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Caripolti, Richard A. 81

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1933-09-06
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Richard Angelo Caripolti, of Murrysville, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1933, Richard was an honest, hardworking man who was always there to lend a helping hand to his family, friends and neighbors. A 1951 graduate of New Kensington High School, Richard served four years in the Marine Corps at Paris Island, S.C., and in the American Embassy in Italy and Spain. He was employed for 30 years as a draftsman in the Glass Research Department at PPG Industries in Creighton, and holds more than 10 patents for glass-making processes and glass safety design. In 1973, he designed and hand-built two homes in Upper Burrell, one, a patented circular dome-style home that received local recognition and National Awards for energy efficiency. Over the years, Richard remodeled more than 40 homes in the Lower Burrell, DuBois, Murrysville and North Fort Myers, Fla., areas. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and painting, and will be remembered for his beautiful whistling. He is survived by Marcia A. Lemmon, his loving wife of 59 years; and daughters, Lori Melani, Bonnie Caripolti and Wendy Caripolti. He was the grandfather to Megan and Dana Melani and Mackenzie and Mia Meixner, and great-grandfather to Ava Sargent; also survived by stepbrother, Robert Giuliana and his family; along with numerous nephews, nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna Norris and Fredrico Caripolti; stepfather, Sabatino Giuliani; brothers, Fred and Bill Caripolti; and sister, Clara. Family and friends will be received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. A private graveside burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Admired by all who met him and deeply loved by those who knew him, Richard will always be remembered for having a song in his heart. http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Egan, Joseph W. 74

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Joseph W. Egan, 74, of Natrona Heights, formerly of Morningside, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Blair) Egan; father of Lynda Eng (Tom), Laura Grans (Matt) and Joseph M. Egan; grandfather of Katelyn and Timmy Eng and Casey and Claudia Grans; brother of Lois Cregan (Jim), Richard Egan and the late Robert Egan and Raymond A. Egan; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joe was a 55-year active member of IUOE Local 66, retiring from Allegheny County Parks. He was a lifelong member of "The Fraternity of Morningside" and an active member of VFW Posts No. 3945 and No. 894, the Orpheus Singing Society, American Legion No. 226, Freeport Eagles and the Oregon Hunting and Fishing Club. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, http://www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Raphael Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joe's name to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, http://www.mskcc.org/giving.
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Harding Sr., Duane G. 54

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1960-04-19
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Duane G. Harding Sr., 54, of New Kensington, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home. He was born April 19, 1960, in Tarentum, a son of Gerald Smurphat Jr., Natrona Heights, and Dianne (Harding) Carpenter, of New York. Duane was a plastic molder for former Flabeg in Brackenridge and Penn Plastic, Brackenridge. He was of the Protestant faith and a graduate of Highlands High School. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kim (Crawford) Harding, of Tarentum; children, Duane G. (Dawn Fryar) Harding Jr., of Hyde Park, Joshua (Michelle Flaherty) Harding, of Natrona Heights, and Amanda Harding, of Upper Burrell; grandsons, Cody, Justyn and Luke; companion, Missie Brink; and his siblings, Gerald Smurphat III, of New York, Judiann (James) Sweeney, of New York, Candice Smurphat, of New York, Tina (Howard Lambert III) Weimer, of Tarentum, Tonya Balog, of Brackenridge, and Yvonne Smurphat, of Brackenridge; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two nieces, Amy Crawford and Mycheala Balog; and a nephew, Joseph Sweeney. There will be no public visitation. Private interment. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Hobi, John M. 57

