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Allegheny County

Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Westmoreland County

Botti, Nina M. 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1923-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nina M. (Watson) Botti, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the Bristol House, Irwin. She was born Dec. 29, 1923, in Edna No. 1, a daughter of the late Norman and Margaret (Higgins) Watson. She was a member of First United Church of Christ in Irwin. Nina was a member of the North Irwin Women's Club, the All Seasons Club, of Penn, the HELP Club at St. John's Church of Larimer and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 34 years as of 2006. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael D. Botti. Surviving are four children, Michele Anderson and husband, Nelson, of Levittown, Michael Botti and wife, Jamie, of Herminie, Kerry Botti and wife, Michelle, of Norvelt, Lori Dunmire and husband, Gary, of Apollo; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Cindy Eresh Holmquist officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Cherrone, Robert R. 89

  • Export
  • Born: 1925-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Cherrone, 89, a lifelong resident of Export, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Export, a son of the late Nicole and Serafina (Calisti) Cherrone. Bob was a retired machinist at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, where he served as a waist gunner on B-24's. Robert was Catholic by faith and had many interests but was especially fond of gardening and the joy he received in giving the fruits of his labor to his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Louis and Earnest; five sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Lauria, Algie and Dorothy; and a step-daughter, Mary Margaret Hill. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Rebich) Cherrone; a sister-in-law, Josephine Cherrone; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Robert lived a long and satisfying life and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (no visitation Sunday). Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Doherty, Louise 98

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1916-05-14
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Louise (Steele) Doherty, 98, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born May 14, 1916, in Latrobe, to the late Floyd F. and Bess Witt Steele. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Greensburg where she grew up. She attended Goucher College and Miss Conley's School. She married the late Dr. Joseph C. Doherty in 1938. In younger years, she was active in the Latrobe community. She was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where she served on the board of trustees, was secretary of the Latrobe Women's Club and was on the board of the Latrobe Area Hospital Little Shop. She also served as a volunteer at the Little Shop and, along with her cousin, Katherine Hartman, worked there on Thursday evenings for a number of years when the shop was a two-person operation located in the sun porch of the old hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph C. Doherty in 2003; a sister, Marion Nelson; and a brother, Lt. Jack E. Steele, who was killed in World War II. She is survived by her loving family of three boys and a girl, Joseph Doherty and his wife, Gretchen, of Chicago, Ill., Patricia McNeely, of Conyers, Ga., Jack Doherty, of Latrobe, and Timothy Doherty, and his wife, Mercy, of Stuart, Fla.; three grandsons, Robin Doherty, Michael Doherty and his wife, Shaina, and Andrew Doherty; and a brother, Richard Steele and his wife, Terris, of Bonifay, Fla. Honoring Louise's wishes, there will be no viewing or visitation. Services and interment will be private. THE HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Hoffer, Dorothy E. 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-08-12
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Hoffer, 91, of Greensburg, peacefully left this world Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius; four brothers; and two sisters. Dorothy was born Aug. 12, 1923, to the late Frank and Theresa (Gether) Koger, from McKees Rocks. She is lovingly survived by children, Judi (Joe) Honick, Patti (Timothy) Odbert and Martin (Patti) Hoffer; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Tillie Delpercio and Fran Lamb; and countless individuals whose lives she touched over the years. Dorothy lived an altruistic life, always placing family and others before herself; everybody mattered more than she did. She brought immense joy (and baked goods) to anyone who knew her and expected nothing in return. She will truly and lovingly be missed. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, the time of service, at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg, Md. Our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother - until we meet again. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hunter, Eva J. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-11-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eva Jean (Cramer) Hunter, 80, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her residence. Eva Jean was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Russell Charles and Josephine Ida (Minerd) Cramer. She was married to Eugene V. Debs Hunter Sr., who passed away March 4, 2001. Eva Jean was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School, class of 1952, and years ago worked as a baker in the Tasty Pastry Bakery, in Connellsville. She was a member of the Bryan United Methodist Church, near Dawson, where she taught Sunday School. Years ago, she was affiliated with the Owensdale United Methodist Church and the Scottdale Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the Scottdale Woman's Garden Club and the Brownfield Community Center. Eva Jean took enjoyment in singing and playing the organ. Eva Jean will be sadly missed by her loving family; her three children, Donna Kay Nicholson and her husband, Clarence Nicholson Jr., of Connellsville, Eva Marie Gaffney and her husband, Wayne Gaffney, of Scottdale, and Robert Earl Hunter and his wife, Stephanie, of Connellsville; her two step-children, Sandra Phelps and her husband, Harry, of North Carolina, and Eugene V. Hunter II, of Darragh; her 19 grandchildren; her 24 great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Dorothy Stoner, of Ohio, and Donna Lee Brooks and her husband, Eugene, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Jean Hunter; her two sons, Kenneth Glenn Hunter and George Hunter; her step-daughter, Susan Hunter; her granddaughter, Jennifer Jean Fox; her grandson, Jimmy Crise; her two brothers, Wilber and Walter Cramer; and her two sisters, Marjorie Biller and Pauline Meloni. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE, (724-887-5300 ) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com (GPS: N40 degrees 06.136 W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastors Chris Varney and Roy Butt co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery next to her late husband. Love Lasts Forever!
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Jarouse, Harry F. 87

