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Allegheny County

Hall, Georgia R. 98

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1916-03-26
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Georgia R. (Miller) Hall, 98, of White Oak, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born March 26, 1916, in Elm Grove, a daughter of the late David Benton and Jessie Ella (Bowsman) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leroy Hall. She is survived by her children, Martha Lee (Paul) McGowan, of North Huntingdon, and James LeRoy (Barbara) Hall Jr., of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Maryann (Clayton) Smith, of Uniontown. Georgia was a member of the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Hall Auxiliary for many years. She was an avid square dancer and volunteered work in nursing homes by performing dances. She loved gardening, being outside and taking care of others. Her sweet, loving soul will be missed greatly. Burial will take place in Round Hill Cemetery and arrangements are in the care of STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 412-678-6177.
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Westmoreland County

Black, Leah J. 86

  • Perryopolis , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Leah Jane (Gordon) Volk Orr Black, 86, of Perryopolis, formerly of West Newton, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in West Newton, daughter of the late Charles and Susannah (Highberger) Gordon. She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Leo William Volk and Ralph Emerson Orr. Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also, she was a faithful and beloved member of Bible Alliance Church of West Newton. Surviving are her husband, John Eugene Black; five children and four stepchildren, Susan J. (Andrew) Volk Mizak, Mary E. (Charles) Volk Popovich, Ann L. (Robert) Volk Wolfe, Paul W. Barbara (Volk), Virginia L. (Thomas) Volk Spano, Debbie (Timothy) Black Britt, Lori Black, Douglas Black, Lisa (Arthur) Black Tice and the late John E. Black III; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Friends may gather at noon Thursday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. in the Bible Alliance Church, Route 31, West Newton. Interment will follow in Mill Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Alliance Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Blasco, Elsie L. 88

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1925-07-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elsie L. Blasco, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born July 31, 1925, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late John J. Hacker and Mary E. (Kubath) Hacker. Elsie was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church and a former member of its Ladies Guild. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and traveling all over the country to her husband's Army reunions. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. Blasco Sr.; a brother, James Hacker; and a sister, Shirley Falino. Elsie is survived by four sons, Stephen J. Blasco Jr. and his wife, Suzie, of Marysville, John G. Blasco, of Latrobe, James A. Blasco, of Latrobe, and Walter A. Blasco and his fiancee, Reyne Mazzarese, of Loyalhanna; a brother, John Hacker, of Penn Hills; a sister, Karen Klym, of Derry; five grandchildren, Natalie Blasco, Nick Blasco, Andrew Blasco, Shawn Blasco and his wife, Lacey, and Aaron Blasco and his wife, Becky; two great-grandsons, Carter and Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their care, the nurses and staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their many years of care to the family and also their heartfelt thanks goes to Reyne and Elsie's sister, Karen, for their devoted care that they provided. 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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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Capasso, Nancy L. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-07-05
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nancy L. Capasso, 84, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 5, 1929, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late August and Bessie (Zello) Pedicone. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Theresa Daverse, Mary Ann Sikora and Genevieve Loncharich; and five brothers, Carmen, Henry, Joseph and Frank Pedicone and Vincent Capozzi. She is survived by her husband, Alexander N. Capasso; their son, Alexander Capasso and his wife, Karen, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Andrea and Marissa Capasso; two brothers, Richard Capozzi and his wife, Julie, of Harrison City, and Robert Capozzi and his wife, Marlea, of Tryon, N.C.; two sisters, Florence Gray, of Ruffsdale, and Angeline Schultz, of Acme; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carns, Bobby E. 80

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-05-29
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Bobby Eugene Carns, 80, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born May 29, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Pealer P. and Margaret Heffelfinger Carns. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Martha Jane O'Brien Carns. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Fairmont Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Somerville officiating. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Cencebaugh, Rickey N. 54

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1959-11-18
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rickey N. Cencebaugh, 54, of Irwin, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was born Nov. 18, 1959, in Albany, Ga., a son of Betty Griffith Wolfe, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and the late Edward Boone Cencebaugh. He was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Sarah; and a stepson, David Hawthorne. In addition to his mother, Rickey is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Egic Hawthorne Cencebaugh; a son, Evan Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; a daughter, Eden Cencebaugh, of Lake Placid, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, David, Kayla (Jake Siko), Devon (Kelsey), Jordan, Emily, Ethan and Hunter; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Madelyn; two brothers, Ralph (Michelle) Cencebaugh, of Debary, Fla., and Edward (Tracy) Cencebaugh, of Port Orange, Fla.; a stepson, Toby (fiancee, Leeann) Hawthorne, of Mt. Pleasant; a stepdaughter, Kim Hawthorne, of Irwin; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Mike (Tracy) Egic, of Irwin; and a daughter-in-law, Candice Hawthorne, of Jeannette. Cremation provided by BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, a Professional Cremation Service affiliate firm. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shafton Fire Hall, 681 Jackson St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Dell Sr., Richard W. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Dick" Dell Sr., 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 29, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard John and Anna Olga (Nopp) Dell. Dick was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and, prior to his retirement, he was a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, having owned and operated the former Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe for 34 years. He was a member of St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church near Marguerite, and a former member of the Latrobe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association. Dick loved music and was a talented musician, able to play nine different instruments. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Ridilla) Dell, in 2005; and a brother, Hiliard Jerome Dell. He is survived by four children, Sandy Dell, of New York City, Richard Dell Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Pittsburgh, John Dell and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe, and Barbara Dell Combs, of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sienna Rose Combs, Shane Arthur Hamilton Combs and Cinthia Rose Combs; a brother, Robert Howard Dell and his wife, Edith "Toots", of Latrobe; in-laws, Cecilia Dell, Helen Rosa (William), Martha Rullo (Daniel), Susan Schmucker, Peter Paul Ridilla (Joan), Harry R. Ridilla (Helen) and Stella "Toto" Ridilla; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedicts Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Father Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Detar, Mary V. 88

