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Coffman, Donna J. 79

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1935-05-11
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Barthels, Smithton | Get Directions
  • Donna J. (Sherbondy) Coffman, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born May 11, 1953, in Mendon, a daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie Finley Sherbondy. She was the beloved wife of Gerald Coffman for 58 years; loving mother of Bruce (Laurie) Coffman, of South Park, and Robin (David) McMasters, of Monroeville; dear grandmother of Lindsey (Max) and Rachael Coffman, Ryan (Kathleen), Sean (Amy) and Kelly McMasters; sister, Karen (James) Potts; and sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Crosby. Donna devoted her life to providing a warm and loving home to her family and she was happiest when her devoted grandchildren were around her. She was a gifted singer and pianist, blessing others as she used her talents during her lifelong service to God. Her vibrant personality allowed her to touch lives wherever she went, and she was a caring, compassionate friend to many. She will be dearly missed by her family and a lifetime of friends. She was recently attending the Barren Run United Methodist Church. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastors John Logan and George Lammay co-officiating. Burial will be in the Barren Run Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donna's name to a local church.
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Lesko, Mary Ann 76

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Lesko, 76, of Churchill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and is now in God's loving arms. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Regis J. Lesko; loving mother of Anna (Nick) Olivier of Virginia Beach, Va., and Suzanne Lesko, of Southwest Florida; cherished daughter of Mary Hahalyak Sekela and the late John Sekela; grandmother of Johnathan, David and Grace; and sister of the late John Richard Sekela. Mary Ann was very service-oriented. During her active years, she dedicated herself to the Churchill area swim club, her local Girl Scout troop, Bethlehemhaven and the Southwest Florida Nature Conservancy. She was passionate about serving others and knew this was God's plan for her life. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, with Parastas service at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Divine Liturgy will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church.
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Westmoreland County

Beck, Barry A. 61

  • Latrobe
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Barry A. Beck, 61, of Latrobe, passed away on his birthday, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Glenda L. (Miller) Beck; son of Marion (late Lewis "Pete") Errett and the late Raymond Beck; father of Jessica (Matthew) Olson, Heather Beck, Nicholas Beck, Jennifer (Nathan) Strickler and Nicole Miller; PapPap of Bailey and Leah Olson; brother of Karen (Lee) Hinkle and Larry (Marsha) Beck; and uncle of Matthew Beck and Steven Smith. He is also survived by his loving cats, Toby and Ginger, and was preceded in death by many other loving pets. Barry was employed by the Adam Eidemiller Inc as a laborer for 40 years. No visitation, per Barry's request. A memorial service is going to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Hose Company No. 8, 900 Highland Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Please contact family for information. In lieu of flowers, family suggest contributions to Excela Health Hospice, Excela Health, Administrative Offices, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, 200 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend thanks to the nurses and staff of the third floor oncology unit at Westmoreland Hospital and Excela Health Hospice for their care and compassion. Many thanks are also extended to Barry's fellow coworkers and friends at Adam Eidemiller Inc for their support over the last few years. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie. http://www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bell, Raymond W. 93

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1921-03-18
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Raymond W. Bell, 93, of Latrobe, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Loyalhanna Care Center, surrounded by his family. Born Rinaldo Campana, March 8, 1921, in Crabtree, he was a son of the late Phillip Bell (Falco Campana) and Cecilia (Delle Donne) Bell. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Kevin Bell; one sister, Ann Elias; two brothers, Guy Elda and Mario Bell. Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia (Brisky) Bell, of Latrobe; his daughter, Denise Cornelius, and her husband, Denny, of Latrobe; a grandson, Brock Cornelius; one brother, Lundy Bell, of Greensburg; his son-in-law's parents, Gene and Edie Cornelius, whom he loved dearly; his "second" daughter, Doris Hardy Henderson, who called him "Pap"; his grand-dogs, Colby, Chase and Billy; and several nieces and nephews. Ray was a retired security guard for Kennametal Inc. He served as a sergeant with the Military Police in the Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the BPO Elks. Ray was a devoted husband and father and family always came first in his life. Ray was most known for his love of cooking. When someone would mention Ray's name, people would say, "I know Ray, he's the cook." Many people in Latrobe have sampled Ray's specialties and his passion and joy in life was preparing his favorite specialties and sharing them with family, friends, co-workers and many businesses in town. Up until his health began to fail, you would see him in the motorized carts at the supermarkets socializing with workers and friends, most likely exchanging recipes or talking about what was cooking in the kitchen that day. Ray would be the first to prepare meals for family and friends who were ill and would make it a point to prepare food for families who lost loved ones. When someone made a statement that they were hungry for homemade spaghetti, it didn't take long before a full course Italian meal was on the table and family or friends were socializing at the Bell residence. And his homemade chicken soup helped cure colds and ailments for many. During Ray's stay at Loyalhanna Care Center, he continued his passion for cooking. Dough was prepared by the kitchen staff and Ray gave a demonstration to the residents and staff on the art of making gnocchi. That was the talk there for many days and they referred to him as, "The Gnocchi Man". The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at the Loyalhanna Care Center for the wonderful care Ray received during his stay there and for the compassion they showed to the family during a very difficult time. They are a professional and caring group of individuals. A very special thank you to Sherita Jones for her compassion and care given to Ray during his seven-month stay and also for her compassion extended to the family. She was an angel from heaven looking after Ray. Ray loved the staff and it gave the family great comfort to know that he was in such good hands and that his final days were spent surrounded by people who loved him. Also a special thank you to Heartland Hospice who cared for Ray in his final days and were there with the family during his final hours which was a great comfort to the family. Also thank you to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice nurses and aides who cared for Ray during his time at home before entering the care center. A heartfelt thank you to all of his Kennametal retiree friends who have continued their friendship with Ray over many years and have always included him in their annual Christmas get-togethers at the Hotel Loyal, especially Jerry Burns who was a devoted friend and was there for him until the end. Thank you to all who assisted Ray throughout the years during his failing health when he could no longer perform chores and repairs around his home, especially his neighbor, Bill Kennedy, who cut his grass for years, and Jim Albert, who was always there for him if he needed a repair done or a ride to an appointment. Ray will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends and family will also surely miss his wonderful meals. The world truly lost a self-taught "master chef." Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and the VFW Posts No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral liturgy will be held at noon Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be private. 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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Best, Charles D. 77

