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Allegheny County

Kniss, Evelyn B. 63

  • Moon Township
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Huntsman, Rochester | Get Directions
  • Evelyn B. Kniss, 63, of Moon Township, went to be with the Lord peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family at her side. Evelyn was the daughter of the late John Sr. and Blanche (Olszewski) Brandebura; wife of Thomas C. Kniss and loving, caring mother of Kenneth T. Kniss and his fiance, Anna Barefoot; sister to Dr. John Brandebura (Margaret) and their children, William, Stephen and Matthew Brandebura and Laura Strum (Stephen) and their son, Andy, who she loved dearly. Evelyn is also survived by many loving family members and friends including her brother-in-law, Timothy Kniss (Debbie) and their sons, Timothy Allen and Tyler. Evelyn touched each person she met with her affectionate smile and personality. There will be no public visitation. The HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MOON TOWNSHIP is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Zion's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org. or The UPMC Cancer Center, http://www.upmccancercenter.com. http://www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Westmoreland County

Bidese, John B. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-29
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John B. Bidese, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 29, 1924, in Delmont, a son of the late John Bidese and Catherine Borgo Bidese. John was a retired superintendent for the PA Department of Public Welfare. He was a faithful member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where he served as an usher for many years, and a devout Catholic who lived his faith daily. John was a was a graduate of St. Vincent College, a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at Celian Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mario Bidese. He is survived by his loving and devoted sister, Josephine E. Bidese; his cousin, Albert Borgo, both of Greensburg; and many close friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of John from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg. John'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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Blycheck, Paul B. 96

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1917-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Paul B. Blycheck (Blazicek), 96, of Latrobe, formerly of Uniontown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at St. Anne's Nursing Home in Greensburg. He was born Dec. 29, 1917, in Dearth, son of the late Paul and Elizabeth (Hriska) Blazicek. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline Janos, Mary Bradshaw, Sister Sylvia Blazicek and Ann Zahuranic; and a stepgrandchild, Randy Mitchell. Paul was a member of St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown, where he served as an usher for many years. He recently attended St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. Paul worked most of his life as a painter in the construction industry and served in the Army during World War II. He was also a member of the former Uniontown VFW, the Amvets, Slovak Club and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Uniontown. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth Blycheck, of Confluence; son, Paul Blycheck and wife, Chrissy, of Latrobe; granddaughters, Abigail, Grace, Mary and Lucy Blycheck; stepdaughters, Nancy Mitchell and husband, Robert, of Confluence, Sally McClintok, of Somerset, and Barbara Shipley and husband, Ron, of Confluence; stepgrandchildren, Brooke Fichtner, Jena Brenneman, David Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell and Bria Shipley; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Logan Mitchell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave., Ext., Uniontown, and until 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, when prayers of transfer will be said. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church, 61 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown, with the Rev. Peter L. Peretti as celebrant. Interment will be held at St. Mary (Nativity) Cemetery, Uniontown, where military honors will be accorded by the North Union VFW. The parish wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. The Knights of Columbus will also have a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Cimbala, John P. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-06-08
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John P. Cimbala, 88, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at his home. He was born June 8, 1926, in Duquesne, a son of the late Joseph and Helen Lubick Cimbala Petras. John was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver by Chemical Tank Lines and also by B and O Railroad. John was an all-around handyman who also enjoyed playing the guitar and mandolin. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Cimbala; and two sisters, Mary Kovacs and Ann Halter. He is survived by his beloved wife, Julia Julock Cimbala; two sons, John and his wife, Suzie, and Matthew and his wife, Roxanne; three daughters, Julie Boyette and her husband, Joe, Helen Dickey and her husband, Tom, and Lisa Hill and her husband, Alan; sister-in-law, Ann Cimbala; and nine grandchildren, Nathan, Ruth, Andy, Michael, Luke, Brian, Dylan, Chelsea and Esther. Friends were received this past Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held this past Tuesday at St. Agnes Church followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dugger, Susan L. 62

