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Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

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Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

By Tory N. Parrish
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Allegheny County

Bieri, Catherine D. 94

  • Formerly of Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Catherine D. (Brudin) Bieri, 94, of Friendship Village, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard A. Bieri; loving mother of Joan, Diane Dulik (Len), Gail Anwyll (fiance, Paul Black), Patricia Conlon (Paul) and the late Don Bieri; grandmother of Sarah Porter (Shawn), Jeff Miller (fiancee, Michelle Kusiolek), Joe and Julia Conlon; great-grammy to Lucas, Joel, Delaney and Eric Porter; and aunt of Charles "Bud" Bieri and Mary Ann Mathews (Jack). Family was most important to Cathy and nothing made her happier than staying connected. Always ready for adventure, she travelled extensively with her beloved husband, Bern, and later enjoyed many memorable trips with friends. Never idle in her early years, Cathy was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Bethel Park Welcome Wagon, Satellites, Gold Card Club and several bridge, walking, bowling and lunch groups where she established many dear friendships. Her gracious smile, sense of humor, twinkle in her blue eyes, kindheartedness and unending optimism will be missed by so many. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Livi, Ivan D. 94

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ivan D. Livi, 94, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Annabelle (Rigotti); father of Darla Jean (James) Mroski; son of the late Attilo and Maria (Lazzari); brother of the late George Livi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ivan Livi was employed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) for 42 years, assuming its presidency in 1978. During his 15 years at the helm, he took PIA to great success. During his tenure, the institution enjoyed its highest student enrollment, the largest number of graduates, and during the peak of the aviation industry was considered the leading aviation school in the United States. It was also during this time that PIA, on behalf of the OX5 Pioneers, restored the history-making airplane, "Miss Pittsburgh," that made the first airmail flight. That aircraft continues to proudly hang on display at the Pittsburgh International Airport. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations including Aviation Technician Education Council, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Northrop Rice Foundation and the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. He was celebrated as "Educator of the Year" by both the Aviation Technician Education Council and the Italian Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Morris, Marvin 84

  • Oakland
  • Born: 1930-01-31
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Marvin "Sonny" Morris, 84, of Oakland, passed away surrounded by his beloved family Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Aliquippa, the son of the late Rose and Milton Morris. He was the beloved husband of Benita "Bunny" Morris; devoted father of Stacey (Mark) Raskin and Burton (Sara) Morris; loving Papa Sonny of Dean and Chloe Raskin and Ava and Bella Morris; and brother of the late Eugene Morris. Sonny was a Korean War veteran in the Air Force. He was a tax agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish Community Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Beth Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Hadassah-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1824 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. http://www.schugar.com.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Beck, Barry A. 61

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Barry A. Beck, 61, of Latrobe, passed away on his birthday, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Glenda L. (Miller) Beck; son of Marion (late Lewis "Pete") Errett and the late Raymond Beck; father of Jessica (Matthew) Olson, Heather Beck, Nicholas Beck, Jennifer (Nathan) Strickler and Nicole Miller; PapPap of Bailey and Leah Olson; brother of Karen (Lee) Hinkle and Larry (Marsha) Beck; and uncle of Matthew Beck and Steven Smith. He is also survived by his loving cats, Toby and Ginger, and was preceded in death by many other loving pets. Barry was employed by the Adam Eidemiller Inc as a laborer for 40 years. No visitation, per Barry's request. A memorial service is going to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Hose Company No. 8, 900 Highland Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Please contact family for information. In lieu of flowers, family suggest contributions to Excela Health Hospice, Excela Health, Administrative Offices, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, 200 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend thanks to the nurses and staff of the third floor oncology unit at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Hospice for their care and compassion. Many thanks are also extended to Barry's fellow coworkers and friends at Adam Eidemiller Inc for their support over the last few years. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bell, Raymond W. 93

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-03-18
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Bell, 93, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center, surrounded by his family. Born Rinaldo Campana, March 8, 1921, in Crabtree, he was a son of the late Phillip Bell (Falco Campana) and Cecilia (Delle Donne) Bell. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Kevin Bell; one sister, Ann Elias; two brothers, Guy Elda and Mario Bell. Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia (Brisky) Bell, of Latrobe; his daughter, Denise Cornelius, and her husband, Denny, of Latrobe; a grandson, Brock Cornelius; one brother, Lundy Bell, of Greensburg; his son-in-law's parents, Gene and Edie Cornelius, whom he loved dearly; his "second" daughter, Doris Hardy Henderson, who called him "Pap"; his grand-dogs, Colby, Chase and Billy; and several nieces and nephews. Ray was a retired security guard for Kennametal Inc. He served as a sergeant with the Military Police in the Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the BPO Elks. Ray was a devoted husband and father and family always came first in his life. Ray was most known for his love of cooking. When someone would mention Ray's name, people would say, "I know Ray, he's the cook." Many people in Latrobe have sampled Ray's specialties and his passion and joy in life was preparing his favorite specialties and sharing them with family, friends, co-workers and many businesses in town. Up until his health began to fail, you would see him in the motorized carts at the supermarkets socializing with workers and friends, most likely exchanging recipes or talking about what was cooking in the kitchen that day. Ray would be the first to prepare meals for family and friends who were ill and would make it a point to prepare food for families who lost loved ones. When someone made a statement that they were hungry for homemade spaghetti, it didn't take long before a full course Italian meal was on the table and family or friends were socializing at the Bell residence. And his homemade chicken soup helped cure colds and ailments for many. During Ray's stay at Loyalhanna Care Center, he continued his passion for cooking. Dough was prepared by the kitchen staff and Ray gave a demonstration to the residents and staff on the art of making gnocchi. That was the talk there for many days and they referred to him as, "The Gnocchi Man". The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at the Loyalhanna Care Center for the wonderful care Ray received during his stay there and for the compassion they showed to the family during a very difficult time. They are a professional and caring group of individuals. A very special thank you to Sherita Jones for her compassion and care given to Ray during his seven-month stay and also for her compassion extended to the family. She was an angel from heaven looking after Ray. Ray loved the staff and it gave the family great comfort to know that he was in such good hands and that his final days were spent surrounded by people who loved him. Also a special thank you to Heartland Hospice who cared for Ray in his final days and were there with the family during his final hours which was a great comfort to the family. Also thank you to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice nurses and aides who cared for Ray during his time at home before entering the care center. A heartfelt thank you to all of his Kennametal retiree friends who have continued their friendship with Ray over many years and have always included him in their annual Christmas get-togethers at the Hotel Loyal, especially Jerry Burns who was a devoted friend and was there for him until the end. Thank you to all who assisted Ray throughout the years during his failing health when he could no longer perform chores and repairs around his home, especially his neighbor, Bill Kennedy, who cut his grass for years, and Jim Albert, who was always there for him if he needed a repair done or a ride to an appointment. Ray will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends and family will also surely miss his wonderful meals. The world truly lost a self-taught "master chef." Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and the VFW Posts No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral liturgy will be held at noon Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be private. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Best, Charles D. 77

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1938-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles Dean Best, 77, of North Irwin, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Greensburg, and was the first baby born in Westmoreland County in 1938. He was the son of the late Albert Charles and Helen Dorothy (Saunders) Best. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Schade) Best; two daughters, Susan Best (David) Parker, of Concord, N.C., and Sandra Best (Scott) Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; two granddaughters, Brigitte Jana and Annaliese Piper Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; an adopted sister, Jeanne Best Lentz James, of Richmond, Va.; a sister-in-law, Jean Schade (Floyd) Grosz; two brothers-in-law, John (Bobbi) Schade and Harry (Sandy) Schade; also nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles graduated from Irwin-North Irwin High School, and belonged to the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Norwin Elks. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially bass fishing. Honoring Charles wishes, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation services are provided by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin. For online condolences, please visit http://www.williamsnyderfuneralservices.com.
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Brentzel, Wayne 76

