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Waitress from Derry Township loved by regulars, family, church friends

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Bessie George was well known in Blairsville, having spent 47 years as a waitress at Dean’s Diner before she retired. “Of course, there were the regulars. ...

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Conrad, Myrtle A. 80

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-25
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Myrtle A. "Myrt" Conrad, 80, of South Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Greensburg. She had been employed at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, as a certified registered nurse anesthetist for more than 30 years, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend to many. Myrt was an avid card player having belonged to several area card clubs. She was also a member of Frick retired nurses group and the Westmoreland Nurses Association. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Hutchinson. Myrt is survived by her husband, William R. Conrad; two children, Holly L. Novak and husband, John, of North Carolina, and Terry A. Manko and husband, Zenon, of Wexford; and four grandchildren, Jeff Novak, Johnny Novak, Kasey Manko and Karissa Manko. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. To share an online condolence, please visit
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George, Bessie 86

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1929-05-15
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Bessie (Orr) George, 86, of Blairsville (Derry Township), passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. The daughter of W. Lee and Helen (Potts) Orr, she was born May 15, 1929, in Washington Township, Indiana County. Bessie was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, where she was very involved in her church and loved being with her church family. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Bessie worked as a waitress for Dean's Diner, Blairsville, for 47 years, before her retirement. Surviving are three children: a son, Robert C. George Jr. (Sandra), of Blairsville, and two daughters, Lois Spence (Robert), of Blairsville, and Linda D. George (Paul Yasurek), of Blairsville; three granddaughters, Sherry Hallow, Brandy Gardner and Amanda Spence; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Talley, of Punxsutawney; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Robert C. George Sr., on July 30, 2008; a grandson, Robert C. George III; a granddaughter, Holly George; three brothers, Raymond, Russell and Larry Orr; and three sisters, Lola Eckman, Lucille Limer and Erma Rumbaugh. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA 15717. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit
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Giorno Jr., Angelo 4

  • Born: 2010-11-22
  • Died: 2015-09-04
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Angelo Giorno Jr., 4, went to dance in the clouds early Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2015, in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh chasing the stars and the moon. His little body just could not fight adenovirus any longer. Please remember him as the carefree spirit, fun-loving little guy he was. He was born Nov. 22, 2010, in Philadelphia, to Angelo Giorno and Michelle Evernham. He leaves behind his loving "daddys," whom he made his home with Dean Kuhns and Dale Darazio; two brothers, Michael and Cory Darazio; two sisters, Amaajah Darazio and Danielle Giorno; and countless aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Online condolences may be made to
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Hurst, Mary Catherine 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1924-09-09
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Catherine (Watherwax) Hurst, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn., a daughter of the late Arthur and Della Holbert Watherwax and was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hurst Jr.; sons, Richard T. and Jeffrey Hurst; and a brother, Arthur W. Watherwax. Mary Catherine was a former employee of G.C. Murphy Co., the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and had previously owned a floral shop in West Hempfield. She was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, card club and the charity circle. She is survived by her brother, Richard Watherwax, of Florida; nieces and nephews; also her good friend and neighbor, Joe Spinogatti. At Mary Catherine's request there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday following the regular worship service at West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, 8 West Hempfield Drive, Irwin, PA 15642, with the Rev. Peggy Sharron officiating. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing may make a contribution in Mary Catherine's name to her church. For online condolences, please visit
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Kuzmkowski, Jacob O. 29

  • Derry
  • Born: 1986-02-02
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Jacob Owen Kuzmkowski, 29, of Derry, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1986, in Latrobe a son of Dennis Owen and Lorie Hart Kuzmkowski, of Derry. Jacob was a member of Church of Christ in Ligonier. A 2004 graduate of Derry Area High School, he loved jogging and riding his Harley. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Autumn Kuzmkowski, of Pittsburgh, and Lindsey Rensko, of Ligonier; two uncles, Mark Kuzmkowski, of Plum, and Allan Kuzmkowski (Kim), of Round Top, Va.; his aunt, Melaina Jones (Michael), of Sullivans Island, S.C.; his paternal grandparents, Henry and Irene Kuzmkowski, of Herminie. Jacob was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Gail Malugen. All services are private for the family. Arrangements by McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. Online condolences may be made to
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Marconi, Nanci 46

