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Allegheny County

DiDiano, Juliet 80

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Juliet (Fusilli) DiDiano Monroeville, 80, of Monroeville, died Friday, July 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. DiDiano; loving mother of Robin Kalkstein and Dr. James R. (Jamie) DiDiano and the late Edward I. Uherek; grandmother of Christopher Vecchio (Amber), Jesse (Natalie), Dustin, Amanda and Shannon Kalkstein, Zachary Uherek, Matthew, Robert and Nicholas DiDiano; great-grandmother of Addalyn Vecchio; and sister of Donald, Johnny, Joe and Darlene Fusilli, and the late Rosemary Fusilli, Katie Corsaro and Lil Simco. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Juliet was preceded in death by her parents, Dominick and Eva (Yanuzo) Fusilli. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at North American Martyrs Church, with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Interment will be following in Restland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Lee, Jack A. 79

  • Wilmerding
  • Born: 1936-07-06
  • Died: 2015-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jack Albert Lee, 79, of Wilmerding, died Thursday, July 23, 2015, in the UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born July 6, 1936, in Turtle Creek, a son of the late Lawrence and Annabelle (Soles) Lee. He was a retired staff sergeant, having served with the Marines and Army, and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Purple Heart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicky (Lee) Hornak. Surviving is his wife, Hyeson (Chong) "Sonny" Lee; children, Michael Lee and wife, Lena, Karen (Lee) Schake, Sandy Canady and husband, Charles; grandchildren, Matt, Malory, Caitlyn, Ryan, Jenna, Tommy, Raven, Chloe, Stephanie and Mike; great-grandchildren, Tori, Dylin, Faith, Rylee and Wayne; a sister, Peggy Kopilchak; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Branthoover, Jean G. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-08-22
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Jean Gertrude Johnston Branthoover, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Salem Township, daughter of the late Florence Amanda Cline Long and William Long and the late Harry Johnston. Jean was a graduate of Greensburg High School, a member of the Congruity Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout leader, a former member of the Pittsburgh Mother of Twins Club, Delmont Golden Agers, founding vice president of the Salem Township PTA and Alwine Homemakers. Jean also enjoyed attending Cloverleaf Senior Luncheons and the Slickville Senior Center. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Dean Branthoover; and a son, Barry Dean Branthoover. She is survived by four daughters, Cindy Joyce Karstaedt and her husband, William, of New Alexandria, Terry Jean Selembo and the late George, of Greensburg, Trudy June Carle and her husband, Joe, of Bellaire, Ohio, Tammy Logan Kulik and her husband, Gary, of New Alexandria, and a son, Larry Gene Branthoover and his wife, Petra, of Hollywood, Md.; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, PA 724-468-8381, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. H. Clifton Foster presiding. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congruity Presbyterian Church, 136 Fenneltown Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Domalik, Nita D. 79

  • Marguerite
  • Born: 1936-03-19
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Nita D. Domalik, 79, of Marguerite, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born March 19, 1936, in Emsworth, a daughter of the late James A. Jr. and Oneida G. (Hale) Latshaw. Prior to retirement, she worked at the Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts Office. Nita was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, James A. Latshaw III. She is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Domalik; two daughters, Leslie J. Wawrzynski and husband, Richard, of Boylston, Mass., and Anita Jo Domalik, of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Joseph and Sarah Wawrzynski; a niece, Tina Balest and husband, Michael; and three nephews, James Latshaw and wife, Anne Marie, Charles Domalik and wife, Laura, and Brian Domalik. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Drobish, Michael P. 57

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1957-10-20
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Michael P. Drobish, 57, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born Oct. 20, 1957, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Michael J. and Barbara B. Radinovic Drobish. A retired steelworker from National Tube Works and Camp Hill Steel, he was a member of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon. Michael was an all-around handyman who would help anybody. He loved to fish when he visited his sister in Erie, especially with his fishing buddy, Dave Kunes. Surviving are his sisters, Victoria (Richard) Abbott, of Erie, and Marion (George) Pambacas, of White Oak; and his cousin, Armand Stanton, with whom he resided. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Agnes Church, with the Rev. Pepe Oh Pimentel as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Fox, Lynda 46

