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‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82. Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his ...

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, ...

Daily Courier columnist knew, loved Connellsville community

By Mark Hofmann
The Connellsville community this week lost a woman who loved the city. Nancy Henry was a Daily Courier columnist/freelance writer and a Rotarian who was active in various other organizations. Henry was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. And she was a woman who knew and loved her community better than most. ...

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DeLambo, Frederick J. 73

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-09-08
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frederick J. DeLambo, 73, of Southwest Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of the late John J. and Amelia (Dent) DeLambo. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Quality Building Services. Pappy was the perfect husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. His family meant everything to him, including his fur babies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallyann (Ream) DeLambo, on March 6, 2011; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Croushore; a brother, John D. DeLambo; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Nalevanko. He is survived by a son, Mark G. Croushore and his wife, Sheri, of Marienville; two daughters, Mona L. Dorko, of Southwest Greensburg, and Marcia J. Sompel and her husband, Duane, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael F. DeLambo and his wife, Amy, of South Carolina; a sister, Patricia Nalevanko, of South Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Services and interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Elder, D. Louise 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • D. Louise Elder, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in her home. She was born in Latrobe on Dec. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Franklin and Delphia Ansell Poole. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trauger. Also, Louise was a member of the Midway-St. Clair VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, William C. Elder, in 2000; a son, John Elder; and daughter, Edith Mallin; seven brothers, Franklin, John, William, Walter, Samuel, Theodore and Francis Poole; and six sisters, Nellie Shick, Stella Cook, infant sister Pauline, Emma Smeltzer, Isabell Harr and Vivian Freeman. Louise was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her sons, Theodore J. Elder (Joyce), of Whaleyville, Md., Joseph P. Elder (Sandra), of Greensburg, and Barry R. Elder (Mary), of Greensburg; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Elder; and son-in-law, Leonard Mallin; also scores of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Louise's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger), with the Rev. Mark A Werner officiating. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. For online condolences and other information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Gardner, Nicole A. 32

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1983-07-29
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Nicole A. Gardner, 32, of Hunker, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born Friday, July 29, 1983, in Jeannette, a daughter of Alan Gardner, of Crabtree, and Sharon Mayhorn, of Hunker. Surviving is brother, Michael Shotwell, of Hunker; and two half sisters, Alana and Stephanie. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood.
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Griffin, Nevaeh L. 9

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 2006-05-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Nevaeh L. Griffin, 9, of Ruffsdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home being held by her mother and father. She was born May 1, 2006, in Jeannette, a daughter of Jason and Amber Holmes Griffin, of Ruffsdale. Prior to her illness, Nevaeh attended West Newton Elementary School. During her illness, Nevaeh spent countless hours giving to other children by collecting over 20,000 cans of Play-Doh. She used her time in the hospital and at home trying to ease the pain of other children through her selfless acts of kindness. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Black; and her paternal great-grandparents, Thelma and Joseph Griffin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her little brother, Izayah L. Griffin; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Loughner, of Jeannette, and Kenneth Holmes, of Smithton; paternal grandparents, Tina Underwood and husband, Eddie, of Derry, and Kevin Griffin Sr., of Greensburg; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Loughner, of Darragh; maternal great-grandparents, William and Mary Ann Holmes, of Youngwood, and Hannalore Steiner, of Darragh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins, whom she enjoyed spending time with and were her closest friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nevaeh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020, where services will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, teddy bears may be brought to the funeral home to be donated in memory of Nevaeh. Nevaeh's family has entrusted her care to the 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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Jones, Eugene R. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1922-12-14
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Eugene R. Jones, 92, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Waterford, a son of the late Bert E. and Mayme Kinsey Jones. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he had been employed by Bethlehem Steel for more than 37 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, the Ligonier Sportsmen's Club, and was on the board of directors of the Kinsey Museum. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He always had a smile on his face and when he would meet you he always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we will miss his fashion style. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Burkett and Helen Louise Boyd; and a brother, William Jones. Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Beard Jones; two sons, Richard E. Jones, of Ligonier, and Donald W. (Nancy) Jones, of New Florence; three grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) Jones, and Anne and Lauren Jones; a great-granddaughter, Ragan Hall; two sisters, Dorothy "Toots" Fish and Cathrine "Cass" Shadron, both of Ligonier; and his ever faithful canine, Mandy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Eugene's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Eric J. Fether officiating. Interment will follow in Menoher Memorial Park. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Eugene's memory to First Church of the Brethren, 405 Route 271, Ligonier, PA 15658. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kloos, Carmen 77

