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Allegheny County

Lewis, Margaret 93

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" (Bitto) Lewis, 93, of Turtle Creek, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Calvin "Jake" Lewis; loving mother of Calvin (Linda) Lewis Jr., Sharon (David Parco) Lewis and Keith (Donna) Lewis; and dear grandmother of Britainy and Kali. "Marge" was a lifelong member of McMasters Methodist Church and a member of McMasters Women's Society. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in McMasters Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to McMasters Methodist Church, 200 Church St., Turtle Creek, PA 15145. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Mikosz, Irene A. 88

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Irene A. Mikosz, 88, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late John Mikosz; loving mother of Vince (Elaine) Opalsky, Bill Opalsky, Faith (Tom) Churchfield, Beverly Napierkowski, Mark Mikosz, Marcia (Art) Jennings, Marilyn (Dave) Gash and Marty (Diane) Mikosz; mother-in-law of Marlene Opalsky; sister of Louise; grandmother of Scott, Roni, Sherri, Nicky, Jason, Stacey, Keith, Michelle, Melanie, Johnathon, Anna Marie, Maureen, Johnny, Art, Natalie, Mara and the late BJ; and great-grandmother of 13. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Donations may be made to Promise Hospice of Greensburg. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Schopp, Elaine 94

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1920-08-01
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Marcuzzi) Schopp, 94, of North Versailles, died peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Northern Italy, daughter of the late Arturto and Emma Marcuzzi. She was the dear mother of Geraldine (Michael) De Savage and Paul (Terri) Schopp; special grandma of Christy (Jason) Theil, Joseph (Kara) Schopp, Renee (Dennis) Englert, Michael (Michelle) De Savage and Michelle (Jack) Ellenberger; and great-grandma of Felicia, Elaina, Ashley, Kelsie, Dominick, Damian, Grayson, Nathaniel and Jack Alixi. Mrs. Schopp was retired from JDMH as an escort and will be deeply missed by many. Family and friends are welcome from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Parting prayers will be at noon Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery. www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Baker, Warren G. 94

  • Grapeville
  • Born: 1921-02-28
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Warren G. Baker, 94, of Grapeville, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Penn Township, a son of the late John William and Lucy Louella Saint Baker. Prior to retirement, he was a finisher at Westmoreland Glass. He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Harry Baker, James Baker, Henrietta Bair, Elsie Patrick and Laura McKowen. He is survived by two sons, Daryl Baker and his wife, Linda, of Grapeville, and Rick Baker and his wife, Kathy, of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Daryl Baker Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kim Ramsey, Rick Baker, Ben Baker and Nicholas Baker, all of South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Andrew; a sister, Mary Good, of Jeannette; a brother-in-law, Gene Patrick, of Grapeville; sister-in-law, Violet Stevens, of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Bob Free, officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Bosco, Mary L. 94

