Dec. 6

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Raymond H. Briggs


West Mifflin teacher served in Air Force


Raymond H. Briggs, 86, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in Sycamore Estate, Duquesne.


He was born February 28, 1926, in Washington County, son of the late Oakie C. Caldwell and Jessie Briggs, adopted son of Russell Briggs.


Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Cora June Mounts Briggs; a son, David R. (Merlene) Briggs of McKeesport; daughters Janice R. (Paul) Studt of Bethel Park and Renee A. (John) Linehan of Hawthorne, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Eric and Brian Studt, Charles (Carly), Timothy, John and Kathleen Linehan and Paula and Joel Pawski; six brothers and sisters, Russell (the late Norma) Briggs, James (Edith) Briggs, Doris Gene (the late David) Gay, Glenn (Holly) Briggs, Lola Caldwell (the late Ed) Telatovich and James Caldwell; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.Helen Rittenhouse Brautigam


Loving mother


Helen Rittenhouse Brautigam, 84, of Chartiers Township, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012.


She was the loving mother of Nancy (Robert) Cholak, Marilyn Zofchak and Clyde D. (Kathy), Mark (Lisa) and Betsy Hennen.


Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother James F. Rittenhouse.


Deceased are grandchildren Matthew and Shane Brautigam.


She was always loving, kind and giving to everyone she met.


There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Chartiers Crossroads United Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private.


Memorials may be made to Chartiers Crossroads U.P. Church, 502 Old Hickory Road, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer-Bogan, Canonsburg, 724-745-5810. Please view or add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Steven J. Briggs, and four sisters, Frances Elizabeth Caldwell (in infancy), Geraldine (the late Doug) Magee, Gayle (the late Dan) King and Doris Caldwell (Zac) Howard.


In 1943, he graduated from Washington High School, while residing with his grandmother, Sadie Bryner.


Mr. Briggs served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force and later in the Air Force Reserves.


He was a 1952 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College.


Mr. Briggs taught in West Mifflin Area School District for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and held a private pilot’s license for many years.


He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Duquesne, where he served as an elder, lay reader and choir member.


A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 9, in First Presbyterian Church, 719 Duquesne Boulevard, Duquesne, PA 15110. A reception of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home. For more information and to leave condolences, please visit www.stephendslater.com.


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Louis L. Darras


U.S. Steel retiree was WWII vet


Louis L. Darras, 87, of Palm Bay, Fla., died Saturday, December 1, 2012, in West Melbourne, Fla.


He was born in Burgettstown.


Mr. Darras was a retired U.S. Steel foreman.


He moved to Brevard County, Fla., in 1972 from Oakdale.


Mr. Darras was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.


Surviving are a daughter, Luann Jarvie; a son, Mark L. Darras; a son, Jimmy B. Darras; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ethlyn Dellaria.


Deceased are his wife, Geraldine Jane Darras; sons Gary and Don Darras; and sister Donna Sutherland.


Maxwell Funeral Home and Crematory in Melbourne is serving the family. Donations may be made in his honor to NTAF Lung Transplant Fund, Two Radnor Cop Center, One Matson Ford Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087.


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June L. Hood


June L. Hood, 85, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.


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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Alan George Krugh


Army veteran enjoyed golf


Alan George Krugh, 83, of Canonsburg, formerly of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in his home.


He was born May 20, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Robert and Frances Kalc Krugh.


Mr. Krugh was an asbestos worker for Local 2 and, since 1959, a member of International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from March 21, 1951, until his honorable discharge February 27, 1953, with a rank of sergeant. For his service, he was awarded the United National Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars and Army of Occupation Medal-Japan.


Mr. Krugh enjoyed golf, wood working and fishing with his grandsons.


Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly (Todd) Jones of Claysville; a son, Daryl (Maggie) Krugh of Washington; two grandchildren, Hunter and Wyatt; and two sisters, Audrey Krugh and Doris Krugh, both of Pittsburgh.


Deceased are his wife, Lois Ann Krugh, who died July 31, 2011, and a brother, Robert Krugh.


Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Friday, December 7, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, will be held at a later date.


