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Ankney Sr., Edward W. 81

  • Hillside
  • Born: 1933-01-04
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Edward W. Ankney Sr., 81, of Hillside, died unexpectedly Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Hillside, a son of the late Lemon O. and Sarah Elizabeth Wedge Ankney. Ed was an Army veteran. He was a former road master for South Loundon Derry Township and a former Derry Township supervisor. He worked at Blairsville Westinghouse in the 70s. His memberships include the Hillside United Methodist Church, LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM of Derry, Thomas B. Anderson Royal Arch, Latrobe, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Westmoreland Forest No. 77, Kedron Commandery No. 18, Latrobe, Lamas Club, Latrobe, Scottish Rite Valley Coudersport and the Olivet Council No. 13, Latrobe. He loved gardening and hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Dean, Bill, John and Donald Ankney; a half-sister, Sarah Mickey; and four half-brothers, Charles, Arthur, Norman and Robert Ankney. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Catherine J. "Susie" Willard Ankney; his two sons, Edward Ankney Jr.(Debra), of Marion Center, and Randall Ankney, of Hillside; four sisters, Grace Johnson, of Derry, Betty Guiher and Hazel Byers, of Hillside, and Helen Mascilak, of North Huntington; two brothers, Duane Ankney (Anna Mae), of Segar, and Ronald Ankney (Paula), of Latrobe; seven grandchildren, Holly Woodley, Sarah, Aaron, Joseph, Jenny, Richard, and Abby Ankney; one great-granddaughter, Ali Woodley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. John Emigh officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Ciacco, Ralph E. 64

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-06-06
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ralph Eugene Ciacco, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Mr. Ciacco was born June 6, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Eugene M. and Marjorie J. Petro Ciacco. He was a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ. Ralph was a 1968 graduate of the Southmoreland High School. He is the President and CEO of Penn State Tool and Die Corporation. Ralph was a board member for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and served as a trustee of the Foundation. He was also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Ralph was an avid hunter and an Italian food connoisseur. He loved living in a small town and one of his favorite pastimes was going for drives on the back roads through the country and stopping for a Dairy Queen, or at one of their favorite restaurants. He also enjoyed traveling to Lancaster with his wife, enjoying the beautiful countryside and the Amish food. His best moments, however, were spent with his little "stinkweeds", his grandchildren, Alex and Katie. Ralph was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ralph is survived by his loving family, his wife of 42 years, Cheryl A. Cramer Ciacco; his daughter, Roslyn Karstedt and her husband, Rick, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his beloved grandchildren, Katie Belle and Alex Jonathan Karstedt. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Ralph will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Bob Chambers, Minister of the Scottdale Church of Christ, officiating. Entombment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Donations are also being accepted in honor of Ralph's legacy to the industry of tooling and machining through the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., specifically for their apprenticeship program.This program will assist young people in getting a start in the same career as Ralph. Ralph's greatest desire was helping young people today get started in this industry. Checks can be made payable to "Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF" and mailed to: Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., 107 Freedom Court, Moon Township, PA 15108. Please note that all donations are tax deducible. Tax ID 43-1955325, 501c3. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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DiPasquale, Claude A. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-06-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Claude A. DiPasquale, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. He was born June 3, 1926, in Greensburg, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Testa DiPasquale. Claude was a 1944 graduate of Greensburg High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a petty officer signal man on an LST 1030 in the South Pacific. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University in 1950. Claude was a retired mail carrier for the Youngwood post office. He had been a member of Holy Cross Church, of Youngwood, for over 50 years, a Democratic Committee Person for many years, a life member and past commander of the Youngwood VFW, and a member and past president of the Westmoreland County Nittany Lion Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Lucarelli; two sisters, Anna Marie Erdeky and Flavia Grazan; and a niece, Arlene Lynn. Claude is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Pfeifer DiPasquale; a son, Jim (Dayna) DiPasquale, of Greensburg; a daughter, Patty (Terry) Lucarelli, of Greensburg; three grandsons, Michael Lucarelli, C.J. DiPasquale and Brett DiPasquale, all of Greensburg; a brother, Edmund DiPasquale; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A funeral mass will be held at a time to be announced Tuesday at Holy Cross Church, Youngwood. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Armbrust veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Eckels, Deborah A. 56

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1957-11-21
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Deborah Ann Eckels, 56, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital. She was born Nov. 21, 1957, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Robert and Vivian Langstrom Waite. Deb worked at the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 and had previously worked as a waitress at the Blue Angel Restraunt. She loved traveling to St. Petersburg, Fla. She is survived by her loving husband, Brian L. Eckels; her two sons, Brian R. Eckels, of Plum, and Bradley A. Eckels (Katelyn), of Irwin; her sister, Denise Oswald (Gerald), of Ligonier; her two brothers, Dennis Waite (Susan), of Ligonier, and Duane Waite (Kasey), of Somerset; and her faithful four legged companion, Toby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. 3rd Ave., Derry. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Foust, Barbara R. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-05
