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Blystone, Janet L. 76

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1937-12-13
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Janet L. (Feeney) Blystone, 76, of Washington Township, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in her residence. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Leechburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Marton) Feeney. She was a homemaker and member of the former United Calvary Presbyterian Church in Leechburg. She enjoyed making ceramics, teaching ceramics class, playing bingo, traveling, watching QVC and HSN on TV, watching game shows, spending time in Florida, and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald R. Blystone, of Washington Township; son, Keith A. Oldfield (Florence A.), of Bethel Township; daughter, Colleen Oldfield, of Gilpin Township; nine grandchildren, Adam Oldfield (Amanda), Dawn Nulph (Dave), Bobbi Sue Nulph (Jay), Katie Yocum, Meghan Clark, Heather Oldfield, Holly Kauffman (Rick), Sarah Kirkwood (Mike) and Krissy McDermott (Jason); and 14 great-grandchildren, Lucas Oldfield, Karsyn Oldfield, Collin Cook, Dylan Cook, Legend Ausk, Wyatt Warywoda, Dylan Walker, Alexis Walker, Mark Umbaugh, Heidi Plazio, Alex Kirkwood, Ryan McDermott, Nickson McDermott and Tyler McDermott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Beth Leasure, on Dec. 25, 2009. Friends welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, (724-842-1051), where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment following in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township. To send an online condolence to the Blystone family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Cox, Kenneth T. 78

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1935-11-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, North Apollo | Get Directions
  • Kenneth Theodore Cox, 78, of Washington Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Leechburg, the son of the late Kenneth T. Sr. and Mable Orr Cox. Ken lived all of his life in this area. He was a 1954 graduate of Leechburg High School, and worked as a meat cutter at Held's Shop 'n Save in North Apollo for more than 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He will always be remembered as an easygoing, "laid back" and gentle man who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Ken loved his Lord and enjoyed serving him as a teacher in Sunday school and Men's Bible Study, and other positions in the church. He was a faithful member of the North Apollo Church of God. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, H. Faye Waltenbaugh Cox; his daughter, Theresa Callipare and her companion, Chuck Lutz, of Apollo; his son, John Cox and his wife, Denise, of Erie, Pa.; and was the loving "Pap" to his four grandchildren, Justin and Cody Rumbaugh and Lindsay and Chelsea Cox. He is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Klingensmith, of Warren, Ohio, and Beverly VanDamia and her husband, Nick, of Edinboro; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Cox, in 2002. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Additional visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the North Apollo Church of God. Pastor Lee Rupert will officiate. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family would like to express their thanks for the compassion and care shown to Ken through the last two years, by the staff of Dr. Mark Georgiadis' office and the staff at Three Rivers Hospice Care. To view and send online condolences, visit us at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Ferlan, Michael J. 48

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1966-08-14
  • Died: 2014-09-17
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  • Michael Jerome Ferlan, born Aug. 14, 1966, in Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at the age of 48. He graduated from Highlands High School (1984), Bucknell University (magna cum laude, mechanical engineering) and Stanford University (master's in aeronautical engineering). Michael had been employed by Boeing, Hewlett-Packard and most recently Microsoft. Michael's enthusiasm for life was demonstrated by his pursuit of many interests and activities. His interest in artwork led him to explore ceramics, glasswork and sand sculpting. Michael's passion for the outdoors included swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing and triathlons to name a few. All of these interests ultimately led to his successful completion of the Louisville, Ky., Iron Man Triathlon in 2011. Michael passed away peacefully in Portland, Ore., surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ferlan; his partner, Jennine Varhola; his siblings, Larry, Paul (Becky Ewing), Mary (Ed Erway), Ginny (Tim Machon), Kathy (Andrew Jackson) and Mark (Allison); and his nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, Michael requests donations to be made to Life is Good, Playmakers Kid's Foundation (https://lifeisgood.fundraise.com/donate) dedicated to helping kids overcome violence, poverty and illness or Free to Breathe (freetobreath.org), an organization focused on increasing awareness and research for lung cancer.
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Gonzalez, Faye M. 71

  • Formerly of Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1943-07-12
  • Died: 2014-07-16
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  • Faye M. (Alter) Gonzalez passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at home, with her husband by her side, after a three-year battle with cancer. Faye was born July 12, 1943, in New Kensington, to Roy and Hazel Alter. She graduated from Vandergrift High School and attended Tarkio College in Missouri. She celebrated 50 years of marriage in January to her husband, Lou Gonzalez. Faye is survived by her children, Lisa (Tim) Tessaro, Cliff and John (Sonja) Gonzalez, all of California, and Mike Gonzalez, of Vandergrift. She is also survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons. Faye is also survived by her siblings, Ruth (John) Vilsack, of Greensburg, David (Carol), Keith (Kathleen) and Clay (Beth) Alter, of New Kensington, and Jenny (Butch) Adams, of Greencastle, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Gonzalez, in 1974; twin grandsons, Ashton and Braydon Gonzalez, in 2013; and her parents. Faye and her family had lived in Allegheny Township prior to moving to California, and she worked as a server at Kings Restaurant in New Kensington. Services were held in California with family and friends.
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Heinle, Louise H. 89