Memorial donations may be made to Three Rivers Hospice, 125 North Franklin Drive, Suite 3, Washington, PA 15301, or Donnell House, Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Wilbur Earl Meeks


Wilbur Earl Meeks, 83, of Washington, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.?Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Frank S. Mezynski


J&L Steel employee was VFW member


Frank S. “Humby” Mezynski, 86, of McDonald, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in UPMC-Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh.


He was born September 18, 1926, a son of the late Stanley and Josephine Janeda Mezynski.


Mr. Mezynski was a millwright with J&L Steel.


He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Midway SNPJ.


Surviving are his wife, Elinor P. Main Mezynski, whom he married June 1, 1954; children James Mezynski of Oakdale, Larry (Carlo) Mezynski of McDonald and Susan (Jeffery) Loden of McDonald; grandson Steven Mezynski; great-grandson Bentley; and sister Catherine J. Williams of Pittsburgh.


Deceased are brothers John, Anthony, Stanley, Thomas, Valentine and Joseph and sisters Stella Lauff Alexander, Anna Lauff and Marie Potter.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. A private interment will be held in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Molinaro Manor, 100 Rose Court, Oakdale, PA 15071.


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Charles E. Morris


Retired coal miner enjoyed sports


Charles E. “Sonny” Morris, 72, of Houston, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family.


He was born March 14, 1940, in Washington, a son of the late Charles Dorsey and Emma Hughes Morris.


Mr. Morris was a 1962 graduate of Washington High School.


He retired in 2005, following 36 years as a coal miner for Consol Energy’s Eighty Four Mine.


Mr. Morris enjoyed sports, especially football on all levels and spending time with his grandchildren.


On March 19, 1971, he married Dorothy L. “Dottie” O’Shanka, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Eva Marie Harris (Dave) of Charleroi; a son, Charles E. Morris II of Houston; three grandchildren, John Russell, Courtney Young (Robert) and Shaunna Morris; a great-grandson, Axel Young; a brother, Gary D. Morris (Penny) of Radcliffe, Ky.; a sister, Marjorie Lease (Joel) of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are three brothers, Alfred “Pete,” Lloyd “Buck” and Andrew Franklin “Hoagie” Morris, and two sisters, Sara Martin and Janet Grimm.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, with Lloyd Morris, nephew of the deceased, officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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Cynthia R. Poland


Enjoyed playing bingo


Cynthia R. Poland, 58, of Washington, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Washington Hospital.


She was born December 4, 1954, a daughter of the late John and Donna McFarland Kumer of Hickory.


Mrs. Poland attended Fort Cherry schools.


She worked as a nurse’s aide at Hixenbaugh’s Personal Care home in Claysville, as well as a cook.


Mrs. Poland was baptized Catholic.


She enjoyed playing bingo, camping, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.


On May 18, 1984, she married Thomas Poland, who died December 25, 2007.


Surviving, in addition to her parents, are five children, Jennifer Poland of Washington, Amy (Walt) McCartney of Washington, Timothy (Jennifer) Reedy of Donora, Jennifer Reedy (Bill Hankinson) of Washington and Thomesina (Mike) Sonson of Washington; two brothers, Ralph Kumer of Washingon and Greg (Sherri) Kumer of Hickory; a sister, Terri (Rich) McGinis of Washington; 17 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Jodi Poland; a son-in-law, Grover Wilhoft; a sister-in-law, Joan Kumer; an uncle, Jim McFarland; and her grandmother, Veronica McFarland.


Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Friday, December 7, in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Interment will follow in Independence Cemetery, Avella. Condolences may be left at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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Jerome Pompei


Former owner of Pompei and Sons Paving


Jerome Pompei, 88, of Finleyville, died Tuesday morning, December 4, 2012, in Standish Assisted Living, Washington.


He was born March 26, 1924, in Marianna, a son of the late Rinaldo and Sarah Zeli Pompei.


A veteran, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of James C. Ford Post 949 American Legion in Carroll Township.


Mr. Pompei was the former owner and operator of Pompei and Sons Paving.


His wife, Dorothy Prosser Pompei, died November 12, 1999.


Surviving are three children, Jerry Pompei (Kathy) of Finleyville, Barbara Schwartz (Robert) of Ocoee, Fla., and Ty Pompei (Lynn) of Bentleyville; five grandchildren, Marianne and Mark Puskarich and Tammy, Tyrone Jr. and Taylor Pompei; three sisters, Betty Perri of Eighty Four, Gladys Olson of Canonsburg and Bernadette DeStanfo of Hershey; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a brother, John Pompei, and a sister, Juanita Tiberi.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 8, with the Rev. Sue Petritis officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


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Additional information has been received for the obituary of Joseph Thomas Poye, published Wednesday.


