Dec. 27

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Sara Azzarello


Member of Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church


Sara Azzarello, 92, formerly of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a lengthy illness.


She was born November 21, 1920, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Sam and Lucy Longo Pusateri.


Mrs. Azzarello was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters.


She enjoyed playing bridge in her card club of 50 years.


On June 26, 1946, she married Salvatore J. Azzarello, who died February 10, 2009.


Surviving are a daughter, Annette (James) Latella; a son, James (Susan) Azzarello; three grandsons, Michael, Andrew and Mark Azzarello, all of Moon Township; brother Sal (Enod) Pusateri of Burgettstown; sister-in-law Josephine Pusateri of Sewickley; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Alice) Azzarello and Anthony (Nancy) Azzarello of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and John Pusateri.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Bob Staszewski, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


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Shawn Edward Baker


Jeff Tech grad loved working on computers


Shawn Edward “Sweetchuck” Baker, 33, of DuBois, died Monday, December 24, 2012, in DRMC Hospital after a lengthy illness.


He was born January 12, 1979, in Washington, a son of Judy (Conklin) Miceli of DuBois.


Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his stepfather, David Miceli of DuBois; grandfather Guy Edward Conklin of Georgetown; girlfriend Allie Wonderly of DuBois; several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Deceased are sister Tina Marie Bauduin and maternal grandmother Shirley Conklin.


Mr. Baker was a member of the Army National Guard of Punxsutawney and the Marine Corps.


He was employed with Brookville Wood Products.


Mr. Baker graduated from Jeff Tech.


He loved working on computers, camping and the outdoors.


Mr. Baker was a member of DuBois Area Honor Guard and spent most of his life in DuBois.


Public visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 until 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, December 29, in Leo Nedza Funeral Home, DuBois. Military services will be accorded by DuBois Area Honor Guard. Burial will take place in Valier Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Leo Nedza Funeral Home – DuBois.


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Harold W. Bedillion


Owner of the Do-Dad Farm


Harold W. “Do-Dad” Bedillion, 62, of East Finley Township, Washington County, died unexpectedly at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in his home.


He was born September 15, 1950, in Washington, a son of the late Harry Lee and Opal May Ealy Bedillion and had resided in East Finley Township most of his life.


Mr. Bedillion was a member of Fairmount United Methodist Church in East Finley and was a 1969 graduate of McGuffey High School.


He was employed as a machinist at the former Washington Mold plant for 31 years, prior to retiring in 2002, and enjoyed farming, raising beef cattle and Belgium horses and selling his chicken eggs.


Mr. Bedillion was a member of the National Rifle Association, the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 83, Local 52 and Sunset Lodge 623 F&AM of Washington.


He was also a member of United Kennel Club and the former East Finley Coon Hunters Club.


On September 20, 1969, he married Georgia Charlene Scott, who survives.


Also surviving are three sons, Harold Wayne and Harry Lee Bedillion, both at home, and Christopher Spencer Bedillion of Washington; three grandchildren, Christopher Nicholas, Brady Spencer and Patrick James Bedillion; five brothers, H. Laverne, Allan and Larry, husband of Sharon Bedillion, all of East Finley Township, Dennis, husband of Norma Bedillion of Claysville and Roger, husband of Rhonda Bedillion of Weirton, W.Va.; a sister, B. Karen, wife of Ken Hardage of Neosho, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a niece, Jennifer Hardage.


Friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday in Fairmount United Methodist Church, East Finley Township, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, with Pastor James H. Jarvis officiating. Interment will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Fairmount United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary, send condolences and flowers at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Cindy Yochus Bellaire


Enjoyed shopping and concerts with her children


Cindy Yochus Bellaire, 49, of McDonald, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


She was born August 11, 1963, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Harry Harvison of Houston and the late Judith Allison Sutton.


Ms. Bellaire was a 1981 graduate of West Allegheny High School and was employed by Corporate Accommodations of Carnegie in its housekeeping department.


She enjoyed shopping and going to concerts with her children and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.


