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Breeze, Joseph J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-10-30
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph J. Breeze, 81, of Greensburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1933, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph B. and Anna H. (Buran) Breeze. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of the Roosevelt Club, American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, South Greensburg Hunt Club and SNPJ Lodge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Russell. He is survived by his brother, Frederick L. Breeze and his wife, Shirley, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Stanley Russell, of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 will be held at the funeral home immediately following the service. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Campbell, James C. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-06-01
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James C. Campbell, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born June 1, 1960, in Pittsburgh, son of Constance (Chiodo) Campbell Wolf, of Irwin, and the late James E. Campbell. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in South Greensburg. He had been employed by the Union Railroad Company. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles B. Wolf; father-in-law, Elmer R. Shirey; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Blanche Chiodo; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Mildred Campbell. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Roxane (Shirey) Campbell; a son, Nicholas J. Campbell, of Greeensburg; four brothers, Michael Campbell, of Panama City, Fla., Keith Campbell, of Irwin, John Wolf (Michele), of North Huntingdon, and David Wolf, of Orlando, Fla.; stepbrother, Charles Wolf Jr., of North Huntingdon; mother-in-law, Dolores M. Shirey, of Greensburg; brother-in-law, Jeff Shirey, of Greensburg; several nieces; and his canine companions, Rocky and Abbey. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. The family would like to thank Arnold Palmer Pavillion, Hillman Cancer Center, Shadyside Hospital and Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Evangelista, Kathryn M. 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-04-11
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathryn M. Evangelista, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born April 11, 1922, in Latrobe, daughter of the late Guy Moffa and Virginia (Fannell) Moffa Ciocco. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was a Democratic committee woman for 52 years and on the Election Board at the voting polls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D. Evangelista Sr.; her stepfather, who raised her, James Ciocco; a brother, Joseph Ciocco; and four sisters, Carmella Klapchar, Mary Ferraro, Josephine Kittey and Antoinette "Dolly" Angelicchio. She is survived by her son, Eugene "Geno" Evangelista Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Jeannette; her loving and special daughter, Kathleen Evangelista, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Daniel Evangelista and Dana Evangelista; two precious great-grandsons, Aidon and Ekoulus Lett; a sister, Consetty "Settie" Omelite, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gabonay, Celestina M. 93

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-04-10
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Celestina M. "Chris" Gabonay, 93, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in William Penn Care Center. She was born April 10, 1922, in Arnold, a daughter of the late Angelo and Concettina "Mary" (Riccadelli) DeSocio. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in South Greensburg and the SNPJ Lodge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Gabonay; a son, Steven P. Gabonay; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, William J. Gabonay Jr. and his wife, Christina, of Smock; two daughters, Christine Kitz and her husband, John, of Kecksburg, and Carol Pipak and her husband, Gary, of Delmont; seven grandchildren, John Kitz (Kelly), Lauren Terhorst (Tim), Shanon Anderson (Josh), Danielle Baggett (Jerry), Erika Gabonay, William Gabonay (Chrissy) and Michelle Lear (David); seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rose Vingelin, of Oregon. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 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. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Haines, Mary M. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-05-23
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Culver) Haines, 95, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born May 23, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Cromwell and Mary (Victor) Culver. Mary was a 1938 graduate of Dunbar Township High School where she also served as past vice president and president of the alumni club. A member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she was also a former member of the First Baptist, both of Greensburg, where she served as a secretary and treasurer of the Bailey Circle and also co-chariman of the Joy Club. Mary was a member of the Eastern Star from 1939 until present. She was an employee of Royer's of Greensburg, working in the teen department. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Haines, 1977; her granddaughter, Wendy Sue Leonard, in 1992; a son-in-law, William T. Sheppard, 2001; also many brothers and sisters, Edwin, Frank, Robert, Perry, infant brother, Cromwell, and sister, Clover. She is survived by her daughter, Sally A. Sheppard, of Greensburg; her granddaughter, Donna Lee (Leonard) Miller and her husband, Craig, of Cottontown, Tenn.; great-granddaughter, Megan Lyn, of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Nina Culver, Marie Fisher and Margaret Steele; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Dr. Renny Domske, officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Mary may be made to her church, (Window Fund) First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 134 Matthew St., Greensburg, PA 15601. To leave an online condolence, visit www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Jacobs, Letitia J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-08-27
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Letitia Jean Jacobs, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Duffy Truman. Letitia was a graduate of the Salamanca High School, New York, where she grew up. She had worked as an office manager for Western Union and the hospitality shop at Frick Hospital. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. Letitia will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Toni (Joe) Straka, of Youngstown, Cynthia Gowton and Betsy Henderson, both of Fairless Hills, and Paula (Dan) Sucanic, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Scott, Stacie, Keith, Kevin, Alexis, Sarah and Trisha; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Connor, Michael, Noah, Wyatt, Jackson and Henry; her sisters-in-law, Bev Truman and Adele Pruitt; numerous nieces and nephews; and her caregiver, Cathy. Letitia was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alexander Jacobs; her sister, Lucy Dry; and her brothers, Jack and Richard Truman. The family would like to thank all the nurses and aides who have cared for their mother. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406. E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant (724-547-3800), where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Karen Thompson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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McCullough, Gary L. 71

