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Allegheny County

Keane, William D. 72

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1942-07-06
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Willig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Dr. William D. Keane, of White Oak, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport. Born July 6, 1942, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late Frederick and Helen (Sargent) Keane. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Warner) Keane. William retired from his house call dental practice in 2008. With Carol as his assistant, he served patients at nursing homes, hospitals and private residences in a seven county area. In 1997, William proudly became a U.S. Citizen. He was the former owner of a general dentistry practice, with offices in Mt. Washington, Bellevue and Monroeville. William held a degree in anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh and was a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. William's memberships included the American and Pennsylvania Dental Associations, Schiller Institute, McKeesport Community Life, Jewish Community Center, McKeesport YMCA and Bally's Health Club in Penn Hills. William was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Bob O'Conner Golf Course at Schenley Park. In addition to his Carol, survivors include his sister, Marion; and brother-in-law, Bert Wilson, of London, Ontario; nieces, Cathy and Jenny, and nephew, John; and mother-in-law, Madeline Joyce, of McKeesport. No public service is scheduled at William's request. Inurnment will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Memorial contributions are suggested to Schiller Institute or St. Patrick Church in McKeesport. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Leech, Bernice C. 92

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Bernice C. Leech, 92, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015. "Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song." She was the beloved wife of 62 years to the late Richard "Dick" Leech, who passed away Sept. 7, 2008; loving mother of Thomas (Ginny) Leech, Kathy (Mike) Stansbery and Raymond (Joanna) Leech; dear grandmother of Michael (Erika) Leech, Paul (Courtney) Leech, Matthew (Madison) Leech, Holly (Seth) Shaheen, Ben Stansbery, Tony (Kyle) Hembree, Casey Shively, Jordon Leech, Kortney Leech, Krysta Leech, Jeff Leech and Cammie Leech; and great-grandmother to Noah Leech and Dominic Hembree. She was a 1940 graduate of Brentwood High School and a lifelong Sunday school and adult Christian education teacher. Viewing and memorial services will be private. Condolences may be forwarded to JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236. Donations may be made in her name to the Billy Graham Evangelical Organization at www.honor.billygraham.org.
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Westmoreland County

Bloom, Joseph E. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1961-02-05
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Davis II, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. Bloom, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 5, 1961, in Greensburg, a son of Shirley Meloy, of Greensburg, and the late Edward Bloom. He worked as a roofer. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three sisters, Gloria and husband, Stanley Ressler, of Jeannette, Amy Meloy, of Derry, and Leah Lang, of Greensburg; a son, Joseph Bloom, of Manor; a very dear friend, Gina Albertelli, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at ROBERT B. DAVIS II FUNERAL HOME. Interment will be private.
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Campbell, James C. 54

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1960-06-01
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James C. Campbell, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born June 1, 1960, in Pittsburgh, son of Constance (Chiodo) Campbell Wolf, of Irwin, and the late James E. Campbell. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in South Greensburg. He had been employed by the Union Railroad Company. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles B. Wolf; father-in-law, Elmer R. Shirey; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Blanche Chiodo; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Mildred Campbell. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Roxane (Shirey) Campbell; a son, Nicholas J. Campbell, of Greeensburg; four brothers, Michael Campbell, of Panama City, Fla., Keith Campbell, of Irwin, John Wolf (Michele), of North Huntingdon, and David Wolf, of Orlando, Fla.; stepbrother, Charles Wolf Jr., of North Huntingdon; mother-in-law, Dolores M. Shirey, of Greensburg; brother-in-law, Jeff Shirey, of Greensburg; several nieces; and his canine companions, Rocky and Abbey. 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 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. The family would like to thank Arnold Palmer Pavillion, Hillman Cancer Center, Shadyside Hospital and Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Evangelista, Kathryn M. 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-04-11
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathryn M. Evangelista, 93, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born April 11, 1922, in Latrobe, daughter of the late Guy Moffa and Virginia (Fannell) Moffa Ciocco. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was a Democratic committee woman for 52 years and on the Election Board at the voting polls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D. Evangelista Sr.; her stepfather, who raised her, James Ciocco; a brother, Joseph Ciocco; and four sisters, Carmella Klapchar, Mary Ferraro, Josephine Kittey and Antoinette "Dolly" Angelicchio. She is survived by her son, Eugene "Geno" Evangelista Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Jeannette; her loving and special daughter, Kathleen Evangelista, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Daniel Evangelista and Dana Evangelista; two precious great-grandsons, Aidon and Ekoulus Lett; a sister, Consetty "Settie" Omelite, of Latrobe; 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. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fyalkowski, Ann 89

