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Birkenstock, Thomas E. 49

  • Harrison Township
  • Born: 1964-07-10
  • Died: 2014-03-11
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Birkenstock, 49, of Harrison Township, passed away at his home. He was born July 10, 1964 in Pittsburgh. He was a son of Howard J. Birkenstock, of Aliquippa, and Marjorie J. (Fitzroy) Richardson, of Harrison Township. Thomas had lived the past seven years in Natrona Heights and prior to that in Plum and Penn Hills. Thomas was employed as a warehouseman for 3 Rivers Cold Storage, Pittsburgh, and was of the Episcopalian faith. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, Pittsburgh, and was a 1982 graduate of Penn Hills High School. He enjoyed astronomy and riding his wave runner. Besides his parents, survivors include his siblings, Howard R. "Ricky" (Eileen) Birkenstock, of Loganville, Ga., and Deanna Cerra, of St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. All services and burial were private. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Offering Cremation Services, 347 E 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Contributions may be made to the Allegheny Valley Food Bank. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fraser, Carol J. 57

  • Natrona Heights
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Carol Jane (Vantine) Fraser, 57, of Natrona Heights, slipped into the cosmos Friday, April 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by love. She was the wife of Milt Fraser; awesome mother to Lindsay Leigh "Sunshine" Himes (Brandon), Andrew John "Bubby" Fraser and Alexander Clayton "Smidge" Fraser. She is survived by her husband, children and dog, CeCe; her sisters, Susan K. Blackburn and Beverly V. (Robert) Bogan; brother, John A. (Raphael) Vantine; a flock of nieces and nephews; and a loving community of educators. She was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Vantine Jr. and Margie K. Vantine; and Sassy. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Tarentum and Delta Kappa Gamma professional honorary Society of Women Educators. She was a graduate of Highlands High School and Slippery Rock University. She taught in the Highlands School District for 31 years. She was a NASA Mercury MESSENGER Educator Fellow and received accolades for excellence in teaching. She leaves a legacy of inspiring exploration, lifelong learning and loving fiercely. "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask the trajectory or what seat! Just get in!" Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at CICHOLSKI-ZIDEKFUNERAL HOME, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Interment will be private. A memorial and celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday April 26, 2014, at First United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum, 913 Lock St., Tarentum. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Citizen Explorer Scholarship Fund. Please see Mary Jo Davis or Carol's children for details. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Harrison Jr., Harry Ed 94

  • Harmar Township
  • Born: 1920-01-04
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Harry "Ed" Harrison Jr., 94, a lifelong resident of Harmar Township, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Harmar Village. He was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Harmar, to the late Harry E. Sr. and Flora Jane McKrell Harrison. Ed was employed by Gulf Research and Development Corp., as a supervisor in the painting department. Among his interests were gardening and horses. Survivors include: a nephew, Fred Harrison, of Harmar Township; a niece, Carol Owens, of South Carolina; two great-nieces, Jennifer (Charles) Hickman, of Texas, and Elizabeth (Chad) Larson, of Wisconsin; and a great-nephew, Stephen W. (Jennifer) Owens, of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Harrison; and a sister, Anna L. Owens. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in SPRINGDALE at CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801Pittsburgh St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Walter Chapel Cemetery, Indiana Township. Visit at http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Kelley, Crystal K. 41

  • South Bend Township
  • Born: 1972-12-29
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Crystal K. Kelley, 41, of South Bend Township, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Dec. 29, 1972, in Annapolis, Md., she was a daughter of Kenneth B. Gardner, of North Carolina, and Deborah K. (Ford) and Dallas E. Bard, of Harrisonville. She had attended Everett Area High School in Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Md. A homemaker and licensed beautician, Crystal lived in South Bend Township for the past 11 years and attended Bethel Christian Church in Purcell. She enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, vegetable gardening, canning her home grown vegetables and loved animals. Crystal cherished her time spent with her family and many friends. She is survived by her parents; her husband, J.R. Kelley, of South Bend Township; two daughters, Alicia N. (Julio Patino) Gardner, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Haylea A. Smith, of South Bend Township; three half-sisters; two stepbrothers; and the love of her life, her granddaughter, Milania A. Patino, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A celebration of Crystal's life will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home immediately following the visitation. The family suggests memorial contributions in Crystal's memory be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence to the family please visit, http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Koziarz, Rose M. 100

