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Barnard, Carolyn J. 87

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Carolyn "Connie" J. (McClintock) Barnard, 87, of Penn Hills, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Allan Barnard and Charles McClemens; loving mother of Gregory (Debby) McClemens, Sue (Joe) Kelly, Wendy (Brian) Renter and Pamela Barnard; grandmother of Joey, Derek, Zachary, Nick, Tayla and Jalen, and four great-grandchildren; sister of her twin, Marilyn "Monnie" Mack and the late Henry "Dean" and Charles "Chick" McClintock; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239, where a funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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Blissman Jr., George C. 86

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • George C. Blissman Jr., 86, of North Versailles, passed on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was a son of the late George C. and Hannah K. (Abbatoy) Blissman. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Blanche Mae (Short) Blissman; and his four sons, George C. Blissman III and his longtime girlfriend, Cindy Corder, of North Huntingdon, Bruce W. Blissman, Rodger J. Blissman and Gregory C. Blissman; and brother to Thomas J. (Shirley) Blissman, Dean S. (Joyce) Blissman and the late H. Joan Murray. He was a member of the Linway United Presbyterian Church. George served as an officer, a first lieutenant, in the Army and was a 1955 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He actively practiced law through the spring of 2014 with sons, Bruce and Rodger, and was an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and a past member of Kiwanis. George was an avid automobile enthusiast and a longtime member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Cadillac LaSalle Club and the Studebaker Drivers Club. He enjoyed traveling the country showing his antique cars and participating as a judge at many national car shows. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday for a funeral service with the Rev. Eric Dennis officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Cable, Stephen J. 66

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1949-03-10
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Stephen Jay "Taxi Steve" Cable, 66, of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born March 10, 1949, cherished son of Betty L. and the late Edward "Ted" Cable. He was the loving father of Stephen "Butch" (Sue) Cable Jr., Dianna "Dee Dee" (Dan) Meehan, Jonathan (Patti) Cable, Rebecca Donaldson, Jayson (Pam) Cable and Amber (Sam) Schlater; beloved grandfather of Joshua (Samantha), Jerret, Stephen "Chip," Samantha, Leah, Rachel, Jakob, Daniel, Jordyn, Jonathan, Stephanie, Richard, Katherine "Katie," Henry, Eden, Alaina, Gavin, Andrew and Ariella; and great-grandfather of Aaron, Victoria, Laina and Charlotte. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Chamberlain, Robert W. 64

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-05-21
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  • Robert W. Chamberlain, 64, a loving husband and father, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was born in Flint, Mich., to Wayne J. and Elaine E. Chamberlain. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings. He is survived by his wife, Janet "Jan"; daughter, Andrea "Drea"; and son, Joshua L. "Josh" Chamberlain, all of Sewickley. Bob and Jan moved to Sewickley in 1990 from Hawaii where they were married. Josh was born in Sewickley. Bob served in the Air Force in July 1970 and was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he worked as a communication center specialist that decoded flight plans for pilots in battle. He received an Honorable Discharge as a staff sergeant. He graduated from the NY Institute of Finance in New York City and received the Certified Financial Planner professional designation from the college of Financial Planning in Denver, Colo., in 1981. He worked in the financial services industry from 1976 until his death. Bob was named one of the best financial planners in the nation by Money Magazine in 1987 and was a featured speaker at financial advisor conferences all over the country including Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. He hosted the television series "Financial Fitness" by KHET TV, a PBS affiliate in Hawaii that was aired across the country for many years. He authored three books on financial planning. His/our favorite is the "Good Steward's Handbook." His hobbies were hunting with his two great kids and his prized English Cocker Spaniels. His life memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the lawn of the Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley.
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Dempsey Jr., Walter A. 72

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1942-10-30
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Walter Arnold Dempsey Jr., 72, of Penn Hills, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at the H.J Heinz VA Hospice Campus in Aspinwall. He was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Braddock, a son of the late Walter and Mary Krieger Dempsey Sr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Navy, a member of the VFW Post 781 Irwin, and enjoyed fishing and model trains. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Toni Ann Dempsey. He is survived by four children, David (Cristine) Dempsey, Sharon (John) Zillinger, Eric Dempsey (Kristen) and Michelle (Stephen) Chung; one brother, Ray (Donna) Dempsey; two sisters, Barbara (Robert) Harskowitch and Helen (James) Logan; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Cooper, Colby, Dylan, Abigail and Olivia; and special companion, Judy Morford. Friends were received this past Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, where a funeral service followed at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Hospital, Pittsburgh. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dillon, Ryan M. 23

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

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Cynthia Ann Duarte-Evans, M.D., of Upper St. Clair, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Steven Evans; loving and devoted mother of Steven Alexander, Allison Nicole and Jonathan David Evans; daughter of the late Everette and Lucia (Vieira) Duarte; sister of Bradford, Leslie and Cheryl Duarte; and niece of Anna Vieira Cabral Spencer, Elaine DaRosa, Vivian DeFreitas and Lorraine Sherman, Joan Joseph and David Leroy Duarte. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at South Hills Assembly of God, where service will follow at 7 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Hillman Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or MS Society, 1501 Reedsdale St. No. 105, Cardelllo Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Edwards, Viola 94

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1920-08-12
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Viola Edwards, 94, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Masonic Village of Sewickley. She was born, Viola Grace Goodrum on Aug. 12, 1920, in West Mifflin, one of six children of James and Britha Jean (Andrews) Goodrum. Viola was a lifelong member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and a member of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Howard Edwards, Russell Meyers, Robert Weber and Edward J. Mattes, and four of her siblings, two brothers, James and Arnold Goodrum, and two sisters, Mary DaBaldo and recently Hannah McDevitt, on Friday, May 22, 2015, one day before Viola. Viola is survived by three children, son, Arnold Mattes, of Jefferson Hills, and two daughters, Donna Kettish, of Sykesville, Md., and Karen (Jeff) Dowd, of Fort Mill, S.C.; five grandchildren, Lance Mattes, of Bethel Park, Dawn (Kettish) Schmidt, of Galena, Ohio, Lori (Kettish) Banks, of Sykesville, Tracy (Dowd) Carrasco, of Orlando, Fla., and Justin Dowd, of Fort Mill; 13 great-grandchildren; and her remaining sister, Jean Hudson, of Shalimar, Fla. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of her service at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), in Jefferson Hills. The Rev. Robert Titus will be officiating. Her burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery in West Mifflin. If desired, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershq.org. Visit www.stephendslater.com. for condolences and more information.
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Ellermeyer, Joye A. 86

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Joye A. Ellermeyer, 86, of Monroeville, formerly of Kittanning, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition. For a complete obituary, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Errington, Lois M. 85

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1930-05-14
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lois M. (Nock) Errington, 85, of Hampton Township, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, while under the care of the UPMC-Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born May 14, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Durst) Nock; and sister of the late Walter Nock and wife of the late John "Jack" Errington, who passed away in 1990. Lois was retired from a sales career that included working at Sears, Horne's and Woolworth's department stores. She enjoyed breakfast with the girls at Eat N Park and playing cards on the computer. She is survived by her children, Judy Williamson, of Hampton Township, John Williamson, of Covina, Calif., Linda Honeywill, of Pine Township, Bob Williamson, of La Canada, Calif., Ken Errington, of Butler, and Steve Errington, of Cranberry Township; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna O'Hanlon. Lois' family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at King Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Muttart, officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. If desired, the family suggests memorial donations may be made in her honor to support a veteran's organization of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lois's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Goldstein, Herbert

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Herbert Goldstein, of Squirrel Hill, died Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Sonja Goldstein; loving father of Richard and Vicki and Jimmy and Cindy; brother of Morton and Sandy Goldstein; and adored PaPa Herbie to Jamie, Lauren, Stephanie, Lindsey, Max and Jordana. Herbert was an independent sales representative of children's clothing. Herb was founder of the 14th Ward Baseball for Boys and was the recipient of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Ziggy Kahn Award. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, where services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com.
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Hartnett Jr., Daniel F. 85

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

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Clara A. Hickly, 96, of the North Side, died Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the beloved aunt of William (Joan) Hickly, Robert (the late Diane) Hickly and Donald Hickly; and is also survived by many great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-great-nephew and many cousins. Clara worked at Morgan's Cleaners in Bellevue for more than 40 years, was a graduate of Oliver High School Class of 1937 and was still meeting her alumni for luncheons regularly. She was a devoted member of The Risen Lord Parish. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Risen Lord Parish. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Hoffman, Timothy C. 59

  • Moon Township , Formerly of Leetsdale
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Timothy Carl Hoffman, 59, of Moon Township, formerly of Leetsdale, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the dear son of the late James and Cecelia (Sacco) Hoffman; brother of John D. (Janice) Hoffman, of South Park, and the late Clifton T. Hoffman; beloved uncle of Joey, Patrick and Kristen McCartney and Stephanie Hoffman; and is also survived by numerous loving cousins. Timmy spent many years working for Robinson Ambulance and Valley Ambulance Company's and was also manager of the Sushi II Restaurant on the South Side. Friends were welcomed from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at Castle Shannon United Methodist Church, 3750 Myrtle Ave., Castle Shannon, with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for burial expenses to the Castle Shannon United Methodist Church, 3750 Myrtle Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Hunter, Lindley R. 95

  • Born: 1919-05-25
  • Died: 2015-05-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Lindley Reed Hunter died Tuesday, May 12, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late James Grant Hunter; mother of Lindley Hunter Scarff (Timothy B.) of Fayetteville, Ga.; grandmother of Hunter B. Scarff, of Tulsa, Okla., and James E. Scarff, of Fayetteville, Ga.; aunt of Matilda Powers Forsell (the late Richard), of Westfield, N.Y., Daniel G. Powers (Carolyn), of Roswell, Ga., Mary Marks Unkovic (John C.), of Pittsburgh, Margaret Marks Meacham (John), of Brooklandville, Md., Margot Sutton McConnel (William Bruce), of St. Michael's, Md., John B. Sutton III, of Park City, Utah, and the late William McK. Reed Powers (the late Jane) and the late J. Grier Marks (the late Patricia). Lindley was born in Pittsburgh on May 25, 1919, and was confirmed in the Church of the Ascension. She attended The Ellis School and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Lindley married James Grant Hunter on May 11, 1946. She worked for the Trust Department at the Union Trust Company as a bookkeeper at Tots and Tweeds clothing store and was a Realtor in the late 70s and early 80s. Lindley was a lifetime member of the Church of the Ascension, a Charter member of the Window Box Garden Club; she belonged to the Pittsburgh Golf Club and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America/Pennsylvania. She volunteered for the Altar Guild at the Church of the Ascension, St Margaret's Hospital, and the American Red Cross during World War II. She was a board member at the Rebecca Residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, in the Church of the Ascension. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Church of the Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the Women's Shelter, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Krasich, Margaret A. 85

