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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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Battenhouse, Ruth 93

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Coates) Battenhouse, 93, of Level Green, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the daughter of Thomas R. and Bess Beveridge Coates. She was past matron of Braddock's Field Chapter No. 75, Scottish Rite Women's Club of Pittsburgh, Daughters of the Nile No. 48, member of Pittsburgh Glass Club, and the Organ Society of Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Harrison City and the Murrysville Garden Club. She was a past mother advisor of Level Green Assembly No. 125, Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She had many years of community service, including volunteering at the Level Green Presbyterian Church, the VA hospital of Pittsburgh, Friends Thrift Store, and Meals on Wheels. She was preceded in death by John M. Battenhouse, her husband of 57 years, in 2001. She is survived by two sons, Jack W. (Sharon), of Level Green, and Thomas R. (Shelby), of Anderson, S.C.; four grandchildren, Thomas (Carrie) Battenhouse, of Stow, Ohio, Jennifer (Christian) Stoecklein, of South Fayette, Janet Battenhouse, of Level Green, and Holly (Brian) Tillman, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and seven great-grandchildren, Margaret, Sophia, Eric and Jason Battenhouse, and Elizabeth, Caroline and Stephanie Stoecklein. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh Street (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Berger, Deborah A. 60

  • Hannastown
  • Born: 1954-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Deborah A. Berger, 60, of Hannastown, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born July 30, 1954, in Greensburg, a daughter of Bjarnfridur G. Waldmarsdottir Mehan, of Greensburg, and the late Andrew J. Mehan Sr. Deborah was a social member of the Hannstown Firemen's Club and a member of Senior Life of Greensburg. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, Andrew J. Mehan Jr.; and a sister, Betty Lou Long. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gordon R. Berger; a son, Jason R. Berger, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and five sisters, Stella Stottir, of Iceland, Mary Ann Wilson, of Greensburg, Augusta Block, of Florida, Rose Mary Campbell, of Baltimore, Md., and Christine Mehan, of Hannastown. Family and friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff at Senior Life for all that they did for Deborah. For online condolences, please visit BarnhartFuneralHome.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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Gula, William 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William Gula, 91, of Scottdale, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Scottdale, a son of the late Nat and Mary (Smij) Gula. Bill was a lifelong member of St. John Byzantine Catholic Church and a member of the Church Holy Name Society. He was a retired foreman with General Motors Corp., Pittsburgh, with 35 years of service. Bill was World War II veteran, having served with the Navy aboard the USS Mauna, USS O'Brien, USS Barton and the USS LST 916, attaining the rank of gunner's mate first class. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal (Four Stars), Philippine Liberation Medal (Two Stars) and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Slovak Club and Scottdale VFW Post. William is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his three children: Mary C. Kiral and husband, Anthony, of Mt. Pleasant, William Gula and wife, Michelle, of Mechanicsburg, Gary Gula, and wife, Ame, of Stahlstown; his eight grandchildren, Zach, Emily and Reilly Gula, Jesten and Jacob Gula, Butchie, Matthew and Chrissy Kiral; his step-grandchildren, Kaylee and Alicia. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by, his wife of 57 years, Sophia Kocan Gula, Oct. 29, 2013; brothers, John, Michael, Pete, Steve, Joe, George and Harry Gula; and a sister, Rosella Gula, in infancy. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A Parastas service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The Divine Liturgy will be intoned following at 9:30 a.m. in St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, with his pastor, the Very Rev. John H. Salko, as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, East Huntingdon Township, with full military rites accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. The family would like to convey "special thanks" to Medi Home Care and Hospice for their care and professionalism that they so lovingly provided for their father. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, order flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Harrold, Allan W. 82

