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Forest Hills school secretary dedicated life to children

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Allegheny County

Gray, Johanna M. 93

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Johanna M. (Mulgrave) Gray, 93, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 69 years of William J. Gray Jr.; loving mother of Beth (Jim) Smith, of Forest Hills, Dan Gray, of Regent Square, Janice Gray (Jim) Landisch, of Wisconsin, Gretchen Gray (Dennis) Hagen, Bill (Janice) Gray and Amy Gray (Greg) Wagner, all of Murrysville, and the late Kathy Gray Gordon (surviving spouse, Lowell, of Ohio); treasured grandmother of Ashley, Erin and Lauren Smith, Kate Gordon Uber, Bill, Dan, Patrick and Megan Landisch, Matthew, Eric and Hilary Hagen, Ian, Morgan and Ellen Gray and Brian, Mark, Hanna and Ben Wagner; proud great-grandmother of Miles Roger and Emerson Michael; sister of the late Jack (late Dolores) Mulgrave and the late Norman (Marge) Mulgrave; also survived by nieces and nephews. Johanna was a retired secretary for Churchill and, later, Woodland Hills School District. While raising her family, Johanna was an active volunteer with the Churchill Swim Club and the Forest Hills Swim team, and she served on the Forest Hills Recreation Board. She was a member of the Forest Hills Women's Club and served on its scholarship committee. Johanna was a longtime member of St. John Fisher Parish and its Ladies of Charity. She was a devoted wife and awesome mother, unsurpassed in her dedication to her children, and all of their friends. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church. Friends welcome. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony School, 2000 Corporate Drive, Suite 580, Wexford, PA 15090 (www.stanthonykids.org); Special Olympics, 401 First St., Carnegie, PA 15106 (www.specialolympicspa.org); or Focus on Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136 (www.forstorox.org).
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Pricener, Barbara W. 87

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Filia, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Barbara W. Pricener, 87, of Wilmerding, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was the wife of the late Edward; beloved mother of Eddie (Jean), of Maryland, Greg, of Wilmerding, and Billy (Debbie), of Wilmerding; daughter of the late John and Josephine Olszewski Wegrzynek; sister of the late Elizabeth O' Connell, Robert Winners and John Wegrzynek; grandmother of Andy, Katie and Jen Pricener; also three step grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Barbara retired after 27 years of dedicated service at the Wilmerding YMCA. She was also a former proof reader at the Westinghouse Plant in Trafford and a member of the Rosary Society at St. Jude. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Send condolences to jamesffiliafuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Ager, Shelby A. 48

