Nov. 4

November 3, 2012

Bonnie Lee Broadwater

1966 - 2012

Bonnie Lee Broadwater, 46, of Arnold, died unexpectedly Friday, October 5, 2012, in her home.

She was born February 19, 1966, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Mary Ann Douglas Pry of Carmichaels.

Deceased is her son, Lance A. Holt, who also passed away October 5, 2012.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a sister, Brenda Broadwater of Dilliner; three brothers, Richard of Nemacolin, Darren of Manassas, Va., and Dale of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two half sisters, Stacy Burke of Mather and Natasha Kramrich of Fredericktown and their families.

There are no public services. Arrangements are in care of Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Betty L. Yaggi Hawk

Volunteer took joy in friends, caring for grandson

Betty L. Yaggi Hawk of Washington passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012. Over the past 16 months, she experienced a decline in health, although she still was able to find great joy in helping to care for her grandson, Kristoffer.

She loved knitting and crocheting, which she did until a few months ago.

Prior to her illness, she lived in Bellmead Apartments, where she enjoyed all her friends and Red Hat Ladies.

In the 1980s, she volunteered for the YWCA In and Out Shop and American Cancer Society.

Deceased are her husband, Richard Blair Hawk, and their daughter, Debra Hawk Host.

Surviving are children Sharon Tarnosky of Brooksville, Fla., Richard B. Hawk Jr. of Brownsville, William Hawk of Brooksville, Dennis Hawk of Houston, Texas, Kimberly Hawk Huber of Canonsburg and Thomas Hawk of Canonsburg; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers; a sister; and several nephews and nieces.

Family Hospice and Palliative Care provided care to her over the past several months. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the family in care of Leo J. Henney Funeral Home, 323 Second Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. A memorial service will be held privately for the family.

Lance Antonio Holt

1988 - 2012

Lance Antonio Holt, 24, of Arnold, died unexpectedly Friday, October 5, 2012, in his home.

He was born June 26, 1988, in New Kensington, a son of Bonnie Lee Broadwater, who also passed away October 5, 2012.

At the time of his death, he was employed as a welder at Omni Fab Inc. and was saving money to attend college.

Surviving are several aunts and uncles and their families and his maternal grandmother.

There are no public services. Arrangements are in care of Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Mary Bigger McKune

Retired Robert Morris associate professor

Mary Bigger McKune, 94, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Burgettstown, died Saturday, November 3, 2012.

She was born October 11, 1918, in Murdocksville, a daughter of the late Andrew D. and Sara Culley Bigger.

Mrs. McKune was a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon.

She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Westminster College and a master of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mrs. McKune taught business subjects in Morris and Chartiers Township high schools in Washington County, before joining the staff of The United Presbyterian, a weekly magazine of the United Presbyterian Church of North America. Upon the merger of that denomination in 1958, she was employed by the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. In 1964, she joined the faculty of Robert Morris College, from where she retired as associate professor in 1986.

Surviving are nieces and nephews Thomas (Marie) Bigger and Margaret (Nick) Loncaric, both of Murdocksville, the Rev. Dr. John B.(Linda) Simpson of Irwin and Janet Slack of McDonald; three great-nephews; and four great-great-nieces.

Deceased are her husband of 21 years, the Rev. Edwin Dwight McKune, in 1979; a brother, Thomas; and sisters Helen Bigger, Sara Simpson and Elizabeth Bigger.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Monday November 5, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. Interment will follow in Robinson Church Cemetery, Bulger. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Please sign the guest book at

George A. Morris

Korean War vet, businessman active in Horseman’s Association

George A. Morris, 81, of Waynesburg, died Friday, November 2, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness.

He was born August 31, 1931, in Amwell Township, a son of the late Allen Kenneth and Ruth Roche Morris.

Mr. Morris was a graduate of Waynesburg High School and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

On November 22, 1950, he married Carolyn Webster, who survives.