  • Scottdale , Formerly of Arnold City
  • Born: 1927-05-17
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Harry F. Jarouse, 87, of Scottdale, formerly of Arnold City (Belle Vernon), passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Westmoreland Excela Hospital. He was born May 17, 1927, in Monessen, a son of the late Harry and Louise (Gerein) Jarouse. Methodist by faith, he had resided in Scottdale for the past 10 years and was formerly of Arnold City. Harry graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in business management and retired from the former Ligget Spring and Axle Co., of Monongahela, where he was the plant manager. He also served in the Army during World War II. He was an avid gardener, sharing his crops with his friends and enjoyed taking walks and rodeos. Survivors include one sister, Evelyn Ramsden, of West Berlin, N.J.; one nephew, Scott Ramsden, and children, of Brigantine, N.J.; and two nieces, Roberta Hess and her husband, William, and children, of West Berlin, N.J., and Rhonda Cislo and her husband, Fred, of Clementon, N.J. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine (Marasco) Jarouse, Jan. 18, 1996. Friends will be received 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ken Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Johnson, Corrine M. 59

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Corrine M. (McNair) Johnson, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the loving wife of Glenn; cherished mother of Glenn Jr. and Pamela Grigsby; dear sister of four; adoring grandmother of 11; and special aunt of Lisa McNair. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 119 S. 11th St., Connellsville, PA 15425. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC.
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Koshurba II, Alex C. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-04
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alex C. Koshurba II, 67, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at his home. He was born June, 4, 1947, in South Greensburg, a son of the late Alex and Josephine R. (Emanuel) Koshurba. He had been employed by Ranier Pharmacy. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sarah J. "Sandy" (Pearsol) Koshurba; two sons, Alex C. Koshurba Jr., of Greensburg, and David Lee Koshurba, of North Huntingdon; a daughter, Jessica M. Forman and her husband, Joseph, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Eve, Brayden, McKenzie and Emma; a brother, Dennis P. Koshurba and his wife, Theresa, of New Stanton; three sisters, Mary Ann Elder and her husband, Barry, Deborah L. Nemitz, and Tammy Smola and her husband, Andy, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Interment will be private. http://www.bahcafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lucotch, Elizabeth J. 81

  • Mt. PLeasant
  • Born: 1933-04-13
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. (Sopko) Lucotch, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. Mrs. Lucotch was born April 13, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Grec Sopko. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society. She had been employed as a seamstress for the former Amco Co. of Mt. Pleasant. Elizabeth served as committee woman for the Third Ward in Mt. Pleasant and was an active volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed going to bingo and cooking special meals for her children and grandchildren, especially haluski and pierogie. Elizabeth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her loving family, her children, Raymond M. Lucotch Jr. and his wife, Joyce, of Vanderbilt, and Karen A. Lucotch Newill and her husband, Raymond, of Mt. Pleasant; her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Lucotch and Lisa, Justin Lucotch and Laura, Eric Newill and Brandy, Brandon Newill and Elizabeth, Lindsay Grenda and Phillip, and Evan, Adam and Alyssa Bozzarelli. She will also be sadly missed by the "joys" of her life, her beloved great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Josephine, Addison and Luca; and the two great-grandchildren whose arrival she was so looking forward to. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond M. Lucotch Sr., in 1991; her daughter, Maria Lucotch Bozzarelli, in 2007; and by her two brothers and five sisters. Elizabeth was the last surviving member of the Sopko family. In honoring Elizabeth's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend Elizabeth's memorial Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Summit and Silver Streets, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Private inurnment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Lyons, Evelyn H. 73

