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Barto, Martha L. 84

  • Cabot , Formerly of West Leechburg
  • Born: 1929-06-27
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Martha L. (Zachar) Barto, 84, formerly of West Leechburg, peacefully passed away Monday, April 21, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot. Martha was born June 27, 1929, in Leechburg, a daughter of the late Rudolf M. and Mary (Ferrick) Zachar. She grew up in Leechburg and moved to West Leechburg, where she lived for 48 years before moving to Logan House in Lower Burrell, and then to Concordia. Martha attended Leechburg High School and worked for more than 30 years, beginning at Schenley Distillery and then retiring from Haskell Manufacturing in Oakmont. She was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township. Martha enjoyed baking, shopping, playing bingo, and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who always put her family first. She will be sadly missed. She is survived by three daughters, Debra K. Banzhoff, of Hagerstown, Md., Patricia A. (Steven) Thomas, of Allegheny Township; and Kathleen M. (Merle) Lookabaugh, of Mackenbach, Germany; four grandchildren, Jessica Banzhoff, Kellie (Russell) Elliott and Brad and Tara Lookabaugh; one great-granddaughter, Isla Charlotte Elliott; a brother, Frank Zachar; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Emil J. Barto in January 2008; two brothers, Steve and John Zachar; four sisters, Jean Kwiatkowski, Pauline Nastuck, Velma Soloniche and Dorothy Jean Zachar; and a son-in-law, Scott Banzhoff in 2010. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), where parting prayers of transfer will be recited at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Parish, Gilpin Township. A private interment will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin. To send an online condolence to the Barto family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Christopher, Pete 88

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1926-02-23
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Pete Christopher, 88, of Leechburg, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Platinum Ridge, Brackenridge. Born Feb. 23, 1926, in East Vandergrift, he was the son of the late Peter and Theresa (Paris) Christopher. Pete lived in Leechburg all of his life, and served our country with the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an open water rescue swimmer. He worked as an overhead crane operator for Allegheny Ludlum in West Leechburg for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Pete was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township; The Allegheny Ludlum Retirees; 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 928 in New Kensington; Leechburg Elks 377, where enjoyed playing cards; and, for more than 50 years, was a member of the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department, where he was well-known as a bingo caller and fire truck driver. Pete was an avid golfer and bowler, once scoring 299 in 1969 at Lee's Lanes. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a real handyman, skilled in painting, installing doors and windows and landscaping. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Julia (Balla) Christopher, who passed away July 12, 2005; and siblings, James R. Christopher (2012), Thomas M. Christopher (1994), Theresa Komaniak (1989) and Eugene Christopher, who died in infancy. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; grandson, Brendan Christopher Doran, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Helen Balla, of Leechburg, Elizabeth Fanelli, of Leechburg, and Janet Christopher, of Vandergrift; brother-in-law, Arthur Morvai, of Barberton, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Church, Gilpin Township, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pete's memory to the American Cancer Society, PA Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620; or Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Dallara, August F. 84

  • Avonmore
  • Born: 1929-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Corridoni, Avonmore | Get Directions
  • August F. Dallara, 84, of Avonmore, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Excela Health in Greensburg. Born May 11, 1929, in Avonmore, he was a son of the late August and Louisa Dallara. Before his retirement in 1983, he was employed by Reynolds Manufacturing in Avonmore. August was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War. He is survived by his brother, Perry F. Dallara, of Avonmore; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leno, Robert, Eugene and John Dallara; and his sister, Lena Zuemie. At August's request, there was no public visitation or services. A private family interment was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore. Arrangements have been entrusted to KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. To view and/or send online condolences, visit at http://www.corridonifuneralhome.com.
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Diorio, Laura B. 90

  • Chambersburg
  • Born: 1924-03-04
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Geisel, Chambersburg | Get Directions
  • Laura B. Diorio, 90, of Chambersburg, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Menno Haven Nursing Home. Born March 4, 1924, in Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Wayne W. and Verdie M. (Strong) Coy. Her loving husband of 30 years, Alfred W. Diorio, preceded her in death in 1991. Laura spent most of her life as a homemaker in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Laura graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1942 and attended business school in New Kensington. She then went on to work as a secretary in Pittsburgh. Laura was an active and faithful member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, Ohio. She is survived by her brother, Robert W. Coy, of Chambersburg; three nephews, Robert W. Coy Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, David N. Coy, of Buckley, Wash., and Neal R. Coy, of Elverson; and her faithful and dear friend, Michelle Park, of Scottsdale, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Menno Haven Chapel, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Chaplain Vernon Isner will officiate. A private interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Arrangements are entrusted to THOMAS L. GEISEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, Chambersburg. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at http://www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Marion C. 86