  • Irwin , Formerly of Penn
  • Born: 1925-10-12
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary V. Detar, 88, a resident of Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin, formerly of Penn, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Penn, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anastasia Tarus Subaczus. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed by the Belle View Company in Penn and was a housekeeper for several priests in Penn for more than 20 years. She was a member of the former St. Boniface Church in Penn, the church's Christian Mothers, choir and also the Silver Threads. Mary enjoyed gardening, bowling, bingo and taking care of her husband and family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Lee M. Detar in 2004; a sister, Nellie Schade; and two brothers, George and Jim Subaczus. She is survived by her children, Sharon Garrick and husband, Nick, of Newark, Del., Lee M. Detar II and wife, Rose, of Pittsburgh, Dennis Detar and wife, Sharon, of Ashburn, Va., and Kathy Gennuso and husband, Rich, of Robinson Township; grandchildren, Nick Garrick II, Kevin Gennuso and wife, Aman, April Magent and husband, Chris, Jason Garrick, Lee Detar III and wife, Erica, Nicole Stewart and husband, Sean, Matt and Kristine Detar and Mitch Gennuso; great-grandchildren, Ben and Claire Stewart, Abigail and Gabriel Detar and Liam Gennuso; a sister, Ann Campbell, of Uniontown; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett, of Irwin; a special niece, Carol Gudac, of Uniontown; and several other nieces and nephews. Mary's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of both the Golden Heights Personal Care Home and the Bridge's Hospice for the kind and personal care Mary 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. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Bridge's Foundation, 1200 Golf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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DiDonato, Irene C. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-01-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Irene C. DiDonato, 75, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anastasia (Garbol) Chekanowsky. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, and its Rosary Altar Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all her siblings, John, Bill, Mary and Helen. She is survived by her husband, Emery J. DiDonato; a daughter, Lynette DiDonato and her husband, Keith Gassman, of Greensburg; a son, David DiDonato and wife, Kathy, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Nicole A. DiDonato and her fiancee, Hunter Owen, Gabby Gassman and Lexi Gassman; and several loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Cemetery, Ambridge. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Catholic Church, 560 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Dixon, William R. 69

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-10-15
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William R. Dixon, 69, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Frances M. Dixon. Prior to his retirement, William was employed as a master molder by Brass and Bronze Casting Co. with 41 years of service. He was a member and bartender at the Slovakian Club, Lower Greenfield, member of Hahntown-Wendel Club and social member of Westmoreland City Firehall and Adamsburg Firehall. He enjoyed fishing, doing home improvements, woodworking and jerry-rigging anything on which he worked. He was well-known for being a jokester and pulling pranks. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. Barney Dixon; daughters, Stacy A. Barbour and her husband, Michael, of South Greensburg, and Stephanie A. Dixon and her fiance, John Shakoske, of Rilton; brother, James Dixon, of Pittsburgh; sister Linda Fidel and her husband, Bill, of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Jenna and Andy Barbour; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved four-legged companion, Rudi. Friends were received Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will followed in the funeral home chapel. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Donovan, Mary M. 92

  • Formerly of Sutersville
  • Born: 1922-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Donovan, 92, formerly of Sutersville, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Verona, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Jaros) Palochik. Mary was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. Prior to retirement, she was the postmaster of the Sutersville Post Office. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Kahn and husband, Michael, of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Donovan, of Irwin; a son, William Donovan and wife, Lisa, of Brewster, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Fentzel, of Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Emma Santostefano, of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Kahn and husband, Scott Bieker, of New York, Peter Kahn and wife, Karin, of Milton, Mass., Christine Shope and husband, Jim, of Irwin, Katie Mumm and husband, Travis, of Volo, Ill., Colleen Donovan, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Anne Donovan and Claire Donovan, both of Brewster, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Madison Caruso, Kaylee Shope, Carter Kahn, Davis Kahn, Daphne Bieker, Theo Bieker and Teegan Mumm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, William Donovan; a son, Terry Donovan; brothers, Michael Palochik and wife Anne, John Palochik and wife Jean, Paul Palochik and Andy Palochik; sister, Frances Hester and husband, John; and brother-in-law, Earl "Bud" Fentzel. Friends were received Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in Holy Family Church. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 225 N. Second St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Greguric, Elaine A. 87

  • Formerly of Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1926-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Krotz) Greguric, 87, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Freund) Krotz. Elaine was employed at one time as a secretary for Westinghouse Printing of Trafford. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, of Irwin, its BYKOTA Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists and served her church in many other ways. Elaine was the youngest and last surviving of her 10 siblings. In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Greguric. Surviving are three children, Jean (Steve) Halza, of North Huntingdon, Joel (Patty) Greguric, of Baldwin, and Jan Greguric, of Peters Township; seven grandchildren, Katie and Andy Halza, Ryan and Alex Greguric, Kayla (Tyler) Short, Kiersten and Hannah Greguric; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Halula, Frances G. 93

