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Allegheny County

Parker, James H. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1926-12-04
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • James H. Parker, 87, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. A fellow of the American Physical Society and a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine M. Parker; and his sisters, Genevieve Parker, formerly of Orinda, Calif., and Alberta Horn, formerly of Point Richmond, Calif. He was the loving father of Lynn Parker, of Arlington, Va., and David Parker, of Tipp City, Ohio. He is also survived by two grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949 and 1954, respectively. He was a member of the staff at the Westinghouse Research Labs in Pittsburgh from 1953 until retirement in 1985. During his career, he carried out experimental and theoretical work over a broad range of physics and in 1970 he became manager of the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Department. He authored or coauthored more than 50 journal and conference papers. After retirement from Westinghouse, he continued his physics and engineering work as a private consultant for Westinghouse and several other local companies. He played bassoon for the Pittsburgh Savovards and was also a longstanding member of the Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. He loved jazz and classical music, physics, electronics, woodworking and metalworking. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Smith, Stephanie 87

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Stephanie (Demus) Smith, 87, of Turtle Creek, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Smith for 55 years; loving mother of Dennis (Michelle) Smith, of Penn Township, Dorene Smith, of Turtle Creek, Dale (Mary Jo) Smith, of Wilkinsburg, and Darla (Dennis) Burger, of North Versailles; dear grandmother of Eric (Rebecca) Smith, Nicole (Paul) Martin and Amanda Smith, Christopher (Andrea) Smith and Bernadette Smith, Jessica (fiance, Nathan) and Emily Burger; great-grandmother of Laura and Nathan Smith, Braden and Wyatt Martin; and sister of the late Richard (surviving spouse, Sandra) Demus and the late Carl (surviving spouse, Betty) Demus. Stephanie was born in Poland and immigrated to America at the age of three from Ukraine. Because of her background, she was able to speak four languages. Stephanie retired as a sales associate from Macy's in Monroeville Mall after also working for Horne's and Lazarus. In retirement, she assisted her husband, John, with the operation of their gas station/carwash on Beulah Road in Wilkins Township. Friends will be welcome 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Colman Church.
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Woodside, Mary Jane 84

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1929-06-30
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Kukel) Woodside, 84, of North Versailles, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born June 30, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Kukel. She was a former member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Woodside; five brothers and a sister. She is survived by children, David R. Woodside, of North Versailles, Thomas R. Woodside (Tammy Close), of North Huntingdon, and Jean I. (Larry) Grandy, of Chester, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert (Cynthia) Santner and Carrie (Joseph) Sistare; great-grandchildren, Zackary and Tyler Santner, Kherington and Cameron Sistare; a brother, Victor (Jane) Kukel, of Littleton, Colo.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in William Penn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Macula Vision Research Foundation, 1 Tower Bridge, 100 Front St., Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 or St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
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Westmoreland County

Black, Leah J. 86

  • Perryopolis , Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1927-10-21
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Leah Jane (Gordon) Volk Orr Black, 86, of Perryopolis, formerly of West Newton, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in West Newton, daughter of the late Charles and Susannah (Highberger) Gordon. She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Leo William Volk and Ralph Emerson Orr. Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also, she was a faithful and beloved member of Bible Alliance Church of West Newton. Surviving are her husband, John Eugene Black; five children and four stepchildren, Susan J. (Andrew) Volk Mizak, Mary E. (Charles) Volk Popovich, Ann L. (Robert) Volk Wolfe, Paul W. Barbara (Volk), Virginia L. (Thomas) Volk Spano, Debbie (Timothy) Black Britt, Lori Black, Douglas Black, Lisa (Arthur) Black Tice and the late John E. Black III; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Friends may gather at noon Thursday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. in the Bible Alliance Church, Route 31, West Newton. Interment will follow in Mill Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Alliance Church. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Dell Sr., Richard W. 86