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-03-20
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wayne Brentzel, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian. He was born March 20, 1938, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late Frank and Ethel (Barton) Brentzel. Wayne was the owner of the Wayne Brentzel Construction Co. since 1963. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Beth Brentzel; and sister and brothers, Frank Brentzel, Romaine Hensler, John Brentzel, Edward Brentzel and William Hamilton. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Elaine (Napolitano) Brentzel; four children, David W. Brentzel and wife, Erin, of North Huntingdon, Stephen E. Brentzel, of Ardara, Renee A. Miscovich and husband, Mark, of North Huntingdon, Matthew A. Brentzel, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren Jillian, Emily, Devin, Alexandra, Nicholas and Jessica; a brother, Ronald Brentzel and wife, Diane, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, with Ron Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Brubaker, Lester E. 92

  • Latrobe , Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1922-03-08
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Lester E. Brubaker, 92, of Latrobe, formerly of the Apollo area, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Latrobe Care Center, Latrobe. Born March 8, 1922, in North Apollo, he was the son of the late Emmett and Gertrude "Mae" (Hartman) Brubaker. Lester lived in Latrobe for the last 16 years after moving from Apollo. He served our country with the United States Army during World War II. Lester worked as a steelworker for Allegheny Ludlum in Leechburg for more than 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Community Church of Pine Run. Lester was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping and fishing. He was an excellent woodworker, and even worked for a time building homes. Lester loved hanging out with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randy Brubaker; daughter, B. Dianne (Eckman) Lehman; brothers, Leland, Carl and Vernon Brubaker; and sisters, Edna Parsons, Effie Altman, Dorothy Strunk, Norma Jean Ransom and Virginia Bojtor. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Grace L. (Shick) Brubaker; daughters, Maxine (David) Weaver, of Latrobe, Linda Bradish, of Arizona; son, Terry Brubaker, of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Hallard Brubaker, of St. Charles, Ill.; sisters, Alice Shelenburger, of Meadville, and Orvetta Mellinger, of McPherson, Kan.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave, Apollo. Additional visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Joshua Strunk, officiating. Following the service, military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Lester's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Bruno, Elizabeth L. 87

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Petrusky) Bruno, 87 of Harrison City, formerly of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brisbin, the daughter of the late Emery and Ellen (Bizub) Petrusky. Betty was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford and its former Altar Rosary Society. She retired as a Registered Nurse from Braddock Hospital with more than 30 years of service. She trained as an Army Cadet Nurse at the end of World War II, was a member of the Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the ISDA Forest Hills Lodge No. 224 and was an avid bowler. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Bruno Sr., in 2005; a brother, Roman Petrusky; and a sister, Catherine Humberston. Betty is survived by her children, Carol Gevaudan (Edmond), of Harrison City, JoEllen Bruno (William Cline), of Latrobe, and Stanley J. Bruno Jr. (Kelly), of Claridge; her five grandchildren, Cristie Gevaudan (Mike Vargulish), Renee Kozielec (Sean), Robert Bruno, Elizabeth Bruno South and Luke Cline; her three great-grandchildren, Frankie South, Dean Kozielec and Rylee Vargulish; and her two sisters, June Prizmonte, of North Huntingdon, and Dorothy Jean Benevento, of Murrysville. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Bush, Elizabeth J. 93

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-01-15
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Bush, 93, of Ligonier, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Ligonier Gardens. She was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Gibson Hoffer. She was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. "Captain" Bush, in 1987; a brother, John Hoffer; and three sisters, Dorothy Snodgrass, Virginia Heatherington and Anna Flack. She is survived by two children, Patricia Hutchinson, of Latrobe, and David L. (Lynn) Bush, of Oshkosh, Wis.; a sister, Lois Himler, of Latrobe; and a brother, Larry (Judy) Hoffer, of Ligonier. Friends were received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Friday, Jan. 23, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. The Ligonier Valley Veterans' Honor Guard held services at noon Friday in the funeral chapel. Interment followed in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cline, John Bob R. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-05-25
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Cline, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Barnes Place. Born May 25, 1920, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late John W. Cline and Mary S. (McCormick) Cline. Bob was a member of Holy Family Church and was retired from Kennametal Inc., with 47 years of service. He was a World War II veteran having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. Bob was a founding member of Laurel Highlands Model Airplane Club, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Ligonier Country Club for more than 50 years and was a life member of the BPO Elks No. 907. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma (Roddy) Cline; six brothers and sisters, Mary Margaret Rose, James William Cline, George Richard "Dick" Cline, Helen Riehle, Paul Daniel Cline and Dorothy Joan Vester. Bob is survived by a son, Robert L. Cline and his wife, Michele, of Reisterstown, Md.; a daughter, Nancy J. Eggert and her husband, Bill of West River, Md.; three brothers, Francis Mark Cline and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Latrobe, Edward Stephen Cline, of Latrobe, and Donald Joseph Cline and his wife, Beverly, of York; three grandchildren, Tifany Menasha and her husband, Sam, of Boston, Sheena Byrnes and her husband, Chuck, of Darien, Conn., and Molly Eggert and her husband, Nick, of Glen Burnie, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Ava Menasha and Kayla Menasha; a special niece, Deborah Schweinsburg and her husband, Ken, and their daughter, Jennifer, of Latrobe; and several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Barnes Place 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 http://www.lopatich.com.
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Cramer, Opal J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Opal J. Cramer, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ritenour Barnes. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren and its Adult Bible Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Edward M. Cramer and his wife, Jackie, of Coral Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Carol Helkowski and her husband, Daniel, of Rochester, and Janet Simanovich and her husband, William, of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Danny Helkowski and his wife, Danicla, Bill Simanovich and his wife, Paula, Tim Simanovich and his wife, Melissa, and Cory Lyn Cramer; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Juliana, Maria, Rae, Sara, Timmy, Bradley and Nicolas; one great-great-grandchild, David; and one sister, Erma Galasso, of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward P. Cramer, in 1990; a granddaughter, Robin Helkowski; two brothers, Lewis and Earl Barnes; and one sister, Ethel Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Lee Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the West Penn Hospital Hospice staff and to the Amber House in Mt. Pleasant for their excellent care and concern for Mrs. Cramer during her stays there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Cunnard Sr., Jack L. 79

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1935-03-13
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jack LeRoy Cunnard Sr., 79, of Youngwood, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home with his loving family at his side. Mr. Cunnard was born March 13, 1935, in Tarrs, the son of the late LeRoy and Selma Gordon Cunnard. Jack served for four years during the Korean War and on the USS Brush in 1951. He was a member of the American Legion Post 945. Jack was a longtime resident of California, Arkansas and Colorado. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Terry L. Fieg Cunnard; his son, James Cunnard, of Pittsburgh; and by his three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Arkansas. Jack is also survived by his sisters, Patricia Yanniello, of Mt. Pleasant, Sandy Grego and Mark, of Vanderbilt; and by his brother, David Gordon, of Mt. Pleasant. Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Kimberly Hough, of Mt. Pleasant, Stacey Grego Sherwood, of Alaska, Kristen Grego Vitikacs, of Connellsville, Peggy Gordon, of Scottdale, Michael Yanniello, of Cheswick, Timothy Yanniello, Joseph Yanniello and David Gordon Jr., all of Mt. Pleasant, and Ronald Hough, of Colorado. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jack LeRoy Cunnard Jr.; and by his sister, Nancy Hough. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by the American Legion Post 446, followed by Jack's funeral service at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Henry Landis officiating. Additional viewing will continue after the service until 8 p.m. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center of Mt. Pleasant and the nurses from Excela Health Hospice for all their compassion and kindness. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Delligatti, Theresa M.

