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Baron, Mildred M. 92

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1922-07-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Mildred M. "Millie" (Danik) Baron, 92, of Russellton, West Deer Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born July 21, 1922, in Creighton, to the late Jacob and Sophia (Muska) Danik. She has lived in West Deer for the past 69 years. She was a homemaker and farmer, helping her late husband Louis "Louie" Baron farm the family grounds. She was also a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton. Her joy was caring for her husband. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Baron; brothers, Joseph, Steven, John and Andrew Danik; and sisters, Johanna Danik, Anna Bartolovich and Mary Tatrn. At Millie's request, a private graveside service was held with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Beck, Carl B. 83

  • Formerly of Dorseyville
  • Born: 1931-12-29
  • Died: 2015-03-02
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  • Carl B. Beck, 83, of Hernando, Fla., formerly of Dorseyville, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Hospice in Lecanto, Fla. He was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Flagstaff, Ariz., to the late Eura T. and Carl W. Beck, and came to Florida two years ago from Pittsburgh. Mr. Beck was a retired petroleum engineer for Gulf Oil in the research division. He was a Navy Korean War veteran and was proud to have served aboard the USS George M. Randall Troop Transport Ship on which he made 52 Pacific Ocean Crossings and 16 Atlantic Ocean Crossings with one Panama Canal passage. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy J. Beck; two sons, Robert and Timothy Beck; and his grandchildren, Mitchell and Sarah Lynn. A graveside inurnment with military honors will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Dorseyville Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. STRICKLAND FUNERAL HOME WITH CREMATORY of Crystal River is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Bontempo, Angelo J. 93

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Angelo J. Bontempo, 93, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was the husband of the late Waetta "Fern" (Finney) Bontempo; beloved father of Blaine (Elaine), of S. Barrington, Ill.; brother of Julia Zumbo and the late Victor, Joseph and Gloria Bontempo; grandfather of Brian Bontempo and Kari Kaleta (Brian); and also great-grandfather of Shannon, Vanport and Lindsey. Angelo was a very active member of St. Joan of Arc Church. He served in the Navy Air Force during World War II and served on civil service in Allegheny County. He was a member of the VFW Library Post 6664, the South Hills Honor Guard and was also a member of the Bethel Park High School football team, as well as the Library Tigers football team. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery with full military honors.
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Bootay Jr., Robert S.

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert Starr Bootay Jr. was received into Heaven Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. His life was centered on his family and faith. Lynne and Bob have been married for 43 years and are blessed with children, Robert S. Bootay III and wife, Liz, Elizabeth B. Rockwell and husband, Andy, and Sergeant. Glen A. Bootay. His grandchildren, Grace, Robert IV and David Bootay, Faith, Lillian and Charlotte Rockwell were the light of his life. Bob is the son of Patricia Bootay and the late Robert S. Bootay Sr.; brother of Brian Bootay; and brother-in-law of Louise Sandmeyer, Dick Swails and uncle of Kate, Meg and Brent. He was the son-in-law of the late Glen and Betty Sandmeyer. He was a member of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. He served on the Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board, Pleasant Hills Library Board and American Cancer Society Board. Bob was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and American Legion. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Bob worked in the lumber industry for more than four decades, the last 35 years with Babcock Lumber. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the sanctuary of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236, with the Rev. Mark Whitsel officiating. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Bunda, Myrna 84

  • Versailles
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Myrna (Palm) Bunda, 84, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, McKeesport. A 1948 graduate of McKeesport High School, she was a member of Versailles Borough Parent Teachers Association, Croatian Fraternal Union No. 146, AARP and Versailles Borough Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Myrna also helped organize Versailles Borough's rabies clinic. Born June 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Ida Forsberg and wife of the late Frank Bunda, who passed away Aug. 17, 2014. She is survived by her children, Stephanie (Joseph) Bojanowski, of New Jersey, Gerald (Susan) Bunda, of Moon Township, and Rebecca (Eric) Smith, of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Jason (Erin) Bunda and Stacy Bunda, Katie Bojanowski and Michael Smith; great-grandson, Bryce; sisters, Verna Kennell and Patricia Harris, both of McKeesport; and nieces and nephews. Myrna will be sadly missed by her pets. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until a 7:30 p.m. blessing on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, with Deacon Dale DeSanto officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Burkhart, Rita M. 76

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1938-11-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Rita M. Burkhart, 76, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret. She was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Etna, to Francis and Lillian Kaiser. She was a homemaker and also worked at Mellon Bank. She was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jacob "Jack" Burkhart; children, Bonnie A. Burkhart, of Ross Township, Robert A. Burkhart, of Shaler Township, Jim (Amy) Burkhart, of Shaler Township, and Laurie (Richard) Mushinsky, of Hampton Township; and five grandchildren, Jake, Brett, Paige, Josh and Ava. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eileen Stevens. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, where a Parish Wake Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral prayers at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw. Entombment at Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum, Glenshaw.
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Clark, Nancy 78

  • Formerly of Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1937-01-16
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Nancy (Cummings) Clark, 78, formerly of Jefferson Hills, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her daughter Anna's home in Treasure Lake, DuBois. She was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Pittsburgh, one of four children of Edward John and Marion Louise (Woolensack) Cummings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Pappy" Clark; a grandson, Randall Orr; a brother, Richard Cummings; and a sister, Mary Lou Conrad. Nancy is survived by her four children, two daughters, Anna (Thomas) Adams, of Treasure Lake, and Theresa (Russ) Osburn, of Hastings, Mich., and two sons, Michael (Diana) Clark, of Clairton, and Jack (Kimberly) Clark, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, W. Robert Orr, Thomas Adams, Rachel (Samuel) Lim, Christopher (Lori) Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Joshua Wallace, Stephanie Clark, Stephen Mantz, Jonathan Henning and Keith Henning; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, John Cummings; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 3 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large) in Jefferson Hills. A funeral prayer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Clairton. Interment will follow in St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. A memorial service will be in the DuBois area at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Tri County Church OTH, 1881 Old Route 255. For condolences and more information, visit www.stephendslater.com.
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Cohn, Sidney L. 83

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sidney L. Cohn, 83, of Pitcairn, formerly of Monroeville, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Pearl K. (Dollhopf) Cohn. Sid is survived by friends. He had been an executive with Kaufmann's and the May Company. Friends were welcomed to a funeral service Monday in the chapel of Grandview Cemetery, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137. Arrangements are by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Consolaro, Connie 98

  • West Deer Townshiop
  • Born: 1916-06-08
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Connie (Grass) Consolaro, 98, of Culmerville, West Deer Township, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born June 8, 1916, in West Deer to the late Daniel and Cinderella (Destefano) Grass. Connie has lived in West Deer all of her life. A homemaker and member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, she also was active in the church Rosary Society. Connie was a life member of the West Deer VFD No. 1 Women's Auxiliary as an active member for more than 70 years. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, bingo and playing cards. Survivors include her daughters, Lucille C. (Edward) Braun, of Bairdford, Johanna Kuhn, of Culmerville, and Cindy (Daniel) Iman, of Evans City; seven grandchildrenl and 11 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Consolaro, Jan. 26, 2002; her brothers, William, Barney and Reynold Grass; and her sister, Julia Charney. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with a Catholic funeral Mass following in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to West Deer VFD No. 1, 1520 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum, PA 15084. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Cosgrove, Keith M. 59

  • South Park
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Keith M. Cosgrove, 59, of South Park, died Monday, March 2, 2015. He was the loving son of the late Robert and Maryhelen (Mihalchek) Cosgrove; beloved husband for 38 years of Debbie (Barnes) Cosgrove; loving father of Justin Cosgrove; brother of Kim Cosgrove, Kristie Cosgrove-Marraccini and the late Keily Bodine; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Keith was an I.T. specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs and also an epistle reader at St. John the Baptist Cathedral. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, where Parastas will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday. A funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Munhall, followed by Interment in Woodruff Memorial Park, Canonsburg. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Cullen Sr., George F. 77

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1938-02-15
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • George F. Cullen Sr., 77, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Baldwin Health Center. He was a retired operations manager for Harbison Walker Refractories in Pittsburgh and an Air Force veteran. George was a member of Bible Fellowship Community Church in West Newton, County Line Chorus Barbershop Harmony Society and American Hunting Club in Potter County, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. Born Feb. 15, 1938, in Belle Vernon, he was a son of the late Jack and Virginia (Tonks) Cullen. He is survived by daughters, Connie (John) Lakovic, of White Oak, and Sally Lasica, of Port Vue; son, George F. (Raena) Cullen Jr., of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, Jay and Justin Cullen, Marissa and Nicole Lakovic and Alexis, Nicholas and Megan Lasica; loving companion, Fran Gelzhiser, of West Newton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at noon Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Mike Sneeringer officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, SW Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Culley Jr., Charles 78

  • Liberty Borough , Formerly of Yukon
  • Born: 1936-06-23
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Charles "Spider" Culley Jr., 78, of Liberty Borough, formerly of Yukon, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. Born June 23, 1936, in McDonald, he was a son of the late Charles and Myrtle B. (Speer) Culley; and the husband of the late Wendy L. (Van Dyke) Culley. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for D. Jenkins Corp. in Elrama. He loved to shoot pool and was an avid bowler and Steelers fan. He is survived by his son, Charles (Becky) Culley III, of Solon, Iowa; four daughters, Antonette (John) Lewis, of Liberty Borough, Diane (Adam) Mussori, of Mather, Tammy (Mike) Herndon, of Grove City, and Margaret (Jaison) Abell, of Mather; stepsons, Kevin (Julie) Ohler, of Yukon, and Mark Ohler, of Latrobe; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Charlene Richardson, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, and wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Myrtle Pearsol and Dalmas Culley. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Hal Dangel officiating. Private burial will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Cummings, Mary M. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (McDonough) Cummings, 83, of Plum, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John P. "Jack" Cummings; loving mother of Mary Pat (late Robert) Mueller, John (Mary Ann), George (Paula), Michael (Barb), Thomas (Sherri) and Timothy (Aliza) Cummings; sister of John "Jack" (Marguerite "Koke") McDonough; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road, (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. If desired, the Cummings family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alz.org).
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Cunningham, Jeraldine 73

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Jeraldine "Jerri" Cunningham, 73, of Shaler Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was the beloved life partner of Jerry Malatak; loving and devoted mother of Michele Cunningham Mikus, of Pittsburgh, Denise Cunningham Hotaling (Brian), of Huntsville, Ala., and Richard G. Cunningham Jr., of Pittsburgh; grandmother of Ashley Brooke Hotaling and Andrew Brian Hotaling, of Huntsville, Ala.; sister of Joann Tomasic, Richard Orgero and the late Frank "Sonny" Orgero; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jerri worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at Bee-Kim for 20 years. Always very stylish, she enjoyed shopping, visiting her grandchildren and spending time with family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church. www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Daw, Gregory D. 66

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1948-05-18
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Gregory Danton Daw, 66, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born May 18, 1948, in Montclair, N.J., son of the late Robert Lane Daw and Evelyn Lewis Daw. He was formerly employed with J. and L. Steel and later worked in the maintenance department in the Kopper's Building in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Booker T. Washington Lodge No. 218, Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Towles Daw; children, Leon Daw Sr., of Harrisburg, Shawn and Robert Petty, both of New Kensington, and Felicia Towles, of McKeesport; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother, Harry Daw, of Lumberton, N.J.; sister, Maureen Daw, of Providence, R.I.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at New Beginnings Church, 705 Shaw Ave., McKeesport, with Elder Albert Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Deer, Sarah J.

  • Formerly of East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sarah J. "Sally" Deer, 80, formerly of East Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. She was the wife of the late Gerald H. "Jerry" Deer and the late Walter Doernemann; beloved mother of David (Sandra) Doernemann, of Whitehall, Carol (Al) Champion, of Wilkins Township, and Theresa Aguilar, of Nevada. Sally was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Nock; dear grandmother of David Doernemann, Nathan A., Jesse and Cody Champion, David and Regina Nock and Marco Aguilar; great-grandmother of Karsyn and Reegan Champion; sister of Betty Clark, of Nevada, Grace Bogovich, of Forest Hills, Dolores Burns, of Florida, and the late Tom Bruner; and special friend of Carol Gerhart and Robin Klocke. Sally was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 207, in Turtle Creek. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at a time to be announced Friday. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Donahue, Mary Ann 59

  • Avalon
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Thompson) Donahue, 59, of Avalon, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was the wife of Patrick; mother of Maura and James P. Donahue; grandmother of Aiden Hurley; daughter of the late Betty Jane and Jim Thompson; sister of the Rev. Rick Thompson, Victoria Graham and Rebecca Thompson; daughter-in-law of Geraldine and the late James P. Donahue; sister-in-law of Meghan Donahue, Michael Donahue and Kathleen Jadlowiec; and aunt of Richard, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Rachel, Carrie, Matt, Erin, Ryan, Shannon and Conor. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 460 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the Church of the Assumption (everyone will meet at the church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Dunmire, Alva J. 83

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1931-06-18
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alva Jefferson Dunmire, 83, of Cheswick died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his home. He was born June 18, 1931, in Apollo, to the late Alva and Rayna Johnston Dunmire and has been a resident of Cheswick for the past 13 years, having previously resided in Allegheny Township, Tarentum and Apollo. Mr. Dunmire was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Springdale VFW and attended St. Alphonsus and St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Churches. He was a supervisor for PPG in Creighton and Ford City. He also worked as an electrician and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, visiting his camp in Tionesta, swimming, spending time with his family and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Eleanore M. Strelec Racic-Dunmire, children, Richard (Marie) Dunmire, of Lower Burrell, Rose (Dale) Wainer, of New Kensington, Matthew (Linda) Dunmire, of Brooksville, Fla., Chris (Calvin) Tobin, of Leechburg, Andrew (Diane) Dunmire, of Vandergrift, and Daniel (Debbie) Dunmire, of Leechburg;12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Leona Pawloski Dunmire; siblings, Veda Cass, L.D. Dunmire, Harold Dunmire, Mary Lou Persoshie, Jack Dunmire, Robert Dunmire and Jim Dunmire. The Dunmire family would like to extend a special thank you to Gateway Hospice for the excellent and dedicated care Mr. Dunmire received. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW and the Army will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Eicker, Isabell V. 91

  • Port Vue
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Isabell V. Eicker, 91, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ralph Eicker; parents, William and Isabell Vogt; two sisters, Claire (Sal) Cavallaro and Jacqueline (Clifford) Taylor; and one brother, William (Josie) Vogt. Isabell is survived by her loving daughter, Holly (Phillip) Schrum; and beloved grandchildren, Mariah and Daniel. Arrangements are private and entrusted to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to please make donations in Isabell's memory to one of the following foundations; Arden Courts Staff Appreciation Fund, 480 Wray Large Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Alzheimer Foundation, 1 E. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, 720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205.
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Evagues Sr., Leonard E. 83

  • Whitaker
  • Born: 1931-11-14
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Leonard E. Evagues Sr., 83, of Whitaker, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. Born Nov. 14, 1931, in Whitaker, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Bajus) Evagues. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of Gene's Place and Dot and Len's in Whitaker. He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. (Wilczek) Evagues; father of Leonard E. (Joanne) Evagues Jr., of Duquesne, Pamela Markovich, of Whitaker, Michaeleene (Tony) Giannandrea, of West Mifflin, Alicia (Brian) Ziemke, of Elizabeth Township, and the late Edward Evagues; and brother of Ronald (Jeanne) Evagues, of Whitaker, the late Lawrence (late Lois) Evagues and the late Gene Evagues. He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Gordon, Ira H. 92

  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Ira H. Gordon, a businessman, philanthropist and World War II veteran, died at Allegheny General Hospital on Monday, March 2, 2015. He was 92. Born in Cleveland, he moved to Pittsburgh in 1950, and was married to his loving wife of 65 years, Nanette Lhormer Gordon, who survives him. Mr. Gordon was born in the Roaring Twenties and his formative years were during the Great Depression. He developed an early love of aviation watching barnstormers perform at local fairs. He attended Miami of Ohio, but when war broke out, he enlisted and trained to be a pilot at Pensacola, Fla. He served with distinction as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific Campaign. In 1950, he started Swift Homes, one of the first pre-fab housing companies. It grew to National prominence. These homes of innovative design still dot the tri-state area today. In 1982, he embarked on a second career starting General American Corp. He grew GAC to be a strong regional player in the mortgage servicing industry. After rapid expansion, in the year 2000, he successfully sold GAC to a national venture capital firm. Not content with retirement, he continued to invest in startup companies and real estate until his dying day. Mr. Gordon served on the board of directors and donated to many charitable organizations. These include but are not limited to: Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley School, City Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony, Carnegie Museum and Rodef Shalom Congregation. With his wife, Nanette, he loved to travel the world. These trips included travel with family, YPO and CEO. Mr. Gordon led early business trips to the USSR and China. For his 80th birthday, he took his entire family to Africa. Above all he was a family man. He is survived by his wife, Nanette Lhormer Gordon; his sons, Scott (Ilana) Gordon and Peter (Robin) Gordon; and his daughter, Jill (David) Stein. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a niece, Karen Kessler. Services at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Ave. (at Morewood), Oakland. Visitation at Temple one and one-half hours prior to services (12:30 to 2 p.m.). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Jewish Federation Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. www.schugar.com.
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Grandinetti, Dr. Lisa M. 38

