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Allegheny County

Stasik, Matthew C. 31

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Matthew Charles Stasik, 31, of Carrick, died suddenly Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was the husband of the late Trina (Pfister) Stasik; beloved son of Lynn (Odato) Stasik and stepson of Keith Cahill; loving dad of Mattalyn and Isaac Stasik; brother of Christine Stasik, Eddie Stasik and his twin brother, Luke Stasik; grandson of Charles S. Odato and the late Helen (Ackerman) Odato; nephew of Helen Booth and Charles J. Odato; and is also survived by nieces and a nephew. Family and friends will be received from 2 until the time of the service at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. (Please do not use Ice Plant Hill Exit). www.alfierifuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Artman, Robert E. 72

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1942-09-15
  • Died: 2015-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Artman, 72, of Murrysville, died Monday, April 13, 2015. He was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Murrysville, son of the late J. Clyde and Geraldine Kitchen Artman. He was the owner and operator of Artman Equipment Inc.-Kubota Tractors for more than 45 years. He was a member of the Plum Creek Lodge No. 799 and the Shrine Hillbilly Clan No. 53. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James C. Artman, in 2009; a nephew, John Artman; and a great-nephew, John Starrett. Robert is survived by his wife, Alice Hamer Artman; a son, Robert Artman, of Murrysville; a daughter, Ruth Artman, of Murrysville; and two grandchildren, Kannsas and Hollie. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a service at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. If desired, memorials may be made to the Shrine Hospital for Children. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Buchan, Ida Mae 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1925-06-21
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Ida Mae Buchan, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was born June 21, 1925, in South Fork. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie DeMeri; a brother, Ernest; stepson, Curtis Buchan; and daughter-in-law, Nancy DeVitis. Ida Mae was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God, Irwin, a senior member of the Ligonier American Legion and VFW, a member of the Humane Society, Society of the Sacred Heart and prayed to Saint Pio Pietrelcina. Ida Mae loved to dance and listen to country western music and polka. She loved to feed and care for all wild animals in her back yard. She was a loving and caring person and will be missed by her loving family, especially her loving husband of 39 years, Peter Buchan; children, Ann Marie Vella and her husband, Sal, of Ligonier, John DeVitis, of Harrisburg, Sandra Cancino, of Yukon; stepson, Peter J. Buchan, of Virginia; son-in-law, Mark Cancino, of Ligonier; grandchildren, Joe Vella and his wife, Connie, Sonny Vella and his wife, Megan, and Michael Vella, Nathan Labasky and his wife, Erica, Ashley Kunkle and fiance, Ricky Balko, Peter Buchan and Heather Buchan; 10 great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Diane Kuhns. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Nick Poole, officiating. Interment will follow in the Menoher Memorial Cemetery, Ligonier.
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Butts, Patricia H. 86