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Theresa M. "Daisy" Delligatti, of Scottdale, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Zaffina Zucco. Daisy was a devout Catholic and a lifelong faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She attended the former Scottdale High School and was the owner and operator of Theresa's Salon in Kingview, where she worked from her home for more than 55 years. Daisy also worked on the Fayette County Election Board with more than 55 years service. Being an avid sports fan, she enjoyed all types of sports, especially cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and the Steelers. She was impeccable in her appearance and took delight in maintaining her home and working outdoors in her garden and flower beds whenever possible. Daisy is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, who were also her best friends, Rose A. Brophy and husband, Paul R., of Greensburg; her two sisters, Rose Hough, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Marie R. Pilatic, of Scottdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Michael E. Delligatti (Feb. 24, 1985); two brothers in infancy, both named Peter; four sisters, Mary Robertucci Santore, Angeline Zucco, Florence Robertucci (June 17, 1996) and Frances Yuhouse (April 24, 2001); also two brothers, Frank and Dominic Zucco. Daisy'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. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a parish wake service at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Parting prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. Rose and her husband, Paul, would like to extend a genuine Thank You to the nurses, aides and the entire staff of Westmoreland Manor for their expert care and compassion they showed her mother and especially Dr. James Masterson, of Greensburg, who was her physician and friend for many years. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Eichler, Patricia A. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1946-10-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann "Patty" Sloskey Eichler passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Select Specialty Care Hospital in Latrobe. Pat was born Oct. 28, 1946. She was the daughter of the late John and Ann Kivador Sloskey, of New Alexandria. Pat was also predeceased by her sister, Joann Shirley; two brothers, John and Edward, and her fiancee, Doug Dovenspike. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie; also her former husband and caregiver, Tim Eichler, of Greensburg; her brother, Michael Sloskey, of New Alexandria; sisters, Mary Lou Mochan, of New Alexandria, and Joyce Blough, of Boswell; a niece, Terri; nephews, Joseph, JR, Jonathan and Michael; her cousins, who loved her very much; a special friend, David Dovenspike; her friends at Pershing Square apartments; and all others who knew her. Pat endured many hardships in her lifetime, but the "little things" in life brought her much happiness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Community Room at Pershing Square Apartments, 209 W. 3rd St., Greensburg. The Rev. A. Wayne Duffield will conduct the service. Interment will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, 215 Church St., New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Fellner, David P. 67

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1947-06-19
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David Paul Fellner, 67, of Irwin, passed away quietly in his sleep Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born June 19, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., a son of the late Paul and Ruth (Bailey) Fellner. He retired after 36 years as a junior high English teacher at Southmoreland Intermediate Elementary School, where he served as a junior high and varsity girls basketball coach. He loved golf, music and sports and was an alumnus and avid supporter of the University of Michigan. He will be dearly missed by friends and family. He is survived by children, Holly Thomas, of Pittsburgh, and Douglas (Susan) Fellner, of New Kensington; his granddaughter, Harper Fellner, with whom he shared a special bond and spent a great deal of time; sister, Lynn Lund, of O'Fallon, Ill.; two nieces and one nephew. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 10 a.m. Friday for a blessing service with Father John Moindau officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at http://www.pittsburghclo.org. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Glasser, Melvin 62

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Melvin Glasser, 62, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Greensburg. Melvin was employed at the Westmoreland County Blind Association in Greensburg. Melvin brought joy to everyone he met. He especially loved music and attending dances. He made friends everywhere he went. He always had a smile and reminded those around him to "just be happy." He always believed the Steelers would pull out a win. He is survived by one brother, Ronald, of Jeannette, his good friends, Bob and Kathy Faye, and his buddy, Noah Newill. He will be sadly missed by countless friends and the staff that worked with him at Passavant Memorial Homes. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity or organization of your choice.
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Goodwin, Stacey A. 37

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1977-02-14
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stacey A. (Swanson) Warren Goodwin, 37, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1977, in Jeannette, a daughter of Keith W. Sr. and Joan M. (Zello) Swanson, of Latrobe. She had been employed as a bartender, was Catholic by faith, and a 1995 graduate of Jeannette High School. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Louise Zello; and paternal grandfather, John Swanson. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Robert A. Goodwin; a son, David Warren, and two daughters, Brittany Warren and Madison Warren, all at home; her children's father, Dave Warren, of Hampton, Va.; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Swanson, of Ligonier; a brother, Keith W. Swanson Jr., of Leechburg; a sister, Heather Wise and her husband, William "Porky," of Jeannette; her lifelong friend, Tricia Kottelich Worley; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hall Sr., Donald R. 70

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-07-13
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Richard Hall Sr., 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Mr. Hall was born July 13, 1944, in Latrobe, the son of the late Donald and Frances Bitner Hall. He was employed as a housekeeper for the Harmon House Convalescent Center of Mt. Pleasant. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, but he most looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Frances Rose Phillips, of Lafayette, Tenn., Donald R. Hall Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, and Jason A. Hall, of Garrett, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Roy Hall, of Auburn, Ind., Wilbert "Web" Hall, of Laughlintown, Anna Jane Jennings, of Findlay, Ohio, and Helen Stevenson, of Stahlstown. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his stepmother, Marie Hall; his granddaughter, Britni Rose Hyso; his first wife, Barbara Raye Beatty; his second wife, Frances Ann Sumner; and by his brother and sisters, Calvin James Hall, Edna Hazlett, Ethel Hissem and Donna Jean Swope. There will be no hours of public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Don at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Mt. Nebo Church, Mt. Nebo Road, Champion. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Harvey, George R. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1929-10-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • George R. Harvey, 85, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home. George, born Oct. 15, 1929, a lifelong resident of West Newton, was the son of the late George C. Harvey and Myrtle Mae Naugle Harvey. Honoring George's wishes, there will be no viewing and interment will be private. RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.
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Hitlan, Patricia A. 80

  • Acme
  • Born: 1934-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hitlan, 80, of Acme, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Mary E. Mellon Cloherty. She was a graduate of the former Homestead High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh and later the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. She is survived by three sons, Daniel W. Hitlan, of Acme, Timothy P. Hitlan and his wife, Sandra, of Cheswick, and Mark E. Hitlan and his wife, Laurel, of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Kevin Hitlan, Hali Emerick and Julie Hitlan. Mrs. Hitlan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Hitlan, in 2014; a brother, Thomas Francis Cloherty Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia M. Martin and Mary Louise Mentzer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Immel, Alma M. 84