  • Marguerite
  • Born: 1921-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Frances Geraldine Halula, 93, of Marguerite, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Nature Park Commons, Hempfield Township. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Yarab) Halula. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, its Blessed Virgin Sodality and Living Rosary Society. She was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch No. 144, Marguerite, and also Branch No. 98. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Mary, Anna, Agnes, Catherine, Sister M. Scholastica, OSF, and Elizabeth; four brothers, John, the Rev. Raymond and two infant brothers, both named Stephen; and two sisters-in-law, Rosalie and Florence. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph, of New Cumberland, and Edward Halula and wife, Dorothy, of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Helen Novotny, of Greensburg; and a sister-in-law, Grace Halula, of California, She is also survived by caregivers, nephew, Gervase "Jerry" Gumbita and wife, Ann, and niece, Mary Jane Schnupp; and numerous additional nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A parish rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Prayers will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Nature Park Commons and Viaquest Hospice LLC. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hanson, Jane L. 93

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1921-02-13
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jane L. Hanson, 93, of North Huntingdon, now residing in Harrisville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Autumn Grove Care Center in Harrisville. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Braddock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hanson; two daughters, Linda J. Hanson and Dayna Keeler. She is survived by one son, Cary Hanson and his wife, Lorette, of Harrisville; four grandchildren, Heather Butler (Greg), Hayley Dubovsky (Dave), Dawn and Ryan Keeler; three great-grandchildren, Austin Lovett, Alexis Miller and Cody Dubovsky. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hysong, Betty L. 82

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-12-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Hysong, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Niswonger Forejt. Mrs. Hysong was a 1949 graduate of the former Scottdale High School. She was formerly employed at Union Apparel in Norvelt for 20 years. She also worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear and later at County Market. She is survived by five daughters, Tawnyia Dodd and her husband, Allen, of Donegal, Kim Overly, of Norvelt, Tammy Cook and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant, Kerrie Hysong and her companion, Mark Soforic, of Hecla, and Tara Miele and her husband, Dan, of Mt. Pleasant; a "special daughter", Debbie Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Dodd, Rhea and Randy Overly, Kelly Novak, Gary Cook, Frank and Kaylin Chain and Trin and Danny Miele; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Bodie, Kaysea and Ashten Dodd, Ayla Mena and Vaun Stout and M'Kaila Cook; brother, Charles Forejt, of West Virginia; special niece and nephew, Chuck and Cindy; and her special hospice nurses, Jenny Caruso and Cheryl Potoka. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Randy Overly. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the hour of funeral services with the Rev. Harrison Smith officiating, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be private. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jamnik, Zora 96

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Zora (Malek) Jamnik, 96, of Trafford, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Evening Star Personal Care Home, Wilmerding. Zora was born May 5, 1917, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Mato and Kata (Zaluski) Malek. Zora was retired from the Croatian Fraternal Union in Wilkins Township and was a member of Lodge 141 of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was an avid bowler and loved dancing polkas with her husband, "Jam," at the Slovenian Ballroom. Zora was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Jam" Jamnik, in 2007; and her siblings, Matt and John Malek, Barbara Skrbin, Anna Koshko, Mary Tomasic, Catherine Raspolic and Charlotte Bozic. Zora is survived by her daughters, Arleen Toocheck and Norma Jean Sudina (Mike), all of Level Green; her grandchildren, Barbara Toocheck, Rebecca Toocheck (Kurt Schnaubelt), Matt Toocheck, Antonio and Stephanie Sudina; and her great-grandchildren, Zora and Alex, Patton and Isabella Toocheck. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085 or Evening Star Personal Care Home, 200 Caldwell Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Jones, Loree V.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Loree Virginia Jones left this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Silver Spring, Md. She was a lifetime resident of Jeannette until August 2010, when she relocated to Silver Spring because of poor health. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Jeannette, where she served over the years on the Trustee Board, the Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide and Stewardess Board. She was also the Mother of Church. Loree was a licensed practical nurse and was employed at Westmoreland Hospital and the former Monsour Medical Center. She held memberships in the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch of the NAACP, the Jeannette Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Greensburg Business and Professional Women's Club. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 62 years, Willie Jones; her son, William Charles Jones; her parents, Rosa Lee and Charles Eliard; three sisters, Cenota Barclay, Lois Wimbush and Nina Davis; and a brother, Charles Bruza Eliard. She is survived by her daughter, Olgarita and husband, Will, of Silver Spring, Md.; her son, Larry "BeNo" Jones, of Jeannette; two grandsons, Mycal (Dina) and Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Giovanna Loree and Mycal Oliver; a sister, Rosalie "Woodgie" Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the church, at which time a home going service will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Kalp, Audrey J. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Audrey J. Kalp, 77, of Ligonier, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, with her loving husband by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Arden and Ruth Brinkley. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Audrey loved to shop, travel and spend time with her family. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenlyn "Glen" Kalp; two sisters, Lois Brinkley, of Long Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Basinger, of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul D. Poerschke officiating. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West Main St., Ligonier.
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Kattera, Bernadette 62

