Joan T. Adamson
Very active in the Washington community
Joan T. Adamson, 79, passed away October 27, 2012, at Suncoast Hospice House, Palm Harbor, Fla., after a brief illness.
Formerly of Washington, she was a resident of Oldsmar, Fla., at the time of her death.
She was born October 9, 1933, the only daughter of Julia Taper Polinski and John B. Taper, in Canonsburg.
She attended Indiana State University and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She was a teacher at Pinellas County, Peters Township, Canon-McMillan and Washington school districts. She also was a teacher at Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Fla.
She was very active in the Washington community, serving as president of the Daughters of Current Events, and holding various other board positions on Symphony South, the Neighborhood House Association and Citizens Library.
She was an avid bridge player who enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, cooking and spending time with friends.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy, son-in-law Michael F. Trauffler and four grandchildren, Ryan, Lexton, Kyle and Jenna, all of The Woodlands, Texas.
Deceased are two sons, Brian D. Adamson and an infant son.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, in East Lake Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. Memorial contributions can be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation either online or at 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760. Condolences may be expressed at www.hollowayfuneralhomefl.com.
Richard Alan Borsos
Richard Alan Borsos, 48, affectionately known as “Rebel” by family and friends, of Berkley Heights, N.J., passed away Monday, November 5, 2012, with his parents by his side.
Surviving are his loving daughter, Ashley; his parents, Michael and Mary Borsos; a brother, Michael Glenn; grandparents Mary and Richard Lombardi; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends; and his companion and caregiver, Marie.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.
Emily L. Vanicheck Bushick
Attended Faith Community Church
Emily L. Vanicheck Bushick, 87, of Washington, formerly of Bentleyville, died Friday evening, November 9, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born July 3, 1925, in Finleyville, a daughter of William and Mary Lanik Vanicheck.
A retired bookkeeper, she worked for the former American Truck Stop in Bentleyville and the former Colonial Meadows in Charleroi.
Mrs. Bushick attended Faith Community Church in McMurray.
Through her adult life, she was a selfless person who was more concerned with taking care of other family members. Her love, dedication and acts of kindness touched her family and will never be forgotten.
On January 4, 1946, in Charleroi, she married Richard R. Bushick, who died April 2, 2002.
Surviving are a son, Richard S. Bushick of Morrisville, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara J. Bushick of Washington; two granddaughters, Kristy L. McGavitt and Bethany A. Montecalvo (Zackary Montecalvo); and a brother, Joseph Vanicheck of Eighty Four.
Deceased is a brother, Gerald Vanicheck.
Private services will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Washington County Food Bank, 1020 Route 519, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Arrangements are in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Condolences can be sent at www.thompson-marodi.com.
Roland M. Checca
Enjoyed hunting and fishing
Roland M. Checca, 89, of Cecil, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, in the St. Clair Hospital emergency room, Mt. Lebanon.
He was born July 3, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Lorenzo Checca and Rosa DelSignore.
Mr. Checca was a member of St. Mary Parish, where he was on the worship committee and was former choir director. He also belonged to Cecil American Legion and was a former Cecil Township supervisor.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening with his garlic and was an avid Steelers fan.
Mr. Checca worked as an electrical tester for McGraw-Edison Power Systems in Canonsburg.
Surviving are wife Mary L. Checca of Cecil; three sons, Roland J. (Sheila) Checca, Richard A. (Darlene) Checca and Timothy (Tammi) Checca, all of Cecil Township; five grandchildren, Tracy (Steve) Sweeney of Bethel Park and Krystle Checca, Courtney Checca, Kolbie Checca and Kasey Checca, all of Cecil Township; and a great-grandson, Shane Checca.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three brothers, Ferminio, Verbeno and Larry Checca, and five sisters, Stella Anesetti, Ridenta Checca, Elpinia Petracchi and two in infancy.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating.
Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.
