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Allegheny County

Jenkins, Jean A. 78

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Jean A. Jenkins, 78, of McCandless, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Robert A. Jenkins; daughter of the late Wilbert H. and Anna R. Heinen Bennett; sister of Claire (the late Robert) Zinsmeister and the late Wilbert Bennett Jr.; aunt of Robert (Linda) Lieter, Jeff (Jean) Lieter, Diane (Art) Rederhoff and Carol (John) Wortzman, Marguerite Jenkins and James (Stephane) Jenkins, Cynthia Blasko, Robert Zinsmeister Jr.; sister-in-law of Norma (the late Charlie) Lieter Johnson and Lupe (the late Lloyd) Jenkins; also survived by great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Elmcroft of Allison Park and the Celtic Hospice for their kindness and support. No visitation. Services and interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western PA, 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or the Alzheimer's Association of Greater PA, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Arrangements by H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-364-4444.lt;Pgt; Online condolences may be sent to: www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Brinker, Elizabeth Betty 92

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

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1925-08-03
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Brunner, 89, of Smithton (South Huntingdon Township), passed away Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015, at her residence. Mary was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Owensdale, Upper Tyrone Township, a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Florence E. (Thomas) Gibbons. She married Warren H. Brunner on March 24, 1942, and would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary together next month. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a longtime and faithful member of Barren Run United Methodist Church, where she worshipped for 53 years, and was an accomplished artist, enjoying painting and drawing. She also took pleasure in ceramics, crafts and writing long letters to family and friends. Mary will be sadly missed by her loving family; her beloved husband, Warren H. Brunner; her six children, Diane L. Gelet, of Ruffsdale, Peggy J. Hallsted and her husband, Charles, of La Quinta, Calif., W. Thomas Brunner and his wife, Judy, of Scottdale, Doreen P. Roberts, of La Quinta, Calif., James R. Brunner and his wife, Judy, of Smithton, and Shelby J. Brunner, of Signal Hill, Calif.; her seven grandchildren, Robert J. Kohuth Jr. and his wife Cathy, Brenton C. Hallsted and his wife Shelly, Tarra John and her husband Scott, Courtney Dorreman and her husband Richard, Ann Marie Hoyle and her husband Kelly, Christy Karr and her husband Russell, and Kimberly Davis and her husband Larry; her 12 great-grandchildren; and her three stepgreat-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, William W. Kohuth; and two sons-in-law, Andrew Gelet and John Roberts. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Barren Run United Methodist Church with Pastor John Logan officiating, followed by graveside committal services and interment in the church cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Barren Run United Methodist Church, and wishes to extend appreciation to all the loving caregivers of Mary. Love Lasts Forever!
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Caldwell, Melvin Moe E. 81

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

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

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

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph Edmund DiPietro, 88, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born March 12, 1926, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Tony DiPietro and Irene (Pricor) DiPietro. Joe was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 515, and the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Association. He was the owner/operator of DiPietro's Gulf Service for more than 40 years and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Philipines with the Army Air Corps. Joe was an avid bowler, who enjoyed going to casinos, going out for breakfast, watching the Steelers and Pirates, old western movies and wrestling, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Moffa) DiPietro; two sons-in-law, Joseph Derro and Craig Bumar; two brothers, Henry and Robert DiPietro; and two sisters, Catherine Angelicchio and Rita Bryga. Joe is survived by one son, Edmund J. DiPietro and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe; two daughters, Angela C. Bumar, of Latrobe, and Joetta Diorio and her husband, Scott, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Mary Klocek and her husband, Brian, Nicole Ross and her husband, Anthony, Julie Hughes and her husband, Tim, Elana DiPietro, and Eric DiPietro; a great-grandson, Grant Joseph Klocek; two sisters, Anne Morelli, of Greensburg, and Irene DiPietro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Angeline Panichella and her husband, Joseph, of Latrobe; his special caregiver, Nicole Case. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be accorded at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran's Outreach Program, c/o American Legion Post No. 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the 3rd floor nurses at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and to Lois Wozny of Excela Health Hospice for the compassionate care Joe received and also a special thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent Basilica. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Dorsey, Emilie 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-24
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Emilie (Tucker) Dorsey, 78, of North Huntingdon, passed unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland, Greensburg. She was born July 24, 1936, in Monroeville, a daughter of the late Andrew and Flora (Stansfield) Tucker and was also was preceded in death by her husband, John V. Dorsey. Emilie was a well-known vendor at the Jonnet Flea Market, Blairsville. She is survived by her companion, Walter Bruggemen; her children, John V. (Donna) Dorsey Jr., of Jeanette, Deborah (the late Richard) Medved, of Irwin, Jerry "Boo Boo" (Patty) Dorsey, of North Huntingdon, Jan (Karen) Dorsey, of Paintertown, Darlene (Tim) Vodopivec, of Greensburg, and Victoria "Vickie" Dorsey, of Irwin; siblings, Leona Kleyn, of Claridge, Sarah Hardy, of Fargo, N.D., Thomas Tucker and Sandy Catalano, both of Beaver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Cindy Lindow officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Dubich, Cindy 56