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-06-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard W. "Dick" Dell Sr., 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 29, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Richard John and Anna Olga (Nopp) Dell. Dick was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and, prior to his retirement, he was a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, having owned and operated the former Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe for 34 years. He was a member of St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church near Marguerite, and a former member of the Latrobe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association. Dick loved music and was a talented musician, able to play nine different instruments. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose Marie (Ridilla) Dell, in 2005; and a brother, Hiliard Jerome Dell. He is survived by four children, Sandy Dell, of New York City, Richard Dell Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Pittsburgh, John Dell and his wife, Beth, of Latrobe, and Barbara Dell Combs, of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sienna Rose Combs, Shane Arthur Hamilton Combs and Cinthia Rose Combs; a brother, Robert Howard Dell and his wife, Edith "Toots", of Latrobe; in-laws, Cecilia Dell, Helen Rosa (William), Martha Rullo (Daniel), Susan Schmucker, Peter Paul Ridilla (Joan), Harry R. Ridilla (Helen) and Stella "Toto" Ridilla; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St. in Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedicts Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, with Father Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Gearing, Mary T. 81

  • Derry
  • Born: 1932-12-18
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Mary T. Gearing, 81, of Derry, died peacefully Friday, April 18, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Erie. Mary was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Gearing; loving mother of Joseph P. III (Kathy) Gearing, Diane Mackert and Janice (Jerry) Zuccher; sister of Dorothy Spence; grandmother of Jerod (fiancee Jenn), Joe (Laurel), Amber, Holly (Earl), Melissa and John; and great-grandmother of Eddie and a great-grandchild on the way. Mary lived her life in service to others. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Westmoreland County Area on Aging (Home Delivered Meals), 200 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Greguric, Elaine A. 87

  • Formerly of Westmoreland City
  • Born: 1926-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Elaine A. (Krotz) Greguric, 87, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Freund) Krotz. Elaine was employed at one time as a secretary for Westinghouse Printing of Trafford. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, of Irwin, its BYKOTA Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Happy Methodists and served her church in many other ways. Elaine was the youngest and last surviving of her 10 siblings. In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Greguric. Surviving are three children, Jean (Steve) Halza, of North Huntingdon, Joel (Patty) Greguric, of Baldwin, and Jan Greguric, of Peters Township; seven grandchildren, Katie and Andy Halza, Ryan and Alex Greguric, Kayla (Tyler) Short, Kiersten and Hannah Greguric; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lake, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, PA 15642. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Hysong, Betty L. 82

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1931-12-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Betty L. Hysong, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Niswonger Forejt. Mrs. Hysong was a 1949 graduate of the former Scottdale High School. She was formerly employed at Union Apparel in Norvelt for 20 years. She also worked at the former Connellsville Sportswear and later at County Market. She is survived by five daughters, Tawnyia Dodd and her husband, Allen, of Donegal, Kim Overly, of Norvelt, Tammy Cook and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Pleasant, Kerrie Hysong and her companion, Mark Soforic, of Hecla, and Tara Miele and her husband, Dan, of Mt. Pleasant; a "special daughter", Debbie Pfeifer, of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Dodd, Rhea and Randy Overly, Kelly Novak, Gary Cook, Frank and Kaylin Chain and Trin and Danny Miele; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Bodie, Kaysea and Ashten Dodd, Ayla Mena and Vaun Stout and M'Kaila Cook; brother, Charles Forejt, of West Virginia; special niece and nephew, Chuck and Cindy; and her special hospice nurses, Jenny Caruso and Cheryl Potoka. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Randy Overly. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the hour of funeral services with the Rev. Harrison Smith officiating, in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be private. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Jones, Loree V.

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Loree Virginia Jones left this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Silver Spring, Md. She was a lifetime resident of Jeannette until August 2010, when she relocated to Silver Spring because of poor health. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Jeannette, where she served over the years on the Trustee Board, the Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide and Stewardess Board. She was also the Mother of Church. Loree was a licensed practical nurse and was employed at Westmoreland Hospital and the former Monsour Medical Center. She held memberships in the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch of the NAACP, the Jeannette Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Greensburg Business and Professional Women's Club. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 62 years, Willie Jones; her son, William Charles Jones; her parents, Rosa Lee and Charles Eliard; three sisters, Cenota Barclay, Lois Wimbush and Nina Davis; and a brother, Charles Bruza Eliard. She is survived by her daughter, Olgarita and husband, Will, of Silver Spring, Md.; her son, Larry "BeNo" Jones, of Jeannette; two grandsons, Mycal (Dina) and Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Giavonna Loree and Michael Oliver; a sister, Rosalie "Woodgie" Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the church, at which time a home going service will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Kattera, Bernadette 62

