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Allegheny County

Kovalchick, Helen 91

  • Formerly of Renton
  • Born: 1923-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen (Koban) Kovalchick, 91, formerly of Renton, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Clarebridge Community in Export where she was currently a resident. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Bitumen, daughter of the late Vasil and Anna Pechina Koban. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Michael L. "Mike" Kovalchick; five sisters, Eleanor DeMichiei, Margie (Paul) Shish, Anna (Babe) Opina, Sue (Nick) Novelsowski and Mary (Fred) Falsetti; and two brothers, John Koban and Mike (Alice) Koban. Helen and Mike began their life together in Sagamore before relocating to Renton, where they raised two sons and a daughter, Michael (Sherry) Kovalchick, of North Carolina, Denny (Kathy) Kovalchick, of Apollo, and Michele (Jim) Kelly, of Murrysville. She was "NANA" to six grandchildren, Michael (Chelsey), Natalie, Chris and Kevin Kovalchick and Jimmy (Kimberly) and Patrick (Nicole) Kelly; six beautiful great-grandchildren, Lassen, Scarlet, Logan, Abby, Mia and McKenna; two sisters, Carolyn (James) Nesbit and Betty (the late John) Bodnar; brother-in-law, "Tootie" DeMichiei; sister-in-law, Kathryn Koban; and many nieces and nephews. Besides being a loving sister, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Helen was a wonderful homemaker. She took her job seriously and truly excelled. She was always cooking up something special or baking something incredible. Her house on Maple Street was her castle and she was very proud of the home she made there. Also, she loved her music: American Bandstand during the week, oldies on Saturday mornings and always polkas on Sundays. Her home was said by many to be happy and very cozy. Her faith was very important to her everyday life. She was a member at Holy Trinity, Wall, and then later the Church of the Resurrection in Monroeville. She worked very hard at all the bazaars and the Lawn Fairs, making pirohis, holupki, nut rolls and cookies. She loved singing in Slovak during Mass and still could speak fluently just weeks before her passing. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with Parastas at 2 p.m. at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Resurrection, 455 Center Road, Monroeville, with Father Joseph Raptosh as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Plum Creek Cemetery. The family would like to thank the entire staff and employees at Clarebridge for their comfort, compassion and constant support they gave to "NANA" during her last weeks. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stape Sr., Kenneth L. 74

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-04-19
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kenneth L. Stape Sr., 74, of South Greensburg, sunset Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Sunrise April 19, 1940. Prior to his retirement, he was owner/operator of the former K and L Transmissions of Greensburg. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with the kids. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Margaret Herman Stape; four brothers; and a stepdaughter, Michelle "Sissy" Cole. Kenneth is survived by his companion of 42 years, JoAnne Bishop Cole; three children, Grace (Larry) Nichols, Kenneth "Bud" Stape Jr. and Mark (Jennifer) Stape, all of Greensburg; a stepson, George (Bobbie Jo) Cole, of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren, Jonathan, Renee, Jessie, Victor, Paige, Kaitlyn, Hunter, Abigail, Noah, Melissa and Kenneth III; three great-grandchildren, Kage, Jase and Aliea; a brother, Richard (Shirley) Stape, of Sandy Lake; three sisters, JoAnn Dutrou, of Dayton, Ohio, Dorothy (Jim) Back, of Jeannette, and Peg Bozic, of Jeannette; a number of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Marty and Rose Patrick. Family and friends will be received from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Cochran, Brother Nathan M.

