethany, a daughter of the late John and Veronica (Rushnock) Leshko Sr. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was a 1945 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had worked as the produce manager for Shop 'n Save in Mt. Pleasant and had also worked as a cook at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the McKenna Center. Margaret was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins. Margaret was the aunt that enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, being the best friend, "grandmother" and special aunt that would do anything for them. Margaret is survived by her brother, William Leshko and his wife, Theresa, of Tarrs; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Verostko and Mary Ann Leshko; and numerous special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Mary Moore and Dorothy Verostko and John J. Leshko Jr. and Joseph Leshko; and her niece, Ellen Moore. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 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 her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday followed immediately by the Rosary recited by the Visitation Rosary Altar Society. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Livengood, Morna E. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-07-03
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Morna Elizabeth Livengood, 92, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She was born July 3, 1921, in Export, a daughter of the late Bessie (Spencer) and William M. Alexander Sr. Morna was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Point. Besides her parents, Morna was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Livengood; brothers, William Alexander Jr. and Edward Alexander; and sisters, Dara Adams and Rose McAdoo. Surviving are her sons, Ronald W. Livengood, of San Francisco, and Keith E. Livengood, of Greensburg; granddaughter, Kayla (Jerad) Mefferd; twin grandsons, Reed and Chase Livengood; and a great-grandson, Camden Mefferd. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Hans Andrae officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macular Degeneration, Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297-0495. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Mahoy, Lillian M. 87

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Mahoy, 87, of Penn Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 8, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Susa Kinkela. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. She enjoyed her membership in Harrison City Women's Club and Young at Heart. Lillian, or Dolly, as her friends knew her was a wonderful baker. She loved playing cards and decorating her home. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mahoy Sr.; and a brother, Frank Kinkela. She was the loving mother to a son, James L. Mahoy Jr. and his wife, Alda, of Blue Ridge, Va.; and two daughters, Karen M. Bowan and her husband, William, of Penn Township, and Donna M. Cilli and her husband, Cary, of Irwin; four grandchildren, William, Kristyn, Leanne and Rachelle; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Sean, Evelyn and Lillian. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends were received Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion was prayed. Funeral service were held Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). Burial followed in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, Mabel C. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-10-17
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mabel C. McCormick, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Glenn and Ruth (Dunmire) Coleman. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church where she was active with the church nursery. Mabel retired from the Bureau of Forestry in Laughlintown and also worked as a teacher's aide with the Ligonier Valley School District. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard R. McCormick; two loving daughters, Patricia Maxwell and her fiance, Larry McGhee, of Hartselle, Ala., and Tamara Dunlevy and her husband, David, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Ryan Dunlevy and his wife, Maureen, and Clark Maxwell; two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Kaylee Dunlevy; a sister, Doris Patterson and her husband, McKee; a brother, Dale Coleman and his wife, Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings, officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mabel's memory to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Moses, John T. 83

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1931-01-25
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John Thomas "Jack" Moses, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Arnold, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Balthes) Moses, he excelled in basketball and football at Arnold High School, graduating in 1949 as class president. Attending the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, he achieved notoriety and developed a lifelong love of the sport. Graduating from Penn in 1953, Jack briefly served in and was honorably discharged from the Marines. In 1956, Jack struck pay dirt, marrying his wife of 57 years, Donna Gallian. Professionally, Jack worked for Atlantic Richfield and Sunoco as a field engineer for 35 years. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Kensington, the Westmoreland Phoenicians and the Munger Men, a group of Penn footballers who played for Coach George Munger. In 2000, Jack was inducted in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Hall of Fame. A dedicated father and husband, Jack passionately followed local high school sports, especially those in which his children and grandchildren participated. Although not a wrestler himself, Jack developed a love for high school wrestling and could be seen at most Burrell High School matches. Additionally, he enjoyed visiting his family in Montana and watching cowboy movies. Jack will be warmly remembered for his unrelenting devotion to his "Donna Jean", his generous and giving spirit, dedication to family and friends and for opening his home and heart to anyone, anytime. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna (Gallian) Moses; children, Jack (Anne) Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Chuck (Lynn) Moses, of Lower Burrell, Tracey (Robert) Muller, of Reserve Township, and Tom (Michele) Moses, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jackson, Sam and Tucker Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Jeremy, Chelsea, Casey, Jordan and Alex Moses, of Lower Burrell, and Lindsay and Mackenzie Muller, of Reserve Township; brothers, Elias (Julia) Moses, of Arnold, and Fred (Valarie) Moses, of Allegheny Township; sister, LaVerne (Eugene) Whiteman, of Monroeville; and dear friends, Jim and Kathy Ludwiczak, of Murrysville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel "Mike"; brother and sister-in-law, George "Buster" and Pat Key, along with their son, George Key; dear friends, Joe "Juicy" Allen and his wife, Isabel; and his high school football coach, Alex Tannas and his wife, Frances. Family and 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 FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. George Orthodox Church in New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Niemi, Carl M. 58

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1956-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Niemi, 58, a lifelong resident of Level Green, passed away quietly Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Golden Living Care Hospice Center in Monroeville following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1956, a son of the late Walter and Elvira Niemi. Carl was a 1974 graduate of the Penn-Trafford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by Mellon Bank and various computer firms. He loved working around the house and fishing. He is survived by his brother, Eric (Susan) Niemi, of Palm Coast, Fla. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., State Route 130, Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Obremski, Dorothy A. 72

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1941-10-24
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Obremski, 72, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1941, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Scharbo Stoffa. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and socializing. She was the beloved wife of Stan; loving mother to her two children, Daniel Obremski (Tami) and Karen Baker, both of Irwin; also surviving is one sister, Rose Marie Moorehead (Mervin), of Penn Hills; six grandchildren, Kelton, Daniel, Chandra and Braydon Obremski and Dylan and Gabrielle Baker; and three great-grandchildren, Devin, Maya and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Life Church, Trafford, followed by a reception immediately after service. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice or Baby Nathan Lutz. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ontko Sr., John E. 66