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1944-02-10
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Gary L. McCullough, 71, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was born Feb. 10, 1944, in Greensburg, a son of the late Kenneth and Eleanor Barton McCullough. Prior to his retirement, Gary was employed for the Delta Airline Co. as a customer service agent. As a veteran, he served as a chaplain's assistant with the 911th Military Airlift Group Reserve at Greater Pittsburgh Airport. Gary was a member of the United Church of Christ, Jeannette, where he served as the church's usher coordinator, a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, the Jeannette Italian Club, the Jeannette Masonic Lodge No. 750, the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the International Shriner's and the Delta Pioneer Retirees. Gary enjoyed golfing and seeing his beloved hometown of Jeannette from the sky after earning his private pilot's license. You could always find Gary at sports events supporting his favorite teams, "The Jayhawks." In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother, Lanny McCullough. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Donna Gentilo McCullough; two daughters, Kelly Andrewlevich and husband, Ted, of Bristow, Va., and Courtney McCullough and fiance, Raymond Smolka, both of Greensburg; grandchildren, Erin and T.J. Andrewlevich; a sister-in-law, Barbara McCullough, of Hagerstown, Md.; an aunt, Mary McCullough, of Greensburg; an uncle, Robert Stewart and wife, Betty, of Springfield, Va.; his mother-in-law, Viola Tocco Gentilo, of Jeannette; brothers-in-law, Dennis Gentilo and wife, Louella, of Jeannette, and Richard Gentilo and wife, Joyce, of Waldorf, Md.; special cousins, Cyndee, Sandi and Lori; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. The Jeannette Lodge No. 750 F and AM will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Marks officiating. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeannette Public Library, McGee Avenue and South Sixth Street, Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Meloy, Elizabeth 98

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1916-11-04
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" (Sedlak) Meloy, 98, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late John Sedlak and Ann (Lucas) Sedlak. Betty was a member of Holy Family Church. She loved polkas, enjoyed gardening and loved to give away flowers and vegetables. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Meloy; three brothers, John, Michael and Andrew Sedlak; and seven sisters, Anna Shugars, Mary Sedlak, Veronica Sedlak, Margaret DeMine, Katherine Baron, Helen Molchan and Pauline Sedlak. Betty is survived by one brother, Paul Sedlak and his wife, Cindy, of Derry; two sisters, Mildred Shabella, of Lloydsville, and Ethel Callagan, of Painesville, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Jane Ann Fritz, Jim Shugars, Bob Shugars, Patti Diamond, Bernadette Baron, Catherine Ann Lewis, David DeMine, Butch DeMine and several other nieces and nephews; good friends, Edie Kenly and John McDonough; and her dog, Twister. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Action For Animals, PO Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Mennow, Robert F. 94

