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Ankney Sr., Edward W. 81

  • Hillside
  • Born: 1933-01-04
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Derry | Get Directions
  • Edward W. Ankney Sr., 81, of Hillside, died unexpectedly Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Hillside, a son of the late Lemon O. and Sarah Elizabeth Wedge Ankney. Ed was an Army veteran. He was a former road master for South Loundon Derry Township and a former Derry Township supervisor. He worked at Blairsville Westinghouse in the 70s. His memberships include the Hillside United Methodist Church, LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM of Derry, Thomas B. Anderson Royal Arch, Latrobe, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Westmoreland Forest No. 77, Kedron Commandery No. 18, Latrobe, Lamas Club, Latrobe, Scottish Rite Valley Coudersport and the Olivet Council No. 13, Latrobe. He loved gardening and hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Dean, Bill, John and Donald Ankney; a half-sister, Sarah Mickey; and four half-brothers, Charles, Arthur, Norman and Robert Ankney. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Catherine J. "Susie" Willard Ankney; his two sons, Edward Ankney Jr.(Debra), of Marion Center, and Randall Ankney, of Hillside; four sisters, Grace Johnson, of Derry, Betty Guiher and Hazel Byers, of Hillside, and Helen Mascilak, of North Huntington; two brothers, Duane Ankney (Anna Mae), of Segar, and Ronald Ankney (Paula), of Latrobe; seven grandchildren, Holly Woodley, Sarah, Aaron, Joseph, Jenny, Richard, and Abby Ankney; one great-granddaughter, Ali Woodley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the MCCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. John Emigh officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. LaMonte Lodge No. 568 F and AM will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
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Blycheck, Paul B. 96

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1917-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Haky, Uniontown | Get Directions
  • Paul B. Blycheck (Blaziec), 96, of Latrobe, formerly of Uniontown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at St. Anne's Nursing Home in Greensburg. He was born Dec. 29, 1917, in Dearth, son of the late Paul and Elizabeth (Hriska) Blazicek. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline Janos, Mary Bradshaw, Sister Sylvia Blazicek and Ann Zahuranic; and a stepgrandchild, Randy Mitchell. Paul was a member of St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown, where he served as an usher for many years. He recently attended St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe. Paul worked most of his life as a painter in the construction industry and served in the Army during World War II. He was also a member of the former Uniontown VFW, the Amvets, Slovak Club and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Uniontown. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth Blycheck, of Confluence; son, Paul Blycheck and wife, Chrissy, of Latrobe; granddaughters, Abigail, Grace, Mary and Lucy Blycheck; stepdaughters, Nancy Mitchell and husband, Robert, of Confluence, Sally McClintok, of Somerset, and Barbara Shipley and husband, Ron, of Confluence; stepgrandchildren, Brooke Fichtner, Jena Brenneman, David Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell and Bria Shipley; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Logan Mitchell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave., Ext., Uniontown, and until 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, when prayers of transfer will be said. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church, 61 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown, with the Rev. Peter L. Peretti as celebrant. Interment will be held at St. Mary (Nativity) Cemetery, Uniontown, where military honors will be accorded by the North Union VFW. The parish wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. The Knights of Columbus will also have a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at http://www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
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Ciacco, Ralph E. 64

