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Livi, Ivan D. 94

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Ivan D. Livi, 94, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Annabelle (Rigotti); father of Darla Jean (James) Mroski; son of the late Attilo and Maria (Lazzari); brother of the late George Livi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ivan Livi was employed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) for 42 years, assuming its presidency in 1978. During his 15 years at the helm, he took PIA to great success. During his tenure, the institution enjoyed its highest student enrollment, the largest number of graduates, and during the peak of the aviation industry was considered the leading aviation school in the United States. It was also during this time that PIA, on behalf of the OX5 Pioneers, restored the history-making airplane, "Miss Pittsburgh," that made the first airmail flight. That aircraft continues to proudly hang on display at the Pittsburgh International Airport. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations including Aviation Technician Education Council, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Northrop Rice Foundation and the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. He was celebrated as "Educator of the Year" by both the Aviation Technician Education Council and the Italian Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.JOHNFSLATER.COM.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Adams Sr., George O. 88

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • George O. Adams Sr., 88, a former resident of Swissvale and Harrison City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Gaithersburg, Md., with his loving family at his side. George was a member of Community Methodist Church in Irwin. He enjoyed his family and traveling with his wife of 68 years, Norma Whetton Adams. George worked as a tool and die maker at Whitaker Metals and instilled the values of integrity, professionalism and hard work in his four sons, George O. Adams Jr. (Debra Okorn), of Amherst, Ohio, John "Jack" W. Adams (Janet Lukas), of Murrysville, Thomas J. Adams (Linda Carter), of McCordsville, Ind., and Donald E. Adams (Daria Novekosky), of Reston, Va. An avid craftsman, he loved working with wood and making toys for his grandchildren, George III, Shawn, Christopher, Kimberly, Heather, Thomas Jr., Tasha and Kyla. George's pride and joy was his family. He was blessed to know his great-grandchildren, George IV, Rebecca, Shawn "Kai", Logan and Keira. George was born April 5, 1926, in Braddock, a son of the late William and Agnes (Jamieson) Adams. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian E. Adams; and a sister, Marion Adams. George is survived by his sisters, Kathryn Adams, of Jarrettsville, Md., and Marjorie Bigham (Elmer), of Selah, Wash.; as well as his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. by Infinity Lodge No. 546 Free and Accepted Masons. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, with Pastor John Ciampa presiding. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Harrison City, with military honors presented by VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Barner, Donne G. 76

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1938-06-23
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Donne G. "Don" Barner, 76, of Irwin, (Herminie No. 2), died peacefully at his home, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1938, in Greensburg, son of the late Harrold G. and Ruth (Dickson) Barner. Don was a veteran, having served in the Navy. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for Ryco Inc. in McKeesport as welder/shop supervisor. He was a member of Herminie No. 2 United Methodist Church, the Herminie VFW, Post 8427, West Hempfield Legion Post 53, Wendel Herminie No. 2 Athletic Association and the Italian Miners Association in Hahntown. Don enjoyed hunting and golfing. He loved spending time at the Fox Den Acres Campground with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Barner. Don is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carole A. (Reichen) Barner; a daughter, Corey (John) Merva, of New Stanton; two sons, Sean (Amy) Barner, of Herminie, and Bryan (Janis) Barner, of Blairsville; and 11 special grandchildren, Caleb, Ashely, Haley, Ethan, Colby, Cara, Collin, Estella, Sadye, Marlee and Blaine. The family would like to thank Medi Home Hospice for all their love and care. Don will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Bruce A. Anthony officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
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Callis, Edward Rebel M. 77

