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Allegheny County

DeLia, Carrie C. 98

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1916-01-10
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Carrie C. (Mazzella) DeLia, 98, of McKees Rocks, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was born Jan. 10, 1916, in Benwood, W.Va., a daughter of the late Guy and Concetta (Mazzella) Mazzella. She was a member of Madonna del Castello Church, in Swissvale, and was an excellent cook, baker and mother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Vincent DeLia; four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by children, Anthony (Joanne) DeLia, of Orlando, Fla., Guy V. (Virginia) DeLia, of North Versailles, and Adele Perry, of Robinson; grandchildren, Jason (Victoria) DeLia, Matthew Perry, Anthony DeLia, Kristen (Michael) Mrdjenovich, James (Leandra) Perry and Janeen (Donal) Connors; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Jake, Dyllan, Haley, Mike, Josh, Madison, Joe, Mia and Orianna. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Madonna del Castello Church, Swissvale. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills.
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Pancoast, Donna G. 74

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1940-07-16
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donna G. Pancoast, 74, of McKeesport, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh. She was born July 16, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Emma Bilz Hagedon. Donna was an active member of the Beulah Park Methodist Church in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Hagedon; son-in-law, Dan Shawl; and grandson, Rocco Shawl. She is survived by one son, Frank Pancoast, of Latrobe; one daughter, Yvonne Shawl, of Herminie; one brother, Edward Hagedon; two sisters, Peggy Black, of Romulus, Mich., and Janis Wright, of Coulter; sister-in-law, Karen Hagedon, of New Boston, Mich.; five grandchildren, Edward, Hunter, Daniel and Jack Shawl and Evan Pancoast; beloved friend, Linda Davis; numerous nieces and nephews; and her cat, Naomi. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in South Versailles Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wilt, Eva N. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Eva N. (DiLoreto) Wilt, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, July 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Wilt for 35 years; loving mother of Celeste (David) Nelson, of South Carolina, Danette (Joe) Kucic, of Penn Township, and Charmaine Wilt, of Squirrel Hill; proud grandmother of Charise (Greg) Sharfield, Dionne (Jeff) Vietch, Tiffany (Matt) Vincent, Eva (Jason) Sims and Erin Kucic; and also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephano and Esterina DiLoreto; her brothers, Nicholas and Elmer DiLoreto; and her infant son, Daniel. Eva was a pioneer advocate for special needs children. She also was an excellent cook and a warm and hospitable hostess. Eva has been as a valued confidant and advisor to family and friends. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Church. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Beatrice, James F. 70

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1944-02-22
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • James F. "Premo" Beatrice, 70, of New Derry, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Shadyside Hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was born Feb. 22, 1944, in New Derry, a son of the late Premo and Rose (Moff) Beatrice. Prior to retirement, Premo worked for Latrobe Steel. He was an Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Premo was a member of the St. Martin Roman Catholic Church in New Derry and the New Derry Sportsmen. He served on the Derry School Board for almost 24 years. Premo had a love for music and was in a band Premo and the Times Before. He loved fishing, camping, teaching music and spending time with his family and friends. Besides his parents, Premo is preceded in death by his son, Jody Beatrice. Premo is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lois A. (Connor) Beatrice, of New Derry; two sons, Jeffrey J. Beatrice and Jamie E. Beatrice and wife Gina, of New Derry; one sister, Patty McCaulley and husband, Richard, of New Derry; four grandchildren, Nikki Carrig, Nina, Nico and Giovanni Beatrice; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Premo's life celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held for Premo at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in the St. Martin Cemetery, New Derry. A military service will be conducted by the Blairsville Military Group at the cemetery.
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Bostak, William R. 72

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1942-03-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • William R. "Bill" Bostak, 72, of Harrison City, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, showing courageous and inspiring will to the end. Born March 2, 1942, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Richard and Margaret Thelma (Kern) Bostak. His beloved wife of 38 years was the late Dolores "Dolly" J. (Patalsky) Bostak. Prior to his retirement as a telecommunications network engineer, he worked at Affiliated Computer Services in Pittsburgh. Bill was proud of his 33-year career as a telecommunications manager with the National Security Agency and his Army service. He was also a member of St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. He is survived by his loving twin children, Jennifer A. (Stephen) Paulone and David W. Bostak, AIA; beloved granddaughters who called him Pappap, Jessica and Allyson Paulone; a sister, Karen (Paul) Shidel; and several nephews and a special niece, Kathleen (Hose) Border. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh, 5513 William Flynn Highway, Suite 400, PMB No. 283, Gibsonia, PA 15044. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Brletic, Robert A. 57

