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Lenart, Stanley W. 91

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Stanley W. Lenart, 91, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was a World War II Navy veteran and retired from Fisher Body. He loved fishing, working in his wood shop, enjoyed doing things for others and was all about family. He was a son to the late Walter and Julia (Mysilwiec) Lenart; husband of the late Pauline (Scheffler) Lenart; beloved father of Cecelia (Dennis) Sedlock, Kathleen (John) Sada and David (Mary Jo) Lenart; dear gradfather of John (Rachel) Sada, Donald Sada, Timothy Sada, Daniel Sedlock and Kylie Sedlock; great-grandfather of Nora Hope Sada; and brother of the late Stella Kostkas, Sophie Arendas, Mary Billy, Josephine Eastman, Joseph Lenart, Chester Lenart and Walter Lenart. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joanne Smail; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial and noon in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment with military honors will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Nipaver, Jerome J. 60

  • Shaler , Formerly of Belle Vernon
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jerome J. Nipaver, 60, of Shaler, formerly of Belle Vernon, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jean C. (Conrad); loving father of Jennifer (Cory Garone) Nipaver and Justin J. (Courtney) Nipaver; stepfather of Jesse Parker; brother of Judy (Hubert Maxwell) Williamson and Doris Vacilla; son of the late Joseph F. and Genevieve J. Nipaver; grandfather of Leila Suarez, Madison and Maci; uncle of Sheri, Renee, Desiree, Laura and Danny; great-uncle of Robert, Deidre, TJ, Misty, Raymond, Billy, Brian, Joey and the late Julia; brother-in-law of Robert (Heather) Conrad; and is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Professional services are trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church.
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Westmoreland County

Appleby, Barbara L. 76

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-05-05
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Barbara Lee Appleby, 76, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at her residence. She was born May 5, 1938, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Bernadette Gess Gurksnis. Barbara was a secretary for the former Jeannette Chamber of Commerce and most of her life devoted to the role of a dedicated military wife, supporting her husband and family. In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Retired Major Robert M. Appleby, in 2001; a daughter, Debra M. Ellison; a brother, John Gurksnis; and three sisters, Virginia Redding, Mona Rager and Helen Sistek. She is survived by two daughters, Vicki L. Bentley and husband, James, of Winchester, Va., and Tammy Fulk, of Chester, Va.; a son, Michael Appleby and wife, Dawn, of Irwin; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister-in-law, Lucille Gurksnis, of Greensburg; brothers-in-law, Robert Rager, of North Huntingdon, William Redding, of Jeannette, William Appleby and Richard Hyatt, both of Greensburg, and Gavin Appleby, of Atlanta, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Balinsky, Frances L. 71

  • Wegley
  • Born: 1943-10-28
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frances L. (Dzatko) Balinsky, 71, of Wegley, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Crest Personal Care Home, New Alexandria. She was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Shafton, a daughter of the late John V. Dzatko and Sophie Kroll Dzatko, and stepdaughter of the late Anna (Pushkar) Dzatko. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Balinsky; her son, Joseph D. Feola, who died six weeks ago; her brother, John M. Dzatko; nephew, John D. Dzatko; and brother-in-law, Calvin Taylor. She is survived by her stepson, Gary Balinsky, of Niceville, Fla.; two sisters, Louise Taylor, of Normangee, Texas, and Margaret Semonik, of Irwin; sister-in-law, Donna Dzatko, of Tempe, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Frances had numerous jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a loving wife, mother, stepmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. At Frances' request, there will be no viewing. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bernabo, Lois G. 79

  • Formerly of Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken J Paul Funeral, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Lois G. Bernabo, 79, of Queens, N.Y., formerly of Bolivar, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in North Shore University Hospital. She was born May 7, 1935, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Anthony Bernabo and Dorinda Muir Bernabo. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a social worker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David R. Bernabo, in 2014. She is survived by three sisters, Janet Marsh, of Bolivar, Judy Lichtenfels, of Robinson, and Valli (Bill) Peterson, of Stoneboro, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where her life was celebrated with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment followed in the Bolivar Westview Cemetery, Bolivar. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Breegle, Celeste A. 42

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1972-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Celeste A. (Bileck) Breegle, 42, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born June 18, 1972, in Greensburg, a daughter of Hilda (Kahler) Bileck and the late Bernard Bileck. Celeste was a member of Holy Family Church, West Newton, where she was a Faith Formation aide. She supported her husband's membership in the Stephen Bayard Lodge No. 526 F and AM. Celeste was generous and helpful to everyone, always willing to lend a hand. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 22 years, Stuart E. Breegle; a brother, Bernard Bileck Jr. and wife, Lynn; a sister, Coreen Goetz and husband, Gary; nieces and nephews, Ryan Kelley and wife, Katie, Andrew Kelley, Noel Kelley, Nicholas Bileck, Alyssa Bileck and Kristen Bileck; her father-in-law, Eugene Breegle; her brothers-in-law, Chris and Jeff Breegle; and her beloved dog, Chief. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Bileck. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Breznik, Frank R.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Frank R. "Red" Breznik, of Murrysville, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. He was a local home builder and general contractor for many years. Frank is survived by his wife, Verda Thompson Breznik; two daughters, Penny (David) Cole and Dr. Trudy Breznik; four grandchildren, Stephanie Molina, Henry "Booder" (Lydia) Hill, Niki Goldman and James Goldman; two great-grandchildren, Enzo and Zoey; three sisters, Lois "Babe" Perich, Betty Britz and Emily Thomas; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman and Robert Breznik. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Emmanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, Hills Church Road, Export, with the Rev. Joseph Hedden officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Clair, Alton L. 98

