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December 14, 2012

Andy M. Bryner

California Area H.S. teacher appreciated prose

Andy M. Bryner, 82, of Coal Center, died Friday, December 14, 2012.

He was born Sunday, May 4, 1930, in Mt. Braddock, a son of the late Frank and Lucinda Bryner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Mary M. Bobish Bryner, RN, in 1984; a twin brother, Amos, sister Margaret and brother Dwayne, all in infancy; and a grandson, James Jacob Wade. He was deeply saddened by the death of his son, Col. Drew A. Bryner, August 2, 2010.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 18 years, Charlotte; sister Iona Wilson; daughter and son-in-law Claudia and James Wade; daughter-in-law Janice Bryner; and grandchildren Tammy Wade, Luke and Nick Wade, Rachel and John Bryner, Chris Wade and Ben Wade.

Mr. Bryner graduated from North Union High School in 1948 as a resident of Mt. Braddock. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-53. His undergraduate degree was earned in 1959 at California University of Pennsylvania with honors. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia, having been a Fellow in 1969.

Mr. Bryner taught from 1958 to 1988 at California Area High School.

He was a member of Disabled American Veterans of America and California American Legion and was a 50-year member of Roscoe Lions Club.

Mr. Bryner traveled extensively throughout most of the world. He appreciated prose and poetry and was constantly listening to good music. He was aware of an abundance of love from his parents, sister, two children, Drew and Claudia, and his wonderful wife, Charlotte.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California, and until 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, when services will be held in the funeral home with Col. Ron Bonomo officiating.

Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to California Area School District Foundation, P.O. Box 531, California, PA 15419. Envelopes also will be available at the funeral home.


Rose I. Cic

Rose I. Cic, 84, of Strabane Woods, South Strabane Township, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012.

She was a daughter of the late Primo and Cecelia Vozel Cic and sister of the late Mary Whitmer and Dorothy Byers.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services and interment were private at the request of the deceased.

Arrangements are entrusted to Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc.


Paul Warren Crawford

Cumberland H.S. grad played trombone for VFW

Paul Warren Crawford, 69, of Carmichaels, died Friday, December 14, 2012, in his home.

Mr. Crawford was born July 15, 1943, in Waynesburg, the son of the late Ralph and Paula Goertz Crawford.

Mr. Crawford is survived by a brother, William Crawford and wife Monica of Jefferson.

An uncle, George Goertz, is deceased.

Mr. Crawford, who was known as Warren, was a graduate of Cumberland Township High School Class of 1961.

He was a former employee of Data Fold Co., Waynesburg, and Isabella Mine until their closings.

He had a lifelong love of music and played trombone with the nationally known Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47 Band, Uniontown, for many years.

He also was a member of Carmichaels Moose Lodge and Jessop Boat Club, Rices Landing.

He enjoyed football, boating on the Monongahela River, entertaining his friends and playing with his cat, Sunshine.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, in Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel.

Private interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.



Robert Enrico Davis Sr.

Self-employed contractor was devoted to family

Robert Enrico Davis Sr., 74, of Cecil Township, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Philadelphia.

He was born October 15, 1938, in Venice, a son of the late Ernest and Anna Quersima Davis.

He was a 1956 graduate of Cecil High School.

On March 10, 1962, he married Carole Rozanc Davis, whom he celebrated 50 years with this year.

He was a loving husband and devoted family man. He enjoyed bowling, watching baseball, cooking, dancing and listening to Polka music.

He loved working with his sons and hanging out with good friends. He was said to be “the most patient man ever.”

He was a self-employed contractor, specializing in woodwork.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are six sons, Robert E. Davis Jr. of St. Augustine, Fla., Alan (Jemin) Davis of New Castle, Larry W. (Emily Joy) Davis of Arlington, Va., and Daniel Davis, David (Jennifer) Davis and Wayne Davis, all of Cecil; daughter Tiffaney Davis of Cecil; brother Ernest (Helen) Davis of Georgia; brother-in-law Robert (Jean) Rozanc of Canonsburg; mother-in-law Martha Rozanc of Chartiers Township; 19 grandchildren, Taylor, Cheyenne, Katie, Alan, Matthew, Alexandria, Garrett, Megan, Danielle, Allison, Madison, Jasmine, Devin, Carielle, Caileigh, Connor, Ceighara, Leighanna and Lairah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Louis Davis; father-in-law Joseph Rozanc Jr.; and brother-in-law Marian Rozanc.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, with Pastor C.D. Croscutt officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.



