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December 3, 2012

Donald Dean Davis

U.S. Army Korean War veteran

Donald Dean Davis, 80, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., died Thursday, November 29, 2012, in his home.

He was born January 8, 1932, in Langeloth, a son of the late Jessie Thomas and Nancy May Davis.

Mr. Davis was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three brothers, Marion, Jessie and George Davis, and a sister, Vera Culley.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Kathy, are four daughters, Leatha Davis, Laurie (Steve) Fish, Lynn (John) Rogers and Susanne (Zac) Bartle; a son, Stephen (Christy) Davis; a stepson, James; grandchildren Jessica (Michael) Johnna, Hannah, Gage and Gavin; a brother, Jack Davis Sr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private.


Lucille A. Brezinski Luba

Lifelong resident of Canonsburg

Lucille A. Brezinski Luba, 92, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

She was born May 18, 1920, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Paul and Stella Sekula.

Mrs. Luba was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Parish and a former member of St. Genevieve Church, where she was active with Christian Mothers and Guild, Rosary Society and Catholic Golden Age. She was a member of Canonsburg Senior Citizens. She previously was employed at McCrory’s 5 & 10, Alcoa and RCA.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis W. Luba of Eighty Four and Mark Douglas Luba of Plymouth Meeting; a daughter, Cynthia Luba of Canonsburg; a sister, Sister Mary Cantalice of Coraopolis; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Alfred M. Luba; a son, Alfred Marcel Luba; three brothers, Anthony, Bill and Joseph Berzinsky; and two sisters, Sophia Szalanski and Sally Tonsetic.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Departing prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Audrey Ann Szoyka

Greene County employee loved animals

Audrey Ann Szoyka, 76, of Carmichaels, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., with her loving family at her side.

She was born August 6, 1936, in Crucible, a daughter of the late Mike and Pauline Sharpnack Wasko and the wife of the late Earl Szoyka, who died October 29, 1990.

Mrs. Szoyka spent her entire life in the Dry Tavern and Carmichaels areas and was Presbyterian.

She was a 1954 graduate of Cumberland Township High School and began her career as a legal secretary for the late J.B.F. Rinehart, until the time of her marriage, December 28, 1957, to Mr. Szoyka.

Mrs. Szoyka and her husband developed the Szoyka Plan of lots and the Pumpkin Run Plan of lots in Greene County. She remained a homemaker until her employment as a tipstaff for the late Honorable Glenn Toothman. Mrs. Szoyka was then appointed deputy court administrator and later Court Administrator, where she served the Honorable H. Terry Grimes, the Honorable William R. Nalitz and the Honorable Farley Toothman for the past 25 years. She truly loved her job and will be missed by all the attorneys and staff in the Greene County Courthouse and the county offices.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother and is survived by a daughter, Susan Samek and husband John of Carmichaels; a granddaughter, Megan Denelle Lydic and husband David “Gravy” of Uniontown; a grandson, Ryan Earl Samek and girlfriend Kelsey Mahan of Masontown; a brother, Michael Wasko of Cross, S.C.; two nieces, Michelle Wasko Rusiewski of LaHabra Heights, Calif., and Vanessa Wasko Young of Massillon, Ohio; and three great-nieces, Hannah Rusiewski, Cassidy Young and Clarissa Young.

She also leaves behind nine pets that she called her “grand fur babies.”

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in the funeral home, with the Rev. John M. Bauer officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Mrs. Szoyka truly loved animals, and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit


Daniel James Trbovich

American Airlines retiree served in Korea

Daniel James “D.J.” Trbovich, 70, of Hackett, Ark., formerly of Jefferson, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in his home.

He was born August 21, 1942, in Jefferson, a son of the late George and Bridget English Trbovich.

Mr. Trbovich was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea.

He retired from American Airlines.

Mr. Trbovich was a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa; two sons, Daniel J. Trbovich Jr. of Hackett and Justin Trbovich of Wentzville, Mo.; a daughter, Wendy Corn of Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister, Bridget Ellen Mayer of St. Clairsville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; a niece, Marlene Rosinsky; a nephew, Richard Kinsell Jr.; and several other nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Richard “Dick” Kinsell Sr.

Services were held in Greenwood, Ark. Condolences may be expressed at


Rohala Rodriguez Venanzi

WWII air raid warden was homemaker

Rohala Rodriguez Venanzi, 94, of Monongahela, died Monday, December 3, 2012, in her home.

She was born May 14, 1918, in Gracella, W.Va., a daughter of Serafin and Natividad Rodriguez.

Mrs. Venanzi was a homemaker.

She was a 1936 graduate of Donora High School. During World War II, she was an air raid warden for Gregg Street in Monongahela. She was a member of Donora Senior Citizens Club and served as the president of Mon Valley Art Club and Friends of the Library.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Martha Venanzi of McMurray; a daughter, Sandra Mann of Monongahela; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Linda Venanzi of Yorba Linda, Calif.; and sisters-in-law Zara Pesognelli and LaDonna Venanzi, both of Monongahela.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Attilio (Tee) Venanzi, who died February 11, 1997; a brother, Julio Rodriguez; a sister, Isabel Welch; a brother-in-law, Henry Venanzi; and a sister-in-law, Rosann Farr.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6, with the Rev. Robert Schaefer officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Monongahela Area Library, 813 West Main Sreet, Monongahela, PA 15063.


Margaret L. Vorum

Had a passion for working with charities

Margaret L. Vorum, 88, of Washington, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, in her home.

She was born March 4, 1924, in Meadow Lands, a daughter of John and Jennie Majcher.

Mrs. Vorum was a graduate of Chartiers Township High School.

She was a nursing assistant for Dr. Safran in Canonsburg and had worked in the pediatric home of Dr. Bayer.

Mrs. Vorum was a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, where she was in the Rosary Society and Christian Mothers and Guild.

She was a member of the SNPJ.

Mrs. Vorum loved to cook and had a passion for working with charities.

On August 30, 1945, she married John E. Vorum, who died February 21, 1998.

Surviving are a daughter, Jennifer Vorum of Washington; a granddaughter, Maggie Vorum; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Helen Klapatch, and a brother, Steven Majcher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 6, in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands, with the Rev. Carmen A. D’Amico as celebrant. Rosary will be recited by Christian Mothers and Guild at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. The family suggest memorial contributions be made in care of McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at


Geraldine L. Skowirski Ward-Statler

Longtime Canonsburg resident

Geraldine L. Skowirski Ward-Statler, 79, of Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 1, 2012, in her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born August 27, 1933, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late George and Helen Oldshak Skowirski.

Mrs. Statler lived most of her life in Canonsburg, and she was Catholic.

Surviving are her loving companion for more than 40 years, Richard Donella; a son, Mark (Peggy) Ward III; daughters Marsha (Fred) Tonti and Melanie (Greg) Holtz, both of Canonsburg; five grandchildren, Mark D. Ward III, Shelby Tonti, Zachary Tonti, Jeremy (Abbey) Chambers and Tiffany Chambers; two great-grandchildren, Kylie Chambers and Luke Chambers-Fritz; a sister, Tessie Radosy; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Adale Buncic and Lorraine Doheny.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday 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 11 a.m. Thursday, December 6. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit


Malissa Sue Workman

Malissa Sue Workman, 45, of Duncan, Okla., died Friday, November 30, 2012, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Funeral arrangements are private and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg.



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