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Earl Lloyd, 1st black player in NBA, dies at 86

By The Associated Press 4:00 p.m.
Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he’s something much bigger. He was a pioneer. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at 86. West Virginia State, his alma mater, confirmed the death but did not ...

Notable deaths of 2015

By The Associated Press 3:37 p.m.
Feb. 27 — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. ...

Broadway dancer became kind, skilled professor

By Stacey Federoff
When he was about 3 years old, Ron Tassone stood on his tiptoes to put nickels into the jukebox in his grandparents’ ice cream parlor ...

Helicopter mechanic was family man who loved his toys

By Craig Smith
When Harrison Ford’s helicopter needed service or Greg Norman wanted a shark painted on his, they called Fred Wagner’s helicopter service at Mt. Pleasant-Scottdale Airport. ...

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Allegheny County

Cook, Marianne 94

  • Verona , Formerly of Forest Hills
  • Born: 1920-12-08
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Marianne "Babe" (Mikulich) Cook, 94, of Verona, formerly of Forest Hills, born Dec. 8, 1920, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Harry O. Cook; daughter, Nancy A. Wagner; son-in-law, Richard Bowling; nieces, Dolores Cook and Barb Mikulich; and siblings, Julie, Stanley and Edward Mukulich. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce (the late Richard) Bowling, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Lisa (James) Prince, Bryan Bowling, Jennifer (Brian) Riley and Joy (Tripp) Greeson; son-in-law, John Wagner; and sister-in-law, Rose Mikulich. She was the great-grandmother of Ashley and Nicholas Prince and Drew and Merrill Greeson; and is also survived by many more nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. "Babe" was a great cook and seamstress and enjoyed her family. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950), where a service will be at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow at William Penn Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kvasnak, Marty 53

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1961-10-15
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Marty Kvasnak, 53, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at home. Born Oct. 15, 1961, in McKeesport, he was a son of George D. and Gerda (Schwarz) Kvasnak, of Elizabeth Township. He was the owner of Garage Door Service Inc., of Lincoln Borough, and member of Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Company No. 184, Western Pennsylvania Carpenters Union No. 142 and member and director of Westmoreland County Four Wheel Drive Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Ruth (Flynn) Kvasnak; son, Jonathan Kvasnak, of Elizabeth Borough; daughter, Rachel Sharp, of Lincoln Borough; and sister, Gerlinda Metheney, of Lincoln Borough. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, where a service will take place at noon Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Borough VFC No. 184. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Reichert, Louise 92

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1922-09-26
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Louise (Wyncoop) Reichert, 92, a resident of the Masonic Village, Sewickley, formerly of Irwin, and Beaver, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Larimer, a daughter of the late William J. and Ethel (DeWalt) Wyncoop. Louise was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Reichert; a daughter, Rebecca Reichert Duke; and siblings, William H. Wyncoop and Patricia Saunders. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Bishop, of Pittsburgh; son-in-law, Richard Duke; a sister, Jane (John) Johnson, of Tucson, Ariz.; also nieces and nephews. There will be no viewing. Services will be private with interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in Louise's memory to Susan G. Komen PO Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265. Funeral arrangements are being handled by WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642, 724-863-1200. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Vercelli, Charles T. 98

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles T. Vercelli, 98, a lifelong resident of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Richardson) Vercelli; loving father of Caroline (Jeff) Duxbury; brother of Anna Scanlon and the late John Vercelli, Mary Knapp, Gulyerma Krenn, Gustine Krenn, Felix Vercelli and Corinne Benes; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at North American Martyrs Church. Interment will follow at St Joseph Cemetery. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Anderson, Lois I. 81

