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Allegheny County

Livi, Ivan D. 94

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ivan D. Livi, 94, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Annabelle (Rigotti); father of Darla Jean (James) Mroski; son of the late Attilo and Maria (Lazzari); brother of the late George Livi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ivan Livi was employed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) for 42 years, assuming its presidency in 1978. During his 15 years at the helm, he took PIA to great success. During his tenure, the institution enjoyed its highest student enrollment, the largest number of graduates, and during the peak of the aviation industry was considered the leading aviation school in the United States. It was also during this time that PIA, on behalf of the OX5 Pioneers, restored the history-making airplane, "Miss Pittsburgh," that made the first airmail flight. That aircraft continues to proudly hang on display at the Pittsburgh International Airport. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations including Aviation Technician Education Council, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Northrop Rice Foundation and the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. He was celebrated as "Educator of the Year" by both the Aviation Technician Education Council and the Italian Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Barner, Donne G. 76

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1938-06-23
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Donne G. "Don" Barner, 76, of Irwin, (Herminie No. 2), died peacefully at his home, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1938, in Greensburg, son of the late Harrold G. and Ruth (Dickson) Barner. Don was a veteran, having served in the Navy. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for Ryco Inc. in McKeesport as welder/shop supervisor. He was a member of Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, the Herminie VFW, Post 8427, West Hempfield Legion Post 53, Wendel Herminie No. 2 Athletic Association and the Italian Miners Association in Hahntown. Don enjoyed hunting and golfing. He loved spending time at the Fox Den Acres Campground with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Barner. Don is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carole A. (Reichen) Barner; a daughter, Corey (John) Merva, of New Stanton; two sons, Sean (Amy) Barner, of Herminie, and Bryan (Janis) Barner, of Blairsville; and 11 special grandchildren, Caleb, Ashely, Haley, Ethan, Colby, Cara, Collin, Estella, Sadye, Marlee and Blaine. The family would like to thank Medi Home Hospice for all their love and care. Don will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Bruce A. Anthony officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Cramer, Opal J. 88

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Opal J. Cramer, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ritenour Barnes. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren and its Adult Bible Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Edward M. Cramer and his wife, Jackie, of Coral Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Carol Helkowski and her husband, Daniel, of Rochester, and Janet Simanovich and her husband, William, of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Danny Helkowski and his wife, Danicla, Bill Simanovich and his wife, Paula, Tim Simanovich and his wife, Melissa, and Cory Lyn Cramer; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Juliana, Maria, Rae, Sara, Timmy, Bradley and Nicolas; one great-great-grandchild, David; and one sister, Erma Galasso, of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward P. Cramer, in 1990; a granddaughter, Robin Helkowski; two brothers, Lewis and Earl Barnes; and one sister, Ethel Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Lee Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the West Penn Hospital Hospice staff and to the Amber House in Mt. Pleasant for their excellent care and concern for Mrs. Cramer during her stays there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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DiBiase, Peter A. 89

  • Brinkerton , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-03-02
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Peter A. DiBiase, 89, of Brinkerton, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born March 2, 1925, he was the son of the late Vincent and Mary (Sposito) DiBiase. Peter was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army with the 15th Tank Battalion, and earned a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster. Prior to retirement, he worked in the automotive industry. His pastimes were all perfectly self-taught; woodworking, painting, photography, computer and guitar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna; and his grandson, Chad. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Evelyn I. (Milby) DiBiase; a son, Ray (Judi) DiBiase, of Plum; a daughter, Darlene DiBiase; grandchildren, Jason (Cary) DiBiase, of Plum, Brandon DiBiase and Jenna Golik, of Natrona Heights; and great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Anthony. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674, at which time his funeral service will begin with his nephew, Pastor Raymond Beards, officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township, with full military rites. Military honors will be accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Dugan, Barbara L. 71

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1943-10-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Barbara Lee Dugan, 71, of Donegal, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Select Specialty of Laurel Highlands at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Donegal, a daughter of the late Eugene and Martha Withrow Kern. Barbara was a graduate of the former Ramsay High School, and she attended Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She is survived by her husband, Fred G. Dugan; and two brothers, Ronald and Dale Kern, of Donegal. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no public viewing or services. Arrangements are under the direction of the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Melcroft. http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Goodwin, Stacey A. 37

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1977-02-14
  • Died: 2015-01-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stacey A. (Swanson) Warren Goodwin, 37, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1977, in Jeannette, a daughter of Keith W. Sr. and Joan M. (Zello) Swanson, of Latrobe. She had been employed as a bartender, was Catholic by faith, and a 1995 graduate of Jeannette High School. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Louise Zello; and paternal grandfather, John Swanson. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Robert A. Goodwin; a son, David Warren, and two daughters, Brittany Warren and Madison Warren, all at home; her children's father, Dave Warren, of Hampton, Va.; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Swanson, of Ligonier; a brother, Keith W. Swanson Jr., of Leechburg; a sister, Heather Wise and her husband, William "Porky," of Jeannette; her lifelong friend, Tricia Kottelich Worley; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hitlan, Patricia A. 80