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-08-09
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Robert F. Mennow, 94, of Southwest Greensburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank Mennow and Catherine (Kosko) Mennow Exton. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Brown-Boveri, formerly ITE, in South Greensburg. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant, and a member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence I. (Moorhead) Mennow. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Hollinger and her husband, William, of Memphis, Tenn., and Sally Baloga, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Joy Blystone, of Greensburg; a special friend, Eileen Petrich, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Donald H. Hazel officiating. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff at Redstone Highlands for their devoted care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 126 Mathews St., Suite 2800, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nelson, Mary Beth 62

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1953-02-12
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Mary Beth (Kubrick) Nelson, 62, of Murrysville, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was born Feb. 12, 1953, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Albert and Ann Wrona Kubrick. She was a hair stylist for many years. Mary Beth is survived by her husband, William C. Nelson, of Monroeville; a son, BillyJoel (Robin Kapusta) Nelson, of Saltsburg; a daughter, Stevi (Bernard) Leech, of Johnstown; one grandchild, Avery Kapusta-Nelson; two sisters, Marsha (James) Beall, of Plum, and Diane Vecchio, of Naples, Fla.; four nephews, James Beall Jr., Justin (Jessica) Beall, Tony Vecchio and Danny Vecchio; two great-nephews, Carter and J.J. Beall; and a great-niece, Stella Beall. Services for Mary Beth will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave. Tower, 8th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Perich, Terry M. 66

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1948-09-22
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Terry Miller Perich, 66, of Penn Township, died in his home on Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Greensburg, to the late Miller and Eleanor (Schmuck) Perich. He was a 1966 graduate of Penn Joint High School and was a proud Edinboro College graduate. During his 33-year teaching career, Terry taught at Penn Middle School and instructed biology at St. Vincent College. He was inducted into Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Terry was a member of Bushy Run Lions Club and St. Barbara Church. He was a former president of Jeannette Historical Society and enjoyed authoring several books on local history. Terry is survived by his beloved spouse of nearly 40 years, Kathleen Ferrari Perich; son, Matthew (Carla) Bell; grandson, Andrew Bell; nephew, Tony (Lisa) Ferrari and their son, Nicholas; and a niece, Kate Ferrari. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. lt;PBgt;Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery-Denmark Manor, Export. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Bushy Run Lions Club, c/o Cliff Martin, 113 Long Drive, Irwin, PA 15642. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Petrucci Sr., Nicholas A. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-27
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. Petrucci Sr., 88, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Crawford County. He was born April 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Louis and Susie (D'Ambrosio) Petrucci. He was employed for Nardulli Mining Company, formerly of Bentleyville. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Cassergola. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Mary (Tessler) Petrucci; four children, Nicholas A. Petrucci Jr., of Penn Township, Louis Petrucci, Donna Curry and Nancy Ann Shook; a sister, Lucy Renchko and husband, Richard, of New Alexandria; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Priola, Michael J. 85

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1929-10-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Priola, 85, of Jeannette, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Jeannette, a son of the late Nichola and Filomena DiBiase Priola. Prior to his retirement, Mike was the owner/operator of the Mike's Barber Shop in Penn. He was a veteran and served as a medic with the Army during the Korean War. Mike was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and the church's Holy Name Society, the St. Vincent Assembly No. 918, Fourth Degree, in Latrobe, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 of Jeannette and the Councils Golf League and Shuffle Board League. He was also a member of the Jeannette Class of '48 Reunion Committee, a former member of the Jeannette Sewage Authority and the former BPOE No. 486 of Jeannette. Mike was an avid sports enthusiast, especially football. He also enjoyed spending time in his garden. In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marchioni. He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne Ickes Priola; two sons, Michael B. Priola and wife, Susan, of Jeannette, and Dr. James N. Priola and wife, Shirley, of Moon Township; grandchildren, Micala Davis and husband, Brian, Julianna Ohler and husband, Robert, Michael A. Priola, Nicholas C. Priola, Victoria I. Priola and Angela C. Priola; two sisters, Carmela DeLuca and Mary Dobrovich, both of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Seton Hill Adult Care, the Clare Bridge staff, the Hempfield Manor D Hall nurses and staff, the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Veterans Administration and the Heartland Hospice nurses and staff for all of the compassionate care that Mike received during his illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 will hold services at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Quicquaro, David J. 55

