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Babjak III, George R. 65

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • George R. "Bab" Babjak III, 65, of Braddock Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Spierto) Babjak; loving father of Kristen Anderson (Nick) and Brian Babjak (Kylie Benjamin); dear grandfather of Jordan and Camren Anderson, Brian and Gabriella Babjak; brother of Robert, Douglas (Susan) and John B. (Lisa); brother-in-law of Joann, Donna and Vincent Spierto; uncle of Vincent and Michael Spierto, Christopher, Ashley, Colleen, Austin, Alexis and Erik Babjak; also great-nieces and nephews. Bab retired from PA Turnpike with 28 years of service and was on the board of directors of Braddock Hills Welfare and Fire Association. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday the funeral home. http://www.niedfunralhome.com.
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Brenneman, Edward B. 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Edward Blake Brenneman, 88, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the son of the late Arthur P. and Alice (Bruner) Brenneman. Blake was retired from Westinghouse Airbrake with 40 years of service, where he had been a vice president in Sales and Marketing. He was an Army World War II veteran, where he had served in the Pacific Theater. He also was an avid golfer. He was the husband of 56 years to the late Theona M. Brenneman, who passed away in 2006; loving father of Judy (Warren) Martin and Richard (Cherie) Brenneman; and adored grandfather of Gregg, Andrea, Blake, Bryce and Julia. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100), where services will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial contributions to AseraCare Hospice, 300 Penn Center, Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Carlson, Betty J. 85

  • Formerly of North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-05-22
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Betty J. Carlson, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of North Versailles, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was born May 22, 1929, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Cooper Zelin. She is survived by her husband, Don Leonard Carlson; son, Clint (Nancy) Carlson, of Dallas; sister, Dorothy (Don) Thornton, of Deer Park, Texas; grandchildren, Lewis, Owen and Julian; and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The Rev. Donald Jones will officiate. Interment will follow. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Dille, Harold C. 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Harold C. "Hut" Dille, 94, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 69 years to Ruth E. (Hesse) Dille; loving father of David Dille (Mary Anne), Thomas Dille and Barbara Marcellus (Robert); proud grandfather of Bryan (Becky), Jacquelyn (Gregor), Erin (Andrew), Rachel, Amanda, Marcie (Ben), Lisa and Emily; great-grandfather of Donovan, Dayton, Sabine, Cheyenne and Paisley; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Harold served in the Army during World War II in the China, Burma and India Theaters and was the chief of the Administrative Division of the Regional Veterans Administration Office. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8225 Peebles Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Hut's church.
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Dohn, Jane M.

  • Formerly of Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Jane M. (Moore) Dohn, of St. Barnabas, formerly of Ross Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late William H. Dohn; loving mother of Kathleen Yost (Richard); proud grandmother of Jason Yost (Babli); great-grandmother of Neel; and sister of Eleanor Wagner. Jane was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother who loved to paint and volunteered to help others. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Dolansky Jr., Theodore E. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-30
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Theodore E. Dolansky Jr., 66, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in his home. Born May 30, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of Priscilla "Mary Lou" (Lewis) Dolansky, of West Mifflin, and the late Theodore E. Dolansky. A retired heavy equipment operator with the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, Ted was a SeaBee in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved to hunt in Conneaut and ride his Harley, especially in charity rides. Very mechanically oriented, Ted was good with his hands, especially on outdoor projects. Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Besides his mother, Ted is survived by his son, Theodore T. Dolansky, of Ambridge; his daughter, Debbie Jo (Joe) Dolansky Balena, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Alissa Dolansky-Dickson, Brianna Dolansky and Carissa Dolansky, Raylee Furlong and Joey, Ally and Johnny Balena; his siblings Priscilla (Larry) Pinkosky, in Acme, Dolores Jacobs, of California, Pa., Evelyn Leete, of West Mifflin, Mark Dolansky, of North Versailles, and Jeffrey Dolansky, of Duquesne; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A blessing will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, with Deacon Dale DiSanto officiating. Burial will follow at James Chapel Cemetery in Finleyville. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Earnest, Clarke J.

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-05-27
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Clarke Jay Earnest, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Born May 27, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George Melvin and Velva Earnest. Clarke is survived by his children, Dawn R. (Mike) Wehrheim, Clarke J. Jr. (Cheryl) Earnest, Daniel L. (Kelly) Earnest, Katherine J. (Mike) Anderson, Douglas R. (Jenny) Earnest; stepson, Eric Becraft; and his 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who will miss their granddad, Poppy Clarke. Clarke was born in Pennsylvania, where he grew up with his two brothers, Robert Dale and Howard, who preceded him in death. Clarke grew up surrounded by his brothers and many cousins. He resided in Pennsylvania until the early 60s when, on a trip to visit his older brother, Dale, in the Rio Grande valley during the winter months, he realized how mild the winters were there and fell in love with the area. He returned to the valley in fall of 1965, with his wife, Joyann, and small daughter and son to make a home and raise his family there. He promptly took a job with his brother, Dale, as a long haul truck driver. After some time at that job he went out and purchased a backhoe and went into business for himself as a general contractor, following in his father's footsteps. Later he created Earnest Construction Co. Inc., with his brother Dale Earnest and after many successful years created Lanai Pools and with Lonny Sumers, Irrigation Systems of Texas Inc. He moved on to the San Antonio, Texas, area and established Clarke Earnest and Sons Construction. Clarke retired in 2007 with his wife, Pamela Earnest, whom he met and married after moving to the area. She preceded him in death in 2008. Clarke enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt and boat. He also enjoyed photography and reading about ancient art, as he had gone to art school in his young years and was quite a gifted artist. He especially loved flying his 250 Piper Comanche and later his Cessna 337-D. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, always welcoming people into his home. Clarke was a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the Alfazar Shrine. Clarke will be truly missed by his family and friends alike. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at 901 N. Loop, 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78232.
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Eckert, Paul A. 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1930-03-27
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Paul A. Eckert, DDS, 84, of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 27, 1930, in St. Mary's, a son of the late Vincent A. and Marie (Pistner) Eckert. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in St. Mary's in 1948, Penn State University with a degree in chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He served in the Army for two years and was in dental practice for more than 35 years in East McKeesport. He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport, where he served as an usher and part of the men's club. He was active in the Boy Scouts, Harmonicats of Turtle Creek, Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club of Dravosburg, The Odontological Society of Western PA (ADA) and the American Legion Post 701 in White Oak. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Gloria Jean Eckert and Joan Pfeuffer. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Kuntz) Eckert, whom he married in 1956, more than 58 years ago in St. Mary's; children, Kathleen Mehaffey, of Monroeville, George A. (Carol) Eckert, of Reading, Stephen P. (Nancy) Eckert, of Leander, Texas, Cynthia J. (Daniel) Sabol, of Round Rock , Texas, Robert V. (Jill) Eckert, of Tulsa, Okla., James E. (Christine) Eckert, of Fayetteville, Ga., Christine M. (Martin) Pingree, of Beaver, and John M. (Cheryl) Eckert, of Owasso, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas M. Eckert, of St. Mary's; brother-in-law, Thomas E. Kuntz, of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the FORGIE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions can be made to either: St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1313 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035; or the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 3501 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or a charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Falvo, Dr. Ralph J. 67

  • Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Dr. Ralph J. "Butch" Falvo, 67, of Philadelphia, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, June 29, 2014. Ralph was a Vietnam War Army veteran; a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps; was a registered nurse; earned a master's degree in health care and later went on to receive his doctorate degree. He was a son of the late Ralph and Helen (Hoyko) Falvo. Surviving is his wife, Diane (Karczewski) Falvo, of Forest Hills. He was the father of Blake (Melissa) Falvo, of Murrysville, Maura (Ryan) Hoare, of Reynoldsville, and Kylene Falvo, of Forest Hills; grandfather of Richard, Morgan, Ethan and Evelyn; and brother of Dale (Rosanne) Falvo, of Export. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private service and interment will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with military honors. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-824-4332.
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Ferlan, Michael J. 48

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1966-08-14
  • Died: 2014-09-17
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  • Michael Jerome Ferlan, born Aug. 14, 1966, in Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the age of 48. He graduated from Highlands High School (1984), Bucknell University (magna cum laude, mechanical engineering) and Stanford University (master's in aeronautical engineering). Michael had been employed by Boeing, Hewlett-Packard and most recently Microsoft. Michael's enthusiasm for life was demonstrated by his pursuit of many interests and activities. His interest in artwork led him to explore ceramics, glasswork and sand sculpting. Michael's passion for the outdoors included swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing and triathlons to name a few. All of these interests ultimately led to his successful completion of the Louisville, Ky., Iron Man Triathlon in 2011. Michael passed away peacefully in Portland, Ore., surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ferlan; his partner, Jennine Varhola; his siblings, Larry, Paul (Becky Ewing), Mary (Ed Erway), Ginny (Tim Machon), Kathy (Andrew Jackson) and Mark (Allison); and his nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, Michael requests donations to be made to Life is Good, Playmakers Kid's Foundation (https://lifeisgood.fundraise.com/donate) dedicated to helping kids overcome violence, poverty and illness or Free to Breathe (freetobreath.org), an organization focused on increasing awareness and research for lung cancer.
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Heinle, Louise H. 89

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-03-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Louise H. (Doumont) Heinle, 89, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. She was born March 29, 1925, in Creighton, a daughter of the late Rene O. and Mary (Sherwood) Doumont. She has lived most of her life in Natrona Heights, where she was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Louise was a graduate of Har Brack High School and loved to read and loved her home. Louise was an avid animal lover and gardener, but she especially adored her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Charles R. (Andrea) Heinle, of Allegheny Township, Gregory D. Heinle, of Natrona Heights, and Louise "Lou Ann" Heinle, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Charles M. (Cassandra) Heinle, of New Kensington, Alana (Robert) Keeley, of Delaware, Gretchen (Brian) Marra, of Natrona Heights, Jennifer (Daniel) Guerrini, of Lower Burrell, and Jeffrey C. (Danielle) Ramaley, of Natrona Heights; and her great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Max, Calvin, Carson, Brianna, Brennan, Joey, Jaxon, Lillian, Jeffrey and Anna. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Heinle; daughter, Barbara M. Heinle; and sisters, Mary Ellen Burk, Eileen Turiak and Esther Kutsch. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Irons, Marion A. 78

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1935-10-12
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Marion A. (Harvey) Irons, 78, of Plum Borough, died tragically Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, as the result of the injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident. She was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anne (Visnick) Harvey. Prior to retiring, Marion was employed as a secretary by Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Center, Monroeville. She was a social member of the Submariners Unit, USS Requin, Pittsburgh, and a member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. Irons Jr.; beloved grandson, Michael E. Caldwell; and sister, Betty McCoy. Marion will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Denise Smail and her husband, David, of Mt. Pleasant; stepsons, John Michael Irons and his wife, Sylvia, of Florida, and John W. Irons III and his wife, Wendy, of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Ashley, Phylicia, Shane and Abby, each of whom she treasured. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Marion will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Tony Fallisi, of Holiday Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Marion's memory may be made to the Requin Submariners Unit. Please make checks payable to "Requin Base Memorial Fund" and mail to: Requin Base Memorial Fund, c/o Hubert Dietrich, 213 Andrew Drive, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Please write "Marion Irons" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Jones, Penny

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Penny Jones, of Oakmont, formerly of Sewickley, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Franklin Jones; mother of Franklin Dalzell Jones, Katharine "Katie" Holdship Jones and the late Edward Pendergast Jones; and grandmother of William McMichael Jones III and Adelaide Holdship Jones. Penny was instrumental in the establishment of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the late 1950s, and became nationally known for her work managing charity antique shows in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York City and Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum, the Colony Club of New York City and a former member of Allegheny Country Club. There will be no visitation. Funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Lope, Patrick A. 89

