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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

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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Brown, Betty 81

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1933-06-01
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Shields Brown, 81, of Irwin, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at home. She was born June 1, 1933, in Rochester Mills, a daughter of the late Harry E. and Irene Getty Shields. Betty was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School, class of 1951, and a 1955 graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Mass., with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Prior to her retirement, Betty was an account manager for WRS Inc. She was a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed reading, gardening and crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Shields, and sister, Mildred Harbaugh. She is survived by her two sisters, Eleanor R. King, of North Huntingdon, and Roxie Skiffen, of Crossett, Ark.; special nephew, Scott King and his wife, Linda; and additional nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday, July 17, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, followed by a service in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice in memory of Betty. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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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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Cooper, Jared A. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1929-11-30
  • Died: 2014-07-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jared A. "Jerry" Cooper, 84, of Irwin, passed Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was born Nov. 30, 1929, a son of the late James P. and Dorothy (Spindler) Cooper. He was a longtime real estate developer in the Irwin area. He was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed driving nice cars. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, William John Cooper; and his daughter, Marcia Cooper. He is survived by children, James Phillip (Sylvia) Cooper, of Irwin, Amy Jo Donahue, of Tampa, Fla., and John Joseph (Kimberly) Cooper, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicole (Josh) Henderson, of Irwin, James (Jenna) Cooper, of Irwin, Justin Cooper, of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jamie Donahue, of Tampa, Fla., and Jordan Donahue, of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchild, Gabriela Cooper, of Irwin; and brothers, James Phillip (Joan) Cooper, of Irwin, and John (Shirley) Cooper, of Irwin. Friends and family were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone gathered at 10:30 a.m. Monday for a funeral service with the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon Township.
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Criner, Francis E. 64

  • Scottdale
  • 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. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300), and will be announced when completed.
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Critchfield, Ronald W. 76

  • Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1938-05-25
  • Died: 2014-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Mulkey-Mason, Denton, TX | Get Directions
  • Ronald William Critchfield, 76, of Little Elm, Texas, formerly of West Newton, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from complications after a recent surgery. It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce his death. Ron was born May 25, 1938, in Lash, Pa., and was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lois (True) Critchfield, also of Lash. Ron leaves behind his best friend and wife of 55 years, Annette; son, Craig and wife, Terri, of North Huntington; daughter, Rhonda and husband, Tony Cinello, of Carrolllton, Texas; as well as four grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Critchfield and Giovanna and Arianna Cinello. He is also survived by three brothers, Rob, of Spokane, Wash., Ray, of Harrisburg, and Rick, of Irwin. Those who knew Ron best described him as friendly, easygoing, welcoming and kind. In his younger days, Ron was a member of the National Guard, he was a member of the Blyth Lodge No. 593 F and AM in West Newton and was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Gourgas Lodge of Perfection in Pittsburgh. Ron prided himself in keeping a beautifully landscaped yard and a large vegetable garden with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, green beans and more. He retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works in 2000, after 34 years of service. His house on Vine Street became known by the neighborhood kids as the place to stop after school to get "cookies with Ronnie and Annie." If you wanted to see Ron smile, just mention his Harley. He loved his motorcycle and was very active in the local Harley Owners Group. He and Annette were often out traveling with friends. He was so proud of his bike, he kept pictures in his wallet. Ron lived in West Newton most of his life before moving to Texas last October to be closer to his daughter and her family. Ron loved Texas and his new life there. He enjoyed seeing his granddaughters play soccer and volleyball and he attended all their school functions. At his new home in Little Elm, Ron liked sitting on his patio and taking in the beautiful Texas sun. He was a member of the Norwin Christian Church in Irwin and, upon moving to Texas, he attended Denton Bible Church. Ron will be deeply missed by his family, lifelong friends, new Texas friends, neighbors and his beloved dog, Bella. Funeral arrangements were private. Some of Ron's remains will be scattered on Hawksnest Beach, St. John, where he and Annette renewed their wedding vows on their 50th Anniversary.
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Daffinger, Hermine 76

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1938-02-03
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Hermine Daffinger, 76, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 53 years, Willi Daffinger; a daughter, Kim A. Daffinger, Esq.; and her son-in-law, Joseph A. Greco II. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles A. Daffinger, who was a PhD candidate at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, in 1991. Prior to moving to Ligonier, she worked as a talented professional dressmaker in Germany and in Long Island, N.Y. We will remember her contagious laugh, her kindness in helping others and her delight with her flower gardens. She treasured her time with her family and could always be counted on. She had a particularly remarkable affinity for animals and rescued many over the years. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 East Church St., Ligonier. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Delose, Gloria N. 88

