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Allegheny County

Brown, John C. 83

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • John C. Brown, 83, of Plum, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in UPMC East, Monroeville, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband for 59 years of Marjorie Brown; and father of Joanne Crosby, James (Sharon) Brown, Sharon (Sheldon) Morris and Robert Brown. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Emily Brown; his son, Charles Brown; a brother; two sisters; and his great-granddaughter, Daniella Provenza. John was a graduate of St. Vincent Prep, a member of Holiday Park VFD and EMT, a longtime member of Our Lady of Joy Parish, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, The Holy Name Society, a Korean War Army veteran, and a member of Slickville American Legion Post 18. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MAURICE L. KNEE FUNERAL HOME LTD., (across from S and T Bank), 7663 Saltsburg Road, Plum, PA 15239. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Church, Plum Borough.
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Westmoreland County

Acey, Eugene D. 86

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1928-08-27
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eugene David "Gene" "Jeep" Acey, 86, a longtime resident of Scottdale, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2014, in Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Scottdale, a son of the late David Assey and Mary Saad. Jeep was a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and was a former member of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when he resided there. He was a graduate of the former Scottdale Joint Senior High School, Class of 1948. He was also a graduate of Drama School at the Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, Calif., and also of the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Metropolitan T.V. School of New York City. Gene had pursued his acting career and did many commercials in Florida and California. He also appeared in two movies while in California, one which was titled "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Jeep was a retired store manager with the former A.C. Products, Scottdale, with 17 years of service. Previously he was the hotel manager with The Fountain Bleu Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla., with eight years of service and was display manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center for three years. For a number of years, Gene also served as a boating deputy sheriff in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Gene was a veteran of the Navy, serving during the Korean War as a petty officer draftsman. He was also the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal (First Award). Gene was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts, both of Scottdale and the Scottdale BPOE No. 777. Gene will be greatly missed by his family and those who loved him, especially his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph A. and Bessie I. (Ritenour) Acey, of Connellsville; his two grandchildren, Robert Eugene and Stephen Anthony Acey, both of Connellsville; and his great-granddaughter, Jade Acey; and a number of nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Russell Acey, of Somerset. In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Assey, KIA during World War II on Anzio Beach Head in 1943, Samuel M. Assey (Nov. 2, 1995) and James G. Acey; and three sisters, Gimillia Assey (March 24, 1975), Helen Lepley (March 28, 1997) and Dorothy Samole. Gene's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. St. John Ministry of Consolation will hold a vigil service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and the Scottdale BPOE No. 777 will conduct a memorial ritual at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both in the funeral home. Parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the partner parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, send condolences, flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Artman, John C. 32

  • New Alexandria , Formerly of Slickville
  • Born: 1982-05-24
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • John Curtis Artman, 32, of New Alexandria, previously of Slickville, died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in an accident. He was born May 24, 1982, in New Kensington, a beloved son of Kenneth John (Jill) Artman and Edith Ann Cline (Merle) Hoak. John was employed by the Elliott Co., Jeannette, in the industrial maintenance department. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. John was an avid fisherman and hunter who also enjoyed boating, canoeing, motorcycling and music. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Helen Nolan; maternal grandfather, Vearl Cline Sr.; and uncle, Bill Artman. John will be sadly missed by his loving partner, Jennifer Marie Sultzer, the mother of his two children, Logan John Artman and Sakora Raye Artman; parents, Kenneth (Jill) and Edith (Merle); brother, Timothy Michael Artman; sister, Jennifer Lynn Artman; paternal grandparents, William M. and Audley A. Artman; and a loving group of stepsiblings, extended family members and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, where a memorial service will be conducted at noon, immediately following the gathering. The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent. As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made to "Children of John Artman," a fund that is being set up at S and T Bank to benefit Logan and Sakora. To send online expressions of sympathy, grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Aukerman, Jay D. 89

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1924-11-22
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Jay D. Aukerman, 89, of Youngstown, Pa., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. He was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Pleasant Unity, a son of the late Ira "Pete" and Lillian (Bronson) Aukerman. Prior to retirement in 1987, Jay was employed by Latrobe Steel with more than 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army with the 349th Harbor Craft Company in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He attended St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown. He loved attending the Latrobe and Ligonier High School football games with family. He also liked to travel to Grove City and Westminster colleges for their football games where he enjoyed tailgating with family and watching the bands during the halftime show. He also enjoyed day trips and watching Penn State football games on TV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther (Tarr) Aukerman, and his brother, William D. Aukerman, both in 2012. He is survived by his loving daughters, Linda LaRue and her husband, William E., of Ligonier, and Corliss Aukerman, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Susan LaRue Huba and her husband, Stephen, of Ligonier, and Steven LaRue and his friend, Alycia Jones, of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Addie Huba; a brother-in-law, Maurice Tarr Jr. and his wife, Cora Lee, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Libby Aukerman, of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown with the Rev. David Clement officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4329 Route 982, Youngstown, PA 15696. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Frances M. 79

