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Boniella, Catherine M. 91

  • Formerly of Wickhaven
  • Born: 1923-03-20
  • Died: 2014-12-07
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Catherine "Kay" M. Boniella, 91, of Point Manor North, formerly of Wickhaven, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. She was born in Continental 2 on March 20, 1923, the daughter of the late Miles and Bessie P. (Lilley) Van Divner. Catherine worked many years as a cafeteria worker in the Frazier High School. She was a member of the Harmony Presbyterian Church. Catherine loved her family and the light of her life, her grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Diederich and husband, Kim; four grandchildren, Kristen, David and wife, Leann, Brian and Brandon and wife, Melanie; and a brother, Donald Vandivner. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 29 years, George Boniella; one brother, Retired Lt. Commander Clifford Van Divner. A memorial service will be held at Harmony Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Pastor Glenn Hart will officiate. Interment will be private.
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Davenport, Christine 46

  • North Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1968-11-11
  • Died: 2014-12-13
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Dascani Davenport, 46, of North Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 2:47 a.m. after a lengthy illness at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 11, 1968, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late William D. Dascani and Drucilla Darrigo Lehew and stepfather, Carey Lehew of North Belle Vernon with whom she made her home. A resident of North Belle Vernon for the past nine years, Christine was Catholic by faith. She is also survived by a daughter, Jessica Marie Davenport of Wilks-Barre; son, Joseph Douglas Berlin of Greensburg; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa Ann Dascani of Clayton, Ga., and Lori Lynn and Bradford Kunkle of Herminie; four grandchildren, Haylie Ruby, Brylee Hemminger, Joseph Lukas and Jay-Dee Berlin; aunts and uncles, Judy and Dennis Taylor, and Joseph and Joyce Darrigo; six special cousins, Rochelle, Angela, Stacey, Scott, Jimmy and Brian; and her special companion, Matthew Diethorn of North Belle Vernon. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Santo and Nadine Darrigo; paternal grandparents, William and Lucille Dascani; and a companion, John D. Berlin. Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon officiating in the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Davenport to the family. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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DiBasilio, Helen 87

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1927-11-08
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Helen DiBasilio, 87, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Fairhope, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Podani) Krofchek. A homemaker, Helen was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (former St. Anthony Church) in Monongahela and an active member of their Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society. A graduate of the former Marion High School, she enjoyed playing bingo and occasionally going to the Meadows Casino and had a passion for cooking for her friends and family. Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Joseph J. "Buzz" DiBasilio; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Dianne DiBasilio and Thomas and Sandi DiBasilio all of Monongahela; a grandson, David C. and wife, Dana DiBasilio, of Pittsburgh; and a granddaughter, Angela and husband, Mark Smida, of Centerville; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were a brother, John Krofchek; and three sisters, Ann Pesi, Margaret Fedora and Mary Vasko. 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. Friday. Funeral prayers will begin in the funeral home Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish at 10 a.m. with the Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Dibisilio's name to the charity of one's choice.
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Giovannelli, Lena 93

  • Star Junction
  • Born: 1921-10-11
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis | Get Directions
  • Lena Giovannelli, 93, of Star Junction, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family in Country Care Manor on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Gustavi and Anna (Timor) Reoli. Lena was the oldest child and she was the last surviving member of her family. Lena loved being at home, taking care of her family, opening her door to friends, and she loved to laugh. She is survived by her daughter, AdriennePalonder and David Prentice; a son, Gregory Giovannelli and his wife, Nedra; grandchildren, C. J. Trasher and his fiancee, Cindy Thomas, and Brittney Giovannelli of Fredsrickburg, Va.; great-grandchildren, Patricia Thrasher and Angelica Thrasher both of Seattle, Wash. Lena is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Nello; and her three brothers. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 305 Rear Independence St., Perryopolis, on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the time of service with the Pastor Carol Berman officiating. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Perryopolis. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to the church of your choice in her name
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Kafkalas, Catherine

