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Allegheny County

Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Tomasetti, Elizabeth 97

  • Southside
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Tomasetti, 97, of Southside, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late William; mother of Gayle (Robert) Knoll and Ronald (Kathy) Tomasetti; grandmother of Robert Jr., Rachel, Raymond, Richard, Ronald, Adam, Liz, Jeremiah and the late Bryan; great-grandmother of ten; sister of the late Phillip, Andy, Charlotte, Freddy, Michael and Ernie; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. Arrangements handled by the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood PA 15227. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Wills, Mary Jane 94

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Brown) Wills, 93, a resident of St. John's Specialty Care Center, formerly of Bellevue (West View), died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Wills Sr.; loving mother of Beverly Deiss of Bellevue and Robert L. (Karen) Wills Jr., of Greensburg; proud grandmother of Debbie (Pat) Riley, of Ross Township, Michelle (Todd) Longanecker, of Irwin, Rob (Melissa) Wills, of York, and Doug Wills, of York; and great-grandmother of Abigail, Shane, Dylan, Robby, Grace, Alex and Claire. Mary Jane was a graduate of Perry High School Class of 39 and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Fairview Volunteer Fire Company and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600, until the time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to St. John's Specialty Care Center.
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Westmoreland County

Bogonovich, Vera 87

  • Formerly of Level Green
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Vera Bogonovich, 87, formerly of Level Green, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Tomball, Texas. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Ginter, a daughter of the late Arthur and Eleanor (Minto) North. Vera was a traditional homemaker and worked in sales to open the new Kaufmann's in Monroeville in 1960. She always had a zest for life and loved all of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Bogonovich. She is survived by her daughter, Michele (Bogonovich) Metz and their children, Jerrod, Brennan and Dane (Jessica); her son, Michael (Kathleen) Bogonovich and their children, Mark E. and Leslie Ann Bogonovich, Theresa (Michael), Angela and Kimberly; and great-grandchildren, Molly, Nicolas and Owen. Friends were received at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Nate Patnode officiating. Interment followed at Irwin Union Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Busato, Xiuqin 61

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Xiuqin Song Busato, 61, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 11, 1953, in Fushun, China, a daughter of the late Song Weishan and Zhao Feng. Xiuqin was employed by the Holiday Inn Corp. She is survived by her husband, Louis W. Busato; her children, Li Yen, of Fushun, China, Lindsey Busato, of Greensburg, and Christine Busato Watson and husband, Rick, of Candor, N.Y.; two grandsons, Shawn and Zachery Watson; two brothers and a sister still in China; her father-in-law, Louis Busato and wife, Jackie, of Jeannette; a sister-in-law, Sally Young, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Funeral services and interment in Calvary Hill Cemetery, in Crabtree, were private. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, was entrusted with arrangements.
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Charlesworth, Donna L.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1961-09-06
  • Died: 2014-11-25
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  • Donna Louise Charlesworth, of Greensburg, lost the battle to cancer Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1961. She is survived by her three children, Rhiannon (Jerry, Cameron, Shaun, Cairynn and Connor), Tiffany (Brandan) and Maverick (Racheal); father, Lou Charlesworth; brothers, Ed (Joyce, Emmy, Cathy and Eddie), Joe (Mary, Julie, Ryan, Mike and Cody) and Mark (Teresa, Brandon and Tessa); husband, Rich Chianese; best friend for life, Carol; knitting buddies in "The Chubby Knitters Club"; an endless number of close friends; and her dogs, "The Rat Pack," including her beloved Chihuahuas and shih tzu pups. Though she faced several struggles during her lifetime she never gave up the fight, even to her last breath she continued to be a fighter. She taught her kids and loved ones what it means to be resilient, strong and genuine. Through the hardship she always had a smile on her face, while selflessly doing all she could for others. For example, in August 2014, she received a donation for Dollars for Donna (http://www.facebook.com/dollarsfordonna) from Steel City Roller Derby of $300 and donated it back to the league. One of her proudest accomplishments was the charity event she started, Benefit Beach Party, inspired from her illness. She used a portion of the proceeds to help others fight cancer. Her final wishes were to make sure that her doctor got recognition for his close attention and special care he provided. She loved and was forever thankful for Dr. Tawbi of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. She also wanted to help research and future cancer victims so she donated her body for scientific research through Life Legacy. Donna was a magnificent person in so many ways. When asked how she wanted to be remembered she said, "Funny, creative, artsy-fartsy, caring, beautiful, loving and an animal lover." She loved knitting, painting, art, being with her children and grandchildren and the holiday season. Her children are thankful for the time we got to spend with her and are glad she is now at peace. She will be deeply missed. A gathering will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the residence of Joe and Mary Charlesworth, 3471 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650 to celebrate Donna's life.
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Cherrone, Robert R. 89