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1938-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles Dean Best, 77, of North Irwin, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Greensburg, and was the first baby born in Westmoreland County in 1938. He was the son of the late Albert Charles and Helen Dorothy (Saunders) Best. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Schade) Best; two daughters, Susan Best (David) Parker, of Concord, N.C., and Sandra Best (Scott) Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; two granddaughters, Brigitte Jana and Annaliese Piper Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; an adopted sister, Jeanne Best Lentz James, of Richmond, Va.; a sister-in-law, Jean Schade (Floyd) Grosz; two brothers-in-law, John (Bobbi) Schade and Harry (Sandy) Schade; also nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles graduated from Irwin-North Irwin High School, served in the Army Reserves, and belonged to the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Norwin Elks. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially bass fishing. Honoring Charles wishes, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation services are provided by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin. For online condolences, please visit http://www.williamsnyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bowers, Joyce E. 64

  • Derry , Formerly of Robinson
  • Born: 1950-02-04
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • Joyce E. Bowers, 64, of Derry, formerly of Robinson, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Specialty Care Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. Born Feb. 4, 1950, in Johnstown, she was the daughter of the late Darrel "Jim" Bowers and Mary (Kimmell) Bowers. She was retired from Torrance State Hospital as a psychiatric aide after more than 32 years. She was a member of the AFSCME No. 2344, Indiana ARPEP and PARSE. She was a graduate of the United High School Class of 1968. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, shopping and was an avid reader. She also belonged to various quilting societies. She is survived by several cousins; three very close friends; Dolly and husband, Bob, Luce and Sandy; and her Dog, Bailey. She was preceded in death by her father, Darrel "Jim" Bowers; her mother, Mary (Kimmell) Bowers; and her good friend, Ilene Marsh, who lived with her for 18 years. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Blairsville, where funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Interment will be in Germany Lutheran Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. http://www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Bruno, Elizabeth L. 87

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Petrusky) Bruno, 87 of Harrison City, formerly of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brisbin, the daughter of the late Emery and Ellen (Bizub) Petrusky. Betty was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford and its former Altar Rosary Society. She retired as a Registered Nurse from Braddock Hospital with more than 30 years of service. She trained as an Army Cadet Nurse at the end of World War II, was a member of the Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the ISDA Forest Hills Lodge No. 224 and was an avid bowler. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Bruno Sr., in 2005; a brother, Roman Petrusky; and a sister, Catherine Humberston. Betty is survived by her children, Carol Gevaudan (Edmond), of Harrison City, JoEllen Bruno (William Cline), of Latrobe, and Stanley J. Bruno Jr. (Kelly), of Claridge; her five grandchildren, Cristie Gevaudan (Mike Vargulish), Renee Kozielec (Sean), Robert Bruno, Elizabeth Bruno South and Luke Cline; her three great-grandchildren, Frankie South, Dean Kozielec and Rylee Vargulish; and her two sisters, June Prizmonte, of North Huntingdon, and Dorothy Jean Benevento, of Murrysville. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Buttermore, William W. 92