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1926-06-01
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gloria N. Delose, 88, of Rillton, died Monday, July 14, 2014, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 6, 1926, in Hahntown, a daughter of the late Joseph Pezze Sr. and Domenica (Domenegatto) Pezze. After graduation from Irwin High School, Gloria worked briefly at the cereal plant and then at Murphy's 5 and 10. Then, until her retirement, Gloria worked in the bakery at Islay's, in Irwin. She was a member of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Herminie. Gloria loved homemaking, her flower garden and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Ralph F. Delose; a brother, Joseph Pezze; and two sisters, Dora Yackovich and Mary Jane Sistek. Gloria was a wonderful mother, who will be sadly missed by her loving children and grandchildren. Surviving are two sons, Ralph R. Delose and his wife, Maria, of Longwood, Fla., and Frank Delose and his wife, Mary, of Jones Mills; two daughters, Lorraine Ghion and her husband, Jeff, of Greensburg, and Kathleen Wesser and her husband, Todd, of Northampton; 12 grandchildren, Frank, Nicolas, Mindy, Michael, Ashley, Meredith, Gina, Julie, Brittany, Kathryn, Mariel and Ciaran; seven great-grandchildren, Trey, Oliver, Alice, Aidan, Lucas, Gabriel and Camilla; brothers, Santo Pezze and his wife, Geraldine, and Angelo Pezze and his wife, Ann; sister, Lorraine Patterson and her husband, George; brother-in-law, Robert Sistek; sister-in-law, Mildred Pezze; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. Friends and family were received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, where parting prayers were also held. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant. Interment followed in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, 120 St. Edward Lane, Herminie, PA 15637. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dorn, Gary J. 78

  • Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1935-12-11
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary J. Dorn, 78, of Westmoreland City died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in McKeesport, a son of the late William and Blanche (Beck) Dorn. Prior to his retirement he was employed for Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding and Greensburg. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew L. Dorn; two brothers, Rance Dorn and an infant brother, William Dorn; and a sister, Stella Decker. Surviving are his wife, Leota M. (Decker) Dorn; two sons, James Dorn and his wife, Cheryl, of New Stanton, and Mark Dorn and his girlfriend, Dee, of Westmoreland City; grandchildren, Mark G. Dorn and his wife, Nadine, Charlotte Gallik and her husband, R.J., Danielle Dorn and Rachel, Ashley and Donald Cline; two great-grandchildren, Raylyn Gallik and Preston Matthew Dorn; a step-grandson, Travis Trout; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Milligan, of Saltsburg; and several nieces. Friends were received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers were held in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 308 2nd St., Irwin, PA 15642; or to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Ellis, Elsie B. 94

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1919-11-11
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elsie B. Ellis, 94, of Scottdale, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Easy Living Country Estates, Hunker. Elsie was born Nov. 11, 1919, a daughter of Charles Berkey and Lydia (Starkey) Berkey. She was married to her first husband, James B. Ellis. After James passed away in 1978, she married Ken Kromer, who passed away in 2008. Elsie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Scottdale and she enjoyed playing piano and organ, gardening and being a homemaker. Elsie will be sadly missed by her children, Dr. Lydia Weisser and her husband, Bud, and Charlie Ellis; and her grandchild, Alex Weisser. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilbur Berkey. Personalized arrangements are under the supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-4344. Family and friends were received Monday and Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services were held Tuesday, with Pastor Jeff Welsh officiating. Graveside committal service and interment in Scottdale Cemetery. LOVE LASTS FOREVER. http://www.fergusonfunerals.com. GPS N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278.
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Gilmour, Anna Mae 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1926-10-04
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Lipko Gilmour, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Sass Lipko. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon and its Christian Mothers and the Emerald Club. Anna Mae loved animals and always supported the Humane Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel C. Gilmour; a son, Gary David Gilmour; a brother, Joseph P. Lipko Jr.; and a sister, Mary Jo Ayers. Surviving are three children, Mary Jane Gilmour, of North Huntingdon, Karen Singh, of Ohio, and Daniel Gilmour, of East Pittsburgh; two grandsons, Adam and Josh Singh; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends were received Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Anna Mae's family wishes to thank Baldock Health Care Centre and Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital ICU for the care and compassion that they extended to their mother during her stay there. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. For online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Han, Nella J. 75

