James Earl Baer
U.S. Army veteran enjoyed fishing
James Earl Baer, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Donnell House, following a one-year illness.
He was born March 8, 1930, in Washington, a son of Kelsey and Elizabeth Burt Baer.
Mr. Baer had been a machinist for 38 years, working first at McGraw Edison and later at Cooper Industries.
He had once been a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting, including archery hunting.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Baer served during the Korean War from April 27, 1948, until his honorable discharge April 16, 1952. For his service, he was awarded the Japan and Korea Occupation Medals, and the Korean Service Medal with five bronze stars.
In March 1953, he married Virginia Longstreath, who died in June 1986.
His second wife, Mary McKinney, survives.
Also surviving, are a daughter, Danise (Melvin) Gregg of Fredericktown, and a grandson, Daniel (Tami) Gregg.
Deceased are a brother, John Baer; four half brothers, Boyd Baer, Richard Baer, Kenneth Trautman and Donald Trautman; and a half sister, Virginia Trautman.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 19, with the Rev. Cliff Reynolds officiating.
Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Lawrence E. Boord
Retired coal miner was devoted to family
Lawrence E. “Butch” Boord, 55, of Greensboro, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., with his loving family by his side.
He was born November 28, 1956, in Uniontown, son of Paul Boord and Julia Nabors Boord of Point Marion.
Deceased is his father-in-law, Steve Kalafsky.
Mr. Boord was a graduate of Albert Gallatin High School, Class of 1974.
He was a retired coal miner, having worked for Duquesne Light and new Warwick Mines, and a member of UMWA Local 6310.
A talented chef, he attended and graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute of Pittsburgh. Most recently, he was a certified mine instructor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration and enjoyed teaching young aspiring coal miners.
Mr. Boord was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He loved gardening, building furniture in his workshop, cooking and sports, especially coaching his sons’ sports teams. He also loved to draw pictures of family and friends.
Mr. Boord had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife of 34 years, Janet Kalafsky Boord; a daughter, Brianna Vanata and husband John of Greensboro; two sons, Christopher and Jesse Boord of Greensboro; two grandchildren, John and Sophia Vanata; a sister, Celia Smith of Point Marion; a mother-in-law, Gertrude Kalafsky of Greensboro; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received for a celebration of Mr. Boord’s life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Louis E. Rudolph Funeral Home, Thomas B. Rudolph, funeral director and supervisor, 15 Main Street, Point Marion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greensboro Volunteer Fire Department.
The Boord family appreciates the help of neighbors who aided them during their tragic time.
Nicholas M. Bozic
1921 – 2012
Nicholas M. Bozic, 90, of Washington, formerly of Cherry Valley, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 4, 1921, in Bulger, a son of the late Michael and Mary Carol Bozic.
Mr. Bozic was a 1939 graduate of Midway High School.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.
Mr. Bozic worked for Consol Coal Co. as a foreman at Westland Mine, underground superintendent at Mathies Mine and technical assistant to the vice president at Midwest Region in Ohio.
He was parishioner of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Washington and a member of the Washington Rotary Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6553 in Slovan.
On June 1, 1946, he married Mary Costa, who died January 13, 2002.
Surviving are a son, Dennis Bozic and wife Betsy of McMurray; a daughter, Susan Brown and husband Dennis of Washington; five grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephanie Bozic, Erin Bywaters and husband Donnie and Megan and Courtney Brown; a brother, George and wife Jean; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a brother, Joseph Bozic, and three sisters, Frances Slack, Anne Mihalich and Mary Krzeczowski.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Nick Spirko as celebrant.
Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown.
If so desired, memorial donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 119 West Chestnut Street, Washington, PA 15301, and/or Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Grace Louise Camps
Enjoyed flower gardening and reading
Grace Louise Camps, 86, of Washington, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington. She had been in declining health.
She was born November 7, 1926, in Washington, a daughter of Wilbur and Annie Stewart Kelley.
