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Allegheny County

Elash, Jennifer 42

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1971-12-10
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Jennifer Stefaniak Elash, 42, of White Oak, beloved mother, wife and daughter, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She is survived by her adoring daughters, Grace Elizabeth, Emma Louise and Sarah Ann, as well as her loving husband, J. Jason Elash. She was born Dec. 10, 1971, in Uniontown, to proud parents, Iva Menear Stefaniak, of White Oak, and John Stefaniak, of Washington. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, John and Louise "Mum-Mum" Stefaniak. Jennifer was a graduate of Geibel High School and University of Pittsburgh. "Miss Jen" was an active community member and proud supporter of all her daughters' activities. She was a greatly loved granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A special thank you to her Aunt Brenda for all her love and support as well as all the medical and nursing staff at Shadyside Hospital involved in her care. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 310 32nd St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Donations may be made to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Holland, Marianne M. 67

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Marianne M. Holland, 67, of Monroeville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in her home. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. A funeral blessing service will be held at a time to be announced Friday in the funeral home. A full and complete obituary will be in the Thursday edition of the paper. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Westmoreland County

Arch, Charles A. 65

  • Larimer
  • Born: 1949-05-21
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Chip" Arch, 65, of Larimer, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 21, 1949, a son of Tresa Janiro Enyeart, of Larimer, and the late Anthony Arch. Chip was the owner of All Sports Trophy Store, in Irwin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. He was a Westmoreland County Commissioner for the Amateur Softball Association, and was a baseball umpire for PAL. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Enyeart; and an uncle, Louis Botti. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Denny Arch, of Saltsburg; two stepsisters, Roberta Balkovic and husband, Matt, of New Jersey, and Francis Kurutz and husband, George, of Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann Botti, of East McKeesport, Grace Wood and husband, Mike, of North Huntingdon, and Patti Ternes and husband, Paul, of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for the compassionate care they extended to Chip during his time there. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Aronckes Jr., Kenneth M. 31

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1983-06-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Aronckes Jr., 31, of Hempfield Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 28, 1983, in Greensburg, a son of Sandra R. (Seilhamer) Karr and her husband, Frank, of Hempfield Township, and Kenneth M. Aronckes Sr., of Bloomington, Minn. Ken was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School, class of 2003. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Pauline Aronckes; and maternal grandfather, Charles Seilhamer. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Isabella Kendra Aronckes, and his wife, Alyce L. Aronckes, both of Blawnox; his sister, Natalie Hagerty and her companion, Mark Ferrenberg, of Pleasant Unity, and their children, Eric Hagerty, Halie and Kendra Ferrenberg; his maternal grandmother, Doris Seilhamer, of Lowber; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ken's mother for a trust to be created for Bella. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Barron, Carol N. 67

  • Export
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Carol N. Barron, 67, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James "Jim" Barron; loving mother of Corey (Ruth Ann) Barron, of Export; and is also survived by her cherished grandson, Cody Barron. Carol was a retired school teacher with the Penn-Trafford School District. Friends are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 until time of services at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carol's name to Penn-Trafford School District. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Bellotti, Barbara A. 71

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1942-08-30
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Bellotti, 71, of New Stanton, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at home. She was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Russell and Anna (Lescznske) Conway. She was a member of Holy Cross Church, Youngwood, the Woman's Guild and a lector of the church. Surviving are her husband, Edmund Bellotti; two children, Deanne Ferguson and husband, Michael, of Harrisburg, N.C., Gregory Bellotti and wife, Rina, of Irwin; three grandchildren, Anthony Bellotti, Matthew Ferguson and Nicolas Ferguson; a brother, Wayne Conway, of Johnstown; two brothers-in-law, Larry Bellotti and wife, Anne, of Palmdale, Calif., Frank Bellotti and wife, Verna, of Ebensburg; four sisters-in-law, Romaine Nemcheck, of Johnstown, Janet Babik and husband, Bernie, of York, Mary Goiran and husband, Pierre, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Shirley Berkey and husband, Dave, of Johnstown; an uncle, Walt Lescznske and wife, Arlene, of Naples, Fla.; a special cousin, Jean Kent and husband, Earl, of Michigan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant sister. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Holy Cross Church with Father William McGuirk as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. There will be a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the funeral home. Family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Cross Church, Youngwood.
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Carr, Dorothy Mae 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-09-11
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Englewood, Englewood, Fla. | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Mae Carr, 89, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Englewood, Fla. She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Greensburg, to James and Luella Owens. She is survived by her three children, Robert (Eleanor) Carr, of Englewood, Fla., Carolyn Carr, of Columbus, Ohio, and Michael (Katie) Carr, of Dillsburg; a sister, Betty Constantine, of Greensburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Thomas, in 2011. ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. You may share a memory with the family at http://www.englewoodfh.com.
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Downs, Rose M. 71