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-02-16
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Davis, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alton L. Clair, 98, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Hempfield Manor. Born Feb. 16, 1916, in Jeannette, he was a son of the late Oscar and Edna Leonard Clair. Prior to his retirement in 1996, he was the owner of Clair Plumbing and Heating Co. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army, and took great pride in serving under Gen. George Patton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances V. Byrd Clair; daughter, Tammy Dwork; stepson, Dennis F. McLaughlin; and brother, Carl W. Clair. He is survived by two sons, Carl and wife, Jean Clair, of Greensburg, and William and fiancee, Lisa Vandervort, of Greensburg; two daughters, Carol and husband, Robert Beers, of North Carolina, and Donna Marshall and husband, Thomas Dennie, of Indiana; two stepsons, Patrick and wife, Karen McLaughlin, of Irwin, and Joseph McLaughlin; all his grandchildren, including Sheryl Amos, of Armbrust; and many great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in Covenant Care Ministries, 533 Sidney St., Greensburg, with Pastor Almon Birt officiating. Interment in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Arrangements by ROBERT B. DAVIS II FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg. The family requests donations to the Robert B. Davis II Funeral Home, 29 Division Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Darr, John W. 90

  • Laughlintown
  • Born: 1924-09-29
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • John W. Darr, 90, of Laughlintown, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Ligonier, a son of the late Russell and Nettie (Stern) Darr. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he had been employed by Kennametal for more than 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Air Force. His memberships include Calvary United Methodist Church, where he had served on church council, was a lay leader and taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Ligonier VFW No. 734, American Legion No. 267, the Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard, the Laughlintown Protective Association and had been the overseer of the Laurel Hill Cemetery for more than 30 years. John was a man of God who honored his Lord daily by the life he lived. His greatest love in life was always his family who all brought him great joy. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Spoor, Ethel Wagner and Ann Carlson; and three brothers, Lincoln "Abe", Wilbert "Wib" and Donald Darr. John is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Betty J. Ream Darr; three children, Jody (J. Dick) Love, of New Florence, Laurie (William) Shaulis, of Somerset, and John W. (Christy) Darr Jr., of Kane; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Dortic, of Albany, N.Y.; a brother, Richard Darr, of Austin, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to mention and thank their dear neighbors, Jody and Mary McLean, who helped in so many ways. Friends were received this past Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate John's life was held this past Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Joshua Ricketts and the Rev. Ardyth Hill co-officiating. The Ligonier Valley Honor Guard honored John with a service this past Monday. Interment followed in the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in John's memory to Calvary United Methodist Church or to Bethlen Hospice. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Frye, Gladys E. 99

  • Formerly of Congruity
  • Born: 1915-01-17
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Gladys E. Frye, 99, of Williams Bay, Wis., formerly of Congruity, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Williams Bay, Wis. She was born Jan. 17, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles P. and Edith C. (Bleich) Allenbaugh. She had been a member of Congruity Presbyterian Church, where she had served as the church organist for 40 years. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. "Gene" Frye; and a son, Gary P. Frye. She is survived by a son, Robert A. Frye and his wife, Kay, of Florida; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Gladys' life at 11 a.m. Friday in Congruity Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria, with the Rev. H. Clifton Foster officiating. Private interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congruity Presbyterian Church, 136 Fenneltown Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hickle, David A. 64

  • Wyano
  • Born: 1950-02-19
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • David A. Hickle, 64, of Wyano, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of Ruth (Thomas) Hickle and the late Charles Hickle. David was a veteran of the Navy and was a member of the American Legion of Smithton, and Dormont-Whitehall Lodge No. 684 Free and Accepted Masons. For many years, he was active with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbie Hickle; three children, D.J. Hickle and wife, Kate, Jeremy Hickle and Matthew Hickle; two grandchildren, Ashley and Keira; a brother, Tom Hickle; and a sister, Susan Hickle. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Hickle. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services were held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment followed in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. A Masonic service was held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, please specify for melanoma. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hornock, Stephen R. 84

