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December 1, 2012

Cynthia Jo Chase

Enjoyed crafts, crocheting

Cynthia Jo Chase, 61, of Washington, died Sunday, November 18, 2012, in Kade Nursing and Rehabilitation, Washington.

She was born July 8, 1951, in Washington, a daughter of the late Gus and Evelyn Williams Bingiel.

Mrs. Chase was a 1969 graduate of Burgettstown High School and worked at Ace Reconditioning for 10 years.

She enjoyed all types of crafts, especially crocheting.

On February 14, 1981, she married Fred G. Chase, who survives.

Also surviving are two sisters, Chris Ranko and Terri Bingiel, both of Atlasburg, and a nephew, John Wozniak.

Deceased is a daughter, Amanda Chase, who died in 2009.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 3. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 960 Penn Avenue, Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional information and a guest book are available at


Vera Frances Everett

Dormont, Mt. Lebanon resident

Vera Frances Everett, of Dormont and Mt. Lebanon, died Thursday, November 29, 2012.

She was the mother of Linda (Sam) Secreti, Karen Sager and the late Nancy Lane; grandmother of Samuel and Mark Secreti, Jody (Harry) Johnston and Brad Diess; and great-grandmother of Mason Secreti and Chase and Madison Johnston.

Friends may call at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 3, in Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PG Charities Goodfellows Toy Fund, P.O. Box 590, Pittsburgh, PA 15230; Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 27172; or Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.


Betty M. Lanoy

Enjoyed time with family

Betty M. Lanoy, 89, of Washington, formerly of Patton, passed away Friday, November 30, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

She was born February 21, 1923, in Patton, a daughter of Fred and Melina Ramey Bailey.

Also deceased are her husband, Arthur Lanoy; sister Dorothy Lawson; and brothers Reese and Don Bailey.

Surviving are sons Rick (Anita) Lanoy of Washington and Artie (Trish) Lanoy of Canada; grandchildren Lauren (Jason) Hathaway, Stephanie (Justin) Whitehouse, Christopher (Lyzette) Lanoy and Ryan Lanoy and Cody; great-grandchildren Kaden and Karson Hathaway and Grayson Whitehouse; brother Ken Bailey; sister Woody Mackall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lanoy was a graduate of Patton High School.

She was retired from Cambria Heights School District, where she worked in the cafeteria. She also had been employed at the former Van Husen shirt factory in Patton.

Mrs. Lanoy enjoyed spending time with her family.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, December 3, in Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 North Fifth Avenue, Patton. Private interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Patton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Town View Personal Care Center, 300 Barr Street, Cannonsburg, PA 15317.


Mary Jane Corwin Logan

Homemaker enjoyed crocheting

Mary Jane Corwin Logan, 88, of Waynesburg, died at 2:10 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va,. following an extended illness.

She was born Friday, September 12, 1924, in Carmichaels, a daughter of the late Charles Corwin and Margaret McClelland Corwin.

Mrs. Logan was affiliated with Washington Street United Methodist Church in Waynesburg.

When her health permitted, she was an avid hunter and later enjoyed crocheting. She was a homemaker.

On December 31, 1942, she married Clayton K. Logan, who died January 18, 2002.

Surviving are a son, Robert K. Logan of Waynesburg; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Wilma Henderson of Pittsburgh; a brother, Robert Corwin of Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Margaret Ann Smith, and a brother, Donald Corwin.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be private. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, are in charge of arrangements. Information is available at


Robert J. Openbrier

Formerly of Canonsburg

Robert J. “Bob” Openbrier, 72, of Allison Park, formerly of Canonsburg, died Thursday, November 22, 2012.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Diana Schriver Openbrier; loving father of Nick Openbrier and Christopher (Mona) Openbrier; stepfather of Michael (Michelle) Ardeno and Terry (Brandi) Ardeno; and brother of John (Betsy) Openbrier and Gary (LuAnn) Openbrier.

Celebrate his life at a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, in North Way Christian Church, 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford. Memorial contributions may be made to North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.

The staff of Odyssey Hospice gave great care and support.

Arrangements are by Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory Ltd., Blawnox.


Patricia A. Rodenski

Member of Holy Trinity Church

Patricia A. Rodenski, 71, of Washington, died Thursday, November 29, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by family.

She was born October 2, 1941, in Washington, a daughter of the late James and Alice McKay Nuccetelli.

Mrs. Rodenski was a member of Holy Trinity National Catholic Church in Washington.

She was a graduate of Ellsworth High School.

Mrs. Rodenski was employed as a secretary at Washington Bottling Co. and Fort Cherry Golf Course.

She enjoyed pottery, crafting and shopping.