Surviving, in addition to her father, are two daughters, Judi R. and Rachel L. Bellaire, both of McDonald; a son, Joseph A. “Jake” Bellaire of McDonald; two sisters, Dorothy A. Harvison of Eighty Four and Techia Sutton of West Mifflin; a brother, Jack Harvison of Slovan; two grandchildren, Dexter Greene and Holland Stiffler; and several half brothers and sisters.


Deceased is a granddaughter, Cailin Stiffler.


Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at noon Saturday, December 28. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at www.nationfuneralhome.com.


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Charles Lee Bolyard


Supervisor for Japlo Tree Service


Charles Lee “Bubby” Bolyard, 46, of Carmichaels, formerly of Newburg, W.Va., passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012.


He was born April 4, 1966, in Newburg, a son of Charles J. and Joyce Bolyard of Newburg.


Mr. Bolyard graduated from Newburg High School.


He worked as a tree climber, and he was employed by Japlo Tree Service in Waynesburg as a supervisor. He also had worked for Penn Line and Lewis Tree Service for many years as a climber and supervisor.


In addition to his parents, surviving are three sisters, Deretha “Debbie” Holub and husband Skip of Las Vegas, Nev., Sheila Bolyard and companion Eugene Eichelberger of Cheat Lake, W.Va., and Sherry Bolyard of Morgantown, W.Va.; nieces and nephews Brian and TC Haskiell of Newburg, Erica Bohon of Las Vegas, Bradley Bolyard and wife Chasity, Leah, Trevor and Heather Thomas, Rachel Greaser, Jerrid Ray Weaver and Jessica, Tim and Katheryne Holt.


Also surviving is his beloved pet cat, Pebbles.


Mr. Bolyard loved his family dearly, and he also loved his Harley-Davidson. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.


Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, in Bolyard Funeral Home, 79 Morgantown Avenue, Newburg, with Pastor Delbert Lyons officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to Joyce Bolyard, P.O. Box 10, Newburg, WV 26410. Send condolences at www.bolyardfuneralhomewv.com.


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Julius E. Branisel


Retired Consol mine foreman


Julius E. Branisel, 90, of Carmichaels, formerly Nemacolin, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.


Mr. Branisel was born May 19, 1922, in Core, W.Va., a son of the late John and Ivy Mullen Branisel.


On November 27, 1941, he married Bena Julian, who died in 2004.


Mr. Branisel is survived by three daughters, Frances “Janie” Kowalewski (Henry) of Marengo, Ohio, Donna Oplinger of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Darlene Micozzi (Albert “Butch”) of Carmichaels; nine grandchildren, Angela Plavi, Henry Allen and Anthony (Tony) Kowaleswki, Kimberly Hipps, Jeanine Stillion, Heather Oplinger and David, Jason and Christopher Whipkey; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia Griffith and Betty Fast.


A brother, John, and a son-in-law, Leslie C. Oplinger, also are deceased.


Mr. Branisel worked as a coal miner at Nemacolin Mine for 20 years; he retired as a foreman from Consol’s Blacksville Mine. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America.


He was a member of St. Hugh Church in Carmichaels and Knights of Columbus.


Mr. Branisel enjoyed fishing and camping in his younger days.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 28, in the funeral home, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible.


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Robert W. Hildebrand


Vietnam War veteran was avid golfer


Robert W. Hildebrand, 69, of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 23, 2012, in his home.


He was born March 9, 1943, in Canonsburg, a son of Harry and Virginia Marshall Hilderbrand.


Mr. Hildebrand was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Army in Korea.


He worked for Dravo Corp. on Neville Island and Washington Steel and Allegheny Ludlum at the Houston plant.


Mr. Hildebrand was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School.


He was a member of Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM, Canonsburg.


Mr. Hildebrand was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.


Surviving are a daughter, Terri Fonner (John) of Washington; a son, Robert W. Hildebrand II (Michele) of Cape Coral, Fla.; three grandchildren, Mason and Madison Fonner and Sophia Hildebrand; three brothers, Harry Hilderbrand (Faith) of Canonsburg, Michael Hilderbrand (Linda) of Washington and Glenn Hilderbrand of Strabane; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a brother, Richard Hilderbrand, and a sister, Shirley Lyons.


Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, December 29, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, with the Rev. Michael Roach officiating. Interment will be private. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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Thomas Raymond Johnson


Steelworker was lifelong member of St. Hilary Church


Thomas Raymond Johnson, 77, of Cape Coral, Fla., former longtime Washington resident, died Saturday, December 22, 2012, in Hospice House in Cape Coral, following a brief illness.


He was born December 11, 1935, in Washington, a son of Roland and Anna Weaver Johnson.


Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1953.


He served in the U.S. Army on active duty and subsequently in the U.S. Army Reserve.


Mr. Johnson was employed by Universal Cyclops Steel, Bridgeville plant, and later at Universal Cyclops Steel, Pittsburgh plant, for a total of 47 years from 1959 to 1998 in their hot mill production division.


He was a lifelong member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church.


Mr. Johnson loved hunting and fishing and was an avid Steelers and Notre Dame football fan.


His greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family and especially his grandsons.


On April 28, 1973, in St. Hilary Church, he married Eleanor Popeck, who resides in Cape Coral.


Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Johnson and Cathy (Matthew) Sands, both of Cape Coral; four grandsons, Brandon Johnson and Michael, Kayson and Maxwell Sands, all of Cape Coral; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 1290 Jefferson Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in St. Hilary Church, 320 Henderson Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Thomas D. O’Neil as celebrant. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington. A full military rite will be accorded by the U.S. Army and American Legion Post 175 in Washington. Condolences may be left at www.deangelofuneralhome.com.


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Cheryl Ann Knight


Canonsburg woman formerly of Belle Vernon


Cheryl Ann Knight, 64, of Canonsburg, formerly of Belle Vernon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


A daughter of Lorraine Andercheck Vandernitte of Belle Vernon and the late Paul Kissell, she was born January 20, 1948, in Youngstown, Ohio.


Prior to starting a family, Mrs. Knight was an elementary school teacher.


In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband of 12 years, John L. “Jack” Knight; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Darla Kramer of Belle Vernon; a daughter, Erin Jericho of Belle Vernon; a stepson, John Knight of Canonsburg; three stepdaughters, Melissa Lusi, Michelle Knight and Lori Seaman, all of Canonsburg; two grandchildren, Jacob Jericho and Gabrielle Kramer; 11 stepgrandchildren, Ariana Lusi, Isiah, Dylan, Kailee, Terrell and Rahmiere Knight, Aubrey, Kaylin, Hannah, Jared and Heath Seaman; two brothers, John Kissell of Monessen and Tim Kissell of Macungie; and a sister, Melanie Nakawatase of California.


Friends will be received from noon until the time of memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, in Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300. www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. Pastor Glenn Hart will officiate.


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Julie Ann Lepovich


Loved travel, crafts, baking and family outings


Julie Ann Lepovich, 64, of Van Voorhis, died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born September 10, 1948, in North Charleroi. She was a daughter of Anthony Victor “Tony” and Helen Elizabeth “Betty” McIntosh Lepovich and Jennifer P. Litwin Lepovich.


She was a 1968 graduate of Donora High School and a member of First Christian Church in Monongahela. She attended school three days a week at Lifesteps of Washington County in Eighty Four.


She enjoyed traveling with her parents to visit family in Buffalo, N.Y., and summer vacations in Florida. She looked forward to spending her Sundays with her boyfriend, Howard. She loved children, crafts, bowling, making latch-hook rugs, baking (especially cookies), swimming, cleaning house, sitting on the porch drinking a Coke, cookouts and family outings.


She was special to her family and friends and will sadly be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Surviving are her sister, Mary Ann Lorenz and husband Leo, with whom she made her home; a brother, Anthony J. Lepovich and wife Mary of Washington; five nieces and three nephews, Theresa Dorman, Kimberly Lorenz, Leo T. Lorenz Jr., Sherry King, Rebecca Martin, John Lepovich, Jennifer Johnson and Tony Murch; her boyfriend, Howard Newman of Donora; several great-nieces and nephews; aunts from Buffalo; and an uncle from Cleveland, Ohio.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifesteps of Washington County, 2705 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


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Regina Lombardo


Holy Rosary Church member enjoyed knitting


Regina “Jean” Lombardo, 81, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, December 24, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born March 2, 1931, in Duryea, a daughter of the late Leo and Catherine Mularkey McGowan.