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1966-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shelby Anne Ager, 48, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1966, in Latrobe, a daughter of John and Joanne Mainc. She was a graduate of the Jeannette Senior High School, Class of '84, and played on the Jeannette Ladies Basketball team. Prior to her retirement, Shelby was employed by the Department of Welfare. She is survived by her husband, Kevin J. Ager; a daughter, Paige Ager; a grandson, Armani Williams, both of Irwin; a brother, Tom Mainc, of Philadelphia; sisters, Brandy Bisi and husband, Rod, of Derry, and Tawney Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, Alyssa Roller, who also was her goddaughter, of New York, and Samantha Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; and an aunt and special friend, Libby Ambercrombie, of Ohio. Friends will be received by Shelby's family from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644, at which time a blessing service will take place in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding.
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Bilott, Robert J. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-12
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert James "Bob" Bilott, 84, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Redstone Highlands of Greensburg, where he has lived for the last five years. Bob was born June 12, 1931, in Larimer, a son of the late James and Pauline Dragger Bilott. Bob was a graduate of North Huntingdon High School class of 1949 and Robert Morris Business School. He served his country in the Army in the 1950s. Bob married Rose Sekuta on April 7, 1953, and they had four children. Bob was a salesman most of his life and he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He had a lifelong love of his family's hunting camp in Tidioute; the Larimer Buckhorn. Bob retired from sales in 1996 and became involved in the Irwin Moose Lodge 236, where he would eventually serve as governor, and administrator. He was honored to be named to the Moose Fellowship. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, who died Sept. 13, 2010; a brother, Franklin, who died in 1933; and a sister, Pauline Bilott Rush, who died in 1961. He is survived by his children, daughter, Tina (Mark) Oesterlin, of North Huntingdon, Dr. James (Jennifer) Bilott, of Greensburg, John (Kim) Bilott, of Baltimore, Md., and Dr. Anthony (Dr. Anne) Bilott, of Butler; three grandchildren, Capt. Jesse (Chantel) Lopata and their new son, Lincoln James, currently in training in San Antonio, Texas, Anne Marle Bilott, of Butler, and Wyatt Bilott, of Md.; one brother, James Bilott and his wife, Cindy, and their sons, Jason and Chad, of Georgia; a niece, Teressa Rush Cover, of Thurmont, Md.; and a nephew, John Sekuta, of Cranberry Township. In addition, he is survived by many cousins and dear friends. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, PA 15642. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department, 1340 Brownstown Road, Larimer, PA 15647. For online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements.
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Birt, Lillian M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Birt, 80, of Greensburg, passed peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born June 23, 1935, in Manitoba, Canada. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to Almon; and loving mother of Dayton and Lynn Birt, Darrell and Lisa Birt, Debbie and Bill Prohaska and Dawn and Scott Rose. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Dell, of Ontario; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; and numerous nieces and nephews. She retired from Menasha Corporation in Madison in 2000, where she worked for 25 years in the accounts payable department. She was a member of Life Springs Church, formerly Liberty Christian Church, founded by both she and her husband in 1977. She enjoyed various sports like bowling, volleyball and softball. She spent many years active in the church as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and played the piano and saxophone. The family would like to send a special thanks to all the staff and caregivers from Hempfield Manor, Excela Hospice and From the Heart. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Life Springs Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Greensburg. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with her son, the Rev. Bishop Dayton Birt, officiating at Life Springs Church and followed by the graveside ceremony. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Bossart, Lois J. 86

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1928-12-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Bossart, 86, of Jeannette, went to be with her Lord Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Harvey and Olive (Linhart) Elliott. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a sister, Gayle Leonard; and a brother, Dennis Elliott. She is survived by her husband, Lester E. Bossart; a son, Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart and his wife, Paula, of Greensburg; two daughters, Karen Washington and her husband, Gerry, of Jeannette, and Kari Varriano, of Jeannette; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harvey Elliott and his wife, Mickey, of Harrison City, Richard Elliott, of Rochester, N.Y., and Robert Elliott and his wife, Bernice, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four sisters, Kathryn Welshons and her husband, John, of Harrison City, Nancy Vaglia and her husband, Philip, of Trafford, Sandra Cole, of North Huntingdon, and Audra Muto and her husband, Jerry, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Gordon Beam officiating. Interment will follow in Middletown United Methodist Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Brown, Ruth N. 78

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1937-06-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth N. (Brown) Ciarolla, 78, of Level Green, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Ruth was born on June 22, 1937, in Kuttawa, Ky., the daughter of the late Robert H. and Louise (Cash) Brown. Ruth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. Ruth is survived by her husband, Dominick, and they would have been married 60 years this September; her children, Ronald Ciarolla (Cindy), of North Huntingdon, Dr. David Ciarolla (Michelle), of Fairmont W.Va., Robert Ciarolla. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Pamela Farine (Ron), of Delmont; her grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Katie, Megan, Laura, David and Hannah Ciarolla, Anthony Farine, Drew and Kate Sivak; great-grandchildren, Lucie and Brody; a brother, Robert Brown (Colleen), of Henderson, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews; and she was predeceased by sisters, Liz Williams and Judy Agan. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Dustin Bingham officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Burkholder Sr., Russel S.

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-07-22
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  • Russel S. "Rus" Burkholder Sr., of Wildwood, N.J., formerly of Ligonier, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015. His wife of 38 years, Dolores Jean (Will) Burkholder; son, Russel Jr. and his friend, Joy; daughter, Angela Mulheren and her husband, Lenny, were all at his side. Rus was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a thoughtful and intelligent man who always found time to volunteer his talents and time to help others. Rus was preceded in death by his father and mother, Donald Sr. and Marjorie, of Latrobe; and his brother, Donald Jr., of Cape May Courthouse, N.J. Along with his wife and children, he is survived by his six grandchildren, Trey, Laurel, Logan, Aidan, Brayden and Cole; brothers, Guy, Tim, Randy and Joe; sisters, Marjorie and Pam; aunts, uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and friends in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rus was employed by Morey's Piers in Wildwood and a former employee of Westinghouse, Waltz Mills. He was a lifetime member of the Sons of American Legion Post 267 in Ligonier and also an active member of the Sons of American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood. Rus's family would like to invite you to a celebration of life for Rus. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the American Legion Post 267 in Ligonier.
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DePalma, Michael J. 27