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-10-12
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Rose M. "Joni" Downs, 71, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John Svetkovich and Virginia (Little) Svetkovich. "Joni" was a member at St. Martin Church, New Derry. She loved fishing, spending time with her family and enjoyed the new friendships she made while going through dialysis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Spohn and Virginia Lee Svetkovich. She is survived by her husband, Ernest D. Downs, of Latrobe; one daughter, Carole A. Dwire and her husband, Brock, of Derry; two sisters, Linda Stadler and her husband, Harry, of Latrobe, and Donna Maher and her husband, Robert, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Josh Dwire, of Derry, and Johnna Dwire and fiance Pat Regan, of Greentree; a special friend, Glenda Hoyle, of Latrobe; and a special nephew, Ernie Downs and his wife, Tina, of Derry. She is also survived by other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin Church, New Derry. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. 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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Fleming Jr., Harry R. 75

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1938-11-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Harry R. Fleming Jr., 75, of Rostraver Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1938, in North Charleroi, he was the son of the late Harry R. and Pearl (Heath) Fleming. Harry retired as a manager from Max Environmental in Yukon. He was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Rostraver. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and loved being with his family. Harry was a thriving volunteer at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer for the YMCA of greater Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Byers) Fleming; daughter, Tamie (Lou) Pollacci, of Rostraver; son, Tim Fleming and girlfriend, Krissie Sprowls, of Rostraver; two grandchildren, Sallie (Clint) Lawson and Seth Pollacci and fiance, Jillian Grena; brother, Sam (Joan) Fleming, of Rostraver; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. D.W. Norton, officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Heide, Anna L. 82

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1932-02-27
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Anna L. (Kirik) Heide, 82, of Norvelt, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side. Born Feb. 27, 1932, in Trauger, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kozora) Kirik. She was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, and former member of Forty Martyrs Church, Trauger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Carissa Ann Thomas; and siblings, Elizabeth (Louis) Scekeres, John Kirik, Mary (Paul) Spisak, Helen (Bob) Harr and Mike (Mary Lou) Kirik. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas Heide; children, Diane Patterson, of United, David (Sue) Heide, of Trauger, and Linda (Angelo) DaBiero, of South Lyon, Mich.; grandchildren, Brian Thomas, Scott Bando, Michael Bando, Joshua (Vicki) Heide, Jessica Heide and Lindsay Shaffer; two great-grandchildren, Chloie and Isabella Heide; brother-in-law, Walter (Karen) Heide; sister-in-law, Mary Kirik; plus several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forty Martyrs Cemetery, Trauger. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice of Latrobe for the care of their mother. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Keller, Kathleen M. 51

