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Antonich, Sally A. 84

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1929-12-21
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Sally A. Antonich, 84, of Rillton, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Herminie, daughter of the late Charles and Madeline (Cassini) Hershey. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Herminie and a former member of the church choir. She was also a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 8518 of Rillton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Antonich; and a sister, Helen Smarra. Survivors include her two sons, Anthony Antonich and his wife, Kellie, of Gettysburg, and Joseph Antonich and his wife, Brenda, of Rillton; two daughters, Amy Antonich and her partner, Charlotte, of Delray Beach, Fla., and Laurie Kuhn and her husband, Ron, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with Father John Harrold officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Booher, Edward B. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-01
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Bair "Ned" Booher, 96, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Redstone Highlands. He was born July 1, 1918, in Greensburg, son of the late Vance E. Booher Sr. and Helen Bair Booher. For many years, he was part owner and manager of Mountain View Inn, where he was vice president of the corporation. He retired from Mountain View Inn on July 1, 1985, after 45 years. He graduated from Greensburg High School in 1936 and from Swarthmore College in 1940. He and his wife, Hazel Herd Booher, were married Nov. 11, 1942. Ned was a veteran of World War II. In his youth, he was active in Scouting and was a former Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster. He was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels beginning in 1970 and serving for 42 years. He was also active in the Westmoreland County Historical Society and longtime member of the Greensburg Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg where he had served as deacon, elder and trustee. Other civic activities included service as a member of SW PA Division, American Heart Association, Caregivers of SW PA and Redstone Presbyterian Senior Care. Ned enjoyed playing golf and was a longtime member of Hannastown Golf Club and later joining a league at Cloverleaf Golf Club. For hobbies, he collected and repaired antique clocks and was a member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also collected postcards of Greensburg and Lincoln Highway and was a member of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and Academy Hill Historic District. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Herd Booher; brother, Vance E. "Bill" Booher; daughter, Jane Booher Schmidgal; as well as grandsons, Joshua Mooney and James J. Schmidgal. He is survived by his two daughters, Helen B. Bush, of Delmont, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Mooney, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; grandchildren, Amy, Anthony and Sean Bush, Edward (Ned), Megan, and Eric (Chad) Schmidgal, and Lucas Mooney, and Christian Mooney; and also numerous great-grandchildren. Honoring Ned's wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Redstone Highlands Chapel with the Rev. Martin Ankrum officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601; or First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Cable Jr., Gerald Bud W. 79

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-05-12
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Gerald Warren "Bud" Cable Jr., 79, of Mt. Pleasant, went home to be with his heavenly father Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014, in Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Mr. Cable was born May 12, 1935, in Dunbar, a son of the late Gerald and Ruby Humphreys Cable. He was a member of Church of God of Mt. Pleasant. Bud was a graduate of Connellsville High School. He served in the Army National Guard for more than six years. Bud was employed for many years as a tool and die maker for the former Anchor Hocking Co. of Connellsville. He was a gifted artist, excelling in scrimshaw engravings and carvings and enjoyed cycling, staying fit and especially loved annual vacations to Ocean City, N.J. Bud was a loving husband and father, who served his Lord and was a good and faithful servant. He is survived by his devoted and loving family; his daughters, Pamela Jo "Pammie" Cable and Heidi Leigh Gulisek and her husband, Joe, all of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald R. Cable and Russell (Ricky) Cable, both of Arizona. Bud is also survived by his very special friend, Debbie Davis; and by his beloved pets, his dogs, Buddy and Marco. In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Mason Cable, in 2002. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, with funeral services immediately following the visitation hours at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Bud's caregiver, Ed Cichocki for his kindness, care and compassion during Bud's illness. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Derk Sr., James R. 76

