Dec. 21

December 20, 2012

William Dugan

William “Bill” Dugan, 85, of Washington, died Thursday, December 20, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.


Robert P. Edwards

World War II veteran

Robert P. Edwards, 90, of Fredericktown, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born December 9, 1922, in Coal Center, a son of the late Freemont Emery and Alfleda Hickman Edwards.

Mr. Edwards was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 767th Military Police in Panama City, Panama. For his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

In 1984, Mr. Edwards retired from U.S. Steel’s Maple Creek Mine.

He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 1648, a lifelong member of Hanson-Cole-American Legion Post 391 Fredericktown and a member of Fredericktown United Methodist Church.

Mr. Edwards enjoyed woodworking, fishing, swimming and building model boats.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

On May 13, 1955, he married E. Louise Patterson, who died October 14, 2004.

Surviving are five children, Laura A. Kinder (Ernest) of Fredericktown, Ronald “Rocky” Crawford (Tracy) of Marianna, Margaret K. Edwards (Kevin C. Smith) of Denbo Heights, Joseph E. Edwards of Hickory and Alfleda “Bobbi” Bane (Robin) of Eighty Four; 15 grandchildren, Tina Hughes, Timothy, Jordan and Kristina Kinder, Amanda Boltich, Thomas and Lindsey Crawford, Cristen and Rocco Edwards, Robin Bane Jr., Christina Wiszczor, Sarah Edwards, Rebecca Sanders, Sabrina Kyper and Chad P.E. Kyper; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Constance Vaughn of Reading and Kaye Ruffner (Les) of Millersville, Md.; a brother, Ray Edwards (Barbara) of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are a son, Robert Clark Edwards; a grandson, Ernest Kinder Jr.; a granddaughter, Meghan Crawford; and a sister, Audra Edwards.

Private funeral services and full military rites were held Thursday, December 20, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House in care of Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at


Helen E. Gniewkowski

Member of Queen of the Rosary Church

Helen “Jeanne” E. Gniewkowski, 88, of Glassport, died Thursday, December 20, 2012, in Kane Regional Center, Scott Township.

She was born July 18, 1924, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Jacob and Frances Sobierajski Wozniak.

She was the wife of the late Anthony S. Gniewkowski.

Mrs. Gniewkowski was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport.

Surviving are her son, Anthony M. (Claudia) Gniewkowski of Lincoln; a daughter, Barbara J. (Louis) Corrado of Mt. Lebanon; a sister, Rita Dietrich of Canonsburg; grandchildren Jacob, Samuel, Francesca, Natalie and Nicholas; great-grandchildren Emilie and Noah; and nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a grandson, Jonathan Gniewkowski; a sister, Florence Golonka; and brothers Albert, Joseph and Edward Wozniak.

A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the chapel of Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. The Rev. Casimir Kedzierski will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary Czestochowa Cemetery, White Oak. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Mark W. Lesjak

Mark W. Lesjak, 52, of South Gate, Calif., died November 12, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Washington, a son of Joyce and the late Walter Lesjak, he was a Western Area Vo-Tech graduate.


Thelma May Morehead

Thelma May Morehead, 72, of Maidsville, W.Va., formerly of Mt. Morris, died at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, in her home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Mt. Morris. A complete obituary and arrangements will appear in a later edition.


Robert M. Novalis

Enjoyed working on and riding his Harley

Robert M. “Bandana Bob” Novalis, 52, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

He was born September 10, 1960, in Washington, a son of Jeanne Murray Novalis-Fusco of Monongahela and William C. Novalis.

After graduating in 1979 from Trinity High School, he trained in the apprenticeship program to become an ironworker, where he continued to work for Local Union 3.

In his spare time, he enjoyed working on and riding his Harley.

Surviving are his wife, Christine Sperling-Novalis; a son, Jason Novalis of Monongahela; a daughter, Ashlea Novalis of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers, Eugene Fusco of New Eagle and Will and wife Lacey Novalis of Lawrenceville; two sisters, Shari Novalis of Penn Hills and Liann and husband Cole Kummer of Butler; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is his stepfather, Rudy Fusco.