  • Born: 1926-02-07
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Ann Catherine "Unj" Fyalkowski, died peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Frank "Whitey" Fyalkowski and devoted mother of Franklin (Jane), Jim and Mick (Edie). Unj was born Feb. 7, 1926, a daughter of the late Sophie and John Podgurski. She grew up on Monroe Street in Fifth Ward, Latrobe, where she and Whitey lived across from each other and became lifelong partners. They were married for more than 65 years until Whitey passed away in 2011. Following her graduation from high school, Unj worked for two years in the office at American Steel Locomotive. She quit her job before getting married, even though she was offered a big raise from $85 to $90 a month. Unj applied her considerable skills as a homemaker and amateur decorator at the two homes built by Whitey on Avenue A and Ridgeview Drive. It was her mission to create a warm and welcoming home where family and friends could gather for holidays and celebrations. The basement playroom was a haven for her seven grandchildren, now ranging in ages from 14 to 32, who were doted on by their grandma and papa. Grandma had a crib permanently installed in the guestroom so that each new grandchild could start visiting just as soon as possible. Unj never failed to send a close friend or relative a special occasion card with a personal note of affection. Young grandchildren always found a dollar bill tucked inside. Unj was an avid golfer and bridge player who also enjoyed sewing, reading novels and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She and Whitey golfed together at Latrobe Country Club and traveled extensively by car throughout the United States. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church where she was baptized and married. She volunteered for the church and was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers of the church. She also volunteered at Latrobe Area Hospital and Adelphoi Village. In addition to her parents and husband, Unj was predeceased by her sister, Rosemary; and an infant son, Edward, who died in 1947. She is dearly missed by her grandchildren, Jenny, Bryan, Sean, Rachel, Shannon, Ryan and DJ; special cousin, Richard Guskiewicz; special niece, Gloria McDevitt (Jason); and many caring nieces and nephews, especially Jody, Matthew, Jerry, Dolly, Bev and Laura. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Latrobe. The family requests that contributions be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish, 306 St. John Drive, Latrobe, PA 15660 or The Latimer Family Library at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. To post an online condolence or for further information please go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Garstecki, Bernard J.

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Garstecki, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. Bernard was a son of the late Anthony J. Garstecki and the late Pearl M. Garstecki. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; and daughter, Tammy J. Gellner. In addition to his parents, Bernard was predeceased by his loving brothers and sisters. It was Bernard's wish that there be no viewing or visitation. Interment will be private. A memorial Mass is to be announced. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Heitman, Laura 61

  • Derry
  • Born: 1953-09-09
  • Died: 2015-05-25
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  • Laura (Morgan) (Gaffey) Heitman, 61, of Derry, died Monday, May 25, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1953, and mother of the late Bill L. Gaffey. Laura is survived by her husband, Paul Heitman, of Derry; her son, Bob and Rachael Gaffey, of Derry; her daughter, Janet and John Gootz, of Greensburg; stepchildren, Jayson and Rayann Heitman; and grandchildren, Dakotta and Dylan Gaffey. Services for Laura will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Hopkins, Clyde R. 65

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-02-06
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Clyde R. "Tiny" "Bobby" Hopkins, 65, of Greensburg, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in McKeesport, a son of the late Robert and Lena (Letterini) Hopkins. He had been employed as a manager and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Sandra C. (Nash) Hopkins; a son, Jody Hopkins and his wife, Shellie, of Greensburg; a stepson, Shawn Lindey and his wife, Tia, of Virginia; and three stepdaughters, Melissa Posey, of Belle Vernon, Jennifer Cramer, of Greensburg, and Bobi-Jo Cramer Vinson and spouse, Angie, of Georgia. He will be sadly missed by his 13 grandchildren, including Sydney, Austin and Zoey; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra L. Kencbok and her husband, Mark, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jasper, Ladd T. 83

