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Cepaitis, Anna M. 87

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1927-07-27
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Thomas Cepaitis, 87, of Monongahela, died on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family knowing that just as in life God was watching over her. Born July 27, 1927, in Brownsville, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Anna (Godderz) Thomas. Anna was a member and officer of the Valley Art Club and a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Monessen. She was a member of AARP, the Ladies of Charity, and a lifelong member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration). Anna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, creating works of art, keeping up with the latest technology, and engaging in a variety of activities including her card club, art club, and bible study group. Anna was an accomplished self-taught artist, winning numerous awards in the annual Valley Art Club exhibits. She shared her view of the world through her many still life and landscape paintings. Her love for family and friends was evident in her portrait and genre paintings. She especially enjoyed painting Mon Valley scenes. Some of these paintings hang in several locations throughout the area and are featured in the book, Monongahela City. They were also reproduced by the Monongahela Area Historical Society in prints, post cards, and Christmas cards. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom and Lu Cepaitis of Washington, Pa., and Mark Cepaitis of Southpointe; three daughters, Terry Cepaitis of Maryland, Patty Cocciolone of Monessen and Anita Cepaitis and fiance, Mark Wukovich of Monongahela; a brother, Al Thomas and wife, Lundie, of Pittsburgh; a brother-in-law, Joe and his wife, Vanna Cepaitis, of Donora; five grandchildren, Heather, Amy, Jamie, Shelby and Taylor; and seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Lane, Jannah, Sawyer, Giana, Gio, and James; and extended family members, Teri and Joe Barone of Monongahela and Cliff Goodrow of Southpointe. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow at Monongahela Cemetery.
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Hamilton, Charles W. 85

  • Formerly of Donora
  • Born: 1929-03-11
  • Died: 2014-11-07
  • Funeral Home: Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville, N.C. | Get Directions
  • Charles W. Hamilton, 85, formerly of Donora, went home peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Charles, also known as Lefty, Charlie, and Pop, was born in Coverdale, Pa., on March 11, 1929, the son of the late Thomas and Jane (Staff) Hamilton. Charles served his country, first in the U.S. Marine Corps and then as a Sergeant First Class during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Hamilton also worked and retired from the Black and Decker Company in Fayetteville, N.C. Charles was predeceased by his former wife, Josephine (Jo) Cierebiej Hamilton; one son, Thomas Klemens Hamilton; two brothers, Thomas W. Hamilton and Boyd Hamilton; and five sisters, Grace Poole, Edith Smock, Mildred Wahl, Eunice Williams and Della Koskoski. Mr. Hamilton is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Kathy Starling, Kim and Gary Langdon, and Nancy Kebort, all of North Carolina; loving grandsons, Gary and (Lauren) Langdon of Florida, Justin Langdon, Christopher Hales, Charles McKnight, and Branson Kebort, and one precious granddaughter, Stacy Langdon, all of North Carolina; three cherished great-granddaughters, Kelsey, Aria, and Isabella; one loving sister, Norma (Hamilton) Lewis of Monessen; many nieces, great-nieces, great-great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-great-nephews, and cousins. Family and friends were received Nov. 13, 2014, in Fayetteville, N.C. On Nov. 14, Charles was laid to rest next to his son, Thomas Klemens Hamilton, following a professional military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition in Ft. Benning, Ga., Main Post Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans at http://www.dav.org; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in memory of Charles W. Hamilton. Anyone wishing to leave the family with a memorial sympathy verse may do so by going to the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home website: jerniganwarren.com. .
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Schwartz, Perry 91