  • Point Breeze
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Lisa M. Grandinetti, M.D., 38, of Point Breeze, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Jason M. Swoger, M.D.; mother of Stella Swoger; daughter of Peter and Maria Grandinetti; sister of Gina G. Woodworth (Jeffrey); and aunt of Peter R. Woodworth. Lisa was an accomplished dermatologist at UPMC and the Dermatology Residency Program director. Lisa completed her residency at The Cleveland Clinic and worked on staff at the Mayo Clinic. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Bede Church. Everyone please gather at the church. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Lisa's memory to www.lungevity.org or in care of Jason Swoger for a trust to be established for Lisa's young daughter, Stella.
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Gray, Rojeanne 89

  • Formerly of Gibsonia
  • Born: 1925-12-11
  • Died: 2015-02-14
  • Funeral Home: Tribute Cremation, Charlotte | Get Directions
  • Rojeanne Rossiter Gray, 89, of Pineville, N.C., formerly of Gibsonia, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, surrounded by her family. Born Dec. 11, 1925, she was the daughter of Jessie McIntire and Richard Rossiter. Rojeanne earned a degree in nursing from Shadyside Hospital of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University. She worked at the Richland Medical Center from 1960 to 1967 and the Pine-Richland School district as a school nurse from 1967 to 1983. After retiring, Rojeanne and her husband, Richard Gray, moved to Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Winter Haven, Fla., Duluth, Ga., then spent her last four years in Pineville, N.C. Surviving her are her daughters, Roberta Gray, of Gibsonia, Carole (John) Nelson, of Indian Land, S.C.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death was her husband, Richard Gray; her daughters, Sharon Giesey and Susan Argall; and her great-granddaughter, Ally Susan Powers.
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Jozwiak, Mary 88

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary "Gloria" Jozwiak, 88, of Monroeville, formerly of Swisshelm Park, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. "Stay at home my heart and rest. Home-keeping hearts are happiest." - Longfellow. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Jozwiak Sr.; loving mother of Susan L. Price (James), of Plum, Thomas M. Jozwiak Jr. (Cathy), of Harwick, and Jeffrey A. Jozwiak (Jeanlynn), of Forest Hills; dearest Grammy of Matthew, Josh, Brian Price, Jessica, Rachael, Raymond Jozwiak and Nicole and Caity Jozwiak; and great-Grammy of Danielle, Andrew, Erin, Amelia, Abby, Ellie Grace, Tessa, Ethan and Davis Price. Gloria volunteered at St. Anselm's festivals, rectory and Meals-On-Wheels. She was president of Swissvale AARP and past president of St. Anselm's Ladies Bowling League. She was a great cook and loved animals. Gloria was proud of her Irish heritage and especially loved the University of Notre Dame football team. She was also a true fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Gloria enjoyed an active life her last two years at Beatty Pointe Village in Monroeville. Gloria's life reflects a commitment and dedication to her beloved family, friends, church and community. She was a vibrant participant in all facets of her life. Grammy was the guiding light for her eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. We can only hope that her caring spirit will be reflected in all her loved ones who grieve her loss. She will be missed each day of all of our lives. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anselm's Word of God Church. Family requests donations may be made to Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206; or St. Anselm's Word of God Church, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218. www.niedfuenralhome.com.
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Kelly, James S. 74

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Shaler
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • James S. Kelly, 74, of Gibsonia, formerly of Shaler, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 55 years of Reine R. (Richey) Kelly; loving father of Kimberly A. Kelly, of Gibsonia, Kathy L. (Hal) Korber, of Newport, Pa., and James S. (Donna) Kelly Jr., of Gibsonia; brother of John F. Kelly and Jill Bosnak; proud grandfather of Krysta, Melissa, Aaron, Abbey and Libby; and great-grandfather of Kendall and Kora. James was a diesel mechanic for many years with Mack Truck on the North Side. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors, could fix anything and, above everything, loved being with his family and dear grandchildren. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Victor Church, 527 Bairdford Road, Bairdford. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Family suggests memorial donations to the Parkinson's Foundation of Western PA, 3468 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Kenda, John A. 81

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • John A. Kenda, 81, of Swisshelm Park, died Friday Feb. 27, 2015. He was a son Of the late John S. Sr. and Mary (Kocan) Kenda; brother of Frances Colner and the late Margaret Martha, Bernedette Beckstein, Mary Kenda and John S. Kenda Jr.; also many loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. John served his country proudly in the Marines and was an avid golfer. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anselm Word of God Church. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Kirkpatrick, Wallace A. 71

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1943-11-28
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Wallace A. "Art" or "Buck" Kirkpatrick, 71, of Logans Ferry Heights, Plum Borough, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, March 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 28, 1943, in New Kensington, to the late Wallace V. and Dorothy Schultz Kirkpatrick, and was a 1961 graduate of Ken-Hi. Mr. Kirkpatrick also graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh. He was a design engineer for Medrad Corporation of Indianola for 19 years, retiring in 1998. Buck was a member of the Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church of New Kensington, and a life member of the Logan's Ferry Fire Department. One of his greatest enjoyments was hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends at his camp in Tionesta, and riding his ATV there. Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Lila Lee Walters Kirkpatrick; children, Arthur W. "Art" Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kristin, Susan D. Kirkpatrick and her husband, Sam Alt, and Lori Love Hrivnak and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Sarah and Ty Kirkpatrick and Alexis and Trevor Hrivnak; his brother, Todd A. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kim; many nieces and nephews; and his adored Cocker Spaniel, Belle. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lila Lee Kirkpatrick, who passed away in 1962. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by his pastor, Robert J. Henry. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Kresl, Katharina 89

  • Baldwin
  • Born: 1925-11-14
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Katharina Kresl, 89, of Baldwin, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Born Nov. 14, 1925, she was a daughter to the late Mathias and Anna Fetter. She was the beloved wife of Andrew Kresl, who passed in 2012; loving mother of Elvira (Jimmy) Ruggeri, Rose Marie Mount, Teresa (Ron) Derzak, Andy Kresl and Monica (Danny) Olah; adoring grandmother to Gregg (Heather), Jamie (Joe), Rachel (Eric), Markie, Matthew, Andy, Andrea, Alayna, Megan, Tyler, Adam and Alyse; great-grandmother to Lindsey, Ben, Gavin, Isabella, Aviana, Lena and Brody; and sister to Maria Bosz. She loved to spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She loved sewing, canning, cooking and could always be found on Saturday mornings baking the best goodies. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church. Please sign the online register book at www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Kugler Sr., Fred R. 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-12-02
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Fred R. Kugler Sr., 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. Born Dec. 2, 1924, in McKeesport, he is the son of the late Fred J. and Bertha Maxwell Kugler. He was a 1942 McKeesport High School graduate, attended Michigan State College while serving in the Army, specializing in communications, before serving in the Pacific Theater until 1946. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 37 years as an industrial engineer, then was a McKeesport School District bus driver for 12 years. He was a charter member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He served on the building committee of the new church, was a Sunday school teacher, served on the administrative council, was a trustee, a member of the United Methodist Men, the Berrier Adult Sunday School Class and played on the Wesley Dartball team. He also played for the former Mon-Yough Softball League. For more than 20 years, he was a volunteer for McKeesport Meals on Wheels, was a life member of Youghiogheny Lodge 583, life member and chaplain of Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest No. 138, A.A.S.R. Valley of Pittsburgh where he received their MSA award, a 50 year member of the R.W. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Valley of Pittsburgh Legion of Honor, Masonic Veterans and the Sewickley High Twelve Club. His fondest memories were of the summers he spent with family and friends at Deep Creek, Md. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, water biking, was an avid golfer and member of Oakland Golf Club where he accomplished a "hole-in-one." He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret "Peggie" Kugler; children, Fred R. (Michelle) Kugler Jr., of Jefferson Hills, JoAnne (Richard) Kugler Carl, of Elizabeth Township, Karen Lynn Kugler, of McKeesport, and Scott W. Kugler, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a niece and nephew and their families; and several cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother and best friend, Clarence J. Kugler; and great-grandson, Matthew Wood. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at noon Thursday in Wesley United Methodist Church, Broadway Ave. and Prescott St., White Oak. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made to Children's Dyslexia Center, Valley of Pittsburgh, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505.
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Kurz Sr., Karl W. 86

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Karl W. Kurz Sr., 86, of McCandless, formerly of the North Side, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Kay Kurz; longtime companion of Georgia Ann Fellman; father of Karl W. (Karen) Kurz Jr., Kara E. (the late Dato Kadagishvili) Kurz and Kristin A. Kurz; brother of Harry (Barbara) Schreyvogel; uncle of Herman (Diane) Kurz; and grandfather of Hayden, Kaitlyn and Alyssa Kurz, Jakob, Luka and Eva Kadagishvili. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl G. and Lina B. Kurz; and his sisters, Mary Louise Snyder and Rose Kurz. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Wednesday in SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway.
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Leftwich, Barbara R. 88

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Barbara Rebecca (Guess) Leftwich, 88, of Springdale Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Barb was born in Wheeling, W.Va., Feb. 2, 1927, and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in home economics. She worked at Reynolds Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va., and Cincinnati General in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a dietician. In 1954, she married the late Harry C. Leftwich. Barb was the loving mother of Carrie E. (Bernard) Martin, the late Joseph C. (Judy) Leftwich and the Rev. Neil A. (Judy) Leftwich. She was the proud grandmother of Rebecca J. (Todd) Mundok, Emily E. Leftwich, Rachel A. Leftwich and David C. Leftwich. She was delighted by two great-grandsons, Balan W.C. Mundok and Phen J.M. Mundok. Barb was a dear cousin to Ruth Ann Scherich, of Elm Grove, W.Va.; and a beloved sister-in-law to Mary (Earl) Hopper, of Des Peres, Mo. Friends were received Tuesday, March 3, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St. Services will commence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harry C. Leftwich. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's name to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org; or the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St., Springdale, PA 15144; or the Springdale United Methodist Church. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Leyland, Jack 73

  • Buena Vista
  • Born: 1941-11-11
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Jack Leyland, 73, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born in McKeesport on Nov. 11, 1941, and was the son of the late Earl M. and Mary Trainor Leyland. He was employed by Bob Massie Toyota and retired as the used car manager after many years. He was a veteran serving in the Marines. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Tiana (Michael) Melocchi, of North Huntingdon, Jacqueline Leyland, of Arona, Bridget Leyland, of Pittsburgh, and Annie-Laurie Leyland, of Munhall; grandsons, Christopher "C.J." Evanov, Jesse Evanov and David Herrmann; great-grandson, Tristan; siblings, Robert (Dolores) Leyland, of Sarasota, Fla., Ronald (Janet) Leyland, of Elizabeth Township, and Linda "Lu-Lu" Hippard, of Greenock; and Turra Mauldin, of Greensburg, the mother of Tiana and Jacqueline. He is also survived by two very special young men who Jack referred to as grandsons, Nick and Alec Ruffing. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl; and the mother of Bridget and Annie-Laurie, Judith Leyland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Arrangements are being handled by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, (412-678-6177).
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Martin, Shirley 84

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Sittig) Martin, 84, of Franklin Park, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the loving wife of Scotty; cherished mother of Kathy (Jerry) Martin Lehberger; proud grandmother of Jacob, Luke and Noah Lehberger; and sister of Betty McHenry and the late Willa Jane Duda. Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Private burial will be in Fairmount Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2535 Fairmount Church Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements are by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Martonik, Elizabeth A. 77

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1937-12-21
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. "Betty" Martonik, 77, of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Dec. 21, 1937, in Freeport, a daughter of the late William and Anna Thomas Thompson. Betty was the owner for the past 39 years of the Ships Wheel Tavern in Brackenridge. She was a member of Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Tarentum and a life member of Tarentum VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed cooking, gardening, trips to the casino, her dogs and was a Penguin fan. Betty is survived by her children, Deborah Allen, of Brackenridge, and William J. Martonik, of Brackenridge; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Allen, in 1973; her second husband, William L. Martonik, in 1995; and by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Ida Ajian. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor, the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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McCorkle, Dennis G. 67

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1947-03-07
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Dennis G. "Dennie" McCorkle, 67, of Elizabeth Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. He was born March 7, 1947, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Norman and Betty King McCorkle. Dennie was a chemist for Eastman Chemical Resins Inc. He served as a radio operator aboard the USS Blandy (DD-943) during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Gasda McCorkle; son, Daniel (Kristie) Markovich Jr., of White Oak; daughters, Jessica (Mike) Gesmond, of Herminie, and Jeanette Kustra, of McKeesport; sister, Sharon (Wilson "Skip") Lucas, of Elizabeth Township; granddaughters, "Pappy's Angels," McKayla Gesmond and Bree Pisarcik; and grandsons, Johnny Gesmond, Alexander Meyer, Kaden and Mikey Pisarcik and Danny Markovich III. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol McCorkle. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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McPheron, Rita M. 79

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1935-11-12
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Rita M. McPheron, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Farrell, a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Telthorster Cervenak. Rita retired in 2013 as a legal secretary for Jacques and Jacques Law Office in Natrona Heights. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Rita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, crossword puzzles, her cats and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. McPheron; her daughter, Nancy (Pat) Robertson, of Natrona Heights; her son, Jon (Kim) McPheron, of Butler; three granddaughters, Shannon Mell, Correy Robertson and Morgan Robertson; great-grandson, Brayden Mell; brother, Edmund Cervenak, of Mt. Pleasant; and by her sister, Mary Ann Longdon, of Bay Village, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Meryl Little. Services and burial for Rita will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rita may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Mihalic, Virginia 86

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1928-07-06
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Virginia (Cipollone) Mihalic, 86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at home. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township. Virginia met her husband, Andrew, while working in the personnel office at National Distillery in Large, where Andrew was assigned as a federal inspector. She also worked in the offices of Reliance Steel and Ohio Barge Line. Most recently, she retired as the co-founder and manager of Andy's Pool Shop in Elizabeth Township. Always active and striving to better educate herself, she received an associate's degree in business while attending college later in life. Virginia was a past Girl Scout leader, PTA president, member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Victory Fire Department and founder of the former Victoryette Marching Group. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bridges Home Health and Hospice. Born July 6, 1928, in Adah, she was a daughter of the late Nazareno Cipollone and Guilliette (Martucci) Sabatini Cipollone. The wife of the late Andrew Mihalic, she is survived by a daughter, Diana (Allan) Tomich, of Rostraver; son, Andrew M. Mihalic, of New Geneva; two grandchildren, Matthew and Desiree; four great-grandchildren, Ronnie, Breana, Brody and Connor; two sisters, Rita Sabatini Branca, of Philadelphia, and Mary (John) Cipollone Carney, of Elizabeth; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dominic Sabatini, John Cipollone and James Cipollone. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Elizabeth. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Michael Parish, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Geneva. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Musthaler, Carol A. 79

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Carol A. (Hillenbrand) Musthaler, 79, of Reserve Township, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond W. Musthaler; loving mother of Brian R. (Linda) Musthaler, Susan M. (Jim) Giebel and the late David P. Musthaler; dear grandmother of Jimmy, Jason and Sarah Giebel and Nicole and Russell Musthaler; dear sister of Mildred Harting and the late Virginia Friedman; and is also survived by nephews and nieces. Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday only at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Most Holy Name Church, Troy Hill. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Township.
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Nese, Louis 92

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Louis "Gigi" Nese, 92, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Larimer Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Alberta Nese; loving father of Ronald (Lynne) Nese, Donna (Earl) Kunkle and Arthur Nese; grandfather of Michael, Ronald Jr., Daniel and Tara; great-grandfather of Austin, Alyson, Dylan, Olivia, Julian, Savanna, Lyla and Mason; and brother of James, Robert, Grace and the late John, Sam, Rose and William Nese. He also leaves behind several half siblings, extended family and friends. Louis was the founder and former owner of Frankie's. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Nuckels, Frank 78

