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Biller, Jonathan W. 38

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1976-07-21
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Jonathan W. Biller, 38, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born July 21, 1976, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Theresa E."Tess" Brzezinski Biller, of Mt. Pleasant, and the late William "Budda" Biller, who died Dec. 21, 2009. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School Class of 1995. He was a certified Heat and Air Conditioning Technician and was employed by Callis Corp. of New Kensington. Jonathan was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding quads. Jonathan is gone from our lives but will forever remain in the hearts of his family. In addition to his mother he is survived by three children, Jonathan W. "Billy" Biller Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, Justin Robert Biller and Janis R. Biller, both of Hunker; his two brothers, Jason P. Biller and Kate, and Joseph M. Biller and Jaymie McCabe, all of Mt. Pleasant; a sister-in-law, Jamie L. Ruggiero Biller, of Greensburg, his paternal grandfather, William R. Biller Sr., of Mt. Pleasant; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Amy L. Schultheis and husband, Chris, of Ruffsdale; and a number of aunts and uncles. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Bird, Mary A. 99

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1915-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Bird, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1915, in New Kensington, to the late Slaman and Helen Abbott Hanna-Sabbagh. Mrs. Bird was a graduate of the Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing and was a pediatric nurse for Dr. Plotkin at the Russellton Miner's Clinic. She and her late husband operated the Bird Nursery of Mt. Pleasant and New Kensington, and their primary interests included raising experimental hybrids of azaleas and rhododendrons. She was also an avid reader. Mary Alice was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are her son, George G. Moffat, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, George H. (Lesley) Moffat, Darragh (Russ) Bailey, Stuart (Julie) Moffat and Paul (Crystal) Moffat; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dr. Henry J. Bitar Jr. and his wife, Patricia. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Bird, who died Sept. 1, 1992; sisters, Elmaza Michael, Amelia Zabec, Effie Alex, Rose Marie Bitar, Anne Thomas, Stella Moses, Lillie Chakur and Ruth Wilson; and brothers, John Hanna, Sam Hanna, Mark Hanna and Albert Hanna, who died in childhood. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Amber House at Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant or the Connellsville Church of God in Mary Alice's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Buchan, Pete 78

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1936-09-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Pete Buchan, 78, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Latrobe, he was the son of the late Marko Bucan and Helen Annie (Korenich) Bucan. Pete was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police as a Sergeant on July 5, 1989 after 31 years of service. While in the State Police, Pete was detached to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation during the years of 1968 to 1969 for undercover work in organized crime. He was named supervisor of the Greensburg Vice Unit in 1970 and in July of 1971, Pete started a western Pennsylvania Narcotics Detail and assumed command of the Region Five Strike Force. Pete was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July 1972. In October of 1980, Pete left the Narcotics division to return to Greensburg where he assumed the roles of traffic sergeant, crime sergeant, vice sergeant and commander of the Somerset station. A Korean War veteran, Pete served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, stationed in the United States and Paris, France. After his retirement from the State Police, he also worked for a number of years as a safety supervisor for Mashuda Corporation. Pete was also an avid woodworker and quilter, and his quilts were exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, and in an exhibition titled "Men of Biblical Proportions," which traveled throughout the United States. His handmade miniature pianos are exhibited in the homes of friends and family throughout the United States as well. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved son, Daniel Peter; four brothers, John, Michael, William and George; and four sisters, Mary Bordanaro, Helen Demyanovich, Dorothy Krinock and Catherine Sluk. Pete is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret (Gebhardt) Buchan, of Latrobe; daughter, Mary Paige Coyne (and John), of Stockholm, N.J.; daughter, Amy Buchan Baldonieri (and Kenneth M.), of Greensburg; and three grandchildren, Katie Lynn Coyne, of Stockholm, N.J., Hannah Paige Buchan and Maggie Dawn Buchan, both of Latham, N.Y. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pete's name to the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, (http://www.psp-hemc.org.) or the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation (http://www.psta.org/troopers.php). To sign online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Cameron, Robert F. 65