  • East Huntingdon Township
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William W. "Bill" Buttermore, 92, of East Huntingdon Township, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Bill was born Jan. 16, 1923, at Waymart, Wayne County, a son of the late Homer and Olga (Glosser) Buttermore. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie E. (Hahn) Buttermore, on March 23, 2004, and his second wife, Anna Snyder Buttermore, on Oct. 30, 2013. Bill was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a longtime self-employed farmer in East Huntingdon Township, operating the William Buttermore and Sons family farm. Along with founding and serving as COO of the family farm supply business, he was instrumental in formation of the grain drying and storage operation in the township. He was awarded Westmoreland County's "Farmer of the Year" and PA's "Dairy Distinction Award". He held board positions with the Westmoreland Conservation District, Westland Dairy and Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Association. Years ago, he was a member of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, that he helped build and more recently, was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale. A graduate of East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1940, he served as District No. 7 Chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Party and along with his wife, hosted yearly summer picnics. Bill enjoyed traveling to destinations in Hawaii, Ocean City and Delaware. Bill will be sadly missed by his loving family; his four children, Kathy L. Ansell and her husband, Carl, of Connellsville, Karen L. Barnhart and her husband, Barney, of Scottdale, William G. Buttermore, of Scottdale, and Ronald M. Buttermore and his wife, Tammy, of Scottdale; his 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Ansell, Clinton Ansell and wife, Erin, Kristy Philburn and husband, Greg, Jason Dodd and wife, Angie, Joshua Dodd, Justin Dodd and wife, Lisa, JW Buttermore and wife, Michelle, Amanda Buttermore, Ryan L. Buttermore and wife, Kelly, and Katie L. Buttermore; his 11 great-grandchildren, Autumn and Andrew Ansell, Madison, Emma and Greyson Philburn, Shane and Cody Dodd, Dillan and Addison Buttermore, Nick Carbonara and Presley Buttermore; his sister, Verna Rhodes, of Scottdale; his brother-in-law, Fred Rankin, of Norfolk, Va.; his nephew, his two nieces, his several great-nieces and nephews; his three stepchildren, Steven Snyder and wife, Peggy, and David Snyder and wife, Joy, all of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and Ruth Burgner and husband, Pastor Greg, of Atlanta, Ga.; and his five step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a son, James Ronald Buttermore (1956); and a sister, Mary Martha Rankin (1993). Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724-887-5300 / http://www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Additional viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastors Stephen Moore and Greg Burgner co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Harmon House Activity Fund. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Harmon House and Grane Hospice for their loving care! Love Lasts Forever!
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Cavaliere, Louis 80

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1934-03-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louis Cavaliere, 80, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born March 25, 1934, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Vincent P. and Josephine (Raimondi) Cavaliere, Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Cavaliere; and a sister, Ermie (Cavaliere) Colosimo. Louis served his country in the Army and was a member of Monroeville Assembly of God. Prior to retirement, Louis worked for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh for many years. Louis is survived by his loving wife, Mary C. (Dymer) Cavaliere, of Murrysville; three sons, Christopher L. (Susan) Cavaliere, of Farmington Hills, Mich., Vincent E. (Darla) Cavaliere, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Richard A. (Connie S.) Cavaliere, of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine (Harold) Mansfield, Theresa (William) Grassi and Millie (Pete) Jeffries; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Lance Lecocq and Pastor James Hart officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills.
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Christie, Edith M.

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-04
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edith M. Christie, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Constabile and Pasqualina (Caruccio) Comunale. She formerly had been employed by the G.C. Murphy Company for 27 years and was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall of Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Genre, Amelio, Frank and James; and three sisters, Helen, Angelina and Edith. She is survived by her husband, Raymond S. Christie; a brother, George Comunale and his wife, Janet, of Trafford; a brother-in-law, Austin and Maureen Cooper, of Greensburg; two sisters, Lillian Fresch, of Circleville, and Jenny De-Falco, of Irwin; several nieces and nephews including Peter and Debbie and their children, Craig and Lori and their children, and Jim and Beth and their children. Honoring Edith's wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, Latrobe. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Cline, John Bob R. 94

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1920-05-25
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • John Robert "Bob" Cline, 94, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Barnes Place. Born May 25, 1920, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late John W. Cline and Mary S. (McCormick) Cline. Bob was a member of Holy Family Church and was retired from Kennametal Inc., with 47 years of service. He was a World War II veteran having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. Bob was a founding member of Laurel Highlands Model Airplane Club, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Ligonier Country Club for more than 50 years and was a life member of the BPO Elks No. 907. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma (Roddy) Cline; six brothers and sisters, Mary Margaret Rose, James William Cline, George Richard "Dick" Cline, Helen Riehle, Paul Daniel Cline and Dorothy Joan Vester. Bob is survived by a son, Robert L. Cline and his wife, Michele, of Reisterstown, Md.; a daughter, Nancy J. Eggert and her husband, Bill of West River, Md.; three brothers, Francis Mark Cline and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Latrobe, Edward Stephen Cline, of Latrobe, and Donald Joseph Cline and his wife, Beverly, of York; three grandchildren, Tifany Menasha and her husband, Sam, of Boston, Sheena Byrnes and her husband, Chuck, of Darien, Conn., and Molly Eggert and her husband, Nick, of Glen Burnie, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Ava Menasha and Kayla Menasha; a special niece, Deborah Schweinsburg and her husband, Ken, and their daughter, Jennifer, of Latrobe; and several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and No. 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Barnes Place and Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Cunnard Sr., Jack L. 79