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1928-07-18
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Patricia H. Butts, 86, of Ligonier, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born July 18, 1928, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late William and Pauline Kooser Hardy. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as an educator and principal in Northern Virginia for more than 40 years. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the National Education Association. She will be remembered for having a beautifully gifted operatic voice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Hardy Sprowls and Jacqueline Hardy. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Donald W. Butts; two nieces, Elizabeth (Richard) Gillmore and Barbara (Alan) Jenkins; and eight grand-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier, where her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, with her pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in the Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Caldwell, LaVerna J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-09-01
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • LaVerna J. Caldwell, 90, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Wallace and Margaret (Reese) Caldwell. Prior to retirement, she had been a supervisor for Bell Telephone with 33 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, the Elks Lodge of Irwin and enjoyed golfing and going out to eat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Josephine Thomas, Bernice Brosnahan and Virginia Benson; a brother, Clifford W. Caldwell; a nephew, Brian Caldwell; and her companion, Charles Flack. She is survived by two brothers, Richard Caldwell and Robert Caldwell, both of Greensburg; two nephews, Richard Caldwell Jr. (Sharon), of Greensburg, and John Brosnahan, of Irwin; three nieces, Diane Gindlesperger (Jeff), of Greensburg, Dolores Brosnahan, and Sherry Brosnahan, both of Irwin; great-nephews, Michael, Joshua and Mark Gindlesperger; and a great-niece, Rachel Caldwell. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Carpenter Jr., Edward D. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-05
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr., 81, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Litteton, Mass., passed away after a brief illness, one year ago today, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, with his devoted and beloved wife, Jil, at his bedside. Ed was the only child of the late Edward and Victoria (Kuczylowski) Carpenter Sr. He was born April 5, 1933, in Wheeling, W.Va., and raised in McMurray. He graduated from Peters Township High School where he played center on the football team. Ed enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and served in 821st Engineer Battalion. He went on to graduate from California State University and Boston University as an English major. Ed had a distinguished career in the Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts and was in charge of the English Book Closet and Honor Society advisor. His good friend and co-worker, Barry Hazzard, spearheaded a scholarship fund in Ed's name. Ed was a proud member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. He attended Book Club and Tai Chi classes at Redstone Colonial Estates and was a member of the Penn's Woods Seniors. All who met Ed knew him to be a gentle, kind and generous gentleman and a wordsmith. His most frequently used word was thank you. His poem "To Jill" was entered in a poetry contest, published and selected as a semifinalist. Ed married his college sweetheart, Sondra Jil Coffman, on July 20, 2012, in the Norwin Public Library butterfly garden officiated by the Rev. Ronald Durika. Ed's favorite meal was a crock of French Onion Soup and a steak at the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club. He remained loyal to his Patriots and Bruins but, would cheer on the Steelers and Penguins as long as they weren't playing his old teams. On the date that would have been his and his wife's second wedding anniversary, Ed's ashes, along with those of his feline companion, Mr. Tango, and feline buddy, Mr. Deiter, were scattered at a private ceremony. Contributions toward Edward Dwight Carpenter Jr. Scholarship fund can be sent to: Chelmsford High School Alumni Association c/o Scholarship Committee, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Cook, Dan E. 53

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1961-07-13
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Peterson, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Dan E. Cook, 53, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at his home. He was born July 13, 1961, a son of James H. and Jill Cook. Dan was a devout member of Acme Open Bible Church, where he was a board member, deacon, Sunday school teacher and church drum player. He was a professional occupational therapist and trigger point therapist and formerly was the manager of Cook's Lumber, a 102-year-old family business (Build-It). Dan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in psychology and went on to study pain management and obtained a degree in occupational therapy at Kaplan Career Institute. Dan was an athlete, tennis pro and cyclist. He was also a master woodworker, writer, poet and jazz lover. Dan was the beloved husband of Barbara Martin Cook; and loving father to Cyrus Cook. Also surviving are his parents, James H. and Jill Cook; two brothers, Arnold Cook (Edith), of Pittsburgh, and Otis Cook, of Litchfield, Conn.; and his 22 nieces and nephews of Pittsburgh. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Acme Open Bible Church, 725 Bear Rocks Road, Acme. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Tyrone Smartnick officiating. Dinner will immediately follow at the church. Interment will be in the Reform Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mt. Pleasant Library, 120 S. Church St., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666; or to the Acme Open Bible Church, P.O. Box 28, Acme, PA 15610. Funeral arrangements by SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood, Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director.
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Forish, Elizabeth A. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-07-10
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Repko) Forish, 78, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 10, 1936, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Joseph Repko and Anna (Polk) Repko. Betty was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was retired from the Elliott Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Edward T. Forish; three sisters, Mary Kannala, Ann Repko and Dorothy DeMichael; and one brother, John Repko. Betty is survived by a sister, Vera Morris, of Levelgreen; a brother, Joseph Repko and his wife, Shirley, of Ohio; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parting prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow at St. Clair Cemetery. 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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Graham, Deborah J. 65

