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Chowan, Mason S. 0

  • Born: 2014-07-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mason Stephen Chowan died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 23, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. Born July 21, 2014, Mason was the beloved son of Hailey Loughner and Matthew Chowan; grandson of Stephen (Juli) Chowan, Lisa Danford, Michelle Modena and Earl Loughner; great-grandson of Debbie (William) Solits and Julie Chowan; and nephew of Stephen Chowan Jr., Gary and Patrick Pitman, Jenna Chowan, Kristy (Andy) Truman and Mia Modena. The family hopes that Mason's legacy can be one of love and appreciation for the precious gift of life. Services are private. Arrangements entrusted to SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD.
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Heldman, Irene

  • Lower Burrell
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Irene Rudzinsky Heldman, of Lower Burrell, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, July 29 2014, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by her husband and family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Patak Rudzinsky, formerly of Stowe Township. Irene was the loving wife for more than 57 years to David M. Heldman. They were married at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Irene was a dedicated and loving mother to her three children, Irene K. Heldman M.D., Donna E. Heldman and Meredith S. Heldman Heavner (Kirk), all of Mars. She was also the loving grandmother of Alexander P. Heavner, of Mars. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Rudzinsky Stecko, as well as several nieces and nephews. She worked at Bell Telephone in its business office until she left to take her "dream job", which was raising her three daughters, and later, spending time with her grandson, Alex. She always was there to cheer on her family, from the early years, through high school and into college, and never missed a softball game, track event or tennis match. Although she loved attending her daughters' events, what she loved to do the most was to watch her "favorite", Alexander, play baseball, basketball and football. Despite her illness, she was able to watch him play baseball last month, during her first outing in more than seven months. Irene was a former member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was very active in the Katherine Kuhlman ministry for more than 25 years, and sang in the concert choir. Every Christmas, her family enjoyed listening to the choir's recording of Handel's Messiah. She was also a former member of the Lower Burrell/New Kensington Garden Club and had been active in the girl scouts and P.T.A. organizations. Irene was the First Lady of Syria Shrine when her husband served as the Potentate in 2009. During his year as Potentate, as well as his six years as an officer, she enjoyed traveling and supporting the Shrine by attending numerous Shrine events. Over the years, she made many dear friends through their involvement in the Shrine. In addition to the First Lady, she had also served as the past president of the Syria Motor Corp Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Irene was a kind, sincere, thoughtful person who always knew the right thing to say and never spoke an unkind word. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068, by the Rev. Clifford Buell. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Entombment will follow in Mount Royal Mausoleum, Glenshaw. Memorials may be made to the Transportation Fund, Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024 or the Leukemia Society Riverwalk Corp. Center, E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Hull Jr., Cletus L. 77

  • Hanover
  • Born: 1936-09-06
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Wetzel, Hanover | Get Directions
  • Cletus Luther Hull Jr., 77, of Hanover, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. Born Sept. 6, 1936, in Hanover, he was the son of the late Cletus L. Hull Sr. and Relda Ellen (Nace) Hull. Cletus graduated Hanover High School in 1954. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Mr. Hull was employed for a number of years with Bethlehem Mines and later became owner/ operator of Stambaugh Auto Parts, Hanover from 1976 to 2002. He was a former member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of New Oxford. Mr. Hull is survived by three sons, Cletus Hull III and his wife, Bridget, of Saltsburg, Brian Hull and his wife, Teresa Faw-Hull, of Nashville, Tenn., and Clark Hull, of Spring Grove; a sister, Doris Hetrick of Hanover; four grandchildren, Emily (Hull) Nogueira, Chaplin Hull, Rainer Hull and Trent Hull; and two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Gabrielle Nogueira. A service to celebrate the life of Cletus L. Hull Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at WETZEL FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, with the Rev. Philip K. Nace officiating. A time to share memories with the family and an opportunity to view will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Contributions in memory of Cletus L. Hull Jr. may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 20 S. Peter St., New Oxford, PA 17350; or to Harvest Time Temple, 700 Black Rock Road, Hanover, PA 17331. To share memories of Cletus Luther Hull Jr., please visit http://www.wetzelfuneralhome.com.
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Kelly, Mary Ellen 83

  • Summerfield, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hiers-Baxley, Ocala | Get Directions
  • Mary Ellen Kelly, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in her residence. Mrs. Kelly was born in Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington. She was a registered nurse in both Pennsylvania and Florida worked until she retired in Florida. She then became the nurse in her community, always helping her neighbors. Her final passion was gardening. She created a beautiful yard, full of plants and flowers. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and eating -- especially ice cream. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa D. Kelly, of Summerfield, Fla.; two grandsons, SSGT. Kelly H. Garmer, of San Diego, Calif., and Austin J. Kelly, of Florida; and brother, Calvin McElroy, of Apollo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond M. McElroy and Mamie E. Slonaker McElroy Yockey; husband, Francis R. Kelly; daughter, Nancy G. Kelly; and brother, Raymond M. McElroy. There will be no services, upon her request. Arrangements by HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, The Villages, Fla. Please make donations to Hospice of Marion County. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.hiers-baxley.com.
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Kovalchick, Helen 91