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1935-03-13
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Jack LeRoy Cunnard Sr., 79, of Youngwood, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home with his loving family at his side. Mr. Cunnard was born March 13, 1935, in Tarrs, the son of the late LeRoy and Selma Gordon Cunnard. Jack served for four years during the Korean War and on the USS Brush in 1951. He was a member of the American Legion Post 945. Jack was a longtime resident of California, Arkansas and Colorado. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Terry L. Fieg Cunnard; his son, James Cunnard, of Pittsburgh; and by his three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Arkansas. Jack is also survived by his sisters, Patricia Yanniello, of Mt. Pleasant, Sandy Grego and Mark, of Vanderbilt; and by his brother, David Gordon, of Mt. Pleasant. Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Kimberly Hough, of Mt. Pleasant, Stacey Grego Sherwood, of Alaska, Kristen Grego Vitikacs, of Connellsville, Peggy Gordon, of Scottdale, Michael Yanniello, of Cheswick, Timothy Yanniello, Joseph Yanniello and David Gordon Jr., all of Mt. Pleasant, and Ronald Hough, of Colorado. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jack LeRoy Cunnard Jr.; and by his sister, Nancy Hough. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by the American Legion Post 446, followed by Jack's funeral service at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Henry Landis officiating. Additional viewing will continue after the service until 8 p.m. Inurnment will be private. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center of Mt. Pleasant and the nurses from Excela Health Hospice for all their compassion and kindness. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Cyktor, Connie L. 74

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1940-04-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Connie L. Cyktor, 74, of Hunker, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born April 13, 1940, in Hempfield Township, daughter of the late Willis Elma Storey Fox. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Westmorland Manor in Greensburg as a dietician. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Cyktor; a daughter, Renee Cyktor; a son, Jeffrey Cyktor and his wife, Lori; a brother, Alan Fox, and infant brother, Donald Fox. Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Ames and her husband, Jeffery, of Hunker; a son, Terry Cyktor and his wife, Sue, of West Newton; her loving grandchildren who were her pride and joy; one great-granddaughter; and one great-grandson to be born soon. Also surviving are her sisters, Joan Stamm, of New Stanton, Marley DiNozzi and her husband, Tony, of Youngwood, Marsha Goudi and her husband, Sonny, of Confluence, and Linda Basco, of Hunker; a sister-in-law, Gerri Fox, of Youngwood; and a special niece, Shelli Kurtz, of Hunker. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Randy Sweet officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.
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Dyky, G. Jean 89

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1925-03-07
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rhome, Monessen | Get Directions
  • G. Jean Dyky, 89, of Monessen, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. She was born Saturday, March 7, 1925, in Monessen, a daughter of the late William and Jean Ferguson Smith. She was Presbyterian by faith. Jean was an avid bingo player. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co., prior to her retirement. Surviving is her son, Robert A. Dyky, of Monessen; daughter, Karen, and husband, Gene Fritz, of Greensburg; grandson, Brian and wife, Rachel Fritz, of Greensburg; sisters-in-law, Anne Dankosky and Ann Dyky, both of Monessen; several nieces and nephews; as well as her special nieces, Paige Moeller, of Greentree and Kerri Moeller Timko, of Rostraver Township; and a family friend, Debie Breckenridge Hough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dyky, in 2002; sister, Ruth Moeller and husband, Keith; brothers, Robert Smith and wife, Patricia, Edward Smith, and Ray Smith; and sister, Lorna Smith. Friends will be welcomed to the 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, with Pastor John Smaligo of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Dyky family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com. Jean's family would like to express a sincere, heartfelt "Thank You" to Heartland Hospice, in particular the team of Suze, LuAnn and Shannon, and the entire staff of Hallsworth House for their compassionate care and unending support throughout Jean's illness. We are forever grateful and thankful for each and every one of you.
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France, Jim James D. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1950-07-10
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Jim "James" D. France, 64, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born July 10, 1950, in Washington, Kan., a son of the late Merrill and Florence Wright Cain. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a database administrator for UPMC, Pittsburgh. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Jim was also a member of Westmoreland Masonic Lodge No. 518 and the Steel City Corvette Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Bush France, in 2008; two sisters, Betty Arendes and Mary Seago; and an infant brother, Merrill. Jim is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Ann France, of Greensburg, and Andrea Brown, of Delmont; three grandsons, Jared, Cameron and Zander Brown; a brother, Robert Marion Cain (Margaret), of England; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, with Pastor Jerry Nuernberger officiating. Interment will be held in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and other information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Gogolin, Sister Marie Veronica 77

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Sisters Of Charity, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sister Marie Veronica Gogolin, SC, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Veronica entered the congregation Sept. 8, 1955, from St. John the Baptist Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Regina (Ludwik) Gogolin; and a brother, Leo. She is survived by a sister, Regina Rudio. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master's degree in early childhood education from Loyola Marymount University. Sister Marie Veronica taught primary level students in schools of the dioceses of the Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Ariz., and Los Angeles, Calif. Her longest tenure was at SS. Peter and Paul School, Tucson, where she taught from 1995 until 2008, when she returned to Greensburg to begin her retirement. Sister Marie Veronica once commented, "St. Elizabeth Seton told us, 'Be children of the Church' and I believe this is what I've become by being a Sister of Charity." Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb 1, 2015, at Caritas Christi Motherhouse, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Vigil service will be held 7 p.m. Sunday at Caritas Christi Motherhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, De Paul Center, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. For more information, visit the website, http://www.scsh.org.
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Gozelanczyk, Thaddeus Ted H. 82

