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Allegheny County

Connors, Shirley 88

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Shirley (Adams) Connors, 88, of Oakmont, formerly of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Joseph Connors; mother of Barbara (Michael) Kurcina, of Plum Borough, and Daniel Connors, of Penn Hills; and grandmother of Joseph and Jeremy Kurcina. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schott and Bernadette Klepsky; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and William Adams; niece, Colleen Adams; and nephew, Dale Adams. The family would like to express their gratitude to Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place and the Willows as well as family hospice. A special thanks to Aunt B, Cindy and Gary who helped us through this journey. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it," Eccl 12:7. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD. If desired, contributions can be acknowledged to Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Schultz, Duane L. 66

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Duane L. "Butch" Schultz, 66, of North Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was an Army Vietnam veteran, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in McKeesport, was an AMA life member, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and of the VFW No. 8430 in East McKeesport. He was a son of the late Donald J. and Blanche E. (Berwick) Schultz; beloved husband for 41 years of Florence H. "Flo" (Howard) Schultz; devoted father of Harley David (Kimberly) Schultz, Jay (Amelia) Schultz and Joshua Schultz; loving brother of Carol (Ken) Larson, Donald A. "Don" (Georgeanne) Schultz and the late Dale Schultz; son-in-law of Bernice and the late Robert Howard; brother-in-law of Robert "Butch" (Marie) Howard, Earl "Huck" (Jan) Howard and Ethel Eileen (George) Skiles; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved him. Family and friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Additional visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Monday with Pastor Tim Williams officiating. Interment at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 412-471-0935 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 103 Yost Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 or 412-829-2818 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org.
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Volpe, Virginia 95

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1919-06-03
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Virginia Bechtold Volpe, 95, of Forest Hills, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Transitions Health Care (Baldock). She was born June 3, 1919, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Vito Lapaglia and Nifa Oddo Lapaglia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Bechtold; six sister, Rose Mastrilli, Sarah Sacamango, Mary Affigato, Camilla (Minnie) Mastrilli, Josephine Davis ans Stella Sears; and three brothers, Charles, Joseph and Vincent Lapaglia. Virginia had an unmatched zest for life, enjoying bingo, family and friends and making people smile. Her warm heart and her loving ways touched many who were blessed to have met her. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (John) McCann, of North Huntingdon; two sons, Terry (Bonnie) Bechtold, of North Huntingdon, and John (Judy) Bechtold, of Pittsburgh, and ; nine grandchildren, Dawn Lucotch, Kim Piekut, Jennifer Bean, Anne Larkin, Pamela Rea, Kelly Feltes, Anthony Bechtold, Christy Tokay and Terry Bechtold; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes to the special people at Transitions Health Care (formerly Baldock) who became our extended family; also to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Virginia's funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Battenhouse, Ruth 93

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Coates) Battenhouse, 93, of Level Green, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was the daughter of Thomas R. and Bess Beveridge Coates. She was past matron of Braddock's Field Chapter No. 75, Scottish Rite Women's Club of Pittsburgh, Daughters of the Nile No. 48, member of Pittsburgh Glass Club, and the Organ Society of Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Harrison City and the Murrysville Garden Club. She was a past mother advisor of Level Green Assembly No. 125, Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She had many years of community service, including volunteering at the Level Green Presbyterian Church, the VA hospital of Pittsburgh, Friends Thrift Store, and Meals on Wheels. She was preceded in death by John M. Battenhouse, her husband of 57 years, in 2001. She is survived by two sons, Jack W. (Sharon), of Level Green, and Thomas R. (Shelby), of Anderson, S.C.; four grandchildren, Thomas (Carrie) Battenhouse, of Stow, Ohio, Jennifer (Christian) Stoecklein, of South Fayette, Janet Battenhouse, of Level Green, and Holly (Brian) Tillman, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and seven great-grandchildren, Margaret, Sophia, Eric and Jason Battenhouse, and Elizabeth, Caroline and Stephanie Stoecklein. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh Street (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Burk, Nancy A. 53

