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Baron, Mildred M. 92

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1922-07-21
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Mildred M. "Millie" (Danik) Baron, 92, of Russellton, West Deer Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born July 21, 1922, in Creighton, to the late Jacob and Sophia (Muska) Danik. She has lived in West Deer for the past 69 years. She was a homemaker and farmer, helping her late husband Louis "Louie" Baron farm the family grounds. She was also a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton. Her joy was caring for her husband. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Baron; brothers, Joseph, Steven, John and Andrew Danik; and sisters, Johanna Danik, Anna Bartolovich and Mary Tatrn. At Millie's request, a private graveside service was held with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Beck, Carl B. 83

  • Formerly of Dorseyville
  • Born: 1931-12-29
  • Died: 2015-03-02
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  • Carl B. Beck, 83, of Hernando, Fla., formerly of Dorseyville, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Hospice in Lecanto, Fla. He was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Flagstaff, Ariz., to the late Eura T. and Carl W. Beck, and came to Florida two years ago from Pittsburgh. Mr. Beck was a retired petroleum engineer for Gulf Oil in the research division. He was a Navy Korean War veteran and was proud to have served aboard the USS George M. Randall Troop Transport Ship on which he made 52 Pacific Ocean Crossings and 16 Atlantic Ocean Crossings with one Panama Canal passage. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy J. Beck; two sons, Robert and Timothy Beck; and his grandchildren, Mitchell and Sarah Lynn. A graveside inurnment with military honors will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Dorseyville Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. STRICKLAND FUNERAL HOME WITH CREMATORY of Crystal River is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Dunmire, Alva J. 83

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1931-06-18
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alva Jefferson Dunmire, 83, of Cheswick died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his home. He was born June 18, 1931, in Apollo, to the late Alva and Rayna Johnston Dunmire and has been a resident of Cheswick for the past 13 years, having previously resided in Allegheny Township, Tarentum and Apollo. Mr. Dunmire was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Springdale VFW and attended St. Alphonsus and St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Churches. He was a supervisor for PPG in Creighton and Ford City. He also worked as an electrician and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, visiting his camp in Tionesta, swimming, spending time with his family and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Eleanore M. Strelec Racic-Dunmire, children, Richard (Marie) Dunmire, of Lower Burrell, Rose (Dale) Wainer, of New Kensington, Matthew (Linda) Dunmire, of Brooksville, Fla., Chris (Calvin) Tobin, of Leechburg, Andrew (Diane) Dunmire, of Vandergrift, and Daniel (Debbie) Dunmire, of Leechburg;12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Leona Pawloski Dunmire; siblings, Veda Cass, L.D. Dunmire, Harold Dunmire, Mary Lou Persoshie, Jack Dunmire, Robert Dunmire and Jim Dunmire. The Dunmire family would like to extend a special thank you to Gateway Hospice for the excellent and dedicated care Mr. Dunmire received. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial with military honors by the Tarentum VFW and the Army will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Fello, Joyce A. 68

  • Clarksburg
  • Born: 1946-05-24
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Saltsburg | Get Directions
  • Joyce Ann Fello, 68, of Clarksburg, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Conway Medical Center, Conway, S.C. Born May 24, 1946, in Indiana, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Anne (Wass) Sadosky. Joyce lived in Clarksburg all of her life, and was a graduate of Elders Ridge High School and Columbia Nursing School in Pittsburgh. She worked as a registered nurse for Indiana Hospital, before retiring from Torrance State Hospital. Joyce was also a self-employed massage therapist for 10 years after retirement. She was a member of The Summit Church in Indiana, and volunteered for Aging Services Inc., Indiana County. Joyce enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader and spending time with her family. She loved the beach, and was fond of her winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with her friends. Joyce is survived by her sons, Robbie (Nicole) Fello, of West Leechburg, and Scott A. Fello, of Grove City; grandchildren, Makenzie M. and Jacob R. Fello, of West Leechburg; cousin and best friend, Darlene (Steve) Bezik, of Ohio, and her beloved shih tzu, Leo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until the hour of service at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Motzing officiating in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Private interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions may be made in Joyce's memory to Aging Services Inc., 1005 Oak St., Indiana, PA 15701. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Figler, Janice L. 81

