Nov. 26

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Milo Briggs Sr.


Korean War vet was Legion, Eagles member, bowler


Milo “Mike” Briggs Sr., 80, of Washington, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family.


He was born January 5, 1932, in Washington, a son of the late Ray and Mary Crile Briggs.


Mr. Briggs attended Trinity schools.


He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he was stationed at Fort Bragg and later at Fort Stewart, before being honorably discharged in 1961.


Mr. Briggs was a member of American Legion Post 744 of Washington, Laboratory Presbyterian Church and the traveling men’s choir. He was a former member of Waynesburg Eagles, Washington Eagles 687, Moose Club 22 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 927.


He enjoyed karaoke and was an avid bowler and hunter.


On June 8, 1953, he married Martha L. Owens, who died January 10, 1995.


Surviving are six children, Milo “Dude” Briggs of Washington, Sandee (Gary) Stokum of Burgettstown, Kathy (Rob) Roberts of Scenery Hill, Christy (Rich) Kelley of Eighty Four, Jeffrey (Patty) Briggs of West Newton and Nancianne Hall of Minden Mines, Mo.; a sister, Maxine Barker of Eighty Four; two brothers, Ivan “Ike” Briggs of Washington and Lawrence Briggs of Amity; 11 grandchildren, Jesse Stokum, Chris Stokum, Trevor Roberts, Tyler Roberts, Lauren Kelley, Chelsie Kelley, Trista Briggs, Samantha Briggs, James Briggs, Bryanna Briggs and Sammy A. Romeo; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are a son, Merle Briggs; four sisters, Lois Henderson, Louise Reed, Gwendola Briggs and Jean Lyle; and four brothers, Dutch Garrett, Harold Garrett, Ray Briggs Jr. and Donald Briggs.


Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Garden, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Celtic Hospice and Palliative Care Services, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046, or at www.celtichealthcare.com. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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Mary Plesko Coneybeer


Active member of Jefferson U.M. Church


Mary Plesko Coneybeer, 93, of Jefferson, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.


She was born September 3, 1919, in Rosco, a daughter of the late Charles and Reda Kandar Plesko.


On January 21, 1941, she married William E. Coneybeer, who died March 9, 1994.


Mrs. Coneybeer was a homemaker and had resided in Jefferson since 1948.


She was a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church, where she had been active in WSCS and Philathia Class. She also was a member of Jefferson Senior Citizens and American Legion Auxiliary.


Surviving are three sons, William E. Coneybeer Jr. of Jefferson, Robert T. Coneybeer of Butler and Ronald C. Coneybeer of Uniontown; five grandchildren, Nicole Coneybeer, Meagan Coneybeer Roberts, Lindsey Coneybeer, Zachary Coneybeer and Brandee Coneybeer; four great-grandchildren, Abbagail Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Kaleigh Coneybeer and Celia Roberts; and three sisters, Olive Ann Coneybeer of Belle Vernon, Jane Burkett of Columbus, Ohio, and Irene Leonard.


Deceased are six brothers, Charles, Steve, John, George, Michael and Edward Plesko; and two infant sisters, Helen and Elizabeth Plesko.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, with the Rev. Richard E. Bowser officiating. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 127 Washington Street, Jefferson, PA 15344. Condolences may be offered at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.


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Esther C. Garner


Active volunteer, Canonsburg homemaker


Esther C. Garner, 91, of Canonsburg, died Friday, November 23, 2012.


She was born October 24, 1921, in Milltown, N.J., a daughter of the late George and Emma Christ.


Mrs. Garner attended Drew University in New Jersey, prior to graduating from Washington & Jefferson College in 1975.


In addition to being a homemaker, she also was employed by Goodwill Industries.


She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McMurray.


Mrs. Garner invested much of her time volunteering for various organizations including the Literacy Council of Washington County, Canonsburg General Hospital and the Blood Bank.


On September 1, 1951, she married the Rev. Lawrence E. Garner. He passed away February 17, 1969.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, are her siblings, Ernest Christ, Lorna Smith and Edith Hall.


Surviving are four children, Lawrence E. (Ann) Garner of Washington, Phyllis L. (Michael) Pirnik of Canonsburg, Lorna E. (Mark) Turon of Finleyville and Carol L. (Ron) Worstell of Canonsburg; six grandchildren, Jennifer Scears, Suzanne Pirnik, Holly and Kylie Garner, Eric Kochanski and Rachel Rogers; and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Alyssa and Ainsley.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-5810. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, in First United Methodist Church, 161 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, with the Rev. Tate Fulton officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Presbyterian SeniorCare Benevolent Fund, 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301; or Compassionate Care Center, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.


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Arthur W. Jones Jr.


Army Reservist worked as Foodland meat cutter


Arthur W. Jones Jr., 65, of Washington, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born June 6, 1947, in Charleroi, a son of the late Arthur W. and Sara Malie Jones.


Mr. Jones was a 1965 graduate of Rostraver High School.


He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Mr. Jones’ hobbies were woodworking, fishing, playing the guitar and camping.


He worked at Foodland as a meat cutter.


On July 18, 1970, he married June Shadel, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Beth Ann Jones of Washington; and two sisters, Pattie (Miles) Kelley of Belle Vernon and Suzann (John) Irwin of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.