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Marge" Krasich, 85, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She is the daughter of the late Guiseppe and Antoinette (DeRose) Martino; and wife of the late Joseph Krasich. She is survived by her daughter, Margie Ann (Gary) Moran, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Joseph (Erin) Moran, of Mt. Prospect, Ill., and Kelly Moran, of West Mifflin; great-grandchildren, Maeve, Brynn, Reilly, Aidan and Liam; brothers, Joseph Martino, of McKeesport, and Eugene Martino, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and also nieces and nephews. Marge formerly worked at West Run Cleaning Company and was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish. Funeral arrangements are by TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne.
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Marsh, Mary

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2015-04-30
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary "Polly" McNaugher Marsh, of Fox Chapel, died Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Marsh; mother of Dr. William "Bill" McNaugher Marsh (Stephanie), Margaret "Margo" McNaugher Marsh, Robert "Rob" McNaugher Marsh (Tracey) and the late David McNaugher Marsh; grandmother of Stephen, Becky, Emily, Sam and Beth Marsh, Mary Biernesser and Tim and Bennett Marsh; sister of Isabel "Pinky" Hatfield (Ed); and daughter of the late Dr. William and Isabel McNaugher, of Point Breeze. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Polly attended Winchester Thurston School and Vassar College. Happily married to Bill for 53 years, Polly lived in the Fox Chapel area and volunteered at a number of organizations around the Pittsburgh area. She was an elder of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, designing and creating the paraments, as well as designing the columbarium. Polly helped to create the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy Middle School, where she also volunteered. She was a longtime member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, once honored as Volunteer of the Year. She was president and a lifetime member of the Squaw Valley Garden Club and Master Flower Show Judge Emeritus with the National Garden Club. Polly loved gardening and arts and crafts of all kinds from a very young age, mastering and teaching gardening, flower arranging, needlepoint, knitting, applique and quilting. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, where the family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private. A memorial reception will follow at 5 p.m. at Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy, 500 Squaw Run Road E, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Foxwall EMS, 145 Squaw Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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McDavis, Clethel L. 71

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1943-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Clethel L. (Melvin) McDavis, 71, of McKeesport, died peacefully Saturday, May 23, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Sept. 29, 1943, in McKeesport, daughter of the late James Louis Melvin Sr. and Florence Brown Melvin. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James L. Melvin Jr. She was a 1961 graduate of Clairton High School and worked as a field administrator for Eaton Corporation (formerly Westinghouse). She was a member of the McKeesport Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. Surviving are her son, Khalief Phillips; daughter, Marla D. McDavis; two grandchildren; sisters, Elaine (Clenard Jr.) Lewis and Karen T. (Byron) Chaney; aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall, 14051 Route 993, Trafford, with William Maize officiating. Interment will be private.
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Miller, John G.

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • John G. "Jack" Miller, of Bellevue, died at home Monday, May 25, 2015, after a long illness, surrounded by his children. He was the husband of the late Betty (Menigat) Miller for 60 happy years. He is survived by his loving children, Larry (Patti) Miller, the Rev. Robert J. Miller, Carol (Roy) Heil, Marty Miller, Paul (Jackie) Miller, Elizabeth (Brendan) McGuire and Patrick (Tina) Miller. He adored being "Pap-Pap" to Sarah (DJ), Brad, Eric (Amanda), Garrett (Sawyer), Dan, Justin, Brian, Julie, Katie, Martin, Jack, Patrick, Mia, Nina and Nicholas; great-grandfather of Halle; and also "Pap-Pap" to Ian, Danielle and AJ. Jack is also survived by his brother, Thomas F. Miller (Ginny), of Kennedy Township; a dear friend, Patte Hollenberger; and many nieces and nephews. He was the devoted son of the late C.F. and Helen Purcell Miller. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC. 460 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Assumption Church, Assumption School or the Assumption St. Vincent DePaul Society. He was a retired employee of H.J. Heinz Company after 41 years and served our country in the Navy during World War II. www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Naccarato, Joseph 82

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1932-10-31
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Cheech" Naccarato, 82, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 31, 1932, in San Pietro Amanteo Calabria, Italy, son of the late Americo and Maria (Cicero) Naccarato. He worked at family owned Naccarato Bros. Produce in Braddock and retired from J-Jac Construction. He was a member of St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin. He was an avid bowler and gardener and member of the "Thursday Nite Pinbusters" Bowling League at Coral Lanes. He was the husband of Joan (Manns) Naccarato, of 56 years. He is survived by six children, Sherry (Ronald) Messick, of Long Branch, Sandra (Ronald) Kelly, of Pleasant Hills, Jeffrey (Denice) Naccarato, of West Mifflin, Dean Naccarato, of West Mifflin, Melissa (Lou) Petrucci, of Imperial, and Rodney (Patti) Naccarato, of Liberty Borough; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Louis (Yvonne) Naccarato, of Glenshaw; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Bernice Monzak, of West Mifflin. He was predeceased by his infant sister, Gulgermina. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A blessing service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin with the Rev. Joseph Grosko, officiating. Interment will be in All Saints-Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Nelson, Dolores P. 87

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

  • South Park
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Mary Anne (Proctor) O'Toole, of South Park, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Patrick J. O'Toole for more than 56 years; loving mother of Lynda (Chuck) Mirt, Coleen (Scott) Loughman, Pam (Scott) Krause, Tim (Alicia) O'Toole and Kelli (Jack) Aul; and MaMa of Caitlin, Colin and Michael. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. If desired, family suggests contributions to Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Oczypok, Angeline 88

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1927-01-08
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Angeline Oczypok, 88, of Clairton, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born Angeline Catherine Bernardo on Jan. 8, 1927, in Clairton, one of eight children of the late Ralphael and Concetta (Demis) Bernardo. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Oczypok Sr.; sisters, Grace Curringa, Esther Mackinack, Mildred Bernardo, Nellie McFarland and Mary Carroll; and a brother, Vincent Bernardo. She is survived by three children, Paul (Maureen) Oczypok, of Moon Township, Mark (Rhonda) Oczypok, of Pleasant Hills, and Joseph (Loraine) Oczypok, of McCandless; eight grandchildren, Kate, Beth, Chris (Lauren), Annie, Sara, Matt, Meg and Derek; one brother, Anthony (Caroline) Bernardo; and many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills. There will be a prayer in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Saturday with Mass of Christian burial Celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. For condolences, visit www.stephendslater.com.
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Ondo, Mary L. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary L. Ondo, 90, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John S. Ondo; loving mother of Dawn M. Swick (the late Darrell), David P. (Millie) and Dennis B. (Judith) Ondo; grandmother of Renee Geiger (Patrick), Ryan Ondo (Lindsay), Michelle and Jennifer Swick; great-grandmother of Gavin and Kiera Geiger and Jordan Ondo; and sister of the late Virgil Spencer. Friends were received Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service was held Friday, May 22, 2015 in the Corl Chapel, with Pastor Nancy Titus officiating, and with entombment following in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Pappert, Thelma C. 100

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Thelma C. Pappert, 100, of McCandless, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna C. Pappert; the loving sister of Ralph Pappert and the late Mercedes, Regis and Andrew Pappert. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Parker, Harold 88

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Harold Parker, 88, of Sewickley, left this life Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after a long battle with ALS disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Brian (Kelleigh), Harold (Meta) and Deborah; brother, Raymond; granddaughter, Ava; and other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME, 328 Beaver St., in Sewickley. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St. Matthews AME Zion, Thorn and Walnut streets, in Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Pavlovich, Joseph P. 84

  • Aspinwall
  • Born: 1931-02-25
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Joseph Philip Pavlovich, 84, of Aspinwall, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in his home from heart disease. He leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Lee; and two children, Karen West (Art), of Aspinwall, and Philip Pavlovich (Christine), of Winchester, Mass.; and was "Joepa" to his six grandchildren, Arthur, Stewart and Charles West and Ross, Rene and Alexandra Pavlovich. Joseph was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Freeland. One of 13 children, he is survived by his sister, Betty Bacon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. Joe was a high school graduate of Girard College, an undergraduate of Kenyon College and a postgraduate of Harvard University. Joe's career led him to teach high school mathematics at various prestigious institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy, Kent School, Comprehensive High School (Abeokuta, Nigeria), Roxbury Latin School and Shady Side Academy, where he retired as faculty emeritus. During his tenure at Shady Side Academy, Joe held the Richard King Mellon chair in mathematics and served as the mathematics department chair. Joe's students were his life, he savored the moments he was able to open a young mind and never counted any student out. Joe also authored dozens of mathematical textbooks, standardized tests and computer science textbooks. Joe also produced video lessons in mathematics. In 2014, Joe was made an honorary member of the class of 1964 at Kent School. On May 16, 2015, Joe will be the recipient of the coveted Steven Girard Award, signifying the outstanding achievements of a Girard College Alumnus. Joe was also a star athlete; in 1996 he was inducted into the Kenyon College Athletic Hall-of-Fame for his outstanding performance in soccer and baseball where he held the record for strikeouts in a single season. In 1951, while a sophomore at Kenyon College, Joe was offered a professional baseball contract from the Cincinnati Reds, however he made the decision to remain in school. On the soccer field, he became one of Kenyon's earliest All-American athletes. In 1952, the same year he received an invitation to try out for the Olympic Soccer Team. Joe was an avid photographer and loved spending time with his family and friends at Indian Lake, Somerset County. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Road East. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 and the Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Pison, John P. 73