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1933-07-30
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Janice L. (Bishop) Figler, 81, of Sarver, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in the Platinum Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Brackenridge. She was born July 30, 1933, in Big Run, the daughter of the late Albert F. Bishop and Arlene G. (Nanstiel) Bishop. She retired in 1982 as a clerical worker from Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Creighton, after 30 years of service. She was a member of Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, enjoyed doing word search puzzles, watching GSN and volunteering with the Vandergrift Presbyterian Youth Group. Surviving is her brother, Harold Bishop, of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. "Butch" Figler, on March 20, 2004; brothers, Albert E. Bishop and Burton Bishop; and sister, Marlene Bishop. Friends welcomed by her family from 11 a.m. until her funeral ceremonies at 1 p.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg (724-842-1051), with her pastor, the Rev. Gary J. Lyon, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656; or to Kids Club c/o Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, 193 Washington Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the Figler family, please visit www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Kirkpatrick, Wallace A. 71

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1943-11-28
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Wallace A. "Art" or "Buck" Kirkpatrick, 71, of Logans Ferry Heights, Plum Borough, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, March 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 28, 1943, in New Kensington, to the late Wallace V. and Dorothy Schultz Kirkpatrick, and was a 1961 graduate of Ken-Hi. Mr. Kirkpatrick also graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh. He was a design engineer for Medrad Corporation of Indianola for 19 years, retiring in 1998. Buck was a member of the Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church of New Kensington, and a life member of the Logan's Ferry Fire Department. One of his greatest enjoyments was hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends at his camp in Tionesta, and riding his ATV there. Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Lila Lee Walters Kirkpatrick; children, Arthur W. "Art" Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kristin, Susan D. Kirkpatrick and her husband, Sam Alt, and Lori Love Hrivnak and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Sarah and Ty Kirkpatrick and Alexis and Trevor Hrivnak; his brother, Todd A. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kim; many nieces and nephews; and his adored Cocker Spaniel, Belle. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lila Lee Kirkpatrick, who passed away in 1962. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by his pastor, Robert J. Henry. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Leftwich, Barbara R. 88

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Barbara Rebecca (Guess) Leftwich, 88, of Springdale Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Barb was born in Wheeling, W.Va., Feb. 2, 1927, and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in home economics. She worked at Reynolds Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va., and Cincinnati General in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a dietician. In 1954, she married the late Harry C. Leftwich. Barb was the loving mother of Carrie E. (Bernard) Martin, the late Joseph C. (Judy) Leftwich and the Rev. Neil A. (Judy) Leftwich. She was the proud grandmother of Rebecca J. (Todd) Mundok, Emily E. Leftwich, Rachel A. Leftwich and David C. Leftwich. She was delighted by two great-grandsons, Balan W.C. Mundok and Phen J.M. Mundok. Barb was a dear cousin to Ruth Ann Scherich, of Elm Grove, W.Va.; and a beloved sister-in-law to Mary (Earl) Hopper, of Des Peres, Mo. Friends were received Tuesday, March 3, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St. Services will commence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harry C. Leftwich. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's name to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org; or the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St., Springdale, PA 15144; or the Springdale United Methodist Church. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Lentz, Debby K. 58

  • Clinton Township
  • Born: 1956-10-17
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Debby K. (Hufnagel) Lentz, 58, of Cherry Valley, Clinton Township, died Monday, March 2, 2015. Born Oct. 17, 1956, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Velma (Hartley) Hufnagel. She was a 1974 graduate of Townsville High School. Debby had lived in Cherry Valley for the past 39 years. She worked as a clerk for the Gibsonia Wal-Mart for more than seven years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, John E. Lentz Sr.; son, John Lentz and his fiancee, Sarah Guerre, of West Deer; daughters, Sheena and her fiance, Aidan Miller, of Clinton, and Crystal (Josh) Martin, of Richland; nine grandchildren; brothers, William (Rose) Hufnagel, of Ellwood City, Ralph (Mary Ann) Hufnagel, of McKees Rocks, and Bruce Hufnagel, of Florida; and sisters, Roberta (William) Casper, of Elizabeth, and Bert (Jack) Dixon, of McKees Rocks. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert and Pete Hufnagel; and her sister, Arlene Sauerland. At Debby's request, all viewing, services and burial were private. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Maffei, Anita W. 94

