Dec. 16

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Jessie M. Allridge


1929 – 2012


Jessie M. Allridge, 83, of Finleyville, died Friday, December 14, 2012, in Meadowcrest Nursing Center, Bethel Park.


She was born April 20, 1929, in Union Township, a daughter of the late Joseph D. and Ethel Collier Messner.


Mrs. Allridge was retired as a driver with Matthews Bus Co.


She was Methodist.


Surviving are two daughters, JoAnn Kreutzer and husband Dave and Sherry Blaskovich and husband Tom, both of Finleyville; two granddaughters, Tammy Yonkers and Tiffany (Rich) Bender; and two great-granddaughters, Diora and Viana.


Deceased are two sisters, Betty Dolley and Mary Ruth Miller.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, with Pastor Brent Furlong officiating. Private interment will be held in James Chapel Cemetery, Union Township.


Memorial contributions may be made to Meadowcrest Nursing Center, 1200 Braun Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102.


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Dennis Paul DelVecchio Sr.


Dennis Paul DelVecchio Sr., 67, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.


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


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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 www.behmfh.com.


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Bernadette R. Emery


Member of Emmanuel U.P. Church


Bernadette R. “Bernie” Emery, 87, of Eighty Four, died at 9 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, in her home.


She was born March 1, 1925, in Greensburg, a daughter of Joseph H. and Bernadette Murray Royed.


Mrs. Emery was a graduate of East Washington High School. She was employed as a postal clerk for the U.S. Post Office in Eighty Four for 26 years, until her retirement.


She was a member of Emmanuel United Presbyterian Church, Canonsburg Senior Citizens and Eighty Four Club.


Mrs. Emery volunteered for American Cancer Society, was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader and worked at Disneyland Animal Kingdom in Florida during some of the winter months.


On August 3, 1947, she married James C. Emery, to whom she had been married for 63 years. He passed away November 6, 2011.


Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia E. “Cynde” (Robert) Merashoff of Scenery Hill; three sons, James C. (Carolyn) Emery Jr. of Eighty Four, D. Thomas (Rose) Emery of Eighty Four and Robert L. (Debora) Emery of Eighty Four; 11 grandchildren, Robert (Michelle) Merashoff, Mark (Candy) Merashoff, Michelle Emery, James (Mandy) Emery III, Tyler (Tayna) Emery, Lisa (John) Harding, Joshua (Brandy) Emery, Sara Emery, Kristin Emery, Ryan Emery and Christine (Joseph) Maser; and 15 great-grandchildren, Jordon Merashoff, Madison Merashoff, Robbie Merashoff, Alehia Emery, Nyla Emery, Lydia Emery, Avryl Emery, Tristin Harding, Jude Harding, Michaella Harding, Chao Emery, Bella Emery, Vincent La Marche, Matthew Maser and Madelyn Maser.


Deceased are a grandson, Matthew Thomas Emery; a brother, Murray Royed; and a sister, Isabelle Engle.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday 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, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 18. Burial will be private. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


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Steve Kayatin


Member of Daisytown Presbyterian Church


Steve “Steamer” Kayatin, 90, of California, died Friday, December 14, 2012.


He was born Saturday, March 25, 1922, in Daisytown, a son of the late Louis and Mary Szucs Kayatin.


Mr. Kayatin was a member of Daisytown Presbyterian Church, Daisytown Hungarian Club and a founding member of Daisytown Athletic Club.


He was an avid hunter and fisherman.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Irene Yonash, Magdaline Sakach and Jennie Sarka.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Nellie Bobin Kayatin; two children and their spouses, Brenda and Richard Hopkins of Clover Hill and Steven and Frances Kayatin of Canonsburg; and three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren, Jessica Hopkins-Estis and husband Dennis, Christopher Kayatin and wife Michelle, Dr. Matthew Kayatin, Teresa McAnally and husband Michael and Mandy Bennett and husband Brian.


Also surviving is the light of his life, a great-granddaughter, Lilah Estis.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, December 18, in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California, with Pastor Doug Quail officiating. Interment will follow in Phillipsberg Cemetery, California.


