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Acrie, Edward C. 63

  • Turtle Creek
  • Born: 1951-09-12
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: House of Law, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Edward Carl Acrie, 63, of Turtle Creek, departed this life peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015, in Life Care Hospital, Wilkinsburg. Born Sept. 12, 1951, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late John Wilson Acrie Sr. and Edna Mae White Acrie. He was a retired admissions officer for the Shuman Center of Pittsburgh for more than 35 years. He founded and managed associate gyms in numerous communities, including East Liberty, Clairton, Braddock, Wilkinsburg and the North Side. He was a longtime member of the Police Athletic League of Western Pennsylvania (PAL) and founder of both the American Legion Baseball Team and the Midget Football League in the Hill District. Surviving are his wife, Gloria J. Kenney Acrie; children, Thea Acrie, of Pitcairn, Michael (Meagan) Acrie, of North Braddock, Robert (Satara) Nelson, of Savannah, Ga., Ryan Kenney, of Pittsburgh, and Philip Acrie, of Turtle Creek; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenny (Cheryl) Acrie, of Phoenix, Ariz., and James (Deborah) Acrie, of Pittsburgh; sisters, Billie Acrie, of Swissvale, Mary Gray, of Greensburg, Marian Acrie and Nina Hogan, both of Swissvale; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the HOUSE OF LAW FUNERAL HOME, 9406 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, with funeral services following the visitation hour at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., McKeesport.
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Beck, Patrick A. 48

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Patrick Allan Beck, 48, of Whitehall, died suddenly Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved son of Thomas A. and Ruth A. Crowell Beck; loving brother of Kathleen Wenk (David) and Kelly Moyers (Scott); devoted uncle of Shannon and Breanne Wenk, Shea and Isaac Moyers; and nephew of Dorothy Kording (the late Tom), Mary Ann Jancuski (Dan), Agnes Warner (John), Susanne Pfeifer (the late David), James J. Crowell Jr. (Sharon Smith), William Crowell (Joy), Mary Andre (Stephen) and Timothy Crowell. He also is survived by his many cousins. Pat was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and also a graduate of All-State Career Driving School. He was a member of the Jugo-Slav Club in Bethel Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A blessing service will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pat's memory to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
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Bidden, Dennis R.

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Dennis R. Bidden, of Baldwin Borough, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mildred "Millie" Bidden (Schaum); son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Rink) Bidden; loving brother of Shirley (Bill) Hofen; brother-in-law of Dolores "Dolly" (Robert) Meyer; also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Burghart, August J. 89

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • August J. Burghart, 89, of Ross Township, died Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Klaas) Burghart; loving father of Sandra Burghart, Christine (Ed) Cassesse and Elaine Burghart; proud grandfather of Zachary (Monica) and Evan (Emily) Gelacek and the late Gregory Gelacek; great-grandfather of Peter and Louisa Gelacek; and brother of Elizabeth Lamping and the late Rita Geubtner. August was a World War II veteran and a member of VFW Post 2754 in West View. He was a lifelong member of Keating Fire Hall as well as Incarnation Church. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Chiaramonte, Francis A. 83

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Francis A. Chiaramonte, 83, of Glenshaw, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Tomaro) Chiaramonte; son of the late Frank and Josephine Chiaramonte; loving father of Joe Chiaramonte (Kim), Mike Chiaramonte (Judy), Mary Kelly (Patrick), Theresa Chiaramonte and the late Frank Chiaramonte (surviving Dawn); Pappy to Jim, Karyn (Josh), Lauren, Ashley, Mackenzie, Jarrod, Evan and Emily; and great-Pappy to Adam and soon-to-be, Eli. Francis was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was also a Color Guard. He served his country as a member of the Navy during the Korean War, then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired. Frank was referred to as "the Mayor of Phillips Avenue." He will sadly be missed by many. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Church. Arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, Glenshaw. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Chuvala, Dennis G. 75

  • Blawnox
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Dennis G. "Denny" Chuvala, 75, of Blawnox, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. He was the father of Thomas J.; grandfather of Olivia Marie Chuvala; companion of Maureen E. Fay; and close friend of Janice Rinehart. Denny was a retiree of the US Postal Service; a veteran of the Army; a Blawnox Borough councilman; and a member of the Blawnox A Club, Blawnox American Legion Post 555 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1634, Verona. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (no visitation Easter Sunday) at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where family and friends will gather at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pio Parish, St. Edward Church.
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Forrest, Alice E.

  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Alice Elizabeth Forrest passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pittsburgh, she was the wife of the late Dr. Edward J. Forrest; mother of Edward J. (Lanet) Forrest Jr., of Marietta, Ga., Cynthia Forrest, of Washington, D.C., and Dr. Thomas D. (Diane) Forrest, of Ben Avon; grandmother of Thomas D. (Christine) Forrest Jr., Edward J. Forrest III and John Edward Forrest; great-grandmother of Juliet Forrest; and sister of Carolyn Dennerlein and the late Angela Harris and brother, Stephen. She was a member of St. James Church and the Women's Club of Sewickley. Alice was most supportive of her husband's career in dental education, in his position as the dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in his orthodontic practice in Sewickley. She especially enjoyed sharing his experiences in international travel during his tenure. Alice was dedicated to her family in the most loving manner. She supported not only her children but also her grandchildren and had great affection for her great-granddaughter. She often spoke fondly of her association with members of the university community. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. James Church, Sewickley, with Father Thomas J. Burke as celebrant. Entombment was at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery in Ross Township. Arrangements by COPELAND'S OF SEWICKLEY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Edward J. Forrest Continuing Education Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
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Franklin, Jason D. 35

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1979-11-23
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jason D. Franklin, 35, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 23, 1979, in Greensburg, beloved son of David and Roberta (Oblak) Franklin, of Manor. Jason was employed as an architect by Strada Architecture, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Edward Franklin, of Bellefonte; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family received friends from noon until 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, at which time a memorial service was held in the funeral home chapel. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Granatire, Dennis W. 115

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Dennis William "Skinny" Granatire, 62 of Plum, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. He was the former husband of Rachelle (Spamer) Granatire; father of Tara (Eric) Hepler and Chad (Cynthia) Granatire; grandfather of Camden and Rylee Hepler and Traynor Granatire; brother of Robert (Carol) and Larry Granatire; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. At Skinny's request, services were private. His family is hosting a memorial reception from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Center Club, 528 Thomas St. (Pierson Run), Plum, PA 15239. Family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the Granatire family suggests memorials to a favorite charity. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD.
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Jacavino, Charles R. 77

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1937-10-12
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Charles R. Jacavino, 77, of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. He was a retired principal for Terri Dance Studio Inc. and an Army veteran. Born Oct. 12, 1937, in Homestead, he was a son of the late John and Rose (Tomkwiaz) Jacavino and husband of the late Adell D. (Bartolomeo) Jacavino. Charles is survived by his children, Richard J. Jacavino, of Ankeny, Iowa, Teresa Jacavino, of Cochran, Ga., and John Scott Jacavino, of Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, Kathleen A. (Stan) Dehart and Deborah L. (David) Dollman; step-nieces, Catherine M. Bartolomeo and Adele M. Bartolomeo; and step-nephew, Richard G. Bartolomeo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A blessing will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Steel Valley Resource Center, 530 Miller Ave., Clairton, PA 15025. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Kaczmarek, Helen M. 89

  • Coraopolis
  • Born: 1925-07-09
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Mcdermott, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Kowalewski) Kaczmarek, 89, of the Coraopolis, Groveton area, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was born July 9, 1925, to Czeslaw and Mary in Groveton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Sammy"; brother, Walter; and sisters, Jesse and Mary Jane. She is survived by her son, William (Sharon), of Bethel Park, and daughter, Karen (Ed) Krall, of Robinson; and grandsons, Nicholas and Adam. She was part of the generation of working wives. Helen worked at Dravo during the war and for more than 30 years as a bookkeeper for the Allegheny County Housing Authority at Groveton Village and Ohio View Acres. She enjoyed her retirement years as caregiver to Sammy, being an avid reader, playing bingo and card games, sunbathing, crocheting and loving her grandsons. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com.
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King, Dixie L. 74

