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Barkley, Janet M. 61

  • Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Janet M. Barkley, 61, of Washington, Pa., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Lewis Barkley Jr. for 42 years; loving mother of Kimberly (Neal) Megonnell, Lewis (Mary) Barkley III and Melissa Barkley; cherished grandmother of Lewis IV, Emily, Hannah, Jocelyn, Gabriel, Matthew and Brandon; dear sister of Phyllis (Andy) Lacko; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Janet's name to March of Dimes at http://www.marchofdimes.org/pennsylvania/or St. Jude's Hospital at shop.stjude.org. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Brubaker, Lester E. 92

  • Latrobe , Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1922-03-08
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Lester E. Brubaker, 92, of Latrobe, formerly of the Apollo area, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Latrobe Care Center, Latrobe. Born March 8, 1922, in North Apollo, he was the son of the late Emmett and Gertrude "Mae" (Hartman) Brubaker. Lester lived in Latrobe for the last 16 years after moving from Apollo. He served our country with the United States Army during World War II. Lester worked as a steelworker for Allegheny Ludlum in Leechburg for more than 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Community Church of Pine Run. Lester was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping and fishing. He was an excellent woodworker, and even worked for a time building homes. Lester loved hanging out with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randy Brubaker; daughter, B. Dianne (Eckman) Lehman; brothers, Leland, Carl and Vernon Brubaker; and sisters, Edna Parsons, Effie Altman, Dorothy Strunk, Norma Jean Ransom and Virginia Bojtor. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Grace L. (Shick) Brubaker; daughters, Maxine (David) Weaver, of Latrobe, Linda Bradish, of Arizona; son, Terry Brubaker, of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Hallard Brubaker, of St. Charles, Ill.; sisters, Alice Shelenburger, of Meadville, and Orvetta Mellinger, of McPherson, Kan.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave, Apollo. Additional visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Joshua Strunk, officiating. Following the service, military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Lester's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Dillner, Mildred J. 80

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1934-04-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. (Frenchko) Dillner, 80, of Middlesex Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born April 12, 1934, in Gibsonia, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Pauline (Chick) Frenchko; and beloved wife of the late Elmer F. Dillner. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the late Kimberley O'Hern; and six brothers and sisters. She is the loving mother of Gary (Betsy) Dillner, of Middlesex, Cheryl (Tony Ortiz) Rodriguez, of Saxonburg, and Michele (Jim) Bruggeman, of Saxonburg; mother-in-law of Craig O'Hern, of Minnesota; sister of Dorothy Frenchko, of Gibsonial; dear grandmother of Adam, Andrew, Marci Dillner, Nicole (Jason) Snow, Jasmine Ortiz, Adam, Ashley and Brittany O'Hern and Dakota and Shelby Bruggeman; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Jadeyn Snow and Brody O'Hern. Mildred was a bottle packer with Glenshaw Glass for more than 35 years and worked in the cafeteria upon retirement from Middlesex Elementary School. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Glozik, Constance J. 90

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-06-20
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Constance Jean "Connie" Glozik, 90, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Born June 20, 1924, in Bairdsford, to the late Stanley and Anna Konesky Novak, she was a graduate of Ken-Hi and a longtime resident of New Kensington. Mrs. Glozik was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and a check-out supervisor for K-Mart. Connie was a member of John Huss Evangelical Lutheran Church of Arnold. Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Ann Glozik, of Murrysville, and Connie Jean (Cliff) Feldman, of Gettysburg; her grandchildren, Jessica (Dave) LeTourneau, of Reisterstown, Md., and Neil Feldman, and his fiancee, Halley Pack, of Baltimore, Md.; and her stepsister, Virginia Killian, of Napierville, Ill. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Glozik who died in October of 2014; her brother, Stanley Novak Jr.; a stepsister, Irene Bibri; and her stepmother, Rose. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where parting prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday in John Huss Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1539 Kenneth Ave., Arnold. The Rev. Jerome E. Panzigrau will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Gray, Glen A. 74

