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Allegheny County

Holland, Marianne M. 67

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1946-08-31
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Marianne M. Holland, 67, of Monroeville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in her home. Marianne was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Carnegie, a daughter of the late Bennie M. and Alice M. (Oberhelman) Opczynski. Marianne was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Holland; and a brother, Robert Opczynski. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Brian) Mastandrea; grandchildren, Laryn McConnell and Chelsea Pollifrone; great-grandchildren, Rory, Aidan and Logan McConnell; and her siblings, Stan, Albert, David and Micheline Opczynski and Eve Gossic. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., State Route 130, Trafford, 412-372-3111. A funeral blessing service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Thomas Dansak officiating. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Westmoreland County

Arch, Charles A. 65

  • Larimer
  • Born: 1949-05-21
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Chip" Arch, 65, of Larimer, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 21, 1949, a son of Tresa Janiro Enyeart, of Larimer, and the late Anthony Arch. Chip was the owner of All Sports Trophy Store, in Irwin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. He was a Westmoreland County Commissioner for the Amateur Softball Association, and was a baseball umpire for PAL. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Enyeart; and an uncle, Louis Botti. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Denny Arch, of Saltsburg; two stepsisters, Roberta Balkovic and husband, Matt, of New Jersey, and Francis Kurutz and husband, George, of Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann Botti, of East McKeesport, Grace Wood and husband, Mike, of North Huntingdon, and Patti Ternes and husband, Paul, of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for the compassionate care they extended to Chip during his time there. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Aronckes Jr., Kenneth M. 31

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1983-06-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Aronckes Jr., 31, of Hempfield Township, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 28, 1983, in Greensburg, a son of Sandra R. (Seilhamer) Karr and her husband, Frank, of Hempfield Township, and Kenneth M. Aronckes Sr., of Bloomington, Minn. Ken was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School, class of 2003. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Pauline Aronckes; and maternal grandfather, Charles Seilhamer. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Isabella Kendra Aronckes, and his wife, Alyce L. Aronckes, both of Blawnox; his sister, Natalie Hagerty and her companion, Mark Ferrenberg, of Pleasant Unity, and their children, Eric Hagerty, Halie and Kendra Ferrenberg; his maternal grandmother, Doris Seilhamer, of Lowber; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ken's mother for a trust to be created for Bella. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Booher, Edward B. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-01
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Bair "Ned" Booher, 96, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Redstone Highlands. He was born July 1, 1918, in Greensburg, son of the late Vance E. Booher Sr. and Helen Bair Booher. For many years, he was part owner and manager of Mountain View Inn, where he was vice president of the corporation. He retired from Mountain View Inn on July 1, 1985, after 45 years. He graduated from Greensburg High School in 1936 and from Swarthmore College in 1940. He and his wife, Hazel Herd Booher, were married Nov. 11, 1942. Ned was a veteran of World War II. In his youth, he was active in Scouting and was a former Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster. He was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels beginning in 1970 and serving for 42 years. He was also active in the Westmoreland County Historical Society and longtime member of the Greensburg Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg where he had served as deacon, elder and trustee. Other civic activities included service as a member of SW PA Division, American Heart Association, Caregivers of SW PA and Redstone Presbyterian Senior Care. Ned enjoyed playing golf and was a longtime member of Hannastown Golf Club and later joining a league at Cloverleaf Golf Club. For hobbies, he collected and repaired antique clocks and was a member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also collected postcards of Greensburg and Lincoln Highway and was a member of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and Academy Hill Historic District. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Herd Booher; brother, Vance E. "Bill" Booher; daughter, Jane Booher Schmidgal; as well as grandsons, Joshua Mooney and James J. Schmidgal. He is survived by his two daughters, Helen B. Bush, of Delmont, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Mooney, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; grandchildren, Amy, Anthony and Sean Bush, Edward (Ned), Megan, and Eric (Chad) Schmidgal, and Lucas Mooney, and Christian Mooney; and also numerous great-grandchildren. Honoring Ned's wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Redstone Highlands Chapel with the Rev. Martin Ankrum officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601; or First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Cable Jr., Gerald Bud W. 79

