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Butera, Margaret 85

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-23
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" Butera, 85, of Charleroi, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Mon Valley Care Center. Born on Dec. 23, 1928, she was the daughter on the late Frank and Mari Janic Kocian. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and an excellent homemaker. Peg is survived by her son, Joseph Edward Butera, and wife, Chris, of Bethel Park; daughters, Linda Susick and husband, Michael, of Belle Vernon, and Donna Ramusivich and husband, Joseph, of Bethel Park; sister, Dolores Snyder, of Lakewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Joseph William (Melissa) Butera, Abby Butera, Michael Susick, Julie Susick, Stephen (Amanda) Ramusivich, and Brad Ramusivich; great-grandchildren, Samuel Butera and one on the way; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Joyce Ramusivich. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph D. Butera, in 2003; brothers, Steven and Frank Kocian; and sisters, Rose Sedlak, Mary Blumenstock, Agnes Fidnarik, Helen Morgan, and Ann Jeffers. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 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 Thursday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment following in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Githens, Arlene 85

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1929-05-12
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Arlene Crago Winters Githens, 85, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in her home. Born May 12, 1929, in Belle Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Goldie Bulgar Crago. A lifelong resident of Belle Vernon, Mrs. Githens was an active member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, retired from Monongahela Valley Hospital in 1984 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 where she did Medical Research in osteoporosis. She was also a wonderful seamstress. She is survived by a son, Blake Winters of Belle Vernon; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Voigts of Yorkville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Amy Flower of Smithton; four grandchildren, Jason Winters, John Voigts, Kathy Voigts, Geoff Voigts; and a sister, Doris Nichols of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Githens; and two sons, M/Sgt Brett Winters and Barry Winters. Visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Klein Jr. Pastor of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Interment will take place in West Newton Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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Kustron, Bernard 75

  • Donora
  • Born: 1939-01-11
  • Died: 2014-07-13
  • Funeral Home: Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, Menotor, Ohio | Get Directions
  • Bernard Kustron, 75, of Donora, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his brother's home in Painesville Township. He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in Donora, to Frank and Blanche Kustron. Bernard served in the U.S. Army. He belonged to the American Legion and enjoyed working around his house. Bernard is survived by his brother, Edward (Frances) Kustron of Painesville Twp.; nephew, Edward J. Kustron of Mayfield Heights; a niece, Barbara (Norman) Hirter of Mentor. He was preceded in death by his parents. A private service and burial were held by the family in Donora. Arrangements entrusted to BRUNNER SANDEN DEITRICK FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio. Family suggests contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice. Send flowers and offer condolences a http://www.brunneers.com.
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Opfer, Joseph P. 60

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1954-05-28
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph P. Opfer, 60, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born May 28, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Albert and Julia (Lovas) Opfer. He was a former steelworker for Levinson Steel in Ambridge and a member of Grace and Truth Ministries in Canonsburg. The pride of Joe's life was being able to care for his mother in the final five years of her life. He is survived by a sister, Sandra (George) Cheplic, of Finleyville; brothers, Wayne (Alberta) Opfer, of Glassport, and Dennis Opfer, of Elizabeth Township; uncle, Michael Lovas, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott Warne officiating. Burial will be private in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Joe's family would like to thank Heidi Wright for the wonderful care given to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Edwin W. 91

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1923-01-30
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Edwin Wesley Smith, 91, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born Jan.30, 1923, in California, the son of Wesley Phillip and Edith B. Marsland Smith. Edwin retired as a maintenance superintendent with over 40 years of employment at Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (St. Anthony's) of Monongahela. For numerous years, Edwin enjoyed bowling with several different leagues throughout the Mon Valley area. He also liked to spend his time playing cards, especially euchre. He is survived by two sons, Roger Edwin Smith and wife, Ann, and Gregory Wesley Smith, all of Monongahela; six grandchildren, Diana Jessica Smith, Trisha Lee Eliason and husband Grafton, Jason Roger Smith and wife, Jennifer, Samantha Ann Smith, Sonya Marie Smith, Dorian Gregory Smith; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, William A. Smith and wife, Anne, Larry P. Smith and wife, Edna, all of Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Pietroboni Smith who died Jan.5, 1995; three sisters, Audrey Veit, June Chitester, Melva Smith; and a brother, Kenneth Smith. Friends will be received on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 West Main St., Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Stewart, Dorothy D. 90

  • Roscoe
  • Born: 1923-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Dorothy D. Stewart, 90, of Roscoe, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. A daughter of the late Oliver and Louisa Conaway Duvall, she was born in Elco on Nov. 16, 1923. A lifelong resident of Roscoe, she was a member of Eastern Star, Monessen Chapter 205. Survivors include one sister, Nola Trader of Bentleyville; one daughter-in-law, Pat Stewart of Allenport; and two grandchildren, Bob Stewart of Allenport and Darcy Henry (Ralph) of Monessen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Stewart on April 13, 1988; a son, Robert E. Stewart on March 8, 1986; two sisters, Ruth Vernallis and Blanche Nutt; and three brothers, Clifford, Clell and Wilford Duvall. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. The Eastern Star will meet in the funeral home to hold services on Thursday at 7 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Sandy Conti officiating. Interment will follow in Howe Cemetery, Coal Center.
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Vignoli, Violet M. 88

  • New Eagle
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Violet M. Hayes Vignoli, 88, of New Eagle died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of The Valley Independent. The FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., of Monongahela, is in charge of the arrangements.
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