  • New Jersey
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, Northfield, N.J. | Get Directions
  • Catherine Kafkalas went home with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 16, 2014. Catherine was a resident of Monongahela and Monessen, for the first 47 years and has resided the past 34 years in South Jersey. Catherine's passion was working and managing her Greek restaurant, Katina's located in Ocean City, N.J. for 34 years. She was widely known for her famous recipes that she cooked and baked to perfection. Catherine was a loving and devoted mother of daughter, Maria (Eugene) MacMurray; sons, Michael Jr. (Debra) and James Sr. (Deborah); grandchildren, Olivia, Shane (Tammy), Jessie (John), Marco Jr. (Jill), Nicholas, Catherine and James Jr.; great-grandchildren, Marco Tre, Micah, and Jayden. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. A service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be held at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, N.J. Arrangements entrusted to ADAMS-PERFECT FUNERAL HOME, Northfield, N.J. Condolences may be left for the family at adams-perfect.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, New Jersey Division, P.O.Box 3170, Union, NJ 07083.
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Kobosky, Kathleen M. 73

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1941-11-02
  • Died: 2014-12-06
  • Funeral Home: Eley-Mccrory Funeral Home, Fayette City | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Mary Kobosky, (Lahti), of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at her winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mrs. Kobosky was born November 2, 1941, in North Charleroi, to Harry Lahti and Carmilla Lahti (Baumgardner). She attended Bellmar High School in Belle Vernon. She continued her education at Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, where she graduated with highest honors with a degree in hotel management, on the Dean's List and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She loved to travel, including a four-year stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a safari adventure in Kenya, Africa, and many other destinations around the world. She was Presbyterian by faith. She is survived by her husband, Carl (Rudy) Kobosky; sons, Richard of Belle Vernon, Rudolph of Delmont, Pa.; and daughter, Debra Kobosky (Smail) of New Stanton. She has three surviving brothers, Harry of Belle Vernon, John of Belle Vernon, and Robert of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Patricia Farquhar of Fayette City. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Wesley Kobosky of Belle Vernon and Jamie Kobosky (Blackhurst) of Fredonia, Pa.; and one great-grandson, Connor Blackhurst. Family and friends will be received on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Suzanne Currie officiating. Private interment will take place in the Belle Vernon Cemetery at a later time for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Humane Society of your choice.
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Kovalak, William 86

  • Fallowfield Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • William Kovalak, 86, of Fallowfield Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Residence at Hilltop. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Charleroi. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Kearsarge and received the WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen (Bliner) Kovalak. Surviving are a daughter, Judith A Kovalak of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; and two sons, Brian W. Kovalak of Donora and Barry W. Kovalak of Fallowfield Township. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Ghost Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi PA 15022, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, with the Rev. Father James Ragan officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.A parastas service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
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Pankiewicz, Marguerite L. 70

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1944-08-24
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Louise (Margie) Pankiewicz, 70, of Charleroi, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 24, 1944, the daughter of the late Patsy A. and Louise M. Arrigo Caruso. After graduating from Mon Valley Catholic High School in 1962, Margie earned a bachelor of science in education from California University of PA and a master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Pankiewicz taught for over 35 years in the Charleroi Area School District, beginning at North Charleroi Elementary School. During her teaching career she shared her passion for music, pen-pals for Sister Cities and supported local veteran’s organizations with annual programs for students at the Charleroi Elementary Center. She was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Charleroi American Legion and received VFW Teacher of the year honors. Margie was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi and served as an officer in the Christian Mothers and Catholic Women’s College Club. In addition, Margie was secretary of the Mon Valley Catholic High School Alumni Association for many years. She also supported the Pitt Alumni Association. She volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels and holiday nursing home visits to patients. Margie was a devoted wife, mother, sister and teacher. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Stanley R. Pankiewicz; two sons, David Patrick Pankiewicz and Ryan J. Pankiewicz; a sister, Fran Frye; brother-in-law, Larry Pankiewicz; and many other family members and dear friends. Friends will be received Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 7th and Washington Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charleroi Area School District Educational Fund, c/o Tom Nutting, Treas., P.O. Box 382, Charleroi, PA. 15022 or the John K. Tener Library, 638 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi, PA 15022.
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