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1951-07-28
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Yancosky Kattera, 62, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the UPMC Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kattera was born July 28, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Crivella Yancosky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Christian Mothers. Bernie was a 1968 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She received her BA in history from Seton Hill and then went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie retired from the Mt. Pleasant Area School System, primarily as the librarian at Rumbaugh and Norvelt Elementary Schools. The year before she retired, she was librarian at the Senior High School. Bernie was responsible for organizing the Read Across America Program in the district. She was loved by her students, and respected by her colleagues for her dedication and contributions to the teaching profession. During her career, Bernie served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, and was also very involved with her work as treasurer of the Westmoreland County Association of School Librarians. She belonged to the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Bernie loved PBS, old movies, history and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was sit on the beach and read. Bernie touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and will be remembered always for her gentle spirit. Bernie is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Jaclyn Kattera and her fiance, Nicholas Cerkovnik, of Latrobe; her sisters and brother, Anne Forsythe, of Scottdale, Joseph "Coke" Yancosky and his wife, Carol, and Connie Thomas and her husband, Terry, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Toni Brown, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to her parents, Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Kattera, in 2007. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kattic, Joanne 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-11
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Joanne Andrecak Kattic, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Joanne was born July 11, 1936, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Wargo) Andrecak. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Peters High School in McKeesport in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Joann Fabrics. She is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Andrecak; and grandson, "JJ" John Patrick Jones III. She will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Donald Kattic, of North Huntingdon. Surviving are five daughters, Laura (Philip) Ivkovich, of Vero Beach, Fla., Lana (Mark) Huffman, of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa (Ed) Kovalcin, Luanne Jones and Leslie (Tom) Quealy, all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Cara (Erik) Falk, Christine Bratkovich, Heidi Stogard, Katie (Chris) Adcock, Melissa Kovalcin, Philip Ivkovich, Eddie Kovalcin, Mandie Starkey, Claire Jones and Tommy and Trey Quealy; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Brooke, Billy, Avery, Anderson, Ellie, Madison and Murphey; and sisters, Dorothy (Harry "Bud") Hines, of Greensburg, and Patricia "Patsy" (Victor) Falvo, of New Jersey. She was a gifted and avid quilter and belonged to the Norwin Quilt League and won first place at the Westmoreland County Fair. The family is especially proud that she donated "lap quilts" to the Veterans Hospital. She will be missed very much and is with the Lord and Angels in Heaven. Friends were received from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Born: 1926-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Mammoth, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Repiscak) Kovacina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, Tom, Michael and Rudy; and sisters, Pauline Kirik and Elizabeth Kovacina. He was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Prior to retirement, George had been employed for 35 years by Citizens Telephone of Mammoth. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, and the NRA. George was the loving husband of 26 years to Linda M. (Peffer) Kovacina. Also surviving are stepchildren, Aaron Robinson and Rebekah (Mike) Witz; grandchildren, Dennis and Douglas Robinson and Tyler and Alyson Witz; sister, MaryAnn (Michael) Zubovich; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg, with military honors accorded by the American Legion. The veterans will extend accolades to the departed veteran, which are so justly deserved, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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Kruel, Stanley C. 75

  • Herminie No. 2
  • Born: 1938-10-16
  • Died: 2014-04-09
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel, 75, of Herminie No. 2, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Herminie No. 2, son of the late Joseph and Clara (Lacunsky) Kruel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Evans; and a sister, Carolyn "Sissy" Grazel. Sonny was a member of the Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver having worked for ANR Trucking. After retiring he was a greens keeper at Carradam Golf Club and Greensburg Country Club where he had many friends. He was a member of the Teamsters, NHRA and NRA. He was an avid hunter but he mostly enjoyed and his passion over the past 30 years was "drag racing" traveling with his wife locally and all over the eastern states. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl (Overly) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; his three sons, Vince (Cathy) Kruel, of Herminie, Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel Jr., of Irwin, and Keith Kruel, formerly of Wendel; two daughters, Lorri Kruel, of Irwin, and Tammy (Michael) Bennett, of Manor; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond "Corkey" (Paulette) Kruel, of Herminie No. 2; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Per Sonny's wishes, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Arona United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Anthony officiating. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, 224 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642, in memory of Sonny.
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Lennon, Jean

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jean Lennon, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in her home, surrounded by those she loved. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and faithful friend. She was born in Mt. Pleasant and over the years she resided in Mt. Pleasant, Greensburg, Ligonier and Latrobe. As the proud mother of 11 children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she devoted her life to her family and God and will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Lennon Jr.; her son, Timothy Lennon; her daughters, Mary Alyce Sullivan and Janet Lennon; her son-in-law, Brett Roach; her parents; and all of her nine siblings. She is survived by her children, Carol Lennon, of Latrobe, Thomas (Sue) Lennon, of Stowe, Ohio, Terry (Cathy) Lennon, of Raleigh, N.C., F.J. (Laura) Lennon, of New Market, Md., Trish (Bill) Perry, of Ligonier, Joan Roach, of Latrobe, Kathy (Bob) Harper, of Frederick, Md., and Lee Ann (Chuck) Costanzo, of Montgomery, Ala.; and her daughter-in-law, Nina McIver, of Franklin, Tenn. In addition, she is mourned by her grandchildren, Sean Lennon, Kevin (Darby) Lennon, Brian (Amy) Lennon, Christopher Lennon, Colleen Lennon (Ben Leo), Patrick (Sura) Lennon, Bill (Amy) Perry, Nicole Roach (Michael) Louderback, Brett Roach (Lindsay Hartman), Michael Roach, Olivia Lennon and Clara Jean Lennon. She leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Ryan Poirier, Ryder and Bryce Lennon, Emma Perry, Alexia, Finnegan and Heath Lennon and Henry Louderback. She will also be mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. According to her wishes, there will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Vincent Basilica, the church she loved. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Donations can be made in the name of Jean Lennon to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or online at http://www.ourclubhouse.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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Leshko, Margaret M. 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. Leshko, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Leshko was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Old Bethany, a daughter of the late John and Veronica (Rushnock) Leshko Sr. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was a 1945 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had worked as the produce manager for Shop 'n Save in Mt. Pleasant and had also worked as a cook at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the McKenna Center. Margaret was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins. Margaret was the aunt that enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, being the best friend, "grandmother" and special aunt that would do anything for them. Margaret is survived by her brother, William Leshko and his wife, Theresa, of Tarrs; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Verostko and Mary Ann Leshko; and numerous special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Mary Moore and Dorothy Verostko and John J. Leshko Jr. and Joseph Leshko; and her niece, Ellen Moore. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday followed immediately by the Rosary recited by the Visitation Rosary Altar Society. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Livengood, Morna E. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-07-03
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Morna Elizabeth Livengood, 92, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She was born July 3, 1921, in Export, a daughter of the late Bessie (Spencer) and William M. Alexander Sr. Morna was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Point. Besides her parents, Morna was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Livengood; brothers, William Alexander Jr. and Edward Alexander; and sisters, Dara Adams and Rose McAdoo. Surviving are her sons, Ronald W. Livengood, of San Francisco, and Keith E. Livengood, of Greensburg; granddaughter, Kayla (Jerad) Mefferd; twin grandsons, Reed and Chase Livengood; and a great-grandson, Camden Mefferd. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Hans Andrae officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macular Degeneration, Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297-0495. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Mahoy, Lillian M. 87

