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Allegheny County

Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Tomasetti, Elizabeth 97

  • Southside
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Tomasetti, 97, of Southside, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late William; mother of Gayle (Robert) Knoll and Ronald (Kathy) Tomasetti; grandmother of Robert Jr., Rachel, Raymond, Richard, Ronald, Adam, Liz, Jeremiah and the late Bryan; great-grandmother of ten; sister of the late Phillip, Andy, Charlotte, Freddy, Michael and Ernie; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. Arrangements handled by the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood PA 15227. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Volpe, Virginia 95

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1919-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Virginia Bechtold Volpe, 95, of Forest Hills, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Transitions Health Care (Baldock). She was born June 3, 1919, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Vito Lapaglia and Nifa Oddo Lapaglia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Bechtold; six sister, Rose Mastrilli, Sarah Sacamango, Mary Affigato, Camilla (Minnie) Mastrilli, Josephine Davis ans Stella Sears; and three brothers, Charles, Joseph and Vincent Lapaglia. Virginia had an unmatched zest for life, enjoying bingo, family and friends and making people smile. Her warm heart and her loving ways touched many who were blessed to have met her. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (John) McCann, of North Huntingdon; two sons, Terry (Bonnie) Bechtold, of North Huntingdon, and John (Judy) Bechtold, of Pittsburgh, and ; nine grandchildren, Dawn Lucotch, Kim Piekut, Jennifer Bean, Anne Larkin, Pamela Rea, Kelly Feltes, Anthony Bechtold, Christy Tokay and Terry Bechtold; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes to the special people at Transitions Health Care (formerly Baldock) who became our extended family; also to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Virginia's funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wills, Mary Jane 94

  • Bellevue
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Brown) Wills, 93, a resident of St. John's Specialty Care Center, formerly of Bellevue (West View), died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Wills Sr.; loving mother of Beverly Deiss of Bellevue and Robert L. (Karen) Wills Jr., of Greensburg; proud grandmother of Debbie (Pat) Riley, of Ross Township, Michelle (Todd) Longanecker, of Irwin, Rob (Melissa) Wills, of York, and Doug Wills, of York; and great-grandmother of Abigail, Shane, Dylan, Robby, Grace, Alex and Claire. Mary Jane was a graduate of Perry High School Class of 39 and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Fairview Volunteer Fire Company and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600, until the time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to St. John's Specialty Care Center.
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Westmoreland County

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. Valdimarsdottir Mehan, of Hannastown, and the late Andrew J. Mehan Sr. She was a 1972 graduate of Hempfield High School and received her associate's degree from Bradford Business School of Pittsburgh. Deborah was a social member of the Hannastown Firemen's Club and a member of Senior Life of Greensburg. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Regina Ann Berger; a brother, Andew J. Mehan Jr.; a sister, Betty Lou Long; and a nephew, Richard A. Vuletich. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gordon R. Berger; a son, Jason R. Berger, of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Sigurlina "Stella" Johannesdottir, of Iceland, Mary Ann Wilson, of Greensburg, Augusta Block, of Florida, Rosemarie Campbell, of Baltimore, Md., and Christine Mehan, of Hannastown; a sister-in-law, Erlene (David) Muller, of North Huntingdon; a brother-in-law, James (Arlene) Berger, of Trafford; and numerous nieces, nephews and great and great-great-nieces and nephews. 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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Busato, Xiuqin 61

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Xiuqin Song Busato, 61, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at her residence. She was born June 11, 1953, in Fushun, China, a daughter of the late Song Weishan and Zhao Feng. Xiuqin was employed by the Holiday Inn Corp. She is survived by her husband, Louis W. Busato; her children, Li Yen, of Fushun, China, Lindsey Busato, of Greensburg, and Christine Busato Watson and husband, Rick, of Candor, N.Y.; two grandsons, Shawn and Zachery Watson; two brothers and a sister still in China; her father-in-law, Louis Busato and wife, Jackie, of Jeannette; a sister-in-law, Sally Young, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Funeral services and interment in Calvary Hill Cemetery, in Crabtree, were private. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, was entrusted with arrangements.
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Cunningham, Helen J. 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Cunningham, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Zelienople, a daughter of the late Norman B. and Anna E. Bowlen Avey. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School and a member of Central Fellowship Church in Connellsville. Helen will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving son, James Cunningham, of Wilkinsburg; her grandson, Brian Cunningham and wife, Sharon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her great-grandson, Blake; and her niece, Carolyn Johnson and husband, Clyde, of Farmington. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, George S. Cunningham; her son, Thomas E. Cunningham; and her brother, Leroy B. Avey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-3800), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be in Addison Cemetery, Somerset County. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Dollman, James H. 86