  • Export
  • Born: 1925-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Cherrone, 89, a lifelong resident of Export, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Export, a son of the late Nicole and Serafina (Calisti) Cherrone. Bob was a retired machinist at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, where he served as a waist gunner on B-24's. Robert was Catholic by faith and had many interests but was especially fond of gardening and the joy he received in giving the fruits of his labor to his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Louis and Earnest; five sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Lauria, Algie and Dorothy; and a step-daughter, Mary Margaret Hill. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Rebich) Cherrone; a sister-in-law, Josephine Cherrone; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Robert lived a long and satisfying life and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (no visitation Sunday). Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Dollman, James H. 86

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1928-06-15
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jim" Dollman, 86, of Delmont, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was born June 15, 1928, in Nadine, a son of the late Harris and Eleanor (Loy) Dollman. Prior to retiring, Jim was employed in the trucking industry. He served in the Army during the Korean War, earning Army Good Conduct and Defense Service medals. He was a Mason and a founding member of Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Thelma H. (Stroschein) Dollman. He was the loving father of Kathie I. Kirschman (late Duane R.), of Delmont, and David J. (Deborah) Dollman, of New Alexandria; loving grandfather of Jennifer (Michael), Kathryne (Jonathan) and David J. II (Elisha); and loving great-grandfather of Andrew, Abbigail, Alliyah, Nicole, Nathan, Samuel, David J. III and Leila. He is also survived by his brother, Samuel (Louise) Dollman, of Hawaii; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A service of Christian burial and committal services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, officiated by the Rev. Ron Raptosh and Pastor Donald Watkins. A song that was special to Jim will be sung by the Rev. Dr. Deryl Larsen. Everyone please meet at the church. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim's memory be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA 15626. Please write "J. Dollman" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Dominick, Shawn J. 49

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1965-02-09
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Shawn J. Dominick, 49, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Feb. 9, 1965, in Greensburg, a son of Rose (Mangione) Dominick, of Latrobe, and the late Frank M. Dominick. Shawn was a member of St. Bartholomew Church. He enjoyed cooking and had attended Westmoreland County Community College's culinary school. He was an avid collector of collectables -- anything, anywhere, anytime. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lewis and Carmella Dominick; and his maternal grandparents, Louis and Sapienza Mangione. In addition to his mother, Shawn is survived by a brother, Gerard R. Dominick and Tami Mastrojohn, of Akron, Ohio; a special niece, Jocelyn R. Dominick, of Stow, Ohio; a special aunt, Flo Hiznaneck, of Greensburg; special cousins, John J. Dominick, Kevin and Lisa Kuncher, Jason and Dee Mignogna and Michelle Keenan; numerous other cousins; his special friends, Kevin Myers, Aaron Loughner, Neill Stouffer, April Osbourne, Steve Saling, T.R. Butler, Susan Sandford, Mark and Karen Ruoff; and many other friends. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action or Westmoreland County Humane Society. Rose, Gerard and Jocelyn would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, UPMC Montefiore, UPMC Presbyterian, Faith in Action, everyone at Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Heartland Hospice, especially Shari Taylor, for their caring, loving and healing hands. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Eaglehouse, Richard D. 63

