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December 17, 2012

Leroy Burgess

Computer analyst served in U.S. Navy

Leroy “Stanley” Burgess, 71, of Oscoda, Mich., succumbed to leukemia Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oaks, Mich.

He was a 1959 graduate of Washington High School.

Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in Vietnam. He received a medical discharge because of injuries he received in Vietnam.

Mr. Burgess was a computer analyst in Michigan.

He was the son of the late Lloyd and Viola Brim Burgess, formerly of Washington.

Surviving are his wife, Anna; three sons, Leroy Stanley (Hope) Burgess II, Harold R. Burgess and Christopher A. (Heather) Burgess, all of Michigan; two daughters, Melissa Robinson and Stephanie Green; five grandsons; two granddaughters; four sisters, Carolyn (Alfred) Smith of Colorado, Sandra (Clarence) Dudley of Canonsburg, Jean (Frederick) Anderson of Washington and Diana Burgess of Kent, Wash.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased is a sister, Vicky Miller.

There will be no public viewing, and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.


Ann Lucas Cecchini

Member of St. Michael RC Church

Ann Lucas Cecchini, 92, of Avella, died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born September 8, 1920, in Avella, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Benca Lucas.

Mrs. Cecchini attended Avella High School.

She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Cecchini was a lifelong resident of Avella and, during World War II, she served as a welder, while her husband served in the U.S. Army.

She enjoyed gardening and being with family.

On July 6, 1943, she married William N. Cecchini, who died August 10, 1996.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Surviving are two sons, William L. (Debbie) Cecchini and Nicholas (Kimberly) Cecchini, both of Avella; a daughter, Sandra (Matthew) Widomski of PawPaw, Mich.; six grandchildren, Dana (Jason) Lett, Ryan (Becky) Cecchini, Elena (Gary) Conkle, Dominic Cecchini, Beth (Joe) Mickels and Nathan Widomski; and six great-grandchildren, Alexis, Josh, Anna, Peyton, Madison and Elio.

Deceased are a son, John Cecchini; three brothers, John, George and Dr. Michael Lucas; and a sister, Mary Havko.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avella Volunteer Fire Department, Avella Area Public Library Center or St. Michael Church Building Fund.


Vivian A. Ray Grillo

Beloved wife, loving mother

Vivian A. Ray Grillo, 90, of Scott Township, died Sunday, December 16, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Grillo; loving mother of John (Gloria) Grillo of Gurnee, Ill., Rosemary (Jeff) Scott of Scott Township and the late George Grillo; mother-in-law of Deborah Grillo of California; sister of Thelma Cardillo of Oakdale; cherished grandmother of John and Mark Grillo, Lee Ann (Zach) Zobrist, Michael Szymkiewicz, Marsha (John) Anderson, Frank (Karli) Grillo and Brian (Christa) Grillo; and great-grandmother of Terynn Grillo, Amelia Zobrist, Jorri and Mason Grillo, Gavin and Nicole Anderson and Austin and Gianna Grillo.

Deceased are 10 brothers and sisters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20. View and add condolences at


Dorothy Jean Koonse

Member of Lighthouse Church

Dorothy Jean Koonse, 77, of Washington, died Sunday, December 16, 2012, in her home, following a two-year illness.

She was born June 19, 1935, in Washington, a daughter of the late Leroy Samuel and Metta Darling Von Scio Gibson.

Mrs. Koonse was a member of Lighthouse Church.

She was a homemaker.

On August 2, 1954, she married Richard Daniel Koonse Sr., who died June 10, 1988.

Surviving are a son, Richard D. (Debbie) Koonse Jr. of Smithfield; two sisters, Elizabeth Ellen Logsdon of Washington and Anna Marie Prevost of Avella; and six grandchildren, Lisa, Daniel, Tara, Kenny, Jeff and Justin.

Deceased is a daughter, Shirley Jean Koonse.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, with the Rev. George VanRiper officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at


Randy P. Morich

Air Force, Vietnam veteran

Randy P. “Pap-Pap” Morich, 60, of Daisytown, died Sunday, December 16, 2012, in the emergency department of Mon Valley Hospital.

He was born January 27, 1952, in Brownsville, a son of the late Paul “Tubby” and Ethel Hajdu Morich.

Mr. Morich was a 1969 graduate of California Area High School.

A Vietnam veteran, he served with the U.S. Air Force 6993rd Security Squadron from 1970 to 1974. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Medal.