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bobby" Brletic, 57, of Trafford, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Lillian (Yusko) Brletic; and brother of the late Richard Brletic. He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received from 8 a.m. until parting prayers at 8:45 a.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Bucar, Marjorie 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1932-06-15
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Marjorie "Marge" Lawrence Bucar, 82, of Trafford, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Marge was born June 15, 1932, in Trafford, the daughter of the late Charles J. Lawrence Sr. and Mary Petrini Lawrence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Lou" Bucar. Marge is survived by her two sons, Paul and David Bucar; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Nathan and Jordan; her brother, Charles J. Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Zimmerman; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. At Marge's request, there will be no visitation or graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. A private burial will take place in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (State Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Castine, Robert A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Castine, 87, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Jeannette, a son of the late William and Marietta Henry Castine. Prior to his retirement, Bob was a neon tube bender for the former McBride's Sign Company of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Air Force. Bob was a member of the Ascension Church and the American Legion Post 344, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Levia DePonte Castine; a brother, Ronald Castine; and a sister, Jean GasPerin. He is survived by his wife, Esther Newhouse Castine; children, Kathleen Blackburn and husband, Lawrence, of Jeannette, Robert Castine, of Los Angeles Calif., Gregory Castine and fiancee, Diane Fair and Jeffry Castine and wife, Diana, all of Greensburg; grandchildren, Phillip Snyder, Courtney Hamilton and Anthony and Christopher Castine; brothers, William Castine Jr., and wife, Vera, of Jeannette, and James Castine, of Greensburg; sisters, Janet Leep, of Greensburg, Nancy Musiak and husband, Joseph, of Latrobe, and Cheryl Painter and husband, William, of Dillsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Westmoreland Manor and the Heartland Hospice for the kind and personal care that Bob received. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will hold services at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Gray, Glenn A. 82

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1932-04-04
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Glenn A. Gray, 82, of Penn Township, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 4, 1932, in Jeannette, a son of the late Norman and Elsie May Henderson Gray. Prior to retirement, he worked as a machinist at Jackson and Sons and volunteered for Rails to Trails. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Veronica Lee (Gray) Gray, in April of 2014, for whom he could not live without; brothers, Wilbert, Willard and Milton Gray; and a sister, Luella Ellig. He is survived by two sons, Clifford (Michele) Gray, of Jeannette, and Thomas (Cathy) Gray, of Herminie; two daughters, Eric (Judith) Majeski, of Washington, Pa., and Amy Gray, of Jeannette; a granddaughter, Rebecca Gray, of Jeannette; his loving kitty, Maxine; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to fund a bench along the West Penn Trail in Glenn's memory. Glenn's family would like to thank the staff at Greater Pittsburgh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greensburg for their care of dad. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Hamilton, Russell W. 66

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1948-02-07
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Russell W. Hamilton, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home. He was born Feb. 7, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William R. and Olive R. McCullough Hamilton. Russ graduated from Norwin High School, class of 1966, and Grove City College in 1970. Prior to his retirement, Russ was employed as an electrical engineer and sales manager. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan as well as a Boston Red Sox fan. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder for 45 years, member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club and Professional Engineers Association. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William H. Hamilton. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Carol Ruby Hamilton; one son, Chad and his wife, Lisa; one brother, Paul D. and his wife, Jan, all of North Huntingdon; twin granddaughters, Emma Olivia and Aubrey Lori Hamilton, who were his pride and joy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ron Wakeman officiating. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Keslar, Ethel 96

