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Bidese, John B. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-29
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John B. Bidese, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born June 29, 1924, in Delmont, a son of the late John Bidese and Catherine Borgo Bidese. John was a retired superintendent for the PA Department of Public Welfare. He was a faithful member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where he served as an usher for many years, and a devout Catholic who lived his faith daily. John was a was a graduate of St. Vincent College, a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at Celian Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mario Bidese. He is survived by his loving and devoted sister, Josephine E. Bidese; his cousin, Albert Borgo, both of Greensburg; and many close friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of John from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg. John's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Dugger, Susan L. 62

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1952-07-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Susan L. McAlister Dugger, 62, of Scottdale, graduated to her heavenly home Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with her loved ones by her side. Susan's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Additional visitation will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Scottdale Church of Christ, where her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Bob Chambers, Minister, and her son, Steven Dugger, youth director of the church, officiating. Private inurnment will follow in the Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences, send flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Gulla, Leona 80

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1934-08-09
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Leona Gulla, 80, of Youngwood, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Thursday, Aug. 9, 1934, in West Aliquippa, daughter of the late Mike and Ann (Kolson) Ondik. Surviving are a son, Allan T. Gulla, of Youngwood; two grandchildren, Brandie McClatchey and husband, Matt, of Harwick, and Ryan Gulla, of Youngwood; a great-grandchild, Matilyn; and a sister Mary Ondik, of Aliquippa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Gulla, and a grandson, Bryan Gulla. Services are private. Arrangements by the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC.,Youngwood.
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Hawley, Henry R. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry R. "Pete" Hawley, 85, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 16, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Henry and Elva (Wessel) Hawley. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by People's Natural Gas Company. He had attended Armbrust Wesleyan Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Youngwood Sportsman Club, the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and a devoted Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America where, under his leadership, six young men received their Eagle Scout awards. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and organic gardener. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna A. (Altman) Hawley; a son, Richard W. Hawley and his wife, Beverly, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Dawn Getz and her husband, Jay, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marie A. Wilson and her husband, Ron, of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Alexandra Poole (Nathaniel), Hillary Tobin (Josiah), Jonathan Getz, Jeremy Getz, Leah Wilson and April Getz; his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley and his wife, Lois, of Arizona; a sister, CoraLee Mason and her husband, Dr. Charles Mason, of State College; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with his brother, the Rev. Wayne Hawley, officiating. Private interment at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts of America. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hoke Sr., Patrick B. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-08-20
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Patrick B. "Pat" Hoke Sr., 87, of Greensburg, died, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Greensburg, a son of the late William T. and Gertrude Bell Hoke. He was a graduate of Robert Morris College School of Business. He was a veteran, serving with both the Navy during World War II and the Army during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he worked for Overmyer Mould Company, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Ann Wallak Hoke; and a brother, William "Art" Hoke. Pat is survived by his children, Patrick B. "Ricky" Hoke Jr., of Pittsburgh, and Julie Ann Gault and husband, Matt; two grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca Gault, all of Greensburg; a sister, Kathleen Hoke Tamoliunas and husband, Cass, of Albany, N.Y.; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation and services and interment will be private. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. For online condolences and further information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Levett, Thomas C. 36

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of Upper Burrell
  • Born: 1977-12-21
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thomas Clyde Levett, 36, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Upper Burrell, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1977, in Natrona Heights, to Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell. Tom was a construction worker for Local 1058 Laborers Union, Pittsburgh, and was a Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Sergeant. He was a member of the Logans Ferry United Presbyterian Church, the VFW in Lower Burrell and the FO Eagles in New Kensington. He played soccer in his high school years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the Pittsburgh sports teams, the Steelers and Penguins. Survivors include his loving fiance, Kathryn A. Bowers; children, Noah and Madison Levett; parents, Thomas M. and Sharon A. Robbins Levett, of Upper Burrell; sister, Jennifer (Kenneth) Matthews, of Wilmerding; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas G. (Anne) Levett and Clyde (Ethel) Robbins. He will be greatly missed and loved by everyone who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Robert Henry. Burial with military honors by the Marine Corps will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Lupacchini Jr., Albert Big Luppi 79

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Albert "Big Luppi" Lupacchini Jr., 79, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1935, in Johnstown, a son of the late Albert and Bertha Hoe Lupacchini Sr. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed by the Allegheny Foundry for more than 40 years. He was a member of Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, a 55-year member of the Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company where he had served as chief engineer and assistant chief. Luppi enjoyed auto racing but the real love of his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaclyn Jo Lupacchini. Luppi is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly J. "Dink" Saxton Lupacchini; a son, Joel L. (Kelly) Lupacchini, of Bolivar; and three granddaughters, Kelsey Lynn, Kayla Marie and Karly Jo Lupacchini, all of Bolivar. Albert was preceded in death by his father Albert Lupacchini Sr., and mother, Bertha Hoe Lupacchini. Luppi's friends and family will gather together from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Luppi's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, with his pastor, James G. Sunseri, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company will honor Luppi with a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Luppi's memory to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 3, Bolivar, PA 15923. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Minnici, Dominic 76