  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John P. Pison, 73, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children after a valiant nine-year battle with colon cancer. He was the husband of Barbara (Jeso) for 51 years; proud father of Eileen (Jake) Phillips and Glen (Di) Pison; loving grandfather of Sean Phillips; and brother of Joann Pison. He was preceded in death by parents John and Mary. John was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. His greatest enjoyment was mentoring his grandson in the love of fly fishing for trout. John's business career began at U.S. Steel's Duquesne Works as an instrument technician for 19-and-a-half years. When the mill closed in 1986, he became a training instructor for what was to become Emerson Process Control Division, RIDC Park. He retired as a senior instructor in 2011. Per John's request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1719 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw PA 15116. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. The family wants to especially thank the staff and physicians at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, for the wonderful care and support they provided John and the family during his final days. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice in John's honor.
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Regan, Joseph W. 63

  • Edgewood
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Regan, 63, of Edgewood, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He was the loving companion of Karen Kranz; loving father of Joseph and Andrew Regan; beloved son of Anna Mae and the late William C. Regan; brother of Donna (Thomas) Ryan, William and the late baby brother, John Regan; grandson of the late Joseph and Anna Leo and Andrew and Agnes Regan; nephew of Ronald and Joanne Papania and Dolores and the late Anthony Leo; uncle of Amanda and Michele Regan, Jason and Tommy Ryan and the late Jordan Ryan; extended family of Anna Jean Kranz, June and Stanley Lutz and Arthur Kranz; and many cousins and friends. No visitation or service. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Schroeder, Ann H. 87

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

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Clara M. (Diehl) Schuler, 86, of Castle Shannon, peacefully went to be with the Lord Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the loving wife for 65 years to the late Casimir Leo Schuler; the most incredible mother to Christine Buffkin, Cheryl K. Schuler, Cassy Phillips and Mary Lou Schuler-Karr; grandmother of Dan and Chad Brandt; daughter of the late Alvin and Clara Diehl; and sister of Sylvia Manzella, Shirley Bridge and the late Norbert Diehl, Betty Slebrich and Mae Simon. Clara devoted her life to raising her daughters and being a grandma. She worked for many years for American Greetings and won an award for distinguished service for her many dedicated years. Besides her husband and children, her passion was playing bingo. She had an incredibly kind heart and a great sense of humor. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Winifred Church. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Steiner, Eleanor 89

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Eleanor (Scheibel) Steiner, 89, of Ross Township, formerly of Troy Hill, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Frank J. Steiner; beloved mother of Frank L. (Carol) Steiner, Joanie (Sam) Comport and Karen (Alfredo) Zangaro; and adored Nana of Brad and Samantha Comport, and Dominick and Alyssa Zangaro. Eleanor was preceded in death by her sisters, Coletta Exler and Lorraine Pokorny; and brothers, Louis, Robert and Paul Scheibel. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Alexis Catholic Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Sunseri, Marguerite N. 70

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

  • Squirrel Hill
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Gladys B. Tabachnick, of Squirrel Hill, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Norman H. Tabachnick; treasured mother of Sallee (Morry) Silverman, Barbra (Yossi) Shmueli, Saralyn Tabachnick, Gene (Toby) Tabachnick and the late Kenneth Tabachnick; sister of Philip (Roberta) Brown, Gloria (late Warren) Friedlander and Fay (late Warren) Kardon; sister-in-law of Barbara (late Ted) Tabachnick; grandmother of Franny, Scott, Laura, Tehila, Tanyah, Elisha, Esther, Avishag, David, Aharon, Reggie, Zoe, Dori and R.J.; and 24 great-grandchildren (to date). Services at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. No prior visitation. Interment at Poale Zedeck Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Poale Zedeck Congregation, 6318 Phillips Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com.
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Trenga, Estelle 95

  • Formerly of Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Estelle (Godich) Trenga, 95, formerly of Wilmerding, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was a retired dispatcher for Wilmerding Borough, as well as a former election committeewoman, the longest standing member of the Wilmerding Women's Civic Club and a devoted member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. She was a daughter of the late Mike and Mary (Verlinich) Godich; wife of the late Joseph A. Trenga; and mother of the late Maria B. Trenga. She was the last remaining sibling of her family and was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Mike Godich, Anna Winovich, Martha Traicheff, Nick Godich, Mildred Williams, George Godich, Betty Rothwell, Mitzi Rubino, Sam Godich, Mary Lorenz and Violet Simulia. She is survived by nieces and nephews and all who loved her. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, where Pomen will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, officiated by the Very Rev. D.C. Malich. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Woodruff, Keith J. 57

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Keith J. Woodruff, 57, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. He was the beloved father of Michael A. Woodruff and his wife, Lisa; brother of the late Gregory Woodruff (surviving wife, Jennie) and the late Jill Allen. Keith is also survived by his nephew, Robbie Allen; his niece, Bonnie Hayes; and friends, Kim Smajda and John Ondash. He was the son of the late Dale and Helen (Johnston) Woodruff. Keith was co-owner of Financial Edge Inc. for 25 years. He enjoyed NASCAR, was fond of his cats, and had a zest for life. Keith was a very generous and giving person, and will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Funeral service will follow visitation at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or Stand Up To Cancer, P.O. Box 843721, Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721, greatly appreciated. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Wright, David M. 60

  • Tarentum
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • David M. Wright, 60, of Tarentum, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was the loving father of April M. (David) Lichina, of Richland Township, and Ashley K. Wright, of Texas. Brother of Robert M. Wright III, of Sandy Lake, and Leslie J. Wright, of Richland Township; dear grandfather of Sophie, Olivia, Nathan and Matthew; and dear friend and companion of Trish Kelley, of Tarentum. David was a truck driver for many years and recently was an antiques dealer. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home following visitation. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Adamietz, Rosemarie P. 71

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1943-11-16
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Rosemarie Pauline Adamietz, 71, of Allegheny Township, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Pittsburgh. She was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Abington, a daughter of the late Otto Julius and Pauline (Bregler) Gimber. She has lived the past seven years in Pittsburgh, where she was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Brackenridge. She graduated from Olney High School and Wesley College and worked in Marketing Research for GlaxoSmithKlein and IMS Host. Rosemarie was a member of the German/Hungarian Club and Bavarian Clubs in Philadelphia. She enjoyed singing. Survivors include her husband, Helmut Adamietz; stepson, Joseph (Ann) Adamietz; grandchildren, Nathan and Katherine Adamietz, of Ross Township; stepdaughters, Annette (Will) Roberts and Rosemary Adamietz, both of Southampton; brother, Karl (Mary Jo) Gimber, of Carversville. She was preceded in death by her parents. Requiem Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, with the Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yesko officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Private interment will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave, Tarentum, 724-224-1526. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, are requested. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Becsi, Pauline 98

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1916-08-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Pauline Torok Becsi, 98, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Bethlehem House, Ligonier. She was born Aug. 20, 1916, in New Kensington, to the late Stephen and Esther Torok. Pauline worked at Universal Lubricating in Oakmont, until retiring in 1976. She was a member of the Springdale branch of the William Penn Fraternal Association, Branch 296, and the United Church of Christ in Springdale. She was known as "Aunt Paul," to all. She enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, as well as entertaining her family and friends. She lived in the Valley Heights section of New Kensington the majority of her life. Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews who she considered her own children. She was preceded in death by Dr. Steven Becsi Jr.; three brothers, Steve, Frank and Joseph Torok; her twin sister, Helen Ando; and sisters, Margaret Mele, Emma Balla and Esther McGrath. Aunt Paul will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her. Burial will be private and arrangements were entrusted to ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), New Kensington. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Breegle, Samuel J. 93

  • Foxtown
  • Born: 1921-06-16
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Samuel J. Breegle, 93, of Foxtown, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born Thursday, June 16, 1921, in Foxtown, son of the late John W. and Anna Belle (VanDyke) Breegle. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He served in the South Pacific in the campaigns for the Marianas, Philippines and Okinawa. He was a Helmsmen for LST40's. He was an avid hunter he was a former charter member of the Greensburg Antler Club. He worked as a shipper for Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton for 41 years. He was a volunteer at Excela Westmoreland Hospital for 19 years. Surviving are three children, Judy Ann (Jim) Oplinger, of Mt Pleasant, Scott W. (Donna) Breegle, of Greensburg, and Mark Alan (LeAnn) Breegle, of Erie; six grandchildren, Wendy (Kevin) Rounds, Jada (Marty) Brennan, Heather (Trent) Echard, Jola (Tim) Foley, Scott W. (Coby) Breegle and Ashley Breegle; and five great-grandchildren, Patrick, Sean, Tommy, Sara and Avery. He has a brother, John W. "Skip" Breegle; three sisters, Bertha Lane, JoAnn (Jerry) Shaffer and Barbara Green, all of Ohio; and an aunt, Catherine Fultz, of Foxtown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Magill Breegle. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Barchert officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood, where military funeral rites will be accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association.
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Chakan Sr., Leonard G. 80

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1935-03-24
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Leonard G. Chakan Sr., 80, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at home. He was born March 24, 1935, in Iselin, Indiana County, to John and Mary Fallat Chakan, graduated from Elder's Ridge High School in 1953 and was an Arnold resident for many years. Mr. Chakan was an Army veteran and served during the late 1950's. He was a machinist at Braeburn Steel where he worked for 30 years, and then worked for National Roll in Avonmore for eight years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic in New Kensington. He also belonged to the New Kensington Eagles. He enjoyed golfing with his daughter, Denise, and visiting casinos with his wife, and especially spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Lena B. Enciso Chakan; children, Leonard G. (Evelyn) Chakan Jr., of New Kensington, Denise C. (Michael) Polons, of Plum Borough, Lori Kregiel, of Lower Burrell, and Valerie R. (Jeremy) Schmelzer, of Allegheny Township; he was "Pop Pop" to his grandchildren, Zachary, Hannah and Jessica Chakan, Matthew (Tara) Polons, Morgan (Jeff) Smith, Amanda and Samantha Polons, David Kregiel, Brittany (Madhur) Kregiel-Paharia, Joshua and Bethany Kregiel and Karl and Monica Schmelzer; great-grandson, Matthew Polons; and siblings, Jane Enciso, of Arnold, Darlene Woodrow, of Blairsville, Donna (Thomas) Okopal, of Clarksburg, Thomas (Connie) Chakan, of Elyria, Ohio, Irene (Robert) Fulton, of Tunnelton, and Janice (Thomas) Thomas, of Saltsburg. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Robert and John Chakan and Gloria Urban; and son-in-law, Ron Kregiel. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Entombment and military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Delduca, Anna 87