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1938-04-18
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Carmen Kloos, 77, of Unity Township, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 18, 1938, a daughter of the late Charles C. and Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester. Carmen was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, the Saturday Night Rollers bowling league and her women's card club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis J. Kloos; a grandson, Zachery L. Kloos; and two brothers, Robert C. and Roger C. Sylvester. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Kloos, at home, and Sandra Cramer and husband, Raymond, of Greensburg; two sons, Lewis C. and wife, Susan, and Scott A. Kloos and wife, Melissa, all of Lycippus; eight grandchildren, Heather Markowsky and husband, Jason, Raeanne Garlowich and husband, Joe, Cory Cramer, Elizabeth Craig and husband, Adam, and Nick, Tyler, Courtney and Delaney Bella Kloos; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Lander and husband, Ronald, of Pleasant Unity; two sisters-in-law, Gwen Sylvester, of Pleasant Unity, and Bertha Sliz and husband, Joe, of Unity Township; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leonard, Mildred 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-03-05
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mildred (Gratcar) Leonard, 80, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home. She was born March 5, 1935, in Pleasant Unity, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Depto Gratcar. Minnie retired from Westmoreland Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul Parish in Carbon, where she served numerous ministries, including Rosary Altar Society, the funeral choir and her favorite, Communion Service and Recitation of the Rosary at Hempfield Manor. She also was a member of the Seton Hill Family of God Prayer Group and Our Lady of Grace Church Bible Study Group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Donald G. Leonard, on June 6, 2012; three brothers, infant George, Michael (killed in World War II) and John Gratcar; and two sisters, Mary (the late Richard) Fajt and Eleanor Kochis. She is survived by a son, Donald Leonard and wife, Janet E., of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Lesa Brasco and husband, William E., of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Leonard and partner, Matthew, Marissa Delair and husband, Matthew, and Vincent and Adele Brasco; a sister, Dorothy (the late Jack) Mahoney; sister-in-law, Mary Gratcar; two brothers-in-law, Karl Kochis and James (the late Elaine) DiPrimio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Minnie from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Church, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Minnie's family has entrusted her care to the 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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Mediate, Donna Jean 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-01-21
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Mediate, 77, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Kathryn (DeMaria) Emerick. She met her husband, Anthony, in 1957, and they were married Nov. 5, 1960. Donna Jean had been employed by JC Penney and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Michael; her special grandfather, Michael DeMaria; sisters, Lois and Mary Margaret; and a niece, Anarene. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Mediate; three children, Rocco Mediate and wife, Jessica, Nicole Maria Leavy and husband, Peter, and Gina Marie Mediate; six grandchildren, Rocco Vincent, Nicco, Marco, Blake, Logan and Francesca; brother-in-law, Joseph and wife, Donna; nephews, Joe Mediate and wife, Stephanie, Marc Mediate and wife, Heather; a niece, Kathy Vernau and husband, Jack; great-nephews, Justin, Jacob and Owen; and great-nieces, Camryn and Caitlin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by Donna Jean's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Redstone Highlands and Promise Hospice for the amazing love, support and kindness they showed Donna and the entire Mediate family during her time there. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Blvd., Delmont, PA 15626 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute at www.myeloma.uams.edu/giving/. For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Peoria, Kathryn A. 83

