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Argenas, Lawrence R. 71

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lawrence R. Argenas, 71, of Etna, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was the son of the late Lawrence and Bernice Argenas; beloved husband of Maureen (Quinn) Argenas; loving father of Krisanne (Sam) Fieldhouse, Brian M. Argenas and Jason J. Argenas; and cherished grandfather of Erin (Dustin) Chilson, Samuel Q. Fieldhouse and Jeffrey A. Fieldhouse. Larry was a member of All Saints Church, Etna Senior Center, DOH and the Jockey Club. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township.
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Bouma, Jane E. 62

  • Coraopolis
  • Born: 1952-05-29
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Jane E. Bouma, 62, of Coraopolis, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Jane was born in Sewickley, May 29, 1952, to the late Dorothy "Pat" Murphy and Benjamin G. Bouma. She was a graduate of Allegheny County Community College with a nursing degree, and retired as a nurse with Kane Regional. A Civil War buff, she often visited the Gettysburg area battlefields. Jane is survived by her son, John (Elizabeth) Jones, of Carnegie; a brother, James Bouma, of Maine; two grandchildren, Jack Ryan Jones and Alexis McKenzie Jones; also a nephew, Benjamin Bouma. She was also predeceased by a nephew, James Paul Bouma. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. till noon Thursday at COPELAND'S CORAOPOLIS, 867 Fifth Ave., with a memorial service at noon Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, will be appreciated.
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Brison Jr., Robert V. 114

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Robert V. Brison Jr., 57, of Oakmont, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was the dear son of the late Robert and Jane Brison Sr.; beloved husband for 27 years of Paula (Warner) Brison; loving father of Nicole Leininger and Karenie Slaughter; grandfather of Darian Slaughter; and dear brother of Barbara Brison. Bob and his family owned and operated the former Oakmont Dairy Queen for almost 50 years, opening in 1955. His family was very important to him and he was a very proud grandfather. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Laurie Lesoon, Pastor of Caring Ministries at Riverside Community Church officiating. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. Because his mother and grandmother were afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Visit us online at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Buckley, Hayli M. 48

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Hayli M. (Pido) Buckley, 48, of Munhall died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 30 years of Scott E. Buckley; daughter of Eugene Pido Sr. and the late Shirley (Cush) Pido; loving mother of Brooke (Dennis) Welch, Brandee (Andrew) Tenney, Bayli Buckley and Scott Buckley Jr.; sister of Heidi (Denny) Fonzi, Holli (Ron) Bobick, Hetti Pido and Eugene (Laura) Pido Jr.; and Mamah of Andrew Tenney Jr., Arianna Welch, Mariah Welch and Dennis Welch III. Hayli, alongside her parents, was instrumental in the establishing of Pido's Pub and was proud of that accomplishment. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Bunda, Frank 84

  • Moon Township , Formerly of Versailles
  • Born: 1930-08-03
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Frank Bunda, 84, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the Palms at O'Neil. Born Aug. 3, 1930, in Versailles, he was a son of the late Andrew and Mary Bunda. A 1948 graduate of McKeesport High School and a 1958 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in landscape architecture, Frank was a Korean War veteran of the Army. Frank formerly worked as a chief planner for the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and retired as the Manager of Municipal Services for the Allegheny County Department of Development. He was a member of Post 939 of the American Legion, the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge No. 146 and the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department. Frank served various positions in Versailles Borough, including council member, planning commission chairman, and a member of the Zoning Board. He is survived by his wife, Myrna (Forsberg) Bunda; his children, Stephanie (Joseph) Bojanowski, of Erial, N.J., Jerry (Susan) Bunda, of Moon Township, and Rebecca (Eric) Smith, of Greenville, S.C.; his four grandchildren, Jason and Stacy Bunda, Katie Bojanowski and Michael Smith; his great-grandson, Bryce Bunda; his sister, Margaret Kubis, of Monroeville; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Frank was preceded in death by five siblings, Betty Lang, Mary Bennett, Elsie Richards and Andrew and William Bunda. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A blessing will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the funeral home. Procession and burial will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions in Frank's name should be made to the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department, 4919 3rd St., McKeesport, PA 15132. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Burton, Margaret 86

  • East Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Jean" Burton, 86, of East Oakmont, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Edward R. Burton, having just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 7, 2014; loving mother of Scott (Karen) Burton, of Upper St. Clair, Terry Burton, of Sewickley, and Rebecca "Becky" Burton, of Raleigh, N.C.; grandmother of Matthew, Blaise and Rachael; and dear sister of Dorothy "Dot" Wolslayer and the late Donald, William, James, Whitey, Robert and Edith. Jean was a graduate of Oakmont High School and a longtime member of Oakmont Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon. She was a volunteer at the former Presbyterian Home, in Wilkinsburg, and enjoyed crafts, especially quilting. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Wilson officiating. Everyone please meet directly at church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA15222, http://www.alz.org. Visit us online at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Buzza, Rowland Babe P.

  • Crafton Heights , Formerly of Elliott
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Schepner-Mcdermott, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Rowland P. "Babe" Buzza, Of Crafton Heights, formerly of Elliott, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Angus) Buzza; loving father of Zachary and Troy Buzza; brother of Conrad (Rosemary - deceased) Bryan, Gilbert (Barbara) and Stephen Buzza; also many nieces and nephews. Rowland was retired from Matthews Bronze International with more than 38 years of employment in final inspection and art design. He was also a veteran with the Air Force Reserve. His passions included classic auto restoration, motorbikes, motorcycles, go-kart racing and for the past 10 years, building soap box racers with his brother, Steve. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SCHEPNER-MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, 165 Noble Ave., Crafton, 412-921-3661. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in Guardian Angel Parish. Burial will be with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rowland's name to the Greater Pittsburgh Soap Box Derby, 334 Toura Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
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Caddick, Kathleen Kay 90

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2014-08-11
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Kathleen "Kay" (Dawson) Caddick, 90, of Gibsonia, formerly of North Hills Estates, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. She was the loving mother of Kathleen, of Boston, Mass., and Karen, of Pittsburgh; cherished grandmother of Alexandra Caddick, of Oklahoma; beloved wife of the late Samuel John Caddick; and daughter of the late George and Ellen (Burke) Dawson. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Kay was proud of her Canadian and Irish heritage. She was a long-term volunteer of Passavant Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Cammarata, John P. 74

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John Paul Cammarata, 74, of Glenshaw, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was the husband of Trudy (Schmiedecke); father of Natalie (Doug) Kosydar; brother of Chuck (Pat) and Bob (Sue); and is also survived by numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends of Bill W. He was the son of the late Sam and Libby. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bonaventure Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to AA, Pittsburgh Area Central Office, 900 5th Ave., 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Capane, Mary L. 85

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1929-04-28
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise Capane, 85, of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Born April 28, 1929, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Ludwig and Augustine (Bisesi) Pasquerell, and wife of 42 years of the late Samuel V. Capane. A 1946 graduate of Clairton High School, Mary Louise retired as a unit clerk for Jefferson Hospital, was a member of Clairton Democratic Women's Guild, and was a parishioner of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. She loved to play cards with family and friends but, more importantly, was an amazing mother and grandmother. Mary Louise is survived by her daughter, Clare (Jim) Landis, of Elizabeth Township; sons, Donald (Julie) Capane, of Mt. Lebanon, Samuel (Brenda) Capane, of Mesa, Ariz., Gerard (Joan) Capane, of Lilburn, Ga., Daniel (Mirna) Capane, of Gilbert, Ariz., Philip (Brooke) Capane, of White Oak, and Thomas "T.J." Capane, of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Matthew, Maria, Philip, Joseph, Jeanette, Salvatore, Samantha, Christine, Olivia, Anthony and Mikala; brother, Gerard (Karen) Pasquerell, of Pleasant Hills; sister, Patty (Carl) Aglio, of Mesa, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Earl Hines, of Mesa, Ariz.; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Hines. Her family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Gateway Hospice and Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. R. Donald Jones officiating. Procession and burial to follow to St. Clare Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mary Louise's name should be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Chertik Sr., Lawrence J. 80

  • Formerly of Fawn Township
  • Born: 1934-06-27
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Lawrence J. Chertik Sr., 80, formerly of Fawn Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Life Care Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born June 27, 1934, in Natrona, the son of the late John and Mary Kolek Chertik, and lived in the area all his life, but for the past 10 years resided in Punta Gorda, Fla. Larry worked for 32 years at the former Gulf Research and Development in Harmarville and retired after 11 years of service from PPG Industries in Allison Park, where he worked as a lab analyst. He was a member of the former St. Mathias Roman Catholic Church in Natrona. Larry enjoyed dancing, singing in the men's choir at St. Mathias Church, fly fishing and tying his own flies, traveling, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed tickling the ivory. He is survived by his children, Mary Rose Chertik, of Brackenridge, Lawrence J. Chertik Jr., of Natrona Heights, Kathy (Timothy) Sample, of Buffalo Township, Byron (Suzy) Chertik, of Allegheny Township, and Lisa (Michael) "Opie" Compton, of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and by his sister, Betty Kozier, of Boiling Springs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor DeLeo Chertik. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Costanzo, Bonnie L. 70

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1943-11-27
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Bonnie Lee Costanzo, 70, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born Nov. 27, 1943, in Ellwood City, a daughter of the late John James and Emma Simon. Bonnie was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak. She was a retired nurse for various hospitals in the Pittsburgh area and helped establish the E.M.T. services in the local area. She also taught at Community College of Allegheny County. She also, along with her husband, were the owners and operators of Reflections Fine Art Photography Studio in White Oak for more than 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Jerry A. Costanzo; daughter, Tracy (Steve) Sheposh; granddaughters, Riley Morgan Sheposh and Reagan Addison Sheposh; and brothers, John Simon and Robert Simon. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in St. Angela Merici Church with the Rev. Kevin J. Dominik as celebrant. Arrangements entrusted to the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or in honor of Riley Sheposh to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Western PA Chapter, 501 Martindale St., Suite 670, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Croyle, William H. 65

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1949-06-12
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • William Henry "Brutus" Croyle, 65, of Baldwin, formerly of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. Born June 12, 1949, in Clairton, he was a son of the late William H. and Ruth (Burnside) Croyle. Brutus belonged to the Clairton Police Auxiliary, where he called bingo and also worked at both McKeesport Hospital and Uni-Mart in Clairton. He is survived by a sister, Mary Ellen (the late Lindsey) Burge, of Bedford, Ohio; brothers, Kenneth "Crow" Croyle, Richard (Marna) Croyle and Ralph (Janet) Croyle, all of Clairton; also nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, William was predeceased in by sisters, Dorothy Johns and Helen Bliegh. No visitation or services are scheduled, at the request of the family. Arrangements by A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Edmundson, John C. 78

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • John C. "Jack" Edmundson, 78, of South Park, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Nancy for 52 years; father of Gary, Cheryl Shaginaw, Karen (Scott) Kreutzer, Greg (Cathy) and Cathy (Keith) Humfleet; grandfather of Chris, Matthew, Amanda, Emily, Tyler, Lauren, Dean, Jason, Brooke, Nicholas, Madison and Jaycee; and brother of Betty Edmundson. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Good Shepherd Lutheran of the South Hills, with military honors and burial to follow at 2:30 p.m. at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at http://www.pancan.org.
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Fenton, David P. 83

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • David P. Fenton, 83, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to his late wife, Laura; loving father of David R. Fenton, of Cecil, Eric A. (late wife, Sandra) Fenton, of Castle Shannon, and Laura F. (Carl) Sustrich, of South Fayette; grandfather and best friend of Victoria Metz, Carl and Jacob Sustrich; brother of George "Pete" (Norma) Fenton and the late Robert, Andrew and Alexander (surviving wife, Marjorie) Fenton and Ruth Somerton; and beloved brother-in-law of Frank and Judith Hostnick, of Wooster, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000. Service and interment private. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Flockhart, Shirley A. 78

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Ballog) Flockhart, 78, of Munhall, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was the loving wife of David Flockhart; beloved sister of Arlene (late Charles) Wiedder; and also is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was employed with Great American Federal Bank for more than 41 years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday. Please share your condolences and memories at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Ford, Kevin E. 46

  • Wilkins Township , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Kevin E. Ford, 46, of Wilkins Township, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. He was the beloved son of Dolores J. Ford and the late Henry "Hank" Ford; brother of Bradley Ford and his wife, Lynn, Brian Ford and his wife, Tricia, and Linda Geyer and her husband, Michael; and uncle of Colleen, Jason, Julie, Dana, Andrew, Nicholas and David. Kevin was a racing car fan and very involved with the Leukemia Society. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, (412-372-2100), and where services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The family requests no flowers, and would greatly appreciate memorial contributions in Kevin's name to the American Diabetes Association, 100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or the Leukemia Society of America, 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Gadelmeyer, Frederick J. 86

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1928-01-27
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. "Dykes" Gadelmeyer, 86, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Born Jan. 27, 1928, in Port Vue, he was a son of the late Mathias and Susanna (Holtsinger) Gadelmeyer, and the husband of the late Dolores "Dolly" (Gwosden) Gadelmeyer. Frederick was the proprietor of Frederick J. Gadelmeyer Public Accounting for more than 50 years. The former president of National Society of Public Accountants, he mentored generations of accountants through his integrity, work ethic and commitment to personal service. Frederick was a member and former treasurer of Evangelical Congregational Church. He served his country as an Army veteran. Edward was a member at East McKeesport Lodge No. 765 F and AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite in the Valley of Pittsburgh, Al-O-Mon Forest No. 138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Syria Shrine in Cheswick. A proud graduate of McKeesport High School, he was the co-captain of the football team and Vo-Tech Class president. An avid YMCA McKeesport Sharks swim team fan, Frederick also enjoyed lake and ocean fishing. Nothing brought him greater joy than being actively involved in his grandchildren's lives; he enthusiastically attended every educational and extracurricular activity they took part in. Frederick is survived by children, Fred D., of McKeesport, and Susie Fedorovich, of Liberty Borough; grandchildren, Erica, Kyra, Heidi and Fred; sister, Wilma Beal, of Georgia; sister-in-law, Audrey (Jack) Lofstrom, of Illinois; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and beloved wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Susan, Marie McClure, Matthew, Elizabeth Weegar and Louise. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the hour of funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. The Rev. Glen Irvin will officiate. Interment and military honors will follow at Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Graham, Todd M. 47

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1967-04-25
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, West Deer Township | Get Directions
  • Todd M. Graham, 47, of West Deer Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born April 25, 1967, in Natrona Heights, to Carol (Thomas) Graham, of Sarver, and the late David Graham. Todd was a small engine mechanic for Critchlow Enterprises Inc. and enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, camping and helping others. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Bairdford. In addition to his mother, Todd is survived by his wife of 18 years, Tammy (White) Graham; daughter, Haley Graham, at home; siblings, Dorothy (Jim) Milbert, of West Deer Township, Donna Latour, of Vandergrift, and David Graham, of Sarver; also nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 179 Starr Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. A memorial service to celebrate Todd's life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jerry Pawloski officiating. Please visit http://www.westdeerfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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Gray, Elmer B. 91