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Frank "Mike" Nuckels, 78, of East McKeesport, died peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy H. (Slaczka) Nuckels; dear father of Joseph Nuckels and Raymond Nuckels; special grandpa of Racheal Nuckels; brother of William Nuckels, Earl Nuckels and Lois Deer and the late Joseph, Edward, Clarence, Charles, Clifford and Richard Nuckels; son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Nuckels; beloved brother-in-law of the Slaczka brothers and sisters; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Departing prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Mr. Nuckels was retired from WABCO after 34 years, a former dispatched for 31 years with the North Versailles Police Department. He was also an active member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, serving as an usher, member of the Men's Club and the former secretary of St. Vincent DePaul Society.
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Rack, Reva L. 94

  • Oakland , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1920-03-02
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Hunter, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Reva L. Rack, of Oakland, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, one hour shy of her 95th birthday, in the Family Hospice at Canterbury, Lawrenceville. Born March 2, 1920, in Niles, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Freda Gordon Love. Mrs. Rack was a retired high school librarian in the South Allegheny School District, was a member and past president of the Temple B'nai Israel and was a member of its Sisterhood, B,nai Brith and Hadassah. A graduate of New Castle High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Clarion University and pursued her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She is survived by three children, Susan Rack, of Boston, Mass., Barton (Dee Jay Oshry) Rack, of Squirrel Hill, and Bonnie (Gerard) Rack-Wildner, of Cecil; her granddaughter, Mackenzie Rack-Wildner and great-grandson, Wyatt Rack-Wildner; her sister-in-law, Ruth Love, of Pittsburgh; and also by loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister-in-law, Howard Love and Morton and Dorothy Love. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the HUNTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of the deceased Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 230 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The family suggests contributions in her memory to either Family Hospice, 50 Moffet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or to the Temple B'nai Israel, 2025 Cypress Drive, White Oak, PA 15131, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Richey, Barbara A. 82

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Waller) Richey, 82, of Ross Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Neil M. Richey; loving mother of Michael Richey, Ruth Moore, Thomas Richey (Cynthia), Robert Richey, R. Charles Richey (Sue), James Richey, Lawrence Richey (Sharon), Barbara McKnight (Tim), Douglas Richey (Melissa), William Richey and Susan Louviere; proud grandmother of 23; great-grandmother of three; and sister of the late Jean Kirby, William and George Waller. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jillian. Barb was a longtime and active member of St. Teresa of Avila Church, a member of St. Teresa Guild and Christian Mothers and a volunteer for North Hills Meals on Wheels for many years. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Routh, Mary Rita 97

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1917-08-11
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Hershberger-Stover, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Mary Rita Routh, Ph. D. 97, a brilliant and involved Pittsburgh native, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Born Aug. 11, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Mary Rita was born into the women's liberation movements in our country, growing up within a political environment on fire, not only the fight for the right to vote, but for higher education for women. It is no surprise then that Mary Rita's passion and pursuit of both education and political action continued throughout her life. Attending the University of Pittsburgh, she attained her Bachelor of Science in education, her master's in elementary education, and her doctorate in curriculum administration. Her life, dedicated to the education of not only the students whom she taught, but also the public and other educators, illustrated her passions in everything that she did. During the times in her life where she was teaching, her experience ranging from elementary education through the collegiate level, from learning support to gifted classes, it was evident that her passion was finding and executing the best possible way for different students to learn. That showed through her publications and varied work at the administrative and governmental levels as well, as an assistant principal, a curriculum planning specialist for Programs for Gifted Pupils st the PA Department of Public Instruction, and in a brief stint at what is now Family and Children's Services/ Mary Rita, as always, ahead of her time in understanding that one size does not fit all within the education system, showed her different way of looking at the world. Her understanding of the learning differences of gifted, and perhaps artistic children, may have been because she herself was that way. Mary Rita was a poetry enthusiast, and gifted poet herself. Though never published (in poetry), she wrote poetry about her life. A way of expressing her emotions, her thoughts (musings) and feelings, she wrote not only about her personal life, but also as an activist, on what was happening in the world around her. Mary Rita retired to Phoenix, Ariz., where she continued with her poetry and kept up with her passion for political action as a member of Mensa. Her love of traveling and sports was evident through her writings and her refusal to miss any major sporting event, discussing both in her many journals. She returned to Pittsburgh to finish out her life. Mary Rita's brother and sister, Charles and Ida, preceded her in death. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at HERSHBERGER-STOVER INC FUNERAL HOME, 170 Noble Ave., Crafton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 50 W. Crafton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Rowda, Theresa W. 75

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Theresa W. (Wright) Rowda, 75, of West View, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 57 years of Clifford H. Rowda; mother of Keith Rowda, Cynthia Rowda, Kimberly (Matthew) Mavilla and Heather Rowda; grandmother of Terri and Stephanie Kujawa; and sister of the late Jacqueline and Annabelle Wright. Family will welcome friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Theresa was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. She was a very caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Sahli, Lois J. 90

  • Richland Township , Formerly of Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1925-01-12
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Sahli, 90, of Richland Township, formerly of Middlesex Township, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, at St. Barnabas Home in Gibsonia. Born in Richland Township, Jan. 12, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Oren H. and Lenora Milsom Knox. Lois had been a sales clerk at Kaufmann's in North Hills for many years. She was the beloved mother of Julia McCurdy and her husband, Bruce, of Cranberry Township, Joan Black, of Mars, and Linda VanDyke and her husband, David, of Cranberry Township. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Sahli, whom she married on May 14, 1948, and who died March 26, 2001; a daughter, Sandra Hollingshad; her sisters, Beatrice Baker and Estella Morrow; and her brothers, Delbert, Malcolm and Kenneth Knox. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Molnar officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Township. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Saulters, James C. 65

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1950-02-22
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • James Clifton "Jim" Saulters, 65, of McCandless, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Jim was a gentle, funny, kindhearted man. He was a genuine and able outdoorsman, who could navigate whitewater, climb mountains, cross-country ski and tell a good story around a campfire with a wickedly wry sense of humor. His generous nature led him to quietly gift many of his possessions to those who admired them. Jim was born Feb. 22, 1950, and raised in Pittsburgh, moving to West Virginia to work for 20 years. He had recently returned to his boyhood home, where he passed away. After attending Peebles Elementary School, North Allegheny High School and Drexel University, Jim began his career as an inspector for a local food safety company. However, the desire for outdoor adventures led him to become a guide and a manager of Wilderness Voyageurs, a white water rafting company in Ohiopyle. He later was employed by SuperValu Inc. in Charleston, W.Va., where he oversaw distribution, safety and efficiency at their food warehouse facility. Recently he had been planning a long bicycle trip on his beloved recumbent bike as well as a canoe trip to Raystown. His mother, Grace Santmeyer Saulters, and his father, George Clifton Saulters, preceded him in death. He is survived by a nationwide network of good friends who shared his love of the outdoors. Services are private and a celebration of his life will take place in May. 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. Jim gave his volunteer time to restoring old railroad beds to bicycle trails. Contributions can be made in his name to Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2121 Ward Court, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20037. www.railstotrails.org, 1-866-202-9788.
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Simone, Eva M. 99

  • O'Hara Township
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Eva M. Simone, 99, of O'Hara Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Simone; loving mother of Gary (Terrie) Simone; grandmother of Amanda (Kenny) Evans and Chris Gordish; and sister of Lloyda Kostolansky, Delford Mencarelli and the late Evo Mencarelli. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, dear friends and her beloved cat, Napolean. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where prayers will be recited at 10 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pio Parish, St. Edward Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Edward Church, 450 Walnut St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Sipes, Marjorie E. 95

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1920-02-12
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Marjorie E. Sipes, 95, of Fawn Township, went to her heavenly home Monday, March 2, 2015, at Concordia Lutheran Home, Sarver. Mrs. Sipes was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Karns City, to the late Thomas and Mamie McCracken Yough. Marjorie graduated from Fairview Twp/Karns City High School, where she excelled in her studies and played tennis. As a young girl, Marjorie rescued a small child playing on the railroad tracks. She yelled to the little boy to get off the tracks as a train was coming. Her warning went unheeded, so absorbed was the toddler in play. As the train came, bearing down, she dashed onto the tracks and tossed the youngster aside before jumping to safety herself. Marjorie lived 64 years in Fawn Township in the same home she and her husband bought when first coming to the Allegheny Valley. She was a member of the Center United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, where in her former years she sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher, a Bible school teacher and belonged to the Women's Society. She was also a Girl Scout leader in the community. Marjorie enjoyed being a homemaker, reading, flowers, music, her pets and especially her family. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her children, Dr. Glenn Sipes, of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Linda D. Sipes, of Frazer Township; three grandchildren, Thomas S. (Amy) Beckes, of Mars, Timothy L. G. (Kristin) Beckes, of New Kensington, and Heather R. (Todd) Melle, of Natrona Heights; five great-grandchildren, Taylor R. Melle, Tanner R. Melle, Hunter R. Melle, Lauren M. Beckes and Natalie R. Beckes; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan I. Sipes, in 1991; three brothers, Francis Eugene Yough, in 2007, Marlin R. Yough, in 1996, and an infant brother in 1922. Family and friends are invited from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights (724-224-7730), where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. James H. Ritchie Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. For online condolences, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions can be made to: Center United Methodist Church, Donnellville Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
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Sipp, Sherre P.

  • Upper Saint Clair
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Sherre P. Sipp, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 57 years to Donald C. Sipp; loving mother of Douglas (Darlene Tepe) Sipp and the late Craig Sipp; dear sister of the late William "Billy" Phillips; and cherished grandmother of Beverly and Foster Sipp. Sherre was a longtime member of St. Clair Country Club and a candy striper for Magee-Womens Hospital. She enjoyed playing tennis, bowling, bridge and painting. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends are welcome from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Mass of Christina Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict the Abbot Church. Everyone please meet at church. Inurnment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Steele, Charles B. 81

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1933-10-27
  • Died: 2015-02-06
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Charles Benson "Chick" Steele, 81, of Shaler Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Born Oct. 27, 1933, in Pittsburgh, he was the only child of the late and Charles Josephine (Scott) Steele. After serving as a pilot with the Navy, he went on to work as an airline pilot, traveling the world until his retirement. Chick lived in New Jersey and Toronto, Canada, before returning to Pittsburgh. He is survived by his children, Deborah Newcomer, of Pittsburgh, Tara Pezzino, Valerie Vinci and Charles B. Steele III, all of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Chick's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Tatalovich, Mildred 97

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-12-15
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Jordan, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Mildred Tatalovich, 97, of Oakton, Va., formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Yugoslavia, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Marovich Grba. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel D. Tatalovich, who died April 13, 2007. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Helene (the late Dr. Thomas) Watts; son, Michael (Suzanne) Tatalovich; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the mausoleum chapel of McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Everyone please go directly to the cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.
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Telli, Betty A. 72

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1942-08-03
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Telli, 72, of White Oak, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born Aug. 3, 1942, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Oliver Kunich. She was employed at Gold Circle in Braddock Hills and was a member of the White Oak American Legion Post 701 Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her loving husband, Charles; children, Denise (Lawrence) Bigante, of Whitehall, John (Christine) Kozioziemski, of Pittsburgh, and Kenneth Kozioziemski, of McKeesport; grandchildren, Larry, Gina, Jamie, John and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Noah, Nolan, Nyla, Marissa and John; siblings, Mildred Goston, of Oakmont, Dorothy (George) Milanovich, of Pittsburgh, Sophia (Christopher) Moser, of Monroeville, Nicholas (Linda) Kunich, of Greensburg, Martha Villani, of Temecula, Calif., and Helen Bane, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings, Catherine Willett, Stella Orgero, Mitchell Kunich, Patricia Weimann, Donald Kunich and Diane Bazner. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held Saturday in the funeral home chapel.
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Wall Sr., Maxwell D. 75

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1939-06-24
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Maxwell D. "Herb" Wall Sr., 75, of Forward Township, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at home. He was a retired firefighter with the Aviation Department for Allegheny County, former member of Blaine Hill and Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Companies and an Army veteran. Born June 24, 1939, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Isaac L. and Eletha (Stone) Wall. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret A. (Burke) Wall; daughter, Debra Ann (William) McHugh, of Clairton; sons, Maxwell D. (Cindy) Wall Jr., of Forward Township, and John B. (Dawn) Wall, of Elizabeth Township; six grandchildren, Tracy (Rich) Parsons, of Clairton, Jason Martin, of Pittsburgh, Kristin Wall, of Elizabeth, John (Nicole) Wall Jr., of Elizabeth Township, James Wall, of Elizabeth Township, and Matthew (Deneeya) Wall, of Pittsburgh; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, William Charles (Peggy) Wall, of West Newton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Weise, Virginia C. 81

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Virginia Caroline "Ginny" Weise, 81, of Verona, passed away of natural causes Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home. She was born in Cresson, daughter of the late Guy and Mary Grace (Machiarola) Albarano. She was the beloved wife of the late Chef George P. Weise. In addition, she was preceded in death by sisters, Palma Dubis, Louise Santa Maria and Mary Shandor; and brothers, John, Joseph, Francis, Albert and Raymond. She is survived by children, George (Kimberly) and Mark (Kari) Weise; grandchildren, Lindsay Weise, Jonathan Weise, Shalana Scott, Nicole Weise, Brandon Weise and Tyler Kartman; and six great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Weber; and 31 nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Gerard's Catholic Church, Verona, and local garden club, Red Hat Society and Quilting Club. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Gerard Majella Church, 121 Dawn Drive, Verona, PA 15147. Everyone please meet at church. A memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD.
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Winkler, John G. 89

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: DeBor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • John G. Winkler, 89, of Brookline, died Monday, March 2, 2015. He was the husband of the late Dolores C. (Arnold); father of Dolores M. (Bob) George and Kenneth (Anne) Winkler; grandfather of Rob (Michelle) George, Beth (Earl III) Sorsby, Leslie (Mike) Boscarino, Amy and Michael Winkler; and great-grandfather of Earl IV and Easton Sorsby. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Loreto Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or a charity of your choice.
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Wright, David B. 79

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • David B. Wright, 79, a resident of McCandless, died Monday, March 2, 2015. He was the husband of June L. Fenstermaker Wright, whom he married March 14, 1959; father of Jennifer White and Derek (Colleen) Wright; brother of Roger Wright, Barbara Barner, Jeanette Bremick and the late Gary Wright; grandfather of Kiersten Oberle, Mackenzie and Peyton White and Alexander, Logan and Carson Wright; and great-grandfather of Damien Powell. Mr. Wright honorably served in the Navy and was a retiree of Wellington Power Corporation. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, (McCandless), Wexford, PA 15090. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Memorial donations may be made to the church. Remembrances may be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Altmeyer Sr., Rod H. 87

  • Murrysville , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1927-12-29
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, of Murrysville, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was born Dec. 29, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late George and Dorothy Dickson Altmeyer, and was a 1945 graduate of Ken-Hi. He then graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was part of the Armed Forces Radio. Mr. Altmeyer was owner/operator of Altmeyer Home Stores Inc., a business started in New Kensington by Mr. Altmeyer's father, George, in 1941. The corporation presently has 11 locations in Western Pennsylvania. Rod was very civic-minded and was a member of the New Kensington Rotary and Hill Crest Country Club when he lived in New Kensington. He was involved in the Downtown Improvement Group (DIG), the Downtown Merchant's Association and the New Kensington Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of a national conglomerate, the American Textile Corporation. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church of Murrysville and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington. Mr. Altmeyer was a private pilot in his younger years, and was an anchor man on Columbus Television Stations during and after his college education. He was also an announcer for WKPA in New Kensington and did all of his own radio commercials. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with Jim Glenn, of New Kensington. Surviving are his two sons, Rod H. Altmeyer Jr., of Monroeville, and Robert C. (Bonnie) Altmeyer, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Joshua R. Altmeyer and Giavanna M. Altmeyer; and his beloved companion of seven years, Renetta DeSimone. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith J. Roethele Altmeyer, who passed away in 2006; his brother, George Altmeyer Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy and Gretchen. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Beveridge, Lois A. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-12-10
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lois A. Beveridge, 86, of Greensburg, formerly a resident of Hempfield Towers, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Simpson Tinsley. She was a member of the Armbrust Wesleyan Church and the 2500 Club at Hempfield Towers. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond E. Beveridge; a brother, C. Robert Tinsley; and two sisters, Sara Jane Hawkins and Doris Alcorn. She is survived by two sons, Barry R. (Deborah) Beveridge, of Greensburg, and Neal E. (JoAnn) Beveridge, of Decatur, Ill.; a daughter, Jacqueline (Thomas) Nalevanko, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Stout, of Greensburg, Shirley Capasso, of Greensburg, Linda Wallace, of Columbus, Ohio, and Donna Hornick, of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bridges, Sister M. Teresina 98