  • Jeannette , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1932-03-27
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ladd T. Jasper, 83, of Jeannette, formerly of Irwin, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at home. He was born March 27, 1932, in Larimer, a son of the late Ladd and Florene (Nedimyer) Jasper. Ladd was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School, Class of 1950, and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was an employee of General Corporation (formerly General Tire). He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Larimer, and a life member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin. In his early years he was active in drum and bugle corps, including the Pittsburgh Rockets and the Westmoreland Esquires, and participated in three national championships. As a bugler, Ladd played taps for many military funerals. He later helped coach Little League baseball and direct a Rainbow Girl's drill team. Ladd enjoyed playing golf in the Duffer's Golf League and singing in the S.P.E.B.S.Q. Barbershop County Line Chorus. He loved performing magic tricks for his friends and family, building model airplanes, playing the banjo and educating others on the etiquette of handing the American flag. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard; and a sister, Louise. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Hughes) Jasper; twin brother, Lee (Doris) Jasper; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Scott Fuller, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Excela Hospice and his caring nurse, Sue Baker, for all the kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Lesko, Susan A. 71

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1944-05-12
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Susan A. Lesko, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Susan was born May 12, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late John and Mary Vozniak Kalemba. Susan was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church Mt. Pleasant, where she was active in various church functions and was a hairstylist for more than 40 years, proprietor of Sue's Beauty Shop, Mt. Pleasant. Today we lost our greatest mentor, a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. No words can describe the pain in our hearts. Our lives will be so empty without her here with us but we know she's flying high with the Angels. We were all so blessed to have had her in our lives. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Stacey Keefer and husband, Jeff, of Tarrs, and Christy Lesko and boyfriend, Lance Piern; grandchildren and loves of her life, Kadin, Lane and Jocelyn; a brother, John R. Kalemba, of Mt. Pleasant; and her many good and close friends. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Kalemba; and her father and mother-in-law, Charles Lesko Jr. and Ann Lesko. Friends are invited from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Please visit Susan's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Marsiglio, Marguerite G. 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1923-03-20
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Grace Marsiglio, 92, a resident of Golden Heights Personal Care Home, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. She was born March 20, 1923, in New Bethlehem, a daughter of the late Howard and Helen Doverspike Shumaker. Marguerite was a member of the Sacred Heart Church Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Marguerite was predeceased by her husband, Domenick Marsiglio, in 2012; two sisters, Janet Carlos and Mary Jane Everett; and five brothers, Eugene, Clyde, Willard, Donald and Jay Shumaker. She is survived by her children, Paula Nave and husband, Robert, of Harrison City, and William Marsiglio and wife, Kendra, of Gainesville, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Farmer and husband, Earl, Shaun Nave, Scott Marsiglio and wife, Allison, and Phoenix Marsiglio; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jacob Farmer, Mallory, Parker and Miles Marsiglio and Ariana Nave; a sister, Pauline Heilman, of East Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marguerite's family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Bridges Home Health Services and Hospice, and the Golden Heights Personal Care Home nurses and staff, for the kind and compassionate care that mom received during her time there. Friends will be received from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in the Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will take place in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PA, Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620, or the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg PA 15601-3018.
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Maurer, Rose 93