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1928-03-23
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Anna Delduca, 87, of West Newton, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. Born March 23, 1928, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Irene Wilson and the wife of the late Vincent "Jimmy" Delduca. Anna was a homemaker who loved spending time with her grandchildren. Faith was her life's central theme and she worshipped at Rainbow Temple Assembly of God. Anna is survived by children, Lynn (William) Chaybin, of Charleroi; grandchildren, Cary, Tiffany and Casey; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES in McKeesport. Funeral Service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Rainbow Temple Assembly of God Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.
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Fyalkowski, Ann 89

  • Born: 1926-02-07
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Ann Catherine "Unj" Fyalkowski, died peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Frank "Whitey" Fyalkowski and devoted mother of Franklin (Jane), Jim and Mick (Edie). Unj was born Feb. 7, 1926, a daughter of the late Sophie and John Podgurski. She grew up on Monroe Street in Fifth Ward, Latrobe, where she and Whitey lived across from each other and became lifelong partners. They were married for more than 65 years until Whitey passed away in 2011. Following her graduation from high school, Unj worked for two years in the office at American Steel Locomotive. She quit her job before getting married, even though she was offered a big raise from $85 to $90 a month. Unj applied her considerable skills as a homemaker and amateur decorator at the two homes built by Whitey on Avenue A and Ridgeview Drive. It was her mission to create a warm and welcoming home where family and friends could gather for holidays and celebrations. The basement playroom was a haven for her seven grandchildren, now ranging in ages from 14 to 32, who were doted on by their grandma and papa. Grandma had a crib permanently installed in the guestroom so that each new grandchild could start visiting just as soon as possible. Unj never failed to send a close friend or relative a special occasion card with a personal note of affection. Young grandchildren always found a dollar bill tucked inside. Unj was an avid golfer and bridge player who also enjoyed sewing, reading novels and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She and Whitey golfed together at Latrobe Country Club and traveled extensively by car throughout the United States. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church where she was baptized and married. She volunteered for the church and was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers of the church. She also volunteered at Latrobe Area Hospital and Adelphoi Village. In addition to her parents and husband, Unj was predeceased by her sister, Rosemary; and an infant son, Edward, who died in 1947. She is dearly missed by her grandchildren, Jenny, Bryan, Sean, Rachel, Shannon, Ryan and DJ; special cousin, Richard Guskiewicz; special niece, Gloria McDevitt (Jason); and many caring nieces and nephews, especially Jody, Matthew, Jerry, Dolly, Bev and Laura. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Latrobe. The family requests that contributions be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish, 306 St. John Drive, Latrobe, PA 15660 or The Latimer Family Library at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. To post an online condolence or for further information please go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Galata, Helen M. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Galata, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Munhall, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Simko. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Galata was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. Helen enjoyed fitness and aerobics and especially had a sweet tooth for cakes, cookies and ice cream. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Simko, and sister, Valeria Pichura. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Galata; and daughter, Cheryl Galata (Richard), of Harmony. Friends were received Sunday and Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment followed. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ghrist, Michael W. 30

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1984-11-30
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Michael W. Ghrist, 30, of Latrobe, died Monday, May 25, 2015, in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 30, 1984, in Latrobe, a son of Bonnie Fogle Palmer and Carl W. Ghrist Jr.(Pamela), all of Latrobe. Mike was a tattoo artist who "Lived Life," liked to embarrass people and make them laugh. In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Justin N. Palmer, Christopher W. Ghrist and Christopher A. Ramage, all of Latrobe; two sisters, Jessica R. Ghrist, of Latrobe, and Natasha L. Ghrist, of Uniontown; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a time of remembrance will be held at 7:30. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Hill, Dianne S. 68

  • Millwood
  • Born: 1946-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Dianne S. (Skander) Hill, 68, of Millwood, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 29, 1946, in Millwood, the daughter of the late Jake and Mary (Yakopovich) Skander. Dianne was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, baking, bingo and most of all her grandchildren. Besides her parents, Dianne was preceded in death her three sisters, Dottie Curry, Becky Beebe and Bobbi Dye; and one brother, John Michael Skander. Dianne is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, James F. Hill, of Millwood; two daughters, Jamie L. Hill and Scott Styfco, of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and Leyna R. Shaffer and husband, Douglas, of Calumet; five siblings, Helen Edlund, of San Jose, Calif., Shirley Skander, of Calumet, Patricia Baum and husband, Bill, of Latrobe, Richard Skander and wife, Debby, of Millwood, and Bunny Hill and husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Casey and Cody Shaffer; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Dianne's life celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, PA, 724-694-8331. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen C. West as officiant. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry.
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Hopkins, Clyde R. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-02-06
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Clyde R. "Tiny" "Bobby" Hopkins, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in McKeesport, a son of the late Robert and Lena (Letterini) Hopkins. He had been employed as a manager and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Sandra C. (Nash) Hopkins; a son, Jody Hopkins and his wife, Shellie, of Greensburg; a stepson, Shawn Lindey and his wife, Tia, of Virginia; and three stepdaughters, Melissa Posey, of Belle Vernon, Jennifer Cramer, of Greensburg, and Bobi-Jo Cramer Vinson and spouse, Angie, of Georgia. He will be sadly missed by his 13 grandchildren, including Sydney, Austin and Zoey; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra L. Kencbok and her husband, Mark, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jasper, Ladd T. 83

  • Jeannette , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1932-03-27
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ladd T. Jasper, 83, of Jeannette, formerly of Irwin, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at home. He was born March 27, 1932, in Larimer, a son of the late Ladd and Florene (Nedimyer) Jasper. Ladd was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School, Class of 1950, and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was an employee of General Corporation (formerly General Tire). He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Larimer, and a life member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin. In his early years he was active in drum and bugle corps, including the Pittsburgh Rockets and the Westmoreland Esquires, and participated in three national championships. As a bugler, Ladd played taps for many military funerals. He later helped coach Little League baseball and direct a Rainbow Girl's drill team. Ladd enjoyed playing golf in the Duffer's Golf League and singing in the S.P.E.B.S.Q. Barbershop County Line Chorus. He loved performing magic tricks for his friends and family, building model airplanes, playing the banjo and educating others on the etiquette of handling the American flag. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard; and a sister, Louise. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Hughes) Jasper; twin brother, Lee (Doris) Jasper; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Scott Fuller, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice and his caring nurse, Sue Baker, for all the kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Krivokucha, Mary S. 100

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1914-10-25
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Krivokucha, of Greensburg, was born Oct. 25, 1914. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell; grandson, Jackie Polet; brother, Jack Ficco; and sister, Billie Ruddon. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Polet; son, Robert; grandchildren, Jill Polet and Danny and Mitch Krivokucha; great-grandsons, Chase and Hunter; sister, Margaret Leonard; brother, Donald Ficco; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Private funeral service will be held at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green St., Greensburg. Private interment will be in Holy Ascension Church Cemetery, Youngwood. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kushner Jr., Kenneth 57

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

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-05-12
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Susan A. Lesko, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Susan was born May 12, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late John and Mary Vozniak Kalemba. Susan was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church Mt. Pleasant, where she was active in various church functions and was a hairstylist for more than 40 years, proprietor of Sue's Beauty Shop, Mt. Pleasant. Today we lost our greatest mentor, a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. No words can describe the pain in our hearts. Our lives will be so empty without her here with us but we know she's flying high with the Angels. We were all so blessed to have had her in our lives. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Stacey Keefer and husband, Jeff, of Tarrs, and Christy Lesko and boyfriend, Lance Piern; grandchildren and loves of her life, Kadin, Lane and Jocelyn; a brother, John R. Kalemba, of Mt. Pleasant; and her many good and close friends. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Kalemba; and her father and mother-in-law, Charles Lesko Jr. and Ann Lesko. Friends are invited from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Please visit Susan's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Livingstone, Mildred I. 91

  • Formerly of Youngwood
  • Born: 1923-07-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Mildred I. Livingstone, 91, formerly of Youngwood, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 20, 1923, in Mutual, daughter of the late John and Caroline (Schmucker) Stape. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church of Youngwood. Surviving are three children, Rita Kay Czerpak and husband, Bob, Daryll Livingstone and wife, Mary Ann, of Virginia, and Ruth Jean Helfferich and husband, Richard, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Livingstone; three sons, George, Frank and Dale Livingstone; four sisters; and three brothers. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the funeral home with Glenn Hart officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood.
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Lubiniecki, Robin L. 69

  • Formerly of New Alexandria
  • Born: 1945-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robin L. Lubiniecki, 69, of Newtown Square, formerly of New Alexandria, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born May 30, 1945, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late John and Mary Etta (Shirley) Brudowsky. Robin was a graduate of Derry High School, class of 1963, and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Seton Hill College in 1968. She spent her career as an elementary and high school teacher and also taught piano in her home. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Anthony S. Lubiniecki; her son, Gregory M. Lubiniecki and wife, Min, of Berwyn; four grandsons, Basil, Raphael, Preston and Tristan; and her brother, John M. Brudowsky and wife, Doris, of Germany. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green St., Greensburg. Prayers will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seton Hill University Student Scholarship Fund, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Marsiglio, Marguerite G. 92

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

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-12-10
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rose (Relick) Maurer, 93, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Kingston, a daughter of the late Ilko "Alex" and Anna (Bickovajat) Relick. Rose was a graduate of Derry Township High School, class of 1939. She was employed by Stupakoff Ceramics (Carborundum) as a laboratory technician. Rose was a member of St. Bruno Parish in South Greensburg, where she taught CCD for 20 years and was also a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was a member of the Ukrainian National Association and AMS Club where she participated in the bocci and shuffleboard leagues. She took great pride in her Ukrainian-Lemko heritage and was continuously looking to learn more about the arts, culture and history of the land of her ancestors. Rose was a founding member of the Relick-Hawanchak Family Reunion which recently celebrated 58 years. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, she faithfully supported her teams. In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jack" A. Maurer, in 1997; five brothers, Nick, Joseph, John "Ham", Alex and Steve Relick; two sisters, Ann Williams and Catherine Felbaum, of Latrobe; and an infant son, Gary Maurer. She is survived by her son, Greg, of South Greensburg; a sister Maria (Agnes) Marcinik, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; a brother, Mike Relick, of Kingston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Minerva, Marc G. 72