  • Youngwood
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay , Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Nella J. Han, 75, of Youngwood, formerly of Arnold/New Kensington, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the mother of Diana Gregory and Denise, Deborah and Don Lutz. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Interment will be private. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Keslar, Ethel 96

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1918-03-08
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Ethel Keslar, 96, of Donegal, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Nedrow's Personal Care Home. She was born March 8, 1918, in Rodney, Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Harry and Mazie (Stairs) Albert. She was a member of Donegal Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Keslar; a daughter, Julie Anne Keslar; three sisters, Catherine Pushkar, Mildred Keefer and Ruth Keyser; sister-in-law, Lorraine B. Albert; and four brothers, Charles, William, Harry and infant, Phey. She is survived by her son, Terry W. Keslar, of Donegal; a granddaughter, Julie Marie Evanichko, of Trauger; three great- grandchildren, Alyssa, Joseph and Kayla; a sister, Marjorie Newingham, of Acme; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel's family would like to thank everyone at Nedrow's for the wonderful care that she received. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Kovac, Kellyann E. 52

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1962-04-19
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Kellyann E. Kovac, 52, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born April 19, 1962, in Greensburg, a daughter of Patricia Grant Kovac and the late Lawrence Kovac. Kellyann was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1981. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports team fan. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Keith Kovac (wife, Roxanne), of Alpine, Calif.; a sister, Kristin Dressler (husband, Donald), of North Huntingdon; two nephews and a niece; aunts and cousins. Arrangements will be private. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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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. (Venau) Kramer; and children, Susan Kramer, Jeffrey Kramer and Scott Kramer, all of North Huntingdon. 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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Loucks, Ray A. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-23
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ray A. Loucks, 95, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Easy Living Care of Hunker. He was born July 23, 1918, in New Stanton, a son of the late Lawrence and Clema (Kintigh) Loucks. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Youngwood. He enjoyed flowers and was an avid gardener. Surviving are a son, Jon A. Loucks, of Greensburg; a sister, Marge Grant, of Indiana, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Smith) Loucks; four brothers, Ivan, Wayne, Chuck, and Merle Loucks; and three sisters, Alberta Tomkins, Lucille Alborn and Betty Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Norby officiating. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Porterfield, David N. 71

  • Acme
  • Born: 1943-05-19
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • David N. Porterfield, 71, of Acme, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in UPMC East, Monroeville. Mr. Porterfield was born May 19, 1943, in Normalville, a son of the late Samuel and Mildred Pirl Porterfield. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life, retiring from the Fred Zeglin Inc. Trucking Co. Dave was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He was a retired member of the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department. Dave is survived by his loving family: his wife of 43 years, Janet Lankey Porterfield; his children, James Porterfield and Renee Trout, Scott Porterfield and Stacy, all of Acme, Leroy Porterfield and Sandra, of Stahlstown, Michael Porterfield and Kathy, Cynthia Porterfield and Sherri'e Porterfield, all of Texas; and by his 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother and sisters, John Porterfield and Kay, of Normalville, Jean Burkholder and Dale, Lillian Hall and Larry, all of Connellsville, Hazel Rowe and John, of Masontown, and June Porterfield, of Normalville. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sisters, Sara Firestone, Charlotte Shultz and Emma Porterfield. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Lee Smith officiating. Interment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.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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Redd, Homer L. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Homer L. "Bud" Redd, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Nellie B. Glass Redd. Homer was known as the State Police "Legend" and doing things "his way" an "Officer and a Gentleman." He joined the Army in 1943 where he was a part of the 11th Airborne Division known as the "Angels" during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars and received a letter from President Harry Truman. In 1946 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Police Academy and continued as a state trooper for 37 years in which time he was promoted to lieutenant and captain and was the commanding officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1976 he was promoted to major and in 1983 retired from the state police and joined the Ligonier Borough police. He then became a private investigator with Weaver Investigations and later worked for Bob and Pat Barron as a driver for Valley Transportation and then for the Veterans cab for Lou Falbo until 2011, at which time he retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier. He also was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the retired State Police Association, past president of the Westmoreland County Law Association, Western PA Chiefs of Police and a past president of the State Chairman FOP. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor (Ron) Markham and Ann (Charles) Brown. Homer is survived by his loving wife, Fran Richter Redd; daughters, Patricia Fordyce and Will Swartz, of Greensburg, and Sandra (Ronald) Okum, of Mechanicsburg, also survived by Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, and Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, J.C., Kellye, Jake, Rachel, Taylor and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rylie, Madeline, Hayley and Jaylen; a sister, Lois (Otto) Blymiller, of Bulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Homer will be remembered by his many friends, including Tim and Cathy Widich, his Friday night choir practice gang, Bob and Maryjane Mertz, Tommy Brannigan and a new paratrooper friend, Enid (Ron) Prettiman. Family and friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Morrow "Pat" Hartman, retired PSP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard held services Wednesday in the funeral home. The FOP will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or St. James Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Walker, Gloria 85

