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Allegheny County

Lesko, Mary Ann 76

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Lesko, 76, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and is now in God's loving arms. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Regis J. Lesko; loving mother of Anna (Nick) Olivier of Virginia Beach, Va., and Suzanne Lesko, of Southwest Florida; cherished daughter of Mary Hahalyak Sekela and the late John Sekela; grandmother of Johnathan, David and Grace; and sister of the late John Richard Sekela. Mary Ann was very service-oriented. During her active years, she dedicated herself to the Churchill area swim club, her local Girl Scout troop, Bethlehemhaven and the Southwest Florida Nature Conservancy. She was passionate about serving others and knew this was God's plan for her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, with Parastas service at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Divine Liturgy will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church.
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Snider, Norman J. 91

  • Plum
  • Born: 1923-09-03
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Norman J. Snider, 91, of Plum, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Manor Care, Monroeville, with his devoted family at his side. He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Vandergrift, a son of the late Richard and Bessie (Smith) Snider. Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a construction laborer by Groom's. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He was Presbyterian by faith. Norman will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Viola (Findlay) Snider; daughter, Marjorie Kissel and her husband, Robert, of North Huntingdon; son, Thomas Snider and his wife, Marjorie, of Georgia; sister, Virginia Momberger, of Leechburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Norman will be especially missed by his grandchildren, Jennifer (Bruce) Hanus, Jason (Tracy) Salsgiver, Kimberly (Scott) Simmons, Jeff (Lauren) Snider, Mellisa (Drake) Dillion, Robert Snider and Michael Snider; and great-grandchildren, Ben Hanus, Sarah Hanus, Zackary Simmons and Teagan Simmons. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral and committal services for Norman will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ron Raptosh of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont officiating. Private entombment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Norman's memory may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA, 01061-0515. Please write "N. Snider" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Acosta, Dr. Antonio E. 77

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1937-09-29
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Dr. Antonio E. Acosta, 77, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Puerto Rico, to the late Enrique and Vincenta Acosta. He was a graduate of the University of San Juan and the University of Buffalo Medical School. He specialized in gastroenterology at Yale University. He practiced in Irwin for more than 20 years. Antonio served as a physician in the Air Force for 20 years and retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel. Antonio is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Donna Marie Acosta; and their six children and spouses, Anthony and Lisa Acosta, Diana and Joel Jarosz, Andrew Acosta, Anne Marie and Terry Carroll, Michael and Jamie Acosta and Henri Acosta. He will be missed by his beloved grandchildren, Fallon Carroll Stephenson and husband, Todd, Sydney Acosta, Kelsey Acosta, Alexander Acosta, Gabbrielle Acosta, Jaret Jarosz, Lily Jarosz and Autumn Acosta, as well as his loving extended family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Antonio to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 or webmaster@mymsaa.org. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Allegro, Regina B. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-03-26
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Regina B. "Jean" (Barchiesi) Allegro, 88, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born March 26, 1926, in South Greensburg, a daughter of the late Nazzareno and Jennie (Patrone) Barchiesi. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Bell of Pennsylvania. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C. Joseph Allegro, on March 28, 2008; a brother, Ronald Barchiesi; and a sister, Rose Mary Rivosecchi and her husband, Joseph. She is survived by two brothers, Chester A. Barchiesi and his wife, Margaret, of Greensburg, and John Barchiesi and his wife, Barbara, of Crabtree; two sisters, Grace Cribbs and her husband, James O., of Venice, Fla., and Sandra Beck and her husband, Ray, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Cavaliere, Louis 80