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1942-12-15
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marc G. Minerva, 72, of Greensburg, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at home. He was born Dec. 15, 1942, in Greensburg, a son of the late Carl A. "Mitch" and Ethel (Woomer) Minerva. Marc was a graduate of the Culinary Arts program of the American Restaurant Association and, prior to retirement, was a salesman with Coca Cola, Greensburg. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl "Skip" Minerva. He is survived by his wife, Carole "Penny" (McCune) Minerva; two sons, Tad R. and wife, Donnell, of Jeannette, and Dean Minerva and wife, Randi, of Greensburg; three beloved grandchildren, Drew, Ethan and Corrine; a brother, Ronald A. Minerva and wife, Roberta, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green Street, Greensburg, at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mutual Aid Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 361, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Moore, Clara M. 83

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

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-06-27
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. O'Hara, 72, of Latrobe, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. Born June 27, 1942, in White Township, he was a son of the late Mark J. O'Hara and Elizabeth Ganley. He was a retired project manager for L-D Building Co. and Dill Construction and was a retired facility manager for St. Vincent College. He had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America (62 years of service); American Legion Post No. 14, Indiana, Pa.; Westmoreland County Historical Society; and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University. He was a proud member of the Navy including active service and participation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Beth House. He was the last living member of his immediate family. There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Westmoreland-Fayette Council Boy Scouts of America, 2 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601 or a charity or your choice. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Petro, Thomas N. 54

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1961-04-26
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Thomas N. Petro, 54, of Bolivar, died Monday, May 25, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 26, 1961, in Ford City, a son of the late Michael Petro and Lillian Pytel Petro Robinson. Tom was an avid golfer and spent a lot of his time at Champion Lakes Golf Course. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Petro; and his father-in-law, James R. Garland. He is survived by his best friend and caretaker with whom he resided, Polly A. Petro; a son, Michael J. Petro, of Bolivar; a sister, Arlene Petro, of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Michael (Marlene) Petro, of Washington Township; a sister-in-law, Christie Petro, of White Springs, Fla.; mother-in-law, Gertrude Garland, of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Lila (John) Saxton, of Bolivar, and Cindy (William) Dillard, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and his Champion Lakes Family, Dick Groat and "Champ". A service to celebrate Tom's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Champion Lakes Golf Course, with the Rev. Charles P. Burd officiating. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier is assisting the family. The family wishes to thank the medical staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion and the IMU at Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate care extended to Tom and his family during his illness. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Potoka, Veronica M. 81

  • Old Bethany
  • Born: 1934-05-06
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Veronica Margaret (Hurst) Potoka, 81, of Old Bethany (Tarrs), passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 6, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant. She retired as a nurse's aide at Westmoreland Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Donald Potoka Sr., in 2001; her parents, Anna Veronica Sebek Hurst Myers and Willis Hurst Jr.; her brothers, Frank and Willis Hurst; sister, Barbara Geska; brother-in-law, Ronald Swink; and sister-in-law, Margaret Hurst. She was a very loving and caring person to all her family and friends. She loved traveling, especially cruises, going to casinos and playing bingo. She traveled across the United States to Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. She greatly enjoyed going to the Bullskin Senior Center. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Huntingdon Township Fire Department and was a member of the Red Hat Ladies of Mt. Pleasant. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Valerie Chearney and her husband, John, of Ruffsdale; son, Donald Potoka and wife, Linda, of Old Bethany; son, Frank Potoka and wife, Cheryl, of Mt. Pleasant; grandson, Jason Potoka; special granddaughter Valerie Crise; grandson, Justin Chearney; great-grandson, Ryan Jones; sister, Lois Swink, of Connellsville; brother-in-law, Allen Geska, of Scottdale; uncle, Alan Hurst; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; her special friend, Bob Rose; and many friends who loved her dearly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Keith Solomon, officiating. Graveside committal will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Riddle, Shirley A. 77

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1937-09-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Barr) Riddle, 77, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015, with her family by her side. Born Sept. 29, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant Township, she was the daughter of the late James and Gertrude (Trice) Barr. Shirley was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trauger. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Ames Department Store, Greensburg. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Harry Riddle. She was the loving mother to her sons, Russell Riddle and wife, Hope, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and James Riddle, of Ligonier Township, and Jackie Sommers; and loving, devoted and doting grandmother to Anna, Allison and Harry. In honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be a memorial visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin immediately following with Dr. Richard L. Seigfried officiating. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Shaw, Ruth M. 76

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1938-12-14
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. "Tootie" (McClintock) Shaw, 76, of Irwin, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Ruth was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Paul and Ruth McClintock. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Gerald Shaw. Ruth is survived by her four sons, John Shaw (Bonnie), Gerald T. Shaw (Roberta), James W. Shaw (Cheryl) and Robert N. Shaw (Arlynn); several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Graham (John) and Linda McGraw (James); and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital and Westmoreland Manor for the care they gave to their mother. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for a memorial visitation in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Smen, Carol J. 57

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1958-03-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carol J. (Kolonosky) Smen, 57, of Pleasant Unity, died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Mrs. Smen was born March 20, 1958, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of John and Regina Kubasky Kolonosky, of Mt. Pleasant. Carol was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. She was a 1976 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. Carol was employed as a medical coder for the Excela Hospital. Carol enjoyed going to craft shows and was an avid collector. She also loved the farmers' markets and all of the Pittsburgh sports events. She always looked forward to September, as fall was her favorite season of the year. Carol was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Carol is survived by her loving family: her parents, John and Regina Kolonosky; her husband of 35 years, Ronald R. Smen; and her children, Jeffrey R. Smen and Rachael, of Plum, and Jillian L. Smen, at home. She is also survived by her brother and sister, John J. Kolonosky and Tammie, of Mt. Pleasant, and Lisa M. Durst and Brian, of McKinney, Texas; her brothers and sisters-in-law, James Smen and Sandy, Stephen Smen and Carla, Tony Smen, Fred Pallottini and June and Louis Pallottini and Sandy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Jasmine. Family and friends were received this past Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held this past Saturday in the funeral home followed by Carol's funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant and private inurnment. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofunealhome.com.
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Soforic, Joseph T. 52

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1962-12-06
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Joseph Todd Soforic, 52, of Scottdale, died unexpectedly Monday, May 18, 2015, in Forbes Regional Medical Center, Monroeville. Mr. Soforic was born Dec. 6, 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Joseph and Audrey Shaffer Soforic, of Mt. Pleasant. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church of Scottdale. Joe was a 1981 graduate of Geibel High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He worked for the Mt. Pleasant Publishing Corporation in various management roles including secretary/treasurer of the Mt. Pleasant Publishing Corporation, financial manager of the Mt. Pleasant Publishing Corporation and business manager of the Laurel Group Newspapers from 1985-2008. He then transitioned to work for the Tribune Review after they purchased the Laurel Group Newspapers. After retiring from the Tribune Review, Joe supported the senior community in Mt. Pleasant through a variety of efforts. He spent much of his time helping and enjoying his family at Deep Creek Lake, Md. Joe is survived by his loving family, his parents, Joseph and Audrey Shaffer Soforic; his brother, John Shaffer Soforic and his wife, Patti; and by his niece and nephew, Kristen Soforic and Michael Soforic. He is also dearly loved as a second son and brother by the Forrest Kastner family. Family and friends were received Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held Friday in the funeral home followed by Joe's funeral Mass in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko, as celebrant. Interment was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Stablein, Martha W. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-01-01
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Martha W. "Marty" Stablein, 92, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. She was born Jan. 1, 1923, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Thomas and Marguerite Fawcett Watson. A woman of great faith, she was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. Marty always surrounded herself with beautiful flowers grown in her own greenhouse as well as planted on her property. She will be fondly remembered by many as an excellent cook. She had been a volunteer for Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels for many years. Marty had a smile that could light up a room with a demeanor that matched her smile. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William G. Stablein Sr. in 1997, and by three brothers and one sister. She is survived by two sons, William G. (Pamela) Stablein Jr. and Thomas W. (Pamela Anderson) Stablein, all of Ligonier; a grandson, Todd Stablein, of Vail, Colo.; and a brother, Thomas H. Watson, of Freidens. A service to celebrate Marty's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. The family extends their deepest heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff at the Bethlen Home for the compassionate care extended to Martha during her stay. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Marty's memory to the Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 203, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Swank, Anna E. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Anna E. (Cline) Swank, 96, of Export, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Export, a daughter of the late Ross and Josie (Hill) Cline. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Swank; daughters, Irene "Renee" Eachus, Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn and Connie Sue Scarlett; a great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Nicole Swank; three brothers, Oliver, France and William Cline; three sisters, Tillie Vargesko, Dolly Montell and Esther Elliott; and her lifelong friend, Merle Hill. She is survived by her loving children, Josie (Randy) Puskar, of Curwensville, William "Jake" (Betsy) Swank, of Plum Borough, Henry (Sandy) Swank, of Export, Nancy (Bob) Watkins, of Delmont, and Howard "Vince" (Diane) Swank, of Export; son in-law, George Scarlett, of Export; a sister, Jane Hudgkin, of Armburst; son in-law, Wayne Lynn, of Delmont; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Swartzendruber, Kay C. 91

