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Ehrlich, Helen C. 93

  • Formerly of Oakmont
  • Born: 1921-09-30
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Helen C. (Hungerman) Ehrlich, 93, formerly of Oakmont, died peacefully at home Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Lighthouse Pointe in Fox Chapel surrounded by her loved ones. Helen was the loving wife of the late Charles "Chuck" Ehrlich for 65 years. Born in the Bloomfield area of Pittsburgh Sept. 30, 1921, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Brandenstein) Hungerman and sister to nine siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. Helen was a graduate of St. Paul's Cathedral High School and received her RN from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at St. Francis hospital until children came along, when she put her nursing career on hold. Years later, with all of her children out of the nest, she returned to St. Francis to fulfill her desire to help and serve others. Helen and Chuck moved from Bloomfield to Oakmont in 1951. Her Catholic faith was central to everything in her life. She was an active member of St. Irenaeus Church in Oakmont for more than 50 years. Her pineapple upside-down cakes were legendary among the parishioners at Annual Bazaar time. She regularly worked the voting polls in Oakmont, and when she finally had some time to herself, she loved to work jigsaw puzzles, teach others how to play solitaire, and she was a master at crosswords in the daily newspaper. Her real joy was her family and extended family. Helen was first and foremost a warm, gentle, loving mother of eight, grandmother of 14 and great-grandmother of 10. Her kitchen table was her canvas. There was always enough food for a few more friends or relatives to come to dinner at any time. More importantly, life and love were learned from her at that table. Helen is survived by son, Ted and his wife, Lisa, of Fort Myers, Fla.; daughter, Mary Ann Speca and her husband, Gerry, of Somerville, Mass.; daughter, Geraldine Frye and her husband, Terry, of Carlsbad, N.M.; son, Bill and his wife, Debbie, of Clinton; son, Michael and his wife, Sherry, of Oakmont; daughter, Dorothy Scalise and husband, Tony, of O'Hara Township; and daughter, Nancy VanOrsdale, of Greensburg. Her daughter Helen Catherine died as an infant in 1956. Helen is also survived by 14 grandchildren and their spouses, Brian (Sharon) Ehrlich, Kristin Schell, Matt (Amy Shillady) Frye, Meghan (Mike) Conley, Camilla (Steve) Breault, Scott (Crela Rector) Frye, Ryan (Lindsay) Ehrlich, Justin Frye, Alex (Sean Franklin) VanOrsdale, PJ (Keri) Ehrlich, Mike Scalise, Jake VanOrsdale, Danielle Scalise and Stephen Scalise; and 10 great-grandchildren, Cameron and Cooper Ehrlich, Mackenzie, Annelyse and Declan Conley, Ella and Sienna Breault, Grayson and Emerson Ehrlich, and Tyler Ehrlich. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday Nov. 1 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St Irenaeus Church, 387 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seraphic Mass Association, In Memory of Helen C. Ehrlich, 3600 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201, or to a charity of your choice.
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Lenart, Stanley W. 91

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Stanley W. Lenart, 91, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was a World War II Navy veteran and retired from Fisher Body. He loved fishing, working in his wood shop, enjoyed doing things for others and was all about family. He was a son to the late Walter and Julia (Mysilwiec) Lenart; husband of the late Pauline (Scheffler) Lenart; beloved father of Cecelia (Dennis) Sedlock, Kathleen (John) Sada and David (Mary Jo) Lenart; dear gradfather of John (Rachel) Sada, Donald Sada, Timothy Sada, Daniel Sedlock and Kylie Sedlock; great-grandfather of Nora Hope Sada; and brother of the late Stella Kostkas, Sophie Arendas, Mary Billy, Josephine Eastman, Joseph Lenart, Chester Lenart and Walter Lenart. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joanne Smail; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial and noon in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment with military honors will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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Ribblet, Mildred 85

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1929-02-28
  • Died: 2014-10-31
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mildred (Patty) Ribblet, 85, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Oakmont Presbyterian Senior Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late William M. Patty and Anna (Queer) Patty. She was a member of the Christ United Church of Christ. Mildred was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. "Bill" Ribblet; two brothers, Earl H. and Robert W. Patty; and four sisters, Catherine Ross, Louise Werner, Minerva Jean Patty, and Ruth Ahlborn. Mildred is survived by her two daughters, Patty Pietropola and her husband, Vincent, of Export and Gail Latimer, of Oakmont; three grandchildren, Mark Pietropola and his wife, Meredith, Brad Pietropola and Tara Rurak and her husband, Thomas; and three great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Andrew Pietropola and Lilia Rurak. As per Mildred's wishes, there will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department Nos. 3 and 4. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guest book, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Westmoreland County