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Elmer B. "Dutch" Gray, 91, of Dormont, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was a son of the late Francis P. Gray and the late Lillian Burtt Gray Grimes; beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Scharding "Butch" Gray; loving father of Mary Beth (Fred) Gigler, Dr. Elaine (the late Arthur) Gorr, Lisa (Robert) Tenney and Stasi Longo; devoted papa of Chip (Shelley) Fisher, Matthew (Darlene) Fisher, Mark (Tara) Fisher, Kelley Gigler (Andy) Young, Suzie Gigler (Kyle) Vuksan, Leah (Sean) Bonasorte Burke , Matthew (Heather) Gorr, Carl (Melissa) Gorr, Brian (Tamara) Tenney, David (Erin) Tenney, Michael (Madalynn) Tenney, Tayler Longo (Cameron) Hutton; great-grand-papa of 21; brother of Doris Jean (George) Ogg and the late Francis P. Gray Jr.; brother-in-law of Mary Louise Scharding Gordon, Anne Scharding and the late Regis, Syvila, Leo "Ham" and Margaret Scharding; and loving uncle of Gary, Geori, Leslie, George, Shawn and Kelly Ogg, William Brickel, Susan Legler, Vicky Schneider and many more nieces and nephews. Elmer was a graduate of South Hills High, Class of 1940, and an World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He began his baseball career as an all-star minor league second baseman with the St. Louis Browns and with the Dormont semi-professional baseball league. Elmer went on to become a professional baseball scout for the St. Louis Browns, the Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Reds. In 1984, he was offered his dream job as scouting director for the Pittsburgh Pirates and held that position until 1994. He continued on with the Pirates in various scouting capacities until his retirement in December 2012. Elmer was also a baseball and basketball official for the WPIAL and Carnegie Mellon University for more than 40 years. He was a longtime active member of St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon and a member of American Legion Post No. 490 in Castle Shannon. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning in St. Bernard Church. Please meet at church. Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, 5010 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 201, Calabasas, CA 91302 or to St. Bernard Church, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Hays, Lois C. 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Lois C. Hays, 85, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Clarence Miller and Ida Mae Menzer; wife to Alfred Hays, whom passed in 1997; and loving mother to Timothy Hays (Elizabeth). She was preceded by two sons, Thomas Hays (Debbie) and Daniel Hays. She was the grandmother to Danika Hays, Dora Vitou (Nick), Heather Hays, Timothy "TJ" Hays (Yilin Chen), Kelly Pegher (William Jr.), Trevor Hays (Vanessa) and Brandon Hays; great-grandmother to William III and Daniel; and sister to William Miller. Lois loved spending time with her family. She loved music and sang with the USO during World War II, where she met her husband. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in St. Norbert Catholic Church.
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Herman, David J. 74

  • Carnegie
  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • David J. Herman, 74, of Carnegie, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. He was a son of the late Joseph and Nola (Tidball) Herman; brother of James C. Herman, Judith (Jack) Kosslow, Robert (Lucille) Herman, Eleanor Brickley, Lawrence (Elaine) Herman, Frederick (Lynn) Herman and Ralph (Margaret) Herman; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 323 Second Ave., Carnegie. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 330 Third Ave., Carnegie. Inurnment was held in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Hoffman, Robert G. 88

  • Moon Township , Formerly of Sewickley
  • Born: 1926-04-09
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Hoffman, 88, of Moon Township, formerly of Sewickley, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at The Willows. He was born April 9, 1926, in Ambridge, to the late William Harry and Lillian Elizabeth (Seidelmann) Hoffman. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Loretta J. (Mosley) Hoffman; loving father of Robert George Hoffman (Laura), of Moon Township and Gregory James Hoffman (Amy), of Coraopolis; cherished grandfather of Jessica, Nicole, Kayla, Hayden, Mackenzie, Hannah and Madeline; great-grandfather of Aubrey and Kylie; brother of Betsy Knouse (Ken), of Coraopolis, Carol Hutchinson (Alan), of Raleigh, N.C. and the late William H. Hoffman and Nanette F. Smith; and brother-in-law of Barbara Hoffman, of Allison Park, and William Smith, of Rochester. Bob was a very active member of St. Stephens Church where he served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, trained the acolytes for 20 years, was involved in the Towers ministry for 20 years and was elected twice to the vestry. For 44 years, he had worked at Homestead Valve as an accountant in management and also served on their board of directors. He was a member of the Masons for 60 years, Doric Lodge Sewickley and also a Shriner. He was a 1944 graduate of Sewickley High School and obtained his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Duquesne University. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, with Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Road. Everyone please meet at St. Stephens Church, 405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley, PA 15143, for funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Light refreshments will follow. A brief repast will follow. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill Henry. Burial will be at Sewickley Cemetery. Family welcomes flowers or if desired, donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite No. 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, http://www.alz.org.
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Hutchinson, Richard A. 58

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Richard Alan "Hutch" Hutchinson, 58, a passionate music lover, film enthusiast, photographer and Gamecock, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Richard, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business (1977) and the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business (2002), loved education and was always seeking further knowledge. He was gifted in the ability to make you smile and provided an abundance of joy. He was able to amount a wealth greater than any other: the love of everyone who met him. He is survived by his wife, Jill (Gallagher); his children, Christopher (Rachel), Roxanne and Timothy (Kelly); his grandchildren, Harper Mae and Christopher Charles (Charlie) Jr.; his mother, Anne Hutchinson; his brother, Jess (Wendy) Hutchinson; and his many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Heart Institute - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Jones, Joan M.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Joan Maree (Newell) Jones, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at UPMC East. Mrs. Jones was born in Lakewood City, Ohio, to George and Margaret Newell, who along with her brother, George, of San Antonio, Texas, predeceased her. Joan was a graduate of Westminster College with a Bachelors Degree in business administration. Joan married Robert W. Jones, of Connellsville, in 1954, and they have one son, Steven, who still resides at home. Joan is survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews, and close loyal friends. Joan worked at several positions throughout her life including teaching and along with her husband, Bob, devoted many years to advocating for special needs children and adults in the eastern regions of the county and on a state level. She was a strong-willed, progressive thinker who believed that people with disabilities deserved every opportunity to live a full life as those without serious disabilities. Later in life she experienced firsthand the difficulties that older people face with attempts to live independently without institutionalization, and to the best of her ability and access, advocated for more resources in the areas of housing, nutrition and medical care for older residents in her home area. Joan also loved cooking, baking and entertaining in her home and eventually embraced the internet especially enjoying YouTube for the music, new and old that she enjoyed. Interment will be by her husband's side at Green Ridge Memorial Park in Connellsville. Services are private. Arrangements are being handled by the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Jones Jr., Norman W. 54

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Norman W. "Nick" Jones Jr., 54, of Ross Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. He was the loving husband of Sandra "Sandy" (Grech); beloved father of Amy and Nicklas Jones; grandfather of Arianna and Breana; son of Doris and the late Norman W. Jones; and brother of Jeffrey (Michelle) Jones. Nick was a well-known Pittsburgh area dirt track champion racecar driver. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Funeral service in Allegheny County Memorial Park will be private. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society. http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Josefoski, Helen S. 89

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-06-16
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Helen S. Josefoski, 89, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born June 16, 1925, in Brackenridge, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Petrek Skuta. Helen was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School and also a graduate of Franco's Beauty School in New Kensington. She was the owner of the former Helen's Beauty Shop in Natrona Heights. Helen was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Natrona Heights, 1st Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, where she was an officer and past president, Tarentum Historical Society, where she enjoyed the history and keeping ethnic traditions alive, and was a CCD teacher at the church. She enjoyed cooking, baking and most of all, her grandchildren. Helen is survived by her children, Edward (Mary) Josefoski, of Saxonburg, Susan (George) Allen, of Gibsonia, John (Ann) Josefoski, of Tarentum, and Joseph Josefoski, of Sarver; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and by her sister, Ciel Szymkiewicz, of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Josefoski, Jan. 20, 1999; brothers, Joseph, Martin and Stephen Skuta; and by her sisters, Anna Petros and Josephine Jendrejeski. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the 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. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, with the Rev. Nick Spirko as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Helen may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Kaminsky, Lorraine H. 82

  • Wilkins Township , Formerly of Scranton
  • Died: 2014-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Lorraine H. (Sienkiewicz) Kaminsky, 82, of Wilkins Township, formerly of Scranton, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. She will be forever in the hearts of her daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Joyce and John Warwick, and grandchildren, Jack, Grace and Christopher, of Pittsburgh, and her son, Dr. Thomas Kaminsky, and grandchildren, Darian and Avery Kaminsky, of Kittanning. Lorraine was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Sienkiewicz, of Scranton. She was a loving and devoted caregiver throughout her life. She cared for her husband, Thomas A. Kaminsky, until his death in 1972, and selflessly took care of her parents, aunt and uncle in their later years. Her children and grandchildren will remember "Nani" always being there to share in their joys and sorrows. Fighting cancer since 2000, Lorraine loved the watercolor classes and support at Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda's Club). Memorial donations may be made to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (http://www.ourclubhouse.org), 412-338-1919. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in St. Mary of the Mount Church, Grandview Avenue, Mt. Washington. Arrangements handled with care by the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Kehlert, George A. 56

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • George A. Kehlert, 56, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, after a 19-month battle with prostate cancer. He was the beloved husband of Sharon L. (Fulgenzi) Kehlert; adored son of Marie T. (Bielmeier) and the late George Kehlert; loving father of Matthew (Katherine) Fulgenzi and George L. Kehlert; grandfather of Arabella, Matthew "Ben" and Jacob Fulgenzi; brother of David (Karen) Kehlert and the late Karin Kehlert; and uncle of Megan Kehlert, Katelyn (Corey) Elloitt and Meghan (David) Tintera. A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747). A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville. Everyone please meet at the church. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to Us TOO International, Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, 2720 S. River Road, Suite 112, Des Plaines, IL 60018 or the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kiley, Sister M. Venard

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Sister M. Venard Kiley, OSF, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Frank and Marcella Kiley; sister of the late Thomas R. Kiley; and aunt of Randy, Ronald and Ricky Kiley and Linda Wurthner. Sister Venard ministered as an elementary school teacher for 19 years and as a school principal for 19 years in the Pittsburgh Catholic school system. In 1990, Sister took on the managerial responsibilities of Bry-Mard Apartments Inc., and remained in that position until suffering a stroke in 2007. For the last seven years, Sister had resided at Mt. Alvernia, regional house of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. During this time, she continued to minister in a very caring and compassionate manner to the sisters living in the health care unit, especially to those who were near death. Despite her physical limitations and her inability to speak, she was a consoling presence -- always vigilant, always concerned, always prayerful. Sister Venard truly mirrored St. Francis in her outreach to those most in need, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. She was truly a gift to us all. Visitation from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Alvernia Motherhouse Chapel, 146 Hawthorne Road, Millvale, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Ministry, Formation or Retirement Fund, 146 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Professional services entrusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Lee, Elaine R. 54

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1959-12-31
  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Elaine R. (Scholl) Lee, 54, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was born Dec. 31, 1959, in Harrison Township, daughter of Lois E. (Ross) Scholl, of Natrona Heights, and the late Raymond F. Scholl Jr. She had lived for the past 14 years in Baltimore. Elaine was an IT program manager for Farmers Insurance for 24 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. She was a graduate of Highlands High School, class of 1977, and a graduate of Computer Tech, Pittsburgh. Elaine was an animal lover; especially her dog, Reese. Besides her mother, she is survived by a brother, Douglas R. (Mary Eileen) Scholl, of Natrona Heights; nephew, Justin (Maryann) Scholl, of Fairview; niece, Alyson Scholl, of Natrona Heights; and several cousins. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Trinity Unity Methodist Church, Brackenridge, with the Rev. Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff, officiating. Local arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Family suggests contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lemish, Dolores M. 87

  • Asbury Heights , Formerly of Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Dolores May (Miller) Lemish, 87, of Asbury Heights, formerly of Bethel Park, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Lemish; loving mother of Vickie Lynn (Jim) Moran; and grandmother of Alexander J. Moran. Dolores was an active member at Southminster Presbyterian Church. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church or Asbury Heights, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Litterini-Smith, Victoria 25

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1989-08-16
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Victoria "Tori" Litterini-Smith, 25, of Elizabeth, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She was born Aug. 16, 1989, in Pittsburgh, daughter of Cynthia Litterini-Smith, of Elizabeth, and the late Mark S. Smith. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are many aunts, uncles, cousins, stepsiblings and friends. As per Victoria's wishes, there will be no viewing or services. Condolences may be left at http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Lucot, Jerome F. 87

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Jerome F. Lucot, 87, of Glassport, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was a son of the late James and Rose (Jenkins) Lucot; and husband of the late Dolores (Bevin) Lucot. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Sabolik) Lucot; sons, Jerome (Ilene) Lucot, of Hephzibah, Ga., and Mark Lucot, of West Virginia; stepchildren, Tom (Soundy) Waseleski, of Sewickley Hills, and Paula Watson, of Morningside; sisters, Alice Herhoick, of East Lake, Ohio, and Audrey Mamrack, of Sutersville; brother, Raymond (Suzie) Lucot, of Newport, Tenn.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; also nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Clinton John Lucot; sisters, Rose, Sally and Florence; and brothers, Joseph, Ernest and Regis. Jerome was a retired shipper for Copperweld, a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Golden Wellness Club, Elizabeth Township Seniors, Corpus Christi Seniors and served in the Navy aboard the SS Macon. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Marra, Marilyn A. 75

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Marilyn A. "Midge" (Zoretich) Marra, 75, of North Braddock, affectionately known as "Midge", died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. A graduate and lead drum majorette at Scott High School, Midge went on to work at Westinghouse/Bettis division. She loved befriending and laughing with any and all people as "Miss Personality PLUS", was a grizzled world traveler, an enthusiastic gardener and lover of nature, a casino and Pennsylvania lottery aficionado, a highly-skilled crossword puzzler and huge Celine Dion fan. She was preceded in death by husband, Carl A. Marra; beloved mother of Eric A. Marra, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jason A. Marra (wife, Sophan), of Oregon; and sister to Mildred "Dolly" Simko, as well as deceased siblings, Delores "Dory" Nixdorf, John "Jack" Zoretich and Lorraine "Lainy" Egnatz. She was aunt to many loving nieces and nephews and will be missed by all of them, including Mary Anne Belback, Audrey, Chip, Luke and Chad Nixdorf and Joe Simko. She cherished her dear friends Lois, Helen, Donna, Rose and Fran, and finally, her beloved pet, "Pancho" the talking, aerial-acrobatic parakeet. She will be deeply missed, but her incandescent soul will shimmer and shine forever. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be made to The Bridges Care Network, 1200 Gulf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or http://www.bridgesseniorcare.org.
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Matelan, Raymond F. 93

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1921-04-12
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Raymond Francis Matelan, 93, of Greenock, died peacefully in his favorite reclining chair at home Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was born April 12, 1921, in Rankin, to the late Martin and Rose (Gayok) Matelan. Ray was four years old when his father died and was raised by his mother and step-father, Nicholas Pavacic. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1939 and served in the Navy for three years during World War II. He married Helen Louise Solvay in 1951 and together, they owned and operated the Queen Elizabeth Style Shop in Elizabeth for 48 and one half years. He designed and patented a unique piece of jewelry called the Pin-a-Ring in 1960. He was a member of the PennSembles Adult Tamburitzan Group, sang in various church choirs for more than 40 years, and was active in church and city councils. He was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church in McKeesport for more than 40 years and was currently attending St. Patrick's Church in McKeesport. Ray loved being out with people and recently attended International Village all three nights in Renzie Park from August 12-14. From accounts heard, he was his usual Prince Charming and had a great time. Ray could talk with anyone at anytime and could make a stranger feel like a longtime friend. He will be missed by all. Ray is survived by his daughters, Janet Matelan Golay and her husband, John E. (Ted), of Lexington, S.C., Susan Matelan King and husband, William (Sky), of Buckhannon, W. Va., and Karen Matelan, of Elizabeth; son, Raymond Matelan; grandchildren, Suzanne Golay Goldman and husband, Erik, Lauren and Meredith Golay and Jennifer and William King; and also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; sister, Catherine Brozovich; brother, Edward Matelan; and a grandson, David Michael King. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in St. Patrick's Church with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Sacred Heard Cemetery in Port Vue. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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McCulloch, Donald 69

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Donald McCulloch, 69, of Plum, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Linda Ann (Wukich) McCulloch; loving father of Sean Andrew (Jennie) McCulloch; brother-in-law of Samuel M. Wukich; and cousin of John and Dee Snyder. Donald was a Vietnam veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 820 in Monroeville. He was a member of Valley Lodge No. 613, heavily active in the Highlanders as a bass drummer and the first to receive the Highlander Legacy Award. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroeville. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment with military honors will follow at Restland Memorial. Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. American Legion services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Mino, Evelyn D. 88