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Stephen R. Hornock, 84, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born in Salem Township, son of George Hornock and Anna Balik. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Mike; and a sister, Mary Pacienza. He is survived by his wife, Joan; and a son, Joseph Hornock; two daughters, Sue Watt and husband, Jim, and Sally Watt and husband, Jerry, all of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Holly Shafer and Dustin, Rebecca, Stephen, Jeff and Jesse; brothers, George, John (Peggy) and James; and sister, Anna Marie Suman (Jerry). He retired from Kennametal. Steve was a member of St. James Church, New Alexandria. He was a member of the Army during the Korean Conflict. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick J.C.L. Pastor of St. James Church as Celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. Military honors will be accorded by the Blairsville Military Service Group. The family would like to thank the firemen, EMT's and the hospital for their loving care of Steve.
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Huemme, Patricia A. 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-08-08
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Chupa) Huemme, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Peter and Susan Chupa. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an office manager for Sharky's Restaurant in Latrobe. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and the Christian Mothers/Women's Guild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Huemme, in 1996; a son, Donald Huemme; a great-grandson, Luke Huemme; and seven brothers and sisters. Surviving are five children, Robert Huemme, of Unity, Jeannette Louise Hamilton and husband, Paul, of North Huntingdon, Denise Donnelly, of North Huntingdon, Richard Huemme, of New Hampshire, and Mary Pat Goehring and husband, Randy, of North Huntingdon; 15 grandchildren, Christi Lynn, Brad, Patrick, Jonathan, Jackie, Matthew, Mark, Eric, Courtney, Nicole, Katelyn, Kyle, Grace, Zachary and Julien; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kalp, Lloyd Nook D. 97

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1917-08-19
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Lloyd D. "Nook" Kalp, 97, of Pleasant Unity, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Charles R. and Nellie (Blank) Kalp. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II with the 95th Engineering Regiment. Nook was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge No. 518, Greensburg. Prior to retirement, he and his wife owned and operated Pleasant Unity Appliance from 1946 through 1989. Nook was also an avid farmer who raised quarter horses and beef cattle. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with family and friends, especially to Hawaii. He always looked forward to visits from his great-grandchildren, special time with Tony, Emma and Andrew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth G. (Harr) Kalp, whom he married June 5, 1946; two brothers, Leroy and Wayne Kalp; and four sisters, Luella Ford, Grace Whipkey, Laura Keck and Loretta Kalp. He is survived by three children, Karen K. Pultz and husband, Barney, of Fort Myers, Fla., Douglas W. Kalp and wife, Jayne, and Randy L. Kalp and his girlfriend, Debra Wise, all of Pleasant Unity; four grandchildren, Holly Patsy and husband, Anthony, Heather Nold and husband, Jeff, Dr. Hope McDowell and husband, Shane, and Dr. Matthew D. Kalp; six great-grandchildren, Tony, Emma and Andrew Patsy and Erin, Molly and T.J. McDowell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday in Unity Chapel, 114 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, with the Rev. Clark R. Kerr officiating. Please go directly to the chapel. Private interment will be in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Greensburg Masonic Lodge No. 518 will hold a service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Faith in Action, P.O. Box 854, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kerr, Robert G. 82

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1932-05-04
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Kerr, 82, of Donegal, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 4, 1932, in Ronco, a son of the late James R. and Clara E. Weedy Kerr. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Roadman-White American Legion Post 941 and Masonic Lodge 331 F and AM. Robert is a veteran of the Air Force and served as the mayor of Donegal for 29 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Cunningham Kerr; three children, Robin (John) Meyer, Bobby (Patricia) Kerr and Holly Kerr; five grandchildren, Jake and Jordan Ferranto, Joshua (Meredith) King, Chris (Tara) Meyer and Justin ( Miranda) Meyer; four great-grandchildren, Brynlee, Emily, Natalie and Noah; two special friends, Hailey and Alyssa; sister, Judy Abraham; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Keith Deckinger officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 144, Donegal, PA 15628. Arrangements by L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Donegal.
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Kist, Dorothy J. 95

  • Derry
  • Born: 1919-06-15
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Jane Kist, 95, of Derry, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 15, 1919, in Altoona, a daughter of the late Adolph and Regina M. Shaffer Sabathne. Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Church in Derry where she was a Eucharistic Minister and had taught CCD and belonged to the Rosary Altar Society. She retired from Torrance State Hospital. For many years, she belonged to the Derry Business and Professional Association and had volunteered at Latrobe Hospital and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. In her younger years she was a former Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Kist; a son, Daniel Kist IV; two daughters, Regina Nolle and Mary M. Kurnocik; son-in-law, Stephen Kurnocik; and her two brothers, Henry A. and Charles A. Sabathne. Dorothy is survived by her son, Charles A. Kist (Ginger), of Erie; six grandchildren, Ryan, Daniel, Jamie, Mallory, Timothy and Rachel; two great-grandchildren, Jaiden Glus and Evan Faison; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Stephen C. West as celebrant. Interment will be made in Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. The Altar Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Knight, Nancy C. 71

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1942-11-13
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nancy C. Shorthouse Knight, 71, of Irwin died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Campus, Monroeville. She was born Nov. 13, 1942, a daughter of the late Paul and Eleanor (Mildon) Shorthouse. Nancy was retired from the former Parkville Bank in Monroeville, having worked in the IRA Department. She was a member and deacon of New Hope Presbyterian Church in North Huntingdon and their Women's Glow Girls. Nancy was a member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Irwin chapter 400, and also a member of the North Irwin Red Hat Group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Mildon. Surviving is a son, Shawn Knight and his wife, Elizabeth, of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, with the Rev. John Pressler officiating. Interment will follow in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Eastern Star service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Norwin Area Meals on Wheels, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or to the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania OES Fraternal Fund, c/o Irwin Chapter 400, 12020 Radcliffe Center, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Leone, Lucy R. 90