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1918-03-08
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • Ethel Keslar, 96, of Donegal, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Nedrow's Personal Care Home. She was born March 8, 1918, in Rodney, Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Harry and Mazie (Stairs) Albert. She was a member of Donegal Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Keslar; a daughter, Julie Anne Keslar; three sisters, Catherine Pushkar, Mildred Keefer and Ruth Keyser; sister-in-law, Lorraine B. Albert; and four brothers, Charles, William, Harry and infant, Phey. She is survived by her son, Terry W. Keslar, of Donegal; a granddaughter, Julie Marie Evanichko, of Trauger; three great- grandchildren, Alyssa, Joseph and Kayla; a sister, Marjorie Newingham, of Acme; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel's family would like to thank everyone at Nedrow's for the wonderful care that she received. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Bruce Crossley officiating. Interment will follow in Donegal Cemetery.
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Lange, George L. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George L. Lange, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes. He was 84. A resident of Murrysville, he was born in Natrona Heights to the late George V. and Mildred Lange. He attended Harbrack Senior High School, graduated from the California State Teachers College in 1956 and obtained a Master's in education from the University of Pittsburgh. George served in the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of Midshipman. In 1982, he was president of the Greater Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and retired in 1987 as the director of Forbes Road Career and Technology Center. He made notable contributions in the field of vocational education development. George was an active member of Christ's Lutheran Church in Murrysville for many years and was most recently a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling with Leah in their motor home and fishing. He will be especially remembered for his love for family, passion for education, positive outlook, his wink and his wit. Survivors include his wife, Leah; sister, Catharine (Bill) Roberts; and his children, Father Jeremiah Lange OSB PhD, Dr. Deborah (John) Lange, Margie (Jim) McKain and Patricia (Andy) Lasher. Additional survivors include Leah's children, Andrea Cunningham, James (Karen) Lapcevic, Angela (Keith Myers) Ring, Janette (Mario) Traffichini and Paula (Todd) Good. Surviving grandchildren are Dr. Margaret (Eamon) Chory, David Kennedy, Dr. Anthony Kennedy, Molly, Madeline, Millie and Maggie McKain, Joseph and John Lasher. Leah's grandchildren also survive, Lauren Cunningham, Alexandra and Rebecca Lapcevic, Stephon and Ryan Conto; and great-grandchild, Carly Conto. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 5000 Old William Penn Highway, Export. Friends and family will be received at the church at 10:30 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lewandowski, Thelma J. 85

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1928-10-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Thelma J. (Sherbondy) Lewandowski, 85, of West Newton, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Latrobe Health and Rehab Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1928, in South Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Hout) Sherbondy. For years, Thelma attended activities at the West Newton Senior Center. She is survived by two sons, John Leighty and wife, Martha, of South Carolina, and Donald Lewandowski and wife, Amy, of West Newton; five grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; a brother, Jay Sherbondy, of Ruffsdale; and a sister, Janet Craig, of Tarrs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lewandowski; a daughter, Becky Ann Bennett; a brother, Richard Sherbondy; and a sister, Kate Mason. There will be no visitation or service. The J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Thelma may be made to Latrobe Health and Rehab Center, 576 Fred Rogers Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Loucks, Ray A. 95

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-07-23
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ray A. Loucks, 95, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Easy Living Care of Hunker. He was born July 23, 1918, in New Stanton, a son of the late Lawrence and Clema (Kintigh) Loucks. He retired from Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Youngwood. He enjoyed flowers and was an avid gardener. Surviving are a son, Jon A. Loucks, of Greensburg; a sister, Marge Grant, of Indiana, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Smith) Loucks; four brothers, Ivan, Wayne, Chuck, and Merle Loucks; and three sisters, Alberta Tomkins, Lucille Alborn and Betty Myers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Norby officiating. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Redd, Homer L. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Homer L. "Bud" Redd, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Nellie B. Glass Redd. Homer was known as the State Police "Legend" and doing things "his way" an "Officer and a Gentleman." He joined the Army in 1943 where he was a part of the 11th Airborne Division known as the "Angels" during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars and received a letter from President Harry Truman. In 1946 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Police Academy and continued as a state trooper for 37 years in which time he was promoted to lieutenant and captain and was the commanding officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1976 he was promoted to major and in 1983 retired from the state police and joined the Ligonier Borough police. He then became a private investigator with Weaver Investigations and later worked for Bob and Pat Barron as a driver for Valley Transportation and then for the Veterans cab for Lou Falbo until 2011, at which time he retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier. He also was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the retired State Police Association, past president of the Westmoreland County Law Association, Western PA Chiefs of Police and a past president of the State Chairman FOP. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor (Ron) Markham and Ann (Charles) Brown. Homer is survived by his loving wife, Fran Richter Redd; daughters, Patricia Fordyce and Will Swartz, of Greensburg, and Sandra (Ronald) Okum, of Mechanicsburg, also survived by Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, and Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, J.C., Kellye, Jake, Rachel, Taylor and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rylie, Madeline, Hayley and Jaylen; a sister, Lois (Otto) Blymiller, of Bulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Homer will be remembered by his many friends, including Tim and Cathy Widich, his Friday night choir practice gang, Bob and Maryjane Mertz, Tommy Brannigan and a new paratrooper friend, Enid (Ron) Prettiman. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Morrow "Pat" Hartman, retired PSP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The FOP will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or St. James Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Saunders, John W. 63

