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Abraham, Wendy S. 39

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1976-05-15
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Wendy S. (Balego) Abraham, 39, of North Irwin, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born May 15, 1976, in Greensburg, the daughter of Kenneth and Dolores (Kunkle) Balego, of North Irwin. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Samuel Abraham, of North Irwin, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the ICU nurses at Forbes Regional Hospital for their loving care given to Wendy. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Lewis, officiating. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Capasso (Sr.), Alexander N. 85

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1930-03-25
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alexander N. Capasso (Sr.), 85, of Greensburg, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at his home. He was born March 25, 1930, in Greensburg, a son of the late Louis and Christina (Pastore) Capasso. Prior to retirement, he had been an operating engineer for S and C Pipeline of Greensburg. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, Operating Engineers Union Local 66, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy L. (Pedicone) Capasso, on April 23, 2014; two brothers, Carlo and Joseph; and a sister, Nancy Rafferty. He is survived by a son, Alexander Capasso Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Andrea and Marissa Capasso; three brothers, Frank Capasso, of Greensburg, Rocco Capasso and his wife, Debbie, of Hannastown, and Louis Capasso, of Irwin; six sisters, Dolores Shirey, of Greensburg, Mary Smith and her husband, Glenn, of Youngwood, Donna Testa, of Greensburg, Natalina Brown and her husband, Richard, of Homer City, Celeste Mulvehill, of Greensburg, and Marlena Capasso, of Greensburg; a brother-in-law, Thomas Rafferty, of Greensburg; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy M. Capasso and Shirley M. Capasso, both of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Etling, Jean A. 84

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-03-27
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jean A. Etling, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born March 27, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Peter and Caroline Piwowar Czekaj. Mrs. Etling was a 1949 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She was a former member and past president of the Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary, member and past president of the Shaft Club Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and was a member and past president of the Transfiguration Rosary Society. She is survived by her children, Richard R. Etling and his wife, Cindy, of Murrysville, Karen Tordy and her husband, Joseph of Hainesport, N.J., and Scott A. Etling and his wife, Sandy, of Latrobe; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Carly, Joseph, Hillary, Katie, Abbey, Kelsey and Jake; a brother, Leonard "Swifty" Czekaj and his wife, Helen, of Mt. Pleasant; and her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Bernadine Czekaj, of Mt. Pleasant, Ginny Czekaj, of State College, and James Etling and his wife, Edie, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert "Cubby" Etling, in 2011; her brothers, Joseph "Doodie," Frank "Smiles," Stanley "Jerry," Walter "Jake," Thomas "Buck," Louis "Archie" and Edward Czekaj; and sisters, Helen Wisniewski and Sophie Demagall. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, both in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity of one's choice in memory of Jean A. Etling. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Garbeglio, Andrew B. 72

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1943-03-27
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Andrew B. Garbeglio, 72, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at his residence. Born March 27, 1943, in Rome, Italy, he was a son of the late Augusto Garbeglio and Eva (Longo) Garbeglio. Andrew was a member of St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Prior to his retirement, he was a self-employed biomedical engineer and owner of Bio-Med Electronics Inc. and had been employed by Selmedic and Stuart Drugs, of Greensburg. He helped his son, Carlo, as the "official greeter" at their restaurant, Aroma Italiano, in Latrobe and was known for entertaining their guests by singing for them. Andrew enjoyed athletics and was both a runner and soccer player. During the 1960 Olympics, he was chosen to be a torch bearer in Rome. He was also instrumental in founding the Latrobe Recreational Soccer League to which he devoted much time. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Giovanni and Santino Garbeglio. Andrew is survived by his wife, Antonette (Santoro) Garbeglio, of Latrobe; two sons, John A. Garbeglio and his wife, Melissa, of Latrobe, and Carlo P. Garbeglio and his wife, Renee, of Latrobe; two daughters, Eva E. Wood and her husband, Chris, of Greensburg, and Stephany C. Heckman and her husband, Daniel, of Allentown; eight grandchildren, Angela Wood, Abbey Machesney, Rachel Garbeglio, Madison Wood, Louis Garbeglio, Mia Garbeglio, Nora Heckman and Alexandra Heckman; one brother, Mario Garbeglio and his wife, Anna, of Rome; four sisters, Mary Galletti, of Rome, Alba Santoro and her husband, Aldo, of Cincinnati, Luciana Corio and her husband, Paolo, of Rome, and Teresa Corio, of Rome; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow at Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff of Heartland Hospice for their excellent care and heartfelt compassion and suggest, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. To sign online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Greenawalt, Shirley A. 77