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Born: 1950-06-06
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Ralph Eugene Ciacco, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Mr. Ciacco was born June 6, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of the late Eugene M. and Marjorie J. Petro Ciacco. He was a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ. Ralph was a 1968 graduate of the Southmoreland High School. He is the President and CEO of Penn State Tool and Die Corporation. Ralph was a board member for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and served as a trustee of the Foundation. He was also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Ralph was an avid hunter and an Italian food connoisseur. He loved living in a small town and one of his favorite pastimes was going for drives on the back roads through the country and stopping for a Dairy Queen, or at one of their favorite restaurants. He also enjoyed traveling to Lancaster with his wife, enjoying the beautiful countryside and the Amish food. His best moments, however, were spent with his little "stinkweeds", his grandchildren, Alex and Katie. Ralph was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ralph is survived by his loving family, his wife of 42 years, Cheryl A. Cramer Ciacco; his daughter, Roslyn Karstedt and her husband, Rick, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his beloved grandchildren, Katie Belle and Alex Jonathan Karstedt. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Ralph will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Bob Chambers, Minister of the Scottdale Church of Christ, officiating. Entombment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Donations are also being accepted in honor of Ralph's legacy to the industry of tooling and machining through the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., specifically for their apprenticeship program.This program will assist young people in getting a start in the same career as Ralph. Ralph's greatest desire was helping young people today get started in this industry. Checks can be made payable to "Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF" and mailed to: Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Foundation Inc., 107 Freedom Court, Moon Township, PA 15108. Please note that all donations are tax deducible. Tax ID 43-1955325, 501c3. To offer an online condolence, please visit our web site at http://www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Cline, Barbara J. 66

  • Export
  • Born: 1948-09-15
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Barbara J. (Lauffer) Cline, 66, of Export, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home. She was born Sept. 15, 1948, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Gledhill) Lauffer. Prior to retiring, Barbara was employed in customer service by the former Thrift Drug Company, in Murrysville, and later RIDC Park, Blawnox. She was more recently employed by Alterra Clare Bridge, Murrysville. She was Presbyterian by faith. Barbara will be dearly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Ben Cline; sisters and brothers, Shirley (Bob) Gosnell, of Arizona, John "Pete" (Sherry) Lauffer, of New Kensington, Kathie (Jim) Troutman, of Gastown; and she was the triplet sister of Bill Lauffer, of Arizona, and Betsy (Frank) DeSimone, of New Kensington. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Barbara will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Chaplain Gary Evans officiating. Interment will follow in Fennelltown Cemetery, Hi Acres Road, New Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256, or by phone, 412-261-5040. Please write "Barbara Cline" on check memo line. Barbara's family wishes to offer many thanks to her caregivers and numerous friends at Alterra Clare Bridge. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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DiPasquale, Claude A. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-06-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Claude A. DiPasquale, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. He was born June 3, 1926, in Greensburg, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Testa DiPasquale. Claude was a 1944 graduate of Greensburg High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a petty officer signal man on an LST 1030 in the South Pacific. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University in 1950. Claude was a retired mail carrier for the Youngwood post office. He had been a member of Holy Cross Church, of Youngwood, for over 50 years, a Democratic Committee Person for many years, a life member and past commander of the Youngwood VFW, and a member and past president of the Westmoreland County Nittany Lion Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Lucarelli; two sisters, Anna Marie Erdeky and Flavia Grazan; and a niece, Arlene Lynn. Claude is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Pfeifer DiPasquale; a son, Jim (Dayna) DiPasquale, of Greensburg; a daughter, Patty (Terry) Lucarelli, of Greensburg; three grandsons, Michael Lucarelli, C.J. DiPasquale and Brett DiPasquale, all of Greensburg; a brother, Edmund DiPasquale; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Youngwood. Interment with full military honors accorded by the Armbrust veterans will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg.
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Foust, Barbara R. 79

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-01-05
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara R. Foust, 79, of Greensburg, died Friday Oct. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillian (Storey) Riley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Foust, May 16, 2008; two brothers, Barry and Jack Riley; and a sister, Dorothy Morton. She is survived by a son, Eric Foust, of Tamarac, Fla.; a daughter, Ann Little and her husband, Brian, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kathleen, Keri and Kevin; four sisters, Shirley Walro, of Fla., Ina Riley, Kathy Mehalic and Linda Lavender, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fox, Margaret 87