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lynda Fox, 46, of Southwest Greensburg, died peacefully Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in her home with family at her side, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Lynda was the daughter of Mildred (Morozowich) Fox and the late Robert Edward Fox, of Greensburg; and granddaughter of the late Eva and H. Edward Fox and Katherine and Joseph Morozowich. Lynda is survived by her loving husband, Carl Richard "Rick" Anderson; and stepdaughter, Mary Lynn DePalma, her husband, James DePalma, and stepgrandchildren, Allison and Joseph DePalma. Lynda is also survived by her mother, Mildred (Morozowich) Fox Smith, and stepfather, Raymond Smith; her brother, Robert Edward Fox II; sister, Carol (Fox) Kerchensky, brother-in-law, Michael Kerchensky, and nephew, Nathan Kerchensky; stepbrother, Erick Smith; stepsister, Heather Smith; and stepniece, Alexandra Smith. Lynda had a passion for her work as coach of the Steel City Vaulters, a team of dedicated young people who perform compulsory and freestyle moves to music on Lynda's beloved horse, The Crumpet, an 18-hand American Shire. Lynda beamed at every local, regional and national competition as she watched her vaulters become more skilled and grew in their love for the sport under her watchful eye. Individual accomplishments of the Steel City Vaulters include both regional and national titles. There was no greater joy for Lynda than to prepare for competitions and see her vaulters in action. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Judah Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in Middletown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lynda's name may be made to American Vaulting Association, 1443 E. Washington Blvd., No. 289, Pasadena, CA 91104. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Horne, William J. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-07-31
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William J. Horne, 85, of Scottdale, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, July 28, 2015, in Donegal. He was born July 31, 1929, in Scottdale, the son of the late James W. and Frances Hutchinson Horne. Bill was a member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. He was a proud veteran of the armed forces, serving with the Army during the Korean War with the 28th Division of Service Company 110th Infantry Regiment, while attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class, and also served as Regimental Transportation Sergeant. He was a retired welder and crane operator for RE Uptegraff RE Manufacturing Corporation, Scottdale, with 25 years of service. Bill was a life member of Scottdale VFW Post 7781, where he was Past Commander for six years and Quarter Master for six years, and also served numerous other posts within the organization. Bill was a social member of the Scottdale Firemen's Club and the Shopmen's local 527, Pittsburgh. Bill is survived by a sister, Rose Marie Horne, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth J. Mahokey Horne, (May 20, 1994); and a brother, James Francis Horne (1967). Bill's family will greet friends from 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, with his funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his Pastor, the Rev Andrew M. Kawicki, as Celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale, with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Jaworski, Ronnie J. 71

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-03-13
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ronnie J. Jaworski, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at his home. Ronnie was born March 13, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Bruno and Martha Pieszak Jaworski. Ronnie was a 1961 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Joint Schools, a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Army, and was formerly employed by the Lenox Corp. as a bander. Ronnie was a member of American Legion Post 446 working for numerous years as a bartender, VFW Post 3368 Mt. Pleasant, the Polish Falcons Club and Hecla Sportsman's Club. Surviving are his wife, Deborah Simmons Jaworski; daughter, Ronee Bungard and husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant; stepdaughters, Trisha Simmons, of Belle Vernon, and Melissa Hlatky and husband, Del, of Smithfield; grandchildren, Nathanael and Garrity Bungard, Peyton Leichliter, Christian and Noah Miller, Tyler and Rylea Hlatky; mother-in-law, Shirley Russin, of Scottdale and his companions, Shilo and Cowboy. In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother Robert Jaworski. Friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Kim King officiating. Interment with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Please visit Ronnie's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Kalp, Delorise J. 81

