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Bird, Mary A. 99

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1915-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Mary Alice Bird, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1915, in New Kensington, to the late Slaman and Helen Abbott Hanna-Sabbagh. Mrs. Bird was a graduate of the Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing and was a pediatric nurse for Dr. Plotkin at the Russellton Miner's Clinic. She and her late husband operated the Bird Nursery of Mt. Pleasant and New Kensington, and their primary interests included raising experimental hybrids of azaleas and rhododendrons. She was also an avid reader. Mary Alice was a member of the Connellsville Church of God. Surviving are her son, George G. Moffat, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, George H. (Lesley) Moffat, Darragh (Russ) Bailey, Stuart (Julie) Moffat and Paul (Crystal) Moffat; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dr. Henry J. Bitar Jr. and his wife, Patricia. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Bird, who died Sept. 1, 1992; sisters, Elmaza Michael, Amelia Zabec, Effie Alex, Rose Marie Bitar, Anne Thomas, Stella Moses, Lillie Chakur and Ruth Wilson; and brothers, John Hanna, Sam Hanna, Mark Hanna and Albert Hanna, who died in childhood. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Those desiring may contribute to Amber House at Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant or the Connellsville Church of God in Mary Alice's memory. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Dineff, Sophia G. 86

  • Houston, Texas , Formerly of West Deer Township
  • Born: 1928-06-09
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Sophia G. Dineff, 86, of Houston, Texas, formerly of West Deer Township, passed away in her sleep Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Born June 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., Sophia lived in West Deer most of her life. She was co-owner of Sisters Corners, known for its pizza, donuts and ice cream for 61 years until her husband's death. Sophia was a 1946 graduate of West Deer High School and member of East Union Presbyterian Church. Sophia had been active in the community. She had been president of the Women's Club, worked as a teacher's aide, been a Girl Scout leader, helped her husband with his newspaper motor route delivery, as well as the co-proprietor of the pizza and donut shop. She moved to Houston in 2011 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. In Houston, she became a member of Lakewood Church and enjoyed going to church there, playing games on her IPad, visiting with her sister, spending time with her dog Buddy, playing bingo and going to sporting events and out to dinner. Survivors include her daughters, Joy (Robert) Morian, of West Deer, Carol Hewitt, of Greensburg, and Suzanne (Mark) Mailes-Dineff, of Houston, Texas; her son, Thomas P. (Karen) Dineff, of West Deer; grandchildren, Heather, Monica and Michael; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lamona Harbaugh, of Spring, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Anastasia (Gika) Gatseff; grandson, Matthew Hewitt; and son-in-law, Gary Hewitt. A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2015 and announced at a later date for friends and family. Local arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at http://www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Elder, Eve R. 85

  • Kepple Hill , Formerly of Freeport
  • Born: 1929-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Eve Ruth Dixon Rairigh Elder, 85, of Kepple Hill (Parks Township), formerly of Freeport, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at her home. She was born June 11, 1929, in Kepple Hill, the daughter of the late William D. and Elvia J. Scott Dixon. Before her retirement, she was employed at the Butler VA Hospital as a nursing assistant. Eve enjoyed baking, going to bingo, making deserts for the local fish fry's at the Parks Volunteer Fire Department and volunteering her time at various places with the veterans. She was happiest spending time with family. She is survived by three children, Ethel Jane Stearman and her husband, John, of Kepple Hill, Glenn Robert Rairigh, of Washington Township, and James Milton Rairigh and his wife, Diane, of Allegheny Township; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Virginia L. Reichenbaugh and her husband, Clayton, of Spring Church; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Rairigh Jr., in 1973; her second husband, Sidney E. Elder, in 2007; nine brothers, Donald, William D., Paul T., Harold, David R., Henry R., James R., George K. and Glenn R. Dixon; and five sisters, Esther L. Younkins, Rebecca E. Dixon, Burnice Bovier, Elizabeth S. Decker and Patricia J. Elliott. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Chuck Edwards, of the Faith Community Church, Freeport, officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made in Eve's memory to the Kiski Valley Veterans and Patriots Association, c/o Al Pulice, 5140 Ashbaugh Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Kushkowski, Helen L. 86

