Nov. 15

November 14, 2012

Nicholas M. Bozic

Nicholas M. Bozic, 90, of Washington, formerly of Cherry Valley, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Gale Dobosh

Homemaker, member of Wright’s U.M. Church

Gale Dobosh, 84, of Venetia, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in her home.

She was born April 13, 1928, in Hackett, a daughter of the late Isaac and Jeanette Lytle Cushey.

Mrs. Dobosh was a homemaker and a member of Wright’s United Methodist Church in Venetia.

She enjoyed playing cards and bingo and making trips to the local casinos.

Surviving are her husband, William Dobosh; a son, William Dobosh Jr. (Becky) of Venetia; a daughter, Jan Ellen Grieve of Venetia; a sister, Lorraine Fink of Clarence City, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Danielle and Michael; three great-grandchildren, Sam, Max and Penny; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. Graveside services and interment will be held at noon Saturday, November 17, in Finleyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Clarence E.M. Dudley

’04 Albert Gallatin grad was cook, Steelers fan

Clarence E.M. “Matt” Dudley, 26, of Avella, formerly of Canonsburg and Fredericktown, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born April 27, 1986, in Pittsburgh, a son of Bruce P. Smith of Pittsburgh and the late Hazel Dudley.

Mr. Dudley was a 2004 graduate of Albert Gallatin High School.

He was employed as a cook at Mr. Big’s restaurant in Meadow Lands.

Mr. Dudley was a member of Mt. Zion AME in Daisytown

He enjoyed drawing and art and was an avid Steelers fan.

Surviving are his companion, Melissa Russell; five children, Navaeh and Marquis Dudley, Olivia Elias, James Oliver and Natalya Dudley; two sisters, Darlene Dudley of Canonsburg and Sharee Dudley of Fredericktown; maternal grandfather, Clarence Dudley (Sandra) of Canonsburg; maternal grandmother, Georgetta Dudley of Canonsburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased are an uncle, Jonathan Dudley.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17. Interment will be private. 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


Frances Jeanne Frank

Wife, mother, retired nurse was example of generosity

Frances Jeanne Frank, 86, of Washington, died Sunday, November 11, 2012.

She was born in Chester, W.Va., the youngest daughter of the late John C. and Doane Johnston Hobbs.

Instilled with a strong work ethic, she strove to go beyond her roots. Upon her high school graduation, she entered the nursing program at Allegheny General Hospital. While a student, she was made head nurse in the Obstetrics and Gynecological Department of Allegheny General.

Over the ensuing 40 years, she received her bachelor’s of science and master’s of education degrees from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University and designation as a gerontological nursing specialist. After serving on the faculty of Washington Hospital School of Nursing, she joined the faculty at the North Side campus of Community College of Allegheny County, where she attained the rank of full professor and was appointed Interim Dean of Life Sciences.

In 1984, she joined the faculty, in the department of nursing, at Maricopa County Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., a position she held until 1991.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Dr. Frederick J. Frank of Washington, Dean Emeritus of Washington & Jefferson College; two sons, Frederick J. Frank Jr. and wife Pamela and T. Scott Frank and wife Sarah Springer Frank of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren, Mary Frank and Natalie (Michael) Bader.

Mrs. Frank was a loving wife and mother, who stood as an example of grace, grit, and above all, generosity to her family and to all who knew her. In the tradition of “the Lady with the Lamp,” she taught hundreds of students the art of nursing, so that the sick and dying might repair in hope and dignity.

Friends will be received for a time of fellowship from noon to 2 p.m., the time of services with remembrances and speaking on her life, Saturday, November 17, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with John R. Warner leading the gathering. All other services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Frederick J. and Frances Jeanne Frank Prize for Leadership in Communication Arts, c/o the Development Office at Washington & Jefferson College, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


Harry Lester Holmes Jr.

Antiques enthusiast enjoyed time with family

Harry Lester “Cappy” Holmes Jr., 68, a lifelong resident of Washington, died peacefully Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Washington Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born September 6, 1944, in Washington, a son of the late Harry “Dutch” Lester Sr. and Violet Majewski Holmes.

Mr. Holmes was a lover of Native American Indian artifacts, antiques, art and gardening.

He was a hard worker, first on river boats and then in the coal mines. After retirement, he joined Cameron Wellness Center, where he frequented many times a week to exercise and meet with his friends.

Mr. Holmes was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and attended West Liberty University. He also was a member of the Keystone Club in Washington.

Surviving are his devoted wife, Jacqueline “Jaci” Holmes; loving children Niki Holmes (Andy Hollinger), Harry “Kip” Holmes III and Nicholas (Ashley) McNamara; his precious granddaughter, Haleigh; a nephew, Cody; a niece, Bethany; and dear friends and family.

