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Culley Jr., Charles 78

  • Liberty Borough , Formerly of Yukon
  • Born: 1936-06-23
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Charles "Spider" Culley Jr., 78, of Liberty Borough, formerly of Yukon, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. Born June 23, 1936, in McDonald, he was a son of the late Charles and Myrtle B. (Speer) Culley; and the husband of the late Wendy L. (Van Dyke) Culley. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for D. Jenkins Corp. in Elrama. He loved to shoot pool and was an avid bowler and Steelers fan. He is survived by his son, Charles (Becky) Culley III, of Solon, Iowa; four daughters, Antonette (John) Lewis, of Liberty Borough, Diane (Adam) Mussori, of Mather, Tammy (Mike) Herndon, of Grove City, and Margaret (Jaison) Abell, of Mather; stepsons, Kevin (Julie) Ohler, of Yukon, and Mark Ohler, of Latrobe; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Charlene Richardson, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, and wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Myrtle Pearsol and Dalmas Culley. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Hal Dangel officiating. Private burial will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Beveridge, Lois A. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-12-10
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lois A. Beveridge, 86, of Greensburg, formerly a resident of Hempfield Towers, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Simpson Tinsley. She was a member of the Armbrust Wesleyan Church and the 2500 Club at Hempfield Towers. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond E. Beveridge; a brother, C. Robert Tinsley; and two sisters, Sara Jane Hawkins and Doris Alcorn. She is survived by two sons, Barry R. (Deborah) Beveridge, of Greensburg, and Neal E. (JoAnn) Beveridge, of Decatur, Ill.; a daughter, Jacqueline (Thomas) Nalevanko, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Stout, of Greensburg, Shirley Capasso, of Greensburg, Linda Wallace, of Columbus, Ohio, and Donna Hornick, of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Bridges, Sister M. Teresina 98

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Sisters of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister M. Teresina Bridges, 98, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg. A native of Johnstown, Sister Teresina entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on Sept. 8, 1932, from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Johnstown. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Elizabeth (O'Connor) Bridges, a sister, Mrs. Dorothy (Edward) Snyder, a brother, James, and her first cousin, Sister Jean Frances Peters, SC, she is survived by nieces. She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Teresina taught in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses for 25 years. Then she opened and served as principal for St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda, Md., and later for Our Lady of Lourdes School in Abbeville, La. She served as school supervisor in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, 1962-1965. She subsequently ministered as a principal at schools in Greensburg and in Tucson, Ariz. She was honored by the University of Arizona for her contribution to professional programs for educators. She returned to Greensburg in 1990, and managed the Greensburg Central Catholic High School bookstore. Reflecting on her life, Sister Teresina said, "My prayers go up daily in thanksgiving to God for the wonderful privilege of being called to a vocation with the Sisters of Charity." Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, DePaul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information visit the website, www.scsh.org.
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Calabrace, Katherine 89

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1925-05-16
  • Died: 2015-03-01
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  • Katherine Calabrace, 89, formerly of Latrobe, passed with peace and grace on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born May 16, 1925, in Luxor, a daughter of the late John and Barbara Svetkovich. In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Calabrace, on May 6, 1971. Katherine retired from Latrobe Hospital as a unit clerk in 1988. As a devout Catholic, she spent many hours involved in the faith as first vice president of St. Vincent DePaul, Oblate Saint Vincent Archabbey, member of the Rosary Society and choir at Holy Family Church in Latrobe, and as a volunteer at the Carmelite Monastery and the food bank. Katherine's spirit and memories will remain in the hearts of her family. Survivors include her children, Donna (Calabrace) Schmid, of St. Louis, Mo., Sandra (Calabrace) Jones and her husband, Jim, of Greensburg, Connie (Calabrace) Rose, of Chicago, Ill., and her husband, Terry, of Houston, Texas, Joseph Calabrace and his wife, Lynn, of Bradenville, and Katherine Calabrace-Saracco and spouse, Beth Saracco, of Cranberry; those who called her "Grandma Katie," her 11 grandchildren, Kelly Jones, Adam Jones, Michael Schmid, Johnna Calabrace, Joseph Calabrace, Alicia Calabrace, Dominick Rose, Giovanna Rose, Vincent Rose, Oscar Saracco and Brandon Saracco; eight great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ella, Drew, Santino, Elisabeth, Nicolaus, Samuel and Joseph; a sister, Julie Santavy; a brother, Joseph Svetkovich and his wife, Faye; a sister-in-law, Theresa Jean Svetkovich, all of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews. Respecting Katherine's wishes, there will be no public viewing. Burial will be private. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Holy Family Church, Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650. If desired, memorials may be made to: The Carmelite Monastery, Latrobe, PA 15650; or The Arc of Westmoreland County, 316 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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Delmont, Genevieve R. 85