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1933-04-13
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Lois Irene Anderson, 81, of Jeannette, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 13, 1933, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Laurice and Thelma Stewart Pierce. Lois was a graduate of Jeannette High School, class of 1951, and a huge Jayhawks fan. She was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church, in Jeannette, and a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by a sister, Ruth L. Gurksnis. She is survived by her husband, Norman E. Anderson; her daughters, Lorrie Brown and husband, Dennis, of Pittsburgh, and Saundra Rea and husband, Craig, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Chelsea and Patrick Brown, and Madelyn and Meredith Rea; a brother, Laurice "Sonny" Pierce and wife, Nancy, of Manorville; and several nieces and nephews. Lois' family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Excela Health Hospice nurses and staff, especially Sue Baker, for all of the kind and compassionate care Lois received during her illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 213 N. Third St., Jeannette, with Pastor Kenneth Bossart officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 213 N. Third St., Jeannette, PA 15644.
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Boehme, Vince 66

  • Formerly of Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-02-21
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  • Vince Boehme, 66, Albany, Ga., formerly of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Phoebe Putin Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emily Boehme; and brothers, William, George and David Boehme. He left behind a daughter, Megan Boehme, of Florida; and a son, Jason Boehme, of Ohio. He also left behind is his brothers and sisters, Ann Ruth Henzler, Kathy and Alex Ross, of Greensburg, Ronald and Patty Boehme, of Jeannette, Clifford Boehme, and Brenda S. Boehme, of Youngwood; and several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by everyone. No memorial will be planned at this time.
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Davidson, Helen R. 92

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1922-07-27
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helen R. (Taylor) Davidson, 92, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born July 27, 1922, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Mary (Case) Taylor. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine M. Porterfield; a son, Neal E. Davidson; three brothers; and two sisters. Surviving is her husband of 73 years, Charles O. Davidson; three sons, Charles L. Davidson and wife, Patricia, of New Jersey, Robert Davidson and wife, Peggy, of Irwin, and Ralph Davidson and wife, Donna, of Unity Township; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. To honor Helen's request, there will be no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Conception Church. Please go directly to church. Inurnment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 308 Second St., Irwin, PA 15642. Entrusted with the arrangements is the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Detore, Elizabeth M. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-02-08
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth May Detore, 88, of Greensburg, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Wayne R. and Florence Rupert Brant. Prior to retirement, she worked at the former 1776 Lounge in South Greensburg. She was a member of the SNPJ Club of Carbon where she participated in the bowling and bocci leagues. She also bowled in the GVFD Ladies Auxiliary Bowling League. May enjoyed shopping and going to the family cabin. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Detore; a son, Nicholas "Bud" Detore II; two brothers, Wayne "Junior" Brant and Dennis Brant; and four sisters, Almeda "Boots" Rodenz, Alberta Taylor, Lillian Brant and Sherida Harbaugh. She is survived by three daughters, Carole A. (Bucky) Mitchell, of Murphy, N.C., Marcia Detore, of Greensburg, and Diane (Louis) Smail, of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Brant; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will then be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Fink, Margaret A. 62

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1952-09-07
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Saloom-Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. "Maggie" "Peggy" Allshouse Fink, 62, of Irwin, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at her home. Peggy was born Sept. 7, 1952, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Warren and Ruth Smith Allshouse. Peggy was a 1970 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School, a member of the First United Methodist Church, Irwin, and the Red Hat Society. Surviving are a sister, Patty Allshouse Linares and Todd Moloney, of Hobe Sound, Fla., and a brother, Warren Allshouse and Elaine Gough, of Mechanicsville, Va.; a stepdaughter, Gretchen Karcher, of Irwin; step-grandchildren, TK, Nikaela, Kurt and Ryan, of Irwin; a step-great-grandchild, Cadence Connelly; sister-in-law, Liza Fink, of Irwin; a niece, Annamaria Fink, of Philadelphia; and also many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and a large group of loving friends. In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, David Fink. The family is inviting friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. David Lake officiating. Private interment will be held Monday in the Irwin Union Cemetery, Irwin. Please visit Peggy's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com. to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Huba, Barbara L. 64