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Michael J. DePalma, 27, of Level Green, died tragically Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He is the dearly beloved son of Denise (Cognito) DePalma, of Level Green, and the late Joseph DePalma; and cherished brother of Nicole DePalma, of Level Green. Michael was the proud uncle and godfather of Santino Agapito. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Michael was a 2006 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and was a 2011 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in business administration. He was employed as a consultant with CBS Corporation in Pittsburgh. Michael enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking good care of his treasured dogs, Prince and Bella. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Regis Church, Trafford. Michael will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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DeZorzi, Benjamin 86

  • Biddle
  • Born: 1929-05-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Benjamin DeZorzi, 86, of Biddle, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at home with his family. He was born Monday, May 20, 1929, in Biddle, a son of Louis DeZorzi and Giacoma Susin DeZorzi, at home. Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was employed by the Westinghouse Air Brake Corp. as a machine operator in their Wilmerding plant. He actively served as a peacekeeper in the Army as a corporal in Germany at the Augsburg Barracks during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He married his wonderful wife of 54 years, Beatrice Minervino DeZorzi, on April 28, 1957. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Benjamin was a member of Church of the Immaculate Conception of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bea, March 31, 2011; also by three brothers, Tony, Rudolph and Albino; and a sister, Angelin DeZorzi Zucco. Surviving is his loving son, Ben Richard DeZorzi, of Biddle; a granddaughter, Celeste Nicole Nectoux; a daughter, Lisa DeZorzi Nectoux and son-in-law, Joseph Nectoux, all of the Lancaster/Palmdale, Calif., area; and numerous very appreciative nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date at Church of the Immaculate Conception of Irwin. Entrusted with burial arrangements is OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Benjamin's name to The American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dugger, Alverda S. 89

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1925-10-07
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Graft-Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Alverda S. Dugger, 89, of Scottdale, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Oct. 7, 1925, in Everson, a daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Musgrove) Thomas. Alverda was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of Pennsville Baptist Church, where she belonged to the 50 Plus Group and the Philathia Class. She was also a member of the Scottdale and Everson Senior Citizen organizations. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Philip Dugger Sr., on Sept. 2, 2003; four brothers, Harry, Jesse, David and John Thomas; and two sisters, Reda Weimer and Ruth Wingrove. She is survived by three children, Harry P. Dugger and wife, Kathleen, Sandra Younkin and husband, Gerald, and Thomas L. Dugger and wife, Julie; nine grandchildren, William Jordan (Beth), Ginger Burket, Kevin Younkin (Jolene), Melissa Danser (Chris), Thomas Dugger (Charlotte), Rebecca Sleasman (CJ), Denise Leasure (Robert), and Ariel and Bridget Carbino; eight great-grandchildren, Raeanne, Liam, Shawn, Samantha, Chloe, A.J., Erik and Elena; two brothers, Henry Thomas and wife, Barbara, and Joseph Thomas and wife, Shanley; and a sister, Freda Dugger and husband, Joebudd; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pennsville Baptist Church, 3298 Richey Road, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Robert H. Bixel officiating. Interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. To share a message of condolence, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
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Heck Jr., Shelton S. 42

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1972-08-19
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Shelton S. Heck Jr., 42, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 19, 1972, in Pittsburgh, a son of Adrienne (Sells) Heck and the late Shelton S. Heck Sr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Rolande "Ro" Brant, of Irwin; nephews, Joshua Law, Nicholas "Nic" Scott, Nathan Scott, Billy Brant and Harry Schuller; and niece, Danielle Schuller. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 till time of service at 8 p.m. Friday with Pastor Dorothy Worth officiating at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Jellison, Danielle N. 26

