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Allegheny County

Betz, Joseph R. 63

  • East McKeesport
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. "Joe" Betz, 63, of East McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a son of the late John "Jack" and Josephine "Jo" (Casey) Betz; beloved husband of Peggy Betz; dear father of Gene (Rhonda) Zuro; grandfather of Samantha, Johnathan and Nicholas Zuro; brother of Patricia "Pat" (Tim) Dalton and Jack (Toni) Betz; brother-in-law of Barbara Socci; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Plance, Robert R. 81

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1933-10-10
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Robert Raymond "Bob" Plance, 81, of Plum Borough, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the Ark Twin Valley Personal Care Home in Delmont. Bob was born Oct. 10, 1933, in Wilkins Township, to Sterling and Anna Ruth (Geyer) Plance. Bob was an electrician for IBEW Local No. 5 and an avid antique and car collector. He was a member of Sardis Community Park, Fort Allen Antique Farm Machinery, Antique Truck Club of America, Hudson Club, Chevy Club and enjoyed auctions, flea markets, working at his garages, family and traveling. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty (Starkey) Plance; sister, Ester Ruth Plance; and brother, David W. Plance. Bob leaves surviving longtime friend, Irene Poppick, of Golden Living Murrysville; loving sisters, Lois Holmes, of Plum Borough, and Mary Jane Walker, of Ontario, Ohio; loving children, Robert Raymond Plance Jr., of Corona Del Mar, Calif., and Douglas (Cindy) Plance, of Murrysville; and two outstanding grandsons, Daniel Plance, of Murrysville, and Matthew Plance, of Murrysville. Friends were received Sunday and Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747), where a service took place Tuesday. Interment followed at Plum Creek Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Abraham, Wendy S. 39

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1976-05-15
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wendy S. (Balego) Abraham, 39, of North Irwin, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born May 15, 1976, in Greensburg, the daughter of Kenneth and Dolores (Kunkle) Balego, of North Irwin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Samuel Abraham, of North Irwin, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the ICU nurses at Forbes Regional Hospital for their loving care given to Wendy. Friends were received Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Lewis, officiating. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Amalong, Virginia G. 67

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1947-09-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Virginia G. Amalong, 67, of Unity Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Latrobe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Unity Township. She was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Syracuse, N.Y., a daughter of the late Dr. Bruce R. Brummitt Jr., Ed. D. and Phyllis (Otto) Brummitt. Ginny was a graduate of Camden Central High School, attended Penn State University, was a graduate of Seton Hill College, attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and then received her Master of Education from University of Pittsburgh. Prior to retirement in 2006, she taught first grade and kindergarten at Baggaley Elementary School and previously at Mountain View Elementary School, both part of the Greater Latrobe School District. Ginny was a member of Latrobe Presbyterian Church, the NEA and PSEA. She is survived by her husband, Gerald L. Amalong; two daughters, Julie A. Stott and husband, Glen, of Unity Township, and Laurie M. Miller, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Justin and Zachery Stott and Dylan Miller; her brother, Bruce R. Brummitt III, of Hamburg, N.Y.; a niece, Joelle Yale and husband, David, and their son, Finn, of Pittsboro, N.C.; and a nephew, Michael Brummitt and wife, Katie, and their children, Jacob, Lainey and Kylee, all of Swedesboro, N.J. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Unity Chapel, 114 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, with the Rev. Clark R. Kerr officiating. Private inurnment will be in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank special friends Jan Mills, Arlene Ulishney and Beth Goodwin as well as her "good buddy" Linda Banker for their care and assistance over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF), 1816 Lincoln Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Barlock, Donald R. 80