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1937-08-24
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Edward Martin "Rebel" Callis, 77, of New Florence, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at home surrounded by the love of his life, Ida Belle, and his family. He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Richmond, Va., to the late Stanley and Clemmie Callis. He was also preceded in death by brother, James B. Callis; and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ida Belle (Rolley) Callis; children, James Callis and wife, Becky, Florida, Tammy Gibson and husband, Tom, Ligonier, Shane Callis and fiancee, Tabatha Hutzell, New Florence, and Jessica Callis and fiance, Travis Lovejoy, of Seward; grandchildren, Jenna, Kaylee, David, Shane II, Mylei and Alissa Callis, Joshua, Autum and Brady Gibson; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Bella and Blayne; sister, Elizabeth Williams, Richmond, Va.; and multiple nieces and nephews in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. At Ed's request, there will be no public viewing or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses. Family assisted by KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, PA 15944. Online donations may be made at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Cartwright, Terrence K. 57

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Terrence K. "Blair" Cartwright, 57, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mary Jo (Stefkovich) Cartwright; wonderful brother of Michael J. (Laurel) Cartwright, Patrick Cartwright and Diana Nichols; brother-in-law of Janet Cartwright; uncle of Marc (Alejandra) Cartwright, Autumn (Gaines) Myer, Jed and Matthew "Zip" Nichols; great-uncle of Isaac Cartwright; stepdad of Kim Stefkovich and Heather (Judd) Pittler; and "Pap-Pap" to Reese and Drew Pittler. Blair was an employee of Hamill Manufacturing in Penn Township for more than 30 years. He was a member of the HOG Club and loved traveling the country on his Harley with his friends. He was an avid Steelers fan, loved hunting and fishing and also going to the beach. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will be private. Vigil services will be 8:30 p.m.Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Barbara Food Bank, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA 15636. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Chockla, Thomas F. 88

  • Derry
  • Born: 1927-01-24
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Thomas F. Chockla, 88, of Derry, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Derry, a son of the late Mike and Mary Barron Chockla. Tom was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Derry. He was a graduate of Derry Township High School and a proud World War II Army veteran. He retired after 38 years of service to Kennametal. An avid hunter, he was a very generous man who always offered a helping hand. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his six sisters, Kate Pishok, Anne Sterner, Mary VonOhsen, Jule Stemmler, Betty Gray and Eileen Lawry; and seven brothers, Andy, John, Steve, Mike, George, Walter and Bill Chockla. Tom is survived by his beloved wife and lifelong caregiver, Julia Klym Chockla; his loving children, Michael A. Chockla (Cel Repak), of Derry, Thomas Francis Chockla, of Latrobe, William A. Chockla (Sandra), of Estes Park, Colo., Janice Shepherd (Michael), of Irwin, and Lori Gerthoffer (John), of Greensburg; his last remaining sibling, Mitchell Chockla, of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren, Andrew (Gosia), Janelle (Heather), Aaron (Melissa) and Hillary; two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Emily; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with Father Stephen C. West as celebrant. Interment will be made in St. Joseph Church Cemetery. A veteran's service will be conducted at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by the combined funeral detail of American Legion and VFW of Latrobe and Derry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Elliott, Lois J. 81

  • Derry
  • Born: 1933-12-07
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Lois J. Lehman Elliott, 81, of Derry, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center. Born Dec. 7, 1933, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Charles E. Ashbaugh and Mary A. (Hostoffer) Ashbaugh. Lois was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and had been a nanny to several local families for many years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James P. Lehman; her second husband, Francis S. "Jake" Elliott; a son, James C. Lehman; a brother, Raymond Ashbaugh; a sister, Betty Hoffer; and a stepgrandson, Patrick J. Seremet Jr. Lois is survived by a daughter, Beverly Brady and her husband, Bill, of Derry; five sons, Keith Lehman and his wife, Roseann, of Latrobe, Richard Lehman and his wife, Sis, of Derry, Ronald Lehman and his wife, Sheila, of Latrobe, Donald Lehman and his wife, Michelle, of Monroeville, and Brian Lehman, of Latrobe; a brother, Charles Blaine Ashbaugh and his wife, Vern, of Latrobe; a sister, Charlotte Kraynak, of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Anthony Carbone officiating. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Loyalhanna Care Center for their constant care of our mother, and also a special "thanks" to Daniel from therapy for being Mom's special friend. Thank you as well to Medi Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion with our mom. 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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Greene Jr., Benson W. 99

