Dec. 13

December 12, 2012

Ruth DeEtta Riggle Daugherty

Loving mother enjoyed retirement, cooking

Ruth DeEtta Riggle Daugherty, 91, of Jefferson, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, in her home.

She was born February 9, 1921, in Jefferson, a daughter of the late Belle Riggle and Jesse Kent.

Mrs. Daugherty was raised by Belle and her husband, Marvin Riggle.

Mrs. Daugherty lived all of her life in Jefferson and had worked at one time in the housekeeping department for Waynesburg College.

She was a loving mother and housewife. She enjoyed retirement and cooking, gardening and sewing.

Mrs. Daugherty will be dearly missed by all who loved her.

On December 26, 1941, she married Anthony Leo Daugherty, who died June 6, 1977.

Surviving are three children, Dennis Daugherty and wife Janice of Arlington, Texas, Linda Cain and husband Raymond of Clarksville and Douglas Daugherty and wife Katrina of North Richland Hills, Texas; six grandchildren, Melinda Pendland, Tim Daugherty, Cindy Thomas, Karen Daugherty, Brian Daugherty and Megan Daugherty; and seven great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a sister, Helen Watson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 14, in Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Richard E. Bowser officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Condolences may be expressed at


William Robert Engle

Corrected information was received for the obituary of William Robert Engle, published Wednesday. A surviving grandson should have been listed as Tim Bickerton.


Susan Yevcinez Estock

Devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother

Susan Yevcinez Estock passed away from this Earth into the light and grace of his heavenly kingdom Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

She was born June 17, 1923, in Monongahela, to Sophie and Metro Yevcinez.

Mrs. Estock was a sister of John and James Yevcinez and Mary Gresham and the late Charles and Michael Stanko, Annie Yevich, Helen Martello and Edward and Andrew Yevcinez.

She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church. She spent most of her life in Jefferson as a homemaker and wonderful cook who enjoyed making holiday meals for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Estock leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 67 years, Joseph Estock; children Joseph (Joan) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Karen (Ron) McCann of Spokane, Wash., and Linda Estock of Ocean Springs, Miss.; grandchildren Jacquline Hubbard, Nicole Estock, Kelly Walker and Andrew, Peter and Kajsa McCann; and great-grandchildren Kaleigh, Kendall, Andrew, Ewan and Naomi.

Annie Kovacevich, Shirley, Cindy and Jen provided loving care for Mrs. Estock. Her family says: Let not thy heart be troubled, the Lord has prepared a place for you. With the saints give Susan rest, O Christ. Vichnaya Pamyat. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Friday, December 14, in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.


Robert Gordon

Robert “Chink” Gordon, 85, died Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Springfield Gardens, N.Y., after suffering with a long illness.

He was born October 3, 1927, in Pulasky, Va., a son of the late Willa Mae Gordon.

Mr. Gordon was raised and went to school in Washington and Pittsburgh.

He retired from the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force and served on several submarines. He was assigned the prestigious duty as Adm. Hymen Rickover’s personal chef.

Mr. Gordon also retired from the New York City Transit System.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Durham Gordon; four children, Bobby of Canonsburg, Michael of Chesapeake, Va., Candace of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Jeffrey of Power Springs, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Lindsey and Ricky.

Arrangements are under the direction of J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, Jamaica, N.Y. Interment will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery, Long Island, N.Y.


Harold R. Horr

U.S. Army veteran was avid horseman

Harold R. Horr, 81, of Waynesburg, formerly of West Alexander, died at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, after being in failing health for the past year.

He was born in West Finley Township, Washington County, a son of the late Henry Glenn and Helen Margaret Mahan Horr.

Mr. Horr had resided in the West Alexander area for several years, Graysville and West Finley Township prior to moving to the Waynesburg area in 2005.

He was a former member of Grace Bible Church in West Middletown and was a member and trustee of Maranantha Baptist Church in Holbrook at the time of his death.