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-09-09
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Barlock, 80, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Don was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Latrobe, a son of the late Michael A. Barlock and Catherine M. (Yandrick) Barlock. He attended Greater Latrobe High School, class of 1952, and served in the Navy upon graduation. He was employed with Kennametal for 50 years and also owned his own painting company. Don loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed their activities. Don was a kind, generous, giving and fun-loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed his garden and taking care of people who were important to him in his life filled with grace. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family and many friends. His three children survive him, daughter, Denise Barlock Levy and her husband, Leon, of Keystone, Colo.; his two sons, Donald M. Barlock, of Latrobe, and David Barlock and his wife, Michele, of Leesburg, Va.; his sister, Rebecca (Becky) Brean and brother-in-law, Daniel Brean, of Greensburg; and his ex-wife, Theresa Barlock, of Latrobe. He leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Kyle Hill, of Gunnison, Colo., and Aaron Hill, of Big Sky, Mont.; Jagger and Morgan Barlock, of Latrobe; Chelsea Salko, Devan and Drake Barlock, of Leesburg, Va.; and he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery with graveside military services accorded by the VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. 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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Barton Jr., Walter W. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1937-01-15
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Walter W. "Pete" Barton Jr., 78, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in UPMC Mercy, Uptown. He was born Jan. 15, 1937, in Elrama, Allegheny County, a son of the late Walter and Mary (McCaslin) Barton. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a plant manager by Pre Finish Metals. He was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, and was an Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Yanichko. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Nancy (Brancolini) Barton; two sons, Lee J. Barton, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Todd P. Barton and his wife, Ruth, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Samantha, Jackson, Peter and Luciana; two brothers, Frederick Barton and his wife, Rita, of Mt. Lebanon, and Paul Barton; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler, Ida 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1925-12-21
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ida "Stella" Butler, 89, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Elmer R. and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Butler; brothers, William D., Jack, Elmer and Thomas Drew Stephens; and sisters, Nora Bella Stephens, Florence Myers, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyliss Griffin. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Strawpump Volunteer Fire Department, North Huntingdon Canteen, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and Esther Circle. Stella is survived by her son, Michael A. Butler and his wife, Ardella, of Arona; daughter, Christine L. Pry and husband, James, of Westmoreland City; grandsons, Michael A. Butler Jr. and Nicole and Gregory A. Butler and Heather; three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail and Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Cliff Hockensmith officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Celesnik, Paula J. 67

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1947-11-30
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Paula Jean (Garland) Celesnik, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Select Specialty Hospital. She was born Nov. 30, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Paul E. Garland and Ida Marie (Valenti) Garland. She worked at St. Anne Home for many years. Paula loved doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows and playing bingo. She enjoyed dancing to the oldies and meeting new people. Paula greeted everyone with a smile on her face and always put others before herself. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Marie Falbo; and a grandson, Nickolas Jericho Fox. Paula is survived by her husband, Frank J. Celesnik Jr., of Greensburg; her two daughters, Wendy Fox, of Latrobe, and Pejay Celesnik and John Burick, of Greensburg; a sister, Nancy Smith and her husband, Jack, of Texas; two grandchildren, Coree Celesnik and Mario Jeffrey, of Brackenridge, and Carter Fox, of Bethlehem; and a great-grandson, Ignazio Giovanni. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in Germany Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family would be greatly appreciated. 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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Cimbala, Julia 84

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1930-10-20
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Julia Cimbala, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Bristol House. She was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Julock. Julia was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. She loved cooking for her family, gardening, sewing and solving Sudoku puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Cimbala in 2014; brothers, Charles, John, Michael, Nicholas and Peter; and sisters, Mary, Ann and Eva. She is survived by two sons, John and his wife, Suzie, Matthew and his wife, Roxanne; three daughters, Julie Boyette and her husband, Joe, Helen Dickey and her husband, Tom, Lisa Hill and her husband, Alan; nine grandchildren, Nathan, Ruth, Andy, Michael, Luke, Brian, Dylan, Chelsea and Esther; and sisters, Katherine Marusa and Rose Poppal. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dwornick, Joseph A. 76

