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Buono, Mary J. 87

  • River Hill
  • Born: 1927-11-17
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo Spinneweber Buono, 87, of Monongahela, River Hill died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Sr. and Marie Donnelly Spinneweber. A 1945 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Mary Jo was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela and was a former member of their Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society. Before raising her family, she worked as an operator for the former Bell Telephone Co. She enjoyed bowling, Knitting and crocheting, playing bingo, and had belonged to many card clubs around the area. Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda and William Hyslop of New Eagle, Debbie and William Howells, Cheryl and James Martis and Pam Kroll and fiance, Bob Anderson, all of Monongahela; eight grandchildren, Tracy and Tory Hyslop, James Rocco (Suzanne) Martis, Rebecca Martis, Michele (Thomas) Fennell, Dennis Kroll, Jamie (Justin) Zavacky, and Joseph Kroll; five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Abby, and Avery Martis and Thomas and Trevor Fennell. Preceding her in death were her husband, James Buono who died June 11, 2013; two brothers Raymond Jr. and Joseph Spinneweber; a sister, Patricia Porter; and a grandson, Jeffery Martis who died in 1981. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767,, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday where services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. with the Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Cullen Sr., George F. 77

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1938-02-15
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • George F. Cullen Sr., 77, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Baldwin Health Center. He was a retired operations manager for Harbison Walker Refractories in Pittsburgh and an Air Force veteran. George was a member of Bible Fellowship Community Church in West Newton, County Line Chorus Barbershop Harmony Society and American Hunting Club in Potter County, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. Born Feb. 15, 1938, in Belle Vernon, he was a son of the late Jack and Virginia (Tonks) Cullen. He is survived by daughters, Connie (John) Lakovic, of White Oak, and Sally Lasica, of Port Vue; son, George F. (Raena) Cullen Jr., of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, Jay and Justin Cullen, Marissa and Nicole Lakovic and Alexis, Nicholas and Megan Lasica; loving companion, Fran Gelzhiser, of West Newton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at noon Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Mike Sneeringer officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, SW Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Offer condolences at
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Cunningham, Thomas E. 83

  • Speers
  • Born: 1931-06-08
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Cunningham, 83, of Speers, died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Born on June 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Edgar and Margaret Chalfant Cunningham. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1952 to 1954, and as a young man he worked as a riverboat pilot before retiring as an engineer from Monessen Southwestern Railroad. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Charleroi Booster Club, and the Charleroi American Legion. He volunteered with youth baseball in Charleroi and with St. Vincent de Paul, and was an avid bowler, gardener and tinkerer. He loved to support his kids and grandkids at everything they did and if it involved a chance to tailgate - that was even better. He will be remembered as an all around wonderful man. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen T. (Hreha) Cunningham of Speers; sons, Thomas Cunningham and wife, Judy, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Tim Cunningham and wife, Stephana, of Elkhart, Ind.; daughter, Peg Russell and companion, Bill Catalina of Smithton; grandchildren, Alexandra, Thomas and Andrew Cunningham, T., Incala, and Ella Cunningham, and Jesse and Emma Russell; brother, William Cunningham, and wife, Joanie, of Sarasota, Fla.; brother-in-law, Leon Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, at Mary, Mother of the Church, celebrated by the Rev. Jerry Mikonis. Interment will be at a later date in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022. Online condolences may be sent to
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Grilli, John V. 86

  • Webster
  • Born: 1928-04-07
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • John V. Grilli, 86, of Webster, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in The Residence at Hilltop. Born April 7, 1928, in Webster, he was the son of the late Virgil and Elizabeth Grilli. John was a 1946 graduate of Rostraver High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Greenland and March Air Force Base in California. He graduated from California University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. John worked at the Fort Pitt Casting Company in McKeesport, Buck's Garage and B. Bodgewic Chrysler-Plymouth Auto Agencies in Webster and retired from B. Bodgewic in October 1992. After retirement, John continued to work part time for Matway Chrysler-Plymouth and Falconi Chyrsler-Plymouth in Rostraver. John was an active member of Webster United Methodist Church, where he was the former adult Sunday school teacher, former chairman of the Membership Committee, member of the Finance Committee, the Administration Council and church historian. He was also a member of Rostraver AARP. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Dolores Grilli, of New Eagle, and Alberta Alonso, of Donora; brother-in-law, William Buck, of Fellsburg; nieces and nephews, Christopher (Margaret) Grilli, of Bethel Park, Cynthia (Tom) Greaves, of Herndon, Va., Nancy Zabawsky, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dennis (Linda) Buck, of Donora, Bruce Buck, of Rostraver Township, and Tammy Alonso, of Rostraver Township; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristan Buck Ferguson, Kevin D. Buck, Daniel and Eleanor Greaves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winona Buck Grilli; brother, Eugene Grilli; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Buck and Jean Buck. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Webster United Methodist Church with Pastor Ken Jones officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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MacFann, Thomas S. 77

  • Daisytown
  • Born: 1937-07-31
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Mariscotti Funeral Home, California, Pa. | Get Directions
  • Thomas S. MacFann, 77, of Daisytown, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born Saturday, July 31, 1937, in California, Pa., a son of the late William and the late Margaret (Mitchell) MacFann. He was a member of the California American Legion JFK Post 377, the former Daisytown VFW, the Daisytown Athletic Club, the Fayette County Poultry Association and most importantly the United Gamefowl Breeders Association of America. Tom's passion was raising Gamefowl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen G. (Gola) MacFann in 1989; a son in infancy, Thomas; and two brothers, Dale F. MacFann and Harry D. MacFann. Left to cherish his memory are four children, William MacFann and wife, Terri, of Daisytown, Cathy Budkey and husband, Barry, of Coal Center, Walter MacFann and his significant other, Brenda Workman of Daisytown, and Robert MacFann of Daisytown. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kathlean Hancock, Aaron and Austin Chegini, and Shannon Charlton and husband, Michael; one great-grandson, Giovanni Pallette and we can't forget his dog "Lady." Friends will be received in the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth St., California, Pa., on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and until 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, with the Rev. Paul Peternel officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the California School District Foundation, P.O. Box 531, California, PA 15419.
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Tomcanin, Mary M. 89

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1926-02-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Mary M. Tomcanin, 89, of Monessen passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Mt. St. Macrina Manor. Born in Monessen on Feb. 21, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Cuprik Sofilkanich. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, the St. Mary's Ladies Guild and the Rosary Society. Mary was a 1944 graduate of Monessen High School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emil J. Tomcanin; one sister, Ann E. Sofilkanich; a brother, John Sofilkanich; and a great-grandson, Levi Secrest. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Dana Tomcanin of Export, and Thomas and Deborah Tomcanin of Harrisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Allen Rost of Speers Hill; eight grandchildren, Robert and Lori Tomcanin of Stewartstown, Pa., Renee and Joe Herrmann of Schaumburg, Ill., Kristyn and Oswain Venzen of Forrest Hill, Md., Thomas and Jen Tomcanin Jr. of Liverpool, Nicole and Dan Amlosch of Lake Meade, Pa., Michelle and Ben Secrest of Chambersburg, Tina and Glenn Rost-Barber of Raleigh, N.C. and A.J. and Kayla Randall Rost of Harrisburg; five great-grandchildren, Jeremiah R., Teagan E. and Toby Tomcanin, Donovan Secrest and Michael Emil Herrmann. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, Prayers will be recited on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by 10 a.m. funeral services in St. Mary's Byzantine Church with the Father Stephen Wahal officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Parish rosary will be recited on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Panachida services following.
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