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1921-12-10
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rose (Relick) Maurer, 93, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Kingston, a daughter of the late Ilko "Alex" and Anna (Bickovajat) Relick. Rose was a graduate of Derry Township High School, class of 1939. She was employed by Stupakoff Ceramics (Carborundum) as a laboratory technician. Rose was a member of St. Bruno Parish in South Greensburg, where she taught CCD for 20 years and was also a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was a member of the Ukrainian National Association and AMS Club where she participated in the bocci and shuffleboard leagues. She took great pride in her Ukrainian-Lemko heritage and was continuously looking to learn more about the arts, culture and history of the land of her ancestors. Rose was a founding member of the Relick-Hawanchak Family Reunion which recently celebrated 58 years. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, she faithfully supported her teams. In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jack" A. Maurer, in 1997; five brothers, Nick, Joseph, John "Ham", Alex and Steve Relick; two sisters, Ann Williams and Catherine Felbaum, of Latrobe; and an infant son, Gary Maurer. She is survived by her son, Greg, of South Greensburg; a sister Maria (Agnes) Marcinik, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; a brother, Mike Relick, of Kingston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Moore, Clara M. 83

  • Madison
  • Born: 1932-01-05
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Clara Mae Moore, 83, of Madison, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Latrobe. She was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Sewickley Township, daughter of the late Henry and Catherine Faulkner Lord. She was a graduate of the Sewickley Township High School Class of 1950 and also a graduate of the McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1953. She was a registered nurse at the Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg until her retirement. She was a member of Hilltop United Methodist Church of Madison and also a member of the Madison Golden Agers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. Moore; a sister, Ruberta Lord; and a brother, Carl Lord. Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Moore, of Madison, and Doreen Knudson and her husband, Stephen, of Herminie; and two grandchildren, Bryan and Faith Knudson. Also surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Pope, of Madison; nephews, George Trout, of Greensburg, and Larry and Barry Lord, of Madison; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Friday, the time of her service, at the Hilltop United Methodist Church, Madison, with her pastor, the Rev. Randy Sweet, officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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O'Hara, Joseph M. 72

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1942-06-27
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. O'Hara, 72, of Latrobe, died Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. Born June 27, 1942, in White Township, he was a son of the late Mark J. O'Hara and Elizabeth Ganley. He was a retired project manager for L-D Building Co. and Dill Construction and was a retired facility manager for St. Vincent College. He had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America (62 years of service); American Legion Post No. 14, Indiana, Pa.; Westmoreland County Historical Society; and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University. He was a proud member of the Navy including active service and participation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Beth House. He was the last living member of his immediate family. There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Westmoreland-Fayette Council Boy Scouts of America, 2 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601 or a charity or your choice. To send condolences, please visit www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Perich, Terry M. 66

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1948-09-22
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Terry Miller Perich, 66, of Penn Township, died in his home on Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Greensburg, to the late Miller and Eleanor (Schmuck) Perich. He was a 1966 graduate of Penn Joint High School and was a proud Edinboro College graduate. During his 33-year teaching career, Terry taught at Penn Middle School and instructed biology at St. Vincent College. He was inducted into Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Terry was a member of Bushy Run Lions Club and St. Barbara Church. He was a former president of Jeannette Historical Society and enjoyed authoring several books on local history. Terry is survived by his beloved spouse of nearly 40 years, Kathleen Ferrari Perich; son, Matthew (Carla) Bell; grandson, Andrew Bell; nephew, Tony (Lisa) Ferrari and their son, Nicholas; and a niece, Kate Ferrari. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. lt;PBgt;Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery-Denmark Manor, Export. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Bushy Run Lions Club, c/o Cliff Martin, 113 Long Drive, Irwin, PA 15642. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Petro, Thomas N. 54