Geraldine M. Checco
Lifelong resident of Avella
Geraldine M. Checco, 82, of Avella, died at 10:01 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born June 21, 1930, in Avella, daughter of the late John N. Sr. and Mary Ondrick Myers.
Mrs. Checco was a 1948 graduate of Avella High School.
She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella, Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens and Moose Lodge 1564 of Wellsburg, W.Va.
Mrs. Checco was a lifelong resident of Avella.
She enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards and bingo and spending time with her grandsons.
In 1949, she married Frank Checco Jr., who died November 7, 1974.
Surviving are three sons, Frank Checco III, John (Kathy) Checco and James (Valerie) Checco, and two grandsons, James and Austin Checco, all of Avella; a brother, John N. (Darla) Myers Jr. of Avella; and two sisters, Marion (James) Gordon of Avella and Patricia (Kenneth) Junclaus of Titusville, Fla.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, is a sister, Lorraine Myers.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc. 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella.
Mary Ann Cranmer
Mary Ann “Babe” Cranmer, 74, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 9, 2012, in Washington Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Leonard A. Craver
Enjoyed fishing and traveling
Leonard A. Craver, 86, of Mt. Morris, died at 10:03 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Tuesday, May 4, 1926, in Kitzmiller, Md., a son of the late Joseph E. and Dora Burrell Craver.
Mr. Craver was a member of Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God.
For more than 60 years, he was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He also was a member of Mt. Morris Senior Citizens.
When his health permitted, he enjoyed fishing and traveling. He loved training and showing horses. He retired from Humphrey 7 Coal Mine in Mt. Morris. Following his retirement, he helped his family and delivered flowers for his daughter at Main St. Floral in Mt. Morris.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Wilma J. Murphy Craver, whom he married June 8, 1946.
Also surviving are three daughters, Dorothy Jean Gallatin of Mt. Morris, Brenda (Bob) Bennett of Morgantown, W.Va., and Debra Ann (Wayne) Helmick of Morgantown; a son, Eugene (Donna) Craver of Fredericksburg, Va.; six grandchildren, Tamra Gallatin-Wilson of Morgantown, Tiffany (Jeffrey) Bennett-Huff of Richmond, Va., Todd (Terri) Bennett of Morgantown, Scott (Jennifer) Craver of Olean, N.Y., and Melissa Helmick and Amy Helmick, both of Morgantown; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Stegemann of Oshkosh, Wis., and Jo Ann Craver of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Gary Gallatin, two sisters and three brothers.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris. Additional visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, November 13, at Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God with the Rev. Fred Tomlinson, the Rev. Willard Rowan and the Rev. John Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Information at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Member of Canonsburg U.P. Church
Elinor Jaudy, 85, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 9, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.
She was born April 22, 1927, in Altoona Juniata, a daughter of the late Herman and Miriam Esterly Arbster.
Mrs. Jaudy was a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.
Prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse’s aide for McMurray Hills Manor.
On January 28, 1948, she married Earl R. Jaudy, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Hill and husband Bill of Chartiers Township.
In addition to her parents, deceased are a daughter, Miriam Jaudy, and a son, Robert Jaudy.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Friends are invited to meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Douglas Beltzner officiating.
Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave online condolences.
Martha Lee Jurovcik
Member of Christ U.M. Church
Martha Lee Jurovcik, 73, of Bentleyville, died Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.
She was born June 17, 1939, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late George Joseph Jr. and Katherine Louise Gates Kline.
Mrs. Jurovcik was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, where she was a former member of the choir, United Methodist Women and the Teddy Bear Ministry.
She worked many years as a registered nurse at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital and with Albert Gallatin Home Health Care.
Mrs. Jurovcik was a graduate of Monongahela High School and was active with its reunion committee.
She enjoyed old movies, musicals, concerts, spending time with her grandchildren, doing outside work at her home and swimming.
Surviving are a son, Paul Jurovcik Jr. of Scenery Hill; two daughters, Mary Martha Jurovcik of Bentleyville and Beth A. Jurovcik-Walsh of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Lauren Rae and Adem Laine Jurovcik; and a sister, JoAnn Louise Ward of Youngstown, Ohio.