  • Quaker Hill, Conn.
  • Born: 1928-03-20
  • Died: 2014-04-20
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  • Marion C. "Bud" Jones, 86, of 838 Vauxhall St. Ext., Quaker Hill, Conn., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 20, 1928, in Tarentum, the son of the late Paul and Matilda (Kennedy) Jones. Bud was a 1946 graduate of Tarentum High School. Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret (McClain) Jones; his children, Amy (Todd) Branche, of Quaker Hill, Conn., Mark, of Gales Ferry, Conn., Paul, of Madisonville, Texas, and Dane, of Pflugerville, Texas; four grandchildren; and by his sister, Eleanor Shearer, of Golden, Colo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter. Bud was also awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bud may be made to Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church.
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Kranik, Bonnie S. 61

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Bonnie S. Kranik, 61, of Pitcairn, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Bonnie is survived by Maxine DeVinney, Georgeann Knorr, Andrew and Tracey Kranik, Kevin Kranik, Janelle Kranik, Michael and Joanie Kranik, Brittany Kranik, Christopher Kranik and Michelle Kranik and various great-nephews and friends. A family viewing was held April 21 at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn.
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Moses, John T. 83

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1931-01-25
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John Thomas "Jack" Moses, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Arnold, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Balthes) Moses, he excelled in basketball and football at Arnold High School, graduating in 1949 as class president. Attending the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, he achieved notoriety and developed a lifelong love of the sport. Graduating from Penn in 1953, Jack briefly served in and was honorably discharged from the Marines. In 1956, Jack struck pay dirt, marrying his wife of 57 years, Donna Gallian. Professionally, Jack worked for Atlantic Richfield and Sunoco as a field engineer for 35 years. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Kensington, the Westmoreland Phoenicians and the Munger Men, a group of Penn footballers who played for Coach George Munger. In 2000, Jack was inducted in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Hall of Fame. A dedicated father and husband, Jack passionately followed local high school sports, especially those in which his children and grandchildren participated. Although not a wrestler himself, Jack developed a love for high school wrestling and could be seen at most Burrell High School matches. Additionally, he enjoyed visiting his family in Montana and watching cowboy movies. Jack will be warmly remembered for his unrelenting devotion to his "Donna Jean", his generous and giving spirit, dedication to family and friends and for opening his home and heart to anyone, anytime. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna (Gallian) Moses; children, Jack (Anne) Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Chuck (Lynn) Moses, of Lower Burrell, Tracey (Robert) Muller, of Reserve Township, and Tom (Michele) Moses, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jackson, Sam and Tucker Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Jeremy, Chelsea, Casey, Jordan and Alex Moses, of Lower Burrell, and Lindsay and McKenzie Muller, of Reserve Township; brothers, Elias (Julia) Moses, of Arnold, and Fred (Valarie) Moses, of Allegheny Township; sister, LaVerne (Eugene) Whiteman, of Monroeville; and dear friends, Jim and Kathy Ludwiczak, of Murrysville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel "Mike"; brother and sister-in-law, George "Buster" and Pat Key, along with their son, George Key; dear friends, Joe "Juicy" Allen and his wife, Isabel; and his high school football coach, Alex Tannas and his wife, Frances. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. George Orthodox Church in New Kensington. Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Samuels, Ethel L. 87

  • Tarentum
  • Born: 1927-04-07
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Ethel L. (Kemp) Samuels, 87, of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1927, in Arrington, Va., daughter of the late Jake and Elizabeth (Irving) Kemp. She has lived in the area since 1946. Ethel was an assembler for the former New Kensington Manufacturing Company, a member of Allegheny Valley Corps Salvation Army, Brackenridge; and volunteer for the Salvation Army and the former Dayspring Christian Church, both of Tarentum. She was also a Sunday School teacher and very active in the Women's League and the League of Mercy. She graduated from Nelson County VA School District and was a member of the Ladies Group at her church and 50 years at the Salvation Army. She did programs from her home, such as crafts and exercising. Survivors include her children, Reuben (Lanny) Samuels III, of Penn Hills, Robert (Barbara) Samuels, of New Kensington, Deborah (Don) Moore, of New Kensington, Willie Sue Samuels, of Youngstown, Ohio, Donna Mae (Harry R. Couchenour) Samuels, of Shaler Township, and Sola Samuels, of Fox Chapel; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are her siblings, Floyd (Bonnie) Kemp, Lester (Debbie) Kemp, William (Rose) Kemp, Harvey (Shirley) Kemp and Emma Headen, all of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben J. Samuels II, in 1967; four sons, Richard, James and Tony Samuels and infant son, Donald; and her siblings, Thomas and Mansfield Kemp, Lily King and Mary Kemp. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Salvation Army, Brackenridge, with Captain Rickie Armour, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Stitt, Susan 70

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1943-10-02
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Massafra, Donora | Get Directions
  • Susan (Helsley) Stitt, 70, of New Kensington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Consulate Health Care of Cheswick. She was born Saturday, Oct. 2, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late William Carl and Margaret Emma (Walsh) Helsley. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her husband, G. Curry Stitt, Nov. 2, 2004; and a brother, William Carl Helsley Jr. Surviving is her son, Grant Curry Stitt III, of Donora; and a brother, Robert Helsley, of New Kensington. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC. located at 40 Second St. Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where services will follow at 11 a.m., with Father Robert Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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