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Bisping, Isabelle D. 95

  • New Stanton
  • Born: 1920-04-29
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Isabelle D. Bisping, 95, of New Stanton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. She was born April 29, 1920, in New Stanton, daughter of the late William H. and Bertha E. (Miller) Parks. She was a charter member of Assembly of God Church, New Stanton. Her life was to spread the word of Jesus. She distributed religious tracts around the country. She wrote a religious column for the Mt Pleasant Journal. Surviving are three children, Kathleen I. VanDyke and husband, Jesse, of Hunker, Carolyn E. Miller and husband, Joseph, of Hunker, and James R. Bisping, of Hunker; a daughter-in-law, Ly Bisping, of Hecla; a brother, William Parks and wife, Alice, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Pearl Parks, of McGakeysville, Va.; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special family friend and caregiver, Dee Eicher, of New Stanton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Bisping; a son, William H. Bisping; a brother, Fred L. Parks; and a sister, Lillian Bisping. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Assembly of God with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made to the Excela Hospice or Assembly of God, New Stanton. crmfh.com.
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Broker, J. Virginia 81

  • Penn
  • Born: 1934-04-18
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • J. Virginia "Ginny" (Ghrist) Broker, 81, of Penn, formerly of Harrison City, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Mt. View Specialty Care. She was born April 18, 1934, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Harry and Sara (Ringler) Ghrist. She attended the Salvation Army in Jeannette where she was the Young Peoples Sergeant Major as well at multiple volunteer positions with the Salvation Army. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl O. Broker; and an infant brother, Wade. She is survived by her children, Karen Scalzitti, of Jeannette, Carl O. Broker II, of Penn Township, Marsha Schmidt and her husband, Scott, of Penn, and Diana Loughner, of Adamsburg; six grandchildren, Lisa, Denny, Cody, Kylie, Josh and Jessie; two brothers, Harry "Bucky" Ghrist and William "Billy" Ghrist, of Jeannette; brother-in-law, John Broker and his wife, Patti, of Penn Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Pennsville Independent Baptist Cemetery, Bullskin Township. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Chew, Leroy D. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-11-24
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Leroy D. Chew, 84, of Irwin, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Arona, son of the late William W. and Mary Jane King Chew. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the U.S. Steel Corporation, Braddock Mill, with 40 years of service. He was a veteran of the Army and was a member of the community United Methodist Church in Irwin and was also a member of the Greater Irwin Church Dartball League, having competed in numerous area churches. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joann Chew. Surviving are his wife, Alice L. (Weaver) Chew; two sons, Kevin L. Chew and his wife, Kathy, of South Carolina, and Gregory Chew and his wife, Darcy, of Meshoppen; five grandchildren, Courtney, Blake, Brad, Matt and Jessica; a great-grandchild, Bailynn Cannon; also surviving is a sister, Joyce Lloyd and her husband, Bill, of Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Culp, Elsie M. 81

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1934-01-08
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elsie M. Culp, 81, of Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Alfred W. and Madelyn Bowen Valesky. Elsie was Lutheran by faith and loved to play Bingo. Prior to retirement she was employed by the former Jeannette Hospital and worked in both the housekeeping and dietary departments. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Glenn Culp. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Vinkler and her husband, Dave, of Irwin; a son, William, of Slippery Rock; two grandchildren, Tony (Missy), of York, and Michael (Erica), of Jeannette; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Parker; a sister, Vonna Spino, of Greensburg; four half-sisters; a very dear friend, Rose Kochis; and numerous nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Dyke, Suzanne 61

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Suzanne Fail Dyke, 61, a native of Scottdale, having made North Augusta, S.C., her home for the past 22 years, entered into rest Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Augusta, where she served as a former Eucharistic minister and participated in the Bereavement and the Prayer Shawl Ministries. Suzanne was a loving wife and mother and a caring and compassionate friend to all. She enjoyed volunteering at the Master's Table Soup Kitchen. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Frank M. "Smokey" and Angeline De Rosa Fail, on May 30, 2012 and April 5, 1972, respectively. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Walter E. Dyke; two sons, Stephen M. Dyke, of North Augusta, S.C., and Brian W. Dyke, of Hartsville, S.C.; two stepsisters, Carol Baron, of Scottdale, and Jane Najewicz, of Pittsburgh; a stepbrother, Jim Najewicz, of Scottdale; and her aunts, Marianne Mackin, of Pittsburgh, and Frances Nutter, of Mt. Pleasant. A private memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, from Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Augusta, S.C., with the Rev. Jacob Joseph, CMI, as celebrant. A private committal service will be held Friday, Aug. 7, in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale, with the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki officiating. Local arrangements for Suzanne have been entrusted to the care of the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign local guest registry, please visit www.kapr.com or www.poseycares.com. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, S.C.
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Harter Sr., Zain E. 82