  • Derry
  • Born: 1988-11-10
  • Died: 2015-04-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Danielle Nicole Jellison, 26, of Derry, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 10, 1988, in Latrobe, a daughter of Kathi Jellison and her boyfriend, Brian Howard, of Hostetter, and Carl McCurdy Jr., of Loyalhanna. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, David Jellison; her grandparents, Carl and Karen Jellison and Joan McCurdy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 4 p.m. until time of Funeral Liturgy at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, with the Rev. Stephen C. West officiating at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Johnston, Jan T. 76

  • Greensburg and Mutual
  • Born: 1938-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-02
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  • Jan T. Johnston, 76, of Greensburg and Mutual, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, from heart failure. He was born Dec. 18, 1938, a son of the late Stanford V. and Margaret Fultz Johnston, of Youngwood. He was employed by R and IE, The Powder Horn, The Collectors Shop, ABB, Arco Enterprises and D and R Industrial Center. Jan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and photography. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School, Class of 1956. He was a member of Youngwood Sportsman's Club, NRA, Hecla and United Slovak-American Clubs, Youngwood Moose, VFW and A and B Clubs and Midway Fireman Club. He is survived by his wife, Dolores "Dee" Johnston, of Midway; a son, Jan R. and wife, Wendy, and children Lauren and Jaden, of Mutual; a daughter, Judi and husband, Steve Fleming, of Summerfield, N.C.; a daughter, Jennifer Murrary and children, Jonathan, Jessica and Justin, of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Jeb and daughter, Ashley, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; a daughter, Joelle Wetzel and son, Elijah, of Youngwood; a son, Jason and sons, Jeremy and Gabriel, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and a stepson, Andrew and Shannon Papier and sons, Evan and Rilan and daughter, Carly, of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by an infant brother in 1937 in Youngwood; a brother, Jay B. "Sandy" Johnston, of Youngwood, and Woolrich, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Lorie Papier, of Greensburg and Anchorage, Alaska; and his black lab, Shadow. There will be no services or viewing as Jan donated his body to Lifequest Anatomical. The quest to continue the advancement of science, medicine, research and education through the legacy of life. In lieu of flowers, Jan suggests you visit or take a friend to dinner while they are still living and you can talk to them instead of standing around looking at them when they are dead. Amen.
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Kaylor, Luecille G.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1917-08-27
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Luecille G. Kaylor, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Greensburg. She was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Lincoln Heights, Jeannette, a daughter of the late Philip Weaver Baughman and Caroline (Robinson) Baughman. Her given name was Virginia Carrie Baughman. She had been employed as a sales associate at Troutman's and Horne's department stores until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene L. Kaylor; daughters, Patricia Stevic and Jane Hart; three brothers, Joseph Baughman, Philip Baughman and Gordon Baughman; and three sisters, Anna Lou Mytrysak, Lois Eckman and Mary Sue Wade. She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Blake, of Oklahoma; a brother, Ronald Baughman, of Latrobe; and two sisters, Kay Bombach, of Greensburg, and Sally Abate, of Herminie. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. At her request, there was no visitation. Private entombment in Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Keefe, Maryalice 86

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1928-09-25
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Maryalice (Smith) Keefe, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Walnut Ridge Memory Care. She was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Timblin, a daughter of the late John Smith and Anna (Colish) Smith. Maryalice was a member of Holy Family Church. She was active in Holy Family School, Girl Scouts and Latrobe Little League. She was an avid gardener and birdwatcher. Maryalice was a gracious, generous and gentle soul. She had a fine, inquisitive mind and a sincere devotion to her family and friends. She was genuinely beloved and admired by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Keefe; and a brother, John W. Smith. Maryalice is survived by three daughters, Kathleen A. Keefe, Barbara J. Keefe and Beverly J. Keefe; and she is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Carmelite Monastery, 5206 Center Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650 or Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Kelly, David R. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • David R. Kelly, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was an Army veteran formerly employed at the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. He was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Ghrist) Kelly; and husband of the late Frances "Pinky" (Folino) Kelly; beloved father of Robert "Rob" Kelly (the late Wendy Warren Kelly), Kimberly (Christopher) Maier, Anthony D. "Tony" Kelly and the late David Kelly; grandfather of Brianna, David, Anthony and Brandy Lynn Kelly; brother of Janice (Charles) Inks, Larry (Nancy) Kelly, Diane (Richard) Alberts and the late Edward Kelly; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding Ave., PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by entombment with military honors in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Kolar, Margaret L. 91