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1915-12-19
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Benson W. Greene Jr., 99, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Nature Park Commons, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Jeannette, a son of the late Benson W. Sr. and Alice Eliza Greene. Prior to retirement, he worked at Walworth Valve Co. as a shop clerk. He was a faithful, longtime member of the Church of the Advent, Jeannette, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and an acolyte for 60-plus years. A onetime violinist and magician, Benson also loved the outdoors and nature. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Philip R. Greene, of Florida; and first wife, Rita McLaughlin Greene; and their infant son, Patrick. Benson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Jean Playfair Greene; their son, Benson III and his wife, Lori, of Greensburg; and a granddaughter, Sarah Rose Greene, of Orlando, Fla. Friends will be received from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Church of the Advent, 51 S. First St., Jeannette, with the Rev. Vicente Santiago officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Benson's memory to the Church of the Advent. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.
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Hitlan, Patricia A. 80

  • Acme
  • Born: 1934-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hitlan, 80, of Acme, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Mary E. Mellon Cloherty. She was a graduate of the former Homestead High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh and later the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. She is survived by three sons, Daniel W. Hitlan, of Acme, Timothy P. Hitlan and his wife, Sandra, of Cheswick, and Mark E. Hitlan and his wife, Laurel, of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Kevin Hitlan, Hali Emerick and Julie Hitlan. Mrs. Hitlan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Hitlan, in 2014; a brother, Thomas Francis Cloherty Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia M. Martin and Mary Louise Mentzer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Thaddeus Kaczmarek as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond Cemetery. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Huffman, Carl E. 89

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1925-05-13
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Huffman Sr., 89, of Mt. Pleasant (Alverton), died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born May 13, 1925, in Southwest, a son of the late Earl Edward and Eva Elizabeth Marker Huffman. He was employed by Cramer Auto Wreckers and was a retired superintendent for the Alverton Coal Co. and he also later worked for Cramer Auto Wreckers. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Medical Corps. He was a member of VFW Post 3368 of Mt. Pleasant and was a member and past president of the Laurel Swingers. He was a member of the Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren. He is survived by one daughter, Diana Lynn Gummo and her husband, Daniel, of Bear Rocks; grandson, David Onorato and his fiancee, Rachel Sage; and his dog, Mitzy. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Carl E. "Skip" Huffman Jr.; a daughter, Darla Faye Harshman; sisters, Mary Kistler, Florence Baird and Helen Sutty; and brothers, Junior Earl Huffman and Lloyd "Milt" Huffman; his longtime companion, Edith H. Painter; and his former wife, Lois Heasley Huffman. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mark Peachey officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Immel, Rosemarie L. 83

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-09-20
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Rosemarie Lyda Immel, 83, of Greensburg, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home. She was born Sept. 20, 1931, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late John and Mary Nesballa Hanyo. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leslie E. Immel Sr.; a brother, Frederick Hanyo; three half-brothers, Leonard Hanyo, Everett Hanyo and Joseph Evans; and a half-sister, Gertrude Long. She is survived by two sons, Leslie E. (Kathy) Immel Jr., of Greensburg, and Allan K. (Deborah) Immel, of Irwin; two daughters, Cynthia A. (Darrell) Barnes, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Terrie (Walter) Thompson, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1001 Mt. Pleasant Road, Greensburg. Interment of cremated remains will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or http://www.psp.org/donate. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Mencer, Donald F. 80