Mrs. Lombardo lived most of her life in Philadelphia, where she retired from Tele Dynamics. In 1996, she moved to Canonsburg.


She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Muse and was a member of Knits for Genesis, a pro-life organization in Washington, for whom she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.


Mrs. Lombardo especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.


On April 2, 1960, she married her beloved husband, Michael Lombardo, who passed away in 1993.


Surviving are son Father Gerard Lombardo of New Jersey; two daughters, Michele (Joseph) Brado of Bethel Park and Maureen Lombardo of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Joseph, Adam and Erica Brado and Talia Lombardo.


Deceased is her brother, John McGowan.


Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 28, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Muse, with Father George DeVille and Father Gerard Lombardo co-officiating. Interment will be held Saturday in Fernwood Cemetery, Royersford. To view or send condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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Margaret K. Malinsky


USPS retiree was member of St. Agnes Church


Margaret K. Malinsky, 84, of Richeyville, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Lasosky’s Personal Care Home, Clarksville.


She was born September 4, 1928, in Fredericktown, a daughter of the late Mike and Rose Kicos Kubicar.


Mrs. Malinsky was a 1946 graduate of East Bethlehem High School.


For 26 years, she was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk, working in the Fredericktown and Marianna offices. She retired in 1991.


Mrs. Malinsky was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, and was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, St. Anne De Beaupre Court 1909 and Beth-Center Senior Citizens, where she formerly served as treasurer.


She enjoyed bowling and reading and delivered Meals on Wheels and participated in the senior games.


Surviving are five children, David Westich of Fredericktown, Marie Westich of San Diego, Calif., Patrick Westich (Martha) of Waynesburg, Marcia Westich-Hawk (Rick) of West Brownsville and Diana Balla (Walter) of Daisytown; six stepchildren, Joseph Malinsky (Nancy) of Union Hall, Va., Robert Malinsky (Marci) of Jonesboro, Ark., Marie Fedorko of Holly Hill, Fla., Gregory Malinsky (Susie) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Gloria Klemancic (Rick) of Woodbridge, Va., and Cathy Poole; grandchildren Walter Jr., Nick and Aaron Balla, Lydia Calix, Joanna Chahl and Nathan, Philip, Stephen, Susanna, Julia, Daniel, Deborah, Paul, Peter and Andrew Westich; 12 stepgrandchildren; numerous stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her first husband, George Westich, who died in 1972; her second husband, Joseph Malinsky, who died in 1982; three sisters, Anna Corrigan, Mary Podlinski and Vera Kubik; four brothers, John, Mike, Ed and Steve Kubicar; and a brother and sister who died in infancy.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, with the Rev. Ed Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fredericktown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Agnes Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 406, Richeyville, PA 15358; or Beth-Center Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 151, Vestaburg, PA 15368. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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Gladys J. Martinelli


Nurse, homemaker was Wright’s U.M. Church member


Gladys J. “Toots” Martinelli, 83, of New Eagle, formerly of Finleyville, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Neveah Cove.


She was born September 1, 1929, in West Middlesex, a daughter of G. Elmer and Bertha Adamson Jones, and was raised in Sykesville, Jefferson County, and Venetia.


Mrs. Martinelli was a homemaker and licensed practical nurse.


She graduated from Peters Township High School in 1947 and was a longtime member of Wright’s United Methodist Church.


She served on committees for Venetia Heritage Society and Washington City Mission and was a member of the former Business & Professional Women of Finleyville.


Surviving are three sons, Dennis Martinelli (Joan) of Gore, Va., Mark Martinelli (Lori) of Monongahela and Jimmy Martinelli (Lisa) of Belle Vernon; a daughter, Debra Vermeire of Smethport; a brother, Wilbert Jones of Finleyville; a sister, Lois Jane Beedle of Kissimmee, Fla.; three grandsons, Matthew, Anthony and Daniel Martinelli; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her husband, James Martinelli (1995), and a brother, E. Robert Jones (2006).


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. Services and interment in Sykesville Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia, PA 15367.


