Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, of Murrysville, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was born Dec. 29, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late George and Dorothy Dickson Altmeyer, and was a 1945 graduate of Ken-Hi. He then graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was part of the Armed Forces Radio. Mr. Altmeyer was owner/operator of Altmeyer Home Stores Inc., a business started in New Kensington by Mr. Altmeyer's father, George, in 1941. The corporation presently has 11 locations in Western Pennsylvania. Rod was very civic-minded and was a member of the New Kensington Rotary and Hill Crest Country Club when he lived in New Kensington. He was involved in the Downtown Improvement Group (DIG), the Downtown Merchant's Association and the New Kensington Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of a national conglomerate, the American Textile Corporation. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church of Murrysville and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington. Mr. Altmeyer was a private pilot in his younger years, and was an anchor man on Columbus Television Stations during and after his college education. He was also an announcer for WKPA in New Kensington and did all of his own radio commercials. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with Jim Glenn, of New Kensington. Surviving are his two sons, Rod H. Altmeyer Jr., of Monroeville, and Robert C. (Bonnie) Altmeyer, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Joshua R. Altmeyer and Giavanna M. Altmeyer; and his beloved companion of seven years, Renetta DeSimone. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith J. Roethele Altmeyer, who passed away in 2006; his brother, George Altmeyer Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy and Gretchen. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
Margaret "Peggy" Thompson Baker, 47, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in West Pittsburgh, where she currently resided with her loving husband, Jeffery Baker. She was born Sept. 17, 1967, a daughter of the Gary Lasher and the late Margaret Lasher. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Apollo. She enjoyed collecting antiques, camping and cooking. Her smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Lasher; and brother, Michael Thompson. She is survived by two brothers, James Thompson, of Maryland, and William (Lana) Thompson, of Vandergrift; four sisters, Lynnette Piper, of Avonmore, Kedrin Lasher, of East Vandergrift, Vicki Willis, of Vandergrift, and Patti Willis, of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Apollo with Pastor Scott Fairman officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.gamblefh.com.
Gerald Leroy Holmes Jr., 67, of South Buffalo Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Arbors of St. Barnabas Health System. He was born May 25, 1947, in New Kensington, to the late Gerald Leroy Sr. and Georgene Elizabeth Bolt Holmes and had been a resident of South Buffalo Township since 1978, having previously resided in Upper Burrell. Mr. Holmes worked as a computer engineer for Oberg Industries in Freeport for 38 years until retiring in 2009 and was a member of the Allegheny Northern Railroad Club. He enjoyed N-gauge model trains, gardening, especially vegetables, baking and was famous for his Christmas cookies. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Josephine Nester Mike Holmes; two loving daughters, Erin (Thomas) Benton, of Oxford, Mass., and Kristin (Richard) Bradford, of Hershey; and five siblings, Buddy (Paula) Holmes, of Springdale, Barbara (John Firko) Bernard, of Tarentum, Larry (Kathy) Holmes, of Lower Burrell, Kathleen (Bob) Nolan, of Blairsville, Michael (Shelley DeLancey) Holmes, of Leechburg. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, George Leonard and Anthony Louis Holmes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Union Mausoleum, Arnold. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
Barbara Rebecca (Guess) Leftwich, 88, of Springdale Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Barb was born in Wheeling, W.Va., Feb. 2, 1927, and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in home economics. She worked at Reynolds Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va., and Cincinnati General in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a dietician. In 1954, she married the late Harry C. Leftwich. Barb was the loving mother of Carrie E. (Bernard) Martin, the late Joseph C. (Judy) Leftwich and the Rev. A. (Judy) Leftwich. She was the proud grandmother of Rebecca J. (Todd) Mundok, Emily E. Leftwich, Rachel A. Leftwich and David C. Leftwich. She was delighted by two great-grandsons, Balan W.C. Mundok and Phen J.M. Mundok. Barb was a dear cousin to Ruth Ann Scherich, of Elm Grove, W.Va.; and a beloved sister-in-law to Mary (Earl) Hopper, of Des Peres, Mo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will commence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harry C. Leftwich. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's name to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org; or the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St., Springdale, PA 15144; or the Springdale United Methodist Church. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
Alfred D. Perkowski, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Leechburg, and was the son of the late John and Louise Mac Perkowski. Al retired from PPG Industries' Glass Research Center in Harmarville in March 1997, as a senior research engineer after 44 years of service. Al was a resident of Lower Burrell for 62 years. He loved golfing, reading and watching the Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and a life member of the Elks Leechburg Lodge 377. Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia Fiechuk Perkowski; and daughter, Elaine Perkowski, of Lower Burrell. He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Szarnicki, of Amherst, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Kutzer, Stella Metzler, Jean Pelino and Audrey Allen. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice at 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023 or St. Margaret Mary Church Building Fund at 3044 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
James S. Roach, 84, of Cheswick, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. James was the son of the late Marshall and Mary Jane (Ireland) Roach, born Dec. 26, 1930, in Altoona. They moved to Blawnox in 1937. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Walmsley) Roach; beloved children, James (DeEtt) Roach, of Idaho, Marsha (Jim) Martin, of Idaho, Marilyn (Garry) Collie, of Idaho, John (Stephanie) Roach, of Vandergrift, Robert (Edwynna) Roach, of West Deer, and Joseph (Pam) Roach, of Idaho. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two on the way, also by many nieces and nephews, and was loved by all. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey; twin brother, Joseph; and sister, Janet. James loved painting and roofing, which he was doing into his late 70s. He was a very patriotic man and always flew the American flag. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church, 921 North Ave., Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the roofing fund at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church. Professional services entrusted to the care of the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
Thomas Wayne Shrum, 67, of Newport News, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Newport News, Va., where he resided with his sister, Helen Shrum. It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of our brother, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bessie Shrum; sister, Nancy Christopher; and brother, James Shrum. Tom was born Sept. 3, 1947, in New Kensington, and moved to Newport News 20 years go. Tom worked at Braeburn Steel Mill, Lower Burrell, Burrell Construction, New Kensington, and Advanced Auto, Newport News, Va. His greatest enjoyment was working on cars and hanging with his friends at his "Gaa-rage". Tom had a great sense of humor and could always make you smile. He was a member of both Braeview and Braeburn Fire Company and also the Eagles Club of Tarentum. Tom is survived by one brother, Bill Shrum, of Slate Lick; four sisters, Margaret Dempsey, of Craigsville, W.Va., Sally Smith, of Lower Burrell, Helen Shrum, of Newport News, and Cathy Ehrman, of Tarentum; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 7, 2015, in the chapel of GREENWOOD MEMORIAL, Lower Burrell.
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