Nov. 6

November 6, 2012

Susan L. Byrns

Retired SSA supervisor was active in AAUW

Susan L. Byrns, 65, of Greensburg, died Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Southwest Veterans Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born January 30, 1947, in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late William and Julia Davis Critchfield.

Prior to retirement from the Greensburg office, she was a supervisor for the Social Security Administration for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Byrns was active in many organizations, incuding American Association of University Women. She was honored by the Department of Health and Human Services as Mid-Atlantic Woman of the Year.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her stepmother, Helen Critchfield, and two husbands, Richard N. Steinbrenner and Dr. John A. Byrns.

Surviving are sons Timothy R. Steinbrenner of Pittsburgh and Gregory M. (Christina) Steinbrenner of Baltimore, Md.; four stepchildren; grandsons Jack and Michale Steinbrenner; a granddaughter, Cate Steinbrenner; a sister, Donna Durbin of Georgia; and a stepsister.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 9. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the MS Society, or 1-800-FIGHT MS (1-800-344-4867).

Edwin Chesnic

WWII vet worked for RCA, was avid bowler, golfer

Edwin “Babe” Chesnic, 86, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington, after a courageous fight with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his family.

He was born January 7, 1926, in Strabane, a son of the late John and Frances Kirn Chesnik.

Mr. Chesnic lived his entire life in the Strabane and Canonsburg areas, where he attended Trinity High School and was a member of St. Patrick Church.

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II with the 417th Infantry Regiment receiving the Army of Occupation Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Chesnic worked for 37 years with RCA Record Planet in Canonsburg and RCA Radio Planet in Meadow Lands.

In his younger years, he bowled in Canonsburg City League and Washington County Travel League, attending many ABC bowling tournaments throughout the country. He also enjoyed golf.

Mr. Chesnic also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and Labor Temple, both of Canonsburg, American Legion Post 902 of Houston, SNPJ Lodge 138 and KSKJ Lodge 153, both of Strabane and Bears Club of Meadow Lands.

On September 5, 1953, he married his beloved wife of 59 years, Mildred Skariot, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Michael Chesnic of Canonsburg, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Patricia Susan Chesnic, who passed away April 23, 1973; three sisters, Josephine Piquard, Mildred Barnes and Frances Florgan; and five brothers, Jacob “Zack,” Max, Gvedon “Vede,” Sylvester and Albert “Bert” Chesnik.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military honors will be held by combined honor guards Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. To view or add condolences, please visit

Constance H. Schneider Dean

Actress, teacher, mother and homemaker

Constance H. “Connie” Schneider Dean, 86, originally of Pittsburgh and Peters Township, and most recently a resident of Consulate Health Care, North Strabane, died Sunday, November 4, 2012.

She was born March 11, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Raymond E. and Flora Grosskopf Schneider.

Mrs. Dean was the beloved wife of 53 years to James J.; loving mother of Jeffrey J. Dean and Molly Dean (Stephen) Bittner, and deceased infants John Christopher, Mary Margaret and Jude; grandmother of Robert J. and James D. Bittner; and sister of the late Elizabeth C. Miller.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was a teacher, artist and professional actress.

Mrs. Dean was a graduate of St. Benedict Academy and Mercyhurst University and attended graduate school at Duquesne University. She earned her master’s degree in drama at Catholic University.

She taught elementary school in Erie while performing at the Erie Playhouse. She later did Summer Stock in New England and was a staff actor at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. She toured Europe and the southeast with the Catholic University Players.

Mrs. Dean was an erstwhile mother and homemaker. She was an avid golfer and bowler and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Peters Township election polls.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, in St. Benedict the Abbot Chuch, McMurray. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please add or view tributes at

Doris G. Grice

Folly Hollow Farm owner was strong, independent

Doris G. Grice died Monday, November 5, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington, with her family by her side.

She was born February 18, 1924, in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Grice was a strong and independent woman. She drove a truck during World War II and when the men came home, management wanted her to transfer to an inside job. She fought to continue to drive a truck, until she quit to be a full-time mother.

She and her first husband began building a house in Crafton, and after his unexpected death, she finished the home herself, even laying the block.

Mrs. Grice started making candy at home, which, along with her husband, became a large family business, known as Grice’s Chocolates, which they continued until his health caused them to retire. In 1960, they bought a farm in South Franklin Township. This lifelong city woman immediately set out to learn how to farm. She came up with the name Folly Hollow Farm and used her artistic ability to create a jester logo, which represents the farm to this day. Her involvements in the day-to-day decisions of the family-owned dairy farm continued until her death.

She was a graduate of Langley High School and attended what was then known as Carnegie Tech to study art. Though busy with the children, farm and candy business, she continued to draw and paint whenever she could, even in the last weeks of her life.