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1921-01-03
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Anita W. Maffei, 94, formerly of Butler and Mt. Vernon, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Cabot. She was born Jan. 3, 1921, in Cumberland, Md., daughter of the late Frank J. and Leota (White) Samson. Anita lived in Butler, Tarentum, as well as Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Anita was a homemaker, a cafeteria worker and for a number of years was the co-owner of Maffei's Tavern in Tarentum. Mrs. Maffei attended Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and the Basilica of St. Mary, Marietta, Ohio. Anita was a graduate of Rayon High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, bingo, reading, trips to the casino, and especially visits to her family. Anita is survived by her daughter, Babetta "Babs" (John) Douglass, of Marietta, Ohio; son-in-law, David A. Jones, of Butler; grandchildren, Stacee Jones and Todd Leutholt, of Denville, N.J., Adrienne Douglass and Boneita Thompson, of Centreville, Va., J. Benjamin Douglass, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Captain Anthony (Stephanie) Douglass, of Columbus, Ohio; and several great-grandchildren, Mayumi Douglass, Aliah and Maxwell Thompson and Josephine Douglass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merle E. Maffei; daughter, Tracie A. Jones; and a brother, Frank B. Sampson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Martonik, Elizabeth A. 77

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1937-12-21
  • Died: 2015-03-03
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. "Betty" Martonik, 77, of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Dec. 21, 1937, in Freeport, a daughter of the late William and Anna Thomas Thompson. Betty was the owner for the past 39 years of the Ships Wheel Tavern in Brackenridge. She was a member of Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Tarentum and a life member of Tarentum VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed cooking, gardening, trips to the casino, her dogs and was a Penguin fan. Betty is survived by her children, Deborah Allen, of Brackenridge, and William J. Martonik, of Brackenridge; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Allen, in 1973; her second husband, William L. Martonik, in 1995; and by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Ida Ajian. 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 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. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor, the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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McPheron, Rita M. 79

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1935-11-12
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Rita M. McPheron, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Farrell, a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Telthorster Cervenak. Rita retired in 2013 as a legal secretary for Jacques and Jacques Law Office in Natrona Heights. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Rita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, crossword puzzles, her cats and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. McPheron; her daughter, Nancy (Pat) Robertson, of Natrona Heights; her son, Jon (Kim) McPheron, of Butler; three granddaughters, Shannon Mell, Correy Robertson and Morgan Robertson; great-grandson, Brayden Mell; brother, Edmund Cervenak, of Mt. Pleasant; and by her sister, Mary Ann Longdon, of Bay Village, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Meryl Little. Services and burial for Rita will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rita may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Owcar, Eleanor T. 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-07-10
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Eleanor Teresa Owcar, 86, of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 10, 1928, in Johnstown, to the late Anthony and Mary Tertinsky Puhalla and has been a resident of Lower Burrell since 1956, having previously resided in Arnold. Mrs. Owcar was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, and worked for the Wearever Division of ALCOA, the New Kensington Social Security Office and retired from the New Kensington Unemployment Office. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Sherry (Jim) Potocnak, of Allegheny Township, and Cindy Greenlund, of Lower Burrell; son, Randy Owcar, of Allegheny Township; brother, Alfred (Babe) Puhalla, of New Kensington; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Luke) Nichter, Nikki (Chris) Medjesky, Amber and Crystal Greenlund and Spencer Owcar; and five great-grandchildren, Connor Medjesky, Aliyah Greenlund, Bella Miskanic, Ava Nichter and Brayden Medjesky. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Albert Owcar Jr. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pozel, Olga 92

