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Ames, Rena J. 88

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2015-05-25
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  • Rena June Ames, 88, formerly of Lower Burrell, succumbed after a brave fight with cancer Monday, May 25, 2015. June was born in 1926 and reared in Western PA, moving faithfully with her husband, Thomas, to Ohio and Illinois. They both retired to Bonita Springs, Fla. in 1994. June and Tom were married for 60 plus years. June was widely known for her decorating and floral abilities, winning several Tri-Color Awards under the employ of several businesses in Western PA. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzler, and computer gamer being self-taught on the PC at the age of 65. June was a BPOE Elks life member for 50 plus years. June was preceded in death by her parents, Rena and Joseph Connor; brother, Joseph Connor; husband, Thomas Trees Ames Sr.; and son, Thomas Trees Ames Jr. She leaves behind her loving family of sister, Ruth Hoke; brother, Thomas (Dee) Connor; son, James Connor Ames; son, Howard Francis Ames; granddaughters, Jennifer Lynne Ames, Victoria Connor (Alex) Ridder and Heather Nicole Ames; and great-grandson, Thomas Kenae Ridder. The Neptune Society is handling the cremation and June and Tom will be buried with their son Tom in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers or other considerations, donations can be sent to, by mail, Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or by a secure donation page: donate.hopehcs.org.
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Anderson, James A. 89

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-06-09
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • James A. Anderson, 89, currently residing in Tampa, Fla., formerly of New Kensington, where he raised his family until 1972, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born June 9, 1925, in New Kensington, to the late R. Arthur and Ida V. Wilds Anderson, and was a graduate of New Kensington High School and Pennsylvania State University. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Anderson was a member of Tyrian Lodge No 644 Free and Accepted Masons of New Kensington. He was of the Presbyterian Faith, and was a longtime employee of ALCOA, in New Kensington, retiring in 1982. He is survived by two sons, Donald K. Anderson and his wife, Diane, of Maryville, Tenn., and Lee A. Anderson and his wife, Lisa, of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bradley (Jennifer) Anderson and Heather (Brooks) Zweifel, and Tanner Ackley Anderson and Delaney Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Faythe, Savannah and Brady Anderson and Hannah and Ayden Zweifel. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ackley Anderson, who died Sept. 17, 2014; and his son, Scott Ackley Anderson, who died Oct. 31, 1983. Viewing will be one hour prior to time of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and will be held in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Pastor Robert J. Henry, pastor of the Logans Ferry Presbyterian Church of New Kensington, will officiate. Burial will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Maxwell, Lola 85

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1929-11-23
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Lola Maxwell, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Bayberry Court, Lower Burrell. She was born Nov. 23, 1929, a daughter of Thomas Ethmer and Edith Vogel Maxwell. Lola received a degree in Library Science from Clarion University. After three years attending Pitt at nights and on Saturdays, she received a master's degree in education. It took her seven years to earn a second master's degree in library science from Rutgers University. Lola worked for two years in Germany for the Army as a civilian employee. Lola was a teacher at Vandergrift High School, a librarian for Alcoa Research Lab, and a professor at Bloomsburg College. She retired from California University of Pennsylvania. Lola took a sabbatical in Mark Twain country prior to retiring. Lola was a lifetime member of Puckety Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and sang in the church choir. She volunteered for Tri-City Life and enjoyed playing bridge and 500. Lola enjoyed storytelling, working with kids, and loved puppets and stuffed animals. She traveled extensively and some of her journeys took her to Europe, China, South America, Russia, Yugoslavia, Alaska, Hawaii, as well as a train trip across the United States and Canada. When asked her favorite place to visit, she said "home." Lola was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Maxwell. She is survived by her sisters, Vivian Armstrong, of Texas, and Doris Prinkey, of Lower Burrell. She is also survived by nieces and nephews who meant the world to her, Jill (David) Kvalheim, Nita (Jim) Serene, Brian (Erin) Prinkey, Kim Maurer, Holly Armstrong, Scott Armstrong, Beth Maxwell, Susan (Dan) Jenny and Karen Maxwell. The family would like to thank the staff at Bayberry Court for their loving care and making Lola feel at home. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services with the Rev. Kirk Orr officiating will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Puckety Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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McBride, James F. 96

