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Beers, Paul R. 91

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder-Crissman, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • Paul Raymond Beers, 91, a lifelong resident of Kittanning, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning. Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Kittanning, he was a son of the late Raymond Earl and Nettie (Slagle) Beers. He was a member of Center Hill Church of the Brethren. He was retired from PPG Industries, Ford City. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army as a sergeant and was stationed in Guam. He had a green thumb, which he put to great use in gardening his flower bed and vegetable garden, for which he was well know in his community. He also loved watching the deer and turkey in his backyard. Paul and his wife, Tressa, traveled the United States in their motor home, meeting many new friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Tressa (Bracken) Beers, on Feb. 13, 2010; son, David Paul Beers, on June 25, 2006; brothers, Roy and Donald Beers; and sister, Sadie Rupert. Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Harry) Patton, of Kittanning; daughter-in-law, Pam Beers, of Worthington; stepgrandchildren, Vaughn (Ed ) Underberg, of Florida, Will (Tracy) Patton, of Chicora, Andy (Stacy) Patton, of Ford City, and Jason Warner, of Ford City; stepgreat-grandchildren, Molly Underberg, Justin, Austin, Aiden, Marra, Sarah and Alex Patton; brothers, Alfred "Clair" and Clarence "Buss" Beers, of Kittanning, William Beers, of Worthington, Kenneth Beers, of Oakwood, Ill., and Calvin "Son" Beers, of Freeport; sisters, Aldora Clever, Margaret Smeltzer and Bessie Frantz, of Kittanning, Helen Branan, of Cowansville, Marthabelle (Boyer) Miller, of Pulaski, and Deloris Miller, of Ford City; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, in Kittanning, and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Center Hill Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Wes Berkebile officiating. Interment in Center Hill Church of the Brethren Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Campanelli, Irene J. 90

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1924-07-02
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Irene J. (Scovern) Campanelli, 90, of Brackenridge, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Applewood Personal Care Home, Brackenridge. She was born July 2, 1924, in Natrona, a daughter of the late Charles and Violet Scovern Campanelli. Irene had lived her entire life in Brackenridge, where she was a homemaker and a member of St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Irene graduated from Har Brack High School and enjoyed sewing and playing Bingo. Survivors include her children, JoRene (Robert) Wenskovitch and Jody (Bill) Motosicky, both of Natrona Heights, Joseph (Elaine) Campanelli Jr., of Valrico, Fla., Joni (John) Dolniak, of Cabot, and JoLyn (Mike Tantlinger) Campanelli, of Fawn Township; grandchildren, Bryan (Traci) Ward, Sean Ward, Bill (Hannah) Motosicky, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Joshua (Jess) Motosicky, of Ormond Beach, Juliann Motosicky, of Natrona Heights, Joel (Heather) Deslauriers, of New Kensington, Joseph D. (Nicole) Campanelli III, of Brackenridge, Taylor Dolniak, of Cabot, and Dalton Heintz; great-grandchildren, Doryan, Hannah and Megan Ward, Cheyanne Straughn, Gwendolyn Motosicky, Samara and Brynn Campanelli, Alora, Logan and Dylan Sanchez and Lucas Deslauriers; siblings, David (Sue) Scovern, of Ohio, Daniel (Diane) Scovern, of New Jersey, and Joann Crytzer, of Tampa, Florida. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Campanelli; and brothers, Edward and Chuck Scovern. Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday in St Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Everyone please meet at church. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. VISIT: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com
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Danik, William J. 68

  • Tarentum
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • William J. Danik, 68, of Tarentum, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. There will be no public visitation and all services will be private. Funeral services are under the care of the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC.. 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730). For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Kraynik, Bertha B. 91

  • Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1923-01-24
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Bertha B. Kraynik, 91, of Brookville, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Jan. 24, 1923, in New Kensington, to the late William and Katherine Rapucha Kowalkowski, and was a New Kensington resident until moving to Brookville six years ago. Mrs. Kraynik was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Tarentum. She enjoyed reading, visiting casinos, spending time with her grandchildren, eating out and helping her friends. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca D. Simmons, of Brookville; grandchildren, Nicole L. Scales, of New Kensington, and Chad W. (Tina) Householder, of Brookville; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Cole Householder; and her sister, Dorothy "Dunia" Benclawski, of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Kraynik; and her brother, Frank Kowalkowski. Viewing will be from 10 until 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a Panachida service will be held at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Divine Liturgy at noon in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Tarentum. The Rev. Wesley M. Mash will celebrate the Liturgy. Entombment will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.rossgwalker.com.
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Moore, Dorothy Dode 90

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1924-02-24
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Dorothy C. "Dode" Moore, 90, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday Dec. 20, 2014, in Bayberry Place in Lower Burrell. She was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Delmont, to the late Wendell and Sarah (Fennell) Kaufman and had lived in the Alle-Kiski Valley area all of her life. Dorothy was a housewife who enjoyed her family, her dogs and working crossword puzzles. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marge Soloman; and a brother, Wendell. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Richard H. "Rocky" Moore; sisters-in-law, Lois Moore, of Tarentum, and Dorothy "Dot" Moore, of Lower Burrell; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Honoring her wishes, visitation and burial are private. Arrangements by FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME in Lower Burrell, 724-335-6500. Memorial donations in her name may be made to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneral home.com.
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Newell, Carolyn L. 87

