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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Wills, Mary Jane 94

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Brown) Wills, 93, a resident of St. John's Specialty Care Center, formerly of Bellevue (West View), died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Wills Sr.; loving mother of Beverly Deiss of Bellevue and Robert L. (Karen) Wills Jr., of Greensburg; proud grandmother of Debbie (Pat) Riley, of Ross Township, Michelle (Todd) Longanecker, of Irwin, Rob (Melissa) Wills, of York, and Doug Wills, of York; and great-grandmother of Abigail, Shane, Dylan, Robby, Grace, Alex and Claire. Mary Jane was a graduate of Perry High School Class of 39 and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Fairview Volunteer Fire Company and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600, until the time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to St. John's Specialty Care Center.
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Westmoreland County

Charlesworth, Donna L.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1961-09-06
  • Died: 2014-11-25
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  • Donna Louise Charlesworth, of Greensburg, lost the battle to cancer Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1961. She is survived by her three children, Rhiannon (Jerry, Cameron, Shaun, Cairynn and Connor), Tiffany (Brandan) and Maverick (Racheal); father, Lou Charlesworth; brothers, Ed (Joyce, Emmy, Cathy and Eddie), Joe (Mary, Julie, Ryan, Mike and Cody) and Mark (Teresa, Brandon and Tessa); husband, Rich Chianese; best friend for life, Carol; knitting buddies in "The Chubby Knitters Club"; an endless number of close friends; and her dogs, "The Rat Pack," including her beloved Chihuahuas and shih tzu pups. Though she faced several struggles during her lifetime she never gave up the fight, even to her last breath she continued to be a fighter. She taught her kids and loved ones what it means to be resilient, strong and genuine. Through the hardship she always had a smile on her face, while selflessly doing all she could for others. For example, in August 2014, she received a donation for Dollars for Donna (http://www.facebook.com/dollarsfordonna) from Steel City Roller Derby of $300 and donated it back to the league. One of her proudest accomplishments was the charity event she started, Benefit Beach Party, inspired from her illness. She used a portion of the proceeds to help others fight cancer. Her final wishes were to make sure that her doctor got recognition for his close attention and special care he provided. She loved and was forever thankful for Dr. Tawbi of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. She also wanted to help research and future cancer victims so she donated her body for scientific research through Life Legacy. Donna was a magnificent person in so many ways. When asked how she wanted to be remembered she said, "Funny, creative, artsy-fartsy, caring, beautiful, loving and an animal lover." She loved knitting, painting, art, being with her children and grandchildren and the holiday season. Her children are thankful for the time we got to spend with her and are glad she is now at peace. She will be deeply missed. A gathering will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the residence of Joe and Mary Charlesworth, 3471 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650 to celebrate Donna's life.
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Cherrone, Robert R. 89

  • Export
  • Born: 1925-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert R. Cherrone, 89, a lifelong resident of Export, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Export, a son of the late Nicole and Serafina (Calisti) Cherrone. Bob was a retired machinist at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, where he served as a waist gunner on B-24's. Robert was Catholic by faith and had many interests but was especially fond of gardening and the joy he received in giving the fruits of his labor to his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Louis and Earnest; five sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Lauria, Algie and Dorothy; and a step-daughter, Mary Margaret Hill. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Rebich) Cherrone; a sister-in-law, Josephine Cherrone; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Robert lived a long and satisfying life and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (no visitation Sunday). Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Dominick, Shawn J. 49

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1965-02-09
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Shawn J. Dominick, 49, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Feb. 9, 1965, in Greensburg, a son of Rose (Mangione) Dominick, of Latrobe, and the late Frank M. Dominick. Shawn was a member of St. Bartholomew Church. He enjoyed cooking and had attended Westmoreland County Community College's culinary school. He was an avid collector of collectables -- anything, anywhere, anytime. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lewis and Carmella Dominick; and his maternal grandparents, Louis and Sapienza Mangione. In addition to his mother, Shawn is survived by a brother, Gerard R. Dominick and Tami Mastrojohn, of Akron, Ohio; a special niece, Jocelyn R. Dominick, of Stow, Ohio; a special aunt, Flo Hiznaneck, of Greensburg; special cousins, John J. Dominick, Kevin and Lisa Kuncher, Jason and Dee Mignogna and Michelle Keenan; numerous other cousins; his special friends, Kevin Myers, Aaron Loughner, Neill Stouffer, April Osbourne, Steve Saling, T.R. Butler, Susan Sandford, Mark and Karen Ruoff; and many other friends. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action or Westmoreland County Humane Society. Rose, Gerard and Jocelyn would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, UPMC Montefiore, UPMC Presbyterian, Faith in Action, everyone at Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Heartland Hospice, especially Shari Taylor, for their caring, loving and healing hands. 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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Eaglehouse, Richard D. 63