  • Wexford
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Boylan, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • Patrick A. Lope, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice. Born July 31, 1925, in Munson, to Philip and Jenny Lope, he attended Clearfield High School before joining the Navy and serving our country as a midshipman from 1945 to 1946. After returning from the service, he settled in central Pennsylvania, where he met and married his partner for life, Mary A. Vizza. Pat and Mary started their family while operating Pat's Food Market in Johnstown. Pat spent the next 35 years in the grocery and food industries, retiring from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. in 1988. After retirement, Pat and Mary spent many wonderful years with friends at their homes in Glenshaw and Bradenton, Fla. Great memories were created at the beaches in Florida, following all of the grandchildren's activities, their many trips including their native towns in Italy, and countless games of Scrabble and cards with family and friends. Pat will be especially remembered for his ability to make friends with everyone from CEOs to the man on the street. His natural interest in others was displayed in his work relationships, his friends, the neighborhood youth, but mostly through his children and grandchildren. He was a friend of everyone. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, May, of Wexford; children, Philip (Meg), Theresa Stahler (Bill), Tom, Patrick (Leslie), Mark (Susan) and Chris (Rhonda); grandchildren, Patrick (Lea Ann), Margie, Katie Casker (Steve), Matthew, David Stahler (Jessi), Michael Stahler, Mark Stahler (Katie), Mary Pat Stahler (Lee), Julie Walker (Matt), Sarah Sakoian (Christian), Thomas, Kerry, Christina, Adam, Ben, Nick, Kelsey, Courtney and Ashley Lope; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Wyatt, Stella, Mia, John Philip, William, Ryan, Drew, Cara, Hunter and Theo. Also surviving are sisters, Rose, Anna Louise and Jeanie; brother-in-law, Merle; and countless adoring nephews and nieces. Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank; and daughter-in-law, Amy Beth. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Church in Wexford, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are encouraged in lieu of flowers to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 114 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Thank you to family and friends for their support, and especially to the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice for their unconditional care and counsel.
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Maranowski, Norbert C.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Norbert Conrad Maranowski, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Mr. Maranowski was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Jane Dorman Maranowski; father of Dr. Steven A. (Michelle) Maranowski, of San Jose, Calif., Dr. Kevin D. (Diana) Maranowski, of Louisville, Colo.; son of the late Frank and Loretta Habrowski Maranowski; and grandfather of Nicholas, Matthew and Katherine Maranowski. Mr. Maranowski was a graduate of Duquesne University, receiving dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and physics. He also received a Master of Industrial Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired from Gulf Oil Research as Manager of Facility Operations. In his earlier career with Gulf, he published a number of technical papers in trace metal analysis and was expert in developing new microchemical analytics for petroleum materials. He was a longtime member and former President of Parish Council at St. Nicholas Church. Celebrate Mr. Maranowski's life with his family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Church, MilIvale. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Nancy and Norbert Maranowski Endowed Scholarship Fund at Duquesne University, Office 405 Admin Building, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Marino, Mark D. 46

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1968-05-21
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mark David Marino, 46, of White Oak, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was born May 21, 1968, in McKeesport, the son of Mary Theresa Marino, of McKeesport. Mark was a policeman for the city of McKeesport with 14 years of service and was a member of FOP 91 and Teamsters Local 205. His hobbies included driving his vintage sports car, listening to music and maintaining his koi pond. Mark was extremely proud of his children's accomplishments. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jennifer A. (Kerr) Marino; beloved children, Taylor Fawn Marino and Mark David Marino II, of White Oak; sister, Shauna (Albert) Elko, of Lexington, Ky.; grandmother, Theresa Marino, of North Versailles; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loving dog, Dausche. Friends are welcome from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ron Wakeman officiating. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Musgrave, M.D., Ross H.

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ross Howard Musgrave, M.D., of Fox Chapel, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Norma Jane Duncan Musgrave; father of Joan (Denny) Wickham, Nancy (Rick) Ray and Randy Musgrave; grandfather of Brian (Christy) Ray, Allie (Brandon) Driscoll, Katie (Kyle) Schulenborg and Blaire Wickham; great-grandfather of Alexis Ray and Olivia Driscoll; brother of Don (Mary) Musgrave; brother-in-law of Don (Judy) Duncan; son of the late Margaret and Avery Musgrave; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dr. Musgrave attended Westminster College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and did his residency at University of Pennsylvania and UPMC before serving in Japan during World WarII. He was a plastic surgeon in private practice as well as a distinguished clinical professor of surgery at UPMC where hundreds of residents trained with him. Over the course of his career, he held every top national post in his field: President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Governor of the American College of Surgeons. Pitt honored him with the Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction and the University and School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni awards. After a long teaching career and private practice, he entered the second phase of life as Executive Director of Medical Alumni Association and established the Musgrave Lectureship for Plastic Surgery. He served on boards at Westminster College and Winchester Thurston, as a deacon at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and as a trustee for both UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Musgrave was a lifelong sports nut, being an avid Pirates fan and asked everyday if the Pirates won, up until the day he died. He was also a great Steelers fan and had season tickets to the Pitt Panthers and went faithfully to their football games with his wife for more than 50 years. He loved the arts as an actor, director and painter. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Lynn Portz officiating. Remembrances may be made in his honor to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library for the Blind, which was so very helpful to him when his Macular Degeneration became so difficult to him, Development office 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Attn; Library for the Blind.
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Ramsey, Janet S. 68

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Janet S. (Brosenitsch) Ramsey, 68, of Richland Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Hrydil; loving mother of Kenneth (Shelly) Knight Sr., Jennifer (Joseph) Hopper, Elizabeth Knight and Shawn (Melissa) Ramsey; sister of James, Leo and Patricia Brosenitsch; and proud grandmother of Kelly and Kenneth Knight Jr. She was preceded in death by sons, Blean Ramsey and Richard Knight; and brother, Richard "Louis" Brosenitsch. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father Thomas A. Sparacino as celebrant. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Risha, Patrick M.K. 32

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1981-12-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Patrick Mark Kinzle Risha, 32, of Belle Vernon, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Born Dec. 15, 1981, in Pittsburgh, he was a loving son of Karen Kinzle (Doug Zegel), of Doylestown, and the late Patrick A. Risha. He was employed by Redstone International in Uniontown. Patrick was a proud graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Elizabeth Forward High School, where he was a standout, record-breaking football player. He was a risk-taking entrepreneur, generous friend and extremely loving father. Besides his mother, Patrick was the adoring father of Peyton Jordan Risha, of Charleroi; faithful brother of Amanda (Richard) Walton, of Squirrel Hill, and Steven (Mellany) Risha, of West Mifflin; nephew of Jeffrey Risha, of Belle Vernon, Tom (Bonnie) Risha, of Uniontown, Kerrie Kinzle, of Hollidaysburg, and Kelly (Paralee Winstel) Kinzle, of New Oxford; grandson of Dorothy Stapelfeld, of Duncansville; and godson of Mark Latorre, of Belle Vernon, all who will miss him terribly. He is also survived by a nephew and numerous cousins. Patrick's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. George Maronite Catholic Church, 6 Lebanon Terrace, Uniontown, with the Rev. Sami Chaaya officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Following the burial, all are invited to attend the mercy meal at noon at St. George Maronite Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Peyton's college plan (checks payable to "PA 529 Plan - Peyton Risha") and mailed to 2055 Lake View Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Arrangements by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Rose Sr., Richard A. 53