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1937-12-27
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Shirley Ann Gray Greenawalt, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, (Hammondville), died Saturday, June 27, 2015, at her home. Mrs. Greenawalt was born Dec. 27, 1937, in East Huntingdon Township, the daughter of the late William Dean and Edith Elsie Queer Gray. Shirley was a loving mother dedicated to caring for her family. She is survived by her loving family, her children, Harry L. Gray (Cheryl), Barry Gray (Karen), Shirley Rycicki (Bruce), Rex Blackburn, Penny Leonard (Rick), Thomas Greenawalt Jr., Kevin Greenawalt (Denise) and Keith Greenawalt (Emily); her 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Shirley is also survived by her brothers, Robert Gray and Barry Zimmerman. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her son, John Lee Greenawalt, in 1970; her two brothers, Edward and Harold Gray; and her sister, Helen Gray Overly. A memorial service for Shirley will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the Breakneck Church of God, 798 Breakneck Road, Connellsville, PA 15425, with her son, Barry Gray, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Pleasant. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galonecarusofuneralhome.com.
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Kopko, Julia 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1930-02-24
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Julia Coffer Kopko, 85, of West Newton, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor. She was born Feb. 24, 1930, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Anthony and Julia (Lux) Coffer. Surviving are a son, Joseph Kopko and wife, Patricia, of New Salem; daughters, Patricia Rodman and husband, David, of West Newton, JoAnn Blose and husband, Chuck, of West Leechburg, Theresa Hoover, of Hunker, Frances Krumpensky, of West Newton, and Annette Kopko of Greensburg; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Robinson, of California, Pa.; and brother, Robert Coffer and wife, Marion, of Lowber. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Kopko; sons-in-law, Edward Hoover and Edward Krupensky; and brother, Norman Coffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at a time to be announced Thursday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Mason, Edwin R. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1919-11-09
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edwin R. "Bud" Mason, 95, of Greensburg, died peacefully Monday, June 29, 2015, at his home, with his family at his side. Bud was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late William C. and Irene (Cook) Mason. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. He was a founding member and former fire chief of the Carbon Volunteer Fire Department. He was a percussionist of 83 years, having belonged to the Delmont Concert Band and the Jeannette Community Band. He attended First United Methodist Church in Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean (Morris) Mason, in 2010; also a brother, William, in 1976; and a cousin, Harry Cook, in 1996. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Betty Daverse, of Greensburg; loving grandson, Chris Daverse and his wife, Sally, of Austin, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bud's family would like to thank Alyssa and Maureen of Heartland Hospice and family friend, Susan Marotta, for their loving care. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church. 15 E. Second St., Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Megrey, Rita A. 87

  • Mutual
  • Born: 1927-12-21
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Rita A. Megrey, 87, of Mutual, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2015, in her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Mutual, a daughter of the late Alexander and Anna Zasick Mizenko. She was the last surviving member of her siblings, Anna Garban, Catherine Mylant, Christina Kopcho, Josephine Bastaich, Mary Morrison, Andrew Mizenko and Stephen Mizenko. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, on Feb. 11, 1990; son, Michael, and a baby girl. Rita was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church of United, its altar society and also a member of the Jednota branch. She is survived by three children, Gerard Megrey (Catherine), Maurice Megrey (Jeanne) and Michell Frederick (Abraham); and is also survived by grandchildren, Carolyn Felice (Tom), Michael Megrey (Megan), Jaclyn and Alexander Megrey and Shane Abraham; one great-niece, Lyndsay Felice; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Transfer prayers will begin at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian's Cemetery.
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Meneghini, Tullio A. 85