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1951-07-28
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Bernadette Yancosky Kattera, 62, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the UPMC Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kattera was born July 28, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Crivella Yancosky. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Christian Mothers. Bernie was a 1968 graduate of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. She received her BA in history from Seton Hill and then went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie retired from the Mt. Pleasant Area School System, primarily as the librarian at Rumbaugh and Norvelt Elementary Schools. The year before she retired, she was librarian at the Senior High School. Bernie was responsible for organizing the Read Across America Program in the district. She was loved by her students, and respected by her colleagues for her dedication and contributions to the teaching profession. During her career, Bernie served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, and was also very involved with her work as treasurer of the Westmoreland County Association of School Librarians. She belonged to the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Bernie loved PBS, old movies, history and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was sit on the beach and read. Bernie touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and will be remembered always for her gentle spirit. Bernie is survived by her loving family: her daughter, Jaclyn Kattera and her fiance, Nicholas Cerkovnik, of Latrobe; her sisters and brother, Anne Forsythe, of Scottdale, Joseph "Coke" Yancosky and his wife, Carol, and Connie Thomas and her husband, Terry, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Toni Brown, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to her parents, Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Kattera, in 2007. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Transfiguration Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Kelley, Ruth A. 89

  • Smithton
  • Born: 1925-03-28
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Ruth A. Kelley, 89, of Smithton, South Huntingdon Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Excela Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 28, 1925, in Bullskin Township, a daughter of the late E. Wilmer and Viola P. (Struthers) Woods. She was a member of Barren Run United Methodist Church, a homemaker and a camp host for 17 years, along with her husband, at Laurel Hill State Park. Ruth and Orran were named Volunteers of the Year in 2008 for all of the State Parks in Pennsylvania and recently had a lane named after them, "Kelley Lane," in Laurel Hill State Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orran Kelley, Oct. 26, 2013; a daughter, Shirley Ann; a son, Phillip; granddaughter, Lisa; her twin sister, Helen Kelley; and a brother, James T. Woods. She is survived by her children, Robert Kelley (Loretta Bunn), of Smithton, James Kelley and wife, Carol, of Wyano, Nancy Jean Viviani and husband, Terry, of Long Branch, Wayne Kelley and wife, Karen, of Ruffs Dale, and Mark Kelley (Tiffani Oblar) of Youngwood; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorretta Hodge, of Connellsville. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barren Run United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church, with Pastor John Logan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Laurel Hill.
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King, Virginia M. 74

  • Slickville
  • Born: 1939-08-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Virginia "Nene" M. King, 74, of Slickville (Salem Township), died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. She was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Slickville, daughter of the late Rudolph and Angeline Bregar Helfer. In addition to her parents, Nene was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Helfer. She is survived by her beloved husband, Andrew "Sonny" King, of Slickville; siblings, including Albert Helfer and his wife, Lillian, of Canonsburg, Robert Helfer and his wife, Madeline, of the Villages, Fla., James Helfer and his wife, Lois, of Greensburg, Joni Hutchinson, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Carol Jones, of Slickville, Ronald Helfer and his wife, Marlene, of Saltsburg, Richard Helfer and his wife, Rose, of Hunker, Kenneth Helfer and his wife, Delila, of Washington; sister-in-law, Joyce Helfer, of Natrona Heights; and several nieces and nephews. Nene was an avid collector of Hallmark Christmas ornaments, was an active member of Slickville Presbyterian Church and was adored by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Clifford H. Buell presiding. Interment will be private at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Memorial donations may be made to the Slickville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 151, Slickville, PA 15684.
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Konieczny, Christine L. 75