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1940-02-22
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Glen A. Gray, 74, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born Feb. 22, 1940, in Brackenridge, to the late Glenn L. and Ruth J. Remaley Gray. He graduated from Ken-Hi in 1958, and then served several years in the Army. Glen was a paymaster for Oberg Manufacturing for 38 years and retired in 2005. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, going to the casino, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Kathleen L. Erb Gray; children, Scott Alan (Kimberly) Gray, of Norfolk, Va., Susan Ann (J.E. "Jay") Lombardo and Kelly Lynn (John Jr.) Galcik, both of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Connor Gray, Nicholas Lombardo and Eric, Karlee and Madison Galcik; and his brother, Gary Gray, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Gray, and a brother, Frank Gray, both of whom died in infancy. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. Friday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. The Rev. Dean Ward, pastor of The River - A Community Church, will officiate. Military honors will be conferred by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Alzheimer's Research. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Lambermont, JoAnn B. 72

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1942-07-22
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • JoAnn Barbara Lambermont, 72, of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born July 22, 1942, in Natrona Heights, to the late John E. and Frances P. Jontosik Sedlacek and was a life resident of the community. She had worked as a stock clerk for Giant Eagle and Shop and Save and had previously been a secretary at Braeburn Alloy Steel Corp. JoAnn was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church and the Lower Burrell Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, cooking, baking, bowling and time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters, Heather A. (Marshall) McKallip IV and Jennifer J. (Brett) Kenner, both of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Marshall McKallip V and Dylan Leon McKallip, Kari Skye, Chase Edward, Kendel Rayne and Cruze Elijah Fenner; brothers, John (Evelyn), David (Sharon) and Michael (Patty) Sedlacek; sisters-in-law, Mary Kay Sedlacek, Aleta (Glen) Himes and Margit Lambermont. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon G. "Lenny" Lambermont; brothers, Larry and Edward Sedlacek; and brother-in-law, Robert Lambermont. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. by the Very Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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McCracken, Thomas D. 71

  • Upper Burrell Township
  • Born: 1943-03-16
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Thomas D. McCracken, 71, of Upper Burrell Township, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was known to friends and family as "T.Mac" He was born to the late David D. and Edna G. Ashby McCracken, on March 16, 1943, and was a graduate of Ken-Hi Class of 1961, and then graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in 1963. He worked for Sikorsky Helicopter in Stratford, Conn., before serving in the Army from 1964 to 1966 in the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Air Medal of Heroism in May of 1966 during his tour of duty in Vietnam. After leaving the Armed Forces he resided in Upper Burrell where he was a life active member of the Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and held various positions. He was a lifetime member and trustee of the VFW Post 92 where he assisted with refurbishing the helicopter in the Vietnam Memorial. He also assisted with the Toy Run, participated in the Veterans Day Parade, driving other veterans in his antique 1950 Ford. Tom retired from ALCOA as a boiler mechanic in 1995 and worked as an assistant instructor, after retirement, at Forbes Vo-Tech in HVAC. He also belonged to the American Legion in Lower Burrell. "T. Mac" enjoyed the outdoors and spent time fishing, boating and camping on the Allegheny River. He had a love for animals and worked for a local veterinarian throughout his high school years. He also had a love for country music and oldies. He was most at home when seated on a tractor and took pleasure in helping neighbors and friends. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Phyllis J. Haslett McCracken; daughters, Michelle L. McCracken, of Upper Burrell Township, and Heather R. (Brian) Colgan, of Lower Burrell; grandsons, Brady and Brennen Colgan; his sister, Terry Lyons, of New Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Yorkie-Poo, Lacey. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Kirk Orr. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Upper Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Company will assemble in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by the VFW Post 92, at 3 p.m. Thursday to hold services for their late member. Those desiring may contribute to either the Upper Burrell Fire Company No. 1 or the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Mockenhaupt, Ingeburg E.E. 93

  • Born: 1921-08-11
  • Died: 2015-01-15
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Ingeburg Esther Elizabeth (Wenz) Mockenhaupt, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Longwood at Oakmont. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Sllingen, Germany, a daughter of Hermann and Mina (Becker) Wenz. Her family arrived in New York, N.Y., in 1926, and she was a resident of the Pittsburgh area from the time of their arrival until her death. She married Alban Mockenhaupt on Aug. 23, 1947, and who passed away June 24, 2003. They raised their family in O'Hara Township. Inge moved to Longwood after her husband's death. Inge was devoted to her family and friends. She was a charter member of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where she served with CONTACT and with Stephen Ministry and volunteered for many church activities. She was employed at Burke Marketing Research for many years, and after retirement, she was involved in childcare in O'Hara Township. She enjoyed crafts and quilting. Inge was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Hildegard (John) Amuso. She is survived by one sister, Marguerite (Nevin) Rinaman, of Wexford; a son, Ronald (Linda) Mockenhaupt, of Oakmont; and three daughters, Karen (Bob) Richey, of Keswick, Va., Christal Mockenhaupt (Anthony Edmonds), of Media, and Robin Mockenhaupt (Ralph Popp), of Robbinsville, N.J.; a loving grandson and stepgrandchildren, Kieran Edmonds, Shawn Cleveland, Chatara Meyer, Kara Shafer and Kristen Popp; their children; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in the Ballroom at Longwood at Oakmont, 500 Route 909, Verona. Gifts for the Longwood Memorial Garden in honor of Ingeburg Mockenhaupt can be made to Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139. Professional services by THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Novak, Helen 81