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1930-05-31
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Tullio A. Meneghini, 85, of Jeannette, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in AHN Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. He was born May 31, 1930, in Colver, a son of the late Batista and Maryanna (Borgo) Meneghini. Prior to retirement, he was employed by General Tire Co. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army under General MacArthur. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and American Legion Post 260 of Claridge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Vieceli) Meneghini, on May 4, 2015; two sisters, Marie Zvara and Catherine Meneghini; and three brothers, William, Steve and Nicholas Meneghini. He is survived by three sons, Richard Meneghini and his wife, Janine, of Jeannette, Michael Meneghini and his wife, Cherine, of Hampton, Va., and David Meneghini and his wife, Kathy, of Joppa, Md.; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Caitlin Meneghini; a great-grandson, Noah; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Miller, Daniel A. 55

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1960-01-16
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Daniel A. Miller, 55, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Jan. 16, 1960, in Latrobe, he was a son of Catherine "Kitty" (McMillen) Miller, of Latrobe, and the late Hilary C. Miller. Dan was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. Currently, he was the director of maintenance at Loyalhanna Care Center, and had previously been employed by Vulcan Mold and Iron Co., Mountain Tire and the Hockensmith Corp. He was a member and past officer of the Lloydsville Sportsmen Association, a social member of the Lloydsville Firemen's Club and a member of the Old Crabtree Sportsmen Association, First Ward Firemen's Club and the American Slovak Society. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a great-nephew, Dax Miller. In addition to his mother, Dan is survived by his wife, Pamela S. (Platt) Miller, of Latrobe; a daughter, Sylvia Platt and her wife, Deana, of Derry; a son, Daniel Platt, of Latrobe; three brothers, Tom Miller and his wife, Stella, Gerry Miller and John Miller, all of Latrobe; a sister, Dawna Miller, of Latrobe; three nieces, April Faris and her husband, Ron, Holly Miller and Kaylee Miller; a nephew, Garret Miller; two great-nieces, Hannah Jones and Isabelle Faris; and three great-nephews, Ethan Jones, Timothy Miller and Cameron Miller. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. Interment will be private. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Morris, Helen L. 95

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1919-07-15
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Helen L. Morris, of Youngwood, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015. Living a full life of 95 years, she was a dear mother and sweet grandmother. She was born July 15, 1919, the daughter of the late Leon and Edna LaTant, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Cheerful, upbeat and welcoming, Helen made all feel important and special. She was always ready to learn and willing to try new things. In fact, she was quite handy on her computer making greeting cards for loved ones. She loved to dance; play the organ; knit, crochet and sew; and tackle crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She could name birds by sight and sound and no one could beat her roast braten, dinner rolls or apple, chocolate and pecan pies. Family meant everything to her though miles separated them. Helen deeply loved her daughter and sons and each and every one of her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Weisner, of Unity Township; son, Philip Hanson and wife, Paulette, of Kingston, Tenn.; son, Dennis Hanson and wife, Paula, of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; grandchildren, Doreen Cutway (Rich Hardek), Eric Hanson, Jill (Matt) Robertson, Justin (Heather Bowman) Cutway, Jennie (Dennis) Cook and Jeffrey (Bridget) Hanson; great-grandchildren, Evan, Sean, Peyton, Jana, Christian and Jace; sister, Isabelle Ellis; and niece and nephews, Larry Ellis, Brenda Serafino and David Ellis. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Harry Morris (1999 - 2008), Clair Oplinger (1982 - 1996) and Henry Hanson (1943 - 1977); and son-in-law, Robert Weisner. Her life will be celebrated during a private ceremony Tuesday. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC. in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in her memory to the charity of your choice. To post an online condolence, please go to www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Moschetti, Michele B. 60