Ashcom, Frank M. 100

  • New Florence
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Frank M. Ashcom, 100, of New Florence, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Complete obituary will be in Saturday's paper. Online condolences maybe left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Ashcom, Frank M. 100

  • New Florence
  • Born: 1914-07-24
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Stuart, New Florence | Get Directions
  • Frank M. Ashcom, 100, of New Florence, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born July 24, 1914, in New Florence, a son of late James Donald Sr. and Nana Pearl (Cogley) Ashcom. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Susanna (Fletcher) Ashcom; second wife, Dorothy R. (Richardson) Ashcom; son, Frank M. Ashcom Jr.; daughter, Patricia Gregory; sisters, Thelma McRobie and Betty Winebrenner; and brother, James Donald Aschcom Jr.. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Lee Tincher, of Michigan City, Ind.; grandchildren, Tina Verzal and husband, Brian, of Michigan City, Kelly Ashcom-McIntosh and husband, CJ, of Billings, Mont., Susanne Tincher, Michigan City, and Robert Gregory and wife, Debbie, of Somerset, of Michael S. Gregory, of Boswell, DeeDee McGowan and husband, Brian, of Somerset, and Paula "P.J." Gregory, of New Florence; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was a member of New Florence United Methodist Church, where he served in various capacities, life member of New Florence Volunteer Fire Company, an avid fisherman and hunter, accomplished carpenter and woodworker, retiree of Bethlehem Steel, Johnstown Plant, avid bowler who bowled in various leagues at Westmont, Ligonier and Bolivar Lanes and a recipient of Pennsylvania State Bowling Association Participation Award of 65 years, along with various other bowling awards over the years. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KENNETH A. STUART FUNERAL HOME, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, where service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, with Pastor Sharon Hamley officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
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Balinsky, Frances L. 71

  • Wegley
  • Born: 1943-10-28
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Frances L. (Dzatko) Balinsky, 71, of Wegley, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Crest Personal Care Home, New Alexandria. She was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Shafton, a daughter of the late John V. Dzatko and Sophie Kroll Dzatko, and stepdaughter of the late Anna (Pushkar) Dzatko. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Balinsky; her son, Joseph D. Feola, who died six weeks ago; her brother, John M. Dzatko; nephew, John D. Dzatko; and brother-in-law, Calvin Taylor. She is survived by her stepson, Gary Balinsky, of Niceville, Fla.; two sisters, Louise Taylor, of Normangee, Texas, and Margaret Semonik, of Irwin; sister-in-law, Donna Dzatko, of Tempe, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Frances had numerous jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a loving wife, mother, stepmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. At Frances' request, there will be no viewing. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bradosky, Andreas 88

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1926-05-02
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Andreas "Andy" Bradosky, aka "Bird Dog", 88, of Delmont, formerly of Export and Slickville, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville. He was born May 2, 1926, in Salem Township, a son of the late Frank and Anna (Kabuch) Bradosky. Prior to retiring, Andy was self-employed as an auto body technician and had also worked for several different auto body shops in the area. He was an Army veteran, having served as a pilot during World War II. He was Greek Orthodox by faith. In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty J. (Bush) Bradosky; son, Gary Bradosky; brothers, Mike, Frank, Chuck and John Bradosky; and sisters, Mary Tkach, Evelyn Koontz, Sophie Bradosky and Katherine Foster. Andy will be missed by his family. He is survived by his sons, James Bradosky and wife, Maureen, of Natick, Mass., Barry Bradosky and wife, Jamie, of Delmont, and Bernard Bradosky and wife, Lori, of Export; daughter, Carole Turack and husband, Daniel Jr., of Export; sister, Ann Henry, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his grandchildren, James and wife, Molly, Barry, Lauren, Daniel III, Brian and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Parley, Camden, Paggart and Addison; and also longtime special friend, Carl Austin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Andy will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Dan Lawrence of Murrysville Alliance Church officiating. Graveside services and interment with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg, will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Andy's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908; or The Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601. Please write "Andy Bradosky" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Breegle, Celeste A. 42

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1972-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Celeste A. (Bileck) Breegle, 42, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born June 18, 1972, in Greensburg, a daughter of Hilda (Kahler) Bileck and the late Bernard Bileck. Celeste was a member of Holy Family Church, West Newton, where she was a Faith Formation aide. She supported her husband's membership in the Stephen Bayard Lodge No. 526 F and AM. Celeste was generous and helpful to everyone, always willing to lend a hand. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 22 years, Stuart E. Breegle; a brother, Bernard Bileck Jr. and wife, Lynn; a sister, Coreen Goetz and husband, Gary; nieces and nephews, Ryan Kelley and wife, Katie, Andrew Kelley, Noel Kelley, Nicholas Bileck, Alyssa Bileck and Kristen Bileck; her father-in-law, Eugene Breegle; her brothers-in-law, Chris and Jeff Breegle; and her beloved dog, Chief. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Bileck. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Cearns, Russel 86

