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Allegheny County

Burro, Sarah A. 82

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1932-10-15
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Sarah A. "Sally" Burro, 82, of Gibsonia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Born Oct. 15, 1932, in Jeannette, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Fidelis (Jones) Birk. Mrs. Burro was a longtime parishioner of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church. She resided at Steeplechase for many years. Most of all she loved her family, especially her granddaughter. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Gino Arlotti) Flit-Arlotti, and granddaughter, Kimberly Flit, all of West Deer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Burro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Speicher as celebrant. She will be laid to rest at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Sally's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Gray, Johanna M. 93

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Johanna M. (Mulgrave) Gray, 93, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 69 years of William J. Gray Jr.; loving mother of Beth (Jim) Smith, of Forest Hills, Dan Gray, of Regent Square, Janice Gray (Jim) Landisch, of Wisconsin, Gretchen Gray (Dennis) Hagen, Bill (Janice) Gray and Amy Gray (Greg) Wagner, all of Murrysville, and the late Kathy Gray Gordon (surviving spouse, Lowell, of Ohio); treasured grandmother of Ashley, Erin and Lauren Smith, Kate Gordon Uber, Bill, Dan, Patrick and Megan Landisch, Matthew, Eric and Hilary Hagen, Ian, Morgan and Ellen Gray and Brian, Mark, Hanna and Ben Wagner; proud great-grandmother of Miles Roger and Emerson Michael; sister of the late Jack (late Dolores) Mulgrave and the late Norman (Marge) Mulgrave; also survived by nieces and nephews. Johanna was a retired secretary for Churchill and, later, Woodland Hills School District. While raising her family, Johanna was an active volunteer with the Churchill Swim Club and the Forest Hills Swim team, and she served on the Forest Hills Recreation Board. She was a member of the Forest Hills Women's Club and served on its scholarship committee. Johanna was a longtime member of St. John Fisher Parish and its Ladies of Charity. She was a devoted wife and awesome mother, unsurpassed in her dedication to her children, and all of their friends. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church. Friends welcome. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony School, 2000 Corporate Drive, Suite 580, Wexford, PA 15090 (www.stanthonykids.org); Special Olympics, 401 First St., Carnegie, PA 15106 (www.specialolympicspa.org); or Focus on Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136 (www.forstorox.org).
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Westmoreland County

Ager, Shelby A. 48

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1966-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shelby Anne Ager, 48, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1966, in Latrobe, a daughter of John and Joanne Mainc. She was a graduate of the Jeannette Senior High School, Class of '84, and played on the Jeannette Ladies Basketball team. Prior to her retirement, Shelby was employed by the Department of Welfare. She is survived by her husband, Kevin J. Ager; a daughter, Paige Ager; a grandson, Armani Williams, both of Irwin; a brother, Tom Mainc, of Philadelphia; sisters, Brandy Bisi and husband, Rod, of Derry, and Tawney Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, Alyssa Roller, who also was her goddaughter, of New York, and Samantha Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; and an aunt and special friend, Libby Ambercrombie, of Ohio. Friends will be received by Shelby's family from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644, at which time a blessing service will take place in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding.
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Birt, Lillian M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Birt, 80, of Greensburg, passed peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born June 23, 1935, in Manitoba, Canada. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to Almon; and loving mother of Dayton and Lynn Birt, Darrell and Lisa Birt, Debbie and Bill Prohaska and Dawn and Scott Rose. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Dell, of Ontario; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; and numerous nieces and nephews. She retired from Menasha Corporation in Madison in 2000, where she worked for 25 years in the accounts payable department. She was a member of Life Springs Church, formerly Liberty Christian Church, founded by both she and her husband in 1977. She enjoyed various sports like bowling, volleyball and softball. She spent many years active in the church as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and played the piano and saxophone. The family would like to send a special thanks to all the staff and caregivers from Hempfield Manor, Excela Hospice and From the Heart. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Life Springs Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Greensburg. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with her son, the Rev. Bishop Dayton Birt, officiating at Life Springs Church and followed by the graveside ceremony. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Charmo, Brandon M. 24