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Lycippus
  • Born: 1930-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Alma M. Immel, 84, of Greensburg, formerly of Lycippus, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Lycippus, a daughter of the late William McKinley Immel and Bessie (Keslar) Immel Gamble. Alma was a member of the former Lycippus United Methodist Church and was a former trustee at the church. She also was a former member of DAR. She was retired from Westmoreland Plastics in Latrobe and was a graduate of Hurst High School. Alma loved music, especially country music and polkas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Gamble; a brother, William D. Immel; and a sister, Bertha Mae (Immel) Shaffer. She is survived by her sister, Olive B. Marin and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg; a nephew, David R. Marin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph D. Shaffer, of Delmont. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John George officiating. Private interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery. Alma's family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and residents at Redstone Highlands. Memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kerr, Helen R. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Helen Rose DiRaimondo Kerr, daughter of the late Peter and Jennie (LaMotta) DiRaimondo, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Easton. Following graduation from Easton High School, she married and raised and educated her three children. For 30 years, Helen worked as a floral designer in Greensburg. She was a Dom Care provider for 26 years in her home and also worked at Seton Center Adult Day Care. She was a patient and giving person who loved entering flower shows, taking care of children and the elderly. While living at Pershing Square in Greensburg, she donated her time for many years to make flower arrangements for their fund raising efforts. Helen faithfully attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a childcare provider for the Moms 24/7 program. She is survived by her children, Sheri Statler and husband, Robert, Susan Eplee and husband, Doug, and Edward Kerr and wife, Lisa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robert D. Statler, Rebecca Malloy and husband, Joseph, Jennifer Dail and husband, Kevin, Tyler Rieth and wife, Kerri, Justin Rieth and wife, Nicole, Travis Rieth, Autumn Kerr, Jonathan Kerr, Katie Lipp and Gregory Lipp. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, Sophia Dail, Abigail Rieth, Ari Malloy and Kaylee Lipp. She is survived by sisters, Grace Crivellaro, Martha Erdie and husband, Michael and Joanne Renzulli and husband, Doug; and numerous nephews and nieces. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Helen from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Keselich, Mabel H. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-09-02
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mabel H. Keselich, 81, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Manor Care, Monroeville. She was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Irwin, a daughter of the late James and Mabel Plues Allan. Prior to her retirement, she was head custodian for Norwin Senior High School and a member of Snyder-Frye Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 781, Hahntown Firehall, and Wendel-Herminie Athletic Association. She is survived by her children, William M. Keselich, of North Huntingdon, and Cynthia Kalanja (husband, Robert), of Trafford; and four grandchildren, Chera and Cassie Keselich, Elizabeth Augustine (husband, Jon) and Robert Kalanja. Services will be private. Arrangements made by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to time American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Lach, Patricia 78

  • Mount Pleasant , Formerly of Harrison Park
  • Born: 1936-12-20
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Patricia (Reuss) Lach, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Harrison Park, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the home of her daughter. She was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Larimer, a daughter of the late George and Clara (Hoffman) Reuss. Patricia assisted her late husband, Donald "Quack" Lach, in the daily operations of Lach Printing, in Manor. She was a member of the St. Barbara church, in Harrison City. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Mack, Eva Tuskan and Magdelena Hellmann; and son-in-law, Michael Parson. Patricia was an avid bowler, card player and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Surviving are two children, Joan Moser, of Mt. Pleasant, and David Lach, of North Side, Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Lynette and Tanner; two great-grandchildren, Alona and Avyona; sisters, Mary Fenton and Clara McElfresh; a brother, George Reuss and wife, Martha; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A blessing service was held Saturday in the funeral home chapel. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, PO Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lesnock, John J. 66

  • Penn
  • Born: 1948-05-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • John J. Lesnock, 66, of Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family. He was born March 22, 1948, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Orange Lesnock. John was employed by the Sisters of Charity in Greensburg handling maintenance. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, of Jeannette. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed caring for his pets. John was always thinking of others and lived his life serving and doing all for family and friends. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by an infant brother, Joseph Lesnock. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Ricci Lesnock; daughters, Diana Lesnock McCormick, of Pittsburgh, and Christina Lesnock Sappe, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Jade and Hunter Sappe; two brothers, Paul Lesnock, of Jeannette, and Bernie Lesnock and wife, Barbara, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. As per John's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be private. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Honors and Memorials: c/o Mr. John Lesnock, http://ccf.convio.net/site/TR/DIY/CCFTeamRaiser?px=2902781&pg=personal&fr_id=1390#.VMfiIYg8KrU.
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Luptak, Carl E. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-03
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Luptak, 81, of North Huntingdon passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. He was born April 3, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Germak Luptak. Prior to his retirement, Carl was employed with U.S. Steel and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Carl played basketball for McKeesport High School, and loved the beach and camping. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and William; and sister, Betty Jane. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Miller Luptak; daughter, Vickie Ericksen and her husband, Howard; sons, Ron and his wife, Wendy, and Gregory and his wife, Deb; three grandchildren, Ryan Ericksen, Alyssa and Gage Luptak. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Mandzok, Mary E. 93

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1921-02-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary Emma (Malezija) Mandzok, 93, of Monessen, passed away in her sleep Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Thorpe's Personal Care in Charleroi, from complications of the flu. She was born Feb. 4, 1921, a daughter of the late Anna (Neral) and Michael Malezija. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Michael Malezija; her sister, Emma (Malezija) Magaruh; her first husband, John "Dubby" Matush, who passed away in 1963; her second husband, George Mandzok, who passed away in 1993; and her daughter, Diane (Matush) Carmella, who passed away in 2010. Mary graduated from Monessen High School in 1939. During the World War II period, she worked at Corning Glass in Charleroi before marrying and having children. She was a longtime member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monessen, as well as the Croatian Ladies Auxiliary and Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 194, where she was a 50-year honoree. She was very proud of her Croatian heritage and had fond memories of her travels to the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1980s with the St. George Junior Tamburitzans of Cokeburg. On her 90th birthday, friends and family surprised her with a celebration at Rego's Restaurant, which was one of the many highlights of her life. She led a long and full life, yet lived simply and encouraged others "not to sweat the small stuff." She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, of whom include her son, John (Cathy) Matush, of Monongahela; granddaughters, Lindsy (Jason) Kollar, of Bridgeville, and Amy (David) Lieber, of Potomac, Md.; and stepchildren, Barbara Ann and Betty Jean. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Grace, Jackson, Piper, Austin and Owen, who affectionately referred to her as "GG"; eight great-stepgrandchildren; and several great-great-stepgrandchildren. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1415 Marion Ave., Monessen. Departing prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery in Monessen. For those unable to attend, condolences can be sent at http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com.
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Masser, Christopher A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-10-12
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Christopher Andrew Masser, 66, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in McKeesport, a son of the late William Andrew and Marion Cecilia Marten Masser. He was the former owner of Log Cabin Tire Company, Greensburg, a member of the Downtown United Methodist Church in Madison and was a state champion sporting clay shooter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jubec; and his brother, William Anthony Masser. He was survived by his former wife, Annaliese Cole Masser, of Hempfield; his three daughters, Allison Davies and husband, Shawn, of Hempfield, Kristin Masser, of New Orleans, La., and Erika Smith and husband, Kenneth, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Breanna Jubec, Liam and Finn Davies and Anika Smith; a sister, Sandra Jeanne McFall, of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Chris from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Bossart officiating. Interment will be private. Chris' family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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McConville, Michael J. 35

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1979-12-05
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Michael Jay McConville, 35, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. He was born Dec. 5, 1979, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Regis M. and Virginia "Jean" (Means) McConville. Surviving is a son, Luke Regis McConville, of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Sandy McConville, of Pittsburgh; and an uncle, James Means and wife, Rhonda, of Reisterstown, Md. Friends were received this past Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the family in order to help support Michael's son, Luke, throughout his life. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Mencer, Donald F. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-03-01
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Franklin Mencer, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Mencer was born March 1, 1934, in South Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Guy Poole Mencer Sr. and Ruth Marie Hout Mencer. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the former Transfiguration Parish. Don was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He had been employed by Westinghouse Corp. in Derry until his retirement. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Lori Kalinay and her husband, Vaughn, of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Joe Nitkiewicz and his wife, Vivian, of Mt. Pleasant, and their mother, Betty Nitkiewicz Mencer, of Mt. Pleasant; and by his grandchildren, Emily and Erica Kalinay, John Nitkiewicz and Amy Magda, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Lockwood, of Thompson, Ga. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Mencer Jr., on Jan. 19, 2015. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no hours of public visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private inurnment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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O'Toole, Dorothy J. 72