  • Arnold
  • Born: 1922-06-01
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Olga Pozel, 92, of Arnold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. During her final weeks, she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 1, 1922, in the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell, to the late Joseph and Mary Debnar Hrivnak, and was a resident of the New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell area her entire life. Mrs. Pozel was a waitress at the IAES Social Club, Arnold, in the 1960's and 1970's and also at the ALCOA cafeteria in the 1960's. She was a member of and a gymnast for the Sokol Club/Camp in Lower Burrell. Olga enjoyed solving word searches, playing cards, especially Canasta, and baking. She loved to dance, especially the Polka, and most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her daughter, Andrea S. Dorwart; grandchildren, Stephanie J. Dorwart, of Lower Burrell, and James W. Dorwart and his wife, Amy Jones Dorwart, of Suffolk, Va.; and her great-grandchildren, Milena Gianna Dorwart and Connor James Dorwart, also of Suffolk, Va.; sister, Mary Piecka, of New Kensington; and brother, Paul Hrivnak, of the Braeburn section of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, Olga was preceded in death by her husband, John Pozel, in 1982; brothers, Joseph, Luke, Emil and John Hrivnak; sister, Annie Pish; and her son-in-law, James M. Dorwart, on Sept. 19, 2014. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. (successor to John F. Krupa Funeral Home), 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where parting prayers will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. in John Huss Lutheran Church, 1539 Kenneth Ave., Arnold. Her pastor, the Rev. Jerome Panzigrau, will officiate. Private burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to John Huss Lutheran Church in Arnold.
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Rochna, Virginia 86

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-07-04
  • Died: 2015-03-01
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Virginia Rochna, 86, of New Kensington, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born July 4, 1928, in New Kensington, to the late Leno and Lena Wolainska Favero, and had been a life resident of the community. Virginia had worked in the Fuse Department of the former GE and G and L Company in New Kensington. She was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Leo Rochna; children, Charles J. (Christine) Rochna, of Indiana, Pa., Laura J. (Norm) Terry, of Indiana, and Gary M. (Jeannie) Rochna, of Rochester, Pa.; grandchildren, Matthew Rochna, Brittany (Kyle) Cobaugh, Samantha Kemeny, Eric Kemeny, Nicole (Trevor) Rice and Derek Rochna; great-grandchildren, Riley and Gabriel; brother, Val (Carol) Favero, of Nebraska; and sisters, Mary Del Italia, of Indiana, Bridget Lane, of Florida, and Donna Jean (Al) McClure, of Indiana. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Luella Warman Rochna; brother, Frank Horenzy; and a sister, Rose Himes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Adler Street, Lower Burrell, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at noon at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. John Sczesny. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Sipes, Marjorie E. 95

  • Fawn Township
  • Born: 1920-02-12
  • Died: 2015-03-02
  • Funeral Home: Peters, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Marjorie E. Sipes, 95, of Fawn Township, went to her heavenly home Monday, March 2, 2015, at Concordia Lutheran Home, Sarver. Mrs. Sipes was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Karns City, to the late Thomas and Mamie McCracken Yough. Marjorie graduated from Fairview Twp/Karns City High School, where she excelled in her studies and played tennis. As a young girl, Marjorie rescued a small child playing on the railroad tracks. She yelled to the little boy to get off the tracks as a train was coming. Her warning went unheeded, so absorbed was the toddler in play. As the train came, bearing down, she dashed onto the tracks and tossed the youngster aside before jumping to safety herself. Marjorie lived 64 years in Fawn Township in the same home she and her husband bought when first coming to the Allegheny Valley. She was a member of the Center United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, where in her former years she sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher, a Bible school teacher and belonged to the Women's Society. She was also a Girl Scout leader in the community. Marjorie enjoyed being a homemaker, reading, flowers, music, her pets and especially her family. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her children, Dr. Glenn Sipes, of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Linda D. Sipes, of Frazer Township; three grandchildren, Thomas S. (Amy) Beckes, of Mars, Timothy L. G. (Kristin) Beckes, of New Kensington, and Heather R. (Todd) Melle, of Natrona Heights; five great-grandchildren, Taylor R. Melle, Tanner R. Melle, Hunter R. Melle, Lauren M. Beckes and Natalie R. Beckes; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan I. Sipes, in 1991; three brothers, Francis Eugene Yough, in 2007, Marlin R. Yough, in 1996, and an infant brother in 1922. Family and friends are invited from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights (724-224-7730), where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. James H. Ritchie Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. For online condolences, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions can be made to: Center United Methodist Church, Donnellville Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
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