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1951-07-18
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard D. Eaglehouse, 63, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born July 18, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of Jolene M. (Leccia) Eaglehouse, of Latrobe, and the late Richard P. Eaglehouse. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and had been employed by Designed Alloy Products Inc. Rick was an avid sports fan. He loved golfing and played in the Vasco Golf League and had coached softball and basketball for a number of years. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Kowalski. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Nancy J. (Kowalski) Eaglehouse, of Latrobe; four daughters, Amanda J. Kubasky and her husband, Christopher, of Greensburg, Michelle L. Eaglehouse, Rachel A. Eaglehouse and Jocelyn M. Eaglehouse, all of Latrobe; a brother, Thomas E. Eaglehouse and his wife, Linda, of Greensburg; a sister, Karen A. Raishart and her husband, Michael, of Norvelt; and his father-in-law, John Kowalski. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his special dog, Zoe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Shadyside Hospital's 7th Floor West staff for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Gebadlo, Ann C. 86

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-03-28
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Ann C. Gebadlo, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born March 28, 1928, in Searight, a daughter of the late John and Anna Gabor. Prior to her retirement, Ann was employed at the A and P Grocery Store in the meat department with 25 years of service. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, Markvue Manor Womens' Club and AARP 3221. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis R. Gebadlo; two brothers, John and Daniel; and two sisters, Mary and Sophie. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence W. and his wife, Mary Louise, of West Newton, and Daniel M. Gebadlo and his friend, Anna Winship, of Erie; grandchildren, Mark and Jill Gebadlo, Michael and Kelly Gebadlo, Anne Marie Cataldi and John, Aaron and Danielle Gebadlo, Emily Leroy and Michael and Timothy Gebadlo; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends were received Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held Monday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment was in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Church in memory of Ann. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Goodman Jr., John Jack E. 52

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1962-01-21
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John E. "Jack" Goodman Jr., 52, of Unity Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at his residence. He was born Jan. 21, 1962, in Latrobe, a son of Genevieve "Jenny" (Ferlan) Goodman, of Latrobe, and the late John E. "Jack" Goodman Sr. Jack was the owner/operator of Goodman Trucking and he loved to help others. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancee, Rita V. Edge, of Unity Township; one sister, Joann Goodman-Bentley and her husband, Al, of Austin, Texas; and three nieces, Natalie, Jenny and Jackie. 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. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Westmoreland County Memorial Park, where entombment will follow. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the cemetery chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lupus Foundation at http://www.lupus.org. 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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Graham, Thomas E. 82