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara R. Foust, 79, of Greensburg, died Friday Oct. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillian (Storey) Riley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Foust, May 16, 2008; two brothers, Barry and Jack Riley; and a sister, Dorothy Morton. She is survived by a son, Eric Foust, of Tamarac, Fla.; a daughter, Ann Little and her husband, Brian, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kathleen, Keri and Kevin; four sisters, Shirley Walro, of Fla., Ina Riley, Kathy Mehalic and Linda Lavender, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Laufer, Catherine E. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-13
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Catherine E. Laufer, 61, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 18, 1953, in Jeannette, a daughter of Mary Gelfo Shuster Sweeney, of Greensburg, and the late Andrew Shuster. Catherine was employed by the Dollar Tree Store in Greensburg. In addition to her father, Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Larry Laufer; and her stepfather, Frank Sweeney. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Joseph Shuster and wife, Georgeanne, of Maryland; a sister, Patti Tomayko, of New Kensington; nephews, Joey Shuster and wife, Shujin, and Joshua Shuster; a great-nephew, Andrew Shuster, all of California; an uncle, Anthony Gelfo and wife, Betty; and cousins, Anthony and Eric Gelfo, all of Florida. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Route 30, Jeannette. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, are entrusted with arrangements.
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Lunn, William G. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-10-03
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William G. Lunn, 92, of Irwin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, after a long battle with severe Sundowners dementia and Parkinson's disease. He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Adamsburg, a son of the late Franklin Boocks and Irene Abbott Lunn, and was also preceded in death by brothers, Lt. Cameron Stahl Lunn, John Cameron Lunn, Maurice Johnston "Pete" Lunn and Franklin Boocks "Man" Lunn; a sister, Harriet Virginia Lunn Smith; and infant great-granddaughter, Emilee Elizabeth Kiser-Loughran. He is survived by daughters, Lana Lunn (Gary) Washek, of Greensburg, Rene Lunn (Richard) Amen, of Irwin, and a son, Timothy Michael Lunn, of Irwin; grandchildren, Mark Loughran, of Greensburg, Dr. Darren (Jennifer) Loughran, of Oil City, Patrick Boyle (fiance Sharon Paine), of Greensburg, Jeny (Daniel) York, of Irwin, Robert (Keightley) Amen, of Monroeville, Richard Amen, of Wilkes Barre, Brian Lunn and Susie Myslivy and Heather (Dale) Felice, both of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Cameron Loughran, Shane Loish, Peyton and Landon Loughran, Tegan Boyle, Logan and Gabriel Loughran, Bradley and Allison Hazlett, Khloe Lunn, Hannah and Adam York, Elizabeth, Alex, Matthew, William and Brayden Amen and Chase Welsh; a sister, Jane Maxwell Lunn Kifer, of Ferguson, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Dolores Lunn, of Adamsburg, and Joyce Lunn, of Ligonier; along with many nieces, nephews and numerous good friends. Bill was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1940. After high school, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation before enlisting in the Navy to serve our country. As a World War II veteran, he achieved the rank of Pharmacist Mate, Second Class. Bill was sent to Africa, then to Salerno, Italy, to train for the invasion of southern France and transported to the Pacific area serving on a PT boat, Platoon B-4, Battalion No. 8, until the end of the war and was discharged Dec. 22, 1945. Upon returning from serving his country, he attended Robert Morris College, majoring in accounting. He then began his career in insurance working with his father-in-law, H. Earl Whitehead, at their home in Irwin, (Nationwide Insurance at that time was known as Farm Bureau Insurance). Bill worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agent in Irwin for 53 years. Over that time he acquired many designations; CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), and RHU (Registered Health Underwriter). Bill was a lifetime member of Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, Irwin. Over the years he was extremely active serving as superintendent of Sunday school and an adult Sunday school teacher along with serving on numerous committees both in the Sunday school and church. His passion was sports. He loved the Steelers, Pirates and was an avid Pitt fan. Bill loved to read, mainly history books about World War II as well as others about our country. For many years, Bill was extremely competitive playing racquet ball and hand ball. He enjoyed golf and played tennis into his late 70's. He also enjoyed walking and the outdoors. He was a member of the Carl Leroy McKelvey Post 472, American Legion, Manor, for more than 55 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 33, of Greensburg, and a charter member of the National World War II Museum, in New Orleans, La. Bill was also a charter member of Norwin Rotary serving as president, treasurer and on various committees. He was a member of the Westmoreland Business Referral Association, Westmoreland Investment Club and the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce. Until recently he also enjoyed a Friday lunch group with area businessmen and a Friday happy hour with a group of friends. At Bill's request, there will be no viewing. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship room of the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary with his pastor, Rev. Diane Wiley, officiating. Interment with Naval honors will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. No flowers please. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Walnut Ridge for their wonderful care and compassion, and also Heartland Hospice for all their insight, excellent care and help over the past year. It takes special people to care for dementia patients and everyone that had a part in his care went way beyond what was required.