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1938-02-08
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • James R. Derk Sr., 76, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Derry, a son of the late Robert L. and Dorothy (Boyd) Derk Frye. Jim was a member of the Waterford Christian Church, the Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 (Waterford). He was a veteran, having served with the National Guard and was a former owner of Derks Restaurant in Ligonier. Jim was an avid sports fan and loved playing golf and as of two weeks ago was active and enjoyed a family event. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lemon Frye. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dolores L. (Eisaman) Derk; three loving children, Sue Kinsey and her husband, Kris, of Ligonier, James R. Derk Jr. and his wife, Laurie, of Ligonier, and Keith Derk and his wife, Marie, of Ligonier; six loving grandchildren, Michael (Ashley), Jennifer (Bob), Jamie (Jeffrey), Nichole (Frank), Josh (Abby) and Alysa (Adam); six loving great-grandchildren, Jaden, Katlyn, Mackenzie, Brooke, Connor and Justine; a brother, Ronald Derk and his wife, Veronica, of Ligonier; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. The family would like to express a warm thank you to Jim's doctors, nurses, ambulance crew and UPMC Cancer Center Mountain View for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 (Waterford), 44 Firehall Road, Ligonier, PA 15658; or to the American Cancer Society (Ligonier Relay for Life), 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Hylwa, Ann 95

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1918-09-29
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ann Hylwa, 95, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in the Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Watzel and Mary Ponschion Leyko. Prior to her retirement, Ann was employed by the former John Thomas Greenhouse. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, painting and housework. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Max Hylwa; a son-in-law, Frank Hostoffer; brothers, John, Steven, Andrew and Michael Leyko; and sisters, Mary Cycak and Alice Leyko. Ann is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hostoffer, of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Olga Shanefelt, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Lawrence Daniels presiding. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.
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Lhota, Elnora

  • New Stanton
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Elnora "Betty" Lhota, of New Stanton, formerly Monessen, passed Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Betty was born in Monongahela, the youngest of the late Dalby and Grace (Hillman) Stevenson's 13 children. Betty is survived by one daughter, Debra Lhota, of Pittsburgh; two sons, Kevin (Patty) Lhota, of Pittsburgh, and David Lhota, of Monessen; one son-in-law, Jim Calderaro, of Pittsburgh; one grandson, Jason (Deana) Lhota, of Trafford; five granddaughters, Melanie (Renawn) Harris, of North Huntington, Allyson (Dan) Sapko, of Unity Township, Cassandra (BeBe) Broughton, of Orange Park, Fla., Gabrielle (Dave) Garrety, of Washington, and Sabrina (Greg) McConnell, of Wexford; 13 great-grandchildren; treasured nieces and nephews; and dear friends, including Ginny and Lois. Betty was a homemaker and devoted wife to Edward Lhota, before his death in 1980. Betty enjoyed playing cards, visiting Cape May with niece, Chris, and spending time with family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in New Stanton and a 50-year member of Eastern Star. Betty was also preceded in death by her daughter, Megan Calderaro, seven brothers and five sisters. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 Fourth St., Youngwood. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. John W. Seth to officiate, followed by service at the Monongahela Cemetery Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to The Megan Lhota Calderaro Scholarship Fund at Clarion University.
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Matusek, Ronald 83

  • Crabtree , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-08-24
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  • Ronald "Chizzy" Matusek, 83, of Crabtree, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in his home in Asheville, N.C. Ron served in the Army and retired from the Greater Greensburg Sewage Authority. He was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, N.C. He was also a member of the Hill Top Social Club and VFW of Greensburg. Ron was an avid football fan. He loved his Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame. He was the son of the late Adolph Matusek and Rose Matusek Chislock. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Joan Kozlowski Matusek; son, Ronald (Sue) Matusek, of Medford, N.Y.; daughter, Tina (Christopher) Lynch, and two beloved grandchildren, Kelsey and Colin, all of Asheville, N.C.; brother, Michael (Sally) Chislock, of Greensburg; two sisters, Agnes Wotus, of Crabtree, and Mary Ann Sisko, of Manor; brother-in-law, James (Jane) Kozlowski, of Franklin, Wis.; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and cherished friends. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
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Scott, Joseph C. 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Joseph C. Scott, 82, of Trafford, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Joseph was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Edward and Lydia (Cromie) Scott. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Peabody High School. Joseph was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Army. He was actively involved in the Level Green community, including coaching and expanding the athletic association to include girls' softball. He was a retired insurance agent and member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve G. Scott, in 2012; his son, Jeffrey Scott and his wife, Susan; three brothers, Wally, Harold and Edward Scott; and a sister, Margaret Trabits. Joseph is survived by his children, Pam Phalin (Tom), of Bethel Park, Joe Scott (Jane), of Saginaw Mich., Janet Jupena (Bruce), of Level Green, and Suzanne Kalna (Scott), of West Newton; and his seven grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Virginia "Ginny" Scott, Jordan, Jarad and Jevin Jupena; and twins, Wyatt and Chloe Kalna. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford. Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, (412)372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Simpson, Mark A. 58