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1991-03-12
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Brandon M. Charmo, 24, of Irwin (Herminie No. 2), passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 12, 1991, in Pittsburgh, son of Raymond D. Mireles Jr., of Irwin, and Joyce (Charmo) Krznaric, of Latrobe. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bob Charmo; his paternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Mireles; and his nephew, Christian Yemc. Brandon was currently employed by Fassett Manufacturing Co. in Wendel as a machine operator. He enjoyed painting, drawing, tattoos and anything that had to do with art. He had a heart of gold and enjoyed having a good time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Irene Charmo, of Latrobe; three brothers, Raymond W. (Heather) Mireles, of Herminie, Jesse Krznaric, of Manassas, Va., and David (Haley) Crowley, of Wrightstown, N.J.; his sister, Shannon Ustazewski and her fiance, Rodney Yemc, of North Huntingdon; three nieces, Jennifer (Dan), Alexandra and Raven; nephew, Ashton; and great-niece, Danika. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, who loved him dearly. Brandon will forever be remembered for his smile and kindness. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin.
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DePalma, Michael J. 27

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Michael J. DePalma, 27, of Level Green, died tragically Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He is the dearly beloved son of Denise (Cognito) DePalma, of Level Green, and the late Joseph DePalma; and cherished brother of Nicole DePalma, of Level Green. Michael was the proud uncle and godfather of Santino Agapito. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Michael was a 2006 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and was a 2011 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in business administration. He was employed as a consultant with CBS Corporation in Pittsburgh. Michael enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking good care of his treasured dogs, Prince and Bella. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Regis Church, Trafford. Michael will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Johnston, Jan T. 76

  • Greensburg and Mutual
  • Born: 1938-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-02
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  • Jan T. Johnston, 76, of Greensburg and Mutual, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, from heart failure. He was born Dec. 18, 1938, a son of the late Stanford V. and Margaret Fultz Johnston, of Youngwood. He was employed by R and IE, The Powder Horn, The Collectors Shop, ABB, Arco Enterprises and D and R Industrial Center. Jan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and photography. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School, Class of 1956. He was a member of Youngwood Sportsman's Club, NRA, Hecla and United Slovak-American Clubs, Youngwood Moose, VFW and A and B Clubs and Midway Fireman Club. He is survived by his wife, Dolores "Dee" Johnston, of Midway; a son, Jan R. and wife, Wendy, and children Lauren and Jaden, of Mutual; a daughter, Judi and husband, Steve Fleming, of Summerfield, N.C.; a daughter, Jennifer Murrary and children, Jonathan, Jessica and Justin, of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Jeb and daughter, Ashley, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; a daughter, Joelle Wetzel and son, Elijah, of Youngwood; a son, Jason and sons, Jeremy and Gabriel, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and a stepson, Andrew and Shannon Papier and sons, Evan and Rilan and daughter, Carly, of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by an infant brother in 1937 in Youngwood; a brother, Jay B. "Sandy" Johnston, of Youngwood, and Woolrich, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Lorie Papier, of Greensburg and Anchorage, Alaska; and his black lab, Shadow. There will be no services or viewing as Jan donated his body to Lifequest Anatomical. The quest to continue the advancement of science, medicine, research and education through the legacy of life. In lieu of flowers, Jan suggests you visit or take a friend to dinner while they are still living and you can talk to them instead of standing around looking at them when they are dead. Amen.
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Kelly, David R. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • David R. Kelly, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was an Army veteran formerly employed at the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. He was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Ghrist) Kelly; and husband of the late Frances "Pinky" (Folino) Kelly; beloved father of Robert "Rob" Kelly (the late Wendy Warren Kelly), Kimberly (Christopher) Maier, Anthony D. "Tony" Kelly and the late David Kelly; grandfather of Brianna, David, Anthony and Brandy Lynn Kelly; brother of Janice (Charles) Inks, Larry (Nancy) Kelly, Diane (Richard) Alberts and the late Edward Kelly; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding Ave., PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by entombment with military honors in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Kolar, Margaret 91

  • Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Nana" Levine Kolar, 91, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review. www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Pritts Jr., William 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1940-06-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • William Pritts Jr., 75, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born June 2, 1940, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William H. and Lois G. (Howard) Pritts. He was a veteran having served in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanic with the United States Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Wanda L. Longo and Brenda L. Hunter; and two brothers, Donald Pritts and Charles Pritts. He is survived by his wife, Wilda S. Pritts; daughter, Connie L. Cornet; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Evan "Snooky" Pritts and his wife, Phyllis "Chub"; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Bubba. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal, PA 15628. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township, with Pastor Harry Langley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kregar Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Ripple, James C. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1936-06-24
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • James C. "Jim" Ripple, 79, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born June 24, 1936, in Greensburg, the son of the late James A. and Helen (Berlin) Ripple. Jim was the manager of Lawyers Abstract Co. in Greensburg for 20 years, until his retirement. He served honorably in the National Guard and was a former Export Borough Council member. He enjoyed boating with his family on the Allegheny River in Kittanning. Jim was a member of the Italian American Club, Export, Export Moose and Elks Club and was a life member of Export Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former fire chief. Surviving are his beloved wife of 57 years, Phyllis J. (Sleigh) Ripple; two sons, Kenny Ripple, of Export, and Jay Ripple, of Kittanning; a cherished granddaughter, Ashley (Stephen) Burns, of Front Royal, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Daed and Ryker Burns, whom he adored. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Marnie Silbert officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests memorial contributions in Jim's name to either Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, 4600 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668 or Allegheny River Development Corp., P.O. Box 364, Kittanning, PA 16201-0364. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Scavincky, Gregory A. 28

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gregory A. "Scuz" Scavincky, 28, of Penn Township, died tragically on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the dearly beloved son of William E. "Scuzzy" Scavincky and Karen "Mego" (Vastadore) Scavincky; and treasured brother of Kristina (Justin) Lamanna, of Forest Hills, and Bill (Heather) Scavincky, of Penn Township. Gregory was the proud uncle of Giuliana Lamanna and Kendall Scavincky. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregory was a 2005 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School and attended Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. He had worked at various positions and places, most notably as a chef at Disney World in Orlando. Gregory was charismatic with his ingrained ability to easily make friends in almost any circumstance. He enjoyed meeting new folks and he was easy to enjoy in return, as he possessed a genuine love of people. Gregory also was a passionate fan of Pittsburgh sports teams and always appreciated attending their games and the tailgating that took place. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. Everyone is asked to gather at church. Gregory will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery at Denmark Manor Church. Gregory's family suggests memorial donations to either the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alzpa.org) or the Myasthenia Gravis of Western PA, 490 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (www.mgawpa.org).
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Selepchak Sr., William J. 87

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1928-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • William J. Selepchak Sr., 87, of Hunker, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 26, 1928, in West Newton, the son of the late George and Mary (Paulina) Selepchak. Prior to his retirement, he was a former owner of Selepchak Excavating and Paving Co. He was also a former dairy farmer in the Hempfield Township area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann (Fordyce) Selepchak; and two brothers, George and Elmer Selepchak. Surviving are a son, William J. Selepchak Jr., of Hunker; a daughter, Kathleen E. (Selepchak) Washabaugh and her husband, Vernon, of Hunker; four grandchildren, Jessica Wareham, Ryan W. Washabaugh, Luke W. Selepchak and Molly S. Selepchak; twin great-grandchildren, Beckett A. and Pippalotta C. Washabaugh; two sisters, Pauline Smouse, of Hunker, and Mary Ann Mallory, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father Frank Gan as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Skalka, Anna M. 97

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Skalka, 97, of Trafford, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Susan Vojnyik; wife of the late George Skalka; dear mom of Elaine (George) Markon and David (Harriet) Skalka; also survived by five grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skalka was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church where her father was one of its founding members. At Anna's request, visitation and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Memory eternal Anna.
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Smail, Ruby L. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1964-07-21
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ruby L. Smail, 51, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born July 21, 1964, in Jeannette, a daughter of Sarah Palmer Pavolik, of Jeannette, and the late Robert Pavolik Sr. She was a member of Life Spring Christian Church, Greensburg, and West Place Clubhouse. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Clarissa Pavolik. In addition to her mother, Ruby is survived by her husband, Dana Smail, of Greensburg; two daughters, Desiree Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, and Brittany Miller, of Youngwood; five siblings, Robert Pavolik Jr. and Melany Rush, both of Jeannette, Tina Pavolik, of Greensburg, Carl Pavolik and Sarah Stauffer and her husband, Glenn, all of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Life Spring Christian Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. A gathering will follow at Twin Lakes Pavilion No. 5 on the upper lake. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Steffey, Theresa 75