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Alfred D. Kraf


Enjoyed sports and gardening


Alfred D. “Fred” Kraf of Canonsburg died Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


He was born February 27, 1918, in Glendale, a son of the late Stanley and Josephine Zuchinski Krawczynski.


Mr. Kraf had worked for the former P&WV Railroad as a machinist for 22 years. He retired from the maintenance department of Canon-McMillan School District in 1981, after 18 years of service.


He was a member of Christian Bible Fellowship in Canonsburg.


Mr. Kraf loved his Lord and was a devoted Christian and a champion for unborn babies.


He enjoyed sports, gardening and was a handyman. As a youngster, he boxed and pitched for the P&WV Railroad baseball team. Around the house, he could fix or repair anything, whether it was plumbing, roofing or automotive.


On June 2, 1946, he married Margaret Rakar, who died April 29, 2007.


Surviving are a daughter, JoAnn Golick of Canonsburg; a son, Daniel Kraf of Canonsburg; seven grandchildren, Carolyn Gesselberty (John), Christopher Golick (Maureen), Nicole Hodgson and Micah, Jennifer, Wendy and Edward Kraf; and 11 great-grandchildren, John and Victoria Gesselberty, Jocelyn and Amelia Golick, Ethan Kraf, Aliana, Faiden and Trillian Hodgson and Jade, Ezekial and Sophie Kraf.


Deceased are a son, Edward Kraf; four brothers, Zigmont, Robert, Edward and Daniel Kraf; and a sister, Jean Butkus.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, with the Rev. Andrew Cobucci officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Inc., 4800 Jonestown Road, Suite 102, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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William Arthur Locy


U.S. Army veteran enjoyed fishing


William Arthur Locy, 75, of Amwell Township, died Friday, December 14, 2012, in his home, following a two-month illness.


He was born January 20, 1937, in Washington, a son of the late Paul and Helen Comstock Locy.


Mr. Locy served in the U.S. Army for 10 years and 11 months. For his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and four Overseas Bars. He was honorably discharged August 6, 1968.


He was a former owner of Washington Fence Co. and, at one time, owned and operated Eighty Four Pay Lakes. He also was formerly employed at Jessop Steel and was a lifelong dealer at flea markets.


Mr. Locy enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.


Surviving are a son, William G. (Patricia) Locy of Amity; two daughters, Rita (Erwin) Rohrbacher and Tracie (Michael) Vucic, both of Washington; six grandchildren, Jason, William, Jenny, Kimby, Matthew and Michaelene; seven great-grandchildren, little Jason, Trustin, Hailey, William II, Reagan, Noah and Aurora; and his former wife, Wilma Schreier Locy.


Deceased are two brothers, Kenneth and Charles Locy, and a sister, Donna Locy.


A memorial service will be announced in a later edition. Arrangements have been entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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James Holter Long


Army veteran was avid golfer


James Holter Long, 88, of Washington, died Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.


He was born March 21, 1924, in Mt. Morris, a son of the late Frank Albert and Edith Ann Holter Long.


Mr. Long graudated from high school and attended Penn Commercial College for two years.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Mr. Long worked for the U.S. Post Service in Washington, first as a carrier and, at the time of his retirement, as a window clerk.


He loved watching golf on television and was an avid golfer and a member of Pulaski Club Golf League.


He will be missed by his dog, Cinder.


On August 5, 1967, he married Freda Staley, who survives.


Also surviving is a daughter, Darlene (Howard) Henninger of Claysville.


Deceased are two brothers, Frank and Robert E. Long.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 19. Burial will follow in West Alexander Cemetery.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Additional information and a guest book are available at NealFuneralHome.com.


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Timothy H. Morris


Vietnam vet was Washington Hospital retiree


Timothy H. Morris, 64, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington, with family and friends by his side.


He was born August 24, 1948, in Washington, a son of the late Alfred “Pete” and LaGene Day Morris.


Mr. Morris was a 1966 graduate of Washington High School and a graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing.


He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a medic in the U.S. Navy.


