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Allegheny County

Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Brown, Mary L. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise Brown, 88, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George O. Brown Jr.; mother of Martin (Marge) Brown, Laurel, Md., Beverly (Tim) Bitler, Murrysville, Joann (Dave) Delozier, Wilkins Township, the late Raymond (Linda) Brown, Melbourne, Fla., Bernard (Gail) Brown, Rearden, Wash., Barbara (Gary "Doc") Legge, Penn Hills, Patti (John) Springer, Allegheny Township, and Mary Beth (Jeff) Meyers, North Huntington. She was the beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Snyder, Helen 81

  • Crafton , Formerly of Bristol
  • Born: 1933-04-28
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen Fessick Snyder, 81, of Crafton, formerly of Bristol, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was born April 28, 1933, in McAdoo, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Czernianski Fessick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Snyder; a son, Theodore C. Snyder; two brothers, Nicholas and John Fessick; and a sister, Dorothy Fessick. Helen is survived by three sons, Robert J. (Janet) Snyder, of Langhorne, Mark (Mary) Snyder, of Murrysville, and Daniel Snyder, of Yardley; 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Eric, Christopher, Nicholas, Joscelyn, Helena, Maura, Haley, Morgan and Kyra; and a brother, Joseph (Betty) Fessick, of New Jersey. A private blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Interment will be private. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Westmoreland County

Ballew, Larry E. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-06-05
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Larry E. Ballew, 67, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born June 5, 1947, in Greensburg, a son of the late Wayne Walter and Elizabeth Mae (Howard) Ballew. He was a member of Robertshaw Acres Golf Course. He worked in construction and farming. Surviving is his wife, Tetiana P. Ballew; a daughter, Melinda L. Wilkinson and husband, Jason, of Armbrust; a stepdaughter, Anna Naidych; a sister, Nancy Himler and husband, Lee, of Latrobe; a brother, Robert Ballew and wife, Jorene, of Greensburg; a brother, Richard Ballew, of Youngwood; a sister, Melinda Loughner and husband, Orrie, of Pittsburgh; and a brother, Warren Ballew and wife, Linda, of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ballew; and a sister-in-law, Debra Ballew. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with Pastor Timothy Stradling officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of Excela Westmoreland Hospital and Jeanne Green for all their care during this difficult time.
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Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1963-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Barcellino, 51, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with loved ones by her side, under the care of Forbes Hospice. Born July 26, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth devoted her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Barcellino, whom she married May 22, 1981. They had two devoted daughters: Christina, married to Timothy O'Neil, and Karrie, married to Joshua Weinman. Elizabeth had four granddaughters, Arabella, Vada, Gabriella and Kinley. She is also survived by her parents, Adam and Hilda McMeekin; and her siblings, Lisa Cusato, Thomas and Lori McMeekin, Jennifer and Brandan Valore. In loving memory, her late brother: Eric McMeekin. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Unity Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice in Elizabeth Barcellino's name. Please go to Forbes Health Foundationto place a donation: http://www.ahn.org/ways-to-give/forbes-health-foundation/giving-forbes-hospice. We'd like to thank the amazing staff at Forbes Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Burky, Louise 73

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Casario, Betty J. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-12-07
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Betty J. (Caesar) Casario, 89, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Betty was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Reitz) Caesar. Betty was a member of the Ascension Church, Jeannette, and was also a volunteer for their Italian Festival and Spaghetti Dinners for many years. She was a graduate of Jeannette High School, Class of 1944. She loved playing cards and was a charter member of the 500 Card Club for more than 60 years as well as playing with her Pinochle Club. Betty was also a wonderful cook and baker who made delicious pies enjoyed by all. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Casario, in 2012; and her daughter, Patricia A. Gibson. Betty is survived by her son, John Casario (Sharon); and her son-in-law, Robert Gibson, both of Jeannette; her grandchildren, Matthew and Travis Gibson and Paige Casario; her siblings, Dorothy Vitolo (Paul) and Joseph Caesar (Lucille); close friends, Paul and Dora Gaudi; and special friend and neighbor, Valetta Bradosky, all of Jeannette. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372- 3111. Parting prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Ascension Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Deemer, Fredrick R. 58

