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Allegheny County

Brownawell Sr., Charles A. 82

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1932-10-10
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Brownawell Sr., 82, of Monroeville, formerly of Delmont, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in New Bloomfield, Perry County, a son of the late Frank and Florence (Blumenschein) Brownawell. Charles was married to his beloved wife, Louise (Cramer), for 54 years until her death in 2008. An honorably discharged veteran, having served with the Army, he served in Germany during the Korean War. Charles worked for more than 40 years in the tool and die industry, including 20 years at Capitol Products in Mechanicsburg. He retired in 1995 after a two-decade career at Extrusion Die Makers, Murrysville, where he managed quality control. Charles enjoyed traveling with his family, fishing, bowling, boating and most recently played in a weekly golf league. He meticulously cared for his lawn. Charles was a member of No Walls Ministries Church in New Alexandria. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; his son, Gary; and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his two children, Charles A. Brownawell Jr. and his wife, Young, of Monroeville, and Jane Wyatt and her husband, William, of Antrim, N.H. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Abigale, Garrett and Christin and her husband, Scott, Melanie and her husband, Scott, and Angel and her husband, David; one sister, Jean Bouder, of Plainfield; and two great-grandchildren, Marcus and Norah. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Visitation will continue from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the HOFFMAN-ROTH FUNERAL HOME in Carlisle, with services following, with his son, the Rev. Charles A. Brownawell Jr. officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Three Rivers Hospice and Palliative Care, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137, or No Walls Ministries, 214 Church St., New Alexandria, PA 15670.
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Westmoreland County

Culp, Elsie M. 81

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1934-01-08
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Elsie M. Culp, 81, of Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Alfred W. and Madelyn Bowen Valesky. Elsie was Lutheran by faith and loved to play Bingo. Prior to retirement she was employed by the former Jeannette Hospital and worked in both the housekeeping and dietary departments. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Glenn Culp. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Vinkler and her husband, Dave, of Irwin; a son, William, of Slippery Rock; two grandchildren, Tony (Missy), of York, and Michael (Erica), of Jeannette; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Parker; a sister, Vonna Spino, of Greensburg; four half-sisters; a very dear friend, Rose Kochis; and numerous nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Luttner officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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DeRose, Antoinette M. 102

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1912-10-14
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Antoinette M. DeRose, 102, who resided at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of Arnold and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was born Oct. 14, 1912, to Merle and Mary Salvatore, of Arnold. There she grew up, attended school, graduated with highest honors from Arnold High; earned her Bachelor of Arts in Languages from Grove City College and master's at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught English, French and Latin at Arnold High School (later Valley High School) for 33 years. On Feb. 14, 1942, Valentine's Day, she married her sweetheart, P. Louis DeRose, Esq., who left a week later for service in the Army during World War II. During their 39 years of marriage the couple had three sons, P. Louis DeRose III, David S. DeRose and Thomas M. DeRose. Widowed in 1981, Antoinette was remarried in 1990 to retired Navy Capt. Francis J. Chester, of Virginia Beach, Va. They traveled extensively and then settled in Daytona Beach Shores. She was widowed again in April 2003. Capt. Chester was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Antoinette loved her family, the teenagers whom she taught and her many devoted friends. She was a proud member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Daytona Beach Symphony Society and Guild, Navy League, Military Officers' Association, Halifax River Yacht Club and numerous other associations. Both her sister, Jessamine Salvatore (1965) and her youngest son, Thomas (1998) predeceased her. She is survived by two sons, P. Louis DeRose and his wife, Joan, of Greensburg, David S. DeRose and his wife, Johnette, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Peter DeRose (Kelly), Catharine Ackerstrom (Eric), Nathaniel DeRose (Jessica), Christopher DeRose and Eric DeRose (Erika); and two great-grandchildren, Piper Ackerstrom and Gage DeRose. She is also survived by her second husband's children, Stephen (Sara), Mary Rushton (Rick) and Gregory (Lisa); by her niece, Patricia Tirdel; her son Tom's spouse, now Jane Landry (Russ); and many wonderful neighbors and devoted friends in Daytona Beach, especially Andy Reagan, and at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. Viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., JohnPaul Bertucci, Supervisor, 1509 5th Ave., Arnold. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Burial will take place in the family plot in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington or Redstone Highlands, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg.
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Downing, Judith