  • Harwick
  • Born: 1913-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie Koziarz, 100, a longtime resident of Harwick, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the William Penn Care Center in Jeannette. Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Curtisville, to the late Max and Philomina Nase Gagliardi, she lived in Harwick most of her life. Mrs. Koziarz was a member of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Harwick. She worked at the former Flannery's in Harwick, the former Edna Hotel in Arnold and was a clerk at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh for 18 years. Surviving are her daughter, Patricia A (David J.) Reese, of Murrysville; seven grandchildren, Gloria Kushtos, David A. Reese, Juanita Riffle, Pamela Richards, Daniel R. Reese, Sherry Kushtos and Laloni Bailey; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a brother, Rudolph (Audrey) Gagliardi, of Arnold; and two sisters, Emma Payne, of Pittsburgh, and Eve Yeloushan, of Cleveland, Ohio. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Koziarz, who died Dec. 24, 1963; her daughter, Lillian Evelyn Koziarz Kushtos, in 2007; her son-in-law, Peter A. Kushtos, in 2009; brothers, Nick DeRita, Louis, William, infant Michael, and Henry Gagliardi; and sister, Violet Hall. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 1319 Low Grade Road, Harwick, PA 15049. Private burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Lasher, Margaret Peg A. 71

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1942-08-05
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Margaret Ann "Peg" (Berry) Lasher, 71, of Leechburg, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Forbes Hospice Unit at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. Born Aug. 5, 1942, in Kelly Station, Bethel Township, she was a daughter of the late Lewis C. and Erma M. (Schultz) Berry. She lived in the area most of her life. Margaret was a homemaker, an avid reader and enjoyed playing bingo, camping, fishing, crocheting and working the Sunday Times crossword puzzles. Survivors include three sons, James E. (Penny) Thompson, of Halethorpe, Md., Michael A. Thompson, of Avonmore, and William E. (Lana) Thompson, of Vandergrift; three daughters, Lynnette R. Piper, of Avonmore, Margaret A. "Peggy" (Jeff) Baker, formerly of Vandergrift, and Kedrin L. (Amy M.) Lasher, of East Vandergrift; her former husband, Gary A. Lasher, of Leechburg; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one niece; and six nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Helen Lucinda (Dunn) Berry; brother, Kenneth Lewis Berry; sister, Shirley McGuire; and daughter-in-law, Patty Thompson. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Scott Fairman officiating. Interment will be made in Ford City Cemetery, Manor Township. There will be no graveside service. Contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in honor of her granddaughter, Lisa Magee. To send an online condolence to the Lasher family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Richard, Mary 95

  • Formerly of Oklahoma
  • Born: 1918-04-06
  • Died: 2014-03-26
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  • Mary Richard, 95, of Oklahoma Borough, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Chesapeake, Va., of natural causes. Born April 6, 1918, she was a longtime resident of Oklahoma Borough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; grandson, Jonathan Barclay; and daughter, Donna Jentgens. Survivors include her children, Alice Libengood, of Washington Township, Robert Richard, of Vandergrift, Elsie Alderman, of Wisconsin, Patricia Christofaro, of North Apollo, Daisy Bates, of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Brechbill (Anthony), of Apollo, Sally (David) Barclay, of Chesapeake, Va.; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2014, at Vandergrift Cemetery.
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Sauers Barr, Brandon M. 15

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1998-09-02
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Brandon Michael Sauers Barr, 15, of Apollo, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was born Sept. 2, 1998, a son of Amanda and Randy Barr, and his biological father, Al Sauers. Brandon loved the outdoors, canoeing, kayaking and playing basketball. His favorite pastime was lifting weights and playing video games with his best friend, Brandon Sulava, with whom he also worked with at Kiski Kar Wash. Brandon was full of life and lived it to the fullest. His beautiful smile and contagious laughter will be missed by all who knew him. He attended Apollo Ridge School where he was in the eighth grade. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, "Omah" Betty Zechender; a cousin, Lisa Shirley; an uncle, Barry Burton; and grandmother, Lordes Clark. Brandon is survived by his parents, Amanda and Randy Barr, of Apollo, and Al Sauers, of Kittanning; a sister, Sierra Barr; a brother, Zander Barr, of Apollo; a half brother, Lucas Sauers of Kittanning; grandparents, Robin Johns, of West Leechburg, April and Joe Mullikin, of Baltimore, Md., and Randy Sr. and Vikki Barr, of North Dakota; and several aunts and uncles and cousins who will miss him dearly. Family and friends will be received for a memorial service at 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at North Apollo Church of God, with Pastor Lee Rupert officiating. Arrangments have been entrusted to the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006.
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Sulava, Brandon J. 19

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1994-05-06
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Brandon James Sulava, 19, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born May 6, 1994, in Monroeville, he was a son of James A. "Shmouse" Sulava, of Apollo, and Anne E. (Shafer) Sulava, of Kittanning. Brandon was a 2013 graduate of Lenape Tech and attended North Apollo Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, lifting weights and working out. Brandon completed his black belt training with the American Taekwondo Association in Apollo. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Martin Sulava, who passed away in 2010. In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by maternal grandparents, Calvin "Cal" (Nancy) Shafer, of Apollo; paternal grandmother, Pauline Sulava, of West Leechburg; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brandon was a leader and gentleman and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to honor Brandon's life. Arrangements 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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