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Andognozzi, Jeanne A. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1939-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jeanne A. (Cinciripini) Andognozzi, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in the Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Lawrenceville, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Sperduto) Cinciripini. Jeanne was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Clarence Rogozinski. Surviving is her husband of 51 years, Fausto Paul "Andy" Andognozzi; a son, Vincent J. Andognozzi and his wife, Kimberly, of North Huntingdon; brother and sisters, Diane M. Rogozinski, of Irwin, Josephine F. Matlak and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts, Paul Michael Cinciripini and his wife, Lynn, of Texas; two grandchildren, Angel Marie and Kristina Noel Andognozzi; sister-in-law, Jenny Catalana and her husband, George, of North Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Dorn, Cynthia L. 62

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1952-07-24
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Cynthia L. Dorn, 62, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at her residence. Born July 24, 1952, in Seminole, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Gerald Rennick and Jean (Weigand) Rennick. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory J. Dorn. Cynthia is survived by two sons, Garrett J. Dorn, of Roanoke, Va., and Grant J. Dorn, and his wife, Elicia, of Augusta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Grayden J. Dorn and Griffin J. Dorn; and one brother, Jerry Rennick and his wife, Mary Ann, of San Bernardino, Calif. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. 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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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, where he attained the rank of quartermaster 3rd class. He was a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer after 25 years of service. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerard) Stofka, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; brother-in-law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Milyak Sr., Robert P. 70

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1943-12-28
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Milyak Sr., 70, of Unity Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Latrobe, a son of the late John S. and Anna A. (Labuda) Milyak. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for Owens and Minor, Greensburg, and previously worked at Latrobe Steel. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Bob was a life member and former Fire Chief of the Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Western Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Firemens associations, Norvelt Firemens' Club and Hecla Sportsmens Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and two brothers, Leonard A. and John J. Milyak. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen L. (Davis) Milyak; his daughter, Paula S. Aiello and husband, Fred; his son, Robert P. Milyak Jr. and wife, Kimberly, all of Unity Township; seven grandchildren, Kerrick A. Scott, Ryan J., Nicholas R., Anthony J. and Alexander J. "Chooch" Aiello and Anna E. and Abigale G. Milyak; a brother, Gerald M. Milyak, of Jeannette; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, with the Rev. Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Private inurnment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 173, Pleasant Unity, PA 15676. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ruzina, Bernard J. 81

  • Yukon
  • Born: 1932-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Ruzina, 81, of Yukon, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Yukon, a son of the late George and Mary (Oravec) Ruzina. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Robert Shaw Manufacturing Co. in New Stanton as a machinist. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Yukon and was also a member of the Yukon Slovenian Hall Lodge No. 729, the Slovene Heritage Association of Pittsburgh and the Yukon Lions Club, having served as past president and secretary. He was a pitcher for the Yukon Baseball League in the 1960s and he loved to dance, loved hunting and fishing and all sports. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, August, Bennie, Bobbie and George Ruzina; and a sister, Katherine Albert. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Betty (Mackovsek) Ruzina; a daughter, Lisa Genta and her husband, Anthony, of Sarver; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and two brothers; Ronald Ruzina and his wife, Tina, of Mt. Pleasant, and Joseph Ruzina, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME, Route 136, Madison. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Father Jonathan Wisneski officiating. Interment will follow in Seven Dolors Church Cemetery, Yukon.
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Scott, Joseph C. 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Joseph C. Scott, 82, of Trafford, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Joseph was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Edward and Lydia (Cromie) Scott. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Peabody High School. Joseph was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Army. He was actively involved in the Level Green community, including coaching and expanding the athletic association to include girls' softball. He was a retired insurance agent and member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve G. Scott, in 2012; his son, Jeffrey Scott and his wife, Susan; three brothers, Wally, Harold and Edward Scott; and a sister, Margaret Trabits. Joseph is survived by his children, Pam Phalin (Tom), of Bethel Park, Joe Scott (Jane), of Saginaw Mich., Janet Jupena (Bruce), of Level Green, and Suzanne Kalna (Scott), of West Newton; and his seven grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Virginia "Ginny" Scott, Jordan, Jarad and Jevin Jupena; and twins, Wyatt and Chloe Kalna. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford. Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. 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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Stairs, George R. 93

