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Lockwood, Robert A. 68

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1947-05-12
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Lockwood, 68, of Pittsburgh and Butler, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Aspinwall. Robert was born May 12, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Leonard and Eleanor Benko Lockwood. Robert was a 1965 graduate of East High School, Rochester, N.Y., and attended the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. Robert was a Vietnam veteran, serving with and retiring from the Air Force. He was a member of the North American Hunting Club and the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his brothers, Cade F. Lockwood (Carol), of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Allen F. Lockwood (Annette), of Harrisburg. Private interment will be in the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. Please visit Robert's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Plassio, Dennis P. 62

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Dennis P. Plassio, 62, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was the husband of Susan (Reid) Plassio; stepfather of Ronda Kelly, Robert, David and Jillian Boyd; also 12 grandchildren; brother of Bruce, Ricky and Jerry Plassio. Friends received from 2 p.m. until the blessing service at 6 p.m. Saturday at CHARLES W.TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
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Westmoreland County

Burczyk, Joachim W. 58

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Joachim "Jim" Walter Burczyk, 58, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, of natural causes, at his home. "We know that when Christ comes, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He really is." 1 John 3:2. When you arrive in heaven something wonderful will happen. A final transformation will occur. You will be just like Jesus. Of all the blessings of heaven, one of the greatest will be you! You will be God's magnum opus, his work of art. The angels will gasp. God's work will be completed. At last you will have a heart like his. You will love with a perfect love. You will worship with a radiant face. You'll hear each word God speaks. Your heart will be pure, your words will be like jewels, your thoughts will be like treasures. You will be just like Jesus. You will, at long last, have a heart like his. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Roxanne Norton Burczyk; his sons, Joachim "Jim" and his wife, Dallana, and their daughter, Kailey, and Rory and Christopher "Chris" Burczyk; his parents, Walter and Ilona Christa Burczyk; brothers, Peter and wife, Barbara, Burczyk and Ralph, and wife Shirley, Burczyk; and many nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Jim's life starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Burczyk home. Arrangements are by LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Cogley, Roger W. 78

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1936-10-27
  • Died: 2015-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Roger W. Cogley, 78, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in McKeesport, a son of the late William H. and Eliner (Simpson) Cogley. Roger received a bachelor's degree from Bethany College and was a retired purchasing agent for Westinghouse Benelite, Manor. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a former longtime member and secretary of Norwin Rotary. He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Mary W. Devison Cogley; children, James R. "Rick" Cogley and his wife, Akiko, of Yokohama, Japan, Karen E. Sawall and her husband, John, of Woodbridge, Va., and Thomas R. Cogley, of Irwin; also his grandchildren, Kylie and Julie Cogley, Tavia Gatanas and Stephanie Sawall. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship room. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Dennison, Ricky S. 57

  • Jones Mills
  • Born: 1958-02-28
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ricky Stephen Dennison, 57, of Jones Mills, went to be with his lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with an initial blood infection. Rick was born Feb. 28, 1958, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Homer Dennison, who passed in 1991, and Hettie Gum Dennison, who passed in 2001. Rick was a 1976 graduate of Harrisville High School, Harrisville, W. Va., and retired in 2012 as a certified water and wastewater operator in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than 24 years. He was currently active as board president and adult Sunday school teacher at Kreger Community Church and was an avid Nascar fan. Family and family functions were very important and a joy in his life. Surviving are his wife, Connie Kunkle Dennison; children, Sarah Beth Lewis and husband, Luke, of PO Box 45, Hemlock, IN 46937, and Benjamin Dennison and wife, Benita, of 221 N. Church St., Harrisville, WV 26362; grandchildren, Daniel and Elijah Dennison, Melissa and Matthew Lewis, and arriving in November, Eliana Marie Lewis; nieces and nephews, Emily Still, Rachel Williams, Ashley Brehm Wyncoop, Mathew, Deanna and Chelsea Kunkle, Mark and Brianna Hissem and Dennis and Bethany Rogers; sisters, Nina Williams and husband, Thom, of 2409 Gum Creek Church Road, Loganville, GA and Rosena Rogers and husband, Darrel, of 4018 Sycamore Drive, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his first wife, Pamela Moss Dennison (2003), and a nephew, Zachary Williams (1990). Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kreger Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Pastors Harry Langley and Keith Hauger officiating. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Pennsboro, W. Va., where services will be held at 4 p.m. with Brother David Simon officiating. A fellowship meal will follow after each service. Private interment will follow in the Moss Family Farm Cemetery, Cairo, W. Va. Arrangements are under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Peasant, PA 15666, Richard Rega funeral director. Please visit Rick's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook.
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Harshberger, Mary O. 97