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-11-06
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Allan W. Harrold, 82, of Hempfield Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1932, in South Greensburg, a son of the late Walter and Jane Saxon Harrold. Allan was a graduate of Derry Township High School with the Class of 1950. He was a proud veteran of the Air Force and a member of the DVA American Legion Post 301 Connellsville, VFW Post 3368 Mt. Pleasant Amvets of United A and B Club Youngwood and the American Legion Riders. Prior to retirement, he was employed by ANR Trucking. Surviving are his son, Shane A. Harrold, of Greensburg; daughters, Kellie Hays, of Greensburg, and Chanda "Kaahiue" Harrold, of Hawaii; four grandchildren, Wolfgang Harrold, Chanda Hays, Keanu-Kaiand Kaaihu and Kakoa Kaaihu; a great-great-grandson, Conner Sciulli; a brother, Blaine Harrold and wife, Cora, of Greensburg; and a sister, Judith Klingsmith, of Youngwood. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Austin and Lewis Harrold; and a sister, Pearl Clark. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, 408 Depot St., Youngwood. Funeral service will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Dale Porterfield officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Armbrust Veterans Association.
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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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Kane, Vicky L. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Kepple- Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Vicky Lou (Haupt) Clemens Kane Forbes, 86, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born in Hawthorne, a daughter of the late Wallace and Mable Haupt. Vicky was an extraordinary caregiver to family and beyond. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Greensburg. Vicky also volunteered at the former Jeannette Hospital and the former St. Joseph's School for Handicapped Children. She was the last survivor of nine children of the Haupt family. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Bernard "Buck" Clemens, James "Jim" Kane and Russell "Russ" Forbes; and a son, Scott Clemens. She is survived by a son, Gregg Clemens, of Georgetown, Maine; stepchildren, Carol Kane Struble, of Greensburg, Cathy Kane Holloway, of Logan, Ohio, Carol Fay Forbes McCandless, of Columbus, Ohio, and John Forbes; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Clemens, of Greensburg; also, a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. If Vicky touched your life in any way, please do something kind for someone, in her honor. Services will be private. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of America, 1275 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Vicky's children, Gregg and Carol, would like to thank the wonderful care given by the staff of Weatherwood Manor and Westmoreland Hospice nurses. For online condolences and information, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.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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Kelly, Claire A. 91

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1923-07-07
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Claire A. "Babe" Kelly, 91, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He was born July 7, 1923, in West Newton, a son of the late Ernest and Mary (Hodge) Kelly. Prior to retirement, Babe was employed by Stoney's Brewery. He was a member of West Newton VFW No. 7812. Survivors include a brother, Roy Kelly and wife, Ruth; grandchildren, Cristy Morris and husband, Chris, William Kelly and wife, Stephanie, Frances Kathleen Kelly and Sarah Cairns; a number of great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dorothea Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Moody) Kelly; sons, Robert Kelly and William Kelly; and brother, Harold Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will full military honors by Greensburg VFW will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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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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Leasure, Helen M. 93

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1921-04-08
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Helen Mae Leasure, 93, of West Newton, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born April 8, 1921, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle (Spitzer) Bowers. Helen was known as "The Penny Candy Lady." She spent countless hours traveling to flea markets and festivals in her RV to sell her penny candy, and was the owner of the former Helen Mae Gift Shop on Main Street, in West Newton. A member of First Baptist Church in West Newton for over 70 years, she also sang in its choir. Helen has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 25 years and participated in the "Race for the Cure" when she was able. Survivors include two daughters, Helen Riggs and husband, Dale, and Brenda Lucas; grandchildren, Dawn Booher and husband, Tom, Mary Trout and husband, Allen, Brenda Ansell and husband, Robert, Kendra Weaver and husband, Jeff, and Garrett Lucas and wife, Chrissy; great-grandchildren, William "Billy" Riggs and wife, Shangail, Cody Fazenbaker, Kayla and Cyle Booher, Kelsey, Jesse and Alexia Weaver, Saige Trotter, Jayden Lucas, Megan and Morgan Ansell, and Robert Ansell Jr.; great-great-grandchildren, Noah, Isaiah, Aurelia and Jonah Riggs, and Logan Weaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth James Lucas; sisters, Dolores Pevc, Pauline Aronckes and Loretta Markle; and brother, Charles Bowers Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Vine and Sixth Street. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Majeski, Edith 97

  • Mt. Pleasant , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1917-07-15
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Edith (Fueller) Majeski, 97, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Mrs. Majeski was born July 15, 1917, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Minnie (Masur) Fueller. Mrs. Majeski was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Mt. Pleasant and was a 1936 graduate of Oliver High School. Edith had worked for the J.C. Penney Co. as a sales clerk. She served on the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and enjoyed doing volunteer work for many organizations. She is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Myrtle M. Sumoski and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; her grandson, Gregg Manjerovic and his wife, Michelle, of Annville; her grandchildren, Riley and Tyler Manjerovic; her step-grandchildren, Courtney and Noah Reitz; and her sister, Myrtle Fueller Brooks, of Belleview. In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Majeski in 1982. As per honoring the wishes of Edith, there will be no public hours of viewing or visitation. Private inurnment will be in Highwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Moody, L. Kay 80