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1919-04-29
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • James F. McBride, 96, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Logan Place, Lower Burrell. He was born April 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late John B. and Manetta (Culbertson) McBride. At the beginning of the Great Depression, the family moved to Braddock, where Mr. McBride graduated from St. Thomas High School and soon after went to work for Mine Safety Appliance Company. During World War II, he served on the USS Piedmont, the first ship to enter Tokyo harbor after the surrender. His experience serving in the Pacific Theater and as part of the occupying forces in Tokyo stayed with him the rest of his life, and he always spoke of his respect for the Japanese people. After the war, he returned to his job at MSA and married M. Jane Spackman, of Franklin, in 1947. The couple lived for several years in Oakmont before moving to the Forty Acres neighborhood of New Kensington in 1955. After leaving MSA, Mr. McBride went to work for Schenley Distillers, working on the bottling line, in purchasing and eventually as personnel director. In that position, he especially enjoyed being the editor of the plant's newsletter, The Cork 'n Bottle. When the Schenley plant was closed, Mr. McBride was happy to return to work for MSA in the International Sales division. During his career, he advanced his education by taking night classes in business at Carnegie Institute and Duquesne University. A founding member of Willowbrook Country Club, he played golf there into his 90s. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, and served as an usher in recent years and was also a member of the Lower Burrell VFW Post 92 and the Lower Burrell American Legion 868. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2001, and his brother, John, in that same year. He is survived by his daughter, M. Gretchen McBride, of Somerville, Mass.; a nephew, Daniel McBride, of Pittsburgh; and loyal friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where Prayers of Transfer will be said at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment with military honors by the Navy will follow in Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. Parish wake services will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068; or to St. Margaret Mary Church, 3055 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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McNally, Carolyn A. 56

  • Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Born: 1959-01-26
  • Died: 2015-04-18
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  • Carolyn Ann (Levish) McNally, 56, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, due to complications related to her seven-month battle with breast cancer. She was born Jan. 26, 1959, to Harry and the late Pauline (Skoda) Levish. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1976, from Clarion State College in 1980 and later earned her master's degree from Carlow College. Carolyn lived and worked all over the country before settling in Plano, Texas. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill McNally, and his son, Bill McNally (Daria); father, Harry Levish; siblings, Gregory Levish (Susan), Paul Levish (Marsha), Joseph Levish (Christy) and Mary Venetos (Mario); also by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Levish. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, 339 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. Reception to immediately follow in the church hall. Please see complete obituary, video and condolences at www.affoplano.com.
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Rychlik, Genevieve 88

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1927-03-21
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Rychlik, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Platinum Ridge, Brackenridge. She was born March 21, 1927, in West Natrona, a daughter of the late Kazimir and Anna Rafalko Barila. Genevieve was a 1945 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked at the former Ted and Leo's Grocery Store in West Natrona and also as an operator for Bell Telephone in Tarentum, Springdale and Oakmont. Genevieve was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and crafts and was devoted to the Blessed Mother praying the rosary daily. Genevieve is survived by her sister, Helen Barila, of Natrona Heights; sister-in-law, Mary Anuszek, of East Vandergrift; nieces and nephews, Elaine (Jack) Zajdel, Donald A. (Joann) Turowski, Donna (Troy) Farrington, Lawrence (Karin) Turowski, Sharon Glath, Thomas (Ronita) Glath, Charlene (Peter) Butch, Marla (Paul) Wawrzyniak, Lisa (Quentin) Taraszewski, Gregory (Audrey) Pawlik and Carla Pawlik (John); and by numerous cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rychlik, Dec. 21, 1997; and by her brother, Francis "Sonny" Barila, on Sept. 8, 2005. Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, until the time of a blessing service at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Sieber, Louetta M. 82

  • West Deer Township
  • Died: 2015-05-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Louetta M. Sieber, 82, of West Deer Township, formerly of Brookline, died peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by her family Friday, May 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Richard, her husband of 52 years, who preceded her in death. Louetta was active in her church and prized her faith, family, and friends above all. She was the cherished mother of David Sieber (Paula), Janice Heaton (James) and Glenn Sieber (Judy); sister to the late Robert Church, and Betty Serena (Church); grandmother of Michael Sieber (Barbara),Kristi Burns (Josh), Robert Heaton (Lauren), Christopher Heaton (Tracie), Samantha Adams (Jason), James Heaton Jr. (Ashley Dembowski), Jacqueline Sieber and Ellecia Sieber; great-grandmother of four with the arrival of two more being eagerly awaited; and many nieces and nephews. Louetta and Richard raised their family in Brookline where she was employed for many years as a doctor's assistant where she made numerous friends and touched many lives in the community. Throughout her life she remained a devoted wife and caring mother to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a wide assortment of family dogs. She was a strong family oriented woman who kept her wonderful sense of humor to the very end. She will be missed by all that knew her. Family will welcome friends 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gibsonia. Memorials can be directed to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the wonderful group at Celtic Hospice and Home Health in Mars, who were so kind and helpful in assisting the family and our mother in her final days. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Sliviak, Veronica R. 96

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1918-11-15
  • Died: 2015-05-28
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Veronica R. (Kocon) Sliviak, 96, of Allegheny Township, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Nov. 15, 1918, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Josephine (Jack) Kocon. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township. She enjoyed gardening, being a homemaker and being with her family. Survivors include her son, Thomas V. Sliviak, of Allegheny Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent M. Sliviak, Dec. 28, 1998; brothers, Stanley, Theodore and John Kocon; and sister, Genevieve M. Milewski. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, where parting prayers of transfer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Gilpin Township, with her pastor, the Rev. James H. Loew, OSB, officiating. Entombment will be following at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Sliviak family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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