  • Robinson Township
  • Died: 2015-03-17
  • Funeral Home: Schepner-Mcdermott, Crafton | Get Directions
  • Dixie L. (Newman) King, 74, fell asleep in her arms of the Lord in her Robinson Township home, formerly of Irwin and Southern California, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Marcy (Norm) Pearson and Shelley (Matt) Susanka; dear grandmother of seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of Teala Newman and the late Sheri Ritenour; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Celebrate Dixie's life from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, with a blessing service to follow at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 165 Noble Ave., Crafton, PA 15205. During her life, Dixie lived in Pennsylvania, Florida and California. She enjoyed making candy, sewing and arranging flowers. Dixie adored her family and spent much of her time attending their dance recitals, sporting events and academic award ceremonies. Over the past 18 years, she triumphed over heart, stroke and circulatory challenges to live an active life. Dixie was very loving and giving to all people and animals. She was treasured and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
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Kiser, Joan 90

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joan Daker Kiser, 90, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was a daughter of Jess Oliver Daker and Alverda Lockhart Daker. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, David Kiser; her sister, Jean Daker Dickinson; and her brother, John O. Daker. After receiving her master's at McMurray College, Joan taught health and physical education at Crafton High School. An avid golfer, she belonged to the Fairway Swingers and was a past president of the Mt. Lebanon Women's Golf Association. Joan loved to play bridge and to work in her garden. She also volunteered to serve meals at AIC. Joan is survived by four nieces, seven great-nieces, one great-nephew and nine great-great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of her funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Entombment will follow in Allegheny Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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Kramer, Andrew K. 31

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Troy Hill | Get Directions
  • Andrew K. Kramer, 31, of North Side, was taken from us suddenly on Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was the beloved son of Kenneth and Brenda (Armstrong) Kramer; dear brother of Renee Kramer; father of Chloe; also survived by many loving family and friends. Family to receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (Troy Hill), where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Friends invited. Andrew will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.
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Kravetz, Anne C. 88

  • Chalfant
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Anne C. (Cerjanic) Kravetz, 88, of Chalfant, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Frank Kravetz for 68 years; loving mother of Robert F. "Rock" (Andrea) Kravetz, Cheryl (Ed) Werle, of Jones Mills, and Lynne (Ed) Hartnett, of Champion; cherished grandmother of Robert F. "Rocky" (Nina) Kravetz, of Delaware; treasured "Bonus Grandmother" of Ben Werle, of Seattle, Wash., Mark (Emily) Werle, of Harmony Township, and Anna Werle, of Lawrenceville; and "Bonus Great-Grandmother" of Alivia, Gabe and Alaina. Anne was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Pittsburgh VFW Post No. 5008, the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge No. 141, the American Ex-Prisoners of War Association and she enjoyed being a lifelong resident of Chalfant Borough. She was proud of her Croatian heritage and enjoyed trips to casinos, local and distant, and just loved making friends and being a friend. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Easter Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at noon Easter Monday in St. Maurice Church. Anne will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Donations in Anne's name may be made to Concordia Personal Care Home, Activities Department, 4363 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. "She was a great woman, loved everyone, and had a great ride." - Frank Kravetz. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Mafrica, Violet Y. 93

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Violet Y. (Cosentino) Mafrica, 93, of Morningside, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Mafrica; mother of John (Liliana), Leonard (Camie) and Richard Mafrica (Candy); grandmother of Adan Heller, Kate Langford (Randy), Maggie, Richard, Chelsea, Leah and Luke; great-grandmother of Brennan and Elias Heller; and sister of Peter Cosentino. She was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. A funeral Liturgy outside Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Raphael Church. Everyone please gather at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Mannella, Robert D. 52

  • Garfield
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Robert D. Mannella, 52, of Garfield, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. He was the beloved son of Marlene R. and the late James F. Mannella; brother of James J., Edward G. (Mary), Gina (Eileen Simpson) and close family friend Carol Hope McCaig (Roy); also survived by his nephew, Christopher. For many years, Bob was a scout leader for Troop 73 in Lawrenceville where he guided many young men through the scouting program, several to the highest achievement of Eagle Scout. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman and an outstanding nurse. Friends received from 4 until time of service at 8 p.m. Friday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Boy Scouts of America.
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Marconi, Caroline R. 92

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1923-03-17
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Caroline Rosa Marconi, 92, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness. Mrs. Marconi was born March 17, 1923, in Versailles (Bryn Mawr) to the late Robert and Myrtle Thompson Humphries. She was a housewife and a member of St. Patrick Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, August G. Marconi; and brothers, Robert B. Humphries and George D. Humphries. Mrs. Marconi is survived by her son, Guy R. Marconi, of Gainesville, Ga.; daughter, Toni A. Marconi, of McKeesport; son and daughter-in-law, August G. Jr. and Betty Jean, of North Huntingdon; brother, Milton Humphries, of Irwin; grandchildren, Beverly Bates and husband, Greg, and Amanda Haynes and husband, Josh; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Avery Bates and Kasyn Haynes; and her loving cat, George. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the Chapel of Round Hill Cemetery with internment to follow in Round Hill Cemetery. Pastor Richard Kreug will officiate. MEMORIAL PARK FUNERAL HOME, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504, is in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
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Mellor II, Chauncey J.

  • Overbrook
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Chauncey J. Mellor II, of Overbrook, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the husband of the late Margaret C.; beloved father of Jeff (Doris Gove) and Dennis (Patricia) Mellor; grandfather of Dennis Ranft, Lori Zaremba, Eric Mellor, Erin Lau, Laura Mellor, Joe and Bobbie Jo Ranft; and father-in-law of Kathleen Ranft. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Home Patient Care Fund, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Moses Jr., Rudolph V. 70

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Jones, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Rudolph V. "Rudy" Moses Jr., 70, of Whitehall, formerly of the Hill District, passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and devoted companion. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SAMUEL J. JONES FUNERAL HOME, 2644 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Calvary Baptist Church, 2629 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Interment at St. John Vianney Cemetery.
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Pantanella, Anthony J. 82

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Anthony J. Pantanella, 82, of Castle Shannon, died Monday, March 30, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Maureen (DeSensi) and the late Donna (Gregg); devoted father of Anthony (Jing qi), Cynthia Pagesh (Ray Gintner), Richard and Joseph (Jackie); stepfather of Vincent (Jaime) DeSensi; loving grandfather of Nicholas (Angela), Vincent, Adrienne and Joseph Pantanella, Philip and Donna Kyler and Jakeb Pagesh; great-grandfather of Kyrie, Autumn and Taryn Pantanella; and uncle of Linda (Guy) Matola, Joseph Colizoli and their families. Anthony was a letter carrier for more than 30 years after holding several other jobs. He began doing pyrotechnics with Lisbon Fireworks Company in Ohio and for Zambelli in New Castle. He was a Korean War veteran, member of the American Legion Post 490 for more than 38 years and member of the PGI. Tony was also involved in the making of the original Night of the Living Dead and several other George Romero films. He will be missed at the Living Dead festival in Evans City that he attended faithfully. Friends will be welcomed from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Blessing service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Reddy, Helen 75

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1939-06-05
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Helen Greene Reddy, 75, of Linden Place in Sewickley, passed away peacefully Monday, March 23, 2015, after a short illness, with her loving husband at her side. Helen was born June 5, 1939, in Clearwater, Fla. She was the daughter of Thomas Glenn Greene and Edee Nielsen Greene Rukenbrod, and grew up in Orlando, Fla., where she graduated from Boone High School in 1957. Helen had a friendly smile that brightened any room she entered. She loved being a mother, not only to her own children but was like a mother to many others. Her nurturing spirit was also evident in her devotion to her husband, Walt, and through her career in the pastoral life ministry at Christ Church at Grove Farm for more than 15 years. Her loved ones are heavy-hearted by their loss, but rejoice in the knowledge that she is in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ. Helen devoted many years to women's ministry and faithfully attended Friday luncheons at the Christy House in Sewickley, as a way to connect with and minister to others. She was involved in Community Bible Study at Christ Church as well as other home Bible study groups. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Walter Reddy (Sewickley); her daughter, Jennifer Lee Bunner (Montgomery, W.Va.) and her children, Michael, Uriah, Lydia and Joseph; her daughter, Julie Leslie Martin (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and her children, Savannah and Cheyenne; and her stepson, Patrick Michael Reddy (Sewickley). She is also survived by other relatives not residing in the Western Pa. area. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, to celebrate Helen's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund at Christ Church at Grove Farm, a program near and dear to her heart and is part of the Pastoral Care Ministry at her church. Arrangements by the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Reichle, Emily J. 94

  • Formerly of Clairton
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Emily J. (Nikolic) Reichle, 94, formerly of Clairton, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Reichle; loving mother of Mary Juanita (Paul) Liptak and Robert L. (Linda) Reichle; sister of the late Michael, John, Mary Batnich, Eva Vinoverski, Anne Janus, Rose DeShields and Mildred Horne; and daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Kostic) Nikolic. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no service or visitation. Professional Services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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Richard, Hedwig N.