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1957-06-24
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Brother Nathan M. Cochran, OSB, a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born June 24, 1957, in Marion, Ohio, a son of the late Blaine R. and Ruth E. (Roach) Cochran. A brother, Blaine A. Cochran, of Edison, Ohio, survives him. He is also survived by Phyllis Disbrow, of Edison, who, with her late husband, and her daughter, Sue Arter, and her husband, David, of Westerville, Ohio, were dear friends. He studied vocal music at Bowling Green State University from 1975 to 1977 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from The Pontifical College Josephinum in 1980. He earned a Master of Divinity degree with honor from St. Vincent Seminary in 1985 and did graduate studies in art history at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1986. In 1998, he earned a Master of Science with Pratt Honors in the theory, criticism and history of art architecture and design at the Pratt Institute. Brother Nathan entered the novitiate at St. Vincent Archabbey in 1982, made his simple profession of monastic vows July 10, 1983, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1986. He served as curator for the St. Vincent Archabbey Art Collections (from 1983 to present). In 1998, he was named as the director of the St. Vincent Gallery and a lecturer in fine arts at St. Vincent College. In 2007, he was also named the artistic director of the St. Vincent Concert Series, and, in 2008, he was appointed chair of the Department of Fine Arts. At St. Vincent College, his past appointments included assistant registrar (1985 to 1986), registrar (1986 to 1997), director of the King Ludwig Gallery (1986 to 1994), residence hall moderator (1994 to 1997), co-director of the St. Vincent Gallery (1994 to 1997), study abroad advisor (1998 to 2007) and moderator for the Review, the student newspaper, and the college yearbook (1998 to 2002). He was registrar of St. Vincent Seminary (1989 to 1997), director of public relations at St. Vincent Archabbey (1989 to 1997) and teaching assistant at the Pratt Institute (1997 to 1998). On Founders' Day in 2011, Brother Nathan was the first recipient of the St. Vincent College Projektenmacher Award, which honors an individual who, in the spirit of St. Vincent founder, Boniface Wimmer, made a valuable difference to the campus community through creativity, imagination and vision. "Since his arrival in 1982, Brother Nathan was a patient and tireless lobbyist at the college to revive the great tradition of Sacred Christian art in western civilization," said Brother Norman W. Hipps, president. "He reminded the monks and the faculty of the simple but profound message of the founder of St. Vincent, Boniface Wimmer, who said: 'I am firmly convinced that a monastic school, which does not strive to advance art as much as science and religion, will be deficient in its work'." "He played an important role in the revival of the tradition of Catholic religious art, architecture and music. While he loved the classical works of the golden age of western Christian art, he readily embraced the work of contemporary artists who created sacred art," said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, OSB. "He was committed to the exhibition of the sacred works of arts through his biannual sacred art exhibition." Of particular note, he initiated a Nationwide Juried Catholic Art Exhibition. For the third national Catholic arts exhibit, Brother Nathan successfully enlisted famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett to serve as judge. She praised his endeavors, noting that "artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!" He curated and designed more than 60 exhibitions at St. Vincent, including the national juried Catholic arts exhibit, the fifth of which will open Oct. 26, exhibits featuring artists such as Dai Morgan, William M. Hoffman Jr., Barbara Kern-Bush, Lynn Johnson, Naijun Zhang and Hung Liu and Alexis Dillon, regional exhibitions and faculty and student exhibitions from St. Vincent College and many on the history of St. Vincent Archabbey, College and Parish. Brother Nathan was the author of Gifts of a King: The Treasured Art of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, 1986) and had served as editor of the Benedictine Monks of St. Vincent Archabbey Monastery Newsletter, now Heart to Heart (1989 to 1997), of which he was founding design editor. He was co-author with Annemarie Spring of German-American Art at a Pennsylvania Benedictine Archabbey: Saint Vincent, Latrobe, a paper presented at the Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies, Penn State University (1994) and had written and contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues at St. Vincent and for the Cincinnati Art Museum's An American Abroad: Frank Duveneck's European Years (Cincinnati, 1987). Brother Nathan was a contributor to Saint Vincent: A Benedictine Place (Latrobe, 1995) and principal co-author of The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, One Hundred Years (Latrobe, 2005), which received a national Catholic Press Association Award in 2006. In 2004, he worked in Vatican City as the special secretary for the Beatification of Emperor Karl I of Austria. He coordinated and organized the various beatification celebrations in Rome and wrote, edited and oversaw the translation, printing and distribution of various publications and press releases in 11 different languages. The principal ceremony in St. Peter's Square was attended by more than 75,000 people and was the last major public event celebrated by Pope John Paul II. He curated an exhibit in the St. Vincent Gallery, Karl I: The Peace Emperor, The Last Habsburg Emperor of Austria-Hungary (2002) and served as a contributor and on-camera expert for Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor, a documentary produced by George Lucas to accompany the DVD release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, 2007. Brother Nathan received the Signum Memoriae Civilian Medal of Honor from HIRH Otto von Habsburg, Archduke and Crown Prince of Austria and King of Hungary. It was the first time the medal had been bestowed since 1898 and was presented in honor of Archduke Otto's 95th birthday. His memberships have included the American Association of Museums, Carnegie Museums, College Art Association, Kaiser-Karl-Gebetsliga fur den Volkerfreiden, (Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among the Nations), Constantian Society, Smithsonian Associates and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. At St. Vincent, he was a member of many committees including those on educational standards, Founders' Day and renovation for Kennedy Hall. He was a member of the Council of Seniors, St. Vincent Archabbey (1993 to 1994) and member and co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee (1993 to 1996). His community service included membership on the board of directors of the Greensburg Area Cultural Council (1996 to 2000) and board of directors, Westmoreland County Choral Society (1993 to 1998). He also was a religious services volunteer at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg (1989 to 1996). The body of Brother Nathan will be received at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the Elizabeth Roderick Center of St. Vincent Seminary. Viewing will follow from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the Archabbey Basilica. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, OSB, in the Archabbey Basilica. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, St. Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Fontana, Joseph JoJo 81