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Porter, Ivalean 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-03-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ivalean Porter, of Scottdale, passed away at her home Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Ivalean was born March 27, 1923, in Barren Run, Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late Clarence Finley and Almildra (Kelley) Finley. She was the wife of the late Albert William Porter, who passed away Dec. 9, 2006. Ivalean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and she enjoyed being outdoors and camping with her husband. Ivalean will be sadly missed by her devoted family, her two children, Judith Stoner, of Scottdale, and Clarence L. "Sonny" Porter Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottdale; her four grandchildren, Stacey Stoner, of Herminie, W. Douglas Stoner and wife, Marsha, of Bullskin, C. Lester Porter Jr. and wife, Dee, of Lancaster, and Jayson Porter and wife, Christina, of Lancaster; and her five great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher, Jacob, Ryan and William. In addition to her parents and husband, Ivalean was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ronald Stoner, who passed Sept. 7, 2008. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com/GPS N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Committal service and interment next to her husband will follow in Barren Run Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Shumar, Jack T. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-12-08
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jack T. Shumar, 92, a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, died peacefully Thursday evening, Oct. 16, 2014, while being surrounded by the love of family, in the comfort of his home. Jack was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Eber Weldon and Grace Stauffer Shumar. He retired in 1983 from U.S. Steel, National Tube Works, McKeesport, after 42 and one-half years of service. Jack was a veteran of the Armed Forces serving in the Navy during World War II while attaining the rank of water tender third class. He served on the vessels of Nav TraSta Sampson, N.Y. USS YAG 14, USS Braxton and SCTC Treasure Island, Calif. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign, Good Conduct and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Mt. Pleasant. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. Jack is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Genevieve E. Marchewka Shumar, whom he married Feb. 26, 1949; his two sons, Jack T. Shumar Jr., at home, and James R. Shumar and wife, Pandy Culvin, of Connellsville; his three grandchildren, McJames Shumar and wife, Jamie, Wesley Shumar and wife, Jessica, and Matthew Shumar and wife, Molly; his four great-grandchildren, Tristan, Marissa, Isabelle and Briella; his two stepgreat-grandchildren, Makayla and Mason; and his sister, Doris Annibali and husband, Rick, of Hershey. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by the following brothers and sisters, Clair, William, Margaret, Alfred, Richard, Kenneth, Herbert, Eugene and George Shumar, Madelyn Copeland and Charolette Slonecker. Jack's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A funeral liturgy for Jack will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson, with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post No. 446 Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Simms, Margaret J. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-04-24
  • Died: 2014-10-16
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret J. "Peggy" Simms, 81, of Latrobe, received her heart's desire and went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born April 24, 1933, in Salem Township, a daughter of the late Pasquale "Patsy" Japalucci and Mary Jane Osborne Japalucci. She was a homemaker and a member of Word of Life Church, Greensburg. Peggy was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, granny, great-granny and friend. She was very kind and very generous. Peggy loved reading the Word, spending time with family and friends and cooking. She was involved in a special prayer group over the years and Women's Aglow Fellowship. Her greatest love and desire was to serve the Lord which she did with zeal. She was a true prayer warrior. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia "Trish" Schiefer; son, David A. Simms; grandson, Mark D. Fink; four brothers, Charles O., Robert E., George J. and Samuel P. Japalucci; and two sisters, Elma Robson and Elizabeth C. "Betty" Japalucci. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul Simms; a daughter, Kathleen "Vonnie" (Simms) Fink and her husband, Lloyd, of Greensburg; son, Paul L. Simms Jr. and his wife, Mary (Lampe), of Ligonier; grandchildren, Michael L. Fink and his wife, Heather, Candace Simms, Joseph A. Lampe and his wife, Jenny, and Tanya (Lampe) Morrison; great-grandchildren, Samantha Fink, Andrew Fink, Matthew Fink and Luke Morrison; a brother, Daniel F. Japalucci and his wife, Phyllis, of Roseville, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Frederick Funeral Home Inc., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. A funeral serivce will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Sheldon Moore officiating. Burial in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Oncology Staff at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Dr. Po and Dr. Gonzales for the exceptional care she received. Also a special thanks to dear friend, Rosie Moorhead. Memorial donations may be made to Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support Inc. (make checks payable to AMCSI), c/o Theresa Lucas, 2741 Dakota Drive, Anderson, IN 46012; or Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. To send condolences, please visit http://www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Wagner Sr., Thomas M. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1939-11-16