  • Plum
  • Born: 1926-04-15
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Evelyn D. (Naylor) Mino, 88, of Plum, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at home. Born April 15, 1926, in Marly, Nord, France, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dwight; and her cherished sons, Patrick and Joseph. She is survived by a brother, Claude (Jeanine) Naylor, of France; her children, Thomas Mino, of Montreal, Agnes Melnick, of Fishers, Ind., and Marie-Louise Novosel, of Plum; a daughter-in-law, Susan J. Mino, of Plum; her much-loved grandchildren, Thomas (Robin) Mino, of Broomfield, Colo., Joseph Mino, of Los Angeles, Calif., Cheri Mino, of Plum, Lynn (Sebastian) Koster van Groos, of Deerfield, Ill., Lori Melnick, of Monroeville, Nikola Novosel IV, of Plum, and Nathanael (Angela) Novosel, of Crownsville, Md.; and her adored great-grandchildren, Paige, Blake and Bryce Mino and Jacob, Christopher and Lucas Koster van Groos; and nephews, Patrick (Genevive), Christian and Christophe Naylor, of France. Evelyn's family was the focus of her life. Her love was immeasurable. She was proud of and happy for the gift of love her family gave her. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, sewing, knitting and was an enthusiastic member of several card clubs with her dear friends for more than 30 years. A lover of knowledge, she read several newspapers from cover-to-cover every day. During World War II, she was a French/English translator for the French Government and worked with the U.S. Military, where she met her husband. She married the love of her life in 1946 and moved to Greensburg, where she began an accomplished career as a sought-after seamstress. For years she was the seamstress for the Holiday's Drum and Bugle Corps. Friends and relatives were received Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239. Funeral services and interment at Westmoreland County Memorial Park was private. In lieu of flowers, the Mino family suggests memorial contributions to the Transplant Recipients International Organization, Falk Building Room 601, 3601 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Morris, Rose M. 87

  • Leetsdale
  • Born: 1927-07-29
  • Died: 2014-08-12
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie (Pietrantonio) Morris, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at the West Hills Health and Rehab. Rose Marie was born July 29, 1927, in Brownsville, to the late Marie DiMarzio and Ercole Pietrantonio. She was a resident of Leetsdale for more than 50 years, a graduate of Leetsdale High School, where she was on the Reunion Committee, a member of St. James Church, where she volunteered her help, a member of the Women's Guild, 55 plus club and volunteered with the Meals on Wheels. Rose Marie was the payroll manager at Aliquippa Hospital with 30 years of service before retiring. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Elmer "Flo" Jr., in 1986. She was a beloved aunt to her survivors, Terry Biondi (Phyllis), Sherry Kosis (Ray), Karen Hegedus (William), James Linesberry and his late wife, Debby, Marcia and Cindy; a-sister-in-law, Carolyn Morris; great-aunt to Kim and Jeff, Madeline and Taylor, Matthew, Michael and Randy; great-great-aunt to James and Eleanor; and also many beloved friends survive her. Rose Marie was also predeceased by two sisters, Vincy Biondi and Virginia Bartus. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St., where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. James Church with Father Thomas J. Burke, celebrant. Burial will follow in St. James Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in her name to St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Musial, Margaret A. 94

  • Formerly of Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Musial, 94, of Country Meadows Retirement Community and formerly a longtime resident of Baldwin Borough, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene A. Musial; daughter of the late John and Anna Hutnik; loving mother of William J. (Anne) Musial, Gene D. Musial, Mark S. (Mari) Musial, Robert J. (Susan) Musial and the late Gregory (Victoria) Musial; sister of Helen Gensler and the late Steven, the Rev. William J., John T., Andrew and Ann Hutnik; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Family and friends welcome from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS (412-835-1860), 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (opposite Macy's South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Thomas More Church. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to St. Thomas More Family Life Center, 126 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Opatick, Elaine C. 76

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1938-06-02
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Elaine C. Opatick, 76, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at home. She was born June 2, 1938, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Helen (Janko) Dachinetz. She was a former and retired medical assistant from Dr. Lester Botkin, Dr. Songsanand, Sr. Somali and Pittsburgh Neurosurgery. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the wife of the late Eugene F. "Skip" Opatick; loving mother of Lori (Mark) Guthrie, of West Mifflin, and Holly Opatick, of Jefferson Hills; grandmother of Wesley Guthrie and Kaitlyn Guthrie; sister of Fred Dachinetz, of West Mifflin; also survived by many cousins. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Peterson, Rebecca 91

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Born: 1922-12-28
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Auer, Harrisburgh | Get Directions
  • Rebecca (Watson) Peterson, 91, a longtime resident of Pleasant Hills, entered into eternal rest peacefully Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at her home. She was the widow of the late Axel Peterson, who passed in 2002. Born Dec. 28, 1922, in Aspinwall, she was a daughter of the late Frank G. and Mary Ethel Watson. Rebecca graduated from Aspinwall High School in 1940 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1945. She was a past president of Phi Mu Fraternity and was actively involved in the fraternity for most of her life. She was a member of the Pleasant Hills Arboretum Board where she did volunteer work. She also volunteered for the Pittsburgh Garden Center and the Pleasant Hills Garden Club. Rebecca is survived by her son, Bruce; her sister, Anne Hand; four nieces; and two nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. Arrangements by AUER CREMATION SERVICES OF PENNSYLVANIA INC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Becky's name to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243, Pleasant Hills Arboretum or a charity of your choice. For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit http://www.auercremationservices.com.
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Polen, Joshua N. 0

  • White Oak
  • Born: 2014-08-15
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Anderson, Homestead | Get Directions
  • Joshua Nicholas Polen was born Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, and earned his angel wings the same day. He celebrated his brief life surrounded by the love of his family. With his passing, Joshua took a piece of the hearts of those who survive him, including parents, Jeffrey and Nicole (Hopchak) Polen; brother, Lucas Polen; grandparents, John and Margaret Hopchak and Vincent Polen; uncle, Chad (Stephanie) Polen; cousin, Khylee Polen; maternal great-grandparents, Anna and Ernie Basser; as well as many great-aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Patricia Polen. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in R.V. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 315 E. 10th Ave., Homestead. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Project Linus, 253 Ranger Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
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Rambacher, Marguerite L. 82

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-08-13
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Marguerite L. "Peggy" (Cramer) Rambacher, 82, of Plum, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Rambacher; loving mother of Linda Gurka (Richard), Janice Rambacher Rochez, Robert Rambacher (Mary Ford), Thomas Rambacher (Christine) and John Rambacher; sister of Patricia Vucho (Andrew); grandmother "Nana" of Christy, Jamie, Erik, Keri and Chris Rochez; great-grandmother of Rylee; sister-in-law of Nancy Rambacher; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday in St. Maurice Church, Forest Hills. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Rambacher family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Reynolds, Rev. Morgan J. 93

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1921-08-04
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Morgan James Reynolds, 93, of Penn Hills, went home peacefully to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was pastor emeritus of St. Paul Baptist Church. After a productive tenure, first as pastor, then some years later as senior pastor, he served for 43 years from 1966 until 2009. His family affectionately refers to him as the "Energizer Bunny." The Rev. Reynolds was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Aliquippa, to Chester and Martha Reynolds. He was raised, however, from age 3 by his uncle and aunt, Horace and Florence Reynolds. He grew up in North Charleroi and graduated from Charleroi High School in 1939. He served in the Navy during World War II from 1941-1945, and was recalled during the Korean War in 1950-1951. The Rev. Reynolds served for several years as a deacon prior to being ordained as a minister in 1962 at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Charleroi. He then attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, after which he obtained a Bachelor of Theology degree. In addition, through the years, while being a minister, he worked in three different steel mills in the Mon Valley and for the Atomic Energy Agency, Navy Division, in West Mifflin, until retirement. He had been married for 65 years to Helen (Skinner) Reynolds. He was the loving father of Elizabeth (English) Webb, Deborah Hayes and Michele (Reid) Greene, all of Penn Hills; dear grandfather of Anita (Emmitt) Greene-Jones, James Greene, Jeremy Hayes, James Webb and Janelle Webb; brother of Estella Smith; and uncle of Rhodora (Robert) Woodson. Friends and relatives will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 435 Second St., Oakmont, PA 15139, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Everyone please meet directly at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Foreign Missions, c/o St. Paul Baptist Church, Oakmont. Arrangements were provided by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., Oakmont, 412-828-3535. Visit us online at http://www.burket-truby.com.
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Ricci, Pasqualino

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  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Winter, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Pasqualino Ricci died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Theresa Ricci; father of Mary Angela Portagallo (Joseph), Teresa Joann Scholze (Timothy) and Patricia Ann Ricci; grandfather of Justine Marie and Savana Lyn Scholze; and brother of Franco and Nicolino Ricci and Martha Ersilia Ciotola. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Pasqualino was an active member of the Ateleta Beneficial Association. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the WINTER FUNERAL HOME PC, 4730 Friendship Ave. Funeral at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus.
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Robotti, Eva C. 88

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Eva C. Robotti, 88, of Pittsburgh, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlo B. Robotti; and son, Stefano Joseph Robotti. She is survived by her daughters, Carla Robotti, of Naperville, Ill., Joanna Conan (Mark), of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Sandra Robotti, of Wexford; grandchildren, Christina, Daniel and Kathryn Porter and Jenna, Michael and Gregory Conan; sisters, Lillian Fiori and Gloria Acklin, of Pittsburgh; nieces and nephews, Gloria Kreps (Todd), of Mt Lebanon, Deborah Acklin, of Pittsburgh, Lawrence Acklin (Janice), of White Oak, Joseph, Michael and Kathy Mattea, of Cross Lanes, W. Va.; and special friend, Ric Norris. Eva was a distinguished professor of rhetoric and speech, with teaching positions at West Virginia University, Mount Mercy College and Duquesne University, where she served as Communications Department Chair and was honored upon her retirement as Professor Emeritus. Eva was a loving person, devoted to her family and her proud Italian heritage. She will be missed by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Church.
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Ruhle, Jacob J. 62

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Jacob James Ruhle, 62, of Shaler Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was a son of Jacob A. and Shirley M. Ruhle; father of Jason Ruhle and Kimberly (Shaun) Baker; grandfather of Ashton, Luke, Brandt, Jacob and Jason; brother of Eugene Ruhle and Gary Ruhle; former husband of Jacqueline Ruhle; and also survived by nieces and nephews. Jacob was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Army. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., MiIIvaIe, next to Holy Spirit Chuch. Blessing service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Sand, William F. 82

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • William F. "Bill" Sand, 82, of Oakmont, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret "Peggy" Sand; loving father of Gerald Sand, Thomas (Shari) Sand, Michael Sand and Patrick (Lorraine) Sand; grandfather of Jonathan, Matthew and Andrew; and dear brother of Joan (Charles) Schaffold, Frances (the late Richard) Tate and the late George Sand. Bill was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church and served in the Army during the Korean War. He was active at RCAC and a member of Disabled American Veterans. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to RCAC, 501Second St., Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Santini, Helen M. 95

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Helen Marie (Pugliano) Santini, 95, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Sisto Rossetti and Bernard Santini; loving mother of Theodore "Ted" (Linda) Rossetti, of Plum, and Richard "Rick" (supportive friend, Elaine DeFalco) Rossetti, of Murrysville; grandmother of Melissa, Tracy (John), Tamara, Marisa (William "B.J."), Kimberly, Kelly (Sean) and Matthew; great-grandmother of Spencer, Tanner, Sydney, Dante, Madison, Anthony, Violet and Hazel; and sister of Mary Mignogna and the late Frank, Albert and Alfred Pugliano, Sarah DiTommaso, Josephine Rossetti and Mary Pugliano. She is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Alane Rossetti. Helen was an executive secretary for PPG Industries, president of the Frank DiNinno Chapter of the Sons of Columbus and editor of the Sons of Columbus newspaper. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Bernadette Catholic School in her memory and sent to 245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Sassi, Elizabeth 82

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-11
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth (Cherepko) Sassi, 82, of Monroeville, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Isadore J. Sassi; loving mother of Robert (Michelle) Sassi; and grandmother of Laurel, Robert and Andrea Sassi. God bless Elizabeth and may she rest in peace. Service and interment will be private. Arrangements entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), Monroeville, 412-856-4747. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Satariano, Lawrence J. 87

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Lawrence J. Satariano, 87, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of the late Alice E. (Hartung) Satariano; brother of John, Joseph and the late Frank; loving father of Marie (Tom) Geubtner, Patricia A. (John) Satariano-Hayden, Anne M. (Ed) Gasperich, Nancy J. (Tom) Belz, Gina M. Satariano and Lawrence A. (Kristen) Satariano; proud grandfather of Leah (Zach), Mark (Samantha), Elliott, Evan, Kevin, Emily (John), Rachel (Cameron), Trevor, Beth, Daniel and Matthew; and great-grandfather of Gabriel, Kaleb, Jase, Charlotte and Harper. Larry was a proud graduate of North Catholic High School and Duquesne University. Larry was a loyal Meals on Wheels volunteer for more than 25 years and an usher for many years at St. Athanasius. Larry enjoyed travel, fishing, sports, poker, music and especially time spent with family. He enjoyed the many activities and lovely people at St. Barnabas for the past three years. We will miss his gentle spirit. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to a charity of choice. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Schwartz, William C. 77

  • Mt. Oliver
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Mt. Oliver | Get Directions
  • William C. Schwartz, 77, of Mt. Oliver, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was the beloved, cherished husband of O. Jean (Landefeld) and he will also be dearly missed by his cousins and friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a member of the Selective Service of the Army and a Pittsburgh attorney for more than 35 years. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at TIMOTHY K. SLATER FUNERAL SERVICES INC., 412-381-3337, 425 Brownsville Road, Mt. Oliver, PA 15210. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church. If desired, family suggests donations to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be left at http://www.timothykslater.com.
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Sersen, Maureen E. 84

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1929-10-20
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Maureen E. (McElhinney) Sersen, 84, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Manor Care in Monroeville. She was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (McDonald) McElhinney; and wife of the late John E. "Big Moe" Sersen Sr. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin. Survivors include her children, Rosemary (Lynn) Haselhoff, of White Oak, John "Jack" (Christine) Sersen, of North Huntingdon, and Patti (Mick) Dougherty, of West Mifflin; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Katie) Haselhoff, Keith (fiancee, Logan Dillinger) Haselhoff, Kelli Haselhoff, Bethany (Chris) Piatek, Lauren (Robert) Kerr, Jonathan Sersen and Erin Dougherty; two great-grandchildren, Brianna Coulson and Aiden Piatek; also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Elizabeth (late Frank) Kusek, Rose McElhinney, Frances (late Thomas) Martin, Clare (late Peter) Richards, Helen (late Charles) Manns and William (late Fran) McElhinney; and sister-in-law, Mary (late Dushan) Baskot. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Stromoski Sr., John P. 86

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John P. "Jack" Stromoski Sr., 86, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was the son of the late Charles and Frances Stromoski; beloved husband of Marie Stromoski; loving father of John P. "Jay" (Lindsay) Stromoski Jr., Susan (Ted) Bates and Nancy Pittman; and is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jack was a Navy veteran. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial with military honors will be in Christ Our Redeemer, Ross Township. Donations may be sent to Family Hospice, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Valentovish, Eugene Gene L. 86