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1955-05-16
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michele B. Moschetti, 60, of Greensburg, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at her home. She was born May 16, 1955, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Michael G. and Orpha A. (Turnbull) Moschetti. Prior to retirement, she had been employed in the District Magistrates' offices in Greensburg and Jeannette for more than 30 years. She was a member of St. John Baptist de La Salle Church, Delmont. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael H. Moschetti; and a niece, Barbara Lynn Sarokon. She is survived by a brother, William "Thumper" Sarokon, of Greensburg; a sister, Marybelle Weber and her husband, David, of Delmont; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Vergato (Mike), of Plum, Toni Zabonik (Marty), of Westerville, Ohio, Tara Joy Weber, of Latrobe, Dana Sarokon, of Greensburg, Michael M. Moschetti and W. Michael Sarokon; and grandnieces and grandnephews, Kaitlyn and Morgan Zabonik, Abby Vergato, Stefan Storkel, Tony and Andrew Vergato, and Andy Sarokon. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. John Baptist de La Salle Church, Delmont. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Myers, Violet E. 99

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1915-09-04
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Violet E. Myers, 99, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Latrobe Care Center. She was born Sept. 4, 1915, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Martin Van Buren Clair and Kathryn (Younker) Clair. Prior to retirement, Violet was a self-employed beautician for more than 30 years. She was a charter member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Latrobe where she sang in the choir for many years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Latrobe Chapter No. 221 and the Westmoreland White Shrine No. 18. Violet loved to meticulously care for her property and her 1777 log home located on Route 30 East near the Route 982 cloverleaf near Latrobe. She and her late husband, Charles, lived there for more than 70 years. She also loved gardening and bowling. She bowled for several years in a women's league at Lincoln Lanes in Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Charles C. Myers, in 1996; a daughter, Charlotte M. Myers, in 2008; six brothers, Merle, Glenn, Wilbert, Clyde, Grant and Robert Clair; two sisters, Mary Kathryn Clair and Mildred A. Miller; and a grandson-in-law, Bryan Jones, in 2001. She is survived by a brother, Clifford R. "Kip" Clair; her daughter, Dorothy Jean "Dee" Myers; six grandchildren, Richard (Patricia) Pohland, Craig Pohland, Lori (Scott) Arledge, Deborah (Edward) Kincheloe, Tami Jones and Greg (Mary) Nalevanko; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with her pastor, the Rev. William Schaefer, officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1325 Mission Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. To post an online condolence, please visit www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Starke, Doris M. 94

  • Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1921-04-22
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Doris M. (Johnson) Holt Starke, 94, a resident of William Penn Care Center, formerly of Irwin, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was born April 22, 1921, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Airgood) Johnson; and was stepdaughter of the late Frank T. Lawton. Doris was a former member of Central Park Baptist Church, Versailles, and First Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Lester E. Holt (owner of L.E. Holt Grinding Company, Irwin) and George Carl Starke, both World War II Navy veterans; a daughter, Linda Waite; and siblings, Harry Johnson Lawton, Frank Lawton and Betty Holden. She is survived by her children, Wayne Holt and his wife, Judi, of Irwin, James Holt and his wife, Julie, of Liberty Borough, and Carol Baughman and her husband, Edward, of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and special friends from Pershing Square, Greensburg, and Ridgeview Residential Care, Youngwood. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday 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. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Tovar, Bernardo Hugh 92