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1938-04-29
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Christine L. Blackburn Konieczny, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday evening, April 20, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, while being comforted by her loving family. Christine's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Partner Parish of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with her Pastor, the Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as Celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Everson. St. Joseph Society will recite the Rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Ministry of Consolation will conduct a service at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Kovacina, George 87

  • Kecksburg
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Kovacina, 87, of Kecksburg, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Transfer prayers will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Complete obituary to follow.
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Lee, Douglas C. 61

  • Blairsville
  • Born: 1952-09-08
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Shoemaker, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Douglas Craig Lee, 61, of Blairsville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. A son of Myron E. and Frances L. (Ruddon) Lee, he was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mr. Lee was a member of No Walls Ministries, New Alexandria. He was a veteran of the Army and was employed by Chestnut Ridge Communication Services, Blairsville, as a telephone technician for 17 years. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, loved fishing with his family and his job with CRCS. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. Surviving are his wife, Debra L. (Albright) Pawlik; son, Buck Pawlik (Kim), of Derry; two grandchildren, Felicia and Nick; parents, Myron and Frances Lee, of Seward; seven brothers, Raymond E. Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Marion Lee, of Mesa, Ariz., Allen Jenkins, of Salemburg, N.C., James Jenkins (Shirley), of Blairsville, Tim S. Lee (Ruth Ann), of Seattle, Wash., David Lee (Ruth Ann), of Indiana, and Ronald Lee (Jennifer), of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Nanette Perkey (Fred), of Blairsville, Myla J. Lee, of Marysville, Wash., and Susan Olson (David), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Charlie Brownawell officiating. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit http://www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
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Leshko, Margaret M. 88

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1926-02-19
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. Leshko, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Leshko was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Old Bethany, a daughter of the late John and Veronica (Rushnock) Leshko Sr. She was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was a 1945 graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School. She had worked as the produce manager for Shop 'n Save in Mt. Pleasant and had also worked as a cook at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the McKenna Center. Margaret was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins. Margaret was the aunt that enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, being the best friend, "grandmother" and special aunt that would do anything for them. Margaret is survived by her brother, William Leshko and his wife, Theresa, of Tarrs; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Verostko and Mary Ann Leshko; and numerous special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Mary Moore and Dorothy Verostko and John J. Leshko Jr. and Joseph Leshko; and her niece, Ellen Moore. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by her 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday followed immediately by the Rosary recited by the Visitation Rosary Altar Society. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Mahoy, Lillian M. 87

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Mahoy, 87, of Penn Township, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 8, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Susa Kinkela. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. She enjoyed her membership in Harrison City Women's Club and Young at Heart. Lillian, or Dolly, as her friends knew her was a wonderful baker. She loved playing cards and decorating her home. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mahoy Sr.; and a brother, Frank Kinkela. She was the loving mother to a son, James L. Mahoy Jr. and his wife, Alda, of Blue Ridge, Va.; and two daughters, Karen M. Bowan and her husband, William, of Penn Township, and Donna M. Cilli and her husband, Cary, of Irwin; four grandchildren, William, Kristyn, Leanne and Rachelle; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Sean, Evelyn and Lillian. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, where funeral prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, with Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini officiating.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Pingor, Wendy L. 59

  • Delmont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Wendy L. (Dudra) Pingor, 59, of Delmont, died suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, enjoying the day with her family. She was a kindhearted and selfless soul. Wendy had the gift of making anyone who met her a better person. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 39 years, Darryl E. Pingor; son, Matthew E. Pingor; daughters, Lindsay L. Pingor and her fiance, Joel Fitzpatrick, and Kara E. Pingor. She was also the loving godmother to Tyler Lacock and Lauren Johns and husband, Jesse Johns; and was very important in the lives of her sister-and-law and brother-in-law, Dianne Lacock and Chris Lacock. Wendy leaves behind a wonderful family, including her three sisters, her brother, her mother, Jean Dudra, and her father, the late Rudy Dudra. Her siblings include: sisters, Lisa Emmett and husband, Doug Emmett, with children, Jason and Kyle Emmett; Dana Biel, married to Bill Biel, with daughter, Caitlyn Biel; Laurie Downing, married to Tom Downing, with children, Hannah, Jacob and Joshua Downing; and brother, Michael Dudra. Wendy served as a preschool teacher for the past 15 years at the Calvary Lutheran Early Learning Center in Murrysville and was beloved by many. She will be truly missed and forever loved. Family and friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead. Everyone please meet at church. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Price, Barbara A. 62