  • Formerly of Latrobe
  • Born: 1949-06-25
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Robert Frederick "Fritz" Cameron, 65, formerly of Latrobe and Arnold, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey. He was born June 25, 1949, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Charles Robert and Helen (Tutka) Cameron. Fritz joined The Peace Corps as a volunteer in 1979 and started teaching math in Ghana, West Africa. After two years, he moved to Istanbul, Turkey, to continue teaching math at Robert College, where he met his wife, Derin. In 1983, Fritz moved again, this time to Kuwait, to teach at the American School of Kuwait. During the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Fritz was held hostage by the Iraqis for four and a half months. Undeterred by this experience, Fritz volunteered once again to go back and rebuild ASK after the liberation of Kuwait. Through the years, his role at ASK changed from math teacher to physical education teacher and finally student activities director for close to two decades. He coached basketball, volleyball and softball through the years at different levels. Despite his illness, he insisted on finishing the school year at ASK in 2013. Apart from his love for family and ASK, Fritz was an avid softball player. He participated in several international tournaments in Dubai, Cairo, Dhahran and Bangkok. Fritz spent his summer vacations in Latrobe with his beloved sisters and thoroughly enjoyed their golf games, jogging around the neighborhood, summer barbecues, visits to Muskoka, Canada, Steelers and Pirates games. Fritz is survived by his wife, Derin Dosdogru Cameron; three children, Sarah Nile Cameron, Joseph Marlee Cameron and Grace Derin Cameron; and four sisters, Cindy Pieza (Tom), of Lower Burrell, Debbie Iskra (Gary), of Cohasset, Mass., Nancy Smail (Jim), of Ligonier, and Robin Kniffen (Alan), of Latrobe. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe. Everyone please go directly to the church. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com. Please visit http://www.ask.edu.kw/fritz-cameron.html to see the impact Fritz made on students, faculty and friends.
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Frye, Richard M. 80

  • Export , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1934-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Richard M. Frye, 80, of Export, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, with his beloved family at his side. He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Greensburg, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret Olive (Hugus) Frye. Prior to retiring, Richard was employed by U.S. Steel in the research department. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War and will be remembered as "a true patriot." Richard was a member of the Veterans of the Korean War and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wesley Frye; and sister-in-law, June Frye. Richard will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Annette (Kapera) Frye; daughters, Brenda Frye and her fiance, Mark Bope, both of Shadyside, and Sonya Sauter and her husband, Kevin, of Missouri; and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his loyal canine companions, Lady, Chipper and Ava. Richard was the proud and loving grandfather of Griffin and Carly. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. A blessing service for Richard will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg, will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online: http://www.dav.org. Please write "Richard Frye" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Gelsdorf, Richard J. 74

  • Derry
  • Born: 1939-11-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Gelsdorf, 74, of Derry, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Derry, a son of the late William Edward Gelsdorf and Margaret T. (Kopcha) Gelsdorf. He was a member at St. Martin's Church and was retired from G.C. Murphy Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward P. Gelsdorf. Richard is survived by two sons, Greg Bucciarelli, of Latrobe, and Chris Bucciarelli, of Mt. Lebanon; and a brother, John W. Gelsdorf, of Derry. There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Martin's Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen West as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Martin's cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors at Latrobe Family Practice, nurses of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital IMU and ICCU departments, and the nurses and "Reverend Mother" of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice for their tremendous care. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Hall, Ruth J. 91

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1923-02-13
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Ruth Jean "Jeannie" Hall, 91, of Thompson, Ohio, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Blossom Hill Care Center, Huntsburg, Ohio. She was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Adelaide, a daughter of the late Henry William and Hazel Marie Washabaugh Seighman. Ruth was a telephone operator for 42 years with Bell Telephone, later known as AT and T, before retiring in 1985. She was a member of First Christian Church, Greensburg. Also, she was a member of Telephone Pioneers, AARP No. 3897 and a former member of the Greensburg YWCA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Hall; four brothers, Bill, Crawford, Donald and Jack Seighman; and two sisters, Sara Kalp and Dolores Early. She is survived by two sisters, Doris Hough, of Fairchance, and Marlyn Sullivan, of Thompson, Ohio; also, a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. Renny Domske officiating. Interment will be in Pennsville Independent Cemetery. For more information and online condolences, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Jones, LaRay A. 33

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1981-07-27
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • LaRay Anton Jones, 33, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born July 27, 1981, in Jeannette, a son of Veronica Jones, of Jeannette, and Louis Berry III, of Rankin. He was employed by PPG Industries and he co-owned Steel City Soles. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, Jeannette, graduated from Jeannette High School in 1999 then served in the Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom and afterwards worked for the Department of Defense. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Nila Pigott, of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Ciara Smith, of Jeannette; a brother, Joseph Johnson, of Columbia, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Floretha Jones, of Jeannette; paternal grandmother, Ruth Jefferson, of Rankin; and host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Keith Jones; and cousin, Daveen Jones. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hopewell Baptist Church, 436 Chestnut St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the church, with Pastor Anthony Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, entrusted with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Kakos, Mary 97