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Mahoy, 87, of Penn Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 8, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Susa Kinkela. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. She enjoyed her membership in Harrison City Women's Club and Young at Heart. Lillian, or Dolly, as her friends knew her was a wonderful baker. She loved playing cards and decorating her home. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mahoy Sr.; and a brother, Frank Kinkela. She was the loving mother to a son, James L. Mahoy Jr. and his wife, Alda, of Blue Ridge, Va.; and two daughters, Karen M. Bowan and her husband, William, of Penn Township, and Donna M. Cilli and her husband, Cary, of Irwin; four grandchildren, William, Kristyn, Leanne and Rachelle; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Sean, Evelyn and Lillian. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends were received Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion was prayed. Funeral service were held Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). Burial followed in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, Mabel C. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-10-17
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mabel C. McCormick, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Glenn and Ruth (Dunmire) Coleman. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church where she was active with the church nursery. Mabel retired from the Bureau of Forestry in Laughlintown and also worked as a teacher's aide with the Ligonier Valley School District. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard R. McCormick; two loving daughters, Patricia Maxwell and her fiance, Larry McGhee, of Hartselle, Ala., and Tamara Dunlevy and her husband, David, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Ryan Dunlevy and his wife, Maureen, and Clark Maxwell; two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Kaylee Dunlevy; a sister, Doris Patterson and her husband, McKee; a brother, Dale Coleman and his wife, Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings, officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mabel's memory to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Niemi, Carl M. 58

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1956-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Niemi, 58, a lifelong resident of Level Green, passed away quietly Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Golden Living Care Hospice Center in Monroeville following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1956, a son of the late Walter and Elvira Niemi. Carl was a 1974 graduate of the Penn-Trafford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by Mellon Bank and various computer firms. He loved working around the house and fishing. He is survived by his brother, Eric (Susan) Niemi, of Palm Coast, Fla. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., State Route 130, Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Obremski, Dorothy A. 72

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1941-10-24
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Obremski, 72, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1941, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Scharbo Stoffa. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and socializing. She was the beloved wife of Stan; loving mother to her two children, Daniel Obremski (Tami) and Karen Baker, both of Irwin; also surviving is one sister, Rose Marie Moorehead (Mervin), of Penn Hills; six grandchildren, Kelton, Daniel, Chandra and Braydon Obremski and Dylan and Gabrielle Baker; and three great-grandchildren, Devin, Maya and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Life Church, Trafford, followed by a reception immediately after service. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice or Baby Nathan Lutz. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Patik, Shirley 74

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1939-07-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Lesko) Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Mrs. Patik was born July 27, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Ketch) Lesko. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, where she faithfully served as a Eucharistic minister. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of the former Hurst High School and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, exercise and yard work. Shirley loved good conversation and company and was a master storyteller. She was an artist and sketcher with a heart of gold. She loved and cared for all people and animals. Her bright spirit will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Shirley is survived by her loving family; her husband, Robert M. Patik; her children, Cynthia Horton and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Horton, of Idaho, Richard T. Patik and his wife, Holly, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rhoda Patik, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Corrine Lesko, Barbara Dombrosky and Rose Marie Pisula, all of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Lesko Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Irwin, and Gerald Lesko and his wife, Kathy, of Alaska. Family and friends were received this past Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service was held this past Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment followed in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service was held this past Tuesday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Payne, Angeline Holly C. 85

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1928-05-20
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Angeline C. "Holly" (Mignogna) Payne, 85, of Hannastown, quietly and peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born May 20, 1928, in Hannastown, she was a daughter of Gusippe Mignogna and Asunta Catrone Mignogna. She was a retired nurse's aide for St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Mrs. Payne was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, the Rosary Altar Society and the Fellowship Group. She was also a member of the Hannastown Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Sam, Anthony, Michael, Dan and Patsy Mignogna Sr.; and three sisters, Angeline DeMatteo, Josephine Naples and Florence Olshefsky. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Michael L. Payne Jr., who walked by her side each day, caring for all her needs; two daughters, Linda Sok of Luxor and Susan Payne, who lives at home; four grandchildren, Billy Bowers of Hannastown, John Patrick Golobish Jr., of Fort Myers, Fla., Jennifer Steele and husband, Alan, of Ligonier, and Charlie Sok of Greensburg. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Elysia Taylor Steele and Carissa Mae Steele, who were the loves of her life and brought so much joy and happiness to their NaNa. Also surviving is her sister, Florence "Dolly" Uliano and her husband, Frank, of Crabtree; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Holly from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020, where prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Bartholomew Church, with Father Justin Matro, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. Angeline's family has entrusted her care to PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Piper, Donna L. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-08-19
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Piper, 67, of Latrobe (Cook Township), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Howard Bennett and Betty Queer Bennett Stouffer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a steward for VFW Post 734, Ligonier. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary, an honorary member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 Ladies Auxiliary. Donna was an enthusiastic collector of artifacts. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Carl Dean Piper; two sons, Christopher D. Piper, of Latrobe, and Daniel A. Piper, of Melcroft; three grandsons, Dylan, Chase and Wyatt Piper; a sister, Deborah (Nevin) Karasek, of Irwin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Donna's life was celebrated Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. James N. West, officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Donna's memory to the Chestnut Ridge Meals on Wheels. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Price, Barbara A. 62