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1958-05-16
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Cindy (Hohn) Dubich, 56, of Herminie died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 16, 1958, a daughter of the late Blair E. Sr. and Aldine P. (Martin) Hohn. Cindy was employed as a customer service representative for PPC Lubricants. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary T. "Hoss" Hohn, Blair Hohn Jr.; a sister, Deborah L. Woleslagle; and a granddaughter, Dina Dubich. Surviving are three children, Jennifer Dubich, of Herminie, Randy N. (Heidi Altman) Dubich II, of Irwin, Melissa Gill and husband, John, of Virginia; four grandchildren, Tyler, William, Richard and Kayleigh; two brothers, Keith and Steve Hohn; a sister, Sherry Lindquist; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Falbo, Alfred L. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-08-02
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Alfred L. Falbo, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late William Falbo and Margaret (Scalia) Falbo. Alfred was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was retired from Painter's Union Local No. 409. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, a life member Loyal Order of Moose, and a life member of the F.O. Eagles No. 01188. He enjoyed dancing, especially to polkas and the music of the 40s. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. (Repko) Falbo; a son-in-law, Dennis Banner; and an infant sister, Leona Falbo. Alfred is survived by three sons, Leon R. Falbo and his wife, Susan, of Latrobe, Keith A. Falbo and his wife, Mary Chris, of Butler, and Carmen L. Falbo and his wife, Becky, of Latrobe; one daughter, Vicky A. Banner, of Latrobe; two brothers, Raymond W. Falbo and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg, and William H. Falbo, of Youngstown; one sister, Gloria McIlnay and her husband, Jack, of Alexandria, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ruth Silvis, of Latrobe; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Germy, Elizabeth Becky 94

  • Greensburg , Formerly of North Irwin
  • Born: 1920-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Becky" (Copeland) Germy, 94, a resident of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of North Irwin, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. She was born July 19, 1920, in Elizabeth City, N.C., a daughter of the late William B. and Hattie Mae (Owney) Copeland. She was a member of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Germy; son-in-law, Calvin Painter; granddaughter, Nikki Germy; and sister, Juanita Husted. She is survived by her children, Joseph A. (Marylou) Germy Jr., of Palmerton, William L. (Angie) Germy, of Tennessee, Karen (Jefferson) Phillips, of Illinois, LaRue Painter, of North Huntingdon, and Denise (William) Bray, of Irwin; grandchildren, Heidi Winslow, Bria Craycraft, Lindy Charney, Leigh Germy, and Samuel and Jacob Bray; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Farview Dr., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Granfors, William Bill H. 95