  • Champion
  • Born: 1922-12-27
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernardo Hugh Tovar, 92, of Champion, died peacefully at St. Anne Home, Greensburg, at 12:05 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015. Known professionally as B. Hugh Tovar, and as Hugh to his friends and family, Mr. Tovar was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Bogota, Colombia, the son of Bernardo Tovar Borda and his wife, Helen McManigal Tovar, of Chicago, Ill. The family returned to Chicago in 1924, and Hugh lived most of his early years there. His early education was in the parochial schools in Chicago, and during those years he became a devoted and ever hopeful fan of the Chicago Cubs. He attended the Portsmouth Priory School in Portsmouth, R.I., graduating in 1941. He has been closely associated ever since with the Benedictine monks at Portsmouth. Hugh entered Harvard in September 1941, and joined the ROTC. His courses at Harvard focused on the liberal arts and languages, coupled with the required military science. His ROTC class was called to active duty in June 1943. Hugh received his diploma for AB, Class of 1945 from Harvard in 1944 because he passed his comprehensive exams. In June 1944, Hugh graduated as a newly minted second lieutenant. After various assignments and training in Infantry, Artillery and Communications, Hugh volunteered and was selected to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1945. He was flown to Kunming, China, and was active in the search for prisoners of war held by the Japanese forces in various parts of Asia. He parachuted into Vientiane in French Indochina (as Laos was called then) at the end of World War II. In September 1945, OSS was disbanded and Hugh was discharged from the Army. He returned to his family in Lake Forest, Ill., and attended graduate school at Northwestern University studying political science and economics. Former OSS friends and associates told him of the successor organization, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which seemed to offer interesting career prospects, especially in the increasingly turbulent Indochina region. In 1947, Hugh accepted a position with Sears, Roebuck and Co. as it was opening new endeavors in Latin America. Another approach from the CIA brought Hugh to Washington in mid-1948 and he began his 30-year career with the CIA. Hugh married Deborah McCarthy in 1948, and found himself transferred to Manila in 1950, with their first son, Gregory, born in 1949. Manila was an agreeable place to live and work, as indeed were Hugh's successive tours of duty overseas in later years, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand, all of which he headed as the Agency's senior representative. During his years of assignment to CIA Headquarters, he held senior supervisory positions overseeing political action and counterintelligence. When Hugh and Deborah divorced in 1972, Hugh applied for a Declaration of Nullity. The Marriage Tribunal of Chicago completed its investigation and granted the declaration in August 1975. Hugh and Pamela Kay Balow were married on Dec. 31, 1975, at Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok, Thailand. Theirs was a very happy marriage. Hugh retired from the CIA in 1978 and accompanied Pamela on her assignments with the CIA to Rome, Singapore and Australia. Hugh wrote extensively regarding his experiences in Southeast Asia and regarding the CIA for various organizations and publications during his retirement and produced a wonderful magnum opus recording the history and genealogy of both the Tovar and McManigal families. In addition to Pamela, Hugh is survived by his children, Gregory Hugh (Suzanne Weisband), of Birmingham, Ala., Andrea Christina Tovar (Albert Tencate), of Easthampton, Mass., Peter Quentin Tovar (Kathleen Moore), of Princeton, N.J., Michael Vincent Tovar (Sarah Bender), of McVeytown, Christopher Duff Tovar, of Spring, Texas, and James Roderick Tovar, of Burbank, Calif. He had seven grandchildren, Alan Poey (Alyssa Geiger), Christopher Poey, Stephen Tovar, Alex Tovar, Laura Tovar, Becket Tovar and Bernardo Tovar. And his newest joy was the birth of his first great-grandchild, William Alan Poey. He had many loving nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, extended family members and literally hundreds of friends and colleagues, with whom he kept in touch over the years. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by Hugh's 10 a.m. funeral Mass in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, 170 School House Lane, Donegal, PA 15628. Interment with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 446 will be in St. Raymond Cemetery. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portsmouth Abbey School, 285 Corey's Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or to St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, 170 School House Lane, P.O. Box 330, Donegal, PA 15628, in memory of Hugh Tovar. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Gilpin, Malenia M. 33