  • Acme
  • Born: 1933-11-09
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Delorise J. Kalp, 81, of Acme, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at home, comforted by her family. She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Melcroft, a daughter of the late Denver and Beatrice Ritenour, of Melcroft. Delorise was a longtime member of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church. While Delorise never attended a state university or college, she possessed a great amount of wisdom and knowledge that she passed on to family and friends. Those who knew Delorise felt her compassion and caring nature to make you feel welcome and loved with her home-style cooking and hospitality. Delorise is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Harold R. Kalp, whom she married on Jan. 25, 1948; her loving children, Shirley Kalp-Pence and her husband, Gary Pence, of Acme, Debi Kalp-Denner and her husband, Bob Denner, of Acme, and Rodger Kalp and his wife, Leasa Nicely-Kalp, of Acme; her five grandchildren, whom she adored, Julie Pence-Gerlach, Adam Denner, Jason Denner, Dayna Kalp and Amy Jo Denner-Roadman; her great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Kaylee Roadman, Charlene Denner, Adam Denner Jr., Madison Gerlach and Mia Gerlach; a brother, Gilbert (Gib) Ritenour; sister, Shirley Albright; and brother, John (Donnie) Ritenour. In addition to her parents, Delorise was predeceased by a brother, William (Bub) Ritenour. Delorise's family would like to thank Excela Hospice and staff for their kindness and care. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Chris Golembiowski officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. To send a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Kozar, Joseph T. 76

  • Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Joseph T. Kozar, 76, of Scottdale, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his home. Family and friends are invited to attend Joe's memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Trinity United Methodist Church, 501 Mulberry St., Scottdale. The Rev. Harry R. Speakman will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. To share a message of condolence, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
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Leiser, Eileen M. 82

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1933-07-12
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Eileen M. Leiser, 82, formerly of Irwin, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Cape Coral Hospital, Florida. She was born July 12, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Paul and Eva (Feld) Franklin. Eileen was a former member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Herminie, before moving to Ft. Myers, Fla. She enjoyed oil painting and mostly spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W. Roger Leiser, in 2010; and her brother, Paul Franklin. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Dan) Schwartz, and her son, Richard "Rick" (Teresa) Leiser, both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Chris and Liana, Kelly and partner, Nick, Bryan and Angela, Dave and Kristy, Zach and Nicole, Kelcey and fiance, Marty, Brian and Casey, Cheryl and Brad; 16 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Edward Church, Herminie. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, in memory of Eileen.
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Levic, Jennie 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-03-18
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jennie (Sever) Levic, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born March 18, 1922, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (Russ) Sever. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Greensburg Central Catholic High School with 38 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, and the SNPJ Lodge 223 of Carbon for 70 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, August Levic, on April 4, 1980; a son, Louis J. Levic, on Jan. 31, 1994; a brother, William Sever; and four sisters, Mary Paulin, Sophia Kuznik, Verna Pinazza and Ann Kuznik. She is survived by her son, John E. "Jack" Levic, of North Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Joseph Sever and his wife, Evangeline, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Magill, Paul W. 97

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1918-07-01
  • Died: 2015-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Paul W. Magill, 97, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 23, 2015, at home. He was born July 1, 1918, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late David R. and Emma L. McIntyre Magill. Prior to retirement, he was president of Lincoln Coach Lines, North Huntington. Paul was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and enjoyed golfing. He was a member of Shidle Lodge No. 601, F and AM, Irwin, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Temple and Tall Cedars, Al-O-Mon Forest No. 77. He is survived by his wife, Marion C. Keen Magill; children, Paul R. "Skip" Magill and his wife, Sandy, of Irwin, and Sandy Bennett and her husband, Joshua, of Harrisburg; granddaughters, Debbie Brien, Jennifer Walker, and Tami Marchi; a great-grandson, Ely Walker; brothers, David E. (Lorella) Magill, of Hempfield Township, and Thomas A. (Judy) Magill, of Penn Township; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
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Miller, Shirley M. 85

  • Delmont , Formerly of Monroeville and South Hills
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Shirley M. Miller, 85, of Delmont, formerly of Monroeville and the South Hills, died Friday, July 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth; loving mother of Mark and his wife, Dawn; grandmother of Brian and David and his wife, Gretchen; and great-grandmother of Callahan. Shirley was a founding member of Faith United Methodist Church. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday only at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Faith United Methodist Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith United Methodist Women, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA 15626. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Rhoades, Robert M. 92

  • Smithton
  • Died: 2015-07-13
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Rhoades, 92, of Smithton, died Monday, July 13, 2015. A memorial service for Robert M. Rhoades will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Hoffman Cemetery (Old Brick Church), South Huntingdon Township, with the Rev. Mildred Martin officiating.
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Sebastiani, Pasquale 84