  • Harrison City , Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Barbara Anne "Barb" Price, 62, of Harrison City, formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, April 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Martha Price; loving mother of Bruce (Joelle) Corna Jr., Jason C. (Aida) Corna and Joshua (fiancee, Elizabeth Ferri) Corna; nana to Hope, Grace, Bruce III, Scarlett, Denis and Jameson; and sister of Leslie (Ralph) Guzzo, Michael Price, Hollie (John) Hooper and the late Raymond Price. Barb also loved and held a special place in the heart for all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She held degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University and was formerly an employee of the Elliott Company in Jeannette. Barb loved life but her boys more than anything. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent, compassionate care Barb received from Family Hospice at Canterbury Place. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be sent to Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201. http://www.lindsayfh.com.
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Ressler, Jennie 82

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1931-05-10
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Jennie (Springer) Ressler, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Select Speciality Care, Latrobe. She was born May 10, 1931, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Zerelda Mae (Allen) Springer. Jennie graduated from Irwin High School, Class of 1950, and attended comptometer school. She was employed with Coppers Building in Pittsburgh and Irwin Bank. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin and a member of the choir and a member of the Irwin subunit of the ARC since 1990. She was a past member of American Legion Post 977 Women's Auxiliary, collected donations in their neighborhood for several different charities and she loved doing latchhook rugs and word search puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy M. Radziwon. She is survived by her husband, William C. Ressler, for almost 55 years; two daughters, Valerie Sue Miller and Vickie M. Radziwon and her husband, Anthony L. Radziwon II; son, William Arthur Ressler; grandson, Anthony L. Radziwon III; granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Miller; and great-grandchildren, Anthony L. Radziwon IV, Aubrea D. Radziwon and Alexis D. Radziwon. Jennie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nursing staff of the ER and ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland and the entire staff at Select Speciality Care at Excela Latrobe Hospital for the compassionate and loving care they gave to our mother. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Irwin, with the Rev. Lake officiating. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association in memory of Jennie. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Shank, Ralph 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1952-10-28
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ralph "Ric" Shank, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Greensburg, a son of Christine (Yutcy) Shank, of Greensburg, and the late John Harry Shank Jr. Ric was a veteran of the Air Force. He enjoyed riding his Harley and visiting South Carolina and Civil War sites and enjoyed Civil War history. He was employed by Enercon and was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1970. In addition to his mother, Christine Shank, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Mobley and husband, Kevin; his grandson, Kiren T. Mobley; his brother, John M. Shank and wife, Sandy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Also survived by his close friends, Theresa; Greg Zambano; Marshall Wolfe and Peter Campolongo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment with military honors bestowed by VFW Post 33 will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Sibal, Mary J. 95

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1919-04-17
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Mary J. "Peggy" Sibal, 95, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born April 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late James and Barbara Sistek. Early in her life, Peggy was employed at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, cook and bake. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by two children, Robert Sibal and his wife, Carolynn, of Somerset, Ky., and Carol Truswell and her husband, Richard, of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, Kenny Sibal, Robert "Bo" Sibal, Chad Truswell and his wife, Misty, Michelle Ginder and her husband, Jason, and Kristopher Truswell; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Caleb Ginder; and one brother, Charles Sistek, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Sibal; her siblings, Frank Sistek, Rosie Moheny, Jim Sistek, Andy Sistek, Helen Dankulic, Bill Sistek, Joe Sistek, Robert Sistek, Dick Sistek and Eddie Sistek. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz officiating. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish Cemetery. To offer a remembrance or condolence, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Silverman, Betty Ann 79