He enjoyed the fun times he spent with his family, especially those he shared with his granddaughter.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his first wife, Cecelia Jean Miller.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, November 17, 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, with Father Lou Pascazi officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully appreciated in his name to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed at


Elinor Montana Johnson

Retired Corning account clerk, active church member

Elinor Montana Johnson, 83, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Mon Valley Hospital.

She was born July 30, 1929, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late Joseph C. “Hooks” and Margaret Hayes Montana.

After high school, she began working as an operator with Bell Telephone Co. Following her time there, she was a secretary for Father Abbatte at the former St. Anthony School and then the program director at Mon Valley YMCA. She then retired from Corning Glass in Charleroi as an account clerk.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church, in Monongahela, where she belonged to and was past president of its Altar Rosary Christian Mother Society.

She enjoyed going to The Meadows and loved to play cards, especially Euchre.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Keith F. and Kathy Johnson of Monongahela; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia M. and John Kozon of Monongahela, Pamela Giordanengo and her companion, Greg Schultz, of Wisconsin, and Paula and Ronald Roman and Arlene Johnson and her companion, Bill Thieret, all of Monongahela; a brother, Joseph Montana of the state of California; 11 grandchildren, John (Brenda) Kozon, Kelly (Chad Lauderbaugh) Kozon, Shauna (Christopher) Bigi, Jamie (Jay) Taylor, Amie and Brian Ludwick, Cody and Casey Johnson, Emily (Dan) Vavreck, Katie Thompson (David Wachinski) and Sarah Thompson; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Harriet Montana of Ohio and Jeanne Montana of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased are her husband, Milton “Tino” Johnson, who died October 31, 2003; two brothers, Robert “Bud” and William Montana; and two sisters, Elizabeth Voelker and Emma Brirley.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 17, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, Monongahela, with Father William Terza, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road, Monongahela, PA 15063.


Services for Carl Ray Kelley, who died November 5, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson.


Clement C. Middleton

Levinson Steel retiree served in WWII

Clement C. Middleton, 96, of Gastonville, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Mt. Vernon of South Park Assisted Living Center.

He was born October 2, 1916, in Burr, Mo., a son of the late Charles P. and Jesse Belle Hawk Middleton.

Mr. Middleton was retired as a computer programmer with the former Levinson Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 613 in Finleyville.

Mr. Middleton was a member of the former Union Roads United Methodist Church in Gastonville.

Surviving are a son, Jeffrey Middleton and wife Charlene of Finleyville; two daughters, Kathleen Spencer and husband David of Finleyville and Betsy Lynn Maynard and husband Mark of Houston; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are his wife, Lois Campbell Middleton, who died in 2008, and two sons, Jerry and Christopher Middleton.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. American Legion Post 613 will conduct services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 613, 3533 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332; or Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


Services for Joseph Anthony Oliverio, who died November 7, 2012, will be held at noon Friday, November 16, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.


John Josiah Thomas

Self-employed farmer, World War II vet

John Josiah Thomas, 91, formerly of Bentleyville, died Tuesday evening, November 13, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

He was born November 16, 1920, in West Bethlehem Township, Washington County, a son of the late Harry and Elizabeth Smith Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a self-employed farmer and had worked for Atlas Railroad in Eighty Four.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army.

Mr. Thomas was a member of Labor Local 1058.

Surviving are his former wife, Phyllis Mitchner Thomas; five children, Bruce C. Thomas of Killeen, Texas, Cindy L. Shedlock of Monongahela, John W. “Porky” Thomas of Bentleyville, Bill J. Thomas (Lisa Fox) of Burgettstown and David L. Thomas (Shelly) of Scenery Hill; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Hustava of Bentleyville and Mae Stanish of Beallsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Bill, Guy and Dutch Thomas; and two sisters, Ruth Thomas and Helen Keegan.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17, with Pastor David Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, Eighty Four. Graveside military rites will be accorded. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


Vivian V. White

Member of Venice Presbyterian Church

Vivian V. White, 80, of McDonald, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born September 15, 1932, in California, a daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Whetzel Wilds.

Mrs. White was a member of Venice Presbyterian Church.

She was a graduate of Cecil High School.

Mrs. White enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She worked as a waitress for various area restaurants.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Ted Forkey) Briselli of West Alexander; two sons, James (Betty) White of Smithville, Tenn., and Jeffrey White of McDonald; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Wilds of Texas; and a sister, Jennie Lou Hertzog of Canonsburg.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, James D. White Sr., and a sister, Edwina Nichols.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, with Pastor Fred Soberg officiating. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.



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