  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1955-10-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mark Allen Simpson, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Born Oct. 22, 1955, he was the son of the late Frank Robert and Dorothy (Reese) Simpson. Before his retirement, Mark was employed as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT, where he was recognized as a statewide employee of the month, among his many awards. He loved his weekends, when he got to watch NASCAR and his beloved Steelers. Everyone that knew him considered him the best guy in the world. Mark is survived by his sisters, Mary Jane Simpson, and Cheryl Simpson and Ed Kattera; his second mom, Dottie Monticue; his caregivers, Cheryl Deak and Robin Honse; and his best and oldest friend, Charlie Johnson. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Middle Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant. Please go directly to the church. Entombment will follow at Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Spinella, Mary Agnes Aggie 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-10-17
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary Agnes "Aggie" Spinella, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. Aggie was born Oct. 17, 1921, and was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant. Her generous spirit and personality touched many individuals, from her church community, Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, The Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizens' Association, The Assunta Club, The Kosciuszko Club, The Red Hats, The Bear Rocks Group of Acme, Scottdale Pool (The Water Lilies), The McDonald's Clan, to the Westmoreland Monthly Widows' Luncheon at Westmoreland Community College. Aggie's life was enriched by her loving relationships with her husband, Gerald; and her parents, Louis and Frances (Rega) Spinelli, who preceded her in death. Aggie is survived by her loving family, her daughter Dr. Gerri Spinella (Dr. Bridget Cahill), of Truro, Mass., and Evanston, Ill.; her daughter, Marleen (Joseph) Ocasek, of Charleston, S.C.; her grandson, Adam (Kim) Ocasek, of Thurmont, Md.; her granddaughter, Erin Ocasek (Christopher Starnes), of Charleston, S.C.; and her great-grandchildren, Annalise and Daniel. Her relatives and dear friends will surely miss her loving, funny greeting cards, well wishes, classic jokes and phone calls that Aggie so graciously and freely dispersed. The family is inviting friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev Harrison Smith and the Rev. John Morrow co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Scottdale Pool, P.O. Box 171, Scottdale, PA 15683, or The Brethren Church, 201 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, PA. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Stairs, George R. 93