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1934-03-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louis Cavaliere, 80, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 25, 1934, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Vincent P. and Josephine (Raimondi) Cavaliere, Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Cavaliere; and a sister, Ermie (Cavaliere) Colosimo. Louis served his country in the Army and was a member of Monroeville Assembly of God. Prior to retirement, Louis worked for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh for many years. Louis is survived by his loving wife, Mary C. (Dymer) Cavaliere, of Murrysville; three sons, Christopher L. (Susan) Cavaliere, of Farmington Hills, Mich., Vincent E. (Darla) Cavaliere, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Richard A. (Connie S.) Cavaliere, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine (Harold) Mansfield, Theresa (William) Grassi and Millie (Pete) Jeffries; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Lance Lecocq and Pastor James Hart officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills.
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Fennell, Wilmer B. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-06-13
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Wilmer B. Fennell, 81, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. He was born June 13, 1933, in New Alexandria, a son of the late Wilmer and Emma Fennell. Prior to his retirement, Wilmer was employed by Interstate United Canteen Corp. as a supervisor. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy. He enjoyed his fish pond, spending time with his family and his canine companions, Frankie and Misty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Tarter Fennell; his second wife, Jessie Lowery Fennell; two brothers, Harry and Lawrence Fennell; and a sister, Betty Cornell. He is survived by three sons, William (wife, Patricia), Ronald (wife, Michele) and Edward (wife, Sheri); a daughter, Deborah (husband, Joseph) Vargo; sister, Dorothy Stebler (husband, Phil); 10 grandchildren, Steven, Gabriela, Kimmy, Nicky, Joey, McKay, Christopher, Breanna, Kaylee and Brendan; and five great-grandchildren, Eva, Tori, Jessica, Carly and Holden. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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France, Jim James D. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-07-10
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jim "James" D. France, 64, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born July 10, 1950, in Washington, Kan., a son of the late Merrill and Florence Wright Cain. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a database administrator for UPMC, Pittsburgh. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Jim was also a member of Westmoreland Masonic Lodge No. 518 and the Steel City Corvette Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Bush France, in 2008; two sisters, Betty Arendes and Mary Seago; and an infant brother, Merrill. Jim is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Ann France, of Greensburg, and Andrea Brown, of Delmont; three grandsons, Jared, Cameron and Zander Brown; a brother, Robert Marion Cain (Margaret), of England; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, with Pastor Jerry Nuernberger officiating. Interment will be held in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and other information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Gozelanczyk, Thaddeus Ted H. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-08-06
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thaddeus H. "Ted" Gozelanczyk, 82, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Redstone Highlands. He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Stephen and Mary Hilinsky Gozelanczyk. Ted was proud to have been born and raised in Slickville and was a faithful and devoted member of Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. He enjoyed his time with family and watching and supporting his grandchildren in their activities. He was retired from the Dick Corp of West Mifflin and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army. He will be sadly missed by his family and loved ones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda and Joanne Gozelanczyk; and a brother, Edward Gozelanczyk. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Winogene M. Dornin Gozelanczyk; three daughters, Tami Adams and husband, Ron, of Hempfield, Sandra Brasili and husband, Geno, and Melissa Pecuch and husband, Raymond, all of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Nick and Max Adams, Reno Brasili and Morgan and Megan Pecuch; five brothers, Richard Gozelanczyk and wife, Giz, of Pierpont, Ohio, Joseph Gozelanczyk, of Saltsburg, Milton Gozelanczyk, of Brecksville, Ohio, Steven Gozelanczyk and wife, Kathy, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Donald Gozelanczyk, of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Ted from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Parting prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik celebrating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Special Projects, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. Ted's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Koshara, Josephine 85

  • Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2015-01-31
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Hileman) Koshara, 85, of Ruffsdale (South Huntingdon Township), passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 31, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Additional service details and obituary information will be published in Monday's edition.
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Kozar, Michael J. 86