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1957-07-15
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John Michael Hobi, 57, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Gibsonia, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, of lung cancer. He was born July 15, 1957, in Uniontown, son of the late John and Arlene (Brooks) Hobi. John was married to his wife, Margaret "Peg" (Paladino) Hobi, for 14 years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he was a chemical engineer for PPG Industries. He recently had received an award for Exceptional Performance in the Glass Business and Discovery Center. This most recent award was in addition to several awards he received for his engineering and design skills. He and his wife were the former owners of Zacherl's Watering Hole in Gibsonia. He was a former member of Buffalo Beagle Club, Worthington and Hill Top Beagle Club, Cowansville. John finished two field champions during his membership in the beagle clubs. He and his wife attended Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell. John enjoyed cooking. He made many holiday dinners for the family. He enjoyed "building and working with his hands." He loved his grandchildren and especially loved visits with his grandson, Logan, during his hospital stays. He was proud of his granddaughters and all of their accomplishments. He cherished his time with Gracie, his pet Yorkie. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth (fiancee, Kim Degan) Holben, of Brackenridge; granddaughters, Tawnya and Alexis Holben, of O'Hara; grandson, Logan Holben, of McKeesport; sister-in-law, Sally (Curtis Campbell) Paladino; niece, Sherry (Dan) Witucki; great-nieces, Megan Witucki and Danielle (Richard) Skowronski, and daughters, Madeline and Julia, all of Lower Burrell; and his brother, David (Janine) Hobi, and their children, Matthew and Rachel, of Murrysville. Visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, with the Rev. Cletus Hull III officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Trinity United Christian Church, 3400 Garvers Ferry Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Martz Jr., Kenneth M. 68

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1946-04-10
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Kenneth M. Martz Jr., 68, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 10, 1946, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Kenneth M. and Tessie (Scholl) Martz Sr. He has lived most of his life in Fawn Township. Kenneth was a master technician for Billco Motors in Wexford for 35 years. He was of the Protestant faith and a member of Outdoor Life Lodge, Fawn Township. Kenneth graduated from Tarentum High School and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the Shooters Bench in Russellton, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Nancy L. (Hartman) Martz; daughter, Lisa M. (Dave) Proco, of Bairdford; grandchildren, Tylor and Mason, of Lower Burrell, Noah and Noel, of Bairdford, and Amber, of New Kensington; also surviving are his siblings, Violet (Regis) Miller, of Tarentum, Richard (Gaye) Martz, of Smithton, and Larry Martz, of Prospect. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley and Betty Ann. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. Gravesite burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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McMasters, Tammy L. 43

  • Acheson , Formerly of Apollo
  • Born: 1971-04-08
  • Died: 2014-10-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Tammy Lynn (Carnahan) McMasters, 43, of Ravenna, Ohio, formerly of the Apollo area, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born April 8, 1971, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of Paul J. Riggle Jr. and Nancy J. (Carnahan) Riggle, of Washington Township. Tammy lived in Ravenna, Ohio, for the last ten years. She worked various jobs in the restaurant and healthcare industry. Tammy loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and hunting. She liked cleaning and taking care of the elderly. Tammy had an interest in music and was skilled on the guitar. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, William Carnahan Sr. and Donna Carnahan; and her paternal grandfather, Paul J. Riggle Sr. In addition to her parents, Tammy is survived by her children, Haley McMasters, of Indiana, Pa., Joshua Davis, of England; maternal grandmother, Bonnie A. (Reed) Riggle, of Washington Township; fiance, Greg Easton, of Ravenna, Ohio; brothers, Jeffrey (Marci) Carnahan, of Indiana, Pa., Christopher (Marilyn) Riggle, of Washington Township; sister, Jennifer Cook, of Florida; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the funeral home with Father Salvatore Lamendola officiating. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Parker, Marguerite 92

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1921-12-29
  • Died: 2014-10-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Marguerite Cordier Parker, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Tarentum, to the late Simon Cordier and Martha Scory Cordier Januth. She was a graduate of Tarentum High School, class of 1940. Mrs. Parker was a resident of Lower Burrell since 1954 and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Lower Burrell. She enjoyed playing bingo and bowling for more than 25 years. Surviving is her daughter, Carol and son-in-law, John Piernik; two grandchildren, John J. Piernik and his wife, Jodi, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lynn Piernik, of New Kensington; also surviving are two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Gillian Piernik, of Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Parker, on Dec. 10, 1988; and her sister, Nellie R. Tusing, in 1993. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where a prayer service will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Ramstad, Norma L. 67