A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, Presbyterian SeniorCare chapel, 835 South Main Street, Washington, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Donnell House, c/o The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301; or American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements have been entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Martha Jane Kovalik


Retired LPN, Crossroads U.M. Church member


Martha Jane Kovalik, 75, of McDonald, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in Hamot Medical Center, Erie.


She was born December 10, 1936, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late William and Margaret Lillian Gladstone Rodgers.


Mrs. Kovalik was a retired licensed practical nurse.


She was a member and former greeter of Crossroads United Methodist Church Oakdale.


Her first husband, James Wilson Holmes, died April 7, 1977. On September 15, 1997, she married Lawrence J. Kovalik, who survives.


Also surviving are three daughters, Martha Ann (Michael) Duell of Johnstown, Mary J. Yerkey of Langeloth and Darla J. Cook of Washington; two sons, James R. (Sally) Holmes of Valencia and William E. Holmes of Erie; a brother, David Rodgers of Connecticut; eight grandchildren, James, Shirley, Heather, Bobbi Jo, Ryan, Cory, Troy and Abbagail; and three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Connor and Cara.


Deceased are two sisters, Marjorie Rice and Joyce Glendenning.


She leaves behind her dog, Jingles.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at www.nationfuneralhome.com.


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Belva Jean Seward Lauda


Active Broad Street Church member, volunteer


Belva Jean Seward Lauda, 86, of Washington, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.


She was born March 28, 1926, in Houston, a daughter of the late U. Grant Seward and Della McMenemy Seward.


Mrs. Lauda grew up in Houston. She was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and attended Penn Commercial College.


She was a member of Broad Street Baptist Church, where she volunteered and was very active and had attended First Christian Church in Washington. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution and was a volunteer for Girl Scouts and Rainbow Girls.


Mrs. Lauda worked in the clerical department of Prudential Insurance Co. and was a homemaker.


On June 25, 1957, she married Dr. Bill G. Lauda, who passed away May 17, 2000.


Surviving are two daughters, Nancy S. McGill and husband James (Jeb) of East Washington and Kathi J. Felton and husband James of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren, J. Patrick McGill and Megan McGill, Andrew Felton, Jacob Felton, Joseph Felton and Rebecca Felton; a brother, Robert G. Seward and wife Frances of Meadow Lands; a nephew, Robert Seward Jr.; a niece, Cheryl Morrell; a sister-in-law, Jane Willhoft of East Washington; and a nephew, Frank Willhoft.


Deceased are a sister, Betty J. Tunno, and two nephews, Terry Seward and Richard Willhoft.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, with the Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Theresa S. Perry


Member of Central Assembly of God Church


Theresa S. Perry, 88, of Houston, passed away peacefully at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, in HCR ManorCare, McMurray, following an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family.


She was born September 8, 1924, a daughter of the late Vincent and Carmella Russo Salituro.


Mrs. Perry lived most of her life in Midland and Houston, where she was a member of Central Assembly of God Church for 26 years.


She enjoyed search word puzzles and watching game shows.


In her younger years, she had been employed as a clerk in the Midland Company Store.


On August 12, 1950, she married Theodore A. Perry, who died November 20, 1984.


Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Jeffrey) Wright of Houston; her only beloved granddaughter, Chelsea Marie Wright, who will always remember the special times when her “Nana” taught her to sing songs in Italian; a brother, Vincent Salituro of Springfield Mo.; a sister, Macaline Manko of Clairton; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, is a son, Theodore Vincent Perry, who died in infancy.


Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc. Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Services will he held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 29, in Central Assembly of God Church, 155 McGovern Road, Houston. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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Charles E. Stewart


Moreland Vault retiree loved music, polkas


Charles E. Stewart, retiree of Moreland Burial Vault Co., 82, of Washington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 21, 2012.


He was the beloved father of Anna Thomassy, Chuck and wife Terri Stewart and Edward Stewart; and grandfather of Ricky, Tara, David and Laura.


Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.


Mr. Stewart loved music, especially polkas, and spending time outside in the country.


At the family’s request, all services are private. Memorial contributions may be made to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements are entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.


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Jimmie Tennant


Additional information was received for the obituary of Jimmie Tennant, published Sunday.


Surviving is his stepmother, Leona Taylor Tennant of Pine Bank.


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James F. Vogel Sr.


Marine Corps veteran was outdoorsman


James F. “Jim” Vogel Sr., 69, of Washington, formerly of West Finley, died peacefully Thursday, November 22, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family.


He was born December 13, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frederick and Kathryn James Vogel.


Mr. Vogel enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.


He served in the United States Marine Corps.


Surviving are a son, James F. (Elena) Vogel Jr. of Elizabeth; a daughter, Tammie (Rick) Rizor of Prosperity; four grandchildren, Rick Rizor, Joshua Vogel, Deserae Rizor and Caedon Vogel; three great-grandchildren, Dominik Rizor, RaeLynn Rizor and Kathryn Rizor; and several nieces and nephews.


Mr. Vogel will be sadly missed by his longtime companion, Kathy Armstrong of Washington.


Deceased is a brother, David E. Vogel.


At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. Burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by 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. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


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Lyndda M. Willner


Lynnda M. Willner, 65, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in her home.


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


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