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1932-05-06
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Graham, 82, of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1932, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late John Edward Graham and Julia (Poiriez) Graham. He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Bernett) Graham; a grandson, Christopher J. Cardy; a brother, John P. Graham; and a son-in-law, William R. Ludvigson. Tom is survived by his daughter, Coleen J. Cardy, of Ligonier; his son, Bruce E. Graham and his wife, Cheryl, of Johnstown; his brother and sisters, Dolores "Dee" Jackson, of Ligonier, Elizabeth "Libby" McKlveen and her husband, Don, of Ligonier, Julia "Dicky" Ambrose and her husband, Jim, of Ligonier, Howard Graham and his wife, Mary Ann, of Cadiz, Ohio, Loretta Wissel and her husband, Duane, of Lincoln, Neb., and Leona Moyer and her husband, Harry, of Latrobe; his two grandchildren, Megan Ashley Graham and Abbey Taylor Graham; his sister-in-law, Sandy Graham, of Ligonier; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. There were no public visitations. Family and friends were invited to attend a memorial service Sunday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. Paul Poerschke, officiating. Interment was private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center emergency room, Good Samaritan 5th floor, ICU, and palliative care 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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Hile, Wilma J. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-01-30
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Wilma Jeanne (Beers) Hile, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Creighton and Wilma Beers. She was a choir member at the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville and a member of the Murrysville Women's Club, and she participated in Summer Stock Theatre. Wilma is survived by her husband, Paul Lowell Hile; a son, Mark C. Hile, of Plum; a daughter, Paula J. Hile, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and one granddaughter, Jamie J. Crookham, of Hopewell Township. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville with the Rev. Chris Livermore and Pastor Bob Ellson officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverview Memorial Park, Penn Hills. If desired, memorials may be made to the church. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hoffer, Homer E. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Homer E. Hoffer, 84, of Scottdale (Bullskin Township), died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 4, 1930, in Acme, a son of the late Henry and Elsie Brown Hoffer. Mr. Hoffer was employed as a construction worker and farmer. He was a member of the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and choir member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Snyder Hoffer; his children, Loretta Painter and her husband, Homer Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, Darell Hoffer and his wife, Janice, of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley Keller and her husband, Melvin, of Jones Mills, Julia Miller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Casselberry, Fla., Henry Hoffer and his wife, Kathie, of Acme, Myron Hoffer and his wife, Eileen, of Scottdale, and Glenda Bradley and her husband, Damon, of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Philson Hoffer, of Greensburg, Kenneth Hoffer and his wife, Ida, of West Middlesex, Carolyn Clark, of Berlin, Robert Hoffer and his wife, Eleanor, of Acme, Orlando Hoffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Acme, and Ronald Hoffer and his wife, Wilda, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Marie Keller; a grandson-in-law, Mark Elam; and siblings, Otha Hoffer, Belle Kreinbrook, Dorothy Snyder, Huldah Stouffer, Hazel Rooney and Wilmer Hoffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. There will no viewing on Thanksgiving Day. Viewing will continue from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional viewing will take place from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hunter, Eva J. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-11-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eva Jean (Cramer) Hunter, 80, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her residence. Eva Jean was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Russell Charles and Josephine Ida (Minerd) Cramer. She was married to Eugene V. Debs Hunter Sr., who passed away March 4, 2001. Eva Jean was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School, class of 1952, and years ago worked as a baker in the Tasty Pastry Bakery, in Connellsville. She was a member of the Bryan United Methodist Church, near Dawson, where she taught Sunday School. Years ago, she was affiliated with the Owensdale United Methodist Church and the Scottdale Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the Scottdale Woman's Garden Club and the Brownfield Community Center. Eva Jean took enjoyment in singing and playing the organ. Eva Jean will be sadly missed by her loving family; her three children, Donna Kay Nicholson and her husband, Clarence Nicholson Jr., of Connellsville, Eva Marie Gaffney and her husband, Wayne Gaffney, of Scottdale, and Robert Earl Hunter and his wife, Stephanie, of Connellsville; her two step-children, Sandra Phelps and her husband, Harry, of North Carolina, and Eugene V. Hunter II, of Darragh; her 19 grandchildren; her 24 great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Dorothy Stoner, of Ohio, and Donna Lee Brooks and her husband, Eugene, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Jean Hunter; her two sons, Kenneth Glenn Hunter and George Hunter; her step-daughter, Susan Hunter; her granddaughter, Jennifer Jean Fox; her grandson, Jimmy Crise; her two brothers, Wilber and Walter Cramer; and her two sisters, Marjorie Biller and Pauline Meloni. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE, (724-887-5300 ) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com (GPS: N40 degrees 06.136 W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastors Chris Varney and Roy Butt co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery next to her late husband. Love Lasts Forever!
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Joyce, Mary E. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-09-29
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth Joyce, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla. She was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Sweeny) Moore. Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral where she was a former member of the parish council. She was on the board of directors of Clelian Heights School and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. Mary belonged to various Bible study groups and was a quilter, weaver and spinner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Moore. Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred M. Joyce; her daughters, Carolyn Bump and husband, Walter, of Floresville, Texas, and Colleen McWilliams and husband, Richard, of Export; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn and Kelly Colleen McWilliams. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where Prayers of Transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Clelian Heights School, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Latshaw III, James A. 74

