Dec. 9

December 8, 2012

Desanka Winovich Dugas

Desanka “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.

She was born August 8, 1969, in Pittsburgh, to her mother and best friend, Tina Radovich Winovich of Naples, Fla., and her late, wonderful father, Walter Winovich, who died December 24, 2000.

A 1987 graduate of Brentwood High School, she attended Bradford Business School while working for various law firms in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Dugas loved working as the administrative assistant to the superintendent of Burgettstown Area School District. Her dream came true after more than 20 years because of her co-workers.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her lifelong and unconditional partner, Jamie O’Donnell of Burgettstown; a devoted sister, Mileva Winovich Kempa; her godmother, Frances Yovetich Brant; her godchild and niece, Elizabeth Grace Pendeville; and treasured nephews Ryan Dugas Pendeville and Richard Alexander Kempa.

She also leaves behind her special family “O’D,” Alyssa, and sisters-in-law Kelli Alvarez and Marla Pendeville.

Ms. Dugas loved to have fun with friends, enjoying Tuesday night wing night, hanging with friends and being organized. She loved watching Pirate games from the comfort of Jamie’s home. She was especially excited to win the accomplishment of the ball handling trophy at her first time outing at basketball camp in seventh grade.

She wished for everyone to always smile, enjoy each day to the fullest and to be happy.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021. A celebration of her life followed by a reception will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, in Pepsi Cola Roadhouse, 565 Route 18, Burgettstown. Everyone is kindly asked to go directly to the Roadhouse Wednesday. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to CaringBridge, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 6032, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6632 (651-452-7940) or at; and/or IBC Research Foundation, 321 High School Road NE, Suite D3, PMB 149, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or at

Desa’s favorite saying came from Dr. Suess: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


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


Thomas S. Kavanaugh

WWII vet, pioneer in Navy scuba diving, retired instructor

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Thomas S. Kavanaugh, 87, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012, in his home in Coal Center, with family in attendance.

He was born October 8, 1925, in New Haven, Conn., a son of Thomas S. Kavanaugh Sr. and Gertrude Gregan Kavanaugh.

Mr. Kavanaugh was a pioneer in U.S. Navy scuba diving and explosive ordnance disposal.

His explosive ordnance disposal career began in 1953 and he retired as the instructor in Indian Head, Md., in 1970, after suffering the “bends” on his last dive there. He served on many ships including the aircraft carriers, USS Boxer, USS Midway and USS Independence. He was a World War II veteran and was involved in D-Day +1 on the USS Excelsior while serving as a navy gunners mate with the Armed Guard.

After the military, he worked and retired from Nissan Motors.

He was a member of Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, Va., and Charleroi American Legion. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and past president of Norfolk Branch Fleet Reserve.

His wife, Charlene Ann “Char” Sparacio Kavanaugh, died March 6, 2006. They were married July 1, 1950, in San Francisco, Calif.

Surviving are four sons, Clifford Kavanaugh of Charlottesville, Kevin Kavanaugh of Coal Center, Keith Kavanaugh of Virginia Beach, Va., and Shawn Kavanaugh of California; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends are welcome from 9 to 10 a.m., the hour of a blessing service, Monday, December 10, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. The Rev. Edward L. Yuhas will officiate. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded EOD Warriors. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


Leroy Hamilton McCrerey

WWII vet, retired mechanic known for attention to detail

Leroy Hamilton McCrerey, 93, of Morgantown, W.Va., much-loved father and grandfather and kind friend to all who knew him, passed away quietly Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in his home, within the comfort of his family.

Mr. McCrerey was born September 10, 1919, in Buffalo Township, a son of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Mae Geer McCrerey.

He graduated from Claysville High School in 1938.

Mr. McCrerey served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operation during World War II as a tank mechanic with the 644th tank destroyer battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and European-African-Middle Easter Service Medal with five service stars.

He was employed as a diesel mechanic by Irvin T. Miller Co. for most of his adult life, enjoying his work repairing heavy equipment until his retirement. It was said he could dissemble any kind of motor or machine to its most minute parts and reassemble it with ease. He earned the reputation of being a perfectionist for the skill he demonstrated on and off the job.