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1935-04-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Betty Ann Silverman, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born April 1, 1935, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Otto E. and Lizzie (Dannenhauer) Silverman. Prior to her retirement, Betty Ann was a secretary for National Tube and U.S. Steel and she enjoyed spending her free time reading. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and O. James Silverman; and two sisters, Alice Silverman and Clara (Silverman) Rieger. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothea Beech, of North Huntingdon, and Virginia Maher and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin; and brother, Roger Silverman, of Wilson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews. 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 interment in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville VFD or NHT Rescue 8. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Stas, Joseph E. 79

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1934-08-01
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Joseph E. "Joe" Stas, 79, of Latrobe, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Whitney, a son of the late John M. Stas and Mary (Menarcheck) Stas. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Church, Whitney, its Holy Name Society and had served as a lector and was on the parish council. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1952, and St. Vincent College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He also attended Clemson University and the University of Pittsburgh. His first teaching position was 1958 to 1960 with Unity Township, Youngstown School District, as head elementary teacher at the Northern Area Building. Also, he served as Summer Recreational Director of Unity-Youngstown and served as a board member of Unity-Youngstown Recreation Commission. He retired from Mt. Pleasant Area School District in 1991, where he served as teacher, football coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Joe served for 20 years (1985 to 2005) on the Greater Latrobe School Board and eight years on the Eastern Westmoreland and Career and Technology Center. His life memberships included, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, PSEA and NEA. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), life member of the BPO Elks 868 Mt. Pleasant and Hostetter Literary and Social Club. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Rusnock; a brother, Stephen Stas; and two sisters, Margaret (Stas) Dlugos and Martha (Stas) Uhring. Joe is survived by his wife, Theresa (Bizup) Stas, of Latrobe; 12 children, Joseph Stas and his wife, Linda, of Wexford, Dr. Ronald Stas and his wife, Melanie, of Latrobe, Annette Rusnock and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe, Regina Knestaut and her husband, Keith, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Edward Stas and his wife, Nancy, of Latrobe, Theresa Martincic, of Latrobe, Kenneth Stas and his wife, Sandra, of Latrobe, Mary Helen Vasinko and her husband, Raymond, of Latrobe, Dorothea Looney and her husband, Edgar, of Austin, Texas, Sandra Fenton and her husband, Neal, of Latrobe, Renee Reisenweaver and her husband, Kevin, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Randall Stas, of Latrobe; 33 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, John R. "Jumbo" Stas, of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's positive, uplifting attitude, humor and genuine love for people will be remembered and an inspiration to all. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. St. Cecilia Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecilia Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Indian College Fund, Circle of Sons, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; or St. Cecilia Church, 220 St. Cecilia Road, Whitney, PA 15693. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Karen, Janet and Chuck for their excellent care during Joe's brief hospice care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Szelong, Virginia R. 85

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1928-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mount Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Virginia R. "Jean" Szelong, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria Wilczynski Rogacki. Mrs. Szelong was a member of the former Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and a current member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church. She was a member of the Transfiguration Rosary Society and a member of the former Kosciuszko Club Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by three children, Dolores Nicol, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Szelong and his wife, Cathy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Walter Szelong and his wife, Gretchen, of Mt. Pleasant; her grandchildren, Christina Nicol, Angela Rumbaugh and her husband, Kurt, Jessica Hodge and her husband, Adam, Katie Weir and her husband, Ken, Scott Szelong and his fiance, Jennifer Bradley, Jena Szelong and Alexa Szelong and Adrienne Gaunter; her great-grandchildren, Madison, Kayla and Austin Rumbaugh, Savannah, Gradin and Hudson Hodge and Baleigh and Tyler Gauntner. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Szelong in 1996; a son-in-law, Emerson Nicol; and her siblings, Lawrence, Paul and John Rogacki, Ellen Smulski, Josephine Rogacki, Verna Marvis, Gertrude Hresko and Florence Petro and infants, Mary, Paul, Frank and Joseph Rogacki. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Bridgeport St., Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Bruce Sleczkowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harmon House for their wonderful, loving care of Jean during her time there. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Vinkler, Robert 74