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Sisters of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister M. Teresina Bridges, 98, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg. A native of Johnstown, Sister Teresina entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on Sept. 8, 1932, from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Johnstown. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Elizabeth (O'Connor) Bridges, a sister, Mrs. Dorothy (Edward) Snyder, a brother, James, and her first cousin, Sister Jean Frances Peters, SC, she is survived by nieces. She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Teresina taught in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses for 25 years. Then she opened and served as principal for St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda, Md., and later for Our Lady of Lourdes School in Abbeville, La. She served as school supervisor in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, 1962-1965. She subsequently ministered as a principal at schools in Greensburg and in Tucson, Ariz. She was honored by the University of Arizona for her contribution to professional programs for educators. She returned to Greensburg in 1990, and managed the Greensburg Central Catholic High School bookstore. Reflecting on her life, Sister Teresina said, "My prayers go up daily in thanksgiving to God for the wonderful privilege of being called to a vocation with the Sisters of Charity." Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, DePaul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information visit the website, www.scsh.org.
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Calabrace, Katherine 89

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1925-05-16
  • Died: 2015-03-01
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  • Katherine Calabrace, 89, formerly of Latrobe, passed with peace and grace on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born May 16, 1925, in Luxor, a daughter of the late John and Barbara Svetkovich. In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Calabrace, on May 6, 1971. Katherine retired from Latrobe Hospital as a unit clerk in 1988. As a devout Catholic, she spent many hours involved in the faith as first vice president of St. Vincent DePaul, Oblate Saint Vincent Archabbey, member of the Rosary Society and choir at Holy Family Church in Latrobe, and as a volunteer at the Carmelite Monastery and the food bank. Katherine's spirit and memories will remain in the hearts of her family. Survivors include her children, Donna (Calabrace) Schmid, of St. Louis, Mo., Sandra (Calabrace) Jones and her husband, Jim, of Greensburg, Connie (Calabrace) Rose, of Chicago, Ill., and her husband, Terry, of Houston, Texas, Joseph Calabrace and his wife, Lynn, of Bradenville, and Katherine Calabrace-Saracco and spouse, Beth Saracco, of Cranberry; those who called her "Grandma Katie," her 11 grandchildren, Kelly Jones, Adam Jones, Michael Schmid, Johnna Calabrace, Joseph Calabrace, Alicia Calabrace, Dominick Rose, Giovanna Rose, Vincent Rose, Oscar Saracco and Brandon Saracco; eight great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ella, Drew, Santino, Elisabeth, Nicolaus, Samuel and Joseph; a sister, Julie Santavy; a brother, Joseph Svetkovich and his wife, Faye; a sister-in-law, Theresa Jean Svetkovich, all of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews. Respecting Katherine's wishes, there will be no public viewing. Burial will be private. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Holy Family Church, Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650. If desired, memorials may be made to: The Carmelite Monastery, Latrobe, PA 15650; or The Arc of Westmoreland County, 316 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Cuthbert, Martin G. 91

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1923-11-21
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver | Get Directions
  • Martin G. Cuthbert, 91, of Rostraver Township, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his home. Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Venetia, he was the son of the late Martin and Hannah (Bamford) Cuthbert. Martin was a retired machinist for U.S. Steel. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belle Vernon and he served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Thelma (Knight) Cuthbert; daughters, Audrey (Howard) Laverick, of Belle Vernon, and Marlene (Donald) Wendel, of Bethel Park; grandchildren, Christine (Edward) Jesanis, Gary Laverick, Aaron (Tiffany) Laverick, David (Mandy) Curry and Beth (Keith) Banks; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Gary Ralph Cuthbert; as well as his brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Ronald Malm officiating. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to First Baptist Church of Belle Vernon for the Missions Fund, 511 Short St., Belle Vernon, PA 15012.
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Delmont, Genevieve R. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-12-02
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Genevieve R. Delmont, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Briarcliff Pavillion. She was born Dec. 2, 1929. Genevieve was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Anthony Delmont. She is survived by one son, Paul Delmont, of North Huntingdon; and one sister, Linda Shaffer, of Uniontown. Friends will be received from 5 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Forkey, Anna Mae 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-02-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Forkey, 77, of Greensburg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur "Pete" and Irene P. (Paschke) Young. Prior to retirement, she had been a food service manager for Nutrition and was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her canine companion, Zoe. She is survived by her husband, Ronald S. Forkey; a son, David Forkey and his wife, Susan; and a daughter, Karen Mervosh and her husband, Mark ,all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Haley, Connor and Natalie Forkey; and a brother, Arthur Young and his wife, Mary Lou, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. The family would like to thank friends, Patsy, Shirley and Connie. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Garman, Olga 98

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1917-02-05
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Olga (Matthew) Garman, 98, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Allmans, a daughter of the late Mead and Roby (Spacht) Matthew, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diann Smith; sisters, Tressie Glasgow, Keturah Reynolds and Verdena Lovell; and brothers, Lloyd, Millard, Calvin, Glenn and Lee Matthew. Olga loved being with her grandchildren, cooking, making quilts and playing Scrabble. She is survived by her children, Connie (Don) Harrison, of North Huntingdon, and Gary (Anita) Garman, of Butler; grandchildren, James (Beth) Harrison, Kelly (Robert) Bollman and Kim Zahrobsky, all of Irwin, Scott Smith, of Florida, Krista (Gregg) West, of Butler, and Gary Michael (Jancey) Garman, of Erie; great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Justin) Arenas, Chandler Bollman, Allen Harrison, Keturah Baker, Keenan Zahrobsky and Cannon, Grant, Tye and Quinn West; a great-great-grandson; also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Claudia M. Papenmeier officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1230 Brownstown Road, P.O. Box 256, Larimer, PA 15647.
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Germy, Elizabeth Becky 94

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Irwin
  • Born: 1920-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Becky" (Copeland) Germy, 94, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of North Irwin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was born July 19, 1920, in Elizabeth City, N.C., a daughter of the late William B. and Hattie Mae (Owney) Copeland. She was a member of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Germy; son-in-law, Calvin Painter; granddaughter, Nikki Germy; and sister, Juanita Husted. She is survived by her children, Joseph A. (Marylou) Germy Jr., of Palmerton, William L. (Angie) Germy, of Tennessee, Karen (Jefferson) Phillips, of Illinois, LaRue Painter, of North Huntingdon, and Denise (William) Bray, of Irwin; grandchildren, Heidi Winslow, Bria Craycraft, Lindy Charney, Leigh Germy, Samuel and Jacob Bray and Meghan Brown; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Cleary, of California; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Farview Dr., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Greggerson Jr., Bernard F. 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1932-10-29
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Bernard F. Greggerson Jr., 82, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Penn Township, a son of the late Bernard F. Greggerson Sr. and Leona Alice (Myers) Greggerson. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse Trucking. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 344, VFW Post 8240, FOE 844 and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, all of Jeannette, Jeannette Combined Veterans Honor Guard, AMVETS of Greensburg and the Penn Rod and Gun Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Dixon; a granddaughter, Tina Droll; and a brother, John Greggerson. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Henderson) Greggerson; his children, Doris Haus, of North Huntingdon, Glenn Pratt and his wife, Tammy, of Duquesne, Valerie Mezevitch, of Jeannette, Tammy Gross and her husband, Raymond, of Jeannette, Randi Greggerson, of Greensburg, Cheryl Greggerson, of Greensburg, Peggy Greggerson (Clake), of Jeannette, and Diana Klingensmith, of Jeannette; a sister, Alice Shotts, of Jeannette; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home for services. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Grilli, John V. 86

  • Webster
  • Born: 1928-04-07
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • John V. Grilli, 86, of Webster, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in The Residence at Hilltop. Born April 7, 1928, in Webster, he was the son of the late Virgil and Elizabeth Grilli. John was a 1946 graduate of Rostraver High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Greenland and March Air Force Base in California. He graduated from California University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. John worked at the Fort Pitt Casting Company in McKeesport, Buck's Garage and B. Bodgewic Chrysler-Plymouth Auto Agencies in Webster and retired from B. Bodgewic in October 1992. After retirement, John continued to work part time for Matway Chrysler-Plymouth and Falconi Chyrsler-Plymouth in Rostraver. John was an active member of Webster United Methodist Church, where he was the former adult Sunday school teacher, former chairman of the Membership Committee, member of the Finance Committee, the Administration Council and church historian. He was also a member of Rostraver AARP. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Dolores Grilli, of New Eagle, and Alberta Alonso, of Donora; brother-in-law, William Buck, of Fellsburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher (Margaret) Grilli, of Bethel Park, Cynthia (Tom) Greaves, of Herndon, Va., Nancy Zabawsky, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dennis (Linda) Buck, of Donora, Bruce Buck, of Rostraver Township, and Tammy Alonso, of Rostraver Township; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristan Buck Ferguson, Kevin D. Buck, Daniel and Eleanor Greaves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winona Buck Grilli; brother, Eugene Grilli; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Buck and Jean Buck. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township (724-929-7934), www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Webster United Methodist Church with Pastor Ken Jones officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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Hood, Larry P. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1949-09-20
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Larry P. Hood, 65, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Greensburg, son of Alma R. (Mertz) Hood, of Greensburg, and the late Paul R. Hood. He was a member of First Reform United Church of Christ, Greensburg, Youngwood Sportsmens, Robertshaw Retirees and Hecla Sportsmens. He enjoyed car shows, hunting, working on cars, volunteering at church and helping people. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton after 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Nancy A. Hood, and children, Amy Lynn Echard and husband, Mark, of Grapeville, and Kimberly Howard, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jacob, Kristin and Kathryn; two sisters, Drenda Conn and husband, James, of Scottdale, and Elizabeth Schadle and husband, Gary, of Greensburg; a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his special friend, his dog, Junior. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Shire and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
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Houston, Mary Lou 83

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1931-04-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou Houston, 83, of Murrysville, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born April 13, 1931, in Murrysville, a daughter of the late Clair J. and Mary Minnis Houston. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Houston; and infant brother, David Houston. Prior to retirement, Mary Lou was a legal secretary for Peoples Natural Gas Co. for more than 35 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Murrysville, and volunteered as coordinator in the church office for many years. She was a Worthy Matron of the Aspinwall Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She also was a Red Cross volunteer at the VA Hospital. After retirement, Mary Lou could always be found supporting her beloved nieces and nephews at their local school sporting events. She is survived by two nieces, Kathy (Ted) Heider and Traci (Ken) Halleck, both of Murrysville; four great-nieces and nephews, Beth (Brett) Cooper, Jason (Missy) Heider, Bryce Halleck and Mallory Halleck; and three great-great-nieces and nephews, Jasie, Paige and Bailey. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Rev. J. Charles MacPherson III officiating. Interment will follow in Murrysville Cemetery. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Johnston, Linda E. 64

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1950-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Linda E. (Fetter) Johnston, 64, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. and Clara M. (Jones) Fetter. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an administrative assistant with Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Ronald, Bruce, David and Robert Fetter; and two sisters, Ida Ewbank and Joyce Polo. Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank W. "Bud" Johnston Jr.; two daughters, Carey Martin, of North Carolina, and Jennifer Johnston, of North Carolina; a granddaughter, Callie Martin, of North Carolina; two sisters, Sandra (Richard) Clark, of Stahlstown, and Connie Bezick, of Latrobe; and a brother, Terry Fetter, of Ligonier. A celebration of Linda's life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Ligonier American Legion, 109 Kelly St., Ligonier, PA 15658. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Jones, Ashley R. 21

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1993-09-06
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ashley Renee Jones, 21, of North Irwin, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Wheeling, W.Va., as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Sept. 6, 1993, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of David J. and Marlene (Brooks) Jones, of North Irwin. Ashley was employed by Alstom Grid of Charleroi as a line operator, and was a former shift supervisor for Panera Bread of North Huntingdon. She was a 2012 graduate of Norwin High School and was currently attending Westmoreland County Community College for electrical engineering. She was at one time an active member of the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Christopher and Daniel Jones; paternal grandparents, John and Maryann Jones; and maternal grandfather, William Brooks. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Lauren Jones-Little and husband, Christian, of Virginia Beach; a brother, Brandon Jones, of North Irwin; maternal grandmother, Irene Brooks, of North Huntingdon; aunt, Carol Borland and husband, Rick, and their family, of Irwin; and aunt, Lori Tyke and husband, Tony, and their family, of North Huntingdon. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. To send online donations, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Harry M. 91

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1923-07-31
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Harry M. Jones, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born July 31, 1923, in Johnstown, son of the late Ada M. (Hixson) and Benjamin F. Jones. He served as a corporal in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a radio man on Leyte Island in the South Pacific. Harry was a 1948 graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a degree in civil engineering. He spent most of his engineering career at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Prior to his retirement, he was project engineer for Green Engineering in the renovation of the Westinghouse Bridge. Harry attended Penn Township Christian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Fay (Landis) Jones; and thankful daughter, Gwen (Thomas) Wolfgang and husband, John, of Irwin. He was a devoted Pops to his grandsons, Jonathan (Lori) Wolfgang, of Seattle, Wash., and Mark (Nicole) Wolfgang, of Latrobe; and great-grandchildren, Stone, Macy, Piper, Abigail and Elise. Harry was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Don Brookshire and his grandson, Jonathan, officiating. Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harry's memory may be made to Camp Christian, P.O. Box 230, Mill Run, PA 15464. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Lauffer, Alice K. 80

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1935-02-01
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alice K. Lauffer, 80, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Kenneth J. and Wilma Kathryn (Phillips) Gaffney. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John F. Lauffer Jr., of Youngwood. They were married Aug. 17, 1956, in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Youngwood. She is also survived by two sons, John F. (Becky) Lauffer III, of Derry Township, and Robert P. (Cindy) Lauffer, of Youngwood; four grandchildren, Kathryn S. Lauffer, of Derry Township, Michelle R. (Blaine) Kring, of Waynesboro, Jonathan S. Lauffer, of Johnstown, and Matthew C. Lauffer, of Latrobe; a great-grandson, Elijah Lee Kring, of Waynesboro; a brother, John W. (Diane) Gaffney, of Youngwood; a sister-in-law, Beverly Lauffer, of Greensburg; two nieces, Valerie Emerick, Kristen Scharer; a nephew, Brendan Gaffney; four great-nephews, Curtis, Joseph, James and Jacob; special friends, Glenda Rupert, Glenda Kaye Mester-Miller, Jennifer Breegle, Patti Porch, members of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church and the ladies and staff of Curves New Stanton. Respecting Alice's wishes, there will be no public viewing. Family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in St. Luke's Lutheran Church Youngwood. A Memorial Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Peter E. Nordby presiding. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's (Chair lift) fund, C/O the Church, Westmoreland Humane Society or a charity of ones choice. For online condolences, please visit Barnhartfuneralhome.com.
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Macioce, Annette M. 55

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1959-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Annette M. Macioce, 55, of Lower Burrell, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home. She was born May 13, 1959, in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of Dolores M. (Krcelic) Mendicino, of Monroeville, formerly of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul J. Mendicino. In addition to her mother, Annette is survived by her daughter, Kristen Macioce, of Lower Burrell; her sisters, Paulette Clementoni (Russell), of Williamsport, and Lynnette Niro (Thomas), of Monroeville; and four nieces and nephews. All services will be private. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Trafford, (412) 372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Mikula, Edward J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-11-20
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Mikula, 90, of Greensburg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Helen (Regal) Mikula. He and his wife had been the owners and operators of Ed's Place and he had also been the manager of the A and P Grocery, both in Central City. In 1990, he and his wife retired to Greensburg. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, The Knights of Columbus, where he was a fourth degree Knight, and had worked and volunteered at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and a brother-in-law, John Grega. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara A. (Grega) Mikula; two sons, Joseph G. Mikula and his wife, Amy, of Stafford, Va., and James E. Mikula and his wife Bonnie, Hollsopple; two daughters, Mary Anna Johnson and her husband, John, of Eighty Four, and Linda Mikula and her husband, William Beere, of Jeannette; five grandchildren, John, Dan, Kyle, Drew and Jennifer; three and one anticipated great-grandchildren, Lillian, Alden and Shane; a brother-in-law, George Grega and his wife, Valerie, of Huston, Texas; and his two canine companions, Daphne and Gunther. At Edward's request, there will be no public visitation. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nickoloff, Joan B. 72