Mrs. Camps was a member of Church of Christ, Washington, where she taught Sunday school, Tuesday school and Sunshiners Seniors Group.
She graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School with the Class of 1944 and worked for 10 years as a dietary aide for Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Camps enjoyed flower gardening, reading and word puzzles.
On November 14, 1947, she married Phillip Camps. Mr. Camps died October 14, 1972.
Surviving are two sons, David (Lisa) and Edward Camps, both of Washington; a daughter, Mary Ann (Robert) Brandenburg of Avella; four grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Camps, Kim (Joe) Marra, Jamie (Colby) Seigfried and Shawna Camps; five great-grandchildren, Emma, Skylar, Mia and Riley Camps and Devin Marra; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Robert and Thomas Kelley, and a sister, Mary Warne.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, November 19, in Church of Christ, 700 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Robert Davison officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church. At the request of the deceased, only live plants will be accepted at the funeral home and church. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Brian Robert Leech
Enjoyed hunting and fishing
Brian Robert Leech, 33, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Wheeling Hospital.
He was born February 9, 1979, in Wheeling, a son of Pamela Kaye Norwood Leech and the late James Robert “Bob” Leech, who passed away November 8, 2012.
Mr. Leech was a metal fabricator with American Metal Solutions in Wheeling.
He was a member of First Christian Church, Wheeling.
Mr. Leech was president of Elm Grove Eagles Riders Aeries 1891, the Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Post 1 and the Snake Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, especially euchre and poker. He was always the life of the party with a contagious laugh and infectious smile, and a great husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson and loyal friend. Mr. Leech never met anyone he couldn’t call a friend.
Surviving are his wife of six years – they were together for 12 years – Rend’ee Kathryn Caldwell Leech; his mother, Pamala Kaye Norwood Leech; a sister, Beth Ann Meszaros and husband John of Wintersville, Ohio; a nephew, Jeffrey Meszaros; nieces Amber and Brianna Meszaros; his father-in-law, Jerry Caldwell and wife Cathy of Valley Grove; his mother-in-law, Charlene Caldwell of Claysville; a brother-in-law, Judd Caldwell and Audra of Claysville; a sister-in-law, Shelly Woods and husband Greg of Claysville; a grandfather-in-law, Frank Ramage of Claysville; a grandmother, Marjery Leech of Wheeling; several nieces; and a gang of friends.
Friends will be received from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Wheeling, 304-242-2311, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, with the Rev. Meade Lacock and the Rev. Kenneth M. Hardway officiating. Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eagles Riders Aeries 1891, 2153 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.
John T. Manfredi
Member of Upper St. Clair Alliance Church
John T. Manfredi, 87, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville.
He was born August 26, 1925, in Washington, a son of the late Pasquale and Sadie Comfort Manfredi.
Mr. Manfredi was a 1943 graduate of Trinity High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine and served during World War II. He continued to serve until 1951.
He went on to become an agent, then sales manager, for Prudential Insurance. He was employed by them for 34 years.
Mr. Manfredi was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 760, Bethel Park, and was a charter member and first president of the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Three Rivers Chapter, Pittsburgh, where he served as treasurer and membership chairman at the time of his death.
He was a member of Upper St. Clair Alliance Church, Upper St. Clair, where he served, formerly, as treasurer, deacon and chair of the trustees.
On January 25, 1953, in Pittsburgh, he married Mary Ann Capalbo, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Renée Y. Manfredi of Seattle, Wash., and Pamela A. Malloy of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Sam Manfredi of Washington; a sister, Evelyn Sovick of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Kelley and Daniel Malloy; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, William, Joseph and Patsy Manfredi, and five sisters, Jennie Mangiapane, Mary Dolan, Anna Alderson, Elizabeth Trapuzanno and Rose Ferguson.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 19, at Upper St. Clair Alliance Church, 2510 Old Washington Road, Pittsburgh, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Memorial contributions may be directed to Upper St. Clair Alliance Church Scholarship fund at the above address. Condolences may be expressed online at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.
