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Balentine, William F. 71

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1942-09-05
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • William F. Balentine, 71, of the Clinton section of Freeport, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia in Cabot. Bill was born Sept. 5, 1942, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late Florence I. (Haube) and Fred R. Balentine. He was a 1960 graduate of Freeport High School and served with the Navy Construction Battalion "Seabees" during the Vietnam War. After his service to his country, went to work as a repairman for North Pittsburgh Telephone in Gibsonia for 35 years. Bill retired in 2000. He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church in the Clinton area of Freeport for many years. Bill was a member of the Armstrong Lodge No. 239 in Freeport, life member of the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department and past board member of the Freeport Youth Football Organization. Bill enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie, hunting, model trains, casino trips and watching football. He is survived by his three sons, Mark A. (Tammy Kloes) Balentine, of Buffalo Township, Mike S. (Cherrie) Balentine, of South Buffalo Township, and Brad J. (Kelly) Balentine, of Henderson, N.C.; five grandchildren, Ashley, Nikki, Kara, Nathan and Katlyn Balentine; and his sister, Susan (Stanley) Stein, of Ford City. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St. in Freeport. A Masonic service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Hindman officiating. Military honors will be given in the funeral home by the Tarentum VFW on the morning of the funeral. Burial will be held in McVille Union Cemetery, Freeport. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Barker, Harry D. 93

  • Salina
  • Born: 1921-06-02
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Harry D. Barker, 93, of Salina, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 2, 1921, in Salina, he was a son of the late Wayne and Florence (Gerheim) Barker. Harry lived in Salina all of his life, and was a 1938 graduate of Bell Township High School. He served our country with the Army during World War II. Harry worked as a shipping foreman for General Refractories - Salina Brickyard for many years, retiring in 1983. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows in Saltsburg, former member of the Salina Reformed Church, member of the VFW in Avonmore, life member of the Bell Township Fire Department and an endowment member of the NRA. Harry was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. Barker, who passed away March 1, 2011; and a brother, Donald W. Barker, who passed away Dec. 2, 1987. Harry is survived by his daughters, Mary Jane Barker, of Salina, Donna (Kevin Steele) Johnson, of Salina, and Sarah Gorman, of Salina; grandchildren, Kenneth (Sarah Sabo) Johnson, Daniel (Sarah Yobp) Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Dylan Gorman and Casey Gorman; great-grandchildren, Alex Dean Johnson, Ronnie Yobp and Allison Lee Johnson; two nieces; and one nephew. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Larry L. Armstrong officiating. Interment in Westview Cemetery. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Cashdollar, Miriam A. 76

  • Shelocta
  • Born: 1937-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel/Bauer, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Miriam A. Cashdollar, 76, of Shelocta, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Kittanning, a daughter of Kenneth Schall and Helen (Smeltzer) Galinas. Miriam was a lifetime resident of the area and married Raymond T. Cashdollar, June 30, 1956. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she was a faithful volunteer and also served as the bookkeeper for many years. Miriam loved caring for her home and family and in her spare time enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. Family was paramount in her life and she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Raymond T. Cashdollar; daughter, Rae Ann Hollis and husband, William, of Apollo; grandchildren, Jessica Dudek and husband, Adam, and Bill Hollis and wife, Kristi; great-grandchildren, Shannon Dudek, Jonothan Shelkey, Matthew Rametta and Breanna and Brayden Hollis; brother, Kenneth Schall and wife, Helen, of Rural Valley; sisters-in-law, Florence McClanahan, of Fairview, June Walker, of Shelocta, and Eileen Schall, of Shelocta; and brother-in-law, Robert Cashdollar, of Shelocta. Miriam was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Albert "Whitey" Galinas; stepmother, Eleanor Schall; son, Barry Albert Cashdollar, who died in 2007; and brother, Edward Schall. Relatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 South Main St., Elderton. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, the time of services, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 449 Girty Road, Shelocta, with the Rev. Ernie DeLuca officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Shelocta. Arrangements are being handled by the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To send a condolence to Miriam's family or view a video tribute honoring her life, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Dinning, C. Jane 72

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1941-10-01
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • C. Jane (Hibler) Dinning, 72, of West Deer Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after fighting a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Pittsburgh, to the late C. James and Kay (Brown) Hibler, Jane was a 1959 graduate of Allegheny High School and a member of East Union United Presbyterian Church, West Deer Township. She worked for more than 17 years as a claims analyst for the Giant Eagle corporate office in Pittsburgh. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John G. Dinning III; her children, John G. (Colleen) Dinning IV, of Ocala, Fla., and Kathleen I. (Kevin) Brown, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Kelly, Ashley, Sydney and Boyd; and her sister, Kathleen Hibler, of West Deer Township. Family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. Family asks those attending the funeral to meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Union United Presbyterian Church, East Union Road, West Deer Township. Burial will follow in East Union Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street No. 105 Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Giannetti, Mary Grace 72

