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Besser, Rosella M. 85

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-08-26
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Rosella M. (Yankauskas) Besser, 85, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Boikus) Yankauskas. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and also a member of the Sunshine Club in Irwin. Rosella enjoyed gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Besser; a daughter, Janet Savini; a grandson; four sisters; and a brother. Surviving are four children, Eugene King and wife, Kathy, of North Huntingdon, Joseph King, of Murrysville, Kenneth King, of Saltsburg, and Barbara Davison and husband, John, of Avonmore; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a loving friend, Charlie Swjantek. There will be no visitation. Everyone is invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Debich, Ann 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-01-01
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ann Debich, 96, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Weatherwood Manor, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Export, a daughter of the late Milich and Anna Godich Zatezalo. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg and was a former secretary at Westmoreland County Community College in the practical nursing department. In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John Debich; and eight brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of the Zatezalo family. Ann is survived by her son, John Debich and his wife, Natalie, of Greensburg, and granddaughter, Larisa Debich, a senior at Auburn University; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with Ann's wishes, a private graveside service will be held at Westmoreland County Memorial Park with the Rev. Martin Ankrum officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., supervisor, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg.
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Elder, D. Louise 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • D. Louise Elder, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in her home. She was born in Latrobe on Dec. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Franklin and Delphia Ansell Poole. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trauger. Also, Louise was a member of the Midway-St. Clair VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, William C. Elder, in 2000; a son, John Elder; and daughter, Edith Mallin; seven brothers, Franklin, John, William, Walter, Samuel, Theodore and Francis Poole; and six sisters, Nellie Shick, Stella Cook, infant sister Pauline, Emma Smeltzer, Isabell Harr and Vivian Freeman. Louise was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her sons, Theodore J. Elder (Joyce), of Whaleyville, Md., Joseph P. Elder (Sandra), of Greensburg, and Barry R. Elder (Mary), of Greensburg; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Liska; and son-in-law, Leonard Mallin; also scores of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Louise's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. Mark A Werner officiating. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. For online condolences and other information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Fry Jr., Robert E. 66

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1949-06-19
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Fry Jr., 66, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 19, 1949, in Latrobe, a son of the late Robert E. Fry Sr. and Helen E. Ankney Fry. Prior to retirement, he was employed by SCI of Greensburg as an electrical tradesman instructor. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company for 35 years, where he served as president for 25 years. He was also a member of the Latrobe American Legion Post 515. Bob served as an EMT with Mutual Aid Ambulance since 1981, CPR instructor for the American Red Cross and was an auditor for Cook Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doreen Piper Fry; two children, Mark (Tammy) Fry, of Latrobe, and Darlene Fry, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Christian Fry and Anastasia Fry; and two sisters, Helen Piper and Linda Bittner. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Roy Piper officiating. Private interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. The Latrobe/Derry Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob's memory may be made to Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 160, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Grooms, Richard C. 83

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Richard C. Grooms, 83, of Murrysville, went home to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family. He was the cherished husband of Gertrude (Dolly) Grooms; loving stepfather of the late Karl Keil, Mark Keil (Lydia), Douglas Keil, Timothy Keil (Wanda), William Keil III and Tamara Mazurkiewicz (Joseph); loving Pa-Pa to 13 grandchildren; also survived by nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Minor and Ruby Grooms; sister, Ruth Rubright; and brother, Ray Grooms. Richard was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the American Legion Post 711 and a member of Local 2 Frostworkers and Insulators Union for 47 years. With his quick wit and engaging smile, Richard was a shining light to all who were fortunate enough to know him. He was the greatest blessing in our lives. Special appreciation to the staff of UPMC Shadyside CT/Med ICU for their compassionate kindness with Richard's care. Friends and family welcome for visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 5103 Logans Ferry Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park with full military honors. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hallock, Susan 67

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Susan Hallock, 67, of New Alexandria, formerly of Pittsburgh and originally of Harrison City, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Ann (Zubaty) Hallock and the late Frank J. "Fritz" Hallock; dear sister of Jane (Fred) Angelone; and aunt of Alex and Lexi. She was preceded in death by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Viewing and service will be private. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or www.cancer.org.http://www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Eugene R. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-12-14
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Eugene R. Jones, 92, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Waterford, a son of the late Bert E. and Mayme Kinsey Jones. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he had been employed by Bethlehem Steel for more than 37 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, the Ligonier Sportsmen's Club, and was on the board of directors of the Kinsey Museum. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He always had a smile on his face and when he would meet you he always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we will miss his fashion style. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Burkett and Helen Louise Boyd; and a brother, William Jones. Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Beard Jones; two sons, Richard E. Jones, of Ligonier, and Donald W. (Nancy) Jones, of New Florence; three grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) Jones, and Anne and Lauren Jones; a great-granddaughter, Ragan Hall; two sisters, Dorothy "Toots" Fish and Cathrine "Cass" Shadron, both of Ligonier; and his ever faithful canine, Mandy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Eugene's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Eric J. Fether officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Eugene's memory to First Church of the Brethren, 405 Route 271, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kloos, Carmen 77