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-10-16
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James A. Latshaw III, 74, of Southwest Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Murrysville, the son of the late James A. Jr. and Oneida G. (Hale) Latshaw. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Greensburg Salem School District. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by a son, James P. Latshaw and his wife, Anne Marie, of Clinton, N.Y.; a daughter, Tina Balest and her husband, Michael, of Irwin; two granddaughters, Alyssa Balest and Tiffany Latshaw; a sister, Neta Domalik and her husband, Joseph, of Marguerite; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lucotch, Elizabeth J. 81

Majeski, Edith 97

  • Mt. Pleasant , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1917-07-15
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Edith (Fueller) Majeski, 97, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Mrs. Majeski was born July 15, 1917, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Minnie (Masur) Fueller. Mrs. Majeski was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Mt. Pleasant and was a 1936 graduate of Oliver High School. Edith had worked for the J.C. Penney Co. as a sales clerk. She served on the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and enjoyed doing volunteer work for many organizations. She is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Myrtle M. Sumoski and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; her grandson, Gregg Manjerovic and his wife, Michelle, of Annville; her grandchildren, Riley and Tyler Manjerovic; her step-grandchildren, Courtney and Noah Reitz; and her sister, Myrtle Fueller Brooks, of Belleview. In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Majeski in 1982. As per honoring the wishes of Edith, there will be no public hours of viewing or visitation. Private inurnment will be in Highwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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McSorley Cucchi, Shirley E. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-09-14
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Shirley E. (Huffmyer) McSorley Cucchi, 83, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James "Sam" and Iola (Slagle) Huffmyer. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin, also part of the Sweet Adelines singing group and a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than seven years, Joseph Cucchi. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Gary) Hunt, Arthur (Bonn) McSorley, Michael (Jennifer) McSorley, Patricia Talbot Reuther (Robert Feldman), Donna (Torok) McSorley and Kathleen Lyons; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; sister, Phyllis (Hugh) Joslin; brother, James (Sue) Huffmyer; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Church, 502 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Clifton J. Suehr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org. For online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Muto, Margaretta E. 96

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1918-02-24
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Margaretta E. Muto, 96, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Kornbauer Love. Margaretta was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Margaretta was predeceased by her husband, John Muto, in 1974; sisters, Lillian Knechtel, Marie Stevens and Elizabeth Wilson; and brothers, Harry "Buck" Donnelly, Joseph Love, John Love, Robert Love and Howard "Stew" Love. She was the last surviving member of a large family. She is survived by a daughter, Eleanor DeFelice, and a son, Russell Muto and wife, Ann, all of Greensburg; grandchildren, Margie Humm and husband, Jay, James Graham and wife, Beth, John Graham, Christina Graham, Stacey Sloan and husband, Charles, and Shelley Muto; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaretta's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Hempfield Manor nurses and staff, and the Three Rivers Hospice, for all of the wonderful care and support that she received during her time there. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Naeger, Eleanor 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-11-10
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Naeger, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the Mountain View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. She was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Bridge) Shabella. Eleanor was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. She loved gardening, crafts and sewing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilary T. Naeger, April 5, 2014; and six siblings, Agnes Stascheck, Sarah Yuhouse, Frank Shabella, Martin Shabella, Cecilia Shabella and Mary Mariana. She is survived by her son, Richard M. Naeger, of Derry; her grandson, Stephen Naeger, of Derry; her great-granddaughter, Allison Naeger; two sisters, Barbara Ballash and Francis Unferdorfer; her former daughter-in-law, Karen Naeger; three sisters-in-law, Rose Flodin, Mildred Shabella and Loretta Shabella; two brothers-in-law, Bill Naeger and Jerry (Marian) Naeger; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Online condolences and guestbook can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Nardelli, James L. 85