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-09-18
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Frances Marie Davis, 79, of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Weatherwood Manor, Hempfield Township. Frances was born Sept. 18, 1934, at Old Meadow in East Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Irvin and Elizabeth (Santmyer) Kropp, who passed away Feb. 2, 1988, and March 22, 1984, respectively. She was married to John Richard "Dick" Davis, who passed away Sept. 2, 1984. Frances was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was previously employed in the jewelry department at Kmart and was a longtime and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. She also was a member of the Clingerman Class at the church and the local Red Hat Society. A graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1952, she was an ardent supporter of the scouting program, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed traveling, cruises and years ago camping with the Penn Woods Sunrays. Frances will be sadly missed by her loving family; her five children, John R. Davis Jr. and his wife, Debra of Ruffsdale, Kathryn Carnes and her husband, Charles, of Newark, Del., Robert Davis and his wife, Dorota, of Mt. Pleasant, James Davis and his wife, Lisa, of Scottdale, and Laurie Werry and her husband, Ronald, of Acme; her seven grandchildren, Adam, Andrew and Alex Carnes, Kristin MacDonald and her husband, Ian, Jennifer Kernicky and her husband, Ken, and Julia and Nolan Davis; her two brothers, Irvin Kropp Jr. and his wife, Sheila, and Donald Kropp and his wife, Alice; her two sisters, Dolores "Cup" Crossland and her husband, William, and Martha "Jane" Crouse and her husband, Merele; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Jane Davis (1957); her son, Donald Wayne Davis (1959); her sister, Shirley Szwed (1960); and her special friend of 20 years, Eugene "Gene" Tarr (2010). 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 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with her Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore officiating. Graveside committal service and interment next to her late husband will be in Scottdale Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Everett, Thomas W. 63

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1951-06-19
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thomas William "Bugs" Everett, 63, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was born June 19, 1951, in Greensburg, the son of the late William and Veda Everett. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Hutchison and Gunter where he worked for 40 years. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and received the bronze, silver and gold palms and the God and Country award. In addition, he was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a member of Blythe Lodge 593 West Newton, was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. Tom was an active member of the Greensburg Fire Department, where he had served as captain and longtime chairman of the carnival for Hose Company No. 3. Currently, he was serving as president of the board of the Greensburg Fire Museum. He was president of the local chapter of the Red Knights motorcycle club and was a member of the Hill Top Club. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie (Crum) Everett; and a great-niece, Dara Marie Flock. He is survived by his sisters, Karin E. (Dennis) Flock and Jan E. (John) Owen, of Greensburg; a niece, Heather (George) Reichart; his nephews, Michael (Donna) Flock, Derek (Amber) Owen and Kyle Owen; also four great-nieces, Makayla, Rylie, Harleigh and Amanda; and three great-nephews, Hayden, Kyle and Georgie. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Bruce (Marietta) Crum; and daughters, Christie and Kelly; and a sister-in-law, Jane Lee (David) Pellegrini. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where his funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John Owen. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. and members of the Greensburg Fire Department will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m., both on Tuesday in the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greensburg Fire Museum, P.O. Box 924, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Gamble, Robert L. 86

  • New Florence
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Robert L. Gamble, 86, of New Florence, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Presbyterian Church, 117 Chestnut St., New Florence. Interment in Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box D, New Florence. Complete obituary in Tuesday's paper. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Malt, Karen A. 60

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1953-09-20
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Karen A. (McCue) Malt, 60, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the McGee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 20, 1953, a daughter of Gertrude (Styke) McCue, of North Huntingdon, and the late Raymond E. McCue. Karen was a teacher's assistant for Pace School, of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, the St. Joseph Polish Club and the FOE 1671, of Irwin. She loved to go to camp at Prince Gallitzin. Surviving are her husband, Scott Malt; a son, Craig Miller and wife, Claudia, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Kristian, Alejandra and Sierra Miller; three brothers, Raymond McCue, of Boston, Mass., Timothy J. McCue and wife, Laura, of Natrona Heights, and Christopher McCue, of Arizona; a sister, Kathleen M. Thornton and husband, Kevin, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christine Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Entombment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, Doris 92