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dominic Minnici, 76, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Arrangements will be announced by SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, when completed.
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Musnug, Helen M. 86

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2013-10-01
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  • Helen M. (Schober) Musnug, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. In living memory of our mother, Helen, her family would like to request the honor of you presence to fondly remember our loving mother at a memorial service held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Bethel Cemetery. Come share the many blessings of Helen's long a fruitful life with us.
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Neal, Jane 91

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-05-11
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Jane Neal, 91, of Greensburg, formerly of Jeannette, died Thursday Oct. 23, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born May 11, 1923, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth (Baker) Backus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Wallace O. Neal. She is survived by her children, Linda Darragh, of Greensburg, Gary Neal and his wife, Vickie, of Greensburg, and Sherri Roscosky and her husband, Jim, of Irwin; three grandchildren, Jessica Waltenbaugh and her husband, Don, Renee Boby and her husband, Dylan, and Kristie Rodgers; six great-grandchildren, Shane, Blake, Jace, Ryan, Emma and Jake; a sister, Peggy Riddle, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com. The family would like to send a special thank you to the women of Grane Hospice, who were true angels, and our own angel Debbie Born. The family requests no flowers.
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Povlik, Melvin 55

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Melvin Povlik, 55, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Arrangements will be announced by SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, when completed.
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Reed, Rita M. 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-04-06
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Rita M. Reed, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 6, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late James E. Murphy Sr. and Margaret F. (Henigin) Murphy. Rita was a member of Sacred Heart Church and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 515. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Raymond G. Palek; a son-in-law, John Kolan; four brothers, Herbert A., Robert E., Raymond A. and James E. Murphy Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Watson; a stepdaughter, Catherine Reed Urban; two step-grandchildren, Asa B. Reed III and Andrew J. Urban. Rita is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Asa B. Reed Sr.; two sons, Kevin Palek and his wife, Cynthia, of Latrobe, and Sean Palek, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Kolan, of Latrobe, and Lauren Ronald and her husband, Ken, of Virginia Beach, Va.; three stepsons, Asa B. Reed Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Timothy Reed and his wife, Judy, of Ligonier, and Richard Reed and his wife, Sherry, of Key Biscayne, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Margaret Terhorst and her husband, Roger, of Acme, and Dorothy Sood and her husband, Donald, of Eau Clair, Wis.; a stepson-in-law, Dennis Urban, of Latrobe; one brother, Gerard A. Murphy, of Arcadia, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Kevin Michael Palek, Loni Kolan and her fiance, Daniel Adelson, Kelli Palek O'Rourke and her husband, Tim, Amanda Trimmer, Samantha Trimmer and her fiance, Matt Oehninger, Andrew Palek and his wife, Judy, Jamie Palek, Lindsey Palek and Austin Dowden; nine great-grandchildren, Olivia, Mackenzie and Mara Lewis, Karli Sutton, Brady, Quinnlynn and Murphy O'Rourke and Hannah and Andrew Palek; and 12 step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit No. 515 will hold a service at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Reyna and staff and Medi Home Hospice, especially, Sue, Mary Jo, Beverly and Lisa 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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Weaver, Elsie E. 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-04-23
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elsie E. (Kregel) Weaver, 86, of Irwin, former resident of Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born April 23, 1928, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janoziz) Kregel. Elsie was very involved in the Irwin Photo Lab, assisting her late husband, Bill, and son, Bob, in the day-to-day operations. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, also a member of the Country Hills Homemakers for more than 20 years, and was a very active volunteer at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg. She was a 1946 graduate of Norwin High School. Elsie was an avid flower gardener and loved doing crafts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Weaver, in 1988; brothers, Joseph and Victor Kregel; and sisters, Irma Wentzel and Emma Wagoner. Surviving are four children, William D. Weaver and his wife, Sherry, of Columbia, S.C., Cynthia Weaver, of San Francisco, Robert Weaver and his wife, Debbie, of Irwin, and Brian Weaver and his wife, Suzanne, of North Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Christy Weaver, Sarah Zupon, Jonathan Weaver, Kara Weaver and Rachel Weaver; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Elsie's family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Memory Care, RNC and Asera Care Hospice and her home caretaker, LuAnn Beresford, for their special care and compassion that they showed their mother. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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