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1949-12-14
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Deborah J. Graham, 65, of Bolivar, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Ligonier, a daughter of Patricia (Robb) Graham and the late William Lynn Graham. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Robb Graham. Deb worked for many years at the Camp Henry Kaufmann with the girl scouts and loved and boarded horses and was a member of the Westmoreland County 4-H where she was a leader for 30 years. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Robb Graham; a sister, Donna Lenhart and her husband, Lonnie, of Bolivar; three nieces, Jennifer Lucas and her husband, Mark, Jill Lebo and her husband, Eric, and Jodi McDowell and her husband, Tim; a great-nephew, Casey Lucas; and a great-niece, Kaitlynn Lebo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Ligonier Alliance Church with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell officiating. Interment will be in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County 4-H for the horse project, 214 Donohoe Road, Suite E, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Kacinko, William R. 73

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1941-12-01
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • William R. Kacinko, 73, of Penn Township, formerly of North Huntingdon and Duquesne, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at RNC of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Duquesne, to the late William and Helen Kacinko. Bill was retired from U.S. Steel Works in Duquesne and also retired from the Irwin Post Office. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Betty Kacinko; loving children, Sara B. and Jason Kacinko; and his furry companion, Murphy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, with Father Michael Sikon officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Kott, Viola

  • Born: 1914-08-21
  • Died: 2015-04-07
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  • Viola Garenia Kott died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at The RNC of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. Viola was born Aug. 21, 1914, to William and Mary Garenia, of Jacobs Creek. She graduated from South Huntingdon High School, and married Walter Kott, of Fitz Henry, where she spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was an active member of St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church in Smithton and served as a community volunteer at the Smithton Ambulance Service. Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and their daughter, Marianne Kott Krom.
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Kowalsky, John S. 74

  • Wendel
  • Born: 1940-09-07
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • John S. Kowalsky, 74, of Wendel, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at RNC Greensburg, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Greensburg, a son of the late Frank and Frances Wawrzyniak Kowalsky. Prior to his retirement, John was employed with Westinghouse Electric, Industrial Ceramics, was an automation assembler for Cleaveland Price, a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Herminie, and the Herminie No. 2 Games Association. John enjoyed street rods, and was an overall handyman who enjoyed hunting, oldies music and tinkering in his garage. He especially enjoyed Doo-Wop Music at the PORC Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Joseph Bracovich. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia Andrews Kowalsky; daughters, Antoinette (Toni) DeZorzi and her husband, Theodore, of Chandler, Ariz., Leslie Brough and her husband, Timothy "T," of North Huntingdon; sisters, Agnes Gabonay and her husband, Samuel, and Barbara Bracovich; special aunt, Josephine Garsteck; four grandchildren, Christopher and Keith DeZorzi, Mason and Trevor Brough; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Herminie. Interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family House, Shadyside. Many thanks to the entire staff of RNC for their excellent and compassionate care that John received. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Linsenbigler, Edgar D. 77

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1937-05-01
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Edgar D. "Eddie" Linsenbigler, 77, of Murrysville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 1, 1937, in Apollo, a son of the late Edgar D. and Marie (Mornes) Linsenbigler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Catherine, George, Pete and Rose. Eddie worked as a self-employed ceramic tile contractor until his retirement and was an Army veteran who served during the Berlin Crisis. He was a life member of the NRA who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Lillian (Egloff) Linsenbigler; three loving sons, Keith (Cindy), of Apollo, Gary (Lisa), of Saltsburg, and Jimmy (Tina), of Apollo. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Melissa, Jimbo, Christina, Dana, Nicole and Kelly; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at noon Monday at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will follow in Poke Run Cemetery, Mamont, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eddie's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital Leukemia Research, PO Box 1000 Dept. 42, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For directions or to send online condolences please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Marino, Grace J. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-07-16
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Grace J. (Keenan) Marino, 79, of Greensburg, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Westmoreland Manor. She was born July 16, 1935, in Haydenville, a daughter of the late Edward and Florence Hoover Keenan. She worked at the former Modern Tea Room and she was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by her husband, John A. Marino; six sisters, Harriet, Alice, Betty, Marie, June and Ann; and five brothers, Edward, William, Charles, Jack and Walter. She is survived by her four sons, John and wife, Regina, of Marienville, Robert and Richard, both of Greensburg, and Phillip and wife, Wendy, of Dublin, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Leah, Laura, Nina, Alyssa, Augustus, Romulus, Robert and RJ and wife, Krissy; one great-granddaughter, Baylee Rae; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public viewing or services. Grace's family has entrusted her care to the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com, Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Mitchell III, William E. 39