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Doris McCormick, 92, of Penn Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the sister-in-law of Annabelle McCormick and Dale N. Smith. Doris was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Marie McCormick; and siblings, Wayne McCormick and A. Jayne Smith. Doris was a retiree of Westinghouse Electric with more than 40 years of service. Friends will be received 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, Wexford, PA 15090 where a service will be held at 5 p.m. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerald) Stofko, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma (Richard) Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven (Donna) McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard (R.K.) McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Eileen McElhinny, of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis McElhinny, of York; son-in law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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McFeaters, Margaret Peggy M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Peggy" McFeaters, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Emeritus of Latrobe. She was born April 23, 1928, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Evan L. and Louise (Gilson) Moberg. Prior to her retirement, Peggy was the financial secretary and bookkeeper for Unity Cemetery and the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She was an avid duplicate bridge player earning the title of Silver Life Master. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren R. McFeaters, in 1990; a daughter-in-law, Toni McFeaters; three sisters, Louise Robbins, Ruth Gressingh and Jean Frost; and her brother, Dr. John "Jack" Moberg. She is survived by four children, Sandra Marcano, of Newark, N.Y., Raymond (Corde) McFeaters, of Saltsburg, David McFeaters, of Freeport, Fla., and Kevin (Jane) McFeaters, of North Liberty, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Moberg, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral home visitation. Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service at noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Unity Chapel, with her pastor, the Rev. Clark R. Kerr, officiating. THE HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Latrobe Presbyterian Church and designated for the Moberg-McFeaters Music Fund, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Mihalick, Margaret 90

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Johnstown
  • Born: 1924-03-22
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret Mihalick, 90, of Greensburg, a former lifelong resident of Johnstown, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born March 22, 1924, in St. Michael, Pa., a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kundrot) Kapitan. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Mihalick, on March 28, 2005; a grandson, Bryan C. Mihalick; two brothers, Andrew and John Kapitan; and two sisters, Helen Trisch and Anna Biros. She is survived by her son, George A. Mihalick and his wife, Diane, of Irwin; a granddaughter, Tina Marsalko and her husband, Paul, and their two children, Logan and Chase. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dunlo, Pa. Parastas will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff and administration at Westmoreland Manor and Latrobe Hospital for their kind and thoughtful care to mother Margaret. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Bryan C. Mihalick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Juniata College (please make checks payable to Juniata College) or St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 624 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Riblett, Jack E. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-25
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jack Earl Riblett, 83, of Greensburg, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Johnstown, a son of the late George and Evelyn (Hershberger) Riblett. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Sun Oil Co. He was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, Southwest Greensburg, and sang in the church choir. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a lifetime member of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Betty L. (Vivis) Riblett; a son, Randy Riblett and his wife, Suzann, of Greensburg; a daughter, Jacqueline Toth, of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Eric Riblett, Rachelle Donahue and her husband Justin, Ashley Toth and Ross Toth; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Ava and Abby; and a sister, Roberta Standa. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. till noon Wednesday, the time of service, in the Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Ronald Overly officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Jack was a devoted husband and best father anyone could hope to have. Jack had a lust for life and a contagious sense of humor, and will be missed beyond belief. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West Point Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Volunteer Drive, Greensburg, or the Church of the Brethren, 554 Stanton St., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Romano, Virginia R. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-12-24
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. Romano, 89, of Greensburg, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Pallitto) Santodonato. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several sisters. She is survived by her husband, Daniel W. Romano Sr.; a son, Daniel W. Romano Jr. and his wife, Michele, of Greensburg; a daughter, Pat Battiston and her husband, Lee, of New Stanton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. At the family's request, there will be no public visitation. Interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, 555 Grant St., Suite 380, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 130 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or RNC, 890 Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Roudabush, Mattie A. 86

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1928-07-31
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Mattie A. Roudabush, 86, of Sutersville, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at her home. She was born July 31, 1928, in Elizabeth Township, a daughter of the late Sheridan and Alice (Sterner) Weaver. Mattie was a member of Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church, where she formerly served as a Bible School teacher, on the board of trustees and as treasurer. Surviving are seven children, Nancy Roudabush, Kenneth (Frances) Roudabush, Paula (Russell) Jazemski, John Roudabush, Karen (John) Pierce, Donna (Roger) Opachick and Lisa (Charlie) Wood; nine grandchildren, Terri, Kennett, Jesse, Zane, Rachel, Nicole, Traci, Lori and Brandon; eight great-grandchildren, Kayla, April, Luke, Michael, Isaiah, Aiden, Zaelyn and Evelyn; a sister, Sara Penney; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Paul Roudabush; brothers, Alvin and James Weaver; and sister, Dorothy Williams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Matthew Sigler officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church, P.O. Box 382, Sutersville, PA 15083. Mattie's family would like to thank Chrissy Yuhas from the Thorne Group and Bea Holma and Kristin Nuttall from Amedysis Hospice for the care given to her. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Margaret Rose A. 80