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John E. Ontko Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the dear husband of Lucy (Fialkovich) Ontko, of 44 years; loving father of John K. (Jen) Ontko, of Hampton, Jennifer Alexander, of North Huntingdon, and Diane Ontko, of Turtle Creek; beloved grandfather of Joshua and Zachary Alexander and Jeremy and Johna Ontko; and brother of Susan (Ken) Regrut, of Monroeville, and Martin Ontko, of East Berlin. John was a Vietnam Army veteran. He worked at St. Maurice School for 25 years, where the kids lovingly called him "Mr. John". He was the vice president of the Slovak Catholic Sokol No. 179 in North Braddock. John had a real love of people and life. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. John will be laid to rest with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Patik, Shirley 74

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1939-07-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Lesko) Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Mrs. Patik was born July 27, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Ketch) Lesko. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, where she faithfully served as a Eucharistic minister. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of the former Hurst High School and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, exercise and yard work. Shirley loved good conversation and company and was a master storyteller. She was an artist and sketcher with a heart of gold. She loved and cared for all people and animals. Her bright spirit will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Shirley is survived by her loving family; her husband, Robert M. Patik; her children, Cynthia Horton and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Horton, of Idaho, Richard T. Patik and his wife, Holly, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rhoda Patik, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Corrine Lesko, Barbara Dombrosky and Rose Marie Pisula, all of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Lesko Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Irwin, and Gerald Lesko and his wife, Kathy, of Alaska. Family and friends were received this past Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held this past Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment followed in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service was held this past Tuesday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Payne, Angeline Holly C. 85

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1928-05-20
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Angeline C. "Holly" (Mignogna) Payne, 85, of Hannastown, quietly and peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born May 20, 1928, in Hannastown, she was a daughter of Gusippe Mignogna and Asunta Catrone Mignogna. She was a retired nurse's aide for St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Mrs. Payne was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, the Rosary Altar Society and the Fellowship Group. She was also a member of the Hannastown Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Sam, Anthony, Michael, Dan and Patsy Mignogna Sr.; and three sisters, Angeline DeMatteo, Josephine Naples and Florence Olshefsky. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Michael L. Payne Jr., who walked by her side each day, caring for all her needs; two daughters, Linda Sok of Luxor and Susan Payne, who lives at home; four grandchildren, Billy Bowers of Hannastown, John Patrick Golobish Jr., of Fort Myers, Fla., Jennifer Steele and husband, Alan, of Ligonier, and Charlie Sok of Greensburg. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Elysia Taylor Steele and Carissa Mae Steele, who were the loves of her life and brought so much joy and happiness to their NaNa. Also surviving is her sister, Florence "Dolly" Uliano and her husband, Frank, of Crabtree; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Holly from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020, where prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Bartholomew Church, with Father Justin Matro, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. Angeline's family has entrusted her care to PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Pingor, Wendy L. 59

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Wendy L. (Dudra) Pingor, 59, of Delmont, died suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, enjoying the day with her family. She was a kindhearted and selfless soul. Wendy had the gift of making anyone who met her a better person. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 39 years, Darryl E. Pingor; son, Matthew E. Pingor; daughters, Lindsay L. Pingor and her fiance, Joel Fitzpatrick, and Kara E. Pingor. She was also the loving godmother to Tyler Lacock and Lauren Johns and husband, Jesse Johns; and was very important in the lives of her sister-and-law and brother-in-law, Dianne Lacock and Chris Lacock. Wendy leaves behind a wonderful family, including her three sisters, her brother, her mother, Jean Dudra, and her father, the late Rudy Dudra. Her siblings include: sisters, Lisa Emmett and husband, Doug Emmett, with children, Jason and Kyle Emmett; Dana Biel, married to Bill Biel, with daughter, Caitlyn Biel; Laurie Downing, married to Tom Downing, with children, Hannah, Jacob and Joshua Downing; and brother, Michael Dudra. Wendy served as a preschool teacher for the past 15 years at the Calvary Lutheran Early Learning Center in Murrysville and was beloved by many. She will be truly missed and forever loved. Family and friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead. Everyone please meet at church. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Piper, Donna L. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-08-19
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Piper, 67, of Latrobe (Cook Township), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Howard Bennett and Betty Queer Bennett Stouffer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a steward for VFW Post 734, Ligonier. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary, an honorary member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 Ladies Auxiliary. Donna was an enthusiastic collector of artifacts. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Carl Dean Piper; two sons, Christopher D. Piper, of Latrobe, and Daniel A. Piper, of Melcroft; three grandsons, Dylan, Chase and Wyatt Piper; a sister, Deborah (Nevin) Karasek, of Irwin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Donna's life was celebrated Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. James N. West, officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Donna's memory to the Chestnut Ridge Meals on Wheels. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Price, Barbara A. 62

  • Harrison City , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Barbara Anne "Barb" Price, 62, of Harrison City, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Martha Price; loving mother of Bruce (Joelle) Corna Jr., Jason C. (Aida) Corna and Joshua (fiancee, Elizabeth Ferri) Corna; nana to Hope, Grace, Bruce III, Scarlett, Denis and Jameson; and sister of Leslie (Ralph) Guzzo, Michael Price, Hollie (John) Hooper and the late Raymond Price. Barb also loved and held a special place in the heart for all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She held degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University and was formerly an employee of the Elliott Company in Jeannette. Barb loved life but her boys more than anything. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent, compassionate care Barb received from Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be sent to Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Reece, Donald J. 74