  • Harrison City , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Barbara Anne "Barb" Price, 62, of Harrison City, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Martha Price; loving mother of Bruce (Joelle) Corna Jr., Jason C. (Aida) Corna and Joshua (fiancee, Elizabeth Ferri) Corna; nana to Hope, Grace, Bruce III, Scarlett, Denis and Jameson; and sister of Leslie (Ralph) Guzzo, Michael Price, Hollie (John) Hooper and the late Raymond Price. Barb also loved and held a special place in the heart for all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She held degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University and was formerly an employee of the Elliott Company in Jeannette. Barb loved life but her boys more than anything. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent, compassionate care Barb received from Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be sent to Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Reece, Donald J. 74

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1940-02-24
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Reece, 74, of Level Green, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, son of Annie Elizabeth (Steiner) Reece and William Arthur Reece. He was a graduate of Sewickley High School. Donald was a master carpenter and builder, owner of the former Wesco Builders in Irwin, a subcontractor for Backus Cabinets, Manor House Kitchens in Pennsylvania and Shiffendecker, in Belleville, Ill. Don was well known and very respected in his profession. He had a reputation as a perfectionist with an eye for beauty and the ability to create the same. He loved hunting, the cottage, traveling in his fifth-wheel, spending time with friends and family along with his Shelties, Mollie and Abby. He had a wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh that will be forever missed by those who love him. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Alice Louise (Yerina) Reece; six daughters, Brenda Lee (Reece) Antonich (Joe); grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda, Karen Lynn (Reece) Baughman; grandchildren, Keri, Patrick and Travis, Dawn Joy (Reece) Reilly, (the late Brett); grandchildren, Brett and Kasey, Patti Ann (Reece) Thompson (Lynn); grandson, Cody, Wendy Lee (Reece) Burton (Brian); granddaughters, Rachael and Catlyn and Nancy Lee (Nelms) Austin (Richard); grandsons, Christopher and Alexander. He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Nancy Lee (Reece) Shetler (Albert), Elizabeth Ann "Libby" (Reece) Morrell (Damon), Lorraine Gail (Reece) Morse, (Roy); Gladys Fern (Reece) Machlet (and the late Robert). May God bless all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his special friends and neighbors. Friends were received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Donald's memory. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Sgro, Vincent J. 60

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1954-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Vincent James Sgro, 60, of Blairsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Born April 5, 1954, in Philadelphia, he was the son of George V. and Lillian C. (DeFalco) Sgro. Vincent was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry, and was employed by Pool City, Greensburg, for the past 17 years. He was a great sports fan and enjoyed watching his son play hockey. Surviving are his wife, Christina M. (Clevenger) Sgro, whom he married Feb. 1, 1986; two sons, Justin J. Sgro, of Philadelphia, and Jordan J. Sgro, of Blairsville; two daughters, Amanda M. Sgro and Sarah E. Sgro, both of Blairsville; and his mother, Lillian C. Sgro, of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, George. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Vincent's children at First Commonwealth Bank, 53 E. Market St., Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Sibal, Mary J. 95

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1919-04-17
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. "Peggy" Sibal, 95, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born April 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late James and Barbara Sistek. Early in her life, Peggy was employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, cook and bake. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by two children, Robert Sibal and his wife, Carolynn, of Somerset, Ky., and Carol Truswell and her husband, Richard, of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, Kenny Sibal, Robert "Bo" Sibal, Chad Truswell and his wife, Misty, Michelle Ginder and her husband, Jason, and Kristopher Truswell; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Caleb Ginder; and one brother, Charles Sistek, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Sibal; her siblings, Frank Sistek, Rosie Moheny, Jim Sistek, Andy Sistek, Helen Dankulic, Bill Sistek, Joe Sistek, Robert Sistek, Dick Sistek and Eddie Sistek. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish Cemetery. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Sickles, James A. 75

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1938-10-08
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Sickles, 75, of Scottdale, passed away, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor. Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Strike) Sickles. He was employed as a motor coach driver with Quest Coach of Scottdale and was previously employed by Washington Charters. He is survived by his loving companion, Mary French; a son, James Michael Sickles; two grandchildren, Junior and Ryan Sickles; his extended family, Amanda, David and Amy Stone, Michael, Nathan, Tiffany, Brandon, Alyssa, Charity and Shakyra and Logan Riley; a sister, Sara Ruth (Glen) Miles; brothers, Norman "Sonny" (Joan) Sickles and Thomas Sickles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pets, Jasmine and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Sickles. Family and friends attended Jim's memorial service this past Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Military honors were conducted at the funeral home by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. Interment was private. A reception followed the service. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Silverman, Betty Ann 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-04-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Silverman, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born April 1, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Otto E. and Lizzie (Dannenhauer) Silverman. Prior to her retirement, Betty Ann was a secretary for National Tube and U.S. Steel and she enjoyed spending her free time reading. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and O. James Silverman; and two sisters, Alice Silverman and Clara (Silverman) Rieger. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothea Beech, of North Huntingdon, and Virginia Maher and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin; and brother, Roger Silverman, of Wilson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews. Friends were received this past Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with interment in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville VFD or NHT Rescue 8. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith Sr., Thomas D. 77