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1961-02-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Nancy A. Burk, 53, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born Feb. 22, 1961, in Greensburg, a daughter of Sally Miller Burk and the late William Burk. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Jeannette, and enjoyed reading, crafts and jigsaw puzzles. She is survived by her brother, Robert and his wife, Laura, of Hunker; sister, Janet Norton and her husband, David, of North Huntingdon; and nieces, Megan Lattimer and her husband, James III, Katie Burk and Jennifer Norton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Westmoreland County Food Bank, in memory of Nancy. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Cunningham, Helen J. 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-09-07
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Helen J. Cunningham, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Zelienople, a daughter of the late Norman B. and Anna E. Bowlen Avey. She was a graduate of Connellsville High School and a member of Central Fellowship Church in Connellsville. Helen will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her loving son, James Cunningham, of Wilkinsburg; her grandson, Brian Cunningham and wife, Sharon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her great-grandson, Blake; and her niece, Carolyn Johnson and husband, Clyde, of Farmington. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, George S. Cunningham; her son, Thomas E. Cunningham; and her brother, Leroy B. Avey. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, (724-547-3800), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be in Addison Cemetery, Somerset County. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Grande, Carmen Millie R. 94

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carmen R. "Millie" Grande, 94, of Trafford, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. He was born May 10, 1920, the son of the late Pasquale and Theresa Rosella Grande. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran as well as an usher and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Regis Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen August Grande; and his brothers, Dominic, Anthony, Joseph and Francis Grande. He is survived by his children, Gary Grande, Karen (Tom) Mercalde, Theresa (Jim) McCarron, Susan (Michael) Oriolo, Liz (Bob) Thompson and Rich (Sierra) Grande; a sister, Gloria Drost; and six grandchildren, Brandon and Megan McCarron, Nicole and Natalie Thompson, Nathan Sneith and Steven Grande. The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Home Care and Hospice for their exceptional care. 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 JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Catholic Church with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. Contributions can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Gula, William 91

  • Scottdale
  • Born: 1923-01-16
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • William Gula, 91, of Scottdale, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Amber House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Scottdale, a son of the late Nat and Mary (Smij) Gula. Bill was a lifelong member of St. John Byzantine Catholic Church and a member of the Church Holy Name Society. He was a retired foreman with General Motors Corp., Pittsburgh, with 35 years of service. Bill was World War II veteran, having served with the Navy aboard the USS Mauna, USS O'Brien, USS Barton and the USS LST 916, attaining the rank of gunner's mate first class. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal (Four Stars), Philippine Liberation Medal (Two Stars) and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Slovak Club and Scottdale VFW Post. William is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him: his three children: Mary C. Kiral and husband, Anthony, of Mt. Pleasant, William Gula and wife, Michelle, of Mechanicsburg, Gary Gula, and wife, Ame, of Stahlstown; his eight grandchildren, Zach, Emily and Reilly Gula, Jesten and Jacob Gula, Butchie, Matthew and Chrissy Kiral; his step-grandchildren, Kaylee and Alicia. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by, his wife of 57 years, Sophia Kocan Gula, Oct. 29, 2013; brothers, John, Michael, Pete, Steve, Joe, George and Harry Gula; and a sister, Rosella Gula, in infancy. Bill's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A Parastas service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The Divine Liturgy will be intoned following at 9:30 a.m. in St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, with his pastor, the Very Rev. John H. Salko, as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, East Huntingdon Township, with full military rites accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard. The family would like to convey "special thanks" to Medi Home Care and Hospice for their care and professionalism that they so lovingly provided for their father. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, order flowers, condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Hood, George D. 81

  • Formerly of Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1933-04-11
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George D. "Tex" Hood, 81, of West Virginia, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. Born April 11, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Daniel and Ethel (Ulery) Hood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Catherine (Malek) Hood, in 2004; and a sister, Shirley Hood. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Tex was an active participant in the flea market circuit. George was an assistant at Krynicky Sunoco Station of Carpentertown for many years. He is survived by a daughter, Lorena Powers and her husband, Jeff, of Ashburn, Va.; and a grandson, Alex Powers. Also surviving are siblings, Patricia Shugars, Virginia Yuhouse, Bill Hood, Gary Hood, Linda Farino and Bobby Hood; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. A blessing service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Visitation Church with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. A wake service will be at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
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Kelly, Claire A. 91