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1928-02-07
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Helen (Helenka) L. Kaminski Kushkowski, 86, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in hospice care at Fair Winds Manor, Sarver. She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Natrona, the daughter of the late Zygmunt George and Helen Sadulski Kaminski, and lived in Harrison Township all her life. She was a 1946 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Helen was employed by the former A and P Store in the Natrona Heights Plaza for 25 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Natrona Heights, the Ladies Aid Society, Forever Friendship Society and Rosary Society, all of the church. Helen was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge and the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, painting, bingo and spending time with her family. Helen is survived by her two sons, David Kushkowski, of Natrona Heights, and Richard (Karen) Kushkowski, of Cabot; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter (Jane) Kaminski, of Penn Hills, and Frank (Martha) Kaminski, of Cheswick; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Kaminski, of Natrona Heights; and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. Kushkowski, on Jan. 7, 2000; brothers, Leonard and Edward "Bud" Kaminski; and sister-in-law, Mary Kaminski. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Price, Nancy L. 61

  • Nowrytown
  • Born: 1952-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • Nancy Louise (Vitali) Price, 61, of Nowrytown, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Select Specialty Care, Latrobe Hospital. She was born Nov. 28, 1952, in Nowrytown (Conemaugh Township), the daughter of the late Venanzio and Frances Piwowar Vitali. Nancy was employed for more than 30 years with the Social Security Administration as a claims representative. She was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Clarksburg. Nancy enjoyed yard sales, shopping at goodwill and surfing the net (especially Craig's list). She also enjoyed helping her family and time spent with her granddaughter. She is survived by her son, Michael P. Price and his fiance, Lori Husarik, of Nowrytown; her daughter, Laura Cornman and her husband, Donnie, also of Nowrytown; her granddaughter, Aubrey Cornman; her aunt, Josephine "Chotch" Vitali; her sister-in-law, Barbara Vitali; and two nieces, Angela and Staci Vitali. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clemente Vitali. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Brett Hoover, officiating. Interment will follow in Saint Matthews Church Cemetery in Saltsburg. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Smith, Melva B. 80

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1934-08-18
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Melva B. Smith, 80, of South Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, while in the company of family members at Fair Winds Manor in Winfield Township. Melva was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Sarver, and was the daughter of the late Myra (Hill) and Clarence Miller. She was a longtime member of Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, in Freeport, where she had been involved with many of the different activities. Melva had graduated from Shadyside School of Nursing with a LPN degree while raising her children. She was a nurse at Allegheny Valley Hospital, working for many years in the Ob/Gyn department. Melva had also worked for Dr. Paul J. Lobby of Armstrong Eye Care Associates in Kittanning. Melva and her husband volunteered with the Freeport Meals on Wheels. They were also campground host for the Shenango Lake Campground in Sharon. Melva was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Her family loved when she would make her apple dumplings and her "best buns" for everyone. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James D. Smith; their five sons, Howard A. "Dusty" (Judith) Smith, of Surf Side Beach, S.C., Donald E. (companion Stacy) Smith, of North Buffalo Township, Randy W. (Sharon) Smith, of South Buffalo Township, Thomas A. (Rona) Smith, of Winfield Tonwship, and Chuck D. (Tara) Smith, of South Buffalo Township. Melva is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her brother, Paul Miller, of West Virginia, and sister, Alice Drescher, of Saxonburg. She is preceded by her sister, Nettie Stark; and her brother, Walter Miller. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, 106 Brown Road, Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit http://www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com. Melva's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and care givers at the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center and Fairwinds Manor of the outstanding care that was given to Melva.
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Stephenson, Lynn 67

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-24
  • Funeral Home: George, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynn Purvis Stephenson, 67, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Todd L. Stephenson; loving mother of Warren Stephenson; sister of twin, Linda (Clifford) Claypool, and Jane (the late Rev. Larry) Roth; and sister-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Stephenson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorraine and Verna (Berger) Purvis. She was the aunt of Brian Claypool, Heidi (Scott) Koeppl, Celeste (Gary) Packan, Jordan Roth and Mary Elizabeth Stephenson; great-aunt of Hunter Claypool, Anna and Kyle Koeppl, Trevor and Carson Packan; and many other relatives and friends. Lynn taught Bible school, was actively involved with PTO, did volunteer work at Homestead Hospital and then in Speech Pathology and loved to travel, dining out, visiting historical sites, train excursions, visiting airports and, most of all, time spent in Avalon, N.J. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations can be made to Animal Rescue League or Homestead Park United Methodist Church.
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