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1975-12-25
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • William E. Mitchell III, 39 years old, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. He was a much cherished and beloved son, brother and good friend to all who knew him. He brightened the path of all those who crossed it. He loved his family, his fiance, Maggie, the Steelers, Penguins and his faithful pets. He was born Dec. 25, 1975, in Greensburg. He graduated from Hempfield High School class of 1994. He was a member of The Roosevelt Club and the SNPJ of Carbon. He worked for Omnova of Jeannette. Previously he worked for DNP Corp of New Stanton. Surviving are his parents, Andrea and Edward Hedrick, William E. II and Kathy Mitchell; his brother, Ryan; his fiance, Maggie Roberts; and his much loved pets, Rayna and Malkin. He was preceded in death by his faithful dog, Louie. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC. with Pastor John Smaligo, officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
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Murray, Patricia

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Patricia Murray, of Murrysville, has passed away. Mrs. Patricia Murray radiated an inner joy and happiness, brimming with smiles and laughter. She treasured those around her with warmth and love. Pat was grandmother to five boys, and their nickname for her, "Mumsie", caught on widely, as she shared her home with their extended network of friends and family. Church was always vital to Pat. She was the family's spiritual anchor. Pat was a longtime member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Wilkinsburg and later Pittsburgh, where she served in many capacities. In addition to raising a family, Pat supported her beloved husband Ralph in the growth of the manufacturing company he led. Pat and Ralph were happily married for more than 52 years. A fashion design graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Pat was also an accomplished artist and painter. She shared her gift by teaching painting classes and jurying local art shows. Pat and her college roommate ended up married to brothers and the families knit together as they grew. Pat was a lifelong Steelers fan, skilled bocci player and had a great sense of humor. She connected intimately with nature and had a soft spot for animals, including all the wildlife in the wooded yard behind her Murrysville home. Pat especially loved time spent with friends and family, including daughter, Cary Bohl and her husband, Ken; grandsons, Dave, Nick and Kyle; son, David Murray and his wife, Marthe; grandsons, Gordon and Sutton; brother, Paul Pringle and his wife, Aggie; and in-laws, extended family and friends. Her memory will be deeply cherished by all who have known her. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Patricia Murray at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 4275 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ross, Abby L. 90

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-12-18
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Abby Lippitt (Doolittle) Ross, a longtime resident of Ligonier, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Providence, R.I., a daughter of the late Lytton Warnick Doolittle and Mary Lippitt Hunter Doolittle. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Isabel Wall; and brother, William Doolittle. She attended St. Timothy's School in Catonsville, Md., and Pembroke College, in Providence. At the age of 20, she chose to leave college and follow her family's extraordinary commitment to the military. She enlisted in the Navy in May of 1945. As a WAVE during World War II, she took advanced training at a military Hospital Corps School. She served as a hospital apprentice first class at the Naval hospital in Norfolk, Va., and received a victory ribbon for her service. In 1947, she married the late Walter Lewis Ross III and was married for 33 years. A pioneering businesswoman, she and her dear friends Ann Macdonald, Patience Kane and Mono Jamison, owned and operated The Clothes Patch, a women's clothing store in Ligonier. Lively and engaging, she was an active member of the Valley Players, as well as the Hollow Tree Players. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, gardening and reading. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Ligonier and volunteered in different capacities there and was on the Board of the Ligonier Historical Society. A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her extensive family. Mrs. Ross is survived by her five children, Walter Ross Jr., of Pueblo West, Colo., Julia Day, of Needham, Mass., Mary Ross Cox, of Greensburg, Andrew Ross, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Samuel Ross, of Takoma Park, Md.; her brother, Duncan Doolittle, of Mystic, Conn.; and sister, Esther Ames, of North Easton, Mass.; her 14 grandchildren, David Ross, Virginia, Mary, Rachel, Thomas and Jesse Day, Andrew and Alexander Cox, Lauren, Isabel, Thomas and Julia Ross and James and Abby Ross; and her eight great-grandchildren, Patrick, Lincoln, Regan and Elinor O'Donohue, Caroline, Oliver and Archibald Antczak and John Hunter Flor. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Abby at her funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Holy Trinity Parish, 342 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658, with Monsignor David Rubino, Ph.D., officiating. Interment will be at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. Abby's family has entrusted her care to the PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or www.alz.org. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com, Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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Schrader, Christine A. 61