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Rose Sr., 53, of West View, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was a son of the late Wilbur D. Sr. and Edith (Kirsch) Rose; beloved husband of Sandy (Datum) Rose; father of Ricky and the late Brandi Rose; grandfather of Alexandra and Jadelyn; and brother of Roy Rose, William K. Rose and the late Wilbur D. Rose Jr. Family will welcome friends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday following visitation. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Runkle, Leona 90

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Leona Grall Runkle, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in her assisted living apartment at St. Barnabas Health System. Leona had just celebrated her 90th birthday on May 3. She is the wife of the late Fred W. Grall Jr., and formerly of the Grall Plan. She leaves behind four daughters, Gail C. Whitaker (Guest), Donna G. Fogle (Tom), Joyce G. Dayen (the late Harry Dayen) and Shirley Grall Schnebel; and eight grandchildren, Kristi Whitaker-Krile (Steve), Katie Radloff (Ryan), Brian Fogle (Lisa), Kerri Renner (Jule), Stacey Dayen, Anna Held (Greg), Jessica Rice (Philip) and Erica Schnebel (Matt). Leona has 13 great-grandchildren, Emily, Hayden and David Krile, Jake and Sarah Radloff, Dillon and Morgan Fogle, William and Emmett Renner, Connor Dayen, Natalie and Wyatt Held and McKinley Rice. In 2001, Leone found happiness again by marrying the late Walter T. Runkle, father of Scott Runkle (Diane) and Dr. Donna Smith (the Rev. Fred). Walter had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leona was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, with a private service at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will be at Mt. Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Scolieri, Antonietta A. 85

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Antonietta A. Scolieri, 85, of Morningside, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe "Joseph" Scolieri; wonderful mother of Anthony (Angela) Scolieri, Mary (Bill) Butch and the late Philip (Donna) Scolieri; also survived by nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Antonietta had unwavering faith in God and was a lifelong member of St. Raphael Parish in Morningside. She was also a member of The Ladies of Charity, The Young at Heart Club and The Morningside Bocce League. She loved playing bocce, tending to her garden, listening to classic Italian music and preparing traditional meals for her family. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Raphael Church, Morningside. Interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Verona. The family gives everyone who visited and assisted in her care during the past year their greatest gratitude.
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Smith, Edward S. 91

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Edward S. Smith, 91, of Penn Hills, formerly Wilkinsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 52 years of the late June (Hickcox) Smith; loving father of Edward (Joy) Dean, William A. (Donna) and David W. (Suzanne); grandfather of Todd (Jennifer), Jared (Jill), Joseph, Emily, Zachary, Meghan and Alex; great-grandfather of Sophia, Sarah, Myles and Marin; and brother of Helen Wiseman. Edward was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, and retired after 41 years with U.S. Steel. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
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Swanberg, Ruth 91

  • Cheswick
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Haggerty) Swanberg, of Cheswick, formerly of McCandless, passed away on her 91st birthday, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ruth was a daughter of the late John and Edna (Geltz) Haggerty; and beloved wife of the late Fred "Mickey" Swanberg. She was an administrative assistant with Koppers Company and a member of the Tarettes. She is survived by three nieces, Dorothy (Stanley) Pittman, Diane Martinez and Dolores (Donald) Kenst. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Kay Loichinger, Helen Haggerty and Dorothy Jameson. Ruth's family will welcome friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will follow at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest privately at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of the Stanley M. Pittman Scholarship Fund, c/o Sarah Heinz House, 1 Heinz St., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ruth's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Trunzo, Tommasina 85

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Tommasina Trunzo, 85, of Pitcairn, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frank Trunzo; loving mom of John, Sam, David (Laura), Daniel (Lisa) and Caroline Trunzo; special grandma of Danielle (Daniel) Kronfli, Amber (Chris) Moxley, Daniel Trunzo, Giovanni Trunzo, Brian Killian and Christina Altman; and great-grandma of Matthew, Christopher and Corbin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Prayers at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Welsh, Aubri D. 35

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Aubri Dawson Welsh, 35, of Morningside, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Craig P. Smith; mother of Dawson Cooper, Ayslynn Smith and Aleigh Smith; a daughter of Jan Welsh and beautiful and wonderful daughter and best friend of Marjorie Dawson; sister of Scott Welsh (Kim); aunt of Jesselynn and Jamie Welsh; granddaughter of the late James and Mary Rita Dawson; also survived by many aunts, uncles cousins and many other loving family. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of cut flowers, the family suggests you bring perennial plants to create a memorial garden for Aubri. May she rest in peace and dance among the angels. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Wincko, Raymond M. 83

  • Monroeville and Plum
  • Born: 1931-09-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Michael Wincko, of Monroeville and Plum, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Braddock, to Joseph and Mary "Mamie" Wincko. Ray was a steelworker in his early years, and then was a salesman for Manmare LTD in North Versailles, from where he retired. He was an Army Korean War veteran. Ray was an avid sports fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Pitt football and basketball. All of those who knew him well knew that you do not call him when a game was on. He leaves to this earth the loves of his life, his children, Lora Dunkle and her husband, Bob, Andy Wincko and his wife, Mary, Claudia Wincko Trainer, Ray Wincko and his wife, Janet, Ron Wincko and his wife, Tami, and Teresa Cimillucca and her husband, Frank. He is also survived by the other loves and joys of his life, his grandchildren, Joe Wincko, Lauren Wincko, Patrick Trainer, Leah Trainer, Kayla Wincko, Ray Wincko III and Emily Wincko. He is also survived by his brother, Tony Wincko and his wife, Lou Ann; sisters, Trudy Lavianna, Rosemarie Liggett and Joan Rosenfeld; and a sister in-law, Martha Wincko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Joe Wincko; a grandson, Stephen Wincko; a granddaughter, Grace Wincko; a niece, Susan Lavianna; and a brother-in-law, Don Lavianna. Ray will be greatly missed and now we celebrate a life well-lived. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Bernadette Church. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Agnew, Marie 96

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1918-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Marie (Nosse) Agnew, 96, of Irwin, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in the Bristol House, Irwin. She was born March 24, 1918, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Kurtz) Nosse. Prior to her retirement, she was a self-employed real estate manager. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman F. Agnew; and brothers, Joseph Jr., Frank and Carl Nosse. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4 Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Interment will be private. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Blystone, Janet L. 76