  • Acme
  • Born: 1934-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hitlan, 80, of Acme, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Mary E. Mellon Cloherty. She was a graduate of the former Homestead High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh and later the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. She is survived by three sons, Daniel W. Hitlan, of Acme, Timothy P. Hitlan and his wife, Sandra, of Cheswick, and Mark E. Hitlan and his wife, Laurel, of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Kevin Hitlan, Hali Emerick and Julie Hitlan. Mrs. Hitlan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Hitlan, in 2014; a brother, Thomas Francis Cloherty Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia M. Martin and Mary Louise Mentzer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Immel, Alma M. 84

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Lycippus
  • Born: 1930-09-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Alma M. Immel, 84, of Greensburg, formerly of Lycippus, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Lycippus, a daughter of the late William McKinley Immel and Bessie (Keslar) Immel Gamble. Alma was a member of the former Lycippus United Methodist Church and was a former trustee at the church. She also was a former member of DAR. She was retired from Westmoreland Plastics in Latrobe and was a graduate of Hurst High School. Alma loved music, especially country music and polkas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Gamble; a brother, William D. Immel; and a sister, Bertha Mae (Immel) Shaffer. She is survived by her sister, Olive B. Marin and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg; a nephew, David R. Marin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph D. Shaffer, of Delmont. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. John George officiating. Private interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery. Alma's family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and residents at Redstone Highlands. Memorial contributions may be made to Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kerr, Helen R. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Helen Rose DiRaimondo Kerr, daughter of the late Peter and Jennie (LaMotta) DiRaimondo, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Easton. Following graduation from Easton High School, she married and raised and educated her three children. For 30 years, Helen worked as a floral designer in Greensburg. She was a Dom Care provider for 26 years in her home and also worked at Seton Center Adult Day Care. She was a patient and giving person who loved entering flower shows, taking care of children and the elderly. While living at Pershing Square in Greensburg, she donated her time for many years to make flower arrangements for their fund raising efforts. Helen faithfully attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a childcare provider for the Moms 24/7 program. She is survived by her children, Sheri Statler and husband, Robert, Susan Eplee and husband, Doug, and Edward Kerr and wife, Lisa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robert D. Statler, Rebecca Malloy and husband, Joseph, Jennifer Dail and husband, Kevin, Tyler Rieth and wife, Kerri, Justin Rieth and wife, Nicole, Travis Rieth, Autumn Kerr, Jonathan Kerr, Katie Lipp and Gregory Lipp. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, Sophia Dail, Abigail Rieth, Ari Malloy and Kaylee Lipp. She is survived by sisters, Grace Crivellaro, Martha Erdie and husband, Michael and Joanne Renzulli and husband, Doug; and numerous nephews and nieces. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Helen from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Lewandoski, Blanche N. 77

  • Avonmore , Formerly of Level Green
  • Born: 1937-07-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Blanche N. Lewandoski, 77 of Avonmore, formerly of Level Green, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in her home. Blanche was born July 28, 1937, in Pitcairn, the daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Bowen) Mullen. Blanche enjoyed reading and was a proud homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Lewandoski; and a sister, Louise Lezzak. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Phillips (Robert), of Avonmore; her grandchildren, Shane J. and Amber K. Phillips; and a sister, Winifred Dahlstrom, of Monoreville. All services are private. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Mitchell Sr., Raymond W. 92