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1939-05-10
  • Died: 2014-01-06
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  • Robert (Bob) Vinkler, 74, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception at West Point Fire will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.
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Whirlow, Henry J. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-05-07
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Henry J. "Hank" Whirlow, 82, of Greensburg, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at home, after a long illness, surrounded by his children. Born May 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Clarence and Emily (Bezak) Whirlow. After formative years in the Navy and Pennsylvania State University, Hank served the Greensburg community for more than 50 years as an insurance specialist and broker. His greatest joy, however, was found in his role as loving husband to Eleanor Pantalone Whirlow, who preceded him in death in 2009, and father to his children, Drs. Daniel and Janet Whirlow. Hank's children and many friends will remember him most for his wonderful voice, ready wit and laughter. His attention to detail and desire for the highest quality in all of his endeavors were traits valued by his clients, and that provided the finest role model for his children's professional goals. No memory of Hank is complete without mentioning his love of good music and playful sense of humor. Hank was a source of joy, loving kindness and an example of a productive and blessed life. He has the eternal gratitude of his children for making every day special. Hank is survived by his children, Dr. Daniel F. Whirlow, of Greensburg, and Dr. Janet E. Whirlow, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Janet E. Whirlow, of Harrison City; and his beloved pets. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Hank from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at which time a funeral service will be held, in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. The family would like to thank his business associate and friend, Judy, and his loving caregivers who supported him throughout his long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at http://www.CurePSP.org or 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or to Animal Friends of Westmoreland, 216 Depot St., Youngwood, PA 15697. Hank's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at http://www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
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Yasher, Irene R.

  • Calumet
  • Born: 1931-02-28
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Irene Rita (Kowatch) Yasher was born Feb. 28, 1931, and entered into God's Kingdom on his most holy day of all days, Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She lived her childhood days in United, a daughter of Lewis and Margaret (Spisak) Kowatch, along with her siblings, Raymond (Elizabeth) Kowatch, of New Hartford, N.Y., Ethel (John) Caverno, of Sun City, Ariz., Margaret (James) Kashin, of Pittsburgh, Dolores (Alquin) Heinickel, of Crabtree, and Lewis Kowatch, of United. She has left this earth to meet her deceased sister, Eleanor, and her loving husband, John T. Yasher. She was married to John for 58 years, where they resided in Calumet. Together they were great dancers. They had a son, David John Yasher, whom she loved dearly, along with his wife, Monica. Her face would light up as she spoke proudly of her grandchildren, Jessica Anne and David John (DJ). Irene was a kind, caring person as she thought about everyone's needs before her own. She was an excellent cook for her family making halupki, halushki, mushroom soup and foods taught to her from her mother. For holidays, Aunt Irene's was the place to be. She loved to sew and was proud to win a contest in high school as the best seamstress, as well as create the crib bumpers for both of her grandchildren upon birth, fix a prom dress with all its layers or just patch a pair of well-liked blue jeans. Irene loved her family and her faith. She had daily conversations with the Lord, as a devout Catholic. Upon her passing, her rosary beads were in her hand. She was a member of St. Florian Church in United, and loved being a part of the Forty Martyr's family in United, as her lifelong sacraments were received there. Along with her immediate family, she will be missed by several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt. Her transfer prayers will be held at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Church with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Hall, Timothy M. 47

  • Saltsburg
  • Born: 1966-07-13
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Timothy Mark Hall, 47, of Saltsburg, Loyalhanna Township, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 13, 1966, in Saltsburg, a son of the late Daniel Charles and Louise Ida (Bell) Hall. Tim was employed by Amark Environmental in Erie. He was a 1984 graduate of Saltsburg High School. He was member of both the C and Y Sportsmen's Club and the Nowrytown Sportsmen's Club. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and especially his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Louise Trunzo and her husband, Tom, of Saltsburg, and Terrie Hall, of Seabrook, Texas; four brothers, Daniel Hall and his wife, Sharon, of Saltsburg, Rick Hall and his wife, Tracy, of Saltsburg, Paul Hall and his wife, Anna, of Delmont, and his twin brother and best friend, Tom Hall, also of Saltsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh officiating. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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