Dec. 10

December 9, 2012

James John Abbott

1946 – 2012

James John Abbott, 66, of Burgettstown, Hanover Township, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, in Kindred Hospital, North Shore.

He was born January 2, 1946, a son of the late James Arthur and Virginia Kotouch Abbott.

Surviving are a brother, Arthur Lee Abbott and wife Shirley; two nephews, Arthur Ray and Joe (Michelle) Abbott; and four great-nieces and great-nephews, RaeAnn (Josh) Kennedy and Travis, Steven and J.J. Abbott.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, December 13, in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence.


Iona Carr Blake

Member of Crabapple Community Church

Iona Carr Blake, 91, of Cameron, W.Va., formerly of Richhill Township, Ryerson, Greene County, died at 8:32 a.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va.

She was born June 20, 1921, in Cameron, a daughter of the late Edwin and Icy Teagarden Carr.

Mrs. Blake had resided in Greene County for several years, prior to returning to the Cameron area in 2004.

She was a member of Crabapple Community Church in Wind Ridge.

On February 1, 1947, she married Beryl Harlan Blake, who died April 16, 1997.

Surviving are children Loretta Cunningham of Wind Ridge, Debra, wife of Donald Whitlatch of Holbrook, Nancy, wife of Danny Lemasters of Moundsville, W.Va., Donald, husband of Ruth Blake of Cameron, Gregory, husband of Rose Blake of Cameron, with whom she made her home since 1997, Alfred, husband of Debbie Blake of Waynesburg, Harold, husband of Mary Blake of Bentleyville, and Richard Blake of Moundsville, W.Va.; a sister, Relda Wright of Cameron; a brother, James Carr of Alabama; 30 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter, Rose Marie Blake; a grandson, Shane Leroy Blake; a granddaughter, Shanna Blake; a great-grandchild, Elizabeth Blake; two sisters, her twin sister Leona Carr and Mary Bumblewich; and a brother, Wesley Carr.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends are asked to meet at Fairview Cemetery, Richhill Township, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, where graveside services will be conducted, with Pastor Dave McCombs officiating. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at


Harriet Jean Bostonia

Loving sister and aunt

Harriet Jean Bostonia, of undying faith in her Lord, went to her heavenly home Friday, December 7, 2012, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was 62 years old and lived in Washington all of her life. She was born March 24, 1950, in Washington, a daughter of the late Guy Bostonia and Margaret Bostonia Lash.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Washington.

She retired in December 2010 from a devoted nursing career of more than 35 years at Washington Hospital, where she brought comfort, strength and love to so many children and patients. She was deeply respected by her colleagues in the Washington Hospital health care community.

She loved animals, especially her dachshunds that she raised, cared for and loved for so many years.

Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Tim (Marguerite) Bostonia of Morgantown, W.Va.; a niece, Sara Bostonia of Morgantown; a nephew, Guy Bostonia of Morgantown; an uncle, Bob Longstreath of Washington; and a cousin, Marie Cage of Washington.

Deceased are stepfather Byron Lash, grandmother Eleanor Smith, aunt Dorothy Longstreath and aunt and uncle Nick and Leona Bostonia, all formerly of Washington.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday 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. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Wednesday, December 12, with the Rev. L. Stephen Smith Jr. officiating. Entombment will be held in Washington Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial donations be made to Greene County Humane Society or First Presbyterian Church, 100 East Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at


Josephine Domine

Josephine “Josie” Domine, 82, formerly of Houston and Canonsburg, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

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


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 Pirates 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.”


Harry Wayne Eastham

Enjoyed helping others

Harry Wayne Eastham, 52, of Washington, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 3, 1960, in Washington, a son of the late John S. Eastham and Shirley A. Crawford Eastham.

Mr. Eastham was a graduate of McGuffey High School and worked as a nurse’s assistant at Humbert Lane Personal Care Home.

He enjoyed spending time with his cats, but most of all, he enjoyed helping others.

Surviving are a brother, John F. Eastham of Washington; two sisters, Joyce A. (Tom) McConn of West Alexander and Kathy L. (Carl) Pettit of Washington; an uncle, Howard E. Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, in Sunlight Club, 234 East Maiden Street, Washington, with the Rev. Martin J. Bausman officiating. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements have been entrusted to 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. Condolences may be expressed at


Anna Belle Jones

Anna Belle Jones, 87, of Morgantown, W.Va., formerly of Spraggs, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Golden Living Center, Morgantown.

Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Edward J. Magayna

J&L Steel retiree was WWII vet

Edward J. Magayna, 86, of Vestaburg (Mexico), died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

He was born October 5, 1926, in East Bethlehem Township, a son of the late Max M. and Mary Katherine Cwierz Magayna.