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1951-07-18
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard D. Eaglehouse, 63, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born July 18, 1951, in Latrobe, a son of Jolene M. (Leccia) Eaglehouse, of Latrobe, and the late Richard P. Eaglehouse. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and had been employed by Designed Alloy Products Inc. Rick was an avid sports fan. He loved golfing and played in the Vasco Golf League and had coached softball and basketball for a number of years. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Kowalski. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Nancy J. (Kowalski) Eaglehouse, of Latrobe; four daughters, Amanda J. Kubasky and her husband, Christopher, of Greensburg, Michelle L. Eaglehouse, Rachel A. Eaglehouse and Jocelyn M. Eaglehouse, all of Latrobe; a brother, Thomas E. Eaglehouse and his wife, Linda, of Greensburg; a sister, Karen A. Raishart and her husband, Michael, of Norvelt; and his father-in-law, John Kowalski. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his special dog, Zoe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Shadyside Hospital's 7th Floor West staff for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Goodman Jr., John Jack E. 52

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1962-01-21
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John E. "Jack" Goodman Jr., 52, of Unity Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at his residence. He was born Jan. 21, 1962, in Latrobe, a son of Genevieve "Jenny" (Ferlan) Goodman, of Latrobe, and the late John E. "Jack" Goodman Sr. Jack was the owner/operator of Goodman Trucking and he loved to help others. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancee, Rita V. Edge, of Unity Township; one sister, Joann Goodman-Bentley and her husband, Al, of Austin, Texas; and three nieces, Natalie, Jenny and Jackie. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Westmoreland County Memorial Park, where entombment will follow. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the cemetery chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lupus Foundation at http://www.lupus.org. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hile, Wilma J. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-01-30
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Wilma Jeanne (Beers) Hile, 81, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Creighton and Wilma Beers. She was a choir member at the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville and a member of the Murrysville Women's Club, and she participated in Summer Stock Theatre. Wilma is survived by her husband, Paul Lowell Hile; a son, Mark C. Hile, of Plum; a daughter, Paula J. Hile, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and one granddaughter, Jamie J. Crookham, of Hopewell Township. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville with the Rev. Chris Livermore and Pastor Bob Ellson officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverview Memorial Park, Penn Hills. If desired, memorials may be made to the church. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hunter, Eva J. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-11-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Eva Jean (Cramer) Hunter, 80, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her residence. Eva Jean was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Russell Charles and Josephine Ida (Minerd) Cramer. She was married to Eugene V. Debs Hunter Sr., who passed away March 4, 2001. Eva Jean was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School, class of 1952, and years ago worked as a baker in the Tasty Pastry Bakery, in Connellsville. She was a member of the Bryan United Methodist Church, near Dawson, where she taught Sunday School. Years ago, she was affiliated with the Owensdale United Methodist Church and the Scottdale Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the Scottdale Woman's Garden Club and the Brownfield Community Center. Eva Jean took enjoyment in singing and playing the organ. Eva Jean will be sadly missed by her loving family; her three children, Donna Kay Nicholson and her husband, Clarence Nicholson Jr., of Connellsville, Eva Marie Gaffney and her husband, Wayne Gaffney, of Scottdale, and Robert Earl Hunter and his wife, Stephanie, of Connellsville; her two step-children, Sandra Phelps and her husband, Harry, of North Carolina, and Eugene V. Hunter II, of Darragh; her 19 grandchildren; her 24 great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Dorothy Stoner, of Ohio, and Donna Lee Brooks and her husband, Eugene, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Jean Hunter; her two sons, Kenneth Glenn Hunter and George Hunter; her step-daughter, Susan Hunter; her granddaughter, Jennifer Jean Fox; her grandson, Jimmy Crise; her two brothers, Wilber and Walter Cramer; and her two sisters, Marjorie Biller and Pauline Meloni. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 SPRING ST., SCOTTDALE, (724-887-5300 ) http://www.fergusonfunerals.com (GPS: N40 degrees 06.136 W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastors Chris Varney and Roy Butt co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery next to her late husband. Love Lasts Forever!
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Latshaw III, James A. 74

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-10-16
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • James A. Latshaw III, 74, of Southwest Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Murrysville, the son of the late James A. Jr. and Oneida G. (Hale) Latshaw. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Greensburg Salem School District. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by a son, James P. Latshaw and his wife, Anne Marie, of Clinton, N.Y.; a daughter, Tina Balest and her husband, Michael, of Irwin; two granddaughters, Alyssa Balest and Tiffany Latshaw; a sister, Neta Domalik and her husband, Joseph, of Marguerite; and several nieces and nephews. 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. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Muto, Margaretta E. 96