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1941-06-27
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Helen Lyons, 73, of Sutersville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was born June 27, 1941, in Scot Haven, a daughter of the late Pauline and Nick Opachick. Evelyn was a retired registered nurse for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel at Allenport. She was preceded in death by her stepson, Patrick Lyons, in 2000; and seven brothers, Clyde, Edward, George, John, Roger, Nick and Leopold Opachick. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 38 years, John C. Lyons; her son, Lt. Col. Vaughn D. DeLong and his wife, retired Lt. Col. Suzanne, currently stationed in Suffolk, Va.; a sister, Sophie and her husband, Ray Werder, of Michigan; a brother, Alvin Opachick and his wife, Joanne, of Florida; three grandchildren, Keagan and Ryan DeLong and Nicolas Lyons; many nieces and nephews; and two special nieces, Julianne Miller and Donna Opachick. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton. Services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor John C. Lyons presiding. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the family.
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Megahan, Clara C. 84

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1930-07-15
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Clara C. (Senic) Megahan, 84, of Delmont, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She was born July 15, 1930, in East Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Adam and Mary (Rahaw) Senic. In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Forkovitch. Clara is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, William Megahan; her children, Colette Smith, of Irwin, Mary Ann Praysner (Frank), of Level Green, and Helen Weber (Mark), of Boswell; a son-in-law, Daniel Forkovitch; grandchildren, Kimberly Tamburo (Dan), Thomas Hack, Karen Homick (Dean), Daniel Forkovitch (Sarah), Jeffrey Hack, Greg Praysner, Tricia Sipes (Dave), Celeste Martin (Jeff), Shani Smith (Steve), Brian Weber Jr. and Alexis Weber; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Clara loved her family and enjoyed baking. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, with services beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Morrow "Pat" Hartman presiding. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Moody, Margaret 92

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1922-08-06
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Margaret Moody, 92, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Yelenosky) Zozula. Margaret was a graduate of Scottdale High School Class of 1940 and worked at Robertshaw Controls during World War II. She was a member of Holy Family Church, West Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Kane; and brothers, John, Theodore and Jack Zozula. Surviving is her loving husband, William, with whom she celebrated 66 years of marriage; loving children, Jeanne (Glen) Ustazewski, of West Newton, and John (Susan) Moody of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Chad (Brooke) Ustazewski, of North Huntingdon, and Tara (Evan) Speice, of Frisco, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Colton, Gemma and William Ustazewski and Collier Speice; a brother, William (Sophie) Zozula, of Scottdale; a sister, Mae (Ralph) Rich, of Scottdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. Marge was very loving and lived for her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, who will miss her dearly. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Moreschi, Richard J. 69

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1945-08-20
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Moreschi, 69, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born Aug. 20, 1945, in Donora, he was a son of the late Nick and Mary Leone Moreschi. Rich was a retired principal and educator from the Allegheny Valley and Woodland Hills School Districts and his career spanned nearly 40 years in education. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Pat Finney Moreschi; loving children, Monte J. (Melanie) Moreschi, Nikki J. (William McCoskery) Moreschi and Christina E. Moreschi; three grandchildren, Adler Palmer, and Darby and Sylvie Moreschi; brothers, Roger (Judie) and Ronald (Andrea) Moreschi; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral service will be private. Due to family allergies to cut flowers, contributions in Rich's memory are recommended to Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Papai, Stella M. 89

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Stella M. (Mazur) Papai, 89 of Penn Township, formerly of Lincoln Place, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander Papai; loving mother of John (Katherine) Papai and the late Andrew Papai; grandmother of Brian, Angelica and Andrew. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by siblings, Stanley, Monica and Blanche. Friends will be received 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Roberts, John W. 89

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1925-04-21
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • John "Jack" W. Roberts, 89, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. He was born April 21, 1925, in Johnstown, son of the late Clovis Virgil and Verda Shaver Roberts. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a brother, Jay C. Roberts; a sister, Jacquelyn R. McKillip; and an infant sister, Joanne Roberts. Jack served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He worked as superintendent of Cold Reduction for U.S. Steel Irvin Works. During his retirement years, Jack enjoyed riding and showing horses with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia S. Strayer Roberts; two sons, Eric J. (Paula) Roberts, of Export, and Jeffrey J. (Carolyn S.) Roberts, of Murrysville; three grandsons, Andrew, Eric (Amanda) and Tanner Roberts; and a sister, Joyce R. Christ. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Nate Keisel officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Westmoreland County, U.S. 119, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Woodyear, Ephraim W. 93