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1934-09-26
  • Died: 2014-11-12
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • L. Kay Moody, 80, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. She was born Sept. 26, 1934, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Samuel and Kathleen (Rankin) Moody. Kay was a member of West Newton United Presbyterian Church. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a secretary clerk with Duquesne Light. Survivors include a brother, William Moody and wife, Marge; a sister, Ruth Oyer; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Kelly, Louise Mace and Bernice Sandbach; an infant brother, John Moody; and nephews, Robert Kelly and William Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.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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Naponic, Terry J. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-06-12
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Terry J. Naponic, 64, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born June 12, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late Andrew and Lavina Fleming Naponic. Terry was the owner/operator of M and N Painting and Naponic Construction, in Jeannette. He was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg. Terry was a wonderful father to his children and shared his deep faith and family values with unconditional love. He is survived by his children, Randi Poirier and husband, Nick, of North Huntingdon, and Andy Naponic, of Colorado; a brother, Robert Naponic and wife, Joanne, of Houston, Texas; sisters, Andrea Kalp and husband, Robert, of Greensburg, and Debbie Naponic, of Jeannette, with whom he resided; his nieces and nephews, who loved their uncle Terry very much, Julie Carrillo (Paul), Jesse Naponic (Britt), Jackson Naponic (Kristi), Jock Naponic (Jill), Bobbi Jo Sanders (Andre), Jaci Kubinec and fianc, Jim, and Jarrette Kalp (Renee); his great-nieces and nephews, Jackson, Nan and Ellie Carrillo, Brooke, Camille, Emily and Tanner Naponic, Mackenzie and Morgan Kubinec, Andrew John Sanders and Jackson Kalp. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh PA. 15222.
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Redic, Patricia L. 84

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Patricia L. Redic, 84, a resident of St. Anne Home, Greensburg, formerly of Ligonier, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Redic for 60 years; loving mother of David (Jolyn), William (Geraldine) and Robert; caring sister of Claudia (Bob) Muro and Kristina Grassi; grandmother of Teresa (Patrick) Rogers; and great-grandmother of Jacob Rogers. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the sisters and staff at St. Anne's for the loving care they provided. Burial from St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Greensburg. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Home. Arrangements are being handled by 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 http://www.lopatich.com.
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Rohaly, George 97

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-11-19
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • George Rohaly died peacefully at home surrounded by his family and went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was born May 5, 1917, in The Run section of Greenfield, a son of the late Helen (Gull) and Andrew Rohaly Sr. Mr. Rohaly was one of 10 children, all whom have preceded him in death except a brother, Nicholas, in Nevada. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, William A. Conley. George is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, "Hon" Jean (Gruss) Rohaly; children, Georgia (William) Turnsek, of Irwin, Nancy (Jon) Hamlin, of Florida, and Babs (Mark) Tuccelli, of Greensburg. He was also blessed with grandchildren, Jeanne Langol (David) Drinon, of California, Tyler Hamlin, of Florida; and a great-grandson, Drew Drinon, of California. Mr Rohaly was retired from Monongahela Connecting Railroad, Hazelwood, after 41 years of service. He was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead, where he and Jean enjoyed donating their time making pirohy and koloc for holiday sales. George loved gardening. He was always proud of his vegetables and flowers. A special thanks to the nurses and aides at Excela Hospice, especially Pat McCormick, who gave George loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to Excela Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. You will live in our hearts until we are with you again. All our love George, Dad, DeDee. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike. A Panachida (memorial service) will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann St., Homestead. Please go directly to the church. Interment will be in Irwin Union Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.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 sisters-in-law, Lee Snyder, of Scottdale, and Frances Connors, 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. Special thank you to the senior helpers, care givers, mom's friends who have helped, and also the nurses and aides at St. Anne's Home, Greensburg. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Stockberger, Alice A. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-06-29
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alice A. Stockberger, 96, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. She was born June 29, 1918, in Easton, a daughter of the late Harry and Bertha Hoch Stockberger. Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher at the former Forbes Road School. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg, where she had been involved in Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of the Apollo Chapter 1250 O.E.S., the Greensburg College Club, the National, Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Retired Public School Employees Associations and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick and Robert Stockberger. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Wall, Edward E. 87