  • Formerly of Ben Avon and Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Arbor Society, Omaha | Get Directions
  • Hedwig N. "Heddy" Richard, 90, formerly of Ben Avon and Ross Township, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward C. Richard. She is survived by her daughter, Jill E. Nagel, of Omaha, Neb.; son, Mark E. Richard and his wife, Polly, of Columbus, Ohio; also survived by two sisters, Erna Schaal and Wilma Stewart; along with grandsons, Zackary V. Willis, Christopher R. Nagel, Eric C. Richard and Michael A. Richard; and two great-grandsons, Dracen Milos and Christian Nagel. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Natalie Gutkuhn; two brothers, Hugo and Herbert Gutkuhn; and one sister, Renetta (Gutkuhn) Wind. A 1942 graduate of Allegheny High School, she was one of the first women to sell real estate in the North Hills Multilist and earned the top sales person award several times in her 27-year career. In retirement, she enjoyed searching for treasures at local garage sales and took great pleasure in beating her grandsons at Wheel of Fortune. Family and friends are invited to attend a committal service at noon Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Allegheny County Memorial Park, 1600 Duncan Ave., Allison Park, with a luncheon to follow at Kretzler's Tavern, 2240 Babcock Blvd.
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Schoy Jr., William J. 80

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1934-06-09
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • William J. Schoy Jr., 80, of White Oak, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Wellspring at Juniper Village in North Huntingdon. He was born June 9, 1934, in McKeesport, a son of the late William J. Schoy Sr. and the late Marion James Schoy. He was a retired rigger for US Steel National Works and Duquesne Works. He is survived by his wife, Carole Anne Smith Schoy; daughter, Cynthia Hahn, of Washington; sons, William J. Schoy III, of California, James Schoy, of McKeesport, Timothy Schoy, of McKeesport, and Daniel Schoy, of White Oak; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Schoy, of Clearwater, Fla.; sister, Janet Slack, of North Huntingdon; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015. Arrangements entrusted to the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Schultz, Colleen M. 73

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1942-02-12
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Colleen M. Schultz, 73, of Plum Borough, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at home. She was born Feb. 12, 1942, in New Kensington, daughter of the late James Gilmore and Grace Flynn. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ronald A. Schultz, of Plum; children, Louise M. Carlson, of Leechburg, Daniel A. Schultz, of Plum Borough, Amy L. (William) Braun, of Plum, and Michelle A. (Ben) Komanik, of Cranberry; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Gilmore. Friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 1519 Renton Road, Plum Borough, where a blessing service will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 4, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Sparks, Pastor of St. Januarius Church, officiating.
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Smith, Loretta 90

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1925-02-17
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Loretta (Strawoet) Smith, 90, of Springdale, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Golden Living Nursing Home, Murrysville. She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, to the late John and Mary Kovach Strawoet. A resident of Springdale most of her life, she worked in the Library of the Allegheny Valley Schools and was a member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Springdale. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Jean (Ken) Baker, of Murrysville; a son, Dennis A. Smith, of New Kensington; three grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Hunter, Denise (Tony) Sorvala and Kevin (Nicole) Baker; three great-grandchildren, Marissa and Mason Hunter and Helvi Sorvala; and two sisters, Catherine Wenzel, of Allison Park, and Eleanor Simoncic, of Indiana Township. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Smith; and three brothers, Eugene, Harry and John Strawoet. Loretta's family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday April 4, 2015, with the Rev. Kenneth Kezmarsky officiating, with burial next to her husband in Deer Creek Cemetery Harmar Township. Visit us at www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Spiegel, Leon

  • Born: 1921-11-23
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Leon Spiegel, born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 23, 1921, to the late Samuel and Rose Spiegel, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. In his early adult years, Leon worked with his father in the leather goods business and then worked with his mother in operating a bar. Leon worked for several years in furniture sales prior to his retirement. Leon was set up on a blind date by his uncle, who wanted him to meet the woman who would become his wife of 61 years, Myrle Thomashefsky. Myrle and Leon have one daughter, Lynne Spiegel Lehrer. Although he had never visited Israel, Leon was always a supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. Leon will be sadly missed by his wife and daughter. He is survived by his brother, Arthur (Leslie). He was predeceased by his sister, Bertha Krasnow (Ben), and his brother, Seymour (Arlene). Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Temple Sinai Memorial Park in Plum. As the Passover holiday approaches, shiva minyan will only be at 7:30 Thursday evening at The Charles Morris Nursing/Rehab Center on Browns Hill Road. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Weinberg Village, 300 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
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Stephens, James E. 42

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • James E. Stephens, 42, of Swissvale, died Monday, March 30, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 18 years to Nancy L. Taylor Stephens; loving father of Jordan Rheanell, Allison Marie and Madison Jean; dear son of Norma Jean Sandrovich and her husband, Jim; son-in-law of the late William and Rheanell Taylor; brother of Richard and Sandra Stephens; uncle of Nicholas, Merissa, Nathon and David; brother-in-law of Dean Taylor and his wife, Kathy and Jenelle Taylor; and is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Christ Lutheran Church, Forest Hills. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Streeter, R. Adele 95

  • Formerly of Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • R. Adele Streeter, 95, formerly of Glenshaw, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was the beloved mother of David (Cheryl) Streeter; mother-in-law of Mary Streeter; grandmother of John, Laura, Alison, Joshua and Janelle; great-grandmother of Zachary, Taylor, RJ, Natalie, Sophie, Lucas and Halleigh; and daughter of the late Laura (Fitzsimmons) and Charles Liederman. Adele was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Basil; a son, John; and a grandson, Michael. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. Thursday until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m. at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Thomas, Roseann 80

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Roseann Thomas, 80, of Plum Borough, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was the wife of the late Albert E. Thomas; beloved mother of Vicki Lynn Ross and Scott Edward Thomas; grandmother of Stephen Paul (Mandy) Ross Jr. and Eric Edward Thomas.; sister of Nancy (Fred) Grau and Robert (Marsha) Dasch; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235, where a funeral will follow at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society.
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Woodings, Arlene 76

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Arlene (Berg) Woodings, 76, of Penn Hills, died suddenly Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Cyril E. Woodings; mother of Thomas (Teri) Woodings; grandmother of Jeffrey and Jasmine Woodings; sister of Ralph (Diane) Berg; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, with a blessing service immediately following at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private.
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Zelich, Walter J. 70

  • Holiday Park
  • Born: 1944-10-15
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Walter J. Zelich, 70, of Holiday Park, died peacefully Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Sharpsburg, a son of the late George and Mary (Lackner) Zelich. Prior to retiring, Walter was self-employed as a painter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George and Frank Zelich; and sisters, Toni Wright and Georgia Zelich. Walter is survived by his loving family: daughter, Stephanie Molyneaux, of Saltsburg; brother, Steve Zelich, of Shaler; grandchildren, Allie and Shane; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A funeral service for Walter will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Kara Propst, of Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont, officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Zona, Betty E.J. 80

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Betty E.J. (Matthias) Zona, 80, of Pleasant Hills, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, with her son and daughter by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Zona; loving mother of Michael A. Zona, Cathy L. (Drago) Perisic and Toni A. Zona; grandmother of Brandon (Channing), Spencer (September Cart), Shelby, and Sydney Handshue, and Nicole (Cody) Feller; great-grandmother of Alexis Rose and Troy; and sister of Herb Matthias, Maxine Gatewood, Bonnie Garten and the late Edward Matthias, Donnie Matthias, Nelly Cooper and Stella Schwing. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Betty was a member of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church and active in the friendly group. She was an amazing woman, a devoted wife and mother. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Betty gave freely of her time whether in celebration or in times of need and because of her sense of humor and strength she touched many lives. She will be greatly missed yet we will be comforted by loving memories. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, 412-655-4600, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Kristin Beckstrom Widrich officiating. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Westmoreland County

