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Allegheny County

Woodside, Mary Jane 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-06-30
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Kukel) Woodside, 84, of North Versailles, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born June 30, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Kukel. She was a former member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Woodside; five brothers and a sister. She is survived by children, David R. Woodside, of North Versailles, Thomas R. Woodside (Tammy Close), of North Huntingdon, and Jean I. (Larry) Grandy, of Chester, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert (Cynthia) Santner and Carrie (Joseph) Sistare; great-grandchildren, Zackary and Tyler Santner, Kherington and Cameron Sistare; a brother, Victor (Jane) Kukel, of Littleton, Colo.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in William Penn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Macula Vision Research Foundation, 1 Tower Bridge, 100 Front St., Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 or St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Westmoreland County

Baric Jr., Frank J. 98

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1915-10-31
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Baric Jr., 98, of Level Green, passed away Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, in his home. Frank was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Trafford, a son of the late Frank Sr. and Anna (Krstinc) Baric. Frank was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army as a rifleman in the Philippines and Japan and was awarded an APT Ribbon with one Bronze Star. He was retired from the Westinghouse Power Circuit Breaker Division in Trafford, and he was a member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. Spelbring Baric, in 2006; and his siblings, Catherine Schendel, Margaret Sabol, Elizabeth Ondrey, Mary Badanjak and Anna J. Kvaternik. Frank is survived by his children, Loren (Linda) Baric, of Canton, Mich., Nancy Baric, of Level Green, and Richard (Linda) Baric, of Greensburg; his grandchildren, Melissa Sparks, Melanie Boyum and Jennifer Baric; his great-grandchildren, Abigail, Cameron, Mila and Chase; his three siblings, John Baric, of Level Green, Joseph Baric, of Cary, N.C., and Helen Lane, of Long Island, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment with military honors will follow in the New St. Joseph Mausoleum, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to either St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085; or the Forbes Hospice, c/o Forbes Health Foundation, 2570 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Clark, M. Joan 85

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • M. Joan Clark, 85, of Latrobe, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Paul J. Igo and Katherine L. (Ballantyne) Igo. Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also active in the church as a lector, teller, member of the "cooking crew" and had served on church council. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Clark; and her son-in-law, Dwayne Rodgers. Joan is survived by her daughter, Karen D. Rodgers, of Latrobe; one sister, Nancy Urdzik and her husband, Michael, of Latrobe; two sisters-in-law, Veronica Clark, of Latrobe, and Freida Clark, of Indianapolis; one granddaughter, Heather Morgan and her husband, James, of Latrobe; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn; a special niece, Kathy Ciranni, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, in Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Trinity Clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. 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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Dillinger, Donna J. 55

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1958-06-15
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donna J. Dillinger, 55, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 15, 1958, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William J. Dillinger and Clarice E. (Denny) Dillinger. Donna was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. She previously worked as an EMT for Citizens Ambulance Co. Donna was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed following her favorite driver, Tony Stewart. She also enjoyed crafting, woodworking, painting and face painting for kids. She is survived by her sister, Barbara L. Dillinger, of Latrobe; and a special cousin, Susan C. Kosik, of Latrobe. She is also survived by numerous other cousins; and her pets, Snuggles, Smoke and Boo. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Trinity clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, Dr. Sulecki and the staff at Arnold Palmer Pavilion, and a special thank you to her caregivers, Colleen and Linda. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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DiOrio, Richard A. 63