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1932-08-06
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Thaddeus H. "Ted" Gozelanczyk, 82, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Redstone Highlands. He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Stephen and Mary Hilinsky Gozelanczyk. Ted was proud to have been born and raised in Slickville and was a faithful and devoted member of Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. He enjoyed his time with family and watching and supporting his grandchildren in their activities. He was retired from the Dick Corp of West Mifflin and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army. He will be sadly missed by his family and loved ones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda and Joanne Gozelanczyk; and a brother, Edward Gozelanczyk. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Winogene M. Dornin Gozelanczyk; three daughters, Tami Adams and husband, Ron, of Hempfield, Sandra Brasili and husband, Geno, and Melissa Pecuch and husband, Raymond, all of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Nick and Max Adams, Reno Brasili and Morgan and Megan Pecuch; five brothers, Richard Gozelanczyk and wife, Giz, of Pierpont, Ohio, Joseph Gozelanczyk, of Saltsburg, Milton Gozelanczyk, of Brecksville, Ohio, Steven Gozelanczyk and wife, Kathy, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Donald Gozelanczyk, of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Ted from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724-837-0020). Parting prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, with Father Paul Lisik celebrating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Special Projects, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. Ted'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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Hofecker, William C. 70

  • Bolivar
  • Born: 1944-02-13
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • William C. Hofecker, 70, of Bolivar, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Ralph and Lois McBurney Hofecker. Prior to his retirement in 2001, he had been employed by Penelec for more than 30 years. He was an active member and past elder of the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church. After retirement, he had been employed as a parts deliveryman for Malinish Auto Wreckers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hofecker. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Hood Hofecker; a son, Curtis S. (Delphine) Hofecker, of Rector; a granddaughter, Jordan Hofecker; a sister, Dorothy (Thomas) Shurie, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the J. PAUL MCCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fort Palmer Evangelical Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Palmer Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Kozar, Michael J. 86

  • Bradenville
  • Born: 1928-03-30
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Michael J. Kozar, 86, of Bradenville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Kelly's Personal Care Home. Born March 30, 1928, in Whitney, he was a son of the late Michael Kozar and Mary C. (Burlas) Kozar. Mike was a very active member at St. Rose Church, where he was an usher for more than 50 years, served as a funeral altar server, and an officer for the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Latrobe Steel Company with 43 years of service, and was a Korean War veteran having served in the Army. Mike enjoyed woodworking, camping and traveling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Miscovich; one brother, Thomas Kozar; and two sisters, Ruth Ulishney and Mary Kendi. Mike is survived by his wife, Irene (Kondrich) Kozar, of Bradenville; three sons, Michael S. Kozar and his wife, Peggy, of Laughlintown, Richard F. Kozar and his wife, Heidi, of Whitney, and John M. Kozar, of Thibodaux, La.; one daughter, Rita E. Burd and her husband, Lance, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Renee Miscovich, Christopher Kozar, Cathryn Blake and Macy Logan; two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Logan and Joseph Kozar; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Military services will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home by the American Legion Post No. 515 and VFW Post No. 3414 and 444. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kelly's Personal Care Home and Medi Home Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Lesnock, John J. 66

  • Penn
  • Born: 1948-05-22
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • John J. Lesnock, 66, of Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family. He was born March 22, 1948, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Orange Lesnock. John was employed by the Sisters of Charity in Greensburg handling maintenance. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the Army. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, of Jeannette. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed caring for his pets. John was always thinking of others and lived his life serving and doing all for family and friends. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by an infant brother, Joseph Lesnock. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Ricci Lesnock; daughters, Diana Lesnock McCormick, of Pittsburgh, and Christina Lesnock Sappe, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Jade and Hunter Sappe; two brothers, Paul Lesnock, of Jeannette, and Bernie Lesnock and wife, Barbara, of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. As per John's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be private. THE JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Honors and Memorials: c/o Mr. John Lesnock, ccf.convio.net/site/TR/DIY/CCFTeamRaiser?px=2902781 and pg=personal and fr_id=1390.
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Loughry, Harry J. 91

  • Salem Township
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Loughry, 91, of Salem Township, formerly of Penn Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Ashbaugh) Loughry; loving father of Daniel (Mylene) Loughry, Kim (Tom) Lewandoski, Todd Loughry and the late Tracy Loughry; grandfather of Amy (Sam) Gary and Lacey (Dan) Bridge; great-grandfather of Phoebe Grace Gary; half-brother of Florence Loughry and Carolyn Ruth (Bob) Ansell; brother-in-law of Eleanor Ashbaugh; also survived by his "Flings" Friends. Harry was a World War II Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a farmer, mechanic, retired from Beckwith, Femco, and Benolite. He enjoyed traveling in their motor home, working with his wife at Draperies By Jean, and was a proud owner of his Harley and antique cars. He was also a lifetime member of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Forbes Trail Lodge No. 783 F and AM services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. We want to thank the nursing staff at Westmoreland Hospital, Dr. Monsour and Pastor Ciampa for their kindness and support during Harry's final days. We lost a great and loving man. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Tracy Loughry Scholarship Fund, c/o Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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Masser, Christopher A. 66