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1927-01-05
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Dodson, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Edward E. Wall, 87, of West Newton, went to be with the Lord, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Fellsburg, a son of the late George Wall and Mary Burkhart Wall. Ed was a member of First Church of God in West Newton. He was one of the original residents of Filbern Manor in West Newton. He retired from the former Combustion Engineering in Monongahela and worked for the Dodson Funeral Home for many years. Ed was always at the local ballfields when he was able, helping in any way he was asked. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Wall; three brothers, George, James and Glenn Wall; and a sister, Elizabeth Byers. He is survived by his children, Cheryl Jean Housman, of Ohio, Dianne Lengvarski, of Vanderbilt, Doris Elizabeth Wall and a special friend, Jim, of West Newton, and Judy Marie Kraut and her special friend, Rick, of Ohio; a sister, Edith Halt, of Elizabeth; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Monday in THE RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., until the time of the service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home, with his pastor, the Rev. Elizabeth Dunlap officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Wasnesky, Della Mae 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1922-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Della Mae Wasnesky, 92, of Venice Fla., formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Myrtle Lute Seice. Della Mae, along with her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., were members of the Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Della Mae was predeceased by her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., in May of 1997; a daughter, Sister Mary Joy (Edna Mae) Wasnesky, OSF, in November of 2007; a brother, Louis M. Seice; and her sisters, Anna Mary Ratner, Grace Wells, Josephine Praznik and Millie Benson. She is survived by her children, Peter P. Wasnesky Jr. and wife, Carole, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Thomas W. Wasnesky and wife, Donna, Louis M. Wasnesky and wife, Lynn, all of Venice Fla., and Michele Sterling, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; grandchildren, Christopher and Cynthia, of Arizona, Dennis and Donald, of Ohio, Kelly, of South Carolina, Louis Jr., of Riva, Md., Jeffrey Paul, of Bridgewater, Va., and Heather Walker and Eric Garlits, of North Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a blessing service to be held at noon Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Della Mae's family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, 450 St. Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607, or the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
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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); daughter-in-law, Susan Yakubisin, of Greensburg; 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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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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Baylett, Randall A. 45

  • Colorado Springs
  • Died: 2014-11-07
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  • Randall Alan Baylett, 45, of Colorado Springs, passed away in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa., and resided in Colorado Springs. He retired after 22 years of dedicated service in the Army as a chief warrant officer (CW3) and member of 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). As a Green Beret and Army Ranger, he completed multiple deployments that included Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as many posts in Europe and in the U.S. He was a decorated soldier and three-time Bronze Star Medal recipient. He is survived by his mother, Patricia Baylett, of Pennsylvania; father, Walter M. Baylett White, of Virginia; daughter, Katarina (Katie) Baylett, of Colorado; son, Sean Baylett, of Colorado; sister Joanna French; brother, Shane White; brother, Zachary White; brother-in-law, Chris French; and nephew, Levi French, all of Virginia. He recently hiked 500 miles of the Colorado Trail in the mountains that he loved. He was an exceptional man and an American hero. His family will make arrangements for a fnial burial and memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Jones, Mary Jane 62

  • Kewanee, Ill.
  • Born: 1952-07-20
  • Died: 2014-11-10
  • Funeral Home: Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee, Ill. | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Octavi Jones, 62, of Kewanee, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at her home. Mary was born July 20, 1952, in Latrobe, a daughter of Paul and Helen (Kropilak) Onderko. Mary graduated from Latrobe High School in 1970 and Westmoreland Community College. Mary married John Octavi in 1972. They were later divorced. She was with Bruce Haxby, of Kewanee, for 25 years until his death in 2001. Mary married Mike Jones on May 24, 2011. They had been together since 2003. Surviving is her husband, Mike; one brother, Ron (Lynn) Onderko, of Glastonbury, Conn.; five sisters, BettyAnn Bridge, of Latrobe, and her friend, Rob Trainer, Paula (Dave) Pottinger, of Eugune, Ore., Judith (Pat) Murphy, of Craig, Alaska, Cindy (George) Lechman, of Greensburg, and Michelle (Tim) Ferguson, of Ligonier; one aunt, Mary Tandarich; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her best friend, Donna Hintze, of Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Mary was preceded in death by her parents. Mary had been employed at the Kewanee and Davenport K-Mart stores for 25 years and as a photo specialist at Kewanee Walgreens for six years. Mary's passion in life was cooking, especially baking cookies and pies. She enjoyed animals, traveling and life in general. Mary was an avid exerciser and loved to take long and fast walks. Cremation was accorded. A celebration of her life and time of sharing with the family was Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the SCHUENEMAN-TUMBLESON FUNERAL HOME. Inurnment will be private for the family at a lated date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Private online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
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