Mr. Morris worked at his father’s saw mill and as an equipment operator for Jack Williams Excavating. As the owner of Morris Excavating and Contracting, he excavated and landscaped numerous home sites in Waynesburg and the surrounding area. He constructed the first spring development for livestock in Greene County and many others afterward. He also operated Grindstone Acres, a farm specializing in Hereford cattle and horses.

Mr. Morris was a member of Fairall United Methodist Church and was formerly a member of Coallick United Methodist Church, where he served as the Sunday school superintendent.

He was an active member of Horseman’s Association of Greene County for many years, serving as show manager and course designer for the hunter and jumper classes. He promoted horsemanship with young folks in the community by providing horses to ride and transporting them to shows throughout the area. He originated the Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull at the Greene County Fair, which he supervised for many years.

Mr. Morris was a member of American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg. He was a past member of Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all in Waynesburg.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are six sisters, June Sloan of Cleveland, Ohio, JoAnn (Earl) Taylor of Morgantown, W.Va., Nancy (Allen) Harry of Melbourne, Fla., Virginia (William) McNeely of Waynesburg, Martha Todorov of Waynesburg and Brenda (Thad) Ninnemann of Mills River, N.C.; a brother, Robert K. Morris of Waynesburg; several nieces and nephews; and two god daughters, Edith Woods of Waynesburg and Helen Higgins of State College.

Deceased is a brother, James M. Morris.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, November 7, in Fairall United Methodist Church, 583 White Barn Road, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Ron Geisler and the Rev. Kathy K. Higgins officiating. Interment will follow in Fairall Cemetery, Waynesburg. Graveside military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars 4793 and Disabled American Veterans 123, all of Waynesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairall United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Shirley Eisiminger, 379 Woodside Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be left at

Virginia Marie Luther Witney

Teacher was local antique dealer

Virginia Marie Luther Witney of Lititz, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday evening, October 28, 2012, surrounded by family.

She was born in West Homestead, October 20, 1934, a daughter of the late William E. and Virginia West Luther.

Mrs. Witney was the adored wife of Richard P. Witney; devoted mother of Beth Jack (Chet) of Pittsburgh, Bruce Witney (Keumme) of Pleasanton, Calif., Douglas (Amy) Witney of Blacksburg, Va., and Brian Witney of Tucson, Ariz.; loving grandmother of Nathan Cunningham, Anthony Jack, Chester Jack, Alex Witney and Anna Witney; and a sister of June (Leo) Cardosi, Ruth (Al) Ardinger and William (Ruby) Luther.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in education and taught in North Hills School District of Allegheny County and in Alcoa, Tenn. While at Duquesne, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omicron-Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Red Masquers and was president of Catholic Student Association. She was a past president of Peters Township School Board and served on the board for 13 years. She was a strong proponent of arts in education. She was also a past president of South Hills Area School Districts Association and served as Washington County legislative chairwoman for Pennsylvania School Board Association.

Mrs. Witney was a local antique dealer, exhibiting her antiques at shops and shows in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and, most recently, Lititz.

Family and friends will be welcomed from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, 412-531-5100. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 5, in Duquesne University Chapel, Administration Building, Old Main, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, followed by lunch for those attending in Room 613 of the Student Union. If desired, the family suggests memorials may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604; or to Duquesne University Chapel, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. View at

Joseph P. Yusko

Enjoyed spending time with daughter

Joseph P. “Joe” Yusko, 33, of Bentleyville, died unexpectedly Friday, November 2, 2012, in his home.

He was born July 14, 1979, in Washington, a son of Patricia L. Puskas of Marianna and the late John Lawrence.

Mr. Yusko was a 1997 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School.

He was Catholic.

Mr. Yusko worked for GMS Repair at Bailey BMX Mine.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, mountain biking and spending time with his daughter.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are the love of his life and daughter, Isabella P. Yusko; a brother, Tim Yusko of Scenery Hill; a sister, Suzanne (Shawn) Urcho of Bentleyville; four nephews, Hunter Yusko and Landon, Levi and Lucas Urcho; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, PA 15345, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, with Father Paul Grunebach officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. Condolences may be left at



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