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1929-12-02
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Genevieve R. Delmont, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Briarcliff Pavillion. She was born Dec. 2, 1929. Genevieve was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Anthony Delmont. She is survived by one son, Paul Delmont, of North Huntingdon; and one sister, Linda Shaffer, of Uniontown. Friends will be received from 5 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Forkey, Anna Mae 77

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-02-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae Forkey, 77, of Greensburg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur "Pete" and Irene P. (Paschke) Young. Prior to retirement, she had been a food service manager for Nutrition and was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her canine companion, Zoe. She is survived by her husband, Ronald S. Forkey; a son, David Forkey and his wife, Susan; and a daughter, Karen Mervosh and her husband, Mark ,all of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Haley, Connor and Natalie Forkey; and a brother, Arthur Young and his wife, Mary Lou, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. The family would like to thank friends, Patsy, Shirley and Connie. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Garman, Olga 98

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1917-02-05
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Olga (Matthew) Garman, 98, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Allmans, a daughter of the late Mead and Roby (Spacht) Matthew, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diann Smith; sisters, Tressie Glasgow, Keturah Reynolds and Verdena Lovell; and brothers, Lloyd, Millard, Calvin, Glenn and Lee Matthew. Olga loved being with her grandchildren, cooking, making quilts and playing Scrabble. She is survived by her children, Connie (Don) Harrison, of North Huntingdon, and Gary (Anita) Garman, of Butler; grandchildren, James (Beth) Harrison, Kelly (Robert) Bollman and Kim Zahrobsky, all of Irwin, Scott Smith, of Florida, Krista (Gregg) West, of Butler, and Gary Michael (Jancey) Garman, of Erie; great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Justin) Arenas, Chandler Bollman, Allen Harrison, Keturah Baker, Keenan Zahrobsky and Cannon, Grant, Tye and Quinn West; a great-great-grandson; also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday with the Rev. Claudia M. Papenmeier officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1230 Brownstown Road, P.O. Box 256, Larimer, PA 15647.
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Greggerson Jr., Bernard F. 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1932-10-29
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Bernard F. Greggerson Jr., 82, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Penn Township, a son of the late Bernard F. Greggerson Sr. and Leona Alice (Myers) Greggerson. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse Trucking. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 344, VFW Post 8240, FOE 844 and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, all of Jeannette, Jeannette Combined Veterans Honor Guard, AMVETS of Greensburg and the Penn Rod and Gun Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Dixon; a granddaughter, Tina Droll; and a brother, John Greggerson. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Henderson) Greggerson; his children, Doris Haus, of North Huntingdon, Glenn Pratt and his wife, Tammy, of Duquesne, Valerie Mezevitch, of Jeannette, Tammy Gross and her husband, Raymond, of Jeannette, Randi Greggerson, of Greensburg, Cheryl Greggerson, of Greensburg, Peggy Greggerson (Clake), of Jeannette, and Diana Klingensmith, of Jeannette; a sister, Alice Shotts, of Jeannette; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 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. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Susan Luttner officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home for services. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Grilli, John V. 86