In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Paul Jurovcik Sr., who died September 26, 1998, and a brother, George “Scotty” Kline.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, with the Rev. Cynthia Schneider officiating at the Peelor Chapel of Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. Memorial contributions may be made to CORE, Attention: Joe Weber, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Frye Funeral Home Inc. of Monongahela is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
Suzanne Y. LaRue
Enjoyed the company of her pets
Suzanne Y. LaRue, 66, of Carmichaels, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012, at Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, after a lengthy illness.
She was born September 17, 1946, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Arthur Elton and Doris Mae Swann LaRue.
Miss LaRue attended Carmichaels Area schools and First Christian Church of Carmichaels.
She enjoyed the company of her pets and being outdoors.
Surviving are a brother, Timothy S. LaRue and wife Karen of Montross, Va.; a sister, Arta L. Whipkey and husband William of Carmichaels; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no public viewing. A private memorial service will be held at a later time.
Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greene County Humane Society, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information and to sign the online guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.
Richard T. Lowe
Avid sports fan
Richard T. “Peanuts” Lowe, 57, of Avella, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012, in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va.
Mr. Lowe was born August 13, 1955, in Weirton, son of Gwendolyn J. Fry Lowe and the late William E. “Gene” Lowe.
He was a 1975 graduate of Avella High School and was previously employed as an ironworker before an accident that left him paralyzed.
Mr. Lowe participated in the Atlanta Paralympics Games and several wheelchair marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
He was a weightlifting instructor and a former assistant football coach at Avella High School and was assistant punting football coach at Brooke High School.
Mr. Lowe was a member of The Sons of Bert C. Siders American Legion Post 643 of Avella.
He was an avid sports fan and especially loved to watch Steelers football games.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are four brothers, Charles (Kay) Lowe of Wheeling, W.Va., William (Christine) Lowe of Wellsburg, W.Va., Alan (Becky) Lowe of West Middletown and Glenn (Lisa) Lowe of Avella; two sisters, Linda (Dr. Scott ) Cook of Canonsburg and Karen (Jamie) Miller of Washington; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends will be received from 5 to 6 p.m., the time of the memorial service, Thursday, November 15, in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, with Dr. Scott Cook officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lowe family in care of Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 65, Avella, PA 15312.
Mary Orris Madosky
Active with Canonsburg Senior Citizens
Mary Orris Madosky, 97, of Hendersonville, died Friday, November 9, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born April 17, 1915.
Mrs. Madosky was a member of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church in Canonsburg.
She was active with Canonsburg Senior Citizens, and she enjoyed bowling, bingo and darts.
Her husband, Harry “Hank” Madosky, died March 17, 1968.
Surviving are seven children, Mary “Tinny” Mann of Colling Lakes, N.J., Harry Madosky (Joann) of Huntington Beach, Calif., George Madosky (Barbara) of Monroeville, N.J., Martha Bumbarger (Glenn) of Elizabeth, Aaron “Ace” Madosky (Robin) of Columbus, Ohio, Mark Madosky of Washington and Maxine DePaoli (Gary) of Meadow Lands; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Deceased are a daughter, Deborah Styperk, and three sons, Max Madosky and infants Albert and Michael.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, November 13, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, with the Very Rev. Joseph Oleynik officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Canonsburg Senior Citizens, 30 East Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
WWII veteran enjoyed traveling
Oscar “Whitey” Oblock, 89, of Cecil, died Friday, November 9, 2012, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon.
He was born July 28, 1923, in Bridgeville, son of the late Matthew and Mary Urbanic Oblock.
He was a 1941 graduate of Cecil High School.
Sgt. Oblock served 33 months in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was involved in the invasion of Okinawa.
He was a member of McDonald Veterans of Foreign Wars, Teamsters Local 249 and South Fayette Senior Citizens who enjoyed traveling, visiting the casino and attending Marine Corps reunions.