Arlene J. McCracken
Arlene J. McCracken, 78, of Claysville, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville, in a later edition.
William D. Ray McVay
Local bagpiper was avid photographer
William D. Ray McVay, 71, of Washington, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Donnell House.
He was born October 4, 1941, in Washington, a son of the late William L. and Freda F. Headley McVay.
Mr. McVay was a graduate of Washington High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
At one time, he had worked at Findley Refractories as a straw boss and at First Christian Church as a janitor/maintenance person.
In addition, he was a photographer and photography salesperson at Kmart.
Mr. McVay was an avid photographer and Civil War historian and enjoyed woodworking. He was involved in Civil War reenactments and had handcrafted, working replicas of cannons used during the Civil War.
A local bagpiper for many years, he played at many funerals in the area.
Mr. McVay was a member of Friendship Community Church, National Pike Gas and Steam Engine Association, Washington County Historical Society and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was also a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, where he had served as post historian, was on the firing squad and a part of the 40/8.
On January 25, 2003, he married Catherine Miller Mounts, who survives.
Also surviving are five sons, William “Fritz” (Sandy) McVay and Scott P. (Melody) McVay, both of Washington, Mike L. (Betty) McVay of Fresno, Calif., Kevin D. (Dia) McVay of Wexford and Bryan (Angela) McVay of Texas; a stepdaughter, Kathy (Jim) Leasure of Washington; four brothers, Richard (Carolyn) McVay of Washington, Robert (Melba) McVay of Scenery Hill, Dave McVay of Washington and Jerry (Bev) McVay of Marianna; 16 grandchildren, Valerie, Amber, Fritzie, Cassandra, Cameron (Janice), Zachary, Ashlyn, Krista, Anastyn, Griffen, Morgan, Haley, Brandon, J.C., Mary and Daniel; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Haley and Seth; and his first wife, Darlene McVay.
Deceased is a grandson, Cody Reed.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 19, in Friendship Community Church, Washington. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Community Church, 354 Weirich Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Larry Wayne Roberts Jr.
Enjoyed fishing and restoring vehicles
Larry Wayne Roberts Jr., 37, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born December 28, 1974, in Washington, a son of Larry W. Roberts Sr. and Sandra Pasqualla Roberts of Washington.
Mr. Roberts was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and was employed at Penn Glenn Oil in Arnold.
He enjoyed fishing, restoring vehicles and spending time with his children.
Mr. Roberts was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Glyde.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two children, Brittany Roberts and Larry W. Roberts III, both of Washington; a sister, Kimberly Louk and husband Marty Louk of Washington; a nephew, Kurtis Louk; a niece, Katlyn Louk; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Deceased are maternal grandparents Andy and Mildred Pasqualla and paternal grandparents Edward and Norma Jean Roberts.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Monday, November 19, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Peter D. Asplin officiating.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Sam Sapp, 86, of Canonsburg, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following an extended illness.
He was born April 24, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Joseph and Maria Skiba Sapp.
Mr. Sapp lived his entire life in Canonsburg and was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, where he served as president, vice president and trustee and had been very active during all services. He dearly loved his church.
He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 902 in Houston.
Mr. Sapp had been a self-employed truck driver, worked in the Christy Park shell factory in McKeesport and the former Fort Pitt Bridge Works in Canonsburg and, prior to his retirement in 1981, was a foreman at Electric Weld Co.
He was a member and had served as president of the Russian Brotherhood Organization.
Surviving are his twin sister, Julia Kochanski, with whom he made his home, five nieces and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Deceased are a sister, Anna Sapp, and four brothers, Harry, John, Michael and Peter Sapp.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday, November 19. Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, with the Very Rev. Joseph Oleynik, pastor, and the Rev. William Evanski officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 902 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 honor guard. Parastas services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions should be made to St John the Baptist Orthodox Church. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.