  • Formerly of Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Judith (Drummond) Downing, formerly of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Redstone Highlands in Greensburg. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert G. "Jerry" Downing; loving mother of Paula Downing, David J. (Sharon) Downing, Colleen M. (John) Gindlesberger and Amy L. (David) Holland; loving grandmother of Erin, Jeffrey, Sarah and Bridget; and sister of Roger Drummond, Keith (Sheila) Drummond, the late Shirley Harrold, Dennis Drummond and Carol Devine. Judy was a devoted mother who loved spending time with her family. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Arnel Estrella as celebrant. Vigil services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barbara Catholic Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA 15636, where she had been a longtime member. www.LindsayJobefuneralhome.com.
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Fox, Lynda 46

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lynda Fox, 46, of Southwest Greensburg, died peacefully Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in her home with family at her side, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Lynda was the daughter of Mildred (Morozowich) Fox and the late Robert Edward Fox, of Greensburg; and granddaughter of the late Eva and H. Edward Fox and Katherine and Joseph Morozowich. Lynda is survived by her loving husband, Carl Richard "Rick" Anderson; and stepdaughter, Mary Lynn DePalma, her husband, James DePalma, and stepgrandchildren, Allison and Joseph DePalma. Lynda is also survived by her mother, Mildred (Morozowich) Fox Smith, and stepfather, Raymond Smith; her brother, Robert Edward Fox II; sister, Carol (Fox) Kerchensky, brother-in-law, Michael Kerchensky, and nephew, Nathan Kerchensky; stepbrother, Erick Smith; stepsister, Heather Smith; and stepniece, Alexandra Smith. Lynda had a passion for her work as coach of the Steel City Vaulters, a team of dedicated young people who perform compulsory and freestyle moves to music on Lynda's beloved horse, The Crumpet, an 18-hand American Shire. Lynda beamed at every local, regional and national competition as she watched her vaulters become more skilled and grew in their love for the sport under her watchful eye. Individual accomplishments of the Steel City Vaulters include both regional and national titles. There was no greater joy for Lynda than to prepare for competitions and see her vaulters in action. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Judah Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in Middletown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lynda's name may be made to American Vaulting Association, 1443 E. Washington Blvd., No. 289, Pasadena, CA 91104. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hohider, Margaret 88

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1927-05-13
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" (Hritz) Hohider, 88, of Scottdale, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in St Anne Home, Greensburg, while being surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born May 13, 1927, in Whitney, a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Emerick) Hritz. Peg was a longtime and faithful member of the partner parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. At the age of 21, she married the late John Hohider and raised a family in Scottdale. She was loved for her generosity and kindness to her family, friends and neighbors. No one left her house without having had some of her good cooking and conversation. Margaret loved bingo and the friends she made there. Peg's family is thankful for her. She brought so much joy to our lives and will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother and niece. Her memory will always be carried in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Peg's life revolved around her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her loving children, John E. Hohider and wife, Donna, of Venice, Fla., Michael K. Hohider and wife, Debra, of Watertown, Conn., Michelle E. Hohider, of Greensburg, and Mark P. Hohider and Michele Dreistadt, of Scottdale; her four grandchildren, Christine Jones and husband, Robert, Jon Michael Hohider, Melissa Hohider and Samuel P. Hohider; her two great-grandchildren, Robert Jones and Gabriel Hohider; her aunt, Josephine Emerick Curci, of Luxor. In addition to her parents, Peg was predeceased by her husband, John Hohider (Oct. 27, 1981); her grandson, Michael Hohider Jr. (March 20, 1973); a brother, Michael Hritz; and two sisters, Mary Jane Evancho and Helen Nelson. In keeping with Margaret's wishes, there will be a private family visitation in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Family and friends are invited to join Margaret's family for her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1st, 2015, in the partner parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. A special thanks to the entire staff of the St. Anne Home, Greensburg, for the compassion, care and comfort that they gave to Margaret and her family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Margaret's name to the St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To sign guest register, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
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Kalp, Delorise J. 81