  • Crabtree
  • Born: 1950-10-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Howard, Shinglehouse | Get Directions
  • Richard Anthony DiOrio, 63, a longtime resident of Crabtree and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at his hunting camp in Potter County. Born Oct. 27, 1950, in Latrobe, he was a son of Anthony and Helen Likvan DiOrio. He was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1968, and of Edinboro University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a certification in driver's education. He played football in both high school and college. During high school, he was the team captain, was selected All State and played in the Big 33. He played in the Football Classic game at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey featuring the top high school players in Pennsylvania. Rick played for Edinboro's undefeated 1970 championship team, which was its greatest team in history, having played in the Lambert Bowl winning the 1970 Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy which is given to the best team in the Northeast. He also played on the 1971 undefeated team at Edinboro. While residing in Florida, he was the owner and head instructor of a driving school. Rick enjoyed riding his panhead chopper, hunting and fishing. He loved his dogs. Surviving are a brother, Darryl L. (Barbara) DiOrio, of New Florence; a sister, Sandra K. DiOrio, of Columbus, Ohio; a niece, Denise M. DiOrio, and a nephew, Dante L. (Nikki) DiOrio; and an uncle, Michael (Mary Ann) Likvan, of Niles, Ill. Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luigi and Jiosephina DiOrio; and his parents. Friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 2538 State Route 119, Crabtree, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services and burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the VIRGIL L. HOWARD FUNERAL HOME, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Rick, please visit http://www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
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Donovan, Mary M. 92

  • Formerly of Sutersville
  • Born: 1922-02-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Donovan, 92, formerly of Sutersville, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Verona, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Jaros) Palochik. Mary was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. Prior to retirement, she was the postmaster of the Sutersville Post Office. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Kahn and husband, Michael, of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Donovan, of Irwin; a son, William Donovan and wife, Lisa, of Brewster, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Fentzel, of Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Emma Santostefano, of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Kahn and husband, Scott Bieker, of New York, Peter Kahn and wife, Karin, of Milton, Mass., Christine Shope and husband, Jim, of Irwin, Katie Mumm and husband, Travis, of Volo, Ill., Colleen Donovan, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Anne Donovan and Claire Donovan, both of Brewster, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Madison Caruso, Kaylee Shope, Carter Kahn, Davis Kahn, Daphne Bieker, Theo Bieker and Teegan Mumm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, William Donovan; a son, Terry Donovan; brothers, Michael Palochik and wife Anne, John Palochik and wife Jean, Paul Palochik and Andy Palochik; sister, Frances Hester and husband, John; and brother-in-law, Earl "Bud" Fentzel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 225 N. Second St., West Newton, PA 15089. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Fox, James I. 75

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • James I. Fox, 75, of Greensburg, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Arona, a son of the late Calvin and Laura Henry Fox. He was a graduate of Texas Lutheran College with a BA degree. He was retired from the Air Force as a senior master sergeant, having served from 1957 until 1980, and was also awarded a Bronze Star. He was also retired from the U.S. Civil Service as a GS-14, having served from 1984 until 2004. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Fox; and a sister, Doris Fox. Surviving are his wife, Bernadette Vanyo Fox, of Greensburg; four sons, Jeffrey J. Fox and his wife, Sherry, of Atlanta, Ga., Shawn C. Fox and his wife, Trisha, of Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel Prettiman and his wife, Joyce, of Greensburg, and Robert Prettiman, of Greensburg; two daughters, Mrs. David (Joanne) Copeland, of Ligonier, and Mrs. James (Diane) Menhorn, of Latrobe; five grandsons and one granddaughter; two brothers, Henry D. Fox, of Strange Creek, W.Va., and Gerald J. Fox, of West Middlesex; four sisters, Beatrice Wise, of Arona, Grace Todd, of New Stanton, Sara Burns, of Arlington, Iowa, and Nancy Lynn, of Arona; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Anyone wishing to attend James' funeral service is asked to go directly to Hilltop United Methodist Church for a service at noon Tuesday with the Rev. Randy Sweet and the Rev. Martin Wright co-officiating. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery, Rillton, with full military rites accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard of Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice or the American Red Cross.
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Gunkle, Mark R. 56