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1953-12-02
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Christine A. Schrader, 61, of Hunker, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late James A. and Irene (Ohler) True. She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She worked at Integrated Health Systems of Greater Pittsburgh in Greensburg. Surviving is her husband, Thomas L. Schrader; two children, Lynn E. Schrader and wife, Danni, of Claridge, and Julie A. Schrader and fiance, Jeffrey J. Johns Jr., of Greensburg; and a sister, Jennie Stokes, of Clarksburg. She was preceded in death by a brother, James True. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 South Fourth St., Youngwood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home Inc., with Jay Schrader officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Contributions may be made to the MS Society of America.
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Semplak, Judith L. 72

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1943-03-18
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Judith L. "Judy" Mikesell Semplak, 72, of Derry Township, went to the Lord in heaven on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Barnes Place. She was born March 18, 1943, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen Thomas Mikesell. She was a member of the Bradenville United Methodist Church and former member of the Calvary Fellowship Church in Downington. She was a 1961 graduate of Derry Area High School, where she played the piano and saxophone. As an adult, she sang in the church choir and a quartet. Judy had a great career with the Federal Government as a quality assurance specialist for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Contract Agency, retiring at the end of 2000 after 37 years of service. She liked playing softball, bowling, music and her Snoopy collection that she had for more than 40 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Longo; a brother, Thomas Mikesell; and her stepmother, Pat Mikesell. Judy is survived by her daughter, Connie Cornett (Roger), of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother, Larry "Butch" Mikesell, of Perryopolis; a son-in-law, Randy Longo, of Chester Springs, Pa.; a stepsister, Sherry Humbertson, of Derry; four grandchildren, August and Shelby Longo and Christopher "Billy" and Shannon Cornett; one great-grandson, Alexander "AJ"; and a great-granddaughter, Violet. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Paul Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Blairsville Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Shirer, Elizabeth K. 89

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1925-09-25
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth K. "Betty" Shirer, 89, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Betty was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Albert Warren and Leona (James) Shirer. Betty was a retired biology teacher with Scottdale, Southmoreland School Systems and Penn State Fayette Campus for 35 years, retiring in 1988. She graduated from Scottdale High School, Class of 1943, received her Bachelor of Science from Allegheny College and her master's degree from WVU. Betty was a longtime and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale, where she taught Sunday school for 50 years and was active in the youth and senior groups and the Hockey Bible Class. She was past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 317, a member of the Scottdale BPW, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Daughters of American Revolution, Braddock Trail Chapter and the former Monday Music Club. Years ago, Betty worked as secretary/treasurer with Scottdale Ozone Co. and also was active with the Delmont Band, Pink Hardy's Band and the Scottdale Concert Band as a saxophonist. She was cofounder of Showtime Theater in Scottdale and took enjoyment doing genealogy work. Betty will be sadly missed by her loving family; her sister, Sarah M. Schrecengost and her husband, Tom, of Summerfield, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Maureen Shirer, of Connellsville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Ann Shirer; her brother, Albert Warren Shirer Jr.; and her half brother, Robert Warren Shirer. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / 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. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Doug Johnson officiating. Chapel committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. The Order of Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Love Lasts Forever!
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Shirer, Judy L. 62

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-12-29
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  • Judy L. Hull Shirer, 62, of Jeannette, went to be with her lord on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Everyone Judy had come into contact with in her life is invited to attend to celebrate her life with a memorial service from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Fourth St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Stanko, Josephine A. 76

