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Carlson, Craig A. Jr. 33

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1982-01-06
  • Died: 2015-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Craig Alan Carlson Jr., 33, of Monessen, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Carroll Township. Born in Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 6, 1982, he was the son of Pamela Atkinson Carlson (Stephen Martello) of Monessen and Craig A. Carlson Sr. (Bonnie Greenwalt) of Mt. Pleasant. Craig was a welder by trade. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Ukrainian Club, both of Monessen. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Abigail and Breanna Carlson; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Michael and Shannon Carlson of Mt. Pleasant and Randy Carlson of Youngwood; grandparents, John and Shirley Cheroki of Carroll Township; two nephews, Michael Jr. and Leland Carlson; ex wife, Sara McClain; and numerous aunts uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Tanya Carlson; great- grandparents, John and Grace Ciarrocchi and Albert and Mabel Magnone and an uncle, T.J. Cheroki. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Allen Riethmiller officiating.
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Holtz, Eleanor 79

  • Monongahela
  • Born: 1935-12-01
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Holtz, 79, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Monongahela Valley hospital. She was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Hastings, a daughter of Reuben and Alma Overberger Owens. Mrs. Holtz was a graduate of Robert Morris College, where she received an associate degree in business. She was an active member of St. Damien of Molokai parish. Mrs. Holtz was devoted to her family as a mother, grandmother, and caregiver to her husband of 57 years, M. Allan Holtz. She enjoyed baking lady lock cookies, card clubs, family get-togethers and the casino. Together they have a son, Gregory Holtz of Monongahela; three daughters and sons-in-law, Michele (Michael) Yotz of Pittsburgh, Karen (Garry) Brannon of State College and Denise (Sam) Baer of Elizabeth; six grandchildren, James and Allison Yotz, Caitlyn and Mackenzie Brannon and Colby and Lindsay Baer; three sisters, Marian Carey, Donna (Pat) Gallaher and Virginia (Michael) Nalisnick of Canonsburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and in-laws. She was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn Gibbons. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 10:30 a.m., the time of service, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, www.marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Monongahela, with the Father William Terza, as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or Fr. Leger Fund, 722 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
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King-Barrax, Beulah 97

  • Allenport
  • Born: 1918-04-05
  • Died: 2015-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Draper Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Beulah King-Barrax, 97, of Allenport, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Washington Health Center in Washington, Pa. She was born April 5, 1918, in Athens, Ga. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry King; second husband, William Barrax and son, James King. She retired as a dietitian from the California Area High School District. She was a longtime, faithful member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Donora under the leadership of Pastor Lee Haney Sr., where she served as deaconess. Beulah is survived by her loving son, Alvin King; and granddaughter, Alana King. Family and friends will be received 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 49 S. McKean Avenue, Donora followed by a Celebration of Life Service with Elder Jack Howell officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC. 608 Sixth St., Monessen, PA 15062, 724-684-6242, www.draperfh.com.
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Parsons, Carol A. 65

  • Finleyville
  • Born: 1950-02-26
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Kegel Funeral Home, Finleyville | Get Directions
  • Carol Ann Parsons, 65, of Finleyville died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 26, 1950, in New Eagle; a daughter of Molly Ruse Kotecki of Finleyville and the late Raymond A. Kotecki. Mrs. Parson had been employed as a secretary at Hewlett-Packard Corporation in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was Catholic by faith. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a brother, Raymond W. Kotecki of Finleyville; a sister, Donna Mitchell of Finleyville; a niece and four nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at KEGEL FUNERAL HOME INC., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, David P. Kegel, director, 3560 Washington Ave., Finleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, with the Rev. Richard J. Tusky officiating. Private interment will be in Finleyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Washington Area Humane Society. P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Condolences to kegelfuneralhome.com.
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Saflin, Steve 86

  • North Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-26
  • Died: 2015-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Steve Saflin, 86, of North Charleroi passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015, in the Residence at Hilltop. Born in North Charleroi on Dec. 26 1928, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Martinich Saflin. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. Steve was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Monessen Elks 773 and the Croatian Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Michael Saflin; and three sisters, Charlotte Saflin, Mildred Rauchfuss and Mary Gregula. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Stephanie Saflin of Woodlands Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam Fisher of North Carolina and Joy and Tom Havadich of Rostraver Township; four grandchildren, Shannon Fisher of Florida, Stephen (Marquette) Saflin of Florida, Seth Saflin and Sarah Saflin both of Texas; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mason and Sloan Saflin; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Genève Saflin of Fredericktown. Friends will be received 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. Funeral service information will be announced in Thursday's edition.
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Todaro, Joseph L. 68

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Died: 2015-08-19
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  • Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Todaro, 68, formerly of Monessen, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Downey, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Mary Todaro of Monessen. Larry graduated from Monessen High School and California University of Pennsylvania, and lived in New York, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state before settling in Southern California. An accomplished professional poker player for over 37 years, Larry was often seen at the Bicycle Club and Commerce Casino in California. He also played in World Series tournaments in both California and Nevada. The center of Larry's world was his children. He loved to embarrass them with loud public declarations and displays of affection. Larry is survived by his son, Kevin (Kandice) Todaro; daughter, Kenda (Gabe) Rosenshine; and grandchildren, Kellan and Luka Rosenshine, all of Washington state. He is also survived by his sister, Kathy Pankiewicz; nieces, Shellie (Tom) Payne and Dawn Pankiewicz; aunt, Ann Parker and uncle, Joseph Billy Sr., all of Pennsylvania. There will be a memorial viewing on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Risher Mortuary, 1316 Whittier Blvd., Montebello, Calif.
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