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Angelo, Sister Gemma 85

  • Hudson, Wis.
  • Born: 1929-03-17
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • Sister Gemma Angelo, O.Carm., of the Carmel of the Sacred Heart, Hudson, Wis., was called home to God on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was born Gilda Patricia Angelo, the daughter of Stephen and Felicetta (Abruzzi) Angelo, in Donora March 17, 1929. She graduated from Donora High School, Minneapolis Institute of Medical Technology, and Duquesne University. She was employed as a lab technician and was in charge of the blood bank at the Charleroi-Monessen Hospital. On Nov. 30, 1955, she entered the Carmelite Monastery in Allentown, Pa., and received the name Sister Mary Gemma of the Passion. Sister Gemma professed her temporary vows on July 21, 1957, and her solemn vows on Aug. 28, 1960. In 1963, Bishop Hammes of Superior, Wis., invited the sisters at Allentown to begin a new monastery in the Superior Diocese, and Sister Gemma was chosen as the first prioress. On Aug. 19, 1963, she and four other sisters arrived in Hudson, where they were warmly welcomed. She was called upon to represent her community at several national and international meetings of Carmelite Nuns. Sister Gemma enjoyed gardening, knitting, reading and playing with the series of collies and cats who were a part of the Carmelite Community; but most of all she loved to share her spirit of prayerfulness through personal contacts with all who expressed an interest in seeking a deeper spirituality. Sister Gemma was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Frank (Jenny), Pat (Millie) and Joseph (Beulah Mae) Angelo; sisters, Mary (Frank) Giuliani and Betty (Eugene) Lazzari; and seven siblings who died in infancy. She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Donora with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Dominic Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Carmelite Sisters, who also wish to extend their gratitude to all of Sister Gemma’s many caregivers throughout the recent years, for all the love they have shown. Services entrusted to the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 724-379-6900, www.massafrafuneralhome.com.
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Bedsworth, Irene 88

  • Monessen
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rhome Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Irene Bedsworth, 88, of Monessen, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She died peacefully at home, as was her wish, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Josephine Benedict Conti. Irene was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A homemaker, she loved to sew, cook, and especially bake. She was sincere, kind, and genuinely filled with love for her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Debra Henson and husband, Alan Henson; granddaughters, whom she cherished, Lauren Nahas of Oakdale and Arley Nahas of Monessen; a great-grandson and special love in her life, Julian Nahas; a brother, William Conti of Massillon, Ohio; sister, Mary Lou Obitko of Monongahela; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bedsworth; daughter, Lori Bedsworth; brother, Joseph Conti; and most recently a sister, Elaine Lucent. Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., Family Owned and Operated as a Member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Bedsworth's name may be made to the Gospel Alliance Church, Fells Church Road, Belle Vernon PA 15012. Online condolences may be conveyed to the Bedsworth family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
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Coode, Thomas 83

  • Rices Landing
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Lesako Funeral Home, Carmichaels | Get Directions
  • Thomas "T" Hodges Coode, 83, of Rices Landing died March 3, 2015, in his home. Dr. Coode was a retired Professor of History at California University of Pennsylvania. Friends will be received in the LESAKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, funeral director/ supervisor on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. Full Military Rites will be accorded at 3 p.m. in the Funeral Home by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, Carmichaels, Pa., followed by a service officiated by Chaplain Jim Schmitt. An additional visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening in the funeral home. A memorial service will be held April 11, 2015, at Mercy Convent, Nashville, Tenn., at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Foundation, 201 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415. Online obituary can be viewed at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com. Condolences may be left at www.legacy.com.
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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 www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Fowkes, Lillian 76

  • Fallowfield
  • Born: 1938-08-21
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Lillian E. Wisyanski Fowkes, 76, of Fallowfield Township, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Born Aug. 21, 1938, in Monessen, she was the daughter of the late Sophia Seydor Jotko and William Wisyanski. Lil was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church and their Christian Mothers. She graduated from Rostraver High School with the Class of 1959, and was proud to have only missed one class reunion. She was an original member of the 500 Bid Card Club for 55 years, and she loved going to the Meadows, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas with her husband and family. She was a fantastic caretaker of her children and grandchildren, and was also a baby sitter for numerous children in the Valley. Her favorite holiday to celebrate was Valentine's Day and she loved cardinals. Known as "Grammy" to her entire family, she is survived by sons, Bill Fowkes Jr. and wife, Jill, of Smithburg, Md., Tom Fowkes of Fallowfield Township, and Larry Fowkes and wife, Sally, of New Eagle; daughters, Linda Moss and husband, Jim, of Fallowfield Township, Carol Burgess and husband, Richard, of North Charleroi, and Gerry Brovey and husband, Michael, of Bridgeport, W.Va.; grandchildren, Shannon Fowkes and fiancee, Stephen Sachariah, Andy Fowkes, Cpt. Jimmy Moss and wife, Bethany, Jamie Moss and fiancee, Sean McGowan, Austin Fowkes, Nick Fowkes, Sammi Fowkes, Anthony Amprim, Adam Amprim and fiancee, Val Lazar, Anna Amprim, and Cole and Luke Brovey; stepgrandchildren, Kelli Dellarose and husband, Justin, Kari Sampson, and Richard and Mat Burgess; stepgreat-grandchildren, Brody and Logan Dellarose; sister, Marlene Fraccastoro of Texas; brothers, Tom Wisyanski and wife, Donna, of Connecticut, and Leonard Wisyanski and wife, Pat, of Charleroi; brothers-in-law, Harry Fowkes of Richeyville, and Jerry Hall and wife, Barb, of Charleroi; sister-in-law, Donna Coxey and husband, Paul, of Altoona; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, William "Bill" Fowkes, who died on Sept. 10, 2012. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday 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 Monday in Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Ave, Charleroi, celebrated by Lil's close friend and Pastor, the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Those attending the Mass are asked to please meet at the church on Monday. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Online condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com
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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, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com. 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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Huscroft, Norman S. 93