Mrs. Grice was active in the community, having been a member of South Franklin Township’s first planning commission. She volunteered her time for PTA variety shows, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H and broke ground as the first woman to coach a boy’s baseball Colt League team. Whatever activity she was involved in, she made it fun. She was athletic and very competitive, but, win or lose, she had fun. She taught her children to work hard by working with them, and even made that fun as she made them better people.

She treasured her many friends from the community as well as her bowling group and Washington High School reunion committee, a group who “adopted” her when her husband passed away. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Deceased are two husbands, Jerry Sprau and John E. (Ted) Grice Jr., to whom she was married for more than 50 years.

Surviving are six children, Kathy (Bill) Colborn, John E. (Judy) Grice III, Cynthia (Smittie) Brown, Bruce (Becky) Grice, Peggy “Nancy” (Ken) Kammerer and Todd (Jane) Grice; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer (Frank) Aliberti, John E. “Jed” (Nicole) Grice IV, Heather (Andy) Nelson, Meghan (Jace) Ely, Amanda, Allison and Michael Brown, Bruce Grice II, Brent (Christina) and Blake Grice, Alex and Kathy Kammerer and Luke and Torie Grice; and seven great-grandchildren, Frankie and Katie Aliberti, Cooper and Holden Grice and Elsie, Bridget and Jude Ely.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at noon Friday, November 9. Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 524 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301; or Donnell House, Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Sharon Rohanna Hall

Registered nurse, longtime Greene County resident

Sharon Rohanna Hall, 59, of Hudson, Fla., died Monday, October 8, 2012, in her home.

She was born September 16, 1953, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Andrew K. Jr. and Rita Butler Rohanna.

Mrs. Hall was a 1971 graduate of Waynesburg High School, attended Edinboro State College and was a 1976 graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

She lived in Waynesburg and Greene County most of her life, with the last 12 years spent in Florida.

Mrs. Hall was a registered nurse and formerly worked as a nurse, a director of nursing and assistant director of nursing. She had worked at Greene County Memorial Hospital and Franklin Care Center in Waynesburg, Monpointe Continuing Care Center in Morgantown, W.Va., and Tandem Health Care and Madison Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center in New Port Richey, Fla.

She and her husband, Bob, attended Oak View United Methodist Church for several years when they resided in Waynesburg. At the time of her death, they were members of United Methodist Church in Hudson.

Mrs. Hall enjoyed cooking, baking, family gatherings, walks on the beach, quiet time with God reading her Bible and being a loving wife and mother.

On October 29, 1977, she married Robert “Bob” Hall, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jessica Hall of Hudson; a sister, Marcia Rohanna of Morgantown; six brothers, David Rohanna and wife Demaree of Elkins, W.Va., Mark Rohanna and wife Terri of Decatur, Ill., Andy Rohanna and wife Patty of Graysville, Greg Rohanna and wife Mary of Jefferson, Darryl Rohanna and wife Linda of Waynesburg and Jeff Rohanna and wife Janis of Clarksville; several nieces and nephews; and two great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24, in Oakview United Methodist Church, Waynesburg, with Pastor David Stains officiating. Condolences may be expressed at

Shirley Ann Hartzell

Trinity Episcopal Church member, active grandmother

Shirley Ann Hartzell, 77, of Washington, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born November 21, 1934, a daughter of the late Samuel D. and Meril Gail Noble Barlow.

Mrs. Hartzell was a cook in various local clubs and was a day care worker later in life.

She loved being a part of her grandchildren’s lives and enjoyed going to their football and baseball games and shopping. She was an avid Steelers fan.

Mrs. Hartzell was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

On August 28, 1959, she married Donald James Hartzell, who died March 27, 2008.

Surviving are three sons, C. Keith Hartzell of Canonsburg and Donald (Donna) Hartzell and Robert (Beth) Hartzell, both of Washington; a daughter, Rebecca Ames of Washington; eight grandchildren, Michelle Hartzell, Kelley (Adam) Mercurio, David Ames, Christopher Beck and Chelsey, Lydia, Amelia and Patience Hartzell; and six great-grandchildren, Frankie Yarbrough, Kevin and Kelvin McCracken, Jadyn Gilliard and Addison and A.J. Mercurio.

Deceased is a son, Stephen Hartzell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Home, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 8, with the Rev. Karen Stevenson officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Anna Blanche Hartley Johnson

Anna Blanche Hartley Johnson, 93, of Chardon, Ohio, formerly of Waynesburg, died Monday, November 5, 2012, in Blossom Hills Care Center, Huntsburg, Ohio.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes, Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Joyce Marie Kimble

Retired West Greene bus driver enjoyed bowling

Joyce Marie Kimble, 55, of Sycamore, formerly of Cameron, W.Va., died at 9:55 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, in her home, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

She was born January 31, 1957, in Washington, a daughter of Ann Lowery Litman of Claysville and the late George Ruben Litman.

