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December 7, 2012

Charles E. Beatty

Enjoyed family and motorcycles

Charles E. “Chuck” Beatty, 54, of Washington, died Thursday, December 6, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born January 19, 1958, in Washington, a son of the late Frank R. and C. Mearl Rhoades Beatty.

Mr. Beatty was a 1977 graduate of McGuffey High School and was formerly employed by Golden Triangle Construction.

He enjoyed his family and hunting, but his passion in life was his motorcycles. He loved attending rallies in Sturgis, S.D., and Daytona, Fla.

Surviving are two sons, Robert C. (Courtney) Beatty of Virginia Beach, Va., and Colt A. Beatty of Claysville; two daughters, Nichole L. Beatty of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tara M. Harps of Claysville; a brother, Robert D. (Paula) Beatty of Washington; a sister, Frankie (Jerry) Garrison of Washington; seven grandchildren, Stephen C. Walls II, Tymier Beatty, Kayden Willis, Tyler and Ashton Beatty, Kylar Schachtner and Cameron M. Boley; two nieces, Stevie Beatty and Yasmine Garrison; and four nephews, Levi and Chance Beatty and Kevin and Brennen Garrison.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, with the Rev. G. Duane Wolfe officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Toys for Tots at or Donnell House, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


Kathleen K. Bell

Former executive secretary was St. Patrick member

Kathleen K. “Kay” Bell, 70, of Eighty Four, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at 6 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with her family by her side.

She was born September 1, 1942, in Sewickley, a daughter of the late John and Mary Kanab Kruzelock.

Mrs. Bell lived in Eighty Four since 1984 and was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg.

She had been employed for 27 years as an executive secretary for the late Willard Rockwell, chairman of Rockwell Industries and Astrotech. She was a cosmetologist and, prior to her retirement, she was a counter manager for Christian Dior at Macy’s in South Hills Village.

Her life was her family and their friends. She loved to dance and spend time at her home in Florida. She had a passion for bowling and, at one time, considered turning professional.

On April 15, 1989, she married Victor D. Bell, who survives and will miss her dearly.

Also surviving are a son, Christopher D. (Conchetta) Bell of Washington; a stepson, Victor (Dana) Bell Jr. of Canonsburg; five grandchildren, Carmen Riley Bell, Chloe Olivia Bell and Brooke, Brenda and Victor III Bell; two sisters, Laverna Skorija of Baden and Loretta (Walter) Danko of Duquesne; two brothers, Jack Kruzelock of Hawaii and Paul (Carol) Kruzelock of Hilton Head, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, Michael “Mickey” Kruzelock.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Woodruff Memorial Park, North Strabane Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Healthy Lungs Pennsylvania, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry, PA 16066. To view or extend condolences, please visit


Louis Robert Drop

Retired Charleroi chemistry teacher

Louis Robert Drop, 67, of Monessen, died Thursday, December 6, 2012.

He was a son of the late John and Helen Nivert Drop.

Mr. Drop retired as a Charleroi High School chemistry teacher after 37 years. He was a life member of the National Educational Association. He was a Bethlehem-Center high school graduate and went on to obtain two master’s degrees in chemistry from California University of Pennsylvania and University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Drop was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a life member of North American Hunting Club.

He was Catholic.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are stepdaughter Kim Anderson and brother-in-law Jack McElroy.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Plavetich Drop of Monessen; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Yochioko Drop of California; a niece and a nephew, Debra and Ronald Drop of California; a brother-in-law, John Plavetich of Monessen; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Fran McElroy of McMurray; nephew John and wife Hilary McElroy, great-nephew Jack Landers McElroy and nephew Ryan McElroy, all of Mt. Lebanon; and a special friend, Stacy Babyak.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Robert A. Billick Funeral Home Inc., Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062, 724-684-3700,, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, with Father Michael Crookston officiating. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Kim Anderson Memorial Scholarship in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, School of Liberal Arts, 13 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16082.


Desa Winovich Dugas

Desa Winovich Dugas, 43, of Slovan, formerly of Brentwood, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, December 6, 2012, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Arrangements will be announced by Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown, 724-947-9518. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Harry Wayne Eastham

Harry Wayne Eastham, 52, of Washington, died Friday, December 7, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Virginia Ruth Goughenour

Avid Pirates and Steelers fan known for baking

Virginia Ruth Goughenour, 80, of Amity, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born September 6, 1932, in Fairmont, W.Va., a daughter of the late Milton and Linda Mae Tennett Morris.

Mrs. Goughenour attended Fairmont schools. She worked for Brockway Glass and also at the Manor of Washington.

She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan. She loved to garden flowers and watch birds. She was known for her cooking and baking, especially her bread and pies.