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Born: 1918-03-19
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Harshberger, 97, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Scottdale, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 2015, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen. She was born March 19, 1918, in Holsopple, to John F. and Amanda (Shetler) Harshberger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Harshberger; a half sister, Anna (J. Frank) Brilhart; a half brother, Erwin L. (Trella) Harshberger; a niece, Mildred Blucas; and two nephews, Donald Brilhart and Paul Harshberger Sr. Surviving are the following eight nieces and nephews: Dorothy Ramos, Mary Peachey, Martha Helmuth and Ruthann Peachey, of Goshen, Ind., Lois Cable, Lester (Pete) Harshberger and David Harshberger, of Johnstown, and Carol Mellinger, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 23 great-nieces and nephews; and many great-greats in various parts of the United States and even in Asia. Mary left the Johnstown area when she was 30 years old and moved to Scottdale, where she was employed at Mennonite Publishing House for some 20 years. She enjoyed keeping a clean house, baking cookies and cakes, making candy and offering the gift of hospitality to the many guests who ate at her table and enjoyed her delicious meals. She loved children and "mothered" her many nieces and nephews. In earlier years, she led singing and taught children's Sunday school at church. She was a faithful member of Scottdale Mennonite Church, where she participated in various ministries before moving to Goshen. She will be remembered as a "people person" and a friend to many. Mary's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Scottdale Mennonite Church, followed immediately by the funeral service at noon. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mary have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. After the burial at Scottdale Cemetery, a light meal will be served at the church. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send online condolences, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Lang, Dennis W. 62

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Dennis W. "Big Den" Lang, 62, of Harrison City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Denise M. (Steligo) Lang; loving father of Todd Lang, Tara (Nicholas) Wilson and Ashley (Russell) Shorkey; brother of James (Dorothy) Lang; brother-in-law of Darlene Aigner; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and his canine buddy, Baylor. Denny was a well-respected sales professional in the retail hardware industry for more than 30 years. "Big Den" was a comedian that loved to entertain his family and friends. He loved his hobbies of softball, cornhole, golf, and head stands. His greatest success in life was being a devoted husband, loving father and a great friend to many. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.
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Lindenberg, Earl Ray 68

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1947-08-05
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Earl Ray Lindenberg, 68, of Murrysville, born Aug. 5, 1947, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at UPMC East, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Earl Ray was a veteran of the Navy and graduate of Point State Park and Penn State University. He worked as an electrical technician and customer service manager at Memorex, Northern Telecom and EMC before retiring in 2000. He had a strong faith and was a lifelong member of Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed travel, playing cards and spending time with friends and family. Earl Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; father, Ray; and stepmother, Valera. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gayle (Johnson) Lindenberg; brother, Wayne Lindenberg, of Clarksburg; sons, Jason Lindenberg (Jenn), of Charlotte, N.C., Steven Lindenberg (Kelly), of Mars; daughter, Elizabeth Edgar (Rich), of State College; and his eight grandchildren. He will always be a beloved husband, father, grandfather (Pap), uncle, cousin and friend who will be deeply missed. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at HART FUNERAL HOME INC. in Murrysville. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church in Saltsburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Histiocytocis Association (www.histio.org) in honor of Earl Ray's granddaughter, Miranda, who was diagnosed with a rare histio disease in 2009. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Maloney, Richard A. 84

  • Acme
  • Born: 1930-09-02
  • Died: 2015-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Maloney, 84, of Acme (Bear Rocks), died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Raymond and Marie Snyder Maloney. Mr. Maloney was a graduate of St. Vincent College and he was employed at the Children and Youth Services of Allegheny County. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kirsch Maloney; two children, Timothy Maloney and his wife, Lisa, of Greensburg, and Erin Cigich and her husband, David, of Irwin; his grandchildren, Jack, Seth and Brock Maloney and Mallory and Ben Cigich; and one brother, Patrick Maloney, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Emily Maloney; and two sisters, Raymonda Wohead and Mary Jane Maloney. As per the wishes of the family there will be no public viewing or services. All arrangements are under the direction of the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. To offer condolences or remembrances, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Odendahl, Lois A.

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois Ann Odendahl, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ludwig F. Odendahl and Othelia C. (Kutchenreiter) Odendahl. Lois was a member of Holy Family Church and its Rosary Society and was an office volunteer. She was retired from Latrobe Steel Company. She was a member of Westmoreland Photographers and Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society and volunteered for Faith in Action. Lois enjoyed traveling, photography and hot air balloons. Lois is survived by a brother, C. Robert Odendahl and his wife, Mary Anne, of Latrobe; two nieces; two nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church Restoration Fund. 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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Roberts, Gary R. 69

  • Irwin , Formerly of Manor
  • Born: 1945-09-01
  • Died: 2015-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gary R. Roberts, 69, of Irwin, formerly of Manor, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. He was born Sept. 1, 1945, in McKeesport, a son of the late Glenn and Helen (Churchman) Roberts. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of the Manor American Legion, Norwin Elks and the NRA. Gary adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time at Mammoth Park with his model airplane buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, William and David Roberts. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 47 years, Linda S. (Keating) Roberts; children, Jennifer (Chris) Dixon, of North Huntingdon, and Kristen (Christian) Conte, of Penn Township; grandchildren, Kaia Conti and Lucas and Jameson Dixon; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Earl Caldwell officiating. Place of interment will be held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery. A memorial contribution may be made to Family Hospice, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Carey, Imogene 90

  • Hastings, Minn. , Formerly of Acme
  • Born: 1925-01-05
  • Died: 2015-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Imogene Chackan Carey, 90, of Hastings Minn., formerly of Acme, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Acme, to the late Lewis and Minnie Yothers Shaffer. She was a member of Acme United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Domer Chackan; second husband, Lawrence Carey; daughter, Sherri Forsythe; and brother, Robert Shaffer. Imogene is survived by a son, Larry (Barbara) Chackan, of Hastings; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Georgia Ulery, of Acme. Family and friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John A. Logan, with interment to follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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