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1923-07-07
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Claire A. "Babe" Kelly, 91, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He was born July 7, 1923, in West Newton, a son of the late Ernest and Mary (Hodge) Kelly. Prior to retirement, Babe was employed by Stoney's Brewery. He was a member of West Newton VFW No. 7812. Survivors include a brother, Roy Kelly and wife, Ruth; grandchildren, Cristy Morris and husband, Chris, William Kelly and wife, Stephanie, Frances Kathleen Kelly and Sarah Cairns; a number of great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dorothea Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Moody) Kelly; sons, Robert Kelly and William Kelly; and brother, Harold Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will full military honors by Greensburg VFW will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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King, Joan W. 78

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1936-06-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joan W. King, 78, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at home. She was born June 22, 1936, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Guy and Mary DeBone Wass. Prior to retirement, she was a telephone operator at Bell Telephone. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette, Bell Telephone Pioneers, Jeannette Lions and Lioness Clubs, Jeannette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and http://www.cercemaggiore.org. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. King; and a brother, Louis Wass. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jody King and Clyde Reynolds, of Jeannette; a brother, Frank Wass and his wife, JoAnn, of Greensburg; two sisters, Carmella Moffa and Gloria Rossi and her husband, Ron, all of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ascension Church with Father Paul Lisik as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, Development Office, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Leasure, Helen M. 93

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1921-04-08
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Helen Mae Leasure, 93, of West Newton, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was born April 8, 1921, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle (Spitzer) Bowers. Helen was known as "The Penny Candy Lady." She spent countless hours traveling to flea markets and festivals in her RV to sell her penny candy, and was the owner of the former Helen Mae Gift Shop on Main Street, in West Newton. A member of First Baptist Church in West Newton for over 70 years, she also sang in its choir. Helen has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 25 years and participated in the "Race for the Cure" when she was able. Survivors include two daughters, Helen Riggs and husband, Dale, and Brenda Lucas; grandchildren, Dawn Booher and husband, Tom, Mary Trout and husband, Allen, Brenda Ansell and husband, Robert, Kendra Weaver and husband, Jeff, and Garrett Lucas and wife, Chrissy; great-grandchildren, William "Billy" Riggs and wife, Shangail, Cody Fazenbaker, Kayla and Cyle Booher, Kelsey, Jesse and Alexia Weaver, Saige Trotter, Jayden Lucas, Megan and Morgan Ansell, and Robert Ansell Jr.; great-great-grandchildren, Noah, Isaiah, Aurelia and Jonah Riggs, and Logan Weaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth James Lucas; sisters, Dolores Pevc, Pauline Aronckes and Loretta Markle; and brother, Charles Bowers Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Vine and Sixth Street. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Mayfield, Helen M. 79

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1935-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Mayfield, 79, of Sutersville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Masontown, a daughter of the late Earston and Mary (Shubert) Whyel. Helen was a member of Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church and was a former Girl Scout leader. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Jefferson Hospital. She loved butterflies and yellow roses. Survivors include three children, Ann Taylor and husband, Dennis, Nancy Casoni and husband, George, and Robert Mayfield Jr. and wife, Karen; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marge Pfister and Irene Backas; and brother, Joe Whyel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mayfield Sr.; sister, Betty Loasak; and brothers, Earston, George and Jim Whyel. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton. Private interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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McKay, Karin 70

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1944-03-26
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Hartman-Graziano, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Karin Conway McKay, 70, of Latrobe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 26, 1944, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Bernard P. Conway Sr. and Wanda (DeVinney) Conway. Karin was a 1962 graduate of Blairsville High School and a graduate of the Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing and School of Anesthesia. Prior to her retirement, she was a registered nurse anesthetist at Latrobe Area Hospital and Vittone Eye Surgical Associates. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, in Latrobe, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Christian Mothers, served as a Eucharistic minister, was a volunteer sacristan for the church and volunteered for Vacation Bible School and the Art and Environments Committee. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Faith in Action. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard P. Conway Jr.; and a niece, Dana M. Petrunak. Karin was a loving wife, mother and very proud grandmother. Her grandchildren describe her as very caring, fun, peaceful and attentive. She is survived by her husband of more than 45 years, Thomas P. McKay; her daughter, Erin K. Colcombe and her husband, Daniel J., of Greensburg; her son, Thomas B. McKay and his wife, Melissa E., of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Caroline, Colleen and Alexander Colcombe, and Mitchell, Marlee and Gracie McKay; her sister, Shirley Laskie and her husband, Richard, of Hillside; a brother, C. Lisle Conway and his wife, Sheral, of Ligonier; three sisters-in-law, Michele Conway Watts and her husband, Whit, of Indiana, Pa., Barbara J. Conrad, of Latrobe, and Kay Stocken and her husband, Michael, of Hermitage; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony J. Carbone and the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, as concelebrants. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at http://www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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Moody, L. Kay 80

