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Allegheny County

Heiple, Pauline L. 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-11-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Pauline L. "Polly" Heiple, 89, of West Mifflin, passed peacefully the morning of July 23, 2014. Polly was born Nov. 5, 1924, in New Paris, Bedford County, to the late Bruce R. Miller and Irene L. (Hoover). She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Heiple for 64 years; mother of Carol L. (Harry Jr.) Mackowiak, of South Park, and the late Jean A. Simmers; grandmother of Harry A. (Susan) Mackowiak and Dana L. (Steve Clark) Mackowiak; great-grandmother of Madelyn G. Mackowiak and Cameron H. Mackowiak; and sister of Roy, Owen, Ruthann, Clark, Ethel, Elsie and the late John C., Ray and Donald "Bud". Polly is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Polly was a member of the senior center in Bullskin Township, Westmoreland County, for 25 years. Polly could be remembered for having been a cook at St. Elizabeth Convent and South Park Inn. She was most recently a resident of Mt. Vernon of South Park and under the care of Horizon Hospice. There will be no visitation at the request of Pauline. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. An inurnment will follow within the mausoleum.
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Westmoreland County

Arnott, Rev. William P. 82

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Rev. William Paxton Arnott, 82, of Level Green, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Complete visitation and funeral arrangements will be announced in tomorrow's edition of the paper by the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Trafford, 412-372-3111. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Brletic, Robert A. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bobby" Brletic, 57, of Trafford, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Lillian (Yusko) Brletic; and brother of the late Richard Brletic. He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from 8 a.m. until parting prayers at 8:45 a.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Bucar, Margaret 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1932-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" Lawrence Bucar, 82, of Trafford, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Marge was born June 15, 1932, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Charles J. Lawrence Sr. and Mary Petrini Lawrence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Lou" Bucar. Marge is survived by her two sons, Paul and David Bucar; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Nathan and Jordan; her brother, Charles J. Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Zimmerman; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. At Marge's request, there will be no visitation or graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. A private burial will take place in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Claycomb, I. Dale 81

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1933-04-30
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ira Dale Claycomb, 81, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born April 30, 1933, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Paul L. and Alene Anderson Claycomb. Prior to his retirement, Dale had been employed by Lodestar Bus Lines for more than 25 years. He was also a self-employed farmer and had worked for the former Vulcan Mold Co. in Latrobe. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bertha Plummer, who died in 2010; a sister, Nancy Richards; and a brother, William Claycomb. Dale is survived by a sister, Sarah L. (Kenneth Sr.) Shean, of Derry; a nephew, who was like a son to him, Kenneth L. Shean Jr.; and nieces and nephew, Patricia Bonello, Kristy Bouch and John Hall Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where Dale's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard will hold military services at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the funeral chapel. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Criner, Francis E. 64

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1949-08-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Francis E. "Fran" Criner, 64, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Mt. View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. Fran was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Jeannette, a son of the late James Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Wolfe Criner. He was married to Mary Susan Shaw Criner, who passed away March 30, 2011. Fran was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle who loved his family. He was owner and proprietor of the Jeannette City Transit and Mt. Pleasant Yellow Cab Companies for the past 30 years. A member of the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson, he was an avid classic car collector with his pride and joy, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere. Fran was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving as a 2nd Class Petty Officer during two tours of duty on the USS Eversole Destroyer in the Gulf of Tomkin. He was a member of the Jeannette American Legion Post and past president of both the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania Taxi Owners Associations. He was also a graduate of Jeannette High School. Fran will be sadly missed by his loving family; his three children, Francis E. Criner Jr., of Scottdale, Michael Hummel and his wife, Ashley, of West Newton, and Leslie Gardner and her husband, Daniel, of Jamestown, N.C.; his three grandchildren, Alyssa, Garrett and Ty Hummel; his three sisters, Anna Josephine Ritchey, of Dundalk, Md., Helen Catherine Wilson and her husband, Bruce, of Jeannette, and Eileen Clara Bogdanowicz and her husband, Chuck, of Baldwin, Md.; his two brothers, James Thomas Criner II and his wife, Wendy, of Irwin, and Christopher Gerard Criner, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He acknowledges the friendship he had with his relatives and friends, especially, John "Yush" and Lori Shaw for all they have done. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300, http://www.fergusonfunerals.com., GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel where parting prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph in Everson with the Rev. Andrew Kawecki as celebrant. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in the church cemetery next to his late wife with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Burial Detail. The Ministry of Consolation will hold a vigil at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Cugino, Margaret K. 86

