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Allegheny County

Kocik, Tracey 35

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1978-11-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Tracey Perrin Kocik, 35, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Murrysville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a hard battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born Nov. 30, 1978, in Media. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles Perrin. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville and loved spending time with her family and friends. Tracey is survived by her very loving husband, Nathan B.F. Kocik. of Pittsburgh; her mother, Margaret "Peggy" Baker Perrin, of Murrysville; her father, Bob and his wife, Michelle, of Harrison City, two sisters; Amy and Bailey Perrin; maternal grandparents, Leo and Lorriane Baker, of Donora; paternal grandmother, Esther Perrin, of Monroeville; father and mother in-law, John S. and Shawna Kocik, of Pittsburgh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends who loved and adored Tracey. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey's name to the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation Inc., 201 N. Charles St., Suite 2404, Baltimore, MD 21201. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Westmoreland County

Conners, Mildred L. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1929-07-26
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mildred L. Conners, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Country Haven Personal Care Home. She was born July 26, 1929, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Sarah Ritenour Hoyle. She is survived by one daughter, Sarah, Miller, of Mt. Pleasant; one son, Ken Conners (Karen), of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Eckenroad, of Scottdale, and Colleen Schwartz, of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Kenneth Hoyle Jr., of Scottdale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Conners; and a daughter, Sandra A. Conners. As per the wishes of Mrs. Conners, there will be no public viewing or services and interment will be private. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Costanza, John B. 68

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1946-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • John B. Costanza, 68, of Herminie, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 20, 1946, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Domenico and Nora (Smith) Costanza. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Castine; and five brothers-in-law, Marvin Turnbull, George Price, Albert Castine, Russell Elliot and Robert Peoples. Johnny was kindhearted and a hard worker. He was proud to be a barber in Herminie since 1963 until currently, when his illness worsened. He owned his own water hauling business from 1979 to 2013 and also owned a garbage route from 1980 to 1996. He was Sewickley Township supervisor up until 2010 and was a life member of the Herminie Wendel Athletic Association. He was also an active board member of the Municipal Sewage Authority of the Township of Sewickley. He enjoyed gardening and loved sharing his vegetables with his family and friends. He leaves behind Erica and Johnathin; a brother, Louis (Barbara ) Costanza, of Irwin; four sisters, Olive Turnbull, of Michigan, Ann Price, of Pitcairn, Kathleen Elliot, of Irwin, and Michaeleen Peoples, of Grapeville; numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Johnny will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Per Johnny's wishes, there will be no public visitation. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements.
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Galley, Donald R. 79

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-05-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Galley, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 27, 1934, in Youngwood, a son of the late Thomas and Virginia Griffiths Galley. Mr. Galley was a 1953 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30. During his life, he was employed as a mechanic, having worked with his father at Galley's Auto. He also worked as an insurance adjuster, welder and truck driver. He was the former owner of the Pizza Galley Shop. Don was an original member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and also was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, 28th Division, 110th Infantry Service Company, where he attained the rank of Specialist 5. He was a member of New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood and was a member and volunteer at the Bullskin Township Senior Center. Don loved hunting, fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Miner Galley, whom he married Aug. 21, 1972; daughter, Sandy Heide and her husband, Ernie, of Yukon; sons, Douglas Ullery, of Philadelphia, and Darrin Ullery and his wife, Tammy, of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Nicole Hedrick, Bobby Hedrick and Matthew Ullery, his special "buddy"; great-grandchildren, Shane, Laiken, Kylee and Kain; a brother, Larry Galley and his wife, Carol, of Scottdale; many nieces and nephews and their families; and his special friend, his pet dog, Aga. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Wingrove Galley; and a daughter, Rhoda Galley Fabian, who died July 1, 2013. Family and friends are invited to attend a committal service at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, with the Rev. David Hixon officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested by the family to New Beginnings Evangelical Church, Youngwood in memory of Donald R. Galley. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hissem, John W. 77