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1950-11-08
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. Huba, 64, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1950, in Charleroi, daughter of the late Elwood and Ruth Conner Fisher. Barbara was an avid Pirates fan. She enjoyed country music, line dancing and her monthly card club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Jessica Huba. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Huba; two sons, Aaron Huba, of San Diego, Calif., and Brent Huba, of Greensburg; and a brother, John (Bonnie) Fisher, of Dayton, Ohio. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greenburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Kuba, Stella F. 92

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1922-07-15
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Stella F. Kuba, 92, of Latrobe, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at St. Anne's Home, Greensburg. She was born July 15, 1922, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Gac) Huysak; and stepfather, John Wasileski. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church and the First Catholic Slovak Union. She worked in the food services department at Coca Cola Bottling Company and retired from Gee Bee's department store in 1987. She loved listening to music and attending church picnics and festivals with family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Kuba, in 1962; her daughter, Geraldine Risley; three brothers, Stanley Huysak, John Huysak and Casimer Wasileski; and two sisters, Helen Ridilla and Dorothy Skoff. She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Molchan and her husband, Dennis, of Humble, Texas; a son, Dennis Kuba and his wife, Karen, of Marietta, Ohio; three grandchildren, Denice Gonzales and her husband, Rey, Lance Molchan and Matthew Kuba; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Josephine Skoff and Louise Wasileski, both of Latrobe; and a brother-in-law, George Skoff, of Latrobe. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 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 8:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Panachida service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Bradenville. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery, Bradenville. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at St. Anne's Home, Greensburg, for their excellent care and compassion. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
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Marcinko, Mary M. 87

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1927-02-27
  • Died: 2015-01-22
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  • Mary M. (Bagi) Woytus Marcinko, 87, of Latrobe (Unity Township), passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at home. She was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Andrew Lewis Bagi Sr. and Anna M. (Sass) Bagi. She was a retired housekeeper and a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Woytus; her second husband, Richard "Dick" Marcinko; three brothers, Edward Bagi, Andrew Bagi Jr. and Larry Bagi; and a sister, Anna Bagi. She is survived by four children, Joan Woytus, of Greensburg, and Sandra Basenback, David Woytus and John Marcinko, all of Latrobe; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. As per her wishes, a private graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in St. Vincent Cemetery. Burial followed in St. Vincent Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Frederick Funeral Home Inc., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Please send condolences to the family.
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McDonnell Sr., Kenneth C. 68

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1946-12-26
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Kenneth C. McDonnell Sr., 68, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at home. He was born Dec. 26, 1946, in Grapeville, a son of the late Calvin and Bertha (Little) McDonnell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Sonny McDonnell, Charlotte Shumaker and Pat Wolski; and his special companion, his beagle, Sammi. He enjoyed Nascar, games, playing guitar in two bands "Kenny and the Country Cousins" and "Second Chance" and loved his grandchildren. Ken is survived by his wife, Georgia (Young) McDonnell, of Jeannette; daughter, Heidi Spurley, of Jeannette; son, Kenneth C. McDonnell II and his wife, Wendy, of Claridge; and his six loving grandchildren, Amber, Shaunna, Abby, Lucas, Nevaeh and A'yonna. According to his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Excela Health Hospice and Homecare Nurses for all the care provided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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O'Bryon, Scott 45

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1969-08-13
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Scott O'Bryon, 45, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1969, in Pittsburgh, the son of Robert R. and Merlyn Miller O'Bryon. Scott was a carpenter for more than 20 years, and a 1987 graduate of Norwin Senior High School. He was actively involved in the Norwin Alliance Church and loved cooking and baking. He was a very caring person and a friend to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tracy O'Bryon; maternal grandparents, Merl and George Miller; and paternal grandfather, Raymond O'Bryon. He is survived by his cherished daughter, Raimey Marie; paternal grandmother, Mary O'Bryon; beloved sister, Debbie Jennette and her husband, Bill; proud uncle of Kendra Jennette and her fiance, Matt Nicholas, and Cody Jennette; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Parola, Clifford L. 77