Backstrom, Marvin L. 77

  • Collinsburg
  • Born: 1938-02-26
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Marvin Lee Backstrom, 77, of Collinsburg, died Monday, March 23, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, in West Newton, a son of the late Victor G. Backstrom and Anna M. Olschan Backstrom. He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia (Phil) Borchers, Denise (Chooch) Conn, Sandra (Ned) Backsrom, Kathryn (Tom) Clontz and Victoria (Chris) Symons; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Walda Teslovich. He had many nieces; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Brent Backstrom. Interment is private. Arrangements by RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME.
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Bauer, Nancy L. 73

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-06-27
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lee (Landy) Bauer, 73, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was born June 27, 1941, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Glenn B. and Gertrude W. Doughty Landy. Nancy was so happy to enter into the Catholic faith and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where she enjoyed watching her husband as an altar server. Prior to working for Henry Printing in Greensburg as a Teletype printer, she had also worked for the Jeannette Dispatch. She also owned with her husband, the former Flower Dynasty, the former Manor Gift and Craft Shop; and had co-owned the Manor House Tavern for the past 31 years. Nancy also served as a court reporter for Judith A. Sturdevant for four years. Nancy and Roy were married on June 27, 1970, on Nancy's birthday. They honeymooned in Atlantic City and returned every year to vacation. Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband. Nancy was so thankful for Roy being a loving caregiver during her illness of 33 months. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Roy W. and Anna S. Lipyance Bauer. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 44 years, Roy G. Bauer; her beloved puppy, Evie Marie; her sister, Patsy L. Landy, of Virginia; and the following special family members: Robert and Donna Conrad, Lori and Norman Clair and Francis and Shirley Lipyance. "My dearest Roy, I love you for everything that you have done for me and our happy marriage. Take care of my best friend, Evie Marie. As Diana Ross sang, 'Someday we will all be together.' Love, Nancy." Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nancy from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Pantalone Funeral Home. Entombment will be private. The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to The Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. Nancy's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Beyer, Mary 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-12-05
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mary "Joanne" Glarrow Beyer, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Stephanie Bonnaswiecz Glarrow. Mary was a longtime member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beyer, in 2006. She is survived by her son, Robert Beyer, of Philadelphia; two daughters, Karen Kerber and her husband, Walter, of Mt. Pleasant, and Christine Beyer, of Falls Church, Va.; brother, Theodore Glarrow, of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jason, Dustin, Stephanie, Emily, Madeline and Carlos; and seven great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Laney, Lizzy, Olivia, Amin, Zidane and Zak. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Janet Reid officiating. The family would like to thank her great friends, Carole, Don, George, Peg, Shannon and Suzi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or the Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Bouch, Nicholas E. 21

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1993-04-18
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Nicholas Eugene Bouch, 21, of Allegheny Township, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born April 18, 1993, in Natrona Heights, he was a son of Ronald D. and Karen F. (Urbanski) Bouch, of Allegheny Township. He was a 2011 graduate of Kiski Area High School, where he played for the baseball team. He was currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoyed snowboarding, listening to music, watching movies and spending time with his friends and family. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Patrick Bouch and R.J. Bouch, of Allegheny Township; aunts, Donna Marks, of Worthington, Suzanne Brown (Doug), of Indiana, Pa., and Cindy Scott (David), of Freeport; uncles, Lennie Urbanski (Marce), of Allegheny Township, and Samuel Riffer Sr., of Vandergrift; and numerous cousins and many close friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leonard and Betty M. (Applegarth) Urbanski; paternal grandparents, Eugene Samuel and Alberta Virginia (Garmong) Bouch; and his aunt, Sandra Lee (Bouch) Riffer. Friends will be welcomed by his family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with his pastor, the Rev. Gary J. Lyon officiating. Interment will be made in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Bouch family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Campbell, Jean 82

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1932-10-14
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Jean "Mimi" Campbell, of Murrysville, died peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 14, 1932, in East Alton, Ill., to Robert and Zelma Ottwell Shultz. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 50 years, W. Wayne Campbell. Surviving are her children, Debbie (Larry) Seighman, of Washington Township, Kevin Campbell, of Trafford, and Mike Campbell, of Delmont; granddaughters, Rachel (Jeff) MacIntosh, Autumn (Joe) Geiser, Amy Campbell (Tony Teaman), Nicola Campbell, Kristy Campbell (Ian Korekach), Bonny Seighman (Seth Grills) and Erin Seighman; and great-grandchildren, Yasmine, Maddy, Claudia, Joey G., Joey M., Tyler, Dylan, Brooke, Ava, Margo, Claire and Quincy. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy L. Johnson, of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Robert L. Campbell, of East Alton, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends. Jean sold real estate for the former Franklin Realty for more than 10 years and was very involved in her community. She was active in the Murrysville Woman's Club for many years and served as a past president. She was also a past president of the Van Buren Point, NY Woman's Club, where she spent the summers at the family cottage, for more than 40 years. Mimi Jean was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a world traveler and enjoyed taking her family on two cruises to the Caribbean. Jean's family would like to thank her devoted caregivers and Bridges Hospice for their compassionate care during these last few years. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, to The Westmoreland County Food Bank or the Murrysville Woman's Club Scholarship Fund. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dent, Pamela A. 55

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1959-11-30
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Pamela A. Dent, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. She was born Nov. 30, 1959, in Jeannette, a daughter of William Baird, of Grove City, and the late Dolores Vallozzi Baird. Pamela was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and was a clerk at the South West Post Office. In addition to her father, Pamela is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Dent; a son, Justin Dent, of Mt. Pleasant; and a sister, Debra Baird, of Imperial. There will be no public visitation. Pamela's funeral service and interment at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, were private. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, are in charge of arrangements.
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Diehl, Mary Ann 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1937-12-12
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann "Bubba" Diehl, 77, of Greensburg, passed away with her friends and family by her side Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born in White Valley, Dec. 12, 1937, and was the daughter of the late Boniface and Vicennca Bezak. Mary Ann was Catholic by faith. She was a member of the Greensburg Moose Lodge Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed her bingo and baking. She worked in dietary at Westmoreland Hospital for 28 years and after retirement remained a caregiver with the area on aging in the community. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Diehl; her brothers, Robert "Bobby" Bezak and Stanley Bezak; and sister, Catherine "Kay" Bezak. Surviving are her sons, Michael C. Diehl and wife, Marcy, and Thomas H. Diehl and wife, Theresa; grandchildren, Alexandra "Aly" Diehl, Ashley Marie Diehl and fiance, Joseph Myers, Tomy Diehl, Tabitha Diehl and Tina Diehl; several great-grandchildren; nephews, Vincent "Vinny" and Phil Arlotta; a niece, Linda Comunal; and granddogs, Ty and Mia. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Friends of Westmoreland, 216 Depot Road, Youngwood, PA 15697. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Forsythe, Helen J. 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1934-08-08
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Carni Forsythe, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Indiana County, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at home, with her family by her side, after a lengthy battle of Parkinson's. She was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Carl and Mary DeLeo Carni. Helen was a member of St. Bernard's Church, Indiana, Pa., and enjoyed taking care of her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Gerald Forsythe, in 2010; son, Gerald D. Jr.; brother, William Carni; and sister, Catherine McGivern. She is survived by her two sons, Daniel and his partner, Kevin McBride, of Murrysville, and Jeffrey, of Indiana County; daughters, Deborah Richard and her husband, Mario, of Bristol, Conn., and Dianne DeFoor and her husband, Michael, of North Huntingdon; and granddaughter, Ashley Forsythe. Friends were received at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment was private in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana County. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Garrity, Garnet M. 49