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1923-10-13
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Kay C. Swartzendruber, 91, of Avonmore, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Salina, he was a son of the late Milo and Bertha S. (Crawford) Swartzendruber. Kay lived in Avonmore most of his life and served our country with the Army during World War II in the European Theatre. He worked as a laborer/pit man for National Roll in Avonmore for 34 years, retiring in 1985. Kay was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Apollo. Additional memberships include the Apollo BPOE No. 386, American Legion in Slickville, DAV, Lions Club in Avonmore, Saltsburg Free Mason Lodge No. 431, Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Shrine, VFW Post 7901, and the Avonmore Moose Lodge No. 37. In addition to his parents, Kay was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah E. (Young) Swartzendruber, who passed away Feb. 9, 2014; and siblings, Nellis Swartzendruber, Ray Swartzendruber, Marie Tussey and Jane Stewart. Kay is survived by his nieces, Linda Roach, of Santee, Calif., and Nanci Wilson of El Cajon, Calif. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. Saturday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 214 North Pennsylvania Ave., Apollo, with Pastor Philip Ramstad officiating. Private interment in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions made in Kay's memory to the Shriners Hospital For Children, 1645 W. Eights St., Erie, PA 16505. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Tunney, Mildred 92

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1922-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Midge" Tunney, 92, of Monessen, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born in Monessen on Oct. 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Matthew Sabol and Julia Boldyzar Sabol. Midge was a lifelong resident of Monessen and a 1942 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Church Ladies Guild. Midge had worked years ago at The Gift Gallery and Johnston's Florist. She enjoyed gardening and baking, and loved to cheer her grandchildren on at their sporting events. She is survived by a son, William "Bill" Tunney of Wheeling, W.Va.; three daughters, Dorothy Graby of Monessen, Patricia (Thomas) Kovalchuk of Monessen, and Sally (Jeff) Imbrogno of Fallowfield Township; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Tony) Boris, Megan Graby, Joshua (Taylor) Imbrogno, David and Joe Zollars, Christopher Imbrogno, Max, Matt, and Tommy Kovalchuk; a great-granddaughter, Layla Anne Boris; brother, Emil "Sonny" Sabol of Milwaukee, Wis., two sisters, Dorothy (John) Novakovich of Monessen, and Mary Rutan of San Diego, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred A. "Bud" Tunney; and five siblings, Johnny, Ann, Matty, Irene and Julie. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. blessing in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church.Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Please note, there is no Friday afternoon visitation. Condolences accepted for the family at www.dalfonso-billick.com. The family suggests memorials be made to the Monessen Public Library, 326 Donner Ave., Monessen, PA 15062.
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Walton, Doris N. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-05-29
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Doris N. Walton, 94, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. She was born May 29, 1920, in Rochester, a daughter of the late Charles and Della Armstrong Neel. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. Prior to retirement, she was a secretary at Seton Hill College. She had been a volunteer at Westmoreland Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Jack M. Walton; and a brother, James Neel. She is survived by two sons, John N. Walton, of Greensburg, and Joseph C. (Frances) Walton, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Georgia (Martin) Holtz, of Richmond, Calif., and Barbara Jane (Paul) Himler, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Erin Phipps, Paul Himler, Heather Himler, Emily Walton and Sarah Walton; and eight great-grandchildren, Alex and Nick Carr, Kaleb, Kloey and Kassidy Himler, David and Ben Phipps and Khloe Walton; and a great-great-grandson, Aiden Carr. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Redstone Highlands for their care. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Armstrong County

Gelacek, Eleanor M. 73

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1942-04-27
  • Died: 2015-05-04
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Eleanor May Gelacek, 73, of Cranston, R.I., formerly of Ford City, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at Phillip Halter Hospice Center, Providence, R.I. She was born April 27, 1942, in Providence, R.I., a daughter of Arthur Hammar and Minnie Kinnecom Hammar. She was the wife of James Gelacek, who died Jan. 29, 2006. She retired from Herff-Jones in Providence in 2012, after 35 years of service. She was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Warwick, R.I., and enjoyed her friends and family. Survivors include her son, Douglas and Katie Gelacek, of Portsmouth, Va.; daughter, Nancy Gelacek, of Carrollton, Ky.; grandchildren, Jake Gelacek, Racheal Gelacek and Jessica Scotti; and her sister, Phyllis (Hammar) and Raymond Blanchette, of Warwick, R.I. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Gelacek; and daughter, Laura Gelacek. Visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Snyder.
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Petronchek, Mary 91

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1923-09-21
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Mary Onufer Petronchek, 91, of Ford City, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Lowrie Place, Butler. She was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Koppel, a daughter of the late Thomas Onufer and Rosalia Nezolyk Onufer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Petronchek, who died March 11, 2003; brothers, Joseph, John, Andrew and Michael; and sisters, Kathryn Onufer and Anne Bowser. Survivors include her brothers, Anthony (Dorothy), of Butler; sister, Olga Horvat, of Oakmont; also survived by many nieces and nephews. She graduated from Butler High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was employed at Armco Steel for 12 years as supervisor of bond and credit union offices. She was also in charge of selling saving bonds during the war. She was employed at Eljer Plumbingware as billing leader for 30 years. She organized and was troop leader of the First Armco Girls Scout Troup No. 27 in 1945 in Lyndora and served as volunteer for Armco Grey Ladies at Deshon Hospital during World War II. She worked as a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA) for the IRS and AARP for 20 years. She enjoyed helping the elderly, low-income and handicapped people with their taxes and other problems. She was also a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church and Ladies Guild. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with Parastas service at 7 p.m. Friday, at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Service of Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Ukrainian Church with Father John Gribik. Interment in St. Mary's Ukrainian Cemetery.
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Butler County

Boughton, Ruth A.M. 92

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1922-06-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Ruth A.M. Boughton, 92, of St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars, formerly of Butler, died Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2015, at St. John's. Ruth was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Rev. Henry and Elsie Eberle. Ruth married David Boughton on Feb. 16, 1974, in Staten Island, N.Y. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1990. In addition to her parents and her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Eberle; and an infant brother. She is survived by many loving cousins, both locally and around the country. Ruth attained her degree in nursing at the South Baltimore General Hospital in 1943 and served in the Army during World War II as a captain in the Nursing Corps from 1944 to 1946. She was held briefly as a prisoner of war by the Germans during her time in Europe. After her discharge from the Army, she spent 10 years as a missionary and nurse in India. Upon her return to the United States, she earned certification in gerontology and worked for Eager Lutheran Hospital in Brookline, N.Y. until she retired in 1985 and moved with her husband to Butler. She was an active volunteer for 22 years at St. John Specialty Care Center until September 2009 and was devoted to God and caring for others. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Connoquenessing, president of the American Lutheran Church Women and served on many committees and boards involving the Lutheran Church. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at St. John Specialty Care Center Chapel, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars. Burial will be in Coraopolis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to ELCA World Hunger, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764 or to St. John Specialty Care Center, P.O. Box 928, Mars, PA 16046. Arrangements are under the direction of the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Geiger, Ruth J. 78

  • Valencia
  • Born: 1936-10-20
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jane Hayes Geiger, 78, of Valencia, passed away Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. Born Oct. 20, 1936, in Sewickley, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Emma F. Kolb Hayes. Ruth was a member of St. Kilian Parish and the Ladies of Charity there. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, dining out, photography, scrapbooking and Scrabble, but her favorite times were spent with her husband, six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of more than 60 years, Joseph C. Geiger Jr., whom she married Jan. 15, 1955; a daughter, Sandra Becker (John), of West Deer Township; five sons, Joseph Geiger (Patty), of McCandless, Eric Geiger (Monica), of Pittsburgh, Mark Geiger (Laura), of Peachtree City, Ga., Matthew Geiger (Amie), of Butler, and Michael Geiger (Kristy), of Mars; her grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany), Amanda, Brian (Sandy), Sarah, Jeff, Dan, Max, Jordan, Luke, Kylie, Roan, Jackson and Cole; her great-grandchildren, Colt and Aubrey; and a sister, Elaine Snell (Mel), of Springdale. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Township. Memorials may be made to Lifeline of Cranberry. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Skundrich, Keith J. 54

  • Mars
  • Born: 1961-02-18
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Keith J. Skundrich, 54, of Mars, died Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015, at his home. Born Feb. 18, 1961, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Alice Zielinski Skundrich and the late James Skundrich. Keith was a sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Union Local No. 12 in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his mother, Alice Zielinski Skundrich, of Gibsonia; a son, Matthew Freisch, in California; a brother, Blair Skundrich (Donna), of Pittsburgh; and two nephews, Nick and Layne. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Sparacino, pastor of St. Richard Church, officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Richard's Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Tindell, Terri A. 46

  • Butler
  • Born: 1968-07-17
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Terri Anne Tindell, 46, of Butler, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her home. She was born July 17, 1968, in Kittanning, daughter of the late Barbara (Patton) Olinger. Terri attended Kittanning Senior High School. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Russell "Chub" and Jean Patton. She is survived by her children, Chelsea Booher (Jordan), of Ford City, Zac Booher, of Butler, and Stephanie Booher, of Triangle, Va.; a brother, Rusty Kuchta (Jeanne), of Macungle, and two nieces, Molly and Maddy. Terri was a proud grandmother of one granddaughter, Alyvia Klingensmith. Friends and family will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning with the Rev. John W. Snyder, officiating.
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Fayette County

Kostelac, Stephen A. 59

  • Fayette City
  • Born: 1955-08-18
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Stephen A. Kostelac, 59, of Fayette City, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Monongahela Valley Hospital. A son of Rudolph and the late Beatrice Haggerty Kostelac, he was born in North Charleroi on Aug. 18, 1955. Steve was employed as a welder for Aquatech International until 2008. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jeremy Staley of Newell; granddaughter, Keira Staley of Newell; father, Rudolph Kostelac of Fayette City; former wife and close friend, Karen Bethem Kostelac; and a sister, Antoinette Vezzani and her family of North Huntingdon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Kostelac on Dec. 26, 2008. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 4 p.m. with Msgr. Roger Statnick officiating. Interment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery at a later date.
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Taxacher, Dorothy J. 82