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1937-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Clifford L. Parola, 77, of Irwin, died peacefully, at home with family, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Charleroi, a son of the late Steve and Pierette Parola. He was a retired employee of Allegheny Business Systems and a former employee of Thorofare Supermarket. Cliff was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and loved to garden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Margaret Kozura, Pierette Vestrat and Steve, John, Andy, Tony and Rosalie Parola. He is survived by his wife, Roberta (Waddell) Parola; children, Vicki Tanner, of Greensboro, Kim (Mark) Estep, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Wendy (Jake) Gilmartin, of Irwin; grandchildren, Rachel Novak, Jennifer (Ben) Karns, Michael Novak and Jessica and Brittani Schock; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Karns; 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. Margaret Shannon officiating. Private entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Those wishing may contribute to Excela Hospice or West Hempfield Presbyterian Church. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Potter, Robert Rob J. 22

  • Born: 1992-05-04
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Robert "Rob" J. Potter, 22, sadly taken Tuesday, February 24, 2015, doing what he loved, skiing the mountains of Utah. Born May 4, 1992, Rob was the beloved son of Melissa (Perri) Potter and Robert Potter, of Greensburg; extraordinary brother of Madeline and Billy Potter, of Greensburg, and Brandi Berquist, of Texas; beloved grandson of Sam and Mary Carole Perri, of Florida, and Doris Potter and the late William Potter, of Irwin; cherished nephew of Peggy and the late Lloyd Martin, of Murrysville, Kim and Manny Rojas, of Oakdale, Felice Perri, of Florida, Samuel and Rosa Perri, of Pittsburgh, Scott and Cathy Perri, of Minnesota, Patty and Howard Katz, of New York, Melissa and Bob Gans, of California. Numerous cousins forever remember him as the jovial life of the party. Rob was a 2011 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and went on to study fine arts at California University of Pennsylvania. An avid outdoorsman, Rob currently was employed at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. He also worked as a white water guide in Ohiopyle and was a mountain ambassador at Seven Springs Resort. Rob was at his happiest surrounded by friends, family and the outdoors. He played hockey, soccer and was a member of the fly fishing club at Greensburg Central Catholic. Rob began skiing at age of two and this winter was "the happiest he ever was, skiing in Utah." Robert was welcomed into Heaven by his grandfather, William Potter; aunt, Norma Zielinski; and uncle, Lloyd Martin. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 87 Sixth St., Herminie. Those attending Mass please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rob's name to TRAS (Three Rivers Adaptive Sports) P.O. Box 38235, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Sakal, Rose Marie 87

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1927-09-29
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie (Hainzer) Sakal, 87, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in German Township, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Schernthaner) Hainzer. Rose Marie was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and a member of the Christian Mothers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sakal; two brothers, Joseph and Frank Hainzer; and two sisters, Frances Fletcher and Theresa Pekilidi. She is survived by her two sons, David and his wife, Ruth Ann, and Barry and his wife, Jackie; two daughters, Evelyn Heikkila and her husband, David, and Carol Cord and her husband, Richard; six grandchildren, Marc, Christina, Meredith, Allison, David and Nathan; sister, Sophie Sakal; special niece, Diane; and many other nieces and nephews. Services are private. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, North Huntingdon, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Arthritis Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Salamon, Stanley W. 89

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1925-10-24
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Stanley W. Salamon, 89, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Colver, the son of the late John and Mary (Zabinsk) Salamon. Stanley is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Rose Politsky Salamon. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Stanley Salamon, of Monroeville, David and his wife, Marygrace, of Tuscan, Ariz., Alan and his wife, Janet, of North Huntingdon, Jeffrey Salamon, of North Huntingdon, and Brian and his wife, Kathy, of Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Christopher, David, Jonathan, Mark, Jacqueline and Steven; also four great-grandchildren, Mariya, Slade, Aaron and Alex; and two sisters, Irene Gardner and Wanda Brunnett. Stanley was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by United Airlines. He was an avid gardener and fisherman. Stanley was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by at 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Suchko, Sophie 95