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1932-12-24
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joseph "JoJo" Fontana, 81, of Jeannette, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, one day after Joe and his wife Eileen celebrated their 55-year wedding anniversary with their family. He was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Jeannette, a son of the late Frank and Mary Altier Fontana. Prior to his retirement, Joe was the owner/operator of Fontana's Garage in Jeannette for 45 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the Army. Joe was an avid sportsman and trap shooter, a lifetime member of the Youngwood Sportsman's and the Ruffsdale Gun Clubs. He also was a life member of the NRA and the Amateur Trapshooting Association. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by brothers, Raymond, George and Frank Fontana Jr. He is survived by his wife, Eileen DePonte Fontana; his daughters, Joleen Brewer and husband, Ron, of Jeannette, and Lisa Lydic and husband, Jeff, of Greensburg; grandchildren, David and Samantha Brewer and Alex and Conor Lydic; a great-granddaughter, Miada; a sister-in-law, Margaret Fontana, of Harrison City; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A blessing service will take place 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scout Troop No. 465, c/o Harold Zion Lutheran Church, Route 136 and Baltzer-Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Gavatorta, Anna 99

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1914-08-02
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna Gavatorta, 99, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Yukon, a daughter of the late Battista and Mary Bertolino Molinero. Anna was a member of the Ascension Church Jeannette, and its Rosary Altar Society and Senior Citizens Group. She was also a former member of the All Seasons Club and the local AARP. In addition to her parents, Anna was predeceased her husband, Samuel Gavatorta, in 1986; a brother, Martin Molinero; and four sisters, Catherine Gavatorta, Tressa Gavatorta, and twin sisters, Natalie Shaeffer and Perina Molinero. She is survived by a sister, Rena Dotto, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Gordon, Mary A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Gordon, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Clarence E. "Flash" Gordon and Rose Marie (Graham) Gordon. Mary was employed at L and S Machine Company and was an avid movie fan. She is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Bates and her husband, Mark, of Latrobe; her son, Joshua Hawanchak, of Latrobe; a sister, Jean Sylvester and her husband, Glen, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; a niece, Molly McWilliams and her husband, Jack; and a great-niece, Ava Rose McWilliams. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. 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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Hanley, David J. 52

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1962-02-20
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • David James Hanley, 52, of Delmont, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 20, 1962, to Dorothy (Bitcko) Hanley, of Delmont and the late James Crandall Hanley. David grew up in Delmont and graduated from Greensburg Salem High School. He was a member of St. John Baptist de Ia Salle Catholic Church, Delmont. David followed in his father's footsteps working in the gas and pipeline industry. He was employed by Dominion Resources as a heavy equipment operator. He was hardworking, dedicated and well-respected in his field. His kind ways touched many people and he was always there to lend a helping hand. Dave lived life to the fullest. His family and friends were his priority and he kept us all smiling with his fun Irish nature. He always found the best in everyone and every situation. He loved the outdoors, whether it was hunting, going to camp with his close friends or just relaxing on his porch with his family. In addition to his father, Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas C. Hanley; brother-in-law, Tom Crissman; and mother-in-law, Bobbi Costello. David is survived by his loving family, his beloved wife of 30 years, Cheryl A. (Costello) Hanley; his sons, whom he was so proud of, Matthew D. Hanley and his wife, Anna, and James T. Hanley; mother, Dorothy; sisters, Debra (Ed Baloga) Crissman and Patricia (Bruce) Irwin; father-in-law, Ron Costello; sisters-in-law, Ann Marie Hanley, Tamara (Gary) West and Michele Pochiba; brother-in-law, Ron Costello Jr.; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Goodbyes are not forever/ Goodbyes are not the end/ They simply mean we will miss you/ Until we meet again/ We will always love you. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, staff and caregivers of Allegheny General Hospital, Forbes Rehab and Forbes Hospice for their care and support. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A funeral Mass for Dave will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Baptist de Ia Salle Catholic Church, 497 Athena Drive, Delmont, with Father Joseph Bonafed as celebrant. Please meet at the church. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Heldman, Irene