On August 21, 1948, she married Glenn S. Goughenour of Amity, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of more than 64 years, are daughters Linda (John) Rice of Amity and Virginia Mae (Mike) Knizner of Marianna; son James (Linda) Goughenour of Marianna; sister Elizabeth (Bill) Dailey of Waynesburg; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are son Glenn S. Goughenour Jr.; sister Mary (Hershel) Conrad; and great-grandson Michael David Knizner III.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 10, with Pastor John Sweaney officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. Condolences may be left at


William S. Kalaskie

Patent-holding engineer loved traveling, storytelling

William S. “Bill” Kalaskie, 83, entered God’s Kingdom Wednesday, December 5, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer and other long-term health problems.

He was born August 22, 1929, in Gregg’s Station, near Oakdale, a son of the late Stanley and Sophie Kalaskie. He resided in McMurray for more than 60 years.

Growing up in Muse, he excelled at school and became quite the baseball player on the old ball field across from Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He attended Cecil Township High School, graduating in 1947, as class president. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1951 and earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, also from Pitt in 1953. He applied those degrees and his keen knowledge of mathematics to the defense of the United States as a longtime Westinghouse Electric Corp. employee at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

Mr. Kalaskie left his mark in the Department of Energy as the holder of numerous engineering patents as part of Adm. Hymen Rickover’s nuclear propulsion team designing nuclear reactors for the nation’s nuclear navy. While at Bettis, he was part of the team that designed reactors for the USN Nautilus (SSN-571), the world’s first nuclear-powered vessel, and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and helped lay the atomic foundation for all nuclear vessels now used by the U.S. Navy.

Following a conspicuous career at Bettis, he joined Superior Valve Co. (later Sherwood) in the mid-1960s in Washington, designing valves used to safely control various types of lethal, toxic and inert gases used worldwide. His sustained, substantive contributions earned him additional patents for valve designs and the respect of not just engineers within Superior Valve/Sherwood but in competitor companies, as well. His reputation for valve design made him a sought-after speaker and consultant within the country’s Compressed Gas Association.

A big Pirates and Steelers fan, he loved to hunt, fish and travel. He was also a prolific storyteller who kept family and friends entertained in the imaginative and factual worlds he created and experienced, especially for his grandchildren at bedtime. Some of his fondest memories were of deer hunting in the Pennsylvania mountains near St. Mary’s and fishing on Lake Nipissing, near North Bay, Ontario, Canada, for northern pike and walleye. As “Pappy” and his wife, Genny, enjoyed traveling to visit their grandchildren in State College and destinations across the nation from California to Virginia and Arizona to North Dakota. They never missed an opportunity to explore European destinations, such as Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Turkey, with their son and his family, who were stationed overseas. He loved to travel and had a keen interest in visiting historical places. Having been a high school student at the close of World War II, he had a particular curiosity about the people and places central to that era. Consequently, he took advantage of his excursions to Europe and Turkey to walk the Normandy Beaches, Bastogne and the ancient Roman ruins in Ephesus and Didyma.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Kalaskie of 57 years; a son, Col. (retired) William “Willie” Kalaskie and daughter-in-law, Carolyn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Judy (Kalaskie) Kerr and son-in-law, Jeff Kerr of Finleyville; a sister, Doris Mikolich and brother-in-law, Bill Mikolich of Canonsburg; and sisters-in-law, Irene Denne of Duquesne, Kathy Ingel of White Oak and Audrey Balawajder of West Mifflin.

He was the proud grandfather of Brandon and Christin Kalaskie and Tyler and Joshua Kerr; and great-grandfather to Olivia Kalaskie and Jaxson Kerr. He also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, granddaughters-in-law and a host of other family members, friends and colleagues, all of whom contributed to him living a very full and rich life.

Visitation will be held from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, December 10, in St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, where he was also an original member, serving as an usher from the earliest services in 1964 until he was well into his late 70s about 42 years. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Fort Carson’s Wounded Warrior Program. If you are so moved, donations can either be made via, please specify the gift is for the Fort Carson Soldier and Family Assistance Center to ensure it is credited to the Wounded Warrior Program. Checks may be addressed/mailed to Yvette M. Allen, MA LBP, Outreach Program Manager, Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), 1481 Titus Boulevard, Building 7492, Fort Carson, CO 80913. Please add tributes at


Grete Evans Miller

Loved antiquing, enjoyed sewing

Grete Evans Miller, 67, of Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012, in her home.

She was born May 27, 1945, in Titusville, a daughter of the late Charles T. and Grete Holst Evans.

Mrs. Miller was a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned a doctorate in Spanish literature from Brown University.

She lived in Canonsburg since 1976 and had been employed as a respiratory therapist at Washington Hospital and Canonsburg General Hospital.

Mrs. Miller had an antiques business and participated in Washington Antiques Fair at The Meadows for 25 years. She loved antiquing and searching for items for her business. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint and reading mystery novels. She was famous in her family for her chocolate chip cookies. She loved collecting southwestern Native American jewelry and working the Sudoku every day.

Her favorite time of year was Christmas when she decorated with her handmade petit point ornaments.

On June 10, 1972, she married Charles T. Miller who, after celebrating 40 years of marriage, survives.

Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Tuesday, December 11, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. To view or extend condolences, please visit


Corinne DeConciliis Runyon

Owned Johnny De Beauty Supply

Corinne DeConciliis Runyon, 69, of Canonsburg, formerly of Pittsburgh and Monessen, died Thursday, December 6, 2012, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

She was born July 8, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Winifred Cuddyre DeConciliis.

Mrs. Runyon graduated from Duquesne University and received her master’s degree at University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to her illness, she owned and operated Johnny De Beauty Supply in Monessen.

She was Catholic.

Surviving are her husband, William F. Runyon of Canonsburg; a sister, Sally Walker of Upper St. Clair; three nephews; four great-nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Family and friends will meet for a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Monday, December 10, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name to Lupus Foundation, Landmarks Building, 100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 1920, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Ronald L. Smith

Owner of Ron Smith’s Auto Repair

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

He was born October 2, 1959, in Washington, a son of Donald L. Smith and the late Freda Bell Thomas Smith.

Mr. Smith was a 1977 graduate of Trinity High School and then went to Rosedale Technical College in Pittsburgh to become an auto mechanic.

He owned and operated Ron Smith’s Auto Repair in Amwell Township for more than 30 years.

Mr. Smith was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church in Washington.

He enjoyed deer hunting, watching NASCAR, even getting to drive a NASCAR car in Charlotte in 2008, truck pulling, spending time with his pet German shepherd Rocky and his nieces and nephews, whom he treated like his children.

Surviving are his father, Donald L. Smith; four sisters, Beverley K. (John) Fox, Eva Jean (John) Markulik, Anna Jane (Tom) Westfall and Eleanor Bell Smith; brother Harold W. (Amy) Smith; four nieces and nephews, Crystal Ann (Matt) Noecker, Paul Edward Westfall, Elizabeth Aubrey Smith and Luke Andrew Smith; great-niece Aspen Anna Noecker; girlfriend Rose Vescio; aunts; cousins; his Saturday night dinner gang; and many friends.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, with the Rev. Larry Wiltrout officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left at


John W. Wright

Retired pilot, foster parent served in U.S. Army

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 36 years to Judy; dear father of Andrew (Katie), Kelly (Adam), Casey (Brian) and Emily (Josh); brother of Gary (Patty) Wright and Linda Wright Craft; and son-in-law of Jean Montgomery.

After graduating from Washington High School in 1966, he voluntarily enlisted for the U.S. Army, serving from 1968 to 1969 as an air traffic controller in Pleiku, E5 sergeant first class. He was the proud recipient of many awards, most notably the Bronze Star, a medal only given for bravery and valor in combat. He was in the Reserve until 1972. Honorably discharged, he returned to Pennsylvania, where he attended Community College of Beaver County, completed flight school and worked as a flight instructor.

He designed and oversaw construction of the educational air traffic control tower, the first of its kind in the country. During this time, he met the love of his life, Judy. The couple were married in 1976.

Mr. Wright became a career pilot certified in more than a dozen corporate aircraft, piloting for more than 40 years, before retiring in Michigan.

He and his wife were recently honored as “Michigan Foster Parents of the Year,” having provided 54 foster babies a loving home since 2001, many of whom were medically fragile, abused or neglected.

Mr. Wright’s family will remember him for his strong faith in God, constant support of his family and unwavering sense of humor, even through his struggle with aggressive lung cancer in the last few months of his life.

Services were held in Michigan last week. The family will be receiving guests, in his hometown, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 10, in Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-655-4035, followed by inurnment with full military honors at 11 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the foster agency the Wrights served: Ennis Center for Children, 129 East Third Street, Flint, MI 48502.


Hazel M. Yaros

1929 – 2012

Hazel M. Yaros, 83, of Defiance, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born October 16, 1929, in Buffalo Township, a daughter of the late Elmer and Della Mae Doman Mounts.

On April 29, 1951, she married Robert E. “Bob” Yaros, who survives.

Also surviving her are her children, Robert F. “Bob” (Kathy) Yaros of Toledo, Ohio, and Steven A. (Janet) Yaros of Defiance; grandchildren Michelle (Shawn) Gray of Charlotte, N.C., Stacey (Ben) Bigelow of Toledo, Anthony (Tevie) Yaros of Butler, Ind., and Robert L. Yaros of Toledo; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry E. (Marian) Mounts of Washington; and a sister, Betty Powell of Claysville.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a daughter, Barbara Ann Yaros; brothers M. Abe Mounts and Leo Mounts; and sisters E. Irene Davidson, Ida Caldwell, Lucille Barney and an infant sister.

Mrs. Yaros was a member of St. John Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars 3360 Ladies Auxiliary.

She worked at Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney in Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Defiance, she began a career with Defiance Hospital in the pharmacy department, before moving into the billing department, retiring in 1995.

Visitation was held in Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, followed by a Mass in St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Condolences may be given at



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