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1956-09-27
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Fredrick R. "Fred" Deemer, 58, of New Florence, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Sept. 27, 1956, in Johnstown, the son of late James and Geraldine "Dooker" (Boring) Deemer. He is survived by his brother, James David Deemer and wife, Shan Alcorn; sisters, Jane Anne Bash and husband, Gary, and Kelly Brendlinger and husband, Dave, all of New Florence; nieces and nephews, Anna Jane Simmons and Robert Deemer, who he helped raise, also Keshia Deemer, Kay-la Bash, Derek Brendlinger, Raven Bash and Cheyenne Bash; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a life member of New Florence Volunteer Fire Company and former employee of Lodestar Bus Lines. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Barry Young officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Fassinger, Josephine R. 93

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1921-11-26
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine R. Lopatowski Fassinger, 93, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Catherine Duniec Lopatowski. Josephine was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and also continued to attend the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Manor with her son, David. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Josephine is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her three loving children, John E. Fassinger and wife, Charlesia, of Cranberry Township, Rita A. D'Innocenzo and husband, Donald, of Eaton, Colo., and David A. Fassinger, of Scottdale, with whom she previously resided; her five loving grandchildren, David R. Fassinger and wife, Julie, of Upper St. Clair, Nicole Lynn Fassinger Brito and husband, Alex, of Monroeville, Erin Fassinger, of Cranberry Township, Emil D'Innocenzo and wife, Hannah, of Norfolk, Va., and Anna Marie D'Innocenzo Link and husband, Marty, of Baltimore, Md.; her five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild to be born in February. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Fassinger (Nov. 28, 2011); two sisters, Mary Ann O'Shea (Nov. 29, 1994) and Ann Gibson. Josephine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will recite prayers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Herchelroath, Betty Jane

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Gary) Herchelroath, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was born in Rockwood, Somerset County, to the late Silas D. and Alice B. (Younkin) Gary. She was the loving and devoted wife of 67 years to her soulmate, Howard B. Herchelroath, of North Huntingdon. Surviving her are children, Debra L. (Daniel) Helwig, of Enola, Denise Chulak, of Erie, and David G. (Lori), of Elizabethtown; grandchildren, Belinda Milone, Vincent A. Milone Jr., Holly Young and Bradley Herchelroath; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; her brother, Robert D. Gary, of Winter Park, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Betty retired from PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, and served on the credit union board. Along with her husband, she taught Sunday School for many years and also led senior citizen bus trips. She loved books and reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Her generous heart, sweet smile and gentle, accepting nature will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Betty Jane. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Jachimowicz, Thomas J. 81

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1933-01-24
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Jachimowicz, 81, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Edwardsville, a son of the late Benjamin S. and Helen Koiro Jachimowicz. Following graduation from Edwardsville High School in 1952, Tom enlisted and served in the Army for three years during the Korean War. He graduated from Millersville State Teachers College with a degree in secondary education and completed his master's in education from Villanova University. After retiring as superintendent of the Aliquippa School District, Tom devoted much of his time to the Greensburg community. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, the Knights of Columbus Council 1480, Greensburg Community Development Corporation and volunteered with the Westmoreland Chapters of the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the United Way, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Rotary Club where he was past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lillian Chicallo Jachimowicz; his brother, Julian Jachimowicz; and his sister, Claire Heister. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Patricia N. Jachimowicz; four children, Valerie Jachimowicz and husband, Bruce Amos, of Philadelphia, Christopher Jachimowicz and wife, Becky, of Topton, David Jachimowicz and wife, Gina, of Chestertown, Md., and Diane Kennedy and husband, Rob, of Clark Summit; four grandchildren, David, Audrey, Jordan and Brynne Jachimowicz; a stepgranddaughter, Brittani Fahrman and husband, Michael; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Tom 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. Prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 126 South Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Tom's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Kistler, Patricia L. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. "Patty" Kistler, 72, of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Sarah (Kunkle) Kistler; loving sister of George (Leona), Kenneth and the late Raymond and Samuel Kistler; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was the longtime caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery in Penn Township and also a former elder/deacon at Denmark Manor United Church of Christ. She was a record-holding platelet donor and a member of the Valley Run Lionesses. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Denmark Manor Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the Bushy Run Lions Club. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Kovacs Sr., James P. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-08-21
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James P. Kovacs Sr., 64, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Phyllis Kovacs. Prior to retirement, he had been a Chrysler technician. He was a Marine Corps Disabled Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons, James P. Kovacs Jr. and his companion, Andrea, of Apollo, and Patrick Kovacs, of Jeannette; a daughter, Heather Kovacs and her companion, Joshua Graf, of Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip Kovacs, of Greensburg, and Richard Kovacs; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Services and interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Messich, Mary J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-28
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Jean Messich, 84, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born March 28, 1930, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Charles and Bernadette (Gerard) Meyer. She was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Messich; and a sister, Florence Stinson. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Smail and her husband, Thomas, and Judith Messich, all of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Smail; a brother, Joseph Meyer and his wife, Carol, of Ligonier; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth "Skip" Stinson. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, where a funeral liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Palmer, Elmer H. 69