  • Formerly of Renton
  • Born: 1923-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen (Koban) Kovalchick, 91, formerly of Renton, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Clarebridge Community in Export where she was currently a resident. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Bitumen, daughter of the late Vasil and Anna Pechina Koban. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Michael L. "Mike" Kovalchick; five sisters, Eleanor DeMichiei, Margie (Paul) Shish, Anna (Babe) Opina, Sue (Nick) Novelsowski and Mary (Fred) Falsetti; and two brothers, John Koban and Mike (Alice) Koban. Helen and Mike began their life together in Sagamore before relocating to Renton, where they raised two sons and a daughter, Michael (Sherry) Kovalchick, of North Carolina, Denny (Kathy) Kovalchick, of Apollo, and Michele (Jim) Kelly, of Murrysville. She was "NANA" to six grandchildren, Michael (Chelsey), Natalie, Chris and Kevin Kovalchick and Jimmy (Kimberly) and Patrick (Nicole) Kelly; six beautiful great-grandchildren, Lassen, Scarlet, Logan, Abby, Mia and McKenna; two sisters, Carolyn (James) Nesbit and Betty (the late John) Bodnar; brother-in-law, "Tootie" DeMichiei; sister-in-law, Kathryn Koban; and many nieces and nephews. Besides being a loving sister, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Helen was a wonderful homemaker. She took her job seriously and truly excelled. She was always cooking up something special or baking something incredible. Her house on Maple Street was her castle and she was very proud of the home she made there. Also, she loved her music: American Bandstand during the week, oldies on Saturday mornings and always polkas on Sundays. Her home was said by many to be happy and very cozy. Her faith was very important to her everyday life. She was a member at Holy Trinity, Wall, and then later the Church of the Resurrection in Monroeville. She worked very hard at all the bazaars and the Lawn Fairs, making pirohis, holupki, nut rolls and cookies. She loved singing in Slovak during Mass and still could speak fluently just weeks before her passing. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with Parastas at 2 p.m. at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Resurrection, 455 Center Road, Monroeville, with Father Joseph Raptosh as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Plum Creek Cemetery. The family would like to thank the entire staff and employees at Clarebridge for their comfort, compassion and constant support they gave to "NANA" during her last weeks. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lassinger, Rita K. 93

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1920-08-19
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Rita K. (Saska) Lassinger, 93, of West Deer Township, went home to the Lord, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. She was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Arnold, to the late Andrew and Mary (Stopko) Saska. She graduated from Arnold High in 1938. Rita was a dedicated member of the West Deer Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Women's Auxiliary for more than 35 years, serving as president five times and helping organize the fund raisers that helped purchase and build the present building, the company van as well as a fire truck. She could be seen at most every event in the kitchen cooking. She enjoyed her time at the fire hall, was an avid reader and liked jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include her loving children, Gloria Jean (Larry) Hockenburry, of Herndon, Va., Eileen R. Simmons, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ronald (Elaine) Lassinger, of Mars, Richard E. (Beth) Lassinger, of Butler, David A. (Paula) Lassinger, of Culmerville, and Herbert A. (Ann) Lassinger, of Frazer; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gertrude Dunlap, of Lower Burrell, Mary Louise (Warren) Klingensmith, of New Hampshire, Barbara Lee Saska, of Arnold, Herbert (Dorothy) Saska, of California, Thomas Saska, of Lower Burrell, and Edward (Barbara) Saska, of Jeanette. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Lassinger; her daughter, Gail Lassinger; granddaughter, Lori Ann Hockenburry; stepdaughter, Sylvia A. Huber; and sisters, Ethyl Saska and Margaret Luna. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. W. James Legge, D.Min, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Bull Creek Cemetery, West Deer. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to West Deer Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, 1520 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum, PA 15084. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Latronica, Lucille M. 93

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1921-07-22
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. (Jenkins) Latronica, 93, of West Deer Township, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. She was born July 22, 1921, in Springfield, Texas, to the late Theopolous and Gertrude (Tucker) Jenkins. Lucille served her country during World War II in the Women's Army Corps, where she met her husband, Vito. She moved to West Deer, where she had lived since 1949. A homemaker, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and cooking. Survivors include her children, Anna L. (Jerry) McDaniels, of Middlesboro, Ky., Donna L. Jenkins and Anthony "Butch" V. (Linda) Latronica, both of West Deer; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elora Waller, of San Antonio, Texas. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vito T. Latronica, who died Jan. 16, 2012; a sister, Mary Lou Hemminger; and brothers, John, Albert, Regan, Charles and Fred Jenkins. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, in the funeral home, with Pamela J. Bonnett, Minister of Visitation, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Mangieri, Ray 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-03-03
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Ray Mangieri, 84, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Bel Air Health and Rehab, Lower Burrell. He was born March 3, 1930, in New Kensington, son of the late Umberto and Jennie (Petrone) Mangieri. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Adolfo and Frank Mangieri; and a sister, Mary Ellen Mangone. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. He worked at PPG Creighton for 52 years from 1949 until retiring in 2001. He enjoyed reading, cooking and watching football on T.V. He was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Owen Sr., Louis D. 84