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1922-11-24
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Perry Schwartz, 91, of Belle Vernon, died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2014, at St. Barnabus Nursing Home, Gibsonia, with his loving wife Helen at his side. Born Albert Perry Schwartz in Belle Vernon on Nov. 24, 1922, to Louis and Lillian Swartz, he had two sisters, both now deceased: Louise Wolfe and husband, George, and Katherine "Kass" Altpater and husband, Clint. Perry graduated from North Belle Vernon High School in 1940 where he was a standout basketball player. As an undergraduate at California State Teachers College (now California University of Pennsylvania) he continued to star in both basketball and tennis. In 1943 he attended the Naval Officers Training Program at Bloomsburg State College, and then served his country as a Naval officer in the Mediterranean during World War II. Upon his return from active duty, he taught math and coached football at North Belle Vernon High School for several years before starting his own business, Standard Physicians Supply Company, which he and Helen ran as a successful family business. Perry took a genuine interest in people and had a great sense of humor - one couldn't be near him for very long before being engaged in friendly conversation. He will be remembered by many as a great friend; giving his time and talent to many charitable organizations and causes. He was an active member of the Belle Vernon Lion's Club for over 40 years, chairing countless events and committees and serving multiple times as President. He also served as president of the Monongahela Valley Country Club, where he was a long-time member and a regular on the golf course. After moving his family to Monessen, Perry joined the Monessen Elks Lodge 773, as well. Following his retirement in 1987, Perry became more involved with the veteran's organization, Mon Valley Shipmates, often donning his uniform to participate in parades and community events. And he finally had time to complete the lyrics to a love song he started composing many years before in Naval Training School, titled "You're Always the Girl in My Dreams". Perry is survived by his devoted wife Helen and three children, Patricia Henriquez (husband Jack) of Allentown, Debra Achen and husband, Donn of Monterey, Calif., and Tracey Deal of Poway, Calif. He is also survived by two grandsons and four great-grandchildren: Eric Henriquez (son Jack, and daughter, Emerson), and Ryan Henriquez (wife Jennifer, twin daughters Harlow and Roma). Friends will be received noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A blessing service will be in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. James Bump officiating. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The members of the Mon Valley Shipmates will meet in the funeral home Saturday at 1 p.m. to conduct a two bell service In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Belle Vernon Lion's Club, 435 Speer Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.
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Thomas-Carlock, Diana L. 57

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1957-07-25
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Draper Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Diana Lynn "Nessa" Thomas-Carlock, 57, of Monessen, passed into the hands of our Lord on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at her home. Born on July 25, 1957, in Charleroi, she was one of six children. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Viola and Samuel Johnson. Diana "Nessa," as she was affectionately called, was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She loved her family, listening to music, watching movies, her dogs and most of all her granddaughters, Diana and Deborah Garry. Her smile was infectious. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lynn (Chris) Garry; two granddaughters, Diana and Deborah Garry; her mother, Donna Lee Thomas, all of Monessen; two sisters, Hope Thomas of McKees Rock and Kimberly Thomas of New Castle; three brothers, Don Lee Thomas of Chicago, Gerald Thomas of Dubois and Jeffrey Thomas of Pittsburgh; a best friend, Alvina Lucas of Monessen; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, followed by a Celebration of Life at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 230 Reed Ave., Monessen, officiated by the Rev. Terry Sanders of Uniontown. Arrangements have been entrusted to The BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 608 Sixth St. Monessen, 724-684-6242, http://www.draperfh.com.
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Waite, Lorraine 88

  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Born: 1926-08-22
  • Died: 2014-11-24
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home , Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Lorraine "Sis" Guglielmi Waite, 88, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Belle Vernon passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in The Palms at St. Lucie, Port St. Lucie, Fla. A daughter of the late Virgil and Ada Vernicini Guglielmi, she was born in Belle Vernon on Aug. 22, 1926. Prior to her moving to Florida in 2001, Lorraine had resided in Belle Vernon for most of her adult life and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was retired from the Belle Vernon Area School District where she had been a Spanish teacher. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Albert Kuebler of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond E. and Janice Waite of Liberty, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Raymond "Jordan" Waite, Dillon Waite, Cole Kuebler and Kelsey Kuebler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Raymond W. Waite on Feb. 5, 1999; one sister, Lillian Giovanini; and one brother, Edward Guglielmi. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Suzanne Currie officiating. Entombment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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