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1961-04-26
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Thomas N. Petro, 54, of Bolivar, died Monday, May 25, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 26, 1961, in Ford City, a son of the late Michael Petro and Lillian Pytel Petro Robinson. Tom was an avid golfer and spent a lot of his time at Champion Lakes Golf Course. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Petro; and his father-in-law, James R. Garland. He is survived by his best friend and caretaker with whom he resided, Polly A. Petro; a son, Michael J. Petro, of Bolivar; a sister, Arlene Petro, of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Michael (Marlene) Petro, of Washington Township; a sister-in-law, Christie Petro, of White Springs, Fla.; mother-in-law, Gertrude Garland, of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Lila (John) Saxton, of Bolivar, and Cindy (William) Dillard, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and his Champion Lakes Family, Dick Groat and "Champ". A service to celebrate Tom's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Champion Lakes Golf Course, with the Rev. Charles P. Burd officiating. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier is assisting the family. The family wishes to thank the medical staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion and the IMU at Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate care extended to Tom and his family during his illness. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Petrucci Sr., Nicholas A. 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-27
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. Petrucci Sr., 88, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Crawford County. He was born April 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Louis and Susie (D'Ambrosio) Petrucci. He was employed for Nardulli Mining Company, formerly of Bentleyville. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Cassergola. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Mary (Tessler) Petrucci; four children, Nicholas A. Petrucci Jr., of Penn Township, Louis Petrucci, Donna Curry and Nancy Ann Shook; a sister, Lucy Renchko and husband, Richard, of New Alexandria; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Priola, Michael J. 85

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1929-10-29
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Priola, 85, of Jeannette, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Jeannette, a son of the late Nichola and Filomena DiBiase Priola. Prior to his retirement, Mike was the owner/operator of the Mike's Barber Shop in Penn. He was a veteran and served as a medic with the Army during the Korean War. Mike was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and the church's Holy Name Society, the St. Vincent Assembly No. 918, Fourth Degree, in Latrobe, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 of Jeannette and the Councils Golf League and Shuffle Board League. He was also a member of the Jeannette Class of '48 Reunion Committee, a former member of the Jeannette Sewage Authority and the former BPOE No. 486 of Jeannette. Mike was an avid sports enthusiast, especially football. He also enjoyed spending time in his garden. In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marchioni. He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne Ickes Priola; two sons, Michael B. Priola and wife, Susan, of Jeannette, and Dr. James N. Priola and wife, Shirley, of Moon Township; grandchildren, Micala Davis and husband, Brian, Julianna Ohler and husband, Robert, Michael A. Priola, Nicholas C. Priola, Victoria I. Priola and Angela C. Priola; two sisters, Carmela DeLuca and Mary Dobrovich, both of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Seton Hill Adult Care, the Clare Bridge staff, the Hempfield Manor D Hall nurses and staff, the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Veterans Administration and the Heartland Hospice nurses and staff for all of the compassionate care that Mike received during his illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 will hold services at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Quicquaro, David J. 55

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1959-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • David J. Quicquaro, 55, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, peacefully at home after a courageous one year battle with cancer. He was born May 30, 1959, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph A. and Susie Pistolesi Quicquaro. David loved his life's work at Craft Manufacturing in Latrobe, where he was president and CEO since 1982. He enjoyed his classic car collection, especially his 1967 Chevelle Supersport that he was currently restoring. He also enjoyed coin collecting, playing the spoons with his buddies and spending time taking long walks on the beach with his wife. He loved his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Joseph D. Fidazzo and Eric Barefoot. He is survived by his adoringand loving wife of 31 years, Caren B. (Barefoot) Quicquaro; two children, Ashley Quicquaro and Kyle Quicquaro, both of Greensburg; his only grandson, Kaleb Schmidt; a brother, Joseph Quicquaro and wife, Francine, of Westervile, Ohio; a sister, Carol Fidazzo, of Greensburg; in-laws, Carl and Shirley Barefoot of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Stormy. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of David from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Entombment will follow in Mary, Mother of Mercy Mausoleum, Latrobe. David's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Riddle, Shirley A. 77

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Shirley A. (Barr) Riddle, 77, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home. In honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be a memorial visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, at which time her service will begin, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Full obituary to follow.
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Schultz, Marlene Q. 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-11-12
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Marlene Q. Schultz, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Transitions Health Care Center, North Huntingdon. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Braddock, a daughter of the late James and Clare Schmidt Quigley. Mrs. Schultz was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was an avid bowler and hunter, enjoyed playing cards, counted cross-stitch and loved hummingbirds. She had many wonderful adventures of the "white head tours" with many friends and family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James (Brub) Quigley; and sister, Shirley Fuller. She is survived by her husband, William Schultz; son, James Schultz; daughter, Cynthia Bigelow; and two grandchildren, Cole and Claire Ward. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service will follow at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heartland Hospice. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Solesky, Sandra L. 71