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1932-04-15
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Kathryn Ann Peoria, 83, of Youngwood, went to Heaven Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Westmoreland Hospital. She was born April 15, 1932, in Phoenixville, to the late Harvey Milton Smith and Myrtle Viola Keim. After graduating from Phoenixville High School she worked for the American Association of Anti-Communists in Valley Forge, which after a few years later moved her to their headquarters in Washington, DC, where she met her husband and married. She then moved back to Pennsylvania with her husband and opened her home caring for foreign students and homeless children. Always exercising a faithful and dutiful attitude to Christianity, she became a devout supporter of several Native American Indian tribes in North and South Dakota. She supplied the less fortunate, who lived too far from civilization, with food and clothing she trucked to them every Summer. One of her most rewarding experiences she encountered was administering to and caring for discarded babies in an orphanage in North Africa. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Joseph C. Peoria, and six children, Kim David Peoria and wife, Ingrid, Mark Joseph Peoria, Anthony Paul Peoria and wife, Lori, Tina Kathryn Peoria, Lisa Marie Peoria, and Matthew Carlos Peoria and wife, Rachelle; six grandchildren, Joe, Nikolas, Nina, Dominik, Destiny and Ismael; and her sister, Margaret Huber, of Klamath Falls, Ore. In lieu of flowers it was Kathryn's wish that all memorials be donated to Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036, www.defenders.org., whom she was a devout supporter. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Interment will follow in Youngwood Cemetery.
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Polechko, Eleanor G. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-10-06
  • Died: 2015-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor G. "Ellie" Polechko, 84, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Homer City, a daughter of the late Elmer George and Genevieve "Kitty" (Straka) Holzapfel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Kelly" Polechko, on May 6, 1993; a grandson, Nathan Palmer; a brother, Elmer "Al" Holzapfel; and son-in-law, Paul Caplain. She is survived by a son, Kelly Polechko, of Greensburg; three daughters, Paula J. Caplain, of Monroeville, Kathleen Cobetto and husband, Bernard, of Greensburg, and Michelle Fayish and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Jason Caplain, Noah Caplain, Jon Cobetto, Amanda Faust, Adam Palmer, Matthew Polechko and Kyle Polechko; three great-grandchildren, Paige Caplain, Leighton Caplain and Ty Faust; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Shopsky, William E. 87

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • William E. Shopsky, 87, of Norvelt, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his family surrounding him. Born June 9, 1928, in Pleasant Unity, he was a son of the late William P. and Marie Loughner Shopsky. Bill was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trauger. He was a life member of the Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg and the Norvelt Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Pleasant Unity VFW. Mr. Shopsky was a past scout master of Troop 472 of Norvelt, where he was known as "Chip." Also, he taught hunter safety classes. Mr. Shopsky was a veteran of the Navy and while serving he witnessed two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William E. "Pudgie" Shopsky, who died Oct. 8, 1984; brother, Harvey Shopsky; and sisters, Peg Loughner and Lib Struble. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bernardine Lesko Shopsky, with whom he would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with on Sept. 4, 2015. He is also survived by his sons, Bruce M. and Brian M. Shopsky; and daughter-in-law, Patty and her husband, Dan Wolfe. He was the grandfather of Karonia, Jenna, Cory and Wyatt; and great-grandfather of Elizabeth and William E. Bill's interests were hunting, fishing, boating, reading his "junk mail," going to his camp, and hanging out with his buddies at the lake building. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt 15674. His funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark A. Werner officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by Armbrust Veterans Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Shopsky's memory may be made to his church, St. Paul Lutheran, 108 Dutch Hill, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Spears, Michelle L. 37

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1978-05-10
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle Lee Spears, 37, of Greensburg, entered into the Lord's embrace, while being surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Her father and mother were there to see Michelle's first breath and her last breath. Michelle was born Wednesday, May 10, 1978, at St. Mary's Hospital, Langhorne, to Colleen M. Spears and Thomas E. Spears. Michelle is survived by her beautiful and kind son, Joseph Louis Geiser VI.; her mother and father; brother, Thomas J. Spears (Tammy); sister, Lisa M. Panzarello (Jesse); along with nieces/nephews, Tyler, Brody, Guiliana, Adelina, Alayna and Alessandra. Michelle graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1997. She was the strongest-willed person you would ever meet, had an extraordinary zest for life and always had a story to tell. She was a talented photographer, able to capture life's moments. Her smile, yell and laughter could light up an entire room. Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend will be missed more then we can bear, but we find comfort now knowing that she is now at eternal peace. May God rest her soul and continue to love her as she watches over her son, Joey, family and friends. Though she may be gone from the physical plane, she will still live on with us in our hearts and minds. As Michelle always said, "One day at a time, one foot in front of the other." Family and friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Michelle's funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Wilkes Jr., George W. 68