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1959-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • David J. Quicquaro, 55, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, peacefully at home after a courageous one year battle with cancer. He was born May 30, 1959, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph A. and Susie Pistolesi Quicquaro. David loved his life's work at Craft Manufacturing in Latrobe, where he was president and CEO since 1982. He enjoyed his classic car collection, especially his 1967 Chevelle Supersport that he was currently restoring. He also enjoyed coin collecting, playing the spoons with his buddies and spending time taking long walks on the beach with his wife. He loved his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Joseph D. Fidazzo and Eric Barefoot. He is survived by his adoringand loving wife of 31 years, Caren B. (Barefoot) Quicquaro; two children, Ashley Quicquaro and Kyle Quicquaro, both of Greensburg; his only grandson, Kaleb Schmidt; a brother, Joseph Quicquaro and wife, Francine, of Westervile, Ohio; a sister, Carol Fidazzo, of Greensburg; in-laws, Carl and Shirley Barefoot of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Stormy. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of David from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Our Lady of Grace Church. David's family has entrusted his 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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Riddle, Shirley A. 77

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Barr) Riddle, 77, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. In honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be a memorial visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, at which time her service will begin, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Full obituary to follow.
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Spino, Joan 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-06-14
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joan "Nina" (DiMartino) Spino, 91, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. She was born June 14, 1923, in Foggia, Italy, a daughter of the late Antonio and Rafaela Lepore DiMartino. Nina was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Church for 69 years, where she participated in Youthful Seniors and the Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Cercemaggiore Association. Prior to working as an escort for Westmoreland Hospital, she was a seamstress at Westland Manufacturing in Greensburg. Nina recently retired in December, 2014, after volunteering at the hospital for 40 years delivering mail. She enjoyed bowling with the HiLo League at Hillview Lanes and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and all sports. Nina loved traveling with her husband and family to the beach and returned to Italy 23 times to visit family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John A. Spino; and a sister, Lucia Giorgio. She is survived by a daughter, Maria Kunkle and husband, Richard; and a son, John A. Spino Jr. and wife, Mary Lou, all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Vincent Spino and wife, Sara, Matthew Spino and wife, Cristy, and Angela Buo and J.R. Maxson; four great-grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, Victor and Dominic Spino; a brother, Andrea DiMartino and wife, Antonietta, of Foggia, Italy; many nieces and nephews, both locally and in Foggia, Italy; and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nina from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family would like to thank Dr. Tymoczko, Excela Hospice for their care and compassion and her caregivers, Nancy Santone and Sue Octavio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cercemaggiore Association, 658 Jack St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Nina'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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Bigam, Mary S. 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1925-12-17
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Bigam, 89, of Connellsville (Pleasant Hill), went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, May 22, 2015, with her loving family at her side while in the Hillside Manor Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Normalville, a daughter of the late Henry William and Daisy M. Scott Basinger. Mary was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1945. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the Normalville Senior Citizens. Mary will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving sons, Dennis Bigam, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Roger Bigam and wife, Beverly, of Connellsville, and Robert Dale Bigam and wife, Karen, of Melcroft; her grandchildren, Michael Bigam, Jeff Bigam, Kelli Richter and husband, Michael, Robert Stevens and Seth Bigam; and her great-grandchildren, Karissa, Allie, Alec, Austin, Kassi and Noah. Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ralph M. Bigam, on April 10, 2007; a granddaughter, Melanie Richter; her sisters, Henrietta Donaldson, Nevada Rankin and Elizabeth Ohler; and her brothers, Lester and Samuel Basinger. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUENRAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. Special thanks to the hospice and caregivers at Hillside Manor Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in memory of Mary S. Bigam. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Hammett, Edward S. 85