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Zain E. Harter Sr., 82, of Jeannette, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 8, 1933, in Phillipsburg, a son of the late Donald Harter Sr. and Zella (Taylor) Harter. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse in Cheswick, was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army, and he attended Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Shimmel) Harter; and a brother, Donald Harter Jr. He is survived by a son, Zain E. Harter Jr., of Jeannette; a daughter, Anna Sturgess and her husband, Bob, of McKeesport; two granddaughters, Jade and Faith Harter; his pride and joy, great-grandson, Brantley Zain Stumpf; a sister, Beulah Seafelt, of Lewiston, N.Y.; his special friend, Donna Bickerstaff, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Roy Dail officiating. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Husband, Neil R. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-06-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Neil R. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born June 20, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank Byron and Irene (Jones) Husband. Neil attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was involved with the Hempfield Band for many years. He also served as a Scoutmaster. He was employed for many years at Limpco Manufacturing and had also worked for Brake Drum and Equipment, JC Penney and most recently at UPS and for First Student as a bus driver, where he enjoyed transporting students to school. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marian M. Husband; a son, Scott R. Husband; a great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz; and his sister, Karen Mitnick. He is survived by his children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); a daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; a grandson, soon to be born; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Gary Husband, (Gail). Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., with Dr. Robert Statler officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 PA-136, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Klos-Hosbach, Donna M. 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1939-11-18
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donna Marie Klos-Hosbach, 75, of Stahlstown, passed away in the early afternoon of Sunday, July 26, 2015, following a difficult and painful health struggle. Donna was born on Nov. 18, 1939, the youngest daughter of 13 children, to Harry Valentine Klos and Catherine Elizabeth Nath, of Pittsburgh. Harry V. Klos and Sons was a family business of craftsmen best known for applying the gold leaf adornments in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall and maintaining and painting the attractions of Kennywood Park. Donna graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Mt Oliver. She married her soul-mate, John David Hosbach, on Feb. 5, 1958, and they immediately started a family. Donna and John created a comfortable and exciting life for themselves and their four children. John started his own successful fabricating business and Donna studied real estate, working in Mt Lebanon for Century 21. Donna loved showing homes and used those experiences to develop her own interior design skills. Donna enjoyed the theatre and fine dining. After moving to the Laurel Highlands, Donna entertained frequently at her beloved home, Evergreen. Her home became the center for all family and holiday celebrations with Christmas at Evergreen being her annual tour de force. Whether black tie or blue grass, Donna's social gatherings became legendary. Donna is survived by her husband of 57 years, John David; four children, Christian David, Gretchen Lee, Cheryl Ann Creacy and Erich David; and four grandchildren, Amanda Lynn Hosbach, Christian John Hosbach, Derek Alexander Creacy and Martha Ayn Creacy. At the request of the deceased, a small private remembrance with immediate family will take place. The family encourages donations to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Donna Hosbach: www.diabetes.org/donate. FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 is handling arrangements. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Knupp, Jeffrey W. 56

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1959-06-05
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey Wayne "Knuppie" Knupp, 56, of New Florence, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at UMPC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born June 5, 1959, in Johnstown, the son of late Wayne Harold Knupp and Sara Elizabeth (Dorney) Knupp. He is survived by wife, Gay Lou (Henderson) Knupp; children, Sarah Parrish and husband, Joseph, Ligonier, Colin Knupp, New Florence, Chrystal Stromberg, Blairsville, and Joshua, Virginia; grandchildren, Ava, Luke, Racheal, Noah and one soon to be born grandchild; sister, Linda Malinowski, Arnold, Md., and her daughters, Nikki and Maddie; brother, Richard "Cort" Bowers, Seward; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family members. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and movies, also was a history buff who enjoyed most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held 1 p.m. Monday. Online condolences maybe left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Long-Hall, Stephanie L. 33