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1965-11-18
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Garnet M. Garrity, 49, of Rice School Road, Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2015, at her residence while being comforted by her loving family. She was born Nov. 18, 1965, in Uniontown, the daughter of Eugene and Diann Balabon Zuzak, of Mt. Pleasant. Garnet was a member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She was employed by UPS of New Stanton as a sorter with 30 years of service. Garnet was a loving wife, daughter and sister to her family and a friend to all who knew her. She is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved her. In addition to her parents, Garnet is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 16 years, whom she married Nov. 20, 1998, Michael J. Garrity, of Mt. Pleasant; her Springer Spaniel, Springer; and her loving sister, Renae Zuzak, of Mt. Pleasant. Garnet's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. Leonard W. Stoviak, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, presiding. Chapel services and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Gerzsenyi, Rose Marie 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie Gerzsenyi, of North Huntingdon, a leader of the Hungarian community and local community, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at the age of 88. Rose was dedicated to assuring the preservation and education of the Hungarian culture and heritage. She was the treasurer of The Hungarian Club of McKeesport, president of The Hungarian Ethnic Group of Western Pennsylvania and a past treasurer of the local AARP Chapter 3221. Rose pioneered Hungarian Day at Kennywood in 1964 and continued her mission each summer, including this past summer with her family. Rose, predeceased by her husband, Frank, is survived by her sons, Dennis, of Maryland, Kenneth and his wife, Peggy, of Minnesota, and Gene and his wife, Vicky, of Maryland; grandsons, Jason and Brian, and granddaughter, Kelly; sisters, Margaret Pellis and Julia Scrima; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. The Hungarian community will truly miss this amazing individual. We thank her for the dedication and love for her family and heritage. Visitation was Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Services were held Tuesday, March 31, in the funeral home chapel, followed by interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Male, Christopher J. 51

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1963-11-06
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Christopher J. Male, 51, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, March 31, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 6, 1963, in Erdington, Birmingham, England, to Dr. Alan T. and Beryl Glover Male, who currently reside in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Male worked as the senior financial analyst at Allegheny Valley Hospital for 10 years. He greatly enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with his family and going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, Laura Ann Welsh Male; children, Steven C. and Keith A. Male, both of New Kensington; a brother, Andrew (Elizabeth) Male, of Export; a niece and nephew, Meredith and James Male, both of Export; and his mother and father-in-law, Sarah Marie and Thomas E. Welsh, of Washington. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. time of service at 7 p.m. Friday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. The Rev. Dean Ward, pastor of The River: A Community Church, New Kensington, will officiate. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Markland, William D. 92

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1922-04-10
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William D. Markland, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Transitions Health Care, North Huntingdon. He was born April 10, 1922, in McKeesport, a son of the late Samuel E. and Mrytle Hartman Markland. William was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport. Prior to his retirement in 1983, William was employed as a layout draftsman at Westinghouse Electric East Pittsburgh. In World War II, he was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 483RD bomb group based in Italy. He flew 42 bombing missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. After combat, he was a bomber instructor pilot until the end of the war. He belonged to Masonic Lodge 375 and two radio control model airplane clubs, the Keystone Clippers and the Laurel Highland Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mrytle Surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Margaret R. Chapman Markland, whom he married in 1950; son, William Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Ruth Watkins and her husband, William, of Belmont, Ohio; four grandchildren, Katherine and David Watkins, Douglas Markland and his wife, Tamie, and Daniel Markland; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Faith, Brooke and Mason. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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McClure, Betty N. 86

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1928-04-18
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Betty N. McClure, 86, of Unity Township, died peacefully Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was born April 18, 1928, in Piney Dam, a daughter of the late Elbert and Mayme Baucher Nine. Betty was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. She was a graduate of Ferndale High School and Indiana State Teachers College (IUP). She was a former school teacher and Sunday school teacher. Over the years, she had been very active in her church and community. She loved her flower garden, playing golf and fishing. Betty is survived by her loving husband of more than 63 years, the Rev. John J. McClure; her daughter, Barbara M. Kiester (Bruce), of New Brighton; and her son, David J. McClure (Susan), of Red Hill; five grandchildren, Leigh DeGraaf, Sarah, Katherine, John and Benjamin McClure; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Westfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery, New Castle. A public memorial service will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ligonier. McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.McCabeFuneralHomes.com.
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Napoleon, Frank B. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-12-30
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frank B. Napoleon, 86, of Irwin, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Autumn Ridge Personal Living, Monroeville. He was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Swissvale, a son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Pasquerella) Napoleon. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a facilities manager for Westinghouse. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Antoinette (Pella) Napoleon. Surviving are his wife, Judith (Desciscio) Napoleon; three children, Deborah Parker and husband, Raymond, of North Carolina, Renee D'Alesio and husband, John, of Harrison City, and Frank Napoleon and wife, Lesley, of California; six grandchildren, Kathryn (George) Monteleone, Benjamin (Blythe) Parker, Michael and Victor D'Alesio, Christin and Reid Napoleon; three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Cameron and Owen Parker; a brother, Nick Napoleon and wife, Ursula, of South Hills; and a sister, Donna Pembrooke and husband, Bob, of Plum. Friends were received Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Braddock Catholic All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Nowak, Walter J. 94

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1920-08-30
  • Died: 2015-03-05
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Walter J. Nowak, 94, of Trafford, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Penn Township. Walter was born Aug. 30, 1920, in Trafford, the son of the late Peter and Mary (Ilek) Nowak. Walter was a veteran World War II, serving with the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford, and its Knights of Columbus Council 6299, CFU Lodge 541, St. John Kanty Lodge 881 Trafford (Polish Club) and he retired from Westinghouse Air Brake Co. in Wilmerding. In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his brother, Edward S. Nowak, in 1996. He is survived by his sister, Stephanie Bozzick (Tom), of Level Green; his niece and nephews, Darla Johns, Thomas Bozzick and William Bozzick; and five great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. A funeral Mass was celebrated in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment with military honors followed in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Onifer, Robert L. 63

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1951-04-14
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Robert Lee "Ollie" Onifer passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Robert was born April 15, 1951. He lived in New Kensington all of his life. He graduated from Valley High School and served in the Army. He worked at Mellon Bank as a computer analyst and retired after 37 years. Robert is survived by three children, Carrie and Brooke Onifer, both of New Kensington, and Eric Onifer, of Dublin, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jaxon, Landin and Lexi; two sisters, Bonnie Onifer Murray and Rena Onifer Shaner; and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eileen Cowen Onifer; and two sisters, Kathy Onifer McFadden and Christine Shaw. Viewing and burial was private.
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Poppa, William L. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-05-16
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William Louis Poppa, 83, of North Huntingdon, has been called home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. He was born May 16, 1931, in Linhart, a son of the late Michele and Maria Rose Scrima Poppa. Prior to his retirement in 1994, Mr. Poppa was employed by the Edgar Thomson Works, U.S. Steel, and was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. He played banjo, guitar and harmonica with a group at the Herminie Senior Center, and often played for area nursing homes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers, Leonard, Rocco, Anthony and Dan; and four sisters, Dorothy Zeler, Helen Polivka, Ann Simile and Katherine Vater. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Eileen Marie Kirkman Poppa; two sons, Joseph W. and his fiancee, Keely, and Thomas M. and his wife, Amy; daughter, Barbara Poppa; two sisters, Mary Buzzie and Louise Nesta; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, April 1, in St. Agnes Church. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Regula, Emily A. 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1922-06-09
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Emily A. (Radziwon) Regula, 92, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born June 9, 1922, in Warsaw, Poland, a daughter of the late Joseph Radziwon and Mary (Lorence) Radziwon. Emily was a member of Holy Family Church and its Rosary Society. She was retired from Westmoreland Plastics and was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was so loving and giving. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Regula Sr.; a daughter, Emily Janice McKelvey Gilman; four brothers, William, Joseph, John and Stanley Radziwon; and five sisters, Mary Yzina, Rosellia Armstrong, Helen Prusick, Frances Bartek and Pauline Kabel. Emily is survived by a daughter, Frances E. Harr and her husband, Fred, of Derry; a son, Walter A. Regula Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Fred Harr Jr., Ryan Harr, Chris Harr and his wife, Terri, David J. Regula, Beth S. Pelar and her husband, Tom, and John McKelvey; a great-granddaughter, Mattalyn Harr; and special friends, Nancy Gessler, of Latrobe, and Tricia Harr, of Latrobe. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Loyalhanna Care Center and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Rudolph, Ellen A. 91