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eugene L. "Gene" Valentovish, of Duquesne, passed away quietly Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with his loving family by his side. Born June 9, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, he greatly enjoyed his 86 years. He was married to his wife and best friend, Mary Ann Voyten Valentovish for 59 years and together they raised and dedicated their lives to their five children. Gene lived life to the fullest. He loved his family and his church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Glory (Alan) Koerbel, Kathleen (Gerald) Potter, Kristin (Thomas) Legin, Lisa and Gregg (Shelly Seanor) Valentovish; also surviving are his precious grandchildren, Jordan Potter, Ashley and Joseph Legin, Allison Koerbel and Breana, Bayden and Bryson Valentovish. Gene was employed at General Motors Fisher Body Division for 40 years as a production control coordinator. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Spokane CL120. Gene enjoyed people and working with them in organizations. He proudly served as Grand Knight of Duquesne-West Mifflin Knights of Columbus Council 4210. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Church, the Parish Council for 40 years and the church's men's club. He also belonged to the Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens Club, Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens and the General Motors Salaried Retirement Club. An avid gardener once affiliated with the Gardeners Club of Western Pennsylvania, he spent many years beautifying the grounds of Holy Name Church. He enjoyed working with children and was an advisor for the Mon-Yough Junior Achievement Program, Scout Master for Troop 310, Holy Name Church CCD Instructor and lector. He was a baritone in the men's choir and performed with the Knights of Song. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Leon and Hattie Valentovish; his in-laws, Mary and Frank Voyten; sister, Florence Guzy; and brother, Edward Valentovish. Surviving are sisters, Hattie Sukenik and Bernadine Czekaj; brothers-in-law, Frank (Janet) Voyten and Charles (Stephanie) Voyten; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received this past Sunday and Monday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St. at Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this past Tuesday at Holy Name Church, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment followed in Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ the Light of the World "Feed the Needy" Fund would be greatly appreciated.
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Yobbi, Eric L. 60

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Eric L. "Rick" Yobbi, 60, of Whitehall, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Lauree (Ridosh) Yobbi for more than 23 years; father of Kelly (Michael) Jurczyk, Kimberly (Michael) Sabatini and Erika Yobbi; GaGa of Samantha, Sophia and Michael David; son of Phyllis (Walter) Verno Fire and the late Mario Yobbi; brother of Mario (Laurie) Yobbi, Daniel (Lynn) Yobbi, Anthony (Elaine) Yobbi and Gregory (Dana) Yobbi; and is also survived by his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Altman, Matilda A. 90

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1923-08-18
  • Died: 2014-08-13
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Matilda A. "Pat" (Patosky) Altman, 90, of Irwin, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. She was born Aug. 18, 1923, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Elmer and Frances (Scheuerle) Patosky. She was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Irwin and retired from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. She was a longtime public servant as a member of Irwin Borough Council, Norwin Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Activities Committee and served on the renovation and dedication committee for the Veterans Memorial on Main Street. She was also a member of the Westmoreland Democratic Committee, Irwin Business and Professionals Association, Teamsters Local No. 30 and No. 250, North Irwin Women's Club and was formerly president of the Women's Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 781. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Walter J. Patosky and her companion, Elmer Soles. She is survived by her children, Thomas R. Altman (Noreen Wolfe), of Hempfield Township, and Eileen F. Howley (Amy Davis), of Allison Park; grandchildren, Patrick Howley, Amy Altman, Jennie Barnette and Edwin Howley; great-grandchildren, Lauren Ayers, Ethan Barnette, Andrew Barnette, Gabriella Howley and Savanah Howley; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Patosky; niece, Vera Rhee; nephew, David Patosky; and several cousins. Friends and family were received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone gathered for a funeral service officiated by Pastor Cindy Holmquist. Entombment followed at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Township.
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Ashcom, Dorothy R. 93

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1921-08-07
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Dorothy R. (Richardson) Ashcom, 93, of New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Aug. 7, 1921, in Johnstown, she was a daughter of the late George and Ethel (Mitchell) Richardson; and was also proceeded in death by her first husband, Robert W. Hill; daughter, Patricia Gregory; son, Frank M. Ashcom Jr.; an infant granddaughter; brothers, John and Stamford Richardson; infant brother, Charles Richardson; and sister, Martha Potts. She is survived by husband, Frank M. Ashcom, of New Florence; daughter, Sandra Lee Tincher, of Michigan City, Ind.; grandchildren, Robert Gregory and wife, Debbie, of Somerset, Michael S. Gregory, of Boswell, DeeDee McGowan and husband, Brian, of Somerset, Paula "P.J." Gregory, of New Florence, Tina Verzal and husband, Brian, of Michigan City, Kelly Ashcom-McIntosh and husband, CJ, of Billings, Mont., and Susanne Tincher, of Michigan City; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Dot was a life member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Ruth F. Barnhart Tent 56 and past president of Pennsylvania State Department of DUVCW; member of New Florence United Methodist Church and avid crafter who enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and various other crafts. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Sharon Hamley officiating. Interment will be in Richland Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Belak, Delphine 81

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1933-02-19
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Delphine Belak, 81, of Penn Township, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 19, 1933, to the late James and Mary (Conto) Trogolo, and was the beloved wife of the late John S. Belak. Delphine is survived by two loving sons, Jonathan (Bonnie) Belak, of Murrysville, and Joseph (Tracey) Belak, of Sarver; grandchildren, Jolene, Tyler and Cooper Belak; her sister, Norma Trogolo; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Albina Micholetti Trogolo; brother, Leonard Trogolo; and sisters, Dorothy Trogolo and Teresa Ereditario. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Hempfield Manor for the exceptional care she was given. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Bell, Edna J. 75

  • Bovard
  • Born: 1938-12-12
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edna J. "June" Bell, 75, of Bovard, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Luxor, a daughter of the late Albert "Beanie" and Emma Garris Myers. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Luxor. June was a member of the Delta Bowling Team and was a master gardener who loved flowers. Prior to her retirement, she worked at the former Modern Tea Room of Greensburg and Westmoreland Regional Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald P. Bell; a son, Donald J. Bell; and a sister, Martha Milligan. She is survived by four sons, James P. (Deb) Bell, of Blairsville, Charles A. (Terri) Bell, of Greensburg, Richard P. Bell, of Bovard, and Ronald A. (Bonnie) Bell, of Clarion; two daughters, Lisa Ann Bierer, of Bovard, and Dawn (Matt) Robbins, of Carbon; eight grandchildren, Jessica Frank, Richard Bell Jr., David Frank, Cody Bell, Joshua Bell, Mallory DeNobile, Codey Bierer and Baby Robbins; eight stepgrandchildren, Kristen, Kelly, Kim, Katherine, John, Nick, Jake and Emilie; two brothers, Ronald (Janet) Myers, of New Stanton, and James "Eddie" Myers, of Apollo; two brothers-in-law, Russell (Jan) Bell, of Greensburg, and the Rev. David (Audrey) Bell, of Erie; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. David Bell officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bergman, Barbara A. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-08-07
  • Died: 2014-08-09
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Bergman, 54, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at her home surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born Aug. 7, 1960, in Mt. Pleasant. Barb worked as a sales representative for Nestle. She spent most of her free time with her family, especially her children. Barb will be remembered for her warm smile and thoughtful heart. Barb's surviving family includes a son, Ronald Lee Bergman and wife, Steph; a daughter, Desiree Wozniak and husband, Ron; grandson, R.J. Wozniak; sisters, Hope Galia and Helen Smith and husband, Scott; nieces, Kenzi G. Smith and Crystal Galia; and nephew, Jeff Galia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara (Sterner) Shivak; stepfather, George Shivak; and grandparents, Kenneth and Margaret Sterner. There will be no public visitation. Services and interment are private. Arrangements entrusted to the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. Donations can be made in Barb's honor to The American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Berkowitz, Mary S. 97

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1916-10-05
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home , Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Berkowitz, 97, of Monessen, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Hallsworth House of Monessen. She was born Oct. 5, 1916, a daughter of the late Michael and Eva Kuchina Susko. She was a member of St. Nicholas Ukranian Orthodox Church of Monessen. Surviving are her granddaughters, Heather Lim and Erin Taylor; a sister, Ann Modrak; and her great-granddaughter, Calleigh Lim. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Berkowitz; her daughter and son-in-law, Candace and David Daly; and a brother, John Susko. 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 10 a.m. until noon, the time of services, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Berkowitz family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Bortz, I. Clifford 87

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1927-04-24
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • I. Clifford "Cliff" Bortz, 87, of Delmont, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at home. Cliff was born April 24, 1927, a son of Martin Luther and Nora (Fennell) Bortz, and grew up in the Five Points area of Salem Township. Cliff was a 1944 graduate of Greensburg High School and was an Army veteran, serving in Texas during World War II. After the war, he settled in Delmont and married the love of his life, Helen Mae. He was a longtime employee of Manordale Service Center in Murrysville. Cliff was preceded in death by his son, Clifford Keith Bortz; He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen; sister, Hazel; son, Kevin M. and wife, Beckie; grandsons, Shawn, Shane and Ian; granddaughter, Delaney; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn and her husband, Cliff's best friend, John Grubich. Cliff was a devoted member of Salem Lutheran Church in Delmont, singing in the church choir. His favorite activity was fixing and repairing everything he could for his family and friends. Cliff loved the Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, and his World War II-era Gibson guitar. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Salem Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Salem Lutheran Church, 301 East Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626 or to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Development Office, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Chruscial Jr., Louis J. 86

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-10-30
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Louis J. Chruscial Jr., 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Baldock Health Care Center, with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 30, 1927, in Braddock, a son of the late Louis J. Sr. and Catherine (Majewski) Chruscial. Prior to his retirement, Louis was employed as a union carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling and served our country in the Navy during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Starkey Chruscial; three brothers, Frank, Edward and Henry; four sisters, Mary Dobis, Helen Gaca, Rose Sohn and Sophie Figulski. He is survived by three sons, William and his wife, Jan, Donald and his wife, Debbie, and Alan and his wife, Gina; three daughters, Jeanne Casino and her husband, Mike, Nancy Goodish and her husband, Scott and Joyce Chruscial; one sister, Joanie Yeager and her husband, Richard; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel. Interment is in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. A special thank you to Baldock Health Care Center and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassionate service to Louis along with his entire family. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Conley, Bernard M. 81

  • Upper Burrell
  • Born: 1933-05-24
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Bernard M. "Sonny" Conley, 81, of Upper Burrell, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. He was born May 24, 1933, in New Kensington, to the late Bernard M. and Elizabeth Jesadovich Conley Sr. and had lived in Upper Burrell the past 54 years. He had previously resided in Cheswick. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Sergeant. Bernard had been the owner of the Oak Lake Golf Course since 1972 and was the head electrician for the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, the B.P.O. Elks in Tarentum, the V.F.W. in Lower Burrell and a social member of the Upper Burrell Firemen. He truly loved the game of golf and taking care of and maintaining the Oak Lake Course. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia J. Ferrari Conley; his children, Kathy Brouwer (Dave Rosky), of Washington Township, Jackie Liotta (Ricky Kelley), of Kingsland, Ga., and Michael (Jodi) Conley, of Upper Burrell; grandchildren, Scott (Jessica) and Shaun Brouwer and Elizabeth Liotta; great-grandchildren, Nolan and Emilee Brouwer; special cousin, James "Butch" Conley; and former son-in-law, Charles Brouwer. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Conley. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 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., Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Cycak, Francis 79

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1935-02-13
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Francis "Butch" Cycak, 79, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Jeannette, a son of the late John and Katherine Mulik Cycak. Prior to his retirement, Butch was employed as a butcher for Stop and Shop Groceries. He was a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. Butch was a member of American Legion Post 344 of Jeannette, the Claridge Blue Room and was a member of the Music Makers and Herminie Button Box Polka Bands. In addition to his parents, Butch was predeceased by brothers, Michael, John, Peter, Paul and Edward Cycak; and sisters, Mary Hilling, Stella Stechnicki and Julia Wasnesky. He is survived by his children, Robert Cycak and wife, Galena, of Moon Township, Richard Cycak and wife, Johanna, of Cape Coral, Fla., Lisa Jadot, of Jeannette, and Brock Brighton, of Acme; grandchildren, Chase, Brandon, Victoria and Andrianna Cycak, Lindsay Whirlow, Cassandra Martin and husband Johnathan, Tyler Jadot and Jaxson Brighton; great-grandchildren, Devin, Gracelyn and Brennen; a sister, Margaret Elmer and husband, Chuck, of Rochester, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644. A blessing service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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DiMartino, Alfred R. 82

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1932-03-08
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Alfred R. DiMartino, 82, of Hempfield Township, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Greensburg. He was born March 8, 1932, in Jeannette, a son of the late Luigi and Rufina Teti DiMartino. Prior to his retirement, Al was the owner/operator of the former DiMartino's Auto Service in Jeannette. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Army. Al was a member of the St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church in Herminie, the American Legion Post 344 and the M and S Club, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Arthur DiMartino; and an infant brother, Ernesto DiMartino. Al is survived by his loving wife, Rose Capone DiMartino; daughters, Mary Ricci and husband, Lt. Col. Anthony Ricci, USAF, of Yorktown Va., Lynn Minnelli and husband, Kevin, of Bowie, Md.; three grandchildren, Alexander and Allison Minnelli and Marcus Ricci; a sister, Marie Cestello and husband, Frank, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the St. Edwards Church. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Foertsch Hebert, Lyda M. 88

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1926-01-27
  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Lyda Mae (Ramage) Foertsch Hebert, 88, of Murrysville, formerly of Wilkinsburg passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was born Jan. 27, 1926, daughter of the late George Edward Sr. and Lydia Mae Cox Ramage. In addition to her parents, Lyda was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elva Strobel Ramage; her first husband, Ralph Foertsch; and her only sibling, George Edward Ramage Jr., formerly of Westview. She graduated from Perry High School in 1944, and then began work as secretary to vice president of Reliance Life Insurance in Pittsburgh. During the 1960s, Lyda was a member of the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors. She hosted people from India, France and Africa. She also worked as a secretary in administration for Wilkinsburg School District and secretary for the personnel department at Westinghouse Research and Development in Churchill, from where she retired. Lyda had a deep love and commitment to her Savior, Lord Jesus Christ. She loved writing poetry, flowers and the simple beauty of nature. She is survived by three daughters, Karen (Foertsch) Bontrager, of Milford, Del., Debra (Foertsch) Elder, of Laurel, Del., and Darla (Foertsch) Federinko, of North Huntingdon.; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A private memorial service is being planned. HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville entrusted with arrangements. Lyda has requested any donations in her memory be made to Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church Building Fund, Route 286 E. and Tanoma Road, PO Box 1101, Indiana, PA 15701; or to Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Freeman, Elwood N. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-02-24
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Elwood N. Freeman, 95, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Trafford, a son of the late Hisle and Artie (Kane) Freeman. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Robertshaw Controls Co. as an inspector. He attended LifeSpring Church in Greensburg and was a member of the Robertshaw Acres Golf Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly (Woolard) Freeman; and a grandson, David W. Altman. Surviving are two daughters, Rose Altman and her husband, Walter, of Greensburg, and Geneva Gills, of Galloway, Ohio; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 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 Pastor Sheldon Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Geiger, George M. 91