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1928-06-15
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jim" Dollman, 86, of Delmont, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was born June 15, 1928, in Nadine, a son of the late Harris and Eleanor (Loy) Dollman. Prior to retiring, Jim was employed in the trucking industry. He served in the Army during the Korean War, earning Army Good Conduct and Defense Service medals. He was a Mason and a founding member of Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Thelma H. (Stroschein) Dollman. He was the loving father of Kathie I. Kirschman (late Duane R.), of Delmont, and David J. (Deborah) Dollman, of New Alexandria; loving grandfather of Jennifer (Michael), Kathryne (Jonathan) and David J. II (Elisha); and loving great-grandfather of Andrew, Abbigail, Alliyah, Nicole, Nathan, Samuel, David J. III and Leila. He is also survived by his brother, Samuel (Louise) Dollman, of Hawaii; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A service of Christian burial and committal services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, officiated by the Rev. Ron Raptosh and Pastor Donald Watkins. A song that was special to Jim will be sung by the Rev. Dr. Deryl Larsen. Everyone please meet at the church. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim's memory be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA 15626. Please write "J. Dollman" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Grande, Carmen Millie R. 94

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carmen R. "Millie" Grande, 94, of Trafford, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born May 10, 1920, the son of the late Pasquale and Theresa Rosella Grande. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran as well as an usher and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Regis Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen August Grande; and his brothers, Dominic, Anthony, Joseph and Francis Grande. He is survived by his children, Gary Grande, Karen (Tom) Mercalde, Theresa (Jim) McCarron, Susan (Michael) Oriolo, Liz (Bob) Thompson and Rich (Sierra) Grande; a sister, Gloria Drost; and six grandchildren, Brandon and Megan McCarron, Nicole and Natalie Thompson, Nathan Sneith and Steven Grande. The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Home Care and Hospice for their exceptional care. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Catholic Church with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. Contributions can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Hoffer, Homer E. 84

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1930-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Homer E. Hoffer, 84, of Scottdale (Bullskin Township), died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born May 4, 1930, in Acme, a son of the late Henry and Elsie Brown Hoffer. Mr. Hoffer was employed as a construction worker and farmer. He was a member of the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and choir member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Snyder Hoffer; his children, Loretta Painter and her husband, Homer Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, Darell Hoffer and his wife, Janice, of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley Keller and her husband, Melvin, of Jones Mills, Julia Miller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Casselberry, Fla., Henry Hoffer and his wife, Kathie, of Acme, Myron Hoffer and his wife, Eileen, of Scottdale, and Glenda Bradley and her husband, Damon, of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Philson Hoffer, of Greensburg, Kenneth Hoffer and his wife, Ida, of West Middlesex, Carolyn Clark, of Berlin, Robert Hoffer and his wife, Eleanor, of Acme, Orlando Hoffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Acme, and Ronald Hoffer and his wife, Wilda, of Acme. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Marie Keller; a grandson-in-law, Mark Elam; and siblings, Otha Hoffer, Belle Kreinbrook, Dorothy Snyder, Huldah Stouffer, Hazel Rooney and Wilmer Hoffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. There will no viewing on Thanksgiving Day. Viewing will continue from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Additional viewing will take place from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Donegal Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in the Keslar Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Joyce, Mary E. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-09-29
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth Joyce, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla. She was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Sweeny) Moore. Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral where she was a former member of the parish council. She was on the board of directors of Clelian Heights School and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. Mary belonged to various Bible study groups and was a quilter, weaver and spinner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Moore. Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred M. Joyce; her daughters, Carolyn Bump and husband, Walter, of Floresville, Texas, and Colleen McWilliams and husband, Richard, of Export; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn and Kelly Colleen McWilliams. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where Prayers of Transfer will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Clelian Heights School, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 126 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please go to http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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King, Joan W. 78