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1922-01-28
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Norman S. "Curly" Huscroft, 93, of Belle Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. A son of the late John and Barbara Sterling Huscroft, he was born in England on Jan. 28, 1922. Norman, who was referred to by many as "quite a character" was a lifelong resident of Belle Vernon. He worked for 32 years at Page Steel and Wire, was an electrician at Mar Electric for two years, changed in his career and served as a dispatcher for the Rostraver Police Department for two years, then for 10 years, he worked in the maintenance department at the Belle Vernon Area School District, finally retiring in 1988. Survivors include two sons and one daughter in law, Scott and Peggy Huscroft and Gregg Huscroft and his friend, Beth Ann Coccari; one granddaughter, Renee Horne and her husband, Travis, all of Belle Vernon; two great-grandchildren, Raelyn and Alayna Horne; a sister-in-law, Cleo Amato of Monongahela; and his beloved cat "Kitty". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Sarafene M. Huscroft, who passed away on Sept. 7, 2014; and his beloved and faithful dog "Butchie". Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Funeral services will be in the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Mimidis officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
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Males, Mary A. 92

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1922-08-03
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Males, 92, formerly of Indian Hill Road, Belle Vernon, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Mary had been ill with Alzheimer’s disease for some time and spent the past two years at Country Care Manor. Born on Aug. 3, 1922, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Stanko and spent most of her youth and adulthood living in Belle Vernon. Mary was a homemaker who was devoted to her family. She was known for her love, compassion, generosity, and faith in God. She enjoyed her grandchildren, reading, Bible study, and watching television, particularly reruns of "Gunsmoke" and "I Love Lucy". She rarely missed the 11 o'clock newscasts on Channel 2. Mary was a lifelong member of the Donora Gospel Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Males on Feb. 24, 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Bonita (Joe) Anders of Monongahela and Ardith (Jim) Smith of Fort Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jason (Becca) Anders, Stephen (Joy) Anders, James (Amber) Smith and Bethany Smith; five great grandchildren; and sister-in-law; Iva Sowers of South Carolina. Special thanks are extended to Country Care Manor and its employees, as well as hospice for the love, care and compassion given to Mary during her residency over the past two years. They were marvelous! A private funeral service and interment will be held in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Riverside Baptist Church/Roof Fund, 405 Main Street, New Eagle, PA 15067.
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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 Laurie 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, www.billicksfuneralhome.com. 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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Wilcox, Avel E. 96

  • Monongahela
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Draper Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Avel Estelle Wilcox, 96, of Monongahela, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Born Jan. 22, 1919, in Naruna, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Walker Wade and Lottie Bell Hubbard-Wade. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Wilcox; daughters, Lois Wilcox-Sloan-Lyons, Jacqueline Wilcox-Cundiff and Georgetta Wilcox-Swanson; sisters, Georgia Peterson, Dorlena Stone and Norma Carter; brother, James O. Wade Sr. and stepmother, Viola Crumby Wade; and many grandchildren. A resident of Monessen for many years, she attended the Monessen Public Schools. She was united in marriage to the late Walter Wilcox and they were blessed with three beautiful daughters. A committed servant of Christ, wife, mother and grandmother, she was well-known as a hair stylist, cook and baker. She was employed at Corning Glass for 17 years and retired in February 1981. Mother Wilcox was a member of Free Indeed Ministry, Monongahela under the leadership of her pastor and grandson, Rev. Frank Sloan Jr. while serving as the Mother of the church. She was a former member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and she was a faithful former member of the Whole Truth Church of God In Christ in Donora for many years under the leadership of Elder Maurice B. Wade Sr. Serving the Lord was her life. She loved studying and sharing the Word of God. She loved the Lord with all her heart and joyfully served as a church mother, assistant leader of the Women’s Department, Prayer Patrol, Missionary Circle, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, Pastor’s Aide and the Good Samaritans and was always found doing whatever her hands could do to support and help others. She touched and impacted the lives of all who knew her and was affectionately called “Nana”, “Mother Wilcox” and “Aunt Avel.” Mother Wilcox was highly blessed and favored of God and her legacy extends six generations and beyond. She leaves to cherish her memory, a brother, Elder Maurice B. (Mildred) Wade, Sr. of Monongahela and two sisters, Eleanor Johnson of Warren, Ohio, and Joretta Lyons of Long Island, N.Y.; grandchildren, Rhonda (Percy) Ballard of Pittsburgh, Francine Williams of South Park, Denise (Terrence) Jones of Palm Harbor, Fla., Rev. Frank (Dena) Sloan Jr. of Monongahela, Craig (Sandra) Sloan Sr. of Garfield Heights, Ohio, Bradley Sloan Sr. of Monroeville, Carmen Davis of Monessen, LaMont (Rachel) Lyons Sr. of Canonsburg, Edward (Patricia) Lyons of Newark, N.J., Raymond Cundiff Jr. of Pittsburgh, Jacelyn Swanson of Culver City, Calif., Leon Swanson II of Greensboro, N.C. and Gina (Kevin) Hayes of Gainesville, Va.; nieces, nephews; 31 great-grandchildren; 37 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren: many others “adopted” her as their mother and friends. Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Free Indeed Ministries 401 Second St., Monongahela. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the church with Rev. Frank Sloan Jr. officiating. Interment will take place at Belle Vernon Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BEVERLY DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 608 Sixth St., Monessen, Pa. 15062, 724-684-6242, www.draperfh.com
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