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-03-01
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Donald Franklin Mencer, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Mencer was born March 1, 1934, in South Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Guy Poole Mencer Sr. and Ruth Marie Hout Mencer. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and the former Transfiguration Parish. Don was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He had been employed by Westinghouse Corp. in Derry until his retirement. Don is survived by his loving family: his children, Lori Kalinay and her husband, Vaughn, of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Joe Nitkiewicz and his wife, Vivian, of Mt. Pleasant, and their mother, Betty Nitkiewicz Mencer, of Mt. Pleasant; and by his grandchildren, Emily and Erica Kalinay, John Nitkiewicz and Amy Magda, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Lockwood, of Thompson, Ga. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Mencer Jr., on Jan. 19, 2015. As per the wishes of the family, there will be no hours of public visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private inurnment will be in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. 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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Mitchell Sr., Raymond W. 92

  • Youngstown
  • Born: 1922-11-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Mitchell Sr., 92, of Youngstown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Ligonier Township, he was a son of the late George O. Mitchell and Catherine A. (Bosslet) Mitchell. Raymond was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Kennametal Inc., and had also been a wallpaper hanger for more than 25 years. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the American Legion Post 515, Latrobe, and had also enjoyed woodworking at his shop at home. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann G. (Hunter) Mitchell; a son, Darwin H. Mitchell; five brothers, Charles, Paul, James, George and Robert Mitchell; and eight sisters, Mary Grace Mills, Helen Miller, Blanch Smithley, Hilda Mitchell, Edna Mitchell, Mary Edmundson, Martha Mitchell and Agnes Burkhart. Raymond is survived by a son, Raymond W. Mitchell Jr., and his wife, Lorraine, of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Holly Tonkin and her husband, Bill, of Blairsville, and Brian Mitchell and his wife, Jennifer, of Lexington, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren, Mitchell Tonkin, Blake Tonkin, Zachary Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell and Maddie Mitchell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, officiated by the Rev. Donald Graff, at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or to a charity of one's choice. 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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Pass, Robert W. 63

  • Born: 1951-08-09
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Robert Wendell Pass, 63, died Friday, Jan. 23. 2015, from complications of a heart attack at Hershey Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1951, in Austin, Texas, he was a son of Vincent L. Pass and the late Cleo D. Pass. Bob graduated from State College Area High School in 1969. Following graduation from Penn State College of Business in 1973, Bob was employed by Mittelman, Lew, Blumenthal and Piper (now SF and Company) for three years. From 1976 onward, Bob was associated with The Clothesline, first in Lock Haven and then on College Avenue in State College. Survivors include his father, Vincent L. Pass, of Centre Hall; and his brother, James L Pass, of State College. For the last seven years, Bob was a devoted caregiver for his father. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME, in Export, where a blessing service will be held immediately following. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, 555 Gettysburg Pike Suite A300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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Raygor, James A. 80