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas M. Wagner Sr., 74, of Murrysville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in the The Williows at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. Born Nov. 16, 1939, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Helen (Lynch) Wagner. Thomas lived in Murrysville all his life. He was employed as a truck driver for Midwest Transit of Pittsburgh for many years and retired in 2002. Thomas was also a self-employed independent news dealer with his wife Joan for 32 years, they distributed the Pittsburgh Press. Thomas enjoyed traveling to spend time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. (Eckenrode) Wagner, in 1998; brother, Walter Wagner, in 1998; and a sister, Mary Lynn. Thomas is survived by his children, Thomas M. (Nancy) Wagner Jr., of Washington Township; Command Sergeant Major Anthony "Tony" (Hiba) Wagner, of Murrysville; Rose (David Back) Campbell, of Upper Burrell; Kimberly (John) Kirkland, of Clarkston, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A celebration of life tribute ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Burial will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made in Thomas' memory to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Presbyterian Senior Care 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139, Attn. Sharon Kaczynsky RE; Woodside Place Recreational Fund, please make checks payable to: Presbyterian Senior Care. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Wilkens III, Frederick 76

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1937-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Frederick Wilkins III, 76, of New Alexandria, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. The son of Frederick Wilkins II and Jeannette Wilkins, he was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Wilkins was an independent professional truck driver for 35 years and owned his business of Fred's Eggs, where he sold his eggs to specialty stores. He loved taking care of his horses and dogs on the farm, going to the casinos and watching professional wrestling. Surviving are his wife, Vivian B. (Pifer) Wilkins, whom he married June 25, 1990; one daughter, Valeria Shafer, of Pittsburgh; three step-children, Diana Venturino Witalis (Scott), of Cranberry Township, Charles Venturino (Suzy), of Blairsville, and Lisa Venturino, of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Frederick Wilkins IV. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Brian Werner officiating. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Williams, Madeline M. 93

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-04-04
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Madeline M. Williams, 93, of South Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born in Southwest Greensburg April 4, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Rose Margo Jim. Madeline was the former eighth grade May Queen and a graduate of Holy Family Grade School and the Latrobe High School class of 1939. She worked for 19 years with the Westmoreland County Board of Assistance until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of St. Bruno Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Williams, in 1977; her daughter, Darla Grkman; and a brother, Charles Jim Jr. She is survived by her children, Charles G. (Jerrilynn) Williams Jr., of Calif., David R. (Terri) Williams, of Greensburg, Mark J. Williams, of Philadelphia, and Margo Houck and husband, John, of South Greensburg; son-in-law Louis Grkman, of Penn Township; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard L. (Posey) Jim, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bruno Catholic Church. Everyone go directly to the church. Interment to follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Terence L. Graft funeral director entrusted with the arrangements. For online information and condolences please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Indiana County

Urban, Gloria A. 83

  • Conemaugh Township
  • Born: 1931-05-24
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Gloria A. (Chakan) Urban, 83, of Conemaugh Township, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born May 24, 1931, in Iselin, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary Evelyn (Fallat) Chakan. She lived in Conemaugh Township most of her life and was a graduate of Elders-Ridge High School. Gloria was employed by Federal Laboratories in Tunnelton for two years and was a cook for Saltsburg High School for 33 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society. Gloria was an avid walker; she walked 5 miles a day, rain or shine. She also enjoyed playing bingo, casino trips and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and John Chakan. Gloria is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, James H. Urban; sons, Dennis J. (Alyce) Urban and Donald J. (Denise) Urban, both of Delmont; daughter, Darlene M. (James) Kovalchick, of Shelocta; brothers, Leonard (Lena) Chakan, of Arnold, and Tom (Connie) Chakan, of Brunswick, Ohio; sisters, Jane Encisco, of Arnold, Darlene Woodrow, of Iselin, Irene (Bob) Fulton, of Clarksburg, Janice (Tom) Thomas, of Saltsburg, and Donna (Tom) Okopal, of Clarksburg; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-laws, Josie and Marilyn Chakan, of Brunswick, Ohio. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in THE CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St. Saltsburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 703 Indiana Ave., Saltsburg, with Father Salvatore Lamendola. Burial in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Dix, Katharine E. 96