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1928-01-17
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Russel Cearns, 86, of Irwin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Ark Twin Valley Personal Care Home, Delmont. He was born Jan. 17, 1928, in McKeesport, a son of the late Harry and Gertrude Stenson Cearns. Prior to his retirement, Russel was employed by Westinghouse Airbrake and was a veteran during World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of Herminie United Methodist Church, a founding member of Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, and was active in the Boy Scouts of America and served as scout master for Troop 259 Herminie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Margaret "Peg" Cearns; two brothers, Curtis and Warren; and sister, Janice. He is survived by his four sons, Ken Cearns (wife Marsha), of Kennesaw, Ga., Keith Cearns (wife Charlene), of Powder Springs, Ga., Scott Cearns (wife Darlene), of North Huntingdon, and Todd Cearns (wife Stacey), of Plum; one daughter, Cindy Veverka, of Adamsburg; seven grandchildren, Sherri, Chad, Staci, Brian, Megan, Nate and Bree; six great-grandchildren, Nichole, Tyler, Cooper, Anna, Charleigh and Savannah; and three sisters, Lois Hamilton, Sally Douglas and Linda Hixson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Russel. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Culley, Wendy L. 61

  • Yukon
  • Born: 1953-04-27
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Wendy L. Culley, 61, of Yukon, died unexpectedly at her home Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was born April 27, 1953, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Donald Van Dyke Sr. and Katherine Neal Van Dyke. She was employed as a manager at Jenkins Corporation in Elrama. She was a member of the St. Pauls Senor Church in New Stanton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Van Dyke Jr.; and a sister, April Van Dyke. Surviving are husband, Charles "Spider" Culley Sr.; a son, Kevin Ohler and his wife, Julie, of Yukon, and Mark Ohler, of Irwin; a stepson, Charles Culley Jr. and his wife, Becky, of Solon, Iowa; four stepdaughters, Antonette Lewis and her husband, John, of Glassport, Diane Mussori and her husband, Adam, of Mather, Pa., Tammy Herndon and her husband, Mike, of Grove City, and Margaret Abell and her husband, Jaison, of Mather, Pa.; brother, Bryan Van Dyke and his wife, Mary Ann, of Wyano; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. James Ghrist officiating. Interment will follow at the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
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DeVaux, Thomas W. 89

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1925-04-06
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Thomas W. DeVaux, 89, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. He was born April 6, 1925, in Melcroft, son of the late Spurgeon S. and Helen Edella Friedline DeVaux. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Lou. Tom is survived by three children, Ruth E. Poscich, of Greensburg, David S. (Yufen) DeVaux, of Greensburg, and Helen C. (David) Battista, of Collier Township; three grandchildren, Alex, Zoe and Xing; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Hope; a sister, Joanne Young, of Uniontown; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a service at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Harrold's Cemetery, Greensburg. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hornock, Stephen R. 84

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Stephen R. Hornock, 84, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born in Salem Township, son of George Hornock and Anna Balik. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Mike; and a sister, Mary Pacienza. He is survived by his wife, Joan; and a son, Joseph Hornock; two daughters, Sue Watt and husband, Jim, and Sally Watt and husband, Jerry, all of New Alexandria; grandchildren, Holly Shafer and Dustin, Rebecca, Stephen, Jeff and Jesse; brothers, George, John (Peggy) and James; and sister, Anna Marie Suman (Jerry). He retired from Kennametal. Steve was a member of St. James Church, New Alexandria. He was a member of the Army during the Korean Conflict. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick J.C.L. Pastor of St. James Church as Celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. Military honors will be accorded by the Blairsville Military Service Group. The family would like to thank the firemen, EMT's and the hospital for their loving care of Steve.
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Keller, Robert 88

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1926-03-02
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Robert Keller, 88, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Bethlen Home/Hospice, Ligonier. He was born March 2, 1926, in Washington, Pa., a son of Charles M. Keller Sr. and Sarah Simmers. He retired fron the Dravo Coroporation in 1988. He lived and worked in Pittsburgh (Neville Island). Robert was a member of the Insustrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America Local 61. He was a resident of New Alexandria from 1988 until 2002. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine L. Keller; and siblings, Alameda DuBart, Charles M. Keller Jr., Georgia Little and Marge Balotta. Robert is survived by his daughter, Linda Maxine (Keller) Corbett and husband, Richard Corbett, of Sarasota, Fla.; a grandson, Rob Corbett, of Jeannette; and a great-grandson, Aiden Richard Corbett, of Jeannette. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Streets, New Alexandria, in charge of arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in funeral home with Pastor Rhea Summit, pastor of the New Alexandria United Methodist Church. Burial at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Knopsnyder, Dorothy J. 60