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1937-12-13
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Janet L. (Feeney) Blystone, 76, of Washington Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in her residence. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Leechburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Marton) Feeney. She was a homemaker and member of the former United Calvary Presbyterian Church in Leechburg. She enjoyed making ceramics, teaching ceramics class, playing bingo, traveling, watching QVC and HSN on TV, watching game shows, spending time in Florida, and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald R. Blystone, of Washington Township; son, Keith A. Oldfield (Florence A.), of Bethel Township; daughter, Colleen Oldfield, of Gilpin Township; nine grandchildren, Adam Oldfield (Amanda), Dawn Nulph (Dave), Bobbi Sue Nulph (Jay), Katie Yocum, Meghan Clark, Heather Oldfield, Holly Kauffman (Rick), Sarah Kirkwood (Mike) and Krissy McDermott (Jason); and 14 great-grandchildren, Lucas Oldfield, Karsyn Oldfield, Collin Cook, Dylan Cook, Legend Ausk, Wyatt Warywoda, Dylan Walker, Alexis Walker, Mark Umbaugh, Heidi Plazio, Alex Kirkwood, Ryan McDermott, Nickson McDermott and Tyler McDermott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Beth Leasure, on Dec. 25, 2009. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment following in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Blystone family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Boury III, Ellis M. 27

  • Formerly of Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2014-09-05
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Ellis Michael Boury III, 27, of Davis, W.Va., formerly of Ruffsdale, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at his home, due to a heart condition. Surviving are his parents, Ellis Boury and Rebecca Hess; and two brothers, Ian Boury and Evan Boury. There will be no public visitation or services. An endowment for young writers is being established with the Tucker County Foundation in Ellis' name. Arrangements have been entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Cox, Kenneth T. 78

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-11-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Theodore Cox, 78, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Leechburg, the son of the late Kenneth T. Sr. and Mable Orr Cox. Ken lived all of his life in this area. He was a 1954 graduate of Leechburg High School, and worked as a meat cutter at Held's Shop 'n Save in North Apollo for more than 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He will always be remembered as an easygoing, "laid back" and gentle man who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Ken loved his Lord and enjoyed serving him as a teacher in Sunday school and Men's Bible Study, and other positions in the church. He was a faithful member of the North Apollo Church of God. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, H. Faye Waltenbaugh Cox; his daughter, Theresa Callipare and her companion, Chuck Lutz, of Apollo; his son, John Cox and his wife, Denise, of Erie, Pa.; and was the loving "Pap" to his four grandchildren, Justin and Cody Rumbaugh and Lindsay and Chelsea Cox. He is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Klingensmith, of Warren, Ohio, and Beverly VanDamia and her husband, Nick, of Edinboro; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Cox, in 2002. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Additional visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the North Apollo Church of God. Pastor Lee Rupert will officiate. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family would like to express their thanks for the compassion and care shown to Ken through the last two years, by the staff of Dr. Mark Georgiadis' office and the staff at Three Rivers Hospice Care. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Downs, George C. 88

  • Derry
  • Born: 1925-10-16
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • George C. Downs Jr., 88, of Derry, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Latrobe, a son of the late George C. Sr. and Estella B. (Berkmire) Downs. Prior to retirement, George worked for Newcomers. He was an Army veteran having served during World War II. George was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Derry, Knights of Columbus council No. 2648 and St. Vincent DePaul. He enjoyed going for Sunday rides with his family. Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. (Kennedy) Downs; and four siblings, Barbara Patterson, Donald, Samuel and Estella Downs. George is survived by his 11 children, Judith Spillar and husband, Joseph, of Latrobe, George Downs and wife, Carol, of Loyalhanna, Brian Downs, of York, Janice Knechtel, and Jim Lawson, of Derry, Cindy Maloy and husband, Tim of Bentleyville, Ernie Downs and wife, Tina, of Derry, Doug Downs and wife, Debbie, of Latrobe, Sue Roebuck and husband, Vaughn, of Latrobe, Eric Downs and wife, Lorrie, of Blairsville, Bunny Petrillo and husband, Dave, of Loyalhanna, and Alan Downs and wife, Tracey, of Greensburg; one brother, Ernest Downs, of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, for George's life celebration, in the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. Local area veterans will conduct a military service at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held for George at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Derry. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry.
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Freed, Thomas G. 69

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-09-20
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Freed, 69, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home. He was born Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1944, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Clyde and Alice W. (Gold) Freed. He was a Vietnam Navy veteran and retired from Frito-Lay. He was Methodist by faith. Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. (Schutter) Freed; six children, Deborah A. Wilk and husband, Kevin, of Greensburg, Ricki L. Shearer and husband, Kerry, of McKeesport, Paula R. Hayden and husband, George, of Jeannette, Gina L. Kistler and husband, Gary, of Irwin, Dawn Inks and husband, John, of Cranberry, and Charles J. Gergely and girlfriend, NayNay Brown, of Irwin; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clyde David Freed, of Tarentum. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Freed. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Roland Blake officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Cemetery.
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Giaquinto, Donna L. 74

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1939-11-16
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Giaquinto, 74, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Nov. 16, 1939, a daughter of the late Charles and Marcella Pifer Mains. Donna was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette. She was a devoted daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She set aside personal aspirations, ambitions, and dedicated her heart and soul to her family. Donna loved her summer family vacations to Myrtle Beach, the Sunday spaghetti dinners, playing cards and family get-togethers. She lived life loving her whole family around her with an all in attitude, although she always said don't cry for her when she goes. She will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by a son-in-law, Greg Casper; brothers, Charles Mains Jr., Kenneth, Paul and David Mains; and a sister, Marcella Peer. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Vincent D. Giaquinto; her children, Lauri Persin and husband, Leonard, of Virginia Beach, Va., Jane Casper, Sandy Johnston and husband, Wayne, Vincent Giaquinto and Mark Giaquinto and fiancee, Melissa Lupari, all of Jeannette; grandchildren, Eric Hall and wife Colleen, Ryan Hall and wife Debra, Kati Coakley and husband Travis, Adam and Jaclyn Johnston, Riley and Lindsay Giaquinto, Mark Giaquinto Jr. and Nicholas Casper; great-grandchildren, Drew, Braden, Alannah and Avery; siblings, Margaret Beckner, of Irwin, Joseph Mains and wife, Mary Jane, of Jeannette, Naomi Songer, of Trafford, Brenda Keffer and husband, Willis, of Greensburg, and Richard Mains and wife, Fran, of Kingman, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Mains, of Jeannette, Mary Mains, of Indiana, and Marie Cardella, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Jerome Giaquinto, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hempfield Township.
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Gigliotti, Theresa A. 83