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1928-03-30
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Kozar, 86, of Bradenville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Kelly's Personal Care Home. Born March 30, 1928, in Whitney, he was a son of the late Michael Kozar and Mary C. (Burlas) Kozar. Mike was a very active member at St. Rose Church, where he was an usher for more than 50 years, served as a funeral altar server, and an officer for the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Latrobe Steel Company with 43 years of service, and was a Korean War veteran having served in the Army. Mike enjoyed woodworking, camping and traveling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Miscovich; one brother, Thomas Kozar; and two sisters, Ruth Ulishney and Mary Kendi. Mike is survived by his wife, Irene (Kondrich) Kozar, of Bradenville; three sons, Michael S. Kozar and his wife, Peggy, of Laughlintown, Richard F. Kozar and his wife, Heidi, of Whitney, and John M. Kozar, of Thibodaux, La.; one daughter, Rita E. Burd and her husband, Lance, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Renee Miscovich, Christopher Kozar, Cathryn Blake and Macy Logan; two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Logan and Joseph Kozar; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kelly's Personal Care Home and Medi Home Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Lotto, Antoinette M. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-06-12
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Antoinette M. "Nettie" (Cararini) Lotto, 85, of Greensburg, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. She was born June 12, 1929, in Hannastown, a daughter of the late Guerino and Antoinette Rogano Cararini. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and enjoyed playing bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Lewis Cararini; and her twin sister, Julia M. DeMarino. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph G. Lotto; two sons, Louis Lotto, of Greensburg, and Dennis Lotto and wife, Lynn, of Mt. Pleasant Township; four grandchildren, Matthew, Anthony, Daniel and Marie Lotto; two sisters, Rose Riscinto and Auggie Stabile and husband, Mikey, all of Luzerne Mines; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nettie from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday 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 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff of Nature Park Commons and Heartland Hospice for their loving care and compassion during Antoinette's illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nature Park Commons, 132 Nature Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Building 3, Irwin, PA 15642. Antoinette'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 http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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McCafferty, Harry Red C. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-04-20
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Harry C. "Red" McCafferty, 82, of Greensburg, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. He was born April 20, 1932, in McKeesport, a son of the late Harry H. and Louise (Hopkins) McCafferty. He was a Korean War Army veteran and worked as a machinist and inspector for more than 35 years at Nuclear Automation in North Huntingdon. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in East McKeesport where he served as head usher for many years. He was formerly active in the East McKeesport / North Versailles baseball league. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Martinez. He is survived by his wife of more than 58 years, Daryl J. (Brady) McCafferty; sons, Randall (Roberta) McCafferty, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., William (Devani) McCafferty, of Harrison City, and Kurt (Lisa) McCafferty, of Baldwin Township; grandchildren, Keith, Patrick, Brennan, Tyler, Alex, Nathan and Kara; sister, Shirley Melton, of North Versailles; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 8 p.m. Monday for a funeral service with the Rev. Timothy Williams officiating. Memorial Contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1128 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport, PA 15035. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Meehan, John D. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • John Donald Meehan, 84, of Murrysville, peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Doris (Jack) Meehan; devoted father of Donna Pisani, Patrick (Rosemarie) Meehan and Erin Lynn (James) Daugherty; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Stettmier, Lauren Pisani, Sean, Joshua and Tricia Meehan, James (Melissa) Daugherty and Brittney (Travis) Armstrong; and two great-grandchildren, Aicen Armstrong and Luca Daugherty. John was a Navy Korean War veteran and an employee of AT and T for 39 years. He loved Florida, and spent 20 years of his retirement winters in Fort Myers. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh (for Macular Degeneration Research), 203 Lothrop St., Suite 251, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Miller, Emma Jean 89