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1954-01-23
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Jolene (Jolly) Knopsnyder, 60, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, with her husband, Paul David Knopsnyder, whom she has been married to for 39 years, at her side. Dorothy was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Jacob and Elva Walker Curtis. She retired from the PT Group, Greensburg, after many years of loyal service. Most recently, she enjoyed being a volunteer at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was a longtime active member of Harrold Zion Lutheran Church. She always enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and new puppy, Barney. She was a very strong, caring and compassionate person, whom will be deeply missed by all the lives she has touched. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Klimchock; and her brother, Dale Curtis. In addition to her husband, Paul, she is survived by her son, Paul Ryan Knopsnyder and wife, Jennifer; her daughter, Mandy Carlucci and her husband, Justin; her grandchildren, Brett and Lily Carlucci; a brother, Kenneth Curtis and wife, Nancy; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, with the funeral service to follow. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, PO Box 650308, Dallas TX 75226-0309. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Larkin Jr., John P. 69

  • Derry Township
  • Born: 1945-10-24
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • John P. Larkin Jr., 69, of Derry Township, entered into eternal peace Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 24, 1945, in Connellsville, a son of the late John P. Sr. and Frances E. (Bryner) Larkin. John served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was member of the Cooperstown Club. John enjoyed hunting and working on cars. John is the loving husband of 47 years to Carolyn Rose (Price) Larkin; and loving father of two sons John P. Larkin III and wife, BethAnn, of Latrobe, and Gary Larkin, of Derry. He is also survived by one sister, Rebecca Price and husband, Robert, of Derry; six grandchildren, Shelby, Christopher, Brandon, Tyler, Dakota and Jaden; one great-grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for John's life celebration 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. Local area veterans will perform a military service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with his brother-in-law Craig Palmer officiating. Interment will follow in the Coles Cemetery, Derry.
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Leone, Lucy R. 90

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1924-02-16
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Lucy R. Leone, 90, of Murrysville, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Naples, Italy, daughter of the late Guiseppi and Rosa Speranza Palomba. She was preceded in death by her husband, George P. Leone. She worked in the pet supply business with her husband for more than 48 years and continued with her son and daughter until the present day with three stores in the Pittsburgh area. She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. Lucy is survived by three children, Madeline McCloy, of Murrysville, Gina Coleman, of Murrysville, and George P. (Mary Lynne) Leone, of Wexford; three grandchildren, John Coleman, Nicolas Leone and Jacob Leone; two sisters, Maria Rosaria and Columbina Balzano, both of Italy; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Additional visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday in Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa. If desired, memorials may be made to an animal shelter of one's choice. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lupacchini Jr., Albert Big Luppi 79

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1935-05-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: McCracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Albert "Big Luppi" Lupacchini Jr., 79, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1935, in Johnstown, a son of the late Albert and Bertha Hoe Lupacchini Sr. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he had been employed by the Allegheny Foundry for more than 40 years. He was a member of Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, a 55-year member of the Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company where he had served as chief engineer and assistant chief. Luppi enjoyed auto racing but the real love of his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaclyn Jo Lupacchini. Luppi is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly J. "Dink" Saxton Lupacchini; a son, Joel L. (Kelly) Lupacchini, of Bolivar; and three granddaughters, Kelsey Lynn, Kayla Marie and Karly Jo Lupacchini, all of Bolivar. Albert was preceded in death by his father Albert Lupacchini Sr., and mother, Bertha Hoe Lupacchini. Luppi's friends and family gathered this past Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 East Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Luppi's life was held this past Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Bolivar United Presbyterian Church, with his pastor, James G. Sunseri, officiating. Interment followed in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. Bolivar Volunteer Hose Company honored Luppi with a service Sunday in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Luppi's memory to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 3, Bolivar, PA 15923. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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McHugh, Christopher J. 57

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1957-06-14
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Christopher J. McHugh, 57, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born June 14, 1957, in Greensburg, a son of James C. and Dorothy J. (Fox) McHugh, of Larimer. Chris was employed as a mechanical and nuclear engineer for Westinghouse of New Stanton. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and a proud life member of the National Rifle Association. Chris graduated from Penn State University with an associate degree in engineering and also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree. He was a faithful, longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathleen (Matava) McHugh; two children, Erin McHugh, of Dallas, Texas, Andrew McHugh, of Pittsburgh; brothers and sisters, James McHugh, of North Huntingdon, Kevin McHugh, of Greensburg, Kathy Peterson, of Reno, Nev., and Terry McHugh, of N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send on line condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Molin, Joseph 86