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1923-07-23
  • Died: 2014-08-18
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  • George M. Geiger, 91, of Irwin, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Walnut Ridge Memory Care. George was born July 23, 1923, in Export, a son of George W. and Margaret (Lindsay) Geiger. Prior to his retirement, George worked for Westinghouse Air Brake in Wilmerding as an estimating cost clerk. George was preceded in death by his brothers, William and John; sisters, Adeline and Margie; son, Chris; and his first wife, Doris. He is survived by his wife, Christina; sons, Gary and Mark (Cindi); daughter, Laurie (Ken) Blatnick; stepchildren, Jarrett Waldron and Jillian Harrison; his adopted children, Evan and Avarie; three grandchildren, Scott, Katy and Denise; and his sister Judy (Ed). While George was a veteran of the Navy during World War II, he found his greatest joy in serving God, teaching others about His kingdom, and in the door-to-door preaching work. George was a member of the Trafford Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. The family would like to thank Walnut Ridge Memory Care and its staff for the excellent care given to George, as well as the staff at Heartland Hospice, especially Melissa and Melanie. There will be no visitation, as George elected to give his remains to the University of Pittsburgh for further Alzheimer's research. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Trafford Kingdom Hall, 14051 Route 993, in Trafford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org.
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George, Marshall A. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-11
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marshall A. George, 83, of Greensburg, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was born June 11, 1931, in Vandergrift, a son of the late Malcolm and Nelle Martin George. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Honor Guard. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensburg, where he was a deacon, elder, youth group leader, Sunday School teacher, choir member and member of various committees. He was a 50 year member of the Westmoreland Lodge 518 F and AM, served on the Board of Directors of the Hempfield Credit Union and belonged to the NASSP. He was a graduate of Vandergrift High School and Clarion College. He earned his Master's Degree and Principal's Papers from Duquesne University and studied administration at WVU. Mr. George worked as an educator for 35 years. He taught at the former Monroeville High School and was a teacher and guidance counselor at Harrold Junior High School and Hempfield Area High School from where he retired as Principal in 1990. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, reading and, of course, spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Otto George; a son, Randall (Nancy) George, of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Debra (Michael) Lannon, of Shrewsbury, and Marsha (Chuck) Claspy, of Meadville; eight grandchildren, Chris, Ryan and Stephanie Claspy, Patrick, Daniel and Timothy Lannon and Taylor and Chase George; a brother, Robert (Mary Lu) George, of Greensburg; and a sister, Barbara George, of Concord, Calif. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1120 Harvey Ave., Greensburg. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33, Greensburg, will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Gordish, Robert P. 52

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1961-10-26
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Robert Patrick "Jags" Gordish, 52, of Avonmore, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1961, in Avonmore, a son of the late Rudolph Jr. and Yvonne Cunningham Gordish. Bob was employed by Akers National Roll, in Avonmore, where he was a boss on the afternoon shift. He was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore. Jags was a 1979 graduate of Kiski Area High School. He is survived by two children, Amanda and Christopher; his sister, Kim York, of Connecticut; and his brother, Jeff Gordish and his wife, Cindy, of Michigan. Family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church with Father Salvatore Lamendola as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Graver, William E. 74

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1940-05-15
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William E. Graver, 74, of Bolivar, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born May 15, 1940, in Ligonier, a son of the late Allan R. and Esther Clark Graver. Prior to his retirement, he had been a heavy equipment operator for numerous area construction companies including the former A.R. Graver Construction Co. He was a social member of the Ligonier VFW No. 734 and American Legion No. 267. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shelvie Stouffer and a brother, Kenneth Graver. He is survived by two sons, William M. (Tina) Graver, of Dover, and Jody L. Graver, of New Florence; four grandchildren, Callista, Meredith, Chelsea and Michael; a great-granddaughter, McKinley; his former wife and dear friend, Linda Graver, of New Florence; a sister, Mae (Lloyd) Rhoads, of Boswell; a brother, Arthur R. Graver, of Ligonier; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received this past Monday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where his life was celebrated Tuesday, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment followed in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Highberger, Dale L.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Dale Levi Highberger, infant son of Alicia Highberger and Joshua L. Mlaker, of Latrobe, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at MaGee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. Dale is survived by a brother, Wyatt Highberger; maternal grandparents, James L. Heffelfinger Jr., of Uniontown, and Amy Lynch, of Latrobe; paternal grandparents, Laura McClure, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Randy Miller Sr., of Somerset; and these aunts and uncles, Amber (Shawn Torrance) Lynch, Autumn Highberger, Krista Heffelfinger, Matthew Heffelfinger, Brandon Vought and Jennifer Latuch. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Eric S. Torrance officiating.
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Hoenshel, Geraldine F. 84

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1930-06-25
  • Died: 2014-08-12
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Geraldine F. Hoenshel, 84, of Smithton, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at her home. She was born June 25, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Herman and Anna Inzko Helfrich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Hoenshel; her son, Jack Robin Hoenshel; two sisters, Adele Helfrich Bell and Ruth Helfrich Murvine; a brother, Robert C. Helfrich; and two stepbrothers, Jacob Stable and William Helfrich. She is survived by a daughter, Carol Hoenshel Aaron, of Turkeytown; a granddaughter, Leigh Aaron Lux and husband, James, of Smithton; a great-granddaughter, Britney Renee Lux, of Latrobe; and two nieces, Lana Helfrich, whom she raised, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Peggy Ann Parks, of Elyria, Ohio. Private service was held Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Interment was in West Newton Cemetery. L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Smithton, in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Arthritis Foundation.
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Hough, Tabitha R. 26

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1987-09-15
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Tabitha Rose Hough, 26, of Mt. Pleasant, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Sept. 15, 1987, in Johnstown, the beloved daughter of Thomas and Peggy Rimel Hough, of Mt. Pleasant. Tabitha was employed as a carrier for the Tribune Review newspapers. She was baptized into the Mt. Pleasant Church of God. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Joseph Hough. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Harold "Jay" and Shirley Hay Hough; and her maternal grandparents, Charles Pressley Jr. and Gerry Towzey Rimel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday, the hour of services with Pastor Ben Tobias officiating in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jones, Scott W. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Scott William Jones, 57, of Trafford, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was the beloved son of Robert and Joy (Sekerka) Jones; loving father of Scott Jones, Jamie (Keith) Smith, Jesse and Stephen Jones; dear grandfather of Tyler Smith; and brother of Robert and David Jones. Scott retired from the Union Railroad after 25 years of service. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a service at 9 p.m. at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kalp, Robert C. 64

  • Bradenville , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-01-16
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert Clair "Bob" Kalp, 64, of Bradenville, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his friends and family. Mr. Kalp was born Jan. 16, 1950, in Mount Pleasant, the son of the late Oran and Thelma Craig Kalp. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Latrobe. Bob was a 1968 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School and the Vale Tech School in Blairsville. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. Bob was currently employed by the Westmoreland County Community College in the College Services department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid golfer. Bob was a member of the Slovak American Beneficial Club, the Hecla Sportsmen's Club and the Cooperstown Club. Bob is survived by his loving family; his children, Nicole Humphrey and her husband, Luke, of Greensburg, Chad R. Kalp and his wife, Melissa, of Latrobe; and by his five beloved grandchildren, Madelyn, Arminda, Colten, Kaitlyn and Hannah. Bob will also be sadly missed by Sherry Palmer, his "best" friend and caregiver during his illness, his many friends and by his extended family, the staff of Westmoreland County Community College. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his two brothers, infant brother Bruce and William Kalp. Family and friends will be received from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Bob will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with his pastor the Rev. Jeffrey L. Schock officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kurimcak, Julius R. 85

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1929-07-27
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Julius K. "Jules" Kurimcak, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born July 27, 1929, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Julius R. Sr. and Helen Larko Kurimcak. Mr. Kurimcak was a 1947 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the Korean War and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, where he was employed for 35 years. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion, the BPO Elks No. 777 of Scottdale, Hecla Sportsmen Club and a social member of the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club. He was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, former parish council member and an adult altar server for many years. Jules is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Miscovich Kurimcak; two daughters, Amicia Sherbondy and her husband, Daniel, of North Huntingdon, and Susan Kurimcak and her boyfriend, Donald Boggs, of Acme; two grandchildren, Justin Sherbondy and his wife, Christie, and Daniel Sherbondy and his girlfriend, Katie Shendge; two great-grandchildren, Quinn Rilee and Julius Joseph; his pet dog, Lexi; one sister, Anastasia Clausner and her husband, Lawrence, of Mt. Pleasant; two nieces, Dulcinda Berenson and her husband, William, of Natrona Heights, and Dr. Anita Fiala and her husband, Michael, of Uniontown; godson, Ronald Holoman and his wife, Paula, of Mt. Pleasant; and sister-in-law, Madeline Miscovich, of Mt. Pleasant. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The Scottdale Elks No. 777 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Larimer, Glen A. 85

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1929-01-23
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Glen A. "Jake" Larimer, 85, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Grapeville, a son of the late Frank and Sarah O'Keene Larimer. Prior to retirement, he worked as a line foreman for Allegheny Power. He was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, VFW Post No. 8240 of Jeannette, American Legion Post No. 344 of Jeannette and was an avid golfer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Ann Provance Larimer; a son-in-law, Michael Englehart; and three brothers, William, Donald and Raymond Larimer. He is survived by two daughters, Penny Walker and her husband, Mark, of Level Green, and Amy Englehart, of Irwin; four grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Ryan, of Irwin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Maushart Jr., Edward J. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-11-19
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Maushart Jr., 83, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Autumn Ridge, Monroeville. He was born Nov. 19, 1930, a son of the late Edward J. and Anna (Cooper) Maushart. Prior to retirement, he was an accountant for the University of Pittsburgh. He is survived by a sister, Anna Hinkes, of Braddock Hills, and Debbie (Colin) Hildenbrand, whom he raised as a daughter; Debbie's children, Adam (Zeljka) Proctor, Lindsay (Brad) Roman, Afton Proctor and Connor (Kaitlin) Proctor; and several great-grandchildren. Per Edward's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements handled by WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200.
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Miller, Ellis W. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1937-04-29
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ellis W. Miller, 77, of Ligonier, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Johnstown. He was born April 29, 1937, in Ligonier, a son of the late Ellis A. and Priscilla Fetter Miller. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Local Union No. 1451 in Latrobe. Ellis was a member of the Kingston Sportsmen's Club, the Ligonier Township Sportsmen's Club and an honorary member of Ligonier Township Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 (Waterford). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Will Gable and Shirley Newman; five brothers, John, William, Richard, Charles and Paul Miller; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Hostetler. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Brant Miller; three daughters, Victoria (Larry) Hostetler, Christine (Ken) Allison and Lori (Brian) Kalina, all of Ligonier; five grandchildren, Brian (Shola) Hostetler, Amanda (Lucas) Holbrook, Megan (Eric) Stein and Jake and Rachel Allison; three great-grandchildren, Bryson and Kaia Hostetler and Landon Holbrook; two sisters, Elizabeth Clark, of Latrobe, and Dolly (Lynn) Busch, of Butler; a brother, Frank (Elizabeth) Miller, of Danbury, Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ellis' friends and family gathered together Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where his life was celebrated Tuesday, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment followed in the Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Township Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 held services Monday in the funeral chapel. Contributions may be made in Ellis' memory to the Ligonier Township Hose Company No. 1. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Miller, Katherine E. 93

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1920-09-01
  • Died: 2014-08-12
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Katherine E. Miller, 93, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. She was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Collinsburg, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Hostnick) Laurich. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a teller with National City Bank in West Newton. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John H. "Jock" Miller in 1998; a brother, Thomas Laurich; and five sisters, Frances Laurich, Mary Kosec, Margaret Hebda, Rosella Laurich and Ann Bird. Friends were received at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where funeral services were also held. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Orbin, Paul E. 88

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1926-07-16
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Paul E. Orbin, 88, of Hunker, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Friday, July 16, 1926, in Youngwood, son of the late George W. and Mary N. (Youger) Orbin. He retired from the Westmorland Courthouse after 37 years service. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a life member of the Roosevelt Club. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews and his companion, Eileen Trout. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, George, Alfred, Ralph, Kenneth, Charles, Nelson and Robert Orbin; a sister, Mary Elder; and his twin sister, Pauline Orbin. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., with Dr. John W. Seth, officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood.
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Parnham, Ruth E. 79

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1934-11-27
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ruth E. (Hursh) Parnham, 79, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born Nov. 27, 1934, a daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Devey) Hursh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert N. Parnham; brothers, Glen, Wilbur, Kenneth and Howard Hursh; and sisters, Sarah Regets and Mary Strasser. She faithfully attended the North Irwin Borough Council meetings, was a member of TOPS North Irwin, Larimer Auxiliary Fire Department, North Irwin Women's Club, First United Methodist Church of Irwin and Happy Methodist Women's Club. Ruth is survived by her children, Darcy L. (Dan) Nave, of North Huntingdon, William E. Parnham, of Uniontown, and Ruth Ann (Mark) Munden, of Wyano; grandchildren, Jaime (Paul) Dumnich, Malarie Munden, Steven Munden, Krystal (Joe) Novak and Laura Nave; and great-grandchildren, Cameron Dumnich and Ella Novak. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. David S. Lake officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Phillips, Marian C. 97

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1916-12-06
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Marian C. Phillips, 97, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in her residence surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 6, 1916, in Sandy Creek, daughter of Samuel L. Burge and Barbara Bey. She retired from Greensburg Salem District, where she was a baker. Prior to that, she worked at Federal Labs in Tunnelton where she was a Rosie the Riveter during the World War II effort. Marian was a member of the United Methodist Church of New Alexandria. She was an original member of the 500 club of New Alexandria. She loved working for the church. She was an avid bingo player and loved going to the local casinos. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1998; three brothers, William, Wakefield and Edgar; and an infant sister, Mildred. She is survived by two sons, Joseph L. Phillips and wife, Audrey, and William F. Phillips and wife, Donna C., both of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Jodi, Brian S., William L., Darlene R. Harvan and Zachary, of New Alexandria; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Samantha, Jason, Jennifer, Zachary, Nichole, Joseph and Robert; and a great-grandson, Colin Hymes. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria, in charge of arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in the United Methodist Church of New Alexandria with Pastor Rhea Summitt of the United Methodist Church in New Alexandria. Burial will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park Inc., Delmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of New Alexandria.
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Rivardo, Roberta M. 79

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1934-12-03
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Roberta M. Rivardo, 79, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 3, 1934, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Frank Graham and Esther B. Evans Thompson. Roberta lived in Murrysville all of her life. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. Roberta is survived by her loving husband, William Rivardo, of Murrysville; two sons, Randy Rivardo, of Blairsville, and Rick Rivardo and his wife, Lisa, of Delmont; a daughter, Renee Hill, of Export; a brother, Milton (Lois) Thompson, of Elizabethtown; and three grandchildren, Brooke and Joseph Rivardo and Megan Lewis. At Roberta's request, a private visitation will be reserved for family members from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Entombment will follow at the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rizzi, Betty M. 88

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1926-04-30
  • Died: 2014-08-07
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Betty M. Rizzi, 88, of Herminie, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Briar-Cliff Nursing Home in North Huntingdon. She was born April 30, 1926, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Peter and Eva Couchenour Rizzi. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Pittsburgh Reflector in Irwin as an assembler. She was a member of Herminie United Methodist Church and the Friendly Circle Bible Class of the church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Peter; a sister, Jane Fawcett; and a friend, Sam Mellinger. Surviving are two brothers, Clarence Rizzi and his wife, Helen, of North Huntingdon, Allen Rizzi and his wife, Virginia, of Herminie; a sister, Geraldine Rothwell, of Herminie; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Herminie United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Al Kimmel officiating. Interment will be private. BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Betty to Medi Home Hospice 9173 Lincoln Highway, Irwin, PA 15642 or to Herminie United Methodist Church, 3365 Pike St., Herminie, PA 15637.
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Roadman, Elvin W. 77