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1952-07-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Susan L. McAlister Dugger, 62, of Scottdale, graduated to her heavenly home Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with her loved ones by her side. She was born July 21, 1952, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Frank L. and Jacqueline Watson McAlister. Susan was a faithful member of the Scottdale Church of Christ where she was past president of the Ladies Circle, former youth teacher and choir member. She was a graduate of Beaver Falls High School. Susan was a den leader and treasurer for Pack No. 151 of Scottdale and the treasurer of Troop No. 160 Boy Scouts of America, Everson, and a member of Roaring Run Campground of Champion. Susan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. Susan is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, her loving husband of 39 years, Jack K. Dugger, whom she married April 19, 1975; her two devoted sons, Keith L. Dugger and wife, Kimberly, of Vancouver, Wash., and Steven R. Dugger, of Scottdale; and her two loving grandchildren, Aimee and Samuel Dugger, of Vancouver, Wash. Susan's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional visitation will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Scottdale Church of Christ, where her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Bob Chambers, Minister, and her son, Steven Dugger, youth director of the church, officiating. Private inurnment will follow in the Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Gulla, Leona 80

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1934-08-09
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Leona Gulla, 80, of Youngwood, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Thursday, Aug. 9, 1934, in West Aliquippa, daughter of the late Mike and Ann (Kolson) Ondik. Surviving are a son, Allan T. Gulla, of Youngwood; two grandchildren, Brandie McClatchey and husband, Matt, of Harwick, and Ryan Gulla, of Youngwood; a great-grandchild, Matilyn; and a sister Mary Ondik, of Aliquippa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Gulla, and a grandson, Bryan Gulla. Services are private. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC.,Youngwood.
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Hamlin, Peggy A. 64

  • Manor
  • Born: 1950-06-13
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann Hamlin, 64, of Manor, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Crest Personal Care Home in New Alexandria. She was born June 13, 1950, in Latrobe, daughter of Raymond G. McNaughton and Marie B. Newhouse McNaughton. She was co-owner of McNaughton Milling of New Alexandria. Peggy was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. She was also very active in supporting the animal rescue league. Peggy loved animals of all types, especially her cat, Callie. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ronald E. Hamlin. She is survived by a sister, Joan Dickerson and husband, George; a brother, David R. McNaughton and wife, Georgette, all of New Alexandria; a niece, Lindsay Haluck and nephews, Michael Dickerson and David and Cory McNaughton; and her cat, Callie. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria, in charge or arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick J.C.L. Pastor of St. James Church as Celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria.
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Hawley, Henry R. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry R. "Pete" Hawley, 85, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 16, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Henry and Elva (Wessel) Hawley. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by People's Natural Gas Company. He had attended Armbrust Wesleyan Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Youngwood Sportsman Club, the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and a devoted Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America where, under his leadership, six young men received their Eagle Scout awards. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and organic gardener. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna A. (Altman) Hawley; a son, Richard W. Hawley and his wife, Beverly, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Dawn Getz and her husband, Jay, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marie A. Wilson and her husband, Ron, of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Alexandra Poole (Nathaniel), Hillary Tobin (Josiah), Jonathan Getz, Jeremy Getz, Leah Wilson and April Getz; his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley and his wife, Lois, of Arizona; a sister, CoraLee Mason and her husband, Dr. Charles Mason, of State College; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley, officiating. Private interment at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts of America. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hickle, David A. 64

  • Wyano
  • Born: 1950-02-19
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • David A. Hickle, 64, of Wyano, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of Ruth (Thomas) Hickle and the late Charles Hickle. David was a veteran of the Navy and was a member of the American Legion of Smithton, and Dormont-Whitehall Lodge No. 684 F and AM. For many years, he was active with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbie Hickle; three children, D.J. Hickle and wife, Kate, Jeremy Hickle and Matthew Hickle; two grandchildren, Ashley and Keira; a brother, Tom Hickle; and a sister, Susan Hickle. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Hickle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, please specify for melanoma. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Jordan, Phyllis I. 88

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1926-10-06
  • Died: 2014-10-14
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Phyllis I. (Early) Jordan, 88, of Irwin, died peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Walter H. and Ella (Hausman) Early. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Westinghouse Nuclear Division. She was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Herminie. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Henry "Herkie" Jordan; and sister, Rita Glasser and Betty Alberts. Surviving are two sons, James F. Jordan, of Irwin, Walter "Rooney" Jordan and wife, Joanne, of Irwin; grandchildren, Josh Jordan and wife, Erika, of Latrobe, Erikka Kremer and husband, Rocky, of Youngwood, and Rooney Jordan, of Irwin; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her loving dogs, Buddy and Ben. Friends were received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the St. Edwards Catholic Church. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lamolinara Jr., Nat A. 80