  • Formerly of Bradenville
  • Born: 1921-02-26
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary L. "Mame" Bosco, 94, formerly of Bradenville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Barnes Place, Derry Township. She was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Angelo and Elisa (Brandimarte) Bosco. Prior to retirement, Mary was employed by the former Latronics Corp. in Latrobe. She was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, the St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers and the St. Rose Seniors. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gustino and John Bosco; a sister, Elisa Amelia Bosco Fleming; two nephews, John Bosco Jr. and Stanley Bosco; a brother-in-law, George Brinker; and a sister-in-law, Genevieve Bosco. Mary is survived by her daughter, Rita Camaione and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; her special grandson, Tyler C. Camaione, of Denver, Colo.; five siblings, Ferdinand Bosco and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Latrobe, Nicholas Bosco and his wife, Lillian, of Brenizer, Angelo Bosco, Judith Brinker and Sophie Ann Bosco, all of Latrobe; two sisters-in-law, Judy and Elsie Bosco; and a number of nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Barnes Place and Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care given to her during this difficult time. There will be no funeral home visitation. All are welcome to a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in St. Rose Church, 4969 State Route 982, Latrobe. Please go directly to the church. Private interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. in Latrobe is in charge of arrangements. For further information or to post an online condolence, go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Boyd, Iona J. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-03-02
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Iona J. Boyd, 88, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. She was born March 2, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late John P. and Margaret Boyd. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg. She enjoyed sewing and had been an antique dealer with her late husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harrold M. Boyd; a son, David Boyd; and a brother. She is survived by a son, James H. (Trina) Boyd, of Wexford; two grandsons, Chance and Tyler Boyd; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Dahlmann, Joy A. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joy Alene (Titler) Dahlmann, 88, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home at Redstone Highlands. She was born in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 20, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Linn and Thelma (Crosby) Titler. Joy was a member of First United Church of Christ in Greensburg and sang in the church choir. She was involved with the Appalachian Wagon Train and was a member of the Kecksburg Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer John Dahlmann Sr. Surviving are her children, Jack Dahlmann, of Florida, Tom Dahlmann (Mary), of Shamokin Dam, Pa., Mark Dahlmann (Mary), of Ohio, and Christina Mondock (John), of Mt. Pleasant; along with her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Honoring Joy's wishes there will be no public visitation. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in Redstone Highlands Chapel, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, with Pastor Bobbi Hineline officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Redstone Benevolent Fund, 8 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME is entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dell, Michael V. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-07
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael V. Dell, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born June 7, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of the late Verner A. Dell Jr. and Hilda Carpenter Dell. Mr. Dell had been employed in law enforcement for 43 years. He retired as a lieutenant with the City of Greensburg Police Department after 25 years of service and later served as chief of Campus Police at Seton Hill University. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 56 and belonged to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Michael was a veteran, serving in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam Era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul V. Dell. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Papson) Dell; his children, Laura H. Urbani and husband, Jason, and Michael P. Dell; two grandchildren, Anthony and Alexander Urbani; two sisters, Cheryl (Richard) Larson and Patricia (Joseph) Kostelnik; a brother, Mark Dell; and several nieces and nephews. At Michael's request, services are private and under the direction of KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice or Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To share an online condolence, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Galata, Helen M. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1938-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Galata, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Munhall, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Simko. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Galata was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. Helen enjoyed fitness and aerobics and especially had a sweet tooth for cakes, cookies and ice cream. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Simko, and sister, Valeria Pichura. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Galata; and daughter, Cheryl Galata (Richard), of Harmony. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Interment will follow. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hood, Ruby 92

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1922-12-19
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Ruby Hood, 92, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Connellsville, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Alice (Baker) Nicholson. She is survived by her two daughters, Peggy (Thomas) Zavatsky and June (Sam) Trout; grandchildren, Pam Zavatsky Jordan, Sam "Butch" Trout, Angela Zavatsky Barker, Sandi Zavatsky McClain, Allen Trout and Kerry Trout; 13 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; brother, Donnie; and all nine of her siblings. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where her service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Keith Solomon officiating. Interment is to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township.
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Kauffman, Evelyn 80

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1934-09-15
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Kauffman, 80, of New Stanton, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home. She was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Mt Pleasant, daughter of the late John M. and Mary A. (Warzinski) Bienia. She was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. Surviving are two children, Blaine E. Kauffman and wife, Deborah, of Greensburg, and Linda A. Garland and husband, John, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Scott Garland and wife, Janae, Stacey Garland and boyfriend, Rick Schroder, Adam Kauffman and wife, Colleen, Brad Kauffman and wife, April, and Jacob Kauffman and fiance, Ashley Rock, and children, Jordynn and Gracie; great-granddaughter, Kaylee; and sister, Veronica D'Amato, of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne A. Kauffman and son, Timothy Wayne Kauffman; two brothers, Larry Bienia and John Bienia; and a sister, Mary Steiner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Greensburg Alliance Church, with the Rev D. Roy Dail, officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Family suggests memorial contribution to Greensburg Alliance Church.
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Krehlik, Marge 95