  • Acme
  • Born: 1933-11-09
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Delorise J. Kalp, 81, of Acme, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at home, comforted by her family. She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Melcroft, a daughter of the late Denver and Beatrice Ritenour, of Melcroft. Delorise was a longtime member of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church. While Delorise never attended a state university or college, she possessed a great amount of wisdom and knowledge that she passed on to family and friends. Those who knew Delorise felt her compassion and caring nature to make you feel welcome and loved with her home-style cooking and hospitality. Delorise is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Harold R. Kalp, whom she married on Jan. 25, 1948; her loving children, Shirley Kalp-Pence and her husband, Gary Pence, of Acme, Debi Kalp-Denner and her husband, Bob Denner, of Acme, and Rodger Kalp and his wife, Leasa Nicely-Kalp, of Acme; her five grandchildren, whom she adored, Julie Pence-Gerlach, Adam Denner, Jason Denner, Dayna Kalp and Amy Jo Denner-Roadman; her great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Kaylee Roadman, Charlene Denner, Adam Denner Jr., Madison Gerlach and Mia Gerlach; a brother, Gilbert (Gib) Ritenour; sister, Shirley Albright; and brother, John (Donnie) Ritenour. In addition to her parents, Delorise was predeceased by a brother, William (Bub) Ritenour. Delorise's family would like to thank Excela Hospice and staff for their kindness and care. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday with Pastor Chris Golembiowski officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. To send a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Sacket, David J. 93

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1922-06-13
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • David J. Sacket, 93, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 13, 1922, in White Valley, a son of the late Victor and Josephine (Enrico) Sacket. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Overly Manufacturing, Greensburg. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served with the Navy. He was a member of the VFW Post 33, Amvets Post 88 of Greensburg and the Eagles Post 844, Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, David J. Sacket in 2004; two sisters, Lucille Ferrero and Rose Fredo; and a brother, Pete Sacket. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Daisy I. "Peg" (Weimer) Sacket; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, James Sacket and his wife, Stella, of Forbes Road, Richard Sacket and his wife, Marion, of Greensburg, and Robert Sacket and his wife, Joan, of Jeannette; a sister-in-law, Grace Weimer; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring David's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Services and interment will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. www.bachafuneralhome.com.
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Sebastiani, Pasquale 84

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1930-08-20
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Pasquale Sebastiani, 84, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Pacentro, Italy, a son of the late Andrea and Fiorentina Sebastiani. Prior to his retirement, Pasquale was employed as a maintenance engineer for Avanti Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. and as a glass worker for Jeannette Sheet Glass. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Holy Name Society. Pasquale enjoyed making crafts for family and friends, gardening and making homemade wine. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Flora Avolio Sebastiani; two brothers, Gaetano and Francesco Sebastiani. He is survived by three sons, Antonio Sebastiani and his wife, Lisa, of Jeannette, Salvatore Sebastiani and his wife, Mary Jo, of Dallas, Texas, and Marco Sebastiani, of White Oak; seven grandchildren, Patrick (Andrea), Michael (Ashley), Francesco, Romano, Mario, Maria and Andreo Sebastiani; a great-grandson, Gabriel Lorenzo Sebastiani; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Pasquale's funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with Father Paul Lisik as the celebrant, and assisted by Father Justin Withrow. Entombment will be private at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.
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Sebring, James C. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-09-16
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • James Cory "Jim" Sebring, 92, of Greensburg, died peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at home with his devoted family by his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Parkerton, Wyo., a son of the late Albert G. and Mabel I. (Galpin) Sebring. Prior to retiring, Jim was employed as a Methods Engineer by Elliott Co., Jeannette. He was a graduate of the G.E. four-year machinist apprentice course. Jim was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army. He was a member of St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Glen Sebring; and sisters, Helen Sebring Harmon and June Sebring Rogers. Jim will be greatly missed by his beloved family, his loving wife of 50 years, Elizabeth M. "Betty" (Mitchell) Sebring; sons, Mitchell Sebring (Julianne), of Austin, Texas, James Sebring (Shirley), of San Marcos, Calif., Robert Sebring (Susan), of New Mexico, and Ronald Sebring (Elizabeth), of North Carolina; daughter, Donna Sebring, of Erie; sister, Elinor Faull, of Titusville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather to all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Jim will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Joseph of St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The Sebring family would like to sincerely thank the staff and caregivers of Heartland Hospice for the loving and excellent care Jim received and compassion shown to him and his family. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. Please write "Jim Sebring" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Wargo, Toni