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Irene Rudzinsky Heldman, of Lower Burrell, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, July 29 2014, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by her husband and family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Patak Rudzinsky, formerly of Stowe Township. Irene was the loving wife for more than 57 years to David M. Heldman. They were married at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Irene was a dedicated and loving mother to her three children, Irene K. Heldman M.D., Donna E. Heldman and Meredith S. Heldman Heavner (Kirk), all of Mars. She was also the loving grandmother of Alexander P. Heavner, of Mars. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Rudzinsky Stecko, as well as several nieces and nephews. She worked at Bell Telephone in its business office until she left to take her "dream job", which was raising her three daughters, and later, spending time with her grandson, Alex. She always was there to cheer on her family, from the early years, through high school and into college, and never missed a softball game, track event or tennis match. Although she loved attending her daughters' events, what she loved to do the most was to watch her "favorite", Alexander, play baseball, basketball and football. Despite her illness, she was able to watch him play baseball last month, during her first outing in more than seven months. Irene was a former member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was very active in the Katherine Kuhlman ministry for more than 25 years, and sang in the concert choir. Every Christmas, her family enjoyed listening to the choir's recording of Handel's Messiah. She was also a former member of the Lower Burrell/New Kensington Garden Club and had been active in the girl scouts and P.T.A. organizations. Irene was the First Lady of Syria Shrine when her husband served as the Potentate in 2009. During his year as Potentate, as well as his six years as an officer, she enjoyed traveling and supporting the Shrine by attending numerous Shrine events. Over the years, she made many dear friends through their involvement in the Shrine. In addition to the First Lady, she had also served as the past president of the Syria Motor Corp Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Irene was a kind, sincere, thoughtful person who always knew the right thing to say and never spoke an unkind word. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068, by the Rev. Clifford Buell. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Entombment will follow in Mount Royal Mausoleum, Glenshaw. Memorials may be made to the Transportation Fund, Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024 or the Leukemia Society Riverwalk Corp. Center, E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Landfried, Mark H. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1929-10-10
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Mark Harold Landfried, 84, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Mark was a resident of Redstone Highlands in Murrysville since its opening in 2002. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Greenville, son of Pearl "Mimi" Landfried and Harold "Dutchie" Landfried. He was married to Marjorie McCullough, of Cambridge Springs, in 1950. Mark graduated from Westminster College in 1953 and from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1956. After studies at New College, the University of Edinburgh Mark was ordained in 1957 to the ministry of the United Presbyterian Church of North America (now, the Presbyterian Church, USA). He served as the organizing pastor for Chippewa United Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls until 1968, when he moved to be the stewardship consultant for Synod of the Trinity in Camp Hill. In 1979, Mark became the director of stewardship training for the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in New York City. Mark completed his service in ministry as the pastor for United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington from 1982 to 1990. Upon retirement, Mark continued a personal ministry through the writing and sharing of devotional materials. In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannette Irvine and her husband, Clifford Irvine; his sister, Barbara Hill; his niece, Patricia Hill Ellwood; and his beloved son, Ronald M. Landfried. He is survived by his wife, Marge, the love of his life; his daughter, Karen Hewitt and her husband, Dan; grandson, Jeffrey Hewitt and his wife, Nina; great-grandson, Echo Hewitt; daughter-in-law, Bebe Guill, of Durham, N.C.; and grandchildren, Jessalee Landfried and Sam Landfried and their mother, Linda Lumsden. Mark loved his family dearly, and was proud of them all. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Hillside United Presbyterian Church, Greenville. Another memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in the Redstone Highlands Chapel, Murrysville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Redstone Benevolent Care Fund; or to a cause special to you. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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LeJeune, Bryce F. 58