Mr. Horr was a veteran of the Korean War. He served with the U.S. Army as a private first class and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was formerly employed as a meter reader and service technician with Columbia Gas in New Brighton for 19 years prior to retiring in 1969, a bus driver for Grace Bible Christian School and was a self-employed dairy farmer in West Alexander until 1983.

Mr. Horr was a former member of Big Knob Grange in Beaver County and was an avid horseman and member of the Percheron Horse Association in Fredericktown, Ohio.

He enjoyed country music and square dancing.

On June 20, 1952, he married Colleen Ramona Dunn, who died in June 1996.

Surviving from this marriage are his children, Sandy, wife of Billy Reece of Coburn, Va., Steven, husband of Mary Horr of West Alexander, Dennis, husband of Elaine Horr of Goshen, Ohio, and Greg, husband of Wendy Horr of Hemet, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Paul Horr of Holbrook, Thomas, husband of Linda Horr of St. Helen’s, Mich., W. Laverne, husband of Rosella Horr of Freedom, and George, husband of Janet Horr of Masontown; and several nieces and nephews.

On April 27, 1997, he married Maxine Lee Parson Hewitt, who survives, along with her children, Daunice, wife of Ronald Lohr of Waynesburg, James, wife of Debbie Hewitt of Graysville and Jeff Hewitt of Waynesburg; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and first wife, are a daughter, Amy Horr; three great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Trevor and Levi Horr; and a sister, Karen Young.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 with the Rev. Vernon K. Berdine officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Maranantha Baptist Church, 353 Maranantha Road, Holbrook, PA 15341. Graveside military rites will be accorded by representatives of the U.S. Army and Claysville American Legion Post 639. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at


Leon J. Ike

Vietnam War veteran was avid fisherman

Leon J. “Lee” Ike, 62, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Pittsburgh.

He was born April 7, 1950, in Dover, N.J., a son of Shirley Kennerup of Tucson, Ariz.

Mr. Ike was a graduate of Trinity High School, Washington, and Dean Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Mr. Ike worked as a truck driver for Carbon Express in Wharton, N.J., before retiring.

He was a Trophy Lifetime member of North American Fishing Club and was an avid fisherman.

On November, 12, 1977, he married Cindy L. Hans, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Richard (Maryann) Ike of Greensburg, Bradley J. (Lauren) Ike of Canonsburg and Kevin D. (Tabby) Ike of Monongahela; a brother, Donald S. Sensky of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Cortney, Jordan, Austin, Autumn, Hailey, Carter and Aubrey; and a great-grandchild, Keirsten.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 14, with the Rev. Ben Robinson, pastor of Midway Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. The family suggests memorials be made to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at


Andrew R. McGeever Sr.

Pilot for Conoco Aviation, WWII Army veteran

Andrew R. McGeever Sr., 86, of Pleasant Hills, died Saturday, December 8, 2012.

He was husband of the late Jeanne Alton McGeever; beloved father of Andrew R. (Sandy) McGeever Jr. and the late Lorri Anne McGeever; loving grandfather of Codie Leigh and Carly Ann McGeever; and brother of Janet Sanford and the late Norma Tempinski.

Mr. McGeever was chief pilot for Conoco Aviation at the Allegheny County Airport, a World War II Army veteran and a member of Quiet Birdmen, OX5 aviation and the Mon Valley Boat Club.

He enjoyed flying, boating, playing golf and photography.

Family and friends will be received from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15, the time of a memorial service, in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society, 1527 PA Route 136, North Strabane, PA 15330.


Anna L. Monaco Powner

Hallmark clerk enjoyed bowling

Anna L. Monaco Powner, 95, of Bridgeville, formerly of Cecil, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Broadmore Assisted Living at Lakemont Farms.

She was born February 12, 1917, in Cecil, a daughter of the late Panfilo and Flaminia Pronio Monaco.

Mrs. Powner was a member of Italian Sons and Daughters Association.

She enjoyed bowling, reading, playing cards, traveling and spending time with family.

Mrs. Powner worked as a clerk for Hallmark Cards in Bridgeville and South Hills Village.