  • Loyalhanna
  • Born: 1933-11-11
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Nat A. Lamolinara Jr., 80, of Loyalhanna, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Crabtree, a son of the late Natale A. Lamolinara Sr. and Ann M. (Zeman) Lamolinara. Nat was a member of St. Rose Church and the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Latrobe Area Hospital and had previously worked at Toyad. Nat was an Army veteran, having served in Korea. He was a member of the American Greek Catholic Beneficial Society, the American Slovak Society and the White House Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and spending time on "the Derry Ridge," a place very special to him where he found peace, solace and comfort. During his retirement, he gave of his time to reach out to family and dear friends to offer help with their care and needs. Nat was a true people person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Rosella M. (Moyer) Lamolinara, of Loyalhanna; one son, Nat A. Lamolinara III and his fiance, Maryann, of Loyalhanna; one daughter, Lynn Dee Bumar and her husband, Chris, of Ligonier; one brother, Edward F. Lamolinara and his wife, Joanna, of Latrobe; and a grandson, who was the light of his life, Tyler Bumar. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Church. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Action for Animals or The Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice, the staff of Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center and its residents who have opened their hearts so kindly to Nat and his family. 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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Levett, Thomas C. 36

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Upper Burrell
  • Born: 1977-12-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thomas Clyde Levett, 36, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Upper Burrell, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1977, in Natrona Heights, to Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell. Tom was a construction worker for Local 1058 Laborers Union, Pittsburgh, and was a Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Sergeant. He was a member of the Logans Ferry United Presbyterian Church, the VFW in Lower Burrell and the FO Eagles in New Kensington. He played soccer in his high school years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the Pittsburgh sports teams, the Steelers and Penguins. Survivors include his loving fiance, Kathryn A. Bowers; children, Noah and Madison Levett; parents, Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell; sister, Jennifer (Kenneth) Matthews, of Wilmerding; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas G. (Anne) Levett and Clyde (Ethel) Robbins. He will be greatly missed and loved by everyone who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Robert Henry. Burial with military honors by the Marine Corps will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Melego, Albert B. 84

  • Tarrs
  • Born: 1930-09-07
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Albert B. Melego, 84, of Tarrs, passed away early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. He was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Albert E. and Anna Blasko Melego. Albert was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. He was a retired foreman for CK Composites, Mt. Pleasant, with 10 years of service. Previously he was employed by Permali/CK Composites, with 30 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 446 and the Slovak Club, both of Mt. Pleasant. Albert was a proud Eagle Scout of Troop No. 4, of Mt. Pleasant. Albert was a veteran of the Navy, serving during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother to his family. Albert is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Loretta A. Henry Melego, who married Oct. 3, 1959; his loving children, Gregory E. Melego and wife, Betsy, of Mt. Pleasant, Susan M. Hillegas, of Tarrs, Robert W. Melego, of Monroeville, Jeffry A. Melego and Lisa Cameron, of Everett, Wash.; his three grandchildren, Amber, Gregory and Caitlyn Melego; his two great-grandchildren, Karlee and Aria; his two brothers, Regis Marlego and wife, Marlene, of Scottdale, and Larry Melego and wife, Eleanor, of Mt. Pleasant; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Melego; and son-in-law, David Hillegas (Dec. 29, 2009). A private family visitation will be held Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME, INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A public Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Mt. Pleasant, with his Pastor, the Rev. Richard Kosisko, as celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded at the church, following the Mass, by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post No. 446 Honor Guard. To view online obituary, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Menarchek, Helen J. 95