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Theresa (Curci) Steffey, 75, of Harrison City, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Henry "Butch" Steffey; loving mother of Sandy Durst, Brenda Steffey, Arthur (Chery) Steffey and Dawn (Steve) Chmill; adored grandmother of Derek Durst, Amanda and Jessica Steffey; sister of Georgia (Ron) Mellinger; and stepdaughter of Josephine Curci. She was preceded in death by Aldo and Cecelia (Soflak) Curci. Theresa was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the America no. 1853, Penn Township Senior Citizens, Young at Heart and the Harrison City VFD Auxiliary. Theresa lived a great life and filled many lives with happiness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Young at Heart Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.LindsayJobefuneralhome.com.
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Trout, Margaret A. 90

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1925-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Trout, 90, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was born May 26, 1925, in Salemville, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Sara Ashbaugh Shanley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin M. Trout, to whom she was married for 55 years. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Michael, James and Thomas; three sisters, Ruth, Florence and Mary Ellen; son-in-law, Douglas A. Rhome; daughter-in-law, Kathryn L. Trout; granddaughter, Kristen Arlene Trout; infant grandson; and infant granddaughter. Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin Trout Jr., of Luxor, Mrs. Tim (Lea) Delligatti, of Mt. Pleasant, Connie Rhome, of Mt. Pleasant, Ronnie Trout, of Latrobe, and Jerome Trout, of Loyalhanna. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by her sister, Kathleen Bell, of Newark, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Holt, of Youngwood. Margaret enjoyed spending time with all her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Margaret's funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in The Middle Presbyterian Cemetery.
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VanSickle, Sylvia J. 77

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1937-10-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Sylvia J. VanSickle, 77, of Donegal, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1937, a daughter of the late Charles and EIva Scott Christman. Mrs. VanSickle is survived by her children, Ralph VanSickle and his wife, Christin, of Donegal, Kathy Gigliotti, of Charleroi, Daniel VanSickle and his wife, Dalia, of Texas, Jeff VanSickle, of Donegal, and Shawn VanSickle and his wife, Sherry, of Acme; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Christman and his wife, Pat, of Scottdale; and one sister, Sandy Zufall and her husband, Dave, of Acme. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph VanSickle; a son, Scott VanSickle; two daughters, Mary Skovira and Peggy VanSickle; grandson, Ralph Skovira; brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Charles "Dick" and John Christman. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Tommy Jones and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Kay and Misty, and Amedisys Hospice for their care and concern for Sylvia during her illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Visnic Jr., Daniel G. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1935-09-06
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Daniel G. Visnic Jr., 79, of Export, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Sloan, N.Y., a son of the late Daniel G. Sr. and Martha (Wuslich) Visnic. Dan lived nearly his entire life in Export. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a fleet manager for State Equipment and was named top salesman for many years, and he was also self employed in the coal strip mining business. He was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export and was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. "Big D" will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, compassionate spirit and his generosity. His grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life and he lived for their activities and events. He enjoyed traveling, socializing, having fun, and lived life to the fullest. He was always the optimist who had a great faith in the Lord. Surviving are his beloved wife, JoAnne (Raymond) Visnic; two loving daughters, Dana Lyn Visnic and her fiance, Tim Ford, of Allison Park, and Holly Visnic Pelusi and her husband, Jeffery, of Export; three cherished grandchildren, Jordan, Joshua and Chase Pelusi; brothers, Raymond (Bev) Visnic and Kenneth Visnic; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Raymond) Frechione and Delores Visnic; and nieces and nephews, Mark, Chris, Brian, Barry, Hunter Visnic, Sharon Shivetts, and John Michael and Mark Frechione. In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by a brother, George D. Visnic. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with the Rev. Bob Schlotter officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. The family suggests memorial contributions in Dan's name to RASopathies Foundation, 244 Taos Road, Altadena, CA 91001. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Wagner, Dorothy N. 101