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1924-07-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Nana" Levine Kolar, 91 of RuffsDale, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Kolar was born July 22, 1924, in Yukon, the daughter of the late John and Mary Labasky Levine. She was a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church of Youngwood. Marge was a loving, caring, independent, hard working woman who had the warmest hugs and enjoyed the simple pleasures that life offered her. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Rose Marie Kolar and Lewis Kolar, both of RuffsDale, and Joyce Shifko and her husband, Jim, of Greensburg; her three grandchildren, Karen Miedel and her husband, Andrew, of Scottdale, Jonathan Kolar and his wife, Nicole, and Jessica Shifko, all of Greensburg; and by her two great-granddaughters, Claire Miedel and Kennedy Kolar. Marge is also survived by her brother and sisters, Joseph Levine and his wife, Pauline, Elizabeth Higgins and Catherine Sinnamond; by her sister-in-law, Anna Marie Levine; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Kolar Jr., in 1996; and by her granddaughter, Anna Marie Grabiak; her brothers and sister, John and Michael Levine and Mary Smith. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Youngwood, with the Rev. William C. McGuirk as celebrant. Interment will be in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to Marlee with Excela Health Home Hospice. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at: www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Letzelter, Carol T. 81

  • Murrysville , Formerly of Plum Borough
  • Born: 1933-11-29
  • Died: 2015-08-04
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Carol T. Letzelter, 81, of Murrysville, formerly of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. She was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Thomas and Grace Williamson Templeton. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary, in 1968. Carol is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerard M. Letzelter; three sons, Thomas, Christopher (Jamie) and David (Alana) Letzelter, all of Plum Borough; six grandchildren, Morgan Hooks, and Christine and Robin; Lauren, Andrew and Alexis Letzelter; a great-grandson, David; a sister, Nancy Sullivan, of Penn Hills; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday in Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pritts Jr., William 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1940-06-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • William Pritts Jr., 75, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born June 2, 1940, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William H. and Lois G. (Howard) Pritts. He was a veteran having served in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanic with the United States Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Wanda L. Longo and Brenda L. Hunter; and two brothers, Donald Pritts and Charles Pritts. He is survived by his wife, Wilda S. Pritts; daughter, Connie L. Cornet; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Evan "Snooky" Pritts and his wife, Phyllis "Chub"; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Bubba. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal, PA 15628. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township, with Pastor Harry Langley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kregar Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Scavincky, Gregory A. 28

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gregory A. "Scuz" Scavincky, 28, of Penn Township, died tragically on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the dearly beloved son of William E. "Scuzzy" Scavincky and Karen "Mego" (Vastadore) Scavincky; and treasured brother of Kristina (Justin) Lamanna, of Forest Hills, and Bill (Heather) Scavincky, of Penn Township. Gregory was the proud uncle of Giuliana Lamanna and Kendall Scavincky. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregory was a 2005 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School and attended Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. He had worked at various positions and places, most notably as a chef at Disney World in Orlando. Gregory was charismatic with his ingrained ability to easily make friends in almost any circumstance. He enjoyed meeting new folks and he was easy to enjoy in return, as he possessed a genuine love of people. Gregory also was a passionate fan of Pittsburgh sports teams and always appreciated attending their games and the tailgating that took place. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. Everyone is asked to gather at church. Gregory will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery at Denmark Manor Church. Gregory's family suggests memorial donations to either the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alzpa.org) or the Myasthenia Gravis of Western PA, 490 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (www.mgawpa.org).
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Steffey, Theresa 75