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John C. McGinnis Jr.


Practiced medicine for many years in Washington


John C. “Jack” McGinnis Jr. M.D., 87, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn., in Little Creek Sanitarium, after an extended illness.


Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou; children Cindy, John and Tim; seven grandchildren; a brother; and several sisters.


Mr. McGinnis practiced medicine for many years in Washington, Tulsa, Okla., and Savannah, Ga.


He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Mr. McGinnis was a devout Roman Catholic and enjoyed playing golf, hunting and sports.


Memorials in his name may be made to Smoky Mountain Hospice, Home Health and Hospice, 222 Heritage Boulevard, Newport, TN 37821. A private funeral Mass and interment will be held in Chest Springs.


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Walter A. McGrosky


Former McMurray resident loved to travel


Walter A. McGrosky, 52, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in his home.


He was a longtime resident of Southampton and a former resident of McMurray.


Mr. McGrosky was the beloved husband of Ellen for the past 26 years; devoted father of daughters Amanda and Caitlyn; loving son of Angela McGrosky of McMurray and the late Walter D. McGrosky.


He will be sadly missed by his brother, David McGrosky of McMurray; his sisters, Lisa McGrosky-Kleja of Upper St. Clair and Laurie Espe of Eden Prairie, Minn.; his nieces and nephews; and all who knew him.


Mr. McGrosky spent his entire professional career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, most recently serving as director for the Division of Project Management.


He was a longtime member of Maplewood Swim Club, where he formerly served as president of the board of directors.


A lover of travel, the outdoors and the ocean, Mr. McGrosky enjoyed biking, fishing and scuba diving. He relished planning trips he took around the world and appreciated art, good food and good wine. He was a fine, spirited cook who liked reading biographies and histories and enjoyed completing various projects around the house.


Most of all, he adored spending his time with family.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, December 28, in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Churchville and Street roads, Southampton, where friends may call on the family from noon until the time of services. Burial will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to Walter A. McGrosky Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 280 Second Street, Southampton, PA 18966. Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Southampton, is handling arrangements.


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Mildred F. McNett


Enjoyed camping and gardening


Mildred F. McNett of Mifflintown, formerly of Waynesburg, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in her home which she shared with her daughter, Cristy and son-in law, Rich, who were her caregivers for the past three years.


She was born November 6, 1927, in Metz, W.Va., a daughter of the late James Stantford and Eva Lee Byard Price.


On March 30, 1946, she married Virgil I. McNett, who died August 18, 1971.


Mrs. McNett received her accounting degree from Penn Commercial Business School in 1988. In her early years, she worked as a buyer for J.C. Penney Co. and after moving to Waynesburg worked at Greenway Manufacturing in Waynesburg. She later worked in card merchandising for American Greetings.


While living in Waynesburg, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a former member of Order of the Eastern Star.


Mrs. McNett enjoyed camping, gardening and sewing, but her greatest love was the time spent with her grandchildren and family. She had a smile that could light up a room. In her quiet moments, she took pleasure in reading and tending her flower gardens.


Surviving are a daughter, Cristy Yoders (Rich) of Mifflintown, with whom she had made her home; three sons, Dennis McNett (Johnna) of Carmichaels, Jeffrey McNett (Tammy) of Mather and Darin McNett (Crystal) of Waynesburg; 11 grandchildren, Chassity White, Tanya Hamilton, Janelle White, Eva Nowaskey and Zeb, Natalie, Virgil Robert, Allen, Brian, Keith and Joshua McNett; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.


Deceased are an infant daughter, Donna Sue McNett; five brothers, Curtis, Armin, Burl and Juniour Price and Kenneth Efaw; and four sisters, DeEtta Price, Lillian Scott, Neva Price and Martha Price.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating, followed by burial in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to Rosenbaum Family House-WVU Hospital, P.O. Box 8228, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506, or Home Nursing Agency Foundation-Hospice, 201 Chestnut Avenue, P.O. Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.


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Mary Kathryn Morley


Member of West Alexander Presbyterian Church


Mary Kathryn Morley, 85, of West Alexander, died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in her home.


She was born October 4, 1927, in West Alexander, a daughter of the late Frank Emmett and Willa Marie Jenkins Reed.