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1920-12-06
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Ray Stairs, 93, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Latrobe Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Dec. 6, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Ray and Myrtle (Begonia) Stairs. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Stairs; and son-in-law, Harry F. Prue. George was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, New Stanton. He graduated from East Huntington High School in 1938, where he was quite the track star participating in the half mile and pole vault and claimed to have never lost a debate. George was a World War II veteran, having served as an officer in the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company L in Italy and France. The 442nd has the proud distinction of being the most decorated unit in the war. He was in four major battles, Rhineland, Po Valley, Appennine and Rome-Arno and earned the following: Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, two Unit Presidential Citations and one Combat Infantry Badge. He was also named an "honorary Texan" for rescuing the Texas Lost Battalion. The unit's slogan, "Go for broke," served them well. Throughout his life, Lt. Stairs always spoke with utmost respect for the Nisei, Japanese-Americans, with whom he served. He was a genuine war hero, but was never eager to speak about his war experiences and would say something like, "The good old days are not always the good old days. I lost many good buddies in the war." Then he would follow it with, "I prefer to look at life through the windshield rather than the rearview mirror." Prior to retirement, he had been employed by l-T-E (now ABB), in Greensburg for more than 33 years. George always stayed busy with many hobbies and interests that included fly tying, hunting, fishing, wood working, gardening, wine making, Jeopardy at 7 p.m., rooting for the Steelers and Penguins and he never gave up on the Pirates. He was the loving husband of 68 years to Evelyn M. (Crouse) Stairs, whom he married Jan. 24, 1946. Also surviving are three daughters, Virginia A. Prue, Connie R. (Dennis) Baluh, both of Norvelt, Lori L. (Dave) Ball, of Irwin; son, Roger (Gail) Stairs, of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Randy, Scott and Brook Prue, Jeremy and Brandon Baluh and Bethany (Baluh) Black, Nathan Stairs, Jenna (Stairs) Simmons, Summer (Stairs) Clark and Joshua Ball; nine great-grandchildren, Shelby, Jacob, Savannah, Edina and Danica Prue, Brianna and Brynlee Baluh, Grace Black and Jax Simmons. George/Lt. Stairs/Dad/Grandfather/Great-Grandfather will be greatly missed by all those that had the honor and good fortune of knowing him. He was a Godly man, a true scholar of the Bible who served his Lord faithfully. Family and friends will be received 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where his funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Donald Simpson officiating. Military accolades that are so justly deserved will be extended to the departed veteran at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Private entombment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 446. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of George maybe made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Yasurek, Harry J. 60

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1953-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Yasurek, 60, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence. He was born Dec. 26, 1953, in Latrobe, a son of the late Paul R. Yasurek and Dora (Eamigh) Yasurek Wilburn. Harry had worked at Specialty Bar Products, Blairsville, and formerly worked at American Candy Co., Latrobe. He was a member of Derry Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion Post No. 515, Bradenville Amvets and the Derry Ukrainian Club. Harry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working on cars and being with his cat, "Precious." Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, James Roy Wilburn. Harry is survived by two daughters, Misty L. Yasurek and her fiance, Christopher Myers, of Latrobe, and Tina M. Rose and her husband, Matthew, of Blairsville; one brother, Paul "Dickie" Yasurek and his wife, Linda, of Blairsville; four sisters, Nancy Huffman, of Latrobe, Jamie Allison and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, Bonnie Dornauer and her husband, James, of Ligonier, and Lisa Yasurek and her fiance, Henry Swank, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Taylor Myers, Bentley Rose and Mercedes Rose; the mother of his children, Linda (Vargulish) Freeland and her fiance, Rick Smith, of Derry; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Justin Matro OSB, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, New Derry. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Fayette County

Galik, Kathleen M. 70

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1944-02-14
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kathleen M. Galik, 70, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late, Stephen Louis and Angela Geraldine (Loughran) Galik. Kathleen was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1962. After, she was a clerical worker for various companies. She was a devote Catholic and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville. She served the church as a Eucharistic Minister, choir member and as a member of Christian Mothers. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, her pets and classical music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Michael Galik. She is survived by six siblings, John T. "Jack" Galik and wife, Geraldine, Stephen T. "Tim" Galik, Elaine (Galik) Sidders and companion, Frank Rokosz, of Florida, James J. "Jim" Galik and significant other, Jean Slusser, Regis A "Rege" Galik and Patrick E. "Pat" Galik and wife, Darlene; and also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Private interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Golobish, Andrew 50