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1927-08-03
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Margaret K. "Baba" (Krupey) Cugino, 86, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Wasyl and Katherine Lorentowych Krupey. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Clippinger Insurance Agency. She was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Jeannette. Baba enjoyed baking and thoroughly enjoyed sharing her baked goods with so many of her neighbors. She also delighted in creating Pysanky Eggs at Easter time and generously giving them to her children's and grandchildren's teachers, neighbors and friends. Baba was often seen walking her canine pal, Tippsy. She was a wonderful and loving mother and Baba. Baba treasured the opportunity she had to be more than a grandmother to Brandon and Julie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael A. Cugino, in 2005; a son, Michael P. Cugino, in 1960; three sisters, Anna Krupey, Elizabeth Zellers and Lucy DeBone; three brothers, Nicholas, Alexander and Robert Krupey; and her two faithful companions, Lady and Tippsy. She is survived by her loving daughter, Karen; and her husband, Curtis J. Antoniak, of Jeannette; her son, Ken Cugino, of Largo, Fla.; four grandchildren, Brandon Walsh (Dana), of Chicago, Ill., Julie Sabo (Steve), of Virginia, and Fontana and LouLou Cugino, of Largo, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Ella and Gabriel Walsh and Carson and Kaden Sabo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Baba's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the special angels of Westmoreland Manor and Heartland Hospice for their excellent and very compassionate care of Baba. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Kramer Jr., Ross L. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1940-04-09
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ross L. Kramer Jr., 74, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home. He was born April 9, 1940, in Carlisle, a son of the late Ross L. Sr. and Florence (James) Kramer. He was a retired communications technician for Peoples Gas Co., Wilkinsburg and a former employee of Campbell's Sunoco, North Huntingdon. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin and a longtime member of Union Fire Company No. 1 in Carlisle, where he lived before moving to this area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald; and twin brother, Robert James. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marcia A. (Vonau) Kramer; children, Susan Kramer, Jeffrey Kramer and Scott Kramer, all of North Huntingdon; and beloved pets, Sidney and Abby. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with his pastor, Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
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Magga, Stephen P. 67

  • Wyano
  • Born: 1947-06-22
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Stephen Paul Magga, 67, of Wyano, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was born June 22, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of Susie K. (Furin) Magga, of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Emil G. Magga. He was a 1965 graduate of South Huntingdon High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from University of California Pennsylvania. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Stephen was a member of Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church in Yukon and was also a member of Blyth Lodge No. 593 Free and Accepted Masons in West Newton. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Donna Jean (Davanzo) Magga; three children, Katherine Jean and husband, David, Bennet, of Eddystone, Michael S. and wife, Aimee, Magga, of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa E. Magga, of Uniontown; grandchildren, Channing, Meadow, David and Seth Bennett and Evelyn Magga; stepchildren, Thomas D. Sarosi and wife, Darcy, of McElhattan, Joell Sarosi Miller and husband, Dan, of Irwin, and Steven J. Sarosi and fiance, Jaime Moxley; step-grandchildren, Daniel and Abigail Brotz, Mark Cooper and Addison Sarosi; a sister, Susan Metroka and husband, Robert, of Wilkes-Barre; sister-in-law, Debborah Magga, of Indiana; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emil Magga. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Seven Dolors Church, Yukon. Interment with full military honors will be held in Seven Dolors Cemetery, Yukon. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 pm Sunday. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Mosso, Norman J. 73

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1940-08-06
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Norman J. Mosso, 73, of Ligonier, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier. Born Aug. 6, 1940, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Anthony V. Mosso and Ann (Pynos) Mosso. Norman had been a member of St. Vincent Basilica and was the owner and operator of the former Long Bridge Gulf Station. He was a veteran of the Army Reserves. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Mosso. Norman is survived by one daughter, Carolyn A. Neglia and her husband, Joseph, of Tempe, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Rachel and Leah Neglia; one brother, Richard A. Mosso and his wife, Kathleen, of Macon, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Jeanette Geary and her husband, Tom, Anthony R. Mosso, Timothy J. Mosso and his wife, Tyfanny, Natalie McCracken and her husband, Lew, and Sara Fisher and her husband, Anthony W.; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and an aunt, Betty Tamer, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts #3414 and #444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory Chapel at St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. To sign online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Olinger, Roy A. 86