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1942-09-15
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joan B. Nickoloff, 72, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside. She was born Sept. 15, 1942, a daughter of the late Louis and Helen Black Slaipoh. Joan was the CFO of Fotorecord Print Center, Greensburg. Previously, she had worked at JC Penney in the accounting department and as a Realtor for Hammill-Quinlan Realty Co., both in Pittsburgh. Joan was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was a volunteer at Cathedral Grade School, now known as Aquinas Academy. She is survived by her husband, George P. Nickoloff; son, Paul Nickoloff and wife, Diane, of North Huntingdon; a sister, Bertha Brown, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a brother, Louis Slaipoh, of Florida; a niece, Jeanne Brown, of Southport, N.C.; and a nephew, Dr. Stephen Brown, of Dinwiddie, Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kari Nickoloff. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Private prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. (Please, everyone go directly to church.) Entombment will be held at noon at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441E, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Please mark donations, Research Only). For more information and online condolences, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Nicodemus, Robert A. 69

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1945-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Nicodemus, 69, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born July 26, 1945, in Braddock, a son of the late William F. and Wilma (Schwab) Nicodemus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harry Kloshen; and a nephew, Brian Yezek. Prior to retirement, he was a paramedic with the Fayette EMS and Mutual Aid, and was a lifelong volunteer fireman with the Chestnut Ridge, Dryridge and Greensburg Volunteer Fire Departments. He was also a member of the County Chiefs Association and served as the emergency management director of Donegal Township and Donegal Borough. Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonnie (Miller) Nicodemus; two daughters, Rhonda Moore and her husband, Timothy, and Renee Crabtree and her husband, Ray; three grandchildren, Travis Hall and Camden and Emerson Moore; father and mother-in-law, Harry and Jean Miller; and extended Miller family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Donegal. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Deckinger officiating along with the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and the Donegal Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are by L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Donegal. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 160, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Owcar, Eleanor T. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-07-10
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Teresa Owcar, 86, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 10, 1928, in Johnstown, to the late Anthony and Mary Tertinsky Puhalla and has been a resident of Lower Burrell since 1956, having previously resided in Arnold. Mrs. Owcar was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, and worked for the Wearever Division of ALCOA, the New Kensington Social Security Office and retired from the New Kensington Unemployment Office. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Sherry (Jim) Potocnak, of Allegheny Township, and Cindy Greenlund, of Lower Burrell; son, Randy Owcar, of Allegheny Township; brother, Alfred (Babe) Puhalla, of New Kensington; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Luke) Nichter, Nikki (Chris) Medjesky, Amber and Crystal Greenlund and Spencer Owcar; and five great-grandchildren, Connor Medjesky, Aliyah Greenlund, Bella Miskanic, Ava Nichter and Brayden Medjesky. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Albert Owcar Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pozel, Olga 92

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1922-06-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Olga Pozel, 92, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. During her final weeks, she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 1, 1922, in the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell, to the late Joseph and Mary Debnar Hrivnak, and was a resident of the New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell area her entire life. Mrs. Pozel was a waitress at the IAES Social Club, Arnold, in the 1960's and 1970's and also at the ALCOA cafeteria in the 1960's. She was a member of and a gymnast for the Sokol Club/Camp in Lower Burrell. Olga enjoyed solving word searches, playing cards, especially Canasta, and baking. She loved to dance, especially the Polka, and most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her daughter, Andrea S. Dorwart; grandchildren, Stephanie J. Dorwart, of Lower Burrell, and James W. Dorwart and his wife, Amy Jones Dorwart, of Suffolk, Va.; and her great-grandchildren, Milena Gianna Dorwart and Connor James Dorwart, also of Suffolk, Va.; sister, Mary Piecka, of New Kensington; and brother, Paul Hrivnak, of the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, Olga was preceded in death by her husband, John Pozel, in 1982; brothers, Joseph, Luke, Emil and John Hrivnak; sister, Annie Pish; and her son-in-law, James M. Dorwart, on Sept. 19, 2014. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where parting prayers will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. in John Huss Lutheran Church, 1539 Kenneth Ave., Arnold. Her pastor, the Rev. Jerome Panzigrau, will officiate. Private burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to John Huss Lutheran Church in Arnold.
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Ptaszkiewicz, Corinne M. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Corinne M. "Dee" Ptaszkiewicz, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born April 17, 1927, in Pitcairn, a daughter of the late Clarence Bowen Kuhns and Dorothy Rinker Shaver. Corinne was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, past president and charter member of the Christian Mothers, past president of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Legion of Mary and a member of the pastoral council. She sang in the funeral choir, was a dedicated bazaar worker and was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as the cafeteria manager for the Norwin School District with 28 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph W., in 1999; a daughter, Marianne Kowalski; a brother, Larry Shaver; and two sisters, Jeannie Kuhns and Jeri McMahan. She is survived by two sons, Daniel R. and his wife, Bridget, and Joseph Ptaszkiewicz; two daughters, Dorothy "Dottie" Huha and her husband, Ed, and Karen Butler and her husband, Darryl; two sisters, Dorothy Webber and Sue Agatucci; nine grandchildren, Kristen and Ross Kuhns, Victoria Backer, Matt and Ben Huha, Joseph, Jacob and Alyssa Ptaszkiewicz and Alex Butler; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Roach, Allen D. 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Allen D. Roach, 76, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born May 4, 1938, in South Greensburg, a son of the late Albert and Sarah (Morris) Roach. He had been employed as a truck driver for Flock Brothers and retired from Leaseway. He was a 1956 graduate of Greensburg High School, and a veteran, having served as a Navy diver from 1956 till 1960. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki Lynn Roach; and a brother, Paul E. Roach. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. (Falk) Roach; three brothers, Dennis Roach and his wife, Linda, Lonny Roach and his wife, Sandra, and Richard Roach and his wife, Diane; two sisters, Cheryl Nelson and her husband, Jan, and Kyle Ninehouser and her husband, Paul; and several 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. A prayer service will be held at the beginning of the visitation on Thursday. Interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rochna, Virginia 86

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-07-04
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Virginia Rochna, 86, of New Kensington, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born July 4, 1928, in New Kensington, to the late Leno and Lena Wolainska Favero, and had been a life resident of the community. Virginia had worked in the Fuse Department of the former GE and G and L Company in New Kensington. She was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Leo Rochna; children, Charles J. (Christine) Rochna, of Indiana, Pa., Laura J. (Norm) Terry, of Indiana, and Gary M. (Jeannie) Rochna, of Rochester, Pa.; grandchildren, Matthew Rochna, Brittany (Kyle) Cobaugh, Samantha Kemeny, Eric Kemeny, Nicole (Trevor) Rice and Derek Rochna; great-grandchildren, Riley and Gabriel; brother, Val (Carol) Favero, of Nebraska; and sisters, Mary Del Italia, of Indiana, Bridget Lane, of Florida, and Donna Jean (Al) McClure, of Indiana. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Luella Warman Rochna; brother, Frank Horenzy; and a sister, Rose Himes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Adler Street, Lower Burrell, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at noon at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. John Sczesny. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Rossi, Julia A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-10-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Julia A. Rossi, 87, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Napoleone and Florence (Bilotti) Rossi. Prior to retirement, she had been a secretary for an insurance agency and was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Camillo and his wife, Gilberte "Honey" Rossi, and Anthony F. "Jess" Rossi; and a sister, Concetta N. "Connie" Rossi. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Philomena D. "Chookie" Rossi, of South West Greensburg; two cousins she raised, Linda and Paulette; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Private interment in Greensburg Catholic cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rullo, Marion M. 87

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Marion M. Rullo, 87, of Latrobe, became one of God's angels on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born Sept. 7, 1927, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Emilio Copelli and Margaret (Kabana) Copelli. Marion was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. She loved going to casinos and taking trips to Las Vegas. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Copelli Sr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Hantz and Louise Lattanzio. Marion is survived by her husband, Dominick E. Rullo, of Latrobe; four daughters, Connie M. Spangler and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe, Diane L. Dominick and her husband, Dennis, of Crabtree, Becky A. Maruca and her husband, Joe, of Slickville, and Lori A. Nolan and her fiance, Steve Szostak, of Donegal; a brother, James Copelli and his wife, Catherine, of Latrobe; a sister, Nancy August, of Latrobe; 11 grandchildren, Tracy, Tammy, Carrie and Mark, Billy and Mel, Joey, Jenny and Irvin, Jesse, Amber and Darren, Donnie, Dennis and Amber, and Deena and Karl; 12 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Mark, Gabi, Courtney, Abby, Jeremy, Ayden, Jace, Bre, Kaitlyn, Breanna and Caleb; and special friends, Skip and Barb. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her faithful companion, Cinnamon. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Latrobe. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of Forbes Regional Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness towards their family, and also to the members of the Forbes Road and Slickville Volunteer Fire Departments for their prompt response, diligence and care at a time when it was most crucial and needed. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Schrecengost, Robert E. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-05-26
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Schrecengost, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was born May 26, 1936, in Dayton, a son of the late Peter Sloan and Daisy (Rearick) Schrecengost. Bob was a retired welder for Beckwith Machinery, Murrysville, and an Army veteran. He was a member of Bible Fellowship Church, Irwin, and enjoyed hunting and throwing horseshoes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David E. Schrecengost; two sisters; and five brothers. He is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, JoAnn Schrecengost; children, Robert A. (Theresa) Schrecengost, of Connecticut, and Jeanne (David) Czerniak, of California; also seven grandchildren. There will be no viewing. A memorial service may be held at a later date. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Shirey, Anna R. 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-11-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Anna R. Shirey, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Nov. 17, 1936, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late George V. Zurick and Rose Mary (Horwat) Zurick. Anna was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved to take care of her grandchildren and was an excellent cook who was well known for her potato salad. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Shirey. Anna is survived by two sons, David T. Shirey and his wife, Jackie, of Greensburg, and Frank E. Shirey, of Latrobe; two daughters, Carol A. Murphy, of Latrobe, and Margie Kuhns and her husband, Dave, of New Derry; four brothers, George Zurick and his wife, Eileen, of Venice, Fla., Joseph Zurick and his wife, Rita, of Venice, Fla., Bernard Zurick and his wife, Elaine, of Greensburg, and John Zurick and his wife, Fran, of Latrobe; a sister, Emma Gharing and her husband, Tom, of Latrobe; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Carolyn Shirey, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren, Thomas Murphy, Brandon Murphy, Ryan Seremet, Kayla Buchko, Neisha Seremet, Heather Samide, Jason Shirey and Justin Shirey; and 11 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Tristan, Auxanna, Giavonna, Tatianna, Caleb, Layla, Olivia, Danilo, Mila and Tyler. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, in sincere appreciation of the staff's devoted care and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Skerlec, Mary 77

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1937-12-09
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Mary Skerlec, 77, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Hecla, daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Yaksic. She was a member of the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and two sisters. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Roderick Skerlec; a son, Rick Skerlec, of Ruffsdale; two daughters, Darleen Morelli and her husband, Ed, of Central City, and Sherry Stokes and her husband, Gregg, of Madison; grandchildren, Holly Stokes, of Madison, Jason Morelli, of Irwin, and Dante Morelli, of New York; two sisters, Blanche Kabaci, of Hecla, and Sophia Zagar, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136 Madison. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, in Youngwood, with Father Milan Medakovih, officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church Cemetery, Youngwood. A pomen service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Smith, Joan M. 74

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1940-03-22
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Joan M. "Joanie" Smith, 74, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at her home. She was born March 22, 1940, in Arona, a daughter of Dorothy Jean Ritenour, of Arona, and the late Paul Ritenour. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the former Hempfield Hunt Club in New Stanton as a manager. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Arona, the Order of the Eastern Star and Amaranth. In addition to her father, Paul Ritenour, she was also predeceased by a sister, Betty Jean Mensch; and a nephew, Duane Mensch. In addition to her mother, Dorothy Jean Ritenour, of Arona, she is survived by her husband, R. Daniel Smith; three sons, Daniel R. Smith and his wife, Kathy, of Scottdale, Dale R. Smith and his wife, Charmaine, of Alverton, and David L. Smith of Ruffsdale; a daughter, Debbie Collins and her husband, Gordon, of Armbrust; four grandchildren, Sabrina Smith, Dillon Smith, Cherish Hustek and her husband, Bryan, and Rob Brown; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jaret, Cameron, Ryan and Katherine "K.B." Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. L. Samuel Scheiderer officiating. Interment will follow in Madison Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Arona, in memory of Joanie Smith.
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Stants, Zelma M. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-05-13
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Zelma Marie (Mellors) Stants, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was the daughter of Joseph and Eva McCurry Mellors, born May 13, 1922, in Latrobe. Zelma was a member of the Christ United Mthodist Church in Youngwood, where she was a member of the choir, the United Methodist Women, serving as treasurer for the Greensburg District, taught Sunday school and was a youth leader. Zelma was a member of the Hempfield Garden Club, where she also served as treasurer. Zelma was the manager of Mellors Variety Store in Youngwood for 24 years, worked as a bookkeeper/receptionist at Woodward Foundries for two years and as a director of gift processing for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York City, where she retired after 20 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Nelson E. Stants; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Harrold and wife, Catherine, George and wife, Mildred, and Joseph and wife, Waldreen Mellors. Zelma is survived by a stepson, Nelson L. "Skip" Stants and wife, Rebekah, of Mt. Pleasant; grandson, Daniel Stants, of Altoon; granddaughter, Heather Stants, of San Diego, Calif.; stepdaughter, Sharon Stants Eisele and husband, Duane, of Irwin; granddaughters, Jessica Johnston and husband, Tony, of Levelgreen, and Kaitlin Eisele, of Irwin; nine nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Additional viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March, 4, 2015, at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Seth officiating.
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Steffey, Minnie V. 88

  • Delmont , Formerly of Trees Mills
  • Born: 1926-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Minnie V. (Myers) Steffey, 88, of Delmont, formerly of Trees Mills, passed away peacefully Monday, March 2, 2015, at home, with her devoted family by her side. She was born May 13, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clyde and Rachel (Rugh) Myers. She was the sole survivor of the Myers family. Minnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She was protestant by faith. Minnie was an avid Bingo player and homemaker. She was "full of humor" as some people would say and even laughed at her own jokes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Russell L. Steffey; and daughter, Roxanne M. Goodwin. Minnie will be sadly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Clifford B. Steffey and his wife, Monica, of Kansas; grandchildren, Wendy (Ray) McIntyre, of Export, Christine (Joey) Hampel, of Texas, Breanna Steffey, of Kansas and Jessica Suba, of Ohio; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Kessler McIntyre; daughter-in-law, Lee Ann Moore, of Delmont; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Minnie will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kara Propst of Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont, officiating. Chapel committal services and entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Steiner, Mary L. 92

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary L. (Bartko) Steiner, 92, of Scottdale, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Feb. 28, 2015, in Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born in Monessen, Feb. 2, 1923, a daughter of the late William and Marie Flick Bartko. Mary was a devout Catholic and a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, where she was a 27 year member of the church choir and was recently recognized by the parish for her faithful service. She was a graduate of Monessen High School, class of 1941. Following graduation, she was employed during World War II by U.S. Steel, Monessen. She then married her husband, the late Clark W. Steiner, June 25, 1950. She then devoted her life and love to her husband and raising her children. After she raised her family, she then began working for the Scottdale Library for several years and afterwards volunteered her services to the Library. Mary's many memories will forever remain in the hearts of her family and those she loved, her loving children, Clark W. Steiner Jr. and wife, Joan, of Acme, Marcia Sass and husband, Thomas, of North Huntingdon, Gerald T. Steiner and wife, Sandy, of Mt. Pleasant, Gary D. Steiner, of Scottdale, and Alan J. Steiner and wife, Judy, of Shaler; her six grandchildren, Laura Farrington and husband, Adam, of New Jersey, Aaron Steiner and wife, Jackie, of Champion, Mark Steiner and wife, Tricia, of Virginia, Kevin Sass and wife, Haley, of North Huntingdon, Brian Sass, of Ohio, and Nicholas Steiner, of Shaler; five great-grandchildren, Karissa, Ashton and Christian Farrington, Brooks Steiner and Gabriel Sass; three sisters, Joan Timko and husband, Mike, of Perryopolis, Bernadine Arendash, of Ohio, and Beatrice Buchta and husband, John, of Monongahela; and a brother, Joseph Bartko and wife, Dorothy, of Ohio. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Clark W. Steiner, Sept. 24, 1989; three sisters, Martha and Rozella Bartko and Barbara Gardner; and three brothers, William, James and Thomas Bartko. Mary's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where parting prayers will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, send condolences, order flowers or obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Watson, Warren Bizz W. 89