  • Scottdale , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1951-01-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Saunders, 63, of Scottdale, formerly of Irwin, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was born Jan. 31, 1951, a son of the late John H. "Jack" and Patricia (Wyncoop) Saunders, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Tubbs. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1968, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a former salesman in the automotive industry and enjoyed finish carpentry. He is survived by his son, Mark Saunders, of Ohio; a sister, Karen (Nick) Miniotis, of Louisiana; a brother, William (Lori) Saunders, of Jeannette; also nieces and nephews. At John's request, there will be no viewing or services. Private interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements.
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Vucelich, Alice D. 83

  • Export
  • Born: 1930-12-30
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Alice D. Vucelich, 83, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Delmont, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Plantni) Paulich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, David and Sam Vucelich; four sisters, Christine, Agnes, Betty and Alberta; and a brother, Henry Paulich. Alice was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Monroeville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her beloved husband, Sam; loving grandchildren, Allison, Sam, Alex, Michael and Bekah; daughter-in-law, Roberta Vucelich; great-grandson, Samulito; and is also survived by brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, (724) 327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Pomen service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mad in Alice's name to St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Walter, Brendan J. 18

  • Tarrs
  • Born: 1996-02-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Brendan J. "B" Walter, 18, of Tarrs, died Saturday afternoon, July 19, 2014, of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on State Route 31, East Huntingdon Township. Brendan's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with his Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore, of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Chapel service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. For those who wish to remember "B" in a special way, Brendan's family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed presently to his parents, for a scholarship fund to be set up in "B's" Memory in the very near future. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Wasil, Laura M. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-10-29
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Laura M. Wasil, 79, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late John E. and Grace Lauffer Rugh. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Laura was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered at the American Red Cross of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Rugh. She is survived by four sons, Mark A. Wasil, of Luxor, Ralph T. (Brenda) Wasil Sr., of Norvelt, Paul D. Wasil, of Latrobe, and Scott E. (Barb) Wasil, of Ligonier; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Crusan, of Greensburg. There will be no public visitation or service. Private interment will be in Greensburg Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 351 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Armstrong County

Byerly, Edward R.

  • Kittanning , Formerly of Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-06-04
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  • Edward R. Byerly, of Kittanning, formerly of Jeannette, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The friends and family of Mr. Byerly are invited to a memorial service honoring his life and service to his country at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with the Rev. Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating.
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Beaver County

Curry, James J. 44

  • New Beaver Borough
  • Born: 1970-03-31
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Marshall, Wampum | Get Directions
  • James Joseph Curry, 44, of New Beaver Borough, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his loving family Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence following a courageous five year battle with cancer. Born March 31, 1970, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Bertram Joseph Curry, of Pittsburgh, and the late Dorothy Ann Drab Curry. He married Sandra Edwards Curry on Sept. 18, 2010, she survives. Jim graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1988. He then attended the Allegheny County Fire Academy. He also graduated from the New Castle School of Trades Commercial Industrial Maintenance Program in 2012. While residing in Pittsburgh, he was a member of the North Braddock Fire Department. After moving to New Beaver Borough in 2010, he became very active with their fire department, having served as its president from 2012 until now. Jimmy was actively employed since 1999 as a security guard at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Verizon Wireless in Cranberry. He attended the Bridgewater United Methodist Church and the Victory Christian Center in Columbiana. Jim loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also loved to travel. He absolutely loved helping friends and family. Jimmy will always be remembered for having a smile on his face, his jokes, his laugh and his funny stories. He also enjoyed baking, cooking, the Irish community and WWE wrestling. In addition to his wife, Sandra, survivors include his father and stepmother, Bertram and Mary Hanafin Curry; two half-brothers, Daniel Curry and Brian Curry; two stepsisters, Liz Culloty and her fiance, Pat Mahoney and Eileen Culloty; two brothers-in-law, William Edwards and Benjamin (Theresa) Edwards; his in-laws, Keith (Mary) Edwards and Harriet (William) Hutton; and nieces and nephews, Declan McCabe, Mariah Culloty, Zachary, Makayla and Alexia Edwards, and Timothy and Khloe Edwards. He was preceded in death by his mother. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the fire department. Following the services, a memorial dinner will be held and then Jim will ride one last time on a fire truck for a graveside service at Northside Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Services will include a bagpiper and the Fire Honor Guard. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, Wampum. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.marshallsfh.com.
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Fayette County