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1931-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Theresa A. Gigliotti, 83, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 31, 1931, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late John Fitzgerald and Grace Culley Fitzgerald. She was a homemaker who enjoyed playing Bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Gigliotti, in 1985, as well as two brothers, John Fitzgerald and Tom Fitzgerald; and a sister, Kathy Straub. She is survived by four children, Paul J. Gigliotti, of Pittsburgh, Gregory J. Gigliotti, and his wife, Pamela, of Latrobe, Kevin J. Gigliotti, of Pittsburgh, Donna M. Schwartz, of Derry; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Proskey, of Ypsilanti, Mich. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650, where a funeral service will be follow at 5 p.m., officiated by Lt. Andrew and Lt. Brianne Spooner of the Latrobe Salvation Army. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Gonzalez, Faye M. 71

  • Formerly of Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1943-07-12
  • Died: 2014-07-16
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  • Faye M. (Alter) Gonzalez passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at home, with her husband by her side, after a three-year battle with cancer. Faye was born July 12, 1943, in New Kensington, to Roy and Hazel Alter. She graduated from Vandergrift High School and attended Tarkio College in Missouri. She celebrated 50 years of marriage in January to her husband, Lou Gonzalez. Faye is survived by her children, Lisa (Tim) Tessaro, Cliff and John (Sonja) Gonzalez, all of California, and Mike Gonzalez, of Vandergrift. She is also survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons. Faye is also survived by her siblings, Ruth (John) Vilsack, of Greensburg, David (Carol), Keith (Kathleen) and Clay (Beth) Alter, of New Kensington, and Jenny (Butch) Adams, of Greencastle, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Gonzalez, in 1974; twin grandsons, Ashton and Braydon Gonzalez, in 2013; and her parents. Faye and her family had lived in Allegheny Township prior to moving to California, and she worked as a server at Kings Restaurant in New Kensington. Services were held in California with family and friends.
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Hornock, Olga R. 94

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1920-03-18
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Olga R. Eidemiller Hornock, 94, of New Alexandria, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Born March 18, 1920, in New Alexandria, she was a daughter of the late John Philip and Agnes (Schmucker) Eidemiller. Olga was a member of St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria. She was a housewife and homemaker. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James R. Hornock, on Jan. 16, 2004; her daughter, Agnes Bortz Nolan; three sisters; and a brother. Olga is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hoyman, of Greensburg, and Barb Martin and husband, George, of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Raymond Bortz, Debbie McCleary, Scott Bortz and Christopher Hoyman; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jerome Eidemiller and wife, Mary, and Matilda Burkholder, both of New Alexandria, and Minerva Phillips, of Florida. Visitation from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center Covered Bridge Grove at 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church, New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick, JCL, pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Unity Township. Arrangements by P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, New Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasure Acres Equine and Feline Rescue Center, 149 Hornock Drive, New Alexandria, PA 15670. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Kardash, John Roger 75

  • Hutchinson
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John "Roger" Kardash, 75, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. He was the husband of 52 years to Patricia (Cunningham) Kardash. There will be no public visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the church he belonged, St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. This charity was a very important part of Roger's life. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, in charge of handling arrangements.
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Kinsey, Mary Ann 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-03-24
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Kinsey, 81, of Latrobe, our loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born March 24, 1933, a daughter of the late Peter Smith and Christine (Roth) Smith. Mary Ann was a member of St. Vincent Basilica and its Rosary Altar Society and was a member of the St. Vincent Development Club. She enjoyed traveling to the beach, going to casinos and was an avid card player and bingo player. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jerry Smith. Mary Ann brought beauty and kindness into the world. She will be dearly missed by her surviving husband, Ronald D. Kinsey; her four children, Lynn (Ronald) Hunter, Lori (Charles) Sobien, Ronald (Jon) Kinsey and Christine (Jesse) Johnston; eight grandchildren, her pride and joy, Cole, Dillon, Dalton, Evan, Kinsey, Luke, Weston and Wyatt; a brother, Joseph Smith; and two sisters, Margaret Thompson and Betty Lipyance. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. 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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Mastroianni, Rebecca 58

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1956-02-07
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Rebecca "Becky" Mastroianni, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the Excela Health Frick Hospital, after lengthy illness. Becky was born Feb. 7, 1956, in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of Dolores Kochanov, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late Paul Kochanov. Becky loved the outdoors, hiking the hills of Twin Lakes Park, working in her gardens and taking care of her many animal friends. She was a volunteer at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, and a great supporter of the Wounded Warriors. Becky was a true Bucs and Pens fan, being faithful to the Bucs even through the not so good years. She will be watching the Bucs in the World Series from the best seat in the house, a true angel in the outfield. Love Lasts Forever. In addition to her mother, Becky is survived by her husband of 39 years and her high school sweetheart, Robert Mastroianni; a sister, Debi Duncan; and a brother-in-law, Jim Mastroianni. Services for Becky will be private and are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Richard Rega, funeral director. Contributions in memory of Becky may be made to any Animal Friends organization or the Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence.
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Penzera, Joseph F. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-11-02
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph F. Penzera, 95, of Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Hecla, a son of the late Louis and Angeline (Puzo) Penzera. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the former Walworth Valve Co. of South Greensburg. He was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, John and Michael; and three sisters, Carmella Detore, Agnes Testa and Susan Good. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna B. (Bosnich) Penzera; two sons, Joseph R. Penzera and his wife, Linda, of Delaware, Ohio, and Thomas F. Penzera, of Greensburg; a brother, Anthony Penzera, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sacriponte, Weido 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-09-06
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Weido "Skinny" Sacriponte, 84, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Arnold, to the late Guiseppe and Filodea (Passagrilli) Sacriponte, and had lived in the Arnold/New Kensington area all of his life. He was employed for 38 years by Westinghouse Electro - Mechanical Division in Cheswick, where he worked as a quality control inspector and retired as manager of Quality Control. Skinny was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the Spartaco Club. He was a football and basketball referee for 54 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Skinny enjoyed playing bocce, golfing, dancing, softball and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working in his vegetable garden. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony (surviving wife, Mary); sisters, Rose Phillip (surviving husband, Phil) and Mary Schultz (surviving husband, Harry); and a son in infancy, Joseph. Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Guerrieri) Sacriponte; sons, Dino (Susan) Sacriponte, of Butler, and Gary Sacriponte, of Verona; grandchildren, Vincenzo and Sophia, who were his pride and joy in his life; sister, Betty (late Phil) Alphonsi, of Lower Burrell; brother, James (Connie) Sacriponte, of Jeannette; and sister, Joyce Clark (Jeff Saeger), of New Kensington. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Private burial in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Teears, Sara B. 86

