Nov. 13

  • November 13, 2012

Charles E. Carnahan Sr.

Army vet, VFW member, retired auto body manager

Charles E. Carnahan Sr., 82, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born in Carnegie, a son of Frank and Rachael Carnahan.

Prior to retirement, he was employed as auto body manager for Bridgeville Sales Inc. and Maaco.

Mr. Carnahan served with the U.S. Army and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, St. Patrick Church, Falcon Archers and Mt. Lebanon Sportsman’s Club. He loved spending time with his family.

His wife, Margaret E. Graff Carnahan, died May 25, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, Charles E. Carnahan Jr. and wife Luann of Eighty Four and Jeffrey Carnahan and wife Kimberly of Washington; four grandchildren, Charles and Brian Carnahan, Kristen Collier and Rachel Snyder; four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Tyler, Zachary and Collin; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Departing prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray, with full military rites accorded by VFW Post 191 and American Legion Post 902. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name are requested to Washington Area Humane Society. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Antoinette Falce Checca

Former Peters Township resident

Antoinette “Toni” “Belle” Checca, 83, of Friendswood, Texas, formerly of Peters Township, died Friday, November 9, 2012, in Emeritus Assisted Living, Friendswood.

She was born September 14, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Ann Wessel Falce.

Mrs. Checca was married to the late Daniel M. Checca.

She was a member of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood.

Surviving are a son, Dennis P. Checca of New York; a daughter, Julianne C. Murphy of Texas; four grandchildren, Sean M. Murphy and Daniel X., and James P. and Caitlin A. Checca; a sister, Mary Ellen Vitalie of Bethel Park; a brother, James Falce of San Jose, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211. Please view or add tributes at

Kenneth E. Clutter

Vietnam vet, active Dallas U.M. Church member

Kenneth E. Clutter, 68, of West Finley, died at 6:04 a.m. Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Washington Hospital, after being in failing health for the past five years.

He was born October 5, 1944, in West Finley Township, Washington County, son of the late Charles Elmer and Mary Lavaughn Little Clutter. He had resided in West Finley since 1991.

Mr. Clutter was a member of Dallas United Methodist Church in Dallas, W.Va., where he served as a member of the nominating committee, PPRC, adult coordinator of the church and was a former trustee.

He also was a member of West Alexander American Legion Post 656, a member and president of McGuffey Senior Center in Claysville and member and president of West Finley Friendship Club.

Mr. Clutter was a former member of the Stumptown (Ohio) Steam Thrasher Association and Brownsville Gas and Steam Association.

He enjoyed collecting and restoring five antique International/Farmall tractors, time fishing with his grandchildren and hunting as long as his health permitted.

Mr. Clutter attended the former Claysville High School.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a specialist 4th class with the U.S. Army, 154th AVN Company, 4th Army.

On October 14, 1967, he married Connie Lou Rhoades, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Michael Todd, husband of Roberta Clutter of Dallas; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Clutter of Morgantown, W.Va.; a brother, Roger, husband of Mary Clutter of Wheeling, W.Va.; and two grandchildren, Naomi Colleen and Trenton Bradley Clutter.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Kenneth Bradley Clutter, who died shortly after birth, and a brother, Elmer (Ted) Clutter.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and until time of services at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, in Dallas United Methodist Church, with Pastor Cindy Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Dallas. Graveside flag folding services will be conducted by members of the U.S. Army. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dallas U.M. Church-Trustees, 7355 Dallas Pike, Dallas, WV 26036. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Patricia Boylan Dimmack

East Washington woman loved time with her family

Patricia “Patty” Boylan Dimmack, 64, of East Washington Borough, died suddenly in her home Sunday, November 11, 2012.

She was born August 29, 1948, in Philadelphia, a daughter of James H. Boylan of Washington and the late Dorothy Boylan.

Mrs. Dimmack was a 1966 graduate of St. Xavier Academy in Latrobe and a 1970 graduate of D’Ouville College in Buffalo, N.Y.

She was a devout Roman Catholic and was passionate about everything in her life. She devoted her life to the love of her family and her grandchildren, which was surpassed only by her faith in God.

Lang’s fashion store in Washington employed her as an assistant credit manager. She later worked at Giant Eagle grocery store in the hot foods department.

She was the loving mother of Christopher, James and Teri Dimmack, all of Washington, and the late Richard Dimmack; loving mother-in-law of Julie Dimmack; and the beloved grandmother of Simon, Dorothy and Beatrix Dimmack. Also surviving are her sisters, Kathleen Madigan (husband David, deceased), Mary Ellen (Alan) Jutca of Washington and Theresa (Myles) Meehan of Philadelphia; a brother, Dr. Thomas (Lois) Boylan of Chevy Chase, Md.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her godparents, William and Mary Ann Boylan of Philadelphia.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home at 1290 Jefferson Avenue in Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Washington, with Pastor William P. Feeney as celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in her memory.

Marilyn Ann Carroll Emery

Retired teacher and musician

Marilyn C. Emery, 78, of Washington, was called home to the Lord Sunday, November 11, 2012, in home in Washington.

She was born December 14, 1933, a daughter of the late Ralph Batson and Evelyn Elizabeth Brown Carroll.

Mrs. Emery graduated from Washington High School and Muskingum College in Ohio, with a degree in music education, having been an active member of KONA Club and Acapella Choir.

On June 10, 1955, in Washington, she married Donald Glenn Emery. They moved to Quantico, Va., then to Camp LeJeune, N.C., where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mrs. Emery taught in the Marine Corps Base School at Camp LeJeune and was organist at the Protestant Chapel on the base.