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1947-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Norma Lynne Ramstad, 67, of Ford City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh. She was born May 7, 1947, in Kittanning Township, to Norman and Olive (Wright) Miller. She was a graduate of Elderton High School, class of 1965. She married Glenn Petras in 1967 and to that union were born Ann Rager and Jim Petras. Glenn died in 1971. She married Philip Ramstad in 1977, and Steve Ramstad was added to the family five years later. After their marriage, Lynne and Phil moved to New Mexico, then Oregon and Washington before returning to Pennsylvania. Lynne always was involved in the churches Phil served as pastor. Lynne especially enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and being with her children and grandchildren. In addition to her husband, survivors include her sons, Jim and Holly Petras, of El Paso, Texas, and Stephen Ramstad and wife, Christina Cook, of Uniontown; daughter, Ann and husband, Samuel Rager, of Trade City; four grandchildren, Aleesha, Cody, Alex and Ben; one great-granddaughter, Olivia; brothers, Roger N. Miller, of Ford City, and Richard P. Miller and wife, Cherrio, of Rural Valley; and sisters, Kathleen and husband, George R. Mechling, of Ford City, Nancy and husband, Sloan Harkleroad, of Homer City, and Mary Claire Miller and husband, Dan Barth, of Ukiah, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Shotts. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Apollo, with Bishop Kurt Kusserow and Pastor John Ludwig. Interment later at St. Johns Cemetery. Memorials might be given to United Rockville Lutheran Church, 2264 Garrets Run Road, Ford City, PA 16226; or to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Reed, Robert E. 79

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-09-27
  • Died: 2014-10-24
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Robert E. Reed, 79, of Washington Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in his home. Born Sept. 27, 1935, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Lloyd M. and Mary C. (Michael) Reed. Robert lived in Washington Township all of his life and was employed by Wean United in Vandergrift, Schreck RV and retired from Kensington Window in 1997 where he worked as a production laborer. A veteran, Robert served with the Army. He was a former member of the Apollo Elks, enjoyed golfing, bowling, woodworking, gardening, cooking and baking. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a brother, William Reed; and two sisters, Diane Manke and Terri Sturgill. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rita (Mannella) Reed, of Washington Township; three daughters, Brenda (Garry) Moran, of Washington Township, Charlene (Christopher) Crossan, of Austin, Texas, and Patricia (Eric) Steiden, of Fort Thomas, Ky.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cheri Rose Goldinger, of Kittanning. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. There will be a blessing service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, with Father John Euker presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Wygant, Adelbert Del C. 91

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1923-07-09
  • Died: 2014-10-21
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Adelbert "Del" C. Wygant, 91, of Oakmont, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born July 9, 1923, son of Edgar C. Wygant and Florence Belle (Acklin) Wygant, in Oil City. He moved to St. Mary's, Pa. when he was 12 and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1941. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned from the war and settled in Oakmont, where he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He married Dorothy J. Klingensmith Jan. 20, 1950. They moved to Plum Borough in 1954, where they resided until moving back to Oakmont in 2002. Del was a member of the Oakmont Presbyterian Church where he was the superintendent of Sunday School for many years and was an Elder of the Church. After retiring from the post office, he worked for Lorch Floral Shop and Bloomers Floral Studio delivering flowers. He and Dorothy went on many trips around the U.S., visiting relatives and attending his annual army unit reunions, driving in a cargo van they had fitted out as a camper. They spent many nights in KOA Campgrounds. When in town, Del delivered meals on wheels and drove the Oak-a-Bus. Since he loved tinkering with anything electronic, he was a ham radio operator and a member of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club. He was also a certified first responder and a member of R.E.A.C.T. When not reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching the Steelers and the Pirates games on TV, emailing and Skyping on his computer, he would be down at the RCAC playing pinochle. Del was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Alexander; a brother, Alan Wygant; and a half-brother, Richard Wygant. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Dot;" three children, Gloria L. Wendt, Menasha, Wis., Beth (Robert) Guers, Roanoke, Va., and Bruce (Kathy) Wygant, Winchester, Ky; four grandchildren, Christopher (Kelly) Wygant, San Antonio, Texas, Melissa J. Wygant, Oklahoma City, Okla., Amanda Guers, New Cumberland, Pa., and Robert Guers Jr., Fairfax, Va.; one great-grandchild, Jackson Wygant; one sister, Barbara Sullivan, San Diego, Calif.; one half-brother, Michael (Melinda) Wygant, El Cajon, Calif.; and one half-sister, Carol McKinney, Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and also by many friends, as he was very gregarious and would talk to everyone. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont; Riverview Community Action Corporation, PO Box 437, Oakmont, PA 15139 or Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Del's family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at 4th Floor UPMC St. Margarets and Canterbury Place Hospice for their gentle care, support and compassion. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, INC. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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