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1956-05-20
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Bryce F. LeJeune, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his home. Born May 20, 1956, in Babylon, N.Y., he was a son of Charlotte (Kidston) LeJeune, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and the late George LeJeune. He attended Charter Oak Methodist Church, Greensburg. Bryce was an insurance agent with BP Insurance Agency, Ligonier, and previously had been an executive chef for many years, including owner and operator of the Roosevelt Room, Norvelt. His hobbies and passions included hunting, camping, fishing, shooting and horseback riding. Bryce loved animals and was a founder and president of the "Second Chance Equine Association." In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Christina (Turney) LeJeune; his stepson, Larry Skoloda and his wife, Jennifer; two granddaughters, Brianna and Haley Skoloda; two brothers, Neil (Sharon) LeJeune, of Greensburg, and their two children, Jacob and Mara, Jeffrey (Nancy) LeJeune, of Mt. Pleasant Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Charter Oak United Methodist Church, 449 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg, with the Rev. Chris Whitehead officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Bryce may be made to Second Chance Equine Association, Box 193, Norvelt, PA 15674. Online condolences may be left at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Jeffrey S. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-04-10
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Scott Martin, 54, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born April 10, 1960, in Greensburg, a son of the late Betty Crosby Martin. Scott was a journeyman moldmaker for Ross Mould Inc., Washington, Pa. He was a member of the Derry Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary W. Crosby Sr. He is survived by his son, Cory S. Martin and fiance, Kelly Pennell, of Greensburg; a special nephew, Gary W. Crosby Jr. and fiance, Kim, of Greensburg; a special sister-in-law, Kathryn L. Burnett Crosby; his good friend, Danny Monahan and wife, Wendy, of Monongahela; four siblings, Connie Tomb and husband, Ray, of Falconer, N.Y., Robert Crosby and wife, Cindy, Tammy Geer and husband, Scott, all of Greensburg, and Tracey Trew and husband, Gregg, of Canonsburg; an uncle, Richard Crosby, of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Scott from 2 to 4 and 6 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 10 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Scott'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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Menart, Donna M. 58

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1955-10-06
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donna Marie Linardi Menart, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1955, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Michael and Dorothy Winzenburg Linardi. Donna graduated in 1973 from Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School. From 1975 to 1977, she went to Radiological Radiographer School at Westmoreland Hospital and was licensed by the state of Pennsylvania in 1977. In 1989, she became a registered ultrasonographer. On April 8, 1978, she married Gerald Menart. Donna had two sons, Anthony and Seth. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and for the last four years, Donna helped at the Friday fish dinners. She was a booster mother for her sons in baseball, football, basketball and soccer. Donna coached and refereed boys basketball for years in the JVBA organization. She retired from work at Westmoreland Hospital in July 2013 after 35 years of service. In addition to her parents, Michael and Dorothy Linardi, she is survived by her husband, Jerry; son, Anthony Menart and wife, Kayla; sisters, Linda Flaherty and her husband, Dale, and Diane Linardi Miller and husband, Michael; and her brother, Michael Linardi Jr. and his wife, Mary. Donna was predeceased by her son, Seth Andrew Menart, May 17, 2009; and her in-laws, Anna and Anton Menart. As per the wishes of Donna, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School in memory of Donna Marie Linardi Menart. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Moran, Doris J. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1932-08-09
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Auer, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Doris Jean Dick Moran, 81, of Latrobe (Cook Township), passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at Westmorland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. She was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Valencia, the daughter of the late James and Janet Mitchell Dick. Before her retirement, she was employed as an offset press operator for American Locomotive and Unity Printing. She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed living in the country and watching and feeding the wildlife that surrounded her home. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Samuel E. Moran; one daughter, Cathy Besterci and her husband, Greg, of Youngwood; two grandchildren, Nicole Noel and Jason Besterci; four great-grandchildren, Austin and Addisyn Noel and Maya Besterci and Krista Felgar; and her aide and family friend, Donna Snyder. At her request, all services were private. Local arrangements were handled by AUER CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and doctors of the intensive care unit at Westmoreland Regional Hospital.
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Pochet, Richard B. 65