Mr. McCrerey was a lifelong stamp collector, a hobby he took up with his father as a child. At age 75, he gained a new interest, repairing antique clocks. He restored more than 350 clocks in the golden years of his life.

Surviving are five children, Nancy Jane Blackwell (Henry) of Trinity, Texas, Lee Ann Rash (James) of Easton, Md., John S. McCrerey (Becky) of Grand Junction, Colo., Michelle Moore (Thomas McClung) of Morgantown and Michael E. McCrerey of Huntsville, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Wheat in 1949, and his second wife, Edna Lucille Jenkins in 1996.

He will be interred in West Alexander Cemetery. The family plans a private graveside memorial at a future date. Hastings Funeral Home of Morgantown is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences are available at


Mary Anna McFadden

Patriotic military wife, volunteer, church member

Mary Anna McFadden entered into eternal rest November 26, 2012, at age 82.

She was born October 28, 1930, in Wendel, a daughter of John Malik and the former Anna Bacha.

Mrs. McFadden was raised in the coal mining town of Marianna. At age 15, while attending West Bethlehem High School, she met her sweetheart, Richard Charles McFadden Jr., who joined the U.S. Air Force upon graduation. Her high school yearbook listed her future goals as becoming Chuck’s wife and a good mother

They were married January 14, 1951. Together they raised three children, lived in Alexandria, Va., and Aviano, Italy, and finally settled in San Antonio, Texas, on Thanksgiving 1967.

She focused her life on being a patriotic military wife and professional volunteer, which included leading Cubs Scouts and Brownie and Girl Scout troops for her children. She was awarded a lifetime membership to the Texas Parent Teacher Association in 1988. She was a charter member of both Westwood Neighborhood Association and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Mrs. McFadden was blessed with a close-knit group of neighbors, who were always there for each other. She loved organizing outings, creating crafts and baking. She was an accomplished seamstress and bookkeeper. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Charles McFadden Jr.; children Richard Charles McFadden III, Kelley Ann and husband Ron Uriegas and Kerry Lynn McFadden; grandchildren Jennifer and Austin; two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Abby; and siblings John Malik and Elizabeth Sckena.

Her adopted family included Pam Washington and husband Tony; grandchildren Joann, Junie and Makiba; and a great-grandchild, Leah.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters Sophia and Margaret; and brothers George and Patrick.

Visitation was held in Castle Ridge Mortuary, where a poem written by her dear friend, Irma Rivera, was read. Services were held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and interment was in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to her beloved church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6110 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238, in memory of Mary Anna McFadden.


Anna Faye Milvet

Longtime dairy farmer, Cross Creek Bait & Tackle ‘Shop Granny’

Faye Milvet, 91, peacefully went to meet her Lord and passed loved ones Saturday, December 8, 2012, in her daughter’s residence, with whom she made her home.

She was born October 23, 1921, a daughter of the late Anna Stewart Holmes and Nathaniel Worthington Fowler.

On January 8, 1947, she married her childhood sweetheart, John Milvet Sr., who passed away March 6, 2007.

Mrs. Milvet was a 1939 graduate of Hickory High School. She studied nursing and was once a post master for the post office in the town of Rea.

She was a homemaker and a hard working dairy farmer for most of her life. After retiring from the farm, she went to work for her son Michael’s Cross Creek Bait & Tackle Shop, where she became affectionately known as “Bait Shop Granny” to many fishermen and women far and wide.

In her younger years, she enjoyed nature and the changing seasons, gardening, canning, crocheting and the love of her farm animals. She enjoyed the company of friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her little dog, Fuzzy, who will miss her dearly.

Mrs. Milvet attended Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church in Wellsburg, W.Va., where she received the love and support of her church family.

Surviving Mrs. Milvet are her children, Stella (Richard) Dire of Rea, John Milvet II of Independence, Carolyn Milvet of Rea and Michael (Theresa) Milvet of Rea; 11 grandchildren, Michael (Adrianna) Danna Jr., Elaine Dire, Melissa (Timothy) Shaner, Michelle Milvet, John W. (Beth) Milvet III, Joshua Milvet, Kacy Milvet, James Lee, Jennie Lee, Jade Milvet and Michael Milvet Jr.; nine great-grandchildren, Jessica Robinson, Jacob Danna, Haley Danna, Maria Dire, Rianna Lee, Kristopher Lee, Elizabeth Kaldenberg-Lee, Tessa Lee and Nathaniel Lee; and two sisters, Ruth Myrtle Stolkovich of Aliquippa and Edna Margaret Pepe of Follansbee, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, William Jackson Fowler Sr., Albert Lloyd Fowler Sr. and Harry David Fowler; and her sisters, Mary Ellen King, Reathie Mae Fowler, Elsie Mae Buchanan, Martha Jane Collins, Emma Jean Starinsky and Edythe Lorraine Fisher.