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1933-05-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Helen Warner Novak, 81, of Kittanning, North Buffalo Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at home after a brief illness with her family at her side. She was born May 17, 1933, in Kittanning, daughter of Hayes Mauthe and Margaret Painter. She was a resident of the community all her life. She was the wife of James P. Novak, who she married July 7, 1956. She was employed as a produce employee and was employed by Andy's Market. She was Presbyterian by faith. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Helen loved reading, going to the casino and horse races with her sister, Ethel, checking her garden, watching Lifetime movies and playing Candy Crush. She especially enjoyed sitting on her front porch swing enjoying her coffee, watching the hummingbirds and visiting. In her younger years, she loved playing penny ante with her card club, dancing with her friends and bowling on the Woman's league at Falcon Lanes. She was a very hands on mother and grandmother and loving wife. She could be found for many years sitting on the bleachers and in the audience watching her children and grandchildren partake in sports, plays, recitals and concerts. We will miss her laughter and joyful personality. Survivors include her husband, James; sons, James (Deborah) Novak Jr., of Ford City, Bruce (Lisa) Novak, of Yatesboro, and Keith (fiance, Heather) Novak, of Kittanning; daughters, Linda (fiance, Tim Fouse) Novak, of Kittanning, Valerie (Edward) Wilson, of Dayton, and Laura Hillegass, of Ford City; brother, George Mauthe; sister, Ethel Swarts; and grandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Kyle Shaeffer, Tina Wilson, Dylan Vorpe, Kyle Baker, Matt Novak, Alissa Novak, Paige Baker, Jessie Vorpe, Alura Novak, Jordyn Novak. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, David Hillegass; brothers, Hayes, Harry and Frederick Mauthe; and sisters, Mary Chestnut and Vernice "Deane" Beere. Service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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Onesi, Lucille Lucy M. 87

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1928-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. "Lucy" Onesi, 87, of Arnold, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Jan. 1, 1928, in Arnold, she was a daughter of the late Remo and Michaelena (Guercione) Galie and was the wife of the late Lawrence Onesi Sr., who died in 1997. At one time, she worked as a bridal consultant for Anita's Bridal Shop in New Kensington and Lower Burrell. Mrs. Onesi was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. She enjoyed watching television, cooking and loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Larry (Bonnie) Onesi Jr., of Arnold, and John (Mary Annis) Onesi, of Sunbury; and daughter, Donna (Robert) Purvis Jr., of Allegheny Township, five grandchildren, Michael (Dr. Shari Payne) Purvis, Julie (Dan) Giannetti, Maria (Jeff) Casciani, Daniel Onesi and Lauren Onesi; four great-grandchildren, Ryan Bates, Gino Giannetti, Rocco Giannetti and Sophie Purvis; a brother, Remo Galie, of Plum; a sister, Toni Guzzo, of New Kensington; and two sisters-in-law, Esther Razdik and Ann Onesi; and also by nieces and nephews. Visitations and services are private as per Mrs. Onesi's request. Arrangements by GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th. Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, Owner-Supervisor. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Penny, Charles Chuck A. 77

  • Saxonburg
  • Born: 1937-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Charles A. "Chuck" Penny, 77, of Saxonburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home. Born Dec. 31, 1937, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late George and Blanche (Austin) Penny. Chuck was a graduate of Carrick High School. After high school, he served in the Army, deploying to Germany, where he was a chauffeur to the Brigadier General. He worked as a truck driver for ElectroMelt, Lewis Pflugh Trucking and Aaron Industrial Supply. He enjoyed driving and watching racing. Surviving are his loving wife, Patricia (Rhyshek) Penny, whom he married Aug. 29, 1967; his son, Charles J. Penny, of Warren, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. A blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Foundation. http://www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Rhodes, Patricia A. 74