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1925-02-07
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Emma Jean Miller, 89, of Irwin, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late George and Josephine (Foltz) Detar. She had attended Calvary Assembly Church, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Miller Jr., in 1988; by four brothers and a sister. She is survived by three sons, Allen Miller and his wife, Sandy, and William J. Miller, all of Greensburg, and Curtis J. Miller and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Jeannette; a daughter, Windy Sky and her husband, Richard, of Frederick, Md.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Detar, of California; a sister, Doris Faust and her husband, Warren, of McKeesport; and several nieces and nephews. Friends 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. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Curt Detar officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Osip, Erwin A. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-11-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Erwin A. Osip, retired Air Force Staff Sergeant, 85, of Scottdale, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Excela Heath Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mr. Osip was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Everson, the son of the late Anthony and Rose Sochacki Osip. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Erwin served for 20 years and two days in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for U.S. Steel Edgar Thompson Works. Erwin was a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the VFW Post 3368, both of Mt. Pleasant, and the PAK Club of Everson. He is survived by his loving family: his daughters, Rita Palmer and her husband, Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rose Osip, of Scottdale; by his grandson, Jonathan Kolar and Nicole; and his very special great-granddaughter, Kennedy Marie Kolar, of whom he was most proud. Erwin is also survived by his brothers and sister, Joseph, Tony and Helen. In addition to his parents, Erwin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary I. Dearmitt, in 2010; and his brothers and sisters, Eugene, Lewis, Chester, Florence and Frances, and three infant siblings. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home, followed by his funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, concluding with military rites. Private inurnment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Excela-Health Hospice in memory of Erwin A. Osip. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Rock, Ronald A. 69

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1945-09-27
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Ronald A. Rock, 69, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Emeritus at Latrobe, with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 27, 1945, in Latrobe, a son of the late Anthony and Anna (Resnick) Rock. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Ron was the owner and operator of the Ron Rock Allstate Insurance Agency in Latrobe for more than 30 years. He was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church and the Latrobe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 907. He loved to play golf, dancing and vacationing with his family. Ron is survived by his wife of more than 47 years, Sarah V. (Good) Rock; his son, Sean A. Rock, of Latrobe; his daughter, Melissa L. "Missy" Capozzi and her husband, David, of Greensburg; his grandson, Rocko Capozzi; two brothers, Ernie Rock, of Dayton, Ohio, and Richard Rock, of Acme; and a number of nieces and nephews. Ron's family would like to extend a special thank you to his special nephew, Marty Rock, who did so much for Ron during his illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with his pastor, the Rev. Clark R. Kerr, officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or at http://www.alz.org/donate. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Villi, Michael G. 34

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1980-07-27
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Michael G. Villi, 34, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1915. He was born July 27, 1980, in Jeannette, a son of Michael J. and Denise M. (Monsour) Villi, of Greensburg. Mike worked in road construction as a concrete tester for Union Local No 1058 Laborers. He was a member of the Youngwood Moose Lodge No. 23, liked to camp and fish and loved the outdoors. He was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Michael Alvin and Noah Joseph Villi, and their mother, Marissa Shipley, and Andrew Jakob Villi, and his mother, Kendra Delascio; his brother, Anthony J. Villi; his grandparents, Vincent J. (the late Dolores) Villi and Dorothy J. (the late Gilbert) Monsour; also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Wohlgemuth II, Melville J. 72

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1942-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Melville Joseph Wohlgemuth II, of Murrysville, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. He was born March 7, 1942. Mel and his older sister, Marcia, grew up with their parents, Melville I and Frances Wohlgemuth, in Edgewood, on a beautiful corner lot full of day lilies and tulips. His mother was a wonderful cook and his father worked for Westinghouse and had many patents related to his work as an engineer. Mel was an athletic and mischievous child who adored his mother and respected his father. He spent much of his childhood creating inventions of his own even though these inventions sometimes landed him in the emergency room - once with a metal pole through his hand, causing his mother to pass out on the spot. Mel followed in his father's footsteps, went to Grove City College, studied electrical engineering and it is rumored that he paid for some of his tuition using his skills at the pool table. Upon graduation, he began working for U.S. Steel. He continued his career at Penelec and Timet and then finished his career at Westmoreland County as a county engineer, responsible for all new construction and maintenance. He retired from Westmoreland County in 2011. Throughout his career, he worked to be compassionate towards his coworkers and thought of himself as an advocate for efficiency in all domains. Mel married Ann Mulroy Wohlgemuth in 1971. They moved to Murrysville to start their family and had two children, Allaire and Melville III. Mel was active in his community, participating in his children's sports teams and in his wife's political campaigns. He was an avid golfer, birdwatcher and woodworker and built parts of his house and many pieces of furniture. He was known to wake up early on freezing cold mornings and bring breakfast to his kids for swim practice. Ann passed away in 1999 and Mel was lucky enough to meet the second love of his life, Kathy (Geary) Clingan, in 2002. He met Kathy when he began a construction project for her department at the county. Mel proposed to Kathy at Phipps Conservatory and they were married in 2006. Mel and Kathy enjoyed 12 wonderful years together of travel, house projects, attending the weddings of their children and the arrival of their grandchildren. Mel and Kathy continued to be active in their community as volunteers for the Heart Association of Westmoreland County and the Murrysville Public Library. Mel is survived by his wife, Kathy Wohlgemuth; his children, Allaire Wohlgemuth and her husband, Vijey Jenkal, and Mel Wohlgemuth and his wife, Zhujun Pan; Kathy's children, Amber (Clingan) Fierst and her husband, Brian Fierst, and Brad Clingan and his wife, Alyson Clingan; his grandchildren, Fiona, Ashok, Jenna, Jordan and Mackenzie; his sister, Marcia Brown; and his niece, Lesa DePeal and her husband, Tom. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. The funeral service will take place 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, in Murrysville. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mel's name to Phipps Conservatory and the Murrysville Community Library. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Yawczak, Gertrude 99