  • Webster
  • Born: 1928-04-07
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • John V. Grilli, 86, of Webster, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in The Residence at Hilltop. Born April 7, 1928, in Webster, he was the son of the late Virgil and Elizabeth Grilli. John was a 1946 graduate of Rostraver High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Greenland and March Air Force Base in California. He graduated from California University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. John worked at the Fort Pitt Casting Company in McKeesport, Buck's Garage and B. Bodgewic Chrysler-Plymouth Auto Agencies in Webster and retired from B. Bodgewic in October 1992. After retirement, John continued to work part time for Matway Chrysler-Plymouth and Falconi Chyrsler-Plymouth in Rostraver. John was an active member of Webster United Methodist Church, where he was the former adult Sunday school teacher, former chairman of the Membership Committee, member of the Finance Committee, the Administration Council and church historian. He was also a member of Rostraver AARP. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Dolores Grilli, of New Eagle, and Alberta Alonso, of Donora; brother-in-law, William Buck, of Fellsburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher (Margaret) Grilli, of Bethel Park, Cynthia (Tom) Greaves, of Herndon, Va., Nancy Zabawsky, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dennis (Linda) Buck, of Donora, Bruce Buck, of Rostraver Township, and Tammy Alonso, of Rostraver Township; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristan Buck Ferguson, Kevin D. Buck, Daniel and Eleanor Greaves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winona Buck Grilli; brother, Eugene Grilli; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Buck and Jean Buck. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Webster United Methodist Church with Pastor Ken Jones officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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Houston, Mary Lou 83

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1931-04-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Mary Lou Houston, 83, of Murrysville, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born April 13, 1931, in Murrysville, a daughter of the late Clair J. and Mary Minnis Houston. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Houston; and infant brother, David Houston. Prior to retirement, Mary Lou was a legal secretary for Peoples Natural Gas Co. for more than 35 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Murrysville, and volunteered as coordinator in the church office for many years. She was a Worthy Matron of the Aspinwall Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She also was a Red Cross volunteer at the VA Hospital. After retirement, Mary Lou could always be found supporting her beloved nieces and nephews at their local school sporting events. She is survived by two nieces, Kathy (Ted) Heider and Traci (Ken) Halleck, both of Murrysville; four great-nieces and nephews, Beth (Brett) Cooper, Jason (Missy) Heider, Bryce Halleck and Mallory Halleck; and three great-great-nieces and nephews, Jasie, Paige and Bailey. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Rev. J. Charles MacPherson III officiating. Interment will follow in Murrysville Cemetery. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jones, Ashley R. 21

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1993-09-06
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ashley Renee Jones, 21, of North Irwin, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Wheeling, W.Va., as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Sept. 6, 1993, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of David J. and Marlene (Brooks) Jones, of North Irwin. Ashley was employed by Alstom Grid of Charleroi as a line operator, and was a former shift supervisor for Panera Bread of North Huntingdon. She was a 2012 graduate of Norwin High School and was currently attending Westmoreland County Community College for electrical engineering. She was at one time an active member of the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Christopher and Daniel Jones; paternal grandparents, John and Maryann Jones; and maternal grandfather, William Brooks. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Lauren Jones-Little and husband, Christian, of Virginia Beach; a brother, Brandon Jones, of North Irwin; maternal grandmother, Irene Brooks, of North Huntingdon; aunt, Carol Borland and husband, Rick, and their family, of Irwin; and aunt, Lori Tyke and husband, Tony, and their family, of North Huntingdon. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. To send online donations, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Harry M. 91