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1948-10-12
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Christopher Andrew Masser, 66, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in McKeesport, a son of the late William Andrew and Marion Cecilia Marten Masser. He was the former owner of Log Cabin Tire Company, Greensburg, a member of the Downtown United Methodist Church in Madison and was a state champion sporting clay shooter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jubec; and his brother, William Anthony Masser. He was survived by his former wife, Annaliese Cole Masser, of Hempfield; his three daughters, Allison Davies and husband, Shawn, of Hempfield, Kristin Masser, of New Orleans, La., and Erika Smith and husband, Kenneth, of Irwin; four grandchildren, Breanna Jubec, Liam and Finn Davies and Anika Smith; a sister, Sandra Jeanne McFall, of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Chris from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Bossart officiating. Interment will be private. Chris' 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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Meehan, John D. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • John Donald Meehan, 84, of Murrysville, peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Doris (Jack) Meehan; devoted father of Donna Pisani, Patrick (Rosemarie) Meehan and Erin Lynn (James) Daugherty; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Stettmier, Lauren Pisani, Sean, Joshua and Tricia Meehan, James (Melissa) Daugherty and Brittney (Travis) Armstrong; and two great-grandchildren, Aicen Armstrong and Luca Daugherty. John was a Navy Korean War veteran and an employee of AT and T for 39 years. He loved Florida, and spent 20 years of his retirement winters in Fort Myers. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport St., Delmont. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh (for Macular Degeneration Research), 203 Lothrop St., Suite 251, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Nolan, Susan 96

  • Southwest Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-02-19
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Susan Nolan, 96, of Southwest Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Andrew and Susan (Vargo) Machuga. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree. She enjoyed life to the fullest and especially her trips to the casinos with her daughters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Terrance "Buzzy" Nolan; a son-in-law, Jack Tricini; eight brothers, Andy, Pete, Steve, Joe, Mike, Nick, George and John Machuga; and a sister, Ann DeAugustine. She is survived by two daughters, Virgina "Ginger" Tricini, of Greensburg, and Janet Darragh and Steve Shefchek, of Southwest Greensburg; five grandchildren, Mary Lynn (Steven) Semekoski, Kelli (Matt) Dreistadt, John Tricini, Kim (Brian) Packey and Ron (Patti) Darragh; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mollie Dreistadt and Steven and Sarah Semekoski; and her special caregivers, Fran Watson and Mercedes Shefchek. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree, with the Rev. Justin Matro, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhome.com.
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O'Toole, Dorothy J. 72

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1942-06-07
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Dorothy J. Sapola O'Toole, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Mountainview Select Specialty Nursing Home, Greensburg. Mrs. O'Toole was born June 7, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Paul and Julia Hudzema Sapola. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church. Dorothy was a 1959 graduate of the former Hurst High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College. Dorothy had been employed as a school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, retiring with more than 37 years of service. She was a member of PSEA, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club, Hilltop Quilters and the Old Lady's Quilting Group. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, collecting antiques and walking to church for daily Mass. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her time with her family. Dorothy had a love for life and a determined spirit during her illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dorothy is survived by her loving family; her husband of 45 years, Lawrence F. O'Toole; her children, Rosemary J. Nestler and her husband, Frank, of Champion, Christopher P. O'Toole and his wife, Heather, of Carlisle, and Patrick T. O'Toole and his wife, Becky, of Mt. Joy; and her beloved grandchildren, Sophia and Talia Nestler and Julia and Owen O'Toole. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Halligan and her husband, John, of Freedom; and her sister-in-law, Betty Sapola, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, William and James Sapola. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by her funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in the Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Osip, Erwin A. 85

Osip, Erwin A. 85

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1929-11-25
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Erwin A. Osip, retired Air Force Staff Sergeant, 85, of Scottdale, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Excela Heath Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Mr. Osip was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Everson, the son of the late Anthony and Rose Sochacki Osip. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Erwin served for 20 years and two days in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for U.S. Steel Edgar Thompson Works. Erwin was a member of the American Legion Post 446 and the VFW Post 3368, both of Mt. Pleasant, and the PAK Club of Everson. He is survived by his loving family: his daughters, Rita Palmer and her husband, Wayne, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rose Osip, of Scottdale; by his grandson, Jonathan Kolar and Nicole; and his very special great-granddaughter, Kennedy Marie Kolar, of whom he was most proud. Erwin is also survived by his brothers and sister, Joseph, Tony and Helen. In addition to his parents, Erwin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary I. Dearmitt, in 2010; and his brothers and sisters, Eugene, Lewis, Chester, Florence and Frances, and three infant siblings. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home, followed by his funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, concluding with military rites. Private inurnment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Excela-Health Hospice in memory of Erwin A. Osip. To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at: http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Perriello, Dale E. 63