  • West Newton
  • Died: 2014-04-10
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  • Thomas D. Smith Sr., 77, of Coal Hollow, West Newton, went to meet his family in heaven, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Tom was a special man, a loving husband to the love of his life, Sara, a wonderful dad to his seven children, a great "Pappy", "Grand-Pappy", "Great-Grand-Pappy", "Special Pappy", mentor to his extended family and the best brother in the world. He was a great friend and was loved by many. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert "Hoppy" and Hunteretta Smith, of Coal Hollow; his beloved wife, Sara (Opalinski) Smith; a son, Tommy; a brother, Bob; a brother-in-law, Herb Gross; and a nephew, Danny Smith. He will be missed by his children, Tammy (Tony) Filippelli, Terri (Jim) Novak, Timothy (Terri Jo) Smith, Toni Jo (Mike) Metropulos, Tracy Bergman and Tricia Kauffman; and his daughters-in-law, Michaela and Renee. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, who were so special to him. They will miss Pappy taking them hunting, fishing, for long walks and just talking and lovingly mentoring them. Grandchildren include, Nikki Buttermore, Ian Maksim, Tomy and Angel Smith, Sara (Brian) Kratochvil, PJ Volk, Trista and Taleena Smith, Joseph, Carmen and Erica Cappelli, Kevin Carlock, Shayla (Mo) Almoukhtar, Margaret Smith, John Grec and Jesica and Jenna Kauffman. Also surviving is Tom's precious great-grandchildren, Connor Stoneking, Sophia Kratochvil, Eli Almoukhtar, and Liam Davies; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis (Joann) Smith and children, Dwayne Smith and Jaylene Batchko; sisters, Judie Backstrom and Mayetta (Mitzi) Gross; a special niece, Jeffri (Chad) Wright; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Smith. We must also mention Tom's loving extended family of Sara's brothers and sisters. He loved them all and they returned his love tenfold. A memorial service, hosted by his children, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at The Church, Sutersville-Rillton Road, Sutersville. All those who loved Tom and respected him are welcome to come and share in the celebration of his life. Pastor Frank A. Rocco will share with the family and offer the blessing for the dinner which will be served in the Church Social Hall following the memorial service.
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Stas, Joseph E. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-08-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. "Joe" Stas, 79, of Latrobe, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Whitney, a son of the late John M. Stas and Mary (Menarcheck) Stas. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Church, Whitney, its Holy Name Society and had served as a lector and was on the parish council. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1952, and St. Vincent College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He also attended Clemson University and the University of Pittsburgh. His first teaching position was 1958 to 1960 with Unity Township, Youngstown School District, as head elementary teacher at the Northern Area Building. Also, he served as Summer Recreational Director of Unity-Youngstown and served as a board member of Unity-Youngstown Recreation Commission. He retired from Mt. Pleasant Area School District in 1991, where he served as teacher, football coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Joe served for 20 years (1985 to 2005) on the Greater Latrobe School Board and eight years on the Eastern Westmoreland and Career and Technology Center. His life memberships included, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, PSEA and NEA. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), life member of the BPO Elks 868 Mt. Pleasant and Hostetter Literary and Social Club. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Rusnock; a brother, Stephen Stas; and two sisters, Margaret (Stas) Dlugos and Martha (Stas) Uhring. Joe is survived by his wife, Theresa (Bizup) Stas, of Latrobe; 12 children, Joseph Stas and his wife, Linda, of Wexford, Dr. Ronald Stas and his wife, Melanie, of Latrobe, Annette Rusnock and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe, Regina Knestaut and her husband, Keith, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Edward Stas and his wife, Nancy, of Latrobe, Theresa Martincic, of Latrobe, Kenneth Stas and his wife, Sandra, of Latrobe, Mary Helen Vasinko and her husband, Raymond, of Latrobe, Dorothea Looney and her husband, Edgar, of Austin, Texas, Sandra Fenton and her husband, Neal, of Latrobe, Renee Reisenweaver and her husband, Kevin, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Randall Stas, of Latrobe; 33 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, John R. "Jumbo" Stas, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's positive, uplifting attitude, humor and genuine love for people will be remembered and an inspiration to all. Family and friends were received Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. St. Cecilia Rosary Society recited the rosary Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecilia Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Indian College Fund, Circle of Sons, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; or St. Cecilia Church, 220 St. Cecilia Road, Whitney, PA 15693. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Karen, Janet and Chuck for their excellent care during Joe's brief hospice care. 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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Stumpo, Angeline

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Angeline Stumpo of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Rose Ragusa Stumpo. A graduate of the former Ramsay High School, Angeline was a retired, self-employed beautician. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Josephine Stumpo, of Greensburg, wife of the late Sam Stumpo; her nieces and nephews, Sam, Tom and Paul Stumpo, of Greensburg, David (the late Joanne) Stumpo, of Mt. Braddock, Cathy Barnhart and her husband, Bob, of Greensburg, Greg Monchak, of Mt. Pleasant, Georjan May and her husband, Jeffrey, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia Lane of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Belcastro, Helen Stumpo and Flora Monchak; and one brother, Sam Stumpo. As per the wishes of Angeline, there was no public visitation. A private funeral Mass was held for the family at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment was in St. Pius X Cemetery. All arrangements were under the direction of BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Szelong, Virginia R. 85