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1968-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Nanci Kendrella Marconi, of Lowber, went to be with her Lord, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1968. She was the beloved daughter of Larry and Jonna (Kammerer) Ryan. She is also survived by her father, Arthur and Cindy Kendrella. Nanci graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Class of 1987. She attended the Relevant Community Church of Greensburg. Nanci loved her family and enjoyed the simple things in life such as bonfires, friends, walking, bird watching, ice cream, music, beaches and family game nights. Her children, J.J. and Kelsie, were the apple of her eye. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Joseph Marconi; her beloved children, J.J. and Kelsie Marconi; stepsisters, Tiffany Ryan and Jennifer Shotzbarger; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also, she will be dearly missed by her in-laws, Frank and Carol Marconi. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Mabel Kammerer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. The family requests that flowers not be sent.
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Pfeifer, Donald R. 83

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1931-10-27
  • Died: 2015-09-02
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Pfeifer, 83 of Norvelt, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pfeifer was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Charles and Dora Hawse Pfeifer. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God, where he was a former Sunday school superintendent. Don was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. He proudly served with the 28th Infantry Division Company E of the Army as a First Lieutenant. He served two years active duty in the Korean War and a combined 32 years in the Army Reserves and National Guard. Don retired from the maintenance department at the Brown Boveri Co. in South Greensburg. He was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 133, where he was an Assistant Scoutmaster. As a merit badge counselor, he assisted many young men on their trail to becoming Eagle Scouts, including his sons and grandsons. Don was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He completed his Wood Badge in 1988, received the Braddock Trail District Award of Merit in 1989, and the prestigious Silver Beaver Award in 2000. Don was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2013. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the Military Officers Association of America, General Greene Chapter. Don is survived by his loving family: his devoted wife, Nellie Lohr Pfeifer, with whom he would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17, 2015; his beloved children and their families, Kimberly S. Kelley and her husband, Mark, of Mt. Pleasant, David A. Pfeifer and his wife, Jane, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Scott D. Pfeifer and his wife, Krista, of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his grandchildren, the loves of his life, Christopher Kelley, of Mt. Pleasant, Steven and Katie Pfeifer, of Johns Creek, Ga., and Caleb and Carlee Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle Street, Mt. Pleasant. Additional viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the time of his funeral service, Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas E. Show officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 446 will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Kecksburg. Don's children would like to thank Mom from the bottom of their hearts for the awesome care that you gave Dad over the last 10 months during his illness. The family wishes to thank his niece Brenda Toth and Excela Health Hospice Nurse Dary Ann Ullrich for their kindness and compassion. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, c/o Ben Piper, 800 W. Smithfield St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, in Memory of Donald R. Pfeifer. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at:
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Roach, Marie C. 83

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1932-06-27
  • Died: 2015-09-03
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Marie C. Roach, 83, of Youngwood, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born June 27, 1932, in Mt Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late William and Anna (Danko) Grindle. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood. She retired from First National Bank, Youngwood. Surviving is a son, Mark E. Roach and wife, Robin, of Youngwood; a grandson, Matthew D. Roach and fiancee, Amanda Weightman, of Youngwood; a brother, Jack Grindle and wife, Phylis, of Greensburg; and two sisters, Margaret Popovich, of Michigan, and Elizabeth (Goldie) Zemba and husband, John, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Roach; three brothers, William R.Grindle, Russell W. Grindle and Arthur B. Grindle; and two sisters, Eleanor " Peg" Foriska, and Betty Jane Grindle. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Christ United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Seth officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Excela Hospice. The family would like the thank Marie's caregivers Debbie, Lauren and Irene.
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