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-12-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Roy A. Olinger, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, East Huntingdon Township, died peacefully Wednesday July 23, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late William McKinley and Ruth Belle Crabtree Olinger. Mr. Olinger was a former parts manager for Oppman Auto Parts and operated Olinger Motor Repair until his retirement. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Medical Corps. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club. Roy enjoyed fishing and he, along with his partner, Harold McCloy, drove dirt modified race cars. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Enos, of Jeannette, and her husband, James, of Bear Rocks, grandchildren, Ryan Enos, of Bear Rocks, and Susan Bryan, of Jeannette, and great-grandchildren, Kias Lemmer and Braeden Bryan; son, Roy Olinger and his wife, Mary, of Norvelt, and grandsons, Kyle and Kurt Olinger, of Norvelt; and sister-in-law, Ann Olinger, of Greensburg. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Forsythe Olinger in 2001; two brothers, William and Thomas Olinger; and sister, Jean Forbes. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Rager, Erna 87

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Erna Rager, 87, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Juniper Village Wellspring Memory Care, North Huntingdon. She was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Weyer, Austria, to the late Leopold and Rosa Baumgartner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Walter, Leopold, Rosa and Inga Baumgartner. She was a member of Long Run First Presbyterian Church, Adamsburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, enjoyed bingo, knitting, crafts and was a great cook. Erna is survived by her husband, Wallace Rager, of Adamsburg; her son, Robert Rager and his wife, Jeanne, of Greensburg; daughter, Cindy Veltri and Mike Black, of Ohio; only granddaughter, who was like a daughter to her, Erica Flack and her husband, Chris, of Pleasant Unity; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ava and Christopher; a niece, Susie Nuttel and her husband, Chip, of Cranberry; a nephew, Terry Nikkta and his wife, Sue, of Kingwood, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews in Austria. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Entombment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to charity of one's choice. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Fayette County

Sweeney, Rosella A. 83

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1931-03-02
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rosella A. Sweeney, 83, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home. She was born March 2, 1931, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Paul and Margaret Kundra Permuko. Mrs. Sweeney was a graduate of Ligonier High School and she was formerly employed by the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas E. Sweeney; two children, Thomas Sweeney Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Sarasota, Fla., and Cheryl Fintoski and her husband, Brian, of Fritch, Texas; five grandchildren, Shannon Sweeney, Michelle Sweeney, Shane Cali, Michelle Cali and Megan Cali; one great-grandchild, Trinity Sweeney; two sisters, Elizabeth Kozusko, of Greensburg, and Cecelia Blaszkowski and her husband, Edward, of Wilpen; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Wilpen. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Father Bob Lubic and Sister Mary Agnes for their pastoral care during Mrs. Sweeney's illness, and also to Dr. Enany, Dr. Bousamra, EMS Transport and Fresenius Medical Care for their caring of her during her treatments. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wisilosky, Elizabeth A. 84