  • Everson
  • Born: 1933-02-16
  • Died: 2015-05-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. (Hebda) Taxacher, a longtime resident of Everson, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Everson, a daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Pogwizd Hebda. Dorothy was a member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Everson. She was a social member of the Scottdale VFW Post No. 7781. She was a former employee of Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. with six years of service and also a former employee of Gallatin National Bank, Connellsville, for 10 years. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and enjoyed spending quality time with them. Dorothy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her; her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Robert B. Taxacher, whom she married April 28, 1962; her three loving children, Robert Mark Taxacher and wife, Jennifer, of Scottdale, Kathleen R. Delara Taxacher, of Everson, Thomas Taxacher and wife, Alisa, of Mt. Pleasant; and her loving and faithful fur baby companion of 15 years, "Buddy"; her devoted grandchildren, Kristin Holland and husband, Adam, of Florida, Sarah Taxacher and Fiance, Casey, of Monarch, Michael Taxacher, of Scottdale, Lauren and Melina Taxacher, Julie, Emily, Anna and Luke Taxacher, Steven Delara and wife, Amy, of Scottdale, and Nicholas Taxacher; her six great-grandchildren, Savannah, Harper, Alahnah, Summer, Landon and Levi and another great-grandchild due any day; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo E. "Echo" Hebda, Dec. 28, 1996, Louis F. Hebda, Oct. 31, 1998, Joseph F. Hebda and Ladislaus E. "Duke" Hebda, Mar. 19 2005; and four sisters, Julia Hebda in infancy, Mary Czernik, May 1974, Helen J. Baluch, Jan. 17, 2000, and Cecilia R. Flanagan, Dec. 27, 2009. Dorothy's family will greet friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with her funeral Mass to follow at 10 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. The St. Joseph Society will recite the Rosary at 12:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Washington County

Jackmeyer, Theresa M. 55

  • Bentleyville
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. Jackmeyer, 55, of Bentleyville, died Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015. She was the beloved sister of Patsy Ryan, of Wilkins Township, Lorraine (John) Vinson, of Alabama, Fred (Barb) Jackmeyer, of North Huntingdon, and Richard Jackmeyer, of Forest Hills. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Theresa (Minnaji) Jackmeyer; and her sisters, Agnes Barczyk, Mary Margaret Jackmeyer and Linda Jackmeyer. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. Theresa will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Nickisher, Cliff 59

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1955-10-28
  • Died: 2015-05-27
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  • A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Cliff Nickisher, 59, of Charleroi, who died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Born Oct. 28, 1955, he was the son of the late Cliff and Theresa Nickisher. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, and was a graduate of Bishop Canevin High School and Duquesne University, where he majored in business and music. He worked as a district manager for Red Bull Inn, training manager for Chi Chi's, and most recently was a market partner at Texas Roadhouse in the Pittsburgh and West Virginia area. His hobbies included fishing, landscaping, and NHRA drag racing. He was a big Steeler's fan and he took great pride in working on projects around his home. He was also a proud supporter of TTOS, Relay for Life, and Andy's Outreach. Cliff is survived by his wife, Colleen Murphy Nickisher; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and John Bruno of Charleroi; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kirstie Bruno and Jonathan Stark of North Charleroi; great-grandson, Barrett Bruno Stark; sister-in-law, Karen Semon and husband, Terry, of North Charleroi; brother-in-law, Bernie "Murphy" Murphy of Churchill; and his English Setters, Dee Dee, Raven, Trixie, and Sako. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Tina Ward. Memorial contributions may be made in Cliff's name to the Washington Area Humane Society, PO Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. The CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Turic, Rose M. 85

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1929-09-23
  • Died: 2015-05-27
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  • Rose Marie "Bella" Turic, 85, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Sept. 23, 1929, in Monongahela, she was the daughter of the late Savero "Sam" and Rose Greco Curcio. After graduating in 1948 from Monongahela High School, Bella worked at the former McCrory's 5 and 10 store in Monongahela until 1955. Then in 1972, she began working in the circulation department at the Daily Republican/ Observer Reporter newspaper until her retirement in 1992. A member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela, she enjoyed playing cards and having breakfast with her friends at Hill's restaurant. She was an avid NASCAR fan along with her husband, Gene. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Eugene Turic; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanie and Anthony Piscitelli of Monongahela; a granddaughter, Jacqueline Inserra and her fiance, John Foster; and a brother, Robert J. and wife, Linda Curcio, of New Eagle. She was blessed with many nieces and nephews by whom she loved and Rusty. Preceding her in death were a brother, Donald J. Curcio Sr.; and a nephew, Donald J. Curcio Jr. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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O'Loughlin, Edith E. 98

  • Berlin , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-05-26
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  • Edith E. (Knorr) O'Loughlin, 98, of Berlin, Pa., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Meadowview Nursing Center. She was beautiful and intelligent, a Carnegie Tech grad from the School of Fine Arts in 1940, a talented pianist and accompanist, who could sight-read well into her 90s and a prolific artist who painted every day while bringing eight children into the world. She was loved by her family and everyone she met for her kindness and welcoming good humor. When she was 75, she astonished her family and friends with an art exhibit at her beloved Somerset Art Center in Somerset, where she showed 75 of her paintings, which she painted during her busy family child-raising. She also was involved for 25 years, in the 1950s through the 1970s, in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Hospital Auxiliary, where her husband Dr. David L. O'Loughlin was an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist. Her daughter, Edith, of Mt. Lebanon, describes her mother as a 5'1/4" beautiful woman, both inside and out, with a creative determination to bring out the best qualities in each of her children throughout their lives. She made each of us learn a musical instrument, including the piano, voice training, violin, guitar and flute. And she cheerfully volunteered to play the piano at all of the recitals, plays and dance cermises from the time they were children to well into their adult lives and into her 90's! She would smile often, but engage in serious conversation, find common interests and create long term good will and friendships. She always put people at ease. Edith was born in Pittsburgh, the first daughter of W.L. Knorr, the owner of the largest bakery and confectionery and supply business between New York, N.Y., and Chicago, Ill. Her mother, Cordelia Benz, was also an artist of considerable ability. Edith was predeceased by her younger sister, Cordelia Elias. Edith attended Mt. Mercy Academy, went to the University of Pittsburgh for one year and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in the School of fine Arts at what was then Carnegie Tech (now CMU). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. During the lead up to World War II, while she was at Carnegie Tech, Edith began dating Dr. David L. O'Loughlin, a Pittsburgh tennis star (He won the National Boys Tennis Championship in 1922). They married in October of 1940 and immediately began a family: David, the firstborn in July 1941. Seven more children followed, whom she treated with the same love and attention to developing their best qualities. Dinners at home were required attendance for all. Friends were always welcome and were astonished by the spirited discussion of religion, politics and the arts. The untimely death of Edith's husband a mere 13 years later was a severe blow to the family and particularly to Edith. However, she was determined to persevere and poured herself even more than ever into her children and on into later life, her grandchildren. She walked every day with her German shepherd dogs in the mountains of Somerset and in the winter she would cross-country ski and snowshoe. At age 76, she skied the five-mile Kooser Dam Trail. And that summer climbed with her grandchildren to the highest mountain in Pennsylvania, the top of Mt. Davis, from the Deer Valley YMCA Camp. She played the piano daily for her son, Sean, whose classical voice resonated throughout the Somerset Mountains. Her daughter, Cordelia, recalls of the 1950s that Mom always had great insight and understanding. She often said, "It's a great life if you don't weaken." She was a loving, kind and thoughtful person, who helped us in both our young and older lives. My sister, Dede, and I had our Snowman Galas in the mountains and Mom was always there for the festivities with a hand-painted snowman of one kind or another. Edith was a prolific reader. Give her a book of any genre, fiction or nonfiction and Mom would read it. She particularly loved some very old classics of James Oliver Curwood and Zane Grey. When she didn't have any new books at hand, she would reread one of these authors. And that was just about everything, since she had two attorneys, a marine computer scientist, a dentist, an insurance executive, a teacher, an accountant, a nurse and a professor of political science. She was fun to be with and made everyone feel wonderful about themselves without seeming even trying. She wrote a complete family history gleaned from her daily journalled memoirs of more than 80 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. David L. O'Loughlin; devoted mother of David (Johanna), William (Christine), Edith O'Loughlin Slezak (William), Dr. Laurence (Maureen), Sean Hughes, Cordelia Lowther (H. Dennis), Michael (Janice Murphy) and Terrence (Karen); also survived by 15 loving grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister of the late Cordelia Knorr Elias. Friends will be welcomed from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Winifred Church, 550 Sleepy Hollow Road, Mt. Lebanon. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Betty L. 83

  • Mogadore, Ohio
  • Born: 1931-11-23
  • Died: 2015-05-24
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  • Betty L. Davis, 83, of Mogadore, Ohio, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Vandergrift, to David W. and Esther (Miller) Custer. She attended the United Presbyterian Church in Vandergrift and the Kent United Methodist Church in Kent, Ohio. Betty enjoyed hosting tours in the Vandergrift area, bingo and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Davis Sr., whom she married July 25, 1953; son, Richard A. (Judith A.) Davis Jr., of Mogadore, OH; grandson, Matthew R. Davis; sister, Alice Long, of Vandergrift; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pennsylvania at a later date. BISSLER AND SONS FUNERAL HOME are handling the arrangements.
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Gwozdz Jr., Frank B.