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1940-02-24
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Reece, 74, of Level Green, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, son of Annie Elizabeth (Steiner) Reece and William Arthur Reece. He was a graduate of Sewickley High School. Donald was a master carpenter and builder, owner of the former Wesco Builders in Irwin, a subcontractor for Backus Cabinets, Manor House Kitchens in Pennsylvania and Shiffendecker, in Belleville, Ill. Don was well known and very respected in his profession. He had a reputation as a perfectionist with an eye for beauty and the ability to create the same. He loved hunting, the cottage, traveling in his fifth-wheel, spending time with friends and family along with his Shelties, Mollie and Abby. He had a wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh that will be forever missed by those who love him. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Alice Louise (Yerina) Reece; six daughters, Brenda Lee (Reece) Antonich (Joe); grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda, Karen Lynn (Reece) Baughman; grandchildren, Keri, Patrick and Travis, Dawn Joy (Reece) Reilly, (the late Brett); grandchildren, Brett and Kasey, Patti Ann (Reece) Thompson (Lynn); grandson, Cody, Wendy Lee (Reece) Burton (Brian); granddaughters, Rachael and Catlyn and Nancy Lee (Nelms) Austin (Richard); grandsons, Christopher and Alexander. He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Nancy Lee (Reece) Shetler (Albert), Elizabeth Ann "Libby" (Reece) Morrell (Damon), Lorraine Gail (Reece) Morse, (Roy); Gladys Fern (Reece) Machlet (and the late Robert). May God bless all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his special friends and neighbors. Friends were received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Donald's memory. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ressler, Jennie 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-05-10
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jennie (Springer) Ressler, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Select Speciality Care, Latrobe. She was born May 10, 1931, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Zerelda Mae (Allen) Springer. Jennie graduated from Irwin High School, Class of 1950, and attended comptometer school. She was employed with Coppers Building in Pittsburgh and Irwin Bank. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin and a member of the choir and a member of the Irwin subunit of the ARC since 1990. She was a past member of American Legion Post 977 Women's Auxiliary, collected donations in their neighborhood for several different charities and she loved doing latchhook rugs and word search puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy M. Radziwon. She is survived by her husband, William C. Ressler, for almost 55 years; two daughters, Valerie Sue Miller and Vickie M. Radziwon and her husband, Anthony L. Radziwon II; son, William Arthur Ressler; grandson, Anthony L. Radziwon III; granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Miller; and great-grandchildren, Anthony L. Radziwon IV, Aubrea D. Radziwon and Alexis D. Radziwon. Jennie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nursing staff of the ER and ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland and the entire staff at Select Speciality Care at Excela Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate and loving care they gave to our mother. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Irwin, with the Rev. Lake officiating. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association in memory of Jennie. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Scrips, Rose 92

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Rose Renock Scrips, 92, of Lower Burrell, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Elmcroft of Saxonburg. She was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Sterling, Pa., to the late John and Ludwina Rafacz Fudala, and has been a resident of Lower Burrell the past four years, having previously resided in Ford City, Arnold and New Kensington. Mrs. Scrips was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, a former member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ford City, and had worked for Papercraft, Blawnox, and Andy Gard, Arnold. She was the Rosie in Rosie's Pierogies and a longtime volunteer at Kittanning Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, crocheting, casinos, bingo, traveling and she especially enjoyed entertaining company in her home. She is survived by her three children, Janet (Stephen) Fabry, of Gilpin Township, Robert J. (Debra) Renock, of Lower Burrell, and Kenneth (Deborah) Renock, of New Kensington; stepchildren, Joseph (Patti) Scrips and Linda (Roger) Richardson, both of Elderton; grandchildren, Cathy Fabry, Kimberly Sebastian, Carrie (Joe Robertson) Fabry, Stephen (Erin) Fabry, Charmayne (Jeff) Stewart, Christyne (Ed) Lane, Allison, Devon (Bevin), Sean (Lisa) and Rachel Renock; stepgrandchildren, Krista (Mike) Johnston, Brandon Richardson, Cory (Kathy Jo) and Ryan (Sarah) Scrips; great-grandchildren, Kenneth and Katelyn Sebastian, Nicholas and Kylie Fabry, Ian and Keegan Stewart, Brandon Lane, Reese, Collin and Max Renock; stepgreat-grandchildren, Laney and Grant Johnston, Makayla, Mia, Liam and Jonah Scrips; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her first husband, Nicholas Renock; second husband, Joseph Scrips; brothers, John, Andrew, Joseph and Frank Fudala; and sisters, Mary Hubacka, Blanche Stofcheck and Anne Kensic. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road, where a parting prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sgro, Vincent J. 60

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1954-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Vincent James Sgro, 60, of Blairsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Born April 5, 1954, in Philadelphia, he was the son of George V. and Lillian C. (DeFalco) Sgro. Vincent was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry, and was employed by Pool City, Greensburg, for the past 17 years. He was a great sports fan and enjoyed watching his son play hockey. Surviving are his wife, Christina M. (Clevenger) Sgro, whom he married Feb. 1, 1986; two sons, Justin J. Sgro, of Philadelphia, and Jordan J. Sgro, of Blairsville; two daughters, Amanda M. Sgro and Sarah E. Sgro, both of Blairsville; and his mother, Lillian C. Sgro, of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, George. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Vincent's children at First Commonwealth Bank, 53 E. Market St., Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Shank, Ralph 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-10-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ralph "Ric" Shank, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Greensburg, a son of Christine (Yutcy) Shank, of Greensburg, and the late John Harry Shank Jr. Ric was a veteran of the Air Force. He enjoyed riding his Harley and visiting South Carolina and Civil War sites and enjoyed Civil War history. He was employed by Enercon and was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1970. In addition to his mother, Christine Shank, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Mobley and husband, Kevin; his grandson, Kiren T. Mobley; his brother, John M. Shank and wife, Sandy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Also survived by his close friends, Theresa; Greg Zambano; Marshall Wolfe and Peter Campolongo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment with military honors bestowed by VFW Post 33 will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Sibal, Mary J. 95

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1919-04-17
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. "Peggy" Sibal, 95, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born April 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late James and Barbara Sistek. Early in her life, Peggy was employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, cook and bake. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by two children, Robert Sibal and his wife, Carolynn, of Somerset, Ky., and Carol Truswell and her husband, Richard, of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, Kenny Sibal, Robert "Bo" Sibal, Chad Truswell and his wife, Misty, Michelle Ginder and her husband, Jason, and Kristopher Truswell; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Caleb Ginder; and one brother, Charles Sistek, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Sibal; her siblings, Frank Sistek, Rosie Moheny, Jim Sistek, Andy Sistek, Helen Dankulic, Bill Sistek, Joe Sistek, Robert Sistek, Dick Sistek and Eddie Sistek. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish Cemetery. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends attended Jim's memorial service this past Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors were conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment was private. A reception followed the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Silverman, Betty Ann 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-04-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Silverman, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born April 1, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Otto E. and Lizzie (Dannenhauer) Silverman. Prior to her retirement, Betty Ann was a secretary for National Tube and U.S. Steel and she enjoyed spending her free time reading. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and O. James Silverman; and two sisters, Alice Silverman and Clara (Silverman) Rieger. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothea Beech, of North Huntingdon, and Virginia Maher and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin; and brother, Roger Silverman, of Wilson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews. Friends were received this past Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with interment in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville VFD or NHT Rescue 8. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith Sr., Thomas D. 77