  • Ardara
  • Born: 1925-05-20
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Warren W. "Bizz" Watson, 89, of Ardara, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born March 20, 1925, in Ardara, a son of the late John Hamburg and Martha Ann (Tharp) Watson. He was a retired fitter for Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh with 37 years' service and was also a bus driver for Laidlaw/First Student for 12 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army for three hundred days in combat in the European Theater of operations, receiving four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. He was a member and chaplain for VFW Post 781 and a member of American Legion Post 359, both of Irwin; a member of Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School for 27 years and was the assistant Boy Scoutmaster for two years. He also coached Colt baseball, taught senior driving, was a paramedic for Rescue 8 for 12 years and was an avid golfer and bowler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Watson; and siblings, Mary Jane Sherwood, Martha Derick and James and Andrew Watson. He is survived by his wife, of more than 71 years, Betty M. (Hand) Watson; his children, Betty Jean Hanna, of Ohio, Warren William (Beth) Watson, of Kansas, Glenn Edwards (Karen) Watson, of Maryland, and Linda Lee (Jeff) Schliffka, of Adah; grandchildren, Linda Bovard, Lana Lotarski, Wade Watson, Amy Kiem, Kelli Watson, Jennifer Pizzello, Jahme McMellen, Kara Day, Jeffrey Schliffka and Julie Yauger; 11 great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Carlisle V. Lloyd and the Rev. Thomas Steiner officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may contribute to Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3380 Nehrig Hill Road, P.O. Box 175 Ardara, PA 15615. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Wesling, Eugene G. 91

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Eugene G. "Red" Wesling, 91, of Jeannette, beloved father of twin daughters Debra and Diana, peacefully made the passage to heaven Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the home of Debra. "Red" joined his forever love Anna who entered the kingdom of God exactly five weeks earlier on January 25. Anna was busy preparing a place in heaven for her husband of 63 years. Red spent the majority of his life a resident of Jeannette. He spent more than 25 years as a mailman delivering mail to the residents of Jeannette. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army, and a member of Jeannette American Legion Post 344. He was an avid Jayhawk and Steelers fan. In addition to his beloved wife, he joins his parents, Lawrence and Ethel (Oldham) Wesling; a sister, Evelyn Wesling; and a brother, Robert Wesling, in heaven. We are sure all his family and friends were at heaven's gate to meet him. Eugene is also survived by Debra's husband, Alan Hudock; their daughters, Tasha, Ranelle and her partner, Pat Conway, and their son, Miles, Jessica and her husband, Chris Polski, and their daughter, Zavia, Diana's husband, Kenneth Swanson, their sons, Chad and his wife, Daisy, and his sons, David and Christopher, Kevin and his wife, Wendy, and their daughters, Chloe, Lynsey, Brittany and Brittany's daughter, Josalyn. Red is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Box's of Hope c/o New Life Covenant Church of God, 4809 National Pike Road, Markleysburg, PA 15459. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Yanuzo, Ruth M. 94

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1920-11-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Yanuzo, 94, of Trafford, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Ruth was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Braddock, the daughter of the late David R. and Ruth E. (Miller) Matthews. Ruth retired from Westinghouse, Trafford, and was an active member of Christian Life Church, Trafford. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Yanuzo; and brothers, Paul, Clyde and Dave Matthews. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, David Joel (Joanne) Matthews, Dale (De) Matthews, Dan (Marlene) Matthews, Tim (Dee) Matthews, Sharon Cook-Harrison, Nanette Matthews, Diane Strapac, Nancy and Kathleen Yanuzo and Paul Matthews; and great-nieces, Dayna Matthews Ceresa and Dianna Matthews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Christian Life Church, 900 Seventh St., Trafford, with Pastor Gary Simpson officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Private entombment will follow in the Restland-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, Monroeville.
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Armstrong County

Mechling, Shanna E. 28

  • McGrann
  • Born: 1986-04-27
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Shanna Elizabeth Mechling, 28, of McGrann, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. She was born April 27, 1986, in Kittanning, daughter of Timothy Mechling and Tina (Mechling) Leinweber. She was a lifelong resident of the community and worked as a child care provider. She attended the North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church. She liked the Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter. She loved fishing, doing crafts, being outside and campfires. She loved her family and friends and spending time with them. Survivors include her fiance, Charles Gaiser, of McGrann; daughter, Gracie Gaiser, of McGrann; father, Timothy (Tina) Mechling, of Applewold; mother, Tina Leinweber, of Kittanning; sisters, Amber Mechling, of New Kensington, Samantha Mechling, of Kittanning, and Lindsay Bowser, of Kittanning; brother, Nick Bowser, of Kittanning; grandparents, Tom and Wanetta Mechling, of Kittanning; grandmother, Violet Mechling, of Kittanning; mother-in-law, Brenda McKibbin, of Ford City; fiance's grandparents, John and Janice Lux, of Ford City; nephew, Dominic Rupert; nieces, Autumn Berry and Bree Berry; and brothers-in-law, Cody and Colt Gaiser, of Ford City. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jack Mechling; uncle David Mechling; and aunt, Jacklynn Pelligreno. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service with the Rev. David Blevins, officiating. Interment will be in Salem Hills Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter, 11878 State Route 85, Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Milligan, Susan M. 56

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1958-10-20
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Susan Marie Milligan, 56, of Worthington, passed away peacefully Monday, March 2, 2015, at her sister's home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 20, 1958, in Kittanning, the daughter of Earl R. Milligan Jr. and Geraldine A. (Walsh) Milligan. Susie was a lifetime resident of Worthington and graduated from Worthington High School in 1977. For many years, she was a caregiver for various people in Armstrong County and treasured the many relationships she built. Susie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church of Coylesville and in her free time enjoyed taking care of her lawn and playing pool. She also liked listening to music and spending time with her family, especially her nephews. Susie had a wonderful sense of humor and knew how to put a smile on anyone's face, and she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She will be deeply missed by her brother, Earl R. Milligan and wife, Suzanne, of Dayton; sister, Marycarole Dixon and husband, Edward, of Kittanning; nephews, Joshua E. Milligan and wife, Adrienne, Joshua R. Dixon and wife, Elizabeth, Jeremy Dixon and Alex Dixon; and great-nephew, Asher J. Milligan. Susie was preceded in death by her parents. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 668 Clearfield Road, Fenelton. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Coylesville. Arrangements are being handled by BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Contributions can be made in Susie's honor to Janice Kijowski, Race for a Cure, 128A Harrison St., Kittanning, PA 16201. To send a condolence to Susie's family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Olinger, Larry K. 71

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1943-09-03
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Larry Keith Olinger, 71, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital after a long battle with illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Kittanning, to Alvera and Chesley Olinger. He married Victoria Lorraine Carnes on Aug. 8, 1964. He was a chef at and an active member of the Kittanning Elks Lodge BPOE No. 203 and the Seneca Lodge No. 805. He is survived by his children, Lisa Fox, of Kittanning, Marcia Boyer and son-in-law, Shawn Boyer, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Ashley Dunn, of Kittanning, Jessica Fox, of Ford City, Patrick Fox, of Kittanning, and Luke Boyer, of Kittanning; great-grandchildren, Jaxton Lutz, of Ford City; mother, Alvera Olinger, of Kittanning; and siblings, Rick Olinger, of Kittanning, Sonnie Olinger, of Kittanning, and Timothy Olinger, of Kittanning. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Victoria Olinger; and his father, Chesley Olinger. Larry was a great cook and loved spending time at the Elks! He will be greatly missed. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service with the Rev. John W. Snyder, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Kittanning. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Reed, Naomi V. 94

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-01-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Naomi V. (Smeltzer) Reed, 94, of Ford City, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Life Care at Allegheny Valley Hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1921. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday at the Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church on Garrets Run Road in Ford City, with additional visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service. A full obituary will appear in tomorrow's edition of the Leader Times.
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Reed, Naomi V. 94

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-01-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Naomi V. (Smeltzer) Reed, 94, of Ford City, died Monday, March 2, 2015, in Life Care at Allegheny Valley Hospital. Born Jan. 21, 1921, she was born in Ford City to the late Sloan Smeltzer and Luela (Brown) Smeltzer and was a lifelong member of the community. She was a graduate of Ford City High School in 1939, a loving wife and mother, a Postal Service rural route carrier and a payroll clerk at Works No. 4 Pittsburgh Plate Glass. She attended Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church in Ford City. Naomi loved to be working in the yard, tending to her flowers. She spent many hours gardening and canning fruits and vegetables. She enjoyed traveling around the country sightseeing with family and friends. She also enjoyed stamp collecting and attending high school football and basketball games and Pirates baseball games. She had been an active member of the Women's group at the church volunteering many hours of service and teaching Sunday School. Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Reed) and husband, Dantoy, of Butler; son, Glenn Reed and wife, Sandy (Cousins), of Ford City; grandchildren, Ashley (Reed) and husband, Shane Cornman, of Kittanning, Alicia (Reed) Palmer, Gavin Reed, of Vandergrift, Christopher Toy, of Butler, and Nicholas Toy, of Butler; great-grandchildren, Lara Palmer, of Ford City, Kira Palmer, of Ford City, and Sloan Cornman, of Kittanning; brother, Laird Smeltzer, of Ford City; sister, Caroline (Smeltzer) Haney, of Ford City, Ruth (Smeltzer) Zeigler, of Kittanning, and Lois (Smeltzer) Reltch, of Ford City; and sister-in-law, Maxine Reed, of Kittanning. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. Reed, who died in 2009, to whom she was married to for 53 years. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning. Addition visitation will be held 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church on Garrett Run Road, where service will be held at noon, with the Pastor Kevin Kackey officiating. Interment will be in Emmanuel Heilmen Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made in Naomi's honor to the Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church at 854 Garretts Run Road, Ford City, PA 16226. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Umbaugh Jr., Joseph W. 64

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1950-07-03
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Umbaugh Jr., 64, of Worthington, died unexpectedly Monday, March 2, 2015, at home, with his niece, Gidget, by his side. He was born July 3, 1950, in Kittanning, to the late Bertha Eunice (Wyant) and Joseph W. Umbaugh Sr. Joe was a devoted husband, uncle and friend to everyone. He was often seen at go-kart races watching his great-nephew, Nick, race his go-kart, and loved to listen to his great-niece, Brittany, play her guitar. Joe also loved to spend time hunting with family and playing ball with his companion dog, Rudy. Joe belonged to the Kittanning East Brady Lodge No. 244 F and AM and the Valley of Coudersport Consistory in Coudersport. He was currently working at JSP International in East Butler and was previously a supervisor of mine maintenance at Moonlight Mushroom Farm, located in Worthington, until it closed. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gloria Jean (Lucas) Umbaugh; a brother, Larry Dean (Judith) Umbaugh; nieces, Gidget (Larry) Reitler, Beth (Alfred) Umbaugh and Bonnie (Donald) Sedlacek; nephews, Larry Roy Umbaugh and Brian (Cathy) Umbaugh; great-nieces, Brittany Reitler, Amanda and Ashley Umbaugh, Haley Sigwart and Jillian Sedlacek; and great-nephews, Nick Reitler, Alfred Sigwart Jr. and Errett Sedlacek. He was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Candida (Roofner) Umbaugh. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Worthington. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, in the funeral home with Pastor Brad French officiating. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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Yount, Gertrude 90

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Gertrude Freda Yount, 90, of Kittanning, died Monday, March 2, 2015, in Rivercliff Terrace. Arrangements are entrusted to WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, and are incomplete at this time. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday's edition. www.welchfh.com.
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Beaver County

Bork, Morgan E. 32

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Born: 1982-04-26
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Morgan Elizabeth (Johnson) Bork, 32, of New Sewickley Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, with her family at her side. Born April 26, 1982, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Richard Paul and Lora Ann (Correra) Johnson. She was the beloved wife of Grant Emerson Bork, whom she married in September 2011. Morgan was a retail manager with Children's Place. She loved to go sailing every summer with her "Cousins Club". She was a fantastic cook and baker. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family and sharing her warm smile. She is survived by her husband, Grant Bork, of New Sewickley Township; parents, Richard and Lora Johnson, of Hampton Township; two brothers, Thomas (Angela) Johnson, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Michael A. Johnson, of Allison Park; father-in-law, Herman Bork and mother-in-law, Donna Bork, both of Daytona, Fla.; nephew, Adam Dean Johnson; niece, Avery Elizabeth Johnson; and Buster, her beloved Westie. The family will welcome friends from 9 to 10 a.m. at the St. Ursula Church meeting room. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the St. Ursula Church, 3937 Kirk Ave., in Allison Park. She will be laid to rest at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Rhode Island. Memorial Donations may be made in Morgan's honor to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure at www.abc2.org. or to the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Morgan's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Bonzer, John S. 97

  • Zelienople , Formerly of Millvale and North Side
  • Born: 1917-11-01
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John S. Bonzer, 97, of Zelienople, formerly of Millvale and the North Side, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, at Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 1917, he was a son of the late Thomas and Bertha Godfrey Bonzer. He had been a real estate agent for McKnight Real Estate Co. He had been a caregiver to many people through the years. John had served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force during World War II. He was a nose gunner. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo and loved to dance. Surviving are his nieces, Mary Watson (Robert), of Harmony, Cathy Bowers (James), of Erie, and Beth Lawther (Ray), of Ellwood City; and a nephew, Tom Bonzer, of Mars. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Bonzer. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Military honors will follow the Mass. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Figler, Janice L. 81

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1933-07-30
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Janice L. (Bishop) Figler, 81, of Sarver, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the Platinum Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Brackenridge. She was born July 30, 1933, in Big Run, the daughter of the late Albert F. Bishop and Arlene G. (Nanstiel) Bishop. She retired in 1982 as a clerical worker from Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Creighton, after 30 years of service. She was a member of Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, enjoyed doing word search puzzles, watching GSN and volunteering with the Vandergrift Presbyterian Youth Group. Surviving is her brother, Harold Bishop, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. "Butch" Figler, on March 20, 2004; brothers, Albert E. Bishop and Burton Bishop; and sister, Marlene Bishop. Friends welcomed by her family from 11 a.m. until her funeral ceremonies at 1 p.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), with her pastor, the Rev. Gary J. Lyon, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656; or to Kids Club c/o Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, 193 Washington Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the Figler family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Irvine III, Samuel J.