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1936-08-29
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Elvin W. Roadman, 77, of Stahlstown (Kregar), passed peacefully into his Lord's presence Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was born Aug. 29, 1936, in Donegal Township, a son of the late John and Sarah Shawley Roadman. Elvin was a veteran of the Army and was a member of the Donegal American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife, June I. Lowery Roadman; his siblings, Earl, Paul, John Jr., Charles I, Alma, Rena and an infant sister and Harry and Elmer Roadman. He is survived by his siblings, Charles Roadman II and his wife, Patricia, of Stahlstown, Martha Wilson, of Derry, Walter Roadman, of Latrobe, Clara Jane Telford and her husband, William, of Ligonier, L. Jean Shaner and her husband, Roy, of Ligonier, Mary Harbaugh and her husband, John, of Bradenville, and Linda Harbaugh and her husband, George, of Ligonier; also survived by goddaughters, Kim Shaffer and her husband, John, and Emily Shaffer; three godsons, nephews, Michael Telford and his wife, Lisa, Mark Telford and his wife, Theresa, and Dean Telford; and other numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and his church family of the Kregar Community Church. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Jarrod Hauger officiating. Interment will follow in the Snowball Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clyde Brooks Funeral Home Inc. to help with funeral expenses. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shrader, Arvella M. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-01-15
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Arvella Marie Shrader, 82, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clifford J. and Frances (Hysong) McCurdy. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Shrader, on Aug. 21, 1990; and a sister, Nancy J. McCurdy, in 2004. She is survived by a son, Daniel J. Shrader and his wife, Julie, of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; a daughter, Nancy Schaeffer and her husband, Edward, of East Northport, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Candace Valentine, Daniel J. Shrader Jr. and Peter Scott Shrader; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel J. Shrader III and Zizi Valentine. Honoring Arvella's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Interment will be in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Skooglund, John W. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-01-04
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Skooglund, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Carl M. and Louise K. (Snyder) Skooglund. John was a retired executive from Westinghouse Co. with 37 years of service. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and also a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in electrical engineering. He was a veteran of the Army. John was an active member of SURE Westinghouse Retirees Volunteer Group, and also a member of the North Huntingdon Township Zoning and Hearing Board and the AARP 3221 and was director of membership. Surviving are children, Richard (Vickie) Skooglund, of Belle Vernon, Nancy Skooglund, of Pittsburgh, and Daniel (Kathy Hogan) Skooglund, of Fishkill, N.Y.; grandchildren, Brandon (Laura) Skooglund and Sara (Chad) Riley; great-grandchildren, Colton Riley and Wesley Skooglund; and a brother, Carl (Anne Calvert) Skooglund, of Dallas, Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David S. Lake, of First United Methodist Church, officiating. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 or the Carnegie Museum, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Smiley, James M. 68

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1946-08-09
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James M. Smiley, 68, of New Stanton (Hempfield Township), died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 9, 1946, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John Smiley and Velma Angell Benson. Jim worked for Supervalu in New Stanton. He served with the Army from 1965 to 1968. He was a member of South Greensburg United Methodist Church. Jim enjoyed building and showing his car. Surviving are his loving wife of 47 years, Kathleen Howell Smiley; a daughter, Marsha (Jason) Averill; two sons, James K. Smiley and John J. Smiley; two grandchildren, Danny and Chelsea; and a sister, Sharyn (Phil) Horrell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Tickle officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Greensburg United Methodist Church, 411 Sheridan Ave., South Greensburg, PA 15601. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Staschak, Anna J. 88

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1925-11-21
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Anna Jane Staschak, 88, of Bolivar, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Ligonier, daughter of the late John R. and Anna M. Laughner Palmer. She was a member of Ligonier Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Prior to her retirement, Anna was employed by the Latrobe Die Casting Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Harry Staschak; a son, James T. McDowell; a daughter, Janet L. Staschak; and a brother, Donald Palmer. She is survived by her children, Raymond L. McDowell and his wife, Kathy, of Laughlintown, Richard B. McDowell and his wife, Holly, of Ligonier, Gregory J. McDowell and his wife, Trudy, of Bolivar, Rose Marie Montgomery and her husband, Frank, of Mt. Pleasant, and Arthur C. Straschak and his wife, Cindy, of Derry; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews; and two brothers, William Palmer and his wife, Germaine, of Florida, and Jack Palmer and his wife, Marlene, of Florida. Family and friends were received at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. Funeral services were held in Ligonier Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. Interment was in Unity Cemetery.
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Stawovy, Theodore 87

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1926-09-22
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Theodore ''Ted'' Stawovy, 87, of Rostraver Township, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Ted passed away on the 18th hole of his beloved Cedarbrook Golf Course, surrounded by his longtime golf league friends. He was born in South Huntingdon Township, Sept. 22, 1926, a son of the late Valentine and Johanna (Paleczna) Stawovy. Ted grew up on his parents' farm, Valentine's Dairy, and delivered milk in the Pittsburgh area for 40 years. In 1959, he and his brother, Ben, purchased the Willowbrook Golf Course. Then in 1960, they purchased the McClain farm and built the original 18-hole Cedarbrook Golf Course. In 1987, they expanded the course to 36 holes and added a restaurant, The Clubhouse Grille. Ted was a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He also operated the Willowbrook Ski Area and was a member of the National Ski Area Association of America and served on the National Ski Patrol for 25 years. Ted was a member of the Church of St. Anne, where he was actively involved in the Holy Name Society, was a Eucharistic minister, lector and choir member. He was also an honorary member of the Belle Vernon Knights of Columbus, the Smithton American Legion Post 790, and served in the Army during World War II in the Philippines. Ted is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances V. (Stofan) Stawovy; six children, Patricia A. (Delvin) Miller, of Sewickley, Timothy J. Stawovy, of Greensburg, John V. (Monica) Stawovy, of Rostraver Township, Mary A. (Mark) Seamans, of Greensburg, Michael T. (Becky) Stawovy, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Susan A. (David) Preaus, of Silverthorne, Colo.; 20 grandchildren, Jonathan, David, Katherine and Sarah Miller; Luke, Nicole and Bria Stawovy; Brittany, Olivia, Alayna and J.T. Stawovy; Christopher, Daniel and Becky Seamans; Stosh, Samuel and Stella Stawovy; Theodore, Noah and Hamilton Preaus; and a brother, John (Amelia) Stawovy, of Smithton. In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Ben; a sister, Rose; and his daughter-in-law, Cheryl K. Stawovy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Anne with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to The Cheryl Kay Foundation (http://www.cherylkayfoundation.org). http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Annabelle 83

  • Greensburg , Formerly of New Stanton
  • Born: 1931-04-16
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Annabelle Lohr Taylor, 83, registered nurse, of Greensburg, formerly of New Stanton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 16, 1931, Annabelle was the daughter of the late James Lewellyn and Anna Mae Gertrude (Armbrust) Lohr. She graduated from Greensburg High School (1948) and from Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1952. During her nursing career, she cared for patients at Westmoreland Hospital, later retiring from Westmoreland Manor. She was an active member of the Westmoreland Area Nurses' Association. She was also a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Youngwood. Annabelle married James Murray Taylor on Nov. 26, 1953. In addition to her husband, who died March 7, 2000, Annabelle was predeceased by her son, David James "Otis" Taylor, who died Oct. 16, 2005. Surviving are daughters, Debby Prinkey Christner and Sharon Lee Beezer, both of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Kristina Prinkey Constantine and her fiance, C.J. DeFrank; a grandson, James Calvin Prinkey Jr. and his wife, Jessica Neely Prinkey; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler James Constantine, Rylie James Constantine, Juliana Rose Prinkey and Jenna Ruth Prinkey. Annabelle is also survived by five sisters and brothers, Dolores (William) Barber, of Greensburg, Beverly (Robert) Woods, of Davin, W. Va., Helen (Gary) Henness, of Frankfort, Ohio, James (Jean) Lohr, of Youngwood, and John (Leila) Lohr, of Grindstone. She will be remembered fondly by her numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; her special nursing school buddy, Jo Anne Mertz; and her constant companion, her dog, Jazzy. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood. Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Beverly Gross officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Annabelle's family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and Dr. Thomas DeGregory for their kindness and care. The family requests donations to the Westmoreland Area Nurses' Association scholarship fund: First Commonwealth Bank, Greensburg.
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Thomas, Denise E. 59

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1955-08-16
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Denise E. (Moore) Thomas, 59, of Derry Township, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Theodore and Violet (Piper) Moore. Denise was a member of the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Latrobe. She loved her family and friends. Besides her parents, Denise is preceded in death by her sister, Penie Brown. Denise is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Dewey P. Thomas, of Derry Township; one son, Byrant P. Thomas and wife, Kelly, of Johnstown; one sister, Darcell Morris, of Unity Township; one brother-in-law, Robert Brown and wife, Michaele, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany and Aidan; her best friend, Jodie A. Myers, of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends for Denise's Life Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. John Tollner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, PO Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Weaver Steel, Norma J. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-07-30
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Norma J. Weaver Steel, 86, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Jo-Ella's Personal Care Home, East Huntingdon Township. Norma was born July 30, 1928, in Normalville, a daughter of the late Ralph Hunter and Mary Eva Lloyd Hall. Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who gave selfishly to whomever she came in contact with. She was a licensed beautician and proprietor of the Norma Jean's Beauty Shop. Norma was also a nurse's aide, working for many years at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She enjoyed baking and cooking, especially Sunday meals for her family. Norma also took pleasure in traveling, taking many trips abroad to vacation spots in Hawaii, Africa and New Guinea. Norma will be sadly missed by loving family; her husband, Charles B. Steel, of Greensburg; her four children, Jackie Beranek and her husband, Rich, of Dawson, Jane Claar and her husband, Dave, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Vicki Mueller and her husband, Albert, of Mt. Pleasant, and Jerry Weaver and his wife, Nancy, of Dawson; her eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, whom she truly loved and adored; her seven stepchildren; her numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, John Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerald W. Weaver; her sister, Betty Geiger; and three brothers, Ralph, Vernon and Jack Ronald Hall. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com., GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Rhea Summit, Pastor of New Alexandria United Methodist Church, officiating. Private interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery next to her first husband. Appreciation is extended to the Staff of Jo-Ella's Care Home and in lieu of flowers, memorials for missionaries in Bolivia, Chuck and Peggy Cunningham can be made to Vicki Mueller, 624 Broad St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666. You will live forever in the lives of those you have touched! Rest in the arms of Jesus Momma. Love Lasts Forever!
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Armstrong County

Celli, William D. 79

  • Ford City , Formerly of Rices Landing
  • Born: 1935-04-16
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Yoskovich, Carmichaels | Get Directions
  • William D. Celli, 79, of Ford City, formerly of Rices Landing, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in his home. He was born April 16, 1935, in Carmichaels, a son of the late Tony and Margery J. (Dowlin) Celli. Mr. Celli was a graduate of Jefferson Morgan High School and served in the Army. He worked as a foreman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on many locks and dams in the four-state area. Mr. Celli was a former member of American Legion Post 816, Rices Landing, the Rices Landing Volunteer Fire Company and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rices Landing, where he served as an usher. He enjoyed auto and motorcycle mechanical and paint work. He married Carolynne Lewis Reich on April 26, 1998, who died March 22, 2006. Surviving are a son, Anthony J. Celli, of Waynesburg; a daughter, Lisa A. Celli, of Waynesburg; two stepdaughters, Sandra Reich, of Ford City, and Amanda Reich Riskosky, of Kittanning; a step-grandchild, Kiefer Riskosky; a sister, Dolly Dolansky, of Rices Landing; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his second wife and parents are the mother of his children, Mary Jane Celli, and his brother-in-law, Bernie Dolansky. Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the YOSKOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 S. Vine St. (Route 88), Carmichaels. A blessing service will follow the visitation at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John M. Bauer, officiating. Cumberland American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 will accord military honors immediately following the blessing service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. For additional information and to sign the online guest book, please visit http://www.YoskovichFH.com.
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Goodgasell, Marilyn A. 65

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1949-07-18
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Marilyn A. Goodgasell, 65, of Kittanning, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at her residence. She was born July 18, 1949, to David E. Sr. and Martha (Cochran) Harmon in Kittanning. Marilyn worked as a cook for the county seat and was the head of the women's department at K-Mart. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Marilyn is survived by her three sons, Gary L. (Dorthy) Reitler, of Sarver; David B. (Tammy) Reitler, of Kittanning, and William J. (Kristen) Reitler, of Kittanning; daughter, Kimberly L. (Shawn) Smith, of Rural Valley; 12 grandchildren, Whitney Reitler, Kimberly Reitler, Ashely (Austin) Huestis, Marilyn Reitler, Tori Smith, Dakota Smith, Emily Lenavitt, Stephanie Lenavitt, Benjamin Reitler, Joshua Reitler, Jessica Reitler and Jeremy Reitler; two great-grandsons, Carter Reitler and Vincent Huestis; and two brothers, Keith Harmon, of Brackenridge, and Nathan Harmon, of Kittanning. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David E. Harmon Jr. and William L. Harmon; and sister, Martha J. Harmon. As per Marilyn's request, all services will be held privately. Memorials in Marilyn's name can be made to the charity of one's choice. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Petras, Donald C. 80

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1933-12-30
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Donald C. Petras, 80, of Ford City, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Ford Cliff, a son of Paul F. and Ethel M. (Wolfe) Petras. Don was a lifetime resident of the Ford City area and was a member of Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church. He worked as a millwright at PPG, retiring in 1994, and also owned Don Petras Backhoe and Trucking Services for many years. Don loved working on farms and being outdoors. He enjoyed working with his equipment and each year plowed the gardens of his neighbors. Don was happiest when spending time in the mountains at his camp in Mix Run and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His memory will be cherished by his children, David Petras and wife, Diane, Timothy Petras and Barbara Emmonds and companion, Bob Shaul, all of Ford City; grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Tyce Petras, Katie Emmonds-Bailey and husband, John, and Brooke Emmonds; great-grandchildren, Owen and Anna Bailey; brothers, Bob Petras and wife, Norma, of Ford City, and Carl Petras and wife, Mary, of Galion, Ohio; and sisters, Louise McIntire and husband, Ron, of Kittanning, Dorothy McIlwain, of Ford City, Mary Jane Shankle and husband, Tom, of Worthington, Janet Lux and husband, Al, of Ford City, and Patty Fennell, of Ford City. Don was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Sandra L. (McCarthy), whom he married July 10, 1954, and who died Sept. 6, 2013; son, Michael Petras; and brothers, Ed, Bill, Dick and Glenn Petras. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME, 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church, 810 Main St., Ford City, with the Rev. Laurie Milligan officiating. Contributions can be made in Don's memory to Appleby Manor Presbyterian Church, 810 Main St., Ford City, PA 16226. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To send a condolence to Don's family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Snyder, Harold L. 85

  • Formerly of Yatesboro
  • Born: 1929-06-29
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Harold L. Snyder, 85, formerly of Yatesboro, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Rose Haven Personal Care Home, Indiana. He was born June 29, 1929, to Claude and Ethel (Smith) Snyder, in Timblin. Harold served in World War II in the Army. He was a superintendent for R and P Coal Co. He was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his dog, Sadie Jane, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold is survived by three sons, Doug (Cynthia) Snyder, of Shelocta, Rick (Charlotte) Snyder, of Manorville, and Randy (Cindy) Snyder, of Shelocta; daughter, Debbie (Reno) Brochetti, of Natrona Heights; two sisters, Catherine Kolakowski, of Crestline, Ohio, and Irene Chemelli, of Salina; 14 grandchildren, Jonathan Ortmann, Katie Ortmann, Nicole (Ortmann) Cingolani, Jason Snyder, Sherita Snyder, Rikki Snyder, Renee Snyder, Kendra Snyder, Kelli Snyder, Krystal Snyder, Jessica (Snyder) Miller, Alison (Snyder) Rifendifer, Daniel Snyder and Bethany (Snyder) Cessna; and 14 great-grandchildren, Jack Cingolani, Alexander and Avery Ortmann, Paige and Vance Cessna, Cohen and Eli Snyder, Isabella and Tyler Rifendifer, Ian and Levi Miller, Harper Snyder and Quinn Snyder McClerary, and Marylyn Snyder Smart. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ruth Jean Snyder, whom he married Feb. 6, 1952, in Winchester, Va., and who died Nov. 29, 2009, after 57 years of marriage. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at CARSON/BOYER FUNERAL HOME INC., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Tom Harris officiating. Burial will take place in Dayton Glade Run Cemetery. http://www.carsonboyer.com.
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Zurney, King M. 87