  • Sacramento, Calif. , Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1963-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Andrew Golobish, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Reno, Nev. Andy was born Nov. 5, 1963, in Greensburg, to the late Rudy and Dorothy Oberley Golobish. Andy graduated from Yough High School in 1981, he attended Penn State University then served his country in the Marine Corps, "Semper Fi." He worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, JL Screen printing and lastly for Greyhound Bus Co. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Rae; stepdaughter, Christina Rae; grandson, Tristan Noel; and 12 brothers and sisters, Judy, Larry, David, Patty, Rudy, Karen, Ginger, Randy, Daniel, his twin, Albert, Samuel and Tammy. Included in Andy's surviving family are his siblings' spouses; many nieces and nephews; extended family; and his former wife, Alba. Andy was a good, loving, caring, compassionate, loyal and trustworthy man. He was diehard Steelers fan and avid golfer. His daughters describe him as, "A big teddy bear with a heart of gold." His brother, Al, describes him as, "My strength, my better half, my best friend, companion for life and my heart." Andy will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, on Sewickley Ave. in Herminie, where service for the celebration of Andy's life will immediately follow at 4 p.m. There will be a gathering of his family at Hilltop Methodist Church in Madison following the service. Please consider a memorial gift of your choice in Andy's name to your charity of choice in lieu of flowers.
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Nelsen, Kathryn 79

  • Sun Lakes, Ariz.
  • Born: 1934-12-04
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: __, __ | Get Directions
  • Kathryn "Kay" (Lynch) Nelsen passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Sun Lakes, Ariz. She was born Dec. 4, 1934, daughter of the late Karl Lynch and Antoinette Lynch. Kay graduated from Latrobe High School in 1952 and from Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. She was preceded in death by a son, James Miller. Surviving are her husband, Richard Nelsen, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; son, Paul Miller (Salina), of Santa Anna, Calif.; stepson, Richard Nelsen (Karyn), of Surprise, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Lisa Davis, of Taos, N.M.; brother, William Lynch (JoAnn), of St. Charles, Mo.; sister, Barbara Fitzmaurice (Ken), of Latrobe; sister, Karolyn Davoli, of Willoughby, Ohio; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. There will be no formal funeral arrangements.
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O'Brien, Gary D. 61

  • Schaumburg, Ill. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-05-03
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Gary D. O'Brien, 61, of Schaumburg, Ill., formerly of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Schaumburg. He was born May 3, 1953, in Greensburg, a son of the late Theodore J. and Dorothy J. (Davis) O'Brien. He was a partner and owner in P.O. Food Specialists and was Lutheran by Faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl A. Ferrari O'Brien, in 1993. He is survived by his son, Chris D. O'Brien, of Elk Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Lauren N. Gizzi and her husband, Alex, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; a brother, Bruce E. O'Brien and his wife, Dena, of Latrobe; three sisters, Barbara Williams and her husband, Fred, of San Antonio, Texas, Pamela Naples and her husband, Jay, of Greensburg, and Staci M. Bush and her husband, Jason, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at noon Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Richards, Eva 80

  • Homestead, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-08-24
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  • Eva Richards, 80, of Homestead, Fla., passed away after a short illness on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Erma Noreikat; and son, Mike Zack. Eva was born in Danzig, Germany, and came to the United States in 1952, and resided in North Huntingdon. Eva married her beloved second husband, Alfred Richards, in 1975. They moved to Key Largo, Fla., in 1983, and then Homestead, Fla., in 2004. Eva completed her education in nursing and was proud to work as a CNA in Pittsburgh before moving to Florida. Eva is survived by her son, Ken Zack, of Hollister, Calif.; her daughter, Kathy Klingensmith, of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson, Matthew Ward, of Suffolk, Va.; her son, Ron (Angie) Zack, of Irwin; granddaughters, Alicia (AJ) Brentzel, of Jeannette, and Jessica Zack, of Greensburg; her son, Chris (Tammy) Zack, of Jeannette; grandson, Nathaniel Zack, of Jeannette; her daughter, Terri Touchon, of Ocala, Fla.; and sons, Joe Ivan and Steven Touchon and Jessica, of Ocala, Fla. Eva is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and was looking forward to two additional great-grandchildren and her first great-great-grandchild, all three due on Oct. 24, 2014. Eva was most happy when she was fishing, traveling the world and taking cruises. She also loved volunteering for various groups and working at the local visitor center. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Catholic Hospice.
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