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‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by ...

Talented woodworker formerly of Mt. Pleasant built desk for Reagan

By Craig Smith
The woodworking artistry of James Myers was displayed at the White House in a desk he built for then-President Ronald Reagan and in the cabinets ...

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, ...

Daily Courier columnist knew, loved Connellsville community

By Mark Hofmann
The Connellsville community this week lost a woman who loved the city. Nancy Henry was a Daily Courier columnist/freelance writer and a Rotarian who was active in various other organizations. Henry was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. And she was a woman who knew and loved her community better than most. ...

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Westmoreland County

DeLambo, Frederick J. 73

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-09-08
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. DeLambo, 73, of Southwest Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late John J. and Amelia (Dent) DeLambo. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Quality Building Services. Pappy was the perfect husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. His family meant everything to him, including his fur babies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallyann (Ream) DeLambo, on March 6, 2011; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Croushore; a brother, John D. DeLambo; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Nalevanko. He is survived by a son, Mark G. Croushore and his wife, Sheri, of Marienville; two daughters, Mona L. Dorko, of Southwest Greensburg, and Marcia J. Sompel and her husband, Duane, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael F. DeLambo and his wife, Amy, of South Carolina; a sister, Patricia Nalevanko, of South Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gardner, Nicole A. 32

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1983-07-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Nicole A. Gardner, 32, of Hunker, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born Friday, July 29, 1983, in Jeannette, a daughter of Alan Gardner, of Crabtree, and Sharon Mayhorn, of Hunker. Surviving is brother, Michael Shotwell, of Hunker; and two half sisters, Alana and Stephanie. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood.
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Griffin, Nevaeh L. 9

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 2006-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevaeh L. Griffin, 9, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home being held by her mother and father. She was born May 1, 2006, in Jeannette, a daughter of Jason and Amber Holmes Griffin, of Ruffsdale. Prior to her illness, Nevaeh attended West Newton Elementary School. During her illness, Nevaeh spent countless hours giving to other children by collecting over 20,000 cans of Play-Doh. She used her time in the hospital and at home trying to ease the pain of other children through her selfless acts of kindness. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Black; and her paternal great-grandparents, Thelma and Joseph Griffin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her little brother, Izayah L. Griffin; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Loughner, of Jeannette, and Kenneth Holmes, of Smithton; paternal grandparents, Tina Underwood and husband, Eddie, of Derry, and Kevin Griffin Sr., of Greensburg; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Loughner, of Darragh; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Ann Holmes, of Youngwood, and Hannalore Steiner, of Darragh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins, whom she enjoyed spending time with and were her closest friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nevaeh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020, where services will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, teddy bears may be brought to the funeral home to be donated in memory of Nevaeh. Nevaeh's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Mediate, Donna Jean 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-01-21
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Mediate, 77, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kathryn (DeMaria) Emerick. She met her husband, Anthony, in 1957, and they were married Nov. 5, 1960. Donna Jean had been employed by JC Penney and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Michael; her special grandfather, Michael DeMaria; sisters, Lois and Mary Margaret; and a niece, Anarene. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Mediate; three children, Rocco Mediate and wife, Jessica, Nicole Maria Leavy and husband, Peter, and Gina Marie Mediate; six grandchildren, Rocco Vincent, Nicco, Marco, Blake, Logan and Francesca; a niece, Kathy Vernau and husband, Jack, and a great-nephew, Justin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Donna Jean's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Redstone Highlands and Promise Hospice for the amazing love, support and kindness they showed Donna and the entire Mediate family during her time there. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Blvd., Delmont, PA 15626 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute at www.myeloma.uams.edu/giving/. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Shopsky, William E. 87