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Toni "Skinny" (Palarino) Wargo, of Irwin, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Thursday, July 30, 2015. Skinny was the beloved wife of Richard Wargo for 35 years; loving mother of Stacey (Kerry Jobe) Wargo, of Slickville, and Ross (John Warman) Wargo, of Glassport; proud grandmother to Lily; cherished daughter of Charlotte Palarino and the late Anthony Palarino Jr.; endearing sister to Cheryl (the late Richard) Neal, of Irwin, Patty (the late Jim) Sinclair, of North Versailles, Barbara (Bobby) Previc, of Slickville, Belinda (Bo) Kirkpatrick, of Turtle Creek, and Anthony (Jeanna) Palarino, of Turtle Creek. Skinny was the sister in-law of Nancy Wargo, of Irwin, and Gary (Shin) Wargo, of Tucson, Ariz. She was the aunt to many nieces and nephews. Skinny enjoyed her dogs Gabby and Daisy, and all of her family and friends. She especially enjoyed family trips to Daytona Beach, Fla. Friends welcome from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a Blessing Service will be held at 5 p.m. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Zvara, Shirley B. 89

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1926-07-14
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shirley B. Zvara, 89, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. She was born July 14, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Theodore and Jennie Mae Long Boyd. Prior to retirement, she worked as a nurse's aide at Assumption Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Zvara; two sisters, Lois Prettiman and Jean Boyd; two brothers, William Boyd and Ronald Boyd; and her cat, Bambi. Shirley is survived by her son, Michael Zvara and his wife, Paula, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Jarrod Zvara, Patricia Stephen, Matthew Howard and Amy Schneider; eight great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Stephen, Dylan Stephen, London Zvara, Noelle Zvara, Marek Zvara, Stewart Schneider, Gus Schneider and Finnegan Howard; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or services. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with arrangements. Because of her love for animals, donations may be made to Action for Animals, 386 PA Route 217, Latrobe, PA 15650. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Fayette County

Kwak, Ray T. 86

  • Bullskin Township
  • Born: 1929-01-06
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ray T. Kwak, 86, of Bullskin Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 27, 2015. Ray was born Jan. 6, 1929, in Mammoth, a son of the late John and Charlotte Wilson Kwak. Ray was a Korean War veteran, having served with the Army. Wounded, he received a Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and United Nations Service Medal. Ray attended Harvest Community Church, was a member of the DAV and the Purple Heart Society. He was employed and retired from Bryce Glass and Lenox Corp. as a selector after 55 years of service and was a member of the Flint Glass Makers Union. Ray was very active as "God's helper" to the Amish community of Somerset. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Landy Kwak, with whom he would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this December; a daughter, Raelene Fabbri and husband, William, of Smithton; grandchildren, William Tonetti (Tony) Fabbri and Chelsea Rae Fabbri and fiance, David Burnett; a great-granddaughter, Zoee Rae Burnett; a sister, Dorothy Beverage, of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Betty Ray, John Kwak, Verne Chappell, Norma Jean Landy, Audrey Greenawalt, Frank Kwak, Frances Hoza, Richard Kwak and Rosemary Kwak. Friends are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Rob Allison officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harvest Community Church, Medsger Road, Connellsville, PA 15425. Please visit Ray's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Miller, Curtis D. 53

