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November 17, 2012

Robert C. Biers Sr.

Robert C. Biers Sr., 88, of Houston, died Friday, November 16, 2012, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete will be published in a later edition.

Russell K. Forrest Jr.

Forrest Motors owner remembered as kindhearted

Russell K. Forrest Jr., 52, of Washington, died Friday, November 16, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy J. Forrest; loving father of Russell K. Forrest III, Nicole C. Forrest, Lauren C. (Josh) Zoldan and Alexander B. Zaffino; caring brother of Marion E. (Daniel) Bowser, Stacey C. Forrest, Megan (Chris) Exler and Amy (Steve) Syverson; cherished nephew of Nancy Lois; and dearly missed member of a loving extended family as well.

Mr. Forrest was the owner of Forrest Motors Ltd. in Washington. A die-hard Steelers fan, he will be ever remembered by his many friends and family as the most kindhearted, generous, loved and respected man.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 15317, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday, November 19, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, Peters Township. Interment will be private. The family suggest donations in his memory to UPMC Cancer Center, Office of Development & Community Affairs, Upner Cancer Center Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Please add or view tributes at

Albert J. Giocondi Sr.

WWII vet, member of Teamsters, Sons of Italy

Albert J. Giocondi Sr., 87, of Star Junction, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

He was born September 22, 1925, in Star Junction, a son of the late Giacoma and Maria Giocondi.

Mr. Giocondi was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.

He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Giocondi was employed by Clairton Steel Mills and Pepsi Bottling Co. of Pittsburgh. He also was a member of Teamsters and Sons of Italy, Kecksburg.

Surviving are two sons, Albert Giocondi Jr. and wife Dolores of Carmichaels and Gino Giocondi of Star Junction; two daughters, Betty Abbott and husband Bud of Smock and Donna Hager of Star Junction; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Giocondi Sr.; and a sister, Delmira “Mimi” Buretz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Rosella.

The staff in Anna Lisa’s Personal Care Home were caring and loving.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Blair-Lowther Funeral Home Inc., 305 Rear Independence Street, Perryopolis, PA, 15473, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 19, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church, Smock. Father James Petrovsky will serve as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, Smock. Graveside military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Gold Star Post 7023 and American Legion Post 752, both of Perryopolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

Frank Anthony Kacvinsky Jr.

Civil service employee was Vietnam veteran

Frank Anthony Kacvinsky Jr., 63, formerly of Canonsburg, died October 27, 2012. He lost his courageous battle with cancer in his home in Rainier, Wash., with loving friends by his side.

He was born June 28, 1949, a son of Viola Davies Kaikaka and the late Frank Kacvinsky.

Mr. Kacvinsky graduated high school in the state of California in 1967 and dedicated 38 years to a notable career in the civil service. He also served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army as a Vietnam War veteran stationed in Da Nang.

He will always be remembered for his unforgettable laughter and kindness.

Surviving are his mother, Viola Davies Kaikaka; a son, Frank (Jeanine) Navarro; sisters Elizabeth (Robert) Anderson and Carolyn Kaikaka; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be directed to a cancer charity of choice.

Rebecca Rae Kennedy

1976 Trinity grad active in ARC, Pathways

Rebecca Rae Kennedy, 55, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 16, 2012, in her home.

She was a daughter of the late James C. and Rae Nevin Kennedy.

After graduating in 1976 from Trinity High School, she was very active in ARC and Pathways during her adult life.

Surviving are two brothers, Bruce E. (Susan) Kennedy of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Robert N. (Agnes) Kennedy of Riverton, N.J.; and a nephew, James Byron Kennedy of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. the hour of services, Monday, November 19, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Emily Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to Pathways of Southwestern PA at Condolences in her memory may be expressed online at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Donald E. Loar

Vietnam veteran was retired truck driver

Donald E. Loar, 65, of Fredericktown, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Veterans Administration Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 9, 1947, in Washington, a son of the late Cleve and Wilda Shuman Loar.

Mr. Loar was a 1965 graduate of Trinity High School.

He then went on to join the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam.

Mr. Loar was an over-the-road truck driver working for Phillip-Bell and TLX Ace, from where he retired in 1995.

He enjoyed reading, especially the newspaper, and was an avid Steelers fan.