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1943-06-08
  • Died: 2015-05-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Sandra L. (Ritchie) Solesky, 71, of Scottdale, passed away Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. Sandy was born June 8, 1943, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Carl W. and Dorothy (Smith) Ritchie. She married John E. Solesky in July 1968. Sandy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She worked as a craft designer for 20 years at the former Gayle Lee's Floral and Craft Shop, Mt. Pleasant, alongside her special friend and floral designer, David Mardis. She also was employed years ago at Robertshaw Controls. Sandy graduated from East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1961, was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale and was 20-year treasurer and an active member of the Scottdale Women's Garden Club. She enjoyed reading, cross stitching, quilting and doing crafts. Sandy will be sadly missed by her loving family: her husband of 46 years, John E. Solesky; her two children, Leann Steban and her husband, Joe, of Scottdale, and Christopher Solesky, of Ligonier; her two grandchildren, Bailey Marie and Joey Steban; her sister, Carol Ann Thompson, of Scottdale; and her special cousin, Donna "Jeannie" Kerns, of Alvin, Texas. At Sandy's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale, 724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com. Memorials may be made to Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St., Scottdale, PA 15683 in her memory. Love Lasts Forever!
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Stablein, Martha W. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-01-01
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Martha W. "Marty" Stablein, 92, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Bethlen Home. She was born Jan. 1, 1923, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Thomas and Marguerite Fawcett Watson. A woman of great faith, she was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. Marty always surrounded herself with beautiful flowers grown in her own greenhouse as well as planted on her property. She will be fondly remembered by many as an excellent cook. She had been a volunteer for Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels for many years. Marty had a smile that could light up a room with a demeanor that matched her smile. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William G. Stablein Sr. in 1997, and by three brothers and one sister. She is survived by two sons, William G. (Pamela) Stablein Jr. and Thomas W. (Pamela Anderson) Stablein, all of Ligonier; a grandson, Todd Stablein, of Vail, Colo.; and a brother, Thomas H. Watson, of Freidens. A service to celebrate Marty's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church, with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Marty's memory to the Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 203, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Swank, Anna E. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-08-25
  • Died: 2015-05-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Anna E. (Cline) Swank, 96, of Export, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Export, a daughter of the late Ross and Josie (Hill) Cline. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Swank; daughters, Irene "Renee" Eachus, Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn and Connie Sue Scarlett; a great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Nicole Swank; three brothers, Oliver, France and William Cline; three sisters, Tillie Vargesko, Dolly Montell and Esther Elliott; and her lifelong friend, Merle Hill. She is survived by her loving children, Josie (Randy) Puskar, of Curwensville, William "Jake" (Betsy) Swank, of Plum Borough, Henry (Sandy) Swank, of Export, Nancy (Bob) Watkins, of Delmont, and Howard "Vince" (Diane) Swank, of Export; son in-law, George Scarlett, of Export; a sister, Jane Hudgkin, of Armburst; son in-law, Wayne Lynn, of Delmont; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Whoric, Steve N. 80

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1935-02-13
  • Died: 2015-05-24
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Steve N. Whoric, 80, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born Feb. 13, 1935, and was the beloved husband for 49 years of the late Beverly. He was a son of the late Stephen and Burneda Whoric; and the brother of the late Charles Whoric. He retired from Anchor Glass and was a member of the Connellsville Eagles Club and a member of St. Stephens Church in Leisenring. He is survived by his siblings, David Whoric, Joseph Whoric, Beverly Porter and Joanne Szepesi; his loving daughter and caregiver, Anna Hawk and her husband, James; his son, Steven Whoric and his wife, Deborah; his grandchildren, Ronald Parfitt III and his wife, Christina, Amanda Helms and her husband, Todd, Jarrod, Christina and Brent Whoric; and his great-grandchildren, Maximilian Parfitt, Logan and Elijah Helms and Jarrod Whoric Jr. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hempfield Manor, Amedisys Home Health and Three Rivers Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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