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Aggie" Fox, of North Huntingdon, died in her sleep Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Westmoreland Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was 87 years old. Aggie, as she was known to everyone, had a great laugh and a sly wit. She also had a very green thumb and her skill was demonstrated in the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers she planted around her house and yard, an always-abundant vegetable garden, and the African violets, Christmas cactus or poinsettias she encouraged to bloom indoors in the dead of winter. She could grow just about anything. In addition to gardening, Aggie also enjoyed knitting, hooking rugs and needlepoint, and for years her family regularly received handmade socks, sweaters, rugs or pieces of needlepoint as much-valued gifts. She also liked to take driving trips to visit family in California, Florida, Indiana and Georgia, and to go on frequent camping trips to state parks in Pennsylvania and New York. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald V. Fox, of North Huntingdon; her daughter, Cyndi Fox, of Pacific Grove, Calif.; and her sons, Thomas S. Fox, of San Francisco, Calif., and Michael P. Fox, of Winter Park, Fla. She was grandmother to Claire Cronin, of Macon, Ga., and Christopher Fox, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and great-grandmother of Neeley and Easton Cronin, also of Macon, Ga. At her request, Aggie will be cremated. A memorial gathering is in the planning stages. For online condolences, please visit http://www.barnhartfuneralhome.com.
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Griffin, Betty R. 92

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1922-03-18
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Betty R. Griffin, 92, of Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born March 18, 1922, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late John L. and Bessie C. (Van Dyke) Daugherty. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin A. Griffin; a son, Franklin L. Griffin and his wife, Deborah; five brothers, infant Dale, Floyd, Donald, Gerald and Larry Daugherty; and her sister, Nell Nutter. She is survived by her daughter, Betsy E. Griffin and her husband, Dennis Adams, of Windber; three sons, David L. and wife, Darlene, of Greensburg, Dean, of Acme, and Timothy Griffin and wife, Edith, of Greensburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Craig S. Pendl officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Westmoreland Manor, 2480 S. Grande Blvd., Greensburg, PA 15601. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hamlin, Peggy A. 64

  • Manor
  • Born: 1950-06-13
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Peggy Ann Hamlin, 64, of Manor, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Crest Personal Care Home in New Alexandria. She was born June 13, 1950, in Latrobe, daughter of Raymond G. McNaughton and Marie B. Newhouse McNaughton. She was co-owner of McNaughton Milling of New Alexandria. Peggy was a member of St. James Church of New Alexandria. She was also very active in supporting the animal rescue league. Peggy loved animals of all types, especially her cat, Callie. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ronald E. Hamlin. She is survived by a sister, Joan Dickerson and husband, George; a brother, David R. McNaughton and wife, Georgette, all of New Alexandria; a niece, Lindsay Haluck and nephews, Michael Dickerson and David and Cory McNaughton; and her cat, Callie. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington Sts., New Alexandria, in charge or arrangements. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, with Monsignor Larry J. Kulick J.C.L. Pastor of St. James Church as Celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria.
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Hantz Sr., George T. 63

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1950-11-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • George T. "Butch" Hantz Sr., 63, of Latrobe, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his son "Rocky's" home. He was born Nov. 27, 1950, in Derry; a son of the late George T. Hantz and Wanda M. (Hull) Hantz. "Butch" was a disabled Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and going to casinos. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie A. (Platt) Hantz; and one brother, Terry Hantz. He is survived by four sons, George T. "Butch" Hantz Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, of Youngstown, Matthew A. "Rocky" Hantz and his wife, Beth, of Derry, Chad R. Hantz and his wife, Danielle, of Savannah, Ga., and Trenent "T.J." Hantz and his wife, Jessica, of Latrobe; three daughters, Tracy Fisher, of Bradenville, Angela M. Galando and her husband, Lyle, of Latrobe, and Melissa McPherson and her husband, Craig, of South Mills, N.C.; two brothers, Donald D. Hantz and his wife, Lori, of Loyalhanna, and Richard W. Hantz and his wife, Donna, of Loganville, Ga.; two sisters, Sara L. "Sally" Beaken and her husband, Samuel, of Latrobe, and Marie V. Brubaker and her husband, Thomas, of Latrobe; 20 grandchildren, Felicia, Kristin, Haley, Justin, Nathan, Madison, Hunter, Jasmine, Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Logan, Savanna, Alana, Asiah, Naia, Jade, Maddox, Justin, Greyson and Salem; and he is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Almon Birt officiating. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery where graveside military services will be accorded by the VFW Post 33, Greensburg. 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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Knopsnider, Ryan D. 31