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-01-17
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Hetrick, Harrisburg | Get Directions
  • William H. "Bill" Granfors, 95, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Harrisburg. He was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Kaleva, Mich., to Finnish immigrants, Jacob William Granfors and Helmi Espo. Bill served his country during World War II in the Army Signal Corps. On Dec. 27, 1946, he married Helen Olson, of Lynn, Mass. After graduating from Texas A and M, Bill's career as an engineer began in Syracuse, N.Y., at Carrier Corp., and continued in Greensburg at Elliott Co. Bill and Helen raised seven children. In Greensburg, Bill was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and stewardship committee and teaching Sunday School. He also was involved with the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce. During retirement, he volunteered with the Senior Core of Retired Executives and worked at Westmoreland County Community College. He was an avid golfer, an activity he enjoyed into his 80s. Bill was passionate about the Aggies, the outdoors, gardening and walking. In 2009, he moved to Harrisburg. Bill is survived by children, Mark Granfors, Eric Granfors, Paul Granfors (Sussan Pourjavid-Granfors), David Granfors, Ruth Granfors (Gene Weinberg), Diane Granfors (Robert Usgaard), Liisa Granfors-Hunt (Mark); and two grandchildren, Jacob and Eli Weinberg. Bill is predeceased by his wife, Helen; and his sister, Arlene Bellegie. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the time of the funeral service at Our Savior Lutheran Church, followed by interment Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at St. Clair's Cemetery in Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 North Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit us at www.GeigleFuneralHome.com or on Facebook.
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Green Sr., Carl M. 57

  • Acme
  • Born: 1957-10-29
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Green Sr., 57, of Acme, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Born Oct. 29, 1957, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Robert and Virginia Green. He is survived by sons, Justin, Jason, Carl Jr., Aaron and Ryan Green; a grandson, Jasper (Carl's son); sister, Kelly Green-Meerhoff and husband, Thomas; brother, Robert Green and wife, Denise; and two nieces, Kathleen and Kerry Meerhoff. Carl was a longtime musician, who passed his skills down to his sons. The family would like to thank the staff of Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation and Excela Hospice for their care and compassion. A memorial is pending. Arrangements by JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt.
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Huba, Barbara L. 64

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-11-08
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. Huba, 64, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1950, in Charleroi, daughter of the late Elwood and Ruth Conner Fisher. Barbara was an avid Pirates fan. She enjoyed country music, line dancing and her monthly card club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Jessica Huba. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Huba; two sons, Aaron Huba, of San Diego, Calif., and Brent Huba, of Greensburg; and a brother, John (Bonnie) Fisher, of Dayton, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greenburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Husband, Marian M. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-06-04
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Marian M. Husband, 74, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Hempfield Manor. She was born June 4, 1940, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Clyde M. and Lawella (Herman) Scott. Marian attended the Greensburg Alliance Church and was a former member of the Church of the Open Door in Greensburg. For many years she was active with the Hempfield Band Parents Association. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott R. Husband; and great-grandson, Reese N. Pfoutz. Surviving are her husband, Neil R. Husband; children, Melinda S. Scott, Terri L. Rios (Rick), Cindy L. Husband, Sandy J. Spittka (Paul) and Kevin D. Husband (Heather); daughter-in-law, Laura Husband; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Alliance Church, 4428 Pennsylvania 136, Greensburg, PA 15601. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Johnston, Linda E. 64

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1950-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Linda E. (Fetter) Johnston, 64, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William H. and Clara M. (Jones) Fetter. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an administrative assistant with Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Ronald, Bruce, David and Robert Fetter; and two sisters, Ida Ewbank and Joyce Polo. Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank W. "Bud" Johnston Jr.; two daughters, Carey Martin, of North Carolina, and Jennifer Johnston, of North Carolina; a granddaughter, Callie Martin, of North Carolina; two sisters, Sandra (Richard) Clark, of Stahlstown, and Connie Bezick, of Latrobe; and a brother, Terry Fetter, of Ligonier. A celebration of Linda's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier.
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Kirkland, Margaret E. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-07-21
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. Kirkland, 70, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 21, 1944, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George and Gretchen (Renner) Hoehler. Margaret was a retired school teacher having been employed by the Hempfield Area School District. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was very proud of her granddaughter, Kaylie. Margaret was also known for her giving and caring spirit. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Semans, Anna Adair and Ernestine Kocis; her brothers, Philip and George Caldwell; and her best friend, Dolores Just. She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kirkland; her daughter, Kelly Matinsky and her husband, Brian; her granddaughter, Kaylie Matinsky; and her sister, Tina McFeaters and her husband, Wesley. Family and friends are invited to attend Margaret's funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Basilica Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements for Margaret have been entrusted to the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Meyer, Angela D. 92