  • Manor
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Dwornick, 76, of Manor, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carol Ann Barth Dwornick. Surviving are his daughters, Jodi A. (the late Randy) Antonacci and Jada A. (Mark) Donato. He was the grandfather of Alex J. Antonacci and Annessa A. "Freddy" Donato; and brother-in-law of Robert, who was like a brother to Joe (the late Susan) Platt and Ellen (John) Hermesmann. He is also survived by nephews, Patrick and Matthew Hermesmann. He spent his entire career working in the transportation industry; first, self-employed as an owner operator and then a safety director for Landstar Transportation. In his semi-retirement years, he also enjoyed driving for Bradish Glass Inc. Services will be private and interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ursula School, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101. Online condolences may be sent to www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Etling, Jean A. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-03-27
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jean A. Etling, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born March 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Peter and Caroline Piwowar Czekaj. Mrs. Etling was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She was a former member and past president of the Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary, member and past president of the Shaft Club Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and was a member and past president of the Transfiguration Rosary Society. She is survived by her children, Richard R. Etling and his wife, Cindy, of Murrysville, Karen Tordy and her husband, Joseph of Hainesport, N.J., and Scott A. Etling and his wife, Sandy, of Latrobe; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Carly, Joseph, Hillary, Katie, Abbey, Kelsey and Jake; a brother, Leonard "Swifty" Czekaj and his wife, Helen, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Bernadine Czekaj, of Mt. Pleasant, Ginny Czekaj, of State College, and James Etling and his wife, Edie, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert "Cubby" Etling, in 2011; her brothers, Joseph "Doodie," Frank "Smiles," Stanley "Jerry," Walter "Jake," Thomas "Buck," Louis "Archie" and Edward Czekaj; and sisters, Helen Wisniewski and Sophie Demagall. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, both in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity of one's choice in memory of Jean A. Etling. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Fontana, Barry R. 52

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1963-02-06
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barry R. Fontana, 52, of Greensburg, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 6, 1963, in Panorama City, Calif., the son of Adeline (Petrella) Castellano, of Greensburg, and the late Romeo Fontana. He was Catholic by faith. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Dominick Castellano. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Lisa Siard and her husband, Jeffrey, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Freer, Elizabeth J. 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-01-10
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Freer, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Manor Care, Monroeville, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Martinsburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Page and Elizabeth O'Roke. She was a charter member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church and, until recent years, was an active member of Compassionate Friends and Penns Woods Civic Association. Betty will be remembered with love and kind thoughts by all her extended family and friends. Everyone who met her remarked on her sweetness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gordon Scott "Scotty" Freer. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Gordon L. Freer; and daughter, Susan E. Freer and her partner, Jeanne Grazier. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Penns Woods United Methodist Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Hilty, Betty J. 85

  • Salem Township
  • Born: 1930-02-17
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Betty J. (Long) Hilty, 85, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home in Salem Township. She was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Clarence E. and Mary A. (Burger) Long. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by three brothers, James H., Edward C. and Earl W. Long; and a sister, Margaret Waltenbaugh. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, John B. Hilty Sr.; daughters, Beverly J. Kellner and her husband, Thomas, of Greensburg, Deborah A. Zilliot and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg, Marcie L. Baker and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe, and sons, John B. Hilty Jr., of Greeensburg, Richard W. Hilty, of Greensburg, and Mark A. Hilty, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Mangold, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Steven L. Craft presiding. Interment services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Paul, Karen A. 60

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1955-05-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Karen A. (Martz) Paul, 60, of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born May 9, 1955, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of JoAnn (Magill) Martz, of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul W. Martz. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department Woman's Auxiliary. She was an employee of Target Department Store. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husband of more than nine years, David Paul. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sisters, Cheryl (Mark) Dufford, of Irwin, Nancy (George) Molovich, of West Newton, and Susan (Michael) Stokes, of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 8 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 617 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Peterman, Ellen C. 92