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1915-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Gertrude Yawczak, 99, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Feb. 5, 1915, in Bradenville, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Yawczak and Theophilia Rudy Yawczak. She was retired from the dietary department of Torrance State Hospital and was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by five brothers, all World War II veterans, John, George, Peter, Theodore and Nicolaus (Mickey) Yawczak; and two sisters, Sophie Kopetsky and Mary Trovel; also one nephew, Joseph Kopetsky. She is survived by her sister, Kathryn Daniels; neices and nephews, Marcia (Trovel) Ballinger and her husband, Charles, Charles Trovel and his wife, Kathleen, Lisa (Daniels) Timek and her husband, Frank, Mary (Daniels) Lafferty, and Daniel Yawczak and his wife, Tammy; great-nieces and great-nephews, including Michelle Ballinger, Kelsey and Cassidy Lafferty, Cheryl Kopetsky, Christopher Trovel and his wife, Tzu-Chieh and Brandon Trovel and his wife, Jennifer; and one great-great-nephew, Alexander Trovel. There will be no public visitation. A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4827 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650, with, the Rev. Yaroslav Koval officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. To send condolences, please visit http://www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Fayette County

Carpinelli, Richard L. 95

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1920-01-11
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Richard Lawrence Carpinelli, 95, a longtime resident and local businessman in Connellsville, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Mary Renze Carpinelli. Richard was a graduate of the Greensburg High School, with the class of 1938. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a staff sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry of the Army. Richard was very civic-minded and had belonged to many clubs and organizations. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus No. 948, the BPO Elks No. 503, Loyal Order of MOOSE No. 16, Connellsville VFW No. 21 and he was a longtime member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club. He was also a member of St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. The family would like to give a special thanks to Donna Hayes and the staff of Amedysis Hospice for all of their wonderful care given to Richard during his illness. Richard will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family: his children, Robert Carpinelli and wife, Debbie, of Forest, Va., Richard Carpinelli and wife, Paula, of Gibsonia, James Carpinelli and wife, Kimberly, of Connellsville, Carol Rencheck and husband, Michael, of Powell, Ohio, and John Carpinelli and wife, Jessica, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Katie Wiltrout and husband, Chris, Lauren Carpinelli, Jessica Carpinelli, Michael Rencheck, Rob Carpinelli and Mitchell Rencheck; his brothers, Vince Carpinelli and wife, Vernie, of Roanoke, Va., and Ernie Carpinelli and wife, Mary, of Greensburg; and his sister, Donna Carr, of North Carolina. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Jean Soltis Carpinelli; a daughter, Mary Ann Carpinelli; his sisters, Terry Shaner, Kay Nesta and Rosella Carpinelli; and his brothers, Joseph and Nick Carpinelli. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Rita's Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Amedysis Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Suite 400, Scottdale, PA 15683, in memory of Richard L. Carpinelli. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Mastowski, Clarence M. 95