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1927-12-07
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Carolyn L. "Rainy" (Robinson) Newell, 87, of Allegheny Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born Dec. 7, 1927, in Gilpin Township, she was a daughter of the late Edward W. and Kathryn (Lemmon) Robinson. Carolyn lived in the Alle-Kiski Valley all of her life, and worked as a caretaker for Nursing Services of Pittsburgh for several years, retiring in 1994. She was a member and deaconess at the former Valley of Peace Baptist Chapel. Carolyn enjoyed sewing, loved quilting and was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Merle A. Newell, in 1978; second husband, Harold W. Simpson; brothers, Charles, Delbert and Larry Robinson; and a sister, Roberta Ament. Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Janet L. Hill, of Vandergrift, and Roberta (Edward) Clark, of Leechburg; grandchildren, Ronald E. (Kathleen) Heim, of Leechburg, Joy Heim, of Pittsburgh, and Fawn Clark, of Leechburg; a great-granddaughter, Josephine Heim, of Leechburg; brother, Harold (Sue) Robinson, of Leechburg; sisters, Edna Crooks, of Apollo, and Anita McCutcheon, of New Kensington; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in the funeral home with Pastor Lee Rupert officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carolyn's memory to the American Cancer Society, Southwest PA Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Nugent, Barbara A. 83

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Erdlen) Nugent, 83, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, daughter of the late William and Barbara (Vukelka) Erdlen. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip E. Nugent; sister of William (Ruth) Erdlen, Paul (Marian) Erdlen and the late Anna Marie Cokus; proud aunt of Brett (Jennifer) Geibel and Dean (Laurie) Geibel; and loving great-aunt of Ashley Petrouski and Morgan Geibel. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Pruger, Theodore A. 95

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1919-11-28
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Theodore A. Pruger, 95, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Kittanning Care Center. He was born in Creighton, Nov. 28, 1919, to the late Andrew and Eleanor Pinkos Pruger, and had been a life-long resident of the local area. Mr. Pruger was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, the YMCA and Tarentum VFW. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and worked as a metallurgical engineer for Allegheny Ludlum for 34 years until retiring in 1980. He enjoyed golf, gardening, reading, playing football in college at Carnegie Tech and was an avid Steelers fan. He is survived by his grandson, Mark (Ashley) Pruger, two great-grandchildren, Theodore A. Pruger II and Isabella Pruger; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alfreda Szarek Pruger; son, Mark Andrew Pruger; and two infant sisters. Friends will be received from 8 a.m. until Prayers of Transfer at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial with Military Honors by the Navy will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests donations made in his name to St. Margaret Mary Church, 3055 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068 or Allegheny Valley YMCA, 5021 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Reimer, Walter T. 87

  • Fairport, N.Y. , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1927-07-31
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Walter T. Reimer, 87, of Fairport, N.Y., formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Brightonian Nursing Home, in Rochester, N.Y. He was born July 31, 1927, in Lower Burrell, a son of the late Walter J. and Lillian (Taylor) Reimer. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and had also worked as a construction shop foreman and mechanic. Walter was a former member of Puckety Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell. He loved spending time with his family, traveling and going to his winter retreat in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was a Navy veteran, having served his country in 1945 and 1946. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis J. Reimer; a daughter, Cheryl; and three sisters, Helen McCollim, Sara Johnston and Norma Cramer. Survivors include his wife, Betty Robinson Reimer, of Norfolk, N.Y.; sons, Walter G. "Jerry" (Linda) Reimer, of Norfolk, N.Y., and Jeffrey M. (Maureen) Reimer, of Fairport; and daughter, Beth Marie Baxter (Dave Suckow), of Pottsdam, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial with full military honors by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 1100 Liberty Ave. E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Skelly, Shane M. 23

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1991-07-25
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Shane M. Skelly, 23, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in his home. Born July 25, 1991, in Monroeville, he was a son of Michael and Bonnie (Haluck) Skelly, of Washington Township. Shane lived in Washington Township all of his life and was a 2010 graduate of Kiski Area High School and starter for the baseball team for four years. He worked for the past seven years as a glazier with United Skys, Round Lake, Ill. Shane enjoyed watching all sporting events especially baseball, hunting, fishing and loved spending time with his brothers. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harry Skelly. In addition to his parents, Shane is survived by his brothers, Kyle J. and Matthew J. Skelly, of Washington Township; maternal grandfather, Edward Haluck, of Washington Township; maternal grandmother, Eleanor (Kordyl) Haluck, of Plum Borough; paternal grandmother, Eileen (Kline) Skelly, of Plum Borough; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the funeral home with Father James Loew, OSB, officiating. Burial will be in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Borough. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Travaglia, Leo A. 84

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1930-04-14
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Leo A. Travaglia, 84, of Kiski Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born on April 14, 1930, in Apollo, he was a son of the late Charles and Edith (Gabriel) Travaglia. Leo lived in Kiski Township all of his life and was a graduate of Apollo High School. He was a brick layer for 20 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Apollo and the Marconi Club in Leechburg. Leo was very active in the Kiski Township community. He served as a committee person for the Democratic Party, was a board member for the Kiski Township Water Authority, joined the Kiski Township Fire Department in 1960 and served as chief for 8 years. An avid hunter and fisherman, Leo was a member of the Spring Church Sportsman Club and the Kiski Beagle Club. He also enjoyed playing bocce and was a member of the Italian-American Club, where he played in the Tri-county bocce league. He loved to dance and polka music. Leo was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles F. Travaglia; and a brother, Rudolph Travaglia. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene J. (Durandetto) Travaglia, of Kiski Township; daughters, Marsha (Joel) Winger, of Kiski Township, and Deborah (Bob) Henry of York, Pa.; four grandchildren, Kim Henry, Ryan Henry, Brock (Erica) Winger and Maria (Nicholas) Sutherland; a great grandson, Ian; and his dog, Sophie. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo, with Father John Euker as celebrant. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. The family requests memorial contributions in Leo's memory be made to the Kiski Township Fire Department Building Fund, 306 Kings Road, Apollo PA 15613. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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