  • West Newton
  • Died: 2014-04-10
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  • Thomas D. Smith Sr., 77, of Coal Hollow, West Newton, went to meet his family in heaven, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Tom was a special man, a loving husband to the love of his life, Sara, a wonderful dad to his seven children, a great "Pappy", "Grand-Pappy", "Great-Grand-Pappy", "Special Pappy", mentor to his extended family and the best brother in the world. He was a great friend and was loved by many. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert "Hoppy" and Hunteretta Smith, of Coal Hollow; his beloved wife, Sara (Opalinski) Smith; a son, Tommy; a brother, Bob; a brother-in-law, Herb Gross; and a nephew, Danny Smith. He will be missed by his children, Tammy (Tony) Filippelli, Terri (Jim) Novak, Timothy (Terri Jo) Smith, Toni Jo (Mike) Metropulos, Tracy Bergman and Tricia Kauffman; and his daughters-in-law, Michaela and Renee. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, who were so special to him. They will miss Pappy taking them hunting, fishing, for long walks and just talking and lovingly mentoring them. Grandchildren include, Nikki Buttermore, Ian Maksim, Tomy and Angel Smith, Sara (Brian) Kratochvil, PJ Volk, Trista and Taleena Smith, Joseph, Carmen and Erica Cappelli, Kevin Carlock, Shayla (Mo) Almoukhtar, Margaret Smith, John Grec and Jesica and Jenna Kauffman. Also surviving is Tom's precious great-grandchildren, Connor Stoneking, Sophia Kratochvil, Eli Almoukhtar, and Liam Davies; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis (Joann) Smith and children, Dwayne Smith and Jaylene Batchko; sisters, Judie Backstrom and Mayetta (Mitzi) Gross; a special niece, Jeffri (Chad) Wright; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Smith. We must also mention Tom's loving extended family of Sara's brothers and sisters. He loved them all and they returned his love tenfold. A memorial service, hosted by his children, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at The Church, Sutersville-Rillton Road, Sutersville. All those who loved Tom and respected him are welcome to come and share in the celebration of his life. Pastor Frank A. Rocco will share with the family and offer the blessing for the dinner which will be served in the Church Social Hall following the memorial service.
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Stas, Joseph E. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-08-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. "Joe" Stas, 79, of Latrobe, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Whitney, a son of the late John M. Stas and Mary (Menarcheck) Stas. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Church, Whitney, its Holy Name Society and had served as a lector and was on the parish council. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1952, and St. Vincent College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He also attended Clemson University and the University of Pittsburgh. His first teaching position was 1958 to 1960 with Unity Township, Youngstown School District, as head elementary teacher at the Northern Area Building. Also, he served as Summer Recreational Director of Unity-Youngstown and served as a board member of Unity-Youngstown Recreation Commission. He retired from Mt. Pleasant Area School District in 1991, where he served as teacher, football coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Joe served for 20 years (1985 to 2005) on the Greater Latrobe School Board and eight years on the Eastern Westmoreland and Career and Technology Center. His life memberships included, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, PSEA and NEA. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), life member of the BPO Elks 868 Mt. Pleasant and Hostetter Literary and Social Club. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Rusnock; a brother, Stephen Stas; and two sisters, Margaret (Stas) Dlugos and Martha (Stas) Uhring. Joe is survived by his wife, Theresa (Bizup) Stas, of Latrobe; 12 children, Joseph Stas and his wife, Linda, of Wexford, Dr. Ronald Stas and his wife, Melanie, of Latrobe, Annette Rusnock and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe, Regina Knestaut and her husband, Keith, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Edward Stas and his wife, Nancy, of Latrobe, Theresa Martincic, of Latrobe, Kenneth Stas and his wife, Sandra, of Latrobe, Mary Helen Vasinko and her husband, Raymond, of Latrobe, Dorothea Looney and her husband, Edgar, of Austin, Texas, Sandra Fenton and her husband, Neal, of Latrobe, Renee Reisenweaver and her husband, Kevin, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Randall Stas, of Latrobe; 33 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, John R. "Jumbo" Stas, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's positive, uplifting attitude, humor and genuine love for people will be remembered and an inspiration to all. Family and friends were received Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. St. Cecilia Rosary Society recited the rosary Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecilia Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Indian College Fund, Circle of Sons, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; or St. Cecilia Church, 220 St. Cecilia Road, Whitney, PA 15693. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Karen, Janet and Chuck for their excellent care during Joe's brief hospice care. 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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Stitt, Susan 70

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra, Donora | Get Directions
  • Susan (Helsley) Stitt, 70, of New Kensington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick. She was born Saturday, Oct. 2, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late William Carl and Margaret Emma (Walsh) Helsley. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband, G. Curry Stitt, Nov. 2, 2004; and a brother, William Carl Helsley Jr. Surviving is her son, Grant Curry Stitt III, of Donora; and a brother, Robert Helsley, of New Kensington. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC. located at 40 Second St. Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Father Robert Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Stitt, Susan 70

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Susan Helsley Stitt , 70, of New Kensington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick. She was born Saturday, Oct. 2, 1943, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late William Carl and Margaret Emma (Walsh) Helsley. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband, G. Curry Stitt on Nov. 2, 2004; and a brother, William Carl Helsley Jr. Surviving are her son, Grant Curry Stitt III of Donora; and a brother, Robert Helsley of New Kensington. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, and on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., located at 40 Second St., Ext. Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, from 9 to 11 a.m. the time of service with the Father Robert Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Stumpo, Angeline

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Angeline Stumpo of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Rose Ragusa Stumpo. A graduate of the former Ramsay High School, Angeline was a retired, self-employed beautician. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Josephine Stumpo, of Greensburg, wife of the late Sam Stumpo; her nieces and nephews, Sam, Tom and Paul Stumpo, of Greensburg, David (the late Joanne) Stumpo, of Mt. Braddock, Cathy Barnhart and her husband, Bob, of Greensburg, Greg Monchak, of Mt. Pleasant, Georjan May and her husband, Jeffrey, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia Lane of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Belcastro, Helen Stumpo and Flora Monchak; and one brother, Sam Stumpo. As per the wishes of Angeline, there was no public visitation. A private funeral Mass was held for the family at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Cemetery. All arrangements were under the direction of BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Szelong, Virginia R. 85