Arrangements were handled by Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767,


Laura B. Shaw

Enjoyed taking care of her children

Laura B. Shaw, 44, of McDonald, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born December 8, 1968, a daughter of the late Janet L. Chiff Stankowski and John (Darlene) “Q-Ball” Stankowski of Tionesta.

Surviving are her children, Nicholas J. Russell and James “C.J.” Shaw, both of McDonald; a sister, Jeni (Tom) Stankowski of McDonald; and brothers John “J.P.” Stankowski and Richard Stankowski, both of McDonald. Also surviving are a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and her husband, Rodney Shaw.

She enjoyed taking care of her children and singing.

She was employed as a CNA at Country Meadows Nursing Home.

Friends are invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in Robinson Run Cemetery Chapel. Everyone is asked to please meet at the chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc. Please sign the guest book at


Roy Andrew Sluk Sr.

West Brownsville resident

Roy Andrew Sluk Sr., 71, of West Brownsville, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012, in his home.

He was born August 21, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a son of Andrew and June (Christy) Sluk.

Deceased are his father, Andrew, and his first wife, Carolyn Rose Sluk.

He will be sadly missed by his mother, June; his wife, Patricia Sluk; three children, Roy A. Sluk Jr. and wife Melissa of Rostraver, Yvonne M. Snodgrass and husband William of Belle Vernon and Mark C. Sluk and wife Jeanne of Jefferson Hills; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Coudriet and husband Donald of Reno, Nev.; two brothers, John Sluk of Ohio and Jim Sluk and wife Jeannie of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.

He also leaves his dog, Ginger.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Novak Funeral Home, 515 Front Street, Brownsville. Prayers of transfer will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 24, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Historic Church of St. Peter, Brownsville, with the Rev. Father Joseph Armamento as celebrant. To sign the online guest book, log on to


Kathryn D. Wallace Townes

Enjoyed reading the Bible

Kathryn D. Wallace Townes, 96, of Bentleyville, was called home Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from the Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, to join her beloved husband, Richard Townes, with their beloved savior, Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born September 29, 1916, in Charleroi, a daughter of Peter J. and Clara A. Mihalek Wallace.

Mrs. Townes worked as a private secretary.

She enjoyed reading the Bible, listening to Christian radio, prayer fellowship, gardening and interior decorating. Mrs. Townes also enjoyed blessing people with pictures she made for greeting cards she received from others.

While living in Chula Vista, Calif., she enjoyed helping those who lived at the Palamoro Apartments.

Caregivers in Chula Vista, at Adams Personal Care Home in Brownsville and Washington County Health Center and her special friend, Clara, showed compassion for Mrs. Townes.

She will be deeply missed by her nephew and niece, who were her guardians and caregivers, Greg and Sue Smiley of Bentleyville.

Also surviving are a sister, Florence Goldstrom of Murrysville, and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are sisters Marjorie L. Smiley and Bernadette Wallace, and a brother, Robert Wallace.

At Mrs. Townes’ request, there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville. Condolences can be sent at


Sara Smiley Wood

Lifelong member of Trinity U.P. Church

Sara Smiley Wood, 86, of Washington, formerly of Uniontown, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in Southminster Place, Washington.

She was born June 12, 1926, in Uniontown, a daughter of James Russell Smiley and Laura A. Silbaugh Smiley.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Paul B. Wood, in 2001, and brother, James Smiley, in 1996.

Surviving are three children, Douglas P. Wood and fiancee Windi Oehms of Centreville, Va., Shelley W. Songer and husband Paul of Washington and Jeffery R. Wood and wife Karen of Johnstown; and five grandchildren, Lauren, Kristen and Adam Wood of Johnstown and Steven and Julie Songer of Washington.

Mrs. Wood graduated from Uniontown High School with the Class of 1944 and attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends for more than 50 years.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home, 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the funeral home, followed by a memorial service celebrating Mrs. Wood’s life at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodside Unit, Southminster Place, 880 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330. The family suggests memories and condolences be shared with the family at




blog comments powered by Disqus