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1919-02-15
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Menarchek, 95, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Latrobe. Helen was a member of St. Vincent Basilica. She was retired from Glosser Brothers "Gee Bee's" and enjoyed gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen A. Menarchek; four brothers, Louis, Joseph and Stanley Falenski and George Kole; and one sister, Nellie Bayus. Helen is survived by her son, John S. Menarchek and his wife Diane, of Weyers Cave, Va.; her daughter, Kathleen Weiss and her husband, Chris, of Derry; and one grandson, Andrew Menarchek and his wife, Emily, of Blacksburg, Va.; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The family would like to extend their special thanks to the staff at Loyalhanna Care Center 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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Musnug, Helen M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2013-10-01
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  • Helen M. (Schober) Musnug, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. In living memory of our mother, Helen, her family would like to request the honor of you presence to fondly remember our loving mother at a memorial service held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Bethel Cemetery. Come share the many blessings of Helen's long a fruitful life with us.
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Nahory, Elizabeth J. 78

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1936-09-19
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" J. Gallagher Nahory, 78, of Irwin, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late James D. and Bernice D. (Cutshall) Gallagher. Betty was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Louis M. Nahory; and a daughter, Vicky L. Hornak. Surviving are four children, Michael J. Lee and wife, Lena, of Trafford, Karen Schake, of Irwin, Jeff Nahory and wife, Barbara, of Jeannette, and Jill Petros and husband, Mark, of Herminie; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Norene Maskiewicz, of Irwin; and a niece and a nephew. To honor's Betty request, there will be no viewing or services. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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O'Hara Roach, Evelyn L. 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1922-05-21
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Evelyn L. "Taffy" O'Hara Roach, 92, of Latrobe, formerly of Derry, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Greensburg Care Center. Born May 21, 1922, in Manassas, Ga., and raised in Winter Haven, Fla., she was a daughter of William F. and Bonnie R. Payne. She graduated from The Macon Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1944 and soon after married Sgt. Clifford W. O'Hara, a Derry native stationed at nearby Camp Wheeler. After O'Hara's return from service overseas at the end of World War II, they made their home in Derry. During her career, she worked as an emergency room nurse in Winter Haven, as a private duty nurse at Latrobe Hospital, as an office nurse for Dr. John Blair in Derry and as the director of nursing at Edgewood Nursing Center in Youngstown. She volunteered with the Red Cross, was active in the Derry Presbyterian Church and read avidly. Evelyn was preceded in death by O'Hara in 1963. She is survived by their two sons, William C. O'Hara and his wife, Peggy (Hughes), of Latrobe, and their daughter, Megan; and Thomas J. O'Hara and his wife, Nancy, of Shrewsbury, and their daughter, Emily. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Robert E. Roach, in 1984; as well as by her parents; her sister, Edna Jones; and her two brothers, James and William Payne. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy (O'Hara) Mapel, of Sacramento, Calif., Helen (Baldonieri) O'Hara, of Latrobe, and Margaret (McManamy) O'Hara, of Mitchellville, Md.; as well as by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. 3rd Ave., Derry. A service will immediately follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Internment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Greensburg Care Center and Grane Hospice for the kindnesses and excellent care given Evelyn. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Reed, Milan P. 35

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Milan P. Reed, 35, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1979, in Jeannette, a son of Paul and Donna Majercik Reed. He was a radio technician for Transcore PA Turnpike, a member of the Lutheran Church of our Saviour, and a volunteer fireman for North Irwin VFD. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Kettren Reed; two brothers, Matthew and his wife, Samantha, and Dennis and his wife, Marie; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Lacey, Ryan, Michael, Zachary and Aidan; and aunts and uncles, Diane and Tom Weaver, and Dennis and Natalie Majerick. Services were private. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Reed Family, 1230 Brookville Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642.
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Reed, Rita M. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-04-06
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Rita M. Reed, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 6, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late James E. Murphy Sr. and Margaret F. (Henigin) Murphy. Rita was a member of Sacred Heart Church and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 515. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Raymond G. Palek; a son-in-law, John Kolan; four brothers, Herbert A., Robert E., Raymond A. and James E. Murphy Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Watson; a stepdaughter, Catherine Reed Urban; two step-grandchildren, Asa B. Reed III and Andrew J. Urban. Rita is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Asa B. Reed Sr.; two sons, Kevin Palek and his wife, Cynthia, of Latrobe, and Sean Palek, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Kolan, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ronald and her husband, Ken, of Virginia Beach, Va.; three stepsons, Asa B. Reed Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Timothy Reed and his wife, Judy, of Ligonier, and Richard Reed and his wife, Sherry, of Key Biscayne, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Margaret Terhorst and her husband, Roger, of Acme, and Dorothy Sood and her husband, Donald, of Eau Clair, Wis.; a stepson-in-law, Dennis Urban, of Latrobe; one brother, Gerard A. Murphy, of Arcadia, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Kevin Michael Palek, Loni Kolan and her fiance, Daniel Adelson, Kelli Palek O'Rourke and her husband, Tim, Amanda Trimmer, Samantha Trimmer and her fiance, Matt Oehninger, Andrew Palek and his wife, Judy, Jamie Palek, Lindsey Palek and Austin Dowden; nine great-grandchildren, Olivia, Mackenzie and Mara Lewis, Karli Sutton, Brady, Quinnlynn and Murphy O'Rourke and Hannah and Andrew Palek; and 12 step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit No. 515 will hold a service at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Reyna and staff and Medi Home Hospice, especially, Sue, Mary Jo, Beverly and Lisa 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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Shaulis, Harry D. 67