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1938-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Josephine A. (Liberoni) Stanko, 76, of Bradenville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 4, 1938, in Superior, a daughter of the late Frank Liberoni Sr. and Josephine M. (Vesco) Liberoni. Josephine attended St. Martin's Church, New Derry, and had been employed at the former Green Meadows. She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul and loved to be outdoors and mow the lawn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Stanko; her fiance, John Irwin; a son, Jeffrey Scott Stanko; and two brothers, Frank J. Liberoni Jr. and Joseph A. Liberoni. Josephine is survived by a son, James A. Stanko and his wife, Sandra, of Twinsburg, Ohio; a daughter, Lori A. Cramer, of Derry; two sisters, Dolores Iaquinta, of Connellsville, and Louise Gruska and her husband, Richard, of Derry; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Stanko and her fiance, Michael Tata, and Nicole Stanko; her Goddaughter, Gianna Gruska; and special friends, Dolly Stiffler, Terri Selembo, Judy Lipinski and Mike and Judy Fennell. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. Chad Ficorelli, OSB, officiating. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Thomas, Joan E. 75

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1939-05-04
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Joan E. Thomas, 75, of Unity Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born May 4, 1939, in Calumet, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Puskar. Prior to retirement she worked at Latrobe Area Hospital and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Sparky" Thomas; and two sisters, Mary Kay Bashioum and Bernadette Hall. She is survived by four daughters, Sherry Brewer and husband, Arnie, of Scottdale, Kerry Baker and husband, Bob, of New Kensington, Diane Deemer and husband, Gary, of Greensburg, and Billie Jo Vallorani, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Jack, Jerrad, Justin, Shane and Brett Vallorani; three great-grandchildren, Chase, Addy, Kendall and Josie; two sisters, Kathy Perkey and Sophie Puskar; two brothers, John and Mike Puskar; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dick Seigfried, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Hempfield Township. www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Viola, Victoria A. 96

  • Export
  • Born: 1918-12-22
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Victoria Ann Viola, 96, of Export, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. She was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Paul and Nora Petrino. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Emanuel Viola Jr., who passed away in May of 1990; and a brother, Joseph Petrino. Vicky is survived by four children, Paul (Corinne) Viola, of Clarksburg, Dianne Tropeck, of Acme, Patty Deet, of Plum, and Thomas (Darlene) Viola, of Homer City; two grandsons, Don and Chris Deet, of Plum; a sister, Maryann "Honey" Meglio, of Forest Hills; many nieces and nephews; plus her special friends, the Jerry and Jan Moore family, of Export. Vicky was well-known in the Export, Murrysville and Delmont areas as an avid bingo and card player and wishes all fellow players the same good luck and good fortune she enjoyed her whole life. Visitation 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville with a blessing service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Export. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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White, John R. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-05-19
  • Died: 2015-03-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • John R. White, 87, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at his daughter's home in Adamsburg. He was born May 19, 1927, in Wharton Township, Fayette County, a son of the late Frank White and Edna (Dunlop) Baughman. Prior to retirement, he had been the owner of White's Towing. He was a member of the VFW Post 33 Greensburg and the United Commercial Travelers. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army in Nuremberg, Germany. He had worked for 33 years for John E. Taylor Auto Service and enjoyed golfing and had participated in a golf league at Cherry Creek until the age of 85. He also enjoyed watching the Pirates, football games, movies on TV and his special companion and partner, Cisco, his cat. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 50 years, Nancy L. White; two brothers, Thomas H. White, in 1944, and Frank "Junior" White, in 2014; and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey Marie Angus, in 1998. He is survived by his son, John R. White Jr. and his wife, Janet, of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Linda Beuten, and her husband, Joe, of Adamsburg, and Susie Lamb, of Arizona, and her friend, Stephen; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Stanley White and his wife, Carol of Greensburg; two sisters, Dorothy Marie White and Edna Jane Sperber, both of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Senior Independence Hospice for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton Street, Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Wood, Eileen R. 26