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1928-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Sara B. (Hayes) Teears, 86, a resident of Golden Heights, formerly of Irwin, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was born July 21, 1928, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Eleanor (Bradly) Hayes. She was a retired cafeteria employee for the Norwin School District and was a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church, Irwin, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husbands, Arthur T. Teears Jr. and Robert Rhodes; and a son, Arthur T. Teears III. She is survived by children, Susan (the late Charles) Heinz, of Moneta, Va., Carol (Jeffrey) Devey, of Clarion, Skip (Janice) Bradford, of Randleman, N.C., and Audrey Teears (Lori Thomas), of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her former daughter-in-law, Helen Bradford. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David S. Lake officiating. Those attending please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her family of caregivers at Golden Heights and Heartland Hospice for all the kind and loving care shown to Sara and her family. Those wishing may contribute to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642; or Golden Heights Activity Fund, 3522 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Armstrong County

Barnett, Barry H. 67

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Barry H. "Barney" Barnett, 67, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements by the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, 724-763-9041, are incomplete at this time. For more information, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Richards, Stella A. 97

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1917-03-14
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Stella A. Richards, of Ford City, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born March 14, 1917, in Ellwood City, a daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Geraci Palombo. She lived in Ford City most of her life. A graduate of Ford City High School, she married Bernard J. Richards on Nov. 2, 1937, whom she was preceded in death by on July 16, 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Roger) Mechling, of East Franklin Township; grandchildren, Dana (Dave) Hassa, Erin (Dean) Bryan, Sara (Ryan) Shafer, Rachel (Eric) Verdi and R. Todd Mechling; great-grandchildren, Zane Hassa, Charlie Hassa, Alaina Bell, Elizabeth Shafer, Eva Shafer, Leah Verdi, Andrew Verdi, Steven Bryan and Carmen Bryan; great-great-grandchild, Calvin Hassa; former daughter-in-law, Elaine (Martin) Zanetti; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Bernard J. Richards Jr.; infant daughter; brothers, Victor and Joseph Palombo; sisters, Viola Wakeman and Vera Cravenor; and a great-granddaughter. She loved to read and play bingo and enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was a member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ford City, and the Altar Rosary Society. She worked at Big River Manufacturing and the snack bar at Lenape Golf Course. During World War II, she operated a beauty shop in Ford City. She also did volunteer work at the Divine Redeemer cafeteria. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Donations in Stella's name may be made to the Ford City Library or a charity of your choice.
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Swigart, Genevieve J. 92

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-12-25
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Jean Swigart, 92, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late William Mattei and Francis Mattei. She was also predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Jack N. Swigart. She cherished and loved spending time telling stories to several nephews and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She received Employee of the Month every month for the past 11 years, working at Lindys Coffee Shop, washing the dishes and talking to all the customers. She was truly loved by all. Survivors include her sons, Jack W. and Marsha Swigart, of Ford City, and Tom and Diane Swigart, of Lower Burrell; daughter, Lindy K. Smith and friend, Tom, Shaffer, of Ford City; son-in-law, Rick Smith, of Ford City; sister, Vera Zamperini, of Kittanning; aunt, Levia, of Distant; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Josephine Zamperini and Della Mechling. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor John Snyder officiating. Interment in Ford City Cemetery.
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Toy, Tammy Sue 43

  • Formerly of Cadogan
  • Died: 2014-09-13
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  • Tammy Sue Toy, 43, of Chipley, Fla., formerly of Cadogan, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the daughter of Sue and Keith Lemmon, of Cadogan. She is survived by a daughter, Ashley Zamperini, and a son, James Wolfe, both of Florida; five grandchildren; a brother, Mark Beckett, of North Carolina; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents. She was laid to rest in Florida. There will be a memorial service held for her in the near future.
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Butler County

Campbell, John Doug D. 75

  • Seven Fields , Formerly of Oil City
  • Born: 1939-05-11
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John D. "Doug" Campbell, 75, of Seven Fields, formerly of Oil City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 11, 1939, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Alvin B. and Isabella Crow Campbell. Doug had been the traffic manager for Quaker State Oil Corp. in Oil City. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of North Hills and a former member of Christ Church in Oil City. Known for his wonderfully gentle sense of humor, he enjoyed going to church and his church family. He loved golfing with his kids and grandkids and his favorite place was the cottage at President Village. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Doug had served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving is his wife, Carole Lindquist Campbell, whom he married Aug. 3, 1963; his children, Jeffrey Campbell, of Seven Fields; Mark Campbell and his wife, Diana, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Jennifer Campbell, of Meadville; his grandchildren, Abigail and Aidan; his brother, Kenneth Campbell, of Oil City; and nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237, with the Rev. Canon James Shoucair officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Oil City. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or to the Donor's Favorite Charity. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Sain, Amy J. 36

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Amy J. (Wawrykow) Sain, 36, of Seven Fields, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jerry D. Sain; loving mother of Riley and Ryan; beloved daughter of Theodore and Lorraine Wawrykow; sister of Joseph C. Wawrykow (Dominique); daughter-in-law of Donald and Leah (Dowie) Sain; sister-in-law of Diane Marzula (John), Lisa Jennings (William), Douglas Sain (Leanne), Paula Canterino (Joseph), Debbie Sain, Robert Campana (Martha) and Jackie Means (Walker); also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, time and location will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Amy Sain Recovery Fund care of PNC Bank, 1340 Freedom Road, Cranberry, PA 16066.
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Fayette County

Basinger, Robert 62

  • Connellsville Township
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert Basinger, 62, of Connellsville Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Brownfield, Marjorie A. 68