Mrs. Kimble had been a resident of Cameron for several years, prior to moving to Morris Township in 1993.

She was a 1975 graduate of McGuffey High School.

Mrs. Kimble was a former nurse’s aide at Cameron Rehab Center and the former Beverly Health Care Center in Waynesburg. She was then employed as a school bus driver in West Greene School District by Petermann Transportation, formerly Grim Transportation, for more than 16 years, prior to retirement because of ill health.

She had been a member of Women of the Moose in Waynesburg since 1996, Alley Cats bowling team at Alpine Lanes in Washington and Teamsters Union 491.

Mrs. Kimble enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and camping out West in Hickory Hollow Campground and Black Water Falls, W.Va. She was an avid bowler for several years and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

On January 20, 1996, she married David Reid Kimble, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her mother and husband, are five daughters, Billie Jo, wife of Gordon Henry of Nineveh, Jessica, wife of David Ammons of Wadestown, Amanda Bedillion, Angie, wife of Chuck Cramer of Deep Valley, and Jennifer, wife of Michael Marshall of Metz; three sons, JD Bedillion of Prosperity, Chad, husband of Whitney Bedillion of San Diego, Calif., and Jason Kimble of Claysville; five sisters, Nancy, wife of Dennis Lyle of Taylorstown, Linda, wife of Roy Ealy of Claysville, Louise, wife of John Hildreth of Sycamore, Delilah “HP,” wife of Paul “Boz” Shriver of Claysville, and Sandy, wife of Bruce Cowden of Prosperity; nine grandchildren, Tristan, Nate, Alivia, Ivy, Zoey, Ruby, Alex, Feona and Zach; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

Deceased is her father, George Ruben Litman.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, with the Rev. Chad J. Bogdewic officiating. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery, Center Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Family and friends may view the obituary and send flowers and condolences at

Dorothy Morris Loffert

Volunteer, Humane Society supporter

Dorothy Morris Loffert of McDonald, Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, in her home.

She was born April 20, 1934, in East Carnegie, a daughter of the late James and Ruth Lescallette Morris. At the age of 3, her family moved to Midway.

Mrs. Loffert was a 1952 graduate of Midway High School.

In 1953, she married William E. Loffert Jr., who had a dairy farm near Midway. They raised three children on the farm, Pamela (Paul) Mohr of Aliquippa, Bonnie (the late Robert) Garritano of Candor and Christopher of Pittsburgh.

Also surviving are a granddaughter, Nicole Sechler of Somerset; and two sisters, Ruth Fraer of Washington and Virginian Harriett of Midway.

She was a former member of Calvary Church in McDonald and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and McDonald Food Bank. She was a lover of all animals, especially the deer, fawns and many dogs and cats over the years. She was a great supporter to the local Humane Society.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, who died in 1990, and a granddaughter, Melissa Broccoli, who died in 1993 at the age of 8.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, PA 15060, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway. Memorial donations may be made to Eighty Four Humane Society or Angle Ridge Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 94, Meadow Lands, PA 15347. Friends may sign a guest book at

Odra McCart

Westinghouse retiree

Odra McCart, 77, of Sigel, formerly of Peters Township, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, in his home.

He was born June 5, 1935, in Nachitoches, La., a son of the late Emmett and Veva Pickett McCart.

Mr. McCart worked as a welder for Westinghouse, before retiring.

He was Baptist and a member of Brookville Eagles.

Mr. McCart enjoyed fishing, gardening and tinkering around with things.

Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Helen Phillips McCart; a son, James (Sharon) McCart of Sigel; a daughter, Cindy (Terry) Sanders of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister, Shirleyann Lilly of Natchitoches; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Kathy Retzloff, and a son, John McCart.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, in Charles Jarvie Funeral Home Inc., 801 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery.

William Craig Reed

Korean War veteran, former West Alexander mayor

William Craig Reed, 81, of West Alexander, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital.

He was born April 16, 1931, in West Alexander, a son of the late Frank Emmet and Willa Marie Jenkins Reed.

Mr. Reed was a member of West Alexander Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder.

He was a 1950 graduate of West Alexander High School.

Mr. Reed was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954.

He was a heavy construction carpenter with the carpenters union, Wheeling Local.

Mr. Reed was a 58-year member and past commander of American Legion Post 656 in West Alexander, member of Masonic Lodge in Claysville, Scottish Rite in Wheeling and Osiris in Elm Grove, where he was a Medal of Honor member. He was a councilman and mayor of West Alexander from 1966 to 1982. He also served as vice president of Pennsylvania Mayors Association.

He enjoyed dancing and doing home improvement projects.