On September 20, 1969, in North Ten Mile Baptist Church, he married Sally K. Vester. Together, they shared more than 43 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Sally K. Loar, are a son, Jeremy B. (Jeannine) Loar; a grandson, Jackson Cole Loar; a brother, Robert Earl Loar; two sisters, Opal (Raymond) Wright and Wilda Darlene Penrod; seven sisters-in-law, Barb Loar, Linda Loar, Barbara Loar, Linda Loar, Deborah (JC) Thomas, Mary Bruno and Rhonda (Steve) Jones; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are sister, Leonna Virginia (Edward) Dye; brothers Harold Cleveland Loar, Albert Richard Loar, Gerald Franklin Loar, Andrew Jackson Loar and David Lee Loar; brothers-in-law Norman Penrod and John Vester; and sisters-in-law Brenda Loar and Cathy (Kenneth) Iams.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, with Pastor Rick Bruckner officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 744 of Marianna. Condolences may be left at

Arlene J. McCracken

Claysville homemaker active in Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Arlene J. “Arney” McCracken, 78, of Claysville, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born April 9, 1934, in Gratztown, a daughter of Robert F. and Harriet Elizabeth Sterner Campbell.

She was a member of Claysville Christian Church.

Mrs. McCracken was a waitress at the former Club 40, Washington, and a homemaker.

She was a member and past 2nd vice president and chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary of Hunt-Kennedy American Legion Post 639, Claysville, where she also was a longtime member of the ladies drill team.

She was a babysitter for many local children.

Mrs. McCracken enjoyed reading, shopping, card club, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and raising her Boston terriers.

On April 9, 1975, in Cumberland, Md., she married John W. McCracken, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Clarence (Laura) Allshouse of Yuma, Ariz., and Joseph (Linda) Allshouse of Claysville; a daughter, Kimberly (Alan) Demski of Claysville; additional children, John “Jay” (Patti) McCracken of Washington, Sandy (Jesse) Lowther of Washington and Judy (Bob) Silvers of Prosperity; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and several “honorary” grandchildren, whom she considered to be part of her family.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, 219 Main Street, Claysville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 19, with Pastor James Sevon Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Claysville Christian Church or American Legion Post 639, Claysville.

William Walter McGowan

Eighty Four dairy, beef farmer active in church, 4-H

William Walter McGowan, 61, of Eighty Four, Somerset Township, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, November 15, 2012, in his home, of an aortic aneurysm.

He was born February 15, 1951, in Monongahela Memorial Hospital, a son of Ruth Rippel McGowan of Eighty Four and the late Roy N. McGowan, who passed away in June 1979.

Mr. McGowan was a 1969 graduate of Bentworth High School and attended California University of Pennsylvania, until he had a farm-related accident.

Active in dairy and beef farming his entire life, he was a fourth-generation farmer in the Eighty Four area.

Mr. McGowan was a member of Eighty Four 4-H, active from the time he could join in all aspects of farming – dairy, beef, pigs, capons – and he loved every aspect of farming.

He and his brother, Bruce, operated the dairy industry, disbursing the dairy herd several years ago, but maintained the beef herd as of today.

Mr. McGowan was a member of Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four, where he served as an elder and was superintendent of Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Cemetery for 26 years, retiring several years ago.

He was a member of 84 Advisory Council of Washington County Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He also served on the Agway Committee and Farm Service Agency.

Mr. McGowan was very pleasant, always smiling and had a most wonderful memory.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, is a brother, Bruce E. McGowan, who resides on the family farm.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 19, with the Rev. John Pipp, a cousin of Mr. McGowan, officiating. Interment will follow in Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.

Joseph Trovato

Joseph “Little Joe” Trovato, 79, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 15, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following an extended illness.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Eli M. Westich

Korean War vet, J&L Steel retiree was outdoorsman

Eli M. Westich, 79, of Vestaburg, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

He was born July 23, 1933, in Grindstone, a son of the late George and Mary Andrews Westich.

Mr. Westich was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War.

He was a 1952 graduate of Centerville High School and attended Penn Commercial.

For more than 25 years, he worked as a finisher/roller for J&L Steel, Aliquippa Works, until his retirement in 1985. At the time of his death, he was employed as a bus driver with Impiccini Bus Lines.

Mr. Westich was a member of the United Steel Workers of America and was chairman of Vestaburg Sewage Authority.

He was a hardworking family man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

On June 16, 1962, he married Mae Leonard, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Bryan Westich of Kingston, Tenn.; two daughters, Sheri Malcom and husband Chris of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Renee Westich of Apex, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brennan and Eric Westich; a brother, Paul Westich of Fredericktown; six sisters, Sarah Volchko of Pittsburgh, Martha Danielson of Ohio, Elizabeth Pankiewicz of Ponte Verde, Fla., Teresa Westich of Carnegie, Louise Toth of Parma, Ohio, and Ann Laird of Flatwoods, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, George “Juke”, Nick, Adam and Mike Westich.

Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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