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1930-05-07
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Louis D. Owen Sr., 84, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 7, 1930, in Creighton, East Deer, to the late Leslie and Captola Munnford Owen. Mr. Owen was a caster and a stripper/burner and retired in from the caster department of Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge in 1990. He was employed there for 42 years. He enjoyed the Steelers, the Pirates and the Penguins, and playing cards -- especially poker. He was a member and a deacon of Canaan Outreach Ministry, New Kensington. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lillian Ellen Ackles Owen; and his children, Iris R. "Green Jeans" Owen, Lorrie K. Owen Sr., and Trent C. Owen Sr., all of New Kensington; six stepchildren, Paul Ackles, Rhonda Blakey, Cheryl (Emery) Johnson, Darcella Brown, Tamara (Alan) Jackson and Herbert (Norma) Blakey Jr.; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a host of stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and his brother, Willis Owen, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Colleen Sherdina Owen, in infancy, Lois Darcel Watkins and Louis Duane Owen Jr.; and siblings, Clarice Landers, Lesola Owen, Marvin Owen, Loumaniver Owen, Lane Owen and Munford Owen. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday from in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Canaan Outreach Ministry, 1226 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Anyone attending the service should go directly to the church. Officiating will be Elder Ronald P. White. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Remis, Frances T. 70

  • North Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1944-06-16
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Frances T. "Bub" Remis, 70, of North Buffalo Township passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in her home. Born June 16, 1944, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Helen (Polan) Petrosky, of Kittanning, and the late Francis Petrosky. Frances lived in North Buffalo Township most of her life. She retired in 2006 from Allegheny Ludlum West Leechburg Works, where she had been employed for 30 years as a test cutter. She attended St. Paul Monastery in Kittanning and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1138. Frances enjoyed being outdoors, taking care of animals, going to the casino and loved flowers. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She was always smiling and had a heart of gold. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Petrosky. Survivors include her mother; two daughters, Helen M. (Rick) McDonald and Carol L. Blondeaux, both of Ford City; grandchildren, Michael Cooper and Ross Sheasley, also of Ford City; a brother, Dave (Mel) Petrosky, of Ford Cliff; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Frances's request, all services will be private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo, PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Serventi, Rose 91

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1923-07-05
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Rose Bernini Serventi, 91, of the Maysville section of Kiski Township, passed away Wednesday July 30, 2014, in the palliative care at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born July 5, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Paul and Veredina Savani Bernini. She is a member of the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore, where she was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society. She assisted at the food bank and was also a member of the Avonmore Senior Citizens Center. Rose loved to cook and bake and was known for her lady locks and gobs. In her younger days, she baked and decorated countless wedding cakes for her family and friends. Her steadfast gentleness, kindness and dignity was an inspiration to all. She was always accepting and non-judgmental, with a spirit made up of compassion and encouragement. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Gordish and her husband, James, of Kiski Township; two granddaughters, Renee M. McDermott, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Amy L. Obriot and her husband, Daniel, of Spring Church; one great-grandson, Connor Obriot; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Primo Serventi, in 1981; and a brother, Dante Bernini. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church with Father Salvatore Lamendola as celebrant. Interment will follow in West View Cemetery, Avonmore. To view and send online condolences please visit our website at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Torok, Anna M. 95

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1918-09-29
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Torok, 95, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Bel Air Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Graceton, to the late Joseph and Anna Konkol Bondra. Mrs. Torok was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, flowers and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Dominic) Giordano, of Lower Burrell, and Arlene (Richard) Bruni, of New Kensington; 10 grandchildren, Kevin (Joanne) Torok, Carrie (Bruce) Bashline, Maria (Kevin) Giordano-Filer, Anna (Michael) Lucas, John (Jennifer) and Dominic (Terra) Giordano, Kelly (Eric) Giordano-Cesaratto, Christina (Gordon) Unitas, Gina (Timothy) Giordano-Malloy and Rick Bruni; 20 great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen (Thomas) Koscianski, of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Joseph Torok Sr.; son, Joseph T. Torok Jr.; two grandchildren, Joseph H. Torok and Letitia Bruni Nielsen; brothers, Joseph, John, Steve and George Bondra; and two sisters.,Pauline Smrek and Mary Ann Fischer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests donations made in her name to: Mt. St. Peter Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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