  • Export
  • Born: 1928-01-08
  • Died: 2014-10-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Joe" Molin, 86, of Export, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Export, a son of the late John and Amelia Molin. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded by three sisters, Jolane Molin, Evelyn Scheller and Virginia Zaremba; and a brother, Andrew Molin. Joe owned and operated the former Joe's Fruit Market on Route 22 in Murrysville. He was a Korean War Army veteran, a member of St. Mary Church and the Italian American Club, both in Export. Surviving are his devoted sister, Alice Zeyzus, of Export; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church, Export, with Father Joseph Bonafed as celebrant. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Moran, Robert G. 82

  • New Alexandria
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Moran, 82, of New Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born June 6, 1932, in Turtle Creek, son of the late John and Bertha Campbell Moran. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Popovich; and two brothers, Jack and Thomas Moran. He is survived by his loving family, his beloved wife, Verna (Santucci) Moran; sons, Robert V. Moran (Valerie), of New Alexandria, Vernon F. Moran, of New Alexandria; daughter, Paula R. Albright (Randy), of Latrobe; grandchildren, Robert, Devon and Zachary Moran; sisters, Esther Churchfield, of Monroeville, and Laura Minnick, of Fla.; and also nieces and nephews. Robert was honorably discharged from the Army after serving during the Korean War. He retired as a painter in the automobile manufacturing industry for Volkswagon in New Stanton. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, Verna, especially polkas and waltzes. His family remembers him as an "awesome cook." He loved gardening and was an avid sports fan, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where a Roman Catholic Funeral Home Blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday Father Sam Lamendola presiding. Interment services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with military honors presented by the American Legion Post 981 of South Greensburg http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Murin Sr., Andrew 88

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1926-02-04
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Andrew Murin Sr., 88, of Bradenville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Monessen, a son of the late John and Helen (Paulina) Murin. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Caroline "Kitty" (Milani) Murin; five sons, Joseph "Bono" (Angela), Marc "Tiko" (Gena), Andrew "Huey" (LuAnn), Michael "Butts" (Colleen) and Scott "Ziggy" (Kimberly); six grandchildren, Kristi, Shanon, Brandi, Joshua, Santina and Peter John; six great-grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Preston, Sophia, Riley and Hadley; his sister, Margaret; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Michael, John, Steve and Edward; and his sister, Annie. A World War II veteran, he was a crew member of the B-17 Flying Fortress, 93rd Bomber Squadron, in the Asian-Pacific Theater. It was customary for ladies back home to write to servicemen during the war. Kitty and Andy met via these letters they wrote to each other. When he came back to the states, he arranged to meet her and the rest is a wonderful 66-year history. He was known for lovingly making pizzelles and sharing with his friends and family. For 42 years, he shared his love of golf with the same foursome. He had an inspection garage and knew how to fix any car. His garage was a popular social gathering place for gentlemen in Bradenville. As a longtime employee for John F. Casey Co., he helped to build our city and surrounding areas. He loved talking about his time being a crane operator, building bridges, dams and other large projects. He was a member of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe and always gave to his family and friends without asking for a thing in return. He was always quick with a joke and he had a laugh that was contagious! He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Military services accorded by the combined funeral detail of American Legion Post 515 and VFW Posts 3414 and 444 will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Rod Rodriguez as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Oden, George W. 78

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1936-05-23
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • George Wile Oden, 78, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at his home in Ruffs Dale. He was born May 23, 1936, in West Newton. George was blessed to be raised by his wonderful foster parents, Grace and Ernest Oden, on their farm in Ruffs Dale. George graduated from South Huntingdon High School in 1955. After graduating, he worked for U.S. Steel in the Mon Valley for a short time before being drafted to serve in the Army. George served as a radio operator in Germany from 1959 to 1962 to include the Berlin Crisis. After returning from Germany, he worked for 17 years at International Paper in Yukon. Then George worked for numerous years in a variety of construction jobs before being hired as a Firm Security guard at SuperValu. George retired at the age of 62. During his retirement, George "volunteered" as the unofficial Schaeffer's Corner Market greeter, spreading news, weather and morning cheer. He also enjoyed going to sales and gardening with his wife and spending time with his dog, Babe. George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diana Accipiter; his daughter, Lora Ansell and her husband, Chris; son, George and wife, Jaime; and grandsons, Markus Oden, Christopher Ansell Jr. and Andrew Oden; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and dog, Babe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, followed by a prayer service at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME in Madison, with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating.
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Onder, Andrew B. 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Andrew B. Onder, 90, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Anna Onder, of North Braddock; husband of the late Mae C. Onder; and father of the late Bruce A. Onder. He was also predeceased by brothers, Joseph, John Jr., Edward Sr. and Elmer P. Onder. He is survived by brother, Albert W.; and sister, Ruthe O.; also survived by special nephew, David J. Onder and family; and Glenn Galbraith and family. He is survived by many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Prior to his retirement, Andy was employed by the Edgar Thompson Plant with 40 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and a longtime member of the VFW of Irwin, Post No. 781. Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon. Please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hope Presbyterian Church or the VFW Post 781, in memory of Andy. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Paterra, Paul R. 77

