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Allegheny County

Reichert, Louise 92

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1922-09-26
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Louise (Wyncoop) Reichert, 92, a resident of the Masonic Village, Sewickley, formerly of Irwin, and Beaver, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Larimer, a daughter of the late William J. and Ethel (DeWalt) Wyncoop. Louise was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Reichert; a daughter, Rebecca Reichert Duke; and siblings, William H. Wyncoop and Patricia Saunders. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Bishop, of Pittsburgh; son-in-law, Richard Duke; a sister, Jane (John) Johnson, of Tucson, Ariz.; also nieces and nephews. There will be no viewing. Services will be private with interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in Louise's memory to Susan G. Komen PO Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265. Funeral arrangements are being handled by WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Suprak, Helen M. 56

  • Verona
  • Born: 1958-12-05
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Crusan) Suprak, 56, of Verona, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at UPMC East in Monroeville. She was born Dec. 5, 1958, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Edgar and Margie (Uplinger) Crusan. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by a sister, Irene Shupe; and brother, Robert Crusan. She is survived by her beloved husband of 14 years, Dennis Suprak; children, Debbie, Donald and Mary Smith and Starr Temple (Matt); her loving grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Russell Crusan (Pam), Sandy Owens (Ray), Betty Bohonis (Mike), Dorothy Morgan, Jack Crusan, Hary Crusan, Judy Brucker (Frank) and Brenda Crusan; and also many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held at a date and time to be announced at a later date at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Vercelli, Charles T. 98

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles T. Vercelli, 98, a lifelong resident of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Richardson) Vercelli; loving father of Caroline (Jeff) Duxbury; brother of Anna Scanlon and the late John Vercelli, Mary Knapp, Gulyerma Krenn, Gustine Krenn, Felix Vercelli and Corinne Benes; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at North American Martyrs Church. Interment will follow at St Joseph Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Boehme, Vince 66

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Vince Boehme, 66, Albany, Ga., formerly of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Phoebe Putin Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emily Boehme; and brothers, William, George and David Boehme. He left behind a daughter, Megan Boehme, of Florida; and a son, Jason Boehme, of Ohio. He also left behind is his brothers and sisters, Ann Ruth Henzler, Kathy and Alex Ross, of Greensburg, Ronald and Patty Boehme, of Jeannette, Clifford Boehme, and Brenda S. Boehme, of Youngwood; and several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by everyone. No memorial will be planned at this time.
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Brinker, Elizabeth Betty 92

  • Brinkerton
  • Born: 1923-02-16
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Brinker, 92, of Brinkerton, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg, with family by her side. Born Feb. 16, 1923, in Bovard, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Vidrich) Yomnick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Drew Anthony; a son, Robert Brinker; brothers, Edward and Frank Yomnick; sister, Emma Pryor; and two infant sisters. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trauger, and their Mary Martha Fellowship. Betty was the loving wife of 68 years to Robert J. Brinker; loving mother to daughter, Sandra Specht and her husband, David, of Weltytown, and son, Keith Brinker and wife, Charlene, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and loving grandmother to Sarah (Gabe) Kinneer, Daniel (Kim) Specht, Jason Brinker and Justin Brinker; and great-grandchildren, Gabby, Darren and Elizabeth. Also surviving are sisters, Dorothy Carr, Sally Plevich, Dolores (Lou) Sabers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, NorveIt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in St Paul's United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Richard L. Seigfried officiating. Please go directly to the church. Interment is to follow in St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty's honor to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Box 56 Pleasant Unity, PA 15676.
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Brunner, Mary A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Brunner, 89, of Smithton, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Warren H. Brunner. Additional obituary information will be published in tomorrow's edition. 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 the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Barren Run United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Logan officiating, followed by graveside committal services and interment in the church cemetery.
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Caldwell, Melvin Moe E. 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-08-01
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Melvin E. "Moe" Caldwell, 81, of Irwin, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1933, in Straw Pump, a son of the late Robert and Margaret Boice Caldwell. Prior to his retirement, Melvin was a self-employed plastering contractor who worked with many of the Irwin contractors. He was a BMW Motorcycle enthusiast and rode for many years with his wife across the United States and Canada. Moe and his family visited Ireland several times and he was an avid hunter who enjoyed spending time with his family at their camp in Kane. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and woodworking, and was a veteran of the Army, having served in the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez Fellers Caldwell, in 1972; brother, Dean Caldwell; and sister, Nancy Mertz. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Philomena McKay Caldwell; six children, Kathy King and her husband, Gene, Melvin E. "Buddy" Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Karen Conroy and her husband, Thomas, Terri Stanisha and her husband, David, Karen Broussard and her husband, Clay, and Stephen McKeown; sister, Beatrice Haubrich and her husband, Tom; four grandchildren, Erica Caldwell, Emily Conroy, Sean and Michelle McKeown; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Owen and Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors or the American Red Cross. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com .
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Cook, Mark T. 57