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1930-08-20
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Pasquale Sebastiani, 84, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Pacentro, Italy, a son of the late Andrea and Fiorentina Sebastiani. Prior to his retirement, Pasquale was employed as a maintenance engineer for Avanti Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. and as a glass worker for Jeannette Sheet Glass. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Holy Name Society. Pasquale enjoyed making crafts for family and friends, gardening and making homemade wine. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Flora Avolio Sebastiani; two brothers, Gaetano and Francesco Sebastiani. He is survived by three sons, Antonio Sebastiani and his wife, Lisa, of Jeannette, Salvatore Sebastiani and his wife, Mary Jo, of Dallas, Texas, and Marco Sebastiani, of White Oak; seven grandchildren, Patrick (Andrea), Michael (Ashley), Francesco, Romano, Mario, Maria and Andreo Sebastiani; a great-grandson, Gabriel Lorenzo Sebastiani; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Pasquale's funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with Pastor John Foriska as the celebrant, and assisted by Father Justin Withrow. Entombment will be private at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.
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Sebring, James C. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-09-16
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • James Cory "Jim" Sebring, 92, of Greensburg, died peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at home with his devoted family by his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Parkerton, Wyo., a son of the late Albert G. and Mabel I. (Galpin) Sebring. Prior to retiring, Jim was employed as a Methods Engineer by Elliott Co., Jeannette. He was a graduate of the G.E. four-year machinist apprentice course. Jim was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He was a member of St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Glen Sebring; and sisters, Helen Sebring Harmon and June Sebring Rogers. Jim will be greatly missed by his beloved family, his loving wife of 50 years, Elizabeth M. "Betty" (Mitchell) Sebring; sons, Mitchell Sebring (Julianne), of Austin, Texas, James Sebring (Shirley), of San Marcos, Calif., Robert Sebring (Susan), of New Mexico, and Ronald Sebring (Elizabeth), of North Carolina; daughter, Donna Sebring, of Erie; sister, Elinor Faull, of Titusville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather to all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 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. Funeral services for Jim will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Joseph of St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The Sebring family would like to sincerely thank the staff and caregivers of Heartland Hospice for the loving and excellent care Jim received and compassion shown to him and his family. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 4000 Hempfield Plaza Blvd., Suite 992, Greensburg, PA 15601. Please write "Jim Sebring" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Soles, Tracy 37

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1978-06-06
  • Died: 2015-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Tracy Soles, 37, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, July 20, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born June 6, 1978, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Paul and Laura Shaw Soles, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Sara Hardy, of Mt. Pleasant; her fiance, Shawn Smartnick; and one brother, William Soles, of Pittsburgh. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no public viewing or services. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Speicher, Alton D. 73

  • Westmoreland City
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Alton D. Speicher, 73, of Westmoreland City, died Sunday, July 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Karen (Blotzer) Tatters; dear father of Katie (Joe) Speicher-Ramirez, Lisa (Steve) Myers, Kim (Tom) Enders and Ryan (Dana) Tatters; grandfather of Dallas and Danielle Ramirez, Molly and Matthew Myers, Kaitlyn, Kathleen and Thomas Enders and Gabriel, Lukas and Kaleigh Tatters. Al was born July 19, 1942, in Conemaugh Township. He was a proud serviceman for the Navy. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Services are private. Arrangements are by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 412-823-9350.
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Zvara, Shirley B. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1926-07-14
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shirley B. Zvara, 89, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. She was born July 14, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Theodore and Jennie Mae Long Boyd. Prior to retirement, she worked as a nurse's aide at Assumption Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Zvara; two sisters, Lois Prettiman and Jean Boyd; two brothers, William Boyd and Ronald Boyd; and her cat, Bambi. Shirley is survived by her son, Michael Zvara and his wife, Paula, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Jarrod Zvara, Patricia Stephen, Matthew Howard and Amy Schneider; eight great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Stephen, Dylan Stephen, London Zvara, Noelle Zvara, Marek Zvara, Stewart Schneider, Gus Schneider and Finnegan Howard; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or services. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with arrangements. Because of her love for animals, donations may be made to Action for Animals, 386 PA Route 217, Latrobe, PA 15650. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Fayette County