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-07-14
  • Funeral Home: Emerald Coast, Walton Beach, FL | Get Directions
  • Gloria "Skelly" (Scalzitti) Walker, 85, formerly of Jeannette, died suddenly Monday, July 14, 2014, from complications of a massive stroke at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Gloria was a vivacious lady. She was preceded in death by parents, Amato and Noble Grace Scalzitti; brother, Arthur Scalzitti; and two sons, Richard and Thomas Walker. She is survived by husband, William Walker; son, David Walker; daughter-in-law, Melanie; and two grandchildren, Gianna and Dario. She became a grandmother at the age of 82 and was forever grateful for these grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Richard (Eleanor) Scalzitti, of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Caroline Holden, of Manor, and Loretta Scalzitti, of Jeannette. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a special cousin, Irene Shotts, of Ruffsdale. Gloria was a proud graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1946. She leaves behind her many friends and classmates, particularly Josephine Brown, Cassandra "Sandy" Carasia, Lena Ciccotelli, Alice Masciantonio, Betty Pilkington, Phil "Pinky" Masciantonio, Dom Sisti and friend, Tony Denunzio. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and a Mass was held Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. To share memories and express condolences, please visit: http://www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com. Condolences may also be sent to William C. Walker, 26 Sixth St., Shalimar, FL 32579.
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Westcott, John J. 55

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1958-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John J. Westcott, 55, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of Elizabeth (Carson) Westcott and the late Edmund M. Westcott. John was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmans Club, Sons of the American Legion, White Oak, social member of Larimer Firehall. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, canoeing, karate, jujutsu and judo. John was employed by the Postal Service as a postal clerk at the Pittsburgh GMF location. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife, Constance (Kochalko) Westcott; two sons, John Michael Westcott and Joseph Robert Westcott; brothers and sisters, Edmund R. Westcott and his wife, Janice, Rene Edwards, Robert Westcott and his wife, Jo-Catherine, Ken Westcott, Phillip Westcott and his wife, Fran, Connie Walter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received this past Sunday and Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME. A funeral Mass was held this past Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Entombment is in St. Joseph Mausoleum, North Versailles. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma Society.
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Westlake, Ella D. 103

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1911-04-11
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ella D. Westlake, 103, of Ligonier, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the Bethlen Home. She was born April 11, 1911, in Drake's Mill, a daughter of the late Elias and Madge Cole Drake. Ella graduated from Cambridge Springs High School and Grove City College with a bachelor's degree in business education. Her teaching career included instituting the Commercial Department at Edinboro High School and holding teaching positions at Grove City and Mercer High Schools. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed sewing, knitting and needle work. She took great delight in flower gardening. Upon her husband's retirement, they moved to St. Cloud, Fla. She was a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla. following her husband's death and then moved to Ligonier to be with family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Kenneth W. Westlake, who died in 1991; a sister, Dorothy Ismert; and two brothers, Frank and Paul Drake. She is survived by two children, Janice "Kay" (Jerry) Blank, of Ligonier, and Kenneth D. Westlake, of Miami, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Doug Blank, of Juno Beach, Fla., and Susan Blank, of Wilmington, N.C. A service to celebrate Ella's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Heritage United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John F. Flower Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Edinboro Cemetery, Edinboro. The J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier is assisting the family. The family is grateful for the love and wonderful care Ella received while she was a resident of the Bethlen Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ella's memory to the Bethlen Home, 66 Carey School Road, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Armstrong County

Byerly, Edward R.

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-06-04
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  • Edward R. Byerly, of Kittanning, formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The friends and family of Mr. Byerly are invited to a memorial service honoring his life and service to his country at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with the Rev. Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating.
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Fayette County

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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