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bacha Funeral Home, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Eileen Rae Wood, 26, of Greensburg, sweet and precious little daughter of Marcia Joanne (Mathianas) and Dan Wood, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The Lord allowed her friends and family to enjoy her love for 26 years before welcoming her into His Kingdom. Eileen is a 2010 graduate of the Westmoreland IU Clairview School, where she won the best costume award at the spring beach party. Following graduation, Eileen attended the ARC of Westmoreland Adult Training Facility. Eileen loved to play musical instruments, visit Idlewild and Soak Zone and attend plays and musicals. She enjoyed swimming at the Aerobic Center, mall walking and sipping fancy frozen coffee drinks. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her Mommy, Daddy and family members. Her smile could light up any room. Eileen regularly attended worship services at the First Baptist Church of Greensburg and Our Lady of Grace. She was fortunate to have been able to travel to 19 states and Canada, but her favorite place was with her family. In addition to her parents, she is survived by grandparents, Joanne Mathianas and Ron and Jean Wood Havner. She was predeceased by grandfathers, Ken Mathianas and Bob Wood. Her parents regret not being able to adequately thank individually, but are very grateful for all of the health care professionals who worked so hard to keep her healthy; her teachers, aides and drivers; her friends from church, mall, pool, Idlewild, performing arts and farmer's market; and her terrific grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Above all, they are thankful to the Lord for the promise of being reunited with her one day. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday, the time of a funeral service in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com. Her family appreciates all memorials, including writing letters and giving hugs to loved ones, and gifts to the ARC of Westmoreland/Achieva, local food bank, Christian Laymen Corps, Family House of Pittsburgh or Stage Right of Greensburg.
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Fayette County

Black, Dorothy M. 80

  • Smock , Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1934-12-25
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy M. "Dee" Spoonhoward Black, 80, of Smock, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Dorothy was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Herminie, the daughter of the late Iden and Keziah Geckle Spoonhoward. Dee was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant. She attended Sewickley High School, enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and reading. Dee was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and adored all of her family. Dee had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Surviving are her children, Lonnie B. Black and wife, Joanie, of Mt. Pleasant, Lee B. Black and fiance, Amy Migyanha, of Latrobe, Peggy Jean Sanner, of Youngwood, Judy Lynn Swank and husband, Ken Sr., of Mt. Pleasant, Kathy Lynn (Kate) Eutsey and husband, Dan, of Ruffsdale, and Lorrie Lynn (Hunky) Black and fiance, Duane Theodori, of Smock, with whom Dee resided; grandchildren, Ken Swank Jr. and wife, Lori, Kelly Swank, Jonathon Black and wife, Heather, Gregory Basinger Jr. and friend, Brad Litzinger, Lonnie H. Black, Scott Swank and Brian Black; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Jonathon, Jacob, Cayton and Jeremiah; a cousin, Richard Kennell, of Madison; a wonderful friend, Rosey Long, of Connellsville; and her loving dog, Cooper. In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Richard (Dick) Black; loving daughter, Karren Sue Black, on March 26, 1973; a son-in-law, Wayne Sanner; a loving aunt, LaRue Kennell, of Madison; and a cousin, Clifford Kennell, of Whyles. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Grane Hospice for their kind and considerate care of Dee during her illness. Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122. A private service for the family will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Tim Auer, officiating. Everyone please meet directly at the church. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Please visit Dee's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Falco, Regis E. 81

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1933-09-03
  • Died: 2015-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Regis E. Falco, 81, of Connellsville, died Friday, April 17, 2015 in RNC, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late Ralph and Susan (Colatch) Falco. Regis was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Regis was an insurance agent for METLife for many years. He then worked in the Shipping/Receiving department of Montgomery Wards. Regis was an avid fan of all sports, especially when watching dog races. Regis is survived by his daughter, Sue Ann Kezmarsky and husband, Tom "Kaz", of Connellsville; three grandchildren, Chad and Julie Kezmarsky, and their children, Isabella and Chloe Kezmarsky, of Connellsville, Renee Kezmarsky, of Philadelphia, and Jason Kezmarsky, of Alexandria, Va.; two sisters, Marie Blasey and Marlene Scarry, both of Connellsville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Falco. In addition to his parents, Regis was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Falco; and two brothers-in-law, Gerry Scarry and Don Blasey. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, with Father Bob Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Hixon, George R. 101