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1963-04-24
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Mae (Reynolds) Keller, 51, formerly of North Huntingdon, residing in Greensburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. She was born April 24, 1963, in Greensburg, a daughter of Joan Kennedy Reynolds and the late James Reynolds. Kathleen loved animals, cats, fishing, camping and reading. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, James Reynolds and his wife, Linda, of Irwin; two sisters, Kim Holemshek and her husband, Joseph, of Ruffsdale, Cynthia Dempsey, of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews, Jim and Michael Reynolds and Joanie Peterson. Arrangements will be private by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kitsko, Martin M. 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-11-06
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martin M. Kitsko, 92, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Whitney, a son of the late John Kitsko and Anna (Macek) Kitsko. Martin was a member at St. Vincent Basilica. He was retired from Standard Steel with more than 40 years of service. Martin was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army 80th Division, 318 Infantry Regiment and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the American Legion Post 982, the VFW Post 3414, the Frontier Club, the Lloydsville Veterans and Sportsmen Club, the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Club, Loyal Order of Moose and Jednota, and he was an avid gardener. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, John, Michael and Stephen Kitsko; and three sisters, Marie Williams, Elizabeth Krempasky and Anna Sass. He is survived by a sister, Cecelia Zajac, of Nescopek; special niece and nephew, Joanne Kitsko, of Latrobe, and Thomas Sass and his wife, Marcia, of North Huntingdon; two special great-nephews, Kevin Sass and his wife, Haley, of North Huntingdon, and Brian Sass, of Columbus, Ohio; special great-great-nephew, Gabriel Sass; and he is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery where graveside military services will be accorded by Greensburg VFW Post No. 33. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Nature Park Commons for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Lambert, Tammy J. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1962-09-06
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Tammy Jo Lambert, 51, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 6, 1962, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Sallie Milliken, of Irwin, and Eddie Lambert, of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur and Leah Kinzey; and uncle, Daniel Kinzey. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Eddie Lambert Jr. and Danny Joe Lambert, both of Irwin; niece, Jessica Lambert, of Irwin; nephews, Josh Lambert, of Irwin, Joel Lambert, of Maryland, Corey Lambert, of Irwin, and Derek Cangco, of Irwin; great-nephew, Chase Cirelli, of Irwin; and great-niece, Lylah Mae Lambert, of Maryland. Tammy loved and took great pride in her many houseplants and had a special gift for interior decorating. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Paul Baer officiating. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lucas, William E. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-06-16
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William E. Lucas, 78, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 16, 1936, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Walter and Edna Lucas. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Gradischek Lucas; two granddaughters, Candi and Faith Potoka; and several siblings. He is survived by three daughters, Vicki C. (James) Mehring, of North Huntingdon, Kimberly S. (Robert) Cohen, of Youngwood, and Jodi L. (Jeffrey ) Sanner, of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, William J. Sanner, Adam C. Sanner and Joshua R. Potoka. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Neubert, Violet K. 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1921-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Violet K. "Posie" Neubert, 92, formerly of Jeannette, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Juniper Village, Forrest Hills. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late James and Bertha (Dougherty) Thompson. She was a life member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette, where she taught Sunday school and helped with the Sunshine Girls and was a life member of United Lutheran Church Women. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome E. Neubert; a son, Eugene Neubert; her brothers and sisters, James E. Thompson, Murrel R. Thompson, George R. Thompson, Bertha M. Baldwin, Earl R. Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Berl T. Thompson, Carl A. Thompson, Dorothy Thompson and Margaret Thompson. She is survived by a son, Jerome A. Neubert and his wife, Joyce, of Forrest Hills; a daughter-in-law, Susan Neubert, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Kathleen Neubert Friez, Steve Neubert, Deborah Szymanski and Bryan Neubert; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st. St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner, officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Price, Samuel G. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1945-09-24
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Samuel G. Price, 68, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Jack and Bernice (Koch) Price. Sam worked for 32 years at LTV Steel, and for the last 15 years has been employed at the Allegheny County Community College. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Cannon. Surviving are his loving wife, Valerie J. Cosco; two sisters, Carol Quel, of Monroeville, and Sue Maley, of Butler; a brother, Jack Price, of Florida; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Rich Phipps officiating. Private interment will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Rady, Michael 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-04-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Michael Rady, 80, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Mountain View Specialty Care, Unity Township. He was born April 28, 1934, in Humphreys, a son of the late Steve and Anna (Compel) Rady. He was retired from Save-A-Lot and previously worked at the Kroger Co. He was the last remaining founding member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg, where he served as an usher, an ambassador of fundraising and several other roles at the church. Mike was loyal to his family; he volunteered on family projects and also enjoyed doing things for them. His leisure time included carpentry work found in many of his family's homes and he was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth E. Kreider; five sisters, Catherine Krivonik, Eva Gubanich, Mary DeCarlo, Sue Dalesandro and Anna Rady; and two brothers, Steve and Joseph Rady. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. (Kontir) Rady; two daughters, Diane L. Kreider and Cindy Miller, both of Irwin; two grandchildren, Jonathan T. Miller, of Pittsburgh, and Kayla E. Miller, of Irwin; two sisters, Helen Zilka, of Aliquippa, and Verna Palinkas, of Latrobe; three godchildren, Patty Legge, Jon Gubanich and David Gubanich; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Greensburg. Please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, 624 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Sanders Jr., Clark O. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1949-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Clark "Buster" Sanders Jr., 64, of Jeannette, was called home Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 7, 1949, the fourth child of the late Clark Sr. and Mary Clarkson Sanders. Clark attended Jeannette schools. He previously worked at Jeannette Glass Corp., in the hot end department, monitoring machines. Later, he worked for St. George Crystal with the set-up crew. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Army as an assistant platoon sergeant and equipment storage specialist. Clark enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing pool and playing shuffleboard with friends at the Grapeville Fire Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Don Sanders; a sister, Rose Marie Daniels; and half siblings, John C. Sanders, Matthew Sanders and Helen Sanders. Clark leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Agathae Allen, of Jeannette; a brother, Albert Sanders, of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Cynthia Sanders, of Jeannette, Betty Bivins, of North Versailles, Chiquita "Bug" Canady, of New Stanton, and Juanita Sanders (Cisco Carter), of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and companion, Debbie Garland. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Barbara Gunn officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Semenko, Nicholas F. 74