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1924-02-16
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Lucy R. Leone, 90, of Murrysville, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Naples, Italy, daughter of the late Guiseppi and Rosa Speranza Palomba. She was preceded in death by her husband, George P. Leone. She worked in the pet supply business with her husband for more than 48 years and continued with her son and daughter until the present day with three stores in the Pittsburgh area. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. Lucy is survived by three children, Madeline McCloy, of Murrysville, Gina Coleman, of Murrysville, and George P. (Mary Lynne) Leone, of Wexford; three grandchildren, John Coleman, Nicolas Leone and Jacob Leone; two sisters, Maria Rosaria and Columbina Balzano, both of Italy; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday in Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. If desired, memorials may be made to an animal shelter of one's choice. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lupacchini Jr., Albert Big Luppi 79

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Albert "Big Luppi" Lupacchini Jr., 79, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1935, in Johnstown, a son of the late Albert and Bertha Hoe Lupacchini Sr. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed by the Allegheny Foundry for more than 40 years. He was a member of Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, a 55-year member of the Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company where he had served as chief engineer and assistant chief. Luppi enjoyed auto racing but the real love of his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaclyn Jo Lupacchini. Luppi is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly J. "Dink" Saxton Lupacchini; a son, Joel L. (Kelly) Lupacchini, of Bolivar; and three granddaughters, Kelsey Lynn, Kayla Marie and Karly Jo Lupacchini, all of Bolivar. Albert was preceded in death by his father Albert Lupacchini Sr., and mother, Bertha Hoe Lupacchini. Luppi's friends and family gathered this past Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Luppi's life was held this past Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, with his pastor, James G. Sunseri, officiating. Interment followed in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company honored Luppi with a service Sunday in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Luppi's memory to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 3, Bolivar, PA 15923. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Massena, Bonita M. 58

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1956-01-22
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Bonita Marie "Bon Bon" Massena, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1956, in Latrobe, a daughter of Margaret (Tirdil) Magda, of Norvelt, and the late John Magda. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Jack Ziegler; a sister, Carol Ann Link; and a brother, Robert Magda. Bonita had been employed by Giant Eagle, Eastgate, as a cake decorator. Bon Bon was the ultimate Steelers fan. She was the loving wife of 17 years to husband, Joseph Massena; loving mother to daughter, Hollie (Patrick) Ziegler, of Pittsburgh; and loving grandmother to Sage Williams and Patrick Ziegler. Also surviving are sister, Kathy Langford and husband, Dr. Amel "Buzz," of Latrobe; sister-in-law, Anita Ridge, of Latrobe; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra and Edward Baughman, of Mt. Pleasant Township; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where her transfer prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Calumet. A vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The St. Florian Altar Society will pray the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in funeral home.
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McBeth Sr., Charles E. 87

  • Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-08-12
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Charles E. McBeth Sr., 87, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Mt. Pleasant, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Mr. McBeth was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Tarrs, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Beistel McBeth. He was a member of Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton. Charles worked for the Exxon Corporation, managing the Exxon Gas stations on the PA Turnpike from Sideling Hill to the Hempfield Plaza until his retirement. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving family: his children, Linda Kring and her husband, Larry, of Mt. Pleasant, Charles E. McBeth Jr., of Connellsville, and Rebecca Mallik and her husband, Larry, of Level Green; his stepchildren, Ronald Ferrari, of Avondale, Ariz., Robert Ferrari Sr. and his wife, Pedy, of Derby, Kan., Jean Lakly and her husband, Timothy, and Arlene Haynie and her husband, Daniel, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles is also survived by his brother, Harry P. Bowser and his wife, Karon, of Alverton; his sister, Thelma Ritenour, of Acme; and his stepbrother, Leon Mowry and his wife, Charlotte, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ostewise McBeth, in 1984; his second wife, Irene Hudock McBeth, in 2009; his stepmother, Mildred Tinkey Mowry McBeth; and his sisters and brother, Imogene Ulery, Marjorie Brown, Alice Zwierzelewski and George McBeth. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Mr. McBeth will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. D. Keith Solomon officiating. Interment will be in the Alverton Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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McDunn, Daniel F. 70

  • Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1944-02-13
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Daniel F. McDunn, 70, of Glendale Yearround, Flinton, Pa., formerly of Derry, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Altoona. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Latrobe, a son of the late John and Elinor (Zimmerman) McDunn. Dan is survived by his wife, Kathy (Corle) McDunn; one daughter, Colleen (McDunn) Shumaker, of Derry; one son, Sean McDunn, of Crossville Tenn.; one granddaughter, Courtney McDunn, his pride and joy; one brother, Dennis McDunn, of Normalville; two sisters, Kathy Crownover and husband, Craig, of Donegal, and Mary Jo Firtz, of Ligonier; and several nieces and nephews. Dan worked for Elliott as an assembler and was a Marine veteran. All arrangements are private under direction of McCABE FUNERAL HOME. mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Miscik, Mary 96