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-01-13
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • George W. Wilkes Jr., 68, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His family and wife of 48 years were by his side. George was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Brownsville. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College with a BSBA degree in accounting, and completed a successful career as an accountant at Perfection Photo of Greensburg, WQED, and retired from California University of Pennsylvania in 1998. George was a past member of both St. Paul Parish and Our Lady of Grace Church and currently a member of Christ's Church in Greensburg. George was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Retired State Employees (PARSE) and had assisted coaching the girls softball team for FAVOR. George is survived by his wife, Ellie; son and daughter-in-law, William and (Tammie) Wilkes; daughter, Brenda (Wilkes) Kempton and her fiance, Ben Vermeulin; grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Wilkes and Izabel Kempton; sister, Jackie Lynn and Steve Ellis; sister-in-law, Barbie Kish; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Joan Wilkes, and father, George W. Wilkes Sr.; mother-in-law, Eleanor "Sis" Kremposky, and father-in-law, John "Jellybean" Kremposky. A very special thank you to Heartland Hospice Care for their most comforting nurses, social workers and chaplain for helping him endure this illness. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Parting prayers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.1, at Christ's Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Wylie officiating. Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Zwierzelewski, Kathryn L. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1935-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Kathryn L. (Srogoncik) Zwierzelewski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Zwierzelewski was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Everson, a daughter of the late John and Cecelia Tokarcik Srogoncik. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Kathryn was a 1954 graduate of the former Hurst High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the Kitchen at Kraisinger's Market. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Kathryn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to caring for her family. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted children, Walter J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Debra, of Everson, Edward J. Zwierzelewski and his wife, Christine, of Scottdale, Kathryn A. Rymarz and her husband, Robert, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Wanda E. Hegedus, of Scottdale; her grandchildren, Kyla and Laura Zwierzelewski, Robbie and Renee Rymarz, Alex Zwierzelewski, Alexis Zemba, Brianna Rymarz, and Cheyanne Hegedus; and her great-grandchildren, Aubreanna, Savannah and Alaina Zwierzelewski and Olivia and Hunter Jones. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas F. Srogoncik and his wife, Terry, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sister, Annie Srogoncik, of Prescott, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Zwierzelewski in 2001; her grandson, James Allan Zwierzelewski; and by her brothers and sisters, John, Steven, George and Joseph Srogoncik, Margaret Kitta and Cecelia Koskee. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Henry, Nancy L. 61

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-02-23
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lizabeth Crislip Henry, 61, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of her loving mother, Audrey Cavanaugh Crislip, of Connellsville, and the late Jack E. Crislip Sr. Nancy was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1972. She then received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1976. Nancy was a talented journalist and worked for the Connellsville Daily Courier in advertising for many years, and she most recently worked as a freelance journalist. She was also employed at Woods Jewelry in Mt. Pleasant. Nancy was known for upbeat and interesting articles about local people and activities in Connellsville and currently wrote the "Around Town" weekly column. Nancy was active in many civic organizations, including Friends of the Carnegie Library, Connellsville Rotary Club, Downtown Connellsville, Fayette Cultural Trust and Crossroads Magazine. She was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and was a member of the Connellsville Slovak Club. She attended the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. Nancy was an avid NASCAR and stockcar racing fan. She was an alumna and huge fan of West Virginia University. In addition to her mother, Nancy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her brother, Jack Crislip and wife, Patty; and her sisters, Marilee McFadden and husband, Gene, and Kathe Crislip. Nancy was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces, Audra McFadden and Elle Crislip; and her nephew, Michael McFadden. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Dow Carnahan. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the hour of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), with the Rev. Suzanne Zampella officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425; or Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, in memory of Nancy L. Henry. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wiltrout, Kayla M. 16