Upon returning to Washington, Mrs. Emery taught music in Trinity Area School District and chorus at Immaculate Conception High School.

She served as church organist for First Lutheran Church and as choir director at First Christian Church. Later, she served as director of music and organist for Laboratory Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She retired from there in 2010.

Mrs. Emery was very active in the local music and theater scene for many years, and performed in and directed the orchestra for several Washington Community Theater productions. She was accompanist and orchestra director for 10 years of musicals at Bentworth High School.

Mrs. Emery also played for many shows with local musical groups Guys and Dolls and Top Shelf. Over the years, Mrs. Emery also taught dozens of private piano lessons in her home for children.

She had a beautiful soprano voice, and sang for many weddings. She loved spending time with her family and was interior decorator for all of them.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Donald; son Bryan Ralph Emery; daughter Kristin Elizabeth Emery; sister Nancy Carroll (Edwin) Andrew; nephew Scott Edwin (Victoria) Andrew; niece Sonja Andrew (Paul) Heidish; two great-nephews; two great-nieces; several cousins; sister-in-law Blanche Gibson Emery; and two nieces, Susan Emery (John) Heher and Cedra Emery (Ray) Ferington.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are brother-in-law Charles H. Emery and sister-in-law Gwen Emery (Jack) Moore.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 15, with the Rev. David Stammerjohn officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301; or the ALS Foundation, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Linda Lou Fluharty

Homemaker was member of Calvary Temple

Linda Lou Fluharty, 63, of Washington, died Monday, November 12, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born January 18, 1949, in Washington, a daughter of the late William Newton and Marion Young Fluharty.

Ms. Fluharty was a homemaker and member of Calvary Temple.

Surviving are her lifelong companion, John Weaver; a daughter, Jessica Kristine Fluharty of Washington; two brothers, William (Betty) Fluharty and Tom (Kathy) Fluharty; two sisters, Cindy Lou Powell and Deborah Littell; two grandchildren, Courtney Renee and Angela Louise Dixon; a great-grandchild, Amyah Kristine Davis; several nieces, including Tina Fluharty, Michelle Powell and Kimberly Strawn; and several nephews.

Also surviving are her best friend, Cindy Power, and friends Bill Wade and Debbie Littell.

Deceased are two brothers, Timmy and James Fluharty, and a niece, Misty Morrison.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, November 15, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor David Harner and JoAnn Glunt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or to the family in care of the funeral home. Additional information and guest book are available at

Ruth K. Kisow

Services for Ruth K. Kisow, who died Friday, November 9, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg.

Grace K. Sauerzopf

2009 McGuffey grad was Penn Commercial student

Grace K. Sauerzopf, 21, of Claysville, died unexpectedly Sunday, November 11, 2012, from injuries received in an automobile accident in West Finley Township, Washington County.

She was born March 10, 1991, in Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of Lois Jean Brown Mahan of Claysville and John Charles Sauerzopf of Jeanette, and had resided in West Finley Township since 2000.

Miss Sauerzopf attended Windy Gap United Presbyterian Church in West Finley.

She was a 2009 graduate of McGuffey High School, where she participated in the CNA program at Western Career and Technology Center.

Miss Sauerzopf attended Westmoreland Community College and, at the time of her death, was attending Penn Commercial College for medical office training.

She was formerly employed by Washington County Autism Society and also worked in Washington area restaurants and in retail sales.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her stepfather, Jay Alan Mahan of Claysville; brother Avery Mahan, at home; a half brother, Charles Knerian of Jeanette; maternal grandparents John and Grace Cumpston Brown of Greensboro; paternal grandparents Robert and Elizabeth Sauerzopf of Horsehead, N.Y.; paternal stepgrandmother Joy Clutter Mahan of West Finley; godparent John Looker of Columbus, Ohio; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased is her paternal stepgrandfather, Roy Mahan.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and until time of services at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 15, in Windy Gap United Presbyterian Church, West Finley, with the Rev. Jeri-Lynn Bouterse officiating and Angie Deal assisting. Interment will follow in West Finley Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to one’s local Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Virginia Rae Chopak Schaefer

Labor movement advocate, AFSCME retiree

Virginia Rae Chopak Schaefer, 75, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born July 12, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Norman L. and Mary Ellen Flannery Cline.

Mrs. Schaefer loved spending time with her grandchildren, and had a strong interest in civil rights.

She retired as director of education at AFSCME, Council 13, in 1999. She had gained national attention as a guest labor instructor, especially for her powerful monologue portrayals of Mother Jones and Susan B. Anthony. Her devotion to labor and education was lifelong, as she served as a local union training instructor for six years, before Council 13, along with holding several local union officer positions. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her in the labor movement.

Surviving are her son, Andrew Chopak and wife Heather of Canonsburg; daughter Sheryl McCutheon and husband Kenneth of Scotland; daughter Roberta Czarnecki of Chicago, Ill.; stepson William R. Schaefer of Camp Hill; stepdaughter Sonia Schaefer Sellers of Harrisburg; brother Pat Cline Sr. and wife Mary Lou of Venetia; three grandchildren, Joshua, Holly and Heather Chopak; a niece, Kimberly Gillott; and nephew Pat Cline Jr.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Harry A. Schaefer; son David Andrew Chopak; and brother Norman L. Cline Jr.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, with the Rev. Daniel and the Rev. Catherine Peternel officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Robert Underwood

Bethel Park resident

Robert Underwood, 77, of Bethel Park, died Saturday, November 10, 2012.

He was the husband of Carolyn.

Sisters Rita, Marlene and Eileen survive.

Deceased are sister Ruth and brothers Vernon and Darrell.

Services are private.


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