Surviving are three daughters, Janice (Dave) Harvey of Freedom, Judy (Dave) McDowell of Lawrence and Debbie (Bill) Sweetie of Cecil; two grandchildren, Erik (Sherry) McDowell of Carnegie and Heather McDowell of Bridgeville; three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Maleya McDowell and Emma P. Dreher; and a stepson, Paul (Carol) Love of Cecil.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Powner; a daughter, Paulette Powner; four brothers, Anthony, Joseph, Dominick and Elidio Monaco; and three sisters, Lillian Ventresca, Jennie Monaco and Lola Ventresca.

Friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50) Cecil, where a circle of life service will be held at 8 p.m. Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cecil. Contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Visit


J. Louise Prete

Co-owner of Prete’s Twin Twister

J. Louise Prete, 82, of Bobtown, died at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.

She was born October 10, 1930, in Maidsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jacob Hicks and Greta Arbogast Hicks Sanford.

Mrs. Prete resided most of her life in Bobtown, where she was a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish and the Rosary Altar Society of the church. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Greene County Court and Shannopin Civic Club, where she served many offices, including president. With the civic club, Mrs. Prete assisted in many philanthropic endeavors in her community. In addition, she served on the board of directors for Greene ARC, was a member of Washington ARC and was active with Special Olympics in Westmoreland and Washington counties. For many years, Mrs. Prete co-owned and operated Prete’s Twin Twister in Dilliner.

She was an avid traveler.

On October 15, 1948, she married Louis A. Prete, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Gary L. Prete of Smithton; a daughter, Donna K. Pekar and husband Les of Clarksville; four grandchildren, Tracy J. Pekar, Kristie K. Rohrer, Jennifer E. Skumlien and Jessica L. Garnek; six great-grandchildren, Dylan Rohrer, Karissa Rohrer, Stephen Skumlien, Timothy Skumlien, Isabella Garnek and Isaiah Garnek; a brother, Kenneth Hicks and wife Anna of Newcomerstown, Ohio; three sisters, Shirley Beck of New Harmony, Utah, Carolyn Haney and husband Charles of Mineral City, Ohio, and Ruth Rager and her husband Brian of Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a daughter, Sharon A. Hockin.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home (724-966-5500), Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a blessing service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, December 15, followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ignatius of Antioch Roman Catholic Church, Bobtown, with the Rev. Lawrence V. Holpp as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Mapletown. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania – Washington County, P.O. Box 14, Strabane, PA 15363. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit


Jennie Valencic

Jennie Valencic, 88, of Meadow Lands, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Donnel House, Washignton.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.


Francis L. Williams

Former brick mason enjoyed his Harley

Francis L. Williams, 51, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

He was born July 1, 1961, in New Eagle, a son of the late Francis R. and Palmera Filippelli Williams.

During high school, he worked at Lenzi’s Service Station in Monongahela. After graduating in 1979 from Monongahela High School, he moved to Florida, where he worked as a brick mason until returning to Monongahela in 2004.

Mr. Williams enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Steelers and riding his Harley.

He was Catholic.

Surviving are three sisters, Claudia J. Williams, Francene Williams and Helen L. Williams, all of Monongahela, and a niece, Cassidy Drilling.

Interment was held in Monongahela Cemetery. Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Sreet, Monongahela, 724-258-6767,, was in charge of the arrangements.


Martha Lee Yeckley

Washington-area restaurant employee

Martha Lee Yeckley, 53, of Washington, died Thursday, December 6, 2012.

She was born August 1, 1959, in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of George Yeckley and the late Virginia Henry Yeckley.

Ms. Yeckley was employed by several restaurants in the Washington area.

Surviving are a brother, Hank Yeckley of McMurray; a sister, Connie Yeckley of Washington; and two nephews.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home (724-941-3211). Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Please add tributes at


Frances Zacour

Additional information has been provided for the obituary of Frances Zacour, published Wednesday. Surviving are a granddaughter, Ashley Belcastro and husband Anthony.



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