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Elmer H. "Butch" Palmer, 69, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family after a five year courageous battle with cancer. He inspired everyone around him. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann (Devola) Palmer; loving father of Kimberly (Bill) Gasparro and Kelly (David) Cornelius; grandfather of Anna Nicole and Noah Hunter Gasparro and Grace Marie Cornelius; brother of Ted Palmer, Don Palmer and the late Jane Bolen and Chuck Palmer; and is also survived by his puppy, Ruby Sue. Elmer was an Army Vietnam veteran and an electrician for Local Union No. 5 throughout his career. He loved dancing with his wife, flying airplanes and spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice, Dr. Mayernik, Dr. Tan, Dr. Halenda, the nurses in Oncology and Forbes Hospital for all their loving care. The family kindly suggests in honor of Butch to be kind to one another. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Pletcher, Leslie B. 65

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1949-11-09
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Johnson, Buena Vista | Get Directions
  • Leslie B. "Les" Pletcher, 65, of Belle Vernon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 9, 1949, in Avon Park, Fla., a son of Tena Ruth (Johnson) Pletcher, of Buena Vista, and the late Remo H. Pletcher. Les was a retired police sergeant for Elizabeth Township and a former Marine Reservist. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Allegheny Lodge No. 91, a member of Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, F and AM, McKeesport, a life member of Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Sutersville Moose and the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sharon (Bendel) Pletcher; his daughter, Kimberly Ann Pletcher, of Elizabeth; stepsons, Shawn and Michael Williams; grandchildren, Laura Brookes and Corbin Jeffrey; great-granddaughter, Olivia Jordan; siblings, Alice Ruth Gallingane, Remo D. (Deborah) Pletcher and Grace L. (Kenneth) Angelo, all of Buena Vista; his companion, Debbie Marsh, of Belle Vernon; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, 412-751-6481. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John Yohe officiating. Those attending the service please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Aliquippa Lodge will hold Masonic funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
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Stonehill, John R. 85

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-04
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John R. Stonehill, 85, of North Irwin, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born May 4, 1929, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Raymond and Rose Stonehill. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a troop leader trainer. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Patricia (Messanger) Stonehill; four children, Jackie Werkman and husband, Denny, of North Huntingdon, Linda Johnson and husband, Bryon, of Alaska, Raymond Stonehill, of North Irwin, and Charlie Stonehill and wife, Diane, of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. To honor John's request, there will be no viewing or services. JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, entrusted with the arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Wolford, Kay L. 64

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1950-04-19
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Kay L. Wolford, 64, of Bolivar, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 19, 1950, to Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Kay loved spending time with her family, loved ones and also her dog, Angel, who will sadly miss her. She is survived by her daughters, Jamie Kirkland and fiance, A.J. Yonek, of Lower Burrell, Melissa Hlebechik and husband, Nate, of Seabeck, Wash., and Jessica Hantz and husband, TJ, of Latrobe; son, Michael Prymak and Many Orvosh, of Rochester Mills; longtime companion, Tony Diana, of Bolivar; grandchildren, Ashley, Jacey, Lexie, Summer, Savannah, Sage, Payton, Aspen, Greyson and Salem; great-grandchildren, Rhode and Iren; brothers, Dennis Long and wife, Susan, of Blairsville, and Larry Long and wife, Sally, of Camp Hill; nieces, Lynda and Megan Long; and a nephew, Shawn Long. She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Kathryn (Milliron) Long. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. Funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor George Prior officiating. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations amy be made to Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Zulisky, Janet L. 70