On June 6, 1963, in Winchester, Va., she married John W. Rodenski, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jay (Vickie) Rodenski of Hickory; two daughters, Lori Carson of Louisville, Ky., and Sheri (Aaron) Morris of Washington; a brother, Nick Nuccetelli of Eighty Four; two sisters, Janet Nuccetelli of Cokeburg and Margo Scicchitano of Newport News, Va.; six grandchildren, Erika and Victor Rodenski, Linden and Hawthorn Carson and Bailey and Easton Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, with the Rev. Mark Swoger officiating. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery, Garden Mausoleum.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Messages of condolence may be left at


Geraldine L. Skowirski Ward-Statler

Geraldine L. Skowirski Ward-Statler, 79, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Joseph J. Wehar

WWII veteran

Joseph J. Wehar, 88, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, November 29, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Donna; loving father of Joseph (Ann) Wehar Jr., Catherine (Phillip) Didion, Linda (Daniel) Coyle, James (Susan) Wehar, Carol (David) Miller and Glenn (Kathryn) Wehar; cherished grandfather of David, Stephen, Emily, Phillip, Ashley, Laura, Andrew, Michael, Lauren and Annie; beloved great-grandfather of Kayden and Kennedy; and brother of Frank Wehar Jr., Lawrence Wehar, Agnes Lewandowski, Louis (Marlene) Wehar and the late Andrew, Jacob, Robert and Rita.

Mr. Wehar was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II, receiving three bronze stars for his service in the European, African and Middle Eastern campaigns.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, December 3, in St. Germaine Church, Bethel Park. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. The family suggests donations in Mr. Wehar’s memory be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15237.


Richard F. Weishner

Retired coal miner served in Air Force

Richard F. Weishner, 91, of Houston, died Thursday, November 29, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, after a lengthy illness.

He was born April 16, 1921, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Joseph and Eva Zemaitis Weishner.

Mr. Weishner was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He was a coal miner and was employed by Montour 4 for more than 36 years, retiring as a foreman.

Mr. Weishner enjoyed hunting, fishing with his son, Mike, in the Tionesta camp area and gardening. He loved to raise tomato plants from seeds and enjoyed sharing them with others.

He was a member of Canonsburg Sportsman Club, Independence Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 in Canonsburg and Palanka Sportsman Club.

Mr. Weishner was good-hearted and loved to give to others. He enjoyed his fun times with his family and his special times with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He served as a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force in the 584th Bombardment Squadron and the 394th Bombardment Group from 1943 until 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal with the Distinguished Unit Badge, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with six Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II and World War II Victory Medal.

On June 14, 1947, he married Martha B. Borello Weishner, who died September 5, 2012.

Surviving are a son, Michael (Mary) Weishner of Washington; a daughter, Sandra “Sandy” (Ronald) Casper of Washington; a brother, Anthony Weishner of Canonsburg; a sister, Helen Tannehill of Rhode Island; three grandchildren, Matthew (Suzie) Casper, Jacqueline (Pete) Pleska and Joey (Tim) Resciniti; four great-grandchildren, Billy Redd, Catherine Pleska, Michael Pleska and Julia Resciniti; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are seven brothers, Joseph, John, Charles, Stanley, William, Gus and George Weishner, and a sister, Ann Cwiklinski.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, December 4, 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 Jack Batykefer officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and U.S. Air Force.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hands and Voices of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 15063, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Condolences may be expressed at


John W. Wright

Vietnam vet, loving husband

John W. Wright, 65, of Lake Orion, Mich., passed away Friday, November 30, 2012.

He was born October 21, 1947, in Washington, a son of the late John M. and Dorothy Bennett Wright.

Mr. Wright was the loving husband of Judy; dear father of Andrew (Katie), Kelly (Adam), Casey (Brian) and Emily (Josh); brother of Gary (Patty) Wright and Linda Craft; and son-in-law of Jean Montgomery.

He was a bronze star Vietnam veteran as well as a career pilot.

Last month, he and his wife were honored as “Michigan Foster Parents of the Year,” having provided 54 foster babies a loving home since 2001.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Modetz Funeral Home, 100 East Silverbell Road, Orion, and 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, December 3. A memorial service to celebrate his life and inurnment with full military honors in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, will be announced at a later date. Services coordinated by Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, McMurray.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Ennis Center for Children, 129 East 3rd Street, Flint, MI 48502. Please view and sign the family’s guest books at and


Frank Zerla


Frank Zerla, 72, of Washington, died Friday, November 30, 2012, in his residence, after battling cancer.

He was born March 19, 1940, in Dillonvale, Ohio, a son of the late Amos and Alice Fudale Zerla.

Mr. Zerla was a graduate of Dillonvale High School.

On August 12, 1963, he was inducted into the Army and served until his honorable discharge on August 11, 1965, as a specialist, 4th class. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.

He worked for 34 years in the banking industry, serving as senior vice president of Union Savings Bank in Steubenville, Ohio, vice president of First National Bank, regional vice president of Integra Bank and vice president of National City Bank, all in Washington. He was also director of operations for Washington County Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of Washington-Greene County Blind Association.

On June 17, 1967, he married Sharon Kovarik, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Andrew (Kerry) Zerla of Fishers, Ind., and James (Regina “Jeannie”) Zerla of West Alexander; a brother, Arthur Zerla of Hemet, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Nickolas, Laura, Jennifer, Nancy and Noah Zerla.

Deceased are two brothers, James Zerla and Walter Lex.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of service, Monday, December 3, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Michael Lenno officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or Augusta Levy Learning Center, P.O. Box 6711, Wheeling, WV 26003. Additional information and a guest book are available at



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