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1919-09-03
  • Died: 2015-01-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Clarence M. Mastowski, 95, of Normalville, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Sept. 3, 1919, in White, a son of the late Joseph and Frances Roszak Mastowski. Clarence worked at several jobs during his life, including being a coal miner, farmer and working at the former Walworth plant in Greensburg. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army, and was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in Donegal. Clarence is survived by his children, Clarence Mastowski and his wife, Carol, of Normalville, Thomas Mastowski and his wife, Debra, of Connellsville, Richard Mastowski, of McKees Rocks, and Mary Mastowski, of Normalville; eight grandchildren, Michele Hodgkiss and her husband Ron, Michael Mastowski and his wife Billie, Jill Basinger and her husband Larry, Jeff Mastowski and his wife Amy, Keina Mastowski and Chad Stanton, Ryan Mastowski and his wife Zara, Susan Mastowski and Rob Honeycutt, and Robert Mastowski; and his great-grandchildren, Shane Mastowski and his wife Erica, Nicholas and Chase Hodgkiss, Allie, Cassie and Brandon Show, Brock Basinger, Cody, Collin, Zachary, Kara and Lauren Mastowski, Kasey and Cory Stanton, Sadie Mastowski, Cheyenne, Riley and Raina Honeycutt, and Mason Mastowski. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn E. Mandziara Mastowski, on Sept. 8, 2014; a daughter, Lorraine Mastowski; a son, Joseph Mastowski; his brothers, Ted, Walter and Frank Mastowski; and his sisters, Helen Dzielski, Bernice Mastowski, Verna Kasiewicz, Josephine Dzielski and Mary Mastowski. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of 146 Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, (724-455-2310), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond's Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by Valley VFW Post 12019. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Mough, Louis 51

  • Coal Center
  • Born: 1963-05-07
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Louis Mough, 51, of Coal Center, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at home. He was born May 7, 1963, in Greensburg, a son of Patricia A. (Fry) Mough, of Armbrust and the late Thomas E. Mough. He was a certified engine machinist. He enjoyed stock cars and air shows. Surviving is a daughter Christine; and four brothers, D. Michael Mough and wife, Lisa, of West Virginia, Edward T. Mough and wife, Toni, of Greensburg, Patrick A. Mough and wife, Laura, of Greensburg, Thomas Kraus, of North Carolina. Services are private. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., of Youngwood.
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Schlegel, H. Kaye 81

  • Hummelstown , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-12-18
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Hoover, Hershey | Get Directions
  • H. Kaye Schlegel, 81, of Hummelstown, formerly of Greensburg and Pittsburgh, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in her home. She was born Dec. 18, 1933, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Amelia Gordon. Kaye graduated from Greensburg High School and attended Seton Hill University. She had worked in Hollywood as a tap dancer and later an airline stewardess. She was a member of Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey. Mrs. Schlegel is survived by a son, Gordon (wife Anne) Schlegel; and granddaughter, Kayla Schlegel, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Ruth Gordon, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee R. Schlegel; and brother, Robert Gordon. There will be no visitation or viewing. Graveside interment and services will be in Arlington National Cemetery. The service date and time will be announced when established. HOOVER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY INC., of Hershey, is handling the arrangements. Send condolences via the online guest book at http://www.hooverfuneralhome.com.
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Sturtz, Sara L. 89

  • Houston, Texas , Formerly of Youngwood
  • Born: 1925-04-18
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom - Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Sara L. Sturtz, 89, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Sara was born April 18, 1925, a daughter of the late Charlie and Margaret Malt Painter. Surviving are three sons, Robert (Denise), Craig (Pam) and Dale Sturtz; daughter, Carol Oakley and friend, Stan Sansone; and her sister, Hazel Thornton. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert Sturtz. Private graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at the Youngwood Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Dale Porterfield. Arrangements are by the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood.
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