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1958-04-06
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Mark R. Gunkle, 56, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, after a long illness, with his family and friends by his side. He was born April 6, 1958, in Pittsburgh, to the late Ralph and Lois (Kiefer) Gunkle. He attended the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he received his business administration degree in 1981. Mark worked as a location manager for First Student Penn Trafford. On June 24 1989, he married Anita Mascuch at Heinz Chapel. Mark is survived by his loving spouse of 24 years, Anita Mascuch Gunkle. He was the loving father of Amanda Marie Gunkle and Andrew Ralph Gunkle; brother of Matthew (Judy) Gunkle; nephew of Bob and Carol (Kiefer) Baldauff; uncle of Nicole and Megan Gunkle and John and Michael Schumacher; brother-in-law of Patricia and William McKim, Teresa and Randall Schumacher and Michael Mascuch; and is also survived by numerous cousins. Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130 Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m., in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating. Burial will follow in St. Barbara Cemetery. http://www.LindsayFH.com. The family would like to thank all of Mark's First Student and Penn Trafford School District work associates and friends.
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Josephic, Edward 89

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1924-06-01
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Edward "Doc" Josephic, 89, of Trafford, passed away Good Friday, April 18, 2014, in the Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage. Doc was born June 1, 1924, in Trafford, son of the late John and Sophie (Turchan) Josephic. Doc retired from Westinghouse Electric and was a member of St. Regis Church, both in Trafford. Doc was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle A. Josephic in 1997; two brothers, John and Mike Josephic; and two sisters, Genevieve Wrobel and Sophie Mares. Doc is survived by his son, Kenneth E. Josephic (Deborah), of Jamestown; grandchildren Kyle, Kraig and Kourtney; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Kellen; and his brothers, Pat, of Trafford, and David, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 12 noon, in St. Regis Church, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Kalp, Audrey J. 77

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1936-11-08
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Audrey J. Kalp, 77, of Ligonier, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, with her loving husband by her side. She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Arden and Ruth Brinkley. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Audrey loved to shop, travel and spend time with her family. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenlyn "Glen" Kalp; two sisters, Lois Brinkley, of Long Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Basinger, of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul D. Poerschke officiating. Interment will be in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West Main St., Ligonier.
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Kukich Jr., Theodore 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Theodore Kukich Jr., 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in the Westmoreland Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Lois A. Kukich and wife of 11 years, Linda J. Kukich; father of Ted (Lorie) Kukich, of North Huntingdon, Lisa Lehman, of Herminie, Patsy (Linda) Dent, of Latrobe, Karen Dent, of Adamsburg, Alan (Bertha) Dent, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother of Melvin "Peach" Kukich Sr., John "Jack" Kukich Sr., Cindy Beck and Mary Ellen Gillihan; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Ted retired after 38 years as a teacher with the Penn-Trafford School District, was a former basketball coach, member of the Masons, Norwin Elks, American Legion and served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Mallik, Wanda 83

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-03-17
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Wanda (Stankiewicz) Mallik, 83, of Trafford, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in her home. Wanda was born March 17, 1931, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Anthony and Julia Stankiewicz. Wanda was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was very generous to her friends and neighbors with her love of cooking and baking and had a great love for her garden and flowers. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Mallik, in 2005; her brother, Joseph Stankiewicz; and two sisters, Irene and Natalie Stankiewicz. Wanda is survived by her son, Martin A. Mallik, of Trafford; her favorite brother-in-law, Richard Mallik, of Churchill; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bossar, of Erie, Edna Stevens, of Irwin, Sara Filvkoski and Margaret Armbrust, both of Penn Township; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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McCormick, Mabel C. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-10-17
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mabel C. McCormick, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Glenn and Ruth (Dunmire) Coleman. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church where she was active with the church nursery. Mabel retired from the Bureau of Forestry in Laughlintown and also worked as a teacher's aide with the Ligonier Valley School District. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard R. McCormick; two loving daughters, Patricia Maxwell and her fiance, Larry McGhee, of Hartselle, Ala., and Tamara Dunlevy and her husband, David, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Ryan Dunlevy and his wife, Maureen, and Clark Maxwell; two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Kaylee Dunlevy; a sister, Doris Patterson and her husband, McKee; a brother, Dale Coleman and his wife, Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings, officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mabel's memory to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier.
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Patik, Shirley 74