  • Normalville
  • Born: 1961-09-19
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Curtis Don Miller, 53, of Normalville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 19, 1961, in Connellsville, a son of the late Don D. and Althea Rose Knupp Miller. Curtis was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1980. He had worked at Pioneer Park Campground in Bakersville and he liked boating, fishing and camping. He had attended the Millertown Community Church. Curtis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving sister, Donna L. Tressler, of Ligonier; his niece, Tiffany R. Tressler; his great-nephew, Skyler Lee Tressler; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday 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 noon Sunday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Indiana County

Radakovich, A. Marge 96

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1919-03-28
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • A. Marge Radakovich, 96, of Blairsville, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana, Pa. Born March 28, 1919, in Homer City, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Modic and Mary (Ivancic) Modic. She attended Ss. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville. She retired from Torrance State Hospital as a clerical worker. She was a member of the Court of St. Theresa CDA and Angels of Compassion at church. Survivors include her son, Richard Radakovich, of Coral, Pa.; daughter, Kathryn Mahar and husband, Thomas, of Olean, N.Y.; grandchildren, Scott Radakovich, of Coral, Thomas Mahar, of New York City, N.Y., Matthew Mahar and wife, Carolyn, West Harrison, N.Y.; great-grandchild, Connor Mahar; and sister, Mary Evanick, Homer City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Radakovich, in 1997; three infant brothers; and two infant sisters. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, in Ss. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville, with Father Stephen R. Bugay officiating. Interment will be in Ss. Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Strong, Mary M. 83

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1931-09-28
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Strong, 83, of Blairsville, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Torrance, a daughter of the late George Kerin Sr. and Mary "Nellie" Willforth Kerin. Mary loved spending time with her family, baking and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Strong; and a brother, George Kerin Jr. She was the beloved mother of Charlene Y. Strong, of Derry, and Darlene M. Bizich, of Blairsville; loving sister of Rose Marie Spatola, of Vineland, N.J., and Tony Kerin, of Blairsville; and beloved grandmother of Casey Marie Bizich (Austin Ellmer) and Gregory Scott Bizich. She is also survived by her former son-in-law, Larry Scott Bizich; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Pastor James Henigin officiating. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Ellenberger, Charles A. 90

  • Punxsutawney
  • Born: 1925-05-23
  • Died: 2015-07-29
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  • Charles A. "Chuck" Ellenberger, 90, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at home. Charles was born May 23, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Fred S. and Aleta G. (Mottarn) Ellenberger. He married the former Mary Catherine (Smith) Ellenberger on June 10, 1947, who preceded him in death in 1989. He then married the former M. Jean (Shiock) Ellenberger on Sept. 19, 1994, who also preceded him in death in 2003. He is also survived by his wife, Linda (Brownfield) Ellenberger. Charles was an employee of the Kromer's Dairy and Acme Machine Shop prior to his retirement. He was a member of the BPO Elks No. 301. He was also well known as an avid prominent drummer for numerous local dance bands where he played for many years. Charles was a Presbyterian by faith. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Brownfield) Ellenberger; two children; one son, Mr. Frederick "Spike" Ellenberger and a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Janice) Liscinsky, both of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Mrs. Gary (Tracy) Kerr, of Punxsutawney, and Mr. Christopher (Casey) Liscinsky, of Christiansburg, Va.; 10 stepchildren, Mrs. Chester (Barbara) Southerland, of Canton, Ohio, John Shiock and wife, Kae, of Indiana, Pa., Andrea Anthony of Erie, Timothy Shiock and wife, Maureen, of Punxsutawney, and Mrs. Jonathan (Lisa) Sprague, of Carlisle, James and wife, Janet Brownfield, of Greensburg, Dorothy and husband, Stan Henderson, of Robinson, Loretta Brownfield, of Masontown, Owen Brownfield Jr. and wife, Amy, and Tammy Hardy, of Altoona; two sisters, Mrs. John (Norma) Moore, of Punxsutawney, and Mrs. Joseph R. (Frances) of Ralston, of Millersport, Ohio; several step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Mary Catherine (Smith) Ellenberger and M. Jean (Shiock) Ellenberger. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in the DEELEY FUNERAL HOME, of Punxsutawney. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the funeral home, with Chaplain Thomas Spiker of VNA officiating. Interment will be at the Circle Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneralhome.com.
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