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Allegheny County

Schultz, Duane L. 66

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Butch" Schultz, 66, of North Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was an Army Vietnam veteran, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in McKeesport, was an AMA life member, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and of the VFW No. 8430 in East McKeesport. He was a son of the late Donald J. and Blanche E. (Berwick) Schultz; beloved husband for 41 years of Florence H. "Flo" (Howard) Schultz; devoted father of Harley David (Kimberly) Schultz, Jay (Amelia) Schultz and Joshua Schultz; loving brother of Carol (Ken) Larson, Donald A. "Don" (Georgeanne) Schultz and the late Dale Schultz; son-in-law of Bernice and the late Robert Howard; brother-in-law of Robert "Butch" (Marie) Howard, Earl "Huck" (Jan) Howard and Ethel Eileen (George) Skiles; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved him. Family and friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Additional visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Monday with Pastor Tim Williams officiating. Interment at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 412-471-0935 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 or 412-829-2818 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org.
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Westmoreland County

Austin, Elinor J. 88

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1926-03-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elinor Jean Austin, 88, a resident of Jeannette for 80 years, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Emeritus in Latrobe. She was born March 31, 1926, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Kenneth B. and Elsie Louise Russell Everett. After graduating from Duffs Business Institute, she worked as an executive secretary at Old Republic Insurance. Elinor was known for her cooking, baking, her cheery smile and bright personality. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Eugene Edward Austin; and a brother, Kenneth R. Everett. She is survived by a son, Roger Austin and his wife, Amy, of Greensburg; a daughter, Donna Impink and her husband, Keith, of Greensburg; a grandson, Gregory Impink and his wife, Rachelle, of Mountville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon Saturday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. Elinor's family would like to thank Emeritus and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care and support. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Bittner, Kathleen 83

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Hunger Bittner died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in her home at Newhaven Court in Greensburg, at the age of 83. Born in Arnold, to George and Lillian Hunger, she married Dean Bittner in 1951 at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The two moved to Oakmont and later Penn Hills, where Dean was an executive with PA National Insurance Co. while Kathleen taught guitar lessons from their home. Both were active in their church, Laketon Heights United Methodist Church, and when they moved to Delmont, Faith United Methodist Church. They also enjoyed volunteering with their friends at the annual St. Bartholomew Church festival. During those years, Kathleen co-owned and operated a deli in Regent Square and volunteered with the Wilkinsburg Junior Symphony Orchestra. She was a patient and supportive teacher interested in developing musical talent in children. She was the devoted mother of three: daughter, Kim Rauch (Gary), of Greensburg; and sons, Paul (Donna) Bittner, of Erie, and David Bittner, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kathleen also is survived by 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jean Galvin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; and her sisters, Shirley Woods and MaryAlice Martin. Viewing will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. A private burial service will take place in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Bucciarelli, Frances L. 65