Mrs. Milvet was like a second mother to many of her extended nieces and nephews, and a loving caregiver to her ailing father, mother and siblings. Toward her own end, she and the family received in-kind loving care and support from Thelma at Community Care and Amedisys Hospice Care.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella. Visitations also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of the service, Tuesday, December 11, in Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, Wellsburg, with Pastor Bryce J. Grieco officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 65, Avella, PA 15312; or Amedisys Hospice Care at 2215 Hill Church Houston Road, Suite 1A, Canonsburg, PA 15317.


Robert L. Shipman

Korean War vet, retired Shipman Sanitation owner

Robert L. Shipman, 80, of Washington Township, (Ruff Creek), Greene County, died Friday, December 7, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, after a brief illness.

He was born December 27, 1931, in Nottingham Township, Washington County, a son of the late Lawrence Paul and Cleda Ellen McCullough Shipman.

Mr. Shipman was a member and former trustee of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ruff Creek.

He attended Waynesburg High School.

Mr. Shipman was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army as a corporal in Company K, 23rd Infantry Regiment, and was awarded a Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM in Waynesburg, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Pittsburgh, American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg and Waynesburg Moose Lodge.

Mr. Shipman formerly was employed in pipeline construction and served as a Washington Township Road supervisor for 12 years. He also was an employee of the former Russell McKee Tire Shop and Mashuda Corp.

He and his wife were the founding co-owners and operators of the former Shipman Sanitation Service and National Sanitation for more than 30 years, prior to retiring in 2004, and also were the former owners of Oakmont Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Carmichael Shipman; a daughter, Debbie Stephenson of Ruff Creek; a son, Allan, husband of Bunny Shipman of New Freeport; seven grandchildren, James (J.P.) Hennen, Samantha (Sammy) McGlaughlin, Shauna, Keri, Will, Ava and Alden Shipman; a sister, Cora Ellen Phillips of Ruff Creek; two brothers, Dave, husband of Marilyn Shipman of Swarts, and Roy, husband of Vi Shipman of Washington; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Shipman of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a granddaughter, Savannah (Fred) Hennen; two sisters, Irene Hughes and Mildred Taylor; and two brothers, Paul and Ross Shipman.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. Interment will follow in Oakmont Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by representatives of the U.S. Army, American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793 and Disabled American Veterans Post 123, all of Waynesburg. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at


Howard Stevenson Smith

Howard Stevenson Smith, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

He was born in Burgettstown, a son of the late Charlotte Leng Smith and Harris Surls Smith

Mr. Smith was married May 4, 1946, to Gloria Ruth England of Amityville, N.Y.

His life exemplified devotion to family and friends, faith, joy, compassion, hard work and love.

Entering the U.S. Army December 8, 1941, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and proudly served his country through England, France, Belgium and Germany, until discharge December 5, 1945.

Engagement and marriage to Gloria followed his return home to the United States, as well as 41 years as conductor with the Pennsylvania and Penn Central railroads. Mr. Smith introduced his wife to farming, his second career, and raised award-winning registered Angus beef cattle on their farm near Atlasburg. He was a member and elder of Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, as well as a 75-year member of Cross Creek Village Grange.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Mr. Smith was the loving father of three daughters, Kathleen Susan Copeland (Kirk) of Greeneville, Tenn., Cheryl Leigh Stoddard (Richard) of Argenta, Ill., and Pamela Jane Potter (David) of Ashland, Ohio. He was proud to be the grandfather of seven and the great-grandfather, “Great Daddy,” of nine. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, all of his children, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, December 15, in Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, 1231 Cross Creek Road, Cross Creek, followed by interment in Cross Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to Washington City Mission, Greater Washington County Food Bank or commodity donations to Burgettstown Area Food Pantry.



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