On February 27, 1954, he married Evelyn Patricia Egan, who died March 19, 1990. On March 21, 1992, he married Jo Anne Bott, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, D. Michael (Diana) Reed of Bolivar, Ohio; a daughter, Donna L (Mark S.) Clark of Moundsville, W.Va.; seven stepchildren; a sister, Mary Kathryn Morley of West Alexander; three grandchildren, Matthew J. Clark, Jonathan N. Clark and Samuel E. Clark; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Landen.

Deceased are a sister, Laurena Cecelia Reed, and a brother, James Jenkins Reed.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in West Alexander Presbyterian Church, Main Street, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, with Pastor Keith Hornung officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by West Alexander American Legion. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Alexander American Legion Post 656 or West Alexander Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are being handled by Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville.

Patricia J. Beaumariage Rhodes

Gulf Oil retiree, singer was active in church

Patricia J. Beaumariage Rhodes of Plum Borough and Coconut Creek, Fla., died Saturday, November 3, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

She was born September 8, 1930, in Washington, a daughter of the late Jules and Roberta Bell Beaumariage.

Mrs. Rhodes was raised in Hickory and was a 1948 graduate of Hickory High School. She then completed a one-year commercial course at Robert Morris University in 1949.

For 34 years, she was employed by Gulf Oil Corp., where she retired in 1986 as a supervisor of communications.

Mrs. Rhodes enjoyed crafts and was an accomplished singer. She sang tenor in the Sweet Adelines for 27 years and once performed with her chorus in Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

On December 22, 1956, in Venice Presbyterian Church, she married Dr. Donald Rhodes, who survives.

Mrs. Rhodes and her husband spent time at their second home in Coconut Creek. They always attended Sunday services at the Methodist Church in Pompano Beach, Fla. They loved spending time each year at their Florida home. Her family thought she was a great cook.

Also surviving are sisters Mrs. Phyllis Lindley of Washington and Mrs. Nancy Pryor of Eighty Four; sister-in-law Mrs. Diane Tush of Eighty Four; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Richard Beaumariage and Gerald Beaumariage.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Soxman Funeral Home, Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills, 412-793-3000. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, in Unity United Presbyterian Church, 215 Unity Trestle Road, Plum Borough, where she and her husband were faithful members for many years. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory, next to Hickory United Presbyterian Church, where she always attended church with her parents, sisters and brothers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Church or Aviation Foundation, 1669 Galeton Drive, Verona, PA 15147.

Samuel Stacy

U.S. Navy veteran served during World War II

Samuel Stacy, 92, of Waynesburg, formerly of Rices Landing, died Friday, November 2, 2012, in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Margie Stacy.

He was born April 8, 1920, in Collier, a son of the late Fred and Carmella Ponterro Stacy.

Mr. Stacy was a graduate of German Township High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 816 in Rices Landing and Greene County Slovak Club.

On July 1, 1952, he married Meta Wolff, who died June 15, 2002.

Surviving are a son, Fred Stacy and wife Margie of Waynesburg; a brother, Francis Stacy of Mesa, Ariz.; and a special sister-in-law, Gertrude Busti of Crucible.

Deceased are two brothers, Joseph Stacy and Francis Stacy, who died in childhood, and three sisters, Isabelle Stemnock, Mary Rizo and Theresa Stacy.

Private services and interment were held in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with Father Richard Thompson officiating. Military honors were accorded by the U.S. Navy. Arrangements are by Behm Funeral Home, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital or Donnell House of the Washington Hospital Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at

Thelma J. Wytko

Devoted to family, enjoyed baking

Thelma J. Wytko, 86, of Greensboro, died at 10:01 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, in her home.

She was born December 14, 1925, in York Run, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Martin William and Susan Shuman Yaniga.

Mrs. Wytko was a 1943 graduate of Georges Township High School and during her married life, she resided in the Greensboro area.

She was a member of the former Holy Family Roman Catholic Church of Greensboro and Rosary Altar Society of the church.

While her children were in high school, she served as president of Mapletown Band Boosters and was a member of First Catholic Slovak Union.

Mrs. Wytko enjoyed baking and was very devoted to her family. She was especially proud of her marriage of 62 years to her late husband, Henry F. Wytko Sr. The couple was married January 14, 1950; he passed away April 26, 2012.

Surviving are a son, Henry F. Wytko Jr. and partner Randy of Springfield, Va.; a daughter, Deborah S. Gresh and husband Michael, of Greensboro; two grandchildren, Bradley Zoldak and Alan S. Zoldak and wife Whitney; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Albin Yaniga, William Yaniga and Edward “Junior” Yaniga.

Amedisys Hospice and Jolene Weston and Erika Menear cared for her.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, where a blessing service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 1 p.m. in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. Alvin Gutierrez as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Mapletown. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit



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