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1920-12-06
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Ray Stairs, 93, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Latrobe Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Dec. 6, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Ray and Myrtle (Begonia) Stairs. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald (Varlee) Stairs; son-in-law, Harry F. Prue; and nephew, Donald Stairs. George was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, New Stanton. He graduated from East Huntington High School in 1938, where he was quite the track star participating in the half mile and pole vault and claimed to have never lost a debate. George was a World War II veteran, having served as an officer in the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company L in Italy and France. The 442nd has the proud distinction of being the most decorated unit in the war. He was in four major battles, Rhineland, Po Valley, Appennine and Rome-Arno and earned the following: Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, two Unit Presidential Citations and one Combat Infantry Badge. He was also named an "honorary Texan" for rescuing the Texas Lost Battalion. The unit's slogan, "Go for broke," served them well. Throughout his life, Lt. Stairs always spoke with utmost respect for the Nisei, Japanese-Americans, with whom he served. He was a genuine war hero, but was never eager to speak about his war experiences and would say something like, "The good old days are not always the good old days. I lost many good buddies in the war." Then he would follow it with, "I prefer to look at life through the windshield rather than the rearview mirror." Prior to retirement, he had been employed by l-T-E (now ABB), in Greensburg for more than 33 years. George always stayed busy with many hobbies and interests that included fly tying, hunting, fishing, wood working, gardening, wine making, Jeopardy at 7 p.m., rooting for the Steelers and Penguins and he never gave up on the Pirates. He was the loving husband of 68 years to Evelyn M. (Crouse) Stairs, whom he married Jan. 24, 1946. Also surviving are three daughters, Virginia A. Prue, Connie R. (Dennis) Baluh, both of Norvelt, Lori L. (Dave) Ball, of Irwin; son, Roger (Gail) Stairs, of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Randy, Scott and Brook Prue, Jeremy and Brandon Baluh and Bethany (Baluh) Black, Nathan Stairs, Jenna (Stairs) Simmons, Summer (Stairs) Clark and Joshua Ball; nine great-grandchildren, Shelby, Jacob, Savannah, Edina and Danica Prue, Brianna and Brynlee Baluh, Grace Black and Jax Simmons; nephew, David Stairs; niece, Debbie Stairs; great-nephew, Donald Stairs; and great-niece, Maria. George/Lt. Stairs/Dad/Grandfather/Great-Grandfather will be greatly missed by all those that had the honor and good fortune of knowing him. He was a Godly man, a true scholar of the Bible who served his Lord faithfully. Family and friends will be received 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where his funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Donald Simpson officiating. Military accolades that are so justly deserved will be extended to the departed veteran at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Entombment is to follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 446. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of George may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Yasurek, Harry J. 60

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1953-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Yasurek, 60, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence. He was born Dec. 26, 1953, in Latrobe, a son of the late Paul R. Yasurek and Dora (Eamigh) Yasurek Wilburn. Harry had worked at Specialty Bar Products, Blairsville, and formerly worked at American Candy Co., Latrobe. He was a member of Derry Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion Post No. 515, Bradenville Amvets and the Derry Ukrainian Club. Harry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working on cars and being with his cat, "Precious." Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, James Roy Wilburn. Harry is survived by two daughters, Misty L. Yasurek and her fiance, Christopher Myers, of Latrobe, and Tina M. Rose and her husband, Matthew, of Blairsville; one brother, Paul "Dickie" Yasurek and his wife, Linda, of Blairsville; four sisters, Nancy Huffman, of Latrobe, Jamie Allison and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, Bonnie Dornauer and her husband, James, of Ligonier, and Lisa Yasurek and her fiance, Henry Swank, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Taylor Myers, Bentley Rose and Mercedes Rose; the mother of his children, Linda (Vargulish) Freeland and her fiance, Rick Smith, of Derry; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Justin Matro OSB, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, New Derry. 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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Fayette County

