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Allegheny County

Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Snyder, Helen 81

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

Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

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

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Deemer, Fredrick R. 58

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

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1921-11-26
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Josephine R. Lopatowski Fassinger, 93, of Scottdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Catherine Duniec Lopatowski. Josephine was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and also continued to attend the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Manor with her son, David. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Josephine is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her: her three loving children, John E. Fassinger and wife, Charlesia, of Cranberry Township, Rita A. D'Innocenzo and husband, Donald, of Eaton, Colo., and David A. Fassinger, of Scottdale, with whom she previously resided; her five loving grandchildren, David R. Fassinger and wife, Julie, of Upper St. Clair, Nicole Lynn Fassinger Brito and husband, Alex, of Monroeville, Erin Fassinger, of Cranberry Township, Emil D'Innocenzo and wife, Hannah, of Norfolk, Va., and Anna Marie D'Innocenzo Link and husband, Marty, of Baltimore, Md.; her five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild to be born in February. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Fassinger (Nov. 28, 2011); two sisters, Mary Ann O'Shea (Nov. 29, 1994) and Ann Gibson. Josephine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will recite prayers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Kistler, Patricia L. 72

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

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

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

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Elmer H. "Butch" Palmer, 69, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family after a five year courageous battle with cancer. He inspired everyone around him. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann (Devola) Palmer; loving father of Kimberly (Bill) Gasparro and Kelly (David) Cornelius; grandfather of Anna Nicole and Noah Hunter Gasparro and Grace Marie Cornelius; brother of Ted Palmer, Don Palmer and the late Jane Bolen and Chuck Palmer; and is also survived by his puppy, Ruby Sue. Elmer was an Army Vietnam veteran and an electrician for Local Union No. 5 throughout his career. He loved dancing with his wife, flying airplanes and spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Barbara Catholic Parish. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Barbara Cemetery. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice, Dr. Mayernik, Dr. Tan, Dr. Halenda, the nurses in Oncology and Forbes Hospital for all their loving care. The family kindly suggests in honor of Butch to be kind to one another. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Wolford, Kay L. 64

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

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

Chalfant, Arthur J. 56

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1958-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Arthur Joseph Chalfant, 56, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at home, following a lengthy battle against cancer. Art was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Uniontown, a son of Carrie Lillian (Wingard) Chalfant, of Uniontown, and the late Arthur Higgenbotham Chalfant. Art was a 1976 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, Uniontown. Art attended ICM Business School where he received his degree in computer programming and began working for Fayette Steel. After his time with Fayette Steel, Art went to Sony Corporation, New Stanton, where he was an instrumentation technician. Art's career then led him to The Elliott Group, Jeannette, where he worked as an Engineer II. Through the years, Art played Bass guitar for numerous bands, including his latest band "Redrum". Art enjoyed the outdoors; especially when fishing, woodworking and gardening (growing his own plants from seeds). Art was known for always helping others, whether repairing their computers, teaching them math, working on their cars or home repairs, Art was there. In addition to his mother, Art is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Florence Jean (Bush) Chalfant; his daughters, Kristina Elizabeth Chalfant, of Uniontown, and Angela Marie Chalfant Firestone Hill and her four children, of Brownsville; his brother, Timothy Scott Chalfant, of Footdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Art was predeceased by a grandson, Kellan Edward Chalfant. Art's family would like to express their gratitude to Pish Medical Association, Dr. Vanek, UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Radiation Center, The Uniontown Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and The Elliott Group. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dave Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Normalville Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Shawley, Robert C. 67

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