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "Jean" Szelong, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria Wilczynski Rogacki. Mrs. Szelong was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and a current member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church. She was a member of the Transfiguration Rosary Society and a member of the former Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by three children, Dolores Nicol, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Szelong and his wife, Cathy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Walter Szelong and his wife, Gretchen, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Christina Nicol, Angela Rumbaugh and her husband, Kurt, Jessica Hodge and her husband, Adam, Katie Weir and her husband, Ken, Scott Szelong and his fiance, Jennifer Bradley, Jena Szelong and Alexa Szelong and Adrienne Gaunter; her great-grandchildren, Madison, Kayla and Austin Rumbaugh, Savannah, Gradin and Hudson Hodge and Baleigh and Tyler Gauntner. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Szelong in 1996; a son-in-law, Emerson Nicol; and her siblings, Lawrence, Paul and John Rogacki, Ellen Smulski, Josephine Rogacki, Verna Marvis, Gertrude Hresko and Florence Petro and infants, Mary, Paul, Frank and Joseph Rogacki. 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, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Bridgeport St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Bruce Sleczkowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harmon House for their wonderful, loving care of Jean during her time there. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Vinkler, Robert 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-05-10
  • Died: 2014-01-06
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  • Robert (Bob) Vinkler, 74, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception at West Point Fire will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.
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Whetsel, Lawrence S. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. Whetsel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Prittstown and Rockwood, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Jo Ella's Personal Care Home, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Chester M. and Helen Mae (Kuhn) Whetsel. Mr. Whetsel was a 1940 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a retired steelworker at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2227. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Southwestern Firemen's Association and Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens and the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. Mr. Whetsel was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren. He is survived by three children, Lawrence Whetsel and his wife, Linda, of Kissimmee, Fla., Helen Etling and her husband, William, of Scottdale, and Donna Petraglia and her husband, Carmen, of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Opal (Freed) Whetsel; one sister, Betty Junick; and one brother, Ed Whetsel. Friends were received this past Monday and Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services were held this past Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment followed in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Military Honors were accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department conducted a memorial service Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Excela Home Health and Hospice and the girls at Jo Ella's Personal Care Home for their excellent care and concern for Mr. Whetsel during his time there. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Fayette County

Homer Sr., Paul J. 79

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1934-09-09
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Paul J. Homer Sr., 79, of Dunbar, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Juniata, a son of the late John Homer and the late Anna (Kennick) Homer. He was a member of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, an Army veteran, a member of Knights of Columbus (4th degree), member of Amvets Post No. 103, Hopwood, life member of Juniata Sportsman's Club and also Hecla Sportsman's Club. He was a teacher at Central Westmoreland VoTech for 33 years and was previously employed by Anchor Hocking Cap and Westinghouse. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Petro Homer; sister, Betty Homer (John) Knapp, of Bitner; children, Paul Joseph Homer Jr., of Little Summit, and Mark Stephen (Holly) Homer, of Vanderbilt; five grandchildren, Victoria Pletcher and Paul J. III, Christopher, Nicholas and Emily Homer; seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Sterling, John, Grace, Taylor and Bryce; two great-great-grandchildren, Landen and Liam, Rose Marie Homer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, John and George. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday with Parastas service at 8 p.m. Friday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Panachida service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, with Father Ronald Larko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery.
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Indiana County

Ramsden, M. Lynn 65

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1949-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • M. Lynn (Ashley) Ramsden, 65, of Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa. The daughter of Richard C. Ashley and Marguerite (Kinkead) Ashley, she was born Feb. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Lynn was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed watching QVC. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she worked for Westinghouse Specialty Metals, Blairsville. Surviving are her husband, Karl R. Ramsden, whom she married June 29, 1978; two stepchildren, Sally Harris (Paul), of Blairsville, and Robert Ramsden (Nancy), of New Alexandria; six stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; father, Richard Ashley, of Derry; brother, Keith Ashley, of Harrisburg; two sisters, Jo Ann Ridilla (James), of Derry, and Lori Chendy (John), of Jeannette; three nieces, Alicia Taluskie, of Hagerstown, Md., Molly Ridilla, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ashley, of Harrisburg; nephew, Zach Ashley, of Harrisburg; four great-nephews; and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by her mother. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with Father Stephen R. Bugay officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Klingerman, Robert H. 74

  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Born: 1939-10-10
  • Died: 2014-04-17
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  • Robert Harvey Klingerman, 74, of Knoxville, Tenn., went to his final rest Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home, surrounded by family. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Freeland, Pa. Valedictorian of his high school, he earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. He married the love of his life, Eleanor Jean Deemer, in August 1963. Throughout their 50-plus years of marriage, they lived in several locations: Jeannette; Medford Lakes, N.J.; Lake Orion, Mich.; and Knoxville, Tenn. Bob's early career was highlighted by innovation in vacuum heating technology, culminating as president of WJ Savage Company (Savage Saws) for more than 20 years. His career included extensive travels to all corners of the earth. Bob was a longtime member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where he was an adult Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years. He was an avid reader, chef and model train enthusiast, but his greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Emma Klingerman, of Morrisville, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Jean Klingerman; sons, Jeff Klingerman and wife, Kerry, of Weddington, N.C., and Timothy Klingerman and wife, Kimberly, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nathan Klingerman and wife, Kekka, of Huntersville, N.C., Kyle, Derek and Meghan Klingerman, of Weddington, N.C., and Caleb, Matthew and Ethan Klingerman, of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Eleanor Cipriano and husband, Don, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and brother-in-law, Jim Deemer and wife, Lori, of Phoenix, Ariz. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, with funeral services following at 7 p.m. with Dr. Kenny Faught officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the KiMe Fund, focused on finding a cure for Parkinson's: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund P.O. Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053, KiMe Fund - Giving Account No. 1039334. Online condolences may be extended at http://www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements by ROSE MORTUARY MANN HERITAGE CHAPEL.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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