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dale A. Perriello, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Hildann (O'Barto) Perriello for 32 years; loving father of Tina (Jason) Ondish, of Washington Township, Joseph (Tara) Perriello, of North Huntingdon, and Ashley (Jimmy) Cheripka, of North Huntingdon; proud and dear grandfather of Angeles, Gavin, Isabella, Sawyer, Kemper and Walker Ondish; Joseph Perriello Jr.; Kylee and Myrah Cheripka; brother of Jody (Sandy) Perriello, of Plum. Dale was a retired employee of Gexpro in Pittsburgh. He was a hardworking, outstanding family man, provider, husband, Dad and Pappy. Friends will be welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. For full obituary or online condolences visit http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Risley, Geraldine E. 67

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1947-03-05
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Geraldine E. Risley, 67, of Latrobe, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Emeritus at Latrobe. She was born March 5, 1947, in Latrobe, a daughter of Stella F. (Huysak) Kuba, of Bradenville, and the late George Kuba. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. She was a retired respiratory therapist having worked at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey and Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Beverly Molchan and her husband, Dennis, of Humble, Texas; a brother, Dennis Kuba and his wife, Karen, of Marietta, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Rey and Denice Gonzales, Lance Molchan and Matthew Kuba. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Panachida service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Emeritus at Latrobe for their excellent care and compassion. 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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Sefchick, Martin J. 96

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1918-11-12
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Martin J. Sefchick, 96, of Norvelt, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Born Nov. 12, 1918, he was a son of the late Steve Sr. and Mary (Hahula) Sefchick. Martin was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and a graduate of Hurst High School, class of 1937. Prior to retirement in 1987, he was employed by Super Valu (Charley Brothers) as a customer service director. In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Margaret C. (Condupa) Sefchick; siblings, Elizabeth Swiderski, Joseph Sefchick and Steve Sefchick Jr. He was the last surviving member of his family. Martin is survived by his son, Niles Sefchick and wife, Judith, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Sherri and Donald Conde, of Greensburg, and Jodi Douglas Sefchick, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Rachel Coletta and fiance, Andrew Lopacinski, of New Kensington, Ashley Coletta, of Greensburg, and Morgan and Raymond Douglas, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; stepgrandson, Jordan Conde, of Connellsville; plus numerous nieces and nephews. As per Martin's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Martin's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Entombment to follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the non-profit organization which grants senior citizen wishes, Don't Stop Dreamin, 512 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001. To leave an online condolence, visit hofferfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the administration and staff of both Easy Living Country Estates and Medi Hospice.
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Vudragovich, Frances M. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-06-15
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Frances M. Vudragovich, 90, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924, in Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia. She was a daughter of the late Franc and Ana (Zibert) Bele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Mike Vudragovich; as well as two brothers, Franc Bele and Joseph Bele; and two sisters, Marija Bele and Josephine (Pepca) Gorjan. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Nancy, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, David and his wife, Jessica, of Heiskell, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Kathryn, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Ana Bele, of Slovenia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and family. She came to the United States with an uncle, Joseph Kebe, in 1934 and had been an active member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, since that time. Most recently, she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and Memorial Funeral Choir of the church. She was also active at the McKenna Senior Center. She worked at the A.E. Troutman Department Store for 29 years and Southwest Bank of Pennsylvania for 10 years. The family especially wishes to thank everyone at St. Anne Home for the excellent and loving care they provided Frannie for the past four years. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The Rosary Altar Society of St. Bruno Church will pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Witucki, Donald V. 79

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1935-04-05
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Donald V. Witucki, 79, of Irwin, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born April 5, 1935, in West Natrona, a son of the late Alfred and Frances Simcoviak Witucki. Don was a 1953 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Korean War. Don was above all a devoted family man. His greatest joy in life was Sunday dinner for the whole family. He was an ardent Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt basketball fan. Every day he could be seen walking his beloved cat, Charlie. He was a kind, selfless man, a legend in the building world, and was loved by everyone whose life he touched. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Mohan Witucki; daughter, Kathy (Laurie) Faunce; daughter-in-law, Judy Witucki; and by his grandchildren, Kylie and Nick Witucki. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matt Witucki, on Jan. 3, 2011; and by his sister, Toni Sluka. Friends will be received from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 8 p.m. Saturday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Yawczak, Gertrude 99

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1915-02-05
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Funeral Home: Frederick, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Gertrude Yawczak, 99, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Feb. 5, 1915, in Bradenville, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Yawczak and Theophilia Rudy Yawczak. She was retired from the dietary department of Torrance State Hospital and was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by five brothers, all World War II veterans, John, George, Peter, Theodore and Nicolaus (Mickey) Yawczak; and two sisters, Sophie Kopetsky and Mary Trovel; also one nephew, Joseph Kopetsky. She is survived by her sister, Kathryn Daniels; neices and nephews, Marcia (Trovel) Ballinger and her husband, Charles, Charles Trovel and his wife, Kathleen, Lisa (Daniels) Timek and her husband, Frank, Mary (Daniels) Lafferty, and Daniel Yawczak and his wife, Tammy; great-nieces and great-nephews, including Michelle Ballinger, Kelsey and Cassidy Lafferty, Cheryl Kopetsky, Christopher Trovel and his wife, Tzu-Chieh and Brandon Trovel and his wife, Jennifer; and one great-great-nephew, Alexander Trovel. There will be no public visitation. A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4827 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650, with, the Rev. Yaroslav Koval officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. To send condolences, please visit http://www.FrederickFuneralHome.com.
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Carpinelli, Richard L. 95

