Dec. 24

December 23, 2012

Virginia P. Baker

Virginia P. Baker, 93, of Elm City, N.C., formerly of Ruff Creek and Beallsville, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, in Elm City Assisted Living.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Edgar John Brown

Sports enthusiast loved the outdoors

Edgar John Brown, 70, of Waynesburg, died at 2:22 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

He was born Tuesday, June 23, 1942, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Edgar John Brown and Margaret Shultz Brown.

Mr. Brown was Protestant.

He attended Waynesburg High School, where he played football.

Mr. Brown was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed long rides in the country with his family and loved the outdoors.

He was disabled due to a severe work accident.

Surviving are two daughters, Elaine (Bryan) Cumberledge of Waynesburg and Keda Anchinges of Monroe, Ga.; five grandchildren, Brian Tennant, Brandon Cumberledge, Hannah Cumberledge, Dayne Sargent and Brigette Anchinges; three great-grandchildren, Ross Tennant, Blake Tennant and Reed Tennant; three sisters, Sue Reiter of Muskegon, Mich., Mary Jane McClure of Waynesburg and Bonnie Lynn Policz of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; two brothers, George “Newt” (Priscilla) Brown of Waynesburg and Richard ”Rick” A. Brown of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial will be held at a later date in Fairall Cemetery, Whiteley Township, Greene County. The family ask that memorials be made to a favorite charity of one’s choice. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, is in charge of arrangements. Information is available at


John Dalbo Jr.

Canonsburg man co-founded VFW Ambulance Service

John Dalbo Jr., 81, of Canonsburg, died Friday, December 21, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born October 8, 1931, in Chartiers Township, a son of the late John Sr. and Helen Tilger Dalbo.

Mr. Dalbo was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. During his military service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, United Nations Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation.

For more than 35 years, he was employed at Western Center as a labor foreman.

He served as head trustee at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 for many years and was instrumental in the founding of the VFW/Canonsburg Ambulance Service. Under his tenure, VFW Post 191 had the second highest membership in the state. Through the VFW, he assisted the community in many ways.

Mr. Dalbo loved baseball and was involved in youth baseball for many years.

His greatest joy in his life was to make sure that he took care of all family members, always. He was always concerned about family and friends.

Deceased is his wife, Dolores Chytil Dalbo, who died in 1978.

Surviving are a daughter, Lori Collins of Canonsburg; a sister, Dorothy Gunther of Houston; two grandchildren, Cara Ogrodowski and Bradley Jox; a great-granddaughter, Julia Ogrodowski; and two nieces, Susan Harrower and Sharon Gunther.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 191.


William Dugan

Joy Manufacturing employee

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

He was born May 27, 1927, in Greenville, a son of the late William J. and Helen Fitzmartin Dugan.

Mr. Dugan was a graduate of Schenley High School in Pittsburgh.

He worked as a manager for Joy Manufacturing.

Mr. Dugan was a member of Arms Club, BPOE 776 in Washington and Bears Club.

On May 28, 1949, he married Leonora Matonak, who died December 22, 2006.

Surviving are four daughters, Kathy Dugan of Washington, Julie (Craig) Waters of Coraopolis, Francie (Chuck) O’Connor of Norcross, Ga., and Patty (Chuck) Wintermantel of Aliquippa; a brother, John Dugan of Penn Hills; seven grandchildren, Matthew Dugan and Katie (Mike) Fehr, Shawn (Lindy) Hamlin and Brian (Susan) Hamlin, Elyse Waters and Kayla and Kyle O’Connor; five great-grandchildren, Marlee, Alivia, Brice, Briana and Chloe; several nieces and nephews; and a daughter-in-law, Robin Dugan.

Deceased are a daughter, Marilyn Hamlin; a son, Michael W. Dugan; a sister, Francine Dugan; and a son-in-law, Douglas Hamlin.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 27, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with Father Nick Spirko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


Robert B. McCleery

Self-employed farmer, Army vet

Robert B. McCleery, 82, of West Alexander, died unexpectedly at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012, in his home.

He was born August 20, 1930, in West Finley Township, a son of the late Thomas Perry and Myrtle Margaret Campsey McCleery.

Mr. McCleery had been a resident of West Finley Township all his life and was a member of Claysville United Presbyterian Church.

He was a 1948 graduate of the former Claysville High School and briefly attended Penn State University.

Mr. McCleery had been a self-employed dairy farmer on the family farm established in 1922 and operated the dairy until 2002. He formerly was also a West Finley Township supervisor for 18 years. He was employed by Curtis Candy Co. as an artificial inseminator of livestock for 30 years and remained actively involved in the family farm operation until the time of his death.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal with the U.S. Army.

Mr. McCleery was a member of West Alexander American Legion Post 656.

He was a founder and former coach of the women’s softball league in West Alexander and enjoyed playing dartball with the West Finley dartball team for more than 30 years.

On November 11, 1953, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Joyce Long, who died October 12, 1993.

Surviving are a son, Timothy, husband of Kay McCleery of West Alexander; three daughters, Deb, wife of Daniel Dougherty of Winston-Salem, N.C., Nan, wife of Bob Sekorky of Washington, and Jan, wife of Samuel McLaughlin of Mercersburg; a sister, Ada Ferree of Washington; five grandchildren, Dexter Thomas, James Robert Dougherty, Tracy Mosley and Elizabeth and Marcy McLaughlin; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Karly and Garrett Dougherty, Lauren and Tyler Mosley and Gavin McCleery Thomas.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in West Alexander United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. Graveside flag folding services will be conducted by representatives of the U.S. Army.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of choice. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at


Merle Clayton Watters

Enjoyed classic cars and woodworking

Merle Clayton Watters, 89, of McDonald (Mt. Pleasant Township), died Saturday, December 22, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born May 15, 1923, in Oakdale, a son of the late William C. and Gertrude Kirk Watters.

Mr. Watters was a supervisor for Fort Pitt Bridge Works in Canonsburg for more than 40 years.

He enjoyed classic cars and woodworking and could fix anything.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Dorothy I. Tilger Watters; a stepdaughter, Deborah (Charles) Geisler of Hickory; a stepson, George (Michelle) Slates Jr. of Weirton, W.Va.; two granddaughters; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Watters of Dormont; two sisters, Carol Klemanski of Dormont and Barbara Ann Perrett of Meadville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased are a sister, Naomi Wheeler, and a brother, Charles H. Watters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 27. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Via Quest Hospice, 620 Park Avenue, Monongahela, PA 15063, or Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign the guest book at



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