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1930-07-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. (Betty) Hvizdos Wisilosky, 84 of Connellsville, died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, in Scottdale Manor, while being comforted by her loving family. She was born July 7, 1930, in Dearth, the daughter of the late John and Mary Hlavaty (Lovaty) Hvizdos. Betty was raised in Connellsville and was a 1947 graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School. She married her husband, the late Victor R. Wisilosky Sr., Nov. 22, 1951, and they were married for 55 years. Before becoming a fulltime homemaker, Betty was employed as a selector at the Anchor Hocking Glass Plant in South Connellsville. She was a proud member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a current member of St. John the Evangelist Church, both in Connellsville. Betty was a very active member and former officer of the Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, where she spent many hours helping with pierogi sales, serving for funerals and helping with church fairs. Betty enjoyed cooking and baking and was proud to share her talents with her granddaughters, who have continued "Gram's" traditions. Betty loved polkas and going to polka dances at the Polish Hall. She could also be heard playing "my polkas" every Sunday, a ritual she continued while she was a resident at Scottdale Manor. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Victor Wisilosky Sr. on Feb. 11, 2006; her son, Victor Wisilosky Jr. on Aug. 11, 2004; her parents; twin sisters who died in infancy; foster parents, Mary and Andrew Liposky; and a foster sister, Martha "Auntie" Liposky. She is survived by her son, John and his wife, Marseda, of Connellsville, with whom she resided for four years, their children, John Wisilosky Jr., Julie McGough and her husband, John, of Glassport, and Katie Wisilosky; her daughter Mary Beth Stoots and husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Monica, of Connellsville; her son, Joseph Wisilosky, of Uniontown; her daughter-in-law, Joni Wisilosky, of Connellsville, and her children, Jennifer Moreau and husband, Christopher, of Alabama, and their children, Alexa, Caylin and Christopher; Brad Wisilosky and wife, Karen, and their daughter, Briella; Dawne McGregor and her husband, Eric, and their children, Madison, Korbin and Isla; and Daniel Wisilosky, all of Connellsville; her sister, Matilda D'Auria and her daughters, Gina and Lisa, of St. Louis, Mo.; and special cousins, Bob and Thad Szelc. Betty's family would like to thank the entire staff of Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and compassion shown to her during her stay, especially in the last three months. Your special attention to her spiritual and personal needs will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the staff of Mutual Aid Ambulance Company, the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center, Father Robert Lubic for his many visits and prayers and her longtime roommate's, Angie "Honey" Luczka's children, Rosalyn, Elaine, Phillip and Timothy for always looking out for mom and treating her like family. Betty's family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, Connellsville, with Father Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the American Diabetes Association; or the American Heart Association in Betty's memory.
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Albrecht, Tamara 59

  • Decatur, Ga.
  • Born: 1955-04-28
  • Died: 2014-07-15
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  • Tamara Makdad Albrecht, 59, of Decatur, Ga., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, peacefully in her sleep. She was born April 28, 1955, in Pittsburgh, to the late Dr. Ameene and Louise Makdad. She is survived by her husband, Timothy, of Decatur, Ga.; her daughter, who was her pride and joy, Esther Albrecht, and Esther's longtime boyfriend, Alex Shoaf, of Ithaca, N.Y.; her only sister, Anisa Makdad Benson and husband, Ed, of Greensburg; a nephew, Robert Fry, of Pittsburgh; a niece, Chrissy Benson and her fiance, John Pearson; and a grandniece, Mary Louise (Lulu), of Wichita, Kan. Tamara had three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews on Timothy's side of the family. Tamara was a longtime instructor in the Emory Department of Music and organist choir master for several Atlanta areas. She joined the Emory Department of Music in 1987, serving as an instructor in music history and recently Cannon Chapel organist and choirmaster. She also regularly performed in chamber music ensembles and in solo and duo concerts nationally and internationally, led workshops for children's church music and classroom music, taught organ and harpsichord, and served as an active church musician, most recently at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Tamara's desire for her classes was to encourage deeper ways of listening to and thinking about music ... to develop understanding of the nature of musical content, meaning and significance. A gifted educator known for her skill in bringing people to music throughout their lifetimes, with her Kindermusik classes for preschoolers or adult church choirs, Tamara demonstrated a commitment to her calling. She was a music historian by training, with degrees in organ performance, music education, and a doctorate in worship studies. She was a true teacher and through her work touched so many lives. She earned undergraduate music degrees from Wittenberg University, a master's degree in organ performance at Northwestern University, and recently, a doctorate in worship studies from the Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where she focused on conflict resolution within the church. Tamara was always bright and happy, always smiling, and she projected that attitude dealing with hardship by facing it head on. When confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, Tamara decided to turn her experience into an opportunity, developing "Sharing the Journey," a monologue and musical performance that she presented, along with her husband and daughter, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the Winship Cancer Institute's Patient Assistance Fund. At the time, Tamara explained: "We're not alone in the world, my journey became everybody's journey, and I took it on." A memorial service was held in Decatur, Ga. Memorial contributions for Tamara Albrecht may be made to Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601, Attention: Organ Fund.
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