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1957-04-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mark "Bubba" T. Cook, 57, of Southwest Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 21, 1957, in Greensburg, a son of the Beverly and Mary Porcha Cook, of Jeannette. Prior to his retirement, he was a captain with SCI, Chester. Mark was a graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1976, and of Potomac State College. He also was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church of Jeannette. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Cora Lee Williams Porcha; his paternal grandparents, Henry Thomas and Lula Lipford Cook; and a grandson, Malachi Mills. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Charlene A. Jones Cook; three children, Angel Mills and husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla., LaShawna Cook and Charise Cook and Todd Anderson, all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Araylah Mills, Tarajai Mitchell and Zaionna Anderson; six siblings, Valerie Diggs and husband, Richard, Leonard Cook, all of Pittsburgh, Gloria Cook, of Greensburg, Larry Cook and wife, Kim, Charles Cook and wife, Carlene, all of Jeannette, and Shari Edwards, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Mark from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette, 724-527-5367, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg. The family would like to thank Dr. Waas, the UPMC Cancer Center at Oakmont Commons, physicians and nurses at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their care during Mark's illness. Mark's family has entrusted his care to 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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Daw, Valorie D. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-02-23
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Valorie Diane Daw, 65, of Greensburg (Unity Township), died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Penn Hills, a daughter of the late Louis and Louise (Russo) Vannucci. Valorie was employed as a teacher's aide with Latrobe Elementary School and most recently at Baggely Elementary School. She referred to the children she taught and cared for as her "little lovies." She enjoyed seeing shows at Mountain Play House and Civic Light Opera and was an avid supporter of the arts. She was a past PTO president of Mt. View Elementary School. She was also very much involved in Latrobe High School parent organizations, including hockey and theater boosters. She loved dinners out and spending time with her family and friends. Valorie is survived by her husband of 36 years, John A. Daw, and was a mother of three boys, J.D. Daw, of New York City, Joe Daw, of Greensburg, and Thomas Daw and fiancee, Amy Armstrong, of Greensburg; a brother, Dan Vannucci (Dorothy), of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephews, nieces, great-nephews and many, many friends and loved ones. Friends and relatives will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online memorials and other information, please go to www.kepplegraft.com.
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Dipietro, Joseph E. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph Edmund DiPietro, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born March 12, 1926, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Tony DiPietro and Irene (Pricor) DiPietro. Joe was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 515, and the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Association. He was the owner/operator of DiPietro's Gulf Service for more than 40 years and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Philipines with the Army Air Corps. Joe was an avid bowler, who enjoyed going to casinos, going out for breakfast, watching the Steelers and Pirates, old western movies and wrestling, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Moffa) DiPietro; two sons-in-law, Joseph Derro and Craig Bumar; two brothers, Henry and Robert DiPietro; and two sisters, Catherine Angelicchio and Rita Bryga. Joe is survived by one son, Edmund J. DiPietro and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe; two daughters, Angela C. Bumar, of Latrobe, and Joetta Diorio and her husband, Scott, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Mary Klocek and her husband, Brian, Nicole Ross and her husband, Anthony, Julie Hughes and her husband, Tim, Elana DiPietro, and Eric DiPietro; a great-grandson, Grant Joseph Klocek; two sisters, Anne Morelli, of Greensburg, and Irene DiPietro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Angeline Panichella and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; his special caregiver, Nicole Case. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be accorded at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran's Outreach Program, c/o American Legion Post No. 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the 3rd floor nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and to Lois Wozny of Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care Joe received and also a special thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent Basilica. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Falbo, Alfred L. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-08-02
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Alfred L. Falbo, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late William Falbo and Margaret (Scalia) Falbo. Alfred was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was retired from Painter's Union Local No. 409. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, a life member Loyal Order of Moose, and a life member of the F.O. Eagles No. 01188. He enjoyed dancing, especially to polkas and the music of the 40s. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. (Repko) Falbo; a son-in-law, Dennis Banner; and an infant sister, Leona Falbo. Alfred is survived by three sons, Leon R. Falbo and his wife, Susan, of Latrobe, Keith A. Falbo and his wife, Mary Chris, of Butler, and Carmen L. Falbo and his wife, Becky, of Latrobe; one daughter, Vicky A. Banner, of Latrobe; two brothers, Raymond W. Falbo and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg, and William H. Falbo, of Youngstown; one sister, Gloria McIlnay and her husband, Jack, of Alexandria, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ruth Silvis, of Latrobe; and he is also survived by numerous 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 Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Husband, Marian M. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-06-04
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marian M. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Hempfield Manor. She was born June 4, 1940, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Clyde M. and Lawella (Herman) Scott. Marian attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a former member of the Church of the Open Door in Greensburg. For many years she was active with the Hempfield Band Parents Association. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott R. Husband; and great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz. Surviving are her husband, Neil R. Husband; children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 Pennsylvania 136, Greensburg, PA 15601. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Kirkland, Margaret E. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-07-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Kirkland, 70, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 21, 1944, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George and Gretchen (Renner) Hoehler. Margaret was a retired school teacher having been employed by the Hempfield Area School District. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was very proud of her granddaughter, Kaylie. Margaret was also known for her giving and caring spirit. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Semans, Anna Adair and Ernestine Kocis; her brothers, Philip and George Caldwell; and her best friend, Dolores Just. She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kirkland; her daughter, Kelly Matinsky and her husband, Brian; her granddaughter, Kaylie Matinsky; and her sister, Tina McFeaters and her husband, Wesley. Family and friends are invited to attend Margaret's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements for Margaret have been entrusted to the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Novotny, Kathleen 66

  • Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1948-02-28
  • Died: 2015-02-25
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  • Kathleen Milton Novotny passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, having lost her battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 28, 1948, in Herminie. She graduated from Sewickley High School in 1966, where she played in the school band. Survivors include her husband of almost 45 years, Ronald Novotny; daughter, Vikki; son, Steven; four grandchildren, Brittni, Cierra, Jquan and Nakayla; a great-granddaughter, Makaia; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Kathy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Noble and Mildred Milton; brother, Gerald Milton; sister, Dr. Clara Darden; and half brother, James aka Ike Milton. The funeral will be Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Northside Church of Christ on North Meridian in Wichita, Kan.
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Potter, Robert Rob J. 22

  • Born: 1992-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert "Rob" J. Potter, 22, sadly taken Tuesday, February 24, 2015, doing what he loved, skiing the mountains of Utah. Born May 4, 1992, Rob was the beloved son of Melissa (Perri) Potter and Robert Potter, of Greensburg; extraordinary brother of Madeline and Billy Potter, of Greensburg, and Brandi Berquist, of Texas; beloved grandson of Sam and Mary Carole Perri, of Florida, and Doris Potter and the late William Potter, of Irwin; cherished nephew of Peggy and the late Lloyd Martin, of Murrysville, Kim and Manny Rojas, of Oakdale, Felice Perri, of Florida, Samuel and Rosa Perri, of Pittsburgh, Scott and Cathy Perri, of Minnesota, Patty and Howard Katz, of New York, Melissa and Bob Gans, of California. Numerous cousins forever remember him as the jovial life of the party. Rob was a 2011 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and went on to study fine arts at California University of Pennsylvania. An avid outdoorsman, Rob currently was employed at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. He also worked as a white water guide in Ohiopyle and was a mountain ambassador at Seven Springs Resort. Rob was at his happiest surrounded by friends, family and the outdoors. He played hockey, soccer and was a member of the fly fishing club at Greensburg Central Catholic. Rob began skiing at age of two and this winter was "the happiest he ever was, skiing in Utah." Robert was welcomed into Heaven by his grandfather, William Potter; aunt, Norma Zielinski; and uncle, Lloyd Martin. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 87 Sixth St., Herminie. Those attending Mass please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rob's name to TRAS (Three Rivers Adaptive Sports) P.O. Box 38235, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Tamasy, Virginia M. 64

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1950-05-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Virginia M. "Ginny" Tamasy, 64, of Ruffs Dale, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born May 1, 1950, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Rittelmann) Swarlis. Upon graduation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ginny worked as an art director for A.N.D. Associates of Pittsburgh; Bureau of Forestry; The Fireplace Restaurant; her own custom sign business, Virginia Signs; and Yough School Transportation Services. Residing mostly in Ruffs Dale, her main job and major accomplishment was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Tom Tamasy; children, Aaron Tamasy and girlfriend, Angela Garzarelli, Michael Ludwig and wife, Laura, Nicholas Tamasy and wife, Amy, Julia McLaughlin and husband, Daniel and Maxwell Tamasy; grandchildren, Quinten Tamasy, Alexandra Ludwig, Evan Ludwig, Leif McLaughlin and Jordan Bryan; siblings, James Swarlis, Richard Swarlis and partner, David Anthony, Paul Swarlis and wife, Theresa, and Suzanne Krpicak and husband, Frank; her mother-in-law, Frances Tamasy; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery Swarlis; sister-in-law, Kathy Ludwig; and father-in-law, Thomas E. Tamasy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at which time services will be held Saturday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Scott T. 89