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1934-02-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • James A. Raygor, 80, of Scottdale, passed away at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Jim was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Clifford F. and Anna (Kravetz) Raygor. He married the former Dolores "Jean" Greenawalt on Oct. 25, 1952. Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a self-employed plasterer for many years and also was employed by El Grande Enterprises of Donora and Burrell Construction of New Kensington. Jim loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist in Scottdale, held a lifetime membership with Bridgeport Sportsman's Club and belonged to the Tri-Town Sportsman's Club and the PAK of Everson. Jim will be sadly missed by his loving family; his wife of 62 years, Dolores "Jean" (Greenawalt) Raygor; his son, James Raygor Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Dawson; his daughter, Diane Luczka and her husband, Paul, of Scottdale; his seven grandchildren, Melissa Peden and her husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Luczka, of Pittsburgh, Jason Luczka and his wife, Kylie, of Scottdale, Nicole Raygor Knight and her husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, and James, Brennen and Connor Raygor, all of Dawson; his special nephew, Benney Raygor and his wife, Paulette, of Alverton; his brother, Kurtiss Raygor and his wife, Bonnie, of Scottdale; his two sisters-in-law, Betty Lambing, of Alverton, and Audrey Lantzer, of Killbuck, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Bernard Raygor. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, where prayers of transfer will be recited Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist at a time to be announced. Graveside committal service and interment will be in the church cemetery. The Ministry of Consolation will conduct a vigil service at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Rosensteel, Ronald G. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-03-23
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Ronald Glenn Rosensteel, 78, of Greensburg, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at home, with his beloved family at his side. He was born March 23, 1936, in Swede Hill, a son of the late Harry G. and Pearl (Jordan) Rosensteel. Ronald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a machine operator by the former Westinghouse, later Powerex, in Youngwood. He was an Air Force veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Lantermo and Viola Shola; brother-in-law, Jack Shola; and nieces, Shelly Lantermo and Laurie Rosensteel. Ronald will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Gayle K. (Muehlhauser) Rosensteel; sons, Douglas R. (Brenda) Rosensteel, of Greensburg, and Jeffrey G. (Lora) Rosensteel, of Jeannette; daughter, Karin K. (Jeffrey) Moon, of Greensburg; brother, James (Rose Marie) Rosensteel, of Greensburg; brother-in-law, Donald Lantermo, of Greensburg; and nieces and nephews. Ronald was the proud grandfather of Joseph R. Gross, Jeffrey G. Rosensteel, Joshua M. Gross, Rachel R. Bubas, Samantha L. Moon, Rebecca K. Rosensteel, Hannah N. Rosensteel, Matthew L. Moon and Morgan S. Rosensteel, all of whom will especially miss him. Respecting Ronald's wishes, visitation, services and interment in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, will be private. VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Schmucker, Marc A. 58

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Died: 2015-01-13
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Marc Anthony Schmucker, 58, formerly of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, with his loving family at his side, at Mosaic Care Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Marc was born in Latrobe, the son of Joann Skoloda Schmucker Bitzer and the late Gerald Schmucker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Chris Ann Shadron. Marc was a 1974 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in human resources. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Air Force. Marc had been employed as vice-president of human resources and safety for the Bradken Steel Foundry of Atchison/St. Joseph. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Brenda Malinish Schmucker; three children, Eric (Michelle) Schmucker, Jeffrey (Karis) Schmucker and Madison Schmucker; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Ava, Mya, Bellaluna and Thor; stepfather, Howard Bitzer; a brother, Jeffrey (Kamala) Schmucker; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Clark and Angela (Shane) Herrholtz; brother-in-law, Mike Shadron; stepbrother, Howard (Alicia) Bitzer; in-laws, Andy and Lois Malinish; sister-in-law, Glenda (Corey) Stump; brother-in-law, Scott (Tina) Malinish; and his beloved dog, Sophie. A private funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the chapel of the Ligonier Valley Cemetery with the Rev. John Foriska officiating. Local arrangements were handled by the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier.
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Seman, Robert M. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Robert M. Seman, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, NORVELT. Full obituary to follow tomorrow.
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Siegel, David C. 70

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1944-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • David C. Siegel, 70, of Irwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born May 17, 1944, in Hahntown, a son of the late Herbert and Norma Douglas Siegel. David was employed by Painter Tool Company. David enjoyed gardening and animals. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linnea Siegel Kehoe. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Whalen Siegel; daughter, Heather Siegel; stepson, Rob Baran, of Pittsburgh; stepdaughter, Phoebe Eichinger, of Colorado Springs; one sister, Karen Siegel Vuleta, of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Vicky Eichinger. Services will be private. Arrangements are by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in memory of Dave to http://www.GrowPittsburgh.com.
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Thomas, Irene J. 71

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1943-08-21
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Irene J. Thomas, 71, of New Derry, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1943, in Lloydsville, she was a daughter of the late John and Annie Petrus. Irene loved bingo and baseball and was an excellent cook. She loved her family and was a devoted mother to her two sons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie Burke; and three brothers, Steve, Joseph and John Petrus. Irene is survived by her husband, Carl N. Thomas, of New Derry; her two sons, Carl John Thomas and his wife, Crystal, of Blairsville, and John F. Thomas, of New Derry; three sisters, Gloria Nolan, of Lloydsville, Kathy Stauffer, of Derry, and Virginia Enos, of New Alexandria; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Scott Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow at Coles Cemetery. 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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Vought, Elizabeth Liz E. 91