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1944-11-29
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Janet L. Zulisky, 70, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born Nov. 29, 1944, in New Stanton, a daughter of the late Wilmer W. and Herma C. (Hoyman) Hoover. Janet spent more than 40 years as a nurse having worked at Area Agency of the Aging, Westmoreland Manor, Monsour Hospital, Dr. Testa, Dr. Hanna, St. Anne Home, Latrobe Hospital and also in home health care. She had been a member of Pleasant Unity United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judy L. Zulisky; and a sister, Pauline Austeri. She is survived by three sons, F. Eugene Zulisky and his wife, Michelle, of Greensburg, Barry Zulisky, of Youngwood, and Michael Zulisky, and his wife, Mary Anne, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Ryan, Olivia and Kateri; two brothers, Wilmer Hoover and wife, Anita and Melvin Hoover and wife, Kelly, all of Greensburg; a sister, Carol Kreinbrook, of Windber; a brother-in-law, Joseph Austeri, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by her friends and family. It was Janet's wish to have no viewing or service; her cremated remains will be interred with her daughter at a later date during a graveside service in Middletown Cemetery. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, is assisting with arrangements. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Chalfant, Arthur J. 56

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Arthur Joseph Chalfant, 56, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home, following a lengthy battle against cancer. Art was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Uniontown, a son of Carrie Lillian (Wingard) Chalfant, of Uniontown, and the late Arthur Higgenbotham Chalfant. Art was a 1976 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, Uniontown. Art attended ICM Business School where he received his degree in computer programming and began working for Fayette Steel. After his time with Fayette Steel, Art went to Sony Corporation, New Stanton, where he was an instrumentation technician. Art's career then led him to The Elliott Group, Jeannette, where he worked as an Engineer II. Through the years, Art played Bass guitar for numerous bands, including his latest band "Redrum". Art enjoyed the outdoors; especially when fishing, woodworking and gardening (growing his own plants from seeds). Art was known for always helping others, whether repairing their computers, teaching them math, working on their cars or home repairs, Art was there. In addition to his mother, Art is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Florence Jean (Bush) Chalfant; his daughters, Kristina Elizabeth Chalfant, of Uniontown, and Angela Marie Chalfant Firestone Hill and her four children, of Brownsville; his brother, Timothy Scott Chalfant, of Footdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Art was predeceased by a grandson, Kellan Edward Chalfant. Art's family would like to express their gratitude to Pish Medical Association, Dr. Vanek, UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Radiation Center, The Uniontown Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and The Elliott Group. 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 VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dave Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Freed, Mary Jane 60

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1954-09-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Freed, 60, of Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Sept. 26, 1954, in Connellsville, a daughter of Esther Reynolds Vanorsdale, of Connellsville, and the late Paul Calvin Vanorsdale. Mary Jane was a graduate of Connellsville Area High School with the class of 1973. She was working as a sales person for Sheetz in BulIskin Township. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Connellsville. Mary Jane was a very giving person and loved spending time in ministry, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving husband, Phillip E. Freed; her daughter, Jennifer Stewart, of Connellsville; her grandchildren, Mason and Camden Stewart, of Connellsville; her sister, Maxine Bell and husband, Stewart, of Illinois; her brothers, the Rev. Charles Vanorsdale and wife, Joan, of Florida, Thomas Vanorsdale and wife, Vicky, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Vanorsdale and wife, Betty, of Connellsville, and Randall Vanorsdale and wife, Michele, of Florida; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her father, Mary Jane was predeceased by her brothers, Paul Richard and Basil Vanorsdale. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430). Interment will be private in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Family and friends are then invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, at the corner of Route 119 and 11th Street, Connellsville, with Timothy Stash officiating. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Shawley, Robert C. 67

  • Indian Head
  • Born: 1947-11-16
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Robert C. Shawley, 67, longtime resident of Indian Head, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in the Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Curtis and Edwinna Faust Shawley. Bob was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He was retired from Babcock Lumber in Champion and was also the owner of the former R.C. Shawley Butcher Shop in Sagamore. He was a member of the Juniata Church of Jesus Christ. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family, his wife of 46 years, Dorothea M. Prinkey Shawley; his daughters, Sherry Lee Rose, Bobbie Jo Yealey and husband, William, and Tammy Eileen Holliday and husband Paul, all of White; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Richard Shawley and wife, Karen, of Herminie, and Alfred Shaulis, of Blaine, Wash.; and his sisters, Shirley Natle, of North Carolina, Edwinna Gay Stubbs and husband, Paul, of Yukon, and Glenna Telford, of Ligonier. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a son-in-law, Larry Rose; a brother, Everett Shaulis; and three sisters, Charlene, Charlotte and Loretta. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Ronald Boyd officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Davis, Kenneth A. 29