  • Acme
  • Born: 1983-08-03
  • Died: 2014-10-15
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Ryan D. Knopsnider, 31, of Acme, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He was born Aug. 3, 1983, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Walt Knopsnider and Pam Leeper Knopsnider, who survive. Ryan worked for Dean Lenhart Plumbing and Heating for the past 15 years and recently had been employed with Lineal Industries Inc., and as a laborer with the Local No. 1058 with Price Gregory International. Surviving are his mother, Pam Leeper Knopsnider and companion, Jim Hoover; father, Walt Knopsnider and companion, Dee Boyle; sister, Candy Knopsnider Clark and husband, Jermey; nieces and nephews, Jasmine Madden, Jeffrey, Jagger and Jaden Clark; grandparents, Donna Knopsnider, and Don and Shirley Leeper; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter J. Knopsnider, Mary Ellen and Harold D. Trout, Josephine and John Ray Leeper, and Lossie and Jim Gray. Friends were welcomed Monday, Oct. 20, at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, Melcroft. Services will be held at the Clyde Brooks Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, with Mark Sholtis officiating. Interment will follow in the Knopsnider Cemetery, White, Pa. Contributions may be made to the Knopsnider family in memory of Ryan. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Monessen. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Knopsnider family at http://www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Laufer, Catherine E. 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-13
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Catherine E. Laufer, 61, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 18, 1953, in Jeannette, a daughter of Mary Gelfo Shuster Sweeney, of Greensburg, and the late Andrew Shuster. Catherine was employed by the Dollar Tree Store in Greensburg. In addition to her father, Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Larry Laufer; and her stepfather, Frank Sweeney. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Joseph Shuster and wife, Georgeanne, of Maryland; a sister, Patti Tomayko, of New Kensington; nephews, Joey Shuster and wife, Shujin, and Joshua Shuster; a great-nephew, Andrew Shuster, all of California; an uncle, Anthony Gelfo and wife, Betty; and cousins, Anthony and Eric Gelfo, all of Florida. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Route 30, Jeannette. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, are entrusted with arrangements.
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Leeper Jr., Robert W. 60

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1954-03-23
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Leeper Jr., 60, of Scottdale, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2014, at Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 23, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Robert W. and Evelyn Louise Gonda Leeper Sr. Robert was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and was employed by the borough of Mt. Pleasant as a meter reader with 19 years of service. He was also involved with the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department band for a number of years and was a member of the Connellsville Moose. Bobby was a train enthusiast and had a large collection along with a collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Most recently, he was involved in the Tenant Organization of the Pearl Street Manor, assuming the duties of treasurer. Bobby is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his fiancee, Betty Elaine Porter, of Scottdale; his aunt, Betty Maruszewski, of Tarrs; numerous cousins, Ruth and Don Graft, of Mt. Pleasant, Kimberly and Bob Cramer, of Tarrs, Matthew Graft and Samantha Martin, of Irwin, Lindsey and Alan Love, of Jeannette, Nicole Cramer, of Tarrs, Sophie Love, of Jeannette, Cindy and Dave Forgette, of Mt. Pleasant, Michelle and James Shawly, of Scottdale, Patty and Ray Brandsetter, of West Newton, and Krissy and Bob Garsteck, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Leeper. Bob's family will greet friends from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, at which time his funeral service will be held in the funeral home, with his pastor, the Rev. Kenny Butts, officiating. Committal service and interment will take place Thursday morning in Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences, flowers or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Lunn, William G. 92