He worked for his father as a farm hand on the Oblock farm in Venice and owned it from 1966 to 1977. He retired as a concrete truck driver for Frank Bryan Co., Pittsburgh. He also worked for Silhol in Bridgeville and Dravo Co. in Pittsburgh.
Surviving are his wife, Alice Ayres Oblock of Cecil; a son, Terry (Tami) Oblock of McDonald; a daughter-in-law, Carol Oblock of Canonsburg; two grandchildren, Matt (Sylvia) Oblock of Cecil and Lindsay (Bill) Jiblits of Waynesburg; and four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Anna and Katie Oblock and Zachary Jiblits.
He was the last of his immediate family. Deceased are four brothers, John, Matthew, Thomas and Edward Oblock, and three sisters, Mary Noark, Frances Strupek and Angeline Fuhrer.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15, with Pastor Doris Sawhill officiating.
Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.
Contributions may be made to the Marines Toys for Tots program.
Joseph Anthony Oliverio
Joseph Anthony “Joey O” Oliverio, 63, of Mims, Fla., formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, in his home, following a three-year illness.
He was born July 22, 1949, in Washington, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Ruth Mounts Oliverio.
A graduate of Trinity High School, he also completed a year at a welding trade school.
He had worked as a welder, and then later for the city of Mims as a maintenance worker.
A Christian, he also was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, having traveled across the United States on his motorcycle.
His wife, Judy Pauline Baumgardner, died in 2009.
Surviving are a brother, Richard “Rick” Oliverio of Washington; a sister, Ruth Ann (George) Morrell of Scenery Hill; four nephews, Nathan Oliverio and George, Jeffery and Matthew Morrell; seven great-nephews and great-nieces, George, Dylan, Kenzie, Makalia, Mackenna, Bella and Addison; an ex-sister-in-law, Pamela; and an uncle, Sam Oliverio.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, is a brother, Terry V. Oliverio.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. The time of services will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Robert W. Ringeisen
Invented and patented the EZ Shot Ghost Ball
Robert W. “Bob” Ringeisen, 65, of Bulger, died Friday, November 9, 2012.
He was born February 24, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a son of Russell and Irene Haney Ringeisen.
On July 1, 1978, he married Judy Vitai, who survives.
Mr. Ringeisen worked for Sun Beam Appliance in Pittsburgh for 20 years, retiring in 1983.
In 2003, he invented and patented the EZ Shot Ghost Ball, which he sold all over the world.
He had a passion for playing pool and was excellent at it. At the time of his death, he held the highest average playing nine-ball in the Players Pool League. Mr. Ringeisen also played in the APA Pool League and the Iron City Pool League.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Robert “Rob” R. Ringeisen of Bulger and Ron W. Ringeisen of Burgettstown; two brothers, Russell Ringeisen of Virginia and Richard “Rick” Ringeisen of Pittsburgh; a sister, Robin Thompson of Pittsburgh; and a grandson, Skyler Ringeisen.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 13. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Nation Funeral Home.
James S. Sella
Retired from Banner Fiberboard
James S. “Jim” Sella, 70, of Avella, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012, in his home.
He was born August 31, 1942, in Wheeling, W.Va., son of the late James and Elizabeth Robison Sella.
Mr. Sella was retired from Banner Fiberboard in Wellsburg, W.Va., and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Avella.
In addition to his parents, deceased are a son, Keith Sella, and a brother, Donald Sella.
Surviving are his wife, Anna Marie “Cookie” Sella; two sons, Ryan J. Sella of Pittsburgh and Erik S. Sella of McDonald; two sisters, Kathleen Carte and husband Lewis of Wellsburg and Emma Jean Parrish of Bloomingdale, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Jack, Kaitlyn and Abigail Sella.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Reasner Funeral Home, 1515 Charles Street, Wellsburg. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Avella with Father Bob Staszewski as celebrant. Interment will be in Independence Cemetery in Independence. Condolences may be left at reasnerofwellsburg.com.