  • Died: 2015-05-19
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  • Frank B. Gwozdz Jr. died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was the loving husband of Mary Ann (Ewanits) Gwozdz; beloved son of Mary Gwozdz and the late Frank B. Gwozdz Sr.; cherished brother of Carol (Peter) Quinlan, Patricia (Timothy) Ross, Elaine (Gary) Sommers, Linda (Roger) Wienke and David (Michelle) Gwozdz; also survived by sisters-in-law, Fran Ewanits, Joni Ewanits, Dolores Richardson and Bernadette (Thomas) Gregor; and several nieces, nephews, and his special pets, Ally, Daisy and Nicky. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at Sacred Heart Chapel, 16501 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Md. Interment will be private. If desired, contributions may be made in Frank's memory to Hospice of the Chesapeake, John and Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at: www.beallfuneral.com.
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Mangus Jr., Richard E. 58

  • Winslow
  • Born: 1956-10-03
  • Died: 2015-05-24
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  • Richard E. "Rick" Mangus Jr., 58, of Winslow, Ariz., went home in peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Sunday, May 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was a beloved husband, father, son and grandfather. He was born Oct. 3, 1956, in McKeesport, and moved to Arizona with his family in 1971. Through the years, his work and wanderlust took him from Philadelphia to Alaska and back to Arizona. For the last 20 years, Rick worked as a journeyman lineman and troubleshooter for Arizona Public Service in the Winslow area. Family was his top priority and he was the best, hunting and fishing was his second love. Always a friend - he will be sorely missed by all. Rick is survived by his wife, Dee; daughters, Katelyn (Alec) Mole, of Avenger, Texas, Rebekah Mangus, of Albuquerque, N.M., Jenniffer, Kristina, Lilly and Hannah Mangus, of Winslow. Richard had one grandson whom he loved dearly, Dominic Joseph (Little Joe) Mangus. He is also survived by parents, Richard Sr., and Kathleen Mangus, of Peoria, Ariz.; brothers, Mark Mangus, of Peoria, Daniel (Janet) Mangus, of Glendale, Ariz.; and sister, Deborah (Stewart) Cyment, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at GREERS MORTUARY, Winslow. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at Desert View Baptist Church, with reception immediately after. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, Phoenix, Ariz.
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Mullin, Peter T. 71

  • Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Born: 1944-01-11
  • Died: 2015-05-23
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  • Peter Thomas Mullin, 71, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Grand Junction, Colo. Pete was born Jan. 11, 1944, in Pittsburgh, to John and Antoinette Mullin. Pete grew up in Greensburg, where he attended and graduated from St. Xavier private school in Latrobe. For high school, Pete attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va. He graduated in 1963 as a second lieutenant. For college, Pete ventured west and went to The College of Emporia in Emporia, Kan. He graduated in 1967 with a degree in business administration. Pete married Theresa "Tess" Pearson Mullin in June 1967, in Elizabeth City, N.C. They had two children, Matthew John Mullin (Jeanine) and Jennifer Marie Mullin Garcia (Marc Garcia), both living in Grand Junction. Pete has three grandchildren, Katelynn Elizabeth McKitrick, Landen John Mullin and Matthias Mullin, all of Grand Junction, Colo. Pete has two step-granddaughters also of Grand Junction, Angelica Huff-Mullin Thibodeau (Josh) and Ashlun Huff-Mullin; and two step-granddaughters, Meriah Garcia and Megan Garcia, of Montrose, Colo. Pete is survived by two sisters, Sarah Denis (Greg) of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and Mary Cox (William), of Alton, Ill. He has one living brother, Joseph Mullin (Michelle), of Latrobe. After Pete's marriage in 1967, he and Tess moved to Kansas City, Kan., and Pete worked for Jewel Tea Company. In 1968, they moved to Denver, Colo., and Pete went to work for General Mills Inc. as a sales representative. In December 1970, the company moved Pete and his family to Grand Junction. He retired in 2002 after 34 years of service with General Mills. After retirement, Pete worked at Sam's Club as a food demo representative for 10 years. Pete enjoyed his job because he loved going out and meeting people and talking to everyone about everything. Pete loved the western slope of Colorado because of the outdoor activities. His favorite things were hiking, especially with his dogs, Truffles, Sophie and Gabby, fishing and restoring classic cars. There will be a Mass held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church to honor Pete and his life. There will be a reception at Pete's home at 2022 Rosette Court in Grand Junction following Mass. Everyone is welcome.
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Norris, Gary J. 68

  • Milton, Del.
  • Born: 1946-07-20
  • Died: 2015-05-22
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  • Gary Jay Norris, 68, of Milton, Del., died Friday, May 22, 2015, at his home. He was an award-winning city planner. Gary, a loving friend, father, grandfather, brother and uncle is survived by his devoted family: Barbara Rankin, of Milton; Holly (Norris), Calvin, Olivia and Camryn Shearer, of Chambersburg; Mary, Glen, Adam and Anna Birmingham, of Avondale; Laura Robson, Tam, Andrew and Silje Rankin, and Charles Rankin, of Portland, Ore. Born July 20, 1946, in Tarentum, he was preceded in death by his parents, Roberta and James Norris. Tall and handsome, Gary was a caring, affectionate, dependable and unassuming man, whose quiet but confident manner endeared him to all of his friends. He was well-read on a variety of subjects; he loved history, politics, geography, sports and the arts and enjoyed his role as neighborhood weatherman. Gary loved life at the beach and took advantage of any opportunity to indulge his passion for good food, drink, music and camaraderie. Gary enjoyed entertaining and acting as the sous chef and host for dinner parties. Grill-master extraordinaire was his title among friends. Among his many, many other interests and avocations were traveling, playing the guitar, reading, yoga, watercolor painting and bridge. Gary retired from a 40-year career in urban and regional planning in late 2013. He served as city planner of Milford from May 2006. Here he planned and developed significant aspects of the town center and riverfront and adjacent developments. During his tenure, the city received the "Great Places in America: Streets" award from the American Planning Association. Gary served in similar positions in the City of Surprise, Ariz., Maricopa County, Ariz., Chambersburg and Franklin County. His 1997 comprehensive plan for Chambersburg was named "Outstanding Plan for Small Jurisdictions" by the Pennsylvania Planning Association. Publications include "Population Growth along the I-81 Corridor", Pennsylvanian, 5/89. He also designed and taught a studio course in urban planning at Salisbury (Md.) University and was an instructor of planning at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. Gary earned his master's degree in urban regional planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Thesis "Statistical Variations in the Amount of Soil Conservation Practiced in Pennsylvania". He was a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Tarentum High School. Both an athlete and a sports fan, Gary enthusiastically rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. Gary's real passion, however, was golf. He golfed locally with his many friends and enjoyed the challenges of courses across the country and abroad. Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Bandon Dunes, Adare Manor Golf Club in Ireland and the storied St. Andrews Links in Scotland are just a few of the courses he played. Gary was a life member of the American Planning Association. Other affiliations included The American Institute of Certified Planners, the Delaware Planning Association, the Urban Land Use Institute, Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring and the George Washington Lodge No. 143, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. A memorial service and celebration of Gary's life will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Penn National Golf Club and Inn in Fayetteville. Tee times are available beforehand. Arrangements by PARSELL FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORIUM, ATKINS-LODGE CHAPEL, Lewes, Del. In honor of Gary, please consider donations to The First Tee of Delaware, P.O. Box 419, Rockland, DE 19732, an organization devoted to youth, teaching life skills and leadership through golf. Gary's smile, laugh, giggle and infectious sense of humor will be missed and always remembered.
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Stanley, AnnaRuth 86

  • Hendersonville, N.C.
  • Died: 2015-05-21
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  • AnnaRuth "Ann" (Dunlap) Stanley, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at the Elizabeth House. She was a cancer victim. She had been in declining health for several years. She and her loving husband of 39 years, retired Air Force Col. William T. "Bill" Stanley, have resided at 15 Delacy Drive in Hendersonville, N.C., since 1993. They came from Melbourne, Fla., to start the Air Force Junior ROTC program at East Henderson High School that year. Ann was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Dickerson Run, to Eugene C. Dunlap and Pauline (Dye) Dunlap, both deceased. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Dunlap and George Dunlap, of Dickerson Run; and her only son, David Marko, of Connellsville. She graduated from Dunbar Township High School and The Durbin Secretarial School of Connellsville. She was married to and divorced from John Marko, now deceased. Ann was a dedicated Christian lady and was an active member of Pinecrest Presbyterian Church (ARP) since 1994, where she served as a leader in the Women of the Church organization and Circle 4. She was also an active member of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Air Force Association. Ann and Bill were married April 30, 1976, at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. They met at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where Ann was the executive secretary to the Deputy Director of Plans and Policy for the Air Staff. Following their marriage, she served as a government services secretary for several high-level Air Force officers at Air Force installations in Europe and the United States as Bill was serving on active duty in the Air Force. She also was the secretary for Regional Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Public Health Service in Morgantown, W.Va. She retired from civil service in 1987 in Phoenix, Ariz. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bill, of the home; daughter-in-law, Karen Marko, of Connellsville; sister-in-law, Dorothy Dunlap, of Dickerson Run; grandson, David Marko and wife, Rebecca, of Roaring Spring, Pa.; granddaughter, Kensie Porterfield and husband, Andy, of Greensburg; and grandson, Derek Marko and wife, Heidi, of Connellsville; also stepdaughters, Louise Ann Hadsell and husband, Dr. Darryl, of Houston, Texas, Melisa Stepp and husband, retired CWO-5 Keith, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lindy Owens and husband, Dave, of Peoria, Ariz.; also grandchildren, Sarah and Martin Hadsell, of Houston, Texas, Dale Stepp, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kayla Owens, of Peoria, Ariz. She also has seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Britton and Sophia Marko, of Roaring Spring, Pa., DeLaney and Hayden Porterfield, of Greensburg, and Mersadie and Piper Marko, of Connellsville. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731 with the Rev. Rhett Carson, assisted by Dr. Chuck Evans, officiating. Interment will be at Black Mountain Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, N.C. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Pinecrest Presbyterian Church general fund. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or to AnnaRuth Stanley, P.O. Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
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Thompson Jr., Henry A. 84

  • Warren, N.J.
  • Born: 1931-02-12
  • Died: 2015-05-18
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  • Henry A. "Joe" Thompson Jr., 84, of Warren, N.J., died Monday, May 18, 2015, at his home. Born Feb. 12, 1931, in Tarentum, he lived in the Valley for most of his life and spent the last three years in Warren, with his son, Gregory, and family. Mr. Thompson was a 1950 graduate of Tarentum High School, where he played football and served as student body president. Prior to retiring, Henry worked as an auditor for Allegheny Technologies for 44 years. Henry contributed a significant amount of time to charity with the Masons (Lodge 502), where he was a 32nd Degree. He was also a Shriner and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. In his spare time, he was an avid golfer and loved spending time with his family. Surviving is his loving wife, Marguerite (Roll) Thompson, of 53 years, of Warren; and his sons, Gregory (Frances) Thompson, of Warren, Jeffrey (Anna) Thompson, of New Providence, N.J., and Christopher (Thalia) Thompson, of Norwalk, Conn. Mr. Thompson is also survived by two grandchildren, Jarrod and Hayley Thompson, of Warren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Albert Thompson Sr. and Ethel (Schroth) Thompson; and his brother, James Thompson. A memorial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Our Lady of the Mount Chapel, in Warren. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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