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy N. (Newcomer) Wagner, 101, of Orleans, Mass., formerly of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, and will be announced when complete.
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Weidner Hetherington, Michelle P. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle P. Weidner Hetherington, 64, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, from a lengthy illness. Ms. Weidner was employed by Community Living Care for more than 28 years. She was the heart and soul of the care division of Community Living Care. Her legacy of care will always remain as the agency's goal in the care process of the developmentally disabled population (i.e., "you must truly care to provide quality care"). Michelle lived this motto in all phases of her professional life. Her dedication, love and support for her clients over the years were like no other. She touched so many people along the way with her never-ending support and countless hours of work. Personally, Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandkids. She loved taking trips to the beach every year, as well as attending her grandson's sports activities. Michelle is survived by her son, Rakyym and his wife, Ranee Hetherington, of Maryland; and her grandchildren, Sani, Raef and Rylee Hetherington; Beau Hetherington, of Greensburg, and Celeste Mulvehill, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alexis B. Hetherington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, with the Rev. Hubert Hutchison officiating. Special thanks to her extended family at Community Living Care; Dr. Provance; Dr. Kowaylk and Excela Health Palliative Care. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Yoder, Edward W.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Williams Yoder, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home. He was born June 9, 1931, in Hazleton, the eldest son of the late Edward and Beatrice Yoder. Mr. Yoder graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, class of 1949. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy on board the submarine, USS Burrfish, SSR312. After leaving the Navy, he entered Temple University, and graduated in 1955, and married Carolyn A. Hill that same year. He also began employment at Westinghouse Electric Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1988, during which time he obtained a degree from Jacksonville (Fla.) University in 1960, and graduated from the University of Baltimore as a Juris Doctor in Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967. Edward also was a life member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg, a member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, and a life member of the US Submarine Veterans Association, the American Radio Relay League, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association as a ham radio operator with the call of W3YMB. Mr. Yoder was a past president of Murrysville Council for two terms and had been president of the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ann Yoder; two sons, Andrew David Yoder and wife, Michelle, of Washington Township, and John Edward Yoder and wife, Kimberly, of Level Green; a daughter, Karen Anne DeSantis and husband, Richard, of Bell Township; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas L. Yoder, of Edgefield, S.C., and F. David Yoder, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Margaret Ann Yoder, of Drehersburg, Pa. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW 33 Post Honor Guard will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the US Submarine Veterans Association. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Ferencuha, Lewis W. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-03-09
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lewis W. Ferencuha, 69, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015, in Select Specialty at Latrobe Hospital. He was born March 9, 1946, in Connellsville, a son of the late William L. Ferencula and Veronica A. "Vern" Surniak Ferencuha Livingston. Lewis was a graduate of Connellsville High School, with the class of 1964. He worked as a tool and die marker for General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Lewis was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, was a life member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Lewis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Novak Ferencuha; his sons, Jon Ferencuha and wife, Missy, of Moon Township, and Robert Ferencuha and wife, Holly, of Westmoreland City; his grandchildren, Haleigh and Madison Ferencuha; his brother, William L. Ferencuha and wife, Shirley, of South Connellsville; his nieces, Christine Sheffler and husband, Michael, and Lisa Ferencuha; his aunt, Sophie Zozula, of Scottdale; and several other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents Lewis was predeceased by his stepfather, Paul W. Livingston. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Ridgely, Roxanne D. 57

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1958-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roxanne Dawn Ridgely, 57, of Dawson, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015, at home. She was born June 27, 1958, at Westmoreland Hospital, a daughter of the late Joan Ramsey. She was a patient care assistant for Westmoreland Hospital and she was a representative for the Lupus Foundation for Fayette County. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death her husband, Kenneth Ridgely. She is survived by a daughter, Tashawna Baranski and husband, Daniel, of Scottdale; grandchildren, Lucas, Arizona and Kevlar; sisters, Becky Ridgley and Howard, of Dawson, Beverly Lewis and Carl, of Greensburg, Jackie Ramsey, of Greensburg, and Amy Ramsey, of Greensburg; brother, Hillary Ramsey, of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Diane Homer, of Vanderbilt. Family and friends are invited to gather from 1 p.m. until the hour of her celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Wednesday held at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville.
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