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-12-02
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances L. Bucciarelli, 65, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Fran was born Dec. 2, 1948, daughter of the late August and Margaret (Angelicchio) Bucciarelli. Fran graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic in 1966 and Seton Hill College in 1970, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and elementary education. Fran continued her graduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a master's degree in counseling and a certificate of advanced studies in school psychology. While attending Seton Hill College, Fran began her elementary teaching career as an intern teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Irwin. Fran taught for the Diocese of Greensburg at St. Bruno's and St. Paul's for four years. Upon receipt of her degree in counseling, Fran began working with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit in elementary counseling and then in gifted education, assigned to the Norwin School District. In 1985, Fran became a school psychologist at Norwin School District where she served its children until her retirement in 2006. Fran loved children and dedicated her life to making a difference in their lives and the lives of those children's parents. She loved learning new things. Technology was always "her friend," and she shared her expertise with anyone who expressed a need for help. Fran was a born problem solver, creative thinker, and lifelong learner. She had a passion for justice and her compassion touched the lives of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Frances is survived by her aunt, Theresa Ereditario, of Jeannette; and uncles, Clo Angelicchio, of Greensburg, and Charles Bucciarelli, of Latrobe; as well as cousins, Denny and Doreen Angelicchio, of Greensburg, and Debbie (Angelicchio) and Ron Jackson, of North Huntingdon, Al and Kiki Angelicchio, David and Sue Angelicchio, Donna (Angelicchio) and Scott Breegle, all of Greensburg, Paul Ereditaro and Monica (Ereditario) and Tom Scholl, of Greensburg, Carol (Bucciarelli) Halferty, Mary Lou (Bucciarelli) and Joe Chesarino, Charles Bucciarelli Jr., Nelson and Camille Weimer, John and Kathy Weimer, Harry Weimer, Mary Ann Gilligan, Tom Gilligan and Tina Gilligan, all of Latrobe; numerous second cousins and friends; her adopted family, Diane and Melissa Wiley; and "her little boy," Teddy. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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 the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frances Bucciarelli '70 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601-1599.
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Cassette, Alexander 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1925-04-24
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Alexander "Sonny" Cassette, 89, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born April 24, 1925, in Jeannette, a son of the late Angelo and Angeline DiMartino Cassette. Prior to his retirement, Sonny was a truck driver for the ANR Trucking Co. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Air Corps. Sonny was a member of the Ascension Church, the Teamsters Local No. 30, American Legion Post No. 344, the VFW Post No. 8240 and the Jeannette Italian Club, all of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Albert Cassette; and two sisters, Marie Paulone and Antonette Elias. He is survived by his longtime companion, Naomi Levinson, of Jeannette; nieces and nephews, Donald Paulone (Judy), of Jeannette, Albert Cassette (Carmella), of Greensburg, Kathy Garrick (John), of Jeannette, Becky Itle (Gary), of Florida, Dan Paulone (Patrice), of Greensburg, Rachele Paulone (Don Rainville), of Wexford, Marian Scully (Tim), of Falls Church, Va., and Anthony Cassette (Sharon), of Chantilly Va.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. As per Sonny's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass to be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ascension Church, 615 Division St., Jeannette, with Father Paul A. Lisik as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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Finoli, Eleanor L. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-08-22
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eleanor L. Finoli, 89, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Inez M. (DePodesta) Fury. Prior to retirement, she had been employed at the Village Lamppost, Greensburg. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and former member of the Westmoreland Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Unit 9. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Lonigro. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Domenic R. Finoli; a daughter, Mary Tirdil and her husband, Matthew, of Greensburg; two sons, James R. Finoli and his wife, Cynthia, of Greensburg, and David M. Finoli and his wife, Vivian, of Monroeville; five grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Marissa, Cara and Brianna Finoli; two sisters, Betty Pellegrini, of Bradenton, Fla., and Mary Ann Calabrase, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Paul Lonigro, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Louise Finoli, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family would like to extend their gratitude and acknowledge the caregivers, Carol, Terry, Lesa, Lynn, Sarah, Brandy and Debbie; and her nurse, Carol; and the staff at Amedysis Hospice for their care and compassion. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Graham, Thomas E. 82

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1932-05-06
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Graham, 82, of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1932, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late John Edward Graham and Julia (Poiriez) Graham. He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Bernett) Graham; a grandson, Christopher J. Cardy; a brother, John P. Graham; and a son-in-law, William R. Ludvigson. Tom is survived by his daughter, Coleen J. Cardy, of Ligonier; his son, Bruce E. Graham and his wife, Cheryl, of Johnstown; his brother and sisters, Dolores "Dee" Jackson, of Ligonier, Elizabeth "Libby" McKlveen and her husband, Don, of Ligonier, Julia "Dicky" Ambrose and her husband, Jim, of Ligonier, Howard Graham and his wife, Mary Ann, of Cadiz, Ohio, Loretta Wissel and her husband, Duane, of Lincoln, Neb., and Leona Moyer and her husband, Harry, of Latrobe; his two grandchildren, Megan Ashley Graham and Abbey Taylor Graham; his sister-in-law, Sandy Graham, of Ligonier; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. Paul Poerschke, officiating. Interment is private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center emergency room, Good Samaritan 5th floor, ICU, and palliative care for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Henschel, Marie A. 88