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1942-06-07
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Sapola O'Toole, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Mountainview Select Specialty Nursing Home, Greensburg. Mrs. O'Toole was born June 7, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Julia Hudzema Sapola. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Dorothy was a 1959 graduate of the former Hurst High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College. Dorothy had been employed as a school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, retiring with more than 37 years of service. She was a member of PSEA, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club, Hilltop Quilters and the Old Lady's Quilting Group. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, collecting antiques and walking to church for daily Mass. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her time with her family. Dorothy had a love for life and a determined spirit during her illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dorothy is survived by her loving family; her husband of 45 years, Lawrence F. O'Toole; her children, Rosemary J. Nestler and her husband, Frank, of Champion, Christopher P. O'Toole and his wife, Heather, of Carlisle, and Patrick T. O'Toole and his wife, Becky, of Mt. Joy; and her beloved grandchildren, Sophia and Talia Nestler and Julia and Owen O'Toole. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Halligan and her husband, John, of Freedom; and her sister-in-law, Betty Sapola, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, William and James Sapola. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Oberley, Judith L. 73

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-03-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Judith L. Oberley, 73, of South Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born March 12, 1941, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Hornick Marquis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Adam Dunn; a sister, Kathy Cunningham; and a son-in-law, Donald Moore. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Oberley; four sons, William (Andrea) Dunn, of Latrobe, Greg (Melissa) Dunn, of Latrobe, Richard (Christine) Patton, of Herminie, and Patrick Patton, of Greensburg; four daughters, Candice Moore, of Latrobe, Rebecca Lahosky, of Florida, Michelle (John) McCallum, of Luxor, and Undine (Kevin) Hanshovsky, of Greensburg; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, Steven, Ronald and Thomas Marquis; a stepsister, Tina Marquis; and a beloved dog, "Bo". A graveside committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. A reception will follow at Luxor Fire Hall. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Radebaugh, Ronald J. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ronald J. Radebaugh, 66, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born in Greensburg and was a son of the late Melvin James and Florence (Blank) Radebaugh. Ron served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a cosmetologist for Velocity Hair and Nail Salon in Greensburg. Surviving are his sister, Joyce L. Block and husband, Joe; brother, Dennis R. Radebaugh; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Zues. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Ratica, Margaret F. 91

  • Penn Towsnhip
  • Born: 1923-07-19
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Margaret F. Ratica, 91, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Jan.18, 2015, at Golden Heights, Irwin. She was born July 19, 1923, in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Walter and Frances Yesnick. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as a secretary at Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church of Trafford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Herman J. Ratica; and two brothers, Ernest and Walter Yesnick. Surviving are her sister, Ann Lebeda, of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Smith and her husband, Larry, of Yardley, and Diane Church and her husband, Harry, of Benicia, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Morgan), Amanda and Gregory Smith, Hannah and Jennifer Church; and several nieces and nephews. We wish to send a special thank you to all the wonderful staff for the care and support provided at Golden Heights. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Jan. 23, at St. Regis Church, Trafford. Interment will followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Reidmiller, Francis J. 87

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1927-07-02
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Reidmiller, 87, of Irwin, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born July 2, 1927, in Jeannette, the son of the late Jerome F. and Eleanor G. (Otto) Reidmiller. He was a retired employee of General Motors, Fisher Body Plant, Dravosburg, a founding member of Rillton Volunteer Fire Department with more than 55 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was very proud of receiving his GED diploma at the age of 47 and attended Vale Tech in Blairsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn E. (Ogg) Reidmiller; and brothers, Henry Reidmiller; and an infant brother, Stanley. He was survived by his children, James R. (Marlene) Reidmiller, of Palmyra, F. Keith (Marsha) Reidmiller, of West Newton, and Kevin J. (Linda) Reidmiller and Audrey (Michael) Skrgic, both of Irwin; grandchildren, Scott, Lisa, Stephanie, Mathew, Daniel, Christopher, Joshua, Kyle, Rachel and Paul; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Reidmiller, of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Keith and Kathy Vay. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to the Rillton VFD. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Allegheny General Hospital for their kind and compassionate care; also his neighbors, Leland and Jan Ober and Robert "Hutch" Novak, and everyone at Rillton VFD for always being there. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Risley, Geraldine E. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1947-03-05
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Geraldine E. Risley, 67, of Latrobe, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Emeritus at Latrobe. She was born March 5, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of Stella F. (Huysak) Kuba, of Bradenville, and the late George Kuba. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. She was a retired respiratory therapist having worked at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey and Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Beverly Molchan and her husband, Dennis, of Humble, Texas; a brother, Dennis Kuba and his wife, Karen, of Marietta, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Rey and Denice Gonzales, Lance Molchan and Matthew Kuba. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Panachida service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Emeritus at Latrobe for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Sabol, Raymond P. 86

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-06-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Raymond Paul Sabol, 86, died peacefully with his wife of 63 years, Helen (Yarosik) Sabol, at his side, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Aiken, S.C. Formerly of North Huntingdon Township, he was born June 28, 1928, in Duquesne, the son of the late Mary (Koresko) and Michael Sabol. Following graduation from Duquesne High School, he enlisted in the Navy, served four years and was honorably discharged. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves and was recalled to serve in the Korean War for two years. Upon discharge, he was employed by Westinghouse - Bettis, where he worked on the reactor for the nuclear-powered submarine, Seawolf. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Nuclear Service Division in Monroeville, where he worked with nuclear plant steam generators in the U.S. and Europe and set up the Snubber Testing Program. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Service Center Division in Spartanburg, S.C., and later to the Savannah River Site where he retired after 40 years with Westinghouse. Following retirement, he worked part-time at the George Funeral Home, Aiken, S.C. While living in North Huntingdon, Ray was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, as well as a member of the Norwin Band, Aids where he served as president. While in Aiken, S.C., he was a member and communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held positions as Faithful Navigator, Assembly No. 1074 and then Grand Knight of Columbus No. 3684. Ray was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and for Sunday games, hosted a Steelers Club at the Knights to watch the game with other loyal Steelers fans in South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lawrence (Marie). He is survived by his wife, Helen; his sister, Marian (Ben) Beaudoin; and sister-in-law, Bernadette Sabol. He is the beloved father of Regis Paul (Gail) Sabol, of North Huntingdon, Donna (Gary) Bate, of Augusta, Ga., and Richard Paul (Pennie) Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; loving grandfather of Lisa (Kevin) Winwood, of North Huntingdon, Ryan Paul Sabol, of Boulder, Colo., Allison (Sam) Hardy, of Augusta, Ga., Keith (Caitlin) Bate, of Atlanta, Ga., Roman Paul Sabol, of Valdosta, Ga., Russell Paul Sabol and Megan Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Jasie Mae Winwood, of North Huntingdon; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 2015, at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 200 Leger Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642, followed by interment with military honors at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at http://www.skovrankos.com.
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Salizzoni Jr., Charles E. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-01-26
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Charles E. Salizzoni Jr., 91, of Greensburg, formerly of Monessen, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Charlie was a resident of Newhaven Court at Linwood for the past few years. He was born in Smithton on Jan. 26, 1924, the son of the late Carlo and Mary Orlandi Salizzoni. Charlie was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church in Monessen. He was an active member of both churches and enjoyed helping out in the kitchen. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Charlie was retired from General Motors, having worked for 33 years as a sewing machine repairman. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army in Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry. He is survived by two sisters, Gloria Robinson, of Fairfield, Ohio, and Irene Salizzoni, of Greensburg; two nieces, Clara Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Debbie Babilya, of West Newton; and two nephews, William Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Norman Santori, of Kittanning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Salizzoni; and a sister, Clara Santori. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday in the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen. Services will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with a blessing in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum. Condolences are accepted for the family at http://www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Schmucker, Marc A. 58