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1919-08-05
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Marge (Gondos) Krehlik, 95, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1919, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Joseph Gondos and Mary (Cervak) Gondos. Marge was a member of Holy Family Church where she served as a frequent volunteer, selling chances and chairing fundraising activities, and was also a member of the Holy Family Rosary Society. Marge loved music and shared her talents of singing and playing guitar with many charitable and civic organizations, writing many of the songs she sang. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross and Latrobe Area Hospital and spent several years assisting with maintaining Apple Hill Playhouse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Andrew Krehlik, on July 19, 2003; her son-in-law, Dr. Francis "Barney" Beyer; and a grandson, Aaron Andrew Beyer. Marge is survived by her three daughters, Marge Kerr and her husband, Dennis "Chip," Patricia Beyer, and Joyce Akins and her husband, Paul; three grandchildren, Cameron Akins and his wife, Heather, Leah Akins and Katie Kerr; one great-grandson, Maxm Akins; a sister-in-law, Tillie Krehlik; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Holy Family Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org, Faith in Action, or Medi Home Hospice. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Lubinsky, Benjamin W. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1960-06-08
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Benjamin W. Lubinsky, 54, of Irwin, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a day at the park with his wife and daughters. He was born June 8, 1960, in Jeannette, a son of the late Benny and Emma (Giron) Lubinsky. Benjamin was a self-employed consultant. He was a 1978 graduate of Hempfield High School and a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University. Ben was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and he was also an avid sports fan. Surviving are his wife, Lori (Kerr) Lubinsky; two daughters, Lauren and Taylor Lubinsky, both, of Irwin; sister Rebecca (Hohman) Keys and husband, Larry, of Latrobe; brother, Daniel Lubinsky, of Wendell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clark and Mitzi Kerr, of Irwin; brother-in-law, Clark Kerr Jr. and wife, Judy, of North Huntingdon; and nieces, nephews and close friends. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home follow by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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McBride, Linda 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Linda McBride, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, peacefully at home with her husband, William, at her side. She was born in Greensburg on June 11, 1953, to Marian (Coval) and survinving father, James Bittinger. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Jill, of Altoona, and their children, Zoey and Gavin McBride; her sister, Lee Boehme and her son, Alex, of South Greensburg; also survived by numerous nephew and cousins. As a 1974 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she became a published freelance graphic designer and later worked for the WCCC. She was active with Arnold Palmer Pavilion and other cancer support groups and enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be especially missed by niece, Monique and her three daughters; closest friend and soul mate, Myrna; and close neighbors who have helped provide support through these difficult times. Honoring Linda's request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in memory of Linda to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.ourclubhouse.org. Donations will help support a new Our Clubhouse in the Greensburg Area. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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McCracken, Virginia M. 72

  • Hostetter
  • Born: 1943-01-22
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Virginia Mae McCracken, 72, of Hostetter, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Hostetter, a daughter of the late Richard J. Sr. and Helen J. (Smoker) McCracken. Virginia was a graduate of Latrobe High School, class of 1960, and prior to retirement worked at Bon Ton Department Store and formerly Troutman's at Westmoreland Mall. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald R. McCracken. She is survived by a brother, Richard J. McCracken and wife, Linda, of Indiana; two nephews, Jay, of Mt. Pleasant Township, and Doug McCracken, of Blairsville; and a great niece, Krystal Sellers, of Latrobe. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. James Lutheran Cemetery (upper) with the Rev. David H. Clement officiating. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rardin, Raymond C. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Raymond Carl Rardin, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born May 29, 1933, in Mattoon, Ill., son of the late Milo and Lulu Strech Rardin. He was a retired manager for MAB Paint Company; owner of a Baskin Robbins in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a manager of Glenwood Condominiums in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a former president of the Mattoon Lions Club in Mattoon, former president of the Heritage Square Condominiums, member of Manor Valley Knights of Columbus Council 4226, the Murrysville American Legion and the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. Carl was an avid golfer and maker of golf clubs and had belonged to the Cloverleaf Golf Course Tuesday League and the Irwin Country Club League. Carl also loved to play cards and he was a great storyteller. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Landy Rardin; three children, Ronald (Darena) Rardin, of Charleston, Ill., Chris (Greg) Bassett, of Homer Glen, Ill., and Pamela (Bob) Talley, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Laura, Kerry, Ryan, Robert, Shelley, Lindsay, Eric, Mark (Cheryl) Talley and Geoff (Ginny) Talley; one great-grandson, Sean; one brother, Jerry (Mary Beth) Rardin, of Grand Rapids; and two sisters, Carol (Paul) Welton, of Mattoon, Ill., and Connie Schaljo, of Lerna, Ill. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Mother of Sorrows Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. If desired, memorials may be made to the Mother of Sorrows Church. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Smen, Carol J. 57