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1937-07-28
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Paul R. Paterra, 77, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was born July 28, 1937, in McKeesport, a son of the late Paul A. and Anna (Martin) Paterra. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. He worked as a meat cutter at the Thorofare and then the Foodland and was an avid sports fan, especially the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 54 years, Jean M. (Reitz) Paterra; sons, Paul J. (Alberta) Paterra, of McKeesport, Mark V. (Mary) Paterra, of Brecksville, Ohio, and Douglas A. Paterra, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Joshua (Stacy) Decker and Mark A. Paterra; brother, Falco (Edna) Paterra, of McKeesport; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 200 Leger Road, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Please reference tribute account number 36801404. For online tributes, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Peacock, Nadine 86

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Nadine Peacock, 86, of Level Green, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William James Peacock; and loving mother of William J. Peacock Jr., Thomas J. (Sharon) Peacock and the late Robert E. Peacock. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; stepbrother, Charles Allen; stepsister, Bonnie Cyr; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Bill, and son, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lillian (Cyr) Pelletier. Nadine was an avid bingo player, who enjoyed square dancing with her late husband and crocheting. Friends will be received 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Pennick, Margaret J. 88

  • Greensburg , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1925-11-13
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret G. Pennick, 88, of Greensburg, formerly of McKeesport and Liberty Borough, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Dravosburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine (Thompson) Campbell and William Campbell. She was the sister of Dorothy Oswald, Elizabeth Evans, Donald Brannon and her late sister, Virginia Llewellyn and her other late siblings, Violet, Frank, Evelyn, Earl, Ed, Bud, Arthur and Kenneth. She was the beloved wife and companion of her dear departed husband, Emil J. Pennick. She was loved by her children, Virginia (George) Yatsko and Joyce (Kenneth) Robinson and the late Earl J. Pennick Jr. She was also survived by her loving grandchildren, Todd Yatsko (Nina), Erin Yatsko Yarkosky (Greg), Wendy Robinson Catalano (Paul), Chris Robinson (Jill), John and Ronald Pennick; and many great-grandchildren. Margaret's greatest joy was her family. She was an excellent cook. She loved reading cookbooks, the daily newspaper, doing crossword puzzles and playing jeopardy. She was a former member of Central Presbyterian Church, McKeesport. She was a member of The Greatest Generation. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St. Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Robert R. Garris officiating. Private interment will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ryniak, Martha 83

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Martha (Mihalchik) Ryniak, 83, of Trafford, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Mihalchik; wife of the late Kazimier "Casey" Ryniak; beloved mother of Doris (Joe) Moos, Richard (Irene) Ryniak, James (Mary) Ryniak and Nancy (Ron) Ask; dear grandmother of Joe (Sherry) Moos, Asa Moos (Danielle), David Moos, Christiana Moos, Ian Ryniak, Ilyce Ryniak, Lauren Ryniak, Emily Ryniak, Nicholas Ryniak, Erika Ask, Ryan Ask and Jason Ask; great-grandmother of Trinity Moos, Alana Brown, Aydan Moos, JoJo Moos and Emilia Moos; sister of Mary Praisner, Magdeline Strepay, the late Verna Patrick, Helen Fedorisko, Steve, John, Victor, Edward and Ann Mihalchik; sister-in-law of Hulda and Albina Mihalchik; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Martha was very supportive of her children and grandchildren. With that in mind, her wishes were to have memorial contributions be made to Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services, cash receipts, MC 3080, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751, 1-800-628-5115, DARS.inquiries@dars.state.tx.us; Samaritan Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, designated to Operation Christmas Child (013477) or South Sudan (013954), include Martha Ryniak on memo line or samaritan.org; or The National Bone Marrow Registry, bethematch.org.
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Sechrist, Connie L. 73