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-01-13
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Marc Anthony Schmucker, 58, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, with his loving family at his side, at Mosaic Care Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Marc was born in Latrobe, the son of Joann Skoloda Schmucker Bitzer and the late Gerald Schmucker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Chris Ann Shadron. Marc was a 1974 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in human resources. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Air Force. Marc had been employed as vice-president of human resources and safety for the Bradken Steel Foundry of Atchison/St. Joseph. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Brenda Malinish Schmucker; three children, Eric (Michelle) Schmucker, Jeffrey (Karis) Schmucker and Madison Schmucker; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Ava, Mya, Bellaluna and Thor; stepfather, Howard Bitzer; a brother, Jeffrey (Kamala) Schmucker; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Clark and Angela (Shane) Herrholtz; brother-in-law, Mike Shadron; stepbrother, Howard (Alicia) Bitzer; in-laws, Andy and Lois Malinish; sister-in-law, Glenda (Corey) Stump; brother-in-law, Scott (Tina) Malinish; and his beloved dog, Sophie. A private funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the chapel of the Ligonier Valley Cemetery with the Rev. John Foriska officiating. Local arrangements were handled by the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier.
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Schupp, Gregory H. 66

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1948-08-29
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Gregory H. Schupp, 66, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by his loving family Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Port Chester, N.Y. He was a kind and honorable man who had a great sense of humor. Greg was a lover of the outdoors, conservation, animals and travel (most countries in South America, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska). He also enjoyed speaking Spanish and living in Latin cultures. He was an avid reader of current events, finance, and conservative libertarian politics and enjoyed playing golf. But most of all he loved his family, especially his dedicated wife, Leslie Schupp, a local realtor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Greg worked for MSA in International sales for 25 years. When in good health, he volunteered for Murrysville's Meals on Wheels. He was a son of the late Herman Albert Schupp Jr. and Dorothy Louise (Goldbright) Schupp. He is survived by his loving wife, Leslie (Class) Schupp; two daughters, Jennifer (Kevin) Beale, of Wynnewood, and Rachel (Lucas) Foley, of Warren, Vt.; four grandchildren, Amelia, Benjamin, Nora, Tobin and a baby on the way; his brother, Herman Christian Schupp, of New Fairfield, Conn.; and many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews were important people in his life. The memorial celebration of his life will be family only. If desired, contributions can be made to the Murrysville Medic One, Murrysville Meals on Wheels or Horizons Hospice. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Born Dec. 7, 1936, in Calumet, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Yamnitsky) Seman. Prior to retirement, Bob was employed as a machinist at Hamill in Harrison City. Robert was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. He was a lifelong bowler, and loved to golf and watch sports, especially baseball. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Hudak) Seman; a sister, Loretta Benci; and a brother-in-law, John Janis. He is survived by his children, Michele (Michael) Ingraham, of Arizona, Robert F. Seman, of Greensburg, and Cheryl (Ed) Olszewsski, of Georgia; grandchildren, Adam (Carrie) Ligus, Jared and Nathan Ligus, and Avery and Alexandra Olszewski; siblings, Richard and William Seman, Betty Janis, Katie (Frank) Arthur, Evelyn (Norm) Limpert, Barbara Seman and Bernadette (Joseph) Kitchen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Patty Miller, and her son, Robert E. Miller. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Semon, Rosemary J. 83

  • Jacobs Creek
  • Born: 1931-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Barthels Funeral Home, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Rosemary J. Semon, 83, of Jacobs Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Jacobs Creek, a daughter of the late Nick and Anna Magnone Snyder. She was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver Township and was a retired postal clerk, having worked in the Smithton, Jacobs Creek and retiring from the Rostraver Post Office. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Lukie" Semon; and three sisters, Ruth Nicastro, Frances Toth and Natalie Kostella. She is survived by five sons, Michael Semon and wife, Nancy, of West Newton, Terry Semon and wife, Karen, of North Charleroi, John Semon and wife, Beth, of Youngwood, David Semon, of Jacobs Creek, and Chris Semon and wife, Kim, of Scottdale; and two granddaughters, Meredith and Courtney. She is also survived by a sister, Nicolena Koloucci, of New Jersey; a brother, Timothy Snyder, of Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received Wednesday and Thursday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2nd St., Smithton. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday at The Church of St. Anne with Father Vincent Gigliotti, as celebrant. Burial was in St. Timothy Cemetery, Smithton.
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Shear Jr., George T. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1940-08-01
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George T. Shear Jr., 74, of Murrysville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late George T. Sr. and Esther L. McClintock Shear. He served our country in the Army. Prior to retirement, George worked at Mine Safety Appliances Company with more than 40 years of service. He was a volunteer fireman for the Sardis Volunteer Fire Company Station 78. George was an avid hunter and fishermen and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Mary Lee (Wise) Shear, of Murrysville; three daughters, Sherri (Robert) VanSnik, of Derwood, Md., Shannon (Daniel) Fagan, of Delmont, and Shelly Creighton, of Murrysville; five grandchildren, Riley, Grady, Evan, Katie and Courtney; a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Phillips; brother-in-law, Richard K. (Susan) Wise, of Depew, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service was held Saturday in the funeral home. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the wounded warrior project. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Siegel, David C. 70

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • David C. Siegel, 70, of Irwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born May 17, 1944, in Hahntown, a son of the late Herbert and Norma Douglas Siegel. David was employed by Painter Tool Company. David enjoyed gardening and animals. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linnea Siegel Kehoe. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Whalen Siegel; daughter, Heather Siegel; stepson, Rob Baran, of Pittsburgh; stepdaughter, Phoebe Eichinger, of Colorado Springs; one sister, Karen Siegel Vuleta, of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Vicky Eichinger. Services will be private. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in memory of Dave to http://www.GrowPittsburgh.com.
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Sieminski, Donna 53

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Herman, Hazelwood | Get Directions
  • Donna (Conrad) Sieminski, 53, of New Kensington, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. She was a loving wife to her husband and best friend, Andrew, for 30 years; mother of Joshua Sieminski, Shawn (Lynndee) Sieminski and Jennifer Sieminski; beloved daughter of Paul and Dorothy Conrad; admired sister of Loretta (John) Rae, Virginia (Ed) Gage and Logan Conrad; warmhearted aunt of Amanda Rae and Haley Gage; and grandmother of Nikki Sieminski. Donna was preceded in death by the late Howard and Dorothy Conrad and Charles and Virginia Bitner. Donna grew up in New Kensington. She was a 1979 graduate of Valley High School. She homeschooled all three children. She loved spending time with her family, especially her 2-year-old granddaughter. Her greatest joys were traveling with her husband, going fishing, shopping at flea markets and working in the garden every spring. She will be sadly missed by everyone. Burial will be private. Arrangements by ELMER L. HERMAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Smith, Debra 59

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1955-08-29
  • Died: 2015-01-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Debra West Smith, 59, of West Newton, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in the UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Aug. 29, 1955, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Richard and Edna Mae (Torok) West. Debra was employed as a sales clerk for K-Mart, in Belle Vernon. She was a social member of the VFW Post 33, of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Mellinger; and brothers, Gary and William West. Surviving are two children, Karen Wood and husband, Albert, of Ruffs Dale, Rebecca Smith, of West Newton; 10 grandchildren, Danielle, Courtney, Austin, Donovan, Keelin, Samara, Alexis, Bracen, Elizabeth and Avery; three brothers, Jeffrey West, of North Huntingdon, Martin West, of Glassport, and Jason West, of Jeannette; her fiance, Troy Loughner, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Hixson, officiating. Interment followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Greenock. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Susick, Christopher C. 50