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1923-06-22
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Ellen A. Rudolph, 91, of Murrysville, died Monday, March 30, 2015. She was born June 22, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna Mehalik Kovick. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Saxonburg for her early years and was a 1941 graduate of Etna High School and attended Business Training College (now Point Park University). She was employed by Koppers and then Frigidaire for a number of years. Ellen was a life member of 50-plus years of the Murrysville Women's Club and a member of Bethel United Presbyterian Church, Monroeville. Ellen enjoyed gardening and sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband, George I. Rudolph, in 2008, whom she married in Yuma, Ariz., in 1946; a brother, Perry Kovick; and a sister, Martha Dankmyer. Ellen is survived by two sons, Edward (Rainelle) Rudolph, of Bethel Park, and Kenneth Rudolph, of Murrysville; five grandchildren, Brian, Matthew, Lisa, Kelly and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Henry, Bella, Cameron and Abby; a sister, Cassie Pegher, of Pleasant Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sartoris, Sophie 101

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1914-02-27
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Sophie (Arbutine) Sartoris, 101, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier. She was born Feb. 27, 1914, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Bernard Arbutine and Katherine (Crechovich) Arbutine. Sophie was an ordained minister through the International Ministerial Association. Her ministry led her to travel on mission trips to the Philippines, Jamaica and many areas in the United States. She had ministered in the Latrobe area for years and also had been an assistant pastor in Braddock. At age 88, she learned to use a computer and enjoyed being able to keep in touch with family, friends and ministers through technology. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis P. Sartoris Sr.; two brothers, Miller and Peter Arbutine; four sisters, Mary Pilipovich, Annie Pilipovich, Mildred Wuslich and Mabel Arbutine. Sophie is survived by one son, Louis P. Sartoris Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of Latrobe; two daughters, Joyce A. Rives and her husband, Kenneth, of Latrobe, and Kathy L. Rafferty and her husband, Dennis, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, David L. Sartoris and his wife, Teresa, Jessica L. Rafferty and Erin R. Rafferty; two step-grandchildren, Shannon Rives and Dustin Rives; three great-grandchildren, LaVeda Marie Sartoris, Daniel L. Sartoris and Porsche L. Sartoris; and one step-great-grandson, Joshua Rives. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Private interment will be at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Bethlen Home or Westmoreland County Food Bank. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Bethlen Home and especially the residents, who were her second family. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Sindorf, Mary Lu 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-04
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Lu Sindorf, 87, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 31, 2015, with her loving family by her side. She was born June 4, 1927, in Turley, Okla., and was the daughter of the late Jesse and Esther (Ferguson) Shaw. Mary Lu worked at Bell Telephone/AT and T for 43 years and retired in 1990. She loved to travel, do artwork and loved to do crossword puzzles. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Greensburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Thomas E. Sindorf; a brother, Jesse William Shaw; and two sisters, Yvonne (Bonnie) Brietz and Joan Blanda. Mary Lu is survived by her son, Daniel Sindorf and his wife, Debbie; granddaughter, Danielle Tunstall; grandson, Erich Sindorf; and great-grandson, Gavin Tunstall. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main Street, Greensburg. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Ken Loomis officiating. Interment will be in the St. Clair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barnes Place, 2021 James St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Sleasman, Mary E. 88

  • Laughlintown
  • Born: 1926-04-12
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Sleasman, 88, of Laughlintown, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 22, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born April 12, 1926. She is survived by her six children and 24 grandchildren. Mary spent 38 years working at the Laurel Valley Golf course, retiring in 2005. Additionally, she worked at the Rolling Rock Club for 23 years. Her family received friends Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier. Funeral services honoring her life were held. Burial followed in the Snowball Cemetery.
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Smeltzer, Sara F. 88

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-02-03
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sara F. Smeltzer, 88, of Southwest Greensburg, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Lemuel and Ida (Shaffer) Fox. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Southwest Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Smeltzer, on March 23, 2001; two infant children, Gary Allen and Kathleen Sue Smeltzer; and four sisters, Elinor, Helen, Elberta and Doris. She is survived by her son, Dennis L. Smeltzer, of Southwest Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday, the time of service, in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. A. Harrison Smith officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Speer, Elmer L. 90

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1925-03-06
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Elmer L. Speer, of Ruffsdale, passed to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2015. He just celebrated his 90th birthday. He was born March 6, 1925, the youngest of seven children, to Ewing H. and Edna B. (Fox) Speer, of Mt. Pleasant. Following graduation from Ramsay High School in 1943, Elmer served in the Army Air Corps. In 1945, while with the 584th Bombardment Squadron in Europe, he flew with a true band of brothers as the crew of a B26 Marauder on numerous highly successful bombing missions deep into Germany, and received the Purple Heart for his injury during an ordnance explosion in his plane. Elmer kept his crew in a special place in his heart, remained in contact and traveled many times to Florida and Texas for reunions. In 1946, he married June Whetsel, of Mt. Pleasant, and they enjoyed 63 years together until her passing in 2010. From 1956 to1991, Elmer was employed at the Bettis Atomic Power Lab where he performed engineering work on various projects in support of the U.S. Nuclear Navy, as well as the breeder reactor program conducted at the Shippingport Nuclear Power Station. Elmer devoted years of service to the Boy Scouts. He started and was the scoutmaster of Mt. Pleasant Troop 138, led two groups to the Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico and took his troop to the National Jamboree. He was especially proud of his Eagle Scouts. In his spare time and retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, home remodeling, building authentic flintlock rifles and volunteering at both the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center and the Area Agency for the Aging. He also did taxes for seniors and taught classes for seniors at WCCC. Elmer is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary (Petro) Speer, of Greensburg; and granddaughter, Kimberly and her husband, Michael Ross, also of Greensburg. It was his wish to be cremated without viewing, however his family invites friends and relatives to attend an informal celebration of his life from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Shirley Reception Hall located on 231 Jennie Drive, North Huntingdon. Light refreshments will be provided. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizens Center. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Spier, Betty C. 99

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1916-02-11
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Betty C. "Elizabeth" (Davis) Spier, 99, of Murrysville, formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Murrysville, with her devoted family by her side. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Harry and Freda (Goldstein) Davis. Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Prior to retiring, she was employed by the Red Cross, Chicago, and also as a Community Referral social worker. Betty was a volunteer at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a member of the Chicago Sinai Congregation. Betty will be dearly missed by her beloved family. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 73 years, William Spier; son, Edward Spier and his wife, Barbara, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Laura (Micah) Galvas and Brad (Stephanie) Spier; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Grace, Naomi and Asher Galvas and Henry and Charles Spier; and many friends. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the chapel at Redstone Highlands, 4951 Cline Hollow Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. Inurnment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, has been entrusted with the arrangements. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Betty's memory may be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 126 Mathews St., Suite 2800, Greensburg, PA 15601; or American Red Cross, 2025 East St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006. Please write "B. Spier" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Traver, Shirley E. 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-09-25
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Shirley E. Traver, 76, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Florence Hodge. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Greensburg. Surviving are her daughter, Vickie L. Kellar; sisters, Betty Herman and Mary Jane George; and nephews. Honoring Shirley's wishes, services will be private. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Verost, Olga 91

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Olga Verost, 91, of Murrysville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was the former owner of William Penn Motel and a founding member of the Monroeville Convention Visitors Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Verost; daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Jacisin) Lesko; beloved mother of Cynthia Martincic and husband, Vince Rafeew, Mary (John) Mulach, Walter (Jan) Verost, Eileen (Dave) Sabina and the late Virginia (surviving spouse, Hugh) Laverty and Mary Jane Verost; grandmother of Rebecca (Mike) Sargo, Kristen Verost, Rachel (Brent) Backstrom, Claire (Chad) Jordan, Faith, Eve and Andrew Mulach and five great-grandchildren; and sister of Alex (Ann) Lesko and the late Paul (Margaret), Joseph (Irene) and Albert (Marion) Lesko. Olga also dearly loved her nieces and nephews. Olga has asked that memorials be made to St. Joseph Center Foundation, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Visitation was Thursday and Friday in HART FUNERAL HOME, 3103 Lillian Ave., Murrysville. Additional visitation followed by Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. Arrangements entrusted to R.V. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Homestead.
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Warneke, Helene A. 91

  • Irwin , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1923-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helene A. (Wawrzeniak) Warneke, 91, of Irwin, formerly of White Oak, passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born July 26, 1923, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Parzychowski) Wawrzeniak. She was a member of the St. Angela Church, of White Oak, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and a current member of the St. Agnes Church, in North Huntingdon. Helene was at one time employed as a nanny and caregiver for several families throughout the area, and was also a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Warneke; a sister, Florence Rybar; and brothers, Edward and Ernie Warren. Surviving are a daughter, Karen Harris and husband, Jim, of North Huntingdon; a son, John W. Warneke, of Florida; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Joe Harris. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral rite outside of Mass in the St. Agnes Church. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Wilhelm, George R. 75