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1922-10-03
  • Died: 2014-10-18
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • William G. Lunn, 92, of Irwin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Memory Care, Greensburg, after a long battle with severe Sundowners dementia and Parkinson's disease. He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Adamsburg, a son of the late Franklin Boocks and Irene Abbott Lunn, and was also preceded in death by brothers, Lt. Cameron Stahl Lunn, John Cameron Lunn, Maurice Johnston "Pete" Lunn and Franklin Boocks "Man" Lunn; a sister, Harriet Virginia Lunn Smith; and infant great-granddaughter, Emilee Elizabeth Kiser-Loughran. He is survived by daughters, Lana Lunn (Gary) Washek, of Greensburg, Rene Lunn (Richard) Amen, of Irwin, and a son, Timothy Michael Lunn, of Irwin; grandchildren, Mark Loughran, of Greensburg, Dr. Darren (Jennifer) Loughran, of Oil City, Patrick Boyle (fiance Sharon Paine), of Greensburg, Jeny (Daniel) York, of Irwin, Robert (Keightley) Amen, of Monroeville, Richard Amen, of Wilkes Barre, Brian Lunn and Susie Myslivy and Heather (Dale) Felice, both of Greensburg; great-grandchildren, Cameron Loughran, Shane Loish, Peyton and Landon Loughran, Tegan Boyle, Logan and Gabriel Loughran, Bradley and Allison Hazlett, Khloe Lunn, Hannah and Adam York, Elizabeth, Alex, Matthew, William and Brayden Amen and Chase Welsh; a sister, Jane Maxwell Lunn Kifer, of Ferguson, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Dolores Lunn, of Adamsburg, and Joyce Lunn, of Ligonier; along with many nieces, nephews and numerous good friends. Bill was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1940. After high school, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation before enlisting in the Navy to serve our country. As a World War II veteran, he achieved the rank of Pharmacist Mate, Second Class. Bill was sent to Africa, then to Salerno, Italy, to train for the invasion of southern France and transported to the Pacific area serving on a PT boat, Platoon B-4, Battalion No. 8, until the end of the war and was discharged Dec. 22, 1945. Upon returning from serving his country, he attended Robert Morris College, majoring in accounting. He then began his career in insurance working with his father-in-law, H. Earl Whitehead, at their home in Irwin, (Nationwide Insurance at that time was known as Farm Bureau Insurance). Bill worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agent in Irwin for 53 years. Over that time he acquired many designations; CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), and RHU (Registered Health Underwriter). Bill was a lifetime member of Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, Irwin. Over the years he was extremely active serving as superintendent of Sunday school and an adult Sunday school teacher along with serving on numerous committees both in the Sunday school and church. His passion was sports. He loved the Steelers, Pirates and was an avid Pitt fan. Bill loved to read, mainly history books about World War II as well as others about our country. For many years, Bill was extremely competitive playing racquet ball and hand ball. He enjoyed golf and played tennis into his late 70's. He also enjoyed walking and the outdoors. He was a member of the Carl Leroy McKelvey Post 472, American Legion, Manor, for more than 55 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 33, of Greensburg, and a charter member of the National World War II Museum, in New Orleans, La. Bill was also a charter member of Norwin Rotary serving as president, treasurer and on various committees. He was a member of the Westmoreland Business Referral Association, Westmoreland Investment Club and the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce. Until recently he also enjoyed a Friday lunch group with area businessmen and a Friday happy hour with a group of friends. At Bill's request, there will be no viewing. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship room of the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary with his pastor, Rev. Diane Wiley, officiating. Interment with Naval honors will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Irwin, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ, 133 Altar Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. No flowers please. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Walnut Ridge for their wonderful care and compassion, and also Heartland Hospice for all their insight, excellent care and help over the past year. It takes special people to care for dementia patients and everyone that had a part in his care went way beyond what was required.
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Pogue, Richard L. 95