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "Jean" Szelong, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria Wilczynski Rogacki. Mrs. Szelong was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and a current member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church. She was a member of the Transfiguration Rosary Society and a member of the former Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by three children, Dolores Nicol, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Szelong and his wife, Cathy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Walter Szelong and his wife, Gretchen, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Christina Nicol, Angela Rumbaugh and her husband, Kurt, Jessica Hodge and her husband, Adam, Katie Weir and her husband, Ken, Scott Szelong and his fiance, Jennifer Bradley, Jena Szelong and Alexa Szelong and Adrienne Gaunter; her great-grandchildren, Madison, Kayla and Austin Rumbaugh, Savannah, Gradin and Hudson Hodge and Baleigh and Tyler Gauntner. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Szelong in 1996; a son-in-law, Emerson Nicol; and her siblings, Lawrence, Paul and John Rogacki, Ellen Smulski, Josephine Rogacki, Verna Marvis, Gertrude Hresko and Florence Petro and infants, Mary, Paul, Frank and Joseph Rogacki. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Bridgeport St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Bruce Sleczkowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harmon House for their wonderful, loving care of Jean during her time there. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Vinkler, Robert 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-05-10
  • Died: 2014-01-06
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  • Robert (Bob) Vinkler, 74, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception at West Point Fire will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.
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Whetsel, Lawrence S. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. Whetsel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Prittstown and Rockwood, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Jo Ella's Personal Care Home, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Chester M. and Helen Mae (Kuhn) Whetsel. Mr. Whetsel was a 1940 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a retired steelworker at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2227. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Southwestern Firemen's Association and Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens and the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. Mr. Whetsel was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren. He is survived by three children, Lawrence Whetsel and his wife, Linda, of Kissimmee, Fla., Helen Etling and her husband, William, of Scottdale, and Donna Petraglia and her husband, Carmen, of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Opal (Freed) Whetsel; one sister, Betty Junick; and one brother, Ed Whetsel. Friends were received this past Monday and Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services were held this past Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment followed in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Military Honors were accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department conducted a memorial service Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Excela Home Health and Hospice and the girls at Jo Ella's Personal Care Home for their excellent care and concern for Mr. Whetsel during his time there. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Whirlow, Henry J. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-05-07
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry J. "Hank" Whirlow, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at home, after a long illness, surrounded by his children. Born May 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Clarence and Emily (Bezak) Whirlow. After formative years in the Navy and Pennsylvania State University, Hank served the Greensburg community for more than 50 years as an insurance specialist and broker. His greatest joy, however, was found in his role as loving husband to Eleanor Pantalone Whirlow, who preceded him in death in 2009, and father to his children, Drs. Daniel and Janet Whirlow. Hank's children and many friends will remember him most for his wonderful voice, ready wit and laughter. His attention to detail and desire for the highest quality in all of his endeavors were traits valued by his clients, and that provided the finest role model for his children's professional goals. No memory of Hank is complete without mentioning his love of good music and playful sense of humor. Hank was a source of joy, loving kindness and an example of a productive and blessed life. He has the eternal gratitude of his children for making every day special. Hank is survived by his children, Dr. Daniel F. Whirlow, of Greensburg, and Dr. Janet E. Whirlow, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Janet E. Whirlow, of Harrison City; and his beloved pets. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Hank from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at which time a funeral service will be held, in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. The family would like to thank his business associate and friend, Judy, and his loving caregivers who supported him throughout his long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at http://www.CurePSP.org or 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or to Animal Friends of Westmoreland, 216 Depot St., Youngwood, PA 15697. Hank's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Yasher, Irene R.

  • Calumet
  • Born: 1931-02-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Irene Rita (Kowatch) Yasher was born Feb. 28, 1931, and entered into God's Kingdom on his most holy day of all days, Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She lived her childhood days in United, a daughter of Lewis and Margaret (Spisak) Kowatch, along with her siblings, Raymond (Elizabeth) Kowatch, of New Hartford, N.Y., Ethel (John) Caverno, of Sun City, Ariz., Margaret (James) Kashin, of Pittsburgh, Dolores (Alquin) Heinickel, of Crabtree, and Lewis Kowatch, of United. She has left this earth to meet her deceased sister, Eleanor, and her loving husband, John T. Yasher. She was married to John for 58 years, where they resided in Calumet. Together they were great dancers. They had a son, David John Yasher, whom she loved dearly, along with his wife, Monica. Her face would light up as she spoke proudly of her grandchildren, Jessica Anne and David John (DJ). Irene was a kind, caring person as she thought about everyone's needs before her own. She was an excellent cook for her family making halupki, halushki, mushroom soup and foods taught to her from her mother. For holidays, Aunt Irene's was the place to be. She loved to sew and was proud to win a contest in high school as the best seamstress, as well as create the crib bumpers for both of her grandchildren upon birth, fix a prom dress with all its layers or just patch a pair of well-liked blue jeans. Irene loved her family and her faith. She had daily conversations with the Lord, as a devout Catholic. Upon her passing, her rosary beads were in her hand. She was a member of St. Florian Church in United, and loved being a part of the Forty Martyr's family in United, as her lifelong sacraments were received there. Along with her immediate family, she will be missed by several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her transfer prayers will be held at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Armstrong County

Christopher, Pete 88

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1926-02-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Pete Christopher, 88, of Leechburg, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Platinum Ridge, Brackenridge. Born Feb. 23, 1926, in East Vandergrift, he was the son of the late Peter and Theresa (Paris) Christopher. Pete lived in Leechburg all of his life, and served our country with the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an open water rescue swimmer. He worked as an overhead crane operator for Allegheny Ludlum in West Leechburg for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Pete was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township; The Allegheny Ludlum Retirees; 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 928 in New Kensington; Leechburg Elks 377, where enjoyed playing cards; and, for more than 50 years, was a member of the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department, where he was well-known as a bingo caller and fire truck driver. Pete was an avid golfer and bowler, once scoring 299 in 1969 at Lee's Lanes. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a real handyman, skilled in painting, installing doors and windows and landscaping. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Julia (Balla) Christopher, who passed away July 12, 2005; and siblings, James R. Christopher (2012), Thomas M. Christopher (1994), Theresa Komaniak (1989) and Eugene Christopher, who died in infancy. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; grandson, Brendan Christopher Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Helen Balla, of Leechburg, Elizabeth Fanelli, of Leechburg, and Janet Christopher, of Vandergrift; brother-in-law, Arthur Morvai, of Barberton, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Church, Gilpin Township, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pete's memory to the American Cancer Society, PA Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620; or Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Davis Jr., Leonard P. 57