  • Lowber
  • Born: 1919-12-05
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Sophie (Klus) Suchko, 95, of Lowber, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Lowber, daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Sophia (Skubiak) Klus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Charles Suchko; six brothers, John, Michael, Joseph Jr., Anthony, Charles and Andrew Klus; and five sisters, Anna Olbrish, Mary Frabizio, Julia Kytchak, Catherine Byzon and Helen Chopp. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Herminie. Sophie "Mom" was the family Rock of Gibraltar who had a love for cooking and her garden and flowers. She had a kind word for everyone. She was lovingly known as the "Perogi Queen." Sophie is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Richard) Loughman-Wright, of Westtown, N.Y.; son, Allen (Rosemary) Suchko, of Martinez, Ga.; and son, Gerald Suchko, of West Newton. She will be greatly missed by granddaughters, Crisseda (John) Besson, Stacy (Ben) Tanner, Elyssa and Caitlyn Suchko; and grandson, Michael Suchko. Her great-grandchildren, Abigail and Madelyn Carpenter and Logan and Cole Tanner will miss her dearly. Sophie is survived by remaining sister, Stella Cipollone, of Fairless Hills; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie. Parastas services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Panchida services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a Funeral of Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Herminie, with the Rev. Michael Farynets as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sophie's name to St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 7 Second St., Herminie, PA 15637.
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Tamasy, Virginia M. 64

  • Ruffs Dale
  • Born: 1950-05-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: McCauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Virginia M. "Ginny" Tamasy, 64, of Ruffs Dale, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born May 1, 1950, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Rittelmann) Swarlis. Upon graduation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ginny worked as an art director for A.N.D. Associates of Pittsburgh; Bureau of Forestry; The Fireplace Restaurant; her own custom sign business, Virginia Signs; and Yough School Transportation Services. Residing mostly in Ruffs Dale, her main job and major accomplishment was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Tom Tamasy; children, Aaron Tamasy and girlfriend, Angela Garzarelli, Michael Ludwig and wife, Laura, Nicholas Tamasy and wife, Amy, Julia McLaughlin and husband, Daniel and Maxwell Tamasy; grandchildren, Quinten Tamasy, Alexandra Ludwig, Evan Ludwig, Leif McLaughlin and Jordan Bryan; siblings, James Swarlis, Richard Swarlis and partner, David Anthony, Paul Swarlis and wife, Theresa, and Suzanne Krpicak and husband, Frank; her mother-in-law, Frances Tamasy; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery Swarlis; sister-in-law, Kathy Ludwig; and father-in-law, Thomas E. Tamasy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at which time services will be held Saturday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Trice, S. Jerry 68

  • Jeannette
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • S. Jerry Trice, 68, of Jeannette, was called home to eternal life by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Jerry was the founder of Trice Professional Optical Services, retiring after many years of service to the community. He was a member of the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg. He had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Seibert W. and Edith V. (Lloyd) Trice; and his brother, William E. Trice. He is survived by his brother, Richard L. (Eleanor) Trice; and his sister, Dolores "Dee" (Barrie) Marker, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by very special friends, Kevin Berger and John LaValle. Honoring Jerry's wishes, private services will be held at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery in Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Kepple-Graft Funeral Home of Greensburg entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepple-graft.com.
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Grimm, Eva 90

  • Melcroft
  • Born: 1924-11-21
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Eva Grimm, 90, of Melcroft, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Dominick and Theresa DeLorenza Martin. Eva was a longtime resident of Melcroft and was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Judy Shaffer, of Melcroft, June Geary and husband, John, of Melcroft, Donna Donitzen and husband, Ron, of Donegal, and Christine Keslar and husband, Ron, of Melcroft; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Vera Keslar, of Stahlstown. In addition to her parents, Eva was predeceased by her husband, Ira Grimm; her sisters, Jesse Bennington and Angie Johnson; and her brothers, David, Tom, Fred, Sam, Richard, Adam, Carl and Tony Martin. The family would like to give a special thanks to Redstone Highlands for all of their wonderful, loving care given to Eva during her stay there. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC. at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Douglas Nolt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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