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1929-02-27
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Attorney James L. Nardelli, 85, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Feb. 27, 1929, in New Kensington, son of the late James L. and Florinda (Marini) Nardelli. He was the husband of 57 years of Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli. He was the founder of Nardelli Law Office, P.C. in New Kensington, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate and Law School. Mr. Nardelli practiced law in Western Pennsylvania for 57 years. For more than 50 years, he was solicitor for New Kensington Municipal Authority. He also served as solicitor for Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary, Avonmore Borough, and the Westmoreland Housing Authority. He was on the board of the New Kensington Civil Service Commission. In his younger days, he loved off-roading, motorcycles, horseback riding and was an accomplished piano player. He enjoyed watching the Steelers and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and also was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli, of 57 years, of New Kensington; three sons, James L. (Deborah) Nardelli Jr., of New Kensington, Anthony (Terri) Nardelli, of Allegheny Township, Michael D. (Tambrea) Nardelli, of Arnold; daughter, Mary Christina (Raymond) Matejczyk, of Michigan; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and Zachary Matejczyk and Jessica and Sarah Nardelli. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 until the time of the service of a funeral Liturgy outside Mass at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Nice, Roy A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-09-21
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Roy A. Nice, 66, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the home of his sister in Hannastown. He was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Wheeling, W.Va., the son of the late Roy Nice and Catherine (Reynolds) Kuhns. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Frank Kuhns; and a granddaughter, Paige. He is survived by two sons, Jason Nice and his wife, Holly, of Youngwood, and Christopher Nice and his wife, Kara, of New Alexandria; a daughter, Dana Snyder; four grandchildren, Christian, Bryan, Xavier and Raina; and his sister, Margaret Malone, of Hannastown. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday in Community United Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria, with the Rev. Kathleen Shirey officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Peer, Jimmie Beth 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jimmie Beth (Marple) Peer, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va., a daughter of the late James S. and Jessie (Armstrong) Marple. Jimmie Beth was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout her life and most recently retired as a nurse's aide for Right at Home Health Care, of East Pittsburgh. She was a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in business and marketing and a master's degree in business administration. Jimmie was a member of Murrysville Alliance Church, and also a member of A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education), the Order of the Eastern Star, of California, Pa., the Adamsburg Community Fire Hall Social Club, and also a member of the WVU marching band and was a very talented musician and pianist. Surviving are her husband, Dennis Peer Sr.; two children, Nichlas Kaukonen and fiancee, Julie Huppman, of Coal Center, and Jamie Jarmon and husband, Joseph Jr., of Salem, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Dennis Peer Jr. and wife, Darcy, of Pittsburgh, and Kaitlin Peer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Joseph Jarmon III; two sisters, Daphne Moore and husband, Ernest, of West Virginia, and Dolores Pease and husband, Alan, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Ritenour, Cheryl D. 57

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1956-12-15
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Cheryl D. Ritenour, 57, of Derry Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1956, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late C. Homer "Grizz" and Carole G. Hartshorn Miller. Cheryl was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Youngstown. She had worked at Torrance State Hospital in dietary and had previously worked at the Sheetz in New Alexandria. Prior to her health problems, she belonged to many organizations and was willing to help anyone in need. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who will be missed more than words can say. She is survived by her loving daughters, Danielle (Pete) Dreistadt, of Pleasant Unity, and Denise (Eric) Catone, of Derry Township; two brothers, Charles F. Miller (Judy Lynch), of Derry and Clifford W. Miller, of New Derry; her sister, Crystal L. (Gregg) Lazar, of Irwin; five grandchildren, Pete, Colette, Eric, Chloe and Nicholas; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. A special thanks to all of Cheryl's caregivers. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Rohaly, George 97