  • Formerly of Smock
  • Born: 1981-11-01
  • Died: 2015-06-25
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Malenia Marie Gilpin, 33, formerly of Smock, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at home. She was born Nov. 1, 1981, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Montgomery Yauger and the late Bobbi "Bean" Gilpin. She was a graduate of Uniontown High School in the class of 2000 and she worked as a stocker for Dollar General. She was a member of Vanderbilt Church of the Nazarene and was a volunteer for the Angels of Mercy Animal Rescue and Adoption Agency. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, William Everette DeBerry; daughter, Angelena Gilpin, both of Vanderbilt; sister, Jamie Speelman, of Dunbar; grandmother, Mary Speelman, of Dunbar; and William and Joy DeBerry and the DeBerry Family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, when a funeral service will be held, with Pastor Glen Wills officiating. In between hours from 4 to 7 p.m., a dinner will be held at the Vanderbilt Fire Hall. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made in Malenia's memory to the Paul G. Fink Funeral Home Inc.
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Kaylor Sr., John R. 78

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1937-04-04
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • John Raymond Kaylor Sr., 78, of South Connellsville, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. John was born April 4, 1937, in South Connellsville, a son of the late Herman and Alice (Moran) Kaylor. He was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. After attending Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Connellsville, he honorably served on active duty in the Navy. John worked as a forklift operator at Anchor Glass Container Corp. in South Connellsville for 33 years, retiring in 1993. While at Anchor, John served as president of GMP Local Union No. 124 for 25 years until his retirement. He was a charter member of the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club and a lifetime member of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company, for which he served as an officer for many years. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. John was an avid outdoorsman, and passed his love of the outdoors to his wife and children, whom he taught to hunt and fish. In years following his retirement, John transitioned his love of the outdoors to bike riding, and enjoyed riding the Yough River Trail with his friends and family, pedaling thousands of miles over the years, attaining membership in the 1,000 mile club numerous times. He enjoyed creating furniture and designs in his woodshop, cutting firewood, working in his yard and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Constance "Connie"; two sons, John Kaylor Jr. and wife, Debra, of Connellsville, and Thomas Kaylor, of Perryopolis; a daughter, Lori Kaylor, of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anthony and Elliott Kaylor; "special nephew," William Kaylor; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful four-legged companions, Rowdy and Honey. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by two infant daughters, Deborah and Rebecca; two brothers, Charles and George Kaylor; and six sisters, Mary Ellen Cramer, Dolores Miller, Anna Murray, Theresa Gaynor, Frances Wujcik and Agnes Pittsment. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church with Father Gerry Juarez as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by members of American Legion Post 301 and Post 762 and VFW Post 21. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Conn-Area Catholic School, Geibel High School, Yough River Trail Council or Fayette Friends of Animals. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Zebley, Raymond 89

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1925-09-05
  • Died: 2015-06-23
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Raymond Zebley, 89, of Dawson, died suddenly Tuesday, June 23, 2015. He was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Mt. Independence. He was a current resident of the Arden Court Memory Care Community in Jefferson Hills. He is survived by his daughter, Diane, and her husband, Denis Carter, of Dawson; his son, Ray and his wife, Janice, also of Dawson; grandchildren, Matthew Carter, of New York City, N.Y., and Katie Victor, and her husband, Derek; great-grandson, Ronan, of Dawson; and his granddaughter (and buddy) Sara, from Nashville, Tenn. He was predeceased by his special wife of 65 years, Sara Jane McGinnis, in 2012; parents, Edward and Hester (Yauger); older brothers, Charles, Aaron, Enoch and Paul; and an infant son, Edward. Ray was retired from Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline (later Duke Energy) as a welder with nearly 40 years' service. He served in World War II as a member of the Navy on the LST fleet. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge 614 and he enjoyed following his "Girlz in Black Hats" country band. He spent his retired years on his farm tinkering with one project or another, always willing to give help to someone that needed something fixed. Ray will be sadly missed by his immediate family, as well as his Arden Court family, where he spent his last year-and-a-half, known and loved by all. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar. Funeral services will be in the funeral home, 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, with the Rev. Terry Guiste officiating. A memorial and committal service, immediately following for Raymond and his wife, Sara, who passed away in 2012, will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs, followed by a graveside military service for Raymond, accorded by Mt. Pleasant American Legion Honor Guard.
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