  • Loyalhanna Township
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Ephraim W. Woodyear, 93, of Loyalhanna Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township, with his loving family at his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Shirley (Daniel) Woodyear; son, Russell Woodyear, of Westchester, N.Y.; daughter, Nancy DiMaggio, of Loyalhanna Township; and sisters, nieces and nephews. After graduating from high school, Ephraim proudly served his country in the Army, during World War II and subsequently was honorably discharged. His family reminisces about him playing semiprofessional baseball in New York and being honored with a trophy for hitting the most home runs. Ephraim retired as a loan officer with Amalgamated Bank of New York. Friends and family will be received for visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with Pastor Kara Probst presiding. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville.
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Yamakita, Mitsuo 78

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Suita City, Japan
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Mitsuo Yamakita, 78, of Murrysville, formerly of Suita City, Japan, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. "Mitch", as he was known to his friends, was a graduate of Kwansei Gakuin University, in Kobe, Japan, where he majored in English. He was a businessman and entrepreneur who owned and operated a tea-ceremony company in Osaka, Japan, and was an art dealer. He enjoyed golf, jazz, travel and loved everything about the United States. Mr. Yamakita was preceded in death by his wife, Hiroko; and his parents, Kousaburo and Ryo. Surviving are his loving daughters, Akemi (Bob) Stauffer, of Murrysville, Katsuo Yamakita, of Osaka, Japan; and his cherished granddaughter, Fiona Stauffer, of Murrysville. Respecting Mitch's wishes, private services and interment will take place in his native land of Osaka, Japan. WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724- 327-1400, entrusted with arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Fayette County

Grimm, Dorothy A. 84

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1930-02-01
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Ann (Basinger) Grimm, 84, of Dawson, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at her home. Mrs. Grimm was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Everson, a daughter of the late Ernest and Olive Fry Basinger. She was a member of Connellsville Church of God. Dorothy had been employed by the former L.E. Smith Glass Co. in the packing and shipping department. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to many. She is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Marlene Grimm Hough and her husband, Robert, of Dawson; and her grandson, Steven Hough of Orlando, Fla. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ivan Grimm in 1995; and by her sisters, Helen Jane Basinger Frye, in 1995, and Doris Louise Basinger Keller, in 2006. Honoring Dorothy's wishes, there will be no hours of public visitation. Private viewing and funeral services will be held for the family, with interment in the Scottdale Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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McCreary, Debra R. 58

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1956-04-19
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Eley-McCrory, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Debra R. McCreary, 58 of Perryopolis, entered into heavenly rest Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Arnold City, with her loving children at her bedside. She was born April 19, 1956, in Donora, to Eileen Alvarez, of New Kensington, and the late Fred Cecil. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale F. McCreary, on Dec. 18, 1999. She is survived by her mother, Eileen Alvarez, of New Kensington; by daughters, Dana Encapera and Tony, of Coal Center, Dienna Sosnak and husband, Mark, of Perryopolis, Denette Branthoover and husband, Thomas C., of Arnold City, Belle Vernon, and Amanda McCreary and husband, Allan, of Belle Vernon; by five grandchildren; by sisters, Carol Cecil, of New Kensington, and Jan DeSantis, of New Kensington; and a brother, Jack Cecil, of Arnold City, Belle Vernon. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the ELEY/MCCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA 15438. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, with Pastor Chip Norton, of Belle Vernon, officiating. Interment to follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Rech, Lina 103

  • Born: 1911-09-17
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Neill, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • Lina Rech, 103, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Lina was born in Seren del Grappa, Italy, Sept. 17, 1911, daughter of Luigia and Ernesto DeMarco. Predeceased are two siblings, Mira and Enzo. At age 15, she and her mother went to Switzerland where they ran a small store and boarding house. In her early 20s, she graduated from the Premiata Scuola De Taglio, in Milan, Italy. She became an excellent seamstress and was in much demand. In February of 1938, she married Primo Rech and came to America. Lina became a proud citizen of the USA in 1947. Her favorite song was "God Bless America." Lina was a loving mother who had a deep faith in Christ and taught her children and grandchildren the importance of love, respect and unity of family. She was an inspiration and blessing to all who knew her. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Nedda (Robert) Pollock, of Hummelstown, Joan (Warren) Silvers, of Harrisburg, and Diane (David) Carroll, of The Villages, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at Cathrine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry St., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. The family sends a special thank you for the loving care given to Lina at the Ecumenical Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cathrine Laboure Catholic Church or Ecumenical Retirement Home 3525 Canby St., Harrisburg. Entombment will be in Greensburg. Arrangements by NEILL FUNERAL HOME INC., Harrisburg.
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