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • George Rohaly died peacefully at home surrounded by his family and went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was born May 5, 1917, in The Run section of Greenfield, a son of the late Helen (Gull) and Andrew Rohaly Sr. Mr. Rohaly was one of 10 children, all whom have preceded him in death except a brother, Nicholas, in Nevada. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, William A. Conley. George is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, "Hon" Jean (Gruss) Rohaly; children, Georgia (William) Turnsek, of Irwin, Nancy (Jon) Hamlin, of Florida, and Babs (Mark) Tuccelli, of Greensburg. He was also blessed with grandchildren, Jeanne Langol (David) Drinon, of California, Tyler Hamlin, of Florida; and a great-grandson, Drew Drinon, of California. Mr Rohaly was retired from Monongahela Connecting Railroad, Hazelwood, after 41 years of service. He was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead, where he and Jean enjoyed donating their time making pirohy and koloc for holiday sales. George loved gardening. He was always proud of his vegetables and flowers. A special thanks to the nurses and aides at Excela Hospice, especially Pat McCormick, who gave George loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. You will live in our hearts until we are with you again. All our love George, Dad, DeDee. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike. A Panachida (memorial service) was at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann St., Homestead. Interment was in Irwin Union Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Short, Agnes B. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Agnes B. Short, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late John Zurick and Anna (Kovacs) Zurick. Agnes was a member of Holy Family Church, where she served as organist in the late 1960s through the early '80s, was a member of Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, and sang in the church choir. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert A. Short; three brothers, Anthony, Edward and Albert Zurick; and three sisters, Elizabeth Oswald, Eva Jean Dale and Joanne Harr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Thomas and her husband, Curtis, of Greensburg; and five sisters, Mary Ellen Fluxmon, of New York, N.Y., Anna Mae Mellett, of Pittsburgh, Rose LaRue, of Johnstown, Theresa Polosky, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Peipock and her husband, Michael, of South Bend, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Holy Family Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Humane Society. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stephens, Thomas D. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. "Drew" Stephens, 72, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 30, 1942, in Jeannette, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. Prior to retirement he was employed by All Metals Fabricating Company and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army. Drew was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jeannette, American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville and ABATE. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Elmer Stephens; six sisters, Florence Myers, Nora Belle Stephens, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyllis Griffin. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah DelGross, of New Alexandria; a sister, Stella Butler, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Thornton, Richard L. 61

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1953-05-08
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Thornton, 61, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Thornton was born May 8, 1953, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Robert and Grace (Krebs) Thornton. He was a graduate of Sto-Rox High School. Rich served in the Army during the Vietnam War era. He was employed by the Wabtec Co. of Greensburg as a press operator. Rich enjoyed camping and working in his garden. He was a member of the Shaft Club. Rich is survived by the love of his life for more than 29 years, Denise Anderson; his son, Ryan Thornton; his brothers and sisters, Ronnie Thornton, David Thornton and his wife, "Babs," and Linda Barrett, all of McKees Rocks, and Robin McBane and her husband, Chris, of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Rich was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Thornton; his brother-in-law, Leo Barrett; and his sister-in-law, Frannie Thornton. Family and friends were received this past Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, where funeral services were held this past Friday. Interment was held in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com. The family wishes to thank the staff of CCU at Frick Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness.
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Van Kulich, Hilda 92

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1922-08-12
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Billick, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Hilda Van Kulich, 92, of Monessen, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care Center. Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Monessen she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Galuppo. Hilda was a very active member in the Charleroi Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Emil K. Van Kulich; and three sisters, Martha Frow Dubnansky, Linda Bieneck and Alba Mallino. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Toni and George Theys, of Ruffs Dale; one grandson, Christopher and Crystal Theys, of Ligonier; and two great-grandsons, Zachary and Alexander Theys; two sisters, Eva Giannini of Charleroi, and Ruth and Anthony (Chick) Trozzo, of Monessen; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Julie Galuppo, of Coal Center; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Cary Center and Heartland Hospice. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Blvd. and Marion Ave., Monessen, http://www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, with the Father Michael Crookston officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Vensko, Elizabeth K. 84

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1930-01-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth K. Vensko, 84, of Hunker, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Monday, Jan. 20, 1930, in South Greensburg, daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Kopcho) Vensko. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Greensburg. She worked for Penn Albert Towers and Seton Hill College. Surviving are a brother, Andy S. Vensko, Hunker; two sisters, Verna M. Vensko, Hunker, and Sue Anna Price, Hagarstown; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Vensko; and two sisters, Agnus and Catherine Vensko. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A Parastas service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Requiem funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church with Father Regus Desenta officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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Fayette County