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1936-06-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joan W. King, 78, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at home. She was born June 22, 1936, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Guy and Mary DeBone Wass. Prior to retirement, she was a telephone operator at Bell Telephone. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, Bell Telephone Pioneers, Jeannette Lions and Lioness Clubs, Jeannette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and http://www.cercemaggiore.org. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. King; and a brother, Louis Wass. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jody King and Clyde Reynolds, of Jeannette; a brother, Frank Wass and his wife, JoAnn, of Greensburg; two sisters, Carmella Moffa and Gloria Rossi and her husband, Ron, all of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, Development Office, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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McKay, Karin 70

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1944-03-26
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Karin Conway McKay, 70, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 26, 1944, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Bernard P. Conway Sr. and Wanda (DeVinney) Conway. Karin was a 1962 graduate of Blairsville High School and a graduate of the Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing and School of Anesthesia. Prior to her retirement, she was a registered nurse anesthetist at Latrobe Area Hospital and Vittone Eye Surgical Associates. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, in Latrobe, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers, served as a Eucharistic minister, was a volunteer sacristan for the church and volunteered for Vacation Bible School and the Art and Environments Committee. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Faith in Action. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard P. Conway Jr.; and a niece, Dana M. Petrunak. Karin was a loving wife, mother and very proud grandmother. Her grandchildren describe her as very caring, fun, peaceful and attentive. She is survived by her husband of more than 45 years, Thomas P. McKay; her daughter, Erin K. Colcombe and her husband, Daniel J., of Greensburg; her son, Thomas B. McKay and his wife, Melissa E., of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Caroline, Colleen and Alexander Colcombe, and Mitchell, Marlee and Gracie McKay; her sister, Shirley Laskie and her husband, Richard, of Hillside; a brother, C. Lisle Conway and his wife, Sheral, of Ligonier; three sisters-in-law, Michele Conway Watts and her husband, Whit, of Indiana, Pa., Barbara J. Conrad, of Latrobe, and Kay Stocken and her husband, Michael, of Hermitage; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone and the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as concelebrants. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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McSorley Cucchi, Shirley E. 83

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-09-14
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Shirley E. (Huffmyer) McSorley Cucchi, 83, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James "Sam" and Iola (Slagle) Huffmyer. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin, also part of the Sweet Adelines singing group and a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than seven years, Joseph Cucchi. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Gary) Hunt, Arthur (Bonn) McSorley, Michael (Jennifer) McSorley, Patricia Talbot Reuther (Robert Feldman), Donna (Torok) McSorley and Kathleen Lyons; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; sister, Phyllis (Hugh) Joslin; brother, James (Sue) Huffmyer; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Church, 502 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Clifton J. Suehr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org. For online condolences, please visit our website at http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Naeger, Eleanor 81

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1933-11-10
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Naeger, 81, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the Mountain View Specialty Care Center, Unity Township. She was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Bridge) Shabella. Eleanor was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. She loved gardening, crafts and sewing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilary T. Naeger, April 5, 2014; and six siblings, Agnes Stascheck, Sarah Yuhouse, Frank Shabella, Martin Shabella, Cecilia Shabella and Mary Mariana. She is survived by her son, Richard M. Naeger, of Derry; her grandson, Stephen Naeger, of Derry; her great-granddaughter, Allison Naeger; two sisters, Barbara Ballash and Francis Unferdorfer; her former daughter-in-law, Karen Naeger; three sisters-in-law, Rose Flodin, Mildred Shabella and Loretta Shabella; two brothers-in-law, Bill Naeger and Jerry (Marian) Naeger; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Online condolences and guestbook can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Nardelli, James L. 85