  • Hostetter
  • Born: 1947-01-14
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Harry D. Shaulis, 67, of Hostetter, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at home. He was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Hostetter, a son of the late Elmer and Mary (McMaster) Shaulis. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret M. (Pevarnik) Shaulis. He is survived by four children, Elmer D., of Somerset, Mary C., of California, and Delman L. and Becky L. Shaulis, both of Hostetter; a grandson, Andrew R. Cramer; a brother, Allison Shaulis, of Weltytown; and a sister, Nancy Vuchina, of Ligonier. A private graveside service will be held in Fort Palmer Cemetery, Ligonier Township. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, is assisting with arrangements. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Shoff, Carol 75

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1939-04-01
  • Died: 2014-10-14
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Carol Bates Shoff, 75, of Adamsburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 1, 1939, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Paul and Alice (Baumgardner) Bates. She is a member of the Christ United Church of Christ in Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Webster W. "Bud" Shoff; a daughter, Kelly A. Shoff; and a sister, Suzanne Gebicki. Surviving are three daughters, Linda Martin and husband, Edward, of Clarksburg, Ohio, Amy Kassimatis and husband, James, of Harrison City, and Robyn Shoff, of Adamsburg; four grandchildren, Joshua Kassimatis, of Harrison City, Heather Snyder and husband, Travis, of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, and Edward Martin Jr. and wife, Christina, of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Lisa Copley and husband, Jerimiah, of Frankfort, Ohio; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul "Wick" Bates, of Greensburg; a special friend, Charles Stephenson, of Adamsburg; a grand dog, Frodo; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, at which time a funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Nick Poole, Pastor of Calvary Assembly Church, Irwin, officiating. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Solomon, Mary E. 58

  • Manor Borough
  • Born: 1956-07-30
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Solomon, 58, of Manor Borough, died peacefully in her home Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born July 30, 1956, in Altoona, to the late James and Margaret Colella Beatty. She was a member of St. Barbara Parish and worked as a registered nurse. She also taught special needs children in Greensburg and also in Fairfax, Va. Mary will be remembered as putting others before herself and for her kindness and generosity toward others. Surviving are her beloved husband, James W. Solomon; loving sons, Patrick J. and Ryan W. Solomon; sister, Maggie (Jerry) Larson; brothers, Jeff (Melissa) Beatty and Karl (Sandy) Bemesderfer; brother-in-law, Randy (Melanie) Solomon; mother-in-law, Marie (late William) Solomon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, with Father Matthew J. Morelli officiating. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery, Claridge. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the St. Barbara's Haiti Mission in Mary's memory. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Wallace, Nancy J. 67

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-16
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. Wallace, 67, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Hickory, N.C. She was born Dec. 16, 1946, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late George McKain and Pearl (Byers) McKain Zimmer. Prior to retirement, she was the clubhouse manager at Cloverleaf Golf Club and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jeannette. She is survived by her children, Russell Wallace and his wife, Mary Beth, of Jeannette, Scott Wallace and his wife, Karen, of Mandeville, La., and Marlo Grant and her husband, Willie, of Hickory, N.C.; five grandchildren, Paige and Brad Wallace and Brianna, Jada and Parker Grant; a brother, Fred McKain and his wife, Pam, of Warner Robbins, Ga.; a sister, Ruth McKain, of Kissimmee Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews and her significant other, Les Fink, of Jeannette. 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 2 p.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church, 4th and Bullitt Ave., Jeannette. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Weaver, Elsie E. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, former resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born April 23, 1928, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel. Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late husband, Bill, and son, Bob, in the day-to-day operations. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for more than 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg. She was a 1946 graduate of Norwin High School. Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; brothers, Joseph and Victor Kregel; and sisters, Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner. Surviving are four children, William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, S.C., Cynthia Weaver, of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Elsie's family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Dorothy E. 86