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1916-11-15
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Mary Andresio Kakos, 97, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Mingo Junction, Ohio, a daughter of the late John and Susan (Cibota) Andresio. Mary was employed as a cake decorator for more than eight years by Pacific Bakery. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, in North Huntingdon, and a former member of Holy Trinity Church, in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George J. Kakos Sr.; a son, George J. Kakos Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kakos; a brother, Michael Anderson; and sisters, Anna Kakos and Susie Bickerstaff. Mary loved crocheting and playing bingo at St. Anne's. Surviving are four children, Thomas W. Kakos and his wife, Janet, of Bethel Park, Joseph J. Kakos, of Vanderbilt, Eleanor J. Swartz, of West Mifflin, and Janet Fazio and her husband, Anthony, of North Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Tom, Suzanne, Mark, Dan, Gary, Jeff, Pam, Bob and Joanne; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Nicholson, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Anne Home and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they gave to Mary. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Kratzenberg, Anna M. 72

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Anna Mary "Blanche" (Watt) Kratzenberg, 72, of Penn Township, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph C. Kratzenberg; loving mother of Jeffrey Allen (Carolyn) Kratzenberg, of Brunswick, Ohio, and Trina (Frank) Tarr, of Irwin; and sister of Lyle, Leonard and Edna Watt. Blanche was a well-known seamstress in the Penn Township area for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721), where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Joseph Hedden officiating. Interment to follow at Twin Valley Memorial. http://www.LindsayFH.com.
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McDowell, Mildred G. 79

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1934-11-17
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Mildred G. McDowell, 79, of Ligonier, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Noah and Cora (Roddy) Knupp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene McDowell; and an infant son. She was a member of the Laughlintown Christian Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a mentor to her family. She is survived by her four loving children, Judy (Thomas) Cataldo, of Florida, Jerry (Sandy) McDowell, of Ligonier, Linda (Robert) Queer, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Bobbi) McDowell, of Ligonier; six grandchildren, Lisa (A.J.) McQuillan, Thomas Jr. (Stephanie) Cataldo, Timothy (Jodi) McDowell, Michael (Carla) McDowell, Matthew Queer and Faith McDowell; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence (Violet) Knupp, of Ligonier, and Ronald (Helen) Knupp, of Florida. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. George Umphlett and the Rev. Charles Burd co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mildred's name to the Laughlintown Christian Church, PO Box 102, Laughlintown, PA 15655.
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Miller, Thomas A.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Thomas Allan "Al" Miller, of Murrysville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in 1928, in Boston, Ga., he was the son of the late Thomas I. and Pearl (Roper) Miller. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Miller) Young; a brother-in-law, Fred Young; and his beloved wife, Violet J. (VanRy) Miller. He is survived by his three brothers, Roy Miller, of Niles, Mich., Henry Miller (Caroleene), of Tremont, Ill., and Herbert Miller (Marcia), of Statesville, N.C.; two children, Paul Miller (Michelle), of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tamara Zeliff (James), of Export; three grandchildren, Dustin, Alexandra and Haley Zeliff; and 11 nieces and nephews. Al spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga., growing up on the family farm. Later, they moved to a farm in Niles, Mich. Upon graduation from Niles High School, he worked as an arc welder for Studebaker in South Bend, Ind. He attained his private pilot's license in 1949. Al was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served as a Master Sergeant in the Fifth Army Area during the Korean War, working trans harbor craft, and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star for his service. Al married the love of his life, Violet J. VanRy, in 1954. He was a devoted and loving husband and cherished his wife, Violet, all of his life. Al attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He purchased Milford Large Animal Clinic and practiced there for more than 35 years. He is a lifetime Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He participated in field studies for pharmaceutical companies, and working with his partners, brought innovative, compassionate care to his clients. Al was loved and admired by his clients and colleagues for his honesty, sincerity, integrity and intellect. As a dedicated father, and a fun, loving, grandfather, he taught by example. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Golf, fishing and a love of nature and the outdoors were just some of his passions. He loved sharing these activities with his friends and family. Dedicated to the service of others, he was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services to Lions Club's International Foundation. Al was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and received an Award of Gold from his home lodge in Indiana. He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, acting as a lay leader. He served for more than 10 years as the president of the Milford Town Council in Milford, Ind., and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 by the Milford Area Development Committee for his work in the community. Al and Violet moved to Murrysville after his retirement in 1997. Here, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church, the Lions club and performed many volunteer activities. Al loved a good joke and making people laugh. He saw the humor in life and enjoyed brightening people's lives with a funny story. The many and varied experiences of his life became the fodder for his stories, which he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in the Holiday Park United Methodist Church. If desired, charitable donations may be made in Al's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, http://www.michaeljfox.org., or the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, http://www.Redstonehighlands.org/Murrysville, http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Penrose, Lisa A. 56