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-05-12
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Gerald Warren "Bud" Cable Jr., 79, of Mt. Pleasant, went home to be with his heavenly father Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014, in Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Mr. Cable was born May 12, 1935, in Dunbar, a son of the late Gerald and Ruby Humphreys Cable. He was a member of Church of God of Mt. Pleasant. Bud was a graduate of Connellsville High School. He served in the Army National Guard for more than six years. Bud was employed for many years as a tool and die maker for the former Anchor Hocking Co. of Connellsville. He was a gifted artist, excelling in scrimshaw engravings and carvings and enjoyed cycling, staying fit and especially loved annual vacations to Ocean City, N.J. Bud was a loving husband and father, who served his Lord and was a good and faithful servant. He is survived by his devoted and loving family; his daughters, Pamela Jo "Pammie" Cable and Heidi Leigh Gulisek and her husband, Joe, all of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald R. Cable and Russell (Ricky) Cable, both of Arizona. Bud is also survived by his very special friend, Debbie Davis; and by his beloved pets, his dogs, Buddy and Marco. In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Mason Cable, in 2002. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, with funeral services immediately following the visitation hours at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Bud's caregiver, Ed Cichocki for his kindness, care and compassion during Bud's illness. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Clohessy, Harry M. 95

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1919-07-07
  • Died: 2014-08-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Harry M. Clohessy, 95, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born July 7, 1919, in Irwin, a son of the late William and Eulalie Clohessy. He was a graduate of University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in both engineering and business. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Edwiena (Kloss) Clohessy, in 2003; and a son, Edward "Ebbie" Clohessy. Surviving are three children, Alice Gallagher and husband, Dennis, of Florida, Michael Clohessy, of Washington, D.C., and William Clohessy and wife, Patrice, of Illinois; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Harry loved people, especially children, and they all loved him. Most days you could find him riding his tractor. At Harry's request, all services were private. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dedo, Edward S. 79

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1935-01-02
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Edward Stanley Dedo, 79, of Jeannette, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Herminie, son of the late Joseph and Helen (Skrabski) Dedo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Walter and Charles Dedo. Edward retired from United States Steel, National Tube as a pipefitter. He was a social member at Hahntown Fire Hall and Jeannette Legion. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. Surviving are his daughters, Denise Gerda and Cindy Rehe, both of West Newton, and Tammy (Scott) Brown, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Michele Curcio, Christine Lucas, John Rehe, Justin, Sean, Nathan and Coco Brown; and great-grandchildren, Saige Trotter, Jayden Lucas and Kennedy Curcio. Visitation and services were private. Arrangements entrusted JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Derk Sr., James R. 76

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1938-02-08
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • James R. Derk Sr., 76, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Derry, a son of the late Robert L. and Dorothy (Boyd) Derk Frye. Jim was a member of the Waterford Christian Church, the Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 (Waterford). He was a veteran, having served with the National Guard and was a former owner of Derks Restaurant in Ligonier. Jim was an avid sports fan and loved playing golf and as of two weeks ago was active and enjoyed a family event. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lemon Frye. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dolores L. (Eisaman) Derk; three loving children, Sue Kinsey and her husband, Kris, of Ligonier, James R. Derk Jr. and his wife, Laurie, of Ligonier, and Keith Derk and his wife, Marie, of Ligonier; six loving grandchildren, Michael (Ashley), Jennifer (Bob), Jamie (Jeffrey), Nichole (Frank), Josh (Abby) and Alysa (Adam); six loving great-grandchildren, Jaden, Katlyn, Mackenzie, Brooke, Connor and Justine; a brother, Ronald Derk and his wife, Veronica, of Ligonier; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. The family would like to express a warm thank you to Jim's doctors, nurses, ambulance crew and UPMC Cancer Center Mountain View for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 (Waterford), 44 Firehall Road, Ligonier, PA 15658; or to the American Cancer Society (Ligonier Relay for Life), 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Eckenrode, James W. 64