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1922-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Mitchell Sr., 92, of Youngstown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Ligonier Township, he was a son of the late George O. Mitchell and Catherine A. (Bosslet) Mitchell. Raymond was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Kennametal Inc., and had also been a wallpaper hanger for more than 25 years. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the American Legion Post 515, Latrobe, and had also enjoyed woodworking at his shop at home. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann G. (Hunter) Mitchell; a son, Darwin H. Mitchell; five brothers, Charles, Paul, James, George and Robert Mitchell; and eight sisters, Mary Grace Mills, Helen Miller, Blanch Smithley, Hilda Mitchell, Edna Mitchell, Mary Edmundson, Martha Mitchell and Agnes Burkhart. Raymond is survived by a son, Raymond W. Mitchell Jr., and his wife, Lorraine, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Holly Tonkin and her husband, Bill, of Blairsville, and Brian Mitchell and his wife, Jennifer, of Lexington, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren, Mitchell Tonkin, Blake Tonkin, Zachary Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell and Maddie Mitchell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, officiated by the Rev. Donald Graff, at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or to a charity of one's choice. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Raygor, James A. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-02-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Raygor, 80, of Scottdale, passed away at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Jim was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Clifford F. and Anna (Kravetz) Raygor. He married the former Dolores "Jean" Greenawalt on Oct. 25, 1952. Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a self-employed plasterer for many years and also was employed by El Grande Enterprises of Donora and Burrell Construction of New Kensington. Jim loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist in Scottdale, held a lifetime membership with Bridgeport Sportsman's Club and belonged to the Tri-Town Sportsman's Club and the PAK of Everson. Jim will be sadly missed by his loving family; his wife of 62 years, Dolores "Jean" (Greenawalt) Raygor; his son, James Raygor Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Dawson; his daughter, Diane Luczka and her husband, Paul, of Scottdale; his seven grandchildren, Melissa Peden and her husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Luczka, of Pittsburgh, Jason Luczka and his wife, Kylie, of Scottdale, Nicole Raygor Knight and her husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, and James, Brennen and Connor Raygor, all of Dawson; his special nephew, Benney Raygor and his wife, Paulette, of Alverton; his brother, Kurtiss Raygor and his wife, Bonnie, of Scottdale; his two sisters-in-law, Betty Lambing, of Alverton, and Audrey Lantzer, of Killbuck, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Bernard Raygor. 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 prayers of transfer will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist, Scottdale, with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment will be in the church cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a vigil service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Born Dec. 7, 1936, in Calumet, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Yamnitsky) Seman. Prior to retirement, Bob was employed as a machinist at Hamill in Harrison City. Robert was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United. He was a lifelong bowler, and loved to golf and watch sports, especially baseball. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Hudak) Seman; a sister, Loretta Benci; and a brother-in-law, John Janis. He is survived by his children, Michele (Michael) Ingraham, of Arizona, Robert F. Seman, of Greensburg, and Cheryl (Ed) Olszewsski, of Georgia; grandchildren, Adam (Carrie) Ligus, Jared and Nathan Ligus, and Avery and Alexandra Olszewski; siblings, Richard and William Seman, Betty Janis, Katie (Frank) Arthur, Evelyn (Norm) Limpert, Barbara Seman and Bernadette (Joseph) Kitchen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Patty Miller, and her son, Robert E. Miller. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Transfer prayers will be at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A vigil service will be at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Susick, Christopher C. 50

  • Export
  • Born: 1964-08-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Christopher C. "Chris" Susick, 50, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 7, 1964, in Greensburg, a son of Joyce (Galicic) Susick, of Export, and the late Nicholas Susick. Chris was employee of Steel City Collision in Export. He enjoyed fishing, camping, vacations at the beach, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddaughters. Chris was known for his meticulous bodywork which he was very proud of. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Surviving is his beloved wife, Peggy (Oslosky) Susick; loving daughter, Nikki (Matt) Carr, of New Alexandria; cherished granddaughters, Taylor, Brianna, Madison, Aislinn and Alexis Carr; devoted brother, Sean (Jodi) Susick, of Greensburg; nephew, Jack Susick; niece, Gracie Susick; and great-aunts, Stella Peanoske and Joan Susich, both of Export. Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Welty, Alan E. 64

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1951-01-05
  • Died: 2015-01-11
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alan E. Welty, 64, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Ligonier, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of the late George H. Welty and Florence Vaughn Welty. Alan was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., and had been employed as a salesman for several manufacturers during his career. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Alan was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family. Alan is survived by his wife, Phylis Welty, of Anderson, S.C.; his sister, Barbara Welty Lightcap (William), of Greensburg; his brother, George V. Welty (Susan); a nephew, Douglas J. Welty (Jennifer); a niece, Megan E. Welty; a great-niece, Kate Welty; and a great-nephew, Daniel Welty, all of Ligonier. Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Anderson, S.C. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Wesling, Anna M. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-05-14
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Wesling, 87, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born May 14, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Antonio and Lucia Como Aquilino. Prior to retirement, she worked in packing at Jeannette Glass. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by six siblings, Frank and Alfred Aquilino, Mary Casorio, Laura Litterini, Susie Aquilino and Edith Pompei. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eugene Wesling, of Greensburg; two daughters, Debra Hudock and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, and Diana Swanson and her husband, Kenneth, of Addison; five grandchildren, Chad and Kevin Swanson, Ranelle and Tasha Hudock and Jessica Polski; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany, Lynsey, Chloe, David and Christopher Swanson, Miles Conway and Zavia Polski; a great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403 or at specialolympicspa.org. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Zihmer, Curt D. 58

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1956-12-08
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Curt D. Zihmer, 58, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Sewickley, a son of the late Albert J. and Marie Teresa Zihmer Jr. He was an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and was a certified instructor for APICS National. His occupation took him to food banks, nursing homes and schools to ensure they provided quality services. Curt earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State University, a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an associate degree from Westmoreland County Community College in biology. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, enjoyed riding motorcycles and freely gave of his time to ensure the safety of his friends and neighbors by plowing snow from their driveways. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy James Zihmer. He is survived by his brother, Albert J. Zihmer III, of North Huntingdon; two sisters, Kim Vockley (Joseph), of Damascus, Md., and Beth Ann Burik (Joseph), of Greensburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher, David and Dana Vockely and Mason Zihmer; and his two canine companions, Buster and Peanut. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Huntingdon, with Father Len Stoviak, officiating. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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