  • Falls Township
  • Born: 1941-11-08
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Harding-Litwin, Tunkhannock | Get Directions
  • Mary Grace Giannetti, 72, of Falls Township, Pa., passed peacefully in her home Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Pittston, daughter of the late James and Grace (Lonser) Hogan. Mary Grace graduated from St. John's High School and Misercordia University. She worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital Surgical Unit and later at Northeastern Eye Institute. She enjoyed reading, bowling and traveling the world. Mary Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Giannetti; and sister, Jean Marie Jackson. Surviving is her son, Daniel M. Giannetti and his wife, Julie (Purvis) Giannetti; grandsons, Gino and Rocco; and her brother, James Hogan. Friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at HARDING-LITWIN FUNERAL HOME, Tunkhannock. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Winola. Friends are asked to go directly to church. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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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., and Tampa, Fla. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, 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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Salsgiver, Dale W. 92

  • Dayton, Pa. , Formerly of Bethel Township
  • Born: 1922-08-05
  • Died: 2014-08-30
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Dale W. Salsgiver, 92, of Dayton, formerly of Bethel Township, died Aug. 30, 2014, at Butler Hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1922 in Burrell Township to A.O. and Ada (Knepshield) Salsgiver. Mr. Salsgiver was a World War II veteran having served with the Army in the European Theater and the States during the Korean War. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was self-employed for many years as a building contractor. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 30 years of service and then served 10 years with the County of Armstrong as Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Housing Corp. on low-income housing renovation along with water and sewer line contracts. Mr. Salsgiver received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock State Teacher College in 1950. He was active in community affairs having organized Crooked Creek Sportsman Club, which he was past president of, and was also active in Bethel Township PTA and past president and life member of Bethel Township Volunteer Fire Department. He designed and built the fire hall building with volunteer help. He was a life member of the Armstrong County Fireman's Association. Mr. Salsgiver was a member of Kiskiminetas F and AM and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh. He worked with scouting for several years, serving as Cubmaster of Pack 591 and Scoutmaster of Troop 591. He was an adult leader on a scouting trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He received a distinguished service award in 1972 from Moraine Trails Council for outstanding service to boyhood. He was a past member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church and a past member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where he was church treasurer and served on church council. He is now a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg. Mr. Salsgiver enjoyed woodworking, hunting and traveling. He made trips to all the western states, Alaska and parts of Canada. Mr. Salsgiver is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Salsgiver-McIllwain and husband, Joseph, Joan Ford and husband, Winston; two sons, Mark Salsgiver and companion, Barbara, John Salsgiver and wife, Melissa; four grandchildren, Michelle Salsgiver Wolfe and husband, Brook, Jennifer Salsgiver, Brittany Ford and James Ford; and two great-granddaughters, Audrey and Pheobe Wolfe. Mr. Salsgiver was preceded in death by his wife, Vermelle (Scurry) Salsgiver, Dec 20, 1997; his parents, A.O. and Ada (Knepshield) Salsgiver; and his brothers, Gene and Arthur Neal. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the time of services, at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, with Pastor Arlene Schweitzer officiating. Interment will be held in St. Michaels Cemetery.
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Shirley, Donna J. 77

  • North Apollo
  • Born: 1937-07-19
  • Died: 2014-08-31
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Donna J. (Knepshield) Shirley, 77, of North Apollo, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 19, 1937, in Garretts Run, she was a daughter of the late Irvin and Bertha (Fought) Knepshield. Donna lived in North Apollo most of her life and was a 1955 graduate of Kittanning High School. She was a faithful member of the North Apollo Church of God. Donna enjoyed working on puzzles and watching the Pens. But she most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Lester L. Shirley; sister, Doris Waugman; brothers, Covert, Dwight and Dean; and infant brother, Charles. She is survived by her children, Terri Ann (Michael) Barto, of North Apollo, Michael W. (Eva) Lezark, of Lower Burrell, Robert (Karen) Lezark, of Vandergrift, Jeffrey Lynn (Laurie) Lezark, of Oakmont, and Kelli Shirley, of North Apollo; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Twila Clever, of Vandergrift, and Maxine McDivitt, of Prospect; nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Annie. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in the funeral home, with Pastor Lee Rupert officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Sumski, Josephine 88

  • New Kensington
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Ameris) Sumski, 88, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Bloom and the late William Sumski. Josephine was the beloved mother of Karen Bloom Dunlap, Darlene Bloom Bartholf, Margaret Sumski Kalil and Billy Sumski. She is also survived by five sisters, Mary Ann Goldburg, of Las Vegas, Nev., Amelia Baxter, of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy Ameris Kolek, of New Kensington, Virginia Johnson, of Tennessee, and Carol Remmick, of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Bianco Ameris; and her brothers, James Ameris and Edward "Picky" Ameris. "A special thanks for Josephine's caregiver, Delilah Fouse, who has given our mother superb care the past five years." Our mother loved music, going to plays and shopping. She loved old movies and knew everything about the movie stars. She enjoyed spending time with the family. Our mother was a devoted mother. She will be deeply missed by all and never forgotten. Sleep now with the angels, Ma, you are at peace. 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 a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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