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1936-11-02
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • John W. Hissem, 77, of Stahlstown, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Ruffsdale, a son of the late Harry T. and Margaret Bowser Hissem. Prior to his retirement, John worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ripepi's in Monongahela. He was a member of the Stahlstown Senior Citizens and was Protestant by faith. John is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Ethel B. Tinkey Hissem; his children, John Hissem and fiancee, Stacie, Susan Hixson and husband, David, and Frances Will and husband, Mark, all of Ligonier, Kevin Hissem and fiancee, Wanda, of Acme, David Hissem and wife, RoniSue, of Mt. Pleasant, Karen Wemer and husband, Tim, of Dacula, Ga., Richard Nedrow and fiancee, Dawn, of Indian Head, Tammy Shawley and Brian Hunt, of Stahlstown, and Kimberly Eicher and husband, Chris, of Mt. Pleasant; his 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; his brothers, Harry Hissem and wife, Glenda, of Latrobe, and Henry Clay Hissem and wife, Polly, of Stahlstown; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Kerm Miller, of Lore City, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, the hour of a funeral service, in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, with the Rev. Keith Hauger officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Action for Animals, 125 Fairview Lane, Derry, PA 15627 in memory of John W. Hissem. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Levendosky II, John Butch T. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1948-06-02
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John T. "Butch" Levendosky II, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of Derry, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 2, 1948, in Latrobe, a son of the late John T. "Jack" and Edna L. McManamy Levendosky. He was a member of Word of Life Ministries in Greensburg; a graduate of Derry Area High School; a Vietnam War Navy veteran; life member of the VFW; and a former EMT with the Derry Area Ambulance Service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas A. Levendosky; and a nephew, Chad Horwat. Butch is survived by his sister, Rebecca L. Kercher (James), of Townsend, Mont.; two brothers, Robert F. Levendosky (Joyce), of Greensboro, N.C., and David M. Levendosky (Marcie Beaman), of Derry; an aunt, Peg O'Hara, of Bowie, Md.; a niece, Tina Levendosky; and three nephews, Adam and Andrew Levendosky, and Jimmie Beaman. Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Curt Detar officiating. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Lupyan, Miriam L. 61

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1952-11-01
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Miriam Louise Lupyan, 61, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 1, 1952, in Braddock, daughter of the late John George and Nellie Doloris Dennis Sage. She worked for Breeze Industrial Products Corporation in Saltsburg. Miriam was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Yurek; and a brother, John "Jack" Sage. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Ronald Richard Lupyan; two children, James Lupyan and Christie Colello and husband, James; two grandchildren, Kayla and Laurna Colello; and siblings, Jean Hilbert and husband, George, Flo Love, Sally Lanyi and husband, George, and Frank Sage and wife, Kathy. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with the Very Rev. Larry J. Kulick J.C.L., Pastor of St. James Church, as celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti) with an additional viewing one-half hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Thelma R. 71

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-05-04
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Thelma R. Miller, 71, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1942, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Wilmer "Shorty" and Mary (Mitchell) Edmundson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Oliver Edmundson. Thelma is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Clyde C. Miller; her daughter, Kelly (Scott) Miller; grandson, Justin Miller (whom Thelma was very devoted too), all of Latrobe; her sister, Eva (Robert) Morris, of Aiken, S.C., and her brother, R. Dean (Debbie) Edmundson, of Derry; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was the judge of elections for many years at the Saxman District of Derry Township and loved to go camping. Friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Chad Somerville officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made to whttp://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Pletcher, James R. 69

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1944-10-30
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James R. Pletcher, 69, a longtime resident of Ruffsdale, died Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014, in RNC of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg, while being comforted by his loving family. Jim'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. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with his pastor, Bob Chambers, Minister, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Quakenbush, Tyler L. 21

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1992-10-23
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Tyler Lee Quakenbush, 21, of Latrobe, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Tyler was born Oct. 23, 1992, in Latrobe. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Brenda (Leonard) Quakenbush and Vic Mills, of Latrobe; three brothers, Blake, Collin and Luke, all of Latrobe; his maternal grandmother, Virginia (Barra) Leonard, of Latrobe, and pap, William Hanson, of Greensburg; and aunts and uncles, Drew (Rhonda) Leonard, of Greensburg, William (Jessica) Hanson, of Greensburg, Lori (Dave) Albright, of Greensburg, Chrissy (Raphael) Albright, of Latrobe, Tom Mills, of Greensburg, and Jake Hanson, of Greensburg. Tyler is also survived by his true love, Hailee Knott; and his little buddy, Kameron, of Youngstown, Pa.; and a host of relatives and good friends too numerous to mention. Waiting in heaven to play a game of horseshoes, is his maternal grandfather, Clark "Pap" Leonard. 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 funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. David Von Schlichten, Pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. 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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Reihner I, Herbert C. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-03-23
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Reihner I, 91, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 23, 1923, in Washington, Pa., a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Amon) Reihner. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Plasteel Products, Washington, Pa. He was a member of West Washington United Methodist Church, and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ralph Riethmiller and Alan Broadway. He is survived by his wife, Ethel L. (Howard) Reihner; three sons, Herbert C. Reihner II, of Florida, Paul E. Reihner and his wife, Marianne, of Washington, Pa., and Jeffery A. Reihner and his wife, Holley, of Waynesboro; three daughters, Connie L. Riethmiller, of Norfolk, Va., Diana L. Broadway, of Florida, and Vicky L. Ahrens and her husband, Eric, of Greensburg; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Reihner, of Washington, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Ken Loomis officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends are invited to Jim's memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment will be private. A reception will immediately follow the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Wells, Martha B. 88