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1938-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Carmen Kloos, 77, of Unity Township, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 18, 1938, a daughter of the late Charles C. and Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester. Carmen was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, the Saturday Night Rollers bowling league and her women's card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis J. Kloos; a grandson, Zachery L. Kloos; and two brothers, Robert C. and Roger C. Sylvester. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Kloos, at home, and Sandra Cramer and husband, Raymond, of Greensburg; two sons, Lewis C. and wife, Susan, and Scott A. Kloos and wife, Melissa, all of Lycippus; eight grandchildren, Heather Markowsky and husband, Jason, Raeanne Garlowich and husband, Joe, Cory Cramer, Elizabeth Craig and husband, Adam, and Nick, Tyler, Courtney and Delaney Bella Kloos; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Lander, of Pleasant Unity; two sisters-in-law, Gwen Sylvester, of Pleasant Unity, and Bertha Sliz and husband, Joe, of Unity Township; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leonard, Mildred 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mildred (Gratcar) Leonard, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home. She was born March 5, 1935, in Pleasant Unity, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Depto Gratcar. Minnie retired from Westmoreland Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul Parish in Carbon, where she served numerous ministries, including Rosary Altar Society, the funeral choir and her favorite, Communion Service and Recitation of the Rosary at Hempfield Manor. She also was a member of the Seton Hill Family of God Prayer Group and Our Lady of Grace Church Bible Study Group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Donald G. Leonard, on June 6, 2012; three brothers, infant George, Michael (killed in World War II) and John Gratcar; and two sisters, Mary (the late Richard) Fajt and Eleanor Kochis. She is survived by a son, Donald Leonard and wife, Janet E., of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Lesa Brasco and husband, William E., of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Leonard and partner, Matthew, Marissa Delair and husband, Matthew, and Vincent and Adele Brasco; a sister, Dorothy (the late Jack) Mahoney; sister-in-law, Mary Gratcar; two brothers-in-law, Karl Kochis and James (the late Elaine) DiPrimio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Minnie 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. Parting 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. in St. Paul Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Church, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Minnie'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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Polechko, Eleanor G. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-06
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor G. "Ellie" Polechko, 84, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Homer City, a daughter of the late Elmer George and Genevieve "Kitty" (Straka) Holzapfel. She was formerly employed by Amacor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Kelly" Polechko, on May 6, 1993; a grandson, Nathan Palmer; a brother, Elmer "Al" Holzapfel; and son-in-law, Paul Caplan. She is survived by a son, Kelly Polechko, of Greensburg; three daughters, Paula J. Caplan, of Monroeville, Kathleen Cobetto and husband, Bernard, of Greensburg, and Michelle Fayish and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Jason Caplan, Noah Caplan, Jon Cobetto, Amanda Faust, Adam Palmer, Matthew Polechko and Kyle Polechko; three great-grandchildren, Paige Caplan, Leighton Caplan and Ty Faust; 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, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Roote, Jay C. 84