Deceased is a brother, Anthony Poye.


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Patricia K. Rush


Member of First Christian Church


Patricia K. Rush, 62, of Waynesburg, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.


She was born December 16, 1949, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Lewis J. and Pearl Pixler Rush.


Ms. Rush was a 1967 graduate of Waynesburg High School and a graduate of Penn Commercial Business College.


She worked for 32 years for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Waynesburg, where she started as a clerk and retired as a caseworker. At the time of her death, she was employed as a driver for Peterman Bus Co. in West Greene School District.


Ms. Rush was a lifelong resident of Waynesburg and a member of First Christian Church.


She was a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 888 in Waynesburg, where she was a past senior regent and star recorder. She also had served as an assistant troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 1280 and secretary of Waynesburg Little League football. She was past member of Daughters of America.


Surviving are a son, Eric R. Rush of Waynesburg; a brother, Lewis J. “Bud” Rush, U.S. Army retired, of San Antonio, Texas; a niece, Joy McClurg Harrison of Trophy Club, Texas; her special great-niece and great-nephew, Kelsey and Jacob Harrison; and special friends Nathan, Matthew and Noah Haggerty.


Deceased are two brothers, Alvin “Sonny” Rush and Glenn Pixler; two sisters, Helen Marlene Deusenberry and Carolyn Jean, who died in infancy; and a niece, Brenda L. Pierce.


She leaves behind her beloved dog and companion, Prissy.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, with Minister Mike Hasselbring officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Waynesburg/Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will hold visitation at 6 p.m. and Women of the Moose Chapter 888 will hold services at 7 p.m. Friday in funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.


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Anthony R. Sedmak


Cooper Industries retiree served in U.S. Army


Anthony R. Sedmak, 84, of Canonsburg, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, with his family by his side.


He was born October 18, 1928, in Strabane, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Kern Sedmak.


Mr. Sedmak served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.


He lived his entire life in the Strabane and Canonsburg areas, where he was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.


Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the former Cooper Industries in Canonsburg.


Mr. Sedmak was a member of SNPJ Lodge 138 and KSKJ Lodge 153, both in Strabane.


He enjoyed gardening and grass cutting.


On August 7, 1954, he married Connie Ortuso, who died June 2, 2008.


Surviving are a son, Joseph A. (Karen) Sedmak of Houston; two daughters, Deborah Sedmak of Canonsburg and Melina (Brian) Nvicki of Bethel Park; four grandchildren, Kristen (Michael Imbrogno) Sedmak, Heather (Brian) Bielenberg, Jennifer Ackerman and Brian Novicki; and several nieces and nephews.


He was the last of his immediate family.


Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are two sisters, Mary and Justine Sedmak, and three brothers, Frank, Andrew and Joseph Sedmak.


Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, December 8, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, with the Rev. Richard Jones officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 902 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 combined honor guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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Charles M. Sherman


Charles M. Sherman, 73, died Thursday, November 29, 2012.


He was born in Canonsburg, residing in Hopewell, Va. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service.


Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.


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William Richard Smiddle Jr.


Served in U.S. Air Force


William Richard Smiddle Jr., 56, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


He was born August 13, 1956, in Canonsburg, a son of William Smiddle of Canonsburg and the late Edna Kennedy Smiddle.


Mr. Smiddle was a graduate of Chartiers Houston High School.


He served with the U.S. Air Force and had worked as a house painter.


Mr. Smiddle was a loyal member of Houston Independent Club.


Surviving, in addition to his father, are a brother, David D. Smiddle of Coppell, Texas; a sister, Beth Ofseur of Dallas, Texas; and a niece and two nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his mother, is a sister, Tracy Acklin.


There will be no public visitation or services. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


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Ronald L. Smith


Ronald L. “Smitty” Smith, 53, of Washington, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in his home.


Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Henrietta Jane Knight Stoneking


Homemaker enjoyed flowers


Henrietta Jane Knight Stoneking, 75, of Waynesburg, died at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.