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1929-02-27
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Attorney James L. Nardelli, 85, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Feb. 27, 1929, in New Kensington, son of the late James L. and Florinda (Marini) Nardelli. He was the husband of 57 years of Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli. He was the founder of Nardelli Law Office, P.C. in New Kensington, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate and Law School. Mr. Nardelli practiced law in Western Pennsylvania for 57 years. For more than 50 years, he was solicitor for New Kensington Municipal Authority. He also served as solicitor for Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary, Avonmore Borough, and the Westmoreland Housing Authority. He was on the board of the New Kensington Civil Service Commission. In his younger days, he loved off-roading, motorcycles, horseback riding and was an accomplished piano player. He enjoyed watching the Steelers and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and also was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Linda J. (Guarino) Nardelli, of 57 years, of New Kensington; three sons, James L. (Deborah) Nardelli Jr., of New Kensington, Anthony (Terri) Nardelli, of Allegheny Township, Michael D. (Tambrea) Nardelli, of Arnold; daughter, Mary Christina (Raymond) Matejczyk, of Michigan; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and Zachary Matejczyk and Jessica and Sarah Nardelli. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 until the time of the service of a funeral Liturgy outside Mass at 8:30 p.m. in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Peer, Jimmie Beth 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-12-29
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jimmie Beth (Marple) Peer, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va., a daughter of the late James S. and Jessie (Armstrong) Marple. Jimmie Beth was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout her life and most recently retired as a nurse's aide for Right at Home Health Care, of East Pittsburgh. She was a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in business and marketing and a master's degree in business administration. Jimmie was a member of Murrysville Alliance Church, and also a member of A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education), the Order of the Eastern Star, of California, Pa., the Adamsburg Community Fire Hall Social Club, and also a member of the WVU marching band and was a very talented musician and pianist. Surviving are her husband, Dennis Peer Sr.; two children, Nichlas Kaukonen and fiancee, Julie Huppman, of Coal Center, and Jamie Jarmon and husband, Joseph Jr., of Salem, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Dennis Peer Jr. and wife, Darcy, of Pittsburgh, and Kaitlin Peer, of Greensburg; a grandson, Joseph Jarmon III; two sisters, Daphne Moore and husband, Ernest, of West Virginia, and Dolores Pease and husband, Alan, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held Saturday, at a time to be announced, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Pernelli, Martha M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-04-27
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martha M. Pernelli, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J. She was born April 27, 1930, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Stephen Stanko and Mary (Zuzack) Stanko. Martha was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. She was a devoted wife and mother who truly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Pernelli; and three brothers, Franklin, Stephen and Walter Stanko. Martha is survived by two sons, David R. Pernelli and his wife, Fawn, of Millville, N.J., and Gary F. Pernelli and his wife, Amy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Noreen M. Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, and Miriam Altman and her husband, Will, of Gibsonia; a brother, Timothy Stanko and his wife, Linda, of Bethel Park; nine grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Alecia, Ryan, Adam, Stephen, Kati, Abbi and Matthew; and a great-grandson, William. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. 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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Ritenour, Cheryl D. 57

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1956-12-15
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Cheryl D. Ritenour, 57, of Derry Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1956, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late C. Homer "Grizz" and Carole G. Hartshorn Miller. Cheryl was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Youngstown. She had worked at Torrance State Hospital in dietary and had previously worked at the Sheetz in New Alexandria. Prior to her health problems, she belonged to many organizations and was willing to help anyone in need. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who will be missed more than words can say. She is survived by her loving daughters, Danielle (Pete) Dreistadt, of Pleasant Unity, and Denise (Eric) Catone, of Derry Township; two brothers, Charles F. Miller (Judy Lynch), of Derry and Clifford W. Miller, of New Derry; her sister, Crystal L. (Gregg) Lazar, of Irwin; five grandchildren, Pete, Colette, Eric, Chloe and Nicholas; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. A special thanks to all of Cheryl's caregivers. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Short, Agnes B. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Agnes B. Short, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Greater Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late John Zurick and Anna (Kovacs) Zurick. Agnes was a member of Holy Family Church, where she served as organist in the late 1960s through the early '80s, was a member of Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, and sang in the church choir. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert A. Short; three brothers, Anthony, Edward and Albert Zurick; and three sisters, Elizabeth Oswald, Eva Jean Dale and Joanne Harr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Maureen A. Thomas and her husband, Curtis, of Greensburg; and five sisters, Mary Ellen Fluxmon, of New York, N.Y., Anna Mae Mellett, of Pittsburgh, Rose LaRue, of Johnstown, Theresa Polosky, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Peipock and her husband, Michael, of South Bend, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The Holy Family Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Humane Society. 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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Stephens, Thomas D. 72