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1923-02-07
  • Died: 2015-07-01
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ellen C. Peterman, 92, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Lansing, Mich., a daughter of the late Verner R. and Emily Morrow Griffith. She was an alumna of the Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing. She had been employed as a registered nurse, having worked for Westmoreland Hospital, Uniontown Hospital until 1985, and retiring in 1995, after having worked for the late Dr. Richard Cribbs. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and its Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Peterman, in 1981. She is survived by three children, Carl R. (Kaye) Peterman, of Greenwood, Del., Mark A. Peterman, of Tampa, Fla., and Linda Schurg, of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Carla (Patrick) Williams, Kristen (Jerry) Thomas, Tammy (Steve) Bruck and Tarrah (William) Cooney; eight great-grandchildren, Morgan Thomas, Kyle Moyer, Ian and Riley Cooney, Ellen and Elaina Williams, and McKayla and Ashley Bruck; a soon to be born great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Dorothy Shultz, of Ligonier, and Betty Barnhart, of Youngwood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where Ellen's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday with her pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., officiating. Private interment will be in Zenith (Pa.) Lutheran Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Piper, Alice M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-07-24
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Alice M. Piper, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born July 24, 1930, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Lewis and Lucille (Silvis) Risher. She is survived by her two children, Walter L. "Sonny" Piper Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Latrobe, and Ronald E. Piper and his wife, Rita, of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Chad (Kelly) Piper, Jeremy, Nicole and Heather Piper; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Cheyenne Piper; four sisters, Mary Ellen, Vern and her husband, Dan, Peggy and her husband, Richard and Edie; a brother, William "Bill" and his wife, Jennie; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Piper Sr.; an infant son; a grandson, Ryan Piper; four brothers, Charles, Lewis, Walter and George; two sisters, Kay and Mary; and stepmother, Lucinda Risher. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier, with Amedisys Chaplin David Hixson. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amedisys Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Scottdale, PA 15683. Alice's family would like to thank everyone at the Mountainview Speciality Care Center and the Amedisys Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion given to Alice.
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Sarosi, Elizabeth J. 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-04-10
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. Sarosi, 79, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at her home. She was born April 10, 1936, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Helen McMarlin. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Sarosi was employed with US Steel, Homestead, and later worked as a sales associate for Hornes at Greengate Mall. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, White Oak, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading mystery books. She was the widow of William Sarosi; and daughter, Lisa. She is survived by her two sons, John W., of North Huntingdon, and George W. (Lisa), of Niwot, Colo.; three grandchildren, Jake, Hannah and Claire; and sister, Georgine McMarlin. Friends were received Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Seigh, Larry D. 68

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1947-03-11
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Larry D. Seigh, 68, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born March 11, 1947, in Wilkinsburg, to the late Charles and Elsie Holly Seigh. Larry is survived by his beloved spouse of 47 years, Laurel Beech Seigh; two loving daughters, Lisa (Jason Nuss) Nicely and Lora (Joe Schreiber) Febbraro; grandchildren, Kevin (Lissa McLaughlin) Bresnan, Kayla (Joe Schriver) Bresnan, Justus Seigh, Michael and Vincent Febbraro; step-grandchildren, Morgan, Hanna and Alivia Schreiber and Bryce Nuss; great-grandson, Landon Bresnan; and his brother, Charles E. (Bonnie) Seigh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, Turtle Creek. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Hillman Cancer Center c/o Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Shipley, James W. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-07-16
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • James W. Shipley, 88, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in St. Anne Home. He was born Friday, July 16, 1926, in Pine Grove, W.Va., son of the late William and Ethel (Gump) Shipley. He was a decorated Marine World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg. He worked for Robertshaw Controls in Youngwood. He then went to Massachusetts and was employed by Texas Instruments in Attleboro, Mass. After retirement, he lived in Latrobe and Greensburg. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Doris L. Shipley. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Additional view will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at the funeral home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with the Rev. Brian B. Chaffee officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, 120 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. To send condolences, visit crmfh.com.
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Stapf, John W. 76