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Rosston
  • Born: 1956-11-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Leonard Paul Davis Jr., 57, of Kittanning, formerly of Rosston, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born Nov. 29, 1956, in Kittanning, he was the son of Leonard Paul Davis and Joan L. Scott Davis. Leonard enjoyed going to flea markets, hunting, fishing, helping people out and spending time with his family. Surviving him are his sons and their spouses, Johnathan P. Davis and Melissa of Ford Cliff, Michael A. and Jaime Davis of McGrann and Brian Lee Davis and Theresa of Templeton; his grandchildren, Jacob, Alex, Kassie, Kayleigh, Ryleah, Rebecca and Tyler; and his sisters, April Boarts, of Kittanning. Paulette (and Walter) Kilgore, of Worthington, and Shelly Bethke of Minnesota. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor John Neyman officiating. Interment will take place in Ford City Cemetery.
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Kness, John B. 81

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1932-06-20
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel/Bauer, Elderton | Get Directions
  • John B. Kness, 81, of Plumcreek Township, Kittanning, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born June 20, 1932, in Plumcreek Township, to Clyde V. and Belle (Sturgeon) Kness. John was a 1950 graduate of Elderton High School. He was previously the secretary for Whitesburg Presbyterian Cemetery for more than 15 years and also was employed as a meter reader for West Penn Power. He was a member of the BPOE Elks, Lodge No. 203. He enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play, and NASCAR, especially rooting for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhart Jr. John was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with the many cats he had over the years. John will best be remembered for being a man of strong opinions and his willingness to help anyone. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 57 years, Helen (Peterman) Kness, whom he married Oct. 5, 1956; a son, Jeffrey J. Kness Sr. and wife, Marie, of Kittanning; two grandchildren, Thomas J. Kness and fiancee, Melanie, of Ebensburg, and Jeffrey J. Kness Jr., of Kittanning; and a sister, Jane Britton of Miami, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Glenn G. Kness. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at CLARK CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 238 South Main St., Elderton, where funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in John's honor to the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center, One Nolte Dr., Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by Clark Chapel of Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To express online condolences to the family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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McMunn, Clara M. 73

  • Templeton
  • Born: 1941-01-04
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bauer-Hillis, Rimersburg | Get Directions
  • Clara Mae McMunn, 73, of Templeton, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Clarion Hospital. She was born Jan. 4, 1941, in Slickville, the daughter of Stanley James Smith Sr. and Edna Catherine (Eckenrod) Smith. Clara lived in the Rimersburg and Templeton areas for most of her life and was a member of Lawsonham United Methodist Church. Family was paramount in her life and she found her calling in being a wife and mother. Clara loved working in her home and cooking delicious meals for her family. In her later years, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. She always worked to help those in need and her friends and family will never forget her ability to make people laugh and her caring personality. She is survived by her sons, Stanley Chester Renwick Jr., of Templeton, and Randy Allen Renwick and girlfriend, Helen Myers, of Ford City; daughter, Lisa Marie Renwick and fiance, Ricky L. Butler Jr., of Vandergrift; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby Smith and Harry Smith, both of Kittanning; and sister, Helen Johnson, of Apollo. Clara was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Stanley C. Renwick Sr.; and brothers, Franklin Smith, John Smith, Stanley Smith and Bill Eckenrod. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the BAUER-HILLIS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 758 Main St., Rimersburg. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis A. Fetter officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery, Templeton. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER-HILLIS FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. To leave a condolence for Clara's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerhillisfuneral.com.
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Roebuck, Clara 88

  • Rural Valley
  • Born: 1925-05-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Clara Pina Roebuck joined her husband, Frank (Toby) and son Frank (Bucky) in heaven April 22, 2014, one month before her 89th birthday. She died with grace and peace in her home, surrounded by her family. Clara was born May 22, 1925, to Betta and Joseph Pina, as the middle child of six sisters. She married the love of her life, Frank Roebuck, Oct. 23, 1944. He preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1976. Her son, Frank, preceded her in death July 3, 1983. She is survived by her loving daughter, Frances Roebuck Kuhns; devoted son-in-law, John; adoring grandsons, Frank (Misty Bennett Kuhns) and Bryan; great-grandchildren, Toby and Mackenzie; sister, Betty Pina Priestas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Clara was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Anne Coccia, Erma Kulick, Josephine Boggio and an infant. Clara shared her many gifts of humor, cooking and friendship with everyone she touched. As the owner of Pina's Italian Restaurant, she was well known for her exceptional culinary skills. Her greatest gift was a loving heart and generous spirit. She was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro. A time to celebrate her life will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley, PA 16249, where an Altar Rosary Service will be held at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, with Father Douglas Dorula officiating. Closing prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring her memory may be made to WRC Senior Services Charitable Care, 985 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825 or to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Box 327, Yatesboro, PA 16263. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Williams, Betty J. 88

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1925-06-06
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Betty Jean (Zellefrow) Williams, 88, of Ford City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born June 6, 1925, in Kittanning, daughter of the late Charles M. Zellefrow and Lillian (Templeton) Zellefrow. She was a lifelong resident of the community. She worked for Nolte Chevrolet as a secretary. She attended West Glade Run Presbyterian Church and was a member of the American Legion Post in Natrona Heights, N.R.A. and N.W.T.F. She enjoyed square dancing, crossword puzzles, crocheting, listening to country music and going to auctions. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Beer, of Gifford; son, William Wyant, of Florida; daughter, Carol Wyant, of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harding Wyant and Floran Williams; three brothers, Melvin, Vern and Milton Zellefrow; one sister, Mary Shortt; son, Ashley Wyant; granddaughters, Lisa Tindell and Becky Willy; and great-granddaughter, Isabella Willy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service with the Rev. Colleen McFarland. Burial will be in St. Paul's Reformed Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Betty's Honor to any charity of the donor's choice. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Fayette County