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1919-04-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Richard L. Pogue, 95, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. He was born April 27, 1919, in Greensburg, the son of the late Clarence and Margaret E. Thomas (Keller) Pogue. He was a retired welder for Westinghouse Electric Corp., Trafford and East Pittsburgh plants, and a Navy veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilburetta L. (Shorthouse) Pogue; and daughter, Gloria Raishart. He is survived by a son, Bruce (Darlene) Pogue, of Georgia; grandchildren, Kimberly (Brian) Bernhardy, of North Versailles, Danielle (Will) Kelly, of North Huntingdon, Jennifer (Morgan) Lamb, of Georgia, Kelly (Michael) Kelley, of Georgia, Stephen Kurtz, Amanda (Rory) Cady, of Arizona, and Christopher Pogue, of Georgia; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Clarkson, of North Carolina; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Eric E. Dennis officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Porter, Ivalean 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-03-27
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Ivalean Porter, of Scottdale, passed away at her home Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Ivalean was born March 27, 1923, in Barren Run, Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late Clarence Finley and Almildra (Kelley) Finley. She was the wife of the late Albert William Porter, who passed away Dec. 9, 2006. Ivalean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and she enjoyed being outdoors and camping with her husband. Ivalean will be sadly missed by her devoted family, her two children, Judith Stoner, of Scottdale, and Clarence L. "Sonny" Porter Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottdale; her four grandchildren, Stacey Stoner, of Herminie, W. Douglas Stoner and wife, Marsha, of Bullskin, C. Lester Porter Jr. and wife, Dee, of Lancaster, and Jayson Porter and wife, Christina, of Lancaster; and her five great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher, Jacob, Ryan and William. In addition to her parents and husband, Ivalean was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ronald Stoner, who passed Sept. 7, 2008. 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 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Committal service and interment next to her husband will follow in Barren Run Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!
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Showman, Ardella R. 88

  • Youngwood
  • Born: 1926-08-03
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, Youngwood | Get Directions
  • Ardella R. Showman, 88, of Youngwood, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home. She was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Tarrs, daughter of the late Henry James and Carrie (Kalp) Stoner. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald I. Showman; two daughters, Mena Showman, of Durango Colo., and Donna Mohar and husband, David, of Hecla; three grandchildren, Erin Shepard, of Milliken, Colo., and Rebecca and Adam Mohar, of Hecla. She is preceded in death by an infant daughter; a son, David K. Showman; four brothers, Paul, Warren, Orton and Carl Stoner; and four sisters, Elsie Craig, Bhirdell Perkins, Beulah Aller and Dorriane Harrity. She was a member of St. John's Union Church, and she was a loving wife and mother. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the C. RICHARD MCCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with pastor Robert Kruel officiating. Interment to follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Family suggests memorial contributions to St. John's Union Church, 170 Hecla Road, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666.
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Turner, Dolores 82

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1932-09-12
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dolores (Brant) Aukerman Turner, 82, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Paul J. and Edith M. (Leonard) Brant. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her former spouse, Earl Aukerman; and a granddaughter, Sherri Aukerman. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Marie Healey and her husband, William, of Greensburg, and Dolores Lehman and her husband, Richard, of Derry; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul E. Brant, of Slidele, La., William J. Brant and his wife, Pat, of West Point, Ohio, and James Brant and his wife, Deanna, of Latrobe; two sisters, Pat King, of Latrobe, and Darlene Garris, of Bradenville; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Miller, Dorothy E. 86

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1928-08-08
  • Died: 2014-10-17
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Dorothy E. Burkley Miller waved her last goodbye to family and friends Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Bairdstown/Blairsville, to Edward Burkley and Edna Roley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Miller; her two brothers, Donald and Kenneth; her sister, Edna Mae; and her two sons, Bradley and Timothy. During World War II, Dorothy worked at the Airplane and Marine Factory in Clearfield and she was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Association. Dorothy was a deeply spiritual woman and her relationship with God was expressed in the way she approached life. No matter what trials came her way, she was responded with the same unwavering faith in her God and surrendered to His will. She was a 40 year breast cancer survivor and volunteered for "Reach for Recovery", an organization that helps those who have experienced breast cancer. Widowed at age 31, Dorothy raised her five children on her own, through the strength of her faith and the help of the people that God always seemed to place in her life to assist or lead her. After the death of her husband, she went to Beauty School and had a successful beauty salon (Dot's Curl Corner) for 43 years. She went back to school at age 42 to add electrolysis to her beauty business. Dorothy was also a valued employee of the Brooks Funeral Home Inc. since 1973. She leaves behind a rich legacy, an example of a life well lived. She searched for ways to share her passion of Our Lord with others. She has been a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, since 1948, joined the Charismatic renewal in 1970, was a member of Christ's Light of the Cross prayer group and a Diocesan leader since 1980. She became a Eucharistic Minister, headed a music ministry for the charismatic movement in the Greensburg Diocese called "Dot and the Doves". She was a hospice volunteer and later became a public speaker, sharing her story with others who have experienced traumatic loss in their lives. She is survived by three daughters, Janice Hay, Nancy Leidy and Barbara Jack; two stepchildren, Jeff Sechrist and Karen Sechrist Anderson; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Cornwall and Nancy Miller; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Christ's Light of the Cross Prayer Group will gather at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brookshomes.com.
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Washington County