  • Calumet
  • Born: 1918-07-31
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary Miscik, 96, of Calumet, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. She was born July 31, 1918, in Calumet, a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Durkatch) Krynicky. Mary attended St. Florian Elementary School, United. She married Andrew Miscik, Aug. 16, 1936, who predeceased her in 1978. Mary was a devoted mother to four sons, Thomas, Joseph (Shirley), Dennis (Karen) and Robert. She was grandmother "Gram" to Joe Miscik Jr., Carey (Miscik) Yoder, Dave Miscik, Ryan Miscik, Adam Miscik and Natalie Miscik; and great-grandmother to Jenna Yoder, Andy Yoder and Matthew Miscik. Mary was the last surviving member of her family which included sisters, Dora Fritz, Elizabeth Matsko, Anna Staschack, Josephine Urbanowski and Rose Olenchock; and brothers, Anthony, Michael, Nicholas, Joseph, John and Felix Krynicky. Mary operated a beauty shop in her home for many years. Also for many years, she helped prepare food for parish functions at St. Mary Byzantine Church, Trauger, where she was a devout member. A baseball and football fan, she made numerous trips to colleges and professional stadiums watching her sons play sports. She enjoyed her trips to Florida, visiting family and friends. Mary spent the last several years of her life in the comfort and care provided by the great staff and wonderful nuns at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Family and friends will be received 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. The Panachida service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by her Divine Liturgy at 11:15 a.m. in St. Mary Byzantine Church, with the Rev. Paul-Alexander Shutt, OSB, as celebrant. Interment is to follow in St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. Rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A Parastas service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. For those who wish, contributions in Mary's name may be made to St. Mary Byzantine Church, 4480 Route 981, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Molin, Joseph 86

  • Export
  • Born: 1928-01-08
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Joe" Molin, 86, of Export, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Export, a son of the late John and Amelia Molin. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded by three sisters, Jolane Molin, Evelyn Scheller and Virginia Zaremba; and a brother, Andrew Molin. Joe owned and operated the former Joe's Fruit Market on Route 22 in Murrysville. He was a Korean War Army veteran, a member of St. Mary Church and the Italian American Club, both in Export. Surviving are his devoted sister, Alice Zeyzus, of Export; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church, Export, with Father Joseph Bonafed as celebrant. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Montrose Sr., Robert H. 73

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1941-05-13
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert H. Montrose Sr., 73, a lifelong Irwin resident, passed away suddenly Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at home. He was born May 13, 1941, in Irwin, a son of the late Frank "Hank" and Margaret (McKelvey) Montrose, and was also preceded in death by his brother, Frank (the late Marianne) Montrose. Bob was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1959, and was an all-section shooting guard for the school basketball team. He was a retired employee of Westinghouse Energy Center, Monroeville, and operated Montrose Printing of Irwin. Bob was a member of LOOM Lodge and FOE Aerie, both of Irwin, the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club and a social member of the Polish Brotherhood of the White Eagle, Jeannette, the American Legion Post 359, VFW Post 781, the North Irwin, Paintertown and Larimer Fireman's clubs and a social member of Alpha Gamma Phi at Clarion University. He was a hardworking family man and enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen E. (Behr) Montrose; children, Robin E. (Brett Sr.) Harper, of Irwin, and Robert H. (Rachele) Montrose Jr., of Lakewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Brett Jr. and Conner Harper and Shelby and Sydney Montrose; siblings, Lois (Ray) Myers, of North Huntingdon, and Jerry (the late Dawn) Montrose, of Manor; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Father John Moineau officiating. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Murin Sr, Andrew 88

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1926-02-04
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Andrew Murin Sr., 88, of Bradenville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Monessen, a son of the late John and Helen (Paulina) Murin. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Caroline "Kitty" (Milani) Murin; five sons, Joseph "Bono" (Angela), Marc "Tiko" (Gena), Andrew "Huey" (LuAnn), Michael "Butts" (Colleen) and Scott "Ziggy" (Kimberly); six grandchildren, Kristi, Shanon, Brandi, Joshua, Santina and Peter John; six great-grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Preston, Sophia, Riley and Hadley; his sister, Margaret; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Michael, John, Steve and Edward; and his sister, Annie. A World War II veteran, he was a crew member of the B-17 Flying Fortress, 93rd Bomber Squadron, in the Asian-Pacific Theater. It was customary for ladies back home to write to servicemen during the war. Kitty and Andy met via these letters they wrote to each other. When he came back to the states, he arranged to meet her and the rest is a wonderful 66-year history. He was known for lovingly making pizzelles and sharing with his friends and family. For 42 years, he shared his love of golf with the same foursome. He had an inspection garage and knew how to fix any car. His garage was a popular social gathering place for gentlemen in Bradenville. As a longtime employee for John F. Casey Co., he helped to build our city and surrounding areas. He loved talking about his time being a crane operator, building bridges, dams and other large projects. He was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe and always gave to his family and friends without asking for a thing in return. He was always quick with a joke and he had a laugh that was contagious! He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Military services accorded by the combined funeral detail of American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444 will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Rod Rodriguez as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Oden, George W. 78