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1942-07-30
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. "Drew" Stephens, 72, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 30, 1942, in Jeannette, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Griffith) Stephens. Prior to retirement he was employed by All Metals Fabricating Company and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army. Drew was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jeannette, American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville and ABATE. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Elmer Stephens; six sisters, Florence Myers, Nora Belle Stephens, Oma Pifer, Harriet Kalbfleisch, Ruth Kifer and Phyllis Griffin. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah DelGross, of New Alexandria; a sister, Stella Butler, of North Huntingdon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Bowser officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Fayette County

Leonard, John D. 72

  • Dawson
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graft-Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • John D. Leonard, 72, of Dawson, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at his home comforted by his family. As John requested, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to a graveside inurnment service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where military honors will be bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. John's memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Brownfield Community Center, 291 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428. Arrangements for John are in the care of GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. For online condolences and information, visit http://www.gjfuneral.com.
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Shearer, Donald L. 66

  • Mill Run
  • Born: 1948-08-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Donald L. Shearer, 66, of a lifelong resident of Mill Run, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at his home, while surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Connellsville, the son of the late Laren G. and Florence Bigham Shearer. Donald was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1966. He then attended West Virginia University, where he played varsity baseball and was a graduate in 1970. Upon graduating from WVU, Donald had the opportunity to sign with the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team but chose to stay in Pennsylvania to start a family. Donald continued his passion for baseball as he went on to play and manage for the Mill Run baseball team in the County Baseball League. Donald had worked as a track foreman with CSX for 30 years and he was a member of the BMWE Local No. 1049 for 30 years. Donald was very civic-minded. He served in the West Virginia National Guard, he was a member of the Mill Run Recreation Authority and he was a lifetime member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run where he served as the Sunday school teacher for the Couples Class. Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen Cunningham Shearer; his son, Brian Shearer and wife, Nikki, of Mill Run; his daughter, Stacey Shearer Hoover and husband, Jay, of Mill Run; his grandchildren, Cole, Bryn and Kace Shearer and Derek, Kara and Kylee Hoover; his sister, Karen Rebar, of Connellsville; his brother, L. Glen Shearer and wife, Peggy, of Mill Run; and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft (724-455-2310). (There will be no viewing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.) A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Dull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Landsmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Donald L. Shearer. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Brocious, Thomas D. 51

  • Dixonville
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh, Hillsdale | Get Directions
  • Thomas Duane Brocious, 51, of Dixonville, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME LTD., 18944 Route 286 Highway East, Hillsdale, Indiana County. There will also be a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at New Life Lutheran Church, 1209 Leroy Road, Marion Center, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service, officiated by Pastor Stephen C. Bond. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
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Bennett, Tembra A. 74

  • New Bern, N.C.
  • Died: 2014-11-22
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  • Tembra Anne Horrell Bennett, 74, of New Bern, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after a long illness. A native of Western Pennsylvania, she lived in New Bern, N.C., since 1972. She is survived by her husband, Roger; son, Chris (Beth) Bennett, of New Bern; daughter, Michelle (Alice) Bennett, of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Luther, John, David and their families, of Ligonier; and her granddaughter, Olivia, of New Bern. Tembra will be missed by friends and students in New Bern where she taught art in the Craven County School System until her retirement in 2001. She was both an artist and art collector who traveled with her husband to the cities and museums of Europe to see the masterpieces in person. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Bethany Christian Church, in Arapahoe, N.C. Family will receive friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at COTTEN FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28557 or Bethany Christian Church, 8126 N. Carolina 306, Arapahoe, NC 28510. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the Bennett family at http://www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
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Musgrove, Rev. L. Wayne

  • Seaford, Del.
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Cranston, Seaford, Del. | Get Directions
  • The Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., heard and answered the Father's call from Heaven's Portals on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Charles Edward and Myrtle Grace (Shoaf) Musgrove, of Brinkerton. Wayne was one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth, of 60 years of marriage; their two daughters, Rebecca Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., and Elizabeth Schwegel, of Millville, N.J., and her husband, Robert; three grandchildren, Kevin B. Chamberlain, of Milford, Del., Britain Johnson, of Laurel, Del., and Ashley Schwegel, of Millville, N.J.; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Nathan Johnson, of Laurel, Del.; and his two sisters, Edna Ackerman and Jane Rydle, of Pennsylvania. A service of worship celebrating the life and faith of Wayne will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Street, Milford, DE 19963. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private family burial to follow the service. Arrangements by the CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME, Seaford, Del. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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