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-08-08
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Burkley Miller waved her last goodbye to family and friends Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Bairdstown/Blairsville, to Edward Burkley and Edna Roley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Miller; her two brothers, Donald and Kenneth; her sister, Edna Mae; and her two sons, Bradley and Timothy. During World War II, Dorothy worked at the Airplane and Marine Factory in Clearfield and she was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Association. Dorothy was a deeply spiritual woman and her relationship with God was expressed in the way she approached life. No matter what trials came her way, she was responded with the same unwavering faith in her God and surrendered to His will. She was a 40 year breast cancer survivor and volunteered for "Reach for Recovery", an organization that helps those who have experienced breast cancer. Widowed at age 31, Dorothy raised her five children on her own, through the strength of her faith and the help of the people that God always seemed to place in her life to assist or lead her. After the death of her husband, she went to Beauty School and had a successful beauty salon (Dot's Curl Corner) for 43 years. She went back to school at age 42 to add electrolysis to her beauty business. Dorothy was also a valued employee of the Brooks Funeral Home Inc. since 1973. She leaves behind a rich legacy, an example of a life well lived. She searched for ways to share her passion of Our Lord with others. She has been a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, since 1948, joined the Charismatic renewal in 1970, was a member of Christ's Light of the Cross prayer group and a Diocesan leader since 1980. She became a Eucharistic Minister, headed a music ministry for the charismatic movement in the Greensburg Diocese called "Dot and the Doves". She was a hospice volunteer and later became a public speaker, sharing her story with others who have experienced traumatic loss in their lives. She is survived by three daughters, Janice Hay, Nancy Leidy and Barbara Jack; two stepchildren, Jeff Sechrist and Karen Sechrist Anderson; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Cornwall and Nancy Miller; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Christ's Light of the Cross Prayer Group will gather at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brookshomes.com.
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Mohall, Sandra L. 60

  • Enola
  • Born: 1954-09-15
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. "Sandy" Pieczynski Mohall, 60, of Enola, died peacefully early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, surrounded by the love of family and in the comfort of her home. Sandy was born Sept. 15, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of Edward Pieczynski, of Monarch, and the late Irene Rifnosky Pieczynski. Sandy was a devout Catholic and a faithful member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, Enola, and a former parishioner of Our Lady of Peace in Conway, Beaver County, where she was the parish secretary for 16 years for the former Pastor Rev. Robert Guay, who is currently Parochial Vicar of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Church Choir and Christian Mothers. She was a Girl Scout and also a member of the Alpha Zeta Delta Sorority. Sandy was a graduate of Geibel High School Class of 1972 and received her Liberal Arts degree at Mt. Aloysius College in 1974. She then received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Sandy was an administrative assistant of Youth and Young Adults of the Diocese of Harrisburg with six years of service. In addition to her father, Sandy is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Richard A. "Rick" Mohall, whom she married Aug. 20, 1977; her two loving daughters, Leann Manning and husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, and Susan Mohall and fiance, Chad Szymanski, of Toledo, Ohio; her grandson, Chase Michael Manning, of Pittsburgh; her siblings, Alan Pieczynski, of Monarch, Diana Downing and husband, Jim, of Pittsburgh, and their daughter, Anna, Barry Pieczynski and wife, Theresa, of Connellsville, and their children, Julissa and husband, Allen Arison, and Stephen and Ian Pieczynski and Alec Pieczynski and wife, Kelly, of Pittsburgh, and daughters, Alex and Bailey, Carl Pieczynski and wife, Laura, of Pittsburgh, and sons, Luke and John Pieczynski. Sandy's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with the Rev. Robert Guay, of Pittsburgh, and the Rev. John Bednarik, Pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish, Harrisburg, as con-celebrants. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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