  • Butler
  • Born: 1933-03-09
  • Died: 2015-02-27
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  • Samuel John "Buzz" Irvine III passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2015, while surrounded by his family. Born March 9, 1933, Buzz was raised in Evans City, and most recently split time between Butler, Bluffton, S.C., and Key Largo, Fla. He was the third generation leader of NexTier Bank (formerly Citizens National Bank), retiring as chairman of the board in 2011 after 52 years. Prior to joining the bank, Buzz enjoyed a successful football career. He was a standout player at University of Maryland, where he was co-captain of the 1953 National Championship team. Afterwards he played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and eventually joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Canada. Buzz was both an industry and community leader. He was the first president of the Community Bankers of Pennsylvania (now PA Association of Community Bankers) when it was formed in 1972 and served on many boards, including the Butler Country Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Evans City Historical Society. Buzz and his family donated the building that now houses the Evans City Library. He also served on the board of Oberg Industries for more than 50 years. Buzz was proudly inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Buzz was an extremely adventurous man who loved spending time on his boat with family and friends, as well as snowmobiling anywhere he could find snow. Golfing was more than a passion for Buzz, as he pursued his goal of playing top 100 courses in the world. One of his most cherished pastimes was playing gin every morning to start the day with his best friend and wife, Lois. Buzz is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lois (Cooley) Irvine, as well as his four children, SJ Irvine IV (Charro), William B. Irvine (Deborah), Margaret Irvine Weir and Laura Irvine Scheeler (Donald). He was also loved by his stepchildren, Beth Hugh, Phillip Hugh (Brigid) and Christopher Hugh (Tammy). He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Livingston Irvine; and stepson, Jeffrey Hugh (Lori). Having to proceed without his current toy collection, Buzz was also predeceased by a hovercraft and a few snowmobiles. His friends described Buzz as a gentle giant and a larger than life hero whom was blessed with a mind and imagination beyond the perimeters of the norm. A shared favorite comment among those who were close reads: "if we were to live life as fully as he did we would have a ton of catching up to do." Buzz excelled in sports, his career and the allotted playtime. He was a mentor to many, a friend to all, and will be deeply missed but forever honored. The family held a private service in Bluffton, S.C. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Butler Country Club. Services will also be held in Bluffton, S.C., and Key Largo in the near future. In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made in Buzz Irvine's name to the University of Maryland Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund. Online gifts can be accessed at www.terrapinclub.com or checks can be mailed to 2740 XFINITY Center, College Park, MD 20742.
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Lentz, Debby K. 58

  • Clinton Township
  • Born: 1956-11-17
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Debby K. (Hufnagel) Lentz, 58, of Cherry Valley, Clinton Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. Born Nov. 17, 1956, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Velma (Hartley) Hufnagel. She was a 1974 graduate of Townsville High School. Debby had lived in Cherry Valley for the past 39 years. She worked as a clerk for the Gibsonia Wal-Mart for more than seven years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, John E. Lentz; son, John Lentz and his fiancee, Sarah Guerre, of West Deer; daughters, Sheena and her fiance, Aidan Miller, of Clinton, and Crystal (Josh) Martin, of Richland; nine grandchildren; brothers, William (Rose) Hufnagel, of Ellwood City, Ralph (Mary Ann) Hufnagel, of McKees Rocks, and Bruce Hufnagel, of Florida; and sisters, Roberta (William) Casper, of Elizabeth, and Bert (Jack) Dixon, of McKees Rocks. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert and Pete Hufnagel; and her sister, Arlene Sauerland. At Debby's request, all viewing, services and burial were private. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Maffei, Anita W. 94

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1921-01-03
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Anita W. Maffei, 94, formerly of Butler and Mt. Vernon, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Cabot. She was born Jan. 3, 1921, in Cumberland, Md., daughter of the late Frank J. and Leota (White) Samson. Anita lived in Butler, Tarentum, as well as Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Anita was a homemaker, a cafeteria worker and for a number of years was the co-owner of Maffei's Tavern in Tarentum. Mrs. Maffei attended Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and the Basilica of St. Mary, Marietta, Ohio. Anita was a graduate of Rayon High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, bingo, reading, trips to the casino, and especially visits to her family. Anita is survived by her daughter, Babetta "Babs" (John) Douglass, of Marietta, Ohio; son-in-law, David A. Jones, of Butler; grandchildren, Stacee Jones and Todd Leutholt, of Denville, N.J., Adrienne Douglass and Boneita Thompson, of Centreville, Va., J. Benjamin Douglass, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Captain Anthony (Stephanie) Douglass, of Columbus, Ohio; and several great-grandchildren, Mayumi Douglass, Aliah and Maxwell Thompson and Josephine Douglass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merle E. Maffei; daughter, Tracie A. Jones; and a brother, Frank B. Sampson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Hill, Robert J. Jr. 55

  • Fayette City
  • Born: 1959-07-18
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Hill Jr., 55, of Fayette City, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born July 18, 1959, in Charleroi, son of the late Robert J. and Carole L. Swalin Hill Sr. He was a member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church. Bob enjoyed spending time on the family farm in Long Branch that he grew up on. He also enjoyed horses, fishing, target shooting, and "Rocking the Holler". Surviving are his wife, Pam Murt Hill; children, Eli, Lucas and Shayla Hill; brother, Gary and wife, Beth Hill of Daisytown; and a nephew, Ryder Hill. He will be sadly missed by his snuggle buddy "Bella Bear" as well. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Olive and Elmer Swalin and Helen and Eino Hill in addition to his parents. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be welcomed from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Klein officiating. Interment will follow in the Howe Cemetery. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Hill Family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Hixson, Patricia A. 79

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1935-09-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hixson, 79, of Connellsville, passed away suddenly Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Covington, Ky., a daughter of the late George and Mabel (Jett) Jacquillard. Pat was a loving mother and grandmother to her family, whom she cherished spending time with. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bargiband Sr.; and three sisters, Mary Hrimnock, Martha Keffer and Wilma Jacquillard. She is survived by her children, Cheryl Gavin, James Hixson, Tammy Murphy, Bonnie Greenawalt, Debbie Hixson (Bob Rainey), with whom Pat resided, Nina (John) Kamencher and Donald Bargiband Jr.; her brother, George Jacquillard; her sister, Joyce Angelo; grandchildren, Patty and William Uhrinek, Elliott Gavin, Casey Leonard, James Hixson, Jamie Hollis, Dakota and Alyssa Hixson, Deva and Ted Murphy, Johnathon and Mikael Hixson and Danielle and Brandon Bargiband; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Brian Higbee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clairview School Greensburg-Donohoe Station Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
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Lane, Marion 93

  • Uniontown , Formerly of Connellsville
  • Born: 1921-11-05
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Marion Kenworthey Wilkes Lane, 93, of Uniontown, formerly of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Mt. St. Macrina Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Los Angeles, Calif., a daughter of the late Edward Marshall and Dorothy Warner Kenworthey. Marion had served as president of the Thornburg Community Club and president of the PSCA in Harrisburg. She was involved in the Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She had served as vice-president of the Robert Boudreau Wind Symphony, a Girl Scout leader and co-head for the American Red Cross (sewing department) of Pittsburgh. Marion was an avid bridge player and bowler and was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Marion will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving daughter, Barbara Girgis and husband, Maurice, of Raleigh, N.C.; her daughter-in-law, Sandy Wilkes, of Tampa, Fla.; her stepdaughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Mulhorn and husband, Fred, of Ohio; six grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; a stepgreat-great-grandchild; her sister, Florence Warrick, of Connellsville; and her sister-in-law, Dorthea Kenworthey, of San Antonio, Texas. In addition to her parents, Marion was predeceased by her first husband, Lucian W. Wilkes; her second husband, Joseph Lane; a son, Alan Wilkes; a stepdaughter, Marie Soltis; a grandson, Charles "Chuck" Girgis; and two brothers, Charles and Edward Kenworthey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, (724-628-1430), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Family and friends are then invited to attend a committal service to be held at 1 p.m. in the office chapel of Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Pitts, Paul D. 73

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1941-04-22
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul David Pitts, 73, of Dunbar, died Monday, March 2, 2015, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 22, 1941, in Uniontown, a son of the late Edward E. Pitts and the late Maggie F. Powell Pitts. He was a member of Church of God NU, Uniontown. Surviving are sons, James and Carissa, David and Crystal and Joseph and Amy; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jessica and Greg and children, Gregory, Anthony and Mikaila, Jimmy and Samantha and daughter, Carlie, Erin and daughter, Erianna, David, Andy and daughter, Coralin, Josh, Hope and Joey; brother, Joseph; sisters, Lucille and Frankie; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson; two brothers; and two sisters. Friends will be received 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, in BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Church of God NU, Uniontown, the hour of service, with Pastor Elliot Leighty officiating. Please go directly to the church on Friday. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights. Memorial contributions may be made in Paul's memory to Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St, Dunbar, PA 15431.
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Sine, Malina 95

  • Brownsville
  • Born: 1920-01-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California | Get Directions
  • Malina Sine, 95, of Brownsville, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1920, in Slovan, a daughter of the late Peter and Vasa (Moroshoff) Golbosky. She was a member of St. Nicholas Old Believers Russian Orthodox Church in Marianna. She and her husband owned and operated McLaughlin's Tavern in Daisytown for many years. Malina loved to play cards. She also loved to cook and bake for her family and friends. For the last year of her life, she has resided in Flo's Personal Care Home in Elco. In addition to her parents, Malina was preceded in death by her first husband, James Leroy McLaughlin; second husband, George Sine; sisters, Mary Camel, Anne Wojtkowksi and Rose Kapcar; and two half brothers, Emil and Saggie Golbosky. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Patti Grimes of Garrettsville, Ohio, and Joyce Wolpink and husband, Kaz of Lowhill; sister, Theo Owens of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Joseph Gall of Cleveland, Ohio; and sister, Kaya Phillips of North Olmstead, Ohio. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Gay Lynn Ataman and husband, John, Kevin Grimes, Justine Conrad and husband, Faber, Amber Booza and husband, Trent; and three great-grandchildren, Chase Conrad, Kazalyn Booza and Alexandria Ataman. Friends will be received in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa., on Wednesday, March 4, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and until 10 a.m. on Thursday when funeral services will be held in the funeral home with the Father Stephan Romanchak officiating. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Marianna.
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Tressler, Willis D. 94

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1920-12-01
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Willis D. Tressler, 94, of South Connellsville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Dec. 1, 1920, in South Connellsville, a son of the late James and Bessie Knopsnider Tressler. Willis had asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior when he was a teenager through the witness of his aunt Marilene (Deannie) Sanner. He was a charter member of Faith Bible Church in Connellsville where he served as a deacon, sang tenor in the choir and ministered as a Sunday school teacher and superintendant. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, part of that time in Burma, China and India. Willis was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He worked for Swan's Appliance and Furniture in Connellsville for 50 years as a salesman and as head of the parts and repairs department. He was known for his memory of all of the parts numbers and for his willingness to explain repairs to others over the phone. Willis also enjoyed automobiles and repairing them. Willis is survived by his four children, daughters, Loma Tressler and Andrea Tressler, of South Connellsville, son, Ken Tressler and his wife, Carol, of Trafford, and son, John Tressler and his wife, Vicki, of Mill Run. He also has four grandchildren, Nicole Bright and her husband, Adam, of Pittsburgh, Matthew Tressler, of Philadelphia, Nathan Tressler, of West Chester, and Mark Tressler, of Trafford. His great-grandson is Colin Bright. Willis was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Muriel Madison Tressler, in 2002; and by his brother, Trevor, in 1998. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratefulness to all of those at Harmon House who cared for Willis over the last eight months. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, the hour of service with Pastor Barry Witt officiating in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, Willis' family requests donations be made to The Missionary Fund of Faith Bible Church, 425 S. Arch St., Connellsville, PA 15425. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Fello, Joyce A. 68

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1946-05-24
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Joyce Ann Fello, 68, of Clarksburg, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Conway Medical Center, Conway, S.C. Born May 24, 1946, in Indiana, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Anne (Wass) Sadosky. Joyce lived in Clarksburg all of her life, and was a graduate of Elders Ridge High School and Columbia Nursing School in Pittsburgh. She worked as a registered nurse for Indiana Hospital, before retiring from Torrance State Hospital. Joyce was also a self-employed massage therapist for 10 years after retirement. She was a member of The Summit Church in Indiana, and volunteered for Aging Services Inc., Indiana County. Joyce enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader and spending time with her family. She loved the beach, and was fond of her winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with her friends. Joyce is survived by her sons, Robbie (Nicole) Fello, of West Leechburg, and Scott A. Fello, of Grove City; grandchildren, Makenzie M. and Jacob R. Fello, of West Leechburg; cousin and best friend, Darlene (Steve) Bezik, of Ohio, and her beloved shih tzu, Leo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until the hour of service at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Motzing officiating in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Private interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions may be made in Joyce's memory to Aging Services Inc., 1005 Oak St., Indiana, PA 15701. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Barone Sr., Michael A. 50

  • Taylorstown , Formerly of West Mifflin
  • Born: 1964-06-18
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Readshaw, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Michael Angelo Barone Sr., resident of Taylorstown, Washington County, formerly of West Mifflin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was born June 18, 1964, beloved son of Nelda E. (Buono-Barone) Alderson and stepfather, Bernard C. Alderson. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Barone. Mourning is his son, Michael A. Barone Jr. and his wife, Francine; and granddaughters, Lyannie and Mikala. He is survived by his siblings, Daneen (Michael) Shelton, Arthur (Annmarie) Barone, Samuel (Dana) Barone and stepsister, Sherry (Joe) Adragna; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. Michael was a 25 year employee of Goodyear, working as an auto mechanic. He was most happy working on his small farm in Washington County, tending his garden, riding his motorcycle and shooting guns with his son. He was the neighbor everybody wanted, and was always there to lend a helping hand. He is also survived by his wife, Veronica O'Dell Barone. May he rest in peace in the love and joy of his Heavenly Father. Funeral is private. There will be no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to READSHAW FUNERAL HOME INC., Carrick.
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Buono, Mary Jo 87

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1927-11-17
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Marra, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo (Spinneweber) Buono, 87, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Monongahela-Valley Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Sr. and Marie (Donnelly) Spinneweber. A 1945 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Mary Jo was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela and was a former member of their Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society. Before raising her family, she worked as an operator for the former Bell Telephone Co. She enjoyed bowling, knitting and crocheting, playing bingo and had belonged to many card clubs around the area. Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda and William Hyslop, of New Eagle; Debbie and William Howells, Cheryl and James Martis and Pam Kroll and fiance, Bob Anderson, all of Monongahela; eight grandchildren, Tracy and Tory Hyslop, James Rocco (Suzanne) Martis, Rebecca Martis, Michele (Thomas) Fennell, Dennis Kroll, Jamie (Justin) Zavacky, and Joseph Kroll; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Abby and Avery Martis and Thomas and Trevor Fennell. Preceding her in death was her husband, James Buono, who died June 11, 2013; two brothers, Raymond Jr. and Joseph Spinneweber; a sister, Patricia Porter; and a grandson, Jeffery Martis, who died in 1981. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, www.marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, with Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Mon-Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Cunningham, Thomas E. 83

  • Speers
  • Born: 1931-06-08
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Cunningham, 83, of Speers, died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Born on June 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Edgar and Margaret Chalfant Cunningham. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1952 to 1954, and as a young man he worked as a riverboat pilot before retiring as an engineer from Monessen Southwestern Railroad. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Charleroi Booster Club, and the Charleroi American Legion. He volunteered with youth baseball in Charleroi and with St. Vincent de Paul, and was an avid bowler, gardener and tinkerer. He loved to support his kids and grandkids at everything they did and if it involved a chance to tailgate - that was even better. He will be remembered as an all around wonderful man. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen T. (Hreha) Cunningham of Speers; sons, Thomas Cunningham and wife, Judy, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Tim Cunningham and wife, Stephana, of Elkhart, Ind.; daughter, Peg Russell and companion, Bill Catalina of Smithton; grandchildren, Alexandra, Thomas and Andrew Cunningham, T., Incala, and Ella Cunningham, and Jesse and Emma Russell; brother, William Cunningham, and wife, Joanie, of Sarasota, Fla.; brother-in-law, Leon Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, at Mary, Mother of the Church, celebrated by the Rev. Jerry Mikonis. Interment will be at a later date in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Walsh, Ed R. 59

  • Finleyville
  • Born: 1955-04-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Marra, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Ed R. Walsh, 59, of Finleyville, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Born April 12, 1955, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Eugene Walsh and Betty (Crownover) Walsh. He had worked as a truck driver for Orr Trucking Company in Jefferson Hills and the U.S. Steels Irvin Works Plant in West Mifflin. He became an ordained minister from the Universal Life Church Monastery and was a member of the NRA and the AARP. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jaison and Peggy Abell, of Mather, Pa., and Chad and Tammy Walsh, of Elizabeth; a daughter, Amanda Walsh, of Buckhannon, W.Va.; a son-in-law, Ryan Johnston, of Glassport; 10 grandchildren, Maddie and Mason Murphy, James Johnston, Alora Abell, JJ and Jena Smith, Kelynn and Kylee Wolford and Brandon and Riley Payo; a niece, Trisha Thomas, of Monongahela; three great-nephews, Alex, Randy and Gabriel Thomas; and longtime girlfriend, Gilda Brown, of Finleyville. Preceding him in death was his daughter, Melissa Johnston, who died December 2014; and a sister, Linda A. Bricker. At Ed's request, services will be held at a later date and at the convenience of the family. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshalmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Balaz, Barbara 101