  • Formerly of Yukon
  • Born: 1941-01-21
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Connie Lee Sechrist, 73, formerly of Yukon and Bethel Park, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1941, in Waltz Mill, daughter of the late Hayes E. and Eda Mae (Miller) McCune. She retired from the Post Gazette after 35 years service. Surviving are two nieces, Kimberly Ellison, of Yukon, and Lori Janiro, of Greensburg; a nephew, Lon Sheppard and wife, Virginia, of Mt Carmel. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Boyle Sr.; two sisters, Lois Jean Sheppard and Patricia King; and a nephew, Lyn Sheppard. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Services will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Sensue, James A. 65

  • Madison
  • Born: 1949-10-10
  • Died: 2014-10-31
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • James A. Sensue, 65, of Madison, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1949, in Greensburg, a son of the late Anthony and Dorothy (Heller) Sensue. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a grade school teacher for the public school system. Surviving is his wife of 40 years, Pamela (DeTurk) Sensue. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his stepmother, Norma Newhouse Sensue, of Youngwood; two stepsisters, Cheryl Flock and her husband, Chuck, of Greensburg, and Nancy Steve, and her husband, Mike, of Greensburg; stepbrother, Bill Newhouse and his wife Mary Ann, of Greensburg; a special uncle, Charlie Sensue, of Herminie; and numerous cousins and in-laws. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved bicycling and traveling with his wife and loved the outdoors. At Jim's request, there will be no public viewing. There will be a gathering for family and friends to celebrate and remember Jim's life from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the Crystal Ballroom, 23 Third St., Herminie.
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Sheridan, Sister Ann 85

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1929-01-16
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Sister Ann (Catherine) Sheridan, OCD, 85, of Latrobe, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 29, 2014, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 16, 1929, in the Brookline section of Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn (McNamara) Sheridan. Sister Ann entered the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto in 1953 and transferred to the Monastery in Latrobe in 1972. During her years in Carmel, she served in many capacities, including Prioress, formation director and councilor. Besides her parents, Sister Ann was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and David Sheridan. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois (Joseph) Sheridan and Barbara (David) Sheridan Ramsey; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Carmel of the Assumption, 5206 Center Drive, Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Carmel of the Assumption with the Rev. Jude Peters, OCD, Provincial of the Eastern Province of Discalced Carmelites, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Monastery cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmel of the Assumption, Latrobe, in Sister Ann's memory.
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Sinwell, Bernard R. 88

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1926-01-17
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Bernard R. "Bernie" Sinwell, 88, of New Kensington, formerly of Irwin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Braddock, he was a son of the late Joseph and Margaret (McNamara) Sinwell. Bernie lived in the Irwin area before moving to New Kensington 21 years ago. He was a 1944 graduate of Norwin High School and 1950 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie served our country during World War II with the Army Air Corps. He retired in 1986 from Westinghouse Electric where he was employed as a mechanical engineer for more than 30 years. Bernie loved singing and was a member of the Barber Shop Harmony Society chapters in McKeesport, New Kensington and Pittsburgh for more than 41 years and was the webmaster for the Alle-Kiski and Pittsburgh chapters. He also enjoyed shooting pool and traveling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (Savani) Sinwell, in 1983; a brother, William Sinwell; and three sisters, Margaret Hynes, Joann Dahlstrom and Grace Plank. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Barbara (Milliron) Sinwell, of New Kensington; two daughters, Maryann (Bob Jordan) Sinwell, of Murrysville, and Susan E. (Scott) Miller, of Wexford; a stepson, Jeffrey (Joy) Milliron, of Boston; three stepdaughters, E. Susan (Mike) Morris, of Moorehead, S.C., Ann (William) Crooks, of Vandergrift, and Amy (Sam) Durka, of Vandergrift; nine grandchildren; three brothers, James (Rosemarie) Sinwell, of Greensburg, Paul Sinwell, of Greensburg, and Robert Sinwell, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME, 504 Oak St., Irwin. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Irwin, with Father John Moineau. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. Arrangements are being handled by the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. The family wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to Bernie's health team whose care and compassion allowed him to have many happy years with those he loved. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Strobel, Lyn L. 69