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1927-01-21
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • King M. Zurney, 87, of Ford City, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his daughter's home in West Kittanning. He was born Jan. 21, 1927, a son of the late Jacob and Alice Jane (King) Zurney. Mr. Zurney was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the Navy. He was in Tokyo on Sept. 2, 1945, during the signing of the surrender terms by the Japanese to the Allied Nations. He served on the USS Wilkes-Barre and attended many of their reunions. He was an active member of the Ford Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Methodist Men, the Peanut Gang, helped with the pancake dinners, taught Sunday School and was a lay pastor. He first worked for Meadow Gold Dairy of Kittanning and then was employed by and retired from Eljer Plumbingware of Ford City. He is survived by two sons, Allen (Barbara) Zurney, of Cochranton, and Raymond (Susan) Zurney, of Meadville; one daughter, Carolyn Hope (James) Sobiski, of West Kittanning; three sisters, Mary Louise Lang, of California, Alice Jane Brown, of Walkchalk, and Cora Mae Redding, of California; a brother, Bobby Zurney, of California; his grandchildren, Robin (Dave) Honadle, Sarah Zurney, Wendi Burchill, Adam Zurney and Brian Zurney; and his great-grandchildren, Jason Saxon, Brian, Breanna and Amanda Honadle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Jean Claypool; his second wife, Ruth Ann Hughes; a brother, George Zurney; and a sister, Beulah Ann Zurney. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 4th Ave., Ford City. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Ford Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Alison Berkey, officiating. There will be additional visitation at the church one hour prior to service. Interment will be in Ford City Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Butler County

Campbell Jr., John B. 79

  • Butler
  • Born: 1934-09-06
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • John B. "Jack" Campbell Jr., 79, of Butler, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the comfort of his home, after a yearlong battle. Born Sept. 6, 1934, he was the son of the late John B. Sr. and Elizabeth Sherbondy Campbell. Jack started his working career at Oberg Industries and later was one of the founders of Penn United Technologies. After retirement, he worked for Kelly Automotive Group in Butler. He was a lifelong member and former deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown. He loved hunting and fishing until he began raising deer, fox and many exotic birds and could not hunt them anymore. He enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle, his collection of cars, sports and working the farm. He loved the outdoors. Surviving are his wife, Laura; his sister, Deanna "Dee" Park, of Valencia; his niece, Lynne Sevin (Tom); nephews, Ron Park (Bev) and Michael Park; his great-nieces and great-nephew, Carinne, Alexandra, Cameron and Nate; and his extended family, Jean and Travis Baker, George Doutt, and his grandson, Aidan George Baker, all of Sidney, Neb. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, 5825 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007, with the Rev. Karen Anderson, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Memorials may be made to Hosanna Industries, 109 Rinard Lane, Rochester, PA 15074. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Evans, Sandra L. 69

  • Butler , Formerly of Rural Ridge
  • Born: 1945-04-26
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, West Deer Township | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. Evans, 69, of Butler, formerly of Rural Ridge, Indiana Township, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, with her daughters at her side. She was born April 26, 1945, in Pittsburgh, to the late Robert M. Jr. and Ruth E. (Wilson) Evans. Sandra grew up in West Deer and graduated from West Deer High School in 1963. She worked for more than 26 years as an administrative assistant for the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, East End. She was a former member of East Union Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed Steelers football, ceramics, crocheting and especially spending time with her girls and their families. Survivors include her daughters, Faith K. (Martin) Flora, of the Sheraden section of Pittsburgh, Sarah M. (Christopher) Collier, of New Castle, and Katie M. (Ron) Postreich, of Pine Township; 10 grandchildren, Mia, Maya, Kiara and Gabi King, Allie, Jake and Rylan Collier, and Preston, Desolina and Adalyn Postreich; and three great-grandchildren, Julian, Bently and Kileea King. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday. Private burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15204. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Fayette County

Gemas, Gerald E. 61

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1952-10-13
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Gerald E. Gemas, 61, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his home, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 13, 1952, in Connellsville, a son of the late John W. and Catherine F. Allen Gemas. Gerald is survived by his children, Laura Sawyer and husband, Curt, of Delavan, Wis., Gerald E. Gemas Jr., of Connellsville, and Earl Gemas and wife, Betty, of New Bethlehem; five grandchildren; his brother, Robert Gemas and wife, Marge, of Connellsville; his sisters, Hazel Mauk, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia Langley and husband, Brian, of Bloomington, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gerald was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine Broschhart Gemas; his second wife, Mary Gemas; a sister, Georgeann Porterfield; and his brothers, Carl, Wilbert, John and James Gemas. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Stouffer Cemetery, Bullskin Township. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Lint, Doris L. 80

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1934-07-25
  • Died: 2014-08-20
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Doris L. Lint, 80, of Connellsville, Dunbar Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant. She was born July 25, 1934, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Harry and Ruth (Silbaugh) Tharp. Doris was a member of Dawson Baptist Church. Doris retired from Anchor Hocking Glass Corp., where she worked in the carton department for more than 30 years. She enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking. Doris is survived by her son, David N. Lint, of Vanderbilt; a brother, Harry Tharp, of Dickerson Run; two sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Frazier and Kate Tharp, both of Connellsville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Doris was predeceased by her husband, Norman O. Lint, who passed away in 2009. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, the hour of service, with Pastor David H. McElroy officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Loop, Estella 89

  • White
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Estella Loop, 89, of White, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Upton's Country Comfort Personal Care Home, Normalville. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Rodahaver, William D. 93

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1920-10-12
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • William D. Rodahaver, 93, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Point Manor North. He was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Farmington, a son of the late William H. Rodahaver and Bessie C. Montague Rodahaver. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jerry Guala. Bill was a 1937 graduate of Confluence High School. He graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1941. He worked for his grandfather and his father at Rodahaver Funeral Home in Markleysburg, from 1937 to 1950. Bill served in the Army in the Pacific Theater Operation during World War II. He graduated from Grove City College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Christian Education degree and in 1960 from Pittsburgh Theolological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Bill served in the Allegheny Region Conference from 1950 to 1990 in various positions. He served on the Board of Trustees of Findlay College for three years and served on the Board of Directors of Grove Manor Nursing Home. He served as Interim Director of Project Help in Haiti for two years. Bill was Pastor of Visitation at Third Presbyterian Church for 14 years. Left to cherish Bill's memory is his beloved wife of 74 years, Naomi Zimmerman Rodahaver, of Uniontown; daughters, Lois Ann Guala, of Hopwood, and Joyce Elaine Henry and husband, Louis, of Markleysburg; brother, Henry Rodahaver and wife, Elizabeth, of Weirsdale, Fla.; sister-in-law, Willetta Zimmerman, of Louisville, Ohio; grandchildren, Gerald (Stinger) Guala and wife, Maria, of Paris, Va., and Amy Sue Guala, of Burlington, Vt.; and two nieces, one nephew, one great-niece and one great-nephew. Family and friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Third Presbyterian Church, followed by a service celebrating Bill's life at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Chris Enoch and the Rev. D. Keith Solomon from the Church of God co-officiating. Interment will be in Addison Cemetery, Addison. Military rites will be accorded by AMVETS Post No. 103. The Rodahaver family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice and Point Manor North for all the good things they did for Bill. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.adferguson.com. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to Camp Sonrise Mountain, 490 Caney Valley Road, Markleysburg, PA 15459.
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Ruper, Pauline D. 89

  • Monarch
  • Born: 1925-03-07
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Pauline Dolores Ruper, 89, of Monarch, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at her residence, with family by her side. She was born March 7, 1925, in Monarch, a daughter of the late Paul and Stella (Conetsko) Ruper. She was a member of the former St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church and a current member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar. She was also a former member of the Monarch Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School. Prior to her retirement, she worked more than 40 years with Picker X-ray (Now Phillips), Cleveland, Ohio, assembling CAT scan machines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Thomas and Leo Ruper; three sisters, Cel Paprock, Kathryn Sczumal and Florence L. Saksa; and a niece, Patricia (Saksa) Champion. She is survived by her sister, Lucille Pochinski, of Monarch; and also many nieces and nephews. Pauline's family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice of Scottdale for their caring and kindness. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Micah Kozoil as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Connellsville. A parish rosary service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
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Zemencik, Frank Lindy L. 91

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1923-03-21
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home , Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Frank L. "Lindy" Zemencik, 91, of Belle Vernon, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:35 a.m. at Residence At Hilltop, Carroll Township. Born March 21, 1923, in Fallowfield Township, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Mary T. Babinsky Zemencik. A resident of Belle Vernon for the past 10 years, Mr. Zemencik was a member of Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, for over 70 years before moving to Belle Vernon and joining St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church. He was employed for U.S. Steel for over 40 years working in Donora, Ambridge and Clairton, where he retired in 1981. He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the South Pacific as a medical technician. He was a graduate of Bentleyville High School, Class of 1942. Frank was a well-known high school and college referee for baseball, football, basketball and soccer. He was a member of the Otters Club, Van Voorhis, the Monongahela VFW Post 1409, life member of the American Legion, member of the Bentleyville American Legion Post 165, the Bentleyville Eagles and Lithuanian Clubs. He was a constable in Fallowfield Township and served on the Washington County Board of Elections, Fallowfield District. When Lindy was no longer able to personally participate in officiating and attending sporting events, his favorite pastime was watching them on TV, particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. The last member of his immediate family, he is survived by nieces and nephew Helene Wozniak, Betty Madera, Joan Ciccarelli, Lawrence Semancik; great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his three brothers, Joe "Nehi" Zemencik, George "Shorty" Zemencik, John "Tom" Zemencik; and two sisters, Helen Habinak and Mary Semancik. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME and CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Prayer service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Members of St. Sebastian parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Frank Zemencik Thursday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. The family wished to extend sincerest thanks to the staff at Residence At Hilltop, Mon Valley Hospital, Mon Valley Care Center and Amedysis Hospice. Condolences accepted at the funeral homes website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com
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Indiana County

Corridoni, Sophia 88

  • Nowrytown
  • Born: 1926-03-05
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Sophia (Cup) Corridoni, 88, of Nowrytown, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born March 5, 1926, in Foster (Conemaugh Township), she was a daughter of the late John and Nancy (Kohut) Cup. A lifelong resident of Nowrytown, Sophia and her husband owned and operated Corridoni's Tavern "Fuzzy's" for 54 years. She had also worked for Federal Labs prior to opening the tavern. Sophia was a member of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, in Saltsburg, and a former member of the Nowrytown Sportsmen's Club Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bingo and cooking, especially making her homemade fried dough, pierogies and gnocchi. Her favorite pastime was socializing with all her patrons, and she loved spending time with her many friends and family. In addition to her parents, Sophia was preceded in death by her husband, Keno "Fuzzy" Corridoni; four brothers, Nick, Andy, Archie and Joe Cup; and a sister, Margaret Walter. Survivors include two sons, David "Mac" (Andrea) Corridoni and John Corridoni, and her granddaughter, Katie Corridoni, all of Nowrytown; two brothers, John Cup Jr., of Avonmore, and Steve Cup, of Conemaugh Township; sister-in-law, Dolores "Bert" Cup, also of Conemaugh Township; and her many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. There will be a blessing service at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Father Salvatore Lamendola officiating. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Cemetery, Saltsburg. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Huber, Rexford L. 90

  • North Point
  • Born: 1923-11-13
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Bauer-Bly, Dayton | Get Directions
  • Rexford L. "Rex" Huber, 90, of North Point, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1923 in Hunter's Grove, Jefferson County, the son of Jeremiah "Jerry" and Eva Lena (Johns) Huber. Rex graduated from Dayton High School in 1942 and honorably served in the Army during World War II. He married Dorothy C. Snyder on May 24, 1947, and in 1958, they moved to the family farm in West Mahoning Township. It was there that they spent the rest of their years together. He was blessed to be able to provide for his family by working on the farm and drilling gas wells, and he was also a talented woodworker. Rex loved hunting and fishing and held memberships with the NRA and Porter Township Sportsman Club. He was also a member of North Point United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for a number of years. Rex will be best remembered for being a wonderful storyteller who always made folks laugh. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Dorothy C. Huber, of North Point; children, Carol Alcorn and husband, Gary, of New Bethlehem, Diane Snyder and husband, Larry, of Creekside, Roy Huber and companion, Karen Filiberto, of North Port, N.Y., and Barbara Reddinger, of Mars; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother, Wilbur "Bill" Huber and wife, Peggy, of West Newton; sister, Ruby Poulin, of Boonesboro, Md.; and sister-in-law, Elinor Huber, of Punxsutawney. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wayne, Jack and William "Hale" Huber; and sisters, Alice Shaffer, Jean Daugherty, Grace Huber and Mary Dorr. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the BAUER-BLY FUNERAL HOME, 125 E. Main St., Dayton. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Topar officiating. Burial will be in North Point Cemetery, North Point. Contributions may be made in Rex's memory to the American Cancer Society, Armstrong Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or North Point United Methodist Church, North Point Drive, Marchand, PA 15758. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc. To express a condolence to Rex's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Washington County

Ames Sr., Philip E. 87

  • Scenery Hill
  • Born: 1927-05-16
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville | Get Directions
  • Philip E. Ames Sr., 87, of Scenery Hill, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in his home. He was born May 16, 1927, in Coal Center, a son of the late John Oscar and Lucinda Phillips Ames. Mr. Ames was a 1945 graduate of California High School and was a graduate of Penn Commercial. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. His service included stations at USNTC Sampson, N.Y. and the USS Barrow. Much of his time was spent in Western China and Hawaii and he was present at the first testing of the atomic bomb. For his services, he was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Ames retired from West Penn Power Company after 42 years of service. He had worked in Bethel Park, Charleroi, Brownsville and Jefferson Stations. He also was a self-employed farmer and enjoyed working with his two sons on the farm. He was a 62 year member of F and AM Lodge 237, Beallsville, and was a member of the Consistory of the Valley of Pittsburgh. On Aug. 18, 1951, he married Donna Thomas Ames, who survives. On the day of his death, they celebrated 63 years of marriage. Surviving are three children, Philip E. Ames Jr. (Susan) of Scenery Hill, Dawne Liggitt (Jerry) of Scenery Hill, and Paul Ames (Cindy) of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Bradshaw of Daisytown, Emma Lou Kistler of Coal Center, and Etta Kokoska of Daisytown; one brother, Lloyd Ames of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents are three brothers, John Emory “Jiggs” Ames, Oscar Edwin Ames and Francis Ames; one sister, Edith Morton; and one great-grandson, Braden Hartley. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the JOHN B. GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 2830 Main St., Beallsville, where funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at 11a.m. Interment will be in Westland Cemetery, Brownsville. F and AM Lodge 237 will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at http://www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Becker (Lovich), Stella Sis 85

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1929-01-02
  • Died: 2014-08-19
  • Funeral Home: Marra Marshall Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Stella "Sis" (Lovich) Becker, 85, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Jan. 2, 1929, in Monessen, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Lovich. Sis worked for 26 years at the former A and P grocery store in Monongahela and then in 1979, she began working as a cashier at the Monongahela Foodland until her retirement. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monongahela. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy L. and husband, Donald Carson, of Monongahela; two brothers, Nick Valeria and George and wife, Maryann Lovich, all of Michigan; a sister Bertha and husband, Ronald Myers, of Ohio; three grandchildren, Jodi L. and husband, Tim Ford, of Canonsburg; Shane and wife, Kristen Carson and Brandon Carson, all of Monongahela; five great-grandchildren, Shelby N. and Logan C. Ford, Morgan (Robbie) Ravenscroft, Kara (Fred) Ziegler and Bill Balsley; three great-great-grandchildren, Kenleigh Ravenscroft and Freddie and Lucas Ziegler; and many special friends. Preceding her in death was her husband, Walter Becker Jr., who died Aug. 7, 2003; two brothers, Andrew M. Lovich and Emil P. Lovich; three sisters, Helen Gimon, Pearl Kelly and Anna Johnson. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Anyone wishing to attend the funeral service is asked to go DIRECTLY to the First United Methodist Church, 430 W. Main St., Monongahela, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, for services beginning at 11a.m. with the Rev. Alan Morrison officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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Hare, Damon L. 56

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1957-10-21
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Damon L. Hare, 56, of Monongahela, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at home. Born Oct. 21, 1957, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Ralph and Sylvia (Lynn) Hare. A security guard at Jefferson Hospital and veteran of the Navy, Damon is survived by his sisters, Patricia M. (Gene) Opfer, of Elizabeth, and Denise (Robert) Moody, of Austin, Texas; his former wife, Mary Hare, of Williamstown, N.J.; and also aunts, uncles and nieces. A memorial gathering and service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to: Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Russell (Timlin), Kathryn Kay 91