  • West Newton
  • Born: 1934-09-26
  • Died: 2014-11-12
  • Funeral Home: Mccauley, West Newton | Get Directions
  • L. Kay Moody, 80, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. She was born Sept. 26, 1934, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Samuel and Kathleen (Rankin) Moody. Kay was a member of West Newton United Presbyterian Church. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a secretary clerk with Duquesne Light. Survivors include a brother, William Moody and wife, Marge; a sister, Ruth Oyer; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Kelly, Louise Mace and Bernice Sandbach; an infant brother, John Moody; and nephews, Robert Kelly and William Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the J. WILLIAM MCCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 901 Vine St., West Newton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. http://www.mccauleyfuneralhome.com.
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Naponic, Terry J. 64

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1950-06-12
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Terry J. Naponic, 64, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born June 12, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of the late Andrew and Lavina Fleming Naponic. Terry was the owner/operator of M and N Painting and Naponic Construction, in Jeannette. He was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg. Terry was a wonderful father to his children and shared his deep faith and family values with unconditional love. He is survived by his children, Randi Poirier and husband, Nick, of North Huntingdon, and Andy Naponic, of Colorado; a brother, Robert Naponic and wife, Joanne, of Houston, Texas; sisters, Andrea Kalp and husband, Robert, of Greensburg, and Debbie Naponic, of Jeannette, with whom he resided; his nieces and nephews, who loved their uncle Terry very much, Julie Carrillo (Paul), Jesse Naponic (Britt), Jackson Naponic (Kristi), Jock Naponic (Jill), Bobbi Jo Sanders (Andre), Jaci Kubinec and fianc, Jim, and Jarrette Kalp (Renee); his great-nieces and nephews, Jackson, Nan and Ellie Carrillo, Brooke, Camille, Emily and Tanner Naponic, Mackenzie and Morgan Kubinec, Andrew John Sanders and Jackson Kalp. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh PA. 15222.
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Nicholls, Betty L. 78

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1936-02-28
  • Died: 2014-11-18
  • Funeral Home: Bowser, Homer City | Get Directions
  • Betty Louise Nicholls, 78, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Wilkensburg, and was the daughter of Paul and Clara (Carnahan) Weaver. Betty was employed by Bell Atlantic/Verizon for 33 years, where she was a member of the The Pioneers non-profit group. She was a member of the First Reform United Church of Christ and a member of the Hillview Bowling League, both located in Greensburg. Betty is survived by two daughters, Pamela and husband, Paul McDonald, Saratoga, Calif., and Kimberly and husband, John Stephens, Jeanette; and grandchildren, Corey and Chelsi Stephens, and Ryan and Tristan McDonald. She is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Matthews, Florida, Clara Emogene Gower, and Virginia and Pauline Hendrick, Florida. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of a service, the family asks that anyone wishing to honor Betty's memory please make a donation to Animal Care and Welfare Inc., P.O. Box 8257, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME, in Homer City, is in charge of arrangements.
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Painter, Judith J. 60

  • Irwin , Formerly of Washington, Pa.
  • Born: 1954-05-04
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Judith J. Shepherd Painter, 60, of Irwin, formerly of Washington, Pa., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1954, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Joseph and Jane Bennett Yoest. Prior to her retirement, Judith was employed as an electronics technician by Core Star International. She was a member of the Norwin VFW Post 781 Auxiliary and was a horseback riding enthusiast. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Yoest. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Painter; son, Donald Shepherd and his wife Jada; daughter, Jessica Sawich; stepmother, Ruth Jean Yoest; a brother, Dan Yoest and his wife, Holly; two sisters, Kathy Baird (Jim) and Lisa Wollard; grandchildren, Kendal, Jake, Luke and Jaicee; and stepgrandchildren, Ethan and Jaret. A celebration of Judith's life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Norwin VFW. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norwin VFW or Excela Health Hospice. Arrangements by JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Pernelli, Martha M. 84