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1939-07-27
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Lesko) Patik, 74, of Scottdale, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Mrs. Patik was born July 27, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Ketch) Lesko. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, where she faithfully served as a Eucharistic minister. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of the former Hurst High School and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, exercise and yard work. Shirley loved good conversation and company and was a master storyteller. She was an artist and sketcher with a heart of gold. She loved and cared for all people and animals. Her bright spirit will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Shirley is survived by her loving family; her husband, Robert M. Patik; her children, Cynthia Horton and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Horton, of Idaho, Richard T. Patik and his wife, Holly, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rhoda Patik, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Corrine Lesko, Barbara Dombrosky and Rose Marie Pisula, all of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Lesko Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Irwin, and Gerald Lesko and his wife, Kathy, of Alaska. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Piper, Donna L. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1946-08-19
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Donna L. Piper, 67, of Latrobe (Cook Township), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Howard Bennett and Betty Queer Bennett Stouffer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a steward for VFW Post 734, Ligonier. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary, an honorary member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Unity Township American Legion Post 982 Ladies Auxiliary. Donna was an enthusiastic collector of artifacts. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Carl Dean Piper; two sons, Christopher D. Piper, of Latrobe, and Daniel A. Piper, of Melcroft; three grandsons, Dylan, Chase and Wyatt Piper; a sister, Deborah (Nevin) Karasek, of Irwin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Donna's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. James N. West, officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Donna's memory to the Chestnut Ridge Meals on Wheels. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Raling, R. Dean 86

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1928-03-05
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • R. Dean Raling, 86, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville. He was born March 5, 1928, in Larimer, a son of the late Charles and Barbara Hutton Raling. Prior to his retirement, Dean was employed as a mechanic for the Associated Truck Lines in Jeannette. Dean also was a shortage runner for the Tribune Review and was a driver for the Solar Optical Co. He was a member of Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, the Norwin BPOE No. 2313, the Kingston Veterans Sportsman's Club of Latrobe, a social member of the VFW No. 33 of Greensburg and the American Legion Post No. 344 in Jeannette. Dean was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1946, and was an avid Penn State Fan. He loved gardening and was proud of the many blue ribbons he won at the County Fair. Dean was a people person and was always helping someone. Most of all, he and his "bride" enjoyed spending time, fishing, crabbing and just watching the ocean in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to his parents, Dean was predeceased by his sisters, Alma Raling, Margaret Omler, Lois Myers, Elizabeth Judge and Ethel Short; a brother, Charles Raling; and a son-in-law, Theodore Novak. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Helen Spore Raling; his children, Susan Raling-Young and husband, Bruce, of State College, Bonnie Lowden and husband, Mark, of Lore City, Ohio, Jackie Fisher and husband, Robert, of Manor, and Nancy Novak, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Jesse Raling-Young, Adam and Steven Lowden, Tara Hoey, Robert, Michael and David Fisher and Ted, Ed and Brian Novak; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley McClelland, of Delmont; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dean's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Woodhaven Care Center for the kind and personal care Dean received during his time there. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Bruce Anthony officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, 224 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642; or to Action for Animals, PO Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Reece, Donald J. 74