  • Manor
  • Born: 1938-08-23
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Stapf, 76, of Manor, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Grafton, N.D., a son of the late Harvey L. and Elaine (Scott) Stapf. He was a retired Army Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of active service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was involved with the Pershing Missile System. After retiring from the military, he was an instructor for more than 15 years at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnston. He was a member of the New Stanton Assembly of God Church, the American Legion, Manor and was the past president of the Jeanette Rotary Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Stapf. He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Patricia A. (Tatters) Stapf; children, Patricia (Edward) Kushner, of Irwin, Yvonne Brickley, of Manor, and Walter (Teresa) Stapf, of Jeanette; grandchildren, Ralph Hensell, Rachel Hensell, Michael (Chisato) Hensell, John A. Stapf, Victoria Stapf and Stephanie Stapf; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Brice, Katar, Nikole and Peighton; and sister, Sharon (David) Adler, of Eagle River, Wis. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Starke, Doris M. 94

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1921-04-22
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Doris M. (Johnson) Holt Starke, 94, a resident of William Penn Care Center, formerly of Irwin, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was born April 22, 1921, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Airgood) Johnson; and was stepdaughter of the late Frank T. Lawton. Doris was a former member of Central Park Baptist Church, Versailles, and First Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Lester E. Holt (owner of L.E. Holt Grinding Company, Irwin) and George Carl Starke, both World War II Navy veterans; a daughter, Linda Waite; and siblings, Harry Johnson Lawton, Frank Lawton and Betty Holden. She is survived by her children, Wayne Holt and his wife, Judi, of Irwin, James Holt and his wife, Julie, of Liberty Borough, and Carol Baughman and her husband, Edward, of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and special friends from Pershing Square, Greensburg, and Ridgeview Residential Care, Youngwood. Friends were received Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service was held Wednesday. Interment followed in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Stashick, Victor 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-03-18
  • Died: 2015-06-24
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Victor "Vic" Stashick, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. Vic was born March 18, 1927, in Tarrs, the son of the late Andrew and Julia Martinowski Stashick. Vic was a 1945 graduate of East Huntingdon High School. He was a radio operator with the Army during World War II and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Vic retired from Kennemetal as a skilled machinist, was a member of American Legion Post 446 and VFW Post 3368, Mt. Pleasant, the Mt. Pleasant Fireman's Club, the Western Pennsylvania Fireman's Association, Slovak Club and Falcons Club of Mt. Pleasant, Everson PAK, where he played baseball in the Fay West Baseball League and a past member of the Kosciuszko Club, Mt. Pleasant, bowling in their league. He was also a member of the Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizen Center. Surviving are his children, Judy Kiral and husband, Mike, and Sandy George and husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant, Randy Stashick and wife, Sandy, of Georgia, and Ron Stashick and wife, Pam, of Trafford; grandchildren, Michael Kiral and wife, Amanda, Amy Peifer and husband, Joe, Brandon George and wife, Laura, Darcy Firmstone and husband, Bill, Morgan Stashick, Adam Stashick and wife, Meredith, Aaron Stashick and Allison Emsurak and husband, Brad; great-grandchildren, Nyla Kiral, Brayden Stashick, Brooke and Zachary Emsurak and Jillian Stashick; a sister, Florence Walker, of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Vic was preceded in death by his wife, Anastasia Stashick; a great-grandchild, Laney Grace Kiral; and a brother-in-law, E.W. (Bill) Walker. Family and friends were invited Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where a blessing service was held Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, followed in the Transfiguration Cemetery. A parish wake service was held Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Center for Active Adults, 424 Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666. Please visit Vic's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Fayette County

Cooper, Brendon D. 18

  • Connellsville
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Brendon D. Cooper, 18, of Connellsville, Bullskin Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Arrangements are under the direction of the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, and will be announced when complete. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.Martuccifuneralhome.com.
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