  • Pleasant Unity
  • Born: 1926-01-04
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Marie A. Henschel, 88, of Pleasant Unity, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at home. She was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late John G. and Marie A. (Biller) Tlumack. She was a member of St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William N. Henschel; three sons, infants, William E. and Christopher, and William P. Henschel; a daughter, Deborah A. Ament; a brother, William Biller; and a sister, Madelyn DiCocco. She is survived by three children, Susan Dorsey and husband, Dean, of Medina, Ohio, Cynthia J. Walters, of Pleasant Unity, and Kevin "Slick" Henschel and wife, Rhonda, of Pleasant Unity; a daughter-in-law, Patricia A. "Patsy" Henschel, of Pleasant Unity; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Selembo, of Greensburg; two brothers, John G. Tlumack, of United, and Philip J. Tlumack, of Mt. Pleasant; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. A prayer will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Houser, William Bill A. 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1940-08-15
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • William A. "Bill" Houser, 74, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Acme, a son of the late William S. Houser and Margaret R. (Weimer) Houser Testa. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed at Piad Casting Co., and was a Navy veteran. William "Bill" was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He loved football, his dogs, taking care of his yard, and most of all he loved being a grandfather. Michael and Jonathan were his pride and joy. He never missed a game or practice in whatever sport his grandsons were participating in. Bill had a heart of gold and his smile was contagious. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" (Christopher) Houser; a grandson, Jonathan D. Morelli; a step-father, Vincent Testa; and a sister, Dorothy June Houser. He is survived by his daughter, Rachele Morelli, of Greensburg; a grandson, Michael W. Morelli, of Greensburg; and his sister, Betty Houser, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Foundations. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kelley, Jay H. 94

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1920-03-09
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Coshey-Nicholson, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jay Hilary Kelley, 94, of Greensburg, passed into the hands of our Lord Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Dr. Kelley, who was known as Hil to his family and friends, was born March 9, 1920, in Greensburg. He was one of nine children. His father was a member of the House of Representatives for 20 years. Hil attended Greensburg High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Penn State. During World War II, Hil served in the Army as lieutenant and later captain in the 51st Combat Engineers. He was part of the invasion force at Omaha Beach, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where his unit was commemorated in the book "Unbroken Line". As a captain, he served in occupation government supervising census and reconstruction in Munich and Erfurt, Germany. When he returned home, Hil was introduced to Catherine Holway Thom by their mutual friend, John F. Kennedy, who was a junior congressman at the time. After a three-month, whirlwind courtship, Kate and Hil were married, and Hil went on to complete his PhD in engineering at Penn State. In 1961, Dr. Kelley was invited by the newly-elected President Kennedy to join his staff as a science advisor. He served in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations before accepting an executive position at Rutgers University. Dr. Kelley also worked as an executive at Ford and taught at Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania before being appointed a dean at West Virginia University. Dr. Kelley also held multiple patents, ran a successful engineering consulting business and was a proud member of Washington, D.C.'s Cosmos Club. Hil was a brilliant, objective and humble man who accepted every man and women as an equal and every child as a student. He was a true renaissance man who not only preached individualism but practiced it in every aspect of his life. Dr. Kelley is preceded in death by his father, Rep. Augustus Bernard Kelley; mother, Ella Marie; son, attorney Hilary Gerard; daughter, Christine Thom; brothers, Regis, Robert, Richard and Paul; and sister, Kathleen. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Holway Kelley; brother, James R., sisters, Tek (Theresa) and Marcy; sons, Leonard, of Eagle River, Alaska, and Patrick, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters, Kitty Nutter, of Kingwood, W.Va., Mary, of Nevis, West Indies, Joyce Ann, of Columbus, Mont., Michele Maureen, of Billings, Mont., and Sheila Roseline, of Los Angeles; daughters-in-law, Laura W. Kelley and Cindy Kelley, of Phillipi, W.Va.; and sons-in-law, Richard Schiff, of Louisiana, Pius Schenker, of Columbus, Tim Russell, of Columbus, and Tom Nutter, of Kingwood. Hil was also blessed with 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." - Revelations. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Mr. Kelleys Home at 320 Maple Dr., Greensburg. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, beginning with prayers at home and Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., Supervisor, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, please provide assistance to "Wounded Warrior Project." http://www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Kolmer, Stephen D. 61