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1923-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth E. "Liz" Vought, 91, of New Alexandria, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in St. Anne Home in Greensburg. Born March 7, 1923, in Greensburg, she was a daughter of Levi Seaton and Ella Marie Dunn. Liz retired from the Corner Restaurant, where she worked as a cook for 35 years. She belonged to Open Door Baptist Church of Greensburg. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard Vought, in 1982; and her son, Robert E. Vought, in 2008. She is survived by children, Levi Vought and wife, Brenda, of Altman, Carol Butala and husband, Bob, of New Alexandria, William Vought, of Greensburg, David Vought and wife, Cheryl, of Florida, and Susan Rosborough, and husband, Pat, of New Alexandria; two sisters, Alice Beam, of North Carolina; and Myrtle Cullen and husband, Dale, of Nebraska; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was dearly loved by her grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria, http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the P. David Newhouse Funeral Home, 215 Church St., New Alexandria, with Pastor Craig Pendl, of Open Door Baptist Church of Greensburg, officiating. Burial will be in Greensburg Union Cemetery, Greensburg.
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Prola, Guerrino J. 96

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1919-01-07
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Guerrino Joseph Prola, 96, of Blairsville, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Homer City, to the late Joseph and Marguerite Prola. Joe attended Blairsville High School and enlisted in the Army in December of 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After training at various Army camps, he was assigned as a combat medic to the 99th Division, A Company, and served his country for four years until his discharge in December 1945. He was involved with numerous engagements with the German forces, including one instance where he accompanied B Company on a patrol to capture a German soldier. His bravery and duty under difficult circumstances resulted in him being awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster as well as the Good Conduct Medal. He served in the Battle of the Bulge, where he walked into enemy fire in order to save the life of another soldier. Because of his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, the second highest military award a soldier can receive. During this same battle, he was struck by shrapnel yet continued to care for troops in the field and received the Purple Heart as a result of being wounded. In recent years, he received many honors for his military service, which included the True American Hero Award from John P. Murtha, U.S. Congressman, the Legion of Honor Medal awarded by the French Government, and he was inducted into Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor in 2014. Throughout his life, he remained active in sharing his stories with students, Boy Scouts and community members. He regularly attended the 99th Division reunions and was chosen to be a part of the PBS series, "World War II, In Their Own Words," which is now part of the Library of Congress. After returning home from the war, he started working at Torrance State Hospital. He went on to have a long career as a salesman when he began working at Walter Kidde and then moved on to McCullough Coffee. His sales career ended in 1999, when he retired at the age of 80. Joe was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of Blairsville and served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and the Thursday afternoon poker club. He was an active member of the Blairsville Military Service Group, conducting services for his fellow veterans. He was involved with the Jaffa Temple Legion of Honor in Altoona, the Little Vets in Indiana and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was most proud of his association with the Indiana County Ballroom Dance Club, where he was a charter member and proudly held the office of president. His love of dancing remained an important part of his life and he continued to attend monthly dances. He is survived by three daughters, Kerry Dettorre (Nick), of Export, Joni McCrady (Gary), of Mt. Joy, and Dana Thompson (Bill), of Indiana, Pa. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Eric McCrady (Karen), of Mt. Joy, Jordyn McCrady, of Marietta, Nicholas Dettorre, of Export, Kelsey Thompson, of Indiana, Pa., and Sean Thompson, of Indiana, Pa.; a great-grandchild, Kirk McCrady, of Mt. Joy; a special friend, Ginny Welteroth, of Shelocta; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Victor and Chester; a sister, Frances; and his wife, Evelyn, to whom he was married for 57 years. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Acacia Lodge 355 F and AM will have services at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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