  • Copeland Oaks, Ohio
  • Born: 1918-01-08
  • Died: 2014-10-18
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  • Katharine E. Stevens Dix, wife of the late Gordon C. Dix, a principal in Dix Communications' media business, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at her home in the Copeland Oaks retirement community. She was 96. Born Jan. 8, 1918, in Ravenna, Ohio, she was the daughter of Dr. Earl Orin Stevens and his wife, Helen Brigham Stevens.She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1935 and Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1939. She graduated with a major in botany. Landscaping and trees continued to be an interest throughout her life. After graduation, she returned to Ravenna and in 1940 married Gordon C. Dix, then business manager of the Record-Courier, the Kent-Ravenna daily paper. In 1941, her husband was named co-publisher of The Times Leader in Martins Ferry-Bellaire, Ohio. In 1952, her husband was named publisher of the The Crescent-News, Defiance, Ohio. In 1954, her husband was stricken with polio a year before the development and successful testing of the Salk vaccine. A determined, encouraging and loving wife, Mrs. Dix devoted herself to her husband the rest of his life as they dealt with numerous challenges resulting from his illness. Then, in 1982, her son, Earl Stevens Dix, who had followed his father as publisher of The Crescent-News, was killed in a private airplane accident. Mrs. Dix had years earlier lost her brother, Earl Orin Stevens Jr., who was killed in World War II in an airplane-training mission at Mt. Hood, Oregon. She and her husband, active supporters of Defiance College, responded to their son's death by establishing the E.S. Dix lectureship and the E.S. Dix Tennis Center at the college in their son's memory. Besides her family, she devoted herself to the Defiance community, where she served in numerous leadership roles. She served in Sorosis, was president of the Defiance College Women's Commission, was director of the local Girl Scouts and was involved in the League of Women Voters and the American Red Cross Board. She was a board member and a charter member of the Defiance Hospital Auxiliary. She was one of the co-founders of the Defiance City Shade Tree Commission and was a member of the Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and her husband enjoyed the out of doors, tennis, horticultural activities and community involvement. They were both avid sports fans, especially of Ohio State football. In her 50's, she completed and achieved her hot-air balloonist license through a program offered by Defiance College. She had a love of serving others, especially those in need. Despite having lost a brother and son in separate airplane accidents and her husband's lifetime post-polio ailments, she maintained a positive outlook on life and kept moving forward. She had a beautiful way with children, and always cheered on the underdogs of any age. She had a unique ability to memorize poetry, speeches, stories and prayers, and until her last days could recite passages from them. She enjoyed studying her heritage.Her ancestors moved to the Ravenna area in the mid-1800s with a group who had decided to begin life anew in what was still considered the West after the whaling industry in Nantucket, Mass., started to decline. That group, having settled in Portage County, proved a progressive influence, particularly in promoting the need for good schools for young people. They were also abolitionist. In 1977, she and her husband began to spend their winters in Naples, Fla., continuing until his death. She maintained her permanent residence in Naples until returning to Ohio in 2006. Her grandchildren range in age from seven to 45, and she tried to be instrumental in some way in each of their lives. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Defiance and Naples. In Defiance, she and her late husband served as directors of the youth program and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Alliance Country Club and a past member of the Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, and Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla. Her husband preceded her in death in 2005, her son, Earl Stevens Dix, in 1982, her sister, Anne Stevens Osgood, also preceded her in death in 1998. Mrs. Dix is survived by three children, Susan (Michael) Watson, of Ligonier, Penny (Grant) White, of Mill Valley, Calif., and G. Charles (Susie) Dix II, of Akron, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Katharine S. Dix will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and a reception immediately following the service. The service and reception will be held at the Copeland Oaks Chapel in Sebring, Ohio. Arrangements are by CASSADAY-TURKLE-CHRISTIAN FUNERAL HOME, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Copeland Oaks Foundation, Chapel Fund; 715 S. Johnson, Sebring, OH 44672. Friends may register online at http://www.ctcfuneral.com.
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