Mrs. Morley was a 1945 graduate of the former West Alexander High School and earned her bachelor of arts degree in music from West Liberty (W.Va.) State College.


She had resided in the state of Ohio for several years, where she taught both elementary and secondary music, retiring from Youngstown School District in 1981 with 31 years of service and returning to West Alexander in 1983.


Mrs. Morley continued her gift of music by directing the West Alexander Presbyterian Church choir and introducing area youth to the world of music from classes taught in her home for several years.


She was a member of West Alexander Presbyterian Church and West Alexander American Legion Post 656 Auxiliary for more than 60 years.


Mrs. Morley was a member of Ohio Retired Teachers Association.


On December 3, 1966, she married John Daniel Morley, who died February 16, 1996.


Surviving are stepdaughter, Mary Alice, wife of Don Wilson of Hartford, Conn.; two stepgrandchildren, Thomas Ray, husband of Kate Donohue, and Morley Danielle, wife of Todd Wittenberg; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Graham and Meyer Wittenberg; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a sister, Laurena C. Reed, and two brothers, James J. and William C. Reed.


She was the last of her immediate family.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in West Alexander Presbyterian Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, with the Rev. Keith Hornung officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Legion Auxiliary or West Alexander Presbyterian Church, Box 303, West Alexander, PA 15376. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Katherine Joan Mounts


Former Washington Hospital nursing instructor


Katherine Joan “Kay Jo” Mounts, 73, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, near her home in Morgan Hill, Calif.


She was a daughter of Robert Lester and Dorothy Hanna Mounts and granddaughter of Morton and Stella Hanna and Robert and Mable Mounts.


She is survived by her son and his wife, Brian and Erin (Calvert) Scalzi; granddaughter Ashton Scalzi and her daughter, Quinn; granddaughter Alexis and husband Neal Dunn and their sons, Peyton and Carson; granddaughter Camerin Scalzi, a senior at McGuffey High School; and her sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl (Mounts) and John Anderson of Santa Cruz, Calif.


She graduated from Claysville High School in 1957 and Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She attended Washington & Jefferson College and received her bachelor of arts degree in nursing from Duquesne University.


Much of her career was spent as a surgical nurse and nursing instructor at Washington Hospital. She held similar positions in Richmond, Va., and Centinela Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif. She also worked for the American Red Cross, pioneering its tissue procurement program, now in its 25th year. For 10 years, she was a home health nurse in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The final step in her nursing career was as instructor for surgical nursing at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.


In her retirement, she took up pottery and biking and the care of homeless animals. The generating passions of her life included her family, her son and his family, her love of teaching and her students, and her treasured friends.


A celebration of her life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 30, in Buffalo Township Community Center, 400 Buffalo Center Lane, Washington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice, in her name. Please contact Cheryl Anderson at 831-277-9017 or cranders@cabrillo.edu.


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Laura B. Shaw


A memorial service for Laura B. Shaw, who died December 19, 2012, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in Robinson Run Cemetery Chapel, McDonald. Everyone is asked to please meet at the chapel.


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Thomas Simpkins Jr.


Mechanic enjoyed fishing and NASCAR


Thomas “Tom Dog” Simpkins Jr., 47, of Carmichaels, died at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after a six-month battle with cancer.


He was born December 16, 1965, in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of Celesta I. McCune Hegedis, with whom he made his home in Carmichaels, and the late Thomas William Simpkins.


Mr. Simpkins was a 1984 graduate of Carmichaels Area High School and, in his youth, attended Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed playing softball.


He worked as a deckhand for Mon River Towing and Tri River Towing on the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Mr. Simpkins was last employed as a Subaru mechanic at Bortz Chevrolet Subaru.


He was a member of Crucible Citizen’s Club and a social member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 in Carmichaels and American Legion Post 816 in Rices Landing.


Mr. Simpkins enjoyed fishing and NASCAR and was a great fan of the West Virginia University football team.