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Theresa (Curci) Steffey, 75, of Harrison City, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Henry "Butch" Steffey; loving mother of Sandy Durst, Brenda Steffey, Arthur (Chery) Steffey and Dawn (Steve) Chmill; adored grandmother of Derek Durst, Amanda and Jessica Steffey; sister of Georgia (Ron) Mellinger; and stepdaughter of Josephine Curci. She was preceded in death by Aldo and Cecelia (Soflak) Curci. Theresa was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the America no. 1853, Penn Township Senior Citizens, Young at Heart and the Harrison City VFD Auxiliary. Theresa lived a great life and filled many lives with happiness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Young at Heart Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.LindsayJobefuneralhome.com.
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Stofan, Frank S. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frank Stephen Stofan, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, to be with His Heavenly Father with his family at his side. He was born 1931, in Wickhaven, a son of the late John and Mary (Ference) Stofan. Prior to his retirement, he was an instrumental music teacher at East Allegheny School District for 33 years. Frank was a 1958 graduate from Duquesne University with a master's degree. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville, where he was a member of the choir; he was also a social member of the Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Franklin Township Pointer and Setter Club. Frank proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Newfoundland, where he met his wife, Alice Mae. He was an avid gardener and loved to hunt and fish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, Andrew and Albert Stofan; and sisters, Mary Lemak and Ann Rudzik. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Alice M. (Zemke) Stofan; four children, Mary Lou Young, of Raleigh N.C., Annette Bowen and husband, Richard, of North Huntingdon, Frank W. Stofan, of Venango, Lorna Harker and husband, Brad, of Marshallville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Hannah and Harrison Harker, Frances and Emily Stofan; his twin sister, Frances Stawovy, of Belle Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville, everyone please go directly to the church. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Cheryl Kay Foundation, 661 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, or the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2555 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Summa, Shirley J. 74

  • Born: 1941-03-10
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Shirley J. Summa, 74, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was born March 10, 1941. Shirley is survived by her husband, Anthony R. Summa; a sister, Judy Kineer; and a brother, Paul Himler (Jane). A private memorial service will be held at a later date. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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VanSickle, Sylvia J. 77

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1937-10-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Sylvia J. VanSickle, 77, of Donegal, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1937, a daughter of the late Charles and EIva Scott Christman. Mrs. VanSickle is survived by her children, Ralph VanSickle and his wife, Christin, of Donegal, Kathy Gigliotti, of Charleroi, Daniel VanSickle and his wife, Dalia, of Texas, Jeff VanSickle, of Donegal, and Shawn VanSickle and his wife, Sherry, of Acme; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Christman and his wife, Pat, of Scottdale; and one sister, Sandy Zufall and her husband, Dave, of Acme. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph VanSickle; a son, Scott VanSickle; two daughters, Mary Skovira and Peggy VanSickle; grandson, Ralph Skovira; brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Charles "Dick" and John Christman. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Tommy Jones and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Kay and Misty, and Amedisys Hospice for their care and concern for Sylvia during her illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Wagner, Dorothy 101