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1936-05-23
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • George Wile Oden, 78, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at his home in Ruffs Dale. He was born May 23, 1936, in West Newton. George was blessed to be raised by his wonderful foster parents, Grace and Ernest Oden, on their farm in Ruffs Dale. George graduated from South Huntingdon High School in 1955. After graduating, he worked for U.S. Steel in the Mon Valley for a short time before being drafted to serve in the Army. George served as a radio operator in Germany from 1959 to 1962 to include the Berlin Crisis. After returning from Germany, he worked for 17 years at International Paper in Yukon. Then George worked for numerous years in a variety of construction jobs before being hired as a Firm Security guard at SuperValu. George retired at the age of 62. During his retirement, George "volunteered" as the unofficial Schaeffer's Corner Market greeter, spreading news, weather and morning cheer. He also enjoyed going to sales and gardening with his wife and spending time with his dog, Babe. George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diana Accipiter; his daughter, Lora Ansell and her husband, Chris; son, George and wife, Jaime; and grandsons, Markus Oden, Christopher Ansell Jr. and Andrew Oden; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and dog, Babe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, followed by a prayer service at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME in Madison, with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating.
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Onder, Andrew B. 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Andrew B. Onder, 90, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Anna Onder, of North Braddock; husband of the late Mae C. Onder; and father of the late Bruce A. Onder. He was also predeceased by brothers, Joseph, John Jr., Edward Sr. and Elmer P. Onder. He is survived by brother, Albert W.; and sister, Ruthe O.; also survived by special nephew, David J. Onder and family; and Glenn Galbraith and family. He is survived by many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Prior to his retirement, Andy was employed by the Edgar Thompson Plant with 40 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and a longtime member of the VFW of Irwin, Post No. 781. Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon. Please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hope Presbyterian Church or the VFW Post 781, in memory of Andy. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Paterra, Paul R. 77

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1937-07-28
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Paul R. Paterra, 77, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was born July 28, 1937, in McKeesport, a son of the late Paul A. and Anna (Martin) Paterra. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. He worked as a meat cutter at the Thorofare and then the Foodland and was an avid sports fan, especially the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 54 years, Jean M. (Reitz) Paterra; sons, Paul J. (Alberta) Paterra, of McKeesport, Mark V. (Mary) Paterra, of Brecksville, Ohio, and Douglas A. Paterra, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Joshua (Stacy) Decker and Mark A. Paterra; brother, Falco (Edna) Paterra, of McKeesport; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 200 Leger Road, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
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Peckman, Dale B. 86

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-10-05
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Col. Dale B. Peckman, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, to the late Arnold L. and Wilma (Buckingham) Peckman, in McKeesport. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1946, and also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950 with a BA degree in secondary education, having majored in Latin. Dale enrolled in the ROTC, and was commissioned in 1950 as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He was subsequently integrated as a career officer into the Regular Air Force; his service spanned the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Dale was the holder of several Air Medals (63 combat sorties and 195 combat pilot hours), several Meritorious Service Medals, the Bronze Star and many other military decorations. He was a graduate of the USAF Pilot Training Program, having achieved the rating of Command Pilot prior to his retirement. He held diplomas from the USAF Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the University of Southern California (accident investigation and prevention) and New York University (safety engineering); he held an MS degree from George Washington University. Subsequent to his retirement from the Air Force, Dale managed Campbell Airport in the Pittsburgh area. Later, he taught Communications, Business Law and Macro-Economics at Westmoreland County Community College and the Monroeville School of Business. Dale had a parallel career in music. In the late 1940s, he played trombone with the Benny Banack Orchestra in the Pittsburgh area and successfully auditioned with the Raymond Scott Hit Parade Orchestra. Later he played euphonium and trombone in the Allegheny Brass Band, the National Award Winning Dominion Brass Band of Virginia, the Tidewater Winds, the Jeannette Community Band and the Westmoreland County Community College Orchestra and Stage Band. Dale enjoyed travel and was an active participant in many fraternal organizations. He was a life member of the National Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of military pilots, originally qualifying for a membership by having flown an Air Force prop jet setting a world speed record between Honolulu, Hawaii, and El Paso, Texas. He was a life member of the VFW and a life member of the American Legion. He was a former member of Toastmasters International and served many years, including a year as King Lion, with the Lions Club International. Dale was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin. Dale is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Shirley Eileen (Bryce) Peckman; and children, retired Air Force Col. Todd Dale Peckman and wife, Dorothy, of O'Fallon, Ill., Kim Eileen Nascone and husband, Christopher, of Huntsville, Ala., Beth Anne Zubalik and husband, C. Michael, of Greensburg, and Lee Anne Harkins and husband, Jerome D., of Irwin. Dale is also survived by his six loving grandchildren, David Peckman and wife, Linda, Lauren Peckman, Matthew Nascone and wife, Adrienne, Megan Zubalik, Jarrod Harkins and Brandee Harkins; a sister, Zoe Louise Slagle and husband, Jim; sister-in-law, Barb Owen; a brother-in-law, Bruce Bryce and wife, Anne; and several nieces and nephews. To honor Dale's request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, his pastor, officiating. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Order of Daedalians, P.O. Box 249, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX 78150-0249. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Piper, Shirley K. 61