Homer Sr., Paul J. 79

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1934-09-09
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Homer Sr., 79, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Juniata, a son of the late John Homer and the late Anna (Kennick) Homer. He was a member of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, an Army veteran, a member of Knights of Columbus (4th degree), member of Amvets Post No. 103, Hopwood, life member of Juniata Sportsman's Club and also Hecla Sportsman's Club. He was a teacher at Central Westmoreland VoTech for 33 years and was previously employed by Anchor Hocking Cap and Westinghouse. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Petro Homer; sister, Betty Homer (John) Knapp, of Bitner; children, Paul Joseph Homer Jr., of Little Summit, and Mark Stephen (Holly) Homer, of Vanderbilt; five grandchildren, Victoria Pletcher and Paul J. III, Christopher, Nicholas and Emily Homer; seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Sterling, John, Grace, Taylor and Bryce; two great-great-grandchildren, Landen and Liam, Rose Marie Homer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, John and George. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday with Parastas service at 8 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Panachida service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, with Father Ronald Larko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery.
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Nicholson, Viola G. 96

  • Durand , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1918-02-26
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Viola G. Nicholson, 96, of Durand, Mich., formerly of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Durand, Mich. She was born Feb. 26, 1918, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late Lawrence E. and Isabelle May Minerd. Viola was a former member of the Cherry Tree Alliance Church in Uniontown. Viola is survived by her children, Larry F. Nicholson, of Florida, and Sharon L. Kessler and husband, Robert, of Kentucky; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Viola was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Viola was predeceased by her husband, Boyd C. Nicholson, Sept. 4, 1970; her children, Florence Lorraine Overton, Nancy LuHellier and Ronald B. Nicholson; her sisters, Bertha Minerd, Ruth Burns, Anna Mae Nelson and Verna Belle Walker; and her brothers, Earl C. Minerd and Lawrence "Larry" Minerd Jr. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the hour of a funeral service in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, with Pastor R. W. Ellenberger officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To send a message or leave condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Greene County

Whyel, Robert Bobby Woo 61

  • Waynesburg , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bobby Woo" Whyel, 61, of Waynesburg, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the father of Robert "Rob" Whyel and Randy (Lori) Whyel, both of Waynesburg; grandfather of Laurel Marie and R.J. Whyel; brother of Pauline (late Jimmy) Blasko, of North Huntingdon, Fran (late Phil) Cibak, of North Huntingdon, Dee (John) Arnold, of North Versailles, John (Arlene) Whyel, of Massachusetts, Alice (Lawrence) Kobulinsky, of Florida, Joe (Patricia) Whyel, of McKeesport, Geniveve (John) Bowser, of Butler, and Tom (Diane) Whyel, of North Braddock, the late Harry (surviving wife, Theresa) Whyel, of Delmont; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a former member of the North Braddock Volunteer Fire Department. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Hall, Timothy M. 47

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1966-07-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Timothy Mark Hall, 47, of Saltsburg, Loyalhanna Township, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 13, 1966, in Saltsburg, a son of the late Daniel Charles and Louise Ida (Bell) Hall. Tim was employed by Amark Environmental in Erie. He was a 1984 graduate of Saltsburg High School. He was member of both the C and Y Sportsmen's Club and the Nowrytown Sportsmen's Club. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and especially his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Louise Trunzo and her husband, Tom, of Saltsburg, and Terrie Hall, of Seabrook, Texas; four brothers, Daniel Hall and his wife, Sharon, of Saltsburg, Rick Hall and his wife, Tracy, of Saltsburg, Paul Hall and his wife, Anna, of Delmont, and his twin brother and best friend, Tom Hall, also of Saltsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh officiating. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Opauski, Martha R. 50

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1964-01-30
  • Died: 2014-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Robinson-Lytle, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Marsha R. Opauski, 50, of Indiana, Pa., went to her eternal home in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She passed peacefully with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 30, 1964, in Denver, Colo., a daughter of Joseph and Evelyn (Plance) Opauski. Marsha grew up in Mosgrove/Kittanning and graduated from Kittanning Senior High School and Lenape Vocational Technical School. She later obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Marsha enjoyed attending Grace United Methodist Church, participating in prison ministries and being an active member in her bible study group. She enjoyed helping others to better themselves and was a leader with her church and friends. Marsha is survived by her parents, Joseph and Evelyn Opauski, of Murrysville; her companion, Tom Vincent, of Indiana, Pa., his children, Christa and Kayla, and his grandchildren, Thomas, Taza and Lily; two brothers, Joseph T. Opauski and wife, Kimberly Kroehle, and their children, Katherine and Natalie, and Charles Opauski and his children, Tina, Katelyn and Thomas. In keeping with Marsha's firm request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Mihoerck and Pastor Denny Marshall officiating. A private interment will be held at Irwin Union Cemetery. ROBINSON-LYTLE INC. is in charge of arrangements. We extend special thanks to the nursing and clinical staff at Indiana Regional Medical Center for its devoted care and support of Marsha and her immediate family. We thank Marsha's extended family and friends for their appreciation of this remarkable woman. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church St., Indiana, PA 15701. http://www.robinsonlytleinc.com.
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Ramsden, M. Lynn 65

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1949-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • M. Lynn (Ashley) Ramsden, 65, of Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa. The daughter of Richard C. Ashley and Marguerite (Kinkead) Ashley, she was born Feb. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Lynn was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed watching QVC. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she worked for Westinghouse Specialty Metals, Blairsville. Surviving are her husband, Karl R. Ramsden, whom she married June 29, 1978; two stepchildren, Sally Harris (Paul), of Blairsville, and Robert Ramsden (Nancy), of New Alexandria; six stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; father, Richard Ashley, of Derry; brother, Keith Ashley, of Harrisburg; two sisters, Jo Ann Ridilla (James), of Derry, and Lori Chendy (John), of Jeannette; three nieces, Alicia Taluskie, of Hagerstown, Md., Molly Ridilla, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ashley, of Harrisburg; nephew, Zach Ashley, of Harrisburg; four great-nephews; and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by her mother. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with Father Stephen R. Bugay officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Arnold, Charles W. Sr. 66