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1923-07-31
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Harry M. Jones, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born July 31, 1923, in Johnstown, son of the late Ada M. (Hixson) and Benjamin F. Jones. He served as a corporal in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a radio man on Leyte Island in the South Pacific. Harry was a 1948 graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a degree in civil engineering. He spent most of his engineering career at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Prior to his retirement, he was project engineer for Green Engineering in the renovation of the Westinghouse Bridge. Harry attended Penn Township Christian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Fay (Landis) Jones; and thankful daughter, Gwen (Thomas) Wolfgang and husband, John, of Irwin. He was a devoted Pops to his grandsons, Jonathan (Lori) Wolfgang, of Seattle, Wash., and Mark (Nicole) Wolfgang, of Latrobe; and great-grandchildren, Stone, Macy, Piper, Abigail and Elise. Harry was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Don Brookshire and his grandson, Jonathan, officiating. Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harry's memory may be made to Camp Christian, P.O. Box 230, Mill Run, PA 15464. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Ptaszkiewicz, Corinne M. 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1927-04-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Corinne M. "Dee" Ptaszkiewicz, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Greensburg Care Center. She was born April 17, 1927, in Pitcairn, a daughter of the late Clarence Bowen Kuhns and Dorothy Rinker Shaver. Corinne was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, past president and charter member of the Christian Mothers, past president of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Legion of Mary and a member of the pastoral council. She sang in the funeral choir, was a dedicated bazaar worker and was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as the cafeteria manager for the Norwin School District with 28 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph W., in 1999; a daughter, Marianne Kowalski; a brother, Larry Shaver; and two sisters, Jeannie Kuhns and Jeri McMahan. She is survived by two sons, Daniel R. and his wife, Bridget, and Joseph Ptaszkiewicz; two daughters, Dorothy "Dottie" Huha and her husband, Ed, and Karen Butler and her husband, Darryl; two sisters, Dorothy Webber and Sue Agatucci; nine grandchildren, Kristen and Ross Kuhns, Victoria Backer, Matt and Ben Huha, Joseph, Jacob and Alyssa Ptaszkiewicz and Alex Butler; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received 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 Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Roach, Allen D. 76

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1938-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Allen D. Roach, 76, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. He was born May 4, 1938, in South Greensburg, a son of the late Albert and Sarah (Morris) Roach. He had been employed as a truck driver for Flock Brothers and retired from Leaseway. He was a 1956 graduate of Greensburg High School, and a veteran, having served as a Navy diver from 1956 till 1960. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki Lynn Roach; and a brother, Paul E. Roach. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. (Falk) Roach; three brothers, Dennis Roach and his wife, Linda, Lonny Roach and his wife, Sandra, and Richard Roach and his wife, Diane; two sisters, Cheryl Nelson and her husband, Jan, and Kyle Ninehouser and her husband, Paul; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A prayer service will be held at the beginning of the visitation on Thursday. Interment will be private. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rossi, Julia A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-10-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Julia A. Rossi, 87, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Napoleone and Florence (Bilotti) Rossi. Prior to retirement, she had been a secretary for an insurance agency and was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Camillo and his wife, Gilberte "Honey" Rossi, and Anthony F. "Jess" Rossi; and a sister, Concetta N. "Connie" Rossi. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Philomena D. "Chookie" Rossi, of South West Greensburg; two cousins she raised, Linda and Paulette; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Private interment in Greensburg Catholic cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Schrecengost, Robert E. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-05-26
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Schrecengost, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was born May 26, 1936, in Dayton, a son of the late Peter Sloan and Daisy (Rearick) Schrecengost. Bob was a retired welder for Beckwith Machinery, Murrysville, and an Army veteran. He was a member of Bible Fellowship Church, Irwin, and enjoyed hunting and throwing horseshoes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David E. Schrecengost; two sisters; and five brothers. He is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, JoAnn Schrecengost; children, Robert A. (Theresa) Schrecengost, of Connecticut, and Jeanne (David) Czerniak, of California; also seven grandchildren. There will be no viewing. A memorial service may be held at a later date. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Shirey, Anna R. 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-11-17
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Anna R. Shirey, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Nov. 17, 1936, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late George V. Zurick and Rose Mary (Horwat) Zurick. Anna was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved to take care of her grandchildren and was an excellent cook who was well known for her potato salad. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Shirey. Anna is survived by two sons, David T. Shirey and his wife, Jackie, of Greensburg, and Frank E. Shirey, of Latrobe; two daughters, Carol A. Murphy, of Latrobe, and Margie Kuhns and her husband, Dave, of New Derry; four brothers, George Zurick and his wife, Eileen, of Venice, Fla., Joseph Zurick and his wife, Rita, of Venice, Fla., Bernard Zurick and his wife, Elaine, of Greensburg, and John Zurick and his wife, Fran, of Latrobe; a sister, Emma Gharing and her husband, Tom, of Latrobe; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Carolyn Shirey, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren, Thomas Murphy, Brandon Murphy, Ryan Seremet, Kayla Buchko, Neisha Seremet, Heather Samide, Jason Shirey and Justin Shirey; and 11 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Tristan, Auxanna, Giavonna, Tatianna, Caleb, Layla, Olivia, Danilo, Mila and Tyler. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, in sincere appreciation of the staff's devoted care and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. 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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Skerlec, Mary 77