Mr. Morris retired in July 2012 from Washington Hospital, where he was a registered nurse in the operating room for 40 years.


He was a member of the Elks in Washington and American Legion.


Mr. Morris loved music, dancing, wine making, traveling and entertaining family and friends.


On April 19, 1991, he married Debra L. Powell, who survives.


Also surviving are a brother, Rodney Morris of Washington; two uncles, Gary Morris (Penny) of Radcliff, Ky., and Leland T. Day (Susan) of North Carolina; an aunt, Marjorie Lease (Joel) of Washington; a brother-in-law, James D. Powell (Regina) of Washington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


He will be missed by many close friends.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, with the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902 combined honor guard.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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Margaret Dayak Murray


Active and faithful church member


Margaret “Marge” Dayak Murray, 68, of Danville, Va., died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Danville Regional Medical Center


She was born May 31, 1944, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Margaret Kraynak Dayak and the late Mike Dayak.


Mrs. Murray was married to William George Murray, who survives.


She was a very active and faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She served in many capacities, both for the church and for Sacred Heart School, helped to set up youth programs and faithfully sent greeting cards for years. She retired as coordinator of religious education at Sacred Heart. Prior to that, she served as a teacher’s assistant.


Mrs. Murray was a faithful member of Blue Ridge Cursillo Community and served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary for Knights of Columbus.


She was a lifelong Steelers fan. Throughout her life, she served as a baby sitter, touching the lives of many children.


Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Melissa A. Layne and husband Anthony of Ringgold, Va.; a sister, Bernie Klinger of Muse; a brother, Mike “Butch” Dayak of Pittsburgh; and a grandson, Zachary Murray Bell.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her twins, Amy Jo Bell and Shaun William Murray.


She leaves behind her two granddogs, Jack and Jackie.


The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Norris Funeral Services, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, December 17, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Danville, with the Rev. Anthony Marques officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to DCC Educational Foundation, Amy Jo Murray Bell and Shaun William Murray Memorial Scholarships, Marge Murray-Eddie Dees Scholarship, Danville Life Saving Crew, Sacred Heart School, God’s Storehouse or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.


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Janet L. Ansley Smith


Registered nurse was dearly loved


Janet L. Ansley Smith, 69, of Peters Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 13, 2012, surrounded by family.


She was born in Alliance, Ohio, a daughter of the late Virgil and Ruth Jenkins Ansley.


Mrs. Smith was the beloved wife of Lyle Smith; cherished mother of Shelly Morningstar of Budd Lake, N.J.; cherished stepmother of Jeffrey Smith (Margaret) of Moundsville, W.Va., Michelle Roach (Allen) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Brian Smith (D’Ann) of New Martinsville, W.Va.; adored grandmother of 11, Aaron, Ashley, Austin, David, Emily, Lara Ann, Lucy, Madeline, Matthew, Wade and Zachary; and dear aunt to MaryBeth Ansley of Winter Park, Fla., and Steve Ansley of Wilkesboro, N.C.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, John.


She was a graduate of Alliance High School and Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio.


Mrs. Smith was a registered nurse and operating room supervisor at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus and a retired surgical sales representative with 3M.


She was a volunteer with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Murray Hills Nursing Home and the American Heart Association.


Mrs. Smith was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by family and many friends.


A celebration of her life will be held at noon Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington Hospital Foundation-Hospice Care. Arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211. Send or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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Samuel Clyde Woodburn


Washington Steel retiree


Samuel Clyde Woodburn, 82, of Washington, died Friday, December 14, 2012, in his home, following a one-year illness.


He was born July 4, 1930, in Claysville, a son of the late John Thomas and Irene Lyle Woodburn.


Mr. Woodburn was a steelworker at Washington Steel for 34 years, retiring in January 1986.


On August 18, 1950, he married Anna Marie Klick, who survives.


Also surviving is a brother, Cecil Franklin Woodburn of Cleveland, Ohio.


Deceased are three brothers, Ray, John and LeRoy Woodburn, and four sisters, Pauline and Nelrose Woodburn, Everly McLaughlin and Sara J. Gump.


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, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 18. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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