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-03-29
  • Died: 2014-09-18
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Louise H. (Doumont) Heinle, 89, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. She was born March 29, 1925, in Creighton, a daughter of the late Rene O. and Mary (Sherwood) Doumont. She has lived most of her life in Natrona Heights, where she was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Louise was a graduate of Har Brack High School and loved to read and loved her home. Louise was an avid animal lover and gardener, but she especially adored her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Charles R. (Andrea) Heinle, of Allegheny Township, Gregory D. Heinle, of Natrona Heights, and Louise "Lou Ann" Heinle, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Charles M. (Cassandra) Heinle, of New Kensington, Alana (Robert) Keeley, of Delaware, Gretchen (Brian) Marra, of Natrona Heights, Jennifer (Daniel) Guerrini, of Lower Burrell, and Jeffrey C. (Danielle) Ramaley, of Natrona Heights; and her great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Max, Calvin, Carson, Brianna, Brennan, Joey, Jaxon, Lillian, Jeffrey and Anna. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Heinle; daughter, Barbara M. Heinle; and sisters, Mary Ellen Burk, Eileen Turiak and Esther Kutsch. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Richards, Stella A. 97

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1917-03-14
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Stella A. Richards, of Ford City, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Armstrong County Health Center. She was born March 14, 1917, in Ellwood City, a daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Geraci Palombo. She lived in Ford City most of her life. A graduate of Ford City High School, she married Bernard J. Richards on Nov. 2, 1937, whom she was preceded in death by on July 16, 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Roger) Mechling, of East Franklin Township; grandchildren, Dana (Dave) Hassa, Erin (Dean) Bryan, Sara (Ryan) Shafer, Rachel (Eric) Verdi and R. Todd Mechling; great-grandchildren, Zane Hassa, Charlie Hassa, Alaina Bell, Elizabeth Shafer, Eva Shafer, Leah Verdi, Andrew Verdi, Steven Bryan and Carmen Bryan; great-great-grandchild, Calvin Hassa; former daughter-in-law, Elaine (Martin) Zanetti; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Bernard J. Richards Jr.; infant daughter; brothers, Victor and Joseph Palombo; sisters, Viola Wakeman and Vera Cravenor; and a great-granddaughter. She loved to read and play bingo and enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was a member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ford City, and the Altar Rosary Society. She worked at Big River Manufacturing and the snack bar at Lenape Golf Course. During World War II, she operated a beauty shop in Ford City. She also did volunteer work at the Divine Redeemer cafeteria. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers. Interment in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Donations in Stella's name may be made to the Ford City Library or a charity of your choice.
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Sacriponte, Weido 84

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1930-09-06
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Weido "Skinny" Sacriponte, 84, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Elmcroft of Saxonburg. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Arnold, to the late Guiseppe and Filodea (Passagrilli) Sacriponte, and had lived in the Arnold/New Kensington area all of his life. He was employed for 38 years by Westinghouse Electro - Mechanical Division in Cheswick, where he worked as a quality control inspector and retired as manager of Quality Control. Skinny was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell and the Spartaco Club. He was a football and basketball referee for 54 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Skinny enjoyed playing bocce, golfing, dancing, softball and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working in his vegetable garden. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony (surviving wife, Mary); sisters, Rose Phillip (surviving husband, Phil) and Mary Schultz (surviving husband, Harry); and a son in infancy, Joseph. Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Guerrieri) Sacriponte; sons, Dino (Susan) Sacriponte, of Butler, and Gary Sacriponte, of Verona; grandchildren, Vincenzo and Sophia, who were his pride and joy in his life; sister, Betty (late Phil) Alphonsi, of Lower Burrell; brother, James (Connie) Sacriponte, of Jeannette; and sister, Joyce Clark (Jeff Saeger), of New Kensington. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating. Private burial in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 4638 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Swigart, Genevieve J. 92

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1921-12-25
  • Died: 2014-09-19
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Genevieve Jean Swigart, 92, of Ford City, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late William Mattei and Francis Mattei. She was also predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Jack N. Swigart. She cherished and loved spending time telling stories to several nephews and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She received Employee of the Month every month for the past 11 years, working at Lindys Coffee Shop, washing the dishes and talking to all the customers. She was truly loved by all. Survivors include her sons, Jack W. and Marsha Swigart, of Ford City, and Tom and Diane Swigart, of Lower Burrell; daughter, Lindy K. Smith and friend, Tom, Shaffer, of Ford City; son-in-law, Rick Smith, of Ford City; sister, Vera Zamperini, of Kittanning; aunt, Levia, of Distant; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Josephine Zamperini and Della Mechling. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor John Snyder officiating. Interment in Ford City Cemetery.
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