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1937-12-09
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Mary Skerlec, 77, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Hecla, daughter of the late John and Mary (Mamula) Yaksic. She was a member of the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and two sisters. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Roderick Skerlec; a son, Rick Skerlec, of Ruffsdale; two daughters, Darleen Morelli and her husband, Ed, of Central City, and Sherry Stokes and her husband, Gregg, of Madison; grandchildren, Holly Stokes, of Madison, Jason Morelli, of Irwin, and Dante Morelli, of New York; two sisters, Blanche Kabaci, of Hecla, and Sophia Zagar, of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136 Madison. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, in Youngwood, with Father Milan Medakovih, officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church Cemetery, Youngwood. A pomen service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Smith, Joan M. 74

  • Ruffsdale
  • Born: 1940-03-22
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Joan M. "Joanie" Smith, 74, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at her home. She was born March 22, 1940, in Arona, a daughter of Dorothy Jean Ritenour, of Arona, and the late Paul Ritenour. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the former Hempfield Hunt Club in New Stanton as a manager. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Arona, the Order of the Eastern Star and Amaranth. In addition to her father, Paul Ritenour, she was also predeceased by a sister, Betty Jean Mensch; and a nephew, Duane Mensch. In addition to her mother, Dorothy Jean Ritenour, of Arona, she is survived by her husband, R. Daniel Smith; three sons, Daniel R. Smith and his wife, Kathy, of Scottdale, Dale R. Smith and his wife, Charmaine, of Alverton, and David L. Smith of Ruffsdale; a daughter, Debbie Collins and her husband, Gordon, of Armbrust; four grandchildren, Sabrina Smith, Dillon Smith, Cherish Hustek and her husband, Bryan, and Rob Brown; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jaret, Cameron, Ryan and Katherine "K.B." Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. L. Samuel Scheiderer officiating. Interment will follow in Madison Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Arona, in memory of Joanie Smith.
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Watson, Warren Bizz W. 89

  • Ardara
  • Born: 1925-05-20
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Warren W. "Bizz" Watson, 89, of Ardara, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born March 20, 1925, in Ardara, a son of the late John Hamburg and Martha Ann (Tharp) Watson. He was a retired fitter for Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh with 37 years' service and was also a bus driver for Laidlaw/First Student for 12 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army for three hundred days in combat in the European Theater of operations, receiving four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. He was a member and chaplain for VFW Post 781 and a member of American Legion Post 359, both of Irwin; a member of Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School for 27 years and was the assistant Boy Scoutmaster for two years. He also coached Colt baseball, taught senior driving, was a paramedic for Rescue 8 for 12 years and was an avid golfer and bowler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Watson; and siblings, Mary Jane Sherwood, Martha Derick and James and Andrew Watson. He is survived by his wife, of more than 71 years, Betty M. (Hand) Watson; his children, Betty Jean Hanna, of Ohio, Warren William (Beth) Watson, of Kansas, Glenn Edwards (Karen) Watson, of Maryland, and Linda Lee (Jeff) Schliffka, of Adah; grandchildren, Linda Bovard, Lana Lotarski, Wade Watson, Amy Kiem, Kelli Watson, Jennifer Pizzello, Jahme McMellen, Kara Day, Jeffrey Schliffka and Julie Yauger; 11 great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Carlisle V. Lloyd and the Rev. Thomas Steiner officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may contribute to Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3380 Nehrig Hill Road, P.O. Box 175 Ardara, PA 15615. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Wesling, Eugene G. 91