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Tidd Funeral Home, Hillard, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Arnold Sr., 66, of Columbus, Ohio, departed this life on April 21, 2014. He was a U.S. Army veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War and retired from The Ohio State University as an engineer after 20 years of service. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles and his mother, Ruby Lomax Arnold; brother, Nelson "Wimpy" Arnold; and stepmother, Vera Slater Arnold. Surviving are his wife, Leyda R. Arnold of 25 years; children, Charles W. Arnold Jr., Raymond D. Arnold, Vickie (Darnel) Howell and Gregory Arnold; stepchildren, Robert D. Ward and Erica N. McKnight; sisters, Gerri Arnold and Deborah Arnold; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. Family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Potter's House, 3220 Lowell Drive, Columbus, OH 43204, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday with visitation 1 hour prior to the time of service. Interment will be held in Franklin Hills Memory Gardens. Arrangements completed by the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026. http://www.tiddfuneralservice.com. Please deliver all flowers to the church. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Diorio, Laura B. 90

  • Chambersburg
  • Born: 1924-03-04
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Geisel, Chambersburg | Get Directions
  • Laura B. Diorio, 90, of Chambersburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Menno Haven Nursing Home. Born March 4, 1924, in Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Wayne W. and Verdie M. (Strong) Coy. Her loving husband of 30 years, Alfred W. Diorio, preceded her in death in 1991. Laura spent most of her life as a homemaker in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Laura graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1942 and attended business school in New Kensington. She then went on to work as a secretary in Pittsburgh. Laura was an active and faithful member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, Ohio. She is survived by her brother, Robert W. Coy, of Chambersburg; three nephews, Robert W. Coy Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, David N. Coy, of Buckley, Wash., and Neal R. Coy, of Elverson; and her faithful and dear friend, Michelle Park, of Scottsdale, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Menno Haven Chapel, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Chaplain Vernon Isner will officiate. A private interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Arrangements are entrusted to THOMAS L. GEISEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, Chambersburg. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at http://www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Marion C. 86

  • Quaker Hill, Conn.
  • Born: 1928-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-20
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  • Marion C. "Bud" Jones, 86, of 838 Vauxhall St. Ext., Quaker Hill, Conn., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 20, 1928, in Tarentum, the son of the late Paul and Matilda (Kennedy) Jones. Bud was a 1946 graduate of Tarentum High School. Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret (McClain) Jones; his children, Amy (Todd) Branche, of Quaker Hill, Conn., Mark, of Gales Ferry, Conn., Paul, of Madisonville, Texas, and Dane, of Pflugerville, Texas; four grandchildren; and by his sister, Eleanor Shearer, of Golden, Colo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter. Bud was also awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bud may be made to Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church.
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Klingerman, Robert H. 74

  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Born: 1939-10-10
  • Died: 2014-04-17
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  • Robert Harvey Klingerman, 74, of Knoxville, Tenn., went to his final rest Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home, surrounded by family. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Freeland, Pa. Valedictorian of his high school, he earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. He married the love of his life, Eleanor Jean Deemer, in August 1963. Throughout their 50-plus years of marriage, they lived in several locations: Jeannette; Medford Lakes, N.J.; Lake Orion, Mich.; and Knoxville, Tenn. Bob's early career was highlighted by innovation in vacuum heating technology, culminating as president of WJ Savage Company (Savage Saws) for more than 20 years. His career included extensive travels to all corners of the earth. Bob was a longtime member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where he was an adult Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years. He was an avid reader, chef and model train enthusiast, but his greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Emma Klingerman, of Morrisville, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Jean Klingerman; sons, Jeff Klingerman and wife, Kerry, of Weddington, N.C., and Timothy Klingerman and wife, Kimberly, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nathan Klingerman and wife, Kekka, of Huntersville, N.C., Kyle, Derek and Meghan Klingerman, of Weddington, N.C., and Caleb, Matthew and Ethan Klingerman, of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Eleanor Cipriano and husband, Don, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and brother-in-law, Jim Deemer and wife, Lori, of Phoenix, Ariz. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, with funeral services following at 7 p.m. with Dr. Kenny Faught officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the KiMe Fund, focused on finding a cure for Parkinson's: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund P.O. Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053, KiMe Fund - Giving Account No. 1039334. Online condolences may be extended at http://www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements by ROSE MORTUARY MANN HERITAGE CHAPEL.
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Reesman, Dennis F. 61

  • New Bethlehem
  • Born: 1953-01-22
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bauer - Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Dennis F. Reesman, 61, of New Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Jan. 22, 1953, in Kittanning, the son of Wilson Reed Reesman and Bernice A. (Foster) Reesman. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Concord Presbyterian Church, 576 SR 1037, Dayton, with Pastor David D. Murphy officiating. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME INC. Contributions may be made in Dennis' memory to the American Cancer Society, Armstrong Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, Orphans of the Storm, PO Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16021 or a charity of the donor's choice. To read a complete obituary or express a condolence to Dennis' family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Spengler Jr., Carl F.

  • Redmond, Wash.
  • Died: 2014-04-04
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  • Carl F. "Bud" Spengler Jr., died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Emerald Heights, Redmond, Wash. Born in New York City, the son of Carl and Gladys Spengler, Bud graduated from Ross High School, Fremont, Ohio, in 1947 and from The Ohio State University in 1953. After serving in the Air Force, Bud enjoyed a successful career in employee benefits, retiring as an executive from Johnson and Higgins in 1987. Bud is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy (Curtin) Spengler; children, Ric (Alysse), Jeff (Cindy), Susan (John) Rhodes and Libby (David) Miller; and 12 grandchildren.
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Swiderski, Elizabeth Lib A. 84

  • Ocala, Fla. , Formerly of Brook Park, Ohio
  • Born: 1929-12-23
  • Died: 2014-04-16
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  • Elizabeth A. "Lib" Swiderski, 84, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Brook Park, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Hawthorne Village of Ocala. She was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Hecla, a daughter of the late Steve and Mary Sefchick. After retiring from a career in retail sales, she and her husband Andrew moved to Ocala from Brook Park, in 1989. She enjoyed needlepoint, word puzzles and volunteering at the Oak Run Library. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph Sefchick and Stephen Sefchick; and sister, Ann Sefchick. Lib is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Andrew, of Ocala; son, David Swiderski and his wife, Mary Ann, of Oviedo, Fla.; and brother, Martin Sefchick, of Norvelt. The funeral procession was held this past Monday, April 21, 2014, from the HIERS-BAXLEY TIMBERRIDGE CHAPEL, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481, to the shelter committal at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.hiers-baxley.com.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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