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Giordano, Thomas J. 70

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1944-01-08
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Retired Air Force Maj. Thomas John Giordano, 70, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. He was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Thomas D. and Mary Tomczak Giordano. A career military officer and Vietnam War veteran, his career sent him to stations in Montgomery, Ala., San Antonio, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Tampa, Fla., Puerto Rico, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Penn State University, he graduated from Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was scheduled to move up in rank just prior to his retirement. He was a great Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and loved God and his country. Survivors include his daughters, Lydia Ann Giordano (Richard) Pin, of South Dartmouth, Mass., Alicia Marie Giordano (Justin) Falk, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Magnolia Giordano Pin, Kodiak Claudius Pin, Carter Thomas Coffman and Mila Marie Falk; brother, Dominic (Patricia) Giordano, of Lower Burrell; and sister, Patricia (John) Litz, of Allegheny Township. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial with military honors by the Air Force will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Hammill, Ruth 87

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1926-09-19
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Ruth (Mike) Hammill, 87, of Avonmore, formerly of Indiana, Pa., passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa. She was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Helena, Mont., a daughter of the late Paul and Donna Mike. Prior to retiring, Ruth was employed by Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa. Ruth will be greatly missed by her beloved family. She is survived by her children, Donna Steffan, of Monroeville, Robert (Lori) Hammill, of Indiana, Pa., Edward Hammill, of Rossiter, and Christopher Hammill, of Arnold; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be especially missed by her grandson, Jeffrey (Lori) Graham; three great-grandchildren, Shelby, Shannon and Brianna; and great-great-granddaughter, Gracelyn. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, where Ruth's funeral and committal services will be conducted at noon, immediately following the visitation. Private interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Indiana County Humane Society, 65 Haven Drive, Indiana, PA 15701. Please write "Ruth Hammill" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit http://www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Heinle Jr., Edward W. 82

  • Beaver
  • Born: 1932-04-04
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Noll, Beaver | Get Directions
  • Edward William Heinle Jr., 82, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born April 4, 1932, in Natrona Heights, to Edward W. Heinle, DDS, and Mary Purvis Heinle. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating in 1958. During his internship year, he married Marie Cicone on Jan. 31, 1959. After his first year of residency, he served a tour of duty in Germany for the Army Medical Corps in 1961 and 1962. Returning to the University of Pittsburgh, he completed a residency in internal medicine and served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in hematology in 1965. Edward was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Beaver and served on the parish council. Although he was offered an academic career in medicine, he desired to serve in a community hospital, and he left Pittsburgh to join Dr. Thomas McCreary III. They were part of a small group of physicians and community leaders who encouraged the communities of Beaver County to pool resources and combine several smaller community hospitals to form The Medical Center. Together, they established Medical Oncology Clinics at both the Aliquippa Hospital and Heritage Valley Beaver, known then as the Medical Center of Beaver County. He was instrumental in bringing the Home Health Nursing Associations from Aliquippa, Beaver Valley and Sewickley to organize and establish a Hospice program for which he also served as the medical director. He was also founding director of the Beaver County Red Cross Blood Program. He served his colleagues as president of the Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Medicine. He also served as president of the Beaver County Heart Association and the Beaver County Medical Society. He was recognized by the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine as their laureate for 2001. His patients sought not only his medical expertise, but the caring manner in which it was applied. He felt it his duty not only to apply state of the art medical care, but equally important, to do his part to ease the burden of another human being. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn, who died in childhood, another sister, Alice Paz; and a brother, Robert A. Heinle, M.D. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his brother, Norbert P. Heinle, DMD; two daughters, Patricia Hoover, Esq., of Beaver, and Anne and Jeff Ingros, of Beaver; and four sons, Dr. Edward W. and Patricia Heinle, of Danville, Dr. Michael S. and Dawn Heinle, of Cranberry, Glenn H. and Debbie Heinle, of Silver Springs, Md., and Drs. Robert A. and Rachel Heinle, of Wilmington, Del.; and 25 grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Third St., Beaver. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul by his pastor, Father Robert Miller. Interment will follow at the Beaver Cemetery.
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Kelly, Wilma R. 93

  • Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1921-06-22
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Daugherty, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Wilma R. Kelly, 93, of Sarver, Buffalo Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, Cabot, with her family by her side. Mrs. Kelly was born June 22, 1921, to the late Andrew and Pauline (Micholas) Rezak, and has resided in the Freeport area all of her life. She graduated from the Freeport High School in 1939. She worked for the former Joseph S. Finch Distillery, Schenley, prior to working for PPG Glass Research, Harmarville, where she was the secretary to the research director for 29 years until her retirement in 1989. Wilma was a faithful member of the St. Mary, Mother of God, Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, Catholic Daughters of America, Freeport, for more than 30 years, where she held various offices, and served as past president of the Harrison Garden Club. In addition, Wilma was active with the Four Corners Unit of the American Cancer Society, volunteered in helping feed the homeless in Pittsburgh and worked at the Freeport area food bank. She also enjoyed flower arranging, crafts, cooking, baking, entertaining friends and her yorkies. Wilma is survived by her sisters, Dorothy M. Rezak, Berness Cribbs and Alberta "Birdy" Posney, all of Buffalo Township. In addition to her parents mentioned above, she was preceded in death by her husband, M. Gibson Kelly, April 29, 1949; her brothers, Leonard W. and Joseph E. Rezak; and her sisters, Ann Liti and Kathryn Krchnak. Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the DENNIS J. DAUGHERTY FUNERAL HOME, 324 Fourth St., Freeport, 724-295-3100, where a parting prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary, Mother of God, Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, with her pastor, the Rev. Ed Volz, as celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in the St. Mary Cemetery, Freeport. A parish wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Four Corners Unit of the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Miller, Harold 84

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1929-12-12
  • Died: 2014-09-01
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Harold "Babe" Miller, 84, of Springdale, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Oakmont Center for Nursing. Harold was born Dec. 12, 1929, in Cheswick, to the late Jake and Mary (Wheatholder) Miller. Mr. Miller lived his whole life in the Springdale - Cheswick area. Harold worked as a welder for the former Englas Works for 36 years, Anchors, for seven years, both of Verona, and Acee, in Tarentum, for 10 years. He was a member of the Outdoor Life Lodge and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Grace (Grunden) Miller; children, Shawn (Brenda) Miller, of Cabot, and Stephen Miller, of Aurora, Colo.; stepchildren, William (Martha) Jones, of Leechburg, and Barbara (Kevin) Olson, of Red Wing, Minn.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy, Clarence and George Miller; and sisters, Dolores Musco, Mildred Vitalale, Eleanor Petrosky and Marcella DeRosa. Arrangements entrusted to the ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Starr Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. For online condolences, please visit http://www.westdeerfuneralhome.com.
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Oplinger, Vicky L. 52

  • Madison
  • Born: 1961-12-27
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Vicky Lynn (Martin) Oplinger, 52, of Madison, formerly of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Excela Health Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Born Dec. 27, 1961, in Natrona Heights, she was the daughter of James E. (Barbara) Martin, of Kiski Township, and Barbara L. (Kowalczyk) (Dan) Hilty, of Kiski Township. Vicky lived in Madison for the last 30 years, and was a 1980 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. She worked as an appointment secretary at the Olan Mills in Greensburg for a time after school. Vicky loved watching soaps, especially General Hospital, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Stanley C. and Gertrude Kowalczyk; paternal grandparents, Charles B. and Mary D. Martin; and father-in-law, Lester E. Oplinger. In addition to her parents and stepparents, Vicky is survived by her husband of 30 years, Rick E. Oplinger, of Madison; son, Joshua D. Oplinger, of Madison; mother-in-law, Jane E. Oplinger, of Arona; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Services have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Riddle Jr., Louis J. 82

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1932-03-03
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Louis J. Riddle Jr., 82, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Belair Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. He was born March 3, 1932, in Tarentum, to the late Louis J. and Virginia H. (Grimenstein) Riddle Sr. A life insurance agent for 30 years with United Insurance Company, Mr.Riddle was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, a Gold Card life member of the Verona Eagles and a 30 year member of the former Belgium Club in Tarentum. He was a 1951 graduate of Tarentum High School. Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid handyman. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Hollinger) Riddle; a son, Thomas Riddle, of Verona; daughter, Mary Beth and (Frank) Palko, of New Kensington, daughter, Ellen and (James) Kuhn, of Marco Island, Fla., and son, Joseph and (Linda) Riddle, of Lower Burrell. Also surviving are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Riddle, in Ohio, sister, Mary Lou Cicolini, in Natrona Heights, brother, William Riddle, in Tarentum, and brother, Andrew Riddle, in Brackenridge. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Francescon, in Florida. At the request of Mr. Riddle, all services and burial will be private. Arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084, 724-224-1526. The family suggests contributions may be made to The Ladies of Charity, C/O Holy Martyrs Church, 344 W.9th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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