Mr. Magayna was a 1944 graduate of Centerville High School.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Until his retirement, he worked for many years at Jones & Laughlin Steel in Pittsburgh.

He was a member of St. Michael Church of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown and SNPJ Lodge 729.

Mr. Magayna enjoyed golf, horse racing and sports.

Surviving are two sisters, Louise Misenko (Ralph) of Mentor, Ohio, and Patricia Throckmorton of Geneva, Ohio; seven nieces; and six nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Max S. Magayna, and a sister, Irene Biksey.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, with Deacon Thomas Raymond officiating. Interment will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Military rites will be accorded by Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at


Sylvia Medvid

Lifelong member of St. Barbara Church

Sylvia Medvid, 88, born and raised in Bridgeville, died Saturday, December 8, 2012.

She was a lifelong member and Christian Mother with St. Barbara Church.

Mrs. Medvid enjoyed baking and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas Medvid Sr.; loving mother of Nicholas (Elaine) Medvid Jr., Robert (Marcia) Medvid and the late Kenneth (surviving spouse Debbie) Medvid; grandmother of Nick, Courtney, Kenny and Brian; and sister of Ernest and Frank Krek, Mary Ann Gordon and the late Joseph Jr., John and Felix Krek and Frances Marcinkewicz.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, 412-221-3800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, in St. Barbara Church, 45 Prestley Road, Bridgeville. Interment will follow in St. Barbara Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Barbara Church at Please add or view tributes at


Larry W. Phillips

U.S. Steel retiree, Air Force vet born in Spraggs

Larry W. Phillips, 65, of South Amherst, formerly of Lorain, both in Ohio, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012, in MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, after a sudden illness.

He was born February 16, 1947, in Spraggs.

Mr. Phillips was a 1966 graduate of Elyria (Ohio) High School.

He worked for U.S. Steel at the Lorain Pipe Mill, retiring in February 2012. He was also a deputy with Lorain County Sheriff’s Department in 1979, serving 10 years on road patrol.

Mr. Phillips was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Elyria Eagles 431 and Lorain AMVETS Post 47.

Surviving are sons Todd J.A. Phillips of Tucson, Ariz., and Tad W. (Shelby) Phillips of Vermilion, Ohio; grandsons Jonathan, David and Cooper Phillips; granddaughter Laura Vasi; and sisters Linda (Max) Jones of LaGrange, Ohio, Ruth (Larry) Mecera of Carmichaels and Sandra (William) Marshall of Valrico, Fla.

Deceased are his parents, Stanley W. and Verna E. Moore Phillips Dragan, and stepfather John Dragan in 1999.

The family will have a celebration of life gathering in his honor from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, in Spraggs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Neurology Patient Care, Education and Research Fund, The MetroHealth Foundation Towers 135 A, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109. Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria, handled arrangements. For condolences, visit


Pearl Opal Gwynn Ross

Member of First Christian Church

Pearl Opal Gwynn Ross, 87, of Carmichaels, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

She was born June 11, 1925, in Rices Landing, a daughter of the late Frank and Rosa Cales Gwynn.

On December 13, 1941, she married Lawrence “Larry” Ross, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Dan Ross (Claudia) of Glenshaw; two daughters, Lynda Beatty (James W.) of West Union, W.Va., and Missy Vamosi (Tim) of Linwood, N.J.; a sister, Reba Peters of Avon Park, Fla.; two brothers, Eugene Gwynn (Sandy) of Rices Landing and Richard Gwynn (Nancy) of Dry Tavern; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a brother, John Albert Gwynn, and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Ross was a member of First Christian Church in Carmichaels and Christian Women’s Fellowship and was a deaconess emeritas at the church.

She was also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Greene Academy Chapter, where she served as chaplain. She enjoyed playing dulcimer with the Greene Academy of Art dulcimer players.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/director/supervisor. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, in First Christian Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. Reagan Fike officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.


Additional information was received for the obituary of Robert L. Shipman, published Sunday.

Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Tyler McGlaughlin.


Adelaide Chambers Toth

Retired nurse’s aide

Adelaide Chambers Toth, 69, of Canonsburg, died Friday, December 7, 2012, in her home.

She was born April 6, 1943, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Solomon and Margaret Weekley Chambers.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Canonsburg General Hospital.

Surviving are a son, Paul Broutin and wife April of Bulger; a daughter, B.J. Pustovrh of Canonsburg; and four grandchildren, Crystal Pustovrh, Rachael Pustovrh, Brandon Bassich and Brady Broutin.

Deceased is her husband, Edward Toth.

There will be no public visitation. Services are private and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.




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