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1939-07-18
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • George R. Wilhelm, 75, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born July 18, 1939, in Homestead, a son of the late Albert R. and Mary Davies Wilhelm. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Wilhelm was employed as a furnace operator by Hi-Specialty America. He was a member of Norwin Church of the Nazarene, and a veteran, having served in the Navy. He enjoyed watching Pitt basketball, gardening, fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. For the past 25 years, George played Santa Claus for many area Christmas celebrations for various businesses and organizations. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith Lindsey Wilhelm; four daughters, Diane (Kirk) Ballantyne, of Delmont, Suzanne (Mark) Chomanics, of Latrobe, Donna (Troy) Jack, of Sarver, and Elizabeth (Matthew) Shaffer, of Allison Park; brother, David (Gerri) Wilhelm; two sisters, Suzanne (Carl) Wittmann and Elma Tarby; and two grandchildren, Abigail and Wyatt George Jack. Friends were received Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Friday, March 27, in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Long Run Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wright, Fred V. 85

  • Export
  • Died: 2015-03-29
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  • Fred V. Wright, 85, of Export, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Diana. He is survived by sons, Rob (Kim), John (Suzanne) and Dan. He was the grandfather of Laura (John Parker), Steven (Claire), Rachel, Samantha, Courtney, Natalie and Emily. He was also preceded in death by his father, Fred H.; his mother, Audrey; and his sister, Patti. After serving in the Navy, Fred lived a rewarding life working as a machinist, mechanic and printer. He enjoyed the outdoors and his family. He missed his wife and daughter, and he will be missed by us. There will be a family service, followed by burial at Twin Valley Cemetery in Delmont.
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Brink, Barbara C. 69

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1945-10-30
  • Died: 2015-02-03
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  • Barbara Carol (Claypool) Brink, 69, of Ford City, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. She was born Oct. 30, 1945, at the Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, to Eleanor (Boarts) Claypool and the late Lawrence Claypool. She grew up in the Freeport area of South Buffalo Township. She graduated from Freeport Are High School with the class of 1964. After graduation, she attended Transylvania Bible School as a student until she became employed at Allegheny Valley Hospital as a graduate nurse assistant until she married. As a youth, she was a Brownie Girl Scout with the Slate Lick Troop. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Rainbow for girls, Freeport. She loved and enjoyed being a fireman as a member of the Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Department until she moved to Ford City. She was baptized and dedicated to the Lord as a Protestant in the Slate Lick Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies were crafting of wood and many unusual items until a past heart attack and a crippling stroke rendered her unable to continue. She loved to cook and was a very giving person. She is survived by her mother, Eleanor Claypool; two daughters, Tracey Lynn Kimmell and Terry Lee Shellhammer; one son, James Brink Jr.; three grandchildren, Heather Kimmell, Andrew Kimmell and Cody Walker; three nieces, Amy Stollenwerk, Andrew Busch, Angela McQuaide and their children, Ian Busch, Riley Busch, Caleb Busch, Declan McQuaide and Teaghan McQuaide. She left two exceptional friends, Dan and Linda Cornman, and never forgot her gratitude to them. She left behind her beloved little dog, Tommy, but he joined her in his own death 10 days after she died. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Claypool; her brother, Kenneth Claypool; her sister-in-law, Katherin (Moors) Claypool; her grandparetns, William and Olive (Guthrie) Boarts, and Lawrence and Edith (Lamison) Claypool. By her wishes, she was laid to rest with a private service rendered by her lifelong friend and former neighbor, Pastor Lucille Schilling of the Grace Point Community Church, Freeport.
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Emigh, Franklin D. 81

  • Applewold
  • Born: 1933-05-10
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Kennedy Blodgett, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Franklin D. Emigh, 81, of Applewold, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loved ones. He was a native of Armstrong County, born May 10, 1933, in Kittanning, the son of the late Oscar Bejamin Emigh and Alice Claretta "Reda" (Dailey) Emigh and the husband of the late Vivian Edna (Bowser) Emigh. Mr. Emigh attended Kittanning High School, late obtaining a diploma. He later obtained a degree in administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired with 20 years service from the Air Force and also retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Employment Service. He was a member of the Kittanning Elks, Eagles, Moose and VFW. His hobby was family genealogy. He compiled a book of history of his family dating back to 1609 in Germany. The progenitor of the family was Nicholas Emigh, who immigrated to New York in 1710. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three half-brothers, James Wallace Emigh, Donald Joseph Emigh and Francis Allen Emigh; two half-sisters, Mary Twila Emigh and Anna Margaret Emigh Goodyear; four brothers, Oscar Junior Emigh, Clair Emigh, Robert George Emigh and Samuel Karl Emigh; three sisters, Hazel Marie Emigh, Betty Lena Waugaman and Geraldine Elizabeth Myers; and one grandson, Tyler Roberto Emigh. Surviving are his sons, Franklin D. (Jackie) Emigh Jr., of Kittanning Township, and Randell Joseph (Rebecca) Emigh, of Iowa Park, Texas; daughters, Rita B. Emigh, of Vandergrift, and Ruth I. (Keith) Schrecengost, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Kristina Lynn (William) Clark, April Sunshine (Marc) Perella, Kyle "Double Play" (Britney) Emigh, Ryan Joseph Emigh, Mallory Rose Emigh, Brooke Altyn Emigh, Alan Joseph "A.J." Moore, Jake Harley Moore and Torri Louise Rosol; stepgrandchildren, Julie Ann Payne, Seth Aaron Payne and Mark Allen Payne; great-grandchildren, Olivia Jade, Owen Xavier Clark, Kenadec Peyton and baby boy Emigh, Ariana Skye and Landyn Marc Perella, Jackson Wade Emigh, Alexis Capri Bramble and Meredith Elise Ready; brother, William J. Emigh, of Cadogan/Slate Lick; half-brother, Raymond M. Rosenberger, of Kittanning; sisters, Patricia Juanita (Stanley) Shirey, of Michigan, and Barbara Mae Cloak, of Kittanning; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long, endearing friend and companion, Martha L. Dill Denardo. In lieu of flowers, Frank has requested donations be made to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday April 3, 2015, in the KENNEDY and BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, Kittanning, and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Wayne Sawyer officiating. Burial will be in Kittanning Cemetery. www.snydercrissman.com.
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Hohl, Sally J.

  • Formerly of Ford City
  • Born: 1947-06-28
  • Died: 2015-03-11
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  • Sally J. (Morvik) Hohl, formerly of Ford City, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Albert and Ethel Morvik. Sally was born June 28, 1947, in Kittanning, and raised in Ford City, where she raised her family with her loving husband of 47 years, Scott Hohl. Sally was employed with Jamesway for 20 years, Klingensmith's Drug Store and CVS in Punta Gorda, Fla. Sally and Scott began as "snowbirds" in 2001 in Punta Gorda and eventually became residents of Florida, but always returned "home" in the summer. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Albert Morvik Jr. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Ludwick; daughter, Nanette Hockenberry; son, Scott Hohl Jr. (Rita); adopted daughter, Alexandria "Lexi" Rice; godson, Cole DiNunzio; and her beloved pets, Annie and JuJu. Sally enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was looking forward to this summer's time with her friends of the Red Hats.
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Butler County

Guenther, George T. 82

  • Middlesex Township
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • George T. Guenther, 82, of Middlesex Township, passed away after a 13-year battle with COPD on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in the comfort of his home, with his wife by his side. George was an Army veteran. He worked for First Student as a bus driver, receiving many awards for his service. His great personality and humor derived him many friends and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Revesz) Guenther; son, Kevin Guenther; grandchildren, Aleah and Kevin Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Tanner, Luke, Naomi and Otto. George was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lucy (Scholl) Guenther, and his siblings. George's family will welcome friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. Mrs. Guenther would like to thank Gateway Hospice, especially Kerry, Beth, Betsy, Cierra, Susan and all the staff for their wonderful care, love and support during the difficult times. Memorial contributions are welcomed by the family to defray final expenses. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with George's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Grier, Sharon L. 70