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1934-01-04
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Rose" Smith, 80, of Irwin, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. She was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late George D. and Alice A. (Reichard) Rose. She was a former housekeeper for LOOM, Lodge 236, Irwin, and a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church and Community Life of McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. Smith in 1994 and a brother, George D. Rose Jr. She is survived by her children, Sarah A. (Duane) Moshier, of North Huntingdon, Robert H. (Carol) Smith, of Lewisville, N.C., and Deborah J. Smith, of McKeesport; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.williamsnyderfuneralhome.com.
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Zaronsky, Edna D. 83

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-03-31
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Edna D. Zaronsky Maida, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Maida was born March 31, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Helen Long Zaronsky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Edna was a graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Edna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to caring for her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Gerald C. Maida; her children, Gerald E. Maida, of State College, Jonathan P. Maida and his wife, Misty, and Karen S. Maida, all of Mt. Pleasant; and by her beloved grandson, Ronald J. Hause Jr., Ph.D., of Seattle. Edna is also survived by her brother and sisters, Paul Zaronsky Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, of Mt. Pleasant, Doris Donnadio, of Connellsville, Nancy Nowakowski, of Philadelphia, and Joy Graczyk and her husband, Ronald, of New York. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her daughter, Kristie Maida Hause, in July 2014. In honoring the wishes of Edna and her family, there will be no hours of public visitation, and her funeral will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Pence, Rev. Roger I. 93

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1921-07-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • The Rev. Roger I. Pence, 93, of Melcroft, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Butler VA Medical Center, after an illness. Roger was born July 10, 1921, on the Pence family farm in Madison Township, Armstrong County. He was a son of the late Meade and Kathryn Starr Pence. He married his sweetheart, Betty George, also from Madison Township, Feb. 26, 1942. Soon afterward, Roger entered the Air Force during World War II and received instruction as a flight engineer on B-17s. Due to a training injury, he was reassigned to fly with the Troop Carrier Command in the United States. He had many memories of flying throughout our nation. He recalled the sound of the first A-Bomb test in 1945 in New Mexico, while stationed nearby. At the war's end, Roger and Betty moved near Kittanning, where they raised their family and he worked at PPG Industries. At that time, Roger answered God's call to the ministry. He was an ordained Pastor with Penn-Del District Assemblies of God for 44 years. He and Betty helped found Assembly of God Church at Adrian. In 1965, Roger became Pastor of Melcroft Assembly of God in the Laurel Highlands. His ministry there continued for 26 years until his retirement in 1991. Roger was a valuable supporter of his family, offering many prayers, encouragements and faithful support for the Lord's work despite declining health. He enjoyed attending church, visiting his family, Steelers Football and reading. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in 1997. Also preceding him in death, were his sister, Alberta Pence Richmond; and his brother, Don Pence. Surviving are his daughters, Patricia and her husband, the Rev. Clifford Hamilton, of Erie, and Linda and her husband, the Rev. George Miller, of Butler; his son, Gary and wife, Shirley Kalp Pence, of Acme; his grandchildren Keith, Trisha, Philip, Tim, Ben and Julie; his great-grandchildren, Adam, Katie, Luke, Caleb, Joshua, Daniel, Timothy, Isaac, Simon, Jonah, Madison and Mia; and a number of nieces and nephews. Private funeral services with military rites were held for the family this past Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-3800. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Acme. http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shiery, William K. 78

  • Everson
  • Born: 1935-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William K. Shiery, 78, of Everson, Upper Tyrone Township, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014, in Redstone Highlands SNF, Greensburg. Bill was born Dec. 5, 1935, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William Clayton and Julia A. Shandorf Shiery. He was a longtime and active member of the Everson Evangelical Church, where he served on the Members Visitation Committee for many years. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1954. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the Air Force where he proudly served from 1954 until 1962 and attained the rank of sergeant. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and a Certificate of Achievement during the Cold War. Bill was a retired mechanic for Ohler and Son's Plumbing and Heating of Connellsville with 17 years of service. Previously, he had been employed by the former Modulus Corp. and the Connellsville Hospital. He also was employed part-time for 17 years with Marion Motors, Connellsville. In his early years, Bill managed the area Little League teams and the Boy Scouts of America in Everson. Bill's memories will forever remain in the hearts of his loving and devoted family: his son and daughter-in-law, W. Richard and Kathryn (Toth) Shiery, of Everson; and his four grandchildren, Mylinda Hanners and husband, Josh, and Jeffery Shiery, both of Pittsburgh, Specialist Fourth Class James Lint, Army, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Melissa Myers and husband, Josh, of Madison. In addition to his parents, Bill will once again be reunited with his wife of 53 years, Esther A. Shiery, who died Dec. 10, 2009; his son, Jeffrey Clayton Shiery, in infancy; and his brother, George Edward "Tub" Shiery. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where his funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Neil Stevens, pastor of New Hope Alliance Church, Scottdale, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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