Surviving are two sons, Joshua L. Hegedis, at home, and Thomas W. Simpkins III of Nemacolin; three daughters, Ashley N. Simpkins of Crucible, Leslie G. Simpkins, at home, and Haley D. Simpkins of Nemacolin. He cherished being “Poppy” to his four grandchildren, John, Xavier, Conner and Jaz-myn. Also surviving are a brother, Michael L. Simpkins of Morgantown, W.Va.; three sisters, Pam K. Gamble and husband Daniel of Route 13, Morgantown, Celesta A. Hixenbaugh and husband Brandon of Carmichaels and Tommi L. Livingston and husband Scott of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is his stepfather, Stephen Edward Hegedis.


Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, the Rev. Harold O. Kelley will officiate. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


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Mary Grace Strah


Enjoyed gardening and bird-watching


Mary Grace Strah, 97, of McDonald, Mt. Pleasant Township, died Monday, December 24, 2012, in her home.


She was born July 9, 1915, in Wyano, a daughter of the late Anton and Anna Yaklich Boltes.


Mrs. Strah was a homemaker.


She enjoyed gardening and bird-watching and was a member of SNPJ.


Surviving are daughter Theresa “Terri” (Bill Duffield) Minton and grandchild Collin Presley Minton, both of McDonald.


Deceased are her husband, Frank Strah (1978); sisters Anna Boltes, Rose Mohar, Elizabeth Frances Mohar and Margaret Kortze; and a brother, William Boltes.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 27, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Private interment will be held in Plum Creek Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Please sign a guest book at thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


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Edward C. Vercoe


Dedicated Ringgold teacher for 38 years


Edward C. Vercoe, 60, of Roscoe, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in his home following a brief illness.


He was born October 15, 1952, in North Charleroi, a son of Lorraine Oliphant Vercoe of Roscoe and the late Edward W. Vercoe.


Mr. Vercoe graduated from California High School in 1970 and California University of Pennsylvania in 1974.


He was president of Roscoe Borough Council, a member of RESA Police Board, Roscoe Slovak Beneficial Club and Roscoe American Legion.


Mr. Vercoe retired from Ringgold High School in June 2012. He was a dedicated teacher for 38 years, head of the math department and was deeply devoted to his students.


In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Kathleen Timlin Vercoe; daughter Jaime Vercoe Dundr and husband Jason of Avon, Ohio; son Ryan Vercoe and girlfriend Alexis Kalvesmaki of Roscoe; brother Ronald Vercoe and wife Phoebe of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister Debra Skomsky Willis and husband Rod of Greensburg; granddaughter Avery Lyn Dundr; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joan and John Timlin of Long Branch; aunts; uncles; nieces; and nephews.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 105 Good Street, Roscoe. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center. Relatives and friends attending the funeral Mass are being asked to go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ringgold Interact Club American Cancer Society Relay For Life in his memory through the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.


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Merle Clayton Watters


WWII veteran enjoyed classic cars


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 in Canonsburg for more than 40 years.


He enjoyed classic cars and woodworking and could fix anything.


Mr. Watters was a World War II veteran, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as a member of the 158th RCT Bushmasters receiving several medals during active duty. He was a member of Canonsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191.


Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Dorothy I. Tilger Watters; stepdaughter Deborah (Charles) Geisler of Hickory, stepson George (Michelle) Slates Jr. of Weirton, W.Va.; two granddaughters; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; brother Kenneth Watters of Dormont; 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 were received Wednesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800, where a funeral 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 a guest book at thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


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Clara M. Tarpley Yates


Uniontown resident


Clara M. “Khaki” Tarpley Yates, 68, of Uniontown, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012, in her home.


She was born July 21, 1944, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late Jake Fields and Lottie Williams.


She is survived by her husband, Jack Yates of Uniontown; and siblings Sara Turpin (Frank) of Manhattan, N.Y., Mary Jackson of Uniontown, Delores Griffin of Cambria Hieghts, N.Y., Fred Tarpley (Donna) of Washington, Raymond Williams of Connellsville, Richard Fields of Fairchance, Jacob Fields (Sherry) of Uniontown and Kenny Fields (Anna) of Las Vegas, Nev. She also leaves her best friend, Gloria Gray Brand of Uniontown, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of service, Saturday, December 29, in Lantz Funeral Home, 297 East Main Street, Uniontown.


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