  • Export
  • Born: 1953-08-26
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Stephen Daniel Kolmer, 61, of Export, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the home of his good friends and caregivers, Nick and Dawnna Kerr. He was born Aug. 26, 1953, in Philadelphia, to Barbara (Burns) Kolmer, of Virginia, and the late Daniel A. Kolmer. Stephen was the second son born to Dan and Barb, and the fourth child. Three more children were born into the family before they moved from Bala Cynwyd to Murrysville. Stephen was a graduate of Franklin Regional High School. Stephen is survived by his two daughters, Sara Kolmer Layton, wife of Todd, of Pennsylvania, and Emily Kolmer Davidson, wife of Sam, of Virginia. Stephen sadly missed his son, Derek Stephen Kolmer, who passed away Aug. 27, 2011, at the age of 22. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Colby, Logan, Bella, Sophia and Alayna. Stephen will be sadly missed by his mother, Barbara; sister, Kathy Klein, wife of Roger, of Pennsylvania; brother, Michael Kolmer, of Ohio; sister, Susan Marshall, wife of Bill, of South Carolina; brother, Jim Kolmer, husband of Laurie, of Maryland; brother, Patrick Kolmer, of Ohio; and brother, David Kolmer, of Virginia. Stephen's family also included numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Stephen's final resting place will eventually be next to his son, Derek, in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. This was Stephen's wish. The family wishes to thank everyone involved in Stephen's care, all medical personnel at UPMC Shadyside, coworkers at CSE Corp., Monroeville, and especially Nick and Dawnna Kerr and family. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Kovach, Richard A. 66

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1948-04-05
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard A. "Dick" Kovach, 66, of Unity Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 5, 1948, in Indiana, Pa., the son of the late Albert A. and Stella E. (Guzik) Kovach. Dick was a 1966 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School where he played football and was a member of the only GCC undefeated football team in 1964. He was also the recipient of the school's 2008 Distinguished Centurion Alumni Award. He attended the University of Pittsburgh on a full football scholarship, graduating in 1970. He then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1973. A lawyer for more than 41 years, Dick operated the firm Kovach and Kovach, in Latrobe, and was a member of the Pennsylvania and Westmoreland Bar Associations. He was also the owner and operator of the Chetremon Golf Course, in Cherry Tree, Pa., for 45 years. Chetremon became a special place for the gathering of family and friends over the years. Dick was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and, at one time, taught CCD classes. He was a member and past president of the Latrobe Rotary Club, where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and served on the board of directors as advisor. He also served as district governor for Rotary District 7330 in 1991. Dick truly lived the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self." Other memberships included the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus Daniel P. Nolan Council No. 940. In 2002, he was the recipient of Christ the Divine Teacher School's Divine Donor Award. Dick will always be known as a wonderful family man and an extremely generous man whose door and heart were always open to anyone. One of his favorite quotes was "Superstars play hurt." Dick is survived by his wife, Judith A. (Diehl) Kovach; three children, Elizabeth A. Kunz and her husband, Daniel, of Wexford, Douglas A. Kovach and his wife, Amanda, of Pittsburgh, and Sarah A. Thompson and her husband, John, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Thomas and Stella Kunz, Grace and Norah Kovach, and Ryan and Joseph Thompson; two sisters, Bernadette Ponko and her husband, Duane, of Delmont, and Celine Steinmiller and her husband, Kenneth, of Export; three aunts, Scholastica Geary, Elizabeth Gessler and Charlotte Shea; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Vincent Basilica. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Father Gilbert J. Burke OSB Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Morgan, David G. 59