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1940-11-24
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann Rhodes, 74 of New Kensington, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Bel Air Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. She was born Nov. 24, 1940, in Plum, to the late James and Margaret Ann Keenan Ryan Sr. and had been a life resident of the local area. She had worked as a salesperson for K-Mart in New Kensington, retiring after 25 years of service. Pat enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family. She is survived by her children, William D. (Kim) Rhodes III, of Villanova, Patricia (George) Santucci, of Plum, and Matthew Rhodes, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Dylan, Evan, Carson and Brynne Rhodes, and Jonathan and Sara Santucci; her sister, Margaret "Peggy" Kunish, of Allegheny Township; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ryan, of Lower Burrell; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Rhodes Jr.; and a brother, James Ryan Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sandhu, Jagir 89

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jagir Kaur Sandhu, 89, of Oakmont, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Gurbachan Singh Sandhu; loving mother of Harjeet Davda, Rajinder, Hardev, Jasbir and Amarjit Sandhu; and is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was the sister of Manjit Kaur Sidhu. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Shellhammer, Thomas L. 49

  • Ford City
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas Leroy Shellhammer, 49, of Ford City (Burrell Township), passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at his home, after injuries sustained in a backhoe accident. He was born April 30, 1965, in Burrell Township, the son of the late John M. and Shirley Smith Shellhammer. Tom was employed as an operator by Rush Well Site Services in Canonsburg. He also owned and operated Tom's deer processing. He enjoyed hunting, bailing hay and raising and "tending to" the sheep and pigs at his farm. He was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol Lyn Daugherty Shellhammer; two sons, Thomas "T.J." McCarthy, of Ford City, and Justin McCarthy and his wife, Tara, of Apollo; three grandsons, Brayden, Hunter and Aiden; and three brothers, Larry Shellhammer and his wife, Brenda, of Ford City, Devit Shellhammer, of South Bend Township, and Bob Shellhammer and his wife, Kim, of Apollo. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Interment will be private. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Shemenski, Jared 27

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1987-07-18
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Jared Shemenski, 27, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born July 18, 1987, in Natrona Heights, to Nadine Sue French Schmitt, of Pittsburgh, and Jeffrey Lee Shemenski, of Upper Burrell, and had been a lifelong resident of Lower Burrell until moving to Pittsburgh last year. Jared worked as a driver for UPS and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Justin Shemenski, of Leechburg; paternal grandmother, Janet Shemenski, of Cheswick; maternal grandfather, Wesley French, of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; stepfather, Kevin Schmitt; stepsister, Nichole Schmitt; and stepbrother, Kevin Schmitt. He was preceded by his paternal grandfather, Adam Shemenski; and maternal grandmother, Clara French. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Robert D. Waterloo. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Sieminski, Donna 53

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Herman, Hazelwood | Get Directions
  • Donna (Conrad) Sieminski, 53, of New Kensington, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. She was a loving wife to her husband and best friend, Andrew, for 30 years; mother of Joshua Sieminski, Shawn (Lynndee) Sieminski and Jennifer Sieminski; beloved daughter of Paul and Dorothy Conrad; admired sister of Loretta (John) Rae, Virginia (Ed) Gage and Logan Conrad; warmhearted aunt of Amanda Rae and Haley Gage; and grandmother of Nikki Sieminski. Donna was preceded in death by the late Howard and Dorothy Conrad and Charles and Virginia Bitner. Donna grew up in New Kensington. She was a 1979 graduate of Valley High School. She homeschooled all three children. She loved spending time with her family, especially her 2-year-old granddaughter. Her greatest joys were traveling with her husband, going fishing, shopping at flea markets and working in the garden every spring. She will be sadly missed by everyone. Burial will be private. Arrangements by ELMER L. HERMAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Skochylas, Michael 97