  • Armagh
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Meese, Seward | Get Directions
  • Kenneth A. Davis, 29, of Armagh, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Nov. 9, 1985, son of Kenneth H. and Beverly M. (Stewart) Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth H. Davis; and uncles, James Davis, Joseph A. Davis and Richard E. Tuttle Sr. He is survived by loving wife, the former Alyse Luther, of Armagh; loving children, Kendall, Kaydance and Kenneth James; loving mother, Beverly M. Stewart, of Latrobe; loving grandparents, Margaret Rager-Smith, of Latrobe, Ronald E. Stewart, of Greensburg, and Shirley and Tom Davis, of Cherry Tree; loving brother, Brian Showers; and loving sister, Kara Carns, both of Latrobe. Kenneth enjoyed living life and spending time with his children. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Arrangements by JON A. MEESE FUNERAL HOME, Seward. Memorial service will be held at a later date. For online condolence, please visit http://www.meesefuneralhome.com.
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Beckel, Sister Inez Mary 102

  • Altoona
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Sisters Of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister Inez Mary Beckel, S.C., 102, a native of Altoona, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, in Greensburg. Sister Inez Mary entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity, Sept. 8, 1932, from St. Leo Parish in Altoona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Stella (Vaught) Beckel; three brothers, Edwin, Norman and Walter; and two sisters, Regina and Sister Stella Marie Beckel, S.C. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor's degree in piano, a master's degree in music education from Duquesne University and was a certified librarian. Sister Inez Mary taught elementary school students in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Ariz., and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. After her retirement from the classroom, she volunteered her services at Seton Hill University as a librarian and as sacristan. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Inez Mary said, "Living religious life in the presence of God is the fullness of joy. May I live in this presence until eternity dawns." Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and Monday Dec. 22, 2014, at the Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, where funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Vigil service will be held 7 p.m. Monday also in the Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, De Paul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information visit the website, http://www.scsh.org.
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Schmidt, Stan The Man 77

  • Redington Shores, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-12-16
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  • Stan "The Man" Schmidt, 77, of Redington Shores, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was the founder of S.H. Schmidt Co. and worked with his family to help grow the business. His greatest times were spent sailing around Deep Creek Lake in his Flying Scott and playing softball with his team, "The Gulfport Boomerangs". He was a graduate of Taylor-Allderdice High School '55 and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Sarah Laifer Schmidt and Theodore Herzel Schmidt, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anne (Capets) Schmidt; his brother, William Schmidt; and his nephew, Phillip Schmidt. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Jo Schmidt; his son, Louis Schmidt; his daughter-in-law, Kim; granddaughter, Hannah Marie Schmidt; stepdaughters, Jessika Strauss and Viki Liscinsky; his nieces, Lauren and Taylor Andrew; and his dog, Roxy. There are no formal funeral arrangements, per his request. A wake and Facebook tribute are in the works. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA would have been appreciated by Stan.
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Stemple, Carol J. 62

  • Born: 1952-12-15
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Carol J. Stemple, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at home. She was born Dec. 15, 1952, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late George R. and Jean Shifler. She is survived by her husband, Ed; a brother, John Shifler (Ellen); step-mother, Eve Shifler; mother-in-law, Helen Stemple; two sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Stemple and Jewel Wood (Michael); two sons, Scott Bowlin (Erica) and Adam Bowlin (Jamie); step-son, John Stemple (Karla); and special niece, Jenny Gross; also surviving are her three grandchildren, Emma and Liam Bowlin, and Autumn Stemple; and great-niece, Meredith Gross. She was an employee of the Area Agency on Aging for 28 years. She will be cremated as per her wishes. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Woodward, Dorothy J. 85

  • Decatur, Ala. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1929-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-09
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  • Dorothy Jean (Kokoska) Woodward, of Decatur, Ala., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1929, and was a former resident of Greensburg. Mrs. Woodward was preceded in death by her husband, Harry G. Woodward Jr., to whom she was married for more than 63 years. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Kerner, Judith Laskowski and Patricia Miller; sons, Robert, Kenneth, John, Timothy and Michael; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Donald Kokoska, of Greensburg. Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in St. Ann Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Ann Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, 3910 Spring Ave. SW, Decatur, AL 35603.
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