He was previously employed at the J&L Vesta 5 Mine before becoming self-employed as owner/operator of Morich Trucking for the past 30 years.

Mr. Morich was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33 of Greensburg, Miners Club of Richeyville, where he was serving on the Board of Directors at the time of his death, and Independent Club of Bentleyville.

He enjoyed working on his trucks and equipment, riding with his granddaughter on his Kubota tractor, fixing her toys and watching car auctions on television.

On May 15, 1976, he married Joyce Pigeon Morich, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Chad V. Morich (Tara) of Daisytown; a daughter, Dana Morich of Bentleyville; a granddaughter, Danisa Joy Morich; and a brother, Vince Morich (Shannon) of Greensburg.

Friends will be received from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20. Interment will be in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705 of Centerville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests bringing toys to the funeral home to be donated to Toys for Tots. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at


Robert A. Saut Sr.

U.S. Navy veteran enjoyed reading

Robert A. Saut Sr., 77, of Cecil, died Monday, December 17, 2012, in Washington Hospital.

He was born August 6, 1935, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Alex Saut and Ida DeSantis Saut Haney.

Mr. Saut served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean and Vientam wars. He sailed on the maiden voyage of the first Nuclear Aircraft Carrier and recently became a plank owner of the USS Enterprise.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 191 in Canonsburg and Meadow Lands and Westland Sportsman’s Clubs.

Mr. Saut enjoyed reading and watching TV, hunting and fishing and was an avid target shooter.

He worked for Union Electric Steel in Carnegie, McGraw-Edison in Canonsburg and was co-owner of Amore deFluere Flowers in Cecil.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Saut Jr. of Venice and Randy (Deanna) J. Saut of Claysville; two daughters, Rene J. Saut (companion Terry Miller) of McDonald and Rhonda (David) L. Tregay of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Eden and Serena Tregay, Shelby and Marriles Saut, Cynthia, Daniel and Sarah Schoonmaker, Jessica Sullivan and Brandy Dorsey; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Saut of Cecil; and four nieces, Michelle Colussy of Bridgeville, Pamela Ray and Catherine Eckles, both of Wichita, Texas, and Leanne Roach of Plano, Texas.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Mary Jean Cherry Saut in 2009, and a sister, Joan Saut in 1993.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, December 19, in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Wreaths Across America-PANCAB, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623.


Hilda Malover Szyjko

Longtime member of St. Barbara Church

Hilda Malover Szyjko, 88, of South Fayette Township, died Saturday, December 15, 2012.

She was born June 21, 1924, in South Fayette, a daughter of John and Julia Malover.

Mrs. Szyjko was the beloved wife of the late Charles Szyjko Sr.

She was a longtime member of St. Barbara Church in Bridgeville.

Surviving are two sons, Donald (Linda) Szyjko and David (Roberta) Szyjko, both of Cecil Township; daughter-in-law Rosalyn Szyjko of Elgin, Ill.; four grandchildren, Rochelle (Howard) Renner, Kelly (Mike) Harim and Jessica and Bryan Szyjko; and four great-grandchildren, Dalton and Sabrina Renner and Michael and Kaitlyn Harim.

Deceased are a son, Charles Szyjko Jr.; sister Mary Kamovitch; and four brothers, John Malover and Frank, Louis and William Sray.

Mrs. Szyko’s family appreciated the care she received from the staff at Country Meadows.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, in St. Barbara Church, with the Rev. Richard E. Ward as celebrant. Interment to follow in St. Barbara Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St. Barbara Church, 45 Prestley Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. View and add condolences at


Charles Lynn Yoders Sr.

Army veteran

Charles Lynn Yoders Sr., 57, of Spraggs, died Friday, December 14, 2012, in his home.

He was born March 9, 1955, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Charles and Texa Ruth Blouir Yoders.

Mr. Yoders worked as a pipeliner.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are five sons, Charles Lynn Yoders Jr. of Webster City, Iowa, Scott Yoders of Fairchance, Jeremy Yoders of Spraggs, Travis Yoders of Waynesburg and Phillip Rogers of Spraggs; three daughters, Tamra Haring of Terre Haute, Ind., Sharlee Yoders of Waynesburg and Jessica Rogers of Waynesburg; two brothers, Larry D. Blouir of Brave and Randy Yoders of Morgantown, W.Va.; a sister, Mary Robin Varner of Morgantown; and several grandchildren.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, December 19, in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville, W.Va., with Pastor Jeff Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Blacksville Cemetery.



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