  • Export
  • Born: 1964-08-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Christopher C. "Chris" Susick, 50, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 7, 1964, in Greensburg, a son of Joyce (Galicic) Susick, of Export, and the late Nicholas Susick. Chris was employee of Steel City Collision in Export. He enjoyed fishing, camping, vacations at the beach, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddaughters. Chris was known for his meticulous bodywork which he was very proud of. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Surviving is his beloved wife, Peggy (Oslosky) Susick; loving daughter, Nikki (Matt) Carr, of New Alexandria; cherished granddaughters, Taylor, Brianna, Madison, Aislinn and Alexis Carr; devoted brother, Sean (Jodi) Susick, of Greensburg; nephew, Jack Susick; niece, Gracie Susick; and great-aunts, Stella Peanoske and Joan Susich, both of Export. Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Swackhammer, Donna 57

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-08-08
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Donna Diddle Swackhammer, 57, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Dr. Kenneth W. and Glenna Floyd Diddle. Donna was employed by the Pediatric Associates of Westmoreland in Greensburg. She was a member of the Cornerstone Ministries Church in Murrysville. Donna is survived by three daughters, Brienne Marco and husband, Adam, of Charleston W.Va., Meghan Smith and husband, David, of Montross, Va., and Addison Swackhammer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Owen Smith; a sister, Deborah Malfara and husband, David Sr., of Reunion, Fla.; brothers, Kenneth W. Diddle Jr., of Greensburg, and Jeffrey Diddle, of New Alexandria; her significant other, Collin Shrift; nephews, David Malfara Jr. and wife, Sarah, Dominic Malfara, Andrew Diddle; and niece, Carly Diddle. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Templeton, Voris A. 95

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-11-02
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Voris A. "Popeye" Templeton, 95, of Southwest Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Nature Park Commons. He was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late Virgil S. and Margaret (Green) Templeton. Popeye was the donut baker at Schaller's Bakery for many years, and was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Templeton, in 2010, and Virgil Templeton Jr., in 1989. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Learn and her two daughters, Cheryl and Nancy, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Vareda Love Templeton, of Royersford, and her three sons, Jerry, Tom and Kevin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Tourney, Sarah E. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tourney, 95, of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 5, 1919, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late William Steck and Freda (Storey) Steck. Sarah was a member of First Christian Church of Greensburg, was active in the Christian Women's fellowship and was the first female deacon of her church and deacon ameritis. Sarah was young at heart. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Tourney; sister, Dorothy M. Long; and brother-in-law, Donald and brother, William Steck. Surviving are her daughters, Salley T. Eicher and husband, Robert B. Jr., of Delmont, Sandie Ryan and husband, Buzz, of Greensburg, Susan R. Johnson and husband, Ronald A., of New Alexandria; son, Donald R. Tourney, of Lock Haven; six grandchildren, Robert B. Eicher III and fiancee, Linda Dammit, of Greensburg, Steven B. Eicher and wife, Dora, of Greensburg, Nita Johnson Small and husband, Steven, of Newberry, Fla., Rachael Johnson and husband, Marcus, of Minneola, Fla., Robert V. Tourney and wife, Jesse, of Nazareth, and Hanna M. Tourney, of Lock Haven; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Dawn Mosesman at Redstone Huglands for her exceptional loving care to our mother. Honoring Sarah's wishes, there will be no public visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in the Hillview Cemetery. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 134 Mathews St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Treichler, Therese A. 73

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Therese A. Treichler, 73, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Church, Greensburg. Inurnment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Vudragovich, Frances M. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances M. Vudragovich, 90, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924, in Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia. She was a daughter of the late Franc and Ana (Zibert) Bele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Mike Vudragovich; as well as two brothers, Franc Bele and Joseph Bele; and two sisters, Marija Bele and Josephine (Pepca) Gorjan. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Nancy, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, David and his wife, Jessica, of Heiskell, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Kathryn, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Ana Bele, of Slovenia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and family. She came to the United States with an uncle, Joseph Kebe, in 1934 and had been an active member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, since that time. Most recently, she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and Memorial Funeral Choir of the church. She was also active at the McKenna Senior Center. She worked at the A.E. Troutman Department Store for 29 years and Southwest Bank of Pennsylvania for 10 years. The family especially wishes to thank everyone at St. Anne Home for the excellent and loving care they provided Frannie for the past four years. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The Rosary Altar Society of St. Bruno Church will pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Weixel, Veronica Ronie 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-06-26
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Veronica "Ronie" (Myers) Weixel, 88, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in the UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born June 26, 1926, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Geary) Myers. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a cook for Nuclear Automation. She was a member and a Eucharistic Minister of the Immaculate Conception Church and its Christian Mothers/Women Guild. Ronie also volunteered at the Immaculate Conception School cafeteria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Weixel; a son, Richard Weixel; three sisters, Dorothy Myers, Leona Pennington and Ann Lawrence. Surviving are two sons, Norbert C. "Norm" Weixel and wife, Peggy, of Blaine, Minn., Terry Weixel and wife, Judy, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joel, Jason, Kristi, Januari, Michael and Brandon; and seven great-grandchildren, Tommy, Kaitlynne, Sophia, Julia Ella, Lexi and Nickolas. Friends were received Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Welty, Alan E. 64

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1951-01-05
  • Died: 2015-01-11
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alan E. Welty, 64, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Ligonier, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of the late George H. Welty and Florence Vaughn Welty. Alan was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., and had been employed as a salesman for several manufacturers during his career. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Alan was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family. Alan is survived by his wife, Phylis Welty, of Anderson, S.C.; his sister, Barbara Welty Lightcap (William), of Greensburg; his brother, George V. Welty (Susan); a nephew, Douglas J. Welty (Jennifer); a niece, Megan E. Welty; a great-niece, Kate Welty; and a great-nephew, Daniel Welty, all of Ligonier. Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Anderson, S.C. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Wesling, Anna M. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-05-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Wesling, 87, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born May 14, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Antonio and Lucia Como Aquilino. Prior to retirement, she worked in packing at Jeannette Glass. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by six siblings, Frank and Alfred Aquilino, Mary Casorio, Laura Litterini, Susie Aquilino and Edith Pompei. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eugene Wesling, of Greensburg; two daughters, Debra Hudock and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, and Diana Swanson and her husband, Kenneth, of Addison; five grandchildren, Chad and Kevin Swanson, Ranelle and Tasha Hudock and Jessica Polski; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany, Lynsey, Chloe, David and Christopher Swanson, Miles Conway and Zavia Polski; a great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403 or at specialolympicspa.org. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Zihmer, Curt D. 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1956-12-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Curt D. Zihmer, 58, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Sewickley, a son of the late Albert J. and Marie Teresa Zihmer Jr. He was an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and was a certified instructor for APICS National. His occupation took him to food banks, nursing homes and schools to ensure they provided quality services. Curt earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State University, a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College in biology. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, enjoyed riding motorcycles and freely gave of his time to ensure the safety of his friends and neighbors by plowing snow from their driveways. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy James Zihmer. He is survived by his brother, Albert J. Zihmer III, of North Huntingdon; two sisters, Kim Vockley (Joseph), of Damascus, Md., and Beth Ann Burik (Joseph), of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher, David and Dana Vockely and Mason Zihmer; and his two canine companions, Buster and Peanut. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Huntingdon, with Father Len Stoviak, officiating. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Earnesty, Milton S. 27