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1952-11-06
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Shirley Kay Piper, 61, of West Newton, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 6, 1952, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Mottsinger Daniels. She is survived by four daughters, a son, two brothers, a sister, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com. The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice for the special care given to Shirley.
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Povlik, Melvin W. 55

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1959-03-03
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Melvin W. Povlik, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Melvin was born March 3, 1959, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Zigmont and Mabel McElroy Povlik. Prior to him becoming blind, Melvin loved to ride his motorcycle and fish with his special nephew, Frankie and wife, Marcie, and family, with whom he spent most of his life; and a special niece, Naomi Bailey, his special angel who was always there for him, even to the end. Melvin is survived by his loving sisters, Doris Geary and husband, Beryl, of White, and Ruthann Vokes and husband, Ronald, and a brother, Joseph and wife, Sue, both of Mt. Pleasant; also surviving are two special sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Christine Povlik; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Bob, Jim Povlik and Zigmont Povlik Jr. Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements are under direction of the SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Melvin's online memorial at http://www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Rose, Doreen L. 55

  • Bradenville , Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1959-06-15
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Doreen L. Rose, 55, of Bradenville, formerly of Ligonier, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born June 15, 1959, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Dolores Scott Johnson. Doreen had been employed as a caregiver. She was a member of the Lloydsville Firemen's Club. She loved to camp and fish. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Ann Penrose; and a brother, Clifford Johnson. She is survived by her fiance, David M. Schall, of Bradenville; two sons, Shane W. (Nicole) Rose, of Monroeville, and Jacob L. Rose (Kara McCurdy), of Ligonier; a granddaughter, Brooklyn Rose; two sisters, Anita M. Charlton, of Somerset, and Denise F. Neiderhiser, of Ligonier; and a brother, Jeffrey E. (Kathleen) Johnson, of Ligonier. A service to celebrate Doreen's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. Interment will be in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Contributions, if desired, may be made in Doreen's memory to the charity of one's choice. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Schachte, Joseph R. 55

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1958-12-10
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. Schachte, 55, of Ligonier, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. He was born Dec. 10, 1958, in Greensburg, a son of the late Francis and Irene Koslosky Schachte. He was a member of the former St. Boniface Church and current member of St. Raymond of the Mountains. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Schachte. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Louise Pelkofer Schachte and their four children, Barbara Schachte (Joseph R. Starry), William Schachte (Courtney Grossman) and Christine and Theresa Schachte; sister, Mary Ann (Kevin) Carlson; brother, John (Mary Beth) Schachte; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Raymond of the Mountains with the Rev. Thaddeus J. Kaczmarek as Celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local food bank in memory of Joseph.
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Smith, Muriel G. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1925-08-06
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Muriel G. Smith, 89, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Ligonier Gardens. She was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Eugene and Ruth Cogan Soisson. Muriel had been an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was a member of the Westmoreland County Republican Party. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Smith, in 1986; a brother, Robert Soisson; and two sisters, Betty Brant and Claire Zollinger. She is survived by her son, Donald R. (Carol) Smith, of Milton, Del.; two grandchildren, Todd Smith and Kelly (Peter) Boyer; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Jody Boyer; a brother, Edgar (Marlene "Cookie") Soisson, of Ligonier; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Paul Poerschke officiating. Interment followed in the Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Muriel's memory to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit: http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Stevens, Virginia L. 86

  • Formerly of Norvelt
  • Born: 1927-11-18
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Virginia Louise "Ginny" (Pelar) Stevens, 86, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Norvelt, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. She was born Nov. 18, 1927, in United, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Kendi) Pelar. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert H. Stevens, in 2009; and a brother, John E. Pelar. Ginny served as a teacher at various elementary grade levels both as a substitute and full-time classroom teacher in the Hempfield School District and for most of her career in Mt. Pleasant Area School District. Her proudest moments came when she could teach her Norvelt School first graders to read! Ginny was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, its Altar Society, and Norvelt Mothers Club. She is survived by three children, Jeannie (William "Bill'') Jones, Dr. Robert "Robbie" (Lisa) Stevens and Mary Ellen (Dr. Thomas) McCloskey; and six grandchildren, Ryan Jones, BethAnn McCloskey, Victoria Stevens, Jason McCloskey, Matthew Stevens and John Stevens. Family and friends were received Monday, Oct. 27, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674, where her transfer prayers were held Tuesday, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment followed in St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. A vigil service was held Monday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ginny's memory to St. Florian Church, Box 187, United, PA 15689 or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Weaver, Elsie E. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, former resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born April 23, 1928, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel. Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late husband, Bill, and son, Bob, in the day-to-day operations. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for more than 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg. She was a 1946 graduate of Norwin High School. Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; brothers, Joseph and Victor Kregel; and sisters, Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner. Surviving are four children, William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, S.C., Cynthia Weaver, of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Elsie's family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Wyant, Mackenzie M. 18