  • Hempfield Township , Formerly of Jackson, Tenn.
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Jay C. Roote, 84, of Hempfield Township, formerly of Jackson, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.He was the beloved husband of the late Blanche Marie (Churchel) Roote; loving father of David (Diane Smith) Roote, of Delmont, Dennis (Carol Eastman) Roote, of Rochester, N.Y., and Douglas (Jennifer Warner) Roote, of Derry; grandfather of Steven, Andrew and Elizabeth Roote; brother of Barbara (Parker) Williams, of Humbolt, Tenn., Beverly (Sam) Hall, of Jackson, Tenn., Betty Roote, of Jackson, Tenn., and James (Mary) Roote, of Stevenson, Ala.; and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jay retired after nearly 30 years as an electrical engineer from Westinghouse Electric. He was past president and treasurer of the Jeannette Lions Club, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, member and past trustee of Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City and served as a medic in the Army. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Funeral service celebrating Jay's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Community United Methodist Church. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Lions Club International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842 (www.lionsclub.org.) or Community United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels, 3487 PA Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Russell, Nancy 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-08-20
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Russell, 79, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late John and Angeline Resek Primozich. Prior to her retirement, Nancy was employed with Helms Trucking Co. as an administrative assistant, Kaufmann's china department, administrative assistant for Beacon Auto Parts, and the Norwin Public Library. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, the Green Ridge Garden Club and enjoyed gardening and reading. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Russell, in 2012. She is survived by her two sons, W. Patrick and his wife, Linda, of New Castle, and Daniel J. and his wife, Karen, of Irwin; two daughters, Sally Petraglia and her husband, David, of Delmar, N.Y., and Susan Benson, of Shawnee, Kan.; and five grandchildren, Emily, Max and Madeleine Petraglia, Erin Benson and Hannah Russell. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Barbara Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Salvatore, David J. 56

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1959-07-02
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • David J. Salvatore, 56, of West Newton, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was born July 2, 1959, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Ann (Matecko) Salvatore. David was previously employed by Menasha in Ruffsdale, and was a member of VFW Post 7812 of West Newton and the Slovenic Benefit Singing Society of Collinsburg. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Betty Ann (MacDonald) Salvatore; a sister, Joanne Salvatore; two brothers, John Salvatore and wife, Theresa, and Timothy Salvatore; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Salvatore Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Skatell, Michael J. 53

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1962-01-09
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michael Joseph Skatell, 53, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 9, 1962, in Latrobe, a son of Bette Herrod Skatell Iannuzzo and the late Herman Skatell. Michael was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. He worked for various businesses in the area, including DeLallo's, St. George Crystal, as a CDL truck driver and in the family business, Greensburg Beverage. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Skatell; and his stepfather, Lewis "Sonny" Iannuzzo. Michael is survived by his wife, Kelly Rae Fischer Skatell; his daughter, Maryssa Anne Skatell; his mother, Bette Iannuzzo; two stepsons, Giovanni and Antonia Meighan; four sisters, Lisa Skatell, Jennifer Skatell, Lynne Eley (Dale) and Gina Skatell; two stepbrothers, James and David Iannuzzo; nieces, Jessica Skatell, Emilee Knopp, Angela and Dena Valesky and Tiffany Fischer; and nephew, Christopher Valesky. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Michael's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Stanton, Howard C. 71

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1944-04-17
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Howard C. Stanton, 71, of Sutersville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 17, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edith L. Craig Bomboy. Prior to his retirement, Howard was a steelworker for LTV Steel in Hazelwood. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Holland. He is survived by his son, William and his wife, Marie; daughter, Christi Stanton; sister, Nancy Somerfield; two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan; great-grandson, Damian; and two nieces, Deborah Baker and Denise Sallade. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Suda, Sophia H. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Sophia H. Suda, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 2, 1921, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Lawrence Suda and Henrietta (Orzehowski) Suda. Sophia was retired from Allis Chalmers, Pittsburgh, and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Women's Air Corps. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Henry, Frank, the Rev. Thaddeus, OSB, Stanley, Lawrence Jr., John and Anthony Suda; and two sisters, Mary T. Patts and Ann Suda. She is survived by two sisters, Helen Suda, of Latrobe, and Rose DeMary, of New Alexandria. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Vincent Basilica. Inurnment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Taddeo, Mary G. 83

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1931-11-18
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Mary G. Taddeo, 83, of Easton, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Manor, a daughter of the late Carl and Bessie Siegfried Gross. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed in the accounting department of the former Bell Telephone Company in Greensburg. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Jeannette. Mary was a volunteer for the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, and she loved to travel, play golf and was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, David I. Taddeo, in 2004; a sister, Ruth Rager; and brothers, Harry, Carl Jr., Robert and Raymond Gross. She is survived by her daughter, Traci Taddeo and husband, John Carrozza, of Easton; sisters, Norma Rutledge and Nelda Kozinko, both of Greensburg; and brothers, Bill Gross and wife, Carolyn, of Stow, Ohio, James Gross and wife, Jane, of Big Island, Va., Donald Gross, of Hackettstown, N.J.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Wilkes Jr., George W. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-01-13
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • George W. Wilkes Jr., 68, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His family and wife of 48 years were by his side. George was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Brownsville. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College with a BSBA degree in accounting, and completed a successful career as an accountant at Perfection Photo of Greensburg, WQED, and retired from California University of Pennsylvania in 1998. George was a past member of both St. Paul Parish and Our Lady of Grace Church and currently a member of Christ's Church in Greensburg. George was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Retired State Employees (PARSE) and had assisted coaching the girls softball team for FAVOR. George is survived by his wife, Ellie; son and daughter-in-law, William and (Tammie) Wilkes; daughter, Brenda (Wilkes) Kempton and her fiance, Ben Vermeulin; grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Wilkes and Izabel Kempton; sister, Jackie Lynn and Steve Ellis; sister-in-law, Barbie Kish; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Joan Wilkes, and father, George W. Wilkes Sr.; mother-in-law, Eleanor "Sis" Kremposky, and father-in-law, John "Jellybean" Kremposky. A very special thank you to Heartland Hospice Care for their most comforting nurses, social workers and chaplain for helping him endure this illness. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Parting prayers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.1, at Christ's Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Wylie officiating. Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Ruck, Patrick J. 55