Helfer, Delila D. 59

  • Washington , Formerly of Murrysville
  • Born: 1955-03-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Warco-Falvo, Washington | Get Directions
  • Delila Dawn Helfer, 59, of Washington, formerly of Murrysville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Washington Hospital. She was born March 29, 1955, in Apollo, the daughter of Brooks F. Troup Sr. and Pauline "Polly" Morrow Troup, of Apollo. Mrs. Helfer was a 1973 graduate of Kiski Area High School. She was an avid Hallmark ornament collector and was also a member of HECK (Hallmark East Collectors Klub). Mrs. Helfer loved spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters (her two princesses). She married Kenneth A. Helfer on June 5, 1976, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Nicole M. (Jeffrey) Dunn, of Washington, and Brooke M. (Richard) Boggess, of Houston; two brothers, Brooks "Fred" (Marietta) Troup Jr., of Middletown, Md., and Edward (Teresa) Troup, of Apollo; two granddaughters, Riley A. Dunn and Evelyn V. Boggess, along with several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the WARCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., Wilson at E. Katherine Aves., Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to Susan G. Komen http://www.Komen.org. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
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Bigler, Bryce A. 2

  • Elizabethtown
  • Born: 2012-08-29
  • Died: 2014-10-19
  • Funeral Home: Miller/Sekely, Elizabethtown | Get Directions
  • Bryce A. Bigler, 2, of Elizabethtown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with Niemann Pick Disease Type A. He was born Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Lancaster, the son of Matthew Bigler and Cortney Showalter. Bryce was always a happy, content child with a smile that could light up a room and never wanted to be treated differently because of his illness. He enjoyed watching the Bubble Guppies and Looney Toons, and especially liked Porky Pig. Giraffe's were his favorite of all the animals. Bryce ultimately loved fire trucks and because of this he was an honorary member of Elizabethtown Fire Department, Rheems Fire Department and North Irwin Fire Company. He was also bestowed the title of chief, lieutenant, and paramedic at other fire departments. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandfather, Keith Showalter, of Elizabethtown; maternal grandmother, Marian Williams and her husband, Jeff, of Elizabethtown; paternal grandfather, Keith Bigler, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Mary Smith and her husband, Larry "Smitty", of Jeannette; an aunt, Lindsey Showalter, of Elizabethtown; an uncle, Scott Bigler and his wife, Devon, of Manor; and several cousins and a large extended family. A memorial service to honor Bryce will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552, with Pastor Jim Moynihan officiating. Visitation will be from 1p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the church. Arrangements are under the care of the MILLER-SEKELY FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY OF ELIZABETHTOWN. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster for the exceptional service they provided. To share condolences, please go to http://www.millerfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions in Bryce's name may be made to Wylder Nation Foundation, 8912 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite F9-574, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 or to Quinn Madeleine Inc., PO Box 721, Lynbrook, NY 11563.
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Conte, Mafalda 87

  • Westerville, Ohio
  • Died: 2014-10-19
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  • Mafalda "Ginny" Conte, 87, of Westerville, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Domenic; and her daughter, Darlene Manley. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Wilcox and Sandra Conte; grandchildren, Domenic (Daniella) Manley, Michael (Karly) Manley, Joseph (Kristy) Manley and Carmon Wilcox; and four great-grandchildren. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State St., with prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., Westerville, with Father David Gwinner, Celebrant. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences can be made at http://www.HillFuneral.com.
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