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1922-12-24
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Kathryn “Kay” Timlin Russell, 91, of Charleroi, died on Aug. 15, 2014. She was born on Dec. 24, 1922, in Roscoe, to the late John and Ida Hall Timlin. She was married to Anthony V. Russell on June 26, 1943, in St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington, D.C. After their marriage. they made their home in Charleroi for almost 70 years. She is survived by a son, Anthony M. Russell, of Pittsburgh; daughter, Dottie Taylor, of Charleroi, with whom she made her home after her husband’s death; four grandchildren, Jennifer Russell (Bill) Satler, of Pittsburgh; Vincent (Maria) Russell, of Ohio, Michael (Lisa) Taylor, of Bentleyville, and Kimberly Taylor, of Gettysburg; 11 great-grandchildren, Noah, Katherine, and Caroline Satler, Vito, Vivian, and Josie Russell, Brendan, Bradley, Bryan, and Tessa Taylor, and Takara Behanna; brother, John P. (Joan) Timlin, of Coal Center; cousins, Marjorie Ferguson, Josephine Hall, Marian McGurk, and Judy (Bill) Package; special niece, Barb Gismondi; many nieces and nephews; and extended family, Margaret Russell and Connie Russell. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Anthony V. Russell on April 1, 2013; infant son, Paul Vincent Russell on Dec. 19, 1950; sisters, Dorothy Timlin Zubritsky and MaryLou Timlin Kent; and son-in-law, James C. Taylor Jr. in 2003. Kathryn worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for the War Production Board, G. C. Murphy’s, St. Jerome’s Cafeteria, and Connie’s Deli. She was a Den mother, Brownie leader, and Girl Scout leader. Kay loved making novelty birthday cakes for family and friends, calligraphy, knitting, crocheting, and crafts. She enjoyed helping take care of her four grandchildren and going to her Friday night bowling league. She belonged to the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary Ellen O’Neil Division, Washington County, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Charleroi 669, for 61 years. She was named Mother of the Year in 1999 for CD of A. She also belonged to Christian Mothers. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, followed by a funeral procession to Calvary Cemetery. The CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, Joseph A. Lopez, Funeral Director, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Urick, Rosemary J. 67

  • California, Pa.
  • Born: 1947-05-19
  • Died: 2014-08-17
  • Funeral Home: Novak Funeral Home, Brownsville | Get Directions
  • Rosemary J. Urick, 67, of California, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born May 19, 1947, in Brownsville, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Petrosky) Lashinsky. She was preceded in death by both of her parents. Rosemary graduated from California High School in May of 1965. While attending high school, she also graduated from the beauty academy in Charleroi in March of 1965. She worked as a beautician for 10 years until "retiring," to raise her daughter. Later, she went to work in food services at California University of Pennsylvania. Rosemary decided to go back to school in the early 1990s, and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with her degree in social services. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in California, Pa.,and she was president for the last four years of the Zoning and Hearing Board for California Borough. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Russell D. Urick of California, Pa.; daughter, Shelley Jones and husband, Matthew, of Leesburg, Va.; two granddaughters, Breanne and Raena Jones, both of Leesburg, Va.; and brother, Albert Lashinsky Jr. of Daisytown. Friends will be received in the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front St., Brownsville, today, Aug. 19, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers of Transfer will be said on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the funeral home at 10:15 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial following in St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in California, Pa., at 11a.m. with the Rev. Father Michael Zavage as celebrant. Interment will follow in Phillipsburg Cemetery, California, Pa. To sign the online guest book log onto http://www.novakfuneralhome.net.
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DeBlander, Phyllis 72

  • Huntersville, N.C.
  • Born: 1941-09-15
  • Died: 2014-08-11
  • Funeral Home: James, Huntersville, NC | Get Directions
  • Phyllis Bostonia DeBlander, 72, of Huntersville, N.C., died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. She was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Washington, Pa., to the late Nicholas and Leona Bostonia. Survivors include her husband, Wayne, of Huntersville, N.C.; daughter, Tristi Grant and husband, Alex, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; son, Nicholas and wife, Jennifer, of Huntersville, N.C.; and grandchildren, Joseph and Olivia. A memorial gathering to celebrate her life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Community Room of James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carolinas HealthCare Foundation to support the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute (http://www.givecarolinas.org/find-your-cause/heart-vascular-diseases/). James Funeral Home is serving the family. http://www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com.
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DeLuca, Mary C. 66

  • Medina, Ohio
  • Born: 1948-01-12
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Waite, Medina, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Mary C. DeLuca, 66, of Medina, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. She was born Jan. 12, 1948, in Mt. Pleasant, to the late Walter and Catherine (Szolek) Czekaj. Mary was a kindergarten aide at St. Francis Catholic School for 10 years. She was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, Eucharistic minister and faithful member at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Mary was the beloved wife of Jack, to whom she was married 46 years; loving mother of Scott (fiancee, Kim Woods) DeLuca, of Massillon, Ohio, Anthony (Amanda) DeLuca, of Medina, Ohio, and Michael (Jennifer) DeLuca, of Medina, Ohio; devoted grandmother of Jack, Max, Breanna, Emma, Mason, Alexa, Morgan and Jacob; and dear sister of Ted (Esther) Czekaj, Donald (Sarah) Czekaj Sr., Regina Spinella, Elizabeth Kapelewski, Eileen (Joe) Smith, Joanne (Dick) Zahrobsky and Nancy (Barry) White. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patty; brothers-in-law, Ed Kapelewski, Babe Santarel and Donald Spinella. Family received friends Sunday, Aug. 17, at the WAITE and SON FUNERAL HOME, 765 N. Court St., Medina, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Aug. 18, in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina, Ohio, by Father Tony Sejba. Contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Francis Catholic Church, at the above address, or Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256. Online condolences may be left at http://www.waitefuneralhome.com.
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Diges, Doris

  • Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Doris Diges, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was a sister of Jean Svagzdys and the late Norman Diges and Alice Heidinger; and loving aunt of Philip Heidinger, Neil Heidinger, Marcia Cole, Julie McCarthy, Marie Lindros, Cecilia Svagzdys, Jean Louise Svagzdys, John Svagzdys and the late Norman and Paul Diges. She is also survived by her many great-nieces and great-nephews and their families. Doris was born in 1924, graduated from Wilkinsburg High School at 16, and began her working career. She moved to New England to work at Chance Vought Aircraft Industries during World War II, meeting Igor Sikorsky, becoming a true "Rosie the Riveter." After the war, and moving back to Pittsburgh, she began a long and distinguished career at Bell Telephone. Ms. Diges moved up and became the first woman in Pennsylvania to reach first level district manager. She sat on the board of various community organizations, including United Way and Boy Scouts. She retired to Manchester-by-the-Sea, and again was near her beloved New England coast. A blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Braddock Catholic Cemetery Chapel. Arrangements by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Hayes, Mary M. 55

  • Barre, Vt.
  • Born: 1958-08-29
  • Died: 2014-08-13
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret Hayes, better known as Mimi, died Aug. 13, 2014, in Barre, Vt., of natural causes. She was 55 years old. Mimi was born Aug. 29, 1958, in Sewickley, and lived most of her life in the Pittsburgh area. She spent her last two years in Vermont near her sister, Nancy. Like many people with Down Syndrome, after the age of 50, Mimi developed dementia, which progressed rapidly in her last year. Mimi's disability inspired her mother, Florence Hayes Manning, to advocate in many ways for services and rights for the developmentally disabled, including helping to create the Amigos, a social and activity group for developmentally disabled adults at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church. Mimi had a cheerful and enthusiastic personality, was loving, humble and nonjudgmental and loved to laugh. She was a bright star in her family and had many friends. Through the force of her personality and her accomplishments, Mimi helped advocate in her own way for a better understanding and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome. She had a strong will and an independent spirit. Mimi showed us what unconditional love felt like and what pure joy looked like. She loved to sing and dance and was a fan of many musicians, including John Denver, the Monkees and David Cassidy. She always had a favorite TV show, from The Brady Bunch to Dougie Howser to Emergency, and a musical from Annieto Oliver to High School Musical. She liked to swim in the summer and ski in the winter and was a participant and medal winner in one of the first Winter Special Olympics. She loved to travel and visit her siblings. Mimi attended St. Anthony's School in Oakmont and graduated in 1979, then worked at Sewickley Valley Hospital and later the 911th Airlift Wing in Coraopolis. She was also a dedicated employee at Achieva's Strip District workshop in Pittsburgh. Mimi was predeceased by her father, Dr. George C. Hayes; and her mother, Florence Hayes Manning. She is survived by her brothers, Andrew Hayes and K.C. Hayes; her sister, Nancy Hayes Kilgore; her niece, Shanti Giampa; and her grand-niece, Koa Plante. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., Sewickley, PA 15143. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit the developmentally disabled in Pennsylvania or Vermont to: The Achieva Family Trust, 711 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203 or to Washington County Mental Health, 201 Hill St., Barre, VT 05641.
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Kirsch, Brian S. 52

  • Franklin, Tenn.
  • Born: 1962-06-29
  • Died: 2014-08-04
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  • Brian Scott Kirsch, 52, of Franklin, Tenn., died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at home. Born June 29, 1962, in Pittsburgh, Brian lived the last 20 years in the Greater Nashville area. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Brian pursued a career in radio, producing such programs as The Dave Ramsey Show, Steve Gill Show and Tom Kent show. He also provided video engineering for the Nashville Predators. Most recently, Brian turned a longtime passion into his dream job as head chef with Old Natchez Country Club. Brian was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin. Survivors include his son, William; and daughter, Grace, of Franklin, Tenn.; mother, Yvonne; brother, Paul, of Pittsburgh; and sister, Kelly, of Bowling Green, Ky. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Palmer, Ronald Ron S.

  • Bakersfield, Calif. , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-08-13
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  • Ronald Stephen "Ron" Palmer, of Bakersfield, Calif., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Joanne Palmer. He was born in Pittsburgh to Dominic and Barbara Palmer. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Highlands High School in 1979. He attended West Virginia University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. His first year as a student, Ron received the Petroleum Engineering Student of the Year. Upon graduating, he moved to Princeton, N.J., where he worked for Mobil Research and Development. There, he met the love of his life, Joanne Czeslowski. In 1991, Ron and Joanne moved to Bakersfield, Calif. They were married Sept. 25, 1993. Ron worked locally for Mobil, Aera Energy and since 2006 he has been with MacPherson Oil. Ron was an avid golfer. He also loved gourmet cooking with friends, traveling and hanging out at the beach. He was also an avid black and gold fan, Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He is survived by wife, Joanne, the love of his life; and his beloved dog, Lilly. Other family members include his mother; brothers, Mike (Karen) Palmer, Rick Palmer, Mark (Diane) Palmer; sisters, Beth Palmer and Kristin (Mark) Bird; brother-in-law, Chet Czeslowski; sisters-in-law, Caron and Carol Czeslowski; and several nieces and nephews; and many close friends. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Road, Butler, PA 16002.
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Thurau, Robert H. 96

  • Franklin
  • Born: 1917-09-26
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Huff, Franklin | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Dr. Robert H. Thurau, 96, of Franklin, died at his home Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Born Sept. 26, 1917, in Oil City, he was the son of Lena Nolte Thurau and Otto Thurau. He served 36 years in the active ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, taking early retirement Oct. 1, 1979, to return to his hometown. During his ministry, he participated in the rebirthing of many little children in Baptismal waters, praying with frightened people in hospitals, holding the hands of hundreds who sobbed in grief, bringing bread and wine to the lips of thousands who longed for the encouragement and reassurance the supper brings and for a foretaste of the feast to come. Robert attended public school in Oil City until age eight, when his parents moved to Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School in 1935 as an honor student and vice-president of his class. In 1939, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and was selected by the faculty to be listed in the book, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. After graduation, he worked one year for Pennzoil before enrolling at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, from which he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1943 and at the same time, his Master of Arts degree in education from the nearby University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thurau was ordained May 26, 1943, at First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. His first call was to St. Mark's Lutheran church in Jeannette, where he served from 1943 to 1948. During his pastorate there, he continued graduate work and at 29, in 1946, received his doctor of philosophy degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. His doctoral thesis was A Study of the Lutheran Sunday School in America to 1865, a definitive study based almost entirely on primary sources researched in institutional archives across the country. The thesis is in the libraries of many institutions of higher learning. The remainder of his active ministry was spent in historic St. John's Lutheran Church, Kittanning, which honored him by electing him pastor emeritus on his retirement. During his pastorate, his congregation sponsored a trip for him and his wife to tour Germany, the land of Luther where his cousin was pastor of the church in Einbeck and where Henry Melchior Mulenberg had been baptized and confirmed and later migrated to America to plant the Lutheran Church. He now is regarded as the patriarch of Lutherans in this country. Later the congregation sent Dr. Thurau on a month's study tour of the Holy Land. On a Music Sunday, the congregation surprised their Pastor with the gift of a piano. Some of his significant contributions as a pastor in the Lutheran Church included serving on a special Trust that brought to Kittanning the branch campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; initiating a movement at a national assembly of the church to make it possible for Lutheran pastors to be enrolled in the Social Security program; being elected the first dean of the Armstrong District of the Western Pennsylvania - West Virginia synod; serving on the boards of the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg where he was vice-chairman of the board; serving as chairman of the synod's examining committee for many years; being elected as the first president when the Federation of Churches of Armstrong County was formed; and serving as a member of the synod's transition team that helped lay the groundwork for the formation of a merged Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Thurau attended many national assemblies of the church as an elected delegate and was a frequent contributor to many publications including The Lutheran, Lutheran Partners and to devotional booklets. In 1997, he completed his autobiography. Once retired, and now living in Franklin, he became active in the community and concentrated on developing his lifelong interests in art, photography and music. Over the years, he created original greeting cards to mark happy and sad occasions for many people. Accomplished in six instruments, he often played for churches, civic groups and community affairs. He was a city council appointed member of Franklin's Historic Architectural Review Board and served as chairman for most of his eight year tenure. He is a member of Grace Lutheran Church. In 1993, Pastor Thurau celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination over a six week period. At his 55th celebration at St. John's, Kittanning, he presented the congregation with his book, Reflections, covering his years in that congregation, along with two of his watercolor paintings. On May 7, 1947, he was married to the former Nita May Murrin at First Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, by Bishop H. Reed Shepfer and is survived by four children, Diane Elder and husband, Harold, of Troy, Mich., Robert H. Thurau II Esq. and wife, Alison, of Osprey, Fla., Craig Thurau, of Franklin, and Alice Thurau and husband, Keith Hileman, of Clarion; eight grandchildren, Erica Elder, Michael Elder and wife, Wendy, Laura Chapman and husband, James, Robin Thurau, Samuel and Benjamin Thurau and Sarah and Abby Hileman; and five great-grandchildren, Sydney Elder, Rachel, Addison, Hannah and Caleb Chapman. He is also survived by his niece, Jill Fugaro, of Mill Valley, Calif.; and his nephew, Dr. Jim Murrin, of Dublin, Ohio. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Frederick and Martin; his sister, Irene T. Swanton; his brother-in-law, Ralph Murrin; and his wife, Nita May Murrin Thurau. Many of Dr. Thurau's last years were spent as a caregiver for his wife, taking inspiration and power from the words of Scripture: "Love is patient; love is kind. Love never ends." A memorial service for Dr. Thurau will be held at a time to be announced in the First Baptist Church, 1041 Liberty St., Franklin. Funeral arrangements entrusted to HUFF FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 312 W. Park St., Franklin. The family suggests that memorials be made to Grace Lutheran Church, PO Box 325, Franklin, PA 16323; or to St. John's Lutheran Church, 218 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. Online condolences, flowers and sympathy cards may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.HuffFuneral.com.
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