Galik, Kathleen M. 70

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1944-02-14
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kathleen M. Galik, 70, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late, Stephen Louis and Angela Geraldine (Loughran) Galik. Kathleen was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1962. After, she was a clerical worker for various companies. She was a devote Catholic and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville. She served the church as a Eucharistic Minister, choir member and as a member of Christian Mothers. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, her pets and classical music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Michael Galik. She is survived by six siblings, John T. "Jack" Galik and wife, Geraldine, Stephen T. "Tim" Galik, Elaine (Galik) Sidders and companion, Frank Rokosz, of Florida, James J. "Jim" Galik and significant other, Jean Slusser, Regis A "Rege" Galik and Patrick E. "Pat" Galik and wife, Darlene; and also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Private interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Rohal, Vera M. 91

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1922-09-02
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Vera M. Rohal, 91, of Leisenring, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her residence. She was born Sept. 2, 1922, in Smock, a daughter of the late Harry and Zedell (Dodson) Doppelheuer. She was a loving homemaker and a member of the Leisenring Presbyterian Church. She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, Barstow, Calif., and the Odd Fellows. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Yagla; sons, Harry Sonny and Patrick J. Yagla; grandsons, Bobby Jo and Braden Yagla; and a sister, Jane. She is survived by three children, Helen J. Yagla, of Connellsville, Karen A. Yagla and Thomas A. Yagla, both of Leisenring; and also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in her church, Leisenring Presbyterian Church, with her Pastor, Rick Watson, officiating. Private interment will be held in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
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Elsewhere

Golobish, Andrew 50

  • Sacramento, Calif. , Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1963-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Andrew Golobish, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Reno, Nev. Andy was born Nov. 5, 1963, in Greensburg, to the late Rudy and Dorothy Oberley Golobish. Andy graduated from Yough High School in 1981, he attended Penn State University then served his country in the Marine Corps, "Semper Fi." He worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, JL Screen printing and lastly for Greyhound Bus Co. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Rae; stepdaughter, Christina Rae; grandson, Tristan Noel; and 12 brothers and sisters, Judy, Larry, David, Patty, Rudy, Karen, Ginger, Randy, Daniel, his twin, Albert, Samuel and Tammy. Included in Andy's surviving family are his siblings' spouses; many nieces and nephews; extended family; and his former wife, Alba. Andy was a good, loving, caring, compassionate, loyal and trustworthy man. He was diehard Steelers fan and avid golfer. His daughters describe him as, "A big teddy bear with a heart of gold." His brother, Al, describes him as, "My strength, my better half, my best friend, companion for life and my heart." Andy will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, on Sewickley Ave. in Herminie, where service for the celebration of Andy's life will immediately follow at 4 p.m. There will be a gathering of his family at Hilltop Methodist Church in Madison following the service. Please consider a memorial gift of your choice in Andy's name to your charity of choice in lieu of flowers.
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O'Brien, Gary D. 61

  • Schaumburg, Ill. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-05-03
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Gary D. O'Brien, 61, of Schaumburg, Ill., formerly of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Schaumburg. He was born May 3, 1953, in Greensburg, a son of the late Theodore J. and Dorothy J. (Davis) O'Brien. He was a partner and owner in P.O. Food Specialists and was Lutheran by Faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl A. Ferrari O'Brien, in 1993. He is survived by his son, Chris D. O'Brien, of Elk Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Lauren N. Gizzi and her husband, Alex, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; a brother, Bruce E. O'Brien and his wife, Dena, of Latrobe; three sisters, Barbara Williams and her husband, Fred, of San Antonio, Texas, Pamela Naples and her husband, Jay, of Greensburg, and Staci M. Bush and her husband, Jason, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at noon Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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