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1949-03-06
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard B. Pochet, 65, of Jeannette, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born March 6, 1949, in Latrobe, a son of the late Marcel Louis Pochet and Mary L. (Bendl) Pochet. He was a member of Community United Methodist Church, Irwin. He was a retired circulation manager at the Latrobe Bulletin and then worked as a supervisor at Torrance State Hospital and as a CNA at Westmoreland Manor. He was a longtime member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 2 and volunteered at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brad L. Pochet; a brother, Donald J. Pochet; maternal grandparents, Jacob and Martha (Schasney) Bendl; and paternal grandparents, Louis F. and Augusta (Dumont) Pochet. He is survived by his wife, Donna M. (Davison) Pochet, of Jeannette; two sons, Brian R. Pochet, of Greensburg, and Richard A. Pochet, of Latrobe; two brothers, Robert Louis Pochet and his wife, Ellen, of Annapolis, Md., and Louis F. Pochet and his wife, Dorothy, of Greensburg; two sisters, Mary Louise Muggli and her husband, Gary, of Latrobe, and Ellen Stas and her husband, Thomas, of Unity Township; five grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Brett, Kendall and Caedin; one great-grandchild, Braxton Kumle; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the ASPCA Medical Fund, c/o Dr. Tummons Office, 725 Duck Hollow Road Ext., Uniontown, PA 15401. 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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Seybold, James R. 88

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-07-24
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  • James R. Seybold, 88, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Lakeland, Fla. He was the son of the late Clarence Seybold and Anna Kepple. Jim was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen Mary, who died July 5, 2014. He is survived by daughters, Susan Johnston and husband, Donald "DJ", and Amy Bland and husband, Jeff; son, Richard Seybold and wife, Sharon; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Jim graduated from Jeannette High School, class of 1944, leaving early to enlist in the Navy, where he served on the USS Salt Lake City. He participated in the battles of Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After World War II, Jim worked as a piping designer for many companies in the U.S. He was a life member of the American Legion and belonged to various other clubs. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and golf. Military services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., at a future date.
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Shroyer, Walter Z. 89

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1924-10-25
  • Died: 2014-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Walter Zane Shroyer, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, in Eichars Personal Care Home, Normalville. He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Walter L. and Florence Myrtle White Shroyer. Walter was Protestant by faith. He was a retired farmer for the Shroyer Family Farm in Connellsville and also a retired employee of Permali Inc., of Mt. Pleasant. Walter was a loving father, grandfather and brother to his family. Walter's memories will forever remain in the hearts of those he loved, his three children, Mildred Arlene Dean, of New Salem, Daniel Shroyer, of Connellsville, and Margie Shroyer Sanner, of Ruffsdale; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Lillie Ventura, of Silver Springs, Md. In addition to his parents and his loving wife of 65 years, Mildred L. Bigelow Shroyer, who died Jan. 5, 2013, Walter was predeceased by three children, Lena Marie Marie Core (Jan. 4, 2013), Beverly Molen (July 4, 2013) and David Shroyer (June 26, 2014). Walter's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the time of his funeral service at 12 noon Sunday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Jeffery Welsh, Pastor of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, order flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Stecki, Martin A. 74

  • Export
  • Born: 1939-09-26
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Martin A. Stecki, 74, of Export, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Braddock, son of the late Martin M. and Mary Polek Stecki. He was a retired draftsman for Westinghouse at East Pittsburgh, Trafford and Sunnyvale, Calif., with 30 years of service. He was a member of the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, and was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Joseph Simchak. Martin is survived by his wife, Judy Marts Stecki; a sister, Frances Simchak, of Export; two brothers, Edward (Mary Caye) Stecki, of Marble, and Lawrence (Darlene) Stecki, of Canonsburg; two sisters-in-law, Janie (George) Power and Kathy (Vince) Ciampa; a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Debra) Marts; seven nieces and nephews, Carrie Ann (Jim), Christopher, Angela, Josh, Michael, Stacy and Anna; and three great-nieces, Miranda, Gigi and Mia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday in the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Mother of Sorrows Food Pantry or Mother Theresa Outreach. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Weaver, Paul W. 70