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1926-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Scott T. Taylor, 89, of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in East McKeesport, a son of the late Henry Clinton and Lidie (Welsh) Taylor. Scott was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Chambers Development Company. Surviving are five children, Scott Taylor and wife, Helen, of Hanover, Marcia Hansen and husband, Richard, of Ephrata, Patty Simbeck and husband, Jerry, Nancy Thompson and husband, Earl, all of West Newton, and Christine Sayre and husband, Michael, of Monessen; seven grandchildren, Scott J. Taylor and Courtney, David J. Taylor and wife, Sara, Brandon Simbeck and wife, Kaylea, Ryan Thompson, Erin Thompson, Kevin Lisovich and Chloe Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Terra Rose, Scott Robert, and Patrick; two brothers, David Taylor and wife, Barbara, and Clarence Taylor and wife, Gladys; and a sister, Flora "Peggy" Medsger and husband, Carl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Cope) Taylor; grandson, Connor Lisovich; brothers, William B., Charles, James C., Harold C., John Richard and Walter Taylor; and sisters, Marion Andrews and Sara Schmitt. Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY, JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Lutheran Church, Vine and Fourth Street, West Newton. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 251, West Newton, PA 15089. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Trice, S. Jerry 68

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • S. Jerry Trice, 68, of Jeannette, was called home to eternal life by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Jerry was the founder of Trice Professional Optical Services, retiring after many years of service to the community. He was a member of the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg. He had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Seibert W. and Edith V. (Lloyd) Trice; and his brother, William E. Trice. He is survived by his brother, Richard L. (Eleanor) Trice; and his sister, Dolores "Dee" (Barrie) Marker, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by very special friends, Kevin Berger and John LaValle. Honoring Jerry's wishes, private services will be held at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery in Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Kepple-Graft Funeral Home of Greensburg entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepple-graft.com.
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Fayette County

Bielecki, Shirley A. 76

Grimm, Eva 90

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1924-11-21
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Eva Grimm, 90, of Melcroft, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Dominick and Theresa DeLorenza Martin. Eva was a longtime resident of Melcroft and was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Judy Shaffer, of Melcroft, June Geary and husband, John, of Melcroft, Donna Donitzen and husband, Ron, of Donegal, and Christine Keslar and husband, Ron, of Melcroft; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Vera Keslar, of Stahlstown. In addition to her parents, Eva was predeceased by her husband, Ira Grimm; her sisters, Jesse Bennington and Angie Johnson; and her brothers, David, Tom, Fred, Sam, Richard, Adam, Carl and Tony Martin. The family would like to give a special thanks to Redstone Highlands for all of their wonderful, loving care given to Eva during her stay there. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Douglas Nolt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Somerset County

Walker, L. Marie 87

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Keck, John Jack F. 87

  • Port Matilda , Formerly of Madison
  • Born: 1927-10-12
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Koch, State College | Get Directions
  • John F. "Jack" Keck, 87, of Port Matilda, formerly of Madison, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College. Born Oct. 12, 1927, in Turtle Creek, he was a son of the late Frederic H. and Crystabel Lamberson Keck. Jack is survived by his wife, Susan E. Guyon Keck; daughter, Barbara Chellman and her spouse, Alva, of Port Matilda; grandsons, Colin Chellman and his spouse, Michael, and Davin Carr-Chellman and his spouse, Ali; great-grandchildren, Asher, Jules and Aila Carr-Chellman; and one sister, Jean Pritchett, of Imperial. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reiter, of California; and brother-in-law, Don Pritchett, of Imperial. Jack was a 1945 graduate of Turtle Creek High School, after which he served as a mechanic in the Army, stationed in Panama. There he developed his interest in all things mechanical, which initiated a life devoted to collecting Jeeps, Ford tractors, antique cars, antique clocks and watch parts. Jack served as a past president of the Western Pennsylvania Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and was a 60-year member of the Meyersdale Lodge No. 554, F and AM. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in State College and a former member of Madison United Methodist Church in Madison. Using the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute of Pittsburgh and later established his own business, John F. Keck Watchmaker, near his home in Madison. Jack was ready with a quick smile for anyone who entered his watch, clock and jewelry shop. He made his customers feel as if they were the only person in the room and they rewarded him with decades of loyalty. A consummate tinkerer: clocks large and small are his legacy. For decades he maintained, following rebuilding, the clock in the clock tower located in Irwin. Bolstered by a warehouse full of clock and watch parts collected over his lifetime, Jack could repair a tarnished family heirloom or an antique clock that hadn't been touched for years. If he could not fix it, it could not be fixed. A generous but quiet husband, father and grandfather, his presence in the family was large. With his passing, he leaves an equally large gap. Visitation will be held at 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Ave., State College, where the memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Monica Dawkins-Smith officiating, followed by a luncheon served at Faith United Church of Christ, Romig Hall. Arrangements are under the care of KOCH FUNERAL HOME, State College. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Ave., State College, PA 16801. Online condolences and signing of the guestbook may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or on Facebook.
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