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1913-11-17
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Wagner, 101, formerly of Scottdale, departed this life for Life Eternal on Friday, July 31, 2015. She has been storing up treasures in heaven by her life of love and service to all those in her life and to Her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dorothy Jane (Newcomer) Wagner was born Nov. 17, 1913, at home in Lower Tyrone Township, a daughter of the late George and Louella (Fretts) Newcomer. She married Merle "Jack" Wagner from Connellsville, they lived at 315 S. Hickory Street in Scottdale for 39 years of their married life, where she was a devoted wife, mother, neighbor, church member and citizen. Dorothy was a graduate of East Huntingdon High School, class of 1932, and attended WV Wesleyan College, studying English literature and home economics. She worked at Waugaman Insurance Agency prior to her marriage, at Southmoreland School District as a teacher's aide, and at home sewing and tailoring. Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale for more than 80 years where she was active in many capacities a few of which were teaching Sunday school, Bible studies, and being part of Women's Fellowship. Her interests were her faith, family, service to others, especially children, sewing, baking, gardening, bridge, and in later life painting. She and Jack moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1985 after the death of their son, David. In 1989, Jack passed away, and in 1996, she moved to Cape Cod, Mass. to be close to her daughter, Becky Minninger, and son-in-law, Steve. She made a new life for herself in Rock Harbor Village, Orleans, Mass., where she enjoyed her family, church, neighbors, painting and walking for 15 years. In 2011, her health necessitated her move to Liberty Commons Nursing Home where she made friends and received wonderful care. In addition to her parents, husband and son, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Newcomer. She leaves behind her daughter, Becky and husband, Steve Minninger, of Harwich, Mass.; her step-daughter, Katy Hazelton and family; her step-son, Steven and wife; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Wagner, of Greensburg; her niece, Saundra Wadley, of Florida; her nephew, Bob Newcomer and his ex-wife and children of Pennsylvania; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; and several dear cousins. All who knew her would laud her inspiring long life of love, faith and devotion. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside committal service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Scottdale Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale with Pastor Harry Speakman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church social area. Love Lasts Forever!
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Weidner Hetherington, Michelle P. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle P. Weidner Hetherington, 64, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, from a lengthy illness. Ms. Weidner was employed by Community Living Care for more than 28 years. She was the heart and soul of the care division of Community Living Care. Her legacy of care will always remain as the agency's goal in the care process of the developmentally disabled population (i.e., "you must truly care to provide quality care"). Michelle lived this motto in all phases of her professional life. Her dedication, love and support for her clients over the years were like no other. She touched so many people along the way with her never-ending support and countless hours of work. Personally, Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandkids. She loved taking trips to the beach every year, as well as attending her grandson's sports activities. Michelle is survived by her son, Rakyym and his wife, Ranee Hetherington, of Maryland; and her grandchildren, Sani, Raef and Rylee Hetherington; Beau Hetherington, of Greensburg, and Celeste Mulvehill, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alexis B. Hetherington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, with the Rev. Hubert Hutchison officiating. Special thanks to her extended family at Community Living Care; Dr. Provance; Dr. Kowaylk and Excela Health Palliative Care. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Yoder, Edward W.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Williams Yoder, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home. He was born June 9, 1931, in Hazleton, the eldest son of the late Edward and Beatrice Yoder. Mr. Yoder graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, class of 1949. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy on board the submarine, USS Burrfish, SSR312. After leaving the Navy, he entered Temple University, and graduated in 1955, and married Carolyn A. Hill that same year. He also began employment at Westinghouse Electric Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1988, during which time he obtained a degree from Jacksonville (Fla.) University in 1960, and graduated from the University of Baltimore as a Juris Doctor in Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967. Edward also was a life member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg, a member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, and a life member of the US Submarine Veterans Association, the American Radio Relay League, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association as a ham radio operator with the call of W3YMB. Mr. Yoder was a past president of Murrysville Council for two terms and had been president of the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ann Yoder; two sons, Andrew David Yoder and wife, Michelle, of Washington Township, and John Edward Yoder and wife, Kimberly, of Level Green; a daughter, Karen Anne DeSantis and husband, Richard, of Bell Township; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas L. Yoder, of Edgefield, S.C., and F. David Yoder, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Margaret Ann Yoder, of Drehersburg, Pa. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW 33 Post Honor Guard will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the US Submarine Veterans Association. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Caccimelio, Dolores

  • Formerly of Reynoldsburg
  • Died: 2015-08-03
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  • Dolores "Dee" Caccimelio, formerly of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed peacefully Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Cincinnati. Dolores was preceded in death by parents, Sophia and Charles Mackovsek; husband, Ronald Caccimelio; and son, Ron Caccimelio. Dolores is survived by sons, Chuck (Rebecca) Caccimelio, of Dayton, Ohio, and Bob (Jenny) Caccimelio, of Mason, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Sharon Caccimelio, of Pickerington, Ohio; grandchildren, Katy, Matt (Lisa), Kristen and Gina Caccimelio and Sarah Crone; great-granddaughter, Avery Caccimelio; sisters, Aileen (Stanley) Homer, Barb (Bill) King and Carol (Roger) Storer. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Born on Sept. 26, 1930, in Yukon, Pa., Dolores was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed watching and cheering on the Steelers, traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Dolores and Ron were always very involved in their church where they volunteered much time as well as in the community. The family appreciates the love and support of all of their friends and loved ones. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 S. Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Visitation is from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a funeral Mass beginning at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the American Heart Association.
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Hoggatt, Ralph S. 90