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-07-05
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • James W. Eckenrode, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at UPMC Mercy. He was born July 5, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Regis and Mary Sill Eckenrode. James was a grinder for Whemco Steel Casting and a Vietnam War veteran having served in the Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 701 White Oak, enjoyed gardening and cooking, trips to the beach and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Karen Maline Lindberg Eckenrode; children, Jennifer Eckenrode George and her husband, Ryan, Ryan Eckenrode, Cara Lindberg Mason and her husband, Richard, Kelcie Lindberg Guidas and her husband, Jereme, and Collin Lindberg; brother, David Eckenrode and his wife, Jill; sister, Carol Eckenrode; and three grandchildren, Tristan, Teagan and Quinn. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association in memory of James. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Highberger, Dale L.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2014-08-15
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Dale Levi Highberger, infant son of Alicia Highberger and Joshua L. Mlaker, of Latrobe, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at MaGee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. Dale is survived by a brother, Wyatt Highberger; maternal grandparents, James L. Heffelfinger Jr., of Uniontown, and Amy Lynch, of Latrobe; paternal grandparents, Laura McClure, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Randy Miller Sr., of Somerset; and these aunts and uncles, Amber (Shawn Torrance) Lynch, Autumn Highberger, Krista Heffelfinger, Matthew Heffelfinger, Brandon Vought and Jennifer Latuch. Friends were received Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Eric S. Torrance officiating.
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Hylwa, Ann 95

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1918-09-29
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ann Hylwa, 95, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in the Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Watzel and Mary Ponschion Leyko. Prior to her retirement, Ann was employed by the former John Thomas Greenhouse. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, painting and housework. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Max Hylwa; a son-in-law, Frank Hostoffer; brothers, John, Steven, Andrew and Michael Leyko; and sisters, Mary Cycak and Alice Leyko. Ann is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hostoffer, of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Olga Shanefelt, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Lawrence Daniels presiding. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.
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Lambert, Tammy J. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1962-09-06
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Tammy Jo Lambert, 51, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 6, 1962, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Sallie Milliken, of Irwin, and Eddie Lambert, of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur and Leah Kinzey; and uncle, Daniel Kinzey. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Eddie Lambert Jr. and Danny Joe Lambert, both of Irwin; niece, Jessica Lambert, of Irwin; nephews, Josh Lambert, of Irwin, Joel Lambert, of Maryland, Corey Lambert, of Irwin, and Derek Cangco, of Irwin; great-nephew, Chase Cirelli, of Irwin; and great-niece, Lylah Mae Lambert, of Maryland. Tammy loved and took great pride in her many houseplants and had a special gift for interior decorating. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Paul Baer officiating. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Lovis, Martha L. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1930-03-03
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Martha Louise (Jones) Lovis, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Old Bethany, died Thursday Aug. 21, 2014, in Excela Health- Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Lovis was born March 3, 1930 in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Thomas and Dora Rager Jones. She was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. Louise had been employed at the former Frick Community Hospital, the Norvelt Sewing Factory and then worked in the Housekeeping Department of the Harmon House Convalescent Center, where she retired from. She was an avid sports fan, who especially loved watching the Steelers and the Pirates. Louise is survived by her loving family, her husband of 60 years, Sylvester R. Lovis; and her devoted children, Diana L. Lovis and her companion, Ron Jakubovic, and David R. Lovis, all of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Jones, in 1974. Family and friends were received this past Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Louise were held at this past Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko officiating. Private interment followed in the Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Lucas, William E. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-06-16
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William E. Lucas, 78, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. He was born June 16, 1936, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Walter and Edna Lucas. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Gradischek Lucas; two granddaughters, Candi and Faith Potoka; and several siblings. He is survived by three daughters, Vicki C. (James) Mehring, of North Huntingdon, Kimberly S. (Robert) Cohen, of Youngwood, and Jodi L. (Jeffrey ) Sanner, of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, William J. Sanner, Adam C. Sanner and Joshua R. Potoka. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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McMaster, Wayne M. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1925-08-17
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Wayne M. McMaster, 89, of Ligonier, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Mohney and Belle Muir McMaster. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a carpenter. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Byers-Tosh American Legion Post 267. He was a life member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, honorary member of the Ligonier Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 (Waterford) and the Ligonier Township Sportsmen's Club. He was a man dedicated to serving his God and his church. As a member of Waterford United Methodist Church, he served as past lay leader, Sunday school teacher, chairman of the administrative board, chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, chairman of the parsonage trustees, youth director and supervisor of the Sunday school building addition. He enjoyed working in his garden and flowerbeds. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and loved his dogs. In his earlier days he was a well-known stock car racer on numerous area race tracks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Riffle McMaster, in 2003; three brothers, Edgar, James and Robert McMaster; and five sisters, Iva Lynn, Jane Crowe, Catherine McMaster, Alberta Ritenour and Ellen Sechrist. Wayne is survived by three children, Susan (Louis) Marinos, of Belle Vernon, Larry D. (Deidre) McMaster, of Wilpen, and Robert (Anne) McMaster, of Finleyville; four grandchildren, Daren (Gary) Rhoades, Louis (Diane) Marinos, and Alyssa and Alex Robinson; five great-grandchildren, Louis Jr., Jessica and Alan Marinos, and Anna and Gracie Rhoades; a sister, Lois Ritenour, of Derry; and a brother, Earl (Clara) McMaster, of Ligonier. There will be no public viewing. A service to celebrate Wayne's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Waterford United Methodist Church with his pastor, Fred Zickefoose, officiating. The Ligonier Township Hose Company No. 1 will hold services at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the church, followed by the Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in Lebanon Cemetery. The J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family. Contributions, if desired, may be made in Wayne's memory to Waterford United Methodist Church. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Mellon, Vera L. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-02-02
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Vera L. (Higgins) Mellon, 86, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Westmoreland City, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Rachel Higgins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley D. Mellon; a son, Larry W. Mellon; a grandson, Donald W. Mellon; four brothers and three sisters. Surviving are a son, Dennis A. Mellon and wife, Monica, of Irwin; grandchildren, Wendy Mellon Stewart, of Jeannette, and Scott Mellon, of Irwin; a great-grandson, Stephen Wozniak Jr.; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Marks Mellon-Anderson and husband, Ray, of Jeannette; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Tuesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jeff Bingman officiating. Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Minerva, Vincent J. 78