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1982-02-23
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Stephanie L. Long-Hall, 33, of Ruffsdale, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 23, 1982, in Jeannette, a daughter of Paul Eric Long (Shawna) and Rhonda Yates DeMark (James). She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; and nephew, Logan. She is survived by her son, Cameron Long; daughter, Riley Hall; sister, Erin Long; niece, Peyton; nephews, Gavin and Ian; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Maffit, Norma 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-11-20
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Norma (Domasky) Maffit, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at Greensburg Care Center. She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George Domasky and Ann (Smith) Domasky. Norma was a member of St. Rose Church. She was retired from the State Unemployment office and had been previously employed at Commercial Bank and Kennametal. Norma was a member of AARP, PARSE, and enjoyed playing cards, taking bus trips and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Maffit Jr.; and a sister, Dolores Zook. Norma is survived by two daughters, Barbara A. Maffit, of Latrobe, and Amy M. Roman and her husband, Jon, of Greensburg; one son, David C. Maffit, of Nevada; three grandchildren, David, Sarah and Kyle; a brother-in-law, Frank Zook, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Patricia Barbour and her husband, George, of Greensburg; and she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. At Norma's request, there will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Maietta Sr., Ronald J. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ronald John Maietta Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, passed away. He was born in Ellwood City to the late Peter J. and Lucy Maietta. He graduated from Lincoln High School and married his wife, Susan Herge, also from Ellwood City. Ron received a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Youngstown State, Ohio. In his work history, he was a cost estimator, industrial engineer, a corporate industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, senior manufacturing engineer, plant superintendent, maintenance/factory engineer, facility engineer, plant manager and operations manager. Some, but not all, of his work places were in Harrison, N.J., Wilburton, Okla., Cockeysville, Md., Ambridge, Brockway, Kane, Export, New Castle and Pittsburgh. Ron and his wife, Sue, raised their son, Ron Jr., in Dubois, Pa., while he worked there for many years. Residing in North Huntingdon, he worked many years as a Heinz Field seat attendant. Survivors include his wife, Susan; son, Ron Jr.; granddaughter, Melina; also surviving are his only brother, Pete "Whitey"; nieces, Felicia and Camilla; also aunts and cousins. Ron's death was a sudden health occurrence. All arrangements were private. Entrusted with the arrangements is the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Martin, Dora L. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-07-07
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dora L. Martin, 90, of Greensburg, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at Latrobe Hospital. She was born July 7, 1925, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Oscar and Martha Henze Boehme. Dora, affectionately known as Dolly, was a homemaker and wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother to her 10 children and their families. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, and enjoyed her time helping the Nun's in the kitchen of St. Joseph's Hall, now the Bishop Connare Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Joseph M. Martin; a son, Gregory J. Martin Sr.; three brothers, Oscar, William R. and Alfred H.; and three sisters, Martha Odstricil, Lucy Dobies and Libby Ruffner. She is survived by nine children, Bob (Kitty) Martin, of Greensburg, Carol (George) Lloyd, of Latrobe, Mary (Chuck) Butina, of Latrobe, Tom (Pam) Martin, of Greensburg, Paul (Anna Lee) Martin, of Latrobe, Regina (Mike) Fleming, of Greensburg, Mike (Lisa) Martin, of Latrobe, Anne (John) Olearchick, of New Kensington, and Michele (Jeff) Lucas, of Winchester, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Monica Martin, of Bovard; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Boehme, of Saltsburg; a sister-in-law, Margie Martin, of Hawthorne, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Dora from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg,724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and hospice care personnel at Latrobe Excela Health Care. Family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Dora's family has entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Muller, Herman J. 82

  • Greensurg
  • Born: 1933-03-12
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Herman Joseph "Joe" Muller, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. in his home. He was born March 12, 1933. in Jersey City, N.J., a son of the late Herman C. and Fannie (Fleckner) Muller. Prior to retirement in 1982, Joe worked as a truck driver for Jones Motor Freight. He was also president and owner, along with his wife, of Mary Lou's Party World, Greensburg. Joe was a member of Teamsters Local No. 30, Hannastown Volunteer Fire Department and Luxor Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joseph M. Muller; his grandson, Jason Muller; two brothers, Francis and Robert Muller; sister, Miriam Crawford; and stepsister, Veronica Eisberg. Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Lou (Frisko) Muller; son, Vincent J. Muller and wife, Jo Lee, of Allentown; three grandchildren, Joey, Ryan and Alaina Muller; daughter-in-law, Susan Muller; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Family and friends will be received from 2 to4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Joe's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Arduino officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. For their wonderful care of Joe, the Muller Family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Home Health Care, especially nurse Joey and physical therapist Carla; Heartland Hospice Services and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Skalka, Anna M. 97