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1922-03-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Angela D. Meyer, 92, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. She was born March 26, 1922, in Italy, a daughter of the late Nicolino and Nicoletta (DiNinno) DeSaia. Angela was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. Angela loved to sing at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress in Atlantic City, N.J. She also loved to cook, with her specialty being pasta. Angela was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Meyer; and her sister, Carmella Carter. Angela is survived by her sisters, Jessie Matta (the late Don), of Portland, Ore., and Esther Palamone (the late Tony), of Penn Township; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St., Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Pohl, Herbert C. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-12-21
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Herbert C. Pohl, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Archer, Neb., a son of the late Charles and Edna Cahow Pohl. Herbert was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, where he formerly served as a deacon and elder. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a lab technician by Westinghouse with more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Toastmasters Group, enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with his family. He was a veteran of the Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen R. Pohl, in 2010; one brother, Kenneth Pohl; and one sister, Arlene Pohl. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Pohl and Nancy Overly (husband Doug), all of North Huntingdon; and one sister, Norma Jean Ebert, of Lincoln, Neb. He was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Taylor and Paige Overly. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12727 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, with Pastor Janet Reid officiating. Interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Scott T. 89

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1926-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Scott T. Taylor, 89, of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in East McKeesport, a son of the late Henry Clinton and Lidie (Welsh) Taylor. Scott was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, West Newton, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Chambers Development Company. Surviving are five children, Scott Taylor and wife, Helen, of Hanover, Marcia Hansen and husband, Richard, of Ephrata, Patty Simbeck and husband, Jerry, Nancy Thompson and husband, Earl, all of West Newton, and Christine Sayre and husband, Michael, of Monessen; seven grandchildren, Scott J. Taylor and Courtney, David J. Taylor and wife, Sara, Brandon Simbeck and wife, Kaylea, Ryan Thompson, Erin Thompson, Kevin Lisovich and Chloe Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Terra Rose, Scott Robert, and Patrick; two brothers, David Taylor and wife, Barbara, and Clarence Taylor and wife, Gladys; and a sister, Flora "Peggy" Medsger and husband, Carl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Cope) Taylor; grandson, Connor Lisovich; brothers, William B., Charles, James C., Harold C., John Richard and Walter Taylor; and sisters, Marion Andrews and Sara Schmitt. Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY, JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Lutheran Church, Vine and Fourth Street, West Newton. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 251, West Newton, PA 15089. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Thorpe, Ruthann 73

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ruthann Thorpe, 73, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside. She was born March 28, 1941, in Versailles Borough, a daughter of the late John and Helen Goga Yencho and sister of the late Rosemarie "Cookie" McGregor. Ruthann was a member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" Thorpe; son, Robert (Regina) Thorpe, of State College; daughter, Terri (Frank) Maglicco, of Level Green; grandsons, Joshua and Justin Maglicco; sister, Dorothy Pelley, of Greenock; brothers, Bob Yencho, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Milan Yencho, of Jeannette; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. Funeral services will be private. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Walker, L. Marie 87

  • Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-17
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • L. Marie (Shaw) Walker, 87, of Somerset, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the In Touch Hospice, Somerset. Mrs. Walker was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Richard and Alberta Sillaman Shaw. Marie was a graduate of New Kensington High School and had been employed by Alcoa in their billing department until her retirement. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed going to the dances at the VFW. Marie is survived by her loving cousin, Rebecca Brooks Lessig, of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred M. Walker, in 2003; and by her brother, Charles Shaw. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Sandy Weimer, Kay Gleasson and the In Touch Hospice for their love and the exceptional care given to Marie during her illness. Family and friends will be received from 10 until 11 a.m., the time of Marie's funeral service, Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Randy Landman officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Keck, John Jack F. 87

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