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November 7, 2012

Howard M. Alderson Sr.

Universal Cyclops retiree was Army veteran

Howard M. Alderson Sr., 84, of Washington, a retiree of Universal Cyclops, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

He was a beloved companion of 40 years to Ruth Razvoza of Washington.

Mr. Alderson was born March 23, 1928, in Canonsburg, a son of Edith Alderson Jacanin and Anthony Alderson.

He was the loving father of Howard M. Alderson Jr. and Pattie Anne Declair of Washington; brother of Wayne T. Alderson, Lilly Shannon, Eva Jean Alderson and the late Kelly Alderson, Don Alderson and Geraldine Coleman; and adored grandfather of Natalie and Troy Declair and Jordan, Amanda and Paige Alderson.

Mr. Alderson was a proud U.S. Army veteran and head of security at Washington Mall.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his wonderful sense of humor and daily jokes.

Friends are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, November 10, in Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Mildred Christoff

Retired librarian active in community

Mildred “Mimi” Christoff passed away peacefully Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz.

She was born Mildred Custer June 23, 1927, in Pittsburgh. She had two brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Christoff was married to Charles J. Christoff, who passed away in 1970, and was a longtime resident of Canonsburg, living on Murdock Street. In 2006, she relocated to the Phoenix, Ariz., area and resided at Emeritus at Chandler Special Care Unit.

She began a career in library services as a 12-year-old volunteer page. Her career spanned more than 53 years with Greater Canonsburg Public Library, where she held the head librarian position for 31 years and where she retired in 1999.

Mrs. Christoff was active in the community and belonged to Canonsburg Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Betty Heidler; a brother, Harry Custer; a daughter, Nancy (Mike) Masterovsky of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Michael C. (Rosalba-Lugo) Masterovsky of Beverly, Mass., Brian D. Masterovsky of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jennifer (Troy) Hartrick of Ahwatukee, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Luke G. and Taylor Ella Hartrick.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-5810, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 9. Interment will follow in Oak Springs Cemetery, Chartiers Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Research or Alzheimer’s Association. Please add or view tributes at

Doralice Giuliani

Beloved wife, loving mother

Doralice Giuliani, 86, of Washington, formerly of Italy, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dino Giuliani; loving mother of Joseph Julian and Gabriella Giuliani; and grandmother of Leanna Julian.

All serves will be private. Arrangements are by Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, John N. Bauer, director/owner, 5204 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207, 412-521-2768, “Funeral, burials and dignified cremations with care,”

Alice M. Gordon

Member of St. Michael and St. Ann R.C. Church

Alice M. Gordon, 80, of Cross Creek, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

She was born April 28, 1932, in Patterson Mills, a daughter of the late John H. and Martha Kollessar Gordon.

Ms. Gordon was a 1950 graduate of Avella High School.

She was employed by RCA, as an inspector, for more than 30 years, retiring in 1983.

Ms. Gordon was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Avella and St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Bulger.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-great-niece, Gianna Muscaro.

Ms. Gordon was a former resident of Avella and had lived in Cross Creek for the past 12 years.

Surviving are a sister, Eleanor Taggart of Cross Creek; two brothers, John W. Gordon of Tampa, Fla., and Gerald Gordon of Seattle, Wash.; four nephews, Donald (Cathy) Taggart, Todd (Kristin) Gordon, Scott Gordon and Chris (Tamara) Gordon; five nieces, Marsha (Stan) Muscaro, Donna May (George) Smith, Tracy Taggart, Lisa (Stan) Elliot and Michelle (Andrew) Saulnier; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

All arrangements are private. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, PA 15312, or St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 488, Bulger, PA 15019. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Avella.

Melville G. Householder

Retired contractor served in World War II

Melville G. Householder, 85, of Finleyville, died Monday, October 15, 2012, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills Borough.

He was born February 4, 1927, in Patton Township, Monroeville, a son of the late Melville H. and Bertha Grimm Householder.

Mr. Householder was retired as a self-employed contractor.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Householder was a member of Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, Loyal Order of Moose 172 and American Legion Post 613, both of Finleyville, and Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad.

Surviving are five nephews, Melville and James Witter, William Reid Morrow and Scott and Rick Householder; seven nieces, Patricia Duff, Sylvia Kelley, Nancy Sloan, Alyce Liber, Marjorie Anne Evans, Linda Barco and Lisa Ortega; a brother-in-law, Frank Witter; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Householder and Mary Morrow; and many cousins.

Deceased are his wife, Marjorie Morrow Householder; a brother, James Householder; a sister, Bertha Witter; and a brother-in-law, Reid Morrow.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in Baldwin United Methodist Church, 5001 Baptist Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements are under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Finleyville.

Anna Blanche Hartley Johnson

Central Greene School District retiree

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

She was born October 18, 1919, in Carmichaels, a daughter of the late Edgar Minor and Sarah Ann Armstrong Hartley.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Cumberland Township High School.

She retired as the chief clerk of Central Greene School District after 23 years of service.

Mrs. Johnson resided most of her life in Waynesburg, where she was a member of First United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Genealogy Society and the Library Club.

She enjoyed playing bridge.

Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth (Charles) Torok of Chardon, Ohio; two grandsons, Charles Robert Torok and David Noah Torok; and a great-grandson, Nickolas Torok.