Grimm, Dorothy A. 84

Sessler Umbel, Clarissa Criss 89

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1925-08-15
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Clarissa "Criss" (Dally) Sessler Umbel, 89, of Uniontown, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Balsinger, a daughter of Philip Leroy Dally and Jessie Belle Franks Dally. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Russell Sessler Jr.; and a brother, Jesse Leroy Dally. Criss was a 1943 graduate of German High School and went on to further her education at Bob Jones University, California University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as an educator in Friendsville, Md., Barrington College and for the Intermediate Unit No. 1 in Fayette County before her retirement. She was a faithful member of Third Presbyterian Church and served as a Sunday School teacher, elder, a member of the Grace Bible Class and dedicated member of the choir. Criss was also active in the Fayette County Sunday School Association, Fayette County Christian Endeavor, where she enjoyed leading singing with her never-ending enthusiasm. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and PSEA. Criss was a world traveler and was an avid reader. Left to cherish Criss's memory is her husband, William Kimmel Umbel; her daughter, Amy Bane and husband, Mark, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a stepson, Ernest Umbel and wife, Julie, of Friendsville; and a stepdaughter, Kathy Deal and husband, Scott, of Addison. Family will receive friends from noon to 2 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Third Presbyterian Church followed by a service celebrating Criss's life at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Chris Enoch and Pastor Michael Grantz as co-officiatiants. Interment will follow in Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.adferguson.com.
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Shearer, Donald L. 66

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Shearer, 66, of a lifelong resident of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his home, while surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Connellsville, the son of the late Laren G. and Florence Bigham Shearer. Donald was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1966. He then attended West Virginia University, where he played varsity baseball and was a graduate in 1970. Upon graduating from WVU, Donald had the opportunity to sign with the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team but chose to stay in Pennsylvania to start a family. Donald continued his passion for baseball as he went on to play and manage for the Mill Run baseball team in the County Baseball League. Donald had worked as a track foreman with CSX for 30 years and he was a member of the BMWE Local No. 1049 for 30 years. Donald was very civic-minded. He served in the West Virginia National Guard, he was a member of the Mill Run Recreation Authority and he was a lifetime member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run where he served as the Sunday school teacher for the Couples Class. Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen Cunningham Shearer; his son, Brian Shearer and wife, Nikki, of Mill Run; his daughter, Stacey Shearer Hoover and husband, Jay, of Mill Run; his grandchildren, Cole, Bryn and Kace Shearer and Derek, Kara and Kylee Hoover; his sister, Karen Rebar, of Connellsville; his brother, L. Glen Shearer and wife, Peggy, of Mill Run; and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310). (There will be no viewing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.) A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Dull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Landsmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Donald L. Shearer. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Brocious, Thomas D. 51

  • Dixonville
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh, Hillsdale | Get Directions
  • Thomas Duane Brocious, 51, of Dixonville, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME LTD., 18944 Route 286 Highway East, Hillsdale, Indiana County. There will also be a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at New Life Lutheran Church, 1209 Leroy Road, Marion Center, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service, officiated by Pastor Stephen C. Bond. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
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Bennett, Tembra A. 74

  • New Bern, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-11-22
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  • Tembra Anne Horrell Bennett, 74, of New Bern, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after a long illness. A native of Western Pennsylvania, she lived in New Bern, N.C., since 1972. She is survived by her husband, Roger; son, Chris (Beth) Bennett, of New Bern; daughter, Michelle (Alice) Bennett, of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Luther, John, David and their families, of Ligonier; and her granddaughter, Olivia, of New Bern. Tembra will be missed by friends and students in New Bern where she taught art in the Craven County School System until her retirement in 2001. She was both an artist and art collector who traveled with her husband to the cities and museums of Europe to see the masterpieces in person. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Bethany Christian Church, in Arapahoe, N.C. Family will receive friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at COTTEN FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28557 or Bethany Christian Church, 8126 N. Carolina 306, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the Bennett family at http://www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
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