Dix, Joseph B. 32

  • Formerly of White
  • Born: 1982-02-25
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Joseph Bruce Dix, 32, of Oxford, N.C., formerly of White, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 19, 2014, in North Carolina. He was born Feb. 25, 1982, in Charleston, W.Va. As Joey grew up near Indian Head, he was a precocious and playful boy. Back then he enjoyed riding bikes with his friends, both motorcycles and BMX bikes. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. As he got older he found new passions, adding to his love of bikes, he discovered a love of cars and snowboards, along with sketching, yo-yos, and juggling that remained with him. He grew up surrounded by a close, loving family. A beloved son to Stacy and Carrie Holley Dix, of White, a little brother to Scotty and a big brother to Lauren, and a great-grandson of the late Isabelle Gagliano. He was especially close to his mother and great-grandmother. He attended the Indian Head Church of God throughout his life, graduated from Connellsville High School in 2000, and was employed as an auto body technician. On Valentine's Day 2011, he met and fell in love with Nikki Augustine, and settled down in Blawnox. Engaged soon after, Joey and Nikki were inseparable as they started down a new and exciting path together. They shared a beautiful love and friendship. In addition to his fiancee, parents and siblings, Joey is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Nicole Dix; his sister-in-law, Christina Farrell; his nephew, Ethan Dix; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Donna Holley; his paternal grandparent, Harold Dix; along with numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his great-grandmother, Joey was predeceased by his grandmother, Evelyn Dix; and his uncle, Richard Holley II. His spirit, talents and the hope that he inspired in us during his last years will be remembered and celebrated. We always knew you could do it Jo-Jo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Dennis Arndt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Joey Dix Memorial Fund at http://www.gofundme.com/burcjo. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Ruschak, Betty J. 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-07-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Huss) Ruschak, 74, of Charleroi, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born July 1, 1940, in Dunbar Township, a daughter of the late William and Catherine Hair Huss. Betty was graduated from the East Huntington High School in the class of 1958. In her high school years, she was a member of the Glee Club, Tri-Hi-Y, 4-H and the Special Chorus. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi and a member of the church choir. Betty was lifetime member of the Y-Gradale and of the Eastern Star. She was one of the founders of the Charleroi Youth and Government Program of the YMCA and a lifetime member of the Mon Valley YMCA. Betty worked alongside her husband at Ruschak Associates, Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Charleroi. She was a licensed Insurance agent and real estate broker. She loved to meet her family at their family farm in Forward Township. She loved to garden, cook, can foods and was an excellent seamstress. Betty was very proud of her family. She loved Charleroi "The Magic City" where she loved shopping in Millers, Towne Casuals, Oranges Gift Shop and all the shoe stores. Betty was the best wife, mother and grandmother that one could ever have. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Donald Ruschak; two sons, Donald Alan Ruschak and wife, Lois, of Charleroi, and David Emerson Ruschak and wife, Jessie, of Monongahela; a sister, Barbara Brilhart and husband, Gene, of Scottdale; one brother, William Huss and wife, Sharon, of Scottdale; and seven grandchildren, Shelby, Samantha, Skylar, Coral, Pearl, Noah and Jonah Ruschak. She also leaves behind a canine friend named Gunner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mon Valley YMCA or an organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrock-hogan.com.
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