  • Forbes Road
  • Born: 1940-01-08
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nicholas F. Semenko, 74, of Forbes Road, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Greensburg, a son of the late Metro and Betty Rantovich Semenko. Nick was a member of the Hannastown Fireman's Club. Prior to his retirement, he was a welder for Buncher Railcar Service of Youngwood. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Carol A. Panko Semenko. He is survived by a stepson, Michael Panko, of Ohio; a brother, Dennis (Barbara) Semenko, of United; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation service provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, a Professional Cremation Service affiliate firm. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Simpson, Mark A. 58

  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1955-10-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mark Allen Simpson, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. His services are in the care of JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. The full obituary is to follow. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Melvin L. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-11-03
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Melvin Lawrence Taylor, 85, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Herbert L. and Alice (Nelson) Taylor. He retired as a partner of Wendel Machine Company, Irwin. Melvin was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 781, and Circleville United Methodist Church. In adding to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Lawrence M. "Larry" Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Clarice J. (Earhart) Taylor; children, Sandy Foot and her husband, Chris, of North Huntingdon, and David A. Taylor and his fiance, Penny Cartright, of Ridge Spring, S.C.; grandchildren, Stacey (Dan) Korber and Jason (Heather) Taylor; six great-grandchildren; also, Nellie Taylor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with his pastor, the Rev. Ray Lyon, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Circleville United Methodist Church, 11600 Parkway Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626.
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Zidak, Constance T. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-05-17
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Constance T. Zidak, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 17, 1920, in Baggaley, a daughter of the late John A. Polenavitch and Sophie (Rudy) Polenavitch. Constance was a member at St. John the Evangelist Church. She was a compassionate caregiver for her mother-in-law for nine years, her mother and father for five years and her husband for four years. She enjoyed gardening, exercising, watching EWTN and praying for others on her extensive prayer lists which were committed to memory. She was a woman of many talents, including cooking, baking, crocheting, woodworking and refinishing furniture. A conscientious citizen, she voted in more than 55 consecutive November elections for which she was awarded a commemorative plate. She enjoyed traveling, including pilgrimages to St. Joseph's Oratory, St. Anne de Beaupre, Our Lady of the Snows, St. Catherine Laboure, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., EWTN's Headquarters in Irondale, Ala., and its Temple in Hanceville, Ala., Rome and Paris and Lourdes, France. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Zidak; four brothers, Rudolf, John, Andrew and George Polenavitch; and two sisters, Wanda Hurite and Gertrude Mellinger. Constance is survived by her daughter, Paula Zidak, of Latrobe; one sister, Anna R. Polenavitch, of Latrobe; two nephews, Andrew Polenavitch, of Monroeville, and Michael Polenavitch, of Plum; and two nieces, Donna Phillips, of Hudson, Ohio, and Deborah Polenavitch, of Uniontown, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital ICU for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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