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1958-03-20
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carol J. (Kolonosky) Smen, 57, of Pleasant Unity, died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Mrs. Smen was born March 20, 1958, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of John and Regina Kubasky Kolonosky, of Mt. Pleasant. Carol was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. She was a 1976 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School. Carol was employed as a medical coder for the Excela Hospital. Carol enjoyed going to craft shows and was an avid collector. She also loved the farmers' markets and all of the Pittsburgh sports events. She always looked forward to September, as fall was her favorite season of the year. Carol was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Carol is survived by her loving family: her parents, John and Regina Kolonosky; her husband of 35 years, Ronald R. Smen; and her children, Jeffrey R. Smen and Rachael, of Plum, and Jillian L. Smen, at home. She is also survived by her brother and sister, John J. Kolonosky and Tammie, of Mt. Pleasant, and Lisa M. Durst and Brian, of McKinney, Texas; her brothers and sisters-in-law, James Smen and Sandy, Stephen Smen and Carla, Tony Smen, Fred Pallottini and June and Louis Pallottini and Sandy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Jasmine. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Saturday in the funeral home followed by Carol's funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Inurnment will be private. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofunealhome.com.
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Smith, Marie A. 90

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1924-05-21
  • Died: 2015-05-10
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Marie A. (Testa) Blasco Smith, 90, of Jeannette, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at home. She was born May 21, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Palagaine Testa. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Jeannette, and had previously worked at AB Ceramic Shop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Blasco; her second husband, Joseph Smith; four sisters, Catherine Moffe, Cora Massimo, Josephine Bregar and Genevieve DiPietro; a brother, James Testa; and a great-grandson, George Cline. She is survived by three children, Arthur "Sonny" Blasco and his wife, Joanne, of Harrison City, Rose Marie Gaudi and her husband, Gerald, of Jeannette, and Ruthanne Busato and her husband, John, of Jeannette; six grandchildren, Mia Cline and her husband, Scott, John Busato III, A.J. Blasco and his wife, Melanie, Jayson Busato and his wife, Jennifer, Gerald Gaudi Jr. and Christopher Gaudi; six great-grandchildren, Austin Cline, Toby Cline, Christian Blasco, Dominick Busato, Alexis Blasco and Mary Elizabeth Busato; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 51 S. First St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Vincente Santiago, as celebrant. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Tomechko, Mary E. 93

  • United
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary E. Tomechko, 93, of United, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Florian Church, United. Full obituary to follow.
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Weir, Frank M. 63

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1952-01-18
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Frank M. Weir, 63, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Frank was born Jan. 18, 1952, in Latrobe, the son of Catherine Budny Weir, of Mammoth, and the late Frank T. Weir. Frank was a 1970 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School and employed for 40 years by Keck's Bottling, Pepsi Corp., now known as PepsiCo in various positions, most recently as a territory sales manager. He was a member of the Army National Guard Infantry Division and a member of St. Pius X Church Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sandra Geyer Weir; children, Fran Weir (Julie Shultz), of Mt. Pleasant, Jesse Weir (Rachel), of Scottdale, and Derrick Weir (Katie), of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Landon, Teeghan and Declan; brothers, Fred Weir (Mary Lou), of Kecksburg, Greg Weir (Leslie), of Acme, and Jeff Weir, of Mammoth; sisters, Trish Swiderski, of Greensburg, Marie Goulding (Ron), of Mammoth, and Christine Prinkey, of Ruffs Dale; a brother-in-law, Richard Gridler, of Tombstone, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. In addition to his father, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Paulette Gridler. The family is inviting friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-2122), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko, as celebrant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Mammoth. Please visit Frank's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Armstrong County