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1918-02-24
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Margaretta E. Muto, 96, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Kornbauer Love. Margaretta was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Margaretta was predeceased by her husband, John Muto, in 1974; sisters, Lillian Knechtel, Marie Stevens and Elizabeth Wilson; and brothers, Harry "Buck" Donnelly, Joseph Love, John Love, Robert Love and Howard "Stew" Love. She was the last surviving member of a large family. She is survived by a daughter, Eleanor DeFelice, and a son, Russell Muto and wife, Ann, all of Greensburg; grandchildren, Margie Humm and husband, Jay, James Graham and wife, Beth, John Graham, Christina Graham, Stacey Sloan and husband, Charles, and Shelley Muto; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaretta's family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Hempfield Manor nurses and staff, and the Three Rivers Hospice, for all of the wonderful care and support that she received during her time there. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Nice, Roy A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-09-21
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Roy A. Nice, 66, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the home of his sister in Hannastown. He was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Wheeling, W.Va., the son of the late Roy Nice and Catherine (Reynolds) Kuhns. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Frank Kuhns; and a granddaughter, Paige. He is survived by two sons, Jason Nice and his wife, Holly, of Youngwood, and Christopher Nice and his wife, Kara, of New Alexandria; a daughter, Dana Snyder; four grandchildren, Christian, Bryan, Xavier and Raina; and his sister, Margaret Malone, of Hannastown. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday in Community United Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria, with the Rev. Kathleen Shirey officiating. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Peer, Jimmie Beth 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jimmie Beth (Marple) Peer, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va., a daughter of the late James S. and Jessie (Armstrong) Marple. Jimmie Beth was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout her life and most recently retired as a nurse's aide for Right at Home Health Care, of East Pittsburgh. She was a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in business and marketing and a master's degree in business administration. Jimmie was a member of Murrysville Alliance Church, and also a member of A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education), the Order of the Eastern Star, of California, Pa., the Adamsburg Community Fire Hall Social Club, and also a member of the WVU marching band and was a very talented musician and pianist. Surviving are her husband, Dennis Peer Sr.; two children, Nichlas Kaukonen and fiancee, Julie Huppman, of Coal Center, and Jamie Jarmon and husband, Joseph Jr., of Salem, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Dennis Peer Jr. and wife, Darcy, of Pittsburgh, and Kaitlin Peer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Joseph Jarmon III; two sisters, Daphne Moore and husband, Ernest, of West Virginia, and Dolores Pease and husband, Alan, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Vensko, Elizabeth K. 84

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1930-01-20
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth K. Vensko, 84, of Hunker, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Monday, Jan. 20, 1930, in South Greensburg, daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Kopcho) Vensko. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Greensburg. She worked for Penn Albert Towers and Seton Hill College. Surviving are a brother, Andy S. Vensko, Hunker; two sisters, Verna M. Vensko, Hunker, and Sue Anna Price, Hagarstown; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Vensko; and two sisters, Agnus and Catherine Vensko. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A Parastas service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Requiem funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church with Father Regus Desenta officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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Fayette County

Grimm, Dorothy A. 84

Sessler Umbel, Clarissa Criss 89

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1925-08-15
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Clarissa "Criss" (Dally) Sessler Umbel, 89, of Uniontown, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Balsinger, a daughter of Philip Leroy Dally and Jessie Belle Franks Dally. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Russell Sessler Jr.; and a brother, Jesse Leroy Dally. Criss was a 1943 graduate of German High School and went on to further her education at Bob Jones University, California University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as an educator in Friendsville, Md., Barrington College and for the Intermediate Unit No. 1 in Fayette County before her retirement. She was a faithful member of Third Presbyterian Church and served as a Sunday School teacher, elder, a member of the Grace Bible Class and dedicated member of the choir. Criss was also active in the Fayette County Sunday School Association, Fayette County Christian Endeavor, where she enjoyed leading singing with her never-ending enthusiasm. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and PSEA. Criss was a world traveler and was an avid reader. Left to cherish Criss's memory is her husband, William Kimmel Umbel; her daughter, Amy Bane and husband, Mark, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a stepson, Ernest Umbel and wife, Julie, of Friendsville; and a stepdaughter, Kathy Deal and husband, Scott, of Addison. Family will receive friends from noon to 2 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Third Presbyterian Church followed by a service celebrating Criss's life at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Chris Enoch and Pastor Michael Grantz as co-officiatiants. Interment will follow in Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.adferguson.com.
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