Kwak, Ray T. 86

  • Bullskin Township
  • Born: 1929-01-06
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ray T. Kwak, 86, of Bullskin Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 27, 2015. Ray was born Jan. 6, 1929, in Mammoth, a son of the late John and Charlotte Wilson Kwak. Ray was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. Wounded, he received a Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and United Nations Service Medal. Ray attended Harvest Community Church, was a member of the DAV and the Purple Heart Society. He was employed and retired from Bryce Glass and Lenox Corp. as a selector after 55 years of service and was a member of the Flint Glass Makers Union. Ray was very active as "God's helper" to the Amish community of Somerset. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Landy Kwak, with whom he would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this December; a daughter, Raelene Fabbri and husband, William, of Smithton; grandchildren, William Tonetti (Tony) Fabbri and Chelsea Rae Fabbri and fiance, David Burnett; a great-granddaughter, Zoee Rae Burnett; a sister, Dorothy Beverage, of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Betty Ray, John Kwak, Verne Chappell, Norma Jean Landy, Audrey Greenawalt, Frank Kwak, Frances Hoza, Richard Kwak and Rosemary Kwak. Friends are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Rob Allison officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harvest Community Church, Medsger Road, Connellsville, PA 15425. Please visit Ray's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Ober, Nancy J. 73

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1941-11-19
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. (Kelley) Ober, 73, of Dawson, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 27, 2015. Nancy was born Nov. 19, 1941, in Englewood, N.J., a daughter of the late Roy and Pauline (Baer) Kelley. She married her loving husband, Robert N. "Bob" Ober, on May 14, 1960. Nancy began her working life as head bookkeeper for First National Bank of Arlington, Va., where she ran the earliest version of the Buroughs IBM computer. Nancy then worked at the First National Bank in Scottdale. After retiring from the bank, she founded the Brownfield Community Center Library, where she continued to volunteer for almost 20 years of service prior to her declining health. Nancy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by her daughter, Lisa Negich and her husband, Jeff, of Dawson; and her son, Robert Ober and his wife, Terri, of Fort Mill, S.C.; her five grandchildren, Jeffrey Malik and wife, Megan, of Brentwood, Tenn., Lacey Slavin and husband, Todd, of Greensburg, Larissa Malik, of Eustis, Fla., and Payton and Tessa Ober, of Fort Mill; her two great-grandchildren, Tara and Corey Slavin; her sister, Doris Eutsey, of Dawson; her brother, R. Douglas Kelley, of Everson; several nieces and nephews; her best friend, Vonnie Phillips; and her beloved dog, Abby. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Renz. At Nancy's request, there will be no public viewing or visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale, 724-887-5300, www.fergusonfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Love Lasts Forever!
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Indiana County

Strong, Mary M. 83

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1931-09-28
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Strong, 83, of Blairsville, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Torrance, a daughter of the late George Kerin Sr. and Mary "Nellie" Willforth Kerin. Mary loved spending time with her family, baking and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Strong; and a brother, George Kerin Jr. She was the beloved mother of Charlene Y. Strong, of Derry, and Darlene M. Bizich, of Blairsville; loving sister of Rose Marie Spatola, of Vineland, N.J., and Tony Kerin, of Blairsville; and beloved grandmother of Casey Marie Bizich (Austin Ellmer) and Gregory Scott Bizich. She is also survived by her former son-in-law, Larry Scott Bizich; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Pastor James Henigin officiating. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Evanchak, Thomas E. 67

  • Carmel, Ind. , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1947-09-09
  • Died: 2015-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Evanchak, 67, of Carmel, Ind., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, in McKeesport, a son of Edward G. Evanchak, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Mildred (Babic) Evanchak. Tom was a retired sales manager for Patio Enclosures. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1965, and a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Army. Tom always remained close with his Circleville friends especially Steve and Ann Sensenich and family. He loved his family, especially being "Granddad", and loved to golf. In addition to his father, he is survived by his sons, Michael G. Evanchak and his wife, Darcy, of Taylorsville, Ill., and Matthew T. Evanchak, of Jeannette; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Roney and her husband, Ed, of Level Green, and Cathy "Pinky" Kolberg and her husband, Dave of Toledo, Ohio; also nieces. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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