  • McClellandtown
  • Born: 1946-08-28
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Maykuth, Masontown | Get Directions
  • Marjorie Arlene Brownfield, 68, of McClellandtown, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home, with her loving family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 28, 1946, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Robert W. and Gladys (Ansell) Harshman. She was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1964, and a member of The Ladies Auxiliary of the George C. Marshall Amvets Post 103 Hopwood, where she enjoyed dancing with her husband every Saturday night. Marjorie loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and working in her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert W. Harshman Jr.; and her sister, Marylee Niel. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 31 years, Homer Brownfield; daughters, Jennifer (Tom) Grimplin, of Vanderbilt, and Janice (Mark) Higman, of Republic; stepchildren, Michelle (Corby) Brown, of Aledo, Texas, Teresa Brownfield, of Henderson, Nev., Garry (Liz) Brownfield, of Masontown, and Richard Brownfield, of Uniontown; eight grandchildren, Brittany, Robin, Maxx, Abigail, Brandon, Jonathan, Christopher and Dakota; brother, Ronald (Patty) Harshman, of Plano, Texas; sisters, Ruth Koontz, of Greensburg, Faye Eutsey, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Janice Kraynak, of Dickerson Run; many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the JOHN S. MAYKUTH JR. FUNERAL HOME, 7 River Ave., Masontown, and until the hour of service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. David McElroy officiating. Interment at LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill.
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May, Virginia L. 77

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1936-12-08
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Virginia L. May, 77, of Mill Run, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Rockwood, a daughter of the late Walter and Lucille Ritenour Kalp. Mrs. May was formerly employed as a cafeteria worker for the Connellsville Area School District for 34 years. She was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Laird May; her children, Alvie May and his friend, Joann, of Meyersdale, Audrey Cain and her husband, Pat, of Normalville, Jane Hormell and her husband, Donald, of Connellsville, and Walter May and his wife, Kathy, of Mill Run; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Helen Winters, of Lavansville, Robert Kalp and his wife, Ruth, of Donegal, Dale Kalp and his wife, Lorraine, of Florida, and Ethel Monticue and her husband, Valjean, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Dustin May. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Randy Newell officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Stillwagon, Rev. Evelyn C. 80

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1934-01-13
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Evelyn C. Stillwagon, 80, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late Harry P. and Sarah A. Lilley Stillwagon. In her early years, Rev. Stillwagon worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear. She was a licensed and certified minister in the Churches of God. She began her ministry in Markleton, serving the former Mountain Gospel Tabernacle. She then founded and was the pastor at Greenwood Heights Church of God in Connellsville for 45 years. She also conducted and led many services in area homes over her lifetime. Rev. Stillwagon dedicated her whole life to helping others and she would much rather give than receive. She is survived by two sisters, Genevieve and Zola Stillwagon, of Connellsville; her nieces and nephews, Harry C. Echard and his wife Audrey, Bob Echard and Julie, Linda Hughes and her husband Jonah, and Evelyn Echard; her great-nieces and great-nephew, Cherie Fort and her husband Steven, Sarah Echard, Chad Echard and Miranda Hughes; and her twin great-great-nephews, Ryan and Joshua Fort. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Helen J. Echard and Anna Mae Stillwagon; and a brother-in-law, Harold Echard. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. Additional viewing will take place from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday, the hour of services, in Greenwood Heights Church of God with various speakers and clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Yates, John Bob R. 87

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1926-10-14
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Melenyzer Funeral Homes, Roscoe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Yates Jr., 87, of Allenport, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Gillespie, a son of the late John Robert Yates Sr. and Gladys Gardner Yates. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a gunner's mate third class aboard the LST 699 in the South Pacific. He saw many battles during the war, including the Invasion of Leyte in February 1945 in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Pacific theater ribbon (two stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon (two stars). When he returned from the service, he worked for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport plant, eventually retiring from there. He was a well-known mechanic at Ray's Gulf station in Roscoe. Mr. Yates was the oldest member of the Roscoe Sportsmen's Association, a lifetime member of Roscoe American Legion Post 801, and a member of the Belle Vernon VFW Post 699. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Mr. Yates was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mary Stimmell Yates; his children, Barbara Wolford of Allenport, John Robert Yates III of Daytona Beach, Fla., Glady Beveridge and companion,Chuck Moffit, of Monongahela, Jessie Funari and husband, Larry, of Allenport, and Janet Pearson and husband, Ricky, of Mapleview; a stepson, William Stimmell and wife, Karen, of Belle Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Robert Wolford Jr. and wife, Katie, of Butler; Traci Fedrick and husband, Victor, of Allenport; Steve Pierce of Stockdale; Paula Yates and companion, Bucky, of Maryland; Courtney Alexander and husband, Douglas, of Windber; Christopher Kashock and wife, Cathy, of Stockdale; Lindsey Hooker of Maryland; Melissa Pearson and companion, Steve, of Scott Township; and Anthony and Maria Stimmell of Belle Vernon; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jacob, Noah and Cecelia Wolford, Megan, Sarah, Halee and Diego Fedrick, McKenna and Cooper Kashock, and Malcom, Keldon and Rylynn Hooker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Rhoda; his brother, James Yates; an infant sister, Phyllis; a daughter-in-law, Judith Goldbaugh Yates; and his beloved dog, Missy. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at MELENYZER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. Funeral services with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Williams officiating. Private interment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Washington-Greene County Blind Association, 566 E. Maiden St., Washington, PA 15301. Online condolences may be made at http://www.melenyzer.com.
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Bridges, Mary F. 92

  • Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Born: 1922-03-05
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Altmeyer, Wheeling, W.Va. | Get Directions
  • Mary F. Kerenick Bridges, 92, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1922, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Peter and Agnes Verberich Kerenick. Mary was a former employee of Goodwin Accounting, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Wheeling, and a member of the Seven Dolors Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Nicholas Kerenick; and four sisters, Rose Sanders, Louise McGarvey, Anne Fox and Elizabeth Duncan. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, George Bridges; a daughter, Diane L. (Tom) Fredericks, of Wheeling, W.Va.; a sister, Frances Bowley, of Kittanning; two grandchildren, Kenneth J. (Pam) Fredericks, of Mars, and Karen M. (Scott) Ferguson, of Burgettstown; five great-grandchildren, Haylee, Kylee and Jason Fredericks, Myah and Zachery Ferguson; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home Chapel, Wheeling, W.Va. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. Memorial contributions may be made to the 18th Street Neighborhood Center, Wheeling, or a charity of the donor's choice. Offer condolences online at http://www.altmeyer.com.
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