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1917-09-28
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Michael "Mike" Skochylas, 97, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Arnold, to the late Paul and Mary Roman Skochylas, and was a New Kensington-Arnold resident for his entire life. Mike was a graduate of Arnold High School and graduated from Robert Morris College and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was the accountant for Hetrick Manufacturing and in earlier years, worked for the Arnold News. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a longtime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Kensington. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Esther Maruk Skochylas; and his two daughters, Elaine Widmer and her husband, Tom Gruber, of West Hartford, Conn., and Ellen Smith and her husband, Tom, of Oakmont; grandchildren, Erin Yacovetti and her husband, John, and Lauren Smith; his great-grandchild, John Collin Yacovetti; and his sister, Mildred Rewnicki, of Arnold. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Scott. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service and military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, by his pastor, the Rev. Alfred S. Petrill. Private burial will be in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Smail, Elizabeth Betty I. 93

  • Apollo
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Iola "Betty" Smail, 93, of Apollo, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Stahlstown. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Arrangements are being handled by the CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. To read a complete obituary or send a condolence to Betty's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Stabile, Alfred J. 98

  • Formerly of Tarentum
  • Born: 1916-07-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Alfred J. Stabile, 98, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Sunnyview Nursing Home, Butler. He was born July 12, 1916, in Carnegie, son of the late Biagio and Asunta (Conforti) Stabile. Alfred was a ladle man for PPG Industries in Creighton for a number of years and also Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge for 36 years. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Coast Guard. He was a life member of Summit Hose Fire Company in Tarentum and enjoyed walking, swimming, boating, canoeing and building a dock on the Allegheny River. Al was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoyed watching his nephews play football and baseball, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, as they were all his children. Survivors include his sister, Irene Wyson, of Southern Pines, N.C.; and nieces and nephews, Rita A. (Gary) Miller, of Summit Township, Thomas Stabile, of Natrona Heights, David Stabile, of Horsehead, N.Y., Constance (William) Zbryski, of Tarentum, Cynthia (Theodore) Kijanka, of Fox Chapel, Kurt (Marisue) Wyson, of Vass, N.C., Kem (Chris) Wyson, of Colts Neck, N.J., Michael (Shirley) Stabile, of Alexandria, Va., James (Huguette Kihl) Stabile, of Montreal, Canada, Valerie (John) Baker, of Lower Burrell, the Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, of Savannah, Ga., Paul (Chris) Ziemkiewicz, of Morgantown, W.Va., Susan (Fred) Huemmrich, of College Park, Md., Alex (Brenda) Ziemkiewicz, of Cranberry Township, Jeri (Joe) Sitariak, of Landenburg, Carl (Roseann) Jack, of San Diego, Calif., Luana Ellis-Governor, of Central Park, Ore., and James Hammond, of Monrovia, Calif. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Ann Jack, James, William, Edward, Victor Stabile, Lucille Ziemkiewicz, Robert and Thomas Stabile and Margaret Hammond; and nieces and nephews, Janice Stabile, Daniel Stabile, Carol Hammond, Eleanor Maliszewski and Edmund "Ed" Stabile. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss and his nephew, the Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, officiating. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with full military honors by the Tarentum VFW Post 5758. Summit Hose will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Family suggests contributions to Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Troutman, Patricia M. 72

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1942-02-23
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Patricia May "Patty" (Bacu) Troutman, 72, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. Born Feb. 23, 1942, in New Kensington, she was the daughter of the late Fernal and Ethel May (Carter) Bacu. Patricia lived in Apollo most of her life and was a 1960 graduate of Kensington High School. Patricia was employed as a secretary for the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift and later worked as a cafeteria monitor in the Leechburg Area School District, retiring in October 2014. She was a member of Kiski Unity Free Methodist Church and the Red Hat Society. Patricia absolutely loved bingo and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoying the Pirates, Penguins and the Steelers. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Troutman, who passed away March 11, 2000. She is survived by her children, William Lee (Eli) Troutman, of Sanford, Fla., John Matthew (Denise) Troutman, of Kiski Township, Patricia Renna (Joe) Camp, of Gilpin Township; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Harry Bacu, of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in the funeral home, with Pastor Paul Eckenrode officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia's memory to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Valente Jr., Peter E. 91