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1959-10-01
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Patrick J. Ruck, 55, of Connellsville, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 1, 1959, in Connellsville, a son of the late Robert and Mary Margaret McCarthy Ruck. Patrick was a 1977 graduate of Connellsville High School. He was employed for 32 years as a locomotive engineer for the CSX Railroad. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Emanuel Ruck; two children, Christienne Ruck, of Connellsville, and Sean Ruck, of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Robert Ruck and his wife, Joann, of Connellsville, Edward Ruck and his wife, Donna, of McDonald, and John Ruck and his wife, Jennifer, of Connellsville. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, his aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Daniel P. Ruck, in 2000; brother, Richard Ruck; his paternal grandparents, Paul and Martha Ruck; and his maternal grandparents, Edward and Eleanor McCarthy. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Silko Jr., John 44

  • Rostraver
  • Born: 1971-03-16
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • John "Jay" Silko Jr., 44, of Rostraver, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at his home. He was born March 16, 1971, in Indiana, Pa., a son of John Silko Sr. and Linda Silko, of Blairsville. He was a Blairsville High graduate of 1989, playing football at Blairsville and also at Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology, where he attended for two years. He was a member of the U.S. Steel Workers Union and he worked as a brick layer from 1999 to 2010 out of Local No. 9. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, camping at Tionesta, cutting firewood and canoeing. He also helped coach the Blairsville Boilermakers football team for several years. He loved watching the Steelers, Pirates and dirt biking. He also loved his two English Mastiffs, Deuce and Carly. In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife of 11 years, Lara "Lori" Bolitho Silko, of Rostraver, whom he married May 29, 2004; stepson, Tyler Kuviak, of Rostraver; sisters, Kathy Silko, of Blairsville, Michele Cline, of Blairsville, and Mandy Henry and husband, Mark, of Homer City; maternal grandfather, William Cook, of Nanty Glo; father-in-law, Thomas B. Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; mother-in-law, Lana J. Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; brother-in-law, Thomas H. "Tuffy" Bolitho, of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews, Pete and Heather Beskid and Michael Adair and Olivia Wilson; great-nephew, Owen Schilling; many aunts, uncles, cousins and also many faithful friends. He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Helen Cook; and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Verna Silko. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the funeral home. The Rev. Scott Shaffer will officiate. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Svend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Pastor Scott Martin officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Vitori, William D. 84

  • Senatobia, Miss. , Formerly of Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1931-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-26
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  • William Dominic "Bill" Vitori, 84, of Senatobia, Miss., formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born Jan. 5, 1931, and raised in Blythedale by his parents, Victor and Mildred (Volpi) Vitori. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Bill was a proud veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He was a staff sergeant in the Mosquito Squadron. He enjoyed celebrating his Italian heritage, spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and supporting his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Vitori, of Senatobia, Miss.; sons, William Scott Vitori and wife, Bunny, of Belle Vernon, Michael Cote and wife, Karen, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Matthew Cote and wife, Maggie, of Sardis, Miss.; daughters, Valaria Penick and husband, Mark, of Charles Town, W.Va., Michelle Joyner and husband, Jimmy, of Hernando, Miss., and Melissa Dalton and husband, Shawn, of Strayhorn, Miss.; brother, Frank Vitori and wife, Ann, of Spring Hill, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his loving dog, Ms. Fran. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannette Vitori; and daughter, Dena Vitori. PATE-JONES FUNERAL HOME in Senatobia was in charge of the arrangements.
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