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William E. Shopsky, 87, of Norvelt, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. Born June 9, 1928, in Pleasant Unity, he was a son of the late William P. and Marie Loughner Shopsky. Bill was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trauger. He was a life member of the Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg and the Norvelt Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Pleasant Unity VFW. Mr. Shopsky was a past scout master of Troop 472 of Norvelt, where he was known as "Chip." Also, he taught hunter safety classes. Mr. Shopsky was a veteran of the Navy and while serving he witnessed two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William E. "Pudgie" Shopsky, who died Oct. 8, 1984; brother, Harvey Shopsky; and sisters, Peg Loughner and Lib Struble. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bernardine Lesko Shopsky, with whom he would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with on Sept. 4, 2015. He is also survived by his sons, Bruce M. and Brian M. Shopsky; and daughter-in-law, Patty and her husband, Dan Wolfe. He was the grandfather of Karonia, Jenna, Cory and Wyatt; and great-grandfather of Elizabeth and William E. Bill's interests were hunting, fishing, boating, reading his "junk mail," going to his camp, and hanging out with his buddies at the lake building. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark A. Werner officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Shopsky's memory may be made to his church, St. Paul Lutheran, 108 Dutch Hill, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Spears, Michelle L. 37

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1978-05-10
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle Lee Spears, 37, of Greensburg, entered into the Lord's embrace, while being surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Her father and mother were there to see Michelle's first breath and her last breath. Michelle was born Wednesday, May 10, 1978, at St. Mary's Hospital, Langhorne, to Colleen M. Spears and Thomas E. Spears. Michelle is survived by her beautiful and kind son, Joseph Louis Geiser VI.; her mother and father; brother, Thomas J. Spears (Tammy); sister, Lisa M. Panzarello (Jesse); along with nieces/nephews, Tyler, Brody, Guiliana, Adelina, Alayna and Alessandra. Michelle graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1997. She was the strongest-willed person you would ever meet, had an extraordinary zest for life and always had a story to tell. She was a talented photographer, able to capture life's moments. Her smile, yell and laughter could light up an entire room. Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend will be missed more then we can bear, but we find comfort now knowing that she is now at eternal peace. May God rest her soul and continue to love her as she watches over her son, Joey, family and friends. Though she may be gone from the physical plane, she will still live on with us in our hearts and minds. As Michelle always said, "One day at a time, one foot in front of the other." Family and friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Michelle's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Fayette County

Henry, Nancy L. 61

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-02-23
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lizabeth Crislip Henry, 61, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of her loving mother, Audrey Cavanaugh Crislip, of Connellsville, and the late Jack E. Crislip Sr. Nancy was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1972. She then received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1976. Nancy was a talented journalist and worked for the Connellsville Daily Courier in advertising for many years, and she most recently worked as a freelance journalist. She was also employed at Woods Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant. Nancy was known for upbeat and interesting articles about local people and activities in Connellsville and currently wrote the "Around Town" weekly column. Nancy was active in many civic organizations, including Friends of the Carnegie Library, Connellsville Rotary Club, Downtown Connellsville, Fayette Cultural Trust and Crossroads Magazine. She was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and was a member of the Connellsville Slovak Club. She attended the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Nancy was an avid NASCAR and stockcar racing fan. She was an alumna and huge fan of West Virginia University. In addition to her mother, Nancy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her brother, Jack Crislip and wife, Patty; and her sisters, Marilee McFadden and husband, Gene, and Kathe Crislip. Nancy was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces, Audra McFadden and Elle Crislip; and her nephew, Michael McFadden. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Dow Carnahan. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the hour of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Suzanne Zampella officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425; or Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, in memory of Nancy L. Henry. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Suend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Walor, Barbara J. 82

  • Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-08-25
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  • Barbara Joanne Walor, 82, of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Lombard, Ill. She was born June 8, 1933, in Wichita, Kan. She was the only child of Florence Mae (Polson) and Curtis Everett Hunter. She attended Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1956. She married John Walor on June 2, 1957, in Wichita and they lived there until 1966 when they moved to Crystal Lake. She was a longtime teacher at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South High Schools, teaching and counseling students who were at high risk of dropping out of school. In 1974, she completed her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During her retirement, she and her husband lived in the Ozarks for five years before moving back to Crystal Lake, where they continued to golf and enjoy other outdoor activities. Her husband predeceased her, having passed away Aug. 6, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Hunter (Julie) Walor and Curt (Kendy) Walor; and her grandchildren, Gregory, John, Marin, Tru and Chase. A burial site service and ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Union Cemetery, 127 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. For more information, please call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
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