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1920-01-11
  • Died: 2015-01-30
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Richard Lawrence Carpinelli, 95, a longtime resident and local businessman in Connellsville, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Greensburg, a son of the late James and Mary Renze Carpinelli. Richard was a graduate of the Greensburg High School, with the class of 1938. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a staff sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry of the Army. Richard was very civic-minded and had belonged to many clubs and organizations. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus No. 948, the BPO Elks No. 503, Loyal Order of MOOSE No. 16, Connellsville VFW No. 21 and he was a longtime member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club. He was also a member of St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. The family would like to give a special thanks to Donna Hayes and the staff of Amedysis Hospice for all of their wonderful care given to Richard during his illness. Richard will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family: his children, Robert Carpinelli and wife, Debbie, of Forest, Va., Richard Carpinelli and wife, Paula, of Gibsonia, James Carpinelli and wife, Kimberly, of Connellsville, Carol Rencheck and husband, Michael, of Powell, Ohio, and John Carpinelli and wife, Jessica, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Katie Wiltrout and husband, Chris, Lauren Carpinelli, Jessica Carpinelli, Michael Rencheck, Rob Carpinelli and Mitchell Rencheck; his brothers, Vince Carpinelli and wife, Vernie, of Roanoke, Va., and Ernie Carpinelli and wife, Mary, of Greensburg; and his sister, Donna Carr, of North Carolina. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Jean Soltis Carpinelli; a daughter, Mary Ann Carpinelli; his sisters, Terry Shaner, Kay Nesta and Rosella Carpinelli; and his brothers, Joseph and Nick Carpinelli. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Rita's Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Amedysis Hospice, 109 Crossroads Road, Suite 400, Scottdale, PA 15693, in memory of Richard L. Carpinelli. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Pounds, Janet L. 70

  • Houston, Texas
  • Born: 1944-11-29
  • Died: 2015-01-24
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  • Janet Lynn Pounds, 70, of Houston, Texas passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Houston, Texas, following a short battle with respiratory failure. She was a survivor of three primary cancers for more than 18 years. Born Nov. 29, 1944, in Dallas, Texas, she was the 1962 Valedictorian of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, La., and belonged to the school's cheerleading squad. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (1966) and Master of Science (1968) in chemistry from Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and the Golden Girls of the LSU Tiger Band. Her professional career began as a chemistry instructor at Southern University and continued for 32 more years as a research chemist for PPG Industries. She shared her love and knowledge of chemistry with family and friends, whether they were struggling to pass a chemistry class or unexpectedly in everyday situations. In 1971, Janet joined the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Organization of Women and lobbied aggressively for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).She became an active member of the Montgomery County NOW Chapter in 2013. She was a past member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, La., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Barberton, Ohio, St. Alban's Chapel at LSU in Baton Rouge, St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Murrysville and a current member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston. Janet was devoted to her cat and three dogs and was actively involved in supporting Hungry Dog Rescue in Montgomery, Texas. She also spent hours feeding and watching birds in her backyard. Janet is survived by her husband, John Dwayne Driskill; daughter, Kristina Schori Pounds, of Denver, Colo.; brother, Charles Granville Pounds; and sister-in-law, Donna Harris Pounds, of Alvin, Texas; and nephews, Trevor Scott Pounds, of Seattle, Wash., Christopher Michael Pounds, of Houston, and John Edward Pounds, of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Edward Pounds and Marilyn Carlton Pounds, of Dallas. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at GREEN OAKS FUNERAL HOME, in Baton Rouge, where funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Mark Holland officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 or to your local animal rescue organization.
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Ray, Sean E. 46

  • Lutz
  • Born: 1968-03-27
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Pantalone, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Sean Earl Ray, 46, of Lutz, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Florida, where he lived for the past 10 years with his family. He was born on March 27, 1968. He was the beloved son of the late Arline Gertrude Ray Robinson and George Earl Ray, of Greensburg. Sean was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, class of 1986. Sean served his country from 1987 to 1991 in the Marine Corps with one tour of duty in Desert Storm. Sean was a motorcycle enthusiast and a respected member of Sin City Deciples Motorcycle Club, Tampa Chapter. His brothers knew him as "Lawdog." His untimely death leaves behind a 91 year old grandmother; a son, Christian; and two daughters, Marisa and Selena Ray. He is also survived by a brother, Keith Jones; a sister, Nakia Katonka; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the uncle of Bobby, Keith, Brandon, Valencia, Arlaina, DaShawn, Ezekiel, Noah, Josiah, Precious, and Elias. Our hearts are heavy with sadness. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Sean from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Crisis Line, spreadtheword.veteranscrisisline.net. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Sean'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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