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Skalka, 97, of Trafford, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Susan Vojnyik; wife of the late George Skalka; dear mom of Elaine (George) Markon and David (Harriet) Skalka; also survived by five grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skalka was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church where her father was one of its founding members. At Anna's request, visitation and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Memory eternal Anna.
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Fayette County

Ferencuha, Lewis W. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-03-09
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lewis W. Ferencuha, 69, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015, in Select Specialty at Latrobe Hospital. He was born March 9, 1946, in Connellsville, a son of the late William L. Ferencula and Veronica A. "Vern" Surniak Ferencuha Livingston. Lewis was a graduate of Connellsville High School, with the class of 1964. He worked as a tool and die marker for General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Lewis was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, was a life member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Lewis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Novak Ferencuha; his sons, Jon Ferencuha and wife, Missy, of Moon Township, and Robert Ferencuha and wife, Holly, of Westmoreland City; his grandchildren, Haleigh and Madison Ferencuha; his brother, William L. Ferencuha and wife, Shirley, of South Connellsville; his nieces, Christine Sheffler and husband, Michael, and Lisa Ferencuha; his aunt, Sophie Zozula, of Scottdale; and several other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents Lewis was predeceased by his stepfather, Paul W. Livingston. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ridgely, Roxanne D. 57

  • Dawson
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roxanne Dawn Ridgely, 57, of Dawson, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully at home, Friday, July 31, 2015. Funeral arrangements are under the directions of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, and will be announced when complete.
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Zias, Elizabeth 62

  • Grindstone
  • Born: 1953-01-21
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Novak, Brownsville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Zias, 62, of Grindstone, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela. She was born Jan. 21, 1953, in McKeesport, the daughter of John Charles and Sue Ann (Parkins) MacPherson. She was preceded in death by her father. Liz was a member of Pleasant View Presbyterian Church in Smock. She served as an elder there and also was a board member of Presbyterian Women of Redstone. She belonged to the Mon Valley Health Plex in Belle Vernon, where she met many wonderful friends. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 34 years, Eugene M. Zias, of Grindstone; two children, Eugene M. Zias Jr. and Ashley Zias and her partner, Paul Howes; her mother, Sue Anne Spahr; four brothers, John C. MacPherson III, Robert W. MacPherson, Paul R. MacPherson and Thomas A. MacPherson; sister-in-law, Virginia Vojacek; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front St., Brownsville. There will be viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the PLEASANT VIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 533 Royal Road, Smock, the hour of service, with the Rev. John Charles MacPherson III, officiating. Liz wanted this to be a celebration of life and requested that instead of black everyone wear bright colors! To sign the online guestbook log onto www.novakfuneralhome.net.
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Berg, Aaron S. 70

  • Milford, Del.
  • Born: 1945-06-26
  • Died: 2015-07-29
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  • Aaron Scott Berg, 70, of Milford, Del., passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at his summer residence in Horntown, Va. Aaron was born June 26, 1945, in New Kensington, a son of the late Samuel C. and Margaret Mulraney Berg. He was a proud veteran who served with the Army. Mr. Berg was employed as a field service manager for Graphline of Tamarac, Fla., from where he retired. He also built a successful medicine vending business. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking camping trips, fishing and hunting. Aaron was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. In addition to his parents, Mr. Berg was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Destiny Jade Berg. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Eileen Berg; two sons, Timothy Berg and his wife, Marissa, of Wilmington, Del., and Joseph S. Berg, of Milford, Del.; a daughter, Maggie Fauver and her husband, Duane, of Newark, Del.; and four grandchildren, Eric, Hope, Malinda and Luke. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at ROGERS FUNERAL HOME, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow the services in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3411 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Online condolences may be made at www.rogersfhmilford.com.
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