Shirley Ann Ely

Greene Co. Community Action teacher’s aide

Shirley Ann Ely, 76, of Waynesburg, died Thursday, December 13, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born March 29, 1936, in Clarksville, a daughter of the late Russell and Iva Hicks Victor.

Mrs. Ely worked for 14 years for Greene County Community Action as a teacher’s aide. She also had worked for Eldercare and AMI in Waynesburg.

She was Baptist.

Mrs. Ely loved working with children and was committed to her family.

Surviving are nine children, Linda Thorne of Waynesburg, Johnny Bill Ely of Richland, Mo., James M. Ely (the late Timmie) of Waynesburg, Clarence Ely (Holly) of Waynesburg, Steven B. Ely of Washington, Roger M. Ely of Waynesburg, Scarlet E. Brock (Gary) of Spraggs, Scott A. Ely (Tricia) of Hulbert Field, Fla., and Beth Ann Pecjak (John) of Lippencott; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janet Isiminger of Bristoria and Alma Mitton of Alexandria, Va.; and a brother, Walter Victor of Apalachicola, Fla.

Deceased are a brother, Russell Boyd Victor Jr., and four sisters, Alice Hixenbaugh, Faye Bowen, Bonnie Minor and Phyllis Mullenaux.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the hour of services, Monday, December 17, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Craig Cross officiating, followed by burial in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Donnell House, c/o Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be offered at


Thomas William Sivek

Softball, basketball coach was retired steelworker

Thomas William Sivek, 64, of Finleyville, died Thursday, December 13, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born October 17, 1948, in Monessen, a son of the late William and Ann Latta Sivek.

Mr. Sivek retired after 40 years of employment from U.S. Steel, Irvin Works.

At the time of his death, he was employed as a security guard for U.S. Securities in Canonsburg.

While his daughters were in school, he coached girls basketball for Ringgold Youth League and Finleyville Middle School and girls softball for TWIST in Washington.

Mr. Sivek attended St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, Monongahela.

He loved spending time with his family. He had a passion for working in his yard, exercising and swimming.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Geary Sivek, with whom he celebrated 30 years of marriage June 12, 2012; three daughters, Precious Sivek at home, Brianna and husband Wes Mankey of Amity and Chianti Sivek at home; grandson Colton Mankey; and two sisters, Carole Malarbi of Monongahela and Alice and husband Anthony Iorio of Orlando, Fla.

In addition to his parents, deceased is his sister, Nancy Amati.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, December 17, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, with the Rev. William Terza, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.

Memorial contributions may be made to Father Leger Memorial Fund, 722 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.

Condolences may be made to the family at


Charles W. Townsend

Horse trainer was born in Delaware

Charles W. Townsend, 66, of Washington, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in his home.

He was born in Georgetown, Del., a son of Wallace P. and June Glanding Townsend.

He was a 1974 graduate of Georgetown High School.

He worked as a horse trainer for Steve LaBlanc and Robert Keep.

Mr. Townsend enjoyed horses, sports and collecting coins.

On October 7, 1989, he married the love of his life, Cynthia Tucker Townsend, who is deceased.

Surviving are his sister, Kathy (Russ) Cooper, and his brother, Pete (Cindy) Townsend, both of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; mother-in-law Virginia Tucker; close friends Robert and Karen Creek; four nieces; and three nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife, are his parents.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public services. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Condolences may be left at


Irene Louise Wright

County courthouse, W&J custodian

Irene Louise Wright, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, December 13, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born June 20, 1930, in Flushing, Ohio, a daughter of the late Arthur and Carrie Hughes Morten.

Ms. Wright worked as a custodian at Washington County Courthouse for 15 years and at Washington & Jefferson College for 10 years.

She enjoyed reading and wordsearch puzzles.

Early in life, Ms. Wright was a member of Wright Memorial AME Zion Church. At the time of her death, she attended Friendship Baptist Church and was a member of Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are a daughter, Ethel “Tiny” (Jeffrey) Davis of Washington; grandchildren Marcella and David Flannigan, Rachelle Wright, Deidre (Pete) Meredith, William (Amanda) Wright, Sean Wright and Michael Wright; several great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Carolyn Spencer, and sisters Mary Emma Wright and Ruby Blakey.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held in the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, December 18, with the Rev. Richard White officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Donnell House, Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

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