  • Formerly of Ligonier
  • Born: 1958-03-22
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Mccracken, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Lisa Ann Penrose, 56, formerly of Ligonier, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born March 22, 1958, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Dolores Scott Johnson. Lisa had attended the Ligonier Alliance Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brooke Penrose; and a brother, Clifford Johnson. She is survived by a brother, Jeffrey E. (Kathleen) Johnson, of Ligonier; three sisters, Anita M. Charlton, of Somerset, Doreen L. Rose, of Derry, and Denise Neiderhiser, of Ligonier. A service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Larry C. McDonnell, officiating. Interment will follow in the Beulah Church Cemetery, Somerset. To sign the online guestbook or to send a condolence to the family, please visit http://www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
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Pezze, Mildred 90

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1924-07-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Toots" Pezze, 90, of Rillton, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 1, 1924, in Rillton, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Stopic) Ekovich. Toots worked for Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and Gaich Trucking as an office clerk. She was also a teacher's aide at the Rillton Elementary School. She was a member of Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. Toots was a charter member and treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Rillton. She was also a member of the St. Edward's Sunshine Club in Herminie. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and was famous for her pie-making skills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pezze Jr.; her son, Don Pezze; a brother, Miller Ekovich; and four sisters, Amelia "Mecy" Medich, Dorothy Popovich, Donna Yackovich and Mary Zivkovich. Toots is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. (BettyAnn) Pezze, of Wexford, and Gary (Barb) Pezze, of Grove City; daughter-in-law, Jan Pezze, of West Newton; two special grandchildren, Joey and Lauren; a sister, Angeline Klassen, of Rillton; two special nieces, Marianne Klassen and Martha Reilly; sister-in-law, Julie Ekovich; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Toots will be dearly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Father Milan Medakovich officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Pomen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697, in memory of Toots.
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Venturo, John J. 53

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1961-02-03
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • John J. Venturo, 53, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. John was born Feb. 3, 1961, the son of the late John J. Sr. and Norma Jean (Bradley) Venturo. John was a carpenter by trade and was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Trafford, volunteered helping children in the church and he was a friend of Bill W. John was preceded in death by his son, John David Venturo; his long term companion, Joyce Mack; and a brother, Edward Venturo. He is survived by his children, Dana Lee Venturo and Steven E. Venturo; his granddaughter, Liliana Venturo; a stepson, Michael Mack, all of Trafford; his fiance, Kim Lucarelli, of Trafford; his sister, Camille Venturo, of Trafford, Marianne Zipnock, of New Stanton, and Robert Venturo, of Trafford; uncle, Joe Venturo; and many nieces, nephews, their spuoses and children, cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, with Pastor Justin Judy, officiating. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Zundel, Leona M. 96

  • Hempfield Township
  • Born: 1918-06-23
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Leona M. (McIntire) Zundel, 96, of Hempfield Township, went home to be with Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Westmoreland Manor. She was born June 23, 1918, in Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Alex and Dessie McIntire. Leona was a member of Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where for years she was active in the church choir, missionary and organized and went on many bus trips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther (Dutch) Zundel; daughter, Darlene; two brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are her son, Bernard (Carolyn) Zundel; grandchildren, Christie (Michael) O'Neill, Brad (Lisa) Zundel and Bret (Heidi) Zundel; great-grandchildren, Kelly and Emily O'Neill, Jesse and Lucas Zundel, Kayla Zundel and fiance Mike, Chase and Audrey Zundel; great-great-grandson, Levi; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. The Zundel family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff, nurses and nurse's aides at Westmoreland Manor. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, with the Rev. John Smaligo officiating. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, for her love of children, memorial contributions may be made to Harrold Zion Playing with Faith Playground. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit http://www.kepplegraft.com.
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Asbee, Dennis J. 64

  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Born: 1949-10-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Pidge" Asbee, 64, of Norfolk, Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Pidge enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, fishing and traveling. Pidge is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sharon Giles Asbee; two sons, Nathan (Carrie) Asbee and Lance (Rachael) Asbee; three stepchildren, Chris (Melissa) Vogle, Melinda Vogle and Nicholas (Kristy) Vogle; nine grandchildren, Lily, Jack and Evelyn Asbee, Casey, Dalton, Addison, Colton and Conner Vogle and Cindy Smith; four brothers, Chuck Asbee, Robert (Judy) Asbee, Dan (Debbie) Asbee and Walter (Angel) Asbee; three sisters, Audrey Toth, Pauney Miller and Mildred Douglas; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation information will be announced in tomorrow's Tribune Review. In lieu of flowers, the family requests financial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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