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1996-07-17
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Hauger-Zeigler, Somerset | Get Directions
  • Mackenzie Marie "Kenzie" Wyant, 18, of Herminie, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born July 17, 1996, in Somerset, a daughter of Heather Ann Ritter, of Herminie, and Kris Lee Wyant and his wife, Tiffany (Rohde), of Berlin. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Linda Ritter; great-grandparents, Elaine Kaufman, Blaine Wyant and Sue Lytle; and uncle, Andy Ritter. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sisters and brother, Kayla and Andie Wyant, of Herminie, and Cole Wyant, of Berlin; maternal grandparents, Tom Ritter, of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Bonnie Stahl, of Hummelstown; paternal grandparents, James and Cindy Wyant, of Berlin; great-grandparents, George Kaufman, of Harrisburg, C. Richard and Betty Ritter, of Mechanicsburg, and Donna Wyant, of Berlin. Kenzie is a 2014 graduate of Yough High School. She also worked as a waitress for Kerber's Dairy. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAUGER-ZEIGLER FUNERAL HOME, Somerset, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, with the Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Gotjen officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of your choice. http://www.haugerzeigler.com.
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Yeo, Thomas B. 73

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1941-08-18
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Thomas B. Yeo, 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Thomas and Edna Frances Weber Yeo. Prior to his retirement, he was the former owner and operator of Norwin Office Supply Co. in Norwin Towne Square, and later was an assembler for Respironics with 17 years of service. Thomas was a member of Penns Woods United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 601, Irwin, Yough Sportsmen's Club, was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed making his own lures, and was a veteran, having served in the Navy. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis J. Finger Yeo; and a son, Thomas H. Yeo, of West Newton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Penns Woods United Methodist Church. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Armstrong County

Brumbaugh, Theora M. 80

  • Born: 1934-05-02
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Theora Margaret (Craig) Brumbaugh passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, after a long battle with colon cancer. She was born May 2, 1934, at home in Cheswick, to John Russell Craig and Dee Alta Lynn McCanna Craig. She married her first love, Harry F. Brumbaugh, a handsome 21 year old Army enlisted man, on Oct. 24, 1952, at the age of 18 during the Korean War. They were married for 57 years before Harry's death in 2009, and together they raised three children, John Craig Brumbaugh, Lisa Dee Brumbaugh and Daniel James Brumbaugh. Theora was a kind, caring soul who was devoted to her family. She loved all creatures (except for snakes), was an excellent cook and baker and the quintessential wife, mother and grandmother. She was the primary caregiver and a fierce watchdog for her husband Harry during his battle with leukemia and other illnesses. She was brave, funny, smart and resourceful, and always full of grace, even when her own cancer diagnosis got the best of her on some days. All who knew her drew strength from her amazing faith, courage and resilience. Trained in opera, she never had the chance to use her beautiful talent professionally. She was a member of the choir at St. Mark's Lutheran church in Adrian, for many years. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kittanning, and a member of the Order of the Amaranth. She was retired from Armstrong School District as a teacher's aide, and loved all of the children she helped. Theora was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; her youngest son, Daniel; and her sisters, Exie Lindahl and Barbara Noel. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Brumbaugh) Hovis Tinley; her son-in-law, David Tinley; and her grandchildren, Jenna V. Margaret Hovis and Calley, Tessa and Tynan Tinley, of North Huntingdon; her great-grandchild, Gavin Michael Klump, of North Huntingdon; her former son-in-law, Jeffrey Hovis and his partner, Dan Prevade, of Pittsburgh; and son, John Brumbaugh, his wife Barbara, and their children, Christopher, James, Madelyn and Mara of Aiken, S.C. The Tinley family would like to thank all the friends, neighbors and family who supported Theora and Harry in difficult times with visits and vigilance. We are forever grateful. A celebration of Theora's life will be held by the Tinley family at a later date. In lieu of condolences, we would suggest a donation to "Colleges against Cancer Relay for Life" at Pittsburgh University, in Theora's name. We are all better people for knowing her and loving her. She would say with a twinkle in her eye, "You're going to miss me when I'm gone!" If only she knew how much.
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Washington County

Walmsley, Constance Louise L. 80

  • Donora , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1934-04-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Constance Louise "Connie" Walmsley, 80, of Donora, formerly of West Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born April 15, 1934, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Robert A. and Lillian M. (Markle) DeHappart. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in West Newton. Connie is survived by five children, Lee Walmsley, of Belle Vernon, Charles Walmsley Jr., of Alaska, Nancy Kite, of Irwin, Terri Sloboda, of Donora, and Janie Walmsley and husband, Jason, of Belle Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Lee Jr., Stacy, Luisa, Tom, Kristi, Kelli, Kathi, Tasha, Dylan and Jason; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford DeHappart, of Port Carbon and Harold DeHappart, of Schuylkill Haven; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Rita Rozik. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward DeHappart and her companion of 30 years, Edward Kostella. Friends were received this past Sunday and Monday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services were held this past Tuesday. Interment followed in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 S. 6th St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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