She was born Wednesday, February 24, 1937, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late William M. Knight and Edice Stewart Knight Flowers.


Mrs. Stoneking had a miraculous healing from cancer six years prior to her death.


She was a member of the former Oak Forest United Methodist Church and after its closing became a member of Throckmorton United Methodist Church.


Mrs. Stoneking was a 1955 graduate of West Greene High School.


She enjoyed all kinds of flowers and was a homemaker.


On August 20, 1955, she married Samuel W. Stoneking, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Sherry L. Stoneking of Waynesburg; a sister and husband, Carolyn (Robert) Morris of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews


There will be a greeting of friends from noon to 2 p.m., the time of serivce, Friday, December 7, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, with the Rev.David Stains officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery, Waynesburg. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.


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Margaret Voytasek


Devoted wife and mother


Margaret Voytasek, 93, formerly of Rices Landing, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, while residing in Nevaeh Cove, Charleroi.


She was born May 22, 1919, in West Brownsville, a daughter of the late John and Anna Kedzuf Kasicky.


A graduate of East Pike Run High School, she was employed by Bush and Marsh Drug Store as a clerk and pharmacy assistant.


Mrs. Voytasek was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Rices Landing and the Rosary Society and Christian Mothers of the church. She also was a member of Slovak Catholic Sokol 146, serving as the financial secretary, for more than 70 years.


She was a grass roots organizer and co-founder of the Opportunity Center Sheltered Workshop, now Greene County ARC, when it was in its infancy.


On August 18, 1947, she married John Voytasek, who died March 12, 1999.


Surviving are three daughters, Bonnie Voytasek of Plum, Lorrie Smearcheck and husband Tom of Pittsburgh and Sharon Schweinsburg and husband Art of Plum; a son, Robert Voytasek and wife Chris of Stuart, Fla.; two granddaughters, Alexis of West Mifflin and KT of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a sister, Elizabeth Kasicky of Charleroi.


Deceased is a sister, Elsie Masney.


Mrs. Voytasek was a devoted wife, mother and loving friend to many. She had many adopted daughters-of-the-heart, who were cherished caregivers and sweet earth angels, Helen Becky, Pat, Kathy, Michele, Kelly, Barb, Pam, Sami, Libby and many others. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.


Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Home Inc, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, with Father Richard Thompson officiating. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be expressed at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.


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Michael Whitco Jr.


Former Washington resident was WWII veteran


Michael Whitco Jr., 93, of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in John Knox Hospice By The Sea, Pompano Beach.


He was born February 20, 1919, in Cresson, a son of the late Michael Sr. and Barbara Matzko Whitco.


Formerly of Washington, he retired in 1972 and relocated to the Pompano Beach area.


While living in Washington, he was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Canonsburg and, until his passing, was a member of Our Lady of the Sign Byzantine Catholic Church in Coconut Creek, Fla.


Mr. Whitco enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes and other vegetables, which he gave to neighbors and friends. He was a very creative person and should have patented some of the neat gadgets he developed. He also enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends.


He was employed by Consol Coal Co. and was a member of United Mine Workers Union. He worked 37 years in the mining industry, performing various jobs over his career. His last job title was master mechanic at Lyon Portal Mine, which he held until his retirement.


Mr. Whitco was a World War II veteran and served in Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland Ardennes Theater. He also was awarded two Purple Hearts with one oak leaf cluster and four bronze stars. He served in the medical field until he was honorably discharged.


Deceased are his wife, Mary Orlosky Whitco, who died in February 2010, and a son, James R. Whitco, who died in September 1985.


Surviving are a son, Michael (Rose) Whitco of Moncks Corner, S.C.; granddaughters Pamela Whitco and Michelle (Natalie) Whitco; and great-grandson Michael Stone.


Mr. Whitco’s brothers and sisters have all preceded him in death. They include John Whitco, Andrew Whitco, Ann Kosarik, Elizabeth Kendlick, Helen Andrews and Margaret Brezinski.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 8, in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 166 East College Street, Canonsburg, with Father Joseph Jugan as celebrant. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. A panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Hospice by the Sea, 830 Lakeside Circle, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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A memorial service for Robert Wayne Windsheimer, who died November 25, 2012, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, December 6, in Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. Internment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars.


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