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1930-04-27
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Martha M. Pernelli, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J. She was born April 27, 1930, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Stephen Stanko and Mary (Zuzack) Stanko. Martha was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. She was a devoted wife and mother who truly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Pernelli; and three brothers, Franklin, Stephen and Walter Stanko. Martha is survived by two sons, David R. Pernelli and his wife, Fawn, of Millville, N.J., and Gary F. Pernelli and his wife, Amy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Noreen M. Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, and Miriam Altman and her husband, Will, of Gibsonia; a brother, Timothy Stanko and his wife, Linda, of Bethel Park; nine grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Alecia, Ryan, Adam, Stephen, Kati, Abbi and Matthew; and a great-grandson, William. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Members of the St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Anthony Carbone as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Stockberger, Alice A. 96

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1918-06-29
  • Died: 2014-11-14
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Alice A. Stockberger, 96, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. She was born June 29, 1918, in Easton, a daughter of the late Harry and Bertha Hoch Stockberger. Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher at the former Forbes Road School. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg, where she had been involved in Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of the Apollo Chapter 1250 O.E.S., the Greensburg College Club, the National, Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Retired Public School Employees Associations and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick and Robert Stockberger. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Wasnesky, Della Mae 92

  • Formerly of Jeannette
  • Born: 1922-08-29
  • Died: 2014-11-17
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Della Mae Wasnesky, 92, of Venice Fla., formerly of Jeannette, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. She was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Myrtle Lute Seice. Della Mae, along with her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., were members of the Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. In addition to her parents, Della Mae was predeceased by her husband, Peter P. Wasnesky Sr., in May of 1997; a daughter, Sister Mary Joy (Edna Mae) Wasnesky, OSF, in November of 2007; a brother, Louis M. Seice; and her sisters, Anna Mary Ratner, Grace Wells, Josephine Praznik and Millie Benson. She is survived by her children, Peter P. Wasnesky Jr. and wife, Carole, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Thomas W. Wasnesky and wife, Donna, Louis M. Wasnesky and wife, Lynn, all of Venice Fla., and Michele Sterling, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; grandchildren, Christopher and Cynthia, of Arizona, Dennis and Donald, of Ohio, Kelly, of South Carolina, Louis Jr., of Riva, Md., Jeffrey Paul, of Bridgewater, Va., and Heather Walker and Eric Garlits, of North Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a blessing service to be held at noon Monday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Della Mae's family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, 450 St. Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607, or the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
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Zastawniak, Alfonse J. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-01-24
  • Died: 2014-11-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Alfonse J. Zastawniak, 92, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Armstrong County Health Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in South Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, son of the late John and Honora (Osika) Zastawniak. He was a retired toolmaker from Walworth. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army-Air Force. He was a member of St. Bruno's Roman Catholic Church in Greensburg. Survivors include his daughter, Carol (Ed) Kratt; son, James (Robbie) Zastawniak; daughter, Patricia (Don) Patterson; son, John (Marsha) Zastawniak; son, Joseph Zastawniak; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Kuchta) Zastawniak; and four sisters, Helen Wojtaszek, Catherine Popeck, Josephine Popeck and Rose Zastawniak. Services will be private and under the care of SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Musgrove, Rev. L. Wayne

  • Seaford, Del.
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2014-11-20
  • Funeral Home: Cranston, Seaford, Del. | Get Directions
  • The Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., heard and answered the Father's call from Heaven's Portals on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Charles Edward and Myrtle Grace (Shoaf) Musgrove, of Brinkerton. Wayne was one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth, of 60 years of marriage; their two daughters, Rebecca Musgrove, of Seaford, Del., and Elizabeth Schwegel, of Millville, N.J., and her husband, Robert; three grandchildren, Kevin B. Chamberlain, of Milford, Del., Britain Johnson, of Laurel, Del., and Ashley Schwegel, of Millville, N.J.; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Nathan Johnson, of Laurel, Del.; and his two sisters, Edna Ackerman and Jane Rydle, of Pennsylvania. A service of worship celebrating the life and faith of Wayne will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Street, Milford, DE 19963. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private family burial to follow the service. Arrangements by the CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME, Seaford, Del. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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