  • formerly of Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1913-11-27
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Hummell And Jones Funeral Home, Washngton | Get Directions
  • Barbara Balaz, 101, formerly of Bentleyville, died on March 1, 2015, in Transitions Healthcare, Washington, following a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 27, 1913, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Mike and Barbara Salovka Yencho. She moved to present-day Slovakia in 1920 and returned to the United States in 1935. She married George Balaz on July 25, 1933, in Jenkovce, Slovakia. Mrs. Balaz worked as a housemaid in Philadelphia, after returning to the United States, to earn passage for her husband to come to America. Mr. Balaz died on Dec. 11, 1973. She formerly attended the Slovak Presbyterian Church of Monessen and First Presbyterian Church of Bentleyville. While health permitted, Mrs. Balaz enjoyed cooking, watching TV, singing, dancing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. As her health declined, she received compassionate and outstanding care at Transitions Healthcare, formerly Humbert Lane. In her final weeks, Gentiva Hospice provided additional loving assistance to Mrs. Balaz and her family. She is survived by sons, George (Rita) of Pittsburgh, Richard (Carol) of Washington and grandsons, Jeffrey of Seattle and Andrew of Washington. Also surviving are several nephews and nieces. Mrs. Balaz was the last of her immediate family.She was preceded in death by four brothers, Mike, John, George, and Karol and by two sisters, Anna and Susan. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday in the HUMMELL AND JONES FUNERAL HOME, 420 Locust Ave., Washington, Pa., Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015, with Pastor Todd Stemple officiating. Private burial will be in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Gentiva Hospice at 190 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.hummellandjones.com.
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Cedar, Benjamin V. Jr. 76

  • Ravenswood, W.Va.
  • Born: 1938-11-15
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va. | Get Directions
  • Benjamin V. Cedar Jr., 76, of Ravenswood, W.Va., passed away on March 1, 2015, in Ripley, W.Va. He was born on Nov. 15, 1938, in Marianna, a son of the late Benjamin V. Cedar Sr., and Mary Ann Bove Cedar. Ben was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ravenswood, where he was the organ player. Ben also volunteered his time in several different areas of the church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He became a self-taught accordion player at an early age. He met the love of his life, Elsie, his best catch ever, while playing polka music with his band in Elizabeth. He worked for Beneficial Finance and began his affiliation with Kirby Sweepers. He was in sales, and repair of Kirby and other brands. He worked at Ravenswood News in advertising and distribution. He was also involved in rentals until his death. He enjoyed fishing as a hobby, as he took many Canadian fishing trips with his friends. He loved to help others, always with a smile. He especially enjoyed trips to the beach and other special times with his family. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Cedar of Ravenswood, W.Va.; sons, Robert A. (Diana) Moresea of Ravenswood, Jeffrey B. (Cindy) Cedar of New Mexico, and Kenneth W. (Vanese) Cedar of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Matthew Craig, Eric Christopher and Marcus Shane Moresea, Natalie, Nathan and Rebecca Cedar, Andrew, Michael and Christina Foster, Roman, Kyle, Justin, Heaven and Nathan Cedar; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Maryann Cedar; nephew, Chris (Jen) Cedar; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carmen Louis Cedar. Services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at noon at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ravenswood with the Father Pen officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at ROUSH FUNERAL HOME, Ravenswood, W.Va., on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to service at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adopt-A-Family, c/o St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood, WV 26164. Condolences may be expressed to the family at roush94@yahoo.com or on www.facebook.com/roushfuneralhome.
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Chasko, Francis M. 71

  • Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Born: 1943-10-08
  • Died: 2015-03-01
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  • Sergeant Francis M. Chasko, 71, resident of Wheeling, W.Va., died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 8, 1943, in McKeesport, son of the late Michael Chasko Jr. and Sadie Anna Baginski Chasko. He was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He was a retired truck driver with Fraley and Schilling, a Vietnam Army veteran and a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He was also a member of the DAV and Wheeling Legion Post No. 1. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Chasko. Surviving are his wife, Gloria Steinmetz Chasko; daughter, Connie Blatt (Bill); granddaughter, Sydney Blatt; brothers, John Chasko (Barb) and Mike Chasko (Linda); and sisters, Cathy Breegle and Paula Dion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at KEPNER FUNERAL HOME, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003 (304-277-2722). Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Monsignor Eugene S. Ostrowski as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Moundsville Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to Corpus Christi School, 1508 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003.
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Fulton, Nancy

  • Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • Born: 1931-06-08
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Nancy (Suttle) Fulton, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb 21., 2015, in Green Cove Springs, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Mrs. Fulton was born June 8, 1931, to the late William Blaine Suttle and Mildred Henninger Suttle, in Greensburg, as the eldest of two children. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Frank Earl Fulton. Mrs. Fulton is survived by her brother, William B. Suttle Jr., of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and her four children, Susan Knox and her husband, John, of Jeffersonton, Va., Janet Fulton and her husband, Robert, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Patricia St. Clair and her husband, Steven, of Jeffersonton, Va., and Frank Fulton Jr., of Apollo Beach, Fla. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Amanda, Michael, Olivia, Alexandra, Jacqueline, Marissa, Jenna and Spencer. Mrs. Fulton graduated in 1949 from Greensburg High School, in Greensburg, where she excelled in academics, sports and dance. After graduating, she began her career in banking and finance with the Barclay Bank. After meeting the love of her life, Frank, on a blind date, they married in 1958. They shared an interest in water-skiing, boating, University of Pittsburgh sports, gardening and their family. In 1969, they relocated to Fairfax, Va., where they continued to raise their children. They also expanded their family to include golden retrievers, a few cats, and multiple horses. Nancy returned to work at the National Bank of Fairfax in Centreville, Va., as a teller. She later moved to George Mason Bank where she held many positions. Her favorite task was training new staff as her love of people made her the perfect choice to work with the young recruits. Nancy became the branch manager and vice president of the most profitable branch in the bank - no doubt due to her exceptional customer service skills and radiant smile. She continued her career with the George Mason Bank until she retired in 1996. After retiring, her work was not done. She and her husband, Frank put down roots in Jeffersonton, where she volunteered countless hours with the Culpeper Baptist Church, the Clothes Closet and the local Food Closet. An active member of the Culpeper Women's Club, she donated her time selflessly. At home, she tended her gardens as well as the gardens of her daughters. She especially loved working at Wollam Gardens, where she took great joy in carefully tending young plants and watching them grow. She loved cooking everyone's favorite meals, especially for her grandchildren, reading, crossword puzzles and staying up on current events. After the passing of Frank in 2006, she divided her time between Virginia and Florida and maintained active membership at Culpeper Baptist Church in Culpeper, Va., and McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Fla. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at FOUND AND SONS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 850 SPERRYVILLE PIKE, Culpeper, Va. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St., Culpeper. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Union Cemetery in Irwin. Donations may be made to the Paul F. Fulton Scholarship Fund, University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. William Snyder Funeral Home, Irwin, is handling the arrangements in Pennsylvania. An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at www.foundandsons.com. Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.
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Malmberg, Geraldine J. 89

  • Anderson, S.C. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1925-04-10
  • Died: 2015-02-22
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  • Geraldine Joyce Moyer Malmberg, 89, of Anderson, S.C., long term resident of Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at her residence. Born April 10, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Geraldine Frutchey Moyer. She was a high school math and science teacher at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She was president of the Amnesty International chapter of Pittsburgh, and a member of the school board in Edgewood. She was a member of Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson, S.C., and former member of the following churches, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Monroeville, Calvary Lutheran Church in Wilkinsburg, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville. Surviving are her husband of 71 years, Paul R. Malmberg; sons, Russell L. Malmberg and Mark M. Malmberg; daughters, Joyce P. Miller and Amy L. Forest; nine grandchildren, Henry, Arlo, Lillian, Melanie, Luke, Meg, Jules, Paul and Cecil; and sister, Patricia Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her son, Carl P. Malmberg; grandson, Brian Miller; and brother, Cecil G. Moyer. A memorial service in Pittsburgh for both Mr. and Mrs. Malmberg will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Women of Wisdom Initiative at www.womenswisdominitiative.org. or Amnesty International at www.donate.amnestyusa.org. Sullivan-King Mortuary www.sullivanking.com.
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Malmberg, Paul R. 91

  • Anderson, S.C.
  • Born: 1923-04-15
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Sullivan-King, South Carolina | Get Directions
  • Paul Rovelstad Malmberg, 91, of Anderson, S.C., husband of the late Geraldine Moyer Malmberg (who passed away one week ago), passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Born April 15, 1923, in New Haven, Conn., he was the son of the late Luther and Thora Rovelstad Malmberg. He was a lieutenant in the Navy, having served in World War II. Paul was an electronics engineer for Westinghouse Research Labs and then for PanelVision, both located in Pittsburgh. He was a member of Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson, S.C., and former member of the following churches, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Monroeville, Calvary Lutheran Church in Wilkinsburg and Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville. Surviving are his sons, Russell L. Malmberg and Mark M. Malmberg; daughters, Joyce P. Miller and Amy L. Forest; and nine grandchildren, Henry, Arlo, Lillian, Melanie, Luke, Meg, Jules, Paul and Cecil. He was preceded in death by his son, Carl P. Malmberg; grandson, Brian Miller; and sister, Louise Malmberg. A memorial service in Pittsburgh for both Mr. and Mrs. Malmberg will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Mendelssohn Choir, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or World Federalists, 239 Fourth Ave., Suite 1607, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Sullivan-King Mortuary, www.sullivanking.com.
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Miller, Joy D. 78

  • Colorado Springs, Colo. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1936-12-31
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Joy D. Miller, 78, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Dec. 31, 1936, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Nathan and Vera (Kennedy) Halpert; wife of the late Raymond L. Miller, who passed away May 15, 2002; and mother of the late Gary Miller. Joy is survived by her grandson, Jason Miller, of Arizona; her granddaughter, Alison R. Henley, of the state of Washington; her daughter-in-law, Bridget Miller, of Colorado Springs; and her sister, Judy Lydon, of Fort Washington, Md. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, where the funeral service will be held at noon, with the Rev. William Heaton officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Nagy, Lt. Joseph S. 51

  • Olathe, Kan.
  • Born: 1963-05-13
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Penwell-Gabel, Olathe, Kan. | Get Directions
  • Lt. Joseph Scott Nagy, 51, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Kansas University Medical Center. He was born May 13, 1963, to Joseph and Irma Jean Nagy in Norton, Kan., and served our country in the Army for 11 years. Joe was employed with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 23 years. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Carla; his children, Nicole and Joe; father, Joseph Nagy; brother, Ronald Nagy; and sister, Patty Simko. He was preceded in death by his mother, Irma Jean Nagy. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, Kan. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, also at College Church of the Nazarene, followed by inurnment at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; or the National Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. No. 204, Overland Park, KS 66202. To leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.
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Noel, Lawrence 64

  • Claxton, Ga. , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Lawrence J. "Beaver" Noel, 64, of Claxton, Ga., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Josephine Noel, of North Huntingdon; and brothers, Mike, of North Huntingdon, and Bob Noel, of West Virginia. Surviving are two sons, Jason and Melissa Noel, of Claxton, Ga., and Daniel Noel, of Claxton, Ga. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Rose and Chuck Bigi, of Grapeville, Bill Noel, of Latrobe, Joan and Jim Rizzo, of Pitcairn, Don Noel, of Adamsburg, Rich and Marsha Noel, of Trafford, Jude Reese, of Derry, Norma and Dan Wilson, of North Huntingdon, and Barry and Joyce Noel, of North Huntingdon. He will be sadly missed by everyone.
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Pilgram, Lourene 85

  • St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Born: 1929-05-14
  • Died: 2015-02-08
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  • Lourene White Pilgram, 85, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, following a long illness. She was born May 14, 1929, to David and Elizabeth Wilson White in Kittanning. Following graduation from Kittanning High School where she was the Class of 1947 valedictorian, Lou received her undergraduate education at Allegheny College in Meadville and earned a graduate degree at Northwest Missouri State University. She married Henry W. Pilgram on Aug. 18, 1956, who survives at their home in St. Joseph, Mo. Mrs. Pilgram was a guidance counselor at Dekalb High School for 15 years, retiring in 1994. Previously, she taught high school in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois and was a director of Christian education in Galesburg, Ill. Lou was an active member of the Ashland United Methodist Church and a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James White, of Kittanning; and sister, Nancy White Kurzman, of New York City. Surviving are Lou's daughters, Elizabeth Belcher (Mark), of Kansas City, Mo., Mary Pilgram, of Lawrence, Kan., and Anne Ellis (Mark), of St. Joseph, Mo.; grandsons, Brad (Samantha) and Austin Belcher, David and Andrew Ellis and Weston Pilgram; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Paloma Belcher; sister, Jo Anne Dzina (Richard); sister-in-law, Liz White; and numerous nieces and nephews. Farewell services were held Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, with interment at Mt. Oliver Cemetery in St. Joseph.
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Smith, Virginia L. 91

  • Formerly of Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1923-11-01
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Virginia Lorraine Smith, 91, formerly of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 12:40 p.m. at Latrobe Care Center, Latrobe. Born Nov. 1, 1923, in Webster, she was the daughter of the late William Wendell Smith and Elsie Trew Smith Harden. A resident of Belle Vernon for the past 39 years, Mrs. Smith was Presbyterian by faith and a retired book keeper for the former King's Tire Service, Elizabeth. She is survived by seven nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, William D. Smith, Samuel C. Smith, Melvin O. Harden; a sister, Gertrude A. McDonald; and a nephew, Larry O. Harden. Funeral services will be private for the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral homes website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Steindl, Frank J. 85

  • Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Born: 1929-06-20
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Stokes, Prock Mundt, Altoona, Wis. | Get Directions
  • Frank Joseph Steindl, 85, of Eau Claire, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire. Frank was born June 20, 1929, in Connellsville, to William and Frieda (Lelesch) Steindl. He graduated in 1947 from Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 and was eventually stationed in Germany during the Berlin Air Lift as an aircraft mechanic. He was then stationed in Japan, where he met his wife, Michiko Ogawa. They were married in August of 1957. They returned to the states in 1958, where he was stationed at several SAC (Strategic Air Command) bases maintaining B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Frank worked for Summit Aviation in Middleton, Del. In 1970, he decided to visit an old Air Force buddy in Eau Claire and liked the area and soon moved there. He worked at Pope and Talbot Paper in Eau Claire from 1970 to 1996, when he retired. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing, especially the fishing trips to Canada. He loved to be in his garden and canned many vegetables every season with his wife. He always enjoyed going "back home" to Connellsville every summer where he would play cards and horseshoes and relax with family and friends. Frank also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, building plastic model airplanes and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife, Michiko, of Eau Claire; daughters, Marie Steindl, of Fall Creek, Wis., Shirley (Brent) McIlquham, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nancy (David) Ayres, of Holcomb, Wis., and Margaret Steindl, of Eau Claire; and sons, Michael Steindl, Robert Steindl and David Steindl, all of Eau Claire, Wis. He is survived further by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Rose Pitroski, of Salisbury, Md., Betty Kuhns, of Everson, Anna Balgosky, of Everson, and Evelyn (Lee) Williams, of Connellsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William F. Steindl and John H. Steindl; grandson, Mitchell J. Steindl; and brothers-in-law, Joe Pitroski, Nevin Kuhns and William Balgosky. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at STOKES, PROCK and MUNDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, Wis. Father Don Meuret will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till time of service. Full military honors will be held after the service. Interment will be private. Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
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Wilson, Robert C. 69

  • Frederick County, Va.
  • Died: 2015-02-28
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  • Robert Clay "Bob" Wilson, 69, of Frederick County, Va., died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center. Mr. Wilson was born in 1946, in Grafton, W. Va., the son of the late Clay and Georgia R. Wilson. He was a graduate of North Fairmont High School, Class of 1964 and West Virginia University, receiving a Bachelor's degree. Mr. Wilson was a veteran, having served in the Navy. He was employed by FEMA as an engineer. Bob was an active member of Heritage Baptist Church. He served the Lord in every capacity in and out of church. He will be forever remembered for his love of family and friends, especially traveling to Texas to see his children. Bob was a loving husband, father and friend to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He married Linda Carol Dunaway on Sept. 14, 1974, in Dunbar. Surviving with his wife are two sons, Jason R. Wilson and wife, Kristi, of Pearland, Texas, and Josh L. Wilson, of Richmond, Texas; brother, Ron Wilson, of Stanley, Va.; sisters, Mary Agostinelli and husband, Joe, of Niceville, Fla., Shirley Fike and husband, Gary, of DeFunick Springs, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Ellie Wilson, of Akron, Ohio, and Dixie Wilson, of Stanley, Va., as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at OMPS FUNERAL HOME, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, with Pastor Jerry Walkowiak, Pastor Jim Robinson and Pastor Jackie Battles officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hayfield, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4301 North Fairfax Pike, Suite 530, Arlington, VA, 22203 or Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA 22603. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.
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