  • Somerset
  • Born: 1929-08-02
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Hauger-Zeigler, Somerset | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Edward S. Hammett, 85, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Somerset, after a long illness. In his final days, he was uplifted by the many members of the Somerset community who came to visit him, some even bringing him his famous "Grandpa" candy which he had so readily handed out for years wherever he went. Born Aug. 2, 1929, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Dr. James M. and Mary Hunter Hammett. He married Virginia Bashforth on Aug. 30, 1952, a blessed union of nearly 60 years until her passing in December, 2011. He married Claragail Winklevoss, the widow of his lifelong friend, Donald Winklevoss, on May 25, 2013. Rev. Hammett was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington. After serving in the Army, during the Korean War, he was employed in the business office of Bethlehem Steel Company until he was called to the Lord's service as a minister with the United Methodist Church. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he held a master of divinity degree. He was licensed to preach in 1960 and fully ordained in 1964. Rev. Hammett began his ministry as a pastor at churches in Coulter and Lowber. After his ordination, he served United Methodist Churches in McKeesport, Harrison City, Uniontown, Fairview, McMurray, Charleroi and Davidson/Scenery Hill. After retiring, he served as visiting pastor for the Trinity Lutheran Church, Somerset. He and Virginia cherished the friendships made in each of the churches he served. Surviving, besides his wife, Claragail, are his four children and their spouses, Karen and David Dempsey, of Mt. Lebanon, Edward and Dorothy Hammett, of Granby, Conn., Kimberly and Robert Farrell, of Lee Center, N.Y., and Elizabeth and Harold Elkins, of Huntsville, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, Erin (Steve) Heirendt, Kevin (Ashley) Lensie, Heather Farrell, Emily (Devin) Durham, Robert Farrell III, Justin Hammett, Stephanie (Josh) Remling, Jonathon Elkins, Shannon Farrell, Jacob Elkins, Abigail Elkins, Sarah Elkins and Isaac Elkins; seven great-grandchildren, Caden and Kylee Lensie, Blake Elkins, Mia Remling and Katlyn, Luke and Hanna Heirendt; a brother, James (Ruth) Hammett; a sister-in-law, Lois (Duane) Davis; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAUGER-ZEIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 494 W. Main St., Somerset, PA 15501, and one hour prior to the service at the church which will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave., Somerset, PA 15501, with the Rev. Linda McElroy Thomas, officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery. Contributions in Rev. Hammett's memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. www.haugerzeigler.com.
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Vogel, Sister Rose Marie 78

  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden | Get Directions
  • Sister Rose Marie Vogel (Sister Mary Ronald), CSJ, 78, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the 61st year of her religious life as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of Erhard and Rose Marie Harlan Vogel, Sister Rose Marie entered the congregation from St. John Parish, Johnstown. For 26 years Sister ministered in the field of education as principal and teacher in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Altoona Johnstown Dioceses, including six years as principal of St. Joseph School in New Kensington. From 1985 to 2006, Sister Rose Marie served first as chaplain at Mercy Hospital, and then at Good Samaritan Medical Center and Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown. She continued to volunteer as chaplain at Conemaugh Health System from 2006 to 2012. In 2003, Sister Rose Marie was presented the Prince Gallitzin Cross by Bishop Joseph Adamec for her service to the Diocesan Church of Altoona Johnstown. After teaching Bible studies at Valley Pike Manor in Johnstown for a short period of time, Sister came to the Motherhouse where she continued to care for others through her prayer ministry and briefly as medical transport manager. Sister Rosie was fun-loving and had a great sense of humor. Throughout her life, she touched the lives of many through her compassion and generosity. She will be especially remembered for her comforting presence to the sick, the dying and the bereaved. Sister Rose Marie is survived by a sister, Norene Pozniak, of State College; a brother, Ronald (Carole), of Johnstown; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the MOTHERHOUSE OF THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH IN BADEN. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sisters' Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds. Donations in the name of Sister Rose Marie may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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