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1955-04-25
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David G. Morgan, 59, of Huntingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born April 25, 1955, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles G. Sr. and Isabelle (Stasiowski) Morgan. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for Holtec Industries of East Pittsburgh as a tool and die maker. Dave was an avid golfer and belonged to several golf leagues throughout the area. Dave enjoyed the outdoors, he loved to hunt and raising English Setters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Morgan Jr. Surviving are three children, Marissa Morgan, of Seattle, Wash., Kerri Morgan, of Manor, and Nicholas Morgan, of North Huntingdon; four brothers, Gerald, James, Tim and Bob Morgan; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ronald Wakeman, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Skovira, Loretta A. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-01-24
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Loretta A. Connors Skovira, 80, of Scottdale, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 20, 2014, at St. Anne's Home, Greensburg, while being comforted by her loving children and grandchildren. She was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Everson, a daughter of the late William R. and Bridget Flanagan Connors. Loretta was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas Court Lambing No. 314. She was self-employed as owner/operator, along with her late husband, James Skovira, of Skovira Machine Co. since 1951. She was a member of the Everson Senior Citizens Organization. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their sporting events and taking bus trips. Loretta was a loving mother, grandmother and sister to her family. Her devotion and love were unconditional and never-ending for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family at their lake house at Indian Lake. Her favorite pastime was watching her grandchildren at their sporting events and also taking bus trips and traveling. Loretta is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her six loving children, Judy A. Wittig and husband, Dan, of Plum Borough, James P. Skovira Jr. and Laura, of Scottdale, Michael D. Skovira and wife, Diana, of Scottdale, Robert W. Skovira and wife, Michele, of Scottdale, Barbara J. Fencil and husband, Walter, of Acme, and Thomas R. Skovira and wife, Kelly, of Scottdale; her 13 caring grandchildren, Kelli Davis and husband, Rob, Kari Skovira, Lori Wittig and husband, Conor Rogers, Kimmy Hoeltje and husband, Jim, Rebecca, Pamela and Tanner Skovira, Lindsay and Haley Skovira, Amanda Hribal and husband, Zach, Emily Stout and Christopher and Jessica Skovira; her three great-grandchildren, Tatum and Rowan Hribal and Catherine Davis; her brothers and sisters, Margaret Louise Keill, of Connellsville, Ronald Connors and wife, Dorothy, of San Antonio, Texas, Aloysius Connors and wife, Stephanie, of Scottdale, and John "Jack" Connors and wife, Barbara, of Everson; and her sister-in-law, Lee Snyder, of Scottdale. In addition to her parents, Loretta will once again be reunited with her loving husband of 57 years, James P. Skovira, who died March 8, 2012; her two brothers, William and Eugene Connors; and two sisters, Mary "Eileen" Osniak, who died May 12, 2004, and Colette Rosenberry. Loretta's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 11 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. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Yakubisin, John Yak E. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-10-02
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John E. "Yak" Yakubisin, 90, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth (Kostan) Yakubisin. Prior to his retirement, John had been a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Greensburg. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS PC 1167. He was proud of his American Slovak heritage. He was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, the Wednesday Rosary Group, as well as an usher for the church. He was also a member of the Jednota Lodge Branch 512, the American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg. John enjoyed gardening and maintaining his home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John M. Yakubisin, April 24, 2014. He was the last surviving member of his birth family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosemary "Terry" (Terrify) Yakubisin; three daughters, Patricia Mills, Suzanne Bishop (Donald) and Diane Qualey (Thomas); four granddaughters, Anne Yakubisin Smith (Chris), Meghan Moore (Craig), Jaimie Mills (Charlie) and Maggie Qualey; and three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Nolan Hubbard, and Marlo Moore. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parich, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 Honor Guard. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Indiana County

Orenak, Ronald M. 62

  • Indiana
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Bowser-Minich, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Ronald Mark Orenak, 62, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his home. He was born in 1952, in McKeesport, to Howard and Anne Yablonsky Orenak. Ron was a member of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, a 20-year member of the Indiana Volunteer Fire Association, retired, and a PIAA football official for 36 years with the majority of his time in District VI as a member of the Tri-County Chapter of Officials. He was also a passionate model railroader and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Mustang Club, owning five throughout his lifetime. Ron enjoyed scuba diving and was one of the first 7,000 Certified PADI Divemasters. He was a graduate of IUP in 1974 with a bachelor of science in biology education. He was a member of the IUP football team throughout his entire college career and held the record for points scored as a kicker for a number of years. He was employed as a teacher for South Allegheny High School, the U.S. Steel Clairton Works, and for Allegheny General Hospital as a dialysis technician. He also worked at the Indiana Dialysis Center as a technical supervisor, and finally he was employed as a chemical analyst for Environmental Services Laboratories, Inc. Ronald is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann Mores Orenak, Indiana; one daughter and one son, Tania Nacios and husband, Kevin, Annandale, Va., and Michael Orenak, Rockville, Md.; one granddaughter, Kiera Nacios; one sister, Marilyn Burns, Elizabeth; one nephew, Christopher Burns, Clairton; and one great-nephew, Gabriel Burns. He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME, Indiana. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, with the Rev. Cuthbert Jack as celebrant. Interment will be made in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Ford City. http://www.bowserminich.com.
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