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1944-04-01
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Sharon L. White Grier, 70, of Belle Vernon, Washington Township, passed away quietly Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 1:45 p.m. at her home following a long illness. Born April 1, 1944, in North Charleroi, she was the daughter of the late William and Maude Sturgis White. A lifelong resident of Belle Vernon, Mrs. Grier was Presbyterian by faith and was the former owner and operator of the Belle Vernon Dairy Queen for 28 years which she ran with her husband, Warren. She is survived by her husband, Warren C. Grier to whom she was married 48 years; sister, Terri White of Belle Vernon; brother-in-law, Allen Grier; stepsister, Patricia Nandor; stepbrother, Tom Murt and wife, Mary Lou. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Helen Murt White; and several aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Parzynski Funeral Home and Cremations at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Suzanne Z. Currie, pastor, of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Nicholson Sr., Glenn 81

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-06-03
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Glenn "Windy" Nicholson Sr., 81, of Connellsville, passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 3, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Samuel Austin and Florence Mason Nicholson. Glenn was a graduate of Connellsville High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a carpenter through Union Local 2274 in Pittsburgh. He had been a member of the Connellsville VFW No. 21 and American Legion No. 301. Glenn is survived by his wife, Debra A. Reho Nicholson; his children, Samuel Nicholson and wife, Jacqueline, of South Connellsville, Dawn Robin Behunin and husband, Trenton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Richard Nicholson and wife, Sherry, of Connellsville, Wesley Nicholson and wife, Gretchen, of Scottdale, Joseph Nicholson, of Mt. Pleasant, and Kenneth Nicholson and James Shumaker, both of Connellsville; his daughter-in-law, Trudy Christman Nicholson, of Leisenring; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Samuel Arthur Nicholson and wife, Karla, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Glenn was predeceased by a son, Glenn Nicholson Jr.; a sister, Dolly Lorraine Pegg; and his brothers, Boyd, Ernest, Domer, Donald, Grant, Wade and Gilbert Nicholson. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday with the Rev. Cheryl Lane officiating. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. The Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct a military service at the funeral home. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Taxacher, Allie D. 48

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1966-06-04
  • Died: 2015-03-21
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Allie D. Taxacher, 48, of Dunbar, went to heaven Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born June 4, 1966, in Connellsville, a son of Nellie Mae Taxacher and the late Fred Taxacher. Allie was a truck driver for First Class Express, New Stanton. In his spare time, Allie enjoyed working on his classic cars and trucks. Allie will be greatly missed by his mother, Nellie Mae Taxacher; his sisters, Gladys Taxacher and boyfriend, Bill Thompson, and Tammy Shroyer and husband, David; a son, Nicholas D. Taxacher; an aunt, Marg Brown; and two uncles, Rich Alexander and Bob Taxacher. Love is eternal. Private services are being held under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Vezzani, Lynda A. 66

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-04-01
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Lynda A. Vezzani, 66, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was the loving mother of Gene; and sister of John Schotting, Kathy Soika, Joanne Tortorete, Elizabeth Veres, Deborah Tomich and Meg Kelly. Friends will be received from 1 until the time of services at 4 p.m. Saturday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford.
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Washington County

Dzimiera, Helen M. 91

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1923-12-14
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Dzimiera, 91, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Washington County Health Center. Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Donora, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Victoria Soslowicz. A homemaker for most of her life, Helen was a 1941 graduate of the former Donora High School. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles in her free time. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Judith Dzimiera of Salisbury, Md., and Paul S. and Mary Lou Dzimiera of Monongahela; a daughter, Victoria Roberts of Monongahela; seven grandchildren, Michael (Krystal) Dzimiera, Kevin (Kara) Dzimiera, Justin and Jessica Dzimiera and Jennifer, Matthew and Rebecca Roberts; and two great-grandchildren, Bentley and Penelope. Preceding her in death were her husband, Rudolph A. Dzimiera who died Feb. 2, 1994; a grandson, Jason Dzimiera who died in 2005; three brothers, Michael Holodnik and August and Stanley Soslowicz; and two sisters, Josephine Koynock and Harriet Diamonof. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home on Friday, April 6, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Liturgy at St. Damien of Molokai Parish beginning at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Donora.
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Cassidy, Gertrude E.

  • Catonsville, Md.
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Gertrude E. Cassidy, of Catonsville, Md., died Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent P. "Bud" Cassidy; devoted mother of Richard T. Cassidy and wife, Jane; loving sister of Joann Mateer, Frances Fornof and the late Shirley Price; cherished grandmother of Nicole Gantt and her husband, Thomas, and Vincent Cassidy; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 Green. St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Will Hough, officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maryland SPCA, Development Office, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211, in memory of Gertrude E. Cassidy. To offer a condolence or remembrance, visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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McDonald, Marie 99

  • Portland, Ore. , Formerly of Carnegie
  • Born: 1915-07-15
  • Died: 2015-03-15
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  • Marie (Fesh) McDonald, 99, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Carnegie and Heidelberg, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 15, 2015. Born July 15, 1915, she was the beloved wife of the late Clarence R. McDonald. She was the loving mother of Virginia Marie (Mel) Wagner; cherished by one grandchild, Leslie A. Hurdstrom; and two great-grandchildren, Megan A. Sells and Tyler M. Hurdstrom. She is survived by and greatly missed by her loving sisters, Shirley Toney, Helen Gracie and Sue Stopperich. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Judy Supan, Ann Nukies and Olivia Harmon; and five brothers, Michael, Andy, John, George and Peter Fesh. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank McLouglin Place for their loving and compassionate care. Memorial service will be private. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to McLouglin Place, 1153 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045.
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Nicholson, Kay F. 71

  • Niles, Ohio
  • Born: 1943-04-04
  • Died: 2015-03-27
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  • Kay Frances (Haas) Nicholson, 71, of Niles, Ohio, passed away suddenly Friday, March 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 4, 1943, in Connellsville, the daughter of the late Robert Haas and Frances McGinnis Haas. Kay attended Connellsville High School. She moved to the Warren area in 1960 with her husband, George. She was a homemaker until she returned to work in 1974 in the housekeeping department at the former Warren General Hospital. In her younger years, Kay liked to bowl, play darts and softball. In her later years, she and George greatly enjoyed to travel to different casinos, especially to the Mountaineer Casino. Most of all, Kay loved being a mother and grandmother. Left to cherish her memories is her husband, George, of Niles, Ohio; three children, George Nicholson Jr., of Niles, Ohio, Kimberly Morello, of Boardman, Ohio, and John Nicholson of Niles, Ohio; five grandchildren, Britni Morello, Adam Morello, Angelica Hinkle, Katherine Nicholson and Blake Nicholson; her siblings, Mary Ann Dill, of Connellsville, Virginia (David) Brady, of Vanderbilt, Carole Nicholson, of Cortland, Ohio, and Sarah (Tom) Ueltschy, of Canal Fulton, Ohio; and a brother, Robert Haas, of Connellsville. She was preceded in death by her parents. Private services were held. Family and friends may view this obituary and/or send condolences to the family by visiting our website at www.carlwhall.com. Arrangements were handled by CARL W. HALL FUNERAL HOME.
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Pfeifer Jr., Harry 82

  • Stroudsburg
  • Died: 2015-03-28
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  • Harry Pfeifer Jr., 82, of Stroudsburg, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. He was the loving husband of Donna J. (Tokar) Pfeifer, with whom he had shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Mt. Pleasant, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary (Karfelt) Pfeifer. Harry was a lifelong resident of the Stroudsburg area and enjoyed spending the winter months in the San Diego, Calif. area. He received his Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering and was vice president of the Herbert R. Imbt Inc. construction company for many years. He was an Army veteran. In addition to his wife, Donna, he is survived by three daughters, Lynn Ann Baxter and her husband, Scott, of Prescott, Ariz., Deborah Lee Hoffer and her husband, Michael, of San Diego, Calif., and Mona Pfeifer Burick and her husband, Ray, of Atlanta, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Kyle and Ali Hoffer and Sierra and Carson Burick. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from the JOSEPH J. PULA FUNERAL HOME INC., 23 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg, with Father Carmen Perry, officiating. Private entombment will be in the Mountain Laurel Mausoleum at Laurelwood Cemetery, Stroudsburg. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Memorial Donations may be made to the Pocono Family YMCA, 809 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
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