Deceased are her husband, William Robert Johnson, who died in 1985; three brothers, Howard Hartley, Noah Hartley and Oscar Hartley; and three sisters, Mary Jane Titus, Elizabeth Keener and Laura Ely.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10, with the Rev. Gary Grau and the Rev. William Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg, 112 North Richhill Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at

Carl Ray Kelley

Enjoyed restoring antique cars

Carl Ray Kelley, 78, of Stevens, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012, in Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy.

He was a son of the late Ernest and Berthel Fry Kelley and was the husband of Shirley Ludwig Kelley, who celebrated five years of marriage January 2, 2012.

Mr. Kelley attended Reamstown Church of God.

He worked as an electrician for Baldwin Electric in Honey Brook until his retirement in 2001.

Mr. Kelley enjoyed restoring and working on antique cars. He loved his dogs, Bugsy and Molly.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Robert Kelley, companion of Linda Reich of Reamstown, Deborah, wife of Brian Hibshman of Shickshinny, and Ernest Kelley of Ronks; grandchildren Sharon Quarries of Huntsville, Ala., Kelli, wife of Jason Ernst of Mohnton, Adam Hibshman of Mohnton and Tim Kelley of Reamstown; great-grandchildren Tannon, Autumn, Tyler, Shannen and Preston; sister Velva Waldrop of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.

His first wife, Betty Hupp Kelley, died in 1995.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in Reamstown Church of God, 400 Pfautz Hill Road, Stevens, with Pastor Joel Hainley officiating. Family will receive friends following the service. A second memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice and Community Care, formerly Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604. Arrangements are by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Condolences can be given at

Anthony Manko

A memorial Mass will be held for Anthony Manko of Pittsburgh, who died October 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.

William H. Miller

Retired constable served in World War II

William H. Miller, 86, of Houston, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in his home.

He was born July 19, 1926, in West Middletown, a son of the late Howard and Grace Martin Miller.

Mr. Miller quit school following the attack on Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Navy and served during the Pacific island-hopping campaign during World War II.

He had worked for Pennsylvania Transformer, was a former policeman for Chartiers Township and Houston Borough, drove a school bus for Schweinebraten Bus Co. and, for 35 years, served as a Pennsylvania state constable in Chartiers Township, retiring in 2005.

Mr. Miller was a co-founder of Veterans of Foreign Wars 191 Ambulance Service and helped start midget football in Houston. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 in Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 in Houston.

He loved life and people, and he will me missed by many.

On May 20, 1950, he married his wife of 62 years, Ada Tinkey, who survives.

Also surviving are four children, Frances Huffman (Dave) of Taylorstown, William R. Miller (Denise Felton Miller) of Washington, James H. Miller (the late Louise Smigiel) of Houston and Barbara Durkacs (Dave Smith) of Bridgeville; 12 grandchildren, Leta Dobrzynski Huffman, Lori Catlett, D.J. Huffman, William J., Amber, Bryan, Hayley and Cheyanne Miller, Joseph, Jeremy and Justin Durkacs and Jennifer Durkacs Spadaro; and 19 great-grandchildren, with two on the way.

Deceased is a sister, Betty Jean Miller Bout.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 14342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, with the Honorable Jay Weller officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902 combined honor guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Carolyn Mucey

Member of Immaculate Conception Church

Carolyn Mucey, 96, of Washington, died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012, in Easton, Md., with her family by her side.

She was born March 1, 1916, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Dominic and Rosina diPaolo Castracane.

Mrs. Mucey was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She also was a member of Washington Hospital Auxiliary, Washington Women’s Club, W&J Auxiliary Neighborhood House Auxiliary, Martha Washington Garden Club, Current Events and Symphony South.

She enjoyed playing golf and bridge. Her special memories were the many times she enjoyed with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.

On July 15, 1937, she married George Joseph Mucey, who died in 1979.

Surviving are daughters Georgia (William) Ritter of North Carolina and Leslye (Frank) Mosier of Maryland; brother Nick Castracane of Virginia; sister Josephine Hall of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Frank and Michael Mosier and William and John Ritter; and great-grandchildren Ashton, Ross, Siena and Sophia Ritter and Fred, Maria and Charles Mosier.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are two sisters, Edna McArdle and Anita Tridico.

Friends will be received from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director, where a prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Private entombment will take place in Queen of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum, Peters Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601-3805. Condolences may be expressed at

Mary Beth Schrockman

Member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church

Mary Beth Schrockman, 55, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012, in her home.

She was born November 21, 1956, in Weirton, W.Va., a daughter of the late Louis Paul and Pauline Rossi Giarletto.

Mrs. Schrockman was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church.

She was a 1975 graduate of Weirton Madonna High School and a 1978 graduate of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Surviving are her husband, Charles Christopher Schrockman; daughters Amanda Scopel (Jason) of Atlasburg, Samantha Schrockman of Weirton and Rebecca Schrockman of Paris; grandsons Jason Scopel and Connor Schrockman; and brothers Louis Paul Giarletto Jr. (Mary Ann) of Weirton and Ron Giarletto (Kim) of Wintersville, Ohio.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, November 10, in Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris, with the Rev. Christina Hosler presiding. Burial will follow in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Florence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Rodger Dean Wiles

Services for Rodger Dean Wiles of Bentleyville, who died October 20, 2012, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in True Vine Anglican Church, 700 East Main Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela, 724-258-6136, is in charge of arrangements.



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