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1944-04-21
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Paul William Weaver, 70, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 21, 1944, in Herminie, son of the late Harry and Effie Lint Weaver. Paul retired from LWB Steinl Inc., where he was a field service technician. Paul loved to go hunting and camping. He loved playing blackjack at the casinos and dining out. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Nicholas Paul Weaver; and siblings, Harry Weaver Jr., Elizabeth Weaver and David Weaver. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Sandra McDonald Weaver, of New Alexandria; five sons and two daughters, Paul William Weaver Jr. and wife, Rose, of Clarion, Brian Lee Weaver and wife, Darlene, of Spring, Texas, Robert Wesley Weaver and wife, Sarah, of New Alexandria, Lori Ann Seiffert and husband, Eric, of Springfield, Mass., William Jacob Smith, of New Alexandria, Douglas Edward Smith and wife, Stacy, of Apollo, and Tammy Jane Smith Garland and companion, Bill, of Pleasant Unity; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his beloved pet dog, Pebbles. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Almon Birt, pastor of Covenant Care Ministries, of Greensburg, officiating. Burial will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Wobrak, Pastor Michelle L. 54

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1959-11-01
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Pastor Michelle L. Wobrak, 54, of Latrobe, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe. She was born Nov. 1, 1959, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Elmer and Marjorie (Hadley) Stewart. Michelle graduated from Seton Hill College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and was a Methodist minister that served the following churches: Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Jeannette, Brush Valley, Mt. Tabor and Calvary United Methodist churches, of Indiana, Pa., New Virginia United Methodist Church, in Hermitage, and Christ United Methodist Church, in Erie. Michelle loved sewing, quilting and spending time with her family at the Jumonville Christian Camp. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Billick. She is survived by her husband, Stephen "Steve" Wobrak; a son, Craig Wobrak, of Greensburg; a daughter, Ellen Wobrak, of Latrobe; a brother, Eric Stewart, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of services, Saturday in First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, with the Rev. Patricia M. Nelson and the Rev. David Lake co-officiating. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the family. To send online condolences visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Fayette County

Ambrose Jr., Roy 87

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1926-11-18
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Roy Ambrose Jr., 87, of Connellsville, passed away, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Trotter, a son of the late Roy Ambrose Sr. and Edith Allen Ambrose. Roy retired as an operating superintendent with West Penn Power, Connellsville Division, with 40 years service. He was previously co-owner and operator of the former Dairy Delight in Connellsville. He was a veteran of the Navy and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Connellsville. Following his retirement, Roy remained active enjoying hunting, fishing and golfing at Pleasant Valley Country Club, where he had been a longtime member. He and his wife, Martha, were also avid Pittsburgh Pirates fans and enjoyed spending time with their family. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Martha A. (Britt) Ambrose; his devoted children, Alan A. Ambrose and wife, Lauretta, of Mt. Pleasant, and Connie D. Heide and husband, Marshall, of Mammoth; his grandchildren, Heidi Jacquillard (Jim), Lori Champagne (Ray), Heather Hunter (Alex), Hayley Beaver (Paul), and Michelle Metz; his great-grandchildren, Justina, Luke, Lily, Allie, Camille, Kaylyn, Jake and Jacob. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, June Piasecki and Lois Whoric. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Chapel committal services and entombment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Koza, Francis Frank M. 87

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2014-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Francis M. "Frank" Koza, 87, of Scottdale, died Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, while being comforted by his loving family. Frank's family will greet friends beginning 1 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 West Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at a time to be announced.
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Leighty III, William R. 29

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1985-02-26
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William Ray "Willy" Leighty III, 29, of Connellsville, died early Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on State Route 981 in Alverton. Willy's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where his funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with his Pastor, the Rev. Robert Stewart, Officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Normalville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, order flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Washington County

Pierantozzi, Carlo A. 80

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1934-03-06
  • Died: 2014-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Marra, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Carlo A. Pierantozzi, 80, of Monongahela, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. Born March 6, 1934, in Crabtree, he was a son of the late Carlo Pierantozzi and Helen (Bocci) Pierantozzi. Following high school, Carl served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked until his retirement as a crane man in the foundry department at the former U.S. Steel Combustion Engineering in Monongahela. Surviving is a sister, Dorothy Passarello, of Monongahela; a sister-in-law, Josephine Pierantozzi; along with several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his brother, Justin Pierantozzi; and a sister, Mary Magrey. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, http://www.marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, at which time services will begin, with Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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