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Eugene G. "Red" Wesling, 91, of Jeannette, beloved father of twin daughters Debra and Diana, peacefully made the passage to heaven Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the home of Debra. "Red" joined his forever love Anna who entered the kingdom of God exactly five weeks earlier on January 25. Anna was busy preparing a place in heaven for her husband of 63 years. Red spent the majority of his life a resident of Jeannette. He spent more than 25 years as a mailman delivering mail to the residents of Jeannette. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army, and a member of Jeannette American Legion Post 344. He was an avid Jayhawk and Steelers fan. In addition to his beloved wife, he joins his parents, Lawrence and Ethel (Oldham) Wesling; a sister, Evelyn Wesling; and a brother, Robert Wesling, in heaven. We are sure all his family and friends were at heaven's gate to meet him. Eugene is also survived by Debra's husband, Alan Hudock; their daughters, Tasha, Ranelle and her partner, Pat Conway, and their son, Miles, Jessica and her husband, Chris Polski, and their daughter, Zavia, Diana's husband, Kenneth Swanson, their sons, Chad and his wife, Daisy, and his sons, David and Christopher, Kevin and his wife, Wendy, and their daughters, Chloe, Lynsey, Brittany and Brittany's daughter, Josalyn. Red is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Jeff Swanson officiating. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Box's of Hope c/o New Life Covenant Church of God, 4809 National Pike Road, Markleysburg, PA 15459. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Yanuzo, Ruth M. 94

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1920-11-07
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. Yanuzo, 94, of Trafford, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Ruth was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Braddock, the daughter of the late David R. and Ruth E. (Miller) Matthews. Ruth retired from Westinghouse, Trafford, and was an active member of Christian Life Church, Trafford. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Yanuzo; and brothers, Paul, Clyde and Dave Matthews. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, David Joel (Joanne) Matthews, Dale (De) Matthews, Dan (Marlene) Matthews, Tim (Dee) Matthews, Sharon Cook-Harrison, Nanette Matthews, Diane Strapac, Nancy and Kathleen Yanuzo and Paul Matthews; and great-nieces, Dayna Matthews Ceresa and Dianna Matthews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Christian Life Church, 900 Seventh St., Trafford, with Pastor Gary Simpson officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Private entombment will follow in the Restland-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, Monroeville.
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Hixson, Patricia A. 79

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1935-09-13
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Graft Jacquillard, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. Hixson, 79, of Connellsville, passed away suddenly Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Covington, Ky., a daughter of the late George and Mabel (Jett) Jacquillard. Pat was a loving mother and grandmother to her family, whom she cherished spending time with. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bargiband Sr.; and three sisters, Mary Hrimnock, Martha Keffer and Wilma Jacquillard. She is survived by her children, Cheryl Gavin, James Hixson, Tammy Murphy, Bonnie Greenawalt, Debbie Hixson (Bob Rainey), with whom Pat resided, Nina (John) Kamencher and Donald Bargiband Jr.; her brother, George Jacquillard; her sister, Joyce Angelo; grandchildren, Patty and William Uhrinek, Elliott Gavin, Casey Leonard, James Hixson, Jamie Hollis, Dakota and Alyssa Hixson, Deva and Ted Murphy, Johnathon and Mikael Hixson and Danielle and Brandon Bargiband; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Brian Higbee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clairview School Greensburg-Donohoe Station Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
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Noel, Lawrence 64

  • Claxton, Ga. , Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Lawrence J. "Beaver" Noel, 64, of Claxton, Ga., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Josephine Noel, of North Huntingdon; and brothers, Mike, of North Huntingdon, and Bob Noel, of West Virginia. Surviving are two sons, Jason and Melissa Noel, of Claxton, Ga., and Daniel Noel, of Claxton, Ga. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Rose and Chuck Bigi, of Grapeville, Bill Noel, of Latrobe, Joan and Jim Rizzo, of Pitcairn, Don Noel, of Adamsburg, Rich and Marsha Noel, of Trafford, Jude Reese, of Derry, Norma and Dan Wilson, of North Huntingdon, and Barry and Joyce Noel, of North Huntingdon. He will be sadly missed by everyone.
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