  • Hollywood Park, Texas
  • Born: 1924-07-23
  • Died: 2015-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Colonel Ralph Sellers Hoggatt, resident of Hollywood Park, Texas, passed from this life to the next on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the age of 90. Col. Hoggatt was born July 23, 1924, to Esmond Herman and Marietta Sellers Hoggatt, of Marshalltown, Iowa. He attended Marshalltown Senior High School, where he was enrolled in ROTC and subsequently attended Marshalltown Junior College. He joined the Army in 1942 in which he began his flight training at Blythe, Calif. He graduated from the training in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer through the Aviation Cadet Program at the age of 19 and was called into active duty that same year. In World War II, he flew B-24 Liberators with the Eighth Air Force of the Army Air Corps out of Norwich, England, with targets in the European Theater. After the war and prior to discharge, he flew as an aircraft commander in the Air Transport Command. Col. Hoggatt received his BA degree at the University of Colorado in August 1949. He was recalled to active duty with the 139th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron of the Colorado Air National Guard in April 1951. During the next four years, Col. Hoggatt served in various capacities in the Air Defense Command and in Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons and is considered a veteran of the Korean War. From 1955 to 1956 he was the Chief of the Air Control Center, 314th Air Division, 5th Air Force (Advance) Osan Air Base, Korea. From 1956 through 1962, he served as the Aircraft Commander, Training Officer and Instructor Pilot with the Military Air Transport Service, Dover Air Force Base. He was responsible for directing and training the units for the C-133 aircraft in the 1st and 39th Air Transport Squadrons for MATS serving as commander. Col. Hoggatt received a MS degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University in May 1964. After completing school he worked as a research psychologist and was Chief of the Specialty Knowledge Test of the Air Force Personnel Research Laboratory until 1967. He served in the Vietnam War as an A-1 Skyraider pilot in the 602nd Fighter Squadron (Commando) in which he flew 205 missions; 102 over North Vietnam; received the Air Force Cross and several Distinguished Flying Crosses for valor in battle. Returning from Southeast Asia, he was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Force and was Chief of the Special Analysis Brand, Directorate of Personnel Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff/Personnel. Next, he served as Chief of the Personnel Research Division, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Air Force Systems Command at Lackland AF Base, Texas. Later, he became the Commander of the Armed Forces Vocational Testing Group and was responsible for the all operations of recruiting and testing throughout the United States. Col. Hoggatt was one of the original authors of the ASFAB test as well as several other technical and psychological publications. Col. Hoggatt was a Command Pilot, with more than 7,000 flying hours and is mentioned in several books, one being Escape and Evasion: 17 Stories of Downed Pilots Who Made it Back by Jimmy Kilbourne. Col. Hoggatt's military decorations include the Air Force Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, and 15 others service medals with oak leaf clusters and battle stars. After 38 years of military service, he was honorably discharged from active duty at the rank of colonel. In retirement he worked for Lutheran General Hospital as a fundraiser. He was a member of the advisory board for the Salvation Army for many years; 32nd degree Master Mason of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, S.J., USA; past president of Sojourners Inc.; Hero of Sojourners; Mayor of Hollywood Park; and President of the Founders Lions Club. His memberships include: University of Colorado Alumni Association, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, Psi Chi, Phi Delta Kappa, American Psychological Association, Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association, Daedalians, 453rd Bomb Group Association, A-1 Skyraider Association, American Legion, Masons, Sojourners, Shriners, Toastmasters, Founders Lions Club and Texas Lions Camp, and Shepherd King Lutheran Church. Through the Lions Club he became a Melvin Jones Fellow as well as a Jack Weich Fellow. Col. Hoggatt received many awards for his speechmaking including Speaker of the Year and Humorous Speaker of the Year from the Toastmasters. Col. Hoggatt was a humble man who followed the teachings of Christ in his public and private life. Col. Hoggatt is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Ellamae Keck, of Kecksburg; daughters, Denice Hoggatt (Patty Wampler), of San Antonio, Texas, and Kristen Hoggatt, of Hollywood Park, Texas; son, Byron Keck Hoggatt (Cristina), of Charleston, W.Va.; and granddaughters, Kori Hoggatt and Nadye Hoggatt; and grandson, Cheyenne Hoggatt, all who reside in West Virginia; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patricia Louise H. Howell; and brother-in-law, Roy Howell; as well as his sisters-in-law, Jeune Keck Ellsworth Thomas (Blair) (Jack), Lois Keck Long Leigh (Glenn) (Gerald), Romayne Keck Kurpiel (Stanley) and Gail Keck Cutrell (Richard). Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Trauger. Please go directly to the church. Interment ceremony with military honors accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.hofferfuneralhome.com. Arrangements with JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, 724-423-3741.
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