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1913-05-24
  • Died: 2015-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • George R. Hixon, 101, of Dawson, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. George was born May 24, 1913, in Lower Tyrone Township, a son of the late William D. and Minnie (Nicolay) Hixon. He married the former Hazel C. McKnight on Nov. 25, 1939. George was a devoted husband and father. He was employed as postmaster at Dawson for 26 years, until his retirement on May 7, 1976. Years ago, he worked at the Old Overholt Distillery at Broadford and with the P and LE Railroad. A graduate of Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1932, George faithfully worshipped along with his wife, Hazel, at Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale where he was the oldest member of the congregation. He was also active with the United Methodist Men, Married Couples Class and the Dartball Team. George was a dedicated 75-year member of the James Cochran Masonic Lodge of Perfection No. 614 where he served as past master and secretary. He was a member of the Westmoreland Forest Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Connellsville VFW Post No. 21, a 50-year member of the former Dawson Grange, the PA State Grange and a 20-year member of the Selective Service Board. Years ago, he worshipped at the Bryan United Methodist Church where he was lay leader, member of the Men's Class, Sunday school superintendent and was a member of the Salvation Army Service Unit. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army's Medical Corps as a staff sergeant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal. George enjoyed gardening especially growing gladiolas, daffodils, strawberries and lima beans which he shared with his family and friends! George will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 75 years, Hazel C. (McKnight) Hixon; his daughter, Dr. Donna Hixon and her husband, Thomas Dawson, of Erie; his step-granddaughter, Dana Dawson, of Atlanta, and her daughter, Brooklyn; his step-grandson, Carmen Dawson and his companion, Ebony Britton, and their son, Carmen Dawson Jr.; his sister-in-law, Dora Ganoe, of Scottdale; his brother-in-law, Robert McKnight, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Harry and Earl Hixon; and his two sisters, Clara Randolph and Cora Dull. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale (724-887-5300 / 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. Friday in the funeral home chapel, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Dennis Henley officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Dickerson Run Cemetery with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Funeral Burial Detail. The James Cochran Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church. Love Lasts Forever!
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Indiana County

Waters, Daniel C. 73

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1942-02-20
  • Died: 2015-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Daniel Charles Waters, 73, of Saltsburg, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Homer City, a son of the late Charles and Florence (Weir) Waters. Daniel was a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Daniel was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was Protestant by faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Charles Waters. Daniel will be greatly missed by his beloved family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Clara (McClain) Waters; daughter, Michele Waters, of Saltsburg; son, Daniel Waters, of Greensburg; granddaughters, Grace (Bryan) Hull and Cassandra Nath; and his buddy, Smitty, his dog. He is also survived by a brother, Lance; sisters, Judy and Deb; and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral and committal services for Daniel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Raptosh of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, officiating. Private interment will be in Armagh Cemetery, Armagh. The Waters family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Westmoreland Manor for the excellent care Daniel received and compassion shown to him and his family during his stay. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Pezze, Michael D. 25

  • Scottsdale, Ariz. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1989-04-29
  • Died: 2015-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Michael D. Pezze, 25, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, as the result of an accidental drowning in Arizona. He was born April 29, 1989, in Greensburg, a son of David S. and Barbara Jean Heider Pezze, of Greensburg. He was a 2007 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic and a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. He was a member of a pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi. Michael enjoyed skiing, lifting weights, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He would light up a room with his smile and charming personality. Michael had so many good friends from every walk of life and he cherished them all. Michael was employed as a pharmacist at Sam's Club in Arizona. He worked at Westmoreland Country Club as a caddy for a number of years and was known as "Mongo". He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Homer Heider Sr. and Lou Ellen Wilson Heider. In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by two brothers, Philip Pezze, of McKees Rocks, and Matthew Pezze, of Greensburg; paternal grandparents, Santo and Geraldine Pezze, of North Huntingdon; aunts and uncles, Homer (Kathy) Heider, Donald (Patricia) Heider, James (Barbara) Heider, Vincent (Barbara Jo) Heider, Bonnie (Randy) Marts, Thomas (Cynthia) Pezze, Jennifer (Dr. Joseph) Capito and Daniel Pezze; and numerous cousins. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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