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1923-10-10
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Giunta -Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Peter E. Valente Jr., 91, of Arnold, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Arnold, a son of the late Pietro and Philomena (Sinegal) Valente Sr. He was the husband of the late Ann C. (Guiciardi) Valente, who died in 2008. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Joseph Troise; and a sister, Laura Patera. Mr. Valente was a World War II Navy submariner, serving on the USS Cabrilla. He was a laborer for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Creighton for 33 years in the Fabricating Department for glass windshields until retirement. He was a graduate of Arnold High School, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a lifelong member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. He enjoyed painting, reading Westerns and was a lifetime fan of the Steelers. His art was published in The Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly. His religious art hangs in West Haven Manor Nursing Home in Apollo. Survivors include a son, Peter E. "Jonny" Valente III, of Apollo; two grandchildren, Kristin (Edward) King, of Apollo, and Peter John (Dana) Valente, of Vandergrift; four great-grandchildren, Jordan, Lindsey, Dalton and Francesca; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Family and friends please meet for a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. The Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will present the flag to the family during visitation. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Wagner, Kenneth E. 81

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1933-05-28
  • Died: 2014-12-30
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Eugene "Pete" Wagner, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in the Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. He was born May 28, 1933, to the late Kenneth Eugene Wagner Sr. and the late Delilah Mae (McIntire) Wagner. Pete had lived most of his life in Lower Burrell with his late wife, Marlene, where they raised their five children. He was a very talented and skilled mason. He worked with his father during the early years of his career, worked as a union bricklayer for 30 years and then at Allegheny Ludlum for the last 15 years of his career. He retired in 1998. After retiring, he and Marlene moved to the countryside of Leechburg where he enjoyed the simple life and taking his beloved dogs for walks in the woods. Pete was a strong man both physically and spiritually. He touched many lives with his wit and acts of love and kindness and was well liked and respected by all he met. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances. Pete is survived by his children, David (Sharon) Wagner, of Brackenridge, Chris (Gary) Cigler, of Verona, Terri (Bill) Key, of Leechburg, Kevin Wagner, of New Kensington, and Dawn (Bill) Caldwell, of Tampa Bay, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine and one half great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol (Ron) Caporali, Patricia (Joe) Provenzano and Shirley Wilkins. In addition to his parents and his wife, Marlene, he was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Ziencik; and brother, William (Bill) Wagner. He is now reunited with his love, Marlene. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association at http://www.alz.org under the Pete Wagner Memorial Fund. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Williams, Kent E. 57

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1957-07-24
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Kent Eugene Williams, 57, of New Kensington, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital Emergency Room, Natrona Heights. Kent was born on July 24, 1957, in New Castle, to Audrey L. Fegley Williams, of New Kensington, and the late Gary J. Williams. He was a veteran in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his mother; his children, Sean, Michele and Elissa; his siblings, Stephen M., Alan G., John M., Matthew D., Joel E., Jeanine M. Koontz, Lisa A. Settnek, Susan E. Waugaman and Robert V. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy S. Williams. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730). For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Wilson, Claire 88

  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-01-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Claire Cote Wilson, 88, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Survivors include her son, Wesley (Debbie) Dumas; granddaughters, Darlene Maurer and Alicia Baker; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. She will be sadly missed by all. Claire was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Wilson, formerly of Apollo. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Jacksonville, followed by a celebration of her life. Local arrangements by CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, PA 15613.
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Wingard, Billie C. 89

  • Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1925-08-22
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Carson/Boyer, Rural Valley | Get Directions
  • Billie Charles Wingard passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 22, 1925, in Echo, Billie was the son of the late Charles "Ward" and Ruth Wingard. Billie worked for 29 years in a variety of roles within the Peoples Natural Gas Company in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1987 as a dispatcher. Billie, known as "Pop" by many, was a loving husband of 68 years, a caring father and grandfather. In May of 2000, Billie and his wife moved from Apollo, to Kingston, N.Y., so that they could play an active role in the life of their granddaughter. An avid woodworker and handyman, Billie was always eager to help family and friends with their home improvement projects. In recent years, he built beautiful birdhouses for the special people in his life. He loved to show off his train layout in the family room. Many a child got to wear the engineer hat, operate the train and blow the whistle. Billie was an accomplished traveler, always up for a rollercoaster or submarine ride. He was active in his church, loved a good story, often dispensed wisdom in the form of humor and was a fan of a good piece of lemon pie. In addition to his parents, Billie was preceded in death by his brother, Jackie H. Wingard. He is survived by his wife, Eva "Dorgene" Wingard; his son, Dan; daughter in-law, Shari; and his granddaughter, Sarah Rose. He will be missed by his many beloved friends and family. A Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, N.Y., with the Rev. James Rowe presiding. Friends and family will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at CARSON/ BOYER FUNERAL HOME, 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harkelroad Cemetery, Rural Valley. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, N.Y.
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