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Alcibiade, Mary 92

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1923-02-01
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Mary Alcibiade, 92, of Ford City, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Ford City, a daughter of the late Daniel Sinawski and Anna Kokoc Sinawski, and was a lifelong resident of the community. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Alcibiade. She was a member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, and worked at G.C. Murphy, No. 60 optical office of PPG and retired from Lenape Elementary School Cafeteria. Mary loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was always have a special place in each of our hearts and we will always remember her beautiful smile. Survivors include her sons, Frank and Patty Alcibiade, of Ford City, and James Alcibiade; daughters, Linda and Daniel McFarland, of Altoona, and Marsha Alcibiade and Tom Harrold, of Vandergrift; grandchildren, Aaron and Keri McFarland, Matthew and Susan McFarland, Jason and Stephanie Knepshield, Keith Alcibiade and Erica Alcibiade; great-granddaughter, Riley; and many nieces and nephews in Butler, Ford City and Arnold. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Sinawski, Walter "Udgy" Sinawski and Milton "Mitch" Sinawski. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Prince of Peace Parish with Father Alan Grote. Interment at St. Marys Cemetery.
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Battaglia, Kathleen 62

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1952-11-30
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Kathleen Battaglia, 62, of Worthington, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at home. Born Nov. 30, 1952, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Joan (Butler) Sullivan. Kathleen took very good care of her family, and was a very giving person who had many friends. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Paul Battaglia; two daughters, Laura Ann Battaglia, of Saxonburg, and Theresa Lynn (Derrick) Hays, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Kelly Coliny, Shawn and Tyler Rome and Delaney and Hanna Hays; five great-grandchildren; and her sister, Joanne Rudolph, of Vandergrift. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Michele Battaglia. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. with Pastor Nathan Bramlet officiating. To send an online condolence, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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Darby, Michele

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1949-08-17
  • Died: 2015-02-05
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  • Michele (Leonardi) Darby, of Virginia Beach, Va., and a Lower Burrell native, died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at home following a two-year battle with cancer. Born Aug. 17, 1949, in New Kensington, she was a daughter of Tulio and Henrietta Novak Leonardi, of Lower Burrell. An eminent scholar and professor of dental hygiene at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., she motivated aspiring dental hygiene professionals worldwide with her enthusiasm for her profession. Her love of education was surpassed only by her love for her family. Michele was a consummate wife and mother who loved to cook, appreciated the arts and enjoyed relaxing with family every year at Nags Head, N.C. She strived to open doors for her children by encouraging them to work and play hard, involving them in diverse cultural and educational activities and exposing them to other cultures via family trips around the world. A 1967 Burrell High School graduate, she earned her certificate in dental hygiene at the University of Pittsburgh, then bachelor and master's degrees from Columbia University in New York City, where she taught for two years. Her career at Old Dominion began in 1974, and she served as the school of dental hygiene's chairman from 1982 to 1989 and from 2011 until her retirement in 2013. Michele's work earned her many honors, including the 2013 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2011, as well as awards from Old Dominion and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She co-authored three textbooks, wrote more than 50 peer-reviewed articles that elevated the dental hygiene profession and actively participated on advisory boards for Oral B, Proctor and Gamble and Elsevier. A sought-after speaker, Michele inspired people around the world with her leadership and passion for confronting and overcoming oral health inequalities. She was among a visiting professional delegation to the People's Republic of China in 1981, sharing dental hygiene concepts and techniques with dentists there. As the first hygienist to become a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Michele studied at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 2010. She was generously attentive to her students and colleagues but gentle, yet earnest, in giving advice. She cared deeply about providing educational opportunities so, with her husband, created the Michele L. Darby Global Oral Health Scholarship in 2014 to continue her legacy of excellence in teaching, clinical care and global outreach. She is greatly missed but lovingly remembered by her parents; her husband, Dennis A. Darby, of Virginia Beach; her daughter and son-in-law, Devan and David Bartels, of Boston, Mass.; her son, Blake Leonardi Darby, of Beaverton, Ore.; a sister and brother-in-law, Melanie and Tom Yerace, of Lower Burrell; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Michelle Leonardi, of Bowie, Md.; her nephews, Ryan Leonardi, Matthew and Zachary Yerace; and many extended family and friends. Her life will be celebrated at 1 p.m., April 25, 2015, in the Old Dominion University Theater. Donations to the Michele L. Darby Global Health Scholarship Fund honoring her contributions to dental hygiene, are appreciated. Contact Manisha Harrell, Old Dominion College of Health Sciences at 757-683-4313 or m1sharma@odu.edu.
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Miller, Merle W. 86

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1928-09-04
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Merle W. Miller, 86, of Kiski Township, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, in his home. Born Sept. 4, 1928, in Spring Church, he was the son of the late Harry W. and Bertha (Raymer) Miller. Merle lived in Kiski Township all of his life. Before his retirement in 1988, he was employed as a logsman and a laborer for PennDot for 25 years. Merle loved the outdoors, yard work and woodworking. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna M. (Campbell) Miller, on Oct. 3, 2014; two sons; three daughters; three grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters. Merle is survived by his daughters, Pamela M. Lauren, of Willoughby, Ohio, Brenda S. Reed and Judith L. Richard, both of Apollo, and Bonnie J. McKendrick, of Natrona Heights; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Homer (Bonnie) Miller, of Nashville, Tenn., and George (Wilma) Miller, of Ohio. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Graveside service to follow at 2:15 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Spring Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Merle's memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 810 River Ave., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Mull, Reatta A. 97

  • Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1917-03-29
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Reatta A. (Gentile) Mull, 97, of Dousman, Wis., formerly of West Deer Township, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was born March 29, 1917, in Russellton, to the late Loreto and Christina (DeMoro) Gentile. Reatta resided most of her life in West Deer Township, until moving to Wisconsin in 2007. She was a member of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, Bairdford, the church Women's Guild and a member of the West Deer VFD No. 2 Women's Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, cooking, baking and singing. Survivors include her daughter, Harriett (Jonathan) Schmidt, of Wales, Wis.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Micklow, of Virginia, and Olga Hibner, of Russellton; and brother, Samuel D. (Ruth Ann) Gentile, of Tarentum. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry B. Mull; daughter, Patricia Shultz; son, Regis T. Mull; brother, William Gentile; and sisters, Philomena Grovanz, Della LaBrozzi and Emma LaBrozzi. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Parting prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with Catholic Funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, Bairdford. Reatta will be laid to rest next to her husband in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, West Deer VFD No. 2 Women's Auxiliary or St. Victor Roman Catholic Church Women's Guild. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Poston, Madeline E. 91

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1923-09-25
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Madeline E. Poston, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Natrona, a daughter of the late William R. and Emma (Dudek) Traenkner. Madeline lived most of her life in Natrona Heights and had lived in Plant City, Fla., for 10 years. She was a 1942 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Madeline formerly worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Joe Clark Candies, Sterling Furniture Company and while living in Florida worked for Walmart. Madeline was a member of the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church and the Raymond Bible Class. She was also a member of the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club, the VFW Post 92 Ladies Auxiliary in Lower Burrell and a member of the singing organization, Sweet Adelines International for 15 years. Madeline loved singing, bowling, golf and spending time with her family. She is survived by her two sons, William R. (Billie) Poston and James R. (Diane) Poston, both of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Pamela Poston, of Wyoming, Edward (Carolyn) Poston, of West Virginia, Kimberly (Nathan) Fritzler, of Colorado, Jennifer (Timothy) Oddis and Heather (Adam) Jonczak, both of Natrona Heights; great-grandchildren, Colter Byers, Dylan Poston, Lukas, Liam and Luciana Oddis, Adam James and Parker Robert Jonczak and Ethan, Randy and Payton Fritzler; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John L. Poston. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm IV. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Madeline may be made to the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church, 1428 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Roush, Annabelle P.

  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Annabelle Peyton Roush passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her loving parents, Matthew and Emily Roush, of Sarver; and her big brother, Matthew Jr. She was also loved and will be missed by her grandparents, Ronald and Debra Roush, of Sarver, and John and Dawn Sanders, of Cabot; her great-grandpa, Jack, of Cabot; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. The parents would like to thank the staff at Butler Memorial Hospital for their kindness, compassion and support. A private service was held with Father Mark Pattock, of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Cabot, presiding. Internment was held in Freeport Cemetery. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Schriver Jr., Joseph H. 65

  • Mars
  • Born: 1949-10-21
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Joseph H. Schriver Jr., 65, of Mars, died Friday morning, March 27, 2015, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 21, 1949, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Marjorie Cummins Schriver. Joe had been the chief maintenance engineer for the Residence Inn in Cranberry Township. He was a member of St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church. He had served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Mars VFW Post 7505, the Mars American Legion and was a Mason at Corinthian Lodge No. 0573 F. and A.M. in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Hock Schriver, who he married Sept. 3, 1971; a son, Joseph Schriver and his wife, Lisa, of Mars; two daughters, Amy J. Faber and her husband, Mike, of Tarentum, and Marjorie Stobert and her husband, Leroy, of Natrona Heights; his grandchildren, Michael, Brandon, Donny, Kylee, Brooke, Nicholas, Bethany, Tyler and Travis; two brothers, Arthur "Shorty" Schriver and his wife, Amy, and Ralph Schriver and his wife, B.J., both of Tarentum; two sisters, Linda Atkinson and her husband, Harold, of Gibsonia, and Becky Uminski and her husband, Andy, of Pittsburgh; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Monday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Streets, Mars. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Shiring, John R. 91

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1924-02-16
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • John R. "Jack" Shiring, 91, of Kittanning, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Kittanning Care. He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Kittanning, son of the late Boyd Shiring and Johanna (Cross) Shiring. He was a lifelong resident of the community. He retired from maintenance at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital from 1961 to 1986. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, serving with the 334th Signal Company Wing 9th A.F. He served in Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe, receiving three Battle Stars. He was a member of St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Kittanning. He was a longtime member of Pony Farm Sportsman's Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He took great pride in teaching his nephews and nieces how to safely do the same. He was married 63 years to Elaine (Pozzuto) Shiring, who died in October of 2011. Survivors include his brother, Joseph Shiring, of Ford City; brother and sister-in-law, James and Laura Shiring, of Ford City; sisters, Evelyn Edwards, of Ford City, and Mary Shaner, of Leechburg; sister-in-law, Rita Shiring, of Templeton; sister-in-law, Evelyn Shiring, of Ford City; brother-in-law, Angelo Pozzuto, of Kittanning; sister-in-law, Betty Pozzuto, of Kittanning; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and special family friend, Suzanne. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; brothers, Edwin and Vincent Shiring; and sister, Kathryn Perpich. Although Jack and Elaine had no children, their nieces and nephews were like their own. They opened their home to everyone and he always told them if you go home hungry or thirsty, it is your own fault. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning. Parting prayers will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by the funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Roman Catholic Church in Kittanning, with the Rev. Douglas E. Dorula as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
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