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martha B. Wells, 88, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1926, in Unity Township, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Florence Scherer. Prior to retirement, Martha worked in the office at Idewild Park, Ligonier. She was a member of United Church of Christ Trauger, did volunteer work at Latrobe Hospital and the Pleasant Unity Food Bank and did taxes for the elderly at the senior center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick E. Wells; a daughter, Vera Zawalsh; an infant son, Freddy; siblings, Elmer Scherer Jr., Vera Sobinsky, Edna Eckenrod and Ray Scherer. The most important things in her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the loving mother to her daughters, Barbara Wells, of Ridgeway, and Karen (Joe) Herrod, of Latrobe; loving grandmother to Eric (Georganna) Zawalsh, Jason Herrod, Adam (Kelly) Zawalsh and Shelby and Jordan Wells. She was the loving Great-Grammy Candy to Ronnie, Cayden, Tristan, Brianna and Lydia Zawalsh. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in United Church of Christ, 107 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. David J. Ackerman officiating. Please go directly to the church Saturday. Interment will follow at St. Paul Reformed Cemetery.
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Wigfield, Anna Belle

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-12-06
  • Died: 2014-04-02
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Anna Belle Wigfield, of Latrobe, Cook Township, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Harold B. Walter and Grace K. (Flowers) Walter Dira. Anna Belle was a member of Latrobe Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for 41 years. Her faith in God's promises found in the Bible is a legacy she passed down to her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Walter; and her stepfather, Frank Dira. She is survived by her husband of more than 62 years, George W. Wigfield; five children, H. Wesley Wigfield and his wife, Patricia, of Latrobe, Matthew W. Wigfield and his wife, Faye, of Curtisville, Katherine A. Hunter and her husband, David, of Latrobe, Rebecca S. Lewis and her husband, Jeffrey, of Jeannette, and William E. Wigfield and his wife, Anita, of Rector; six grandchildren, Amanda Olson (Eric), Dawn Glew (Jason), Tara Gentleman (Jeremiah), Emily Lee (Brandon), Michelle Metzler (Regis) and Shanna Horner (Brian); and 10 great-grandchildren, Kayley, Logan, Ethan, Quentin, Jaden, Eleora, Mason, Maddox, Laelah and Dylan. There will be no funeral home visitation and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Latrobe Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 549 Charles Houck Road, Latrobe. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. in Latrobe is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

LaCarte, Emma T. 99

  • Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Emma T. LaCarte, 99, of Belle Vernon, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in The Residence at Hilltop, Carroll Township. A complete obituary will be published Saturday and Sunday. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver Township, with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.
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Indiana County

Kelly, Sarah J. 83

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1931-01-02
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Sarah J. (Stitt) Kelly, 83, of Blairsville, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. She was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Clymer Road, daughter of Roy Stitt and Orpha (Barr) Stitt. She was a member of the Christian Church, Pine Flats. She was an avid Bingo player and also enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her son, Kenneth W. Kelly and Vicki, of Indiana, Pa.; daughters, Carol J. Biss and husband, Alex, of Harrisburg, Kellie J. LaVanish and husband, John, of State College, and Linda S. Emert and husband, Bob, of Darlington; son, Ed Kelly Jr., of Blairsville, son, Michael A. Kelly and wife, Darci, of Derry; son, Mark L. Kelly and Jean, of Blairsville; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, James Stitt; and sisters, Mary Collins and Carroll Siverd. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Stitt; mother, Orpha (Barr) Stitt; husband, Clarence E. "Ed" Kelly, in 2011; and sisters, Margaret Sabo and Minta Forsha. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home Inc., Blairsville. The Rev. Robert Cummings officiated. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Ligonier Gardens and also ICCU at Excela Health for their excellent care of Mother. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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