Thomas, David E. 68

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1946-10-15
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • David E. Thomas, 68, of North Apollo, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 15, 1946, in Tarentum, he was the eldest son of the late Russell G. and Lillian (May) Thomas. Dave lived in North Apollo all of his life and was a 1964 graduate of Apollo High School. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a graphic arts supervisor at Alcoa Technical Center and retired as the communication resources coordinator in 1997. Dave began a second career at Xerox, where he served as an account coordinator for 15 years. Dave was a longtime member of the Kiski Township and Ford City Sportsman's Clubs, and the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club. Dave was loyal, passionate and caring. He brought a fierce commitment to excellence in all that he did. Whether loving his family and friends, serving his clients (he had a deep connection with his friends at Seton Hill; thank you Griffins!) to his multiple passions of hunting, fishing, motorcycling (Harley all the way!), and snowmobiling with family, friends and beloved hunting partners (Frost, Molly, Magic, Sam, Nick and Candy all beautiful English Setters). Dave filled the room with his energy and love for the moment. He loved to walk in nature, be in the woods, around fields and streams, especially those of the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club where he was an avid member for more than 25 years. Now he walks amongst the most beautiful heavenly woods, fields and streams, and we are confident that he will bring tremendous passion to and receive incredible joy from each perfect step he takes. Dave is survived by his wife, Susanne T. (Devico) Thomas; daughter, Marsha Ann (Walter Stump) Thomas, of West Vandergrift; brother, Jeffrey M. (Joanne Stumpf) Thomas, of Clymer; cousins, Kathleen Ferracio, of Shaners Acres, Cheryl Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ron and Lisa Wolk, and Dan and Tammy Rusbosin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, in the funeral home in Dave's honor. On behalf of Dave, our family deeply appreciates the loving care provided by Dr. John Zitelli, his practice and the other trusted members of Dave's medical team. They, like him, fought the good fight and we are all grateful. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Cramer, John F. 90

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1924-08-02
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • John F. "Jack" Cramer, 90, of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Olean, N.Y., a son of the late John L. and Emily Enterline Cramer. Jack was known as the "Volkswagen Guy". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Allman; and two brothers, Karl and Philip Cramer. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Charlotte Stile Cramer; a son, Dr. Kerry J. Cramer and his wife, Tammie, of Gahana, Ohio; two daughters, Toni and Randy Cramer, of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Tracy, Todd, Bethany and Brianna; six great-grandchildren, Bailey, Casey, Kyle, Kimberly, Will and Tessa; and several nieces and nephews. At Jack's request, all services are private for the family. "We will miss his practical application of life principles, his tenacity and sense of humor, but especially the way he loved our mother". McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Filson, Mary Lou 89

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1925-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou (Smith) Filson, 86, of Blairsville, went to be with God on Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Delmont, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. Smith and Luella (Kemerer) Smith Newhouse. She was a 1946 graduate of Hershey High School. While raising her family she held various jobs including Hershey Chocolate Factory and New Idea Farm Equipment in Harrisburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband of 39 years, Ernest "Ink" Filson, who passed away in 1988; and two brothers-in-law. Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Hower and husband, Tom, of Berwick, and Jana Childers and husband, Dan, of Derry; and two grandsons, TJ Hower and fiancee, Danielle Dickerson, of Corning, N.Y., and Cody Childers, of Derry, whom she loved spending time with. She is also survived by brothers, Charles Newhouse and wife, Francis, of Myerstown, and Larry Newhouse and wife, Wanda, of Harrisburg; sisters, Virginia Toomey and husband, Bill, of Harrisburg, Nancy Gerber, of Annville, and Lucy Russ, of Highspire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed spending time with family and the "girl's weekends" to the outlets and wineries. At Mary Lou's request there will be no services. Memorial gift donations may be made in her name to the charity of the donor's choice. JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, is handling the arrangements. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Dobek, Mary L. 91

  • Hanover, Mass.
  • Born: 1923-06-21
  • Died: 2015-05-13
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  • Mary L. (Panigal) Dobek, 91, of Hanover, Mass., passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Born June 21, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Ferrara) Panigal. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Henry W. Dobek; devoted mother of Susan E. Drew and her husband, Leonard, of Hanover, Mass., Christine M. Dobek, of Hanover, Mass., and the late Theresa A. (Dobek) DeMaio; dear sister of John J. Panigal, of Penn, Frank M. Panigal, of Jeannette, and Josephine (Panigal) Chick, of Penn; and cherished grandmother of Kathryn and David Drew. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, Hanover, Mass. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Donations in Mary's memory can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station, Building No. 2 Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or www.theaftd.org. For Mary's online guestbook, visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com.
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