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Cape Coral, Fla.
  • Born: 1936-03-29
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Vincent James "Jim" Minerva, 78, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at his home. He was born March 29, 1936, in East McKeesport, a son of the late James and Velma Dakin Minerva. He is survived by his beloved wife, Arline Martin Minerva; a daughter, Mary Lou Minerva; two sons, Scott James Minerva and Dan Martin Minerva; two brothers, Gene and Glenn Minerva; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Louella Taylor. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Circleville United Methodist Church. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERALHOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, in charge of arrangements. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Neubert, Violet K. 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1921-12-07
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Violet K. "Posie" Neubert, 92, formerly of Jeannette, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Juniper Village, Forrest Hills. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late James and Bertha (Dougherty) Thompson. She was a life member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette, where she taught Sunday school and helped with the Sunshine Girls and was a life member of United Lutheran Church Women. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome E. Neubert; a son, Eugene Neubert; her brothers and sisters, James E. Thompson, David V. Thompson, Murrel R. Thompson, George R. Thompson, Bertha M. Baldwin, Earl R. Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Berl T. Thompson, Carl A. Thompson, Dorothy Thompson and Margaret Thompson. She is survived by a son, Jerome A. Neubert and his wife, Joyce, of Forrest Hills; a daughter-in-law, Susan Neubert, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Kathleen Neubert Friez, Steve Neubert, Deborah Szymanski and Bryan Neubert; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st. St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner, officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Simpson, Mark A. 58

  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1955-10-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mark Allen Simpson, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Born Oct. 22, 1955, he was the son of the late Frank Robert and Dorothy (Reese) Simpson. Before his retirement, Mark was employed as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT, where he was recognized as a statewide employee of the month, among his many awards. He loved his weekends, when he got to watch NASCAR and his beloved Steelers. Everyone that knew him considered him the best guy in the world. Mark is survived by his sisters, Mary Jane Simpson, and Cheryl Simpson and Ed Kattera; his second mom, Dottie Monticue; his caregivers, Cheryl Deak and Robin Honse; and his best and oldest friend, Charlie Johnson. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Middle Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant. Entombment will follow at Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.hofferfuneralhome.com.
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Spinella, Mary Agnes Aggie 92