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1945-01-25
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lyn L. Strobel, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Clearfield County, and later moved to Butler with her parents, James and Katherine Liddle, and brother, Jim Liddle. She attended Wooster College in Ohio and played on the college basketball team. After graduating from Wooster College as a mathematics major she joined the Marines as a second lieutenant. She specialized in communications and top secret cryptography. She had a major responsibility in a communication operation in Okinawa during the Vietnam War period. The picture goes back to that time since she thought herself immensely privileged to be among the few women line officers in the late 1960s. She also met her future husband, Charles Strobel, at her first duty station in Norfolk, Va. Four years later on Feb 21, 1970, she married that Navy officer she met at her first duty station. The two moved from Philadelphia, to Chicago to Indianapolis with business opportunities and finally settled in Greensburg in the fall of 1973 to start their own business. Lyn was the corporate secretary and treasurer for the new endeavor with no employees, no assets and a young baby. That business was sold in 2004 with many hundreds of employees in three different states. Lyn's accounting skills and attention to details were a major part of that success. Lyn was a Girl Scout leader at the local and council levels for many years. She was a school classroom assistant and parent teacher organization (PTO) president. She was assistant treasurer with her husband at the Charter Oak Pool Club. She was president, secretary or treasurer of several social groups that she greatly enjoyed, such as the New Neighbors (not really new, not neighbors, but 120 strong), the Red Hats and Chat and Sew at Good Shepherd Church which often made blankets for the needy and for our solders overseas. Lyn attended international trade association meetings and functions with her husband (an officer) and provided a fantastic sounding board for endeavors being debated. She enjoyed mixing it up at socials with the board of directors from so many different parts of the world. After selling the corporation, she was busy proofreading and helping publish a book her husband wrote. Not having enough to do, she became a partner in two new Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) they started, that include several office building rental properties. Lyn is the mother of five natural children and one adopted neighbor daughter. As the family was growing up she also provided a home for seven different foreign exchange students from Costa Rica, Finland, Spain, France, Japan, China and Chile. She is survived by her brother Jim, a minister in Wisconsin; and her loving family, including husband, Charles, and children, Erik Strobel, Jennifer LeVan, Jenny Lynn Boring, Marjorie McIntyre, Kevin Strobel and Kimberly Strobel. There are nine grandchildren, including Aislinn, Hannah, Seth, Rowan, Sarah, Eli, Logan, Noah and Abigail. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Thompson, W. Ladd 69

  • Export
  • Born: 1945-03-31
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • W. Ladd Thompson, 69, of Export, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. He was born March 31, 1945, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Lawrence and Eleanor Tudor Thompson. He was a retired draftsman and tool salesman, an avid golfer, remodeler and woodworker. He loved to attend all his grandchildren's activities, loved his cats, was a longtime Pittsburgh Pirates fan and was the president of the GCLO council. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Campbell Thompson, in 1990. Ladd is survived by his wife, Patricia McCluskey Thompson; a son, Mark D. Thompson; a stepson, Ryan (Nicole) Kociela; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Scharba; four grandchildren, Tyler, Callan, Nathan and Jamie; two sisters, Melanie (Skip) Riva and Geralyn Fitzgibbons; a sister-in-law, Susan Gruver; and a brother-in-law, Mark Gruver; and many nieces and nephews. No visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, with Pastor James Llewellyn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Murrysville Community Library. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Welch, James C. 71

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1942-11-01
  • Died: 2014-10-30
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • James C. Welch, 71, of Smithton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1942, in South Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Sam and Catherine Reese Welch Sr. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for IMS, a faithful Nascar fan - never missing a race - and when not tending his garden, he and his wife could be found at the casino. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Manack Welch; and three brothers, Charles, Sam Jr. and infant, Ralph Welch. He is survived by his wife, Charmayne Cornell Welch; two daughters, Chris and Will Rehe and Cathy and John Valari; grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Chelsey, Lindsey and Lacey Franco, J.J. and Aden Valari; a great-granddaughter, Alaizia; a sister, Alice Stile and husband, Bill; and a brother, Raymond Welch and wife, Shirley. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Mrs. John (Wendy) Anderson, Mrs. Dennis (Denise) Carson, Leanne Seman and fiance, John Fagella, and Bret Seman and girlfriend, Ashely Altamare; and several stepgrandchildren, Cody and Hayley Anderson, Keith (Angela) and Kevin Carson, Aidan Fagella and Brooke Seman. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor John Logan officiating. Burial will be in the Barren Run Cemetery.
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Miller, Wanda Y. 82

  • Formerly of Apollo
  • Died: 2014-10-25
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  • Wanda Yvonne Miller, 82, formerly of Apollo, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her loving husband by her side. She was a beloved wife, mother and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John G. Miller. In addition, she is survived by her two children, Mark Miller and Susan Painter, and their spouses; and her grandchildren, Andrea, Becky, Brett and Derek and their children. She grew up and married in Armstrong County. Then, she and her husband lived in Florida for a period to be near their son. Recently, she and her husband moved to Colorado to be near their daughter. She was a wonderful person who loved life and everyone around her. She will be dearly missed but will live on in all the incredible memories from her life that we hold in our hearts. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Liberty Heights Senior Lifestyle Community, 12105 Ambassador Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.
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