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1940-02-24
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Reece, 74, of Level Green, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, son of Annie Elizabeth (Steiner) Reece and William Arthur Reece. He was a graduate of Sewickley High School. Donald was a master carpenter and builder, owner of the former Wesco Builders in Irwin, a subcontractor for Backus Cabinets, Manor House Kitchens in Pennsylvania and Shiffendecker, in Belleville, Ill. Don was well known and very respected in his profession. He had a reputation as a perfectionist with an eye for beauty and the ability to create the same. He loved hunting, the cottage, traveling in his fifth-wheel, spending time with friends and family along with his Shelties, Mollie and Abby. He had a wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh that will be forever missed by those who love him. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Alice Louise (Yerina) Reece; six daughters, Brenda Lee (Reece) Antonich (Joe); grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda, Karen Lynn (Reece) Baughman; grandchildren, Brett and Kasey, Patti Ann (Reece) Thompson (Lynn); grandson, Cody, Wendy Lee (Reece) Burton (Brian); granddaughters, Rachael and Catlyn and Nancy Lee (Nelms) Austin (Richard); grandsons, Christopher and Alexander. He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Nancy Lee (Reece) Shetler (Albert), Elizabeth Ann "Libby" (Reece) Morrell (Damon), Lorraine Gail (Reece) Morse, (Roy); Gladys Fern (Reece) Machlet (and the late Robert). May God bless all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his special friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 3 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 followed by interment in Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Donald's memory. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Rinaldi, Arthur J. 92

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1922-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Arthur J. Rinaldi, 92, of Jeannette, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Jeannette, a son of the late Nicholas and Mary Salvatore Rinaldi Peters. Prior to his retirement, Art was a police officer for the City of Jeannette and also a homebuilder. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Coast Guard. Art was a member of Ascension Church and American Legion Post 344, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, Art was predeceased by his loving wife, Carmela Veronie Rinaldi, in 2012; and a brother, Anthony "Tony" Rinaldi. He is survived by his children, Edward Rinaldi and wife, Carmella, of Madison, Nicholas Rinaldi and wife, Amy, of Owensboro, Ky., Janice Falvo and husband, Joseph, of Ellicott City, Md., and James Rinaldi, of Williamston, S.C.; grandchildren, Jennifer Rossman and husband Chris, Ronald Rinaldi and wife Kristy, Michael Rinaldi, Adam Rinaldi and wife Kim, Gina Allen and husband Random, Amanda Penrod and husband Nathan, and Marc and David Falvo; great-granddaughters, Caroline and Claire Rinaldi, Audrey Penrod and Everly Allen; brothers, Louis Rinaldi and wife, Bea, and James Peters and wife, Chris, all of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ascension Church with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Interment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Schropp, Charles W. 83

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Schropp, 83, of Penn Township, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Norma Jean (Love) Schropp; and loving father of Chuck (Carol) Schropp, Sandy (Kenny) Orr, Mark (Sue) Schropp, Kellie (Dave) Robinson, Dave Schropp and the late Rick (surviving spouse, Debbie) Schropp. Also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). Service and burial will be private. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Whetsel, Lawrence S. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1922-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. Whetsel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Prittstown and Rockwood, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Jo Ella's Personal Care Home, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Chester M. and Helen Mae (Kuhn) Whetsel. Mr. Whetsel was a 1940 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He was a retired steelworker at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2227. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Southwestern Firemen's Association and Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens and the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club. Mr. Whetsel was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren. He is survived by three children, Lawrence Whetsel and his wife, Linda, of Kissimmee, Fla., Helen Etling and her husband, William, of Scottdale, and Donna Petraglia and her husband, Carmen, of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Opal (Freed) Whetsel; one sister, Betty Junick; and one brother, Ed Whetsel. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Excela Home Health and Hospice and the girls at Jo Ella's Personal Care Home for their excellent care and concern for Mr. Whetsel during his time there. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Butler County

Bahler, Frederick J. 95

  • Cabot , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Born: 1918-07-13
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. Bahler, 95, of Cabot, formerly of North Versailles, died Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born July 13, 1918, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frederick and Ella (Novak) Bahler. He was a retired fitter for Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh, and a former member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Bahler; his second wife, Mary Bahler; and two sisters, Gerrude H. Berns and Helen M. Reinersmann. He is survived by a brother, Edward C. Bahler, of Ellenton, Fla.; and also nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, time announced later. Private interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Fred's name to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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