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1999-03-06
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kayla Marie Wiltrout, 16, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born March 6, 1999, in Springfield, Ore., a daughter of Keith Wiltrout, of Scottdale; and Susanna (Nilsson) Wiltrout. Kayla was employed by McDonalds, Connellsville. She was a member of Connellsville Area High School Musical Theatre Arts; she enjoyed writing, drawing and playing piano. In addition to her parents, Kayla is survived by two sisters, Sommer Wiltrout, of Connellsville, and Tonya Jensen, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Junior and Cheryl Kubasky, of Scottdale; maternal grandparents, Svend and Judy Nillson, of Eugene, Ore.; three uncles, Eric Wiltrout and Tim and Danny Nilsson; and Susanna's boyfriend Johnny Vanorsdale, his daughters, Amber and Ashley Miller, and his mother, Betty Vanorsdale. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Wolfe, Tyler G. 22

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1992-11-17
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Tyler G. "Jynx" Wolfe, 22, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 17, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Sherry (Prinkey) Shultz, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, and the late Robert Wolfe. Jynx was employed as a mechanic for Mongell Tire Co., Scottdale. He enjoyed the outdoors, and liked art and skateboarding. In addition to his mother, Jynx is survived by two brothers, Robert Smith and Hayden Brooks, of Connellsville; three sisters, Christa Wolfe and fiance, TA Manzella, of Perry, Ohio, Kassandra Shultz and companion, Brian DeWitt, of Connellsville, and Danni Shultz, of Connellsville; grandparents, Jerry Prinkey and Margaret Shultz, both of Connellsville; three nephews; a niece; and stepfather, Troy Shultz. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service with Pastor Scott Martin officiating, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Jynx was a registered organ donor. In lieu of flowers, Jynx's family requests donations be made payable to the funeral home. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Indiana County

Swanger Sr., William C. 80

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1935-05-04
  • Died: 2015-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Lefdahl, Indiana | Get Directions
  • William Carl Swanger Sr., 80, of Indiana, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Allegheny General Hospital. The son of Carl Eugene and Ruth Elizabeth (Pratt) Swanger, he was born May 4, 1935, in Salem Township. Mr. Swanger had been employed many years by Latrobe Steel. He also was a long distance trucker and farmer. Mr. Swanger served in the Army as a medic. His family and friends will remember him as a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a hard worker. They will also remember his passion for antique tractors, especially the Oliver. Surviving is his wife of 37 years, Joyce (Terhorst) Swanger; children, Cindy McCurdy, of Ocala, Fla., Jared Shawn Swanger and fiancee, Cindy Shank, of Chambersville, and Jamie Shane Swanger, of Indiana; seven grandchildren, Timothy Swanger, Martin and Nancy McCurdy, all of Ocala, Fla., Caroline Gibson, of Irwin, Christina Swanger, of Marion Center, Jimmy Shank, of Chambersville, and Samantha Shank, of Chambersville; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, David and his wife, Loretta; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Swanger was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, William Carl Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME. Funeral service will immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. Micah McMillen, officiating. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to Joyce Swanger.
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Walor, Barbara J. 82

  • Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Born: 1933-06-08
  • Died: 2015-08-25
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  • Barbara Joanne Walor, 82, of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Lombard, Ill. She was born June 8, 1933, in Wichita, Kan. She was the only child of Florence Mae (Polson) and Curtis Everett Hunter. She attended Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1956. She married John Walor on June 2, 1957, in Wichita and they lived there until 1966 when they moved to Crystal Lake. She was a longtime teacher at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South High Schools, teaching and counseling students who were at high risk of dropping out of school. In 1974, she completed her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During her retirement, she and her husband lived in the Ozarks for five years before moving back to Crystal Lake, where they continued to golf and enjoy other outdoor activities. Her husband predeceased her, having passed away Aug. 6, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Hunter (Julie) Walor and Curt (Kendy) Walor; and her grandchildren, Gregory, John, Marin, Tru and Chase. A burial site service and ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Union Cemetery, 127 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. For more information, please call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
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