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1921-10-17
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary Agnes "Aggie" Spinella, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. Aggie was born Oct. 17, 1921, and was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant. Her generous spirit and personality touched many individuals, from her church community, United Brethren Church in Mt. Pleasant, The Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizens' Association, The Assunta Club, The Kosciuszko Club, The Red Hats, The Bear Rocks Group of Acme, Scottdale Pool (The Water Lilies), The McDonald's Clan, to the Westmoreland Monthly Widows' Luncheon at Westmoreland Community College. Aggie's life was enriched by her loving relationships with her husband, Gerald; and her parents, Louis and Frances (Rega) Spinelli, who preceded her in death. Aggie is survived by her loving family, her daughter Dr. Gerri Spinella (Dr. Bridget Cahill), of Truro, Mass., and Evanston, Ill.; her daughter, Marleen (Joseph) Ocasek, of Charleston, S.C.; her grandson, Adam (Kim) Ocasek, of Thurmont, Md.; her granddaughter, Erin Ocasek (Christopher Starnes), of Charleston, S.C.; and her great-grandchildren, Annalise and Daniel. Her relatives and dear friends will surely miss her loving, funny greeting cards, well wishes, classic jokes and phone calls that Aggie so graciously and freely dispersed. The family is inviting friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev Harrison Smith and the Rev. John Morrow co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Scottdale Pool, P.O. Box 171, Scottdale, PA 15683, or The Brethren Church, 201 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, PA. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Spoonhoward, Jason Jake 44

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1969-12-22
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Jason "Jake" Spoonhoward, 44, of Herminie, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Dec. 22, 1969, in Jeannette, a son of Roxie (Peoples) and the late Dale Spoonhoward. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancee of 25 years, Nicole Moorhead; his four children, Michael, Sean, Seth and Makayla Spoonhoward; and his brother, Michael "Zeb" Spoonhoward and wife, Nichole. There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements handled by the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME, West Newton. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Melvin L. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-11-03
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Melvin Lawrence Taylor, 85, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Herbert L. and Alice (Nelson) Taylor. He retired as a partner of Wendel Machine Company, Irwin. Melvin was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 781, and Circleville United Methodist Church. In adding to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Lawrence M. "Larry" Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Clarice J. (Earhart) Taylor; children, Sandy Foot and her husband, Chris, of North Huntingdon, and David A. Taylor and his fiance, Penny Cartright, of Ridge Spring, S.C.; grandchildren, Stacey (Dan) Korber and Jason (Heather) Taylor; six great-grandchildren; also, Nellie Taylor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with his pastor, the Rev. Ray Lyon, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Circleville United Methodist Church, 11600 Parkway Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626.
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Golobish, Andrew 50

  • Sacramento, Calif. , Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1963-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-21
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  • Andrew Golobish, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Reno, Nev. Andy was born Nov. 5, 1963, in Greensburg, to the late Rudy and Dorothy Oberley Golobish. Andy graduated from Yough High School in 1981, he attended Penn State University then served his country in the Marine Corps, "Semper Fi." He worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, JL Screen printing and lastly for Greyhound Bus Co. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Rae; stepdaughter, Christina Rae; grandson, Tristan Noel; and 12 brothers and sisters, Judy, Larry, David, Patty, Rudy, Karen, Ginger, Randy, Daniel, his twin, Albert, Samuel and Tammy. Included in Andy's surviving family are his siblings' spouses; many nieces and nephews; extended family; and his former wife, Alba. Andy was a good, loving, caring, compassionate, loyal and trustworthy man. He was diehard Steelers fan and avid golfer. His daughters describe him as, "A big teddy bear with a heart of gold." His brother, Al, describes him as, "My strength, my better half, my best friend, companion for life and my heart." Andy will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, on Sewickley Ave. in Herminie, where service for the celebration of Andy's life will immediately follow at 4 p.m. There will be a gathering of his family at Hilltop Methodist Church in Madison following the service. Please consider a memorial gift of your choice in Andy's name to your charity of choice in lieu of flowers.
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