  • Champion
  • Born: 1988-01-12
  • Died: 2015-01-17
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Milton S. Earnesty, 27, of Champion, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Milt was born Jan. 12, 1988, in Greensburg, a son of John and Kathy Kuhn Earnesty, of Mt. Pleasant. Milt was a 2006 graduate of Somerset High School, where he participated on the varsity teams of football and track and field and excelled as a power lifter for the school. In his younger years he played football for the Norvelt Colts and baseball for Mt. Pleasant Little League. Milt graduated from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2009 with a degree in criminal justice and as an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, fishing, camping and snowboarding with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Milt is survived by his fiance, Brandee Leighty, and her children, Payton and Brody; brothers, John Earnesty (Brooke), of Ruffsdale, Brandon Earnesty (Morgan), of Champion; and a sister, Katie Rhodes (Brian), of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, Bryton Rhodes; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Kuhn, of Mt. Pleasant; aunt, Susan Wadsworth (Bruce), of Sante Fe, N.M.; and uncles, James Kuhn (Terri), of Acme, and Robert Earnesty, of Mt. Pleasant; and also surviving are numerous great-aunts, uncles and cousins. Milt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James "Jess" Kuhn and paternal grandparents, Milton and Margaret Earnesty. Visitation was held this past Thursday at SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where services were held this past Friday, with Pastor Michael Dickman officiating. Entombment followed in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Milt may be made to the funeral home. Please visit Milt's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Olinzock, Frank 91

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1923-03-03
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Frank "Chris" Olinzock, 91, of Star Junction, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 3, 1923, to Joseph and Katherine (Lukasik) Olinzock. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Frank received a Purple Heart while serving in the infantry in World War II. He was a retired steel worker in the Irvin Works Pittsburgh. He was a loving, devoted husband and caregiver to his dear wife, Sue, who died Jan. 18, 2015. Frank was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers, Andrew, Benjamin, Joseph, Adam and Eugene; and two sisters, Sofie Lawrence and Johanna Cook. Frank was the loving father of Kathleen (Thomas) McNeil, of Gibsonia, Michael (Patty) Olinzock, of Perryopolis, and Suzanne (Mike) Pisula, of Pleasant Hills; the cherished grandfather of Ryan McNeil, Justin McNeil, Meghan (BJ) Taraszewski, Michael (Krystal) Olinzock, Andrea (Jacob) Rabatin, Emily Pisula, Molly Pisula and Jennifer Pisula; and great-grandfather to Connor McNeil, Jacob McNeil, Autumn Taraszewski and Coleson Taraszewski. Frank was especially proud of his annual vegetable garden which he generously shared with family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and until 10 a.m. Saturday, the hour of the prayer service, in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis. Father Anthony Ditto will be the celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Perryopolis. Graveside military rites will be accorded by VFW Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion Post 752, all of Perryopolis.
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Porterfield, Thomas E. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Thomas Edward Porterfield, 83, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home, with his loving family members by his side. Born March 11, 1931, in Connellsville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Prickett Porterfield. He was a Corporal in the Army, stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., and he served from 1948 until 1952 in the Korean War. He worked for Herriott's Trucking in Buffalo, N.Y. for five years, worked for Anchor Hocking of South Connellsville for 11 years and from there Maple Creek Mines, where he worked for 19 years until he retired. He was a member of Greenwood Methodist Church and American Legion 301, Connellsville. He was a great fan of the Steelers and Pirates games. He is survived by wife, Edith Burnsworth Porterfield; his five daughters, Esther (Vinnie) Potoka, of Alabama, Patty (Gary) Potoka, of Loysville, Tammy (Clyde) Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, Tomi Renae (Rick) Trout, of Scottdale, and Dorothy (Glenn) Daniels, of South Connellsville; grandchildren, Vinnie (Jennifer) Potoka, of Alabama, Thomas (Amber) Potoka, of Alabama, Matthew Caldwell (fiancee, Alexa Thompson), of Belle Vernon, Liling Caldwell, of Elliottsburg, and Braleigh, Kayden and Kyle Trout, of Scottdale; great-grandchildren, Blakely Thompson and Italia Caldwell, of Belle Vernon, Ben Potoka, of Alabama, and Bryson Potoka, of Alabama, who will be born this week; and also many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Walter Porterfield; and his sister, Jane Pirl. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, the hour of his funeral service with Pastors Lee Maley and Mark Sholtis officiating in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. Interment will follow in Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville. Full military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by the VFW Post 21 and American Legion Posts 310 and 762. Tom's family would like to thank the Amedysis Nurses and Aides for all the hard work and love that they showed for Tom. Also, thank you to Pastor Lee Maley and Pastor Mark Sholtis for being there all the time for Tom and his family. Thank you to everyone that has shared in the life of Tom.
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Brown, Lynn A.

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Born: 1948-05-02
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Rapp, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Lynn Alyson Brown, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at her home. She was born May 2, 1948, to Jim and Erma Brown, of Pittsburgh. Lynn retired as a special education teacher in Hempfield School District and made a large impact on many young lives. Lynn loved animals. She belonged to 4-H and won many ribbons with her quarterhorse, "Talley Blue". She grew up with many pets but especially loved her cats. All her life, she was loved by everyone she met. Lynn spent most of her life living in Pennsylvania, surrounded by many lifelong finds and neighbors. She is survived by nephews, Peter Brown and Michael Brown; and nieces Kim Baldwin, Valarie Gray and their children; and a close cousin, Rick Greene. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Brown (Beverly). There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Homewood Cemetery Chapel, 1599 South Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh. Arrangements by RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 412-241-5415. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Animal Shelter of your choice.
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Miller, Charlotte A. 68

  • Lancaster
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Lancaster | Get Directions
  • Charlotte A. Miller, 68, of Lancaster, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Harrisburg Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was married 46 years to Isaac Miller. Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late William T. Sr. and Charlotte M. Bolton Stiles. Charlotte had worked for the Medical Bureau for many years. She was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Michael I. Miller and Brian C. Miller, both of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Hunter, Gabriel, Brandon and Samantha; two brothers, William T. Jr., husband of Dawn Stiles, of Yuma, Ariz., and Robert J., husband of Cyndi Stiles, of Greensburg; and a sister, Roxana, wife of Jeff Kirchoff, of Lancaster. A Christian prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the KEARNEY A. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, with the Rev. Daniel O'Brien officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Miller's memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 101 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at http://www.KASnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Ray, Sean E. 46

  • Lutz
  • Born: 1968-03-27
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sean Earl Ray, 46, of Lutz, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Florida, where he lived for the past 10 years with his family. He was born on March 27, 1968. He was the beloved son of the late Arline Gertrude Ray Robinson and George Earl Ray, of Greensburg. Sean was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1986. Sean served his country from 1987 to 1991 in the Marine Corps with one tour of duty in Desert Storm. Sean was a motorcycle enthusiast and a respected member of Sin City Deciples Motorcycle Club, Tampa Chapter. His brothers knew him as "Lawdog." His untimely death leaves behind a 91 year old grandmother; a son, Christian; and two daughters, Marisa and Selena Ray. He is also survived by a brother, Keith Jones; a sister, Nakia Katonka; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the uncle of Bobby, Keith, Brandon, Valencia